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Mahr's Weisse - Mahrs-Bräu

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Mahr's Weisse
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82
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107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mahrs-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002)
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Tarso, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

.5L bottle:

The beer poured a darker than expected, hazy golden color that produced a rocky, dense white head, which was well retained a settled into a thin cap for the duration of the beer. The beer gave off a nice wheat, bready aroma with a very unexpected sour aroma, almost like a Berliner Weiss. The taste follows the nose almost to a T. The beer had a lighter feel (as expected), and was smooth. Overall, not sure if it is misclassed or perhaps fermented with wild yeast, but the sour aroma and taste was a little unexpected, but if you get past the sourness, a decent beer for the style.

PhillyStyle, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

BillRoth, Nov 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

clarknova, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

whatsgoody, Jul 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Chucker17, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

herrburgess, May 28, 2013
Photo of NardiByNature
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Notes from 5/6/13. Been on a righteous hefe kick.

Foam that would settle into a rocky head gushed from the bottle when I busted the cap. Dark grainy sediment.

This beer is conservative for a hefe but refined: what's in the nose (primarily bubble gum and banana) is spot on. Candied apple flavors. A bit watery.

This one is lighter and more effervescent than Ayinger (all time fave), Weihenstaph', and the like. I like a little more decadence in a hefe, but it's a pleasure to test the variance in one of my favorite styles.

NardiByNature, May 11, 2013
Photo of socon67
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gravity cask at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn NY

A - Hazy yellow pour that has plenty of foam at first, but zero retention. Cloudy look from yeast sediment in the glass. Lacing is in thin rings.

S - Citrus scents hit the nose, as does a mild hoppy smell. Fresh cloves and banana show up as the beer warmed.

T - Some light grains and the yeast make this feel hearier than you might think. Spicy finish from spices and earthy hops. Minor amount of sugar but more of a tartness.

M - Raspy feel on the tongue. Fresh and clean finish. A very refreshing beer that I can only imagine being in a German biergarten and kicking back.

O - Not my favorite Hefeweisen (and with options like Weihenstephaner not the best import either) but a good example of what Germany enjoys regularly. I've enjoyed the sampling I've had fromt his brewery.

socon67, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Schneider-Weisse Weizen glass.

Pours a fairly hazy pale golden colour with a pretty nice head.

Smells weizen-y - faint hops with light biscuity malts.

Tastes wholesome but not as much as you'd expect from a hefeweizen. Tangy yeast, fruity hops - lots of banana actually, balanced with mid-light malts.

Overall quite a nice beer, but I wouldn't go back to it, considering all the other, better ones on offer.

CwrwAmByth, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of seanyfo
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50cl bottle poured into branded Mahrs weissbierglass at Mahrs Brau, Bamberg

A - Pale straw cloudy body with very good head retention and lacing from the 4 finger creamy white head.

S - Classic aroma. Mostly clove with a hint of banana in the background.

T- A little light banana/clove mix which fades to a thin weaker spritzy dry finish.

M - Medium to high carbonation. Body is light.

D- A pretty standard weiss. Flavour profile is too thin aswell as the body to make it a classic.

seanyfo, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of skivtjerry
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light orange color, small sticky head.

S: Cloves, yeast and a rough grainy wheat note.

T: Clove and slight bubblegum up front, yeasty with a rough but not quite harsh wheat flavor. Nice tart dry finish.

M: Rough and rustic but finishes calmly. High carbonation. Refreshing finish.

O: Rough and ready old school hefe. Would like to taste a fresher example but this is tasting good right now.

skivtjerry, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle served into a hefeweissbier glass at Mahr's Brau in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany. Reviewed from notes taken early June 2011.

Paired with a buttered pretzel (to my great delight).

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, good thickness, and below average retention. Colour is a cloudy hazy yellow.

Sm: Sourness alongside moderately full barley. Strange for the style. The sourness is dominant.

T: Pleasant crisp slight lemon on the finish. Crisp and refreshing with a nicely crafted barley foundation for the body. The lemon citrus ester hops are the best part of the beer. It's pretty simple, but effective for the style. A different take on a hefeweizen to be sure. I do like it.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and refreshing. Matches the tone of the body and flavours.

Dr: Affordable by German standards. Easy to drink. Not fantastic, but certainly worthwhile - especially for hefeweizen fans.

A poor candidate for aging.

B-

kojevergas, May 21, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Peoria, IL
Bottle has "Bottled on 2" stamped on it, whatever that means. Not too much dust on the bottle (somehow typical of Mahr's), so perhaps it's only a few years old...
Poured into a tulip glass

Mahr's hefeweiss differs markedly from their saphir weiss, with emphasis less on hops and more on yeast, wheat, and untraditional flavors in hefeweizens. While I didn't find the beer unappetizing, I don't think I'd seek or try this again unless the bottle was known to be very fresh.

Pours a crisp white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the glass, leaving no lacing at all. Body is a hazy orange color, cloudy from the suspended yeast. Becomes more noticeably orange when held to light.

