Mahr's Pilsner - Mahrs-Bräu

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 10
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-20-2002)
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Photo of phishgator
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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?).

Photo of tjd25
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of paterlodie
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 03-01-06.Good white head that lasts but an opalizing pale golden beercolor make apearance litle poor. Nose is very goog though and gives good hops( Perle?), alcohol and only slight maltflavour. Taste is also good with a clean and lasting but not hanging bitternes on top of a light maltnose and harldy any yeastinfluence except for the alcohol. Good carbonisation makes mouthfeel except for the bitterness litle empty but that's what a pils should be like and makes it o so easy to drink. Good brew IMO.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Whole Foods, Chicago. A pretty likeable after sampling their unfiltered lager before. Pour the familiar frothy lager-head (nyuk!). Color is pale straw, of course. The malt gives up very little character, per style. Hops are more sharp and spicy, and only at the end do they show a hint of Pilsener character. A bit gassy, too. Not much more than a well presented example of a bland style.

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.

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.

Photo of horndecker
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear and bright, honey-colored beer, and has a bright white, finely carbonated head. The head is just a bit sticky, and has just a bit of staying power, thoguh it's nice while it lasts.

It has an assertive, hoppy nose - grassy and herbal, with lemon and slight apple aromas. There is sulfur and sweet malt underneath.

The first sip shows that herbal hops up front, and a somewhat spicy, perhaps peppery tang. A decent, round malt lies below, giving way to a dry and mildly bitter finish, with a tannic aftertaste. The hops are nicely assertive throughout, carried on a medium to light body and plenty of carbonation. A good pilsner.

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.

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

Photo of Sayson
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice heavy bottle. Sampled at 66F, maybe too warm to serve. Foamed up through the neck when I popped the cap. Made a nice head. Smell is hoppy and something I can't place. Little taste in front, but nice mouthfeel and pleasant aftertaste. Tastes clean. Dry in the finish. Color was straw, a little darker than expected and slightly cloudy. Overall, I liked this beer. It was clean and refreshing.

Photo of edchicma
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge Pilsner fan, but this was very good. The appearance is very appealing with a slightly opaque lemon yellow appearance. Head dissipated quickly, but left a great lacing. Smell was maltly with a hint of hops. Tast is mainly creamy and malty...I want to try this again in the summer on a hot day....macro brewers take note...this is smooth and drinkable! Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but light enough to be refreshing. Very drinkable...would defintely try again...especially in the summer.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first time ever having a beer from Mahr's brewery. I was somewhat surprised to see the pils not be bright or brilliant... that is the signature visual mark of most German pils. My beer pour a bit hazy from the bottle.

The aroma was fine, a mixture of spicy hops, caramel malt, and ?cooked spaghetti??

The taste was nice (and hoppy). Very crisp and clean, although perhaps a bit unbalanced in the flavor hop dept.

I really enjoyed the mouthfeel. The beer was medium bodied and seemed to have a nice proportion of Carafoam in it (from Weyermann of course!)

Overall, I definitely think it was drinkable.... it didn't last long in my glass.

Photo of TinusTime
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden colour with a tight foamy white head. Smell is crisp and hoppy with a bit of malt.. Taste is very crisp malt up front, a bit of metal then some dry floral hoppy finish. An average Pils taste.. Nothing of not. It is good but it just has an average taste drawback. Mouthfeel is good with lovely carbonation and a typical crisp taste. Drinkability-- well It aint the best German Pils I have had, but its not the worst. Its just kinda there.

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.

Photo of mschofield
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Foam pours out of the bottle upon opening - this one is well carbonated. Slightly hazed (chill haze?) yellow-gold, topped with a two finger creamy white head, the glass ends up entirely covered by webs of lacing.
Nice grass and lemon pilsner aroma, light toast note, earthy, herbal and tea notes.
"Chewy" malty taste, maltier than I'd expect from a pils, plenty of lemon zest and grassy notes.
Light-medium bodied.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw colored with a white head that fades to a small blanket of foam atop the beer. Chill haze evident. Pale malty and grassy hop (Hellertauer Hersbrucker) aromas, but pretty subdued. It is swayed a little to the maltier side of a pils. Pretty darn good. I could see drinking a lot of this in a big krug if I ever went to Bamberg. Pretty crisp, refreshing and enjoyable.

Photo of steinlifter
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a straw color, good head with lacing, smell was of floral hops, taste, bit of a hop bite that quickly mellows, good dose of malt, floral taste is evident, mouthfeel,is light medium carbonated and refreshing,great drinkability, I 1st had this on tap at the Moan&Dove, I liked it so much that I bought some more for this review, good stuff!

Photo of wyllder
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Moan & Dove, Amherst MA.

Served in a big mug. Pours a pale gold (what Pilsner doesn't?). Ample head that settles down to a gentle lacing.

Very mild aroma of grassy/floral hops on the nose.

Taste is smooth, with a nice medium mouthfeel. Sawgrass & hops gently bite on the palate and are backed off quickly by a sweet malt.

Finish is smooth with only the faintest of aftertastes.

I'm not a big fan of Pilsners in general, but they make great easy-drinkers & session starters. As Pilsners go, this is very nice.


Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle. There's place for "Bottled on": but there's no date.
It pours a pale hazy gold with a sizable white head and some lace.
The aromas of floral hops and cut hay are quite pronounced. A light smell of basil-like herbs is noticed in the background.
The malt body is more substantial than it appears. A lightly sweet cookie comes to mind.
The hops have a sharp-edged bitterness to them, but they're not overly potent. This brew has a pleasant herbal quality to it.
It's balanced and very drinkable!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of sparkydoyle
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from .550 l bottle.

Noticable chill haze (beer served around 55 deg. F). Mininal head passed quickly and left light lacework. Straw color with slightly soft carbonation.

Nose is hoppy, Munich malts notes gradually build as the beer warms. Flavor is moderately complex for the style. Bitter foretaste breaks into a slightly sweet, bready finish. Aftertase is dry with a slight bite.

A bit too subtle to be a truly outstanding and memorable example of the style, but enjoyable and great with lobster or fish.

Mahr's Pilsner from Mahrs-Bräu
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.