Jubelfestbier | Mahr's Bräu

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Brewed by:
Mahr's Bräu
Germany
mahrs.de

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by PorterLambic on 11-23-2004

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57
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swing top opens with a whoosh!

Pours deep chestnut with 2+ fingers of tan colored head. Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Roasty malt & some coffee note

T: Roasty malt & breadyness, plus a touch of licorice up front. Some oaky notes plus vanilla as this warms. Finishes with some herbal hops, a touch of grainyness & some caramel. Almost gave this a 4.5

MF: Pretty rich for the ABV& moderate carbonation

Drinks very easy, a different marzen to be sure, but a lot of flavor packed within

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a pop-top lid this beer poured a rather intimidating glass. I was expecting more from it's intense color and character

Wet wood filled my nose when I first smelled this beer, intensifying as it warmed. It was an earthy aroma, tinged with prunes.

The flavor was similar to the smell, but with more coffee and chocolate notes. The malt is well-blended and a slight kick of bitterness at the end rounds-out the whole experience.

While I loved all the flavors, it just seemed a bit weak or watered down. Due to it's lack of chewiness, it would be extremely drinkable.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml swing top bottle in a thumbprint Seidel mug

Poured soft, slow, a little thick but with some life. Big loaf of a nose, just full of malt, crackers, bread crusts, thick with molasses. A slight minerality peeks thru adding some sharpness. As it warms some mild coffee liqueur sweetness peeks thru, even a peep of chocolate & caramel.

Easily 2 finger's worth, the head is a lunar landscape pocked with craters of various sized bubbles & their voids. The color of a good latte, its sticky and clings with some nice edge lacing as it slowly settles to a blanketing of the same with a soft sizzle. Actually, combined with the ruddy, burnt umber body it almost looks like a stout! This is easily one of the darkest, thickest looking Marzens I've seen. Thus far the nose & eyes are happy.

Thick n' full, it has a nice, rounded mouth-feel that is accented by a semi-sharp, dry crispness. The result is a nicely balanced, full lager experience. Cold black coffee bitterness, a little nutty, overall its bittersweet & drinking slow yet easy. I had some concerns about a Marzen being a "winter beer" but this interpretation is definitely ripe for the cold months.

It grows a little sharper & drier on the palate, coming together & more cohesive, even, flatter. It finishes with more of that cold black coffee bitterness and leaves an clean, light aftertaste of the same along with some faint nut qualities.

A very nice, easy to drink Marzen. It may sound weird, but I "enjoyed" this more than I "enjoyed" the taste of it. It tastes good, but the overall gestalt of the beer was more of a factor to me. I especially liked the full mouth-feel and how it drinks a little rich & heavy. This would be nice with any German fare, as well as any good sandwich on pumpernickel, etc. A nice cheddar or even a milder Bleu (Stilton?) could also be a nice foil. A most enjoyable beer that is right for the season. Give it a shot.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer departs the bottle deep deep brown with touches of light coming around the edges. The 2 finger head falls to coat the beer pretty fast. The nose is like shoe leather to me. The roasted malts and sweetness come together to smell like leather. Interesting. The flavor is roasted chocolate that slips into coffee and finishes mellow like burnt toffee. The flavor is thin, but that is pretty much what I would expect from the style. The flavors are not typical of a marzen, but it is nice. The feel is just a light moderate feel. Nothing real special I would say. Drinkability is good on this beer. ITs smooth and not too thick, so it finds its way to my stomach with the greatest of ease. Thanks to clvand0 for the opportunity to taste this great beer.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with red highlights. Light tan head that falls away.
S - Nice roasted malts, dark fruit, toffee.
T - Very roasty, cocoa, a little char. A little like a porter light.
M/F - Medium body, carbonation a bit above average.
D - Not an Oktoberfest but probably a winter fest bier. As that it is tasty and very enjoyable.

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Photo of animal69
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this swing-top & was reminded of the Sailer beers of my youth; pours a very dark reddish brown w/ a creamy tan head that lasts, good lacing; not as malty you would think, w/ a yeasty, macro kind of aroma; not abad flavor, more af the malt comes through here, still a little thin; lighter bodied than most 'fests, lots of dextrins tho, leaving plenty of co2 in the mouth; overall not a bad beer, just a little off for the style, i'd drink it again...

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Photo of mjc410
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour into my shiny new Mahr's Der Weisse Bock mug raises an immense head, so much that the 25 oz bottle's head overflow's the mug (I'm shamed). Thus, the head starts out at about three inches, and falls quickly in a rocky, central domed formation. Head color is light tan, astride a murky, near opaque dark brown-black. Lacing is very thick. Certainly darker than any O-Fest I've ever seen, but quite impressive!

Smells richly of toasted malts, dark bread, and a touch of cocoa. Not much to it, but nice.

