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Mahr's Weisse - Mahrs-Bräu

Mahr's Weisse
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BA SCORE
82
good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%


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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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

1.95/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured into a half liter weizen glass. I think this bottle was on the shelf a little too long. Poured a clear, deep straw yellow, but I noticed a huge hunk of dark yeast at the bottom as I swirled the remainder. I managed to break it loose and pour it into the glass. After that the color darkened to a diarrhea dark yellow/brown, and larger pieces of the yeast settled to the bottom. Surprisingly little head developed for a hefe. It doesn't look very appetizing.

Smell: Prominent sparkling apple cider aroma. At first I thought grapes, thinking it was skunked (and I'm far from convinced this bottle is in good condition), but I had to search for the right match from my memory, and, ironically, the Meier's brand sparkling ciders that we drank as kids on Thanksgiving fit best. It lacks all the other typical scents of a good hefe: no banana or cloves.

Taste: Very weak. The sparkling apple cider from the smell dominates, and it reminds me of flat 7-Up. This is, no doubt, a bad bottle.

Drinkability: I have the glass half empty, and I'm seriously debating whether or not to dump the rest. I may want to stay away from the dark chunks of yeast that settled to the bottom. Yeah -- I'm dumping it out. I'll have to review this one again, as this is the store's fault for not pulling this from the self.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 06:13:58 | More by TheQuietMan22
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stcules

Italy

2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beautiful head, very creamy. Yellow orange colore, quite clear, very hazy. Some greenish effects. Good appearance.
At the nose light banana, cloves, wheat. Not bad, just a little sweet. After a while, light citric, e lighltly acidolous.
Very citric at the taste, and lightly acidolous. The sweet is under. In somewhat, not well amalgamated. Sour cream.
Maybe the smell is a little better, but overall, it is not well amalgamated. Ties.
Acidolous in the aftertaste, and lightly tart.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 19:34:36 | More by stcules
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This wheat beer from Germany is a very pale yellow offering with a very short crown leading to a very thin ring.
The body is a medium and the carbonation is very light.
The added cloudiness to this product makes it a very unappealing brew to look at, let alone consume.
The nose is lightly yeasty.
The taste is very sweet and lingering.
I did not enjoy this brew...nor is it close to my favourite style...others think highly of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 00:39:19 | More by Shiloh
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml brown bottle, bottled on 0712.

Obscured 18K gold. Short, fizzy head of fine brilliant white bubbles that disappeared before it was built and left no lacing. Swirling lines of firing carbonation. Lemon laced cloves with just a touch of gum wafts from the glass. Initially light and thin cloves fill the flavor before transitioning into a strange funky citrus tartness that is almost off putting. A distinct lemon juice bite dominates the finish overpowering all else and made it seem as though a lemon had just been sucked on. Light body with a thin slack and flat mouthfeel that possessed a barely detectable level of carbonation and was unpleasant. This was dominated by far too much lemon and lacked the style-defining clove and bananas. Not enjoyable and did not seem too close to style.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 18:16:07 | More by hopsaplenty
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy dull yellow. No carbonation is evident. Thin froth of dirty white sits on top. Lace is minimal. Aroma is a little phenolic. Sweet. Banana. Spicy. Notice the taste is tangy and a little phenolic right off the bat. The tanginess to this extreme I could do without in my hefes. Some sour pineapple accents. Spritzy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Not a hefe I'd return to.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 03:11:51 | More by Bighuge
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dgallina

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle dated brewed-on 2/4/2004.

Poured an almost clear golden yellow. A few inches of soapy white foam rapidly subsides to a film and no lace. Smells sweet and grainy; perhaps a touch of banana and honey, but not much else. Very thin and only slightly carbonated in the mouth. Tastes quite bland; honeyed grainy sweetness with a slightly astringent metallic finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 17:36:38 | More by dgallina
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RedHaze

Nebraska

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a quarter inch head that fades very quickly to a spotty cap and thin ring, leaving behind small amounts of lacing. This is much more clear that I would have expected from a hefe-weizen, and half-way through the glass the head completely disappeared, as well as any lacing.

Smell; fruity esters of banana, with some sweet honey and cloves. The wheat is present, but doesn't seem to have as strong a presence as I would have liked.

Taste; the bananas and cloves are present, along with a very sweet honey-like flavor. As with the smell, the wheat is there just not in the way I think it should be for a hefe-weizen. There's a kind of tanginess, that just seems out of place, and the second half of the glass a mild vinegar flavor came out that I did not enjoy. This just doesn't really stack up to most of the other weizens that I've had in the past. Mouthfeel is very thin for a hefe, and due to the thinness and that strange tanginess, and eventual vinegar flavor, the drinkability is not there.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 00:07:27 | More by RedHaze
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mahr's isn't readily available in Ohio, I bought this bottle at Half Time in New York. I didn't see a date stamp so I don't know how unfresh it was.

