Saphir Weiss | Mahr's Bräu

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Saphir WeissSaphir Weiss

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Mahr's Bräu

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Par for the uneven, oddly laid-out course. I recently conducted a horizontal of Mahr's beers, only to discover this one on the shelf after the fact! Grr. Ah, well, no time like the present, as my Pappy always liked to say.

From the bottle: "

I cannot envision a more agitated beer. It is a Hefeweizen, but when I chilled it, I noticed a heavy sludge of lees on the punt! Knowing that this would never do, I agitated it repeatedly to get the yeast back into suspension. Of course, this nearly caused the cap to Pop! off of its own accord, so I had to allow it to settle again before I Pop!ped the cap. Once accomplished, I upturned the bottle (!) into a large Weizen glass that I keep on hand for just such occasions. Man, did the foam come up! I had over three fingers of foamy, light-tan head that rose up & sat back down, becoming soapy wisps. The color was a muddy, murky, Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose smelled like a monkey was down a sewer pipe, having bananas for lunch. The reference to sewage had to do with the color, not the smell. Mouthfeel was rather thick & full, just what I needed after breakfast. Is it too early to begin blowing chunks? The taste was reminiscent of one of my earliest successes as a budding baker. I was taking Basic Foods (Foods 1) in HomeEc in high school & my kitchen forgot to secure our bananas for a Jell-O mold properly (we were actually pretty good for that sort of thing). Here comes the Thanksgiving Break & our kitchen smells heavily of bananas. The teacher went bananas & we were tasked with finding some means of disposal (other than the S/C) before the break. I was one of the few who actually read both the textbook & the cookbook, so I hit on the idea of Banana Bread. Not only was our project approved, but each of us got to take our loaf home for the holiday dinner! This beer was like liquefied banana bread. Loads of bready yeast & malts combined to make something that would make a monkey ecstatic. Sheesh! I prefer the clove esters, but it is about the style, not about me. Finish was semi-sweet, very bready & banana-like, but not overly sweet, which would have caused self-defenestration for me. Not bad, but still, not my cuppa tea.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, no date.

Murky, orange-amber colored with a thick, creamy, white head. Sparse lacing. Interesting aroma, getting a lot of green apple with mild banana and clove. Fruity flavor, mostly apple or pear, with a bit of spice at the end. The yeast is definitely strong in this one. Lively carbonation, yet very soft and smooth on the palate. Medium bodied. An unusual hefeweizen overall, I'm not too into it. I definitely prefer them to be a little lighter in body and color without any hop presence.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Dark bodied, orange and muddy brown color, with very fine carbonation. Little head creation, a creamy off white almost egg brown foam color on top. Settles easily with a flat bumpy top of a finger.

Very nice simple nose. Spicy lemon and tropical hop notes, followed by a classic banana estery component. Subtle but with a hop presence that dominates. A bit unexpected for a hefe but a good nose.

Very nice palate. Light bodied but soft enough malt depth and easily coats the flavors on the palate. Hop forward once again, almost a tropical wash of pineapple slightly in the mid palate. Aftertaste follows classic banana aromas, with a bit of herbal oil hop content. Hops are definitely prominent more so than the malts or even the yeast.

A nice different take on a hefe, and a unique hop angle that fits in for the base style. Just a bit unexpected to find a hefe that's hop forward, but this works out.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This hefe weiss is like none I've ever had before. There is this unusual funk smell and taste to it. If this is the Saphir hop edition doing this then what an unusual hop it is. I can't decide if it's good or bad. For true to style it sucks, but for being different its pretty dam good.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Definitely on the hoppier side for a hefe, leads to some weird and clashing flavors here but not bad. Wish some more of those banana/clove esters were a bit more potent. Taste is more about that lemon/herbal/ /wheat thang. Interesting take on the style but kinda on the meh side compared to many other German hefeweizens.

