Mahr's Bräu

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Lager - Light
Ranked #9
Ranked #31,133
3.75 | pDev: 15.47%
Mahr's Bräu
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours slightly hazy, light gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is big pilsner malt and grass. Light bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet and crisp. Loads of great flavor in such a low ABV. Excellent session beer. Great for the style. Could have several. Will get this again.

Dec 23, 2018
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dipso123 from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A remarkably flavorful beer at 2.8%. Thirst quenching with a crisp finish. This is ideal drinking on a hot and active day. A six or two on the golf cart.... perfection

Apr 12, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mahr's Brau Leicht has a thick, spongy, frothy, white head, and a somewhat hazy, straw-gold appearance, with some ascending bubbles and very heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of biscuit and bread dough, and the flavor is the same with a mild, rounding bitterness. Mouthfeel is almost medium, and Mahr's Brau Leicht finishes crisp and refreshing.


Feb 09, 2016
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty fresh 500ml.

A - Pale-lager-yellow with lots of carb bubbles and a few fingers of white head to start, eventually settling down to a healthy-lookin' half-finger. Some decent lace left.

S - Pretty good for a light, as in, you can actually smell things. Bread, pale malt, grains, bit o lemon. Pretty good no matter what, really.

T - Taste is a bit on the tamer side, much more pure water here but no weird corn off-flavors which is always nice. Very faint pale grainy biscuity malt and perhaps the slightest of noble hops.

M - Pretty watery flavor and feel overall but pleasant enough. Big carbonation and foam but not quite overkill.

O - Certainly pretty good for not only a light lager, but a 2.8% light lager. The scent is really surprising, and though the flavor/feel are watery, it's not unpleasant by any means. Its lacking flavor doesn't exactly make it redeeming, but certainly beats the big American macro lights.

Jun 04, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples are present in the nose along with notes of yeast.
T: The taste follows the smell and has favors of chunky yeast (like you would find at the bottom of a 750mL bottle but without the texture) and notes of apples.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a decent amount of flavors compared to some of the other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

May 09, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle into a .5L bierkrug at Mahrs Brau in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany. (They were out of the draught version). Reviewed from notes taken June 2011. It was priced very affordably.

A: Pours a one finger head of bad retention, no cream, and passable thickness. Colour is a clear yellow. Somewhat appealing.

Sm: A very light aroma of clean barley. Rather simple and underwhelming.

T: Cream over a moderately full-bodied barley foundation. Simple and uninspired. The cream is nice. Balanced but held back by its simplicity. Where are the bright crisp malts?

Mf: Smooth, wet, and and bland. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: Affordable and easily quaffable but not at all special. Rather average indeed. The ABV is hidden but that's not impressive at 2.80%. A decent take on the style, but not uniquely enjoyable.


May 21, 2012
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
No freshness date on bottle.
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Marh's Leicht bier is a fairly quality and drinkable light lager, with an unmistakable, though weak, malt edge and hop usage that should place it near anyone's top for the style. While tasting like a fairly generic lager, one can't expect much of anything else, and despite the limitations of the style, Mahr's has pulled off a pretty solid brew. If this is available, and you want to nurse something mild during the evening, this could be your answer.

Pours a large, >2cm head, that is off-white in color, and composed of large, medium, and small bubbles. This declines within a few minutes to a thin ring around the glass and a modest central island foam capping the beer. Lacing left is a few splotches and spots, present, though nothing amazing. The body is a golden yellow color with orange tint, when held up to a light, it refines to a semi-cloudy deep golden yellow. Despite the globe glass' etching, I don't notice any carbonation going on.

Aroma is bread-like, with a bit of hop (Saaz?) bite and mild yeastiness. If everyone had my idea of what a generic light lager would smell like, this would probably be the avatar.

Taste opens with some fairly bland sweetness joined to some buttery and bread-like malt flavors. Light bitterness picks up in the mid and back-palate, from hops used. A bit flowery and grassy, again, from hops? Aftertaste is rather bland, mild sweetness and a tiny bit of residual hop flavor.

Light to medium-light bodied with a satisfying level of carbonation, making this feel rather crisp on the palate. Finish is decidedly dry.

Jan 29, 2012
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womencantsail from California

3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Chris.

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a rather tall white head.