The appearance was mostly clear yellow with no head and almost no carbonation. There was a little yeast sediment in the bottle but it stuck to the glass more than the beer.

The smell was sour and acidic, with hardly any of the normal hefe weizen notes. Same with taste, blech.

This bottle must have been contaminated or something, it was the worst hefe weizen I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 16:11:46 | More by TurdFurgison
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Vancer

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one gets a thumbs down. I wouldn’t waste any more good money on this – there are much better locals brews out there.

Plain clear yellow pour, minimal heading. Subtle notes of malty banana come and go – mostly go.

Darn perfumy taste, not pleasant to really quaff or sip on. One and done for me. And no, didn’t do this “drain pour” crap some talk about.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 13:24:26 | More by Vancer
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Muddy, brownish-yellow appearance, without much head.

Spicy clove odour, with a touch of fruity esters.

Has a slight spicy taste, with a bit of fruit... though the flavours seemed a little muddied as well. The flavours were there, but they didn't stand out.

Light mouthfeel. Could be a good session beer... though it wasn't all that thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 13:07:36 | More by Derek
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BierReise

Florida

2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I didn't have a lot of faith in this one to begin with and my suspicion was right. Pours the usual cloudy honey color of most Weizens but the head was minimal and short lived. Taste was mostly clove and a little wheat malt flavor. Flavor deteriorated over time and finished a little stale. Not a satisfying wheat, you could do much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 17:59:22 | More by BierReise
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light and cloudy yellowish body with a thick and foamy white head that lasts. Aromas are banana but not as strong as I would like. Taste is banana with some floral notes. Mouthfeel is watery, with only a slight fruity aftertaste. A little weak for the style. In any event, a good session weisse.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 21:51:21 | More by mrmanning
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wnh

Missouri

2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

9/13/09
500 mL bottle poured into a weissbier glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy light straw with a small-ish, short-lived fizzy white head that diminishes to nothing. Lively, with steady streams of bubbles rising to the surface. Becomes less and less cloudy as it warms, though it never becomes crisp.
Soda-like spice aromas on the nose, with a bright, estery fruitiness reminiscent of strawberries and peaches. This lacks any distinctive hefeweizen clove and banana aromas, sadly.
Light and fruity on the palate, but again lacking any distinctive yeast-produced hefeweizen qualities. The soda-like quality persists on the palate, and the overall feeling of this beer is not unlike an undercarbonated 7-Up or Sprite--though Mahr's Weisse seems overcarbonated for the style.

I'm uncertain what to think of this beer. I can't detect any specific off flavors, but I have a hard time believing this is the beer the brewers intended it to be. The label has the words "Bottled on:" with a stamp saying "1 8 07" (or "18 07"), so there's a chance this is just that old. However, the store from which I purchased this beer only received the shipment a couple of months ago, and the other two styles from this brewery have "Bottled on" codes printed on the back, none of which resemble an actual date, so it seems to follow that the apparent "date" stamped on this bottle is actually some four digit code. Still, this is not a good beer. Inoffensive, granted, but not good. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 19:39:28 | More by wnh
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jtingue

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 22:17:18 | More by jtingue
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 18:25:16 | More by seanyfo
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Zorro

California

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow colored beer with a tall white head, looks picture perfect.

Smell is sweet and mainly clove in scent with s lesser musty fruit aroma apple mostly. No banana at all and a strong wheat cracker aroma.

Taste starts out neutral and quite strongly of vanilla cake batter only less sweet. Very high carbonation level makes this quite refreshing. Little bit of clove and banana here but not much, this is really lightly flavored.

Mouthfeel is light.

Super easy to drink, mostly from the carbonation level. Lightly flavored and low in alcohol, this is an excellent thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 01:03:20 | More by Zorro
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zeff80

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It poured out a golden/yellow color with a fizzy, shite, one-finger head. It was highly carbonated.

S - It smelled of wheat, citrus and clove.

T - It tasted strongly of wheat. There was also an odd fruit flavor. It tasted a little like banana or a tropical fruit. It wasn't a good quality.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A good amount of fizziness on the tongue. A light-bodied beer.

D - The odd-fruit flavor was a detrement to the overall quality of this beer. Otherwise, the wheat flavor was very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 16:31:36 | More by zeff80
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is one of my favorite styles of beer and this is definitely a decenthefe. But, it falls short of the top hefe's I have had and really seems thin and light bodied.

