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Style:
German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #64
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,355
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 10.21%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
144
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Mahr's Bräu
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From an undated 500 ml bottle. Sampled on Jan 15, 2020.

It pours a slightly cloudy golden color under a long lasting foamy white head.

The aroma emits characters of biscuit, dark bread, grass, and floral sensations.

Smooth, medium body.

The taste is sweet and biscuit-like with a grassy and generally dry finale. Very nice.

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Photo of Peach63
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a 1/4 inch cream colored head, which dissipates. Moderate lacing. Hazy. Suspended yeast particles.

Aroma is bready, yeasty, malty.

Taste follows nose, bread, malt, yeast. Little bitterness.

Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Pretty decent but not the best of the German beers I've had so far.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i was excited to see this one on tap, but disappointed when it arrived to our table almost totally flat looking, like apple juice in the glass, without any head or visible carbonation, like it had been sitting there awhile or was just tired, not at all what we expected from this. the aroma is a little sweet, with some classic dusty german tones to the grain and an obvious old worldy lager yeast, but its work seems incomplete, as this has some baked sugar character to it and some red apple fruitiness, its autumnal but it lacks the cleanness i wanted in a german lager. the flavor is good, but there is some oxidation in it, i dont think this travelled or stored very well at all, and probably is radically better closer to the source. some breadiness and weight to this, and it doesnt just seem from being unfiltered, but like this is a pretty heavy lager anyway. some carbonation would go a long way for drinkability, but its just not here, and as much as this tastes old worldy and good to the traditionalist in me, the execution misses cannot be overlooked either. i wanted way more from this, and ended up being disappointed. ill revisit it again, but my first impression was not great to say the least...

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Photo of FBarber
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours burnt orange color. Cloudy and opaque even when held to the light. Two finger sudsy head dissipates pretty quickly leaving no residual head.

Aroma has notes of bready malts, grains, a hint of sweet honey and some grassy herbal hops. In line with expectations for the style.

Taste follows the nose albeit with the grainy notes being slightly more predominant compared to the bready malts. Some light sweet notes honey like in character. There is a real hoppy bite on the back end of this beer that carries a gassy character. The flavor profile actually blossoms as the beer warms up a bit.

Feel is medium bodied, but somewhat chewy. Prickly carbonation. Smooth dry finish.

Overall this was a really nice beer. Hope I cross paths with this one again.

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Photo of gopens44
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, golden and clear with a billowing white head from a moderately aggressive pour. Grainy, corny and sweet aroma that finishes with a little bit of alcohol. Sweet taste initially that goes in two directions. First, there’s the obvious sweet and corny taste but secondly, there’s an undeniable earthiness that comes across like Perrier or some sort of mineral water. Finish is light and dry while the feel was slightly creamy and solidly medium bodied.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale-to-deep golden body, lightly hazed, under a coupla fingers of fluffy white foam... Aromas of hearty grain, tangy yeast, and suggestions of grassy fields and barns of hay... Flavors bring earthy herbal and grainy malts as well as some mild sweetness and biscuit and cracker... Medium-light with some backbone and grainy chew; light shellac of pine and grain; mildly bitter... Great finish makes me want more... Better than I expected, but since I am not particularly familiar with the style, my scores represent how much I liked it more than how well I understand its representation of the style...

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First off I raise this stein of beer to Ms. Beasley the most loving and near perfect pet a person could have.Pours into a half liter stein a hazy kind of honey /straw color with a large blooming near two finger head atop that settles into a thin pillow-like mass.Grainy notes in the nose and slightly metallic.A lush feel that goes down quite easy.Bready as all get out on the palate with some honey notes,there is quite a sharp bitterness in the finish wich you don't see much in this style from this country.A very well rounded keller beir,big and bready at the onset with good sweetness and a hopped up finish.Very well made.

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Photo of tigg924
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is honey, grass, and toasted malt. Sweet with bitter backbone, medium-light bodied and high carbonation. Makes for a nice and clean, asy drinking lager.

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Photo of SABERG
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bottle into an imperial pint glass,
A - Slightly hazy deep straw color, solid carbonation assembles into a thin cap.
S - Light toast malts, grassy hops in the nose, some thin orange and a bit of fruited esters. A big loaf of fresh from the oven bread as well.
T - Biscuit with a bit of orange spread, yeasty and earthy.Nutty and delicious
M - Soft on the palate, delightfully so. Rounded body and just enough carbonation.
O - A fantastic lager, rich in body and bready enough to cry out for some smoked meats and hard cheese.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Slightly hazy copper orange color with a creamy white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Crusty toasted bread, a little bit of noble hop, and then some estery fruity sweetness.

