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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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Reviews: 181 | Ratings: 341
Photo of kojevergas
1.68/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Served on-draught into a .5L bierkrug in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany. Cost was 2.30 euro. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were average.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, nice thickness, and below average retention. Colour is a hazy copper/light caramel.

Sm: Musty. Bacteria. Not great, but of moderate strength.

T: Very lacking. Simple. Dirty straw and sort of a ruined nut tone. A bit barrelly and woody in a bad way. Musty. Almost a bit watery in the middle. Imbalanced and poorly built. The finish is almost metallic. Bleh.

Mf: Sort of sharp on the climax, but otherwise smooth and wet. Far too thick and lumpy, but not syrupy. Feels awkward with the flavours it's meant to support.

Dr: Not a good beer to drink once, let alone repeatedly. Feels very oxidized and downright wrong. The dirty aftertaste makes me cough a bit at times. It's affordable but avoidable.

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Photo of WhiteOak
2.01/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Light copper color. Minimal head & lacing.

S- The smell was sour, with a bus-bucket funk.

T- The only defined "flavor" was a sour and soapy, in fact I was given the very strong impression that the cask was filled with soapy water and then never rinsed before being filled with beer.

M, D- Average mouthfeel, but the off-flavor completely devastated any drinkability.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.15/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer was an interesting one, but ultimately I found it to be unsatisfying. Poured from 1 500ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- A orangey copper, very nice presentation. Moderate head followed by minimal lacing. Still, the color of this beer is very nice, almost glowing.

S- The smell was off-putting. Sour, funky, not in a good way. I was turned off at the barnyard funk, which was probably the last aroma I expected out of this one. Hmm.

T- Much better than the nose, but that's not saying much. This beer had a copper taste that came out more and more as the beer went down. Other than that? Not much to go on here. Very underwhelming. Not really offensive, but no flavors really either. An earthy, copper flavor totally sucks out what little other flavor there is by the end of the glass.

M- Smooth, although the copper taste got to me after a while. Glad I split this with my roommate, I could not have finished this entire bottle.

D- Moderate to low. I was OK through the first third, although a bit confused, and I liked it less and less as I progressed. I will never buy this beer again and can't recommend you buy it either.

Perhaps a bad bottle? No dates to be found, and carbonation was solid, so I think I just don't like this beer. My advice- stay away.

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Photo of reddomino
2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy amber color with a fluffy white head. A little light in color for the style, but pretty to look at. Smelled of biscuity malts and fresh backed bread. Hint of spice and citrusy hop in the background, orange peel especially. Strange sour taste hits right off the bat. Tastes of grain, strong, sweet malt and a kind of wet paper bag aftertaste. The rough palate smooths out a little as the beer warms, but it is still a far cry from what is expected after inhaling it's sweet aroma. Medium bodied with carbonation that is spot on for the style, this would be a good beer if it tasted anything like it smelled.

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Photo of zythus
2.74/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours from 1 pt .9 Fl.oz brown bottle into a large pint glass giving no head.

Color is hazy-honey with reddish hues. Noticeable floating sediment.

Smell is bready with floral notes. Smell is so good that I unwittingly wet the tip of my nose.

Taste is not as delightful as the nose suggests. The label says this beer was bottled on "7010". Not sure what this means, but I would not be surprised if this beer has gone bad. Slightly sour and astringent (in a bad way). Not much there to report.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin.

Am disappointed with this beer, and I allow for the possibility that this is simply a bad bottle. Bought it out of curiosity. If I buy again, it will not be from the same place.

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Photo of jmhart
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap from the Mahr Brauerei

Golden straw, slightly cloudy appearnce. One finger head that persisted.

Bready with hints of straw on the nose. Mixture of leafy and floral hops.

Farily malty, kind of funky followed up by kind of a lime type citrus flavor. The earthy hops and sourness of the citrus didn't mess well in my opinion.

Moderate texture. Not too much body, but enough to support the flavors. Fairly high level of carbonation.

The mix of sour with earthy hops didn't sit well with me. It was a bit stiff to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Described by Marrikka's Bierstube as an unfiltered lager. The beer pours a 'more hazy than expected' golden / straw color with low-lying carbonation, and thick head formation and good staying power. All in all, a dull rusty appearance. Aromas of English Pale Ale fruitiness hits upfront with a soft herbal hop character. Solid pilsner malt sweetness along with hints of caramelized malts, and a deep barley richness came across not very lager-like. Flavors of rich malt blends set the stage for over-ripened apples, peaches, apricots, and oranges give complexity usually seen in those aged English beers. The low carbonation gives a sense of cask-conditioning with a soft, heavy texture. Lightly oily and flat late. Finishes with lingering malt and fruit flavor, showing hints of corn and grain if the aftertaste. Quite bohemian and traditional albeit on the diry side. This was a 'buy-once' beer for me; glad I tried it, but unlikely to try again.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

.5 l bottle from Whole Foods, Chicago. Pours a nice yellowish head, like an whipped egg. Head sure sticks around and adds to a heady hop aroma. In fact, hops are the first thing I taste, almost roaming into APA territory, rather than floweriness of a pilsener. Body is pale as any lager, but its malts have a nice toasty quality. Thought it was pretty clear for an unfiltered beer. Towards the end, though, the cheese and wet peanut shell smell of old lager yeast comes in. Well, the bottle was seven months old, probably past its shelf life, and they did seem to brew it to compensate for that possibility.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle date: 5080, no idea what that means.

