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Mastodon - Mahrs-Bräu

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BA SCORE
83
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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: homebrewhawk on 02-11-2012)
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

11-24-2013 00:14:22 | More by brandonld23
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crossovert

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 02:02:16 | More by crossovert
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 03:23:07 | More by ryan1788a5
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 22:35:41 | More by smcolw
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 01:54:56 | More by emerge077
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pknyc

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-24-2013 11:55:16 | More by pknyc
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.6%

09-06-2013 11:22:09 | More by crbnfbr
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gunclubchris

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.6%

10-18-2012 20:29:56 | More by gunclubchris
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larryi86

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 18:59:49 | More by larryi86
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-11-2012 00:16:26 | More by PEIhop
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jzlyo

Iowa

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-17-2014 23:26:01 | More by jzlyo
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Cheezus

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-12-2013 22:19:16 | More by Cheezus
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2014 14:36:39 | More by smakawhat
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Domingo

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 01:11:03 | More by Domingo
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 22:50:43 | More by OtherShoe2
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 03:47:13 | More by LiquidAmber
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popery

California

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:57:50 | More by popery
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weonfire

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-24-2012 15:49:33 | More by weonfire
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KevSal

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-26-2012 07:10:01 | More by KevSal
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aasher

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-13-2014 06:17:43 | More by aasher
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DukeX13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-02-2013 05:04:26 | More by DukeX13
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-25-2014 02:51:59 | More by tobelerone
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-01-2013 20:14:10 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-26-2014 06:17:54 | More by SpasmWaiter
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wcintula

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 16:51:44 | More by wcintula
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Mastodon from Mahrs-Bräu
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