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Mastodon - Mahrs-Bräu

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 76
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Mahrs-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: homebrewhawk on 02-11-2012

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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 76
Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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! (690 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (909 characters)

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 (563 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 (1,610 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of popery
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
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. (2,209 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta love the picture on the label. The bottle I got fizzed from hell to breakfast, so be prepared! It pours a rich and slightly hazy amber with a rather thick, if not too persistent, pale amber-tan head. Crisp aroma is fruity and malty with just a hint of hoppy wood. Flavor is typical of a lager, malty and a little fruity, but more mouth-filling and rounded out; again there is just a hint of hops. Texture has firm body and good fizz, better than with many lagers I have tried. If lager is your style, uncork this beast! (525 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a goblet with a hazy orange amber body. Silky white head forms to about a finger and has decent retention. Small ring leaves some small patches of lace.

S- Hard to pick much up for me. I basically get reserved German yeast, raisin and some sweet biscuit caramel malts.

T- Pretty laid back for such a gargantuan creature the Mastodon is. Yeast lends a profile of spices, raisin dark fruits and very slight clove banana ester. Some nutty, caramel and almost rye spice malts. Spicy and herbal hops balance it out.

MF- A lighter overall consistency with high end foamy carbonation. Fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

Easy going but in a good way. (667 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,297 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a light brown color and a hazy texture. There was a big, creamy fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: As you'd expect with a German beer, this one had a very malty smell to it.

T: Like the nose, the taste was dominated by malt, but it did have light amounts of grain and hops. Not a bad flavor, but so very predictable and obvious.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made beer, but as I said it's a predictable one. drinkable, but not much separates it from the pack. (582 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,202 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of wcintula
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (409 characters)

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Mastodon from Mahrs-Bräu
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.