Mahr's Pilsner | Mahr's Bräu

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Mahr's PilsnerMahr's Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mahr's Bräu
Germany
mahrs.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 06-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
132
Reviews:
84
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
Wants:
20
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5
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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of putnam
4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer could easily earn all 5's. The standing rainwater funk of the Mahr's Leicht becomes a luxurious swamp in this, their Pilsner. Succulent floral aromas seemlessly lead to scents of honey and stony earth. In the mouth it does a dynamic roll unleashing a dizzying array of flavors, from raw almonds to green tea to lemon juice. Sweet fermented storage grain perfume, it reminds me of braetzel in the park. The texture is thick and opulent, seeming somehow more alcoholic than a mere 5.0 ABV. Vermouthy herb flavors work nicely with ones of dough and earth. Incredible viscosity for such ostensibly dry beer. Bitter pine and root flavors build up as it repeats ever warmer. What is truly astonishing about this beer is its combination of three things: 1) seamless integration -- no jarring tannins or sticky sweetness, in fact the opposite, wilting blends of suggestive sensations like pages blowing in the wind, 2) thrilling range -- honey, tea, roots, and 3) transparent balance -- it is clear this beer evolved naturally, with a long slow fermentation. I suspect this balance might shift if it was mis-handled. I'm holding back a perfect score for drinkability until I can drink a few.

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Photo of Realale
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy straw gold. Huge, extremely fine bright white head settles stickily to full, complete cap.

Nose is sharp, fresh, herbal, German hops soaring over a base of rich, fresh baked white bread. Classic Pils here. Just gorgeous.

Even better in the mouth, where the rich, roundness of the malt makes first impact, only to be sliced by the hop bitterness in the midpalate. Both joust back and forth through the long, long finish. Magic.

Great roundness to the mouthfeel. This fills every nook and cranny with delicious goodness, and simply slides down the throat. I could drink this beer forever, and die with a smile on my face.

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Photo of jcance
4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
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 boddhitree
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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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Photo of DBosco
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Offa
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent German pilsner with solid character.

Faintly hazy gold, it has a medium, off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin, permanent foamy top and a little lace.

The aroma is very nice and very fresh, an excellent and quintessentially German-pilsner aroma. It has strong fresh bread, lemon, herbs, and grass.

The flavour and feel are also excellent lightly sweet maltiness with plenty of malty flavour just dominated byt a clwear hoppy bitterness that lingers and has plenty of hop flavour. It has a strong bready character with lots of herbs and lemon. It is lively, zesty and frothy, yet also slightly oily, giving a firm, frothy feel. The character holds up very well.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
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 jbertsch
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Great german pilsner. Yellow hazy with a billowy white head. Historic smeling, a little grassy and citrusy. Tasted sweet buscuit malts and fain citrus hops. Medium carboantiona and body. Fairly smooth on the tongue. Would get it again. Went great with pizza.

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Photo of tompearson
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow.
I'm touring Pils beer these days and loving it. From a NW hop head that's saying a lot.
This one is my favorite. Here is what is really interesting:
We'll be in Bamberg Germany this summer so I'm ready for it on tap!. Mohr Pils in July on the Rhine River. Can't wait.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Moan & Dove in Amherst, MA. Served in a Mahr's branded .5L mug.
Cloudy straw, topped with a fat, large bubbled white head. Very unusual. I inquired of the bar owner, who served me, and he said this is a special unfiltered version that his bar gets. Cool! Does that make it a kellerbier? Good head retention, with tons of cobwebby lace clinging to the glass.
Unusual aroma, almost exactly like fresh clover honey. Sweet, malty and floral. Soft grain, sulphur and pilsy corn. Mild hops, kinda floral, definitely taking the backseat to the incredible malt.
The flavor follows suit, with a distinct clover honey flavor dominating. Really quite delicious, highly unusual and very drinkable. Pilsner isn't typically the most complex style, but I think the hops suffer from such an overwhelming malt flavor. Either it's a mildly hopped beer, or the unfiltered nature does something to soften the hop presence. Just a vague floral taste, I'd guess at spalter or perle. Some grassy esters and vanilla add depth. Lingering sweet honey aftertaste, with a bit of cereal graininess. Persistent carbonation. Fairly full bodied, with a soft, delicate feel on the palate.
Highly unusual, but I could drink liters of this stuff. The cloudiness is definitely strange, and I can only guess that the honey flavor is the product of the yeast. Whatever it is, it's delicious. Nearly identical to real clover honey.

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle from whole foods in columbus circle while buying one of the new brooklyn schiender collaboration beer. I love this brewery and have not had anything bad from them, and the pils does not disappoint.

A- is yellow straw and very bubbly. a little bit hazy, and a thin white head that leaves a small film of white bubbles accross the top of the beer(the lack of head might have been my pour, but I'm not sure).
S- Spicy hops that tend to bring to mind zesty herbs, and some big botanical grassy scents. light malty back bone, that blends to leave what smells to be a refreshing beer for this summer night in NYC.
T-Spicy to the point of a bit savory, but that is just in the tip of the tongue and middle of the body...the beer picks up with a bit of grassy plant like flavor, and a hint of citrusy grapefruit....while the bitter finish rides to the end of the sip it really doesn't last too long creating a refreshing full flavored beer.
M/D- Honestly it is a bit heavier, and what I would describe as a medium bodied pilsener...Refreshing and hoppy, and easy to drink. If it came in six packs it would probably become a regular at my house.

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Photo of afsdan
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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 danielfda
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see another pilsner available to try.

Pours a bright yellow color with a decent one-finger head into my pint glass. Looks good so far for the style.

Aroma is sweet and full of chewy malt upfront. A decent hop bite is around as well.

Taste is full of sweet, bready malt with a mild amount of hops. Easy to drink. Nothing harsh. Almost creamy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grainy, sweet, bready malt and the hint of hops. Very well done carbonation-wise. Quite authentic to the style.

Very nice and drinkable. Definitely how I feel a pilsner should taste.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really liked this. A solid pilsner. Good flavor not to much. Went down quick, and was really happy with it.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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 goodbyeohio
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

nice cloudy golden yellow with some depth and substance, bubbles rushing to the surface. thick, chunky head of foam leaving big, spacious lacing. aroma is buttery and lagery at the same time with a huge biscuit breadiness.. more ciabatta than blueberry muffin here.

delicious first sip alive with fruit, red berries.. smooths out into a very light and sweet malt all the while keeping a medium body.. impressive. slightly bitter to round out the experience, with a clean finish that begs for just a tad more lingering flavor, as lagery sourness is the last thing to exit the palate.

still, for what it is, this beer is a staple and a wonderful icon for the category. one of the best german session beers ive had if not the best.

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Photo of Riggo
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a very pale yellow. almost looks like a wit. white, tightly-beaded head and good lacing.

aroma is floral initially, then a little musty with some biscuit-like notes.

very crisp, snappy carbonation on the tongue. tight razor-thin dryness but at the same time a honeyish sweetness.

creamy head, smooth, despite the dry snappiness.

drinkability is very high due to the crispness and good balance.

certainly sweeter than some german pils' like jever but still has that tight crispness that is just so refreshing and hard to find in most pilseners. would love to have this in my fridge all the time. another european pils that shows us what american macro lagers should taste like.

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