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Mahr's Pilsner - Mahrs-Bräu

Mahr's PilsnerMahr's Pilsner

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BA SCORE
87
very good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%


Brewed by:
Mahrs-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-20-2002)
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tmzl

Slovenia

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with light (medium bubbles), large, white head. Good, slow retention (breaks down with bigger bubbles). Leaves a solid, thick layer, stays for the whole ride. Huge amount of carbonation, lots of tiny bubble chains. Clear and golden, as it should.

Smell: Hay that goes floral with some light citrus, grassy touch. Soft pale malt sweetness with some bitter honey notes. A bit peppery. Pleasant and fresh.

Taste: Hay goes to light pale bread, biscuit malt sweetness and continues into spicy floral hop notes that transform at the end into a spike of medium noble hop bitterness with very light biscuit, herbal honey sweetness. Very light zesty sourness and earthy notes. A fun ride for a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, sharp high carbonation, light body and dry. Makes you drink it fast.

Overall: Good pilsner representative, fun and complex enough, still pleasant and fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 18:15:55 | More by tmzl
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boddhitree

Germany

4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shipped fresh from the brewery, best buy date 5 months out, so a 4 week old beer.

For those of you who gave this beer a low rating (under 4.0) ,either 1) you didn't get a fresh bottle and missed out on most of the subtle flavors herein and therefore your review isn't valid IMO, or 2) you have horrible taste, or 3) stay away from rating Pils beers if you are DIPA-lover or hop-head.

Aroma:
Some Pils malt aroma and Noble hops, bu I have to swirl it to get it really popping. Mahrs' is also a tad sweeter in aroma, less rich deep bread-like malty smell.

Flavor:
Mahrs Bräu's Pilsner is good, bready, more like fresh toast. The front has some bitterness but it's in the middle of the tongue where all the giant bitter notes pop out. I've never had a beer where the middle was bitterer than the front of the tongue. On the sides, some Pils malts but not so sweet, again bready. In the back, mmm :) the Pils malt sweetness and a nice blast of caramel. In the aftertaste, more sweet Pils malts but also a bite of sharp bitterness to bring back a balance. I has very slight metallic taste, maybe not exactly metallic, but something in that direction near the end, too. Overall, very balanced and wonderful.

Mouthfeel:
Wonderful, the thickness you expect in a Franken beer, cozy, süffig.

Overall:
The Mahrs is most balanced and managed to get caramel flavors in the mix, too.
I love the Mahrs Pils for just being the goldilocks of sweet Pils malts and hoppiness, and finding a way to incorporate hints of caramel into a Pils.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 12:23:39 | More by boddhitree
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kojevergas

Texas

2.28/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle served into a bierkrug at Mahrs Brau in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany (they were out of the draught version). Reviewed from notes taken June 2011. It was very affordably priced.

A: Pours a two finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Cream and clean full barley. That's it. A rather simple unflattering aroma.

T: Stale crystal malt and crystal hops, with light cream over a mediocre barley foundation. Mucky aftertaste. Simply crap. Poorly built. Imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thick and a bit lumpy. Matches the style but not the beer's flavours.

Dr: Affordable garbage. A "student beer" in polite terms. Not a good choice if you're at Mahrs Brau.

D+

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:01:05 | More by kojevergas
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
"Bottled on 275" stamped on bottle...275 of what?
Poured into a tulip glass

Mahr's pilsner was an enjoyable pilsner on a mildly warm day. The focus is on grassy and floral hops mixed with cracker/biscuit malt flavors with noticeable sweetness. The beer is quite satisfying and easy to drink, a definite one to try and enjoy again if found.

Pours a large, fluffy, head composed of medium and small bubbles that are off-white in color. Head has substantial lasting power, remaining at least 1cm thick through the entire sampling. Significant lacing is left along sides of glass as the head settles. Body is a bold yellow color, semi-hazy, with plenty of carbonation streaming along sides and center of glass. I can't think of any fault with this beer.

Aroma of Noble grassy and floral hops with biscuit undertones. Not an amazing aroma, but solid and enjoyable (was probably more expressive and rich when young, but you never seem to find a fresh bottle of Mahr's).

The flavor focuses on bright, sweet malts upfront, which are quickly tempered by a lemon-like bitterness that then dissolves into floral and grassy tones. Mild bitterness is evident from mid-palate forward, which tempers the bright malt sweetness quite nicely. Fades out with renewed bitterness along back sides of tongue and herbal hop components. Aftertaste is mildly citric, bitter, herbal, and malt-derived sweetness.