S: There is a definite skunk to the nose, unfortunately. Some yeast on the front end a nice malty sweetness all the way through. Bready malts with a light cracker character and a little bit of floral hops.

T: the flavor still has a bit of skunk to it, but not as noticeable as the aroma. Fairly sweet for a light beer with some nice malt flavor to it. A bit of floral hops and bitterness, but overall pretty light.

M: Light in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: An okay beer, but I don't think I'd pick this one up again.

Jul 23, 2011
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crossovert from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Disclaimer: a B for a light lager means the highest the style can get to me, it just looks foolish rating it any higher imo. 500ml brown bottle, bottled on date is messed up.

It pours an odd color, it is almost like a witbier in appearance, a pale whitesh gold. The head is soapy and bright white receding fast, but leaving delicate rings of lacing.

Smell is unique, but also vastly upgraded form American light beers. This one quite simply smells like if you were smearing hops on some bread with a subtle malt sweetness.

The taste is again odd, but it has a decent hop presence and bitterness actually. The flavor is a bit like just plain old malted barley with not much sugar. My guess is they took their Helles, removed half of the malt and called it a day.

Overall it is an interesting beer, it tops the light lager charts, though it itself isn't the greatest beer unless your a calorie counter.

Aug 09, 2010
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MasterSki from Canada

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this to try out the best example of the "Light Lager" style. It says bottled on "5035" - not sure what that means! Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Good start here! Two fingers of eggshell white foam with plenty of lacing and solid retention. The color is less attractive - a pale semi-transparent yellow with lots of suspended solids. A few bubbles lazily rise to the top.

S - Bubblegum yeast, sharp bite-y hops (Saaz I presume), fresh bread, honey. The bouquet is pretty solid and not too different from a lot of weizens I've had.

T - Some light floral and honey sweetness, a little bit of pepper at the back of the palate. The flavor is pretty mild although there's a sharp twangy aftertaste the sneaks up after a while.

M - It's pretty watery. There's a tiny bit of carbonation tingle. Very refreshing and smooth.

D - This would score even higher if it wasn't stupidly expensive in Chicago (something like $5 for 500ml). Downright chuggable! Low ABV, carbonation, and a fairly pleasant flavor.

Life would be a lot easier if this was available instead of the typical BMC light offerings. Wish I could pound this at Cubs games.

Mar 12, 2009
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsner glass.

Very pale pastel yellow, rapid carbonation, a small but fluffy head, and some suspended chunks of yeast. Lightly sweet malt aroma, faint but noble. Some broken lace at the edges.

Light malt sweetness, with the drying bitterness of an herbal hop finish. Sort of dry and crackery in the middle, it's fleeting but the wholesome flavor is there. Very easy to quaff, and pairs nicely with a variety of foods.

Nov 07, 2008
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The drink poured with a gold appearance with some patchy lacing and healthy, robust head. The aromas were awesome: grassy, herby and thickly earthy. A citrus-like bitterness was prevalent with a slight metallic aftertaste. The beverage was pretty light but not too watery: generally enjoyable. Overall, a good light lager.

Jun 26, 2008
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice pillow of foamy white head with very good retention and nice sticky lacing. Smells of yeast, grain, honey, and light floral hops. Tastes of sweet bread, sugar, pear, lemon, honey, and even a light touch of floral hop crispness in the finish. Medium light in body, smooth, sweet, crisp, and pleasant tasting with good carbonation. A real surprise for a light lager, lots of great flavors and a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Extremely sessionable and great to enjoy on a warm day.

May 12, 2008
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3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. bottle.

Poured a clear, pale yellow. Modest white head.

Aroma was yeasty and breadlike, not much else made an appearance.

Taste was somewhere between bread and crackers. Hops showed up as a grassy flavor, very mild. Finish had just a bit of pepper.

Light in body. Medium + in carbonation. Somewhat dry.

Overall, very smooth and very simple. Easy to drink session beer.

Feb 09, 2007
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a chilled bottle of this with Stopper. The brew pours a very lite gold color with fizzy yet resilient bleached white head of 1 cm. Aroma is sweet malt and caramel with a cereal graininess as well. Overall nose is mild.
First sip reveals a smooth textured brew with average to light body and fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is sweet caramel and maybe some herbal and grassy hops that linger for a bit. Very easy to drink but very simple brew too. It is a light lager and ABV is low so that makes it even easier to drink, fits the style well.

