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Mastodon | Mahrs-Bräu

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mahrs-Bräu
Germany | website

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by homebrewhawk on 02-11-2012

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 88
Photo of Greg_Nall
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a six pack in May, 2015, and opened another one on August 30 this year. Poured into a 1/2 L snifter.

Appearance; Standard glass brown bottle with a cap. Poured a 3/4 inch slight off white head, with a medium firm foam consisting of small to medium bubbles lasting a couple of minutes. Lacing was light towards the end of the glass. Gold to a golden brown color, with a cloudy to hazy appearance.

Aroma; on opening bottle and lifting glass brought a high malty nose, high in a bready notes. Hops were on the low side, and not really noticeable.

Flavor; High caramel, yeast rolls, were brought to mind. With medium intensity hops and carbonization adding to flavor. Balance was high with malts blending in with a smooth transition to the end. Ending with a malty / herbal finish.

Mouth Feel; Good amount of carbonization offset the sweetness of the malts with a full mouth feel.

Drinkability; Since I'm partial to German Lagers I found a very nice beer to be enjoyed as often as possible.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 5/7/15. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass "HB-MUNCHEN" stein.

Brew pours a orange-amber in color with a good 2-finger head that quickly dissipates to nothing really, just a very minor line around the edge of the glass. Really no lacing is seen when when sipped, strange for a good German brew I am thinking. The aroma is of malts for the most part. Pretty much the same is said for the taste, just light airy malts. Very smooth and goes down easy. Lighter to medium-bodied with not much carbonation at all, BUT works for this tasty brew. Really liked this one! PROSIT!

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, light soapy lacing, crystal clear golden honey colored.

Nose is reminiscent of a great German brau or Oktoberfest even, nice soft lager aromas, light straw and grainy malts, little mineral note, juicy malt mash, light grassy hop note.

Taste is more of the same, soft juicy lager malt, with little toasty note and straw, mostly just soft light airy malts, layered decoction mash flavours. Nice lager flavours, soft minerals, crisp juicy lager, etc, with some grassy floral hops kicking in and decent bitterness. Finish us soft and crisp, light lingering bitter grassy hop bite, faint straw malt and lager minerals.

Mouth is lighter bod, soft and crisp lager, decent carb.

Overall great brau, very light refreshing and crisp and soft, nice hop presence, nice soft malt, good lagering and decoction, just a nice enjoyable well done German brau.

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Photo of crossovert
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge fan of the band, they are decent lots of fanboys and haters just with something like DTP would have taken thier place in the grand scheme of things, but love Mahr's. The label is cool. 500ml bottle.

It pours a nice hazy amberish orange with a nice off-white head.

The smell is nicely malty. Rich caramel and bread notes, a subtle bit of noble hops. There is an almost rum-like aroma which is nice.

The flavor is malty and fruity. Decently fresh. A zippy kellerbier. Very fuckin nice.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale yellow, slightly hazy. Bubbles of carbonation rush to the top of the glass in quick streams. Huge white, rocky head. Small, sporadic clumps of lacing. The head formation and retention is impressive, but I docked the score a little for the cloudy appearance.

S: Sweet malt scent. Biscuit and grain. Slightly bready. Touch of earthy yeast. Hops are very floral and grassy with an herbal edge.

T: Grainy malt taste up front is quickly overtaken by an outspoken hop profile. It shifts from floral to a leafy, spicy garden herb taste that slowly builds in bitterness, though it stays tame enough overall. This one is very balanced. Malts come back to the forefront with sweet and bready flavors. Hay and dried grain as well, as it dries into the finish. The finish is clean with tastes of grain and green, oily hops.

M: Light to medium in body. Creamy and slightly foamy. Carbonation lends a pleasing crispness. Nice and smooth.

O: This beer surprised me. I just bought it on a whim. I like Mahr's, and Mastodon (the band) is okay. So I thought, "What the hell?" Munich Helles is not a style that typically hits my beer g-spot, but this one really did the job on a hot, sunny summer day. Carefully crafted, very well done. Color me impressed.

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Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive thick, lumpy, near-white head. The liquid is golden with a mild chill haze. Only negative is the limited lace.

Grainy, raw barley aroma--similar a freshly opened bag of pale malt.

Slightly sweet, this is a malty pale brew. It has a hop spice in the swallow and the short aftertaste. The malty flavor is dominate, but there is no grainy flavor. The body is like skim milk. The carbonation is low. The total effect makes this beer seem to have dried fruit.