It is pretty clean looking and spritzy in the glass...a manageable 1/4 inch head.

Nose is yeasty...sweet...not so much bananas but more of a dulled vanilla aroma...also some cloves on the nose.

Body is very thin for the style...makes it easy drinking for sure but the feel is almost like a hefe light.

Nothing wrong with the taste but nothing that really grabs me either....vanilla...a little bit of banana...leans sweeter rather than spicier...

A nice drinker...factor in the price though and there are many more I would drink rather than this. Now toss this in a new Miller Light Weisse six pack for $7 and I'd buy it on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 05:30:00 | More by ZAP
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CMW

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow. Tall white head disappears quickly and leaves nothing but a lace ring.

S - Light wheat and malt notes. The focus appears to be on the yeast and citrus flavors.

T - Quite sweet upfront with flavors of banana and citrus. Malty and yeasty through the middle. The problem I have with this beer is that this is some serious medicinal tones in the finish.

M - Light and airy body is good.

D - The medicinal flavor makes even one hard to drink. I think I will choose an Ayinger or Paulaner from now on.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 23:30:50 | More by CMW
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falloutsnow

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 05:11:04 | More by falloutsnow
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BuckSpin

Maine

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 500ml bottle ("Bottled On" date of 10(?)) in a classic Weizen glass

Poured crisp n' lively. Initially some metallic aromas, but soon replaced with qualities like faint clove, mild black pepper, light banana, sweet apple, dry like straw & slate. Color is a classic dull straw gold, clouded, paler at the glass bottom changing to a more golden tone near a fat 3 fingers of lively, noisy, snappingly crisp & loose pearl white head that faded rather quickly to a thin sheen, albeit still crackling. A steady stream of bubbles rises up slowly & haphazardly thru it.

Its light and crisp, a dry, subtle sweetness, traces of clove & ripe banana, apple, whisper of butter, dull malts, some citrus (sour lemon). The snappiness carries, albeit thinner and more watery, thru onto the palate where the grains are more noticeable, a coyly sweet, cider like dryness still dominant with a mild pepperiness. It thins considerably more on the throat, finishing with what can best be described as a watered down, slightly dry, feeble aftertaste, dry & coating with an oddly bitter, sour citrus residue thats films over and is reminiscent of a canned macro lager...sad.

For a style that is supposed to be refreshing and slaking, this required way too much effort to finish. This shares way too many characteristics with non-Weizen styles, and poor ones at that. I did not enjoy this, and actually found it a wee bit unpleasant. If you want a German Hefe Weizen, I strongly suggest you try a Kapuziner instead.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 01:31:49 | More by BuckSpin
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kojevergas

Texas

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-

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 22:53:05 | More by kojevergas
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale straw color with plenty of yeast haze. The head is typically enourmous for a hefe, and it lasts the entire glass. Peculiarly theres no lace at all. The aroma is fragrant wheat malt, some banana esthers and lots of lemon and other fruits. The taste is very boldly citrusy with that nice hefe banana flavor but very little clove. It seems a little unbalanced. The malt is also a little thin. The mouthfeel is medium and almost gooey, that sound crazy but I cant think of a better discription. Maybe theres tonnes of wheat malt in this or something. Overall this is an OK Hefe, though not the best one Ive tried, probably the worst one actually.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 20:05:08 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color and some yeast left in the bottle. Light bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is slightly malty. Starts cidery - different for a wheat, prickly finish, better as a summertime beer. $2.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 22:24:26 | More by jdhilt
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Todd

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy (yeast, it's okay), dirty blonde beer with a lackluster head -- white, a bit foamy, but it dies a sudden death once poured, and leaves little trace of its existence in the glass.

Mega citrus in the nose (lemon rind, orange), musty yeast and a light, spicy clove ... a dash of pepper too.

Very light-bodied, but with hard watery consistency/mouthfeel. On the malt side ... things seem to concentrate on the body, as there's very little sweetness. What is there, is thin. A light banana flavour, which kind of makes up for things. Wheat flavours are, as they should be, a bit dominant, lending a dry crispness to the beer and a slight husky tannin character. Quick lemony acidic snap, touch of sour, followed by a spicy clove flavour. Finish is a bit bland with a bready leftover and faint nutty character (probably from the yeast, too).

A traditional, and authentic example of the style. Enjoyable, but nothing to get too excited about. There are definitely better examples from Germany, or the US for that matter. Weisse fans ... worth a try for sure, this is still quite decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2002 17:34:50 | More by Todd
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Mahr's Weisse from Mahrs-Bräu
82 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.