I met one of the brewers from Mahrs Bräu during a tasting session, held at a local good beer store, during the recently held Craft Beer Conference. Along with tasting some quality product, I learned some interesting things about the beer and brewery. Two things that stuck out in my mind are one, Mahrs Bräu still employs (and if my memory serves me correct is the last to do so) a horse drawn cart for making local beer deliveries. Can you imagine calling up the brewery, placing an order (that itself would be great. Unfortunately it is not to be, due to the out-dated three-tier system) and then having the beer delivered by horse drawn cart? Good beer delivered too, though I am getting ahead of myself, not the macro-stuff, which has a certain link to Clydesdale horses here in the U.S.
Second, though their pilsner is their biggest seller in Germany, Ungespundet-hefetrüb is their biggest seller in the U.S. Most likely because Ungespundet-hefetrüb sounds more exotic and does not have the negative connotations that pilsner has acquired through years of miss-use at the hands of the American macro brewers. Though the pilsner was good in the sampling, I went with the Ungespundet-hefetrüb for my first Mahr Bräu review.
The beer poured a nearly opaque light brown into my beer mug. Aromas of big grain radiated out from the beer’s tight white head. Cereal, bran flakes, and lightly roasted grain all made their presence well known to my nose. In the mouth this big grain continued. The medium-body, which was surprisingly rich, inundated my taste buds with flavors of fresh multi-grain bread, pumpernickel bread and even Fiber One cereal. The beer washes clean with a light-lingering after taste.
Though not an overly complex beer, it is very refreshing and enjoyable. The beer would definitely make a nice, if not slightly filling, session beer.