Mahr's Hell - Mahrs-Bräu
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3.83/5 rDev -3.3%
Crystal clear with very nice light gold color. Minimal head that quickly vanishes to nothing. Nose is fresh malt, grape-like lager character, and some clean sulfur notes. Slight chlorine/soap undertone as well, but in a good way.
Taste is very similar: slightly sweet pils malt, expected yeast-derived lager character, and no hops to speak of. Low bitterness pushes it barely into 'sweet' territory, but keeps things in check. Not much else here.
Medium carbonation and medium body are solid. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think a lighter body would turn up the crisp factor. All in all, this is an excellent example of the style and is no doubt a fine beer. The malt character is just too one-dimensional, even for a Helles. I'll stick with Weltenberger Kloster Barock Hell, especially at half the price.
02-01-2012 01:06:08 | More by dpasotti
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
Had this on cask at the Jester King tasting.
This is a golden straw color with a sweet, floral honeyed aroma. Lucky bees! The taste has a hint of that honey-sweetness which lasts all the way through. There’s a fizzy effervescence that keeps it light.
01-27-2012 21:27:13 | More by elNopalero
4.68/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
01-14-2012 16:04:18 | More by Domingo
4.83/5 rDev +22%
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.
01-09-2012 22:25:29 | More by steveh
3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
10-21-2011 23:49:47 | More by crossovert
4/5 rDev +1%
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
10-19-2011 03:30:19 | More by brentk56
3.93/5 rDev -0.8%
On draft at Gastropub 775 in Reno, NV on July 26 2011.
This poured a rich golden color with average white head, decent lacing.
This had a wonderfyl light malty flavor and was sweet! There was virtually no bitterness, and there was a long finish of honey. Despite the lack bitterness, there was an earthiness to balance sweet malt
The beer was moderately carbonated and light to medium bodied.
I do not often drink this style (or lagers at all), and I found this beer to be much better than expected. It was subtle and very drinkable.
08-01-2011 00:07:55 | More by bceagles39
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
Had this on 2011-06-19 at the Bull's Head in Lititz, PA
A - Gold with a white head that fades. Mild lacing.
S - Biscuit, grass and a hint of flowers.
T - Big biscuit/bready flavor, straw, some light fruit like someone waived a lemon over top the beer but decided to not drop any in.
M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. It had a more substantial feel than I expected. It dries nicely and cleanses the palate.
O - This is a very well-balanced lager. It doesn't hit you in the face; it just does what it does very, very well.
06-21-2011 21:37:39 | More by Tucquan
3.2/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
06-09-2011 13:24:20 | More by avalon07
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
11-27-2010 20:03:43 | More by metter98
3.35/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
06-16-2010 10:37:12 | More by gfreed
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
05-14-2010 13:08:27 | More by tempest
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-03-2010 22:14:36 | More by baos
4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
03-17-2010 02:18:31 | More by meeekyh
3.88/5 rDev -2%
(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.
03-10-2010 04:02:30 | More by rhoadsrage
4.15/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
08-28-2009 02:01:05 | More by WYVYRN527
3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
05-07-2009 05:16:35 | More by rtepiak
3.48/5 rDev -12.1%
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
05-02-2009 22:33:30 | More by jsh420
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
01-03-2009 03:35:21 | More by MTNboy
3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
07-03-2008 02:00:12 | More by Gueuzedude
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
05-17-2008 18:32:00 | More by fitzy84
Mahr's Hell from Mahrs-Bräu
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