1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mahr's Hell - Mahrs-Bräu

Not Rated.
Mahr's HellMahr's Hell

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

112 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 112
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Mahr's Hell Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 64 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SPLITGRIN
2.55/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

With a vigorous pour you get about an inch of to quick fading bubbley head. Body is a hazy wheat colored gold.

Nose carries strong yeasty wheat notes with a citrus hint also.

Enters the mouth strongly yeasty and an abruptly bitter feel. A hint of sweetness with some style wouldnt hurt here. Really carmalizing on the taste buds, kind of like eating a fresh baked yeast roll. Mouthfeel is bitter and raw. Drinkable if you are into a raw. Drinkable if you are into a raw yeasty bitter German style brew.

Photo of Sailracer
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Absumaster
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bright yellow color with a thick, stable head that sticks to the glass. When I poured out the entire bottle, small chunks of yeast or sediment flood in my beer.

Smell is malty with some typical German sulfur smells. This is slightly more full-bodied than a German pilsener.

Taste relies mostly on the malt, which gives the beer it's character. On top of that there is a clean bitterness, that is a bit spicy and herbal. Mouthfeel is dry and bitter on the tongue. Drinkability is good. Nothing too exciting, just an average lager.

Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: More than anything, this beer smelled of malt, with traces of grass.

T: Tasted of malt up front, but in the finish there was a strong grassy component that was totally off-putting. All of this was punctuated by a definitive watery quality. Maybe it's just me, but the grassy quality is not an attractive flavor.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: At the end of the day, it comes down to the flavor of a beer and this flavor does not cut it.

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a .5L bierkrug at Mahrs Brau in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany. Cost was 2.30 euro. Reviewed from notes taken June 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear light copper-yellow. Appealing.

Sm: Cream, barley, light caramel, and maybe nuts.

T: Cream on the finish, with slight caramel on the fringe. Some indistinct nuts are in the body. Aftertaste is slight butterscotch (diacetyl?). Simple to an extent. Layered hop notes come together well on the climax. A bit imbalanced.

Mf: Buttery. A bit biscuity as well. Smooth and a bit too wet, complementing the flavours only slightly.

Dr: Very affordable in Germany, and quite drinkable - but it's nothing special. I might get it again if I'm in the mood for a decent lager.

High C+

Photo of jbertsch
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of gfreed
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blindingly yellow with a sheet-white head that is loose and bubbly, just as you'd want in a beer like this. There's some odd sweetness in the aroma-- is it corn? It smells like it. Sharp bubbles hit first in the taste, followed by some sweetness that remains unidentifiable (more corn? molasses?), some easily identifiable malt and finally a bite from the hops that is bitter but refreshing. Worth seeking out to try for the first time, worth drinking now and then but not a must-have.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright golden yellow color witha bubbly white foamy head. A touch of fog, like the break of a cool spring morning.

S: Holy Buttery Malt! Big aroma of buttery bread and yeast, with a solid malt back bone. Nice.

T: Light and crisp. Perhaps best suited for a summer day; crisp and fresh base malts with a light hoppy note. A bread note encompasses the entire experience.

M: Crisp and light. Refreshing. Mild carbonation makes it's way to the tongue. Makes me miss summertime.

D: Pretty good. I like the change up this one threw me. Not exactly what I was expecting, but still very good. More like a German Macro Lager, if you will. Worth trying.

Photo of Bighuge
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on "5022"

Hazy light golden. Slight bubbly white head. Very little retention. Aroma is grainy sweet with some dabs of hay-like hop aromas. Sweet grainy taste as well. With some bready and biscuity malt accents. Hops are light on the buds, maybe adding a little dryness. Pretty easy drinker. Light carbonation and medium-full body.

Photo of shbobdb
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours suprisingly dark and cloudy. When I think 'hell' I think 'bright' and this Helles ain't hell. It's more of a murky straw. There is yeast in there too.

