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Mahr's Christmas Bock - Mahrs-Bräu

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Mahr's Christmas BockMahr's Christmas Bock

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175 Reviews
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Reviews: 175
Hads: 237
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 175 | Hads: 237
Photo of womencantsail
2.11/5  rDev -42.5%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

To be honest, I was quite disappointed with this beer. It simply lacks. Actually, it was more like a pale lager than anything else. Pours a pale gold colour. Not yellow, gold. Very minimal head. Perhaps a milimetre thick, give or take a few micrometres. Doesn't really lace. It looks more like strips of thread occasionally shows up on the glass. Smells kinda weak. Malt profile mostly. Sweet. Bit of hops, kinda herbal. Taste is again, light. Mild malt sweetness, but of an herbal aftertaste. Overall, bland. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. And the highlight of the beer. But overall, a disappointment. It's lacking in character. Perhaps it should be served colder? But then again, cold beers usually have more flavour than warm. And perhaps the biggest puzzle of all is, exactly how is this related to christmas? Their are no flavours that says "christmas" to me.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

17oz bottle picked up sometime last week at the Coop for (I think around) $6... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" lite tan head settles leaving very nice lace and a great cap.. the brew is very very dark brown.. only reveal the slightest polished walnut when held to a light.

Nose is not a malty as many traditional bocks.. still what is there is fairly rich.. mainly toasty and faint whiffs of cocoa.

Out of the gate.. the flavor does not even remotely impress... toasty malts.. with a fairly thick metallic flavor.. tannic. most other "traditional" flavors are really limited throughout.. nothing sticks out except a very prevalent "copper" flavor.. body is fine... the carbonation is good...

nope ... not for me ... this is pretty much cellar temperature right now... I am gonna let this sit for a while and come back.. but right now this is bordering on a drainpour in hopes of finding a better brew in the back of the fridge.

Edit: this isn't a drainpour.. but the metallic component is still there... not good.

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Photo of GooberMcNutly
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Malty and very lightly spiced. No head on this in my very clean glass, very light lacing and quick fall. Aroma was more of Christmas spices with notes of cloves and cinnamon. Spice aspect absent in flavor with a heavy malt note and minor molasses thickness. Good for someone who wants a Christmas beer, but not one that hits you over the head with spices.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ericandersavy for sharing this bottle.

Pours medium-dark brown with an off-white head. The aroma is malt with some spices. Smell is reminiscent of the spices you find in an apple pie. The flavor is lacking. What is there is sweet malt with some cherry and spices. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light yellow hazy color beer with a nice foamy/bubbly white head. Somewhat paler then expected for a bock or even a Christmas bock in that case. Aroma is comprised of some malt but generally lack of character. Taste is refreshing but again lighter in taste then expected; I can taste some malt but this almost resemble more like a premium lager then a bock. Wow, what a disappointing experience from a usually fine brewery…

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Photo of Ghenna
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a peepee yellow with a quickly dissipating white head.

Smells generically spicey and malty. Taste is a bit of citrus and spice up front, with a very dry finish.

Tight bubbles and carbonation, the only thing that lingers in the mouth is the dryness.

Not really a lot to this beer. :(

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Photo of Philousa
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a light, clear caramel colored beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma is simple caramel malt. The beer has a very sweet, sugary, caramel taste with nothing to balance it out. I'm not very into this. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. No problem finishing this but I don't want more.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of hellbilly
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at papago.

hazy pale gold/straw color with a soft white head and an abundance of spotty lacing.

it smells quite dry... almost like a bale of straw mixed with a bunch of earthy yeast, lemon, vegetables and spices. it*s quite odd and definitely not what i was expecting.

the palate is dry yet there is a good bit of malty sweetness present. the flavor is rather hearty and robust with more vegetables, possibly cooked corn combined with straw, grass and yeast with a spicy hoppy finish. medium body is somehow heavy and slick.

i*m not really sure what to call this... as there seems to be some discrepancies in every review.

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Photo of hero27
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 Vintage. 6% abv. Bottled on "10"..whatever that means... October? Sure, why not.

Hazy peach color. Spicy, malt aroma with a lackluster finish. This is supposed to be a maibock? au contraire...seems like a spicy pale or wheat ale.. funky metallic flavors round this one out..

Not a great seasonal, but you get what you pay for. Cost me $1 at my local beer store.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

.5L bottle poured into my imperial pint glass
A - Clear honey brown with a light tan head that falls to a skim.
S - honeyed malt, bready
T - a metallic taste is present which is off putting. Hopefully I just got a bad bottle. Beyond that there is a bit of caramel, some spice a touch of fruit.
M/F - Medium body the carbonation is subtle and velvety smooth
D - I'm not sure about this brew. Will have to obtain another bottle as the metallic taste was tough to get past.

