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Mahr's Christmas Bock - Mahrs-Bräu

Mahr's Christmas BockMahr's Christmas Bock

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%

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Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: maxpower on 12-16-2003)
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Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big Y
Little y
A yawning yellow yak.
Young Yolanda Yorgenson
Is yelling on its back.

The label of this bottle looks just like the "Y" page from the "ABC's" book from Dr Seuss. I didnt notice this coinidenc in this store, but had I noticed, I would have purchased the bottle based solely on the label.

16 oz bottle (which happens to be the perfect size IMO) pours into a styrofoam cup. Give me a break, I am in a hotel room in the Keys without access to proper glassware. From what I saw, the beer looked amber in color and is topped with a stiff white head.

Aroma doesnt really possess any festive qualities. Its your basic bock with malt forward aromas, some grassy notes, perhaps a hint of cloves, but we are really just talking basic aromas here.

Nice flavor. Slight hop bite, maltiness, cracker like, bready, quite refreshing. The mouthfeel is great. Not too thin and not too chewy. A decent beer. Got this on sale at Total Wine for $1.99- Totally worth it!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 22:16:46 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of Chico1985


2.39/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml poured into a pint glass a dull copper color with a white head. A ring left around the top with bits of lace.

Smell is really quite odd. Vanilla, caramel corn, confectionary sugar, grainy tones.

Taste is very sweet and feels off in general. Huge caramel/grainy/adjuncts/paper with some apples and earthy hops. Not good.

Lowish carbonation and a very malty, almost oily mouthfeel. Some booze.

Just not very pleasant to drink. Artificial sweet malts and paper tastes, doesn't really resemble a bock. Especially after enjoying Weissenohe Monk's Christkindl recently this seems like a disgrace to the style, and kinda to beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:27:05 | More by Chico1985
Photo of pkalix


4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

hmm, i may have ruined the first small part of the pour.... into a frozen Golden Harvest Drinking Jar (for a little style....) but it foamed HUGE...
dark straw color, huge foamy head, and smells a little spicy and lager-y in the bottle and the jar.
with a now-shrunken and textured head, the first sip is a bit like a soft pilsener, with the medium sweet malts up front and a slight bitterness on the sides of the tongue. there's a certain robustness to it, which wasnt expected after seeing how light-colored it is in the glass. i should probably save the "drinking jar" for those lame, commercial brews as these german brews always seem to foam up when i pour into it, regardless of how softly i may try to pour.
overall, an exceptional brew! not an entirely complex beer, but for the style this is something i'd endeavor to find out of the tap in a nice, dark, warm ambience.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 23:30:24 | More by pkalix
Photo of Philousa


2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear pale, nearly amber in color. Aroma is clean and nutty, some hint of barley grist. Flavor is clean like a pilsner and turns thicker with some smoke and umami. Coppery aftertaste with some fruity, nectary hops. Feel is more watery than anything with medium carbonation, but tending towards flat. Finish is somewhat sweet, but mostly balanced. This is nothing special. I'm not one for bocks, but this doesn't taste like a bock or a pilsner. Not bad, but not good either.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 01:39:26 | More by Philousa
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: Crystal clear copper body with a thin layer of airy white bubbles that settle to a thin film. Slowly active bubbles climbing to the top.

S: Toasted caramel malt, yeast, cereal grains and dull spice.

T/M: Taset follows the nose with heavy malt, toast and earthy yeast. Apple peel hops with cinnamon and other spices balancing delicately on the palate. Light body with zesty carbonation. Finish is dry with timid bitter apple peel.

O: As a Christmas beer I feel lack of spice was really a downer. A good beer that is easy drinking and enjoyable but not a Christmas miracle. A solid offering none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:34:02 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of silverking


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a beautiful golden color with a white head that fades fast. It smells of fresh baked bread and yeast. The taste starts malty, yeasty, and sweet and then delicately fades into a mildly bitter hop finish. The malt and yeast never really give up their grasp on your tongue though. In fact, the malt and yeast can be tasted long after the hops have faded from the palate. The carbonation is a bit on the heavy side, but the thick/creamy mouthfeel counteracts it beautifully. This beer was a new experience for me. I usually target hop forward beers that are intensely bitter, but this one was a bit different. Thoroughly enjoyable, but completely out of my normal beer style.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 00:26:40 | More by silverking
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was gold in color with a medium-sized white head. There was a little bit of lace.

Mostly a caramel aroma, sweet. A bit outdoorsy, grassy, herbal.

Taste followed form. Caramel, fairly malty. A kiss of herbal hops.

Crisp mouthfeel.

A nice enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 15:30:34 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

The smell featured light earthy malts, metal and a light grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a light round caramel, cereal grains and grassy and herbal noble hops.

