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Mahr's Saphir Weiss | Mahrs-Bräu

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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by drabmuh on 12-01-2009

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 70
Reviews by Sachsenfreude:
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; white head retains throughout the drink but leaves less lacing than expected. Cloudy chestnut colored with chunks of yeast.

smell; apple skin and pears with some warm yeast. Somewhat fruity and remains of cider.

taste; Very distinct from others of the style but the yeast is very much as expected. Some sour notes blend with bitter hops. Yeast in the aftertaste mingles nicely with the hops. Coves are noticed but faint.

mouthfeel; thinner than expected of the style with some pleasnt velvet on the palate. Quite refreshy, with a crisp, semi-dry finish.

overall; very unique and tasty, would definitely buy this one again and it makes a good changefrom the standard Hefeweizen.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a different kind of weisse true to the label.Poured into a weizen glass more clear than cloudy burnt orange/amber with a large glooming crown,it has a Schneider weisse look to it with its deep richness in color.Yeasty but not over phenolic in the nose,toasty wheat malt, fruity esters,and herbal hops come thru,one of the more hoppy hefe's I have had,maybe the most hoppy from Germany.Yeasty and fruity on the palate with a tinge of iron and toasted wheat malt,again the saphir hops play a role in a herbal finish.This is a cool hefeweizen it's yeasty but clean with a nice hop presence.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber appearance, a big head, implying a lot of carbonation, which will later be proven in the mouthfeel, a little belchy.

Once the aroma opens up, it shows nice spicy clove and subtle banana, and a uniquely floral hop presence. Smells nice.

Similar taste with lively carbonation make for a pretty good experience. I would rate it higher if it had just a tad less carbonation and a little more malt balance in the flavor.

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Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. The label lists the abv at 5.6% and on the back there is a short description of the beer its use of Saphir hops. There is no freshness date however.

Appearance: The body has a heavy haze and a dark brownish amber color. It is full of yeast and at the bottom of the glass there are some small chunks of yeast sediment. Up on top it shows off a thick three to four finger tall, long lasting head. This head is off white in color with a few spots of brown yeast sediment. Lacing on the glass is slick and slides right down the sides as I drink.

Smell: The aroma has fruity yeast with loads of banana with a little spice and a hint of apple. Hop notes are faint and way off in the distance.

Taste/Palate: The flavor reflects the nose with loads of banana notes from yeast as well as some light clove, bubble gum and a touch of apple. Towards the end I notice more wheat bread and bubble gum notes and a light touch of hop spice and bitterness. The palate is smooth and a little thick or full feeling.

Notes: Overall it was a very tasty and enjoyable brew. The only thing it lacked was the look and feel and even that wasn't a big detraction.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of centbeerfest
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 5 oz tasting glass from a 16.9 oz bottle.

Explosive thick white foamy head that held its own well. Unfilitered cloudy rich with small bubbles that translated into a very nice crisp mouth feel.

Taste was a dry and balanced nectarine zest w/ coriander. The texture and weight make this beer a satisfying meal by itself but does not leave you bloated.

On the take home scale, I would take a six pack of this beer when I could find it.

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

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer for $3.85. This is a pretty tasty beer, but overall it's a little too mild. The appearance is a proper hazy amber, a little darker than usual I suppose. The aroma has a slight chemical aerosol note that's off-putting at first, but that fades into a spicy floral combo. The flavor is slow to develop (that's awesome), starting with a white cake and wheat bread crust. That's followed by candy clove, orange peel and sweet banana notes that eventually falls to bittersweet, but smooth, wheat and bread notes. All in all a very bready with interesting spice and fruit notes. Heck of a brew. Reminds me a lot of SN Kellerweis.

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Photo of BelgianPrincess
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice orange-amber hue. Smells of banana and clove. Taste is very similar to many good weizens, but nicely hopped. Not bitter, but later flavor and aroma hop additions make this truly a hefe at heart with hoppy background. Great beer, I highly recommend this as a cheaper Thiriez-type beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spotted this new one today, thought it might be a fruity blueberry/huckleberry brew due to the label design (blue hop cones). "Extra Hoppy Amber Weiss" on the back label.

Deep orangey amber, huge voluminous head that takes a few pours to let settle then top off. Plenty of sticky, sparkly suds inside the glass. The retention is excellent, it's head is steadfast with little deflation.

Typical hefe aroma, banana esters, a light minerally character, and mild background spice.

Very smooth and flavorful. Deep bready malt flavors, like fresh baked banana bread with a dusting of nutmeg. The wheat gives it a pleasant supple feel, though there is a mild apple astringency upfront. Not especially hoppy, like Brooklyn/Schneider, but a fine beer in it's own right. Tasty and quenching on a warm day.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of bananas, cloves and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except the hops contribute citrus flavors and a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t quite as refreshing and thirst-quenching as compared to other hefeweizens, but the saphir hops certainly make this beer unique for the style.

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Photo of Inglewood
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of pknyc
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of DrMindbender
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think my bottle may be old...a sweet bomb that's overcarbed.

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Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of crossovert
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml brown bottle with no date. Says it is a extra hoppy amber hefeweizen utilizing the Saphir hop.

Pours with a huge, uncontrollable white head that is slightly foamy. The body is an amber/gold that looks decently filtered. They head takes a long while to dissipate leaving some pretty nice lacing. On the second pour I swirled for yeast, even after a minute of swirling not all of it had come off the bottom- there is a lot of yeas hiding in this bottle.

The smell is as one might guess, yeasty, with heavy spicy clove and a hint of banana, but there is also a nice grassy, herbal, and spicy hop presence that is welcome.

The flavor is super-citrusy, almost like a witbier. Tons of lemon, almost tart. The clove makes a smaller appearance in the taste along with the wheat and a heightened bitterness form a normal Hefeweizen, though not at all super hoppy.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and prickly, this makes it refreshing on a hot summer day.

This is a great Hefeweizen right here, surprisingly it isn't talked about much.

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Photo of crhea89
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hoppy weissbier, don't mind if I do...

A: The beer pours a hazed amber color with a finger or so of white head.

S: It's definitely got some hops to it. Starts off with citrus and hints of tropical fruits. Past there, there is the usual aroma of sweet malt and wheat bread with a somewhat mild banana and clove note.

T: The flavor isn't quite as good, however. Light banana notes and a strange tea flavor. A good dose of citrus peel, as well as some floral hops and a light grassiness. Plenty of sweet bread and wheat.

M: The body is medium with a medium carbonation.

O: While the aroma was nice, the flavor was lacking and overall just wasn't the most enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of Antnyd82
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange yellow color with some dark orange highlights. Big merangue like head lasts forever. Loads of carbonation bubbles rise quickly. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: banana, bubblegum, and a floral presence is very nice on the nose.

Taste: nice wheat tones with banana, floral tones, orange, bits of lemon zest, bubblegum, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late.

Drinkability: very quaffable weisse beer that is a bit unique in the floral quality of the beer. Worth picking this one up.

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Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a tannish honey color with very good head retention and lacing. Nose is pretty wheaty, and I don't get a whole lot of spice on this one... maybe a bit of clove and not much else. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, except there's a bit more flavor then I was expecting from the aroma profile (thankfully). I get some significant bubble gum, clove and spice, which is pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium boided at most, and drinkability is pretty good.

While nothing special, this was still an easy to appreciate and enjoy German wheat beer.

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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Mahr's Saphir Weiss from Mahrs-Bräu
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