EDIT - As this beer warmed it did lose some of it's metallic taste but it did still linger a touch on the back end.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright clean orange beer. Has a good white head, but it doesn't last. A light sweet grainy aroma with a hint of citrus in the background. There is a malty sweetness at the start of the flavor followed by a dry bitterness at the back of your throat. I was originaly taken back by the light color of this "bock" . But it does have more flavor than I excpected.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours medium brown, slight haze, and thin white head.

Nose has a distinct lipton iced tea aroma (I'm sure the glass is clean). Smells like wet tea bag also.

Palate offers a mixed dessert spice variety, with hard to pin down flavors. Low carbonation and light bodied. Finish & aftertaste is also very tea like.

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Photo of rangerred
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

25oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light brown with a tiny soapy head. Poor head retention.

Smells weakly of caramel and toffee along with a slight cough syrup smell.

Taste begins with a nice malty flavor along with noble hops. This quickly fades, though into a bitter cough syrup flavor. The bitterness continues and becomes quite harsh. I'm not sure if it's the age of this beer or just the way it is but it is not one of my favorites.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.09/5  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.

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Photo of MorningBeer
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Logli's in Rockford for $.99. Poured into a mug, which yielded a one finger white froth head that settled to a nice lacing sitting on top of a yellow / golden colored brew. Lacing was pretty thick on the walls of the mug as I drank it down.

Smells of honey, sugar, and good old-fashioned beer. Not much going on. Glorified Busch Light. Not too enticing.

Taste follows. I'm getting malt, a smooth honey. A punch of dry carbonation comes up next, followed by a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decent. There's a honey smoothness, and the moderate carbonation is just enough.

Quite drinkable, but bland. The taste is the deterrent.

Good enough to enjoy just this one.

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Photo of maxpower
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber-copper color with a decent off-white head that doesn't last with some lacing, sweet fruity and flowery aroma. Sweet and malty roasted caramel flavors , medium body with a sticky mouthfeel, finishes with some sweetness, very average at best.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: a golden yellow pour with some cloudiness. Good head off the pour but it doesn't hold up for very long. When i prepared for a Christmas Bock, was expecting something dark and rich looking...not the case.

Smell: malty and sweet. sticky molasses and toffee notes.

Taste: one dimensional to a degree. some malt and sweetness are present throughout. bitterness creeps out here mid sip and offers a hop-bitterness on the finish. the molasses sweetness from the nose has almost disppeared on the palate, i was left wanting much more than this.

Mouthfeel: weak and watery. smooth for the most part but not "big" enough. this is a Bock, and a Christmas Bock at that. gimme some bold sweetness and big malts. gimme a chewy mouthfeel...nope, none of that here.

Drinkability: well, i consider this a disappointment considering it's a seasonal brew. there was much to be desired here. average Bock at very best.

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Photo of PatYoda
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice coppery color without a whole lot of head. Smell is malty, caramelly and nutty. Smells relatively tempting. Tasting is a different story though. Spicy hops and unidentifiable (at least by me) spices coexist with a very nutty malt flavor, but these flavors don't blend well together. The spices and nutty flavor do seem Christmas-like to me, but I can't put my finger on why. The nutty flavor actually tastes pretty stale as well, though this beer should be very fresh. All in all the taste is just not very pleasing to me.

It's medium bodied but the carbonation is a bit lacking, making the mouthfeel a bit too sticky for my liking. Drinkability is not great. I won't be purchasing any more of these. Mahr's usually makes such fantastic beer!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

'Best by' date of 10-05-04 so I'm drinking this Christmas Bock in the heat of summer. Interesting label with a little girl (fairy? angel?) riding on a Christmas goat.

Orange-amber with a fair amount of suspended stuff within. Seems a bit light for a bock, but what do I know? The head is very light tan and leaves a small amount of lace. Lightly toasted malt dominates the nose along with a restrained spiciness. I don't pick up any 'Christmas' spices however.

The flavor isn't shy, but neither is it that great. It's primarily blonde malty with an undercurrent of orchard fruit and an accompanying spicy-herbal noble hoppiness. The finish is bitter, dry and faintly metallic and the body is a tad thin.

I'm not sure what makes Mahr's Christmas Bock a Christmas bock, but it doesn't put me in the holiday spirit. Neither does it put me in the mood to have it again. A decent purchase, but it'll be my last.

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Photo of popery
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not so great bock. This beer is just too sweet. It tastes a bit like a simple unhopped beer in an unpleasant, malt extract way. The beer is a hazy amber-brown with a rocky white that dissipates quickly. The aroma is mostly caramel and malt. The flavor is sweet with a bad finish. The mouthfeel is too thin and a bit sticky. I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of beergoot
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of peabody
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a really clear slightly bubbly yellow to yellow amber with 1/2 finger of suds. No lacing.
Smell is weak corriander and cinnamon. Weak but overall nice aroma.
Taste is a weak mishmash of bitter hops and very slight spices.
Mouthfeel is watery and boring. Nothing to stick to the insides of the mouth.
Drinkability would be OK if this were a better tasting brew.

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Mahr's Christmas Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.