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Mahr's Hell - Mahrs-Bräu

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103 Ratings

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-28-2003)
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Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

05-10-2008 17:23:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of JustinOSU99


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

02-18-2008 00:32:30 | More by JustinOSU99
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -4%

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.

12-23-2007 23:15:04 | More by oberon
Photo of Windigstadt


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

11-16-2007 22:55:45 | More by Windigstadt
Photo of Nipitato


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

07-03-2007 16:29:49 | More by Nipitato
Photo of Absumaster


3.18/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

03-23-2007 08:28:21 | More by Absumaster
Photo of Bighuge


3.43/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

03-06-2007 04:21:19 | More by Bighuge
Photo of schusterbauer


4.97/5  rDev +25.5%

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.

01-27-2007 15:20:51 | More by schusterbauer
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3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

12-31-2006 02:28:45 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of emerge077


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

10-23-2006 23:21:28 | More by emerge077
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

08-04-2006 02:33:39 | More by Sammy
Photo of DrJay


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

06-15-2006 02:31:02 | More by DrJay
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3.45/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

05-17-2006 22:41:44 | More by shbobdb
Photo of granger10


4.83/5  rDev +22%

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.

04-08-2006 01:04:56 | More by granger10
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

02-22-2006 01:00:43 | More by WesWes
Photo of twelvsies


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

It's tough to tell how this one is really different from the Mahr's Bock Bier I had a couple nights ago. The main difference I think is that this is an overall lighter beer, though it shares many of the same qualities, starting with the appearance. This beer is a light orange to darkish straw yellow with a nice head, though it doesn't last long, and nice crisp clarity. Smell and taste are full of wet grains, sawdust, and a lightly sweet malt backbone. Tones of honey (I find this in almost all the Mahr's beers), and a nice crisp and spicy hop profile. I think the bock bier has a higher abv and therefore is a little spicier and sharp, while this beer is nothing but soft on the palate and uber drinkable. Can't go wrong with Mahr's.

02-18-2006 18:29:54 | More by twelvsies
Photo of mentor


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

01-24-2006 07:12:12 | More by mentor
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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).

01-16-2006 12:05:30 | More by UncleJimbo
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

compact creamy head on a orange golden color body. a smell of fresh straw, dry but sweet with notes of honey. The honey gets more noticeable in the taste and with its delicately floral and caramelynotes, it gives the brew an enjoyable character. Sweet, with a moderate hoppiness that doesn't alter the nice round mouthfeel of the brew. Grainy but in an subtle and enjoyable way, almost as creamy as an oatmeal soup. The carbonation is just right for the brew to be really drinkable.
A pretty good brew, right into the style. I had it a little warm, and it was pleasurable nonetheless.

01-02-2006 19:39:45 | More by tjd25


2.55/5  rDev -35.6%

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.

11-16-2005 04:04:19 | More by SPLITGRIN
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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.

08-04-2005 19:53:51 | More by putnam
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

04-06-2005 23:36:25 | More by jdhilt
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Cloudy golden-yellow color with a minimal white head. It does leave a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is biscuity and toasty...typical German profile. I get a bit of graininess and corn, but it has a solid malt backbone and the noble hop aroma. The flavor is nice, crisp and toasty...a very nice malty flavor throughout. Hop flavor is present, but it is in the back to the full malty flavor. Very clean and crisp....light bodied, and somewhat creamy in texture. A very drinkable beer.

02-13-2005 02:08:23 | More by BeerBuilder
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3.48/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

01-27-2005 23:27:34 | More by GClarkage
Mahr's Hell from Mahrs-Bräu
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