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Mahr's Hell - Mahrs-Bräu

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BA SCORE
89
very good

112 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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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)
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Photo of baos
3.98/5  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.

Photo of meeekyh
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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 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 MTNboy
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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 fitzy84
3.95/5  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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

Photo of JustinOSU99
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
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.

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.

Photo of Nipitato
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

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 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 schusterbauer
4.97/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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 emerge077
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.

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 DrJay
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.

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 granger10
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of WesWes
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.

Photo of twelvsies
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mahr's Hell from Mahrs-Bräu
89 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.