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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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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

weeare138, Jun 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Ray7233, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

DelicateDelirium, Mar 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

livingtodie, Jul 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

CreightonSM, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

cbutova, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Unfiltered. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a finger of fine bubbled white head. Some noble hops in the aroma and a little sweet malt. Light bodied. Bready malt, slight noble hop presence. Adding the yeast gives the aroma a bit of a yeasty tang. Decent German Lager.

homebrewhawk, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

PatrickKlopfenstein, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

getbehindthemule, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BKBassist, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

MaseFace, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sd123, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Zachtheporter, Jul 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Shandycan, May 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dookiebrown, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

RES, Jul 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Perdue125, Jul 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

tykechandler, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

avalon07, Apr 27, 2012
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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Mastodon from Mahrs-Bräu
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