The mouthfeel was round and clean with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty winter bock. Light and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 00:25:04 | More by plaid75
Photo of micromaniac129


3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just did not dig this beer at all. There was nothing really to like, though it wasn't bad, it wasn't good either.
The head was white and soda foam fizzy, fading fast. The color was light golden and boring with hardly any carbonation.
My first snif said pils and if I was blindfolded that would be my answer.
And taste is a similar pils taste.
Aftertaste and finish were clean.
I will put thisup for review again perhaps it's a misrepresentation.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 13:22:00 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Pours a clear honey gold color with white cap and ok retention.

SMELL: Euro lager yeast and clean toffee like malts.

TASTE: Sweet toffee, faint brandy like soft bite and sweetness. Light spicy Saaz like character from the hops providing some balance. Little buttery flavor and sweet bready notes.

FEEL: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

OVERALL: A no frills, solid bock that will warm you on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 02:42:57 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of acevenom


4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours clear caramel brown with a white head that doesn't stick around for very long. There is a moderate amount of visible bubbles rising in the beer. The aroma is sweet like caramel with some chocolate and bread. The hops are a little grassy and mildly spicy on the nose. The flavor is biscuit like with sweet caramel. The hops are grassy and spicy, providing some nice flavor and some back end bitterness. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 00:51:44 | More by acevenom
Photo of TheBrewo


3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a stemless chalice showing a rusty golden brown coloring. It held a half finger tall head of eggshell bubbles, showing lower retention. Jagged rings of lacing were left as the head receded. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave honey, metallic adjuncts, lactic sourness, light wheatiness, muddy yeast, faint woodiness, and medicinal phenolic bite with warmth. Our first impression was that there was nice honey sweetness to the flavoring, but it was overly adjuncty and light in the malt department. As we sipped, pale malts, adjuncty grain, sweeter notes of caramel and honey, browned apples, mineral, and light nectary hops started things off. The peak came with peppery booze, more metallics of nickel, plastics, and big adjuncts. Bittering pucker of plastic phenols marked the transition to the finish, where pale malts, black pepper, and muddy browned apple sweetness finished things off. The aftertaste breathed of light booze, tinny metallics, cloying caramel maltiness, and synthetic fruit punch sugars. The body was on the lighter end of medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was okay froth, cream, slurp, and smack to each sip, with a light cooling coating. Eventually a thin, astringent dryness took over. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was the flashes of sweetness through the flavoring. Otherwise they really missed the stylistic mark here. Off the bat the coloring was far too light, while the nose gave an overly sweet, crazily adjuncty grain bill. There was little depth or roast to support it. The flavor ran into the same problems, with nothing robust enough to drive the beer home.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 23:29:24 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Boto


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz. bottle: This one pours a darker, clear caramel color. There was a very small tan head that didn’t linger long or leave any lacing. The aroma is OK. Caramel malts, hints of biscuit, subtle fruits, some earthy hops and maybe a hint of spices. The taste is OK. Some caramel malt sweetness with a hint of spices. Mild earthy hops. Maybe a hint of breadiness. Decent enough, but I’m glad it was on sale. Don’t think it was worth the original $5.99/bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 21:05:46 | More by Boto
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this fine Christmas bock for 3.50 at my local house of 1,000 beers

A - Was able to pour the entire bottle into my Guinness glass. Pour yields a dark amber brown, clear but not ruby with tons of carbonation bubbles.
Regardless of carbonation I only get a mild bubbly lace ring and good lacing.

S - Smells of your average bock. Mild toasty malts, chocolate, and some sweet caramel malts. I guess I expected some spices it being a Christmas beer.

T - A bit of a strong hop presence next to some toasted malt, bready in nature. Taste seems to have some mild nutmeg and maybe cinnamon if I look for it. Finish is sweet.

M - Medium bodied and chewy as expected for a bock like this.

Overall quite a hoppy bock that has some Christmas spicing. Might not get it again but it was worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 03:28:45 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of womencantsail


2.1/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A somewhat cloudy golden color with a white head. Intense aroma of cider, apple juice, and cardboard. There is a touch of spice to it and a strong sweetness. The flavor is no better. Lots of cardboard and paper with a green apple flavor, a touch of cider, and sugar. Not really even much in the way of malt flavor to be found here. Thin and watery to boot.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 05:02:29 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Kromes


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A light gold color with a little chill haze and a thin line of white bubbles on top.

S: A nice caramel, biscuit and crushed grain aroma with some earthy hop in the background.

T: Continues from the aroma. Caramel and grain flavor with a lager sweetness to it. I was surprised that the earthy hop showed through as much as it did. It provides a nice flavor and a little bitterness in the finish to balance out the sweetness.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Easy drinking beer, but could use a little kick.

O: Typically Bocks are much too sweet for my tastes, but you can tell that this one is crafted very well and the touch of hop doesn't make is so one dimensional. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:32:33 | More by Kromes
Photo of beergoot


3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is a big, grainy malt aroma from this one.

The body is a lightly cloudy, straw yellow color with a thick white head. Good lacing and rings down the glass. Sweet earthiness wafts up through the head, melding with the malt character.

Rich, biscuit and malt flavor dominates the initial taste. A decent bitterness on the finish. Medium body with a chewy sweetness.

