Mahr's Ungespundet-hefetrüb | Mahrs-Bräu

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Mahr's Ungespundet-hefetrübMahr's Ungespundet-hefetrüb

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Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of wadecats
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Germans do it like no other. The unfiltered/unbunged aspect of this beer makes this so so drinkable and fresh. A lovely amber color of faintly bloody urine with a tight and healthy off white head.
Fruity and light spice smells come through. The yeast/bacteria smell is prominent and unique to the style, long lasting through out the temperatures in the glass each pour.
The carbonation is subtle in the mouth - beer goes down so smooth and with a very creamy mouthfeel - light to moderate bitterness initially and minimal bitterness lingering.

Overall so quenching for the higher alcohol content

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Photo of inebrius
4.87/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ungespundet is old, history. Cavemen brewing in wood coined the term. There is no sense of heavy hand or puppetry plaguing this brew. It's as natural as a fenceline of berries.

Extreme beer brewers should take note.

As I should note the minimum characters required for a proper review.

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Photo of jdlarkins
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's the wood that makes it good. I've had this beer in bottle form here in the states; and when not too old it's solid. the pub in Bamberg, from the wood, only after 3:00's one of the best drinks in the world. I challenge all the "ale-hop heads" to have this from the wooden cask, gravity poured and very fresh and to not say that lager beer can't be exquisite.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On gravity at the Avenue. Pours cloudy straw yellow with a billowing, rocky white head that lasts. Smells of full, grainy pilsner malt, backed up by strong, grassy aromatic hops. Slightly sweet, grainy taste with some wet straw character. The light hop bitterness is more than ample to dry this one out completely. Medium-full body with lower carbonation. This is a favorite of mind--always good, but best when it's super fresh, particularly on cask.

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Photo of wschmit
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle? into a stein.

A: Quite hazy, lovely bronze body with a thin but creamy head. Plenty of fine haze, and a bit of carbonation.

S: Clean lager notes, with a really fine, light malt presence and just a bit of oxidation. Some mild hops, but not much. For me, this nose typifies the style.

T: Malty, smooth, and straightforward. Some very mild bittering at the end. Almost honey-like, at times.

M: Pretty chewy body for a lager of this size, but pleasantly so. Moderate alcohol level is completely masked.

O: I've had this beer a number of times on tap, and adore it. One of my favorite all-night drinkers. Waiting to stumble on a bottle to review it, as I don't like to review at bars. This sets the mark for the style.

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Photo of boddhitree
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Nice dirty white head that dissipates relatively quickly. The color is amber and golden. I see absolutely no Trübheit (cloudiness) to se at all... I can see a decent amount protein haze at the end of the bottle, but not much Hefetrüb as my home-brews can be.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of Pils malts, but it became less and less over a 10 minute period. At first impressive but strange that it waned.

Flavor: The first taste in front is a little bitter but a also a decent amount of tartness. It's not sour but tart the way a lemon is, but without the lemon flavors and sourness. The middle has more bitterness. On the sides you get the first bit of sweetness of malts. It's very bready but tart at the same time. In the back it's the same, lots of bready, mainly caramel Münchner malt. If it weren't for the ever present tartness, which is even present in the aftertaste. It's a lot like a Märzen with sweet caramel, but there's also lots of bready Pils flavor, but what makes this beer unique is the overarching tartness that follows your taste buds from beginning to finish of your mouth. It's a wonderful complexity of flavor that no Pils, Märzen nor most Kellerbier has. The background also has a distinct yeastiness and perhaps a little dactyl. Is the tartness may come from leaving the bung off, allowing wild yeast to finish off the beer? That would also explain the dryness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick, a little above average creamy thickness. It's not the thickest I've had but it's pretty close. Also, it's quite dry,... so thick and dry at the same time makes its feel like an even thicker mouthfeel.

Overall, a very unique beer. a 4.8/5

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Photo of smakawhat
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap into a large tumbler at Churchkey DC.

Deep apricot orange body, with some great lemon highlights. Slow rising and long streams of thin carbonation. Lots of ring lacing while drinking, topped with a creamy egg white looking one finger head. Very nice looking brew if a little cloudy.

The nose just hits with thick deep bread yeast. Ripped up malt and chewy dough balls and hints of faint lemon. Dense dense DENSE. Complimenting spicy herbal notes which are soft accent this wonderful bready body.

Palate just fills with huge malts and doughy goodness. THick breaded action, and this unbelievably creamy mouthfeel. I've never had a lager this creamy in my entire life. Slight herbal spicy finish that just wants to peak out over this hot bread, with a mellow hop juicy quality to match.

Love Love love this beer, easily my favorite Keller I've had to date.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours hazy gold-amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like rich golden grains, sweet toasted bready honey malts, some ripe apple, pear, grapes, with funky floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like rich caramelized grains, sweet toasted bread crust, honey malts, some ripe apple, pear, grape skin, with floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice kellerbier.

