Mahr's Hell | Mahr's Bräu

BA SCORE
88
very good
146 Ratings
Mahr's HellMahr's Hell
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mahr's Bräu
Germany
mahrs.de

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
146
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow with bubbly head. Lace left on the glass. Floral and malty aroma. Very drinkable thirst quencher though on bitter side and smoothly malted and carbonated, light bodied. Interesting for a lager.Thanks for the recommendation Putnam, purchased at Cloverleaf in Detroit.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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 oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear and light yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly faded away. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose along with some hints of honey.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty and has some notes of butter in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. It has some creaminess and coats the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, and its low alcohol makes it very sessionable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a .5L bierkrug at Mahrs Brau in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany. Cost was 2.30 euro. Reviewed from notes taken June 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear light copper-yellow. Appealing.

Sm: Cream, barley, light caramel, and maybe nuts.

T: Cream on the finish, with slight caramel on the fringe. Some indistinct nuts are in the body. Aftertaste is slight butterscotch (diacetyl?). Simple to an extent. Layered hop notes come together well on the climax. A bit imbalanced.

Mf: Buttery. A bit biscuity as well. Smooth and a bit too wet, complementing the flavours only slightly.

Dr: Very affordable in Germany, and quite drinkable - but it's nothing special. I might get it again if I'm in the mood for a decent lager.

High C+

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try the complete line-up from Mahr's for awhile, so this and the Bock are on my to-drink list.

Pours a hazy orange, nice to see that it's unfiltered. Two fingers of foam rise and fall over the course of 5 min. Sticky globs of lace mark the rim of the glass. Smell is bready malt and grain, certainly aromatic, but not especially exciting.

Leading off the flavor parade is bready malt, very slightly fruity yeast, followed by a faint honey-tea note, and chased by a dry hoppiness. Not bad, and a good example of the style.

This Helles would be a perfect session beer in warm weather.

edit: Just had a fresher sample. The mouthfeel seemed smoother, and there was a slight butterscotch type flavor. Honey taste was there, but not overly sweet. A subdued yet tasty lager.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color capped by several inches of foam; both the retention and the lacing were decent

Smell: Bready malt with grassy hops; pilsneresque

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing grassy hop character; the finish adds a bit of lager twang, but retains the essential flavor elements

Mouthfeel: Light body with crisp carbonation

Overall: More hoppy than expected; a rather fine example of the style

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

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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 jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big creamy head fades at a med pace with lots of lacing, crystal clear light golden pilsner color.

Nose lots of big toasty malts, very complex and layered with decoction softness, a light fresh laundry like strange aroma, light grainy soft straw and toastiness, creamy malts, light grassy hops.

Taste had lots of fresh toasty grainy malts, light creamed fermented straw, huge layered soft complex decoction mash flavor, quite grainy and hint of sweetness. Decent bite and almost farmhouse like earthiness, hint of grassy earthy hops, just a touch of lager fruits and crispness. Finish is fairly dry and crisp, nice lingering malty fresh mash flavor, hint of bitterness.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, soft and complex, decent carb.

Overall quite nice, wish I could try this on cask, its quite tasty and drinkable, sessionable, and good for what I've come to expect of good german beers esp mahrs.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You dont come around a good German made Helles lager often and it really is a treat when you stumble on one like this.Poured into a .5 liter sten a light clear lemon yellow with a tight one finger fluffy white head that held great retention,lemon stood out most in the aroma with a little funky wet grain-like note.Slightly toasted malt flavors along with a passing mineral character melds into a lemony finish,nothing over complex but sturdy and solid.It went great with a lemon and roasemary whole roasted chicken I made tonight better than any white wine in my mind,just a solid helles lager here to be had.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light but bready malts with a little bit of hops in the background.

T: The taste is bready with a little sweetness flavors of light malts and lager yeast. There's a decent hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet. It's straight-forward but very well-done.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, excellent representation of style, this is nice lighter beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Jason
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Redbones and served in a pint glass. Decent clarity with a bubbly lace ... bright pale golden hue. Fresh aroma of grain and flowery noble hops. Grape skin flavour from the Munich malt. Very clean in the nose and palate ... lots of sweet tasty grain, grass hop and ample crispness.

A very drinkable lager, perfect to pair up with the catfish sandwich.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of imbibehour
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep bright and dark glowing shimmering brass yellow body. Very clear with super fine carbonation. Head is creamy in look and creation, with a big bleach white color and sitting easily three fingers tall. Speckled and pill like lacing with some good staying power and some clumping. Very nice.

Good notes of chewy malt, and a bready sweetness. Liquid bread once again, with a mild herbal hop tone, and faint honey sweet slightly. Very nice.

Palate comes more with a denser malt creation, more to standard German Pils. THick bready coating with large mouthfeel. Dense and continuing with a mild coating sweetness almost like faint honeycomb. Moderate carbonation, with just a hint of hop and popping herbal bubbles to come out.

Overall a real interesting helles that seems to be bigger on taste and certainly feel than expected. All this in a slightly lighter package, really well done.

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Photo of rab53
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GClarkage
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/27/05- Purchased at the Toronado on tap.

Presentation- Straw yellow with a hint of golden color. Very minute head with zero lacing.

Smell- A sweet grainy scent. Maybe a light tart fruity scent. Some kind of vinous fruit.

Taste- Very pilsesque, but with more flavor. A nice sweet grainy taste with a small amount of hops that linger around.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation. Maybe a tad bit thin, thus a tiny bit watery.

Drinability- Not a bad brew. This one would be a good beer to have with a meal that was on the saliter side. Also, probably a good summer brew.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle at Tap and Table. Served with a tall Mahrs glass stein, the beer was a beautiful clear gold with a tall white head - we're off to a good start. There's the appropriate hint of sulfur in the aroma with light bread crust. This is a true German lager. It doesn't have the most unique or compelling flavor, but it's super drinkable and tasty. The subtle bread and grain flavors are complimented by a small spicy hop kick in the finish.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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