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Mahr's Hell - Mahrs-Bräu

Mahr's HellMahr's Hell

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BA SCORE
88
very good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 02:33:39 | More by Sammy
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color capped by several inches of foam; both the retention and the lacing were decent

Smell: Bready malt with grassy hops; pilsneresque

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing grassy hop character; the finish adds a bit of lager twang, but retains the essential flavor elements

Mouthfeel: Light body with crisp carbonation

Overall: More hoppy than expected; a rather fine example of the style

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 03:30:19 | More by brentk56
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear and light yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly faded away. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose along with some hints of honey.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty and has some notes of butter in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. It has some creaminess and coats the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, and its low alcohol makes it very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 20:03:43 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You dont come around a good German made Helles lager often and it really is a treat when you stumble on one like this.Poured into a .5 liter sten a light clear lemon yellow with a tight one finger fluffy white head that held great retention,lemon stood out most in the aroma with a little funky wet grain-like note.Slightly toasted malt flavors along with a passing mineral character melds into a lemony finish,nothing over complex but sturdy and solid.It went great with a lemon and roasemary whole roasted chicken I made tonight better than any white wine in my mind,just a solid helles lager here to be had.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 23:15:04 | More by oberon
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light but bready malts with a little bit of hops in the background.

T: The taste is bready with a little sweetness flavors of light malts and lager yeast. There's a decent hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet. It's straight-forward but very well-done.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, excellent representation of style, this is nice lighter beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 17:23:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try the complete line-up from Mahr's for awhile, so this and the Bock are on my to-drink list.

Pours a hazy orange, nice to see that it's unfiltered. Two fingers of foam rise and fall over the course of 5 min. Sticky globs of lace mark the rim of the glass. Smell is bready malt and grain, certainly aromatic, but not especially exciting.

Leading off the flavor parade is bready malt, very slightly fruity yeast, followed by a faint honey-tea note, and chased by a dry hoppiness. Not bad, and a good example of the style.

This Helles would be a perfect session beer in warm weather.

edit: Just had a fresher sample. The mouthfeel seemed smoother, and there was a slight butterscotch type flavor. Honey taste was there, but not overly sweet. A subdued yet tasty lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 23:21:28 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderfully malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts along with a spicey German hop aroma. It's sweet and creamy smelling. The taste is decent. It's a light beer with a mild malty feel and a sharp hop content. It goes down easy with some residual maltiness, but finishes bitter and grassy. It's got a fruity nature, but seems to be a little too hoppy. The malts in the aroma are not as pronounced in flavor. The mouthfeel is decent as well. This is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but I've had better. I was looking for something a little maltier, but it drinks well nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 01:00:43 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big creamy head fades at a med pace with lots of lacing, crystal clear light golden pilsner color.

Nose lots of big toasty malts, very complex and layered with decoction softness, a light fresh laundry like strange aroma, light grainy soft straw and toastiness, creamy malts, light grassy hops.

Taste had lots of fresh toasty grainy malts, light creamed fermented straw, huge layered soft complex decoction mash flavor, quite grainy and hint of sweetness. Decent bite and almost farmhouse like earthiness, hint of grassy earthy hops, just a touch of lager fruits and crispness. Finish is fairly dry and crisp, nice lingering malty fresh mash flavor, hint of bitterness.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, soft and complex, decent carb.

Overall quite nice, wish I could try this on cask, its quite tasty and drinkable, sessionable, and good for what I've come to expect of good german beers esp mahrs.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 23:39:09 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 02:00:12 | More by Gueuzedude
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle at Tap and Table. Served with a tall Mahrs glass stein, the beer was a beautiful clear gold with a tall white head - we're off to a good start. There's the appropriate hint of sulfur in the aroma with light bread crust. This is a true German lager. It doesn't have the most unique or compelling flavor, but it's super drinkable and tasty. The subtle bread and grain flavors are complimented by a small spicy hop kick in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 13:08:27 | More by tempest
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kojevergas

Texas

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+

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 01:56:37 | More by kojevergas
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug) bottled on 5022
A- This beer has a deep yellow body with a thin wisp of white head that fades to a ring and some big slow bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- This beer has a big fresh wort aroma with a honey malt quality that is more rich than sweet.
T- The fresh light wort flavor has some rich honey malt flavors that are not to sweet and not to dry with a Noble hop bit in the finish that turns just a bit pungent and lingers a bit, picking up a sulfur note in the end.
M- There is a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz but no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer has a nice freshness in the malt flavors and a good support by the hops. Just a bit more carbonation could have really helped the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 04:02:30 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 23:36:25 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Redbones and served in a pint glass. Decent clarity with a bubbly lace ... bright pale golden hue. Fresh aroma of grain and flowery noble hops. Grape skin flavour from the Munich malt. Very clean in the nose and palate ... lots of sweet tasty grain, grass hop and ample crispness.

A very drinkable lager, perfect to pair up with the catfish sandwich.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 00:53:58 | More by Jason
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Moan & Dove, Amherst, MA. Presented in a pint glass.

Presented with 3/4" off-white head, over a deep golden brew. Light aroma of balanced hops and malt sweetness. Taste has a nice malt base, but stands out in my mind as crisp, citrusy, and lightly hoppy. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. An enjoyable brew I would revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2005 00:44:47 | More by ppoitras
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DoubleJ

California

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Mahrs itself in a 500 ml mug, on to the beer:

This one is golden yellow in color with a thick collar which retains well. Honey and grass make the aroma, and both aromas are vibrant. The taste is clean with pleasant grassy notes, honey bread, and a subtle citric note. With a slight crispness and light-medium body which helps make this beer very refreshing, this is one of many candidates for the stereotypical helles lager.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 18:39:16 | More by DoubleJ
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 04:21:19 | More by Bighuge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich gold and crystal clear, the beer was topped by a short, fine, bright white head that formed solid sheets of lace on the glass and showed great retention. Fresh grain aroma with a bit of toasty malt and delicate hopping. Light bitterness with a balanced malt sweetness. Some toastiness and fruit as well, with grassy hops lingering in the finish. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, off-dry and crisp. This is a great thirst quencher. Excellent balance helps make this a high-class lager.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2006 02:31:02 | More by DrJay
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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 13:24:20 | More by avalon07
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GClarkage

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2005 23:27:34 | More by GClarkage
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 01:00:52 | More by lordofthewiens
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at the brewery pub in Bamberg.

This helles lager poured a crystal clear, light amber color with creamy, white foam that settles to a thin coat. The smell was light malt with a hint of hops. The taste was nice, clean malt with mild hoppiness to balance, and with a hint of sweetness overall. The mouthfeel was very smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. The hoppiness came out in the finish. This was a very nice lager and is a great session beer (at least when the "U" runs out).

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2006 12:05:30 | More by UncleJimbo
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Absumaster

Netherlands

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 08:28:21 | More by Absumaster
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crossovert

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 23:49:47 | More by crossovert
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mentor

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 07:12:12 | More by mentor
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