Pours hazy, pale gold with a slight orange hue.
White head of medium density and moderate height recedes quickly, leaving a few delinquent dots of foam.
Nose is a bit cardboardy with dried buiscuits, bread ends, and a hint of orange pith.
A slight peppery note follows through with light honey undertones.
Light to medium bodied, with mild carbonation and dryingly crisp.
A hint of tartness is reminiscent of a hefe.
Pallet is thinnish, watery, and borderline stale.
Some mild bready malts with a peppery yeast bite forefront, but this brew is showing it's age with more wet paper and dry pretzels.
Finishes dry, a bit tart, and oxidized.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger, white head that fades slowly leaving some lacing. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts with a mix of hops and sourness with hints of yeast, finish is crisp. $2.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Bottled in March 2005.

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Photo of jonb5
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle, poured a large head, amber colour, clear. Aroma started malty with a hint of citrus but got more hoppy. Corky taste, was more bitter than others Keller/Zwickels. Had a roasted malty finish. Didn't think it was overly smooth. Nice, well made but better on tap.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden, orange beer with a small head and some yeast flakes in it. When I pour the rest of the beer in my glass, the beer gets murky.

Smell is typical German pilsner style, malty with some sulfur whiffs. The hops give the beer a flowery smell.

Taste leans strongly on the malt, which is pretty heavy and upfront. Body is full. There is very little bitterness in the beer, which is strange for a German beer. Usually they have more bitterness and/or hoppiness in it. Aftertaste is dry and sulfuric malty.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mahr’s Bräu Ungespundet hefetrüb has an extremely lively, thick, off-white head, a hazy, sediment-filled, orange-gold appearance, numerous, fierce bubble streams, and fairly heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong, bready, malt, cream cheese, slightly-turned milk, and iron-laced dirt. The taste is the same, with that overriding iron-dirt aspect. Bitterness is pretty low. Mouthfeel is light to medium and slimy. This beer finishes wet, turned, and strange. Overall, for those who enjoy ironized soiled, it should be a winner.


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Photo of donnebaby
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big light bubble top over a mostly opaque dark orange. Light, sweet malts and lots of yeast. Sharp, full-mouth carbonation and watery taste. Some malt sweetness and wheat character and an unrefined, dirty hop bitterness. Not all that balanced or flavorful; pretty boring. Probably excellent with food I'd imagine, however. A good-looking swill.

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Photo of qchic
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rich copper color. Aroma and flavor reminds me of a floral, perfumey Magic Hat #9, but worthy of more respect than that. Apricot is apparent (and unfortunately not my favorite flavor in beer). A little more sweetness than I like, but good to explore a style outside of the norm for these parts.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1pt 9oz. bottle

Musty shoe leather smell with a slightly hazy peach colored look. White airy head. Upfront it is slightly bitter then this is followed by a slightly sweet burnt malt taste. Medium mouth but limited smoothness. Slight touch of hop bitterness in the finish with a dry tip of the tongue. Not bad but just ok.

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Photo of capra12
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at The Gingerman NYC on Gravity Cask from notes taken that night.

Appearance: Light and slightly cloudy yellow with no head

Smell: Wheat and yeasty, almost pilsner like withe a hint of sourness.

Taste: Opens slightly malty and earthy citrus as a mild bittering hoppy profile comes into play as a wheat and slightly sour profile finishes off the sip leaving a mily hoppy and pilsner like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and slightly coarse

Drinkability: I wouldnt have this again but I recommend this to someone who enjoys a light open of wheat and bittering hops toward the middle end with a pilsner like aftertaste.

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Photo of Irrigate
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A very interesting offering from Bamberg.
Pours a hazy honey color I can hardly see through. Smells like wheat bread with a touch of honey. The primary flavor I taste is citrus: grapefruit and lemon. Body is between light and medium. Refreshing and good for you!

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Photo of yen157
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy, slightly off-white head that hung in there the entire time and left great lace on the glass as the level fell. Hazy light orange in body. Fragrant from hops, surprisingly so considering how this beer had to travel to my living room. Mild malt and some fruity notes from the yeast or malt (or both) join in. Thinnish malt had no chance against the sharp hops. It’s not too bitter at all, but “sharp” refers to a citrus, almost lemony, rind bite that makes the finish snap and the mouth beg for another sip. Not overly carbonated, good mouthfeel verges on creamy as I finish my notes 10 minutes into the beer.

