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Mastodon - Mahrs-Bräu

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BeerBeast, Sunday at 08:38 PM
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4.52/5  rDev +22.8%

MystikCelt, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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

RonaldTheriot, Sep 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

ToddGingerich, Sep 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

tykechandler, Aug 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sd123, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Mahr's Mastodon is brewed in the style of a German Zwickl-Kellerbier. A limited-run collaboration beer between the American band Mastodon and Mahr's Bräu in Germany. Available in 1 Pt, 9 Fl Oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 1 Pt, 9 Fl Oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Gusher! Beware! Pours a crisp foamy head of a golden-white head over a golden amber body. Dark speckled sediment riddles the brew, carbonation is spritely and plentiful. Retention is average, lacing is very light and leaves no trace. 3

(Smell) Bready German malts with peppery, herbal hop profile that has a modest bitterness. Hints of white grape, lemon and grain add a touch of complexity, potential flavor components of the yeast. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) A bit cleaner than the aroma suggests, with clean biscuit malt body with a touch of bready sweetness underneath. Hops are less pronounced, with a slight peppery flavor and some light bitterness. A bold fruit note of grape rounds out the flavor and lingers on the finish. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is soft, clean, mildly chewy. Carbonation is moderately brisk for a frothy crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter. Alcohol presence is light, off characters are minimal. 3.5

(Overall) A fairly enjoyable beer with nothing over-the-top, expect a solid, flavorful malt profile with a hearty dose of yeast-like fruitiness and a soft, mildly sweet finish. Comes through clean and enjoyable. 3.75

Mahr's Bräu's
Mastodon The Hunter
3.64/5.00

Jadjunk, Jul 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

livingtodie, Jul 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

PatrickKlopfenstein, Jul 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

weeare138, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

aasher, Jun 13, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

smakawhat, May 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Shandycan, May 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

CreightonSM, Mar 25, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

popery, Mar 16, 2014
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3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Beermongers. It's been so long since I've had a kellerbier.

A mildly hazy copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this beer looks good. The nose is the classic German lager in the Munich vein. Doughy, bready, honeyed Munich malt, along with a moderate earthy, leafy, hoppy aroma and bitterness present. A moderate fruit character is present as well, a little bit of pear. I have a feeling this is a shade old as there's a mild oxidized honey note as well.

The palate opens highly carbonated, lending a yeasty, frothy, mildly eggy flavor. The malt is dusty, doughy, mildly caramelized and mildly oxidized. The oxidized note is making me wonder if this is an old batch - that's quite possible, especially since it's been what, two years The Hunter was released? The mid-palate's flabby, mildly oxidized, dull and a little lifeless. Adding the yeast does improve the feel some, but this is still a disappointment. Medium light in body with an extremely high level of carbonation, this beer finishes mildly sweet with a faint hop bitterness. Gripes aside, the Munich malt character is awesome and thoroughly enjoyable.

DefenCorps, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

SpasmWaiter, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

tobelerone, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

larryi86, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

jzlyo, Jan 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Mastodon is not a bad naturtrüb bier from Mahr's, but pales in comparison to their normal unfiltered offering and many others of the type. The aromas and flavors are enjoyable, but excessively mild, while the beer is overall too carbonated. All this is a bit of a shame, as everything I enjoyed at the brewpub was exceptional, and I was looking forward to sampling this domestically. Perhaps it's age and the stresses of long-distant shipment, but there's no way to tell with no dating on the bottle. I wouldn't pay to drink this again unless I was in Germany or it was on tap.

Pours a 1.2cm tall head of white colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, fairly frothy appearance. Retention is average in length, about one minute, the foam eventually falling to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is not present. Beer's body is a fairly dark golden-orange color, with light bringing out brighter golden orange hues (bordering on very dark golden yellow). Carbonation is visible through the beer's body, numerous and quite active.

Aroma is quite mild, of light caramel-like sweetness and toasted bread with a slight yeastiness.

Overall flavors are of mild bread crust and caramel-like sweetness, with hints of yeast and hop bitterness in the background. Front of palate is of mild caramel-like sweetness with slight bread-like qualities and a modest yeast character. Mid-palate of continued light caramel-like sweetness, a bit of bread crust flavor, modest yeastiness, and adding in an unexpected light fruitiness and hop bitterness in the background. Back of palate tastes stronger, but still fairly light, bread crusts with light hop bitterness and a background of yeast and faint caramel-like sweetness. Aftertaste is quite mild, of bread crusts, light caramel-like sweetness, and a touch of hop bitterness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is at first fizzy, gradually tapering to a fully foamy mouthfeel, a bit too carbonated for the beer and the style. Closes dry, with light to no stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

falloutsnow, Jan 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

brandonld23, Nov 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Magery, Oct 05, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

LiquidAmber, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

crbnfbr, Sep 06, 2013
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Mastodon from Mahrs-Bräu
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