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Saphir Weiss | Mahr's Bräu

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3.86/5
Very Good
88 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mahr's Bräu
Germany
mahrs.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by drabmuh on 12-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,391
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
88
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
3
Trade:
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by BikingDutchman:
Photo of BikingDutchman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber appearance, a big head, implying a lot of carbonation, which will later be proven in the mouthfeel, a little belchy.

Once the aroma opens up, it shows nice spicy clove and subtle banana, and a uniquely floral hop presence. Smells nice.

Similar taste with lively carbonation make for a pretty good experience. I would rate it higher if it had just a tad less carbonation and a little more malt balance in the flavor.

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Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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 GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of centbeerfest
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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 VoxRationis
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer for $3.85. This is a pretty tasty beer, but overall it's a little too mild. The appearance is a proper hazy amber, a little darker than usual I suppose. The aroma has a slight chemical aerosol note that's off-putting at first, but that fades into a spicy floral combo. The flavor is slow to develop (that's awesome), starting with a white cake and wheat bread crust. That's followed by candy clove, orange peel and sweet banana notes that eventually falls to bittersweet, but smooth, wheat and bread notes. All in all a very bready with interesting spice and fruit notes. Heck of a brew. Reminds me a lot of SN Kellerweis.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 needMIbeer
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BelgianPrincess
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice orange-amber hue. Smells of banana and clove. Taste is very similar to many good weizens, but nicely hopped. Not bitter, but later flavor and aroma hop additions make this truly a hefe at heart with hoppy background. Great beer, I highly recommend this as a cheaper Thiriez-type beer.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spotted this new one today, thought it might be a fruity blueberry/huckleberry brew due to the label design (blue hop cones). "Extra Hoppy Amber Weiss" on the back label.

Deep orangey amber, huge voluminous head that takes a few pours to let settle then top off. Plenty of sticky, sparkly suds inside the glass. The retention is excellent, it's head is steadfast with little deflation.

Typical hefe aroma, banana esters, a light minerally character, and mild background spice.

Very smooth and flavorful. Deep bready malt flavors, like fresh baked banana bread with a dusting of nutmeg. The wheat gives it a pleasant supple feel, though there is a mild apple astringency upfront. Not especially hoppy, like Brooklyn/Schneider, but a fine beer in it's own right. Tasty and quenching on a warm day.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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 logicalparadox
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Inglewood
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of pknyc
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of DrMindbender
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think my bottle may be old...a sweet bomb that's overcarbed.

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Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Saphir Weiss from Mahr's Bräu
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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