Beer's body is medium in weight with a vibrant carbonation that melds well with the style, expectations based on style, and the bright taste of the beer. Resultant mouthfeel is slightly prickly, but gradually foaming up to form a somewhat smooth latter half. Closes out with a semi-dry feeling.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:17:34 | More by falloutsnow
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Domingo

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle of Mahr's sans dust? A must-buy!
Pale light yellow a few shades lighter than the hell. Slight haze showing this is unfiltered. The foamy head is extra lively, too.
Similar to the helles, clover honey and bready malts hit the front of the palate. However the hops are more potent and slightly less herbal. There's still a little bit of herbal earthiness to it, but it's slightly more traditional hallertau. The back of the palate is bitter, but never sharp. The vanilla creamy malt note (not diacetyl, it's more of a sweet malt character) from some of their other brews shows up here a little, too.
So good and so drinkable. My bottle only lasted about 5 minutes.
Not quite as fresh as from the source (or a firkin) but still damn good.
Love Mahr's to death. A great beer from one of the best brewers anywhere. If you like German beers, you owe it to yourself to try this one and really anything else from them.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 01:41:23 | More by Domingo
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firkin at Beervana.

Light fizzy head of just a few big bubbles, as typical from a firkin, mostly clear pilsner golden pale color.

Nose has lots of fruit, apple, pear, lager fruits, a nice crisp lager aroma, lots of soft complex malts, light floral noble hops.

Taste is similar, bringing nice crisp lager flavors and fruits, apple and pear again. A really nice soft almost creamy complex malt from a well done decoction with a hint of sweetness. Then a nice hop bitterness comes through starting light then intensifying but never too much, with a nice floral noble hop that starts to get very slightly spicy on the finish as it also dries. Lingering fruit, soft malts, and some hop bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bodied, lower carb due to firkin.

Overall really nice, refreshing and drinkable with a lot of flavor. Typical Bavarian pils, lots of lager flavors, soft but complex malts, nice hop kick. Wish I could brew like this.

Serving type: cask

10-25-2011 11:40:33 | More by jlindros
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz gravity pour at the Farmhouse from a cask. Beautiful clear golden straw color with 1 inch of bleach-white head. Nose is floral and like spring time. Palate is crisp and a little Sharp with a nice hop twang. Flavors float around pale honey, wild flowers and straw. Long, lovely finish for a pilsner. Truly amazing!

Serving type: cask

10-25-2011 02:45:52 | More by SFLpunk
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crossovert

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't able to try this during my trip to Bamberg but I did find a bottle. Bottled on 27/5. If that is this yea that isn't bad, should just be hitting its best by date.

It pours a really nice color. It is a clear vibrant gold with lots of tiny bobbles and a perfect white foamy golf-ball like head. As it slowly recedes it leaves a wall of lacing.

The smell is obviously a bit neutered. Both because of the freshness and the presumed pasteurization and trip over. But it smells pretty good nonetheless. It smells a bit like a Noble pils actually. It has a good deal of herbs and medicinal qualities in the smell along with a big hit of lime zest. There is also some earthiness and light sweet, fruity smelling malt. Definitely complex for a pils.

The flavor, whole not at is peak is still delicious and refreshing. It is nicely hopped with that fresh herb taste of noble hops and a light bitterness on the back end. The malts are still decent'y vibrant with some nice breadlike qualities. There is also a fruitiness/sweetness coming form the malt.

When fresh this thing is probably a beast. Get it as soon as you see it on the shelf in the US, but ideally go try it in Germany, it will be amazing.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 22:03:14 | More by crossovert
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tompearson

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow.
I'm touring Pils beer these days and loving it. From a NW hop head that's saying a lot.
This one is my favorite. Here is what is really interesting:
We'll be in Bamberg Germany this summer so I'm ready for it on tap!. Mohr Pils in July on the Rhine River. Can't wait.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:16:07 | More by tompearson
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Great german pilsner. Yellow hazy with a billowy white head. Historic smeling, a little grassy and citrusy. Tasted sweet buscuit malts and fain citrus hops. Medium carboantiona and body. Fairly smooth on the tongue. Would get it again. Went great with pizza.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 14:24:23 | More by jbertsch
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plfahey

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale Yellow and very lightly hazy. Moderate white head with fine bubbles and moderate retention. Some nice lacing.

Aroma-Complex aroma-sweet, grainy malt with some biscuit characteristics, floral/spicy hops with some citrus (I'm not sure if the citrus is from the hops or if it's a yeast character in this one), and very light background diacetyl. Yum.

