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: 183 | Ratings: 346
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First I've had of this style. Took place of a carbonated spritzy rose wine with cheese. A relatively lighterherbal grassy beer that actually followed a heavy Unibroue well and satisfied. Good hops and bitter finish for appetizers in meal. Hazy golden colour.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and malt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber color. A little on the light side in terms of color. There was some tan head but no retention or lacing.

The smell was bready and malty and sweet. The flavor was smokey. It was pretty cool. There was some hop bitterness but no taste or smell contributed. The sweetness and the smoke blended nicely. Surprisingly not much german yeast or wheat to be had in the flavor.

Medium bodied and drinkable. The smoke gave it a nice touch that made it stand out from the other german beers I tried that night.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It has a moderate amount of visible carbonation that causes lots of small suspended particles to circulate as they rise up in the stream of bubbles and fall back down near the edges of the glass, similar to a lava lamp. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The overall smell is quite malty and yeasty with notes of biscuit, crackers, grain and spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very complex. A very slight amount of bitterness is imparted by the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is remarkably complex considering it is easy to drink and not that full-bodied.

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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 brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that quickly declines to a ringlet and archipelago and leaves only the occasional shard of lace

Smell: Grainy malt aroma with a hint of herbal hops

Taste: Starts with a grainy flavor that becomes bitter and dry, in a herbacious way, after the swallow; there is a hint of caramel malt that lingers and builds throughout that counteracts the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with modest carbonation

Drinkability: Another good beer for the summer months; good crossover from the Euro lager style

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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 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 emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is about the 3rd time i've tried this beer, both tap and bottle samples. Served cold, around 40º. Label says bottled on "70 10". This bottle has been cellared a month or two, but it was from a new shipment at my local store. There's visible sediment at the bottom.

It pours into a fluted Rodenbach tumbler glass with a small amount of foam. Mostly bigger bubbles resting on a thin skim of foam. Color is a deep and foggy orange. It leaves droopy concentric rings of lace. Last pour of the dregs pushed the head up to 1/2" and gave it a dense, cloudy Hefe look.

Initial bready aroma with some yeast coming through.

Great crisp and fruity apple aftertaste. It's fairly dry for a lager, and some mild hop bitterness comes through in the aftertaste too. Light sweetness at first, it mellows into a nice buttery maltiness. It has a medium-bodied feel, shy of being robust. After pouring the dregs, the yeast and malty flavors are amped up a notch. Try it both ways, I like it with the yeast poured in.

Very easy drinker, especially with the crispness it has. I had to slow down so I could finish the review before the beer...

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Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/gold color with a foamy, white, three-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, wheat and barley.

T - It tasted very sweet. Also, a good blend of grain and malt flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a pretty good beer. It was the first I've had of this style.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a real nice hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head,aroma is dry and bready with a slight metallic note.Taste is refreshing and dry with a definant malt backbone with a decant amount of bitterness in the finish.A lager beer with some depth but very easy to drink,a nice find I will buy again sometime.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask/firken at Armsby Abbey

Fizzy 1+ finger head fades semi quickly, over clear toasty amber orange brown color.

Nose has toasty german malts, semi sweet malts, little yeasty, creamy light malts, light grassy noble hops, juicy malt.

Taste comes on malty, toasty malts, cracked straw, dry almost bready, light malty sweetness and touch creamy, nice juicy malt flavor. Hops come as well but light, light grassy noble hops, juicy hops, touch of yeast. Fairly bitter grassy hop finish, dry, light sweet malt taste.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall great, what I would expect to drink if I went to munich. Nice toasty straw malts, grassy noble hops, juicy and drinkable.

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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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Served in a signature ceramic mug, this beer poured a slightly oranged copper with a white head of indeterminable size (being in the mug as it was), which retained for a while then sank to just a thin layer of bubbles. Simple, no nonsense aroma of grains, more grains, and light herbal hops. Light tasting; grains, pils malts, light caramel, grassy, with an herbal almost tea-like hoppiness. Slightly bitter. Ligh-medium body, and very drinkable, even if not overly distinctive.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For those of you unfamiliar with the kellerbier style (as I was), Michael Jackson describes it as 'an unfiltered lager in which there is usually a high hop content and a low carbonation'. Sounds right up my alley on all counts.

Heavily dusted, dark amberish orange beneath a large cap of firmsticky, cream colored foam that picks up a faint hint of orange from the beer on which it sits. The humped and bumped, moonscape surface falls slowly and leaves a better than average amount of lace in small sheets. Subsequent pours result in a Matterhorn-like head whose lace sticks to the glass like it was pitoned to the surface.