I wanted to like this one more, but it seems a bit on the heavy side of things. I would expect a bit more smoothness for a lager/bock. Decent, probably okay for the style, but not something to get real excited about.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 20:34:32 | More by beergoot
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours a medium dark Cola brown, some quick foam, leaves a thin ring and thinner layer. All malt nose. Cinammon and other spices too, but lighter. Taste is a syrupy malt sweet - like a pancake breakfast note. Thicker in the mouthfeel with very light carbonation. Cloying sweetness resides.

Interesting blend, but a bit thicker than most.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 13:08:38 | More by KTCamm
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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a 1 inch puffy bone colored head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace slowly drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some grape like fruity aromas. There is also a slight metallic aroma on this one. Taste is very much the same even down to the metallic flavor. There is a medium astringent bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I was expecting something much different.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:11:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin brown color with a wispy white head. The head had some staying power which was surprising considering how wispy it looked when first poured. Its nice seeing a brown beer with a pure white head.

The aroma is sweet and bready. Aroma of a doughy munich malt with a raisin sweetness and some caramel. A traditional German bock aroma.

The taste is of a caramel munich malt, slightly toasted and a touch grainy. A good amount of raisin sweetness. The sweetness is balanced by an earthy hop bitterness and some mineral bitterness as well. A bit of an alcohol flavor.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Mostly sweet on the palate with some earthy bitterness to balance. A tiny bit of stickiness.

A nice traditional german bock. Definitely tastes like an amped up version of a munich lager

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:13:35 | More by Gmann
Photo of Nerudamann


4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stange glass.

Look – medium to dark brown in color, clear, with about half a finger’s worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – if you try you can almost smell the lager beneath this type of brew. More syrupy/caramel-like aromas come out of it though, The smell isn’t a strong one at all though. The brew is pretty unassuming.

Taste – like the smell, if you try you can peer down through the beer and taste the lager within, but on the surface it shows a stronger, edgier vibe. Somewhat earthy or piney in quality too. It finishes a little bitter, but not nearly overwhelming.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not lingering more on the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – a very good brew. Interesting to taste and think about, and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 18:14:17 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of RedneckBeerz


4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25 oz. bomber ino a large Spaten glass and the brew is a medium clear brown color with a large bubbled frothy 1+ finger off white head. Slippery lacing on the glass as the brew is consumed.

The aroma is heavy carmel and malts with a touch of dark sugars.

The flavor follows the nose with the carmel leading the charge with the malts falling in as well as some bitterness that keeps this from being sweet. The flavor is more than the nose, more flavorful and more comlex, yet more simple than the nose would lead one to believe.

Nice medium mouth feel and carbination makes this a very easy drinker. For me, this is spot on as far as style description goes and would be an easy brew to have in the fridge on a regular basis. An A- bock in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 18:41:41 | More by RedneckBeerz
Photo of mariposafan


4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a just slightly murky orange-brown with a shortish, foamy head that deflates a little quicker than I'd like.

The aroma is potent - rich with caramel and toffee with some molasses backing it up.

The flavor isn't nearly as sweet as I guessed from the aroma - still slightly sweet with some caramel and toffee but also with some mineral water hardness that rounds it out nicely. Some light, lingering bitterness but nothing untoward. Overall it seems a more rounded flavor than some of the other bocks I've tried and I think that minerality is the key.

The mouthfeel is fine. Maybe a touch on the watery side but not objectionably so. The carbonation is plentiful and tingly.

I could see making this a Christmas tradition. Well rounded and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 18:16:42 | More by mariposafan
Photo of JohnnyP3


4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a German beer mug. Label proclaims bottled on 209. Pours a crystal clear burnt copper/dark amber with some orange hues on the edges. Fluffy white head of at least 2 fingers caps the lager in the mug. Head simmers down to a thin collar, but does produce some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell consists of rich, sweet malts, caramel, sweet and fresh pastries with glaze, and dark-bread malt, some brown sugar as well.

Taste is more of the same. Very rich malt backbone. A completely malt forward beer with little hop presence to speak of. Caramel, brown sugar, fresh dark bread flavors predominate. Slight bitterness on the finish says there are some hops after all. Very rich and clean finishing lager.

Mouthfeel is smooth and substantial. Carbonation is just right. Delightful to let this bock roll across the mouth.

Overall, a strong and hardy Christmas lager. Perfect for a holiday afternoon relaxing by the fire. This bock is simple yet excellent. A prime example of German brewing excellence and why sometimes less is more.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:57:49 | More by JohnnyP3
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma has malty, caramel, molasses, yeast and cloves notes, very appealing. It pours a nice clear amber with a typical ivory head. Flavor has fruity, malty and earth notes as well as a hint of cloves. Texture is smooth, average-bodied and just a bit slimy, with minimum fizz. Merry whatever-you-celebrate-this-time-of-year!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 03:07:50 | More by Cyberkedi
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Mahr's Christmas Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
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