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Mahr's PilsnerMahr's Pilsner

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Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 121
Photo of andyinsdca
2/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Weak yellow color, thin foam.
Taste/smell: Not much beer taste of any sort, hints of corn, reminiscent of a "light" beer from an American mass market brew. Not awful, but nothing good about it.
Overall: Nothing to recommend this beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -41.5%
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.


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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.71/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Whole Foods, Chicago. A pretty likeable after sampling their unfiltered lager before. Pour the familiar frothy lager-head (nyuk!). Color is pale straw, of course. The malt gives up very little character, per style. Hops are more sharp and spicy, and only at the end do they show a hint of Pilsener character. A bit gassy, too. Not much more than a well presented example of a bland style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average pilsner. Nice floral scent, but grassy and dry and almost watery
and not all that smooth nor refreshing, even with food. Light sweetness ,contained in a bulk of soapiness. Metallic drying bitter aftertaste. I've had better homebrewed pils.

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Photo of mschofield
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Foam pours out of the bottle upon opening - this one is well carbonated. Slightly hazed (chill haze?) yellow-gold, topped with a two finger creamy white head, the glass ends up entirely covered by webs of lacing.
Nice grass and lemon pilsner aroma, light toast note, earthy, herbal and tea notes.
"Chewy" malty taste, maltier than I'd expect from a pils, plenty of lemon zest and grassy notes.
Light-medium bodied.

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Photo of albern
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad pilsner but not overly impressive either. The beer pours a pale straw color with some white thinnish head that does hang around the rim of the glass for awhile. The aroma to the beer is a bit musty straw, a bit floral hop, a bit lemony. The beer is pretty well carbonated and there are some yeasty bits floating about. This is an unfiltered pilsner, which makes it somewhat more interesting. The taste is quite watery with a noticeable hop bite in the finish. As things settle, the bite mellows out and there are more smooth, almost creamy grain husks in the body of the beer. Overall, this is a thin beer, not all that great, not bad either, but just a little too watery for my tastes.

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Photo of John_M
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a bright gold color with excellent head retention and fair lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some light honey and hoppy bitterness. On the palate, this beer is not particularly impressive. There's some light honey, along with some biscuit and dough flvors. However, the flavors are pretty light, and the beer is really a bit watery. Not bad, but hardly impressive. Mouthfeel is light and alcohol is not at all noticeable. However, the flavor profile is so one dimensional and boring, it's really not a lot of fun to drink.

OK, but can't see ordering this one again.

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Photo of
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy, pale yellow color with a modest off white head. Aroma was honey and citrus. Taste was a nice balance of malt & hops, with the hops primarily coming into play during the finish in a citrus kind of way. Mouthfeel was light, carbonation seemed to be low to medium, and it was just slightly drying. A very drinkable beer on a summer evening.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a 1/2" head that fell apart quickly. No lacing developed.

Smell: grass is all that was detectable.

Taste: grass, mild saaz bitterness, green grapes, and a mild malt profile make for a simple but tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. The finish is also quite clean. Refreshing beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff pils. This one will not blow you away, but several of these can be drank in a session. Worth a try.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a hazy golden. Little white head. Nice noble hop aroma. Spicy and a little smoky. Taste has a definite German slant. Bitter and a bit smoky. Good malt base. A bit of complexity in this pilsner. The bit of smokiness really grows on you as you drink it. Makes you want to keep drinking and drinking.....Not an outstanding pilsener, but definitely worth a try for a slightly different twist on the German Style Pilsner.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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 TinusTime
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden colour with a tight foamy white head. Smell is crisp and hoppy with a bit of malt.. Taste is very crisp malt up front, a bit of metal then some dry floral hoppy finish. An average Pils taste.. Nothing of not. It is good but it just has an average taste drawback. Mouthfeel is good with lovely carbonation and a typical crisp taste. Drinkability-- well It aint the best German Pils I have had, but its not the worst. Its just kinda there.