The nose smells like grain that's been stored too long in stainless steel drums. An undertow of herbal hops is unable to save the day. The metallic nature of the aroma dissipates with time, allowing the hops to assert themselves to a greater extent, effectively bringing the score up to slightly above average.

Ungespundet-hefetrub (gesundheit!) makes a major comeback on the palate. Compared to other kellerbiers that I've had it's... well, this is my first one. The firm, heavily toasted malt backbone makes a feint towards honey sweet, but then quickly jumps aboard the dry train and rides it all the way to the station.

Mr. Jackson was right, this is a fairly hoppy beer (of the earthy-herbal variety). Snappy, crisp, bitter and clean are other adjectives that leap to mind. The mouthfeel is especially well done. It's firm and smooth with a--no surprise here--low level of carbonation.

I'm pretty pleased with my first kellerbier and I'll definitely look to try more of them now that I know what makes the style tick. This is a good one to lead off with if you're contemplating a purchase.

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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 Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore -served chilled in a pint.

Deep amber/copper with great clarity and small cream cap, visibly carbonated and no lace clings -bead is small. The smell has a earthy German lager scent -slightly mineral and light toasted notes of malt. The feel is good, medium bodied and semi-dry w/ a clean finish and moderate carbonation.

The taste is flavored by the malt which is the star of this zwickel, kind of between a Helles and Marzen this is a beer style I have only had a handful of times yet find it enjoyable everytime. It has a lot of yeast and malt synergy with dry and creamy qualities and the smoothness is delicious in a refreshing flavorful way. I recommend this to those who enjoy lagers because it is not strong, hoppy or flashy, but it is a solid beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange amber. No head and therefore no lace.

Malty sweet aroma.

Sweet but not cloy. Has a modest hop kick. Rich body with a low level of carbonation. Moderate aftertaste of caramelized sugar and alcohol.

Drinks like a thick ale not a lager.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy amber-orange with a average-sized head. The aroma is of very full-bodied toasted malts. The taste has a similar character as the aroma. Full-flavored toasted malt taste is joined by a touch of raw grain flavor. Very fresh and complex tasting. The sweet finish is a perfect capper for this beer. This is excellent stuff, very highly drinkable. I wish more brewers would take this style on.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's uncanny how much this beer looks like a hefeweizen, but it's an unfiltered lager that pours a hazed deep golden orange tone with a nice off white fluffy mountainous head that is much like a weizen's head bubbly and effervescent, lacing forms here in thick heavy patches evenly rung with each sip excellent. Aroma: Mild here but the sweet lighter malts used here give off a semi lemongrass like scent it's soothing with some balancing hops used here giving it a slightly herbal quality. Taste: Flavor has a soft sweetness bready very nice hard describe butterscotch like sweetness with some fruity tones but than it finishes witth a whopping rush of dryness immediately cleaning the palate forming that crisp lager quality, quite bitter in the end as well. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body spritzy carbonation tickles the back of the throat definitely bringing out the belches. Drinkability: I could definitely throw back some of these especially if hanging out in the Biergarten at Mahr's Brau would be good times indeed.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first of this style of beer. Pours a balanced cloudy gold with minimal head. The nose gives off a deep earthy yeast. On the mouth it is mildly acidic and heavily yeasty. It stays on your tongue for quite some time. As it warms it seems to be a bit sweeter on the tongue. Mouthfeel is thick from the body of the brew. Easily drinkable.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and pale orange in appearance, a tapioca-type head bubbles on the suface for a bit, then dwindles down...nice...

Aroma: sharp, a bit, then soft, lightly citric, a touch sour, but, again, nice.

Taste: hoppy kick in this, fullish body, solid mouthfeel, yeasty, yummy. Clean. Citric taste. A bit herbal. Zesty, and easy to drink. Quenchable, indeed.

I like this. Very tossable, yet with plenty of taste to marvel at, though not amazing, by any means. I tend not to pick up expensive imported bottled beers, except for reasons of examination, the old trial and error, but if you want to try a zwickel, you won't err with this example.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and fruity, pale malt scent with a lager yeast aroma. It has a slightly tart and breadlike smell. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes fruity and slightly metallic. I love the taste of this beer. It has a sweet palate. They must be using Munich malts to add the extra color and maltiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is one tastey beer. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden, slightly dark yellow, with a small, fizzy tight head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells pretty bready, with some slight fruity lager yeast characteristics, and a bit of sweet grassy hops.

This isn't the most complex beer- but then again, neither is the style. It does have the gulpability factor- every time you take a drink, you come back to gulp more down really quickly. It's got delicious bready malt flavors, some grass, some slight skunk, a bit of fruity yeast, and just deliciousness all around.

This is light bodied, and exceedingly drinkable. There's a medium level of carbonation, and a bready mouthfeel.

One of the best kellerbiers that I've had. Awesome.

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