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Jubelfestbier - Mahrs-Bräu

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 57
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: PorterLambic on 11-23-2004

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Photo of NEhophead
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl oz brown, swing-top bottle.
No best before date.

Pours a deep maple in color. Creamy, milkshake-like coffee colored head that slowly settles to a calm, thick sheet. A bit of condensed lacing.

Sweet toffee, caramel, and molasses; mocha cafe with a hint of vanilla. Deep, roasted hazlenut aroma. Very inviting, rich and creamy aromatics.

Subdued, semi-sweet toffee and caramel that turns watery. The malt profile is quite thin for a Marzen. A few hints of vinous fruit prior to a clean wheat and grain flavor. The finish is airy followed by a sweetened caramel and wheat-filled aftertaste.

Medium bodied; airy, and almost thin on the palate. Clean, but thin for the style.

A pleasant Marzen, particularly in the aroma, but a lacking the true robust flavor I would expect. Quite drinkable for the style as well.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
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

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml swingtop bottle. no date. tasted in mid-may 2009.

very dark reddish brown. no sediment or haze. 2-finger puffy, light tan head. recedes to wisps and ring. thin but consistent lacing, with getting fuller and better further down the glass.

aroma: molasses, dates and caramel w faint coffee hint. mild note of noble hops. cola hint. clean. nothing bad, nothing special.

taste: dark maltiness, cola, touch of roast or coffee. hint of plum, w mild acidic quality along with mild to moderate bitterness from grassy noble hops. again, nothing bad, nothing special.

light to medium body, with mild acidic and astringent tones toward and through the finish. moderate carbonation can be tingly and crisp, also giving lift and body.

i believe this is more along the lines of a munich dunkel, and not an oktoberfest/marzen, as currently listed here (in aug 2009)

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Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My diminishing capabilites as a German translator allow me to glean only that this beer is brewed for a joyful festivity. I assume the category oktoberfest/maerzen applies just based on the label art alone. The color however is a deep, black coffee brown, much darker than any "festbier" I've ever sampled. Perhaps it's a Bamberg thing.

The bouquet is seductive with raisin, cappuchino, blackberries and opium aromas in spite of an essentially milky, mild character. Roasted seeds and pale malt perfumes dance the floor. Dry and quenching while at the same time containing robust, tangy roast flavor. Sweetness is buried, something I approve of. Images of burnt budlets seem to squeeze out droplets of black fruit infusion. This is a wholesome beer. It moves in a cascading motion. Entertaining, pure, nutritious and quite gulpable.

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Photo of Shaw
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a neat swing-top bottle of this beer from my local pub, the Cock & Bull. I've had it in the back of my fridge for more than a month. Guess I should drink it now, considering the holidays are over!

It's a pretty dark beer for a Märzen. Very deep amber when held to the light. Its head is off-white and foamy.

It smells lightly of roasted malts. The taste is also malty and sweet with roasted notes. I wouldn't think of this as a Christmas/Holiday beer: it's not as "big" as American winter beers. But this beer tastes too good to penalize for that.

This is a beer good enough to drink all year. It's nothing fancy: just good German beer.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of kkipple
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An unusually packaged offering from Mahr's, I have no idea how old my sample is.

Pours a molasses-looking clear beer, with a fat fluffy happy looking head that's dark tan and sticks in layers to my glass as I down the beer. Very pretty, but super dark for the style.

Smells very malty and basic, metallic (hops?) and mineral water-ish, grainy and sweet. The malt profile is markedly different from an Oktoberfest, I suspect this is more a Schwarzbier...

A taste confirms my suspicions. This is a pretty good, light tasting dark beer, but a Marzen it ain't. Lightly roasted malt and coffee flavors are at odds with the deep color of this brew. Mostly getting a mild sweetness and pronounced grain character. Jubelfest is a very clean beer, watery and grainy, with a great roasty aftertaste that politely requests you drink more.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated for large gulps. Very drinkable, and pleasing on a cool evening.

No matter what style you file Jubelfest under, it's a good looking easy drinking, simple beer. Maybe not worth the $3 a bottle, but I would never turn one down.

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Photo of hero27
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured out of the swing-top pint bottle an extremely dark, opaque, brownish color. Looks much more like a stout than a marzen or oktoberfest.. Tan head left a decent lacing on the glass, but was pretty thin.

