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Jubelfestbier - Mahrs-Bräu

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BA SCORE
85
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: PorterLambic on 11-23-2004)
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Reviews by BuckSpin:
Photo of BuckSpin
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml swing top bottle in a thumbprint Seidel mug

Poured soft, slow, a little thick but with some life. Big loaf of a nose, just full of malt, crackers, bread crusts, thick with molasses. A slight minerality peeks thru adding some sharpness. As it warms some mild coffee liqueur sweetness peeks thru, even a peep of chocolate & caramel.

Easily 2 finger's worth, the head is a lunar landscape pocked with craters of various sized bubbles & their voids. The color of a good latte, its sticky and clings with some nice edge lacing as it slowly settles to a blanketing of the same with a soft sizzle. Actually, combined with the ruddy, burnt umber body it almost looks like a stout! This is easily one of the darkest, thickest looking Marzens I've seen. Thus far the nose & eyes are happy.

Thick n' full, it has a nice, rounded mouth-feel that is accented by a semi-sharp, dry crispness. The result is a nicely balanced, full lager experience. Cold black coffee bitterness, a little nutty, overall its bittersweet & drinking slow yet easy. I had some concerns about a Marzen being a "winter beer" but this interpretation is definitely ripe for the cold months.

It grows a little sharper & drier on the palate, coming together & more cohesive, even, flatter. It finishes with more of that cold black coffee bitterness and leaves an clean, light aftertaste of the same along with some faint nut qualities.

A very nice, easy to drink Marzen. It may sound weird, but I "enjoyed" this more than I "enjoyed" the taste of it. It tastes good, but the overall gestalt of the beer was more of a factor to me. I especially liked the full mouth-feel and how it drinks a little rich & heavy. This would be nice with any German fare, as well as any good sandwich on pumpernickel, etc. A nice cheddar or even a milder Bleu (Stilton?) could also be a nice foil. A most enjoyable beer that is right for the season. Give it a shot.

BuckSpin, Nov 29, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The darkest marzen I have come across pouring deep mahogany brown with some crimson hue with a light brown fluffy two finger head that settles slowly into a creamy froth leaving bits and pieces of lace behind.A little smoke to the aroma is what I picked up right away with notes of molasses and and star anise.Very nice creamy/fluffy mouthfeel full but glides down very easily and with no effort,in my mind not overly sweet somewhat earthy with unsweetened chocolate notes with some molasses finishing with hints of wood.A damn fine O-fest/ marzen flavors are subtle but with nice complexities,this would be my go to beer for the fesitval season although it seems more of a dunkel in character.

oberon, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is very, very dark for a fest bier. The head is actually brown. Maybe it's an emofest beer?

Smell – There's a rich, wonderfully pungent grain aroma here along with some light sugars and that classic German lager smell.

Taste – Oh, man, this is a full-flavored drink. The grain is just beautiful in the classic German style and there's a dark malt that is almost stoutish. I can actually taste a roastiness to this one.

The sugars though are not to be outdone. They are raw and unruly but easily kept in check by the stiff grain. It sounds like all of these edgy flavors would make for a clumsy flavor profile but this bad boy is singing.

Mouthfeel – This is a little bigger than light-bodied in the mouth and actually has some bitterness to it. The traditional German smoothness gives this an on-tap feel.

Drinkability – Yes, it's way too dark for the style and no, it's not supposed to be roasty, but damn it this is one fine beer.

RoyalT, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool swing-top bottle. Dark but clear brown with a big tan head. Molasses, malt, and smoke. Not so much smoke in the taste, but lots of malt, cocoa, and earthiness. Lighter than expected mouthfeel for a winter, but then I see it is actually an Oktoberfest. Dry finish. Never know what you can find at BevMo.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dunkel like with abundant lace. Fresh taste at Pizza Plant Transit. Roast in aroma, taste like a deep rich wine. Yeast is there to round out satisfying aftertaste. Full mouthfeel. Smooth, wheat characteristic and nicely malted to make it drinkable.
I had this again 1.75 years later on tap and it was great again.

Sammy, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swing top opens with a whoosh!

Pours deep chestnut with 2+ fingers of tan colored head. Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Roasty malt & some coffee note

T: Roasty malt & breadyness, plus a touch of licorice up front. Some oaky notes plus vanilla as this warms. Finishes with some herbal hops, a touch of grainyness & some caramel. Almost gave this a 4.5

MF: Pretty rich for the ABV& moderate carbonation

Drinks very easy, a different marzen to be sure, but a lot of flavor packed within

russpowell, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in hue with ruby highlights, in a wide ½ liter mug the liquid looks darker then I think it really is. Beige head, the pour produced two-fingers of head. Head retention was fair, it quickly faded to a thin, firm cap, and then it turned soapy. Subsequent lacing started immediately, it looked like tattered wallpaper. Damn, this beer looks great!