Good, but that almost-tart quality builds over time.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hadn't had an "ooo"-bier in a while; 1998 at the Mahrs pub, to be exact. The locals refer to the Ungespundetes as an "ooo". This one has a bright golden color, with lots of particulate hovering around within (and I haven't even gotten to the yeasties in the bottle yet). Head was white and verrry thin, and is practically gone in a matter of moments. Nose was not overly strong, but did give off traces of some bready malt and a touch of yeastiness. The body almost bordered on medium, yet not quite there. And the carbonation produced a slight bit of roughness on the tongue. Bready, cracker-like malt lead off the flavor profile, with some mild, fruity hop characteristics lending themselves to the mix. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, yet short-lived. The bottled-version here does not distinguish itself too highly. I'd like to get back to Mahrs to try it again "vom Fass", while knowing better what I'm looking for in a bier. Prosit!

overall: 3.45
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3


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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught in Rome during December 2013.

Pours a misty golden colour with an off-white head.

Fruity and sharp with a slight sour tartness in the nose and taste, a bit 'fizzy' and yeasty also.

I found it interesting and different: a little dry in the finish and with a hop focus that hid the malts fairly well it was refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 07 05. Served at just over fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass. Lots of sediment nestled at the bottom of this one.

Appearance- Pours a light honey gold, supporting a barely inch-thick head. Thin. After adding the yeast we get some cloudiness and a more substantial crown. It completely dissipates afer a half hour.

Smell- Peppery, Saaz-like zippy hop nose... almost Belgian-like. Perfume and roses come to mind. Spicy, grassy notes that resemble a saison.

Taste- Some light phenols, sweetness, a nice peppery hop bitterness in the finish. Swirling the sediment in brings better body and balance, albeit with very little malt character. Extremely peppery, lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Watery and thin in the beginning, but this improves with the yeast addition. Prickly carbonation without much follow through. Easy, but not that interesting.

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Photo of frazbri
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Mahr's Brau Ungespundet Hefetrub poured clear and golden topped by an off-white head that started tall, but collapsed quickly. (when I poured the remainder of the bottle, the yeast clouded the formerly clear beer) Aroma of peanut shells; woody with a hint of citrus zest. Flavor of straw, with a hint of grapefruit. Woody with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel marked by effervescent carbonation, medium/full body and dryness.

I didn't know what exactly to expect out of this bier. I expected more smoke from a Bamburg Brewery. What I got was a lot of woody notes in flavor and aroma. It was a decent brew, but I would of been happy about 9 ounces sooner.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce) standard looking tall thin bodied brown glass bottle. Regal looking label is a classic Teutonic style. The main label, neck label and crown cap all have the same red, gold, cream and black Mahr’s Bräu design. Listed as “Bamberger Original” a strong hint to its proud regional identity and heritage. “Mahr’s Bräu Ungespundet – Lager hefetrüb” is below this is Germanic red text. Bottled on “5080” and listed at Alc. 5.2% Vol. My bottle looks just like the one in the BA Database.

Appearance: Marmalade orange with a Golden Shred body which exhibits a feint milky haze. Soft white head never pushes more than ½” thick, and relaxes quickly to a thin but uniform cap that thickens at the meniscus halo. Average conditioning seems to be formed of larger than usual sized bubbles.

Nose: “Out to Lunch”. “Nothing here to see, or smell, move along”, you get my drift? I am not sure what happened here but the nose seemed utterly devoid of any character. I literally get nothing – has *my* nose broken down I wonder? Maybe!!

Taste: Golden grain with a grassy hop like bitterness. Bread sticks and whole meal Ryvitas add some background. Hints of yeast, cold tea and some sweet malts are replaced by a distinct lemon acidity mixed with yet more cold tea long after the swallow and into the lingering finish. Clean but never wanting.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is chunky and the feel is wholesome. Fulfilling depth and a satisfying, almost filling finish.

Drinkability: Somehow this one just disappeared, I am cognizant of the fact that it may very well be that this was partially attributable to the fact that this was the first of the evening, but even so, I find it a brew that taxes little and rewards where needed.

Overall: The Third of Six Mahr’s Brau beers that each cost me $3.99 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. The earlier two appeared to offer above average results and this one was no exception. Let down by the flaccid nose and dying appearance at times, but apart from that it is a clean drinker that offered more than most.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a honey brown color that is gradiantly dark to light from top to bottom. The head has bubbles that vary like a cream ale.

Smell: At first, you get orange grinds and apricot, then your nose also picks up wheat notes.

Taste: This is a pretty aggresively dry beer. It starts feeling forward and crisp, pinpointing dry bitter tastes to various spots on the tongue. After I let it sit for a bit, the beer became flat tasting and the extra dry after taste seemed to go on even longer.

Mouthfeel: The body was very balanced. It seemed to fill the mouth generously.

Drinkability: I'm left feeling like this beer was a good one to try, and certainly a unique experience, but not one I would repeat often.

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