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 Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dunkel like with abundant lace. Fresh taste at Pizza Plant Transit. Roast in aroma, taste like a deep rich wine. Yeast is there to round out satisfying aftertaste. Full mouthfeel. Smooth, wheat characteristic and nicely malted to make it drinkable.
I had this again 1.75 years later on tap and it was great again.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The darkest marzen I have come across pouring deep mahogany brown with some crimson hue with a light brown fluffy two finger head that settles slowly into a creamy froth leaving bits and pieces of lace behind.A little smoke to the aroma is what I picked up right away with notes of molasses and and star anise.Very nice creamy/fluffy mouthfeel full but glides down very easily and with no effort,in my mind not overly sweet somewhat earthy with unsweetened chocolate notes with some molasses finishing with hints of wood.A damn fine O-fest/ marzen flavors are subtle but with nice complexities,this would be my go to beer for the fesitval season although it seems more of a dunkel in character.

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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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 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 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 BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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 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 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 jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 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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Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml flip-top bottle poured into a my large Gulden Draak tulip, Jubelfestbier is a near pitch black garnet with a khaki head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is fruity and rich, a bit of smoke, a lot like an old ale or wee heavy, but more restrained and rounded. I didn't notice this was from Bamberg until the aroma hit me on the pour, but I've been really digging smoked beers lately, and this was a very pleasant surprise!

Taste is great, this is basically a rauchbier, so dark it's porter like, rich chocolate and raisin notes, the smoke is obvious but not overwhelming, and overall it's very smooth and rich, wow! There is a little lactose like sweetness on the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and lighter body, reminiscent of the best made oatmeal stouts.

Drinkability is high, wow, a great beer I never heard of and randomly grabbed - I'm shocked how good this is, much investigate the rest of the brewery pronto! At $4.50 a pint, it could be cheaper, but it's nevertheless world class.

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

This bottled import from Germany pours a dark chocolate color with a modest light brown cover and a complete coat of lacing. The aroma is chocolatey coffee with some bitter smoke detected. The taste is a somewhat aqueous smooth blend of smoke and sweet coffee bitterness. Not a lot of carbonation, just a light tingle on the tongue. This seems fairly simple and very drinkable. Not sure what it has to do with an Octoberfest, not typical from my experience, but enjoyable enough, smooth and mild with some flavor.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The darkest brown before becoming black brown can get. Huge frothy tanned topping of smooth foam that cakes a ton of lacing across the glass with each attempt of a sip. Keeps its crown like a king with a presense of foam always siiting atop with thickness. A stout looking O-fest, if ya get my meaning.

Has a heavenly thick aroma that enthralls all sorts of baked breads and cookies wafting with appetizing elements that spark the nose with home hearty gooness. Dry cocoa takes up most of the nose, yet bits of vanilla, cinnamon, blackened toffee, and cookie dough sweetness settle in with each wiff as does poofs of dark fruitynees and burnt edges.

Taste is pretty well formed and following suit of the nose with a good portion of bakery bread and cookie goodness. Perhaps a bit more paled and dulled across the palate with its cocoa puff of dryness then what you'd expect from the smell. None the less, this is immaculately interwoven with delicate and subtle nuances that make your mouth spin with delight. All that was found in the aroma is found here in the taste. Lots of subtle layers lay about the buds, lightly drying with a fresh chocolate scone sense of fluff. Nice additions to cookie items like vanilla, cinnamon, toffee, and a slight sugary sweet play and dark fruit hints way into the back. From start to finish, this is one dandy of a beer.

Feel is medium with a thinner disposition then most other malt laden and sticky O-fest type brews. Semi fluffy, yet quite soft and smooth. More like a porter really.

A very surprising classic twist to the O-fest from the folks at Mahr's Brau, so put the style points aside, pour this out and enjoy. I did.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is very, very dark for a fest bier. The head is actually brown. Maybe it's an emofest beer?

Smell – There's a rich, wonderfully pungent grain aroma here along with some light sugars and that classic German lager smell.

Taste – Oh, man, this is a full-flavored drink. The grain is just beautiful in the classic German style and there's a dark malt that is almost stoutish. I can actually taste a roastiness to this one.

The sugars though are not to be outdone. They are raw and unruly but easily kept in check by the stiff grain. It sounds like all of these edgy flavors would make for a clumsy flavor profile but this bad boy is singing.

Mouthfeel – This is a little bigger than light-bodied in the mouth and actually has some bitterness to it. The traditional German smoothness gives this an on-tap feel.