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Photo of jettjon
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bomber marked “Bottled on: 5043.” Not sure how to decipher that…. Into a pilsner, it’s a slightly hazed pale golden color with plenty of carbonation. Fluffy white head fades slowly down to a thick cap and ring, leaving plenty of sticky lace behind. Nose of powdery, bready malt, a touch of citrus hops, and perhaps sweet-ish yeast. Mouth follows nose more or less precisely: bready, yeasty, with a touch of citrusy hops bitterness. Clean mildly bitter finish. Good semi-creamy mouth without going over the top with viscosity. Good mellow carbonation. Nice and easy on the palate; satisfying. Drinkability is good; it’s unassuming and drinkable.

Overall: A pretty decent pils; too bad I have no way to check on the freshness. I’m willing to bet it’s fairly old, and I’m quite sure it would be better if I had a truly fresh sample. Worth a try, especially if you can guarantee it’s fresh.

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Photo of jsh420
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 5 0 22 - whatever that means

pours bright yellow gold - plenty of sediment in the beer - 2+ finger head that leaves no lacing

smell is sweet cereal grains with some spicey hops

taste is cereal grains lemon with some spice hops on the finish

mouthfeel is so so - beer is flat no real life

drinkability is good even though the mouthfeel is not so good - the taste is solid

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Photo of Amalak
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this and it's a decent pilsner. Light color and good carbonation. Has a good bitterness to it that Pilsners provide. It's very easy to drink.

I love Pilsners and this is very good. Not excellent (it could use a little more flavor to it), but it has a good taste.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color, with slight haze, adorned with a fine, thick, bone-white head. Nose is soft & sweet, malty, light as a cloud, with distant floral, honey notes.
Clean entry on the tongue, sweet, pleasing and mild. Light body, delicate texture, thoroughly malty, and very, very smooth
Nearly no hops at all, but this is a German pils, and if you want something nice'n'easy, you can't miss here.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely cloudy for the style. Slight white head and light lace. Light golden color.

Ever so slight the skunk; otherwise, there's a strong raw grain aroma, almost like the brewery floor.

Of the beers I've tried in the flight, this Pilsner is the bitterest of the European offerings. Still, it is not at the level of the American versions. Plenty of raw grain flavors in the mouth. The swallow is all hop. Nice full body (like skim milk) for the style and the carbonation is perfect.

I'd love to try this beer in Germany where it would be fresh. I am certain that this score would appreciate considerably. The smell is a strong distraction, but overall, I think this would be a great pilsner when fresh.

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Photo of horndecker
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear and bright, honey-colored beer, and has a bright white, finely carbonated head. The head is just a bit sticky, and has just a bit of staying power, thoguh it's nice while it lasts.

It has an assertive, hoppy nose - grassy and herbal, with lemon and slight apple aromas. There is sulfur and sweet malt underneath.

The first sip shows that herbal hops up front, and a somewhat spicy, perhaps peppery tang. A decent, round malt lies below, giving way to a dry and mildly bitter finish, with a tannic aftertaste. The hops are nicely assertive throughout, carried on a medium to light body and plenty of carbonation. A good pilsner.

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Photo of wyllder
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Moan & Dove, Amherst MA.

Served in a big mug. Pours a pale gold (what Pilsner doesn't?). Ample head that settles down to a gentle lacing.

Very mild aroma of grassy/floral hops on the nose.

Taste is smooth, with a nice medium mouthfeel. Sawgrass & hops gently bite on the palate and are backed off quickly by a sweet malt.

Finish is smooth with only the faintest of aftertastes.

I'm not a big fan of Pilsners in general, but they make great easy-drinkers & session starters. As Pilsners go, this is very nice.


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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.9 oz bottle poured into a footed pilsner glass.

A: Clear and pale yellow with a steady stream of bubbles quickly rising up to a huge, frothy, rocky white head. Head retention was good and it left very sticky spider-web like lace all the way down the glass.

S: Pilsner malt, light citrus notes of lemon and lime, and some grassy hops.

T: Light biscuity malt taste, grassy and citric hops. Finishes dry. This is a very clean and crisp beer.

