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Mahr's Ungespundet-hefetrüb - Mahrs-Bräu

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BA SCORE
89
very good

265 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 23
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mahrs-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-30-2002)
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Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

zeff80, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of jameaterblues
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

jameaterblues, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

BuckSpin, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Absumaster, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

goochpunch, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Bighuge, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of cichief
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

cichief, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

biegaman, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of Domingo
3.85/5  rDev -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.

Domingo, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

Dukeofearl, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

yelterdow, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of brewandbbq
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

brewandbbq, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of karst
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing that after 500+ beer reviews, I am hitting this style the first time.
A rather old, rare, and unique German beer style, Kellerbiers are unfiltered and unpasteurized lagers that are matured unbunged in deep vaults. The final product is a smooth, naturally cloudy beer that's rich in vitamins (from the yeast). Hop bitterness can be high and alcohol will vary. With Mahr's being in the middle. Thanks Vincent for making this available and reccomending it at a recent tasting at Chefs Pantry in Rolla, Mo.

Pours hazy copper orange with a white 2 fingered head that falls back to the 0.5 L mark on the SOHM glass and laces the sides of the Erdinger Weisbier glass.

Got to keep reminding myself that this is not a Hefeweisen but a Kellerbier! Aromas clean with possible citric. The flavors are exceptional with a
hop level higher than expected ( see style description) round mouthfeel from the unfiltered medium body. Clean. A fantastic thirst quencher for the summer.

A great introduction to a new style!

karst, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold...big head....drops to a film.
Smells like a pilsner....Saaz-like hop aroma.
Bready-honey sweet malt followed by slightly funky hop. Nicely balanced. very good flavor
Clean semi-dry finish. Bitter aftertaste.
Body is medium...as is the carboantion.
Very drinkable...a good beer alone or with food.

Hautacam, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and pale orange in appearance, a tapioca-type head bubbles on the suface for a bit, then dwindles down...nice...

Aroma: sharp, a bit, then soft, lightly citric, a touch sour, but, again, nice.

Taste: hoppy kick in this, fullish body, solid mouthfeel, yeasty, yummy. Clean. Citric taste. A bit herbal. Zesty, and easy to drink. Quenchable, indeed.

I like this. Very tossable, yet with plenty of taste to marvel at, though not amazing, by any means. I tend not to pick up expensive imported bottled beers, except for reasons of examination, the old trial and error, but if you want to try a zwickel, you won't err with this example.

feloniousmonk, May 30, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice grain and malt aroma. Smells like crushed base malt. I get a little bit of yeast esters but it's very faint. I'm not picking up any hop aroma which is fine in a Keller beer.

Golden and slightly cloudy with a thin lasting white head. Very fine (small) carbonation bubbles.

First flavor I get is bittering hops but not hugely acidic or bitter. Then I get some sugary malt and then the same grainy effect that I get in the aroma. I can really taste barley. The sweetness of the malt is a little like honey. There's some yeast esters too so it's not as clean as most German lagers but it's definitely not "funky." I like that it has a little character. Somewhat bready and more yeasty as it warms up.

Body is about medium, not thick but not really a gulping lager-type beer either. Carbonation level is very nice with fine bubbles.

Nice easily approachable and drinkable beer. Probably a good step up from German macros. I can't think of any reason why your average macro drinker wouldn't like this beer. I like it too.

czechsaaz, May 24, 2006
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fl oz. brown bottle with bottled on date of 0705.

Cloudy light straw with a small white cap and slightly troubling brown yeast specks in suspension.

The nose has aromas of lemon, sweet caramel, peanut butter, vinous notes, and a touch of alcohol.

Medium-light bodied with some bitty-ness from the yeast. Nut and bread flavors are balanced by lemon and grassy tinged hops.

My first exposure to the style. Excluding the appearance it was pretty nice.

Shultzerdugen, May 23, 2006
Photo of TongoRad
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A decanted pour reveals a deep golden beer with a hint of amber and a moderately tall head that sticks around for a minute and then settles down to a fine layer. Swirling rouses it up to finger-tall again.

Aroma is forceful yet pleasant- very bready and creamy with accents of grass, apricots, caramel and lime peel. There is some real depth there and it lasts throughout the glass.

The yeasty/bready character dominates the palate, with the caramel and fruit coming on in the finish followed by a touch of hops. The mouthfeel is moderately full with just enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

This is a wonderful beer that gives you two different experiences ( the bulk of this review was done decanted for a baseline approach) - it is incredibly well rounded and complex but really comes alive at the end when you pour the yeast into the glass. I assuredly advise you to do so.

TongoRad, May 17, 2006
Photo of falloutsnow
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've found that I deeply enjoy the keller beers I've had in the past, so I was looking forward to partaking of this one when I noticed it at Amity Wine and Liquor.
From the bottle, it pours a body of hazy orange-yellow-gold color, a bit lighter than the feeling one gets during a hot, dry summer day. The head is large and uncontrolled, featuring sizeable bubbles and a cloudlike appearance. As the head descends to a permament one-half centimeter of foam, it leaves behind some lacing that's replenished with each swirl and sip. The body is cloudy and hazy with some sediment, though not to the point of total obscurity.
Aroma is pointedly of intense, freshly baked white bread; as the beer warms, the yeast becomes more apparent in the scent as well. Apples and other "light" fruits are apparent, some "old sock" aroma is present too. The taste opens with a bit of lemon citrus and some other, unnameable sourness, which then fades into malt sweetness and ends with floral hops and bready yeast. The aftertaste is mildly bitter, a mixture of hops, malt sweetness, and the yeast.
The palate is pleased by the medium to medium-heavy body that's coupled with a moderate carbonation level that comes across as suitable. The finish is clean and dry, most likely from the hops used. I find the drinkability to be quite good, lots of complexity here and an alcohol content and taste that make this well worth having multiple times, even in one session.

falloutsnow, May 16, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger, white head that fades slowly leaving some lacing. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts with a mix of hops and sourness with hints of yeast, finish is crisp. $2.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Bottled in March 2005.

jdhilt, May 01, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee. Noticed the date of 08 when I got home. I guess this was made in August last year. A little disappointing. Hazy apricot like color with a darkness more towards the middle. Head is sort of weaker but maintains itself well. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is of herbal hops and a honey-like sweetness. Taste is not as good. A bit of a soapyness in there. Not the cleanest but still solid. Kind of a yeasty spice bread base with light hops and herbs and sugars. A decent beer. A good balance of hops and malts and yeast. Body is not the smoothest and a little more carbonation would have been nice. Finishes a bit citric leaving some orange notes. Not bad, I am going to try this fresh and see how much of a difference there is.

granger10, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the brewery on March 23, 2006.

A: Looks like a ginger beer... but with a nice white head; some retention; great lace.

S: Herbes & spice.

T: Caramel sweetness, grassy herbs/spice, crisp/dry aftertaste.

M: Light to moderate body is surprisingly creamy for its weight. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Derek, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO.

Lovely orange color, almost no head, despite swirling the last several ounces to pick up the yeast. Smells of bread, yeast, hops, some maltiness. Very refreshing light hop bitterness. Nice taste. Good beer. Very good with spicey food. Very drinkable. Think of this as a cross between a Hefe-weizen and a Lager.

ColoradoBobs, Feb 27, 2006
Mahr's Ungespundet-hefetrüb from Mahrs-Bräu
89 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.