Kellerbier Ungespundet-Lager hefetrüb | Mahr's Bräu

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Brewed by:
Mahr's Bräu
Germany
mahrs.de

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 03-30-2002

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Reviews:
186
Ratings:
349
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottle date

Look - Pours burnt orange with a good sized head that dissipates fairly quickly. Hazy, but not super hazy. Once the head subsides the left over bubbles become very uniform and very small. 4 paws.

Smell - Slightly spicy, yeasty, almost like a hefe but without the banana clove phenols. Biscuit, bread, slightly musty. A touch of sweetness. 4.25 paws.

Taste - Slight hop bitterness up front, that fades to give way to a bready malt character. There is a richness provided by the yeast as well. 4.25 paws.

Feel - Velvety smooth, almost chewy. Very little tingle, what is there is mostly on the back of the tongue. 4.25 paws.

Overall - This is my first kellerbier (other than Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis). I wasn't thrilled with the beer when I first sampled it, but it is definitely growing on me as I progress through the tasting. This would make a great hot weather beer, and if you like hefe's but are looking for something a little different this might be up your alley. 4 paws.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color with a white head that sticks around. Slightly cloudy, and within the style guidelines. Unfiltered and I would assume aged in cave like conditions.

The aroma is funky, including noble hops, lemon, malts, grass, and tea. The taste starts off with a wall of bitterness upfront, giving way to a slight tartness. Plenty of malt and yeast notes, bready, with some lemon tartness pulling through as well. Solid herbal hop flavor lingers on with repeated sips, surely adding to the citrus flavor going on here.

Full bodied lager beer with a medium to high carbonation level, very nice and prickly on the palate. The finish is slightly dry, crisp and rather clean. Drinkable as any lager out there, this was easy to down the 1 pint .9 oz bottle.

Overall, this is a lovely beer, and one that certainly enforces the great beer reputation of Germany. I've had plenty of Kellerbier in the states and nothing has gotten me as excited about the style as this one. If I had a cave in my backyard you know damn well what I'd be doing, only difference is mine wouldn't taste this good. This is impressive stuff from Mahrs-Brau.

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lively head that recedes quickly. Pours a cloudy orange.
The nose is grains, toast, floral hops.
Tastes like tart lemon is very pronounced, some toast. floral hops come through at the end with some grass notes as well.
Mouthfeel is med-light, with high carbonation
Overall: this is my first kellerbier, and im glad to have tried this unique style. The beer is refreshing and drinkable with a nice combination of flavors.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden seethru body that has good, fizzy head that dies quick with little lace patches. The aroma is typical of pils malt and grain with some yeast notes mixed in. Beer is smooth, light, crisp, and has a great balance of hops, grainy/bready malts, mild fruit sweetness like pear or tropical fruit and also a bit of spice. Pretty good and complex beer that is easily drunk and quite deceptive.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this again on 2016-07-11 in Columbia, PA from a .5-liter bottle

A - Lightly or very hazy depending on how much of the sediment you pour into the glass. 1.5-finger off-white head and mild lace.

S - Fresh bread, caramel, orange, honey, floral. Very nice.

T - Candied orange, caramel, light-medium roasted grain, grass/herbal spice and the perfect amount of light-balancing bitterness. Delicious.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy, smooth and rich.

O - A wonderful brew; not too unlike the Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier released in the Spring of 2016 although this leans a bit more to the orange citrus side and doesn't have the grape undertones of the 1516.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml to mug.

Appearance - Copper-orange color with some haze., White head starts at a couple fingers, ends as a swirly cap and thick ring.

Smell - Grainy malts, bread crusts, toasty malts, some pale malt toffee-like sweetness, light herbal and fruity hop. Kinda straight-up lager but nice, no real off-flavors or adjunct noticeable.

Taste - Great mix of toasty, grainy, sweet caramel malt. Very clean taste. A decent hop fix of herbal/grassy/spicy. Finish of buttery crackers and light fruity tones.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and malty, somewhat big feeling but great body, crisp, medium carbonation.

Overall - Probably one of the best straight-up lagers I've ever had, very clean, great flavors and body, little hop bite. Freshness may be imperative for this kind of goodness.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. I love a good kellerbier, so I'm always a little on the hunt for more.