M: Mouthfeel is very light, almost watery, and there is a heavy amount of carbonation. On par with the style.

D: Drinkability is very high. This is a very light, refreshing beer. Perfect for the summer months.

Notes: This beer felt a bit bland to me. The hop profile seemed subdued. A bottled on date was curiously absent, though I was assured that the store did not have it on their shelves for more than three weeks. I suspect that it wasn't as fresh as it could have been. I have also had it on tap, and thought it was much better that time around.

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, very pale straw-yellow body with a fluffy head that lasts for a few minutes; a bit of lacing down the side of the glass

Smell: Mostly Munich malt, almost Graham craker-like; just a touch of grassy hops in the background

Taste: A bit sweeter than I expected; a lot of malt flavor, with a complement of some hops in the finish; a touch of crisp bitterness to close out

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing, but could use a better hops profile

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Photo of Sayson
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice heavy bottle. Sampled at 66F, maybe too warm to serve. Foamed up through the neck when I popped the cap. Made a nice head. Smell is hoppy and something I can't place. Little taste in front, but nice mouthfeel and pleasant aftertaste. Tastes clean. Dry in the finish. Color was straw, a little darker than expected and slightly cloudy. Overall, I liked this beer. It was clean and refreshing.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce) standard looking tall thin bodied brown glass bottle. Regal looking label is classic Teutonic in style. The main label, neck label and crown cap all have the same red, gold, black and white Mahr’s Bräu design. Listed as “Bamberger Original” a strong hint to its proud regional identity and heritage. Listed as “Mahr’s Bräu Pilsner”. Bottled on “5043” and listed at Alc. 5% Vol. My bottle looks just like the one in the BA Database.

Appearance: Immediate influence is of a thought provoking pale watered down wheat beer. A milky hazed soft yellow-golden body is constantly punctuated with rising streamers. Pillow soft white head rises fast on the pour, but leaves some great looking lacing as it takes the reverse path back down the glass. Perfect conditioning which is finely dissolved yet with a stiff supporting role.

Nose: Soft yeast with a mild wheat influence. Sweetness is low key, spicy hops fluctuate and come and go, often leaving me thinking if I was imagining the hop input. Floral at times with a very refreshing angle, but sadly a little lacking in strength, I wish it was more forceful.

Taste: As with the nose, the body is exceptionally clean but littered with a mélange of delicate flavors, flaked maize, fluffy wheat, yeast, sweet malts, floral hops, spicy tones and a sharp lemon tinge in the finish. All blends together nicely and works well. I really took to this one, not often a German brew intrigues me but I was thoroughly captivated by this one.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is perfectly poised, the fulcrum of the brew, it supports the base of the beer whilst allowing the flavors to swing around but in a controlled manner. Soft yet sharp, refreshing yet tangy, bold yet delicate.

Drinkability: Crisp and very clean, and one hell of a quaffer. I can imagine that on draft this one is a winner in the Summer. I wouldn’t pass up a six-pack of it either, well actually only if the price came down a little.

Overall: I thought this resembled the secret Bastard child of an illegal marriage between a good looking Wheat beer and a clean cut well behaved Pilsner; it seemingly draws on both for inspiration and certainly provides a very intriguing and well rounded offspring. Cost $3.99 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA – this is a little more than I would normally pay for a 500ml “German”, but I would certainly love to pick this one up on a regular basis if the price was say a Dollar less a bottle. Highly enjoyable, much more than the usual “boring” German Pilsner, and well worth trying.

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Photo of tmzl
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 gueuzeonhigh
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is clear straw-yellow. Produced a short lived frothy white foam head.

This beer has a mild disposition with a smooth mouthfeel.

The flavor starts with a mild bitterness dissipating with hints of yeast into a clean finish that evaporates leaving nothing behind but an empty glass...

I think this pilsner could use more flavor body and a bit "heavier" flavor stance-- even for a Pilsner.

None-the-less, it's a wonderful complement to a warm summer day...

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