Aroma is mostly yeasty and of wheat-grain, with a bit of light orange citrus. Not particularly what's expected from a wheat beer, nor particularly strong or appealing.

Flavors are a bit adrift from normal hefeweizens, or at least in this bottle, but not bad. Taste is of prominent wheat and yeast, which then meets some orange flavor. Generally sweet with a mild tartness from yeast usage. Aftertaste is slightly yeasty and grainy.

Body is medium-light to medium, with ample carbonation that creates an at first crisp, then smooth mouthfeel due to the carbonation being slightly prickly, then foaming to smoothness. Finish is quite dry from residual sugars.

falloutsnow, May 12, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 07 12 (not sure how to decipher). Poured into a hefe glass.

Appearance. very slightly cloudy, even after proper pour. Slightly orange tinted yellow in color. Pours with 3 fingers of head which quickly dissipate to a thin layer leaving no lacing.

Smell. So similar to slushies I used to get as a child. Very syrupy, ranging from cherry to raspberry.

Taste. Starts out with a wierd medicinal taste that goes away quickly. Carries over the fruits noted in the smell. Tastes more like juice than anything else. None of the yeast that I normally get out of hefes.

Mouthfeel. Very thin in body, not the same syrupy impression that I got from the smell. It even verges on dry at time, which I actually quite enjoyed. Some carbonation, but not enough for the style in my opinion.

This one was just a mess for me. Too much emphasis on the fruit, so that it seemed like something was added to it. Im not sure if the fruitiness is from the yeast or not, if it is not there is little to no yeast presence for this one. Makes me question the categorization as a hefe.

jtingue, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

tclapper, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

snowsurfer422, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a big, frothy head; the retention was fair, as was the lacing

Smell: Wheat bread, apple and banana, with a clove-y aspect, as well

Taste: Whole wheat bread and banana, up front, with a developing apple and clove character in the middle; after the swallow, the banana returns, providing a sweet, banana pudding finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a somewhat spritzy character; lacks the creaminess to go along with the fizz

Overall: A decent example of the style, but there are better ones out there

brentk56, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy goldn yellow color with a two finger, frothy white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Spicy aroma with lots of clove and pepper along with some citrus fruit and bread. Hints of banana and lemon peel.

Crisp medium body with some soft carbonation up front followed by a huge zesty spice presence. Lots of pepper and clove flavor that is countered by a faint banana presence, bread and citrus rind. The bready yeast adds another dimension to the palate and the citrus presnce provides a sweet balance to the heavy spice character. Refreshing and easyto drink. Not the best example of the style but solid.

corby112, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from the bottle...although that bottle was filled about 50 feet away the previous day, so this is about as fresh as it gets. They don't do draft weizen in their brewery, so this is poured/swirled by their barman.
It's a super cloudy light khaki color. Even after 10 minutes, there's no sign of the yeast settling or the color losing any consistency. The head is thick like meringue and coats the walls of the glass.
While some weizens focus on either fruit or spice character, this one has a distinct creamy vanilla character that keeps coming back. Banana and nutmeg are ever present, but I really like the vanilla character. It's almost like a pie or dessert in a glass.
Mouthfeel is right in between thick and drinkably thin. If anything, it's my one knock on the stuff.
Honestly, this might be my favorite weizen anywhere. It lacks the giant fruity attack of the Munich-area weissbiers, but that creamy character is something I can't get enough of.
An excellent beer, and one I might actually even be underrating as odd as that sounds. Top notch in every way.
I'm going to see how this brew does as an import, as the one I had at the brewery was spectacular. The ratings don't really reflect that, so maybe this one doesn't hold up to time very well?

Domingo, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of atis
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazy dark yellow with large foamy head that immediately completely disappears, no lacing. Aroma is bready yeast, clove, banana, all that can be expected in a typical Hefeweizen.

Taste is brady malt with significant amounts of fruity esters, mostly citrus, spicy yeast, clove and slowly drying finish. Mouthfeel is light with loads of carbonation and faint, but pleasant warming feel.

Nice Hefe, but there are better ones out there. It somehow reminded me of good quality Radler, there was a lemonade feel to it.

atis, May 02, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my first Weisse beer ever over 15 years ago in Bamberg. I recently found this beer at the Bowery Whole Foods in NYC.
I will say, that since I served this beer, I am very particular about its pour and can not see how it can be served on tap. I'd avoid all weisse beers on tap as it affects the yeast distribution which is essential to the beers taste.

When using a weisse glass the head will be 2-3 inches tall and very frothy.
The taste will be sweet with hints of iron and spice.
This wesse taste is typical of Franconia and Bamberg in particular.

The taste is very crisp and in this beer's case, I do no recommend the orange slice that comes with it at most pubs.

This is one of my top 5 Weisse beers in the world.

alalvarez75, Mar 27, 2011
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Mahr's Weisse from Mahrs-Bräu
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