Helles
Mahr's Bräu

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Style:
German Helles
Ranked #11
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,196
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 11.59%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
177
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Mahr's Bräu
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  22
Gots
  9
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: Beer sensory characteristics: A creamy, compact head crowns the glass. Brilliant, delicately pearled with bubbles, and golden yellow; it captivates the eye of the true connoisseur. The aroma is lightly reminiscent of flowering hops. The body is pure, mild, discretely aromatic, coupled with a slight sweetness. The finish is soft, with a hint of maltiness. A lager that awakens the desire to drink it again and again. Mahrs Bräu Hell pairing recommendation: to cooked or fried fish dishes, salads, mild cheeses, stews.
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Photo of jrc1093
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/21/19

Pours a clear gold body with multiple fingers of pillowy white froth; great retention leaves a paper-thin cap along with a consistent layering of moderate lacing.

Aroma is deeply grassy, and touched with a floral undercurrent of spicy biscuit and honeysuckle in the background; light yeast adds a certain musty character to round what is at times a surprisingly intense bouquet.

Taste brings out more yeasty biscuit, while the grassy notes become more leveled as they reassert over the mid-palate; sweet malt presence evens lightly bittering hops into the finish.

Mouthfeel has a light medium body with moderate-high carbonation; a smooth, slight grit builds to inform a bright crispness to a balanced, quiet finish.

Intense but balanced display of sweet malts and bitter, floral hops without sacrificing any bit of quaffability; a highly enjoyable and easily sessioned Helles in every aspect.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden coloration with a medium, foamy head and slightly visible carbonation. Smells of doughy, grainy malt and grassy hops, with just a hint of musty yeast. Tastes of doughy, grainy malt and grassy, herbal hops, with a certain mineral character and just a hint of musty yeast as well. Finishes with a light bitterness and some doughy malt and grassy/herbal hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

A nice Helles with a good balance of sweet malts and herbal hops, with a certain mineral character that grows on you as you drink

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Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is grass, biscuit, and light earthy hops. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter. Makes for an excellent, easy drinking lager. Could do several of these. Mahr's is one of my favorite German breweries.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Snowcrash000 for sending this bottle.

A - Vibrant bright gold color with moderate carbonation that's very steady and a rich creamy, white head.

S - Light biscuity malt, earthy aroma with light citrus and lemon honey.

T - Light honey malt base with delicate earthy citrus and lemon over top.

M - Thick body with prickly carbonation that ends in a creamy finish.

O - Thick, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 080218 on back label. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Clear golden with 1-finger frothy head with decent retention and skimpy lacing.

Bready aroma with soft floral hop note. Hint of sulfur.

Flavor is also bready and malty, slightly sharp when cold and softens with warming. Low bitterness with soft herbal, floral hop note that is most prominent mid-palate with a slightly grainy sweet pils malt finish.

Light-medium body with high carbonation and dry finish.

Great tasting helles with all the right nuances. Wish it was fresher.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
1.4/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Review: 0,5l bottle of Mahrs Bräu Bamberg, Bamberger Original Helles: 4.9% vol.

Love the bottle and the logo, a striking light blue winged man, bit strange but stands out.

The appearance of the beer is one of a crisp golden yellow colour with a small white head. A lot of carbonation on the pour, gushing out, but it all quickly evaporates and the head dies a quick death. Bit flat in the look, not great at all.

Get a general lager smell on the nose, malty, grainy, earthy hops but not much of an aroma, pretty much odourless. Disappointing.

A full bodied beer on the taste, nice and crisp is the initial reaction, all smooth and easy to drink, good first impression. Sweet malts and grains to the fore.

There is a slight aftertaste that is a bit “yuck”, but its ever so slight. Afterwards though, it does gnaw at me.

Got that bitter taste a lot more in the second bottle. Was too much for me to ignore and enjoy this beer. Overdid it with the hops, powering over the malts, overbearing, and lingers. Could be the spiciness too.