Pours a pleasantly hazed golden colour: not as cloudy as some, but definitely unapologetically unfiltered. Head forms a fine crest of white that is a little disappointing in that it settles down quickly, and doesn't sustain any lace. Carbonation is fine, and it looks as though there's a little weight to the body. Looks decent.

Nose is also fairly good. Muted leafy hop characters blend with a distinct husky grain note which makes the beer feel quite raw and organic. There's a touch too much sweetness to my mind: beyond the sweetness of the grain there's a suggestion of honey. But mostly it's fairly clear and pleasant. Quite good.

Taste is also pretty solid. The structure is mostly bready malts with husk overtones leaving a little bran and flour dankness on the palate. Hops are a little muted, although there is a touch of that slightly phenolic or astringent bite on the back that you only seem to get in a keller and not in a pils. There's a touch of the sweetness from the nose, but the bite on the back manages to deal with it fairly effectively.

Feel is smooth, perhaps a bit heavy without the hop character to create some crispness on the back.

Overall: it's fine. It's decent. It's a reasonably well crafted beer. But a keller can be truly great, and this misses some of the aspects that can do it.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Thirtybird (thanks Rian) served in a willibecker at 53 degrees. 09.06.14 indicated on the back label. Pours a dull, orange-gold with a semi-hazy clarity and a four inch, voluminous, off-white head. Head exhibits excellent retention and there are thick, textured bands of lacing present during the tasting. Great nose - grassy, lager yeast, faint light fruit towards the back, pilsener malt throughout and a trace of noble hops. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also a light, lemony presence towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, lively carbonation and a clean finish. Overall, a great beer. Simple, yet well done and highly drinkable. One of the few places I didn't get to visit while in Bamberg, so I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of tmzl
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with huge, thick, white (very light orange hue), solid, rocky head. Quite a sight. Slow, good retention, leaves a very thick, medium sized layer on top, fair amount of sticky lacing through. Clear golden orange with slightly messy pale haze.

Smell: Fresh noble hops - classical pilsner, delightfully aromatic. Grainy, pale malts with some melanoidins. Some very light lemony sourness.

Taste: Light/medium good and solid malt backbone sweetness, reminds to some extent to weizen characteristics with some melanoidins. Light sour lemon notes continue and ends with light grainy/münich sweetness and light to medium noble hop bitterness. Does everything right.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, crisp, fresh enough, easy to drink fast.

Overall: Impressive, well crafted beer. Was expecting something dense and fatter, but got a crisp pilsner with good package of malt character, perfect to drench your thirst.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
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 boddhitree
4.79/5  rDev +21%
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 +18.4%
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 Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
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, golden-orange...like 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 RonaldTheriot
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

RJT

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Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
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 popery
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber gold color. Glowy. It's quite hazy from all that yeast, I assume. Yellowish white head. Puffs up nicely at first. Some lacing, decent retention. The aroma is all sweet, fresh grain. It smells like high quality malt. Not an off note to be found. Just light doughy flavors with a floral hop background. The taste is similar. There's a wonderful, bready malt flavor and a bit more hops than come across in the aroma. It's a bit drier than expected. It's got a good amount of sweet malt flavor, but it pretty much dries out by the finish, and the beer finishes clean and pretty crisp. Nice floral, grassy hop flavor throughout the taste. Some light fruitiness - apples, apricots, pears - but it really tastes more like straight, clean grain. Lots of flavor for the abv. Light mouthfeel but the flavor still fills out the palate. Carbonation seems a bit low, which probably helps with that creamy yet light feel. Very refreshing and easy to drink. I grabbed this bottle before it even hit the shelf - came off the truck at a local store two days ago - so it's pretty much as fresh as I'm going to find it around here, and it definitely shows. I'd love for more American breweries to produce beers like this. It's right and light, and there's not even a hint of an off note. Very tasty stuff.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.50 at Atwoods, Somerville MA

Mildy hazy orange. Pretty clear for an unfiltered beer. Head didn't last long for a wheat beer but long enough for a lager. So just about right I guess. Smells like peppery herbal spice and light toasted grain. Tastes like it smells. Great spice character, I'm not sure if it's from the hops or the yeast some rye somewhere but I like it. Mild toasted golden fruit (over ripe golden pear, golden apple, etc) mix in with the spice whatever.

