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Mahr's Ungespundet-hefetrüb - Mahrs-Bräu

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 23
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-30-2002

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 07/10 that's pretty fresh compared to most German beers I see around here.

Pours somewhat hazed & effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & minimal lacing

S: Caramel, breadyness, fruittyness & grainyness

T: Bready with toffee & honey notes up front. Dryness, a touch of grainyness & a bit of a apple fruittyness, some peppery hops surface as this warms. Finishes with a bit of toffee, a touch of husky grainyness, some fruittyness, lemony & orangey hops & some caramel dryness. This almost pulled a 5, but the hops & yeasty character were a bit more muted than they should be

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & very good balance

Very drinkable as is this style. How I missed this one when I was in Germany is beyond me. A very good keller!

Photo of stimy
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this at an "Art of Refermentation" beer tasting hosted by Garrett Oliver at the National Geographic.

These are my tasting notes:

This beer had a dry, bready flavor and mouthfeel. The carbonation was very low. Garrett mentioned that it was open air fermented.

Photo of DogFood11
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

You'll have to get aggressive with the pour for desired results. Loose, off white head that settles to an outer ring. Sliding lace. Cloudy unfiltered looking copper body with an orange glow at the edges.

Smells like fresh rhubarb and toast. Very smooth and easy to drink. This leans towards the malt bill but definitely enough hops to keep it in check. Infact as it warms a bit the hops tend to stand up and get noticed more. Finishes suprisingly fairly dry.

Notes: This is worth hunting down. Both sides of this brew are well put together.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first of this style of beer. Pours a balanced cloudy gold with minimal head. The nose gives off a deep earthy yeast. On the mouth it is mildly acidic and heavily yeasty. It stays on your tongue for quite some time. As it warms it seems to be a bit sweeter on the tongue. Mouthfeel is thick from the body of the brew. Easily drinkable.

Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A different sort of beer for a change not a beer style you see everyday.

Thick looking beer that forms a murky and deep amber colored beer. No real head formation at all.

The smell is slightly sweet with lots of toasted bread aroma and a hint of herbal hop. A bit more head would probably help this give off a bit more scent. There is a bit of orange in the hop aroma and a bit of molasses.

The flavor starts out dry and woody with a stout Nobel hop bite. Taste is a little rustic but you can certainly taste that this was an ancestor to the lager branch of the beer family. Dry and hoppy with a bigger malt presence than a Pilsener but it is similar. There is an astringent aftertaste to this beer that lets you know that once upon a time Germans over mashed their grain bill.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and the carbonation level is quite low.

Quite drinkable for what is basically a historical beer type and one that is quite drinkable as far as archeology beers go. Basically a thicker more bitter lager with a low carbonation level.

Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the Manager's special at Chef Paul's Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. He is right, as this is one special beer.

The bartender supplied a .51 L mug to pour the beer in. The beer is a bright gold with a dense white head. Note that even though the beer is unfiltered, it poured very clear, only when I emptied the bottle did I get any of the yeast.

The aroma is of fresh bread, honey and floral hops.

Favorable beer. I get biscuits, floral notes and more of that honeyed sweetness. The beer becomes slightly mineraly and grainy late (in the best way). There are also some light citrus and toffee notes.

The mouth is balanced and sturdy. This is one easy drinking beer. I had several non BAs with me and they all loved this beer, so it can also function as an excellent cross over beer.

Photo of ttu94
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are few things better in this world that sitting in the Mahrs Brau bier garten and enjoying an Ungespundet.
I had this beer on tap of course in a traditional clay stein krug. Since it is impossible to see the colour all I can describe is the wonderful large off white rocky foam head that this beer has. It smelt fantastic. Big and malty with a slight hop pinch to it. This beer has a very distinct malt character to it. Very robust roasted flavor that I found unique in all the beers I had in Germany. Very full mouth feel. Despite all its perceived quirks this is a beer I could drink all day and enjoy.

Photo of Amalak
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Goldish, kind of orange in color with a mild head.

Smell: On the mild side, but really sweat and compliments the beer nicely.

Taste: Grainy and carbonated, this beer tastes wonderful. Big fan of Mahr's and this is my favorite one.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bubbly, but not over carbonated.

Drinkability: So nice. Zesty and refreshing. Tastes wonderful.

