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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mahrs-Bräu
Germany
mahrs.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
114
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
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2
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2
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Photo of BuckSpin
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 500ml bottle ("Bottled On" date of 10(?)) in a classic Weizen glass

Poured crisp n' lively. Initially some metallic aromas, but soon replaced with qualities like faint clove, mild black pepper, light banana, sweet apple, dry like straw & slate. Color is a classic dull straw gold, clouded, paler at the glass bottom changing to a more golden tone near a fat 3 fingers of lively, noisy, snappingly crisp & loose pearl white head that faded rather quickly to a thin sheen, albeit still crackling. A steady stream of bubbles rises up slowly & haphazardly thru it.

Its light and crisp, a dry, subtle sweetness, traces of clove & ripe banana, apple, whisper of butter, dull malts, some citrus (sour lemon). The snappiness carries, albeit thinner and more watery, thru onto the palate where the grains are more noticeable, a coyly sweet, cider like dryness still dominant with a mild pepperiness. It thins considerably more on the throat, finishing with what can best be described as a watered down, slightly dry, feeble aftertaste, dry & coating with an oddly bitter, sour citrus residue thats films over and is reminiscent of a canned macro lager...sad.

For a style that is supposed to be refreshing and slaking, this required way too much effort to finish. This shares way too many characteristics with non-Weizen styles, and poor ones at that. I did not enjoy this, and actually found it a wee bit unpleasant. If you want a German Hefe Weizen, I strongly suggest you try a Kapuziner instead.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color and some yeast left in the bottle. Light bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is slightly malty. Starts cidery - different for a wheat, prickly finish, better as a summertime beer. $2.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of aleigator
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yields a bright golden color with a bubbly, big white head.

Smells of a peppery yeast profile, revealing ripe bananas among wet grass and crisp lemon peel, tied together by a pleasant tart note.

Has a very soft, medium carbonation, complimenting to the refreshing, pleasantly complex light body.

Smells of dried leaves, toffee, straw and a refreshing tart whiff. Peppery banana adds perfectly to the straw and toffee flavours, establishing a banana driven sweetness. Finishes soft, with even more straw and an aqueous silkness, while some spices still manage to cut through.

Refreshing, a bit thin and a bit too sweet with a well working, soothing finish.

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Photo of Todd
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy (yeast, it's okay), dirty blonde beer with a lackluster head -- white, a bit foamy, but it dies a sudden death once poured, and leaves little trace of its existence in the glass.

Mega citrus in the nose (lemon rind, orange), musty yeast and a light, spicy clove ... a dash of pepper too.

Very light-bodied, but with hard watery consistency/mouthfeel. On the malt side ... things seem to concentrate on the body, as there's very little sweetness. What is there, is thin. A light banana flavour, which kind of makes up for things. Wheat flavours are, as they should be, a bit dominant, lending a dry crispness to the beer and a slight husky tannin character. Quick lemony acidic snap, touch of sour, followed by a spicy clove flavour. Finish is a bit bland with a bready leftover and faint nutty character (probably from the yeast, too).

A traditional, and authentic example of the style. Enjoyable, but nothing to get too excited about. There are definitely better examples from Germany, or the US for that matter. Weisse fans ... worth a try for sure, this is still quite decent.

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Photo of CMW
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow. Tall white head disappears quickly and leaves nothing but a lace ring.

S - Light wheat and malt notes. The focus appears to be on the yeast and citrus flavors.

T - Quite sweet upfront with flavors of banana and citrus. Malty and yeasty through the middle. The problem I have with this beer is that this is some serious medicinal tones in the finish.

M - Light and airy body is good.

D - The medicinal flavor makes even one hard to drink. I think I will choose an Ayinger or Paulaner from now on.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale straw color with plenty of yeast haze. The head is typically enourmous for a hefe, and it lasts the entire glass. Peculiarly theres no lace at all. The aroma is fragrant wheat malt, some banana esthers and lots of lemon and other fruits. The taste is very boldly citrusy with that nice hefe banana flavor but very little clove. It seems a little unbalanced. The malt is also a little thin. The mouthfeel is medium and almost gooey, that sound crazy but I cant think of a better discription. Maybe theres tonnes of wheat malt in this or something. Overall this is an OK Hefe, though not the best one Ive tried, probably the worst one actually.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a little lighter yellow, not as hazy as some other German wheats. This one didn't have great head retention, although I'm not sure if the ceramic hefeweizen glass makes a difference. Yeast flavors big in the nose; slight spiciness, slightly full phenolic alcohols.

Flavor is more of the same, good weissbier tastes. I prefer a fuller body, would be disappointing for a hefeweizen. Polished grains, crisp and refreshing. A little clove flavor, to me it seems like a bottle conditioned lager. There's a little vanilla flavor too.