Drinkability – Yes, it's way too dark for the style and no, it's not supposed to be roasty, but damn it this is one fine beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce) tall slim bodied brown glass bottle. Unlike the other five Mahr’s brews that I recently quaffed, this one comes with a Grölsch like white-plastic swing top with a signature red rubber seal. Listed as “Bamberger Original Mahr’s Brau” on both the main and neck label, the latter straddles the ironwork on the neck. The main label has a very colorful picture of a Fraulein with a handful of many beers, some 12 Steins by my reckoning, above the word “Jubelfest” in a lime green Germanic font. No freshness but listed at Alc. 4.9% Vol. My bottle looks just like the one in the BA Database.

Appearance: Deep black body, unlit, it has a Stout like stature with its tight 1" massed crown that settles to a ½” thick tan colored head. Held to the incandescent light a rich deep ruby gem like shines form the torso with a brilliant clarity

Nose: Rich dark fruits. So reminiscent of the deep pile carpet textured Parkin and homemade thick black toffee that was traditionally forged for Bonfire Night in England. Heavy nasal malts and carbon impregnated smells of burnt Catholics - this one is a winner!

Taste: Lightly roasted black malts entrance the experience. Burnt toast and rich toffee delve into the depths. Dry cross section, black malts and a bitterness that is more jealousy than hop infused. Light caramel and dark chocolate punctuate the fleeting back end with some Cocoa powder. Hangs like a thin Porter.

Mouthfeel: Thin body at times, like burnt sugar dissolved in water, it fails to deliver the muscle that the nose and tastes tantalizingly offer. That said this is only 4.9% ABV, so you have to bear that in mind. Not weak but far from bold.

Drinkability: The low body feel aids consumption, Drinkability is Black Lager in high proportion to the strength and body feel. Solid quaffer with a dark side that is both intriguing and beguiling.

Overall: The final installment of a week long tasting of Six Mahr’s Brau beers that each cost me $3.99 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. This one was probably the stand out, with the Christmas Bock very close behind. Tasty stuff, this would be quite the treat if they upped the octane rating a bit and promoted the Mouthfeel to support the tastes. Listed as a Märzen/Oktoberfest – but I truly believe this to be way more in the Black Lager camp; it should be listed as a Schwarzbier IMVHO.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 1 pint, .9 fl oz, swing-top bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Deep-brown, dark-maroon hue with an immense foamy head that left a thick, frosty layer of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild aroma replete with figs and prunes...
Hints of dark toffee, caramel cream, dates, rich malts, figs, and dehydrated fruits were present on the tongue... Overall, an excellent, subtle, flavorful sample...
Great creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a superb level of easy drinkability to match..
Top-notch stuff...

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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 UncleJimbo
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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 animal69
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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 tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown color with moderate off-white puffy head.
Smell is significant for dark fruits (plums, figs) with some caramel anf toffee notes also present.
Taste is very enjoyable, with a strong sweet caramel taste blended with the dark fruits.
Finishes with a pleasnt taste retention.
Tastes and drinks like a dark lager. Very refreshing beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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 bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in hue with ruby highlights, in a wide ½ liter mug the liquid looks darker then I think it really is. Beige head, the pour produced two-fingers of head. Head retention was fair, it quickly faded to a thin, firm cap, and then it turned soapy. Subsequent lacing started immediately, it looked like tattered wallpaper. Damn, this beer looks great!

The nose lacks potency. I think it is too cold. I can understand some of the whispers; it smells like a direr Oktoberfest mixed with a Schwarzbier. Lightly roasty, minimal sweetness and some earthiness at the back is all I got at first. Once the beer warmed up… wow… the nose really shines. Everything is louder and smokiness emerges plus some chocolate. At first I would have called the nose average but after a few moments the nose livened up, a lot! Inviting.

The palate matches the nose, dry roasted maltiness with a kiss of tobacco, toasted bread, and caramel sweetness at the back. Earthy residue. Light bitterness. Once it warmed, smokiness developed as did some chocolate at the back. Lovely. The aftertaste is long, tasty… this beer tastes like an Oktoberfest had sex with a Schwarzbier. What a sexy kid. I really like this beer!

Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation, this is the weakest aspect of the beer. It doesn’t hold the palate well. It needs more beef.

This beer is plenty drinkable. I’ve enjoyed a few ½ liters on-tap at the Huber-Haus. What a solid beer this is… oddly, this is one of the few beers that taste better the less I think about it. In a way that is both a blessing and a curse, fun to drink but not when I have my beer geek cap on, rarely do I geek-out when I am at the Huber-Haus so that works out well. Get some.

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Jubelfestbier from Mahr's Bräu
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