The smell is freakin' wonderful, though. Munich malt, bread, and just general beer-y goodness.

The taste is all right, I guess. A pinch too much DMS, if you ask me. But the hops balance it out, so . . . it's not bad. I'm just underwhelmed. I had very high expectations for this beer and it's just not meeting them. It is *very* hoppy for a Helles, couple that with the yeast and . . . it's just too much.

The mouthfeel is very thin. As I drink it, the hops give a nice cottonmouth. Why in the world would I want a helles to give me cottonmouth? And the beer is simply too thin. I had a bud light earler today. This beer is about the same consistancy. That just ain't right.

Not bad, but I'm not terribly impressed. They could have done so much more, done this beer so much better. Too bad.

Photo of jsh420
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

bottled 5022
poured a light golden with almost no head

smells bready and hints of grassy hops

taste is similar to the smell - and i also pick up some carmel malt - taste is bigger then the 4.9abv it is

mouthfeel was medium body and flat but this is an old bottle i am guessing 5022 is 2/02/05
not a big seller around my area

drinkability - i would like to try this beer fresh but i think i would have to travel to germany ti di so

overall it mighty flavorful for such a small beer

Photo of GClarkage
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/27/05- Purchased at the Toronado on tap.

Presentation- Straw yellow with a hint of golden color. Very minute head with zero lacing.

Smell- A sweet grainy scent. Maybe a light tart fruity scent. Some kind of vinous fruit.

Taste- Very pilsesque, but with more flavor. A nice sweet grainy taste with a small amount of hops that linger around.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation. Maybe a tad bit thin, thus a tiny bit watery.

Drinability- Not a bad brew. This one would be a good beer to have with a meal that was on the saliter side. Also, probably a good summer brew.

Photo of GregaR
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jonb5
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden colour, medium head, clear. Initial red cabbage aroma faded, also detected some malt and citrus. Initially I tasted a burst of nut and mushroom which promised much but soon faded. It had a pleasant, balanced malty sweetness but it could have been more. Crisp texture, smooth on the palate, light to medium carbonation. Expected a lot after the first sip, eventhough it didn't quite deliver it was still not bad.

Photo of stella77artois
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Looks like a lager. Yellow with a somewhat thin head. I expect this beer wasn't exactly fresh, as there was very little carbonation, and the head dissipated very quickly.

S - A light amount of sweet malts, lager dankness, and a slight bit of hops. Spicy-ish hops, not fruity. Good smelling lager.

T - Kind of disappointed. This may be due to the beer not being too fresh, as it's among the top rated Munich Helles' here at BA. The slightly sweet malts are noted up front, along with a small amount of hops and yeast. The aftertaste is pleasant, and I notice a bit of black pepper. Most likely from spicy hops. Overall, not a bad tasting Helles, but I'm disappointed, as it's my favorite style, and I wasn't huge on this stuff. Similar to Weihenstephaner Original: rated highly, but I'm not a huge fan of.

F - Refreshing and crisp as a lager should be, but not refreshing in the way that my favorite Helles' make me want to take a long sip over and over do. I could certainly see drinking this on a hot day or on the golf course, though.

O - Not a bad beer, but I am disappointed. One of the best rated beers of this style (which happens to be my favorite), but nothing makes me want to purchase again. I would gladly try again if found somewhere cheaper (paid $5.49 for this 500 ml bottle - not worth it at all), but in the end, there are many better (and cheaper) Helles lagers. It's worth a try for lager fans.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Peoria, IL
Bottled on: "5022" which is very confusing.
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Mahr's helles lager comes across as a fairly standard version of the style, well-balanced between malt and hops, though the malt seems to have won out a bit in this bottle (probably due to age). While this beer was certainly drinkable, I found it lacking in excitement or robustness. Again, maybe due to age, but the hops were just not spicy or bright, and the malt was a bit one dimensional. I would probably look for a different helles next time, one with a bottled on date, because Mahr's does not get very good turnaround in North America, it would seem.