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle at Astoria Bier & Cheese. It's a great keller. I can smell it the second the beer hits my glass. The aroma has a mix of white bread, light caramel, fresh dough, and a hint of fruit ester. The flavor follows with a rounded, bready malt character, subtle, spicy hop character, and a shot of citrus fruit. Very fun and interesting beer. Go try one.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a golden brown with less than a finger of white bubbly head. It rather quickly recedes.

S: Bready malts.

T: Bready, doughy malts. Very fresh tasting.

F: Super smoth, moderate to highly carbonated.

O: I'm glad I had this. If more lagers were like this, I'd drink them more often.

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark gold color with some chill haze, rocky white head
Aroma: Sweet breadiness/melanoidin, hay,
Taste: Same as the aroma but much more round and soft; the flavors dance on your tongue and quickly dissipate leaving on hint of light sweetness in the mouth
Mouthfeel: Medium-Light mouthfeel and high carbonation
Overall: A fantastic and quaffable German lager

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Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, euro yeast, slight hops, slight pale malt, hint of citrus, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Kellerbier / Zwickelbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight wheat, pale malt, yeast, slight hop, hint of citrus, and slight alcohol. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, it billows up with a voluminous head of white foam that retains some good coverage for the rest of the glass. Spotty sudsy lacing. Intentionally cloudy, it says unfiltered on the label, glowing sunset orange color.

Clean, floral, grassy aroma, simple and true to style.

Bready and crisp, simple and seamless. Medium bodied with a light crisp bitterness that dries out quickly in the finish. Fresh floral hop notes that are somewhat subdued, but complement the dry crackery malts nicely. Pricey for what it is, but worth a try from this quality brewery.

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Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear golden copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Grainy, zesty and earthy spices, touch of lemon rind, some yeast.

T- Malty/grainy, has a bready quality to it, getting some yeast, and an earthy hoppy finish with some zest that kind of reminds me of a German Pilsener.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- Doesn't blow me away but it is an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a becher glass at Churchkey DC.

A real supper creamy one finger head presented, nice and solid and ultrafine. Deep uniform orange amber and apricot colored body, with some lemon lighter hues along the sides. Beer has a little bit of fine carbonation, and laces with nitro like sheets and rings all along the glass. A mighty fine looking brew.

The nose though disappoints in comparison. Very closed and subtle dough malt body slightly, but a bit hard to detect.

Palate comes with a real nice chewy body. Mid palate fills with soft baked bread, and some sweet bakery yeast like flavors. Creamy and dense body, which coats everywhere in the palate. Subtle flavors that hit nicely.

A good solid keller that just seems to be fairly basic and enjoyable. Real easy drinking to match.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed honey/amber color with 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Stays effervescent throughout. Average lacing and head retention

S: Breadyness, a little pear & wet grain

T: Breadyness, pears, grassiness & a little cakeyness, plus a little herbal bitterness up front. Grassyness & pears as this warms, plus bready sweetness. Finishes grassy with herbal bitterness, a little cardboard on the edges not enough to ruin this, but it is there, plus a little honey-dew melon showing late to the party

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, okay balance

Drinks alright, I suspect this might be old, but since I can't find a date on the bottle, we'll never know. There is something in the lower left corner, but I can read it. Still tasty despite the slight hint of cardboard

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange with a decent foamy white head. A little clinging, but no real lace. Ok clarity, some bubbles rising.

Light malt, some minerals, and bitter grassy notes as well as a bit of honey in the nose.

Nice clean drinkable lager. Grassy lightly toasted malt up front. Nice bitter punch of hops immediately, a little spicy. This has slight sweetness from the malt, but bitter overbalances it -- and it works very well. Dries out more towards the finish. Finish is lightly bitter with the dry malt bringing up the rear. Nice beer.

Medium mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation.

great overall. Very drinkable. I'd like to have a lot of this on a hot day.

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Photo of Domingo
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Never seen this before, including at a trip to the brewery this past summer. After a little looking around, apparently it's a tribute to the band Mastodon. I guess that's unexpected for a brewery usually known for old traditions.
Pours a copper orange color. Looks almost like the older amber Oktoberfest beers. Some Franconian helles beers look a bit like this (Faessla, for example), too. A slight haze comes from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Lots of lingering foam.
The character here is a nice balance of very bready and biscuity malts and a nice earthy hop finish. A little caramel character and clover honey reminds me of the sweeter, and more amber helles beers around Bamberg, but the hops are more punchy. The malt character surprisingly seems to grow stronger as the beer warms.
Like most everything from Mahr's, I could drink this by the gallon.
Not quite as good as the "U" or normal hell, but still really good and different. I wonder how common this is and how long it'll be around?

