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Mahr's Pilsner - Mahrs-Bräu

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BA SCORE
88
very good

100 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 7
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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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average pilsner. Nice floral scent, but grassy and dry and almost watery
and not all that smooth nor refreshing, even with food. Light sweetness ,contained in a bulk of soapiness. Metallic drying bitter aftertaste. I've had better homebrewed pils.

Sammy, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

metter98, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, very pale straw-yellow body with a fluffy head that lasts for a few minutes; a bit of lacing down the side of the glass

Smell: Mostly Munich malt, almost Graham craker-like; just a touch of grassy hops in the background

Taste: A bit sweeter than I expected; a lot of malt flavor, with a complement of some hops in the finish; a touch of crisp bitterness to close out

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing, but could use a better hops profile

brentk56, May 07, 2005
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice straw color with not nearly as much head as expected though not much of one at all,aroma is very bready and malty with a note of wet burlap wich was a little odd to me but not repulsing.Taste was definantly clean and crip with a sweet edge to it finish had a nice herbal hop note that lingers pretty well.A great beer to have sittin on the porch listening to the crickets.

oberon, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

largadeer, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

JAHMUR, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden straw tone with a vibrant nice sized white head, leaves streaks of lacing as it dwindles at a moderate rate. Aroma: Great clean biscuit malts and two row barley, clean overall with a dash of Hallertau hops in the finish. Taste: Very clean classic example of a German pils, grassy taste with a slight lemon citrus bite to it hops leave a good bitterness on the palate a great all around go to pilsner. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied moderate carbonation good stuff. Drinkability: Excellent session brew the type of Pils that could be drank in number and enjoyed the entire time.

WVbeergeek, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color, with slight haze, adorned with a fine, thick, bone-white head. Nose is soft & sweet, malty, light as a cloud, with distant floral, honey notes.
Clean entry on the tongue, sweet, pleasing and mild. Light body, delicate texture, thoroughly malty, and very, very smooth
Nearly no hops at all, but this is a German pils, and if you want something nice'n'easy, you can't miss here.

feloniousmonk, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

jlindros, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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 light pale malt scent with a fruity, breadlike yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that is light and malty. It goes down easy, but finishes dry and metallic with a slightly tart and fruity yeast taste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good pilsner. If they could lose the metallic aftertaste, this would be one of the best. I love the yeast character; very nice . This beer drinks well.

WesWes, May 23, 2005
Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely cloudy for the style. Slight white head and light lace. Light golden color.

Ever so slight the skunk; otherwise, there's a strong raw grain aroma, almost like the brewery floor.

Of the beers I've tried in the flight, this Pilsner is the bitterest of the European offerings. Still, it is not at the level of the American versions. Plenty of raw grain flavors in the mouth. The swallow is all hop. Nice full body (like skim milk) for the style and the carbonation is perfect.

I'd love to try this beer in Germany where it would be fresh. I am certain that this score would appreciate considerably. The smell is a strong distraction, but overall, I think this would be a great pilsner when fresh.

smcolw, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of kojevergas
2.28/5  rDev -41.8%
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+

kojevergas, May 21, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a 1/2" head that fell apart quickly. No lacing developed.

Smell: grass is all that was detectable.

Taste: grass, mild saaz bitterness, green grapes, and a mild malt profile make for a simple but tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. The finish is also quite clean. Refreshing beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff pils. This one will not blow you away, but several of these can be drank in a session. Worth a try.

Gavage, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of John_M
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

John_M, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a doughy malt and a spicy noble hop.

The taste consisted of a soft bready malt with an earthy noble hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style.

Overall a tasty and well rounded pils.

plaid75, May 06, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a hazy golden. Little white head. Nice noble hop aroma. Spicy and a little smoky. Taste has a definite German slant. Bitter and a bit smoky. Good malt base. A bit of complexity in this pilsner. The bit of smokiness really grows on you as you drink it. Makes you want to keep drinking and drinking.....Not an outstanding pilsener, but definitely worth a try for a slightly different twist on the German Style Pilsner.