The nose lacks potency. I think it is too cold. I can understand some of the whispers; it smells like a direr Oktoberfest mixed with a Schwarzbier. Lightly roasty, minimal sweetness and some earthiness at the back is all I got at first. Once the beer warmed up… wow… the nose really shines. Everything is louder and smokiness emerges plus some chocolate. At first I would have called the nose average but after a few moments the nose livened up, a lot! Inviting.

The palate matches the nose, dry roasted maltiness with a kiss of tobacco, toasted bread, and caramel sweetness at the back. Earthy residue. Light bitterness. Once it warmed, smokiness developed as did some chocolate at the back. Lovely. The aftertaste is long, tasty… this beer tastes like an Oktoberfest had sex with a Schwarzbier. What a sexy kid. I really like this beer!

Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation, this is the weakest aspect of the beer. It doesn’t hold the palate well. It needs more beef.

This beer is plenty drinkable. I’ve enjoyed a few ½ liters on-tap at the Huber-Haus. What a solid beer this is… oddly, this is one of the few beers that taste better the less I think about it. In a way that is both a blessing and a curse, fun to drink but not when I have my beer geek cap on, rarely do I geek-out when I am at the Huber-Haus so that works out well. Get some.

bditty187, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fun bottle, great brewery. This should be a fun one. Into the Warsteiner stein glass.

A - Very dark, with beautiful amout of rocky head, and good lacing. Looks good.

S - Coffee, with nice cream hints, carmel malts, with a bit of alcohol. Balenced, with nice neances.

T - Starts out much like a marzen, with carmel malt and anise like sweetness. Were it differs is that when most marzens either give way to spice from the alcohol, or just die, this beer focuses on bitter coffee flavors, with some light fruits (melon?) mixed in. Interesting, a nice change of pace.

M - Creamy and full in the mouth, so good, this is just what I want in a marzen.

D - Wish this was less expensive, but it's soo good, I could drink this all night.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a .5L sing top bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a very dark brown to black with good carbonation. The head is 2 finger dark tan fades fast leaving plenty of lace.

The smell is sweetened dark fruits on fresh dark bread & a hint of alcohol.

The taste follows follows, Dark roasted malt with coffee, chocolate and dark fruit noted. The brew is very rich and very good tasting. The complexity is wonderful and the full flavors not just hints and notes make this a must try brew.

The mouthfeel is a bit of when considering the full flavors here you just expect the beer to be of full body. The body is medium but in line with the Marzen style and the carbonation id very good, Prehaps this brew would be higher rated as a schwartz Bier.

The drinkability is great, truly a brew I could drink a lot of every day.

Prosit Und Zum Wohl. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of bcm119
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Almost opaque; tinted dark reddish color with a fluffy tan head. Dusty, earthy chocolate malt aroma. Odd hodgepodge of flavors; mostly chocolate with earth, mineral, and herbal notes, but also with subtle overtones of a curious sour yeasty flavor. Fine carbonation, and very dry, tight mouthfeel. Minerally hops clean up the finish. Complex, but the flavors were possibly a little off. Not sure if this was a result of the long journey or not. Having sampled the beers at Mahr's pub and liked them alot, I would guess this is not how the beer is supposed to taste.

bcm119, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, a gift over the 2007 holidays, finally cleaning out the Holiday beer in early March 2008 (I guess I'm a bit behind!).

Pours a deep rich brown with ruby highlights, not at all typical of the Marzen/Octoberfest style identified here on BA. I am not up to speed on German styles, so I can't say what it is, but I think I know what it's not. Maybe more like a Schwarzbier? A minimal foamy head dies away quickly, with a complete lack of carbonation.

Aroma of roasty, peaty malts. A hint of bitter chocolate and coffee. The flavor continues the trend, with the coffee and almost espresso bitterness dancing in the dark. Spice notes and a very astringent ending on the tongue finish this one off.

A farily creamy mouthfeel surprises me- wasn't expecting that, but it helps make this more drinkable.

Overall, I have to admit, this just isn't really my style (excuse the pun). I guess it's OK, nothing specific I can fault, but it's just not grabbing me at my center of beerdom.

Dukeofearl, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

17oz flip-top picked up yesterday at Erickson's in Eagle for a pricey $6... poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger creamy looking off white head... brews is dark walnut... deep clear mahogany when held to a light.

Aroma is dark grains... not burnt... just dark malts with a touch of lite roast coffee.

Flavor mirrors the aroma.. but not quite as rich... dark.. but not much else going on.... there palate is mainly very toasted munch malt and subtle coffee... finish is fairly long though... body is light and the carbonation is smooth.

Overall... this brew is by no means a Marzen... not even close... more like a big-boned dunkel.. or a lighter tasting schwarzbier.... it is NOT an octoberfest style.

4/3.5/3.5/3/3.5

JohnGalt1, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

tclapper, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very dark colored beer for an Oktoberfest this is deeply brown colored with a good strong light brown colored head.

Smell is sweet with lots of coffee aroma. Along with the coffee there is nuts, vanilla, chocolate and caramel candy in here.

