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Mahr's Bräu

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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #22
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,081
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 10.86%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
156
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Mahr's Bräu
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Photo of beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow body, mildly cloudy; thick, sculpted head. Strong fruity aroma; peach and pear. Mild cereal grain base flavor infused with an estery backdrop; light bready sweetness. Medium-light body; smooth and soft on the palate; slightly warm; nice balance between low-key sweetness and light dryness.

The strong peach and pear aroma almost seemed off-putting, thinking it would bleed over to the flavor, but the taste was nothing but classic pilsner delicateness and subtlety, strong on the light malt character and nicely complemented with the hop bitterness and mild flavor. This is a most satisfying lager, and I look forward to drinking many more bottles of this beer as time goes on.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint 9 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "bottled on" date 1-26-19.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light golden color with one-finger white head, excellent retention, the head slowly dissipated until a thick white cap remained, there is heavy lacing on the glass and higher than average carbonation, this is a beautiful beer.

SMELL: sweet bread and white crackers.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet bread and white crackers then a light kiss of hops.

PALATE: medium body for the style and higher carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good beer, I would buy this again no problem and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, gold in color with half inch head. Taste is grass, grain, and earthy hops. Clean, crisp, bitter, with moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Makes for a nice and sessionable German pils. Nice hot weather beer. Could have several.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Snowcrash000 for this bottle.

A - Light gold pour with beautiful clarity, a rocky white head, very sticky lacing, and steady moderate carbonation.

S - Crisp aroma: straw, lemon grass, crackery malt, some earthiness and bright lemon citrus. Aroma is dry and aromatic.

T - Crisp crackery honey malt from start to finish, lemon, grassy, earthy, some peppery spiciness, some floral, and ends with a citrus / floral bitterness that lingers. Very crisp with a bitter zing.

M - Medium body, lots of carbonated pricklies on the tongue, and very dry on the back of the tongue (and wet on the tip of the tongue).

O - This is a very enjoyable Pils and a recommended try if you enjoy this style.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 080218. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Clear light gold with substantial 2-finger white foamy head with average retention and solid lacing.

Aroma is somewhat soapy floral with lighter grainy Pils malt

Flavor is also slightly soapy with herbal, grassy, floral qualities and softer Pils maltiness. Moderate bitterness and clean from ester standpoint.

Feel is light-medium bodied with high carbonation and dry finish.

Decent German Pils with good feel but strange hop character. Wish it was fresher

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Photo of JamFuel
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Himmeriget in Copenhagen.

Pours a clear yellow with fine foam and lots of visible carbonation.

Smell is clean and crisp with a nice sweet breadiness along with some floral hop notes.

Taste is wonderfully clean, crisp and balanced. Soft maltbase anchors the floral hops and balances the fairly strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and well carbonated.

Overall, a really good pilsner, very clean.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 4.9%. Pale golden colour, moderate white head. Nice hoppy aroma, notes of newmown grass and herbs. Light bodied, but still with some detectable malts. Medium dry flavour, well hopped throughout, herbal notes, distinctly bitter finish.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/19/2017. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an excellent German pilsner! All around great robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and never watery for the ABV. Very clean and nicely rich pils/Munich malts, great noble hop presence and bitter balance. A very enjoyable offering, and pristine style example as expected of the brewery.

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Photo of Renato89
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a good pilsner, yellow coloured, with white head. The head retention and size are medium. Grainy and malty aroma, lightly hoppy and spicy, high sweetness. My overall impression is good, although I think this beer is too malty and spicy and that's not counterbalanced by hops.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - more of a big swath of various new-to-us German breweries' wares to recently arrive in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some random sudsy microbial lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and gritty cereal malt, a bit of that Euro gasohol thing, faint lemon citrusy notes, and leafy, weedy, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, ephemeral earthy yeast, some fading petrol notes, meek indistinct citrus rind, and more sassy leafy, herbal, and grassy noble hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-piercing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, just a wee bit of old-school hop astringency maybe loitering around a little too forcefully. It finishes trending dry, the grainy malt and testy hops making a lingering day of it all.