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Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I believe this is my first Keller/Zwickel Bier! I've been waiting a long time to try this style and specifically this beer!

A: Very cloudy, honey. Beautiful beer. Big, fluffy, pillowy head that settles into mounds of off-white foam.

S: Yeast, fruit, hay, grass, toasted malt. A hearty bouquet of German goodness.

T: Unique but delicious flavors. Part fruit, part yeast, part malt, with a bit of sweetness and funk even. Sometimes these German lagers have a bite or a distinct finish that makes them taste and feel German, regardless of the style. But this is missing that, which I like. It's just smooth and full of great qualities.

M: Creamy is an understatement. Great body. Unique mouthfeel. This is what the lagers of old probably felt like. Thick, rich, full-bodied, and full of yeast and vitamins!

O: I had high expectations for this style and this beer for unknown reasons. Just kinda knew it would be good. And I was not disappointed! An enjoyable and special drinking experience. Hope to one day try this style in Germany!

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Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a golden hazy orange color with a fluffy head.

The aroma has some cracker bready malt, but dominated by sweet sweet honey and floral hops.

The flavor follows with a punch of pure honey tea sweetness in the front. It lingers with some cracker malt, and then turns into this bright floral grassy hop. This beer really shows off the wonderful characteristics of noble hops. The floral and honey characteristics combine so perfectly together.

It's a full flavored beer, but quite smooth and light to medium bodied. Super drinkable and something I could drink over and over again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahr's Kellerbier might possibly be the best beer out of their line-up! It pours a typical kellerbier appearance with a cloudy golden-orange body beneath a huge head of frothy white foam. The head retention is excellent and it leaves brilliant rings of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose delivers a brilliant combination of grainy malt and floral, herbal, grassy, and hay-like hops! The body is medium, and it's very fine-bubbled carbonation gives a gentle zest to the tongue before fading smoothly away. The flavor is really nicely balanced with rich, grainy and bready malt slathered in herbal, grassy hops; backed by a solid bitterness. It's a little bit more malty than many examples, and that gives it an edge; yet it still manages to finish dry and hoppy with a lingering dulled bitterness. It's an excellent German pils with it's bitterness permeating every nuance of its flavor without becoming overbearing. Brilliant!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden orange-ish color with a moderate beige head, good carbonation, and sporadic lace. Big perfumey hop aroma. Spicy earthy hop pilsner flavor (Northern Brewer and Hallertau). Light-medium bodied (leans med) and smooth with a dry finish.

Per M.J. notes: 12.5 P (1050), 20 EBC (color), 36 IBU.

Best Before: 03/13/00
Tasted: 05/11/03

(11.2 oz bottle)

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Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt gold-colored clarity elevates a noseful of butter aromas so intense I think I'm drinking an English beer. Structural aromas of plum and peach pit-like arsenic bitterness alternate with toasted almond. Little pulpy chunks of roasted stone fruit join the fun. There is a bitter flavor beyond that of mere hop-extracted bitterness. It is the bitterness of oilseed, partially burnt. This deep hole of bitterness is surrounded by gushing, opulent butter and scorched starch flavors and textures. Assertive, minerally fizz buries any threat of sweetness. What a battle! It smells sweet, greasy and displays over-ripe, fleshy fruits, yet finishes dry as a bone.

This is like a British ale without the florid, expressive fruitiness of an ale.

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Photo of itomek
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy, small head, thin lacing. Intentionally low carbonation. Fine bubbles. Floral spicy taste. Elaine at DeWildeman pointed out the diacetyl in this beer, which to me was so nicely tucked into the spicy noble hops flavor, that I wouldn't have noticed it late in the sip. Relatively absent of yeast flavors. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing hazy burnt orange color with decent head. Aroma is full of caramel with some mild floral elements. Taste is very balanced, full of malt, hop bitterness and some honey/bubblegum in the aftertaste. Medium body and very drinkable. This is an excellent example of a Kellerbier.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe! Actually, double thanks as this will be my first tasting of the style!

A nice hazy orange gold colour qith a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is all bread malty and fruity...I'm getting some lemon citrus and now, some caramel malt. Nice nose.

The taste is delish. Lots of bread with some sweet malt thrown in and earthy and light citrus hop goodness. Man, this is tasting very good to me and I'm having a hard time putting the glass down.

The mouthfeel just sneaks over into medium, the carbonation is on the light side, and it finishes with a nice mild blend of bitterness and tartness. Very pleasing aftertaste to boot.

Head retention turns out to be good with a fine broken layer that lasted the entire session and the lacing isn't too shabby either.

Bottom line: What a wonderful brew I just finished. It sure makes me want to try some more of the style as this one has everything going for it, including drinkability. Thanks again, Joe!!

