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Mahr's Hell | Mahr's Bräu

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3.98/5
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147 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#5,790
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
147
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
7
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DilisioYCBC
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Chucker17
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of HellesTrinker
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It’s always a great day when I’ve got a real German beer in my fridge. I just hope it made the trip overseas relatively quickly.

The date code reads “Bottled on: 312,” which could mean the 31st day of 2012 (January 31, 2012) or the 312th day of the year (earliest possible being November 8, 2011); either way, this one is over eight months old. Not optimal for a lager, but whatever.

A: Very pale yellow with a bright white, sudsy head that sits at about an inch: yep, that’s a German lager. Tumults of bubbles throughout the body support a thin covering of retention, accompanied by soapy lacing.

S: Nice bready aroma to the nose, with subsequent sniffs fleshing out buttery biscuit, grain husk, soft straw, and clean lager yeast. Hops give a sharp note of acidic intensity, pepper, lemon-lime, and floral herb character wafting up above the malts – it’s a great balance of scents. Some residual sugars show up as creamy vanilla and strawberry puree, showing off that sweet malt scent I’d been hoping for. This lager seems to be hitting all the right notes so far.

T: A beautifully-crafted lager at first sip: its flavors are silk on the tongue. Flavorful malt and clean, bready yeast take center stage in a battle between sweet, toasted graininess, floury biscuit dough, and mild grape and banana. None of them really wins, and that’s alright with me; I really enjoy that intricate balance. There is a noticeable lack of hop bite (possibly due to age), but notes of lemon rind, citrus (mostly mango), and tea leaf astringency are still there. Finishes with barely any aftertaste: only a tiny taste of sweet grains and metals linger.

M: Not a thin body, but one that doesn’t have a ton of carbonation. This is the definition of a smooth-drinking lager, with a light body.

O: It seems like the brewer was trying to make the easiest-drinking beer on the planet – something that Bud, Miller, and Coors have been trying to do for years – and I think they just may have succeeded. From first sip to last, this was everything I wanted in an everyday beer: smooth, pleasing flavors that still don’t lack depth, as well as a creamy texture that doesn’t fill you up. It’s a shame I won’t be able to have it fresh unless I buy a ticket to Europe; still, I’ll be buying up whatever bottles I can while I have the chance. Prost!

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TheRealBigC
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of trying this one tap during its short span at 775 Gastropub. It's a perfectly clean lager with a nice dose of malts and just enough hops to balance it out. It was very, very smooth - almost too smooth! A little more crispiness would have been cool, but I liked it for what it was just fine. Why did the glass have to be 14oz? I wanted so much more.

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Photo of jonb5
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden colour, medium head, clear. Initial red cabbage aroma faded, also detected some malt and citrus. Initially I tasted a burst of nut and mushroom which promised much but soon faded. It had a pleasant, balanced malty sweetness but it could have been more. Crisp texture, smooth on the palate, light to medium carbonation. Expected a lot after the first sip, eventhough it didn't quite deliver it was still not bad.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lord Hobo in a stein- pouts a clear golden straw color with two fingers of creamy white head; modest retention, a few spots of lacing, visibly effervescent.

Smells nice- pretty sharp dry hops and pale grains, good side if earthy yeast.

Taste is consistent with the smell- a little more pale malt sweetness, followed by a nice mic if the yeast and dry hops.

Mouthfeel is great- light body, moderate to full carbonation. Exceptionally refreshing for a hot summer day.

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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 falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Peoria, IL
Bottled on: "5022" which is very confusing.
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Mahr's helles lager comes across as a fairly standard version of the style, well-balanced between malt and hops, though the malt seems to have won out a bit in this bottle (probably due to age). While this beer was certainly drinkable, I found it lacking in excitement or robustness. Again, maybe due to age, but the hops were just not spicy or bright, and the malt was a bit one dimensional. I would probably look for a different helles next time, one with a bottled on date, because Mahr's does not get very good turnaround in North America, it would seem.

Pours a 2cm tall head of large bubbles on top, supported by smaller bubbles underneath, each of a fairly clean, white color. Retention is about average, slowly reducing to a thin cap atop the beer's body with some larger bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Body is a transparent copper-orange color, with light bringing out yellow-orange tones. Carbonation is visible, rising up from bottom center of the glass.

Aroma is similar to sweet bread with substantial graininess and a light bit of hop spiciness at the close. Fairly typical for a helles lager, not particularly standing out in any way.

Taste opens with some graininess and sweetness, tempered slightly by light hop bitterness. Mid-palate picks up continued sweetness, some bread-like flavors, and some floral and bitter hop contributions. Back of the palate focuses on noble hop bitterness more than any other component. Lingering aftertaste of sweet and bread-like malts with some residual bitterness. Again, fairly typical for a helles, not particularly exciting.

Beer is medium-bodied with fairly active carbonation, though the beer isn't prickly on the palate. Resulting mouthfeel is crisp and tight across the palate, the sip is moved along quickly due to the carbonation. Finishes quite dry, with little residual sugar as there isn't any stickiness on the mouth afterwards.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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 rickski1981
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at When Pigs Fly. These guys put out a wonderful beer lineup.

A deep golden color with a medium-sized white head that left a fair amount of lace.

Nice aroma of sweet malt and floral hops. A good clean, grassy aroma.

Sweet bread taste, a hint of honey. Floral hops. Very rich.

This was a crisp, beautiful beer. I had two of these and could have had several more.

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dpasotti
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear with very nice light gold color. Minimal head that quickly vanishes to nothing. Nose is fresh malt, grape-like lager character, and some clean sulfur notes. Slight chlorine/soap undertone as well, but in a good way.

Taste is very similar: slightly sweet pils malt, expected yeast-derived lager character, and no hops to speak of. Low bitterness pushes it barely into 'sweet' territory, but keeps things in check. Not much else here.

Medium carbonation and medium body are solid. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think a lighter body would turn up the crisp factor. All in all, this is an excellent example of the style and is no doubt a fine beer. The malt character is just too one-dimensional, even for a Helles. I'll stick with Weltenberger Kloster Barock Hell, especially at half the price.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at the Jester King tasting.

This is a golden straw color with a sweet, floral honeyed aroma. Lucky bees! The taste has a hint of that honey-sweetness which lasts all the way through. There’s a fizzy effervescence that keeps it light.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Domingo
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have my local tavern to thank for this opportunity. The Bull and Bush managed to get a keg of this served on gravity. They even had a bunch of Mahrs branded halbe mugs as well. It was almost like being back in Germany for the evening....but with nachos!
Arrived a golden color with about 1/8" of foam that stuck to the glass as you worked your way down. There's just the faintest of haze since this is unfiltered, but you can still see right through it.
The nose and flavor matched each other pretty much perfectly. Bready and malty with a lot of lager yeast character adding a honey note. The hops don't add a ton of bitterness, but more of an herbal character in this case. While there's obviously no honey involved, the malts combined with their yeast and that herbal note make this almost like drinking something infused with honey.
This was served on natural gravity, so there was not crazy carbonation bubbles, but still the right amount of foam and texture.
I had 3 of these and had it been earlier in the day I'm sure another 3 would've been in the cards, too. It's almost the perfect version of a Bamberg helles, and this serving proves that we certainly can get something that's tastes just as fresh and authentic as they serve at the source.
I have no idea how the bottled product stacks up to this (the ungespundetes imports tend to be so-so), but this was was up there with the best beers I've had anywhere.

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Mahr's Hell from Mahr's Bräu
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 147 ratings
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