T: Sweet, slightly nutty malt, mixed with some slightly bitter noble hops, and then followed by a sweet fruity malt.

F: Crisp medium body fairly easy drinking beer.

O: This is a solid beer, not my favorite zwickel beer but still cool to see a Mastodon themed beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 5.28 (Including Beer Club discount and tax)/500 mL bottle ($ 0.312/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD.
Undated bottle at 42 degrees. Served in a Jester King snifter at 54 degrees.
Aroma – yeast. Not the fruity phenolics associated with Belgian beers, just yeast.
Head – large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, average density froth with an average retention time, diminishing to a three mm creamy ring and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – poor. A few small islands of tiny bubbles.
Body – initial pour medium yellow, slight haze. There is expected sediment in the bottle which should make itself evident with the next pour.
Flavor – yeasty, with a hint of sulfur. A slight hop bitterness is noted but is subservient to the yeast. Malt comes through after the yeast subsides. Alcohol and diacetyl are absent.
Palate – medium, watery, soft carbonation.

A very pleasant unfiltered kellerbier, well worth trying if you are unfamiliar with the style.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 25 oz (739 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a slight hazy, amber color (think almost honey) with a fluffy, wheat colored head, rim retention, but little lacing. Nice ongoing effervescence.
S: Aromas of caramel, kiwi, pear, and cherry, with maybe a hint of tangy lactic acid up from.
T: Fairly dry. Tastes a balanced mix of medium roasted malts with a note from the fruity melange in the nose. Bitterness light to medium and balanced
M: Medium bodied with very playful effervescence.
O: Really a light, pleasurable Kellerbier experience.

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Photo of Premo88
4.87/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into tall mug

L: bronze-gold with some peach highlights with a consistent misty quality but at least 60-70% clear and possibly clearing some more; pushes up 1.5-inch head of offwhite foam, a beautiful stack that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves nothing behind; a steady stream of activity in the glass, the rising bubbles concentrating near the perimeter of the glass and leaving a thickish collar of white/offwhite foam and a piece of skin; not sticking or lacing but quite pretty ... the mistiness is somehow stunning ... it's exactly the same throughout the glass, top to bottom and side to side, not debris or wispy bits of cloudy stuff anywhere, just like looking through a filter

S: fruity sweet ... you can smell it as you pour, peach, fruitcake; dusty apricots ... a "clean" dust, like the air in an old wooden home; orange glaze, maple sugar-covered almonds ... just a pinch of earthy something ... it's hard for me to describe this thing but I can't get my nose out of it ... amazing show of lighter-malt notes

T: wow ... malt overload! the first sip is so sweet you'd swear they poured raw sugar in this beer, loads of light fruity malt flavors, bread malt, sweet biscuits, donuts, some backend sugary dates and dried apricots; as the palate adjusts, a thin layer of earthy hops starts balancing things ... it's not overly bitter, nor does it really "bite" but it's there and super tasty, like good fuggle or East Kent Golding hops; a hint of a hint of butter ... it's barely there and it fits in perfectly with the other notes

F: soft on the outside, crispy on the inside ... how do they do it? drinking through the thin collar seems to be giving it a light softness on the front end, while the carbonation tickles then bites ... overall effect is light-middleweight and it might be perfect

O: holy cow is this good! the light-malt flavors explode everywhere then get corralled and tied together by the earthy flavor of those subtle Old World hops, and all in a delightful package that feels exactly like your mouth wants it to ... if this came in 12-packs, I'd buy one the first of every month (and likely run out before the 15th ... or 10th :) ); I'm seeking this out regularly

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle in a snifter. This decent little keller pours a lightly
cloudy medium amber with a fantastic head of off white foam that
subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and features some very attractive sudsy
lacing. Nose of grassy hops, crackers, breaded malts, and subtle caramel malts.
Flavors follow the nose with mild caramel and grassy hops balanced by mild baked
breaded malts and a light cracker finish. Nice mouth feel; medium body, smooth,
satisfying, and a lightly sweet finish with grassy hops. Overall, a very nice little
brew that is worthy of trying.