EDIT: Seems it really was a limited run. While listed as a kellerbier, if I had to categorize it I'd call it a Franconian Lagerbier...that just happens to be unfiltered, but not overly yeasty.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Ayinger pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of bready and biscuit malt, noble hops with an interesting light dried herb component. Flavor is nicely balanced biscuit malt and light dry grassy and woody hops typical of German lagers. Light hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. A nicely made classic, mellow helles lager.

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Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden hued body; plenty of fine carbonation; thick, foamy, white head; globs of foam left on the glass. Green grass and fresh hay smell; some mild citrus character; light, bread-like malt; easy-going hop bitterness. Light, toasted grain character; bread crust. Medium-light body; crisp and dry.

A smooth, delicately delicious German beer. It is light enough overall for downing several bottles in a row while delivering a subdued yet pleasing light grain taste. Nice balance between the grains and hops in the flavor department. Easy drinking and most enjoyable.

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Photo of popery
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber-orange color. It's somewhat hazy, maybe medium hazy, not that "medium hazy" really means anything to anyone besides me. The head is a touch yellow. It puffs up big and pretty thick but fades away after a minute, a bit like a hefe. The aroma is malty and pleasant. Nice doughy malt flavor with a touch of caramel. Reminds me of the Cismontane single malt beers that I've been working through. The taste has a good dose of malt sweetness, though it still finishes fairly clean with a very light grassy note. It's a relatively rich German lager. Less hoppy than expected. Smooth feel, full for the strength. Solid beer. Easy to drink and satisfying. Not terribly dramatic but the malt flavor is very nice.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a bright gold with two fingers of off-white head.

Aroma of pilsner malts, biscuit and banana & light grape notes.

Tasted of biscuity malts, white grape and herbal notes.

Medium bodieda nd a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mahr’s Bräu Mastodon has a thick, unusually fizzy, off-white head, a very hazy (which becomes murky, when the sediment is swished & poured in), gold-orange appearance, and lace curtain left behind. The aroma is of sharp, sweet & sour bread, yeast, and a grass of some sort. Taste is of those elements, with a low-level, balancing bitterness, weeds, red soil, and cream. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and chewy, and this beer finishes a bit cloying and full. Overall, it is a sipper and surely not a gulper. One would be hard pressed to session this lager.

RJT

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Mahrs Brau Mastodon last week for $5.59 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new beer to try and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 500 ml bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design and it's eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy yellow color that takes on more of a golden color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of a spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a slight bit of skunky aroma being the first to show and it goes right into the malts which impart a grainy, pale malt, bready and sweet malt aromas with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer has a nice aroma, but I could go without the skunky aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single one seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end I get a little bit of a doughy yeast flavor with pretty much no bitterness and a nice sweet malty aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it's just what I expect from the style.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, clean, light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a pretty nice example of the style. it tastes just how i expect a Kellerbier to taste and I have no complaints. This beer has nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them, but I might start to get bored with it after that. What I like the most about this beer is how true to style it is, nothing is out of place for the style. What I like the least about this beer was the skunky aroma, I'm glad it didn't make it to the taste. I might buy this beer again and I wound't turn one down. I would recommend it if you like the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, its nice for the style. Good job guys this is a nice beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lord Hobo.

Pours sun-colored into into a tall, thick 16.9 oz stine. Nice, white head.

Smells clean and grassy, very crisp and balanced but a bit tame for the style. A little bit of bread and straw become more apparent as the beer begins to warm.

Tastes good, but, again, a little bit tame for a keller. Tastes starts sweet, moves into a middle of hay, weeds, and grass, ending crisp with zero esters. Very nicely brewed, but a bit too light. I honestly would have taken it for a macro euro pils--the aftertaste is remarkably similar to Heineken.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bread and toast malts are present in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: The overall taste is rather malty and has flavors of bread and toast and faint hints of sweetness; these malty flavors transition to notes of spicy hops, apples and a light amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't stand out compared to Munich Helles Lagers, but the unfiltered nature and complexity in the taste make it seem more reminiscent of a Keller Bier or a Zwickel Bier.

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Photo of wcintula
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a foamy head that reduces to a film. Smells a bit noble, grassy and Munich-y. Very rich malt flavor with a nice touch of bittering from the hops. Honey comes out as the beer warms up. I love these simple styles They're very easy to appreciate when done correctly. and this is a good example. I don't know how limited this is, but it's definitely worth trying you Germanophiles.

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