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Mahr's Weisse - Mahrs-Bräu

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Mahr's Weisse
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BA SCORE
82
good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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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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Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an Erdinger weizen glass. Slightly hazy golden/straw color topped by a single finger of fizzy white head. Tons of carbonation keeps on coming for as long as there's beer in the glass. Aroma of crisp wheat, very light malt, and some clove spiciness. Not much in the way of banana or other fruit esters.
Palate is mildly sweet and highly agreeable. Light malt and some residual sugars up front yield to the crispness of the wheat mid-palate. Clove spice and a touch of sweet fruit come through towards the finish and linger in the back of the mouth. Body is light and well-carbonated, a great recipe for a highly drinkable beer. An excellent choice for sitting on the porch on a warm Labor Day weekend.

ElGordo, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of loren01
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Pours farily clear yellow, lots of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, swirled and poured. Now slightly cloudy yellow. Small white head, no lacing down the glass
S: Smell is of wheat, yeast and slight lemon zest
T: Good wheat taste followed by a citrusy sweetness.
M: Light to medium bodied. Prickly mouthfeel
D: Pretty drinkable Hefe. Not the best I've ever had but not bad at all.

loren01, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

zeff80, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a straw color with a very fizzy head that's constanly replenished by fresh bubbles streaming up. The smell is of wheat crackers. Fairly fresh smelling. The taste is dry, crisp wheat with a grainy finish. Malty but dry aftertaste. Fairly crisp but with some body to it as well. Pretty drinkable, a little thick compared to some others in the style, but fresh clean wheat tastes make it okay for a go.

Georgiabeer, May 16, 2007
Photo of Vancer
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%

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.

Vancer, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a little lighter yellow, not as hazy as some other German wheats. This one didn't have great head retention, although I'm not sure if the ceramic hefeweizen glass makes a difference. Yeast flavors big in the nose; slight spiciness, slightly full phenolic alcohols.

Flavor is more of the same, good weissbier tastes. I prefer a fuller body, would be disappointing for a hefeweizen. Polished grains, crisp and refreshing. A little clove flavor, to me it seems like a bottle conditioned lager. There's a little vanilla flavor too.

A good German blonde bier, nothing too exciting but could be good with a variety of palate-cleansing duties.

BretSikkink, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
3.35/5  rDev -8%

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.

BuckSpin, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: A cloudy gold and a fluffy white head. good retention.

Smell: Wheaty and spices including pepper. Maybe a little citrus.

Taste: This a nice spiciness with the yeast. The citrus seems to be of the lemon and apple variety.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Exciting carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: This a nice rustic hefe.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

A - wow, i thought Ommegang Witte was pale, this is crazy pale, with a short lived thin white head, plenty of swift carbonation streams up

S - a nice wheaty, spicy aroma, very classic, slight sugary esthers as well, spices seem like coriander or nutmeg, an incredibly inviting aroma

T - a mellow wheaty aroma with nice transfer of spices from aroma to taste, the nutmeg steps up with support from the coriander, the yeast/breadiness is mellowing, creating a nice, layered blend, a marvelous taste

M&D - easy to put down, a highly drinkable beer, with a slightly fizzy nice mouthfeel, a bit thin bodied, but not to the point of being a setback

sinstaineddemon, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of paterlodie
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

BB 14-02-07. Poors out of the bottle with only litle head and beers collor is lightamber brown with white haze due to the yeast. Nose is good banana even bit to the buble gum side. Maltcaracter is very mild and wheat noticable. Taste is full and even bit sweet and has quiet high bitterness for a wheat maybe with bit of yeast. Mouthfeel is due to low carbonisation bit pale but cause of that also very easy drinkable. Enjoyed this one.

paterlodie, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%

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.

TurdFurgison, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

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 with a blue sash which contains the word “Weisse” in white text. Listed as “Bamberger Original” a strong hint to its proud regional identity and heritage and “Mahr’s Bräu Weisse”. Bottled on “5080” and listed at Alc. 4.9% Vol. My bottle looks just like the one in the BA Database.

Appearance: Thin watery pale milky golden body with a yellow character. Big bleached white head rises quickly and never settles to anything less than its highest peak, it does however slowly pop and fizz away which leaves behind a fantastic looking cavernous interior whose surface is full of crevices and deep pot holes. The lacing is smattered in appearance but the conditioning is wholesome if average in strength. The head eventually gives in and when it does it is quick to dissipate to a thin broken cap. Fizzy top-ups are noticeable.

Nose: Cloves and a gentle teasing of Banana, mushy peas, blue navel fluff and a wet Jock strap. Lemony endings.

Taste: Starts with a clove entrance, wheat middle and a zesty lemon, almost tart finish. Middle can develop a very artificial bubblegum dimension at times, whilst the finish is bolstered by a spicy aspect. Settles down and balances itself out overall though.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy with a soft feel. Gentle, and certainly manageable with a rather simplistic texture. Conditioning is only average but it is lively and talks itself up.

Drinkability: Typical Wheat beer, often suffers from a thin feel but it is always refreshing and very drinkable nonetheless.

Overall: Two-for-Two. I tried the Pilsner earlier which turned out to be a very enjoyable and interesting effort. This too cost me $3.99 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. I was in one of those moods for trying something so new splashed the extra Benjamin’s to pick up some of the Mahr’s brews. Not as impressive as the Pilsner but not that far behind.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

hopsaplenty, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +8%

Mahr’s Weiss is a cloudy, slightly milk yellow liquid with a fairly large head. The head doesn’t have the life that I expected, but it produces a respectable lace. The aroma is tart and lemony. Wheat and grass are quite pronounced in the smell. It’s a pretty dry beer, with an emphasis on the tart, tangy, lemon-like wheat quality. The finish is notably dry and very crisp. Moderate carbonation, maybe a little low for the style. This is a fine, middle-of-the-road hefe.

