Mahr's Hell - Mahrs-Bräu

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88
very good

66 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 120
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 16
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mahrs-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-28-2003

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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 120
Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of gfreed
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of baos
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Poured into Mason jar. Decent head lemon-grassy aroma. Head dwindles to nothing and not much lacing to see. Tastes very mellow and refreshing. Nice almost sweet malty medium light body that ends slightly grassy and dry finish. A good brew I will try more from Mahrs Bräu. Try one on; a very refreshing and drinkable brew. (335 characters)

Photo of meeekyh
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured tis beer from a Pint-plus-9oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is a pale golden yellow and the head is very white nicely fluffy but without lacing. There is nothing really nice looking about this beer, though the brown bottle and ornate lettering are attractive.

Boy is that one serious nosefull of malty barley! Smells like a grain mash, very sweet and grainy. There are slight floral notes too but this is a beer that showcases light malt, and does so well.

Taste really matches the nose. It is malty, sweet and full. There is almost no hop bitterness but there is a notable hop flavor. As in the aroma it comes through as floral and light.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth and the sparkle is light all combines to make for high drinkability. (757 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.87/5  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. (728 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep golden color with a white head that settles quickly. The carbonation is vigorous and there is afine sediment thrown as well.

S: Biscuity malt aromas are dominant, with hints of straw and slight fruity notes.

T: Almost identical to the smell. Fresh baked bread , dried straw, and honeyed character overwhelm the senses. It's followed by a nice crisp hop finish.

M: More full-bodied than I expected. This Helles has a nice mouthfeel, as it coats the palate.

D: Mahrs still continues to amaze me. This may be one of their best offerings. Very easy to drink. I wish I had more than one. (604 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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 (485 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a light copper color with a thick snow white head and lace. I hardly ever notice the aroma it seems until half way through. It has fruity hoppy smell with a little bit of malt. It is sort of buttery. You can taste the malts and yeast in this beers body but they are not overpowering. The hops in are mildly floral. The mouthfeel is fizzy but there is hardly any bite. (380 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moan and Dove had this bottled after a long hiatus from the bar. The drink poured with a clear gold appearance. The head quickly thinned away toward mostly lacing. The aromas were, in general, faint fruits, hops, malt and even some hints of vanilla. The taste was mostly bittersweet with sharp hops and doughy flavors. Great carbonation made this enjoyable until the end. Overall, wicked good. (393 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of JustinOSU99
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of Windigstadt
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Flat gold color with some suspended yeast visible. Visibly effervescent. The pour releases a creamy white head that drops away to a thin whispy topping. Sticky lacing developed as beer is quaffed.

S: Grainy sweet malt aroma. Very clean and fresh. A touch toasty as well.

T: Quite clean flavor with strong sweet grainy malt character. Crisp noble hop flavor comes through.

MF: Smooth medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D: Easy to drink nice malty sweetness is very pleasing and makes this beer easily sessionable. (594 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.42/5  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. (342 characters)

Photo of schusterbauer
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +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. (795 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (496 characters)

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