Taste is a knockout! An O-Fest with a hint of porter to it. Deeply malty, with hints of chocolate and coffee. A very rich flavor. Ends dry, with just a touch of floral hops.

Medium in the mouth, medium-high carbonation.

Perhaps not a traditional interpretation, but a fun beer, nonetheless, and quite tasty.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25 oz bottle with a "ceramic" flip-top.

This beer poured a very dark brown, practically opaque except near the edges, with light brown, creamy foam that settled and clung to the glass a bit, leaving a little lacing. The smell was malty with a touch of light caramel and a bit of yeast. The taste was malty with a touch of light caramel and light dark malt and a hint of yeast. There was a very, very light sweetness, with a bit of hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. There was a very light aftertaste. This was a drinkable beer -- nice and easy, though not spectacular.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of chinabeergeek
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml swingtop bottle. no date. tasted in mid-may 2009.

very dark reddish brown. no sediment or haze. 2-finger puffy, light tan head. recedes to wisps and ring. thin but consistent lacing, with getting fuller and better further down the glass.

aroma: molasses, dates and caramel w faint coffee hint. mild note of noble hops. cola hint. clean. nothing bad, nothing special.

taste: dark maltiness, cola, touch of roast or coffee. hint of plum, w mild acidic quality along with mild to moderate bitterness from grassy noble hops. again, nothing bad, nothing special.

light to medium body, with mild acidic and astringent tones toward and through the finish. moderate carbonation can be tingly and crisp, also giving lift and body.

i believe this is more along the lines of a munich dunkel, and not an oktoberfest/marzen, as currently listed here (in aug 2009)

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Photo of mynie
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

According to the notoriously accurate Babel Fish translator, Jubelfest means "Rejoicing celebration." That poses an interesting question: Is this an Oktoberfest or a Winter Warmer?

Pours stout black. Opaque with a kickass head. Very nice.

Stout smell, too. Sweet malt mixed with raisins what smells kind of like lumber. Like, I can't say that I've ever just stuck a board up to my nose and huffed, but this smells like a Lumber Yard.

It tastes somewhere in between a winter warmer and an Oktoberfest. Warming spices upfront mix with toasted malt. It tastes like a weak stout in the back, coffee with a hint of caramel. There's a hint of bitterness at the very end, and I can't tell if it's from the malt or something else. It's a strange bitterness, without a parent or a defining feature. Just bitter. Almost no aftertaste.

This beer looks like it should taste, smell, and feel a lot richer than does. It takes me all the way to the edge of greatness and then leaves me hanging.

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Photo of kkipple
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An unusually packaged offering from Mahr's, I have no idea how old my sample is.

Pours a molasses-looking clear beer, with a fat fluffy happy looking head that's dark tan and sticks in layers to my glass as I down the beer. Very pretty, but super dark for the style.

Smells very malty and basic, metallic (hops?) and mineral water-ish, grainy and sweet. The malt profile is markedly different from an Oktoberfest, I suspect this is more a Schwarzbier...

A taste confirms my suspicions. This is a pretty good, light tasting dark beer, but a Marzen it ain't. Lightly roasted malt and coffee flavors are at odds with the deep color of this brew. Mostly getting a mild sweetness and pronounced grain character. Jubelfest is a very clean beer, watery and grainy, with a great roasty aftertaste that politely requests you drink more.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated for large gulps. Very drinkable, and pleasing on a cool evening.

No matter what style you file Jubelfest under, it's a good looking easy drinking, simple beer. Maybe not worth the $3 a bottle, but I would never turn one down.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, that borders on black, with red highlights. The one inch head is a light mocha color that fades slowly to a thin swirling cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace. This has to be the darkest marzen that I've ever seen.

Smell; very pleasant roasted malts, with toffee, and a lot of dark fruits. There's also a touch of chocolate in the nose, with a bit of bread dough.

Taste; the dark fruits, most noticaby plums, come out on the initial sips, followed by the toffee and chocolate. The finish is all roasted malts, that gives this a bit of a dry finish to go along with a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but this only aids in the drinkability, as it would be easy to knock back a few of these.

This is probably the most "out of the norm" marzen/octoberfest that I've had so far. That being said, I enjoyed this, and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy dark walnut that lightens to orange-copper where beer meets glass. The wonderful looking, malted milk colored crown is thick, rich and reluctant to fade away. Since the upper reaches of the glass are sporting a great deal of lace, it looks like all bases are covered. There's nothing about this look that I don't like.

I'm less enamored with the nose. However, it's still a reasonably good (if simple) one. Heavily toasted-lightly roasted barley is the headliner, with a touch of cocoa powder and perhaps some walnut nuttiness. The slight hoppiness is primarily of the earthy variety and adds a bit of olfactory interest.