Suds, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.93/5  rDev +8%

Poured from a .5 L bottle to a big weissen glass. Pours fast not a lot of head. Liquid is medium yellow semi cloudy lots of big bobble carbonation pushing up a weak head. The 2 finger head is white and fades slowly leaving no lace.

The smell is citrus, some bready wheat and faint yeast.

The taste is of lemons and wheat, some notes of cloves in the finish

Mouth feel is thin, lots of carbonation action. This brew is very crisp, clean and refreshing in a light body.

Drinkability is very good as a mid day summer pick me up. The thin boby and under 5 % ABV fits just right, the perfect summer cooler. Prost MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of shivtim
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head; good lacing. The nose is subtle, with mostly wheat and citrus. A surprising amount of banana comes through on the taste, making it just a bit too sweet. Mouth feel is a little thinner and less "abrupt" than most hefes, perhaps making it more drinkable. The low ABV adds to drinkability.

shivtim, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%

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.

RedHaze, May 30, 2006
Photo of dgallina
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%

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.

dgallina, May 14, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%

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.

Bighuge, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

bottle that i mixed and matched into a six pack at city wide in south bend. looks ok...a bit like pee but i use that only as a visual analogy, not a description of the quality of the beer (as so many others do). massive banana ester odor. very sweet smelling and fresh. wheaty, banana taste goes down easy...kind of like drinking a banana soda. i really like bananas though so this is good. refreshing too...tasty. solid mouthfeel. actually too banana-y to drink tons of because that would get old fast. i think its a good beer to have after you've already had a beer.

aforbes10, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%

Cloudy golden color with a large foamy, sticky head. Lots of lacing. Really sticky looking and nice. Aroma is strong on yeasty phenols with bananas and cloves as well as some citirc tannin notes. Taste is fruitier and more herbal than the aroma would lead me to believe. The body is dry throughout. Soft notes of spice linger in the background. Lots of banana in here as well. Some bitter orange notes cut through the finish. Quite an extraordinary offering from a fine brewery. Maybe I'm just sick of these oversweet wheat beers we have in America but the dryness and spice this beer had to offer was terrific. I could easily session this.

granger10, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of twelvsies
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

I've got a little renewed interest in this style lately, and in my book Mahr's can do no wrong, so I picked this up the other day. Vibrant orange, fading to a bright yellow around the edges of the glass. Big and foofy white head, long lasting. Crazy scents coming off this one: plenty of citrus zest, lemons and oranges, with a nice fruity banana vibe as well, and some sweet and savory spices, pepper and cinnamon. Taste is plenty complex too, with plenty of those qualities previously mentioned transfering over to the taste. It's always disappointing when a beer smells good but then the taste falls short, as I often find in hefs, but this one comes through all the way. Lots of sweet banana bread, lemon rind, spicy clove and an herbal hop boquet meets a sticky, doughy, wheaty, pile of malt. Definitely on the meaty side. I think it's a seasonal thing, and I'm itching for this spring weather to really turn over, and a nice refreshing heffer is just alright with me this time of year.

twelvsies, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Unfocused ripe banana with sheets of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. The head is cotton white, large-bubbled, rumpled looking and nicely sticky. Thin bridges of foam run from head to glass and leave meandering strands of lace when they break. I prefer yeast-riddled hefe weizens, but this one clears within seconds of each pour. I've seen better.

The nose is well above average for the style and definitely isn't shy. It's moderately heavy on the sweetened banana esters with a complementary amount of clove spice. There's also a musky hoppiness that adds olfactory interest.

Things aren't quite so wonderful on the palate. For one thing, the beer is too sour. I don't mind a little (or even more than a little) wheaty tang, but this one is sour to the point of being lemon juice-like. Thankfully, the weizen character isn't lost, but it is wandering around and refusing to ask for directions.

A little more wheat malt would help matters. Banana isn't nearly as noticeable in the mouth as it is in the nose, so I'm going to go with a hefe weizen banan-o-meter score of 2.0/5.0. When lemon fruit fights monkey fruit for supremacy, you know the yeast strain is something less than world-class. There's isn't much clove either; further evidence of a less than kick-ass yeast strain.

I like my hefe weizen mouthfeels to be creamy above all else... and this one isn't. That's the main reason why I asked for more malt in the previous paragraph. It's light-medium for the style with no sense of expansiveness. It's saved, however, by a lightly coating finish and by an acceptable amount of carbonation.

Mahrs Brau beers, in my experience, have been uniformly good, though nowhere near great. Mahr's Weisse follows the path trod by its forebeers, although 'good' may be stretching the truth just a little. There are many, many German hefe weizens that I'd grab before this one.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

The beer pours a hazy light gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light wheat and pale malt scent along with a slightly fruity yeast aroma. It doesn't have a very intense banana scent; more of a clove smell. The taste is decent. It has a very citousy flavor that goes down easy and refeshes, but isn't exactly what I'm looking for in a hefe. It has interesting earthy finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty decent brew, but there are plenty of better ones available.

WesWes, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of MattBrooks
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a .5L bottle, this German brew had a rich, golden color with a medium sized head and on-going carbonation. The smell was of traditional Hefe's: bananas, wheat and earth. The taste was pleasant, but sharper than I had expected; with a long, lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a bit on the lighter side, but that only added to this beers' easy drinkability.

MattBrooks, Jan 25, 2006
Mahr's Weisse from Mahrs-Bräu
82 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.