Flavor-Hops make a greater showing in the flavor, but are not overly bitter and are certainly not harsh. Light grainy malt and almost a low honey flavor. Hops have a floral, spicy, and citrusy flavor. Malt dries out in the finish leaving the light hop flavors to play out into the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium low body, Medium high carbonation. Medium crisp, could be a hair better in this department, but still quite smooth-no harshness or unpleasant astringency.

In the words of a great woman-I could drink a shitload of this. This is a delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 05:41:58 | More by plfahey
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and poured with a bright white head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of grassy hops in the nose along with some notes of biscuit malts.
T: The overall taste is rather malty and has notes of sweetness; it has flavors of biscuit and grainy malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate and relatively thick for the style. A moderate amount of carbonation is perceptible. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: It's very easy to drink this beer, which is quite refreshing. It wouldn't be too difficult to have several of these in one sitting. I definitely would try this again because the taste is very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 19:35:10 | More by metter98
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.9 oz bottle poured into a footed pilsner glass.

A: Clear and pale yellow with a steady stream of bubbles quickly rising up to a huge, frothy, rocky white head. Head retention was good and it left very sticky spider-web like lace all the way down the glass.

S: Pilsner malt, light citrus notes of lemon and lime, and some grassy hops.

T: Light biscuity malt taste, grassy and citric hops. Finishes dry. This is a very clean and crisp beer.

M: Mouthfeel is very light, almost watery, and there is a heavy amount of carbonation. On par with the style.

D: Drinkability is very high. This is a very light, refreshing beer. Perfect for the summer months.

Notes: This beer felt a bit bland to me. The hop profile seemed subdued. A bottled on date was curiously absent, though I was assured that the store did not have it on their shelves for more than three weeks. I suspect that it wasn't as fresh as it could have been. I have also had it on tap, and thought it was much better that time around.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:21:39 | More by ryan1788a5
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The unfiltered version was on tap at Max's at the 3rd Annual German Fest. An excellent pilsner,though not in the same league as the Wruzburger Pils. Despite being unfiltered, I'd hesitate to label this a kellerbier as it was closer to a traditional pils than a kellerbier.

Pouring a mildly hazy light yellow with a dense, white head, this is a good looking beer. The nose has a ton of hops, with a blend of herbal and earthy hops dominating, with some lemon and grass playing a secondary role here. There is also some biscuit/cracker-like malt character present. The palate opens quite hoppy, with a blend of earthy and grassy character, along with some lemon. Not as herbal as on the nose, this is actually quite delicate. Pilsner base malt is noticeable, lending a light cracker sweetness. Drying on the finish, this beer is light in body and quite soft, both in terms of carbonation and water profile. Lightly bitter as well, this is a solid beer, one that I will drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 22:49:01 | More by DefenCorps
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Hazy unfiltered straw yellow, highly effervescent with a big billowing head that retains well, leaving behind thick lacing.

Lemony, zesty hop aroma; peppery yeast, pilsner malt. Mild but very pleasant.

The palate is delicate, malty and mildly sweet up front. Hops are floral, herbal, citrusy, while yeast lends a bit of peppery spice. The finish is dry but only mildly bitter - I find myself wishing it had more bite, though it's still a delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 18:27:04 | More by largadeer
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Brad007

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see another pilsner available to try.

Pours a bright yellow color with a decent one-finger head into my pint glass. Looks good so far for the style.

Aroma is sweet and full of chewy malt upfront. A decent hop bite is around as well.

Taste is full of sweet, bready malt with a mild amount of hops. Easy to drink. Nothing harsh. Almost creamy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grainy, sweet, bready malt and the hint of hops. Very well done carbonation-wise. Quite authentic to the style.

Very nice and drinkable. Definitely how I feel a pilsner should taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 05:14:25 | More by Brad007
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A - Pours a nice golden straw color with some haze to it. Almost like a Hefe. there is a dense head of about .5 in that has medium sized bubbles . Active carbonation at the bottom of the glass. Nice.

S - Straw and grainy malt is immediately present. Nice an earthy tones on the nose. Spicy hops but mild.

T - Sweet malty grains initially followed by some nice citrus hints. Orange-like. Very earthy and grassy malt. The citrus factor is pretty overwhelming but not necessarily in a bad way. Some fruity notes are in there somewhere.