Pours a 2cm tall head of large bubbles on top, supported by smaller bubbles underneath, each of a fairly clean, white color. Retention is about average, slowly reducing to a thin cap atop the beer's body with some larger bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Body is a transparent copper-orange color, with light bringing out yellow-orange tones. Carbonation is visible, rising up from bottom center of the glass.

Aroma is similar to sweet bread with substantial graininess and a light bit of hop spiciness at the close. Fairly typical for a helles lager, not particularly standing out in any way.

Taste opens with some graininess and sweetness, tempered slightly by light hop bitterness. Mid-palate picks up continued sweetness, some bread-like flavors, and some floral and bitter hop contributions. Back of the palate focuses on noble hop bitterness more than any other component. Lingering aftertaste of sweet and bread-like malts with some residual bitterness. Again, fairly typical for a helles, not particularly exciting.

Beer is medium-bodied with fairly active carbonation, though the beer isn't prickly on the palate. Resulting mouthfeel is crisp and tight across the palate, the sip is moved along quickly due to the carbonation. Finishes quite dry, with little residual sugar as there isn't any stickiness on the mouth afterwards.

Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one-fingered white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Light nearly clear amber color. Slight malty & hoppy nose. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Mild flavored some sweetness, hops in the background, nothing overpowering, makes a good session beer. $2.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

Photo of crossovert
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

It pours a deep vibrant gold with a nie white head that leaves some good lacing.

The smell is sweet and malty with some slight herbal hops.

The flavor is nice, a sweet balance of hops and malt. Just a light bitterness. Smooth.

Another good one from Mahr's.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow with bubbly head. Lace left on the glass. Floral and malty aroma. Very drinkable thirst quencher though on bitter side and smoothly malted and carbonated, light bodied. Interesting for a lager.Thanks for the recommendation Putnam, purchased at Cloverleaf in Detroit.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled On date of 0710; Sampled July 2008
A brisk pour produces only a thin, pale white colored head. The aroma is at first pretty light struck, but this dissapates to a lightly herbal hop note after a bit. A light sweetness from the malt character contributes something a touch like honey and there is a nice, dry, toasty grain character reminiscent of crushed saltine crackers. A hint of lemon zest rounds out the mostly herbal hop aromatics here.

Cool and fizzy the beer has a bitting carbonic note to it up front and is quite crisp from the cool serving temperature. This finishes with a nicely noticeable, bitter hop bite. Fairly light bodied, but does have some viscous malt body to it. A touch of lemon zest again combines with an herbal hop flavor and a touch of grassy / hay notes; this last from both the hop and the malt components. A hint of malt sweetness becomes a bit more noticeable as the beer warms up, but mostly the malt character takes on cracker-like and light, toasty grain notes.

Not a bad beer, probably not at its peak condition after traveling across the pond, but still quite quaffable.

Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a yellow gold with a rather small head. smell is like a pilsner. not so much on the bright malty side. smell of straw, apple, and some honey. the taste is earthy. some apple/honey sweet. but the beer seems to be carried by the bitterness. i know that between a helles and a german pilsner, the comparison is like splitting hairs but it seems as if this still has to much hops headlining for the style. the malt character is rather simple and subsidiary to the dry, earth, bitter of the pilsner hop.

Photo of Windigstadt
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A bright golden color, crystal clear with a rocky head typical of a German beer.
S- Quite floral for a Helles, with notes of honey and tangerine in the sweet malt.
T- A slight noble hop flavor up front gives way to sweet malt. A hint of orange peel complements the brown sugar flavor of the malt. The beer finishes with a slightly citrusy hop bitterness that keeps the beer from being cloying.
M- While full-bodied, this beer was on the light side for a Helles, with relatively high carbonation.
D- Definitely a session beer.

Overall: A very good example of a Helles. Nothing crazy, but nothing has to be. That's the beauty of a Helles.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Mahr's Hell from Mahrs-Bräu
89 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.