Scrumptious.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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 WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, produces an inch of creamy off-white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Nice malty aroma of crackers, honey and caramel, as well as a leafy, herbal noble hop aroma and some sweet fruitiness.

T- A nice blend of noble hops, which have a bitter, herbal leafiness, and honey-sweet malts, which suggest toast, crackers, honey and caramel. Has a very slight fruitiness to it a nice yeastiness in the background.

M- Light to medium bodied, has a very smooth, crisp and dry feel.

O- This is an excellent kellerbier, very tasty and high drinkable as well, definitely give this a shot.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium copper with an off-white head. No real lace, ok retention.

Malt aroma, with some brown bread and burnt caramel in the nose.

Nice malt, with good balance of burnt sugars and toasted bitterness. Notes of bread crust, mild sugars, and moderate bitterness leading to a cleaner malt finish.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Nice brew. Great balance and drinkability.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Burn orange in color. Two finger of white head easily forms, but fades to a white cap.

Aroma
Sweet malt dominates but it's elegant. Candied sugar yeast immediately comes to mind. Honey and caramel malts. Faint note of banana in the back.

Taste
Matches the aroma but is more pronounced. It actually tastes bright while offering up firm flavors of caramel covered apples with some banana and toasted bread. It's not ladened down with heavy flavors. Makes a great fall beer.

Mouthfel
Refreshing and carbonated on the tongue..more so than I thought. Its malt aroma and taste makes you think it should be a little heavier on the tongue, but its not. It goes down very easy.

Really nice. It has that Beautiful malt profile you associate with darker German beers, and yet that great drinkability is still there. I'd been eyeing this one for a while as I love other Mahr's beers. If you like marzens, helles, and Dunkels, definitely give this a shot.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl serving in seidel at Mahrs Brau, Bamberg

A - Cloudy amber body with creamy 3 finger white head. Retention/lacing pretty average.

S- Notes of toffee, butterscotch, light vanilla and a hint of green apple

T- Biscuity malt base up front with a hint of green apple coming through again. Faint hop note in the semi dry finish.

M - Medium body/carbonation

D - Tasty stuff. Malt dominant as most franconian lagers but the hint of green apple and drier finish provided a bit of balance. Went well with my Zwiebelrostbraten which i thoroughly recommend trying if at the pub.

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Photo of mick303
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from Luvians, St. Andrews, BB (09.01.13) Pours a nice cap of foam, colour is a really nice amber/copper gold, with an active carbonation and is clear. Leaves respectable lacing and film.

The smell has a pleasant malt character, with a bit of a nutty/cinnamon aspect to it. Yeast is detectable, but mild. Hop character is pretty light. Light, though there's a fair bit of character and overall respectable.

The taste has initial maltiness, with a touch of caramel sweetness. There is a good balance from a complimenting hop bitterness that works quite well, complex and interesting on the palate. Hops are a bit herbal, yeast character is quite present, all together quite a flavourful and intense German lager.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, high for the style, carbonation is complimentary, alright drinkability, though aftertaste is bitter and a bit unclean.

I am glad I tried this beer out. It has some good characteristics, and although there are a few flaws, it makes a good case for the character of this style. Worth trying out, and puts other 'lager-styles' to shame in terms of flavour and complexity. Good balance all-round.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 500 ml bottle bottled on 11 on back

A-pours a hazy apricot/peach color with a creamy white 1 finger head

S- crisp floral hops with baked bread and malt some grassy lemon smells

T- crisp hops are mixed with baked bread and lemon grass i get a wheat style taste in this mixed with a noble hoped pils

M- smooth creamy bready and sweet with medium carbonation

O- a smooth and creamy tasting keller unfiltered and delicious

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Photo of maximep
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at La Fine Mousse, Paris

A- brown, tannish beer with creamy white head

S- grassy, sweet, a bit of bananas, but more straw grassy lager goodness

T- sweet caramel roasty malts with a subtle but present grassy hoppiness

M- lovely creamy head with a very drinkable medium body

O- not too familiar with this style but i thought this was a wonderfully drinkable lager that quenched my thirst really well, which is about all you can ask for from a lager.

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Kellerbier Ungespundet-Lager hefetrüb from Mahr's Bräu
3.96 out of 5 based on 349 ratings.
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