Overall, this is a seemingly prototypical version of the style, nice and rounded in its traditional flavours. Easy to drink, with a small sense of well-earned attitude, that for once I actually find kind of endearing. Worthy of giving a go, especially if you're fan of such things.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am kind of everywhere today in terms of beers, or should I say, biers. The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues to belch forth all sorts of things & I am happy to indulge.

From the bottle: "Brewed and bottled in Bamburg, Germany".

I Pop!ped the cap & given that the previous lager from this brewery was unfiltered, why take a chance on the pour? I performed a gentle pour, followed closely by a vigorous in-glass swirl that raised just over a finger of foamy, bone-white head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with 24-carat quality clarity which signaled the immediate arrival of The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all scrabbling for a taste. Down, boys! Jeez-O, man. Nose was driven by a bready maltiness, underlain by a grassy maltiness. GER Pils for sure! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was classic German Pilsner - mildly sweet with biscuity overtones underlain by a light grassy, hay-like Noble hoppiness. I have to confess to being a Czech Pilsener fan, but this was textbook. For a really wild time, I would suggest a side-by-side of a bottle of this one with a CAN of Pilsner Urquell. Two superb examples of their respective styles. Finish was semi-dry & highly refreshing. I would drink this more often in the summer and especially from a CAN!

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Photo of SABERG
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 13/07/16 into a pilsner glass
A - Stunning clarity, goldenrod color set the stage for delightfully active carbonation. The pure white cap quickly dissipates.
S - Pilsner malts, cut grass, nice herbal component, a bit of biscuit and not much else.
T - The start is warm white bread, then the lemongrass rolls in, a hint of herbal hops and finally a hint of spice, pepper.
M - Near perfect feel, light on the palate, with active carbonation that almost tickles.
O - A delightful offering from a skilled brewery, flavors abound with a nice dry finish.
Worth seeking out

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5% abv. Bottled on 9/30/16 opened on 2/19/17

Crystal clear gold color. Big carbonation, creating a pure-white cotton top, bubbly but thick. Lace is abundant and long.

A classic aromatic display , freshly baked sour dough bread and butter style malt, stinky, spicy, herbal blend from the yeast and hops, green veggies, cracked corn, summertime field of wheat and hay. Most of all, a fantastic, deep aroma of fresh herbs and sour earthy in the nose. Easily one of the most aromatic German pilsners.

Crisp, crisp and more crispy bite. Over used description for sure, but damn its true. Soo clean. Light and clean. Pure. Mouthfeel.

The taste.....classic and authentic. Perfection in the balance of flavor. A sour-bready and even tangy malt, green veggie and earthy-herbal hop, more sour bread, fresh corn, zesty spring water and a sour-funky yeast that delivers the perfect amount of complexity. Once again, the levels and balance of the flavor spectrum could not be more equal.

BAM!

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3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle.
A: Pours a very clear, light golden color with an off-white head, more than rim retention, and very sticky lacing.
S: Aromas of citrus (lemon), caramel, and biscuit.
T: Semidry. Aromas follow the nose. Peppery, but light bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Tingling on the tongue.
O: A drinkable and enjoyable Pils.

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Photo of OlaB
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Gives a clear golden color, a small top of head that disolves rapidly when I pour in the glass leaving small white islands.

A: herbs, spices,light fruits like apples and pears, breaded malts and caramel.the aroma is balanced great between the hops and malts.

T&F: starts of sweet with a fruity backnote, I sense more the herbs and the spices in the middle where I also sense light malts comfortable in the background. A nice finish of good balanced bitterness in the finishing. Aftertaste are is lasting for a good time and is very comfortable when it comes to the mouthfeel. Gives a good bite when you drink it.

O: a really great pilsner, really enjoyable and drinkable. This is how a pilsner is done. A good beer from Mahrs brau

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Bright and shiny brass yellow body color, with sparkling crystal clear appearance. A good amount of cola sized carbonation at first, much of it rising fast, settles with thinner slow rising pinhead carbonation latter. Head is frothy and big at first, with lots of soapy retention that pops quickly and dissolves. Bubbly crown, odd pill lacing, and a soapy cling. Real nice looking pils.