The taste starts out heavy coffee and vanilla with lesser chocolate, charred malt and caramel syrup flavors. This is a schwartzbier no matter what the label says.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but it certainly isn't really an Oktoberfest beer, this is a schwartzbier. Probably this exists as a schwartzbier option for the festival.

Zorro, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of mjc410
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour into my shiny new Mahr's Der Weisse Bock mug raises an immense head, so much that the 25 oz bottle's head overflow's the mug (I'm shamed). Thus, the head starts out at about three inches, and falls quickly in a rocky, central domed formation. Head color is light tan, astride a murky, near opaque dark brown-black. Lacing is very thick. Certainly darker than any O-Fest I've ever seen, but quite impressive!

Smells richly of toasted malts, dark bread, and a touch of cocoa. Not much to it, but nice.

Taste is a knockout! An O-Fest with a hint of porter to it. Deeply malty, with hints of chocolate and coffee. A very rich flavor. Ends dry, with just a touch of floral hops.

Medium in the mouth, medium-high carbonation.

Perhaps not a traditional interpretation, but a fun beer, nonetheless, and quite tasty.

mjc410, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 1 pint, .9 fl oz, swing-top bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Deep-brown, dark-maroon hue with an immense foamy head that left a thick, frosty layer of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild aroma replete with figs and prunes...
Hints of dark toffee, caramel cream, dates, rich malts, figs, and dehydrated fruits were present on the tongue... Overall, an excellent, subtle, flavorful sample...
Great creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a superb level of easy drinkability to match..
Top-notch stuff...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 9 oz. swing-top bottle (that opened with a loud "pop"):

Pours very dark brown, even black, with a bubbly, fizzy head that slowly descends and vanishes. Never saw such a dark O-fest. No lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with a hint of roast. A sweet schwarzbier comes to mind. A bland, late bitterness comes in in the finish to cut into the sweetness, though some residual sweetness clings to lips and palate.

Thin - a bit watery - towards falling apart. Carbonation is uneven, mild, and loses even more as it progresses.

Pretty drinkable for a beer that didn't thrill me at all. Probably that it's just bland rather than offensive. Well, the black characteristics puts this one out of style of a marzen/o-fest. So if you're looking for a tradition interpretation, this isn't it. Even out of style, it didn't really do much for me. A blandish maltiness with a hint of roast and a slight bland bitterness is pretty much it. Maltiness almost breaks beyond blandish, but not quite enough, to me. Overall, though -

jwc215, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of granger10
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Mahr's offering pours a really dark crimson black color. The darkest Oktoberfest I have ever seen. A huge cocoa tan head emerges. Cola like at first but then bubbly and foamy and more cappucino like. A few sheets of lace line the glass.

Smell is weak for me with notes of roasted barley, some darker fruits, and maybe some yeasty byproducts.

Taste begins with a sweet fruityness. A bittersweet roasted chocolate character follows. Some slight caramel underneath along with the faintest notes of clove and banana. The malts hold but a dryness really emerges towards the backside of this drink. Dried fruits, some smoky aftertones, and dark chocolate round out this offering.

Body is thick and roasty. Yet I could gulp with relative ease because of the balance of flavors and the yeast doesn't really lend an overbearing precense. Lingers a bit in the aftertaste. I could drink many of these during the Oktoberfest season. Quite unique for the style but also quite nice.

granger10, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of crossovert
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml swing-top.

It pours a super dark brown bordering on black with a smooth, foamy greyish tan head that has a nice cascade.

The smell is much like a dunkel with cocoa, raisins, sugar, and fresh baked bread.

The taste is total dunkel, and it is awesome, perhaps a bit roastier than most. It is dark, sugary with roastiness, a hint of bitter chocolate, and some earthy hops.

Somewhere between a baltic porter, a dunkel, and a schwartzbier.

crossovert, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a four-finger very light tan head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Nearly black color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts slightly sweet, definite hoppy finish but not overpowering. Good Oktoberfest. $3.60 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. The ABV is 4.9%.

jdhilt, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of KingFarm
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

KingFarm, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Kahlerbock, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of animal69
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this swing-top & was reminded of the Sailer beers of my youth; pours a very dark reddish brown w/ a creamy tan head that lasts, good lacing; not as malty you would think, w/ a yeasty, macro kind of aroma; not abad flavor, more af the malt comes through here, still a little thin; lighter bodied than most 'fests, lots of dextrins tho, leaving plenty of co2 in the mouth; overall not a bad beer, just a little off for the style, i'd drink it again...

animal69, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +5.8%

jmdrpi, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of DogFood11
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First Oktoberfest bier I've tried this year. poured into a pounder glass the brew supports a loose eggshell white head. Rather dark for the style and leans towards black.

Flavors are subtle with some earthy grain and a slightly woody backside. There is a tin angle that gets annoying towards the finish of each pull. Creamy texture gets bitten with a moderate charred bitterness about halfway through. Not sure what to make of this one. Not as smooth as most and definitely would not session this but it was enjoyable as a one and done.

DogFood11, Oct 24, 2007
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Jubelfestbier from Mahrs-Bräu
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.