Overall a disappointing beer.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1 pint 9 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "bottled on:: date "08 02 18".

APPEARANCE: pours a slightly cloudy, light golden color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, light lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: sweet bread and a slightly earthy or toasted note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet toasted bread with a mild earthy hop finish.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a solid but unspectacular German Helles, it's good but I would not seek it out again as it's not a great value at $4.99.

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Photo of Holderness
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a fairly clarified golden orange body with a scant half finger of solid white head produced with aerated pour. Some retention and minimal lacing
S -- Sweet doughy bread, saaz hop, honey, hint of metallic oxidization
T -- Mild doughiness, honey, hint of herbal/herbaceous hop, floral, husk
F -- Light mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Very gentle and easy drinking
O -- Nice, classic representation of one of my favorite lager styles. Maybe a little too much hop character for my taste

75/100

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a solid amber with a modest head, diminishing to a nice ring - possibly overly cold as I notice a continuing stream of bubbles from the bottom. Pleasant light scent of malt in the nose. The mouth gets a well-balanced crisp lightly malty beer with a touch of hops. Nice!

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Photo of Jacobier10
2.2/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 mL bottle. Purchased in April 2018. Bottled on date just says "7."

Unfortunately, riddled with diacetyl. Tasted like butter and was pretty murky/cloudy. Had high hopes for this one but looks like I got a bad bottle. Will review again hopefully.

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Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliantly clear, golden body; lively, rapidly rising carbonation; thin yet lasting head. A little malty, a little grassy with the aroma. Light cereal grain flavor; some bread crust; excellent hop bitterness for balance. Medium-light body; crisp on the palate.

This is a fine light lager, crisp, clean and refreshing, especially on a scorching afternoon.

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Photo of FBarber
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer gushed upon opening. Pours a cloudy golden color - darker for a helles lager. Beer is cloudy, but even more than that, there is suspended wisps of yeast and sediment in the beer along with a significant layer of yeast on the bottom of the glass as the sediment very slowly sinks to the bottom. Thick white head dissipates steadily eventually leaving almost no residual head.

Aroma is very malt forward with a nice sweet bread aroma, white bread, a bit of yeast, and a hint, ever so slight, of spicy hops on the finish.

Taste follows the nose - lots of malts up front. Sweet bread, white bread, dough, light spiciness on the finish provides a nice balance. Hops are only complimentary allowing the malts to shine completely.

Feel is medium bodied - kind of doughy. Mild carbonation. Smooth beer with a dry finish.

Overall a lovely helles lager - this is everything a helles lager should be. I wish this was readily available as Id drink it all the time.

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Photo of stevoj
2.81/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Das Alpenhaus. Clear golden with lasting frothy head. Aroma is grainy and slightly skunky.. Label indicates freshness (7/4/17) but taste indicates otherwise. Grainy and vegetal, oily. Not the Helles lager I used to drink in Germany.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 8/16/17

A: Pale to medium gold - crystal clear - pours with a medium size white head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small to medium collar, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Malts with some depth - light bread, bread dough, grains - toastier than some examples of the style with pretzels, lightly toasted biscuits - some yeasty aromas with a touch of spice and pepper - some light fruitiness with a touch of green apple - not particularly sweet smelling - clean overall

T: Follows the aroma with some really nice malts - fresh baked bread, light bread, some pretzel-like flavor, toast, and biscuits - grains and some pils malt - some lager yeast flavor with a light hint of pepper - touch of green apple - lightly malty sweetness with a hint of honey - touch of minerality - finishes clean with some residual sugar

M: On the light side of medium, medium carbonation, nicely crisp

O: Gimme a hell yeah

I've been drinking a lot of Helles this summer, and I'm really intriqued by the different interpretations of the style. Mahr's Brau leans towards a toastier malt profile. And it works very well.

