Mahr's Saphir Weiss - Mahrs-Bräu

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drabmuh on 12-01-2009

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by Sachsenfreude:
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of centbeerfest
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of BelgianPrincess
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of DrMindbender
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of crossovert
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a rust color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A strong, robust smell of wheat and malt.

T: Here's where the wheels came off. Yes, there was a big presence of wheat, malt, and some yeast, but I didn't get any of that typical bubblegum-y, banana-y flavor you normally get in a Hefeweizen. It just seemed incomplete.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is another uneven beer with some good qualities and some very average ones.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very cloudy, orange color with golden highlights. It had a huge head of white bubbly foam that took its time settling and leaving rings of lace.

S - It smelled of banana, clove and floral notes. There were good wheat aromas, too.

T - Interesting a weizen that really brings a spicy hop bite then delivers the usual great flavors of wheat, banana and clove.

M - A super dry beer that is crisp and crackles on the tongue. Like all good hefes this is a light bodied, easy drinking brew.

D - I really like this one. The saphir hop is a nice touch. I hope it takes off.

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy, dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice pale and wheat malt scent that's a bit sweet and fruity with lots of yeast esters. I know the Saphir hops are on display, but I'm not detecting them in the nose. The taste is decent. It has a solid hefe taste; pale and wheat malts, hefe yeast esters. The hops are present and provide a mild bitterness and a light flavoring. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but I'm not crazy about it. I like my hefes traditional, not hopped up.

Photo of Domingo
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this one before, even at the brewery. I suppose it's using the newer saphir hops instead of the traditional hallertau ones.
Pours a sandy brown color. Not a dunkelweiss, but a really dark normal one, a bit like Augustiner or Schneider. I did the "swirl" for the yeast and to create a nice head.
The nose features clove and nutmeg notes along with the ubiquitous banana note, which is milder than expected. Those new hops are definitely showcased as well.
The flavor profile isn't quite as hoppy as something like hopfen-weiss, but the hops do play a pretty big role in the flavor profile. I'd say they're an equal player with the spice and fruit character. While their normal wiessbier has a lot of vanilla cream notes, this one doesn't seem to. I think the increased hop profile likely subdues that character.
Pretty good, but certainly nothing I'd choose over their normal weiss, which I absolutely adore.
Texture seems to really fade a bit as time passes.
I like the slightly experimental direction while still staying true to the roots of the style, but as a beer it's nothing to write home about.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of grain, wheat, caramel, banana, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, banana, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice hop presence to go along with traditional hefeweizen characteristics.

Serving type: on tap.

Photo of sommersb
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-08-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Single from Wino's Depot, Bowling Green KY

A: Dark golden in color, with a cream-colored head. The first pour is semi-clear but the second pour yields a much cloudier appearance as expected in a weizenbier. Very good head retention and a good amount of lacing.

S: Aromas are fruity, with bananas, plus clove spices and earthy hops.

T: Fruity with more banana as in the nose, plus hops. This is more hoppy than you usually get in a weizen. The light bitterness is countered by some malty sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied with a high level of carbonation. The finish is well-balanced between fruit sweetness and hop bitterness.

O: A different take on a Hefeweizen, with the addition of lots of Hallertauer hops. I liked it but probably wouldn't look to pick up another one.

Photo of Tballz420
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold into copper brown colored body, very sizable head comprised of millions of tiny bubbles. Lots of sticky lace. Scent is your classic hefe, wheat, banana, some apple. Very clean and refreshing on the tongue. Very nice wheat tones, some clove, a bit yeasty. Very active from the carbonation. Tasty hefe, very refreshing after a hot-as-ballz day here.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Baseball and beer just go together. I'm going to do just that. 500 ml to go...and what's with the blue hops on the label? On to the beer:

Almost as much a dunkel as a helles. Orange brown colored and cloudy. The head is huge and very billowy and just looks sexy, and the lacing that slings to the glass is mere icing. Shallow in the nose, like cooled off banana and lemon cake. Well, that really cooled off my expections.

Saphir Weiss comes out hoppy, but at the cost of diluting the traditonal hefeweizen flavors. Tasting it blind, I probably would have guessed pilsner before hefeweizen. Watery banana, moderately spicy hops. a whisper of aspirin, bread crust. Light-medium bodied with a little smoothness.

Not what I expcted and not what I wanted. I was hoping my first run-in with Mahr's would end up better than this.

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Julio's, poured from the 16.9 chilled brown bottle into a Weiss glass.

A - After a vigorours pour that was not needed about 4 fingers of whipped white foam tops the slightly dark amber like black tea w/ a golden highlight at the base of the glass. The bead is average sized and lace clings in spots

S -The aroma has a bready and slightly spiced quality. There is a yeasty fruit scent which gives a light ripe banana ester

M - The feel of this wheat has smooth texture from malt and medium body w/ subtle sweetness. The carbonation level is medium high and a spiced tinge in the middle adds contrast to the slight tang and cream of yeast w/ dry herbal notes in the finish which feels clean

T - The flavor is very good for a late spring day - a yeasty note with mild ripe banana and subtle herbal elements from the Saphir are well blended and the flavor of the hops complements the yeast well w/ the alcohol present in the taste as well. I like the way the yeast has a bit of clove and subtle mint quality which makes the beer taste even more refreshing with the wheat very mild as the high carbonation seems to refresh the palate with each sip. A very mild pine element is noted w/ very gentle bitterness. The yeast adds a bready flavor and wheat is dry, but not quite husky w/ light peppery effect in the layered taste of all components

D - I was really looking forward to this and used a few ounces in a rice recipe which has avacodo, lemon juice and fresh basil and it worked well. The beer itself is a refreshing wheat w/ slightly added strength but still easy to quaff - A great example of the style.

Photo of July2Nov
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a HUGE frothy head. I'm talking a fist worth of head! Had to wait awhile and re-pour to get some of this deliciousness into the bottle.

Smell: I'm close to a foot away from the glass and the scents are pouring out. So, as I come closer, I can detect; Sweetness and spice. A bit of unripe banana seeps through too. Oh it smells so good!

Taste & Mouthfeel: This is so smooth and flavorful, with a light body. A little bready upfront, then melds into a mild spiciness, with that unripe banana flavor that was noted by the nose. Slight dry finish, leaving you with that numbness in the back of the throat. Aftertaste has a slight warm sweetness to it.

Drinkability: Not your run of the mill Weiss and I for one applaud changing it up a bit, every once in awhile. This is a very tasty brew and my first experience with the Saphir hop and hopefully not the last.

Photo of duceswild
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500ml bottle of this for $5.99. I enjoy hefeweizens so I was looking forward to trying this one.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a fairly decent sized head with a nice lacing. Smell was of bananas, spice, and yeast. Taste was smooth and crisp. Banana really came through for me along with some citrus. Very refreshing beer.

Enjoyed this beer and would not hesitate to pick it up again.

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Mahr's Saphir Weiss from Mahrs-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.