Bighuge, Jun 20, 2002
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17 oz bottle picked up at the Boise Coop for $3 ... poured into my small weizen glass... my label says 5%.

Nice pour leaves a 2 finger rocky head that drops leaving nice lace.. pale gold/dark straw crystal clear brew.

Grainy pale malts and spicy hops are at the top of the aroma profile .. Very clean.

Flavor is bready with a good punch of bitterness and floral hoppiness. Hop flavors linger for quite a while. Good body but with lighter than expected carbonation. Finish is noble hops with a slight metallic twang.. but that twang could just be I haven't had a good German pils in a while... Could maybe use a little more carbonation and a touch more body.. but still very drinkable.

Very good across the board.. I wish this was one I could find on draft... I would certainly park myself at a stool and enjoy more than a couple.

JohnGalt1, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +2%

rolltide8425, Jul 23, 2012
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 DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

DefenCorps, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a light yellowish-orange in color. It was very clear with some strong carbonation and a nice white head.

Smell – This Pils has a malty slant to its nose, but otherwise everything is right on. The German hops are grassy and light.

Taste – The smooth grainy malt is sizable for the style. The light grassy hops from the nose make it righteously to the taste. There’s also an herbal flavor to this bier.

Mouthfeel – This is damn near medium-bodied with some good carbonation and a distinctive dryness that lingers throughout the finish.

Drinkability – The malts were kind of big for a Pils, but this really was an excellent drinker and one that I will not hesitate to buy again. Another fine bier from Mahr’s.

RoyalT, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce) standard looking tall thin bodied brown glass bottle. Regal looking label is classic Teutonic in style. The main label, neck label and crown cap all have the same red, gold, black and white Mahr’s Bräu design. Listed as “Bamberger Original” a strong hint to its proud regional identity and heritage. Listed as “Mahr’s Bräu Pilsner”. Bottled on “5043” and listed at Alc. 5% Vol. My bottle looks just like the one in the BA Database.

Appearance: Immediate influence is of a thought provoking pale watered down wheat beer. A milky hazed soft yellow-golden body is constantly punctuated with rising streamers. Pillow soft white head rises fast on the pour, but leaves some great looking lacing as it takes the reverse path back down the glass. Perfect conditioning which is finely dissolved yet with a stiff supporting role.

Nose: Soft yeast with a mild wheat influence. Sweetness is low key, spicy hops fluctuate and come and go, often leaving me thinking if I was imagining the hop input. Floral at times with a very refreshing angle, but sadly a little lacking in strength, I wish it was more forceful.

Taste: As with the nose, the body is exceptionally clean but littered with a mélange of delicate flavors, flaked maize, fluffy wheat, yeast, sweet malts, floral hops, spicy tones and a sharp lemon tinge in the finish. All blends together nicely and works well. I really took to this one, not often a German brew intrigues me but I was thoroughly captivated by this one.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is perfectly poised, the fulcrum of the brew, it supports the base of the beer whilst allowing the flavors to swing around but in a controlled manner. Soft yet sharp, refreshing yet tangy, bold yet delicate.

Drinkability: Crisp and very clean, and one hell of a quaffer. I can imagine that on draft this one is a winner in the Summer. I wouldn’t pass up a six-pack of it either, well actually only if the price came down a little.

Overall: I thought this resembled the secret Bastard child of an illegal marriage between a good looking Wheat beer and a clean cut well behaved Pilsner; it seemingly draws on both for inspiration and certainly provides a very intriguing and well rounded offspring. Cost $3.99 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA – this is a little more than I would normally pay for a 500ml “German”, but I would certainly love to pick this one up on a regular basis if the price was say a Dollar less a bottle. Highly enjoyable, much more than the usual “boring” German Pilsner, and well worth trying.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Reagan1984, Dec 17, 2008
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Mahr's Pilsner from Mahrs-Bräu
88 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.