I think Jubelfestbier is mischaracterized as a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Schwarzbier is much more accurate as far as I'm concerned. My first impression is that the mouthfeel is relatively light and lagerish and the flavor is somewhat fleeting as a result. It still manages to make a favorable impression, with lightly bitter, roasted coffee beans as the centerpiece.

While chocolate notes are more muted on the palate than they are in the nose, a residue of powdery, unsweeted cocoa remains. Bitter black tea is yet another member of the flavor profile and is probably the one that lasts the longest. The finish is exceptionally clean and tending toward dry, and the carbonation is unobtrusive.

Jubelfestbier is a good dark lager, but it doesn't rock my world. Even though it falls closer to boring simplicity than it does to fascinating complexity, it's still a worthwhile beer whose strongpoint is its drinkability. Don't expect bells and whistles and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a four-finger very light tan head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Nearly black color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts slightly sweet, definite hoppy finish but not overpowering. Good Oktoberfest. $3.60 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. The ABV is 4.9%.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark caramel/maple. Pours a three finger creamy coffee-colored head that slowly settles to a one finger blanket. Even, thick lacing all the way down.

S: Rich toffee, caramel, and molasses. Finishes with a coffee bite with a hint of vanilla to balance. Very rich, creamy complex aromas.

T: Consistent with smell; semi-sweet toffee and caramel that turns watery. Finish is caramel and slightly bitter coffee.

M: Medium bodied, but a bit thin for a Marzen. Ample carbonation.

D: Wonderfully complex aroma. Not as big and robust as the color would suggest. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very dark colored beer for an Oktoberfest this is deeply brown colored with a good strong light brown colored head.

Smell is sweet with lots of coffee aroma. Along with the coffee there is nuts, vanilla, chocolate and caramel candy in here.

The taste starts out heavy coffee and vanilla with lesser chocolate, charred malt and caramel syrup flavors. This is a schwartzbier no matter what the label says.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but it certainly isn't really an Oktoberfest beer, this is a schwartzbier. Probably this exists as a schwartzbier option for the festival.

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Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of KingFarm
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool swing-top bottle. Dark but clear brown with a big tan head. Molasses, malt, and smoke. Not so much smoke in the taste, but lots of malt, cocoa, and earthiness. Lighter than expected mouthfeel for a winter, but then I see it is actually an Oktoberfest. Dry finish. Never know what you can find at BevMo.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

17oz flip-top picked up yesterday at Erickson's in Eagle for a pricey $6... poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger creamy looking off white head... brews is dark walnut... deep clear mahogany when held to a light.

Aroma is dark grains... not burnt... just dark malts with a touch of lite roast coffee.

Flavor mirrors the aroma.. but not quite as rich... dark.. but not much else going on.... there palate is mainly very toasted munch malt and subtle coffee... finish is fairly long though... body is light and the carbonation is smooth.

Overall... this brew is by no means a Marzen... not even close... more like a big-boned dunkel.. or a lighter tasting schwarzbier.... it is NOT an octoberfest style.

4/3.5/3.5/3/3.5

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened this today in honor of Red Sox opening day. Color when poured is of root beer barrels, head wasn't much to speak of and left quickly. Aroma is slightly chocolately and a bit malty. Tastewise it's a bit low, tight small carbonation. I am picking up low breadiness, and a bit of chocolate in the finish. I find the mouthfeel a bit thin as well. Wish it had delivered as well as the Sox tonite.

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Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 9 oz. swing-top bottle (that opened with a loud "pop"):

Pours very dark brown, even black, with a bubbly, fizzy head that slowly descends and vanishes. Never saw such a dark O-fest. No lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with a hint of roast. A sweet schwarzbier comes to mind. A bland, late bitterness comes in in the finish to cut into the sweetness, though some residual sweetness clings to lips and palate.

Thin - a bit watery - towards falling apart. Carbonation is uneven, mild, and loses even more as it progresses.

Pretty drinkable for a beer that didn't thrill me at all. Probably that it's just bland rather than offensive. Well, the black characteristics puts this one out of style of a marzen/o-fest. So if you're looking for a tradition interpretation, this isn't it. Even out of style, it didn't really do much for me. A blandish maltiness with a hint of roast and a slight bland bitterness is pretty much it. Maltiness almost breaks beyond blandish, but not quite enough, to me. Overall, though -

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the same flip-top bottle as the Gig.

Pours completely black with no light passing through at all. Good head, firm, tight & creamy with great lacing.
Smell is a bit weak but with notes of smoke, malt, hops and peat/earth.
Taste is of hops, roasted malt, smoke, earth/peat & coffee (which was too strong).
Mouthfeel is smooth with nice effervescence all over and a medium body.
Drinkability is good but the balance is off, the coffee flavor dominates followed by hops. Drinks a lot like a Kostritzer Schwarzbier with an IPA lean.

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Jubelfestbier from Mahr's Bräu
3.77 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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