Mastodon | Mahr's Bräu

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BA SCORE
3.8/5
118 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mahr's Bräu
Germany
mahrs.de

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by homebrewhawk on 02-11-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,018
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
118
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MRsojourner
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of Premo88
4.87/5  rDev +28.2%
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 MystikCelt
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%

Photo of esmyth15
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a great honey aftertaste!

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Photo of Greg_Nall
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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 ToddGingerich
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of brandonld23
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 5/7/15. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass "HB-MUNCHEN" stein.

Brew pours a orange-amber in color with a good 2-finger head that quickly dissipates to nothing really, just a very minor line around the edge of the glass. Really no lacing is seen when when sipped, strange for a good German brew I am thinking. The aroma is of malts for the most part. Pretty much the same is said for the taste, just light airy malts. Very smooth and goes down easy. Lighter to medium-bodied with not much carbonation at all, BUT works for this tasty brew. Really liked this one! PROSIT!

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Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, light soapy lacing, crystal clear golden honey colored.

Nose is reminiscent of a great German brau or Oktoberfest even, nice soft lager aromas, light straw and grainy malts, little mineral note, juicy malt mash, light grassy hop note.

Taste is more of the same, soft juicy lager malt, with little toasty note and straw, mostly just soft light airy malts, layered decoction mash flavours. Nice lager flavours, soft minerals, crisp juicy lager, etc, with some grassy floral hops kicking in and decent bitterness. Finish us soft and crisp, light lingering bitter grassy hop bite, faint straw malt and lager minerals.

Mouth is lighter bod, soft and crisp lager, decent carb.

Overall great brau, very light refreshing and crisp and soft, nice hop presence, nice soft malt, good lagering and decoction, just a nice enjoyable well done German brau.

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Photo of Bryan12345
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatsgoody
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crossovert
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge fan of the band, they are decent lots of fanboys and haters just with something like DTP would have taken thier place in the grand scheme of things, but love Mahr's. The label is cool. 500ml bottle.

It pours a nice hazy amberish orange with a nice off-white head.

The smell is nicely malty. Rich caramel and bread notes, a subtle bit of noble hops. There is an almost rum-like aroma which is nice.

The flavor is malty and fruity. Decently fresh. A zippy kellerbier. Very fuckin nice.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale yellow, slightly hazy. Bubbles of carbonation rush to the top of the glass in quick streams. Huge white, rocky head. Small, sporadic clumps of lacing. The head formation and retention is impressive, but I docked the score a little for the cloudy appearance.

S: Sweet malt scent. Biscuit and grain. Slightly bready. Touch of earthy yeast. Hops are very floral and grassy with an herbal edge.

T: Grainy malt taste up front is quickly overtaken by an outspoken hop profile. It shifts from floral to a leafy, spicy garden herb taste that slowly builds in bitterness, though it stays tame enough overall. This one is very balanced. Malts come back to the forefront with sweet and bready flavors. Hay and dried grain as well, as it dries into the finish. The finish is clean with tastes of grain and green, oily hops.

M: Light to medium in body. Creamy and slightly foamy. Carbonation lends a pleasing crispness. Nice and smooth.

O: This beer surprised me. I just bought it on a whim. I like Mahr's, and Mastodon (the band) is okay. So I thought, "What the hell?" Munich Helles is not a style that typically hits my beer g-spot, but this one really did the job on a hot, sunny summer day. Carefully crafted, very well done. Color me impressed.

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Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive thick, lumpy, near-white head. The liquid is golden with a mild chill haze. Only negative is the limited lace.

Grainy, raw barley aroma--similar a freshly opened bag of pale malt.

Slightly sweet, this is a malty pale brew. It has a hop spice in the swallow and the short aftertaste. The malty flavor is dominate, but there is no grainy flavor. The body is like skim milk. The carbonation is low. The total effect makes this beer seem to have dried fruit.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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 superspak
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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 VoxRationis
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted in conical pint glass. Poured with a dark eggshell white head, nice legs but little lacing, and ongoing effervescence. Honey golden color with haziness throughout. Nose full of kiwi and pears with maybe a hint of lactic acid; tastes a balanced mix of medium roasted malts. Very playful, nice medium balance in the mouth. Really a pleasurable experience.

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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 DallasK
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dunkelganger4
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Mastodon from Mahr's Bräu
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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