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Photo of BikingDutchman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy dark gold/orange. Fluffy white head that falls quickly, but a small portion stays around. Plenty of yeast in suspension make it very hazy.
S - Hefe yeast is dominant, especially with the spice/clove aspect. There is also some banana and a little hint of orange. Doughy malt is in the background.
T - Yeast flavors are more subdued in the flavor, but follow the nose. Doughy malt comes to the forefront. Hops have a tea-like quality to them.
M - Fairly dry, but maintains a medium body without being sweet.
O - Not as flavorful and lively as Weihenstephaner. Also, I didn't get the saphir hops as much as I was expecting. Still, it was a refreshing beer and certainly not a bad choice for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of grain, wheat, caramel, banana, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, banana, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice hop presence to go along with traditional hefeweizen characteristics.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of sommersb
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-08-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Single from Wino's Depot, Bowling Green KY

A: Dark golden in color, with a cream-colored head. The first pour is semi-clear but the second pour yields a much cloudier appearance as expected in a weizenbier. Very good head retention and a good amount of lacing.

S: Aromas are fruity, with bananas, plus clove spices and earthy hops.

T: Fruity with more banana as in the nose, plus hops. This is more hoppy than you usually get in a weizen. The light bitterness is countered by some malty sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied with a high level of carbonation. The finish is well-balanced between fruit sweetness and hop bitterness.

O: A different take on a Hefeweizen, with the addition of lots of Hallertauer hops. I liked it but probably wouldn't look to pick up another one.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; white head retains throughout the drink but leaves less lacing than expected. Cloudy chestnut colored with chunks of yeast.

smell; apple skin and pears with some warm yeast. Somewhat fruity and remains of cider.

taste; Very distinct from others of the style but the yeast is very much as expected. Some sour notes blend with bitter hops. Yeast in the aftertaste mingles nicely with the hops. Coves are noticed but faint.

mouthfeel; thinner than expected of the style with some pleasnt velvet on the palate. Quite refreshy, with a crisp, semi-dry finish.

overall; very unique and tasty, would definitely buy this one again and it makes a good changefrom the standard Hefeweizen.

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Photo of duceswild
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500ml bottle of this for $5.99. I enjoy hefeweizens so I was looking forward to trying this one.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a fairly decent sized head with a nice lacing. Smell was of bananas, spice, and yeast. Taste was smooth and crisp. Banana really came through for me along with some citrus. Very refreshing beer.

Enjoyed this beer and would not hesitate to pick it up again.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a different kind of weisse true to the label.Poured into a weizen glass more clear than cloudy burnt orange/amber with a large glooming crown,it has a Schneider weisse look to it with its deep richness in color.Yeasty but not over phenolic in the nose,toasty wheat malt, fruity esters,and herbal hops come thru,one of the more hoppy hefe's I have had,maybe the most hoppy from Germany.Yeasty and fruity on the palate with a tinge of iron and toasted wheat malt,again the saphir hops play a role in a herbal finish.This is a cool hefeweizen it's yeasty but clean with a nice hop presence.

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Photo of Domingo
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this one before, even at the brewery. I suppose it's using the newer saphir hops instead of the traditional hallertau ones.
Pours a sandy brown color. Not a dunkelweiss, but a really dark normal one, a bit like Augustiner or Schneider. I did the "swirl" for the yeast and to create a nice head.
The nose features clove and nutmeg notes along with the ubiquitous banana note, which is milder than expected. Those new hops are definitely showcased as well.
The flavor profile isn't quite as hoppy as something like hopfen-weiss, but the hops do play a pretty big role in the flavor profile. I'd say they're an equal player with the spice and fruit character. While their normal wiessbier has a lot of vanilla cream notes, this one doesn't seem to. I think the increased hop profile likely subdues that character.
Pretty good, but certainly nothing I'd choose over their normal weiss, which I absolutely adore.
Texture seems to really fade a bit as time passes.
I like the slightly experimental direction while still staying true to the roots of the style, but as a beer it's nothing to write home about.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Baseball and beer just go together. I'm going to do just that. 500 ml to go...and what's with the blue hops on the label? On to the beer:

Almost as much a dunkel as a helles. Orange brown colored and cloudy. The head is huge and very billowy and just looks sexy, and the lacing that slings to the glass is mere icing. Shallow in the nose, like cooled off banana and lemon cake. Well, that really cooled off my expections.