Oct 01, 2006
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

25 oz bottle.

This "light beer" poured a clear, pale yellow color (hazy if the bottle sediment was poured), with creamy, white foam that persisted, clung, and left some lacing, and with good carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was bready malt with floral hops -- quite a good aroma from a light beer. The taste was bready malt with very light hoppiness (noble hops, it seemed). A very nice flavor and especially remarkable for a light beer. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly creamy with light body and good carbonation. The mild flavors lingered pleasantly in the aftertaste. This was a very good light beer! Perhaps the best light beer I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. This would make a excellent (long) session beer.

Aug 31, 2006
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very clear, very faded yellowy color, almost like a pear skin gone pale in the sunlight...with a pleasing snow-white head, brief in appearance, leaving light lace.

Faint aroma, citrusy, but inoffensive.

Taste: not much here. Bit harsh on the palate, actually, but the key character component is "lightness". Fusses little with flavor. Zips in and out of the tastebuds, doing it's job well, and that job is getting your mouth wet.

As I drink on, though, what does stand in for taste becomes increasingly hard to take. Lingers too long in the back of the throat, and there's not enough good flavor to counter the ill effects of the wan, bitter badness that is there.

$3.50 not well spent. When will I learn?

May 30, 2006
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putnam from Michigan

4.82/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At last. THIS is what d.b.a. in Manhattan served me as "Hell" last year. That experience launched my misguided quest for Mahr's Hell which turned out to be something different altogether, though I don't regret it.

This Leicht is quantum in nature, unyielding to scrutiny. Initially it tastes like not much more than so-called light lager. From a red wine glass the aromas gather to suggest pure whole pale malt perfumes. There is an intensely mineral backbone which tightly binds the flavors to clutching, vigorous threads of sharp gas. At 2.8% ABV there just isn't the power to leave big, high impact impressions on the palate. As a back to neat whisky it might seem more like mineral water than beer. Allow it to warm. Perfect artistry and balance characterizes nutty bitter tannins. Despite its bright quenching profile it actually exhibits an inexplicable density and viscosity. Chew on it. It realeases grassy herbal fragrances, raw nutshells and honey. Not only is this beer hauntingly lovely, but it is utterly poundable. Too bad it aint cheap.

Nov 12, 2005
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aquatonex from New York

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with a bubbly white head, decent lacing. Smells of mild grassy hops and alcohol, smells like a lager. Taste is rather full, I did not know this was a light beer. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Overall, I'd definitely drink this if I wanted a light beer, much better than anything I've had light.

May 29, 2005
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SaucyJack from New York

4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the bottle at the Moan & Dove. The beer menu there describes it as perhaps the "perfect beer," and while I wouldn't drink it every day, I think it's an extraordinary achievement. I'm amazed that so much flavor can be packed into a beer with so little alcohol. The bottle I had came with just a slight hint of diacetyl in the nose, but it was not discernible in the taste.

This may not be the perfect beer, but it IS perfect for those who want to spend a night at the pub and still be able to drive home. A real winner.

Jan 08, 2005
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straw pale golden with a fizzy white head leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Light herbal hops grassy sweetness not bad nice and mild. Taste: Clean flavor low bitterness grassy herbal note, light beer in all it's glory with a good bit of flavorful aspects. Mouthfeel: Light body spritzy carbonation. Drinkability: Not bad at all definitely beats the pants off of most American light lagers, very clean refreshing brew.

Sep 15, 2004
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Come on folks, I can't believe only one other review...this one is easy to find in theNE, and I had this on tap at Redbones. Pour was crystal clear yellow, no head, no aroma. Taste was slightly sweet, with a faint citrusy note. Low -medium mouthfeel, some crispness. There was some bitterness in the finish. Not tremendous, certainely not the worst light beer out there...

Jun 25, 2004
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones in an American pint glass.

I never buy light beer though I had to try this one coming from such a high regarded brewery. Thick finger of laces stays intact, faint haze in the pale dusty straw hue. Light aroma of malt and nutty yeast. Very crisp and refreshing, not as light in malt flavor as I thought ... mildly toasted grain throughout with a ghost-like husk. A quick kiss of hops to balance the light and dry body. A great palate starter as well as a beer I’d drink if wanted a few without getting too buzzed.

Jun 14, 2004
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