Excellent beer. Can't complain about anything.

Photo of Irrigate
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A very interesting offering from Bamberg.
Pours a hazy honey color I can hardly see through. Smells like wheat bread with a touch of honey. The primary flavor I taste is citrus: grapefruit and lemon. Body is between light and medium. Refreshing and good for you!

Photo of Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Cloudy orange, with little to no head.

S: Interesting, lots of floral hop bitterness, sulfur acidity, and a mix of bread malt and orange marmalade, possibly a hint of lavender.

T: Strange, different than any other lager that I have ever had. Hard water, minerals, and sulfur hit you first, backed with noble hops and herbal estery flavours. Lemon and grapefruit also abound, though I'm not sure of the source of where they come from, doesn't taste like a hop effect, it's probably an effect of the acidity.

M: High in carbonation, medium-bodied, acidic, hard and dry, the mouthfeel sort of feels like a mix of a Helles/Pilsner style lager and a Burton Pale Ale.

D: A great summer quencher, the dryness adds to this effect, I'd like to sample more of this style of beer, but they are extremely difficult to find in my neck of the woods.

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that quickly declines to a ringlet and archipelago and leaves only the occasional shard of lace

Smell: Grainy malt aroma with a hint of herbal hops

Taste: Starts with a grainy flavor that becomes bitter and dry, in a herbacious way, after the swallow; there is a hint of caramel malt that lingers and builds throughout that counteracts the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with modest carbonation

Drinkability: Another good beer for the summer months; good crossover from the Euro lager style

Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have only had one previous experience with a Keller Bier and that was a bottle from St. Georgenbräu that I had almost a year ago. I do recall it being the most haphazard with lots of flavors for a German Lager. This one didn't seem to have quite as much going on flavor wise but it certainly is drinkable.

BeerSpy to come for Teresa's Next Door in Wayne PA. Found on tap 7/7/07

Appearance: served a cloudy muddy orange copper amber color with a small white head that fades to a cap.

Smell: Slightly bready malt and grain, cracker, aroma with a floral grassy hop kick but it is a bit reserved.

Taste: A toasted malt backbone with grain and cracker flavors followed by an earthy hop bitterness and zesty citric feel, it somewhat puzzles the taste buds. It leaves my mouth feeling very very dry and a bit bemused.

Mouthfeel: It is quite smooth but leave me with a prickly spicy dryness on the cheeks. Very pleasant, medium / light body.

Drinkability: This is relative of the Kölsch (in my imagination) when it comes to easy drinking summer beers, that is. This is one I like. I need to find some more of this.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/gold color with a foamy, white, three-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, wheat and barley.

T - It tasted very sweet. Also, a good blend of grain and malt flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a pretty good beer. It was the first I've had of this style.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- I first tried this beer on tap at the blind tiger, and I tracked it down for the store I work for....The bottle is very classy looking...the beer pours a hazy dark golden amber color, light visible carbonation, and thin bubbly white head, almost no retention, but a decent amount of lingering bubbles.
S-Light musky hops, dank, and plant like....I wonder if the beer gains any of this from the exposed being matured while exposed to the air....caramel malt backbone, not unlike Oktoberfest beers.
T-Upfront bitterness, slightly resiny, and long lasting...again caramel malts give the beer a really round feel, for extremely easy drinking.
M/D- Light, but almost medium bodied....easy to drink easy to drink as a session beer....I imagine this will be a beer I pick up on occasion throughout the summer.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml bottle ("Bottled On" date of 5-0-22(?)) in a classic conical pint.

Poured crisp & loudly. A dull, wet nose, traces of stones, honeycomb, dandelions...most odd, yet intriguing at the same time.... a very coy nose. As it warms some stone fruit sweetness (peach, apricot) is more noticeable, as well as some dry, late summer fields. Head was a pencil's worth of loose, pearlized white foam that faded quickly to a floater of a sheen with no lacing. A hazy, warm gold in in hue, pale, very much like a typical Witbier, some isolated bubbles rose staccato like & slowly through it.