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Photo of drmeto
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium,frothy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-fresh grain,apples,spicy,honey,floral,lime
T:
-spicy,butter,honey,vanilla,chalky mineral
-medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A good Beer that reminds me more of an Export Lager than a Helles.
Doesn't quite reach the heights of Ayinger, Augustiner or Schlenkerla's examples

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big cracker, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with great strength. Taste of big cracker, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an incredible Helles! All around fantastic robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the low ABV, and perfectly balanced. A highly enjoyable offering, best in the style I’ve had to date.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours clear straw yellow gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like apple, pear, grape skin, bready biscuity crackery honey malts, some toasted hay, straw, minty tobacco spice, with floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like bready biscuity crackery honey malts, some apple, pear, grape skin, lightly toasted hay, straw, minty tobacco spice, with floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice Helles lager.

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

Decanted from 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass.
A: Pours a clear, bright golden color with a one to two finger, foamy white head, light continuous carbonation, cap retention, and modest lacing.
S: Aromas of lemon citrus, honeysuckle, caramel, and biscuity.
T: Semidry. Palate largely follows the nose, but more honey than honeysuckle and grainier.
M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Creamy.
O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. A nicely balanced Helles.

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Photo of SABERG
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a recently purchased bottle into a pilsner glass
A - Wonderful clarity, lemon drop colored, contemplative carbonation rises slowly.
S - Warm bread rises from the glass, hint of floral hop, biscuit, goldenrod field.
T - Just as the nose, so well dialed in.
F - Medium in body, delightful palate coating, and long bready finish.
O - Stunner, a delightful offering that I hope to have on hand more often.

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Photo of stephens101
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright yellow orange with a finger of dense white froth. Smells sweet with touches of honey, orange, bread and straw. More honey and fruity sweetness to the tongue. Soft for the most part, light in body and clean all the way through.

I could drink this all day.

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Photo of OlaB
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: gives a clear golden color . A small top of head that disolves rapidly leaving some in the middle and in the sides.Decent lacings on the glass .

A: sweet malty aroma. Light malts, some hints of honey and herbal hops.

T&F: much as the aroma the flavour is sweet with malts comfortable in the background, and is balanced pretty good. The hops get noticeable in the finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste, and is good length in the aftertaste.

O: a very good and drinkable beer from a brewery that produce a lot other great beers. I am exited to try more of the beers from Mars brau.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is really clean with a nice malty, even slight honey sweetness. Taste is also malty but not too sweet, just well balanced. Slightly hoppy finish. I really like the mouthfeel on this one, light body but smooth and just the right amount of carbonation. This is a really well made, extremely drinkable helles.

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

this is a fine example of the style, but for me it seems a little simplistic, a little dumbed down compared to some of its german counterparts. it just doesnt have that extra burst of grain flavor in the middle, not dusty and earthy and dry enough, i found it a little generic in that way, not so sturdy in the grain, and a little sweeter than it needs to be. its crystal clear and holds a nice head, looks great in the glass. i get very little hops on the nose, seemingly bittering only there, and probably lower dosed than many other imports. great carbonation to it, and it drinks plenty light even with that hint of confectioners sugar there at the end. smooth and round, not watery at all for how light it is. i like the more rustic interpretations of the style, where i get some of the protein from the hull and a more flavorful lager yeast, but i can see this as having mass appeal among the german lagers among american consumers. tasty and well made, but i would like to try their other stuff here while the season is prime.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a good-sized, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel and grassy notes. Nice toasted caramel flavor with a subtle bitterness.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours gold with a slight haze under a 2” persistent, clingy white foam cap with very fine bubbles.
S: Grainy malt nose with some spice, faint vegetal (DMS).
T: Malt forward, not overly sweet, very clean, no fruit, some spice from the hops, bitter accent on the finish.
F: Very crisp, medium body and carbonation.
O: A very solid malt forward lager that is very easy to drink.

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Helles from Mahr's Bräu
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 177 ratings