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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: maxpower on 12-16-2003)
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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 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 johnmichaelsen


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention and very little lacing. Nose is fairly attractive, with honey, bread dough and light pepper. Flavors replicate the nose, except the beer has an impressive amount of flavor for a 6% abv. beer. The beer is light on its feet, and drinkability is very good.

This is very easy to understand, easy to appreciate beer from Mahrs. Sure, it's nothing extraordinairy, but it's very easy to enjoy and appreciate.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2009 23:34:39 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of aflockofshegulls


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

This is a classic, all-around greatly satisfying bock. As elegantly flavorful as the best Franconian beer - a trademark of Mahrs Brau, for sure.

The color was amber-copper, with a creamy two-finger head.

Taste was gently warming, subdued fruit and and alcohol, with a strong noble hop presence. Surprisingly hoppy - not bitter, but just a perfect amount to round out the maltiness. Good mouthfeel - just a little sticky. Finish was dry, which lent itself to the great drinkability.

On tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA. Poured into a Mahrs seidel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 16:11:49 | More by aflockofshegulls
Photo of hellbilly


3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 18:56:55 | More by hellbilly
Photo of bjoyce12


3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Dive in Worcester,MA. I expect a Christmas Bock to have a stonger spicy presence, and this ale is a little disappointed. Some spice notes, but not enough to make me consider is a Christmas(or any other holiday)Bock. The Harpoon Winter Warmer is spicier. Mahrs has some spice, some good taste, pours a deep amber, a good aroma, but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 15:34:01 | More by bjoyce12
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 13oz tulip glass of this, vom Faß, at Sunset Grille today, while dining with Alewife. First note, I'd