Smell: Fairly complex smell of roasted coffee..smells more like a stout or a porter perhaps..certainly not like any Oktoberfest i've ever had. Pleasant & unique aroma...

Taste: Rich, earthy coffee taste and roasted malt dominates. Hops are mild, but evident. The 4.7% ABV is weak, as far as i'm concerned. For a dark German Christmas beer such as this, I would expect somewhere around 6% or greater..

Mouthfeel: Smooth, relatively creamy mouthfeel that is easy going down. Best character of this brew, in my mind.

Drinkability: For a dark beer, the drinkability is fairly good. For beer in general, it's average. For a holiday brew this dark, the ABV simply needs to be higher, in my opinion. Overall, a unique Oktoberfest/Holiday beer which is worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened this today in honor of Red Sox opening day. Color when poured is of root beer barrels, head wasn't much to speak of and left quickly. Aroma is slightly chocolately and a bit malty. Tastewise it's a bit low, tight small carbonation. I am picking up low breadiness, and a bit of chocolate in the finish. I find the mouthfeel a bit thin as well. Wish it had delivered as well as the Sox tonite.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep brown color, almost black with a thick, creamy light brown head. Leaves a lot of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is malty and chocolatey. It has a huskiness, and a caramel and german malt aroma as well.

The flavor is malty, chocolatey, bready, with a toasted malt taste throughout. It is medium in body and smooth drinking. A very nice brew.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, that borders on black, with red highlights. The one inch head is a light mocha color that fades slowly to a thin swirling cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace. This has to be the darkest marzen that I've ever seen.

Smell; very pleasant roasted malts, with toffee, and a lot of dark fruits. There's also a touch of chocolate in the nose, with a bit of bread dough.

Taste; the dark fruits, most noticaby plums, come out on the initial sips, followed by the toffee and chocolate. The finish is all roasted malts, that gives this a bit of a dry finish to go along with a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but this only aids in the drinkability, as it would be easy to knock back a few of these.

This is probably the most "out of the norm" marzen/octoberfest that I've had so far. That being said, I enjoyed this, and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of JBogan
2.69/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown with a ruby tint if held up to bright light. No head whatsoever and no lacing or sign of carbonation at all either. It just looked like a glass of flat dark brown cola. Not very inviting.

Smelled of coffee and alcohol, with perhaps some bread as well. The alcohol presence seemed to lessen as the beer warmed.

Tasted a lot like coffee with liquor mixed in. Again, some breadiness but not much else going on.

Mouthfeel was semi thick, and again with no sign of carbonation. Not very exciting.

I'd probably rate this beer lower in drinkability if I were the only one drinking it. As mentioned I don't like coffee so this beer just wasn't my cup of ... er, coffee. For those who do however I guess this might be a beer worth at least a try. I was bit surprised how much I tasted the alcohol, as the ABV was pretty low. All in all, I wasn't impressed with this beer. I won't be revisiting this one.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with red highlights. Light tan head that falls away.
S - Nice roasted malts, dark fruit, toffee.
T - Very roasty, cocoa, a little char. A little like a porter light.
M/F - Medium body, carbonation a bit above average.
D - Not an Oktoberfest but probably a winter fest bier. As that it is tasty and very enjoyable.

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Photo of malty
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Rosewood color with ruby edges. A creamy loose 1/2" light khaki head sits steady and slowly diminishes to 1/4" within a couple minutes. Delicate but thorough rings of lace all the way down.

The nose is pure malt bliss. Toffee, chocolate, malted milk powder and vanilla nougat steadily emanate from this brew. The roasted malts smell very well rounded and soft - not at all burnt or acrid. There are some lush dark fruits in the background also.

The flavor of this is not as complex or 'deep' as the nose. But that's OK because the nose was reminiscent of what are usually to be the beginnings of a great porter (or even a stout!). The taste of shoe leather sits shotgun while gently roasted malts caress the tongue. A delicate flavor of smoke is detectable up front (in great Bamberg fashion, I might add) but slips behind the malty curtain after a couple seconds.

Mouthfeel is soft, creamy and low carbonated. The body is a bit on the lighter side of medium and the finish is ultra clean.

Drinkability is good. The beer is so cask-like that it doesn't bloat the belly whatsoever. The flavors are very unintrusive and would compliment many types of shellfish and BBQ.

