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Mahr's Hell - Mahrs-Bräu

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BA SCORE
89
very good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mahrs-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-28-2003)
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Solinsky, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's really not fair to attempt to describe this beer. Only predictable, "designed" beers can really be described in words. Something like this can only be experienced and remembered.
It is a pastel orange and yellow liquid with a persistent, sticky and thick array of foam on top. The aromas seem to stop time. It is beyond my power to imagine a more perfect mixture of ripe cereal grain, citrus, apricot, butter, brioche crust and seductively slight herbal fragrances. The balance makes it almost impossible to isolate any single "element" in the bouquet. It smells somewhat reminiscent of recent Christoffel Blonds, only half as heady and rich. One mouthful certifies the image. Impressively expansive and full, creamy textured, it remains bone dry thanks to assertive, roasted nutshell-flavored bitterness. Hazelnuts, honey, tall yellow grass ... through it all there is a musical little twang of acidity, like Bluegrass. I give up. This is perfection. Most of all it is highly drinkable.

Oddly, this is quite a different beer than I enjoyed on tap at Manhattan's "d.b.a." last year. Perhaps they were serving Mahr's Leicht? In contrast, this sample has a great deal more chew and presence on the palate.

putnam, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of schusterbauer
4.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is a pristinely golden beer, with a small, foamy white head that endures. smell is bafflingly wonderful: pear, honey, lemongrass, cooling bread. taste is everything that the smell promises, if not more. pay attention to this one! the flavors are subtle and perfectly blended; it's all so silky smooth that you could swallow and miss it if you're not careful. as drinkable as it gets -- an honor.

schusterbauer, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of granger10
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this was one amazingly drinkable beer!

The pour left a bit to be desired. Lighter in body, very transparent, spotty head with little lacing. Aroma was hoppy with hay notes and some German/Belgian malt mix. Yeasty and clovey, slightly grassy and earthy. A bit of tobacco even. Taste was even more complex. Quite creamy. Soapy but not in a bad way. Malty but quite dry. Lighter in body but not watery in the least. Lemony but not acidic. Grassy but not raw. Smooth finish. Complexity with everything working perfectly. Three bottles of this went down without a problem. I still want more.

granger10, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of steveh
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this one locally at a pretty reputable shop, but I'm a little worried that the bottled-on date is an indistinguishable code.

I probably haven't had Mahrs Bräu since my visit to Bamberg almost 10 years ago.

A -- Gusher when capped -- not usually a good sign. Otherwise, a slightly hazy deep golden color with a dense white head that holds up well and leaves good lacing.

S -- Wonderful bready maltiness, some mild yeastiness and DMS back. Maybe the vaguest sourness in the finish -- old brew? Can't say, but it doesn't distract.

T -- Big, toasty, bready, juicy, mildly sweet malts. Just a touch of spicy bitterness in the finish to compliment the malt sweetness. Great flavor for the style.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and chewy with a light-medium to medium body.

O -- Anyone who wants to learn what German beer can be all about and wants to know why many of us look for the best examples of the styles owes it to themselves to look into this beer. Imagine all this malt character in a 4.9 ABV beer. That's precision lager brewing.

steveh, Jan 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

rickski1981, May 10, 2012
Photo of Domingo
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have my local tavern to thank for this opportunity. The Bull and Bush managed to get a keg of this served on gravity. They even had a bunch of Mahrs branded halbe mugs as well. It was almost like being back in Germany for the evening....but with nachos!
Arrived a golden color with about 1/8" of foam that stuck to the glass as you worked your way down. There's just the faintest of haze since this is unfiltered, but you can still see right through it.
The nose and flavor matched each other pretty much perfectly. Bready and malty with a lot of lager yeast character adding a honey note. The hops don't add a ton of bitterness, but more of an herbal character in this case. While there's obviously no honey involved, the malts combined with their yeast and that herbal note make this almost like drinking something infused with honey.
This was served on natural gravity, so there was not crazy carbonation bubbles, but still the right amount of foam and texture.
I had 3 of these and had it been earlier in the day I'm sure another 3 would've been in the cards, too. It's almost the perfect version of a Bamberg helles, and this serving proves that we certainly can get something that's tastes just as fresh and authentic as they serve at the source.
I have no idea how the bottled product stacks up to this (the ungespundetes imports tend to be so-so), but this was was up there with the best beers I've had anywhere.

Domingo, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lord Hobo in a stein- pouts a clear golden straw color with two fingers of creamy white head; modest retention, a few spots of lacing, visibly effervescent.

Smells nice- pretty sharp dry hops and pale grains, good side if earthy yeast.

Taste is consistent with the smell- a little more pale malt sweetness, followed by a nice mic if the yeast and dry hops.

Mouthfeel is great- light body, moderate to full carbonation. Exceptionally refreshing for a hot summer day.

Hopdaemon39, Jun 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Tarso, Apr 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Googs, Sep 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

jaredtuk, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

BCFrog, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Gatch
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The "bottled on" space on the label is blank!

A: Clear, clean, golden-straw-yellow with a big, fluffy, pillowy, bright white head leaving behind a bit of lace and retention.

