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Mahr's Pilsner - Mahrs-Bräu

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BA SCORE
88
very good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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John_M

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -14%
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 John_M
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albern

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad pilsner but not overly impressive either. The beer pours a pale straw color with some white thinnish head that does hang around the rim of the glass for awhile. The aroma to the beer is a bit musty straw, a bit floral hop, a bit lemony. The beer is pretty well carbonated and there are some yeasty bits floating about. This is an unfiltered pilsner, which makes it somewhat more interesting. The taste is quite watery with a noticeable hop bite in the finish. As things settle, the bite mellows out and there are more smooth, almost creamy grain husks in the body of the beer. Overall, this is a thin beer, not all that great, not bad either, but just a little too watery for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 19:50:13 | More by albern
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is clear straw-yellow. Produced a short lived frothy white foam head.

This beer has a mild disposition with a smooth mouthfeel.

The flavor starts with a mild bitterness dissipating with hints of yeast into a clean finish that evaporates leaving nothing behind but an empty glass...

I think this pilsner could use more flavor body and a bit "heavier" flavor stance-- even for a Pilsner.

None-the-less, it's a wonderful complement to a warm summer day...

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 04:14:26 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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Riggo

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 03:22:12 | More by Riggo
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andyinsdca

California

2/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Weak yellow color, thin foam.
Taste/smell: Not much beer taste of any sort, hints of corn, reminiscent of a "light" beer from an American mass market brew. Not awful, but nothing good about it.
Overall: Nothing to recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 01:55:40 | More by andyinsdca
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Moan and Dove since they finally had this bottled again. The drink poured with a light murky orange-yellow appearance with a decently thick head. The aromas were rich in grassy and herby smells wrapped around bready overtones. The taste maintained an earthy feel to it through its bready-citrus, bitter-sour balance. The carbonation was good on this one, leading to a stable crispness throughout. Overall, a good pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 18:25:57 | More by fitzy84
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 01:36:50 | More by plaid75
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 09:00:11 | More by JohnGalt1
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jameaterblues

New York

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 00:12:45 | More by jameaterblues
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Realale

Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2007 23:10:48 | More by Realale
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jettjon

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bomber marked “Bottled on: 5043.” Not sure how to decipher that…. Into a pilsner, it’s a slightly hazed pale golden color with plenty of carbonation. Fluffy white head fades slowly down to a thick cap and ring, leaving plenty of sticky lace behind. Nose of powdery, bready malt, a touch of citrus hops, and perhaps sweet-ish yeast. Mouth follows nose more or less precisely: bready, yeasty, with a touch of citrusy hops bitterness. Clean mildly bitter finish. Good semi-creamy mouth without going over the top with viscosity. Good mellow carbonation. Nice and easy on the palate; satisfying. Drinkability is good; it’s unassuming and drinkable.

Overall: A pretty decent pils; too bad I have no way to check on the freshness. I’m willing to bet it’s fairly old, and I’m quite sure it would be better if I had a truly fresh sample. Worth a try, especially if you can guarantee it’s fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 23:07:23 | More by jettjon
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 00:26:57 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 23:19:24 | More by Gavage
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle to a standard V-shaped pilsner glass. The liquid is straw yellow and clear with huge carbonation. It pushes up a tall 3 finger white head with a rocky surface that fades slowly to show a good lace.

The smell is of biscuits and killer hops.

The taste is grainy bread and hopy. Very nice indeed.

The mouthfeel is very good just how it should be when fresh, This might be over 6 months old but well kept. A lighter body, good carbonation, very refreshing.

The drinkability is good, no complaints. Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 04:24:49 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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mjc410

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy - not a good thing for a pils. Still slightly transparent, however, with a light straw yellow color. Forms a one finger eggshell head with sudsy lacing. The nose is very pungent, full of lovely edelhopfen, somewhat grainy sweet. Taste is not as bitter as nose suggested, more mild, with a sweet hoppy aftertaste. Has a light mouthfeel, with lower card than expected. Despite all of the hits against it, this is a good, but mild drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 14:37:26 | More by mjc410
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 04:59:50 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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karst

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5-05
Pours 3-4 SRM with enduring white head and lace.
Aroma quality barley and biscuit with Hallertau still noticable in spite of age.
Flavor more hops that expected but very nice balance for the with a cleansing bitterness in finish.
Mouthfeel medium light soft but not slick. very nice for style. Carbonation well done. An unusual spice noticed as it warmed. Possibly something from hops.
Very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 18:33:44 | More by karst
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3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy, pale yellow color with a modest off white head. Aroma was honey and citrus. Taste was a nice balance of malt & hops, with the hops primarily coming into play during the finish in a citrus kind of way. Mouthfeel was light, carbonation seemed to be low to medium, and it was just slightly drying. A very drinkable beer on a summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 02:30:20 | More by
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 oz bottle. Mahr's pilsner pours out a golden color topped with a large, white head. Vigorous carbonation rises in the glass for several minutes. Floral aroma along with some bready maltiness. The flavor is malty. It's not a big flavor, but there's no off flavor in this beer. Hops are light. A little bit of lemony tartness comes in at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium. Great drinkability. I could go for several of these at a time. Overall, a very solid pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 02:43:44 | More by beveragecaptain
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 00:25:23 | More by kmo1030
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twelvsies

Maine

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The latest installment in my ongoing obsession with Mahr's...
Light orangy straw color, slightly hazy, very calm. A decent head as well, fades down to just a small layer of foam riding the top, but this little layer lasts all the way down to the last drop. Nice. Smells sweet and caked with malty qualities, bready and biscuity, with plenty of spicy German hops. An herbal quality as well. This is mighty big for a pilsner! Wow, actually a lot of malt in there. Not a dark roasty malt obviously, but a pale, bready character, and providing a nice honey sweetness that isn't too common in most pilsners. Interesting take here. The yeast is up to something as well, adding a fresh, ripe, fruity quality to the sweetness. At least I'm guessing it's the yeast. The only complaint I have, and it's more of just an observation than a complaint, is that the classic crisp hoppy quality found in most pilsners is more subdued here due to the odd, robust flavors in this beer. Still a nice hop bite though. Almost medium bodied mouthfeel, not dry at all, and super soft. Definitely an interesting take on the style. I wouldn't call it an "imperial pilsner", but it's a beefy one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 16:53:00 | More by twelvsies
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phishgator

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love to look at this style when it is right on. This brew pours out to perfection. The huge head and clear carbinated liquid make this an expectional brew to view. The aroma is of grassy hops that were amazingly fresh. Hte flavor is bitteer upfront followed by an nice malt backbone, very light but malty. The mouthfeel is true to a great pilsner. Therefore I find no reason not to drink a couple in a sitting! This is easly the best pilsner I have had to date (I haven't had very many, 9?).

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 05:33:17 | More by phishgator
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tjd25

France

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice mattress of foam, compact and creamy, dominates a glittering golden color body. the smell and the taste both seemed buttery at first, but this first impression got progressively overwhelmed by a pleasant sweet, fruity and dry honey profile. Fresh and broad. Nice german hops, round and chewy, circle the mouth and make this beer a delicately balanced one, with a lasting citric character. The carbonation, grasping without being too aggressive nicely completes the picture.
Would be great with a salad. And I don't have any in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 19:51:27 | More by tjd25
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2005 02:25:20 | More by UnionMade
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putnam

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 00:59:08 | More by putnam
Mahr's Pilsner from Mahrs-Bräu
88 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.