Overall a very graceful and well-rounded dark lager. A stately Kostritzer if you will. I'm afraid people who don't realize how difficult it is to produce such a subtle and 'quiet' beer such as this will give it low marks. The WOW factor on this one lies in the details. Very flavorful, but doesn't steal the show. Nice malt complexity but doesn't coat the tongue. Mahr's really did a great job with this beer.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of mjc410
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim, not a bad call if I may say so myself.

Poured a dark brown with a tint of red in the light. A good 2 fingers of head to start, slowly diminishes to one.

Smells of corn, malt, milk, and plum.

Taste is very reminiscent of a Schwarzbier. Smokey up front, then very malty. Malt has a roasted flavor, and there are hints of oak and hop present but not dominant.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is middle of the road. Weight is a bit more than I prefer but it feels nice going down.

This is a good beer, and drinkability is only a bit above average for me. My beer stop doesn't usally carry this, but if I see it again I'll grab another or two.

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Photo of bcm119
2.94/5  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.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a pop-top lid this beer poured a rather intimidating glass. I was expecting more from it's intense color and character

Wet wood filled my nose when I first smelled this beer, intensifying as it warmed. It was an earthy aroma, tinged with prunes.

The flavor was similar to the smell, but with more coffee and chocolate notes. The malt is well-blended and a slight kick of bitterness at the end rounds-out the whole experience.

While I loved all the flavors, it just seemed a bit weak or watered down. Due to it's lack of chewiness, it would be extremely drinkable.

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

Served from a .5 litre swing top bottle with a vaguely holiday-themed label. Pours deep brown, almost black in color. Lots of malt and roastiness in the nose. Has classic German flair. Flavor is dry and smooth with a mellow roastiness, nice.

At first I thought the Marzen/Octobefest categorization was an error coming from the "fest" reference in the name. However, confusingly, the importer's website labels it as a "specialty lager/winter/holiday" beer, but then refers to it as an Oktoberfest. Technically this would score poorly as out of style for an Octoberfest but I did not reduce my score. Consider it a schwartzbier or perhaps a dunkel.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy dark beers that are muted in flavor. It has something to do with the smoke. Smoke can really turn me off on a beer and this beer is a well balanced low-flavor beer.

Now, when I say muted I don't mean to say it in a bad way. I'm just saying that I don't notice excessive hops, cloves, bananas, prunes, citrus, deep smoke or anything else done in mass quantities. There are complex flavors going on with this beer (coffee, caramel, toffee, malts) but no single thing disrupts the whole.

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Photo of Muddybuddy
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Impressive pop when I opened the bottle made me glad the cap was attached! I believe this is the 2005 Jubelfestbier, but there is no date coding and no way to tell how old it might be. Sampled on 1-18-06.

Appearance: Much darker than I expected after reading the style description. Very well carbonated as evidenced by the resounding POP! when I opened the bottle and the fluffy off white head that pours without effort. This beer has definite garnet color to the edges when held to the light, but otherwise is like looking at a big city during a blackout: opressively dark. Head dissipates to thin foam with islands in about three minutes.

Smell: Very malty and sweet character with a hint of maple or brown sugar that has been ever so slightly scorched. Hops are not particularly noticeable. There is a smell that strongly reminds me of oatmeal, but if this is brewed by the Rheinheitsgebot, then that wouldn't be an option. I can't wait to see what kinds of flavors lurk in this one!

Taste: For all of the above mentioned malt smell, it is really quite thin on taste overall. This would be a good beer with nearly any meal and menu. This could easily be a breakfast beer with a muffin because of its lack of strong flavor. There are some subtle roasty qualities, but overall it is a very inoffensive beer. This is what I imagine a mass market beer in Germany to be like. There is no distinct taste of alcohol or hops and the malt is really only present in a thin roastyness. The maple like aroma was a trick on my nose. I do taste a certain "mineral like" flavor that I can't really put my finger on, but I think it would be a safe bet that this is brewed with hard water. Overall very enjoyable, though not strong.

Mouthfeel: Wow! is all I can say. This is such a smooth, velvety beer without the stickyness that usually comes along with such beers that I just can't believe it! Give it a try and see what you think.

Drinkability: This beer would go well in a gallon size jug, because I want to drink that much and because of the mellow flavors and silky mouthfeel, I think I could!

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Jubelfestbier from Mahrs-Bräu
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.