Lightly sweet with some citrus tones (mild orangepeel, bitter lemon, maybe even a echo of some lime-like bite), a dry crispness sits on the floor of the mouth for a few seconds while the citrus runs its course, then it rises & grows & grows, finally enveloping the mouth, finally becoming all-present and squeezing the whole of the tongue in a cold vise of almost radio static-like crackle that scrubs it clean, tricking me into thinking there is far more carbonation than there is. This quality of Keller Biers is quite unique and very enjoyable. There is almost a "crunchiness" to the palate feel because of this, and its refreshing and enlivening. This would pair very well with oysters, other briny shellfish, spicy meats (white or red, including fleshly white fish), a crisp summer salad, even gingerbread and similar desserts.

The finish is mildly bitter with hops, some flat malts, yet also the echo of the citrus comes thru in a nice balance, The aftertaste is a wee bit chewy, ever so slightly chalked (but OK), and overall a nice finish.

I am diggin' these Keller Biers! While I found the Monchshof to be just slightly better, this one has more of a citrus quality the other did not. Its very good, and I would definitely recommend it highly and suggest it with seafood et all. A great alternative to standard lagers in warmer weather, and to lagers in general. Give this and other Keller Biers a try this summer!

Photo of Absumaster
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden, orange beer with a small head and some yeast flakes in it. When I pour the rest of the beer in my glass, the beer gets murky.

Smell is typical German pilsner style, malty with some sulfur whiffs. The hops give the beer a flowery smell.

Taste leans strongly on the malt, which is pretty heavy and upfront. Body is full. There is very little bitterness in the beer, which is strange for a German beer. Usually they have more bitterness and/or hoppiness in it. Aftertaste is dry and sulfuric malty.

Photo of goochpunch
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 5043.

Pours a slightly hazed brassy gold with fat bubbles in the body, a 1/2" frothy head that lasts and lasts, and excellent clinging on the glass. Leaves raised lacing with the negative space making interesting figures. I can barely pick up anything from the nose except a clean lager character, some faint pale malt, and even fainter hops. Flavor is like fresh baked bread filled with nuts and dried candied fruits. Delicious. Finishes dry and sufficiently bitter with an herbal and floral hop edge. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for an appropriate amount of time. Mouthfeel is moderate, with a solid body on this one. Carbonation shows up and is at once smooth on one end and mildly prickly on the other, helping the flavors stand out. This one goes down quick, which is a shame since this is the only bottle of this I brought back to Texas with me from a recent trip.

Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on "5080" The 80th day of 2005?? I'm not sure.

Cloudy lemon yellow with orange highlights. Bubbly ivory white head shows some good stick. Great aroma. Yeast is evident. Lemon and hay. Some cracker tones. This is inviting. Reminds me of the Herk Keller beer aromawise. Pretty good in the flavor department, though it doesn't live up to its aroma. Yeasty and quite spicy. Even some alcohol is noted with this 5% a/v brew. A little lemongrass. Mouthfeel agrees with me. Prickly carbonation could act as a palate cleanser between bites of your favorite fish dish whether that's an almond crusted salmon fillet or say a Thai red snapper with spicy tamarind sauce. Overall this is pretty good. But not as good as the last Kellerbier I had....from Herkimer.

Photo of cichief
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer as I always do when in Bamberg at the Mahr's Keller. The beer is always fresh and served in a stein krug as it should be. The beer was poured from the barrel on the counter and had ample head. It was hard to tell the color in the stein, but it appeared to be a nice amber color. It was served at about 8 degrees celsius, perfect for this beer. This is a great example of the style.

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first kellerbier experience and I found it rather indifferent. Not too distant from any lager really, barring the citruisy tang and cloudy appearence. Poured an almost orange colour, very cloudy. A musty aroma, sharp though with strong citruis mouthfeel. A very acidic beer which affects its drinkability slightly, but still refreshing. Worth a try just to experience the style.

Photo of Domingo
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2nd keller bier I've had and it's actually not really that similar to the other (Andechs).
Pours a cloudy honey color. It looks like a cross between a helles and a weiss.
Forms a bit of a head, but it's not too thick.
Smells kind of sour, and kind of like peanut butter. I know that's a strange combination, but it's what jumped out at me.
Flavors are nutty, lemon (much like a gueuze), as well as the hallmark clover and honey flavors that most lagers tend to have. Finish has that strange peanut butter flavor that came out in the smell.
It's relatively thin, but that keeps it going down easy from beginning to end.
Interesting beer. Compared to the Andechs, which was dark and chocolaty, this is far more unique...but not quite as good.
Definitely something worth picking up, though!

