Jubelfestbier | Mahr's Bräu

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Mahr's Bräu

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by PorterLambic on 11-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First Oktoberfest bier I've tried this year. poured into a pounder glass the brew supports a loose eggshell white head. Rather dark for the style and leans towards black.

Flavors are subtle with some earthy grain and a slightly woody backside. There is a tin angle that gets annoying towards the finish of each pull. Creamy texture gets bitten with a moderate charred bitterness about halfway through. Not sure what to make of this one. Not as smooth as most and definitely would not session this but it was enjoyable as a one and done.

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Photo of JBogan
2.69/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown with a ruby tint if held up to bright light. No head whatsoever and no lacing or sign of carbonation at all either. It just looked like a glass of flat dark brown cola. Not very inviting.

Smelled of coffee and alcohol, with perhaps some bread as well. The alcohol presence seemed to lessen as the beer warmed.

Tasted a lot like coffee with liquor mixed in. Again, some breadiness but not much else going on.

Mouthfeel was semi thick, and again with no sign of carbonation. Not very exciting.

I'd probably rate this beer lower in drinkability if I were the only one drinking it. As mentioned I don't like coffee so this beer just wasn't my cup of ... er, coffee. For those who do however I guess this might be a beer worth at least a try. I was bit surprised how much I tasted the alcohol, as the ABV was pretty low. All in all, I wasn't impressed with this beer. I won't be revisiting this one.

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Photo of bcm119
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Almost opaque; tinted dark reddish color with a fluffy tan head. Dusty, earthy chocolate malt aroma. Odd hodgepodge of flavors; mostly chocolate with earth, mineral, and herbal notes, but also with subtle overtones of a curious sour yeasty flavor. Fine carbonation, and very dry, tight mouthfeel. Minerally hops clean up the finish. Complex, but the flavors were possibly a little off. Not sure if this was a result of the long journey or not. Having sampled the beers at Mahr's pub and liked them alot, I would guess this is not how the beer is supposed to taste.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of hero27
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured out of the swing-top pint bottle an extremely dark, opaque, brownish color. Looks much more like a stout than a marzen or oktoberfest.. Tan head left a decent lacing on the glass, but was pretty thin.

Smell: Fairly complex smell of roasted coffee..smells more like a stout or a porter perhaps..certainly not like any Oktoberfest i've ever had. Pleasant & unique aroma...

Taste: Rich, earthy coffee taste and roasted malt dominates. Hops are mild, but evident. The 4.7% ABV is weak, as far as i'm concerned. For a dark German Christmas beer such as this, I would expect somewhere around 6% or greater..

Mouthfeel: Smooth, relatively creamy mouthfeel that is easy going down. Best character of this brew, in my mind.

Drinkability: For a dark beer, the drinkability is fairly good. For beer in general, it's average. For a holiday brew this dark, the ABV simply needs to be higher, in my opinion. Overall, a unique Oktoberfest/Holiday beer which is worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, a gift over the 2007 holidays, finally cleaning out the Holiday beer in early March 2008 (I guess I'm a bit behind!).

Pours a deep rich brown with ruby highlights, not at all typical of the Marzen/Octoberfest style identified here on BA. I am not up to speed on German styles, so I can't say what it is, but I think I know what it's not. Maybe more like a Schwarzbier? A minimal foamy head dies away quickly, with a complete lack of carbonation.

Aroma of roasty, peaty malts. A hint of bitter chocolate and coffee. The flavor continues the trend, with the coffee and almost espresso bitterness dancing in the dark. Spice notes and a very astringent ending on the tongue finish this one off.

A farily creamy mouthfeel surprises me- wasn't expecting that, but it helps make this more drinkable.

Overall, I have to admit, this just isn't really my style (excuse the pun). I guess it's OK, nothing specific I can fault, but it's just not grabbing me at my center of beerdom.

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Photo of clvand0
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a large plop top. Ya know, I always spill beer when pouring out of a plop top because the top of the bottle has no lip ... anyway, on to the review. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate head that had nice retention and left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was mostly roasted malts with just a hint of sweetness. The flavor is mostly of the roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and a buttery component. Very odd for the style given. Thin body. Ok drinkability.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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 PatandDavid
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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 magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -7.9%
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.


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Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of KingFarm
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 RedHaze
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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 kkipple
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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 chinabeergeek
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -1.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mjc410
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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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