Saphir Weiss comes out hoppy, but at the cost of diluting the traditonal hefeweizen flavors. Tasting it blind, I probably would have guessed pilsner before hefeweizen. Watery banana, moderately spicy hops. a whisper of aspirin, bread crust. Light-medium bodied with a little smoothness.

Not what I expcted and not what I wanted. I was hoping my first run-in with Mahr's would end up better than this.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hoppy weissbier, don't mind if I do...

A: The beer pours a hazed amber color with a finger or so of white head.

S: It's definitely got some hops to it. Starts off with citrus and hints of tropical fruits. Past there, there is the usual aroma of sweet malt and wheat bread with a somewhat mild banana and clove note.

T: The flavor isn't quite as good, however. Light banana notes and a strange tea flavor. A good dose of citrus peel, as well as some floral hops and a light grassiness. Plenty of sweet bread and wheat.

M: The body is medium with a medium carbonation.

O: While the aroma was nice, the flavor was lacking and overall just wasn't the most enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a bit darker than more hefeweizen brews. It was like a muddy amber color. The head was decent. The smell of the beer was a bit hoppier than I expected. The taste has a nice hoppy flavor with the mix of yeast and banana on the tongue. The mouthfeel was pretty good, well balanced. Overall I thought this beer was pretty good no major complaints.

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Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a rust color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A strong, robust smell of wheat and malt.

T: Here's where the wheels came off. Yes, there was a big presence of wheat, malt, and some yeast, but I didn't get any of that typical bubblegum-y, banana-y flavor you normally get in a Hefeweizen. It just seemed incomplete.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is another uneven beer with some good qualities and some very average ones.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

White head over a amber color. Hazy and bottle conditioned. Head clings to glass and is composed of tiny bubbles. Not used to seeing wheat beers like this, with a bright orange color.

I suspect this is an older beer. Not being very popular and from Germany, consumed in MA. USA. I have the feeling this beer smells hoppier fresh. But at the moment I am smelling clean Germen wheat yeast. Not bad, but reading the label it sound like this beer has more to offer fresh.

The flavor is still there. I love Saphir Hops and was quite excited to see a commercial example using them. Saphir is a variety of Hallertau, and has a modestly citrus punch to it. Mixed with a wheat based beer, this beer comes off very smooth and refreshing. Bitterness seems higher than most wheat beers. But being used to American IPA and 2xIPAs, I find it most palatable. Bright citrus flavors, yeasty ending to the sip. good beer.

Body from wheat content is not grossly viscous, but notably full. Drinkable beer, I'd recommend it to someone looking for a new German Wheat to try.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a deep goldenrod with a nice frothy medium head, leaving solid lace.

S: Pungent, a huge amount of bubblegum and banana, very much to style.

T: Strong bready malt backbone is there, but the yeast steals the show. Banana bread heavy with bubblegum and a hint of clove and vanilla. Delicious.

M: Great strucuture, firm on the palate, biting but easy carbonation, very easy drinking and refreshing.

O: This is a great beer and one of the best hefeweizens I've ever had. A must try in this category.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of bananas, cloves and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except the hops contribute citrus flavors and a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t quite as refreshing and thirst-quenching as compared to other hefeweizens, but the saphir hops certainly make this beer unique for the style.

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Photo of centbeerfest
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 5 oz tasting glass from a 16.9 oz bottle.

Explosive thick white foamy head that held its own well. Unfilitered cloudy rich with small bubbles that translated into a very nice crisp mouth feel.