M - Light, crisp and good

D - High, refreshing, good co2

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 03:20:21 | More by JoEBoBpr
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came across this in the newly expanded beer section at Berman's Liquors in Lexington, MA. Amber-tinted straw color with a head the bubbles merrily and shines like a full moon. Plenty of spice and pepper in the nose with a slight lean on malty sugar. I expected a bitter smack in the taste but was pleasantly surprised by how it favors malt rather than hops. There's still a peppery spike at the back end but it's mild; the taste is definitely tilted toward malt with a good dose of pears and perhaps some apricots. A nice find, especially for those who find some German pilsners to be bitter. A nice weekday beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 01:04:24 | More by gfreed
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jsh420

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 5 0 22 - whatever that means

pours bright yellow gold - plenty of sediment in the beer - 2+ finger head that leaves no lacing

smell is sweet cereal grains with some spicey hops

taste is cereal grains lemon with some spice hops on the finish

mouthfeel is so so - beer is flat no real life

drinkability is good even though the mouthfeel is not so good - the taste is solid

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 01:30:56 | More by jsh420
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melagnus

California

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pilsner malt produced Straw (SRM 3.5) to Pale Gold hues, with finger-thick white head that fades quickly. The head has a sudsy consistency and is easily roused when swirling this fine looking liquid in the snifter.

S - A beautiful bouquet of Hallertau hops consumed the senses, giving off a mild citrusy note that seems dry and crisp. Phenolic spiciness also comes through on the nose.

T - Medium in body, this beer balances the hops and malts perfectly for this style, with a to-style edge going to the bittering Halertau hops. The beer has a sweet malty consistency, which gives a slight syrupy aspect to the beer, but then dries out on a bitter-note in a crisp refreshing way. By no means the crisp finish of a Bohemian Pilsner, this Franconian-style Pils is an absolute gem! Although it states 5.0% on the label, their website states the beer is 4.9% ABV, so not sure what to believe. Either way, a Session Beer it is and a damn good one!

C - I haven't had a proper German Pilsner since leaving Germany and after tasting this, I've started to long again for the beer I once used to be able to get so fresh! Old World they are, but the traditional brewing method utilized in brewing most German beers clearly shows the love and passion they still have for all things beer-related! Pair it with some German Kartoffelsalat (potato salad), Schnitzel (traditionally utilizes a pork cutlet) and some Sauerkraut (pickled sour cabbage) and enjoy!

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 18:46:25 | More by melagnus
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Offa

California

4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent German pilsner with solid character.

Faintly hazy gold, it has a medium, off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin, permanent foamy top and a little lace.

The aroma is very nice and very fresh, an excellent and quintessentially German-pilsner aroma. It has strong fresh bread, lemon, herbs, and grass.

The flavour and feel are also excellent lightly sweet maltiness with plenty of malty flavour just dominated byt a clwear hoppy bitterness that lingers and has plenty of hop flavour. It has a strong bready character with lots of herbs and lemon. It is lively, zesty and frothy, yet also slightly oily, giving a firm, frothy feel. The character holds up very well.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 19:00:01 | More by Offa
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Amalak

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this and it's a decent pilsner. Light color and good carbonation. Has a good bitterness to it that Pilsners provide. It's very easy to drink.

I love Pilsners and this is very good. Not excellent (it could use a little more flavor to it), but it has a good taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 00:57:38 | More by Amalak
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MTNboy

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours light yellow it has a little bit of carbonation streams to the body and has great white head and lace. The smell is of grass and a little bit bread like with some herbal hoppiness. It has an earthy grain taste with some herbal hop tones. It has a nice flavor in all but there is some metallic bitterness. It has a very light mouthfeel with a some bite.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 01:12:52 | More by MTNboy
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, hazy yellow in color. Thick whipped egg white head that shows great structure and retention. No visible carbonation. The inside of the glass is left with almost perfect rings of carbonation.

Grassy, earthy aroma

Flavor is fresh, deep and smooth. Slightest lemon flavor, cracker notes and then right to a earthy rich hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker than most Pilseners but not too thick. Smooth and silky with just a tingle of carbonation.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. A little more complex than most pilsners.

Very glad I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2008 03:59:27 | More by Reagan1984
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a bright gold color with excellent head retention and fair lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some light honey and hoppy bitterness. On the palate, this beer is not particularly impressive. There's some light honey, along with some biscuit and dough flvors. However, the flavors are pretty light, and the beer is really a bit watery. Not bad, but hardly impressive. Mouthfeel is light and alcohol is not at all noticeable. However, the flavor profile is so one dimensional and boring, it's really not a lot of fun to drink.

OK, but can't see ordering this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 21:13:27 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Mahr's Pilsner from Mahrs-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.