Excellent aroma. Wonderful mix of herbal hop notes. Spicy action on the nose, hints of mild pepper but of real green earth and hop depth. Clean sensing profile but also a mix of soft malts and a complex hop angle. Nicely amped but not overly for a pils and sticking to classic roots. Great smelling brew.

Palate gives a little inch more than the basics. Clean and popping carbonation slightly with soft herbal tones on the palate. Dense malt bill without a big sweetness, makes a fantastic template for hop flavor. Clean herbs and mild spices abound. Hop leafy like aromas seem to chew through on the aftertaste while consuming.

A real solid German pils that easily makes the grade.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light gold a good color of fresh golden straw with a white head of creamy foam that lasts and clings. Nose is rich with bread. beautiful baked white bread golden with crust. Faint herbal that starts to exhale slowly as the beer warms until it becomes an earthy sweetness. Drinks breaddy and full but has a slight carbonic bite at the finish. That little bit of carbonation changes the finish formt he soft big bubble in this way. The flavors come full to the palate but at the last second are elevated to a lightness by the bubble not by the bitterness. The bitterness is tempered a bit too by that slight bite. Earthy hops linger in this finish with golden bread crust. No diacetyl, no dms in the flavor of the finish with the carbonic bite. This carbonation puts the hop a little more forward in the finish. Excellent. Lingers crisp and breaddy with earthy hops.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant straw gold under a 2” thick off-white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass.
S: Bready malt aromas seasoned with hop spice.
T: Malt forward beer with light malt flavors and long lingering malt aftertaste with a spicy and moderately bitter noble hop presence.
F: Crisp and sparkly with medium carbonation and medium body
O: Very well made refreshing malty pilsner with just the right hop emphasis

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Photo of jcance
4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh my god. This brew is phenomenal. Fantastic, yet mild hoppy characteristics, a nice maltiness, and crisp enough to pound should the situation require. I'm sure this would be a great breakfast or lunch beer, though drinking it near midnight feels just as acceptable. Slight bitterness balanced with a fresh sweetness, exactly what I crave from a pils. So far, my favorite pils I have found in Germany. With the Ungespundet Kellerbier this brewery is 2/2 with me. Just, good lord, so fucking fresh and delicious, it leaves Fässla's (who i love) pils in the dust and brings shame to my favorite American "German-style" pilsners (such as Sierra Nevada Nooner). I will likely drink this every day at least once until I die or am ejected from this beautiful country.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahr’s Bräu Pilsner has a thick, soapy, white head, a clear, straw-colored, appearance, with some stray bubbles, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of a bursting, sweet, crackery, and grassy malt & hop combo, and the flavor is of those same elements, with appropriate and noticeable bitterness rounding it out. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Mahr’s Bräu Pilsner finishes mostly clean, crisp, and refreshing. RJT

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Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pre-gaming for a German beer tasting with, well, a German beer. 500ml pours into a mug straw-yellow with a thin and quickly dissipating white head.

Very clean pilsner. While there's no weird adjuncty off-flavors at all, the smell and taste do come off as sorta weak, but pleasant enough. Nice lager-y flavors of toasted grains, buttery bread, and maybe a touch of caramel sweetness. Little bit of floral and spicy noble hops coming through. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a great body for the low ABV and style. Maybe could use more carbonation.

Solid no-frills pils, nothing too exciting flavor-wise going on but definitely smooth and nice and easy to drink. Pairs fine with some spicy soup on an almost-fall afternoon.

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Photo of tmzl
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with light (medium bubbles), large, white head. Good, slow retention (breaks down with bigger bubbles). Leaves a solid, thick layer, stays for the whole ride. Huge amount of carbonation, lots of tiny bubble chains. Clear and golden, as it should.

Smell: Hay that goes floral with some light citrus, grassy touch. Soft pale malt sweetness with some bitter honey notes. A bit peppery. Pleasant and fresh.