EDIT: Had this on tap in Bamberg and it was arguably the best kellerbier I've had to date. The malty flavors run wild and any sourness from an old bottle is certainly absent. Huge bready character, tons of lager-yeast honey/clover, and a smooth texture. I'd probably say it's a 4.5 or better overall, but I don't really edit old reviews just for the sake of keeping track of what I have and haven't had.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, this is the first of this style for me, so the review is based more on overall flavor/enjoyment than on style points. Having said so, here goes:

Purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in Sept. 2006 for $3.29 (0.5 l bottle). Poured into my Paulaner glass.

Medium yellow-gold, hazy but not real cloudy.

Aroma is wheaty with a slight lemon zest flavor, but the lemon really opens up in the flavor. A distinct (but not strong) hop bite ends the swallow- the hops are a little stale in character. Malt is bready and slightly toasty.

Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable. A little pricey, but quite enjoyable. I like it!

Photo of yelterdow
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 07 05. Served at just over fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass. Lots of sediment nestled at the bottom of this one.

Appearance- Pours a light honey gold, supporting a barely inch-thick head. Thin. After adding the yeast we get some cloudiness and a more substantial crown. It completely dissipates afer a half hour.

Smell- Peppery, Saaz-like zippy hop nose... almost Belgian-like. Perfume and roses come to mind. Spicy, grassy notes that resemble a saison.

Taste- Some light phenols, sweetness, a nice peppery hop bitterness in the finish. Swirling the sediment in brings better body and balance, albeit with very little malt character. Extremely peppery, lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Watery and thin in the beginning, but this improves with the yeast addition. Prickly carbonation without much follow through. Easy, but not that interesting.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce) standard looking tall thin bodied brown glass bottle. Regal looking label is a classic Teutonic style. The main label, neck label and crown cap all have the same red, gold, cream and black Mahr’s Bräu design. Listed as “Bamberger Original” a strong hint to its proud regional identity and heritage. “Mahr’s Bräu Ungespundet – Lager hefetrüb” is below this is Germanic red text. Bottled on “5080” and listed at Alc. 5.2% Vol. My bottle looks just like the one in the BA Database.

Appearance: Marmalade orange with a Golden Shred body which exhibits a feint milky haze. Soft white head never pushes more than ½” thick, and relaxes quickly to a thin but uniform cap that thickens at the meniscus halo. Average conditioning seems to be formed of larger than usual sized bubbles.

Nose: “Out to Lunch”. “Nothing here to see, or smell, move along”, you get my drift? I am not sure what happened here but the nose seemed utterly devoid of any character. I literally get nothing – has *my* nose broken down I wonder? Maybe!!

Taste: Golden grain with a grassy hop like bitterness. Bread sticks and whole meal Ryvitas add some background. Hints of yeast, cold tea and some sweet malts are replaced by a distinct lemon acidity mixed with yet more cold tea long after the swallow and into the lingering finish. Clean but never wanting.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is chunky and the feel is wholesome. Fulfilling depth and a satisfying, almost filling finish.

Drinkability: Somehow this one just disappeared, I am cognizant of the fact that it may very well be that this was partially attributable to the fact that this was the first of the evening, but even so, I find it a brew that taxes little and rewards where needed.

Overall: The Third of Six Mahr’s Brau beers that each cost me $3.99 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. The earlier two appeared to offer above average results and this one was no exception. Let down by the flaccid nose and dying appearance at times, but apart from that it is a clean drinker that offered more than most.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle date: 5080, no idea what that means.

Pours hazy, pale gold with a slight orange hue.
White head of medium density and moderate height recedes quickly, leaving a few delinquent dots of foam.
Nose is a bit cardboardy with dried buiscuits, bread ends, and a hint of orange pith.
A slight peppery note follows through with light honey undertones.
Light to medium bodied, with mild carbonation and dryingly crisp.
A hint of tartness is reminiscent of a hefe.
Pallet is thinnish, watery, and borderline stale.
Some mild bready malts with a peppery yeast bite forefront, but this brew is showing it's age with more wet paper and dry pretzels.
Finishes dry, a bit tart, and oxidized.

Mahr's Ungespundet-hefetrüb from Mahrs-Bräu
89 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.