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Mahr's Pilsner - Mahrs-Bräu

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88
very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 10
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of putnam
4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer could easily earn all 5's. The standing rainwater funk of the Mahr's Leicht becomes a luxurious swamp in this, their Pilsner. Succulent floral aromas seemlessly lead to scents of honey and stony earth. In the mouth it does a dynamic roll unleashing a dizzying array of flavors, from raw almonds to green tea to lemon juice. Sweet fermented storage grain perfume, it reminds me of braetzel in the park. The texture is thick and opulent, seeming somehow more alcoholic than a mere 5.0 ABV. Vermouthy herb flavors work nicely with ones of dough and earth. Incredible viscosity for such ostensibly dry beer. Bitter pine and root flavors build up as it repeats ever warmer. What is truly astonishing about this beer is its combination of three things: 1) seamless integration -- no jarring tannins or sticky sweetness, in fact the opposite, wilting blends of suggestive sensations like pages blowing in the wind, 2) thrilling range -- honey, tea, roots, and 3) transparent balance -- it is clear this beer evolved naturally, with a long slow fermentation. I suspect this balance might shift if it was mis-handled. I'm holding back a perfect score for drinkability until I can drink a few.

putnam, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of Realale
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy straw gold. Huge, extremely fine bright white head settles stickily to full, complete cap.

Nose is sharp, fresh, herbal, German hops soaring over a base of rich, fresh baked white bread. Classic Pils here. Just gorgeous.

Even better in the mouth, where the rich, roundness of the malt makes first impact, only to be sliced by the hop bitterness in the midpalate. Both joust back and forth through the long, long finish. Magic.

Great roundness to the mouthfeel. This fills every nook and cranny with delicious goodness, and simply slides down the throat. I could drink this beer forever, and die with a smile on my face.

Realale, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of boddhitree
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

boddhitree, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Offa
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Offa, May 08, 2009
Photo of jbertsch
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

jbertsch, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of tompearson
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

tompearson, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of jameaterblues
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle from whole foods in columbus circle while buying one of the new brooklyn schiender collaboration beer. I love this brewery and have not had anything bad from them, and the pils does not disappoint.

A- is yellow straw and very bubbly. a little bit hazy, and a thin white head that leaves a small film of white bubbles accross the top of the beer(the lack of head might have been my pour, but I'm not sure).
S- Spicy hops that tend to bring to mind zesty herbs, and some big botanical grassy scents. light malty back bone, that blends to leave what smells to be a refreshing beer for this summer night in NYC.
T-Spicy to the point of a bit savory, but that is just in the tip of the tongue and middle of the body...the beer picks up with a bit of grassy plant like flavor, and a hint of citrusy grapefruit....while the bitter finish rides to the end of the sip it really doesn't last too long creating a refreshing full flavored beer.
M/D- Honestly it is a bit heavier, and what I would describe as a medium bodied pilsener...Refreshing and hoppy, and easy to drink. If it came in six packs it would probably become a regular at my house.

jameaterblues, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of UnionMade
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Moan & Dove in Amherst, MA. Served in a Mahr's branded .5L mug.
Cloudy straw, topped with a fat, large bubbled white head. Very unusual. I inquired of the bar owner, who served me, and he said this is a special unfiltered version that his bar gets. Cool! Does that make it a kellerbier? Good head retention, with tons of cobwebby lace clinging to the glass.
Unusual aroma, almost exactly like fresh clover honey. Sweet, malty and floral. Soft grain, sulphur and pilsy corn. Mild hops, kinda floral, definitely taking the backseat to the incredible malt.
The flavor follows suit, with a distinct clover honey flavor dominating. Really quite delicious, highly unusual and very drinkable. Pilsner isn't typically the most complex style, but I think the hops suffer from such an overwhelming malt flavor. Either it's a mildly hopped beer, or the unfiltered nature does something to soften the hop presence. Just a vague floral taste, I'd guess at spalter or perle. Some grassy esters and vanilla add depth. Lingering sweet honey aftertaste, with a bit of cereal graininess. Persistent carbonation. Fairly full bodied, with a soft, delicate feel on the palate.
Highly unusual, but I could drink liters of this stuff. The cloudiness is definitely strange, and I can only guess that the honey flavor is the product of the yeast. Whatever it is, it's delicious. Nearly identical to real clover honey.

UnionMade, Dec 13, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

danielfda, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Brad007, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

nice cloudy golden yellow with some depth and substance, bubbles rushing to the surface. thick, chunky head of foam leaving big, spacious lacing. aroma is buttery and lagery at the same time with a huge biscuit breadiness.. more ciabatta than blueberry muffin here.

delicious first sip alive with fruit, red berries.. smooths out into a very light and sweet malt all the while keeping a medium body.. impressive. slightly bitter to round out the experience, with a clean finish that begs for just a tad more lingering flavor, as lagery sourness is the last thing to exit the palate.

still, for what it is, this beer is a staple and a wonderful icon for the category. one of the best german session beers ive had if not the best.

goodbyeohio, Jun 22, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

SD-Alefan, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

PaBeerLover, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Riggo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a very pale yellow. almost looks like a wit. white, tightly-beaded head and good lacing.

aroma is floral initially, then a little musty with some biscuit-like notes.

very crisp, snappy carbonation on the tongue. tight razor-thin dryness but at the same time a honeyish sweetness.

creamy head, smooth, despite the dry snappiness.

drinkability is very high due to the crispness and good balance.

certainly sweeter than some german pils' like jever but still has that tight crispness that is just so refreshing and hard to find in most pilseners. would love to have this in my fridge all the time. another european pils that shows us what american macro lagers should taste like.

Riggo, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of gfreed
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

gfreed, Oct 01, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

mjtierney2, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of plfahey
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

plfahey, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Domingo
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Domingo, Feb 14, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

melagnus, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

SFLpunk, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of crossovert
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

crossovert, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden and slightly hazed with a nice thick white head that laces.
the aroma is floral and melon like, honeydew i think. it's got a bit smooth vanilla, that's very subtle, but adds a very nice complexity. it has, what best can be described as a very fresh leafy, but non hoppy aroma, a sort of mix of freshly cut grass, mild faint veggie, and the smell of a new england wooded area in the spring or summer. yes i know this sounds weird, but it's the closest approximation i can get. it's also got a faintly skunky, but not sulfuric, hoppy aroma.
the taste is a crisp sweet malty base, with further sweet faintly fruity, honey, floral flavors following that. finishing with a nice crisp delicate bitterness, that's one thing i could use just a touch more of here.
soft medium body with pretty delicate carbonation.
very good drinkability, and an expertly crafted pilsener, i could go for about two or three more of these. just about the only thing i'd change would be to add a little more hops to the equation.

kmo1030, Apr 25, 2006
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Mahr's Pilsner from Mahrs-Bräu
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.