Taste: Hay goes to light pale bread, biscuit malt sweetness and continues into spicy floral hop notes that transform at the end into a spike of medium noble hop bitterness with very light biscuit, herbal honey sweetness. Very light zesty sourness and earthy notes. A fun ride for a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, sharp high carbonation, light body and dry. Makes you drink it fast.

Overall: Good pilsner representative, fun and complex enough, still pleasant and fresh.

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Photo of boddhitree
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shipped fresh from the brewery, best buy date 5 months out, so a 4 week old beer.

For those of you who gave this beer a low rating (under 4.0) ,either 1) you didn't get a fresh bottle and missed out on most of the subtle flavors herein and therefore your review isn't valid IMO, or 2) you have horrible taste, or 3) stay away from rating Pils beers if you are DIPA-lover or hop-head.

Aroma:
Some Pils malt aroma and Noble hops, bu I have to swirl it to get it really popping. Mahrs' is also a tad sweeter in aroma, less rich deep bread-like malty smell.

Flavor:
Mahrs Bräu's Pilsner is good, bready, more like fresh toast. The front has some bitterness but it's in the middle of the tongue where all the giant bitter notes pop out. I've never had a beer where the middle was bitterer than the front of the tongue. On the sides, some Pils malts but not so sweet, again bready. In the back, mmm :) the Pils malt sweetness and a nice blast of caramel. In the aftertaste, more sweet Pils malts but also a bite of sharp bitterness to bring back a balance. I has very slight metallic taste, maybe not exactly metallic, but something in that direction near the end, too. Overall, very balanced and wonderful.

Mouthfeel:
Wonderful, the thickness you expect in a Franken beer, cozy, süffig.

Overall:
The Mahrs is most balanced and managed to get caramel flavors in the mix, too.
I love the Mahrs Pils for just being the goldilocks of sweet Pils malts and hoppiness, and finding a way to incorporate hints of caramel into a Pils.

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2.3/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle served into a bierkrug at Mahrs Brau in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany (they were out of the draught version). Reviewed from notes taken June 2011. It was very affordably priced.

A: Pours a two finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Cream and clean full barley. That's it. A rather simple unflattering aroma.

T: Stale crystal malt and crystal hops, with light cream over a mediocre barley foundation. Mucky aftertaste. Simply crap. Poorly built. Imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thick and a bit lumpy. Matches the style but not the beer's flavours.

Dr: Affordable garbage. A "student beer" in polite terms. Not a good choice if you're at Mahrs Brau.

D+

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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
"Bottled on 275" stamped on bottle...275 of what?
Poured into a tulip glass

Mahr's pilsner was an enjoyable pilsner on a mildly warm day. The focus is on grassy and floral hops mixed with cracker/biscuit malt flavors with noticeable sweetness. The beer is quite satisfying and easy to drink, a definite one to try and enjoy again if found.

Pours a large, fluffy, head composed of medium and small bubbles that are off-white in color. Head has substantial lasting power, remaining at least 1cm thick through the entire sampling. Significant lacing is left along sides of glass as the head settles. Body is a bold yellow color, semi-hazy, with plenty of carbonation streaming along sides and center of glass. I can't think of any fault with this beer.

Aroma of Noble grassy and floral hops with biscuit undertones. Not an amazing aroma, but solid and enjoyable (was probably more expressive and rich when young, but you never seem to find a fresh bottle of Mahr's).

The flavor focuses on bright, sweet malts upfront, which are quickly tempered by a lemon-like bitterness that then dissolves into floral and grassy tones. Mild bitterness is evident from mid-palate forward, which tempers the bright malt sweetness quite nicely. Fades out with renewed bitterness along back sides of tongue and herbal hop components. Aftertaste is mildly citric, bitter, herbal, and malt-derived sweetness.

Beer's body is medium in weight with a vibrant carbonation that melds well with the style, expectations based on style, and the bright taste of the beer. Resultant mouthfeel is slightly prickly, but gradually foaming up to form a somewhat smooth latter half. Closes out with a semi-dry feeling.

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 156 ratings