S: Lots of sweet and sugary malt with a hint of hops. Spot-on for the style!

T: So damn smooth, clean, crisp, and delicious! Everything I expected from this long-awaited drinking experience.

M: Carbonation is good. Body is great. Finish is superb.

O: Wish I had another bottle. This is seriously good stuff. I'm a huge fan of the style and this is up there with Schlenkerla. I could drink endless amounts of this delicious lager!

Gatch, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of mentor
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by a BA buddy I stopped into visit while on haliday in his area. Thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a full finger of fluffy white head over a cloudy pee-colored liquid. Smells of noble hops and mild malty sweet. The malt smells clean and fresh. A little bit tin-ish. Yummy with a hint of tettnanger hops. Taste...rounded rough malt mixes well with the tettnanger hops (which I consider taste a bit dirty and edgy). Just a touch of caramel. The beer is honey-ish sweet...not wet, not dry, but right in between. Hop bitter is minimal, but there is a bit of a grassy edge. This beer is a quality product that is representative of the flavor and quality of beers I had fresh on tap while in German a while back. Md-light body and mid-range carbonation. Full bubbles formed on the flat of my tongue.

mentor, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at When Pigs Fly. These guys put out a wonderful beer lineup.

A deep golden color with a medium-sized white head that left a fair amount of lace.

Nice aroma of sweet malt and floral hops. A good clean, grassy aroma.

Sweet bread taste, a hint of honey. Floral hops. Very rich.

This was a crisp, beautiful beer. I had two of these and could have had several more.

lordofthewiens, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

.5L bottle:

The beer poured a clear golden color that produced big, light, white head that was very well retained, which settled into a thin cap for the duration of the beer. The beer had a good aroma to it, sweet malt with a hint of lemon and spice. The taste of the beer was just as good, if not better, and exactly what I would think of for this style. Nice balance with just a slight edge to the malt and still with that hint of lemon. The beer had a light body to it. The beer was clean, crisp smooth and extremely easy to drink. I could drink this all of the time.

PhillyStyle, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of JustinOSU99
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden copper, with chunks of yeast sediment floating. Kinda reminds me of goldschlager from the college days and made me laugh. Looks good.

S: Corn, barley, fresh grass clippings, floral aromas, tobacco. Definitely and distinctly German, it smells a bit stronger than it's 4.9 ABV would indicate.

T: Extremely surprising taste, although I am far from an export on Munich Helles Lagers. Caramel and yeast are immediate on my palate which I didn't detect in the smell. There is some definite alcohol warmth, bread, brown sugar and molasses. Very tasty.

M: Tart up front, and plenty of carbonation. Takes me back to my times at the Hofbrau House.

D: Really tasty beer. I would buy again.

JustinOSU99, Feb 18, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It’s always a great day when I’ve got a real German beer in my fridge. I just hope it made the trip overseas relatively quickly.

The date code reads “Bottled on: 312,” which could mean the 31st day of 2012 (January 31, 2012) or the 312th day of the year (earliest possible being November 8, 2011); either way, this one is over eight months old. Not optimal for a lager, but whatever.

A: Very pale yellow with a bright white, sudsy head that sits at about an inch: yep, that’s a German lager. Tumults of bubbles throughout the body support a thin covering of retention, accompanied by soapy lacing.

S: Nice bready aroma to the nose, with subsequent sniffs fleshing out buttery biscuit, grain husk, soft straw, and clean lager yeast. Hops give a sharp note of acidic intensity, pepper, lemon-lime, and floral herb character wafting up above the malts – it’s a great balance of scents. Some residual sugars show up as creamy vanilla and strawberry puree, showing off that sweet malt scent I’d been hoping for. This lager seems to be hitting all the right notes so far.

T: A beautifully-crafted lager at first sip: its flavors are silk on the tongue. Flavorful malt and clean, bready yeast take center stage in a battle between sweet, toasted graininess, floury biscuit dough, and mild grape and banana. None of them really wins, and that’s alright with me; I really enjoy that intricate balance. There is a noticeable lack of hop bite (possibly due to age), but notes of lemon rind, citrus (mostly mango), and tea leaf astringency are still there. Finishes with barely any aftertaste: only a tiny taste of sweet grains and metals linger.

M: Not a thin body, but one that doesn’t have a ton of carbonation. This is the definition of a smooth-drinking lager, with a light body.

O: It seems like the brewer was trying to make the easiest-drinking beer on the planet – something that Bud, Miller, and Coors have been trying to do for years – and I think they just may have succeeded. From first sip to last, this was everything I wanted in an everyday beer: smooth, pleasing flavors that still don’t lack depth, as well as a creamy texture that doesn’t fill you up. It’s a shame I won’t be able to have it fresh unless I buy a ticket to Europe; still, I’ll be buying up whatever bottles I can while I have the chance. Prost!

BarryMFBurton, Oct 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

IrishKevin, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

wrightst, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

lupercmda, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

lord_jordo, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

herrburgess, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

HellesTrinker, Dec 07, 2012
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Mahr's Hell from Mahrs-Bräu
89 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.