Mahr's Bräu

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #18
Ranked #11,014
3.96 | pDev: 11.36%
Mahr's Bräu
Very Good
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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Nass from Florida

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour is straw yellow. The taste is sweet baked biscuit, caramel popcorn, & grains. This is a very flavorful helles lager & highly recommended. Cheers! B

Feb 23, 2020
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Market of Choice. Canned 13 Sept 2019.

A clear golden orange with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing this looks great. The first whiff is buttery and rough, which is surprising. Also present is a really raw, grainy, doughy sweetness, almost wort-like. Soft, lemony hops, mildly earthy, are present. The palate opens soft and creamy, and again, unfortunately buttery. This, coupled with a very raw grain character, makes this beer seem a lot more unrefined than other samples I've had in the past. A touch of rough sweetness is present. Mildly sweet on the finish, this beer is light in body and softly carbonated. Creamy on the palate with a delicate sweetness, this is solid. Bitterness is a little light on the palate.

Feb 18, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark yellow with fine, soft head.

Smell is bready and floral with notes of citrus and some caramel and butter.

Taste is very clean and crisp. Bready and floral with notes of rye and citrus. Soft bitterness and a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, well carbonated.

Overll, this is about as good as a Helles gets.

Jan 14, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mostly clear gold with a finger of white foam, decently carbonated. Very floral in the nose, with bready malts, honey, and slight grass on the finish. Taste is floral forward as well, but the malts and slight hops compliment well with flavors of fresh baked bread, wet grass, honey, bagel, and a faint stream of caramel underneath it all. Feel is springy, bready, and somewhat crisp. Goes great with pretzels and mustard. The wife loved it

Jan 03, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

Aug 08, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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

May 30, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

May 12, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Apr 03, 2019
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argock from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Mar 02, 2019
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

1.4/5  rDev -64.6%
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.

Feb 24, 2019
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Feb 19, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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


Sep 13, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Jul 13, 2018
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

Jul 04, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Jun 10, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Apr 24, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

2.81/5  rDev -29%
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.

Mar 05, 2018
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Aug 17, 2017
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drmeto from Germany

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear golden with a medium,frothy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-fresh grain,apples,spicy,honey,floral,lime
-spicy,butter,honey,vanilla,chalky mineral
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
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

Aug 07, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Jun 03, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Apr 04, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Jan 11, 2017
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Jan 09, 2017
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Dec 05, 2016
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OlaB from Norway

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Oct 02, 2016
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