Cheers

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, bread dough, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big cracker, biscuit, bread dough, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, bread dough, pepper, light honey, and herbal/grassy/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal yeast notes present. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.6%. Overall this is an awesome amber Kellerbier style! All around great robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and well balanced. Outstanding style example. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/8/2016 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in a flute glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Myotus
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 41°F from a 500ml bottle (no date) into a beer mug. Consumed on 30Jul16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of biscuits are balanced by mild aromas of spicy hops and caramel along with subtle floral hop, grass, and bitter unsalted cracker aromas.
TASTE: The malt profile immediately makes itself known as strong flavors of biscuits flow on to the palate. The doughy sweetness is quickly balanced by mild flavors of bitter unsalted crackers and subtle flavors of grass. The balance remains in tact as mild caramel and spicy hop flavors enter while the grass flavors increase slightly. Mild floral hop flavors end the taste theatrical as the spicy hop flavors grow slightly stronger and all other flavors persist.
NOTE: Mahr's Bräu hits the nail on the head once more with this style. A perfect display of balance like the last, this was a great Lager. I highly recommend tracking one of these down if you are a fan of balanced Lagers or just balanced beer.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy dark golden pour with a white one-finger head. Grainy aroma. Mildly sweet malty taste with flavors of bread, light caramel, grain, and grass flavors. Finishes dry and crisp with a slight grassy bitterness.

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark gold color with some chill haze, rocky white head
Aroma: Sweet breadiness/melanoidin, hay,
Taste: Same as the aroma but much more round and soft; the flavors dance on your tongue and quickly dissipate leaving on hint of light sweetness in the mouth
Mouthfeel: Medium-Light mouthfeel and high carbonation
Overall: A fantastic and quaffable German lager

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Mahrs Brau Mastodon last week for $5.59 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new beer to try and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 500 ml bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design and it's eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy yellow color that takes on more of a golden color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of a spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a slight bit of skunky aroma being the first to show and it goes right into the malts which impart a grainy, pale malt, bready and sweet malt aromas with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer has a nice aroma, but I could go without the skunky aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single one seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end I get a little bit of a doughy yeast flavor with pretty much no bitterness and a nice sweet malty aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it's just what I expect from the style.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, clean, light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a pretty nice example of the style. it tastes just how i expect a Kellerbier to taste and I have no complaints. This beer has nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them, but I might start to get bored with it after that. What I like the most about this beer is how true to style it is, nothing is out of place for the style. What I like the least about this beer was the skunky aroma, I'm glad it didn't make it to the taste. I might buy this beer again and I wound't turn one down. I would recommend it if you like the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, its nice for the style. Good job guys this is a nice beer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden hued body; plenty of fine carbonation; thick, foamy, white head; globs of foam left on the glass. Green grass and fresh hay smell; some mild citrus character; light, bread-like malt; easy-going hop bitterness. Light, toasted grain character; bread crust. Medium-light body; crisp and dry.

A smooth, delicately delicious German beer. It is light enough overall for downing several bottles in a row while delivering a subdued yet pleasing light grain taste. Nice balance between the grains and hops in the flavor department. Easy drinking and most enjoyable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed honey/amber color with 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Stays effervescent throughout. Average lacing and head retention

S: Breadyness, a little pear & wet grain

T: Breadyness, pears, grassiness & a little cakeyness, plus a little herbal bitterness up front. Grassyness & pears as this warms, plus bready sweetness. Finishes grassy with herbal bitterness, a little cardboard on the edges not enough to ruin this, but it is there, plus a little honey-dew melon showing late to the party

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, okay balance

Drinks alright, I suspect this might be old, but since I can't find a date on the bottle, we'll never know. There is something in the lower left corner, but I can read it. Still tasty despite the slight hint of cardboard

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a golden brown with less than a finger of white bubbly head. It rather quickly recedes.

S: Bready malts.

T: Bready, doughy malts. Very fresh tasting.

F: Super smoth, moderate to highly carbonated.

O: I'm glad I had this. If more lagers were like this, I'd drink them more often.

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Photo of Greg_Nall
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a six pack in May, 2015, and opened another one on August 30 this year. Poured into a 1/2 L snifter.

Appearance; Standard glass brown bottle with a cap. Poured a 3/4 inch slight off white head, with a medium firm foam consisting of small to medium bubbles lasting a couple of minutes. Lacing was light towards the end of the glass. Gold to a golden brown color, with a cloudy to hazy appearance.

Aroma; on opening bottle and lifting glass brought a high malty nose, high in a bready notes. Hops were on the low side, and not really noticeable.

Flavor; High caramel, yeast rolls, were brought to mind. With medium intensity hops and carbonization adding to flavor. Balance was high with malts blending in with a smooth transition to the end. Ending with a malty / herbal finish.

Mouth Feel; Good amount of carbonization offset the sweetness of the malts with a full mouth feel.

Drinkability; Since I'm partial to German Lagers I found a very nice beer to be enjoyed as often as possible.

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle at Astoria Bier & Cheese. It's a great keller. I can smell it the second the beer hits my glass. The aroma has a mix of white bread, light caramel, fresh dough, and a hint of fruit ester. The flavor follows with a rounded, bready malt character, subtle, spicy hop character, and a shot of citrus fruit. Very fun and interesting beer. Go try one.

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