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- I first tried this beer on tap at the blind tiger, and I tracked it down for the store I work for....The bottle is very classy looking...the beer pours a hazy dark golden amber color, light visible carbonation, and thin bubbly white head, almost no retention, but a decent amount of lingering bubbles.
S-Light musky hops, dank, and plant like....I wonder if the beer gains any of this from the exposed being matured while exposed to the air....caramel malt backbone, not unlike Oktoberfest beers.
T-Upfront bitterness, slightly resiny, and long lasting...again caramel malts give the beer a really round feel, for extremely easy drinking.
M/D- Light, but almost medium bodied....easy to drink easy to drink as a session beer....I imagine this will be a beer I pick up on occasion throughout the summer.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A decanted pour reveals a deep golden beer with a hint of amber and a moderately tall head that sticks around for a minute and then settles down to a fine layer. Swirling rouses it up to finger-tall again.

Aroma is forceful yet pleasant- very bready and creamy with accents of grass, apricots, caramel and lime peel. There is some real depth there and it lasts throughout the glass.

The yeasty/bready character dominates the palate, with the caramel and fruit coming on in the finish followed by a touch of hops. The mouthfeel is moderately full with just enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

This is a wonderful beer that gives you two different experiences ( the bulk of this review was done decanted for a baseline approach) - it is incredibly well rounded and complex but really comes alive at the end when you pour the yeast into the glass. I assuredly advise you to do so.

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Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Pale amber in the stein, it's topped by a finger of white froth. The body is cloudy and turbid, signature of the style. The suspended yeast brings out a light fruity scent reminiscent of stonefruit. There's a pale malt backbone, a touch of toast and herbal hops. It's nicely balanced on the palate, crisp crackery malt at the forefront with spicy, herbal hops and mild fruity yeast flavors lending subtle complexity. The finish is dry, herbal, mildly peppery and bitter. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Stillyman11
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

had this fresh in Amsterdam

perfect Amber color and two finger white head, lacing all the way down the glass, clean lager taste and aroma with a hint of caramel from the malt. A fantastic lager I could drink all day.

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 07/10 that's pretty fresh compared to most German beers I see around here.

Pours somewhat hazed & effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & minimal lacing

S: Caramel, breadyness, fruittyness & grainyness

T: Bready with toffee & honey notes up front. Dryness, a touch of grainyness & a bit of a apple fruittyness, some peppery hops surface as this warms. Finishes with a bit of toffee, a touch of husky grainyness, some fruittyness, lemony & orangey hops & some caramel dryness. This almost pulled a 5, but the hops & yeasty character were a bit more muted than they should be

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & very good balance

Very drinkable as is this style. How I missed this one when I was in Germany is beyond me. A very good keller!

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Photo of lehkost
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have always loved Kellerbier, but finding it in the States has always been probably always will be.

The only Kellerbier I've had stateside is this one, once in the bottle about a year ago, and now on draft.

In my past experience, the Kellerbiers I've had on draft in Europe (mainly Austria) had a dry, slightly hoppy finish of a pilsner, but I think that this may have been due to local taste rather than representing the style as a whole.

All that aside, this beer, ignoring the fact that it is unfiltered, has the flavor profile of a very mild lager, with more malt and less hops than a Munich helles, which makes it a very drinkable, while not crisp, lager.

The beer has a beautiful golden hazy appearance with pale malt on the nose and very little finish to the taste. I feel that this beer is an exemplary example of its style, while not necessarily the most exciting thing I've ever drunk.

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Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24. Served from a cask/firken.

A - Poured into a stein a hazy, honey colour with a one finger head that left nice side lacing.

S - Nice malts and honey aromas. Light toasty notes as well as faint grassy ones. Nice german spices.

T - Really tasty. Good sweet German malts, smooth carmel and honey with just a slight juicey bitterness.

M - Smooth, creamy, light carbonation thanks to the cask.

O - Loved it. Not the German I wanted to try that night, but th eonly one being tapped I went for it. Completely shocked at how much I liked it. As JLindros said, something I expect to be drinking in Munich.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

You'll have to get aggressive with the pour for desired results. Loose, off white head that settles to an outer ring. Sliding lace. Cloudy unfiltered looking copper body with an orange glow at the edges.

Smells like fresh rhubarb and toast. Very smooth and easy to drink. This leans towards the malt bill but definitely enough hops to keep it in check. Infact as it warms a bit the hops tend to stand up and get noticed more. Finishes suprisingly fairly dry.

Notes: This is worth hunting down. Both sides of this brew are well put together.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a dense rocky white head. Aromas of caramelized malt and dusty rocks and dirt with a little metallic whiff. Flavors of caramelized malt - rich sweet malt, and a tiny yeast bite with some faint earthy hops. I was all over this beer. Smooth medium body and a killer balanced finish with lightly toasty caramel malt. I came back to the bar the next day and was pissed off that it was tapped out so soon.

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