Taste was a dry and balanced nectarine zest w/ coriander. The texture and weight make this beer a satisfying meal by itself but does not leave you bloated.

On the take home scale, I would take a six pack of this beer when I could find it.

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Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. The label lists the abv at 5.6% and on the back there is a short description of the beer its use of Saphir hops. There is no freshness date however.

Appearance: The body has a heavy haze and a dark brownish amber color. It is full of yeast and at the bottom of the glass there are some small chunks of yeast sediment. Up on top it shows off a thick three to four finger tall, long lasting head. This head is off white in color with a few spots of brown yeast sediment. Lacing on the glass is slick and slides right down the sides as I drink.

Smell: The aroma has fruity yeast with loads of banana with a little spice and a hint of apple. Hop notes are faint and way off in the distance.

Taste/Palate: The flavor reflects the nose with loads of banana notes from yeast as well as some light clove, bubble gum and a touch of apple. Towards the end I notice more wheat bread and bubble gum notes and a light touch of hop spice and bitterness. The palate is smooth and a little thick or full feeling.

Notes: Overall it was a very tasty and enjoyable brew. The only thing it lacked was the look and feel and even that wasn't a big detraction.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy, dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice pale and wheat malt scent that's a bit sweet and fruity with lots of yeast esters. I know the Saphir hops are on display, but I'm not detecting them in the nose. The taste is decent. It has a solid hefe taste; pale and wheat malts, hefe yeast esters. The hops are present and provide a mild bitterness and a light flavoring. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but I'm not crazy about it. I like my hefes traditional, not hopped up.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A moderate pour brings forth a huge, dense head with an off-white color. The beer itself is moderately carbonated and a turbid orange-copper color. Unlike other reviewers, I don't notice the lacing.

In the nose, the beer has subtle hints of classic wheat beer: bananas, cloves, and light bread, with something a bit fruity and yeasty, perhaps from the combination of the Saphir hop and yeast.

I pick up, taste-wise, light bread, banana, clove, a bit vinous, hints of honey, and ripe, creamy apple or Bosc pear tastes. There's also a slight hop spiciness/sharpness/bitterness in the mid-to-aftertaste. Really nice and a new twist to the style for me.

The carbonation is perhaps slightly too high to begin with and fades gradually over time. By the time I finished this beer, I may have said there wasn't enough carbonation! The finish is not overly dry, which would be quite refreshing on a warmer day, or just satisfying at any other time.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This is so smooth and flavorful, with a light body. A little bready upfront, then melds into a mild spiciness, with that unripe banana flavor that was noted by the nose. Slight dry finish, leaving you with that numbness in the back of the throat. Aftertaste has a slight warm sweetness to it.

This is a really delicious and unique beer, one that I wouldn't mind drinking quite a bit more of if I can find it.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy orange, amber with a huge fluffy white head even after a slow pour. Sticky strings of lace remain.

S - Bready with banana and light spice in the background.

T - Fresh banana bread, light spice with some lingering herbal notes.

M - Medium mouthfeel with crisp carbonation.

D - Tasty. Bought this one to see what Saphir hops were like but don't much from the hops in this one.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a HUGE frothy head. I'm talking a fist worth of head! Had to wait awhile and re-pour to get some of this deliciousness into the bottle.

Smell: I'm close to a foot away from the glass and the scents are pouring out. So, as I come closer, I can detect; Sweetness and spice. A bit of unripe banana seeps through too. Oh it smells so good!

Taste & Mouthfeel: This is so smooth and flavorful, with a light body. A little bready upfront, then melds into a mild spiciness, with that unripe banana flavor that was noted by the nose. Slight dry finish, leaving you with that numbness in the back of the throat. Aftertaste has a slight warm sweetness to it.

Drinkability: Not your run of the mill Weiss and I for one applaud changing it up a bit, every once in awhile. This is a very tasty brew and my first experience with the Saphir hop and hopefully not the last.

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