A good German blonde bier, nothing too exciting but could be good with a variety of palate-cleansing duties.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a very fizzy head that's constanly replenished by fresh bubbles streaming up. The smell is of wheat crackers. Fairly fresh smelling. The taste is dry, crisp wheat with a grainy finish. Malty but dry aftertaste. Fairly crisp but with some body to it as well. Pretty drinkable, a little thick compared to some others in the style, but fresh clean wheat tastes make it okay for a go.

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Photo of atis
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazy dark yellow with large foamy head that immediately completely disappears, no lacing. Aroma is bready yeast, clove, banana, all that can be expected in a typical Hefeweizen.

Taste is brady malt with significant amounts of fruity esters, mostly citrus, spicy yeast, clove and slowly drying finish. Mouthfeel is light with loads of carbonation and faint, but pleasant warming feel.

Nice Hefe, but there are better ones out there. It somehow reminded me of good quality Radler, there was a lemonade feel to it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy light orange, really light fizzy head for a hefe, not impressive.

S: Bubblegum, cherry, pineapple.

T: Honeydew melon, cantaloupe, banana, yeast chalk and citric-type acid form the mix of the main flavours. Strawberry makes an interesting appearance mid-palate. A unique tasting hefe for sure.

M: Tangy, mildly acidic, light-bodied, fizzy, needs more body in the style.

D: Great label that caught my eye. In the end a unique but middle of the road hefe that isn't as good as it's less pricey contemporaries.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow beer with a nice head with standard retention. Aroma is mostly comprised of wheat. Taste is very refreshing with the wheat taking a lot of place. There is a small but discernable taste of water at the end that I would have wish not to taste. Overall, this is a very refreshing wheat beer perfect for those hot summer days.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy light gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light wheat and pale malt scent along with a slightly fruity yeast aroma. It doesn't have a very intense banana scent; more of a clove smell. The taste is decent. It has a very citousy flavor that goes down easy and refeshes, but isn't exactly what I'm looking for in a hefe. It has interesting earthy finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty decent brew, but there are plenty of better ones available.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Schneider-Weisse Weizen glass.

Pours a fairly hazy pale golden colour with a pretty nice head.

Smells weizen-y - faint hops with light biscuity malts.

Tastes wholesome but not as much as you'd expect from a hefeweizen. Tangy yeast, fruity hops - lots of banana actually, balanced with mid-light malts.

Overall quite a nice beer, but I wouldn't go back to it, considering all the other, better ones on offer.

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Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy goldn yellow color with a two finger, frothy white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Spicy aroma with lots of clove and pepper along with some citrus fruit and bread. Hints of banana and lemon peel.

Crisp medium body with some soft carbonation up front followed by a huge zesty spice presence. Lots of pepper and clove flavor that is countered by a faint banana presence, bread and citrus rind. The bready yeast adds another dimension to the palate and the citrus presnce provides a sweet balance to the heavy spice character. Refreshing and easyto drink. Not the best example of the style but solid.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical in color-hazy honey. The head is however miniscule at best, and rapidly fades to nill. Some subdued banana and clove, and just a touch of sourball on the finish. A lighter, less flashy style yet, It certainly does refresh. I'd take it over most domestic interpretations of the style. The competition is fierce in this style however, and this is pretty much average all in all. Pricey too at 2.79!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - wow, i thought Ommegang Witte was pale, this is crazy pale, with a short lived thin white head, plenty of swift carbonation streams up

S - a nice wheaty, spicy aroma, very classic, slight sugary esthers as well, spices seem like coriander or nutmeg, an incredibly inviting aroma

T - a mellow wheaty aroma with nice transfer of spices from aroma to taste, the nutmeg steps up with support from the coriander, the yeast/breadiness is mellowing, creating a nice, layered blend, a marvelous taste

M&D - easy to put down, a highly drinkable beer, with a slightly fizzy nice mouthfeel, a bit thin bodied, but not to the point of being a setback

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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured some light yeast esters and a touch of wheat spice.

The taste was toward the lighter side and consisted of a light wheat ma;t and some subtle esters.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

As always with hefes, very drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap@ Armsby Abbey.

Starts.with a fluffy light 1 finger head that's fades slowly over a slight hazy orange peel wheat color.

Nose of Bavarian wheat, citrus, banana, light spices, a slight toasty malt sweetness, touch of lager crispness. Typical Bavarian hefe.

Taste is also typical, with lots of wheat, banana, citrus, some sweet malty flavors, slightly toasty and crisp lager, but not quite as crisp as i would have expected. Very slightly creamy, and a slight tingly touch. Light orange peel and light spices. Mostly typical with a slightly lighter flavor than i would expect.

Mouth is a little lighter with decent carbonation.

Finishes mostly dry with a touch of a lingering sticky sweet feel, a little banana and fruit. Some lingering creaminess as well, which detracts from what shoud be the crisp lager.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 14-02-07. Poors out of the bottle with only litle head and beers collor is lightamber brown with white haze due to the yeast. Nose is good banana even bit to the buble gum side. Maltcaracter is very mild and wheat noticable. Taste is full and even bit sweet and has quiet high bitterness for a wheat maybe with bit of yeast. Mouthfeel is due to low carbonisation bit pale but cause of that also very easy drinkable. Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of gpogo
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy straw colored body with lively carbonation. Large white head that dissipates to a cidery covering.

A- Light clove and banana aroma. A little yeast.

T- Lots of banana flavor, tastes like banana nut bread. Very light tasting. Interesting strawberry taste in the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Very refreshing on a day when you are cleaning out your car. The body is a tad on the light side.

D- Good beer for a warm day. A bit light bodied, but still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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 with a blue sash which contains the word “Weisse” in white text. Listed as “Bamberger Original” a strong hint to its proud regional identity and heritage and “Mahr’s Bräu Weisse”. Bottled on “5080” and listed at Alc. 4.9% Vol. My bottle looks just like the one in the BA Database.

Appearance: Thin watery pale milky golden body with a yellow character. Big bleached white head rises quickly and never settles to anything less than its highest peak, it does however slowly pop and fizz away which leaves behind a fantastic looking cavernous interior whose surface is full of crevices and deep pot holes. The lacing is smattered in appearance but the conditioning is wholesome if average in strength. The head eventually gives in and when it does it is quick to dissipate to a thin broken cap. Fizzy top-ups are noticeable.

Nose: Cloves and a gentle teasing of Banana, mushy peas, blue navel fluff and a wet Jock strap. Lemony endings.

Taste: Starts with a clove entrance, wheat middle and a zesty lemon, almost tart finish. Middle can develop a very artificial bubblegum dimension at times, whilst the finish is bolstered by a spicy aspect. Settles down and balances itself out overall though.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy with a soft feel. Gentle, and certainly manageable with a rather simplistic texture. Conditioning is only average but it is lively and talks itself up.

Drinkability: Typical Wheat beer, often suffers from a thin feel but it is always refreshing and very drinkable nonetheless.

Overall: Two-for-Two. I tried the Pilsner earlier which turned out to be a very enjoyable and interesting effort. This too cost me $3.99 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. I was in one of those moods for trying something so new splashed the extra Benjamin’s to pick up some of the Mahr’s brews. Not as impressive as the Pilsner but not that far behind.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

.5L bottle:

The beer poured a darker than expected, hazy golden color that produced a rocky, dense white head, which was well retained a settled into a thin cap for the duration of the beer. The beer gave off a nice wheat, bready aroma with a very unexpected sour aroma, almost like a Berliner Weiss. The taste follows the nose almost to a T. The beer had a lighter feel (as expected), and was smooth. Overall, not sure if it is misclassed or perhaps fermented with wild yeast, but the sour aroma and taste was a little unexpected, but if you get past the sourness, a decent beer for the style.

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Photo of shivtim
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head; good lacing. The nose is subtle, with mostly wheat and citrus. A surprising amount of banana comes through on the taste, making it just a bit too sweet. Mouth feel is a little thinner and less "abrupt" than most hefes, perhaps making it more drinkable. The low ABV adds to drinkability.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfocused ripe banana with sheets of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. The head is cotton white, large-bubbled, rumpled looking and nicely sticky. Thin bridges of foam run from head to glass and leave meandering strands of lace when they break. I prefer yeast-riddled hefe weizens, but this one clears within seconds of each pour. I've seen better.

The nose is well above average for the style and definitely isn't shy. It's moderately heavy on the sweetened banana esters with a complementary amount of clove spice. There's also a musky hoppiness that adds olfactory interest.

Things aren't quite so wonderful on the palate. For one thing, the beer is too sour. I don't mind a little (or even more than a little) wheaty tang, but this one is sour to the point of being lemon juice-like. Thankfully, the weizen character isn't lost, but it is wandering around and refusing to ask for directions.

A little more wheat malt would help matters. Banana isn't nearly as noticeable in the mouth as it is in the nose, so I'm going to go with a hefe weizen banan-o-meter score of 2.0/5.0. When lemon fruit fights monkey fruit for supremacy, you know the yeast strain is something less than world-class. There's isn't much clove either; further evidence of a less than kick-ass yeast strain.

I like my hefe weizen mouthfeels to be creamy above all else... and this one isn't. That's the main reason why I asked for more malt in the previous paragraph. It's light-medium for the style with no sense of expansiveness. It's saved, however, by a lightly coating finish and by an acceptable amount of carbonation.

Mahrs Brau beers, in my experience, have been uniformly good, though nowhere near great. Mahr's Weisse follows the path trod by its forebeers, although 'good' may be stretching the truth just a little. There are many, many German hefe weizens that I'd grab before this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high white head that died down but never completely disappeared.
S: There are aromas of citrus, wheat and yeast in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste has a slight amount of sweetness and flavors of bananas with hints of clove.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and quite refreshing.

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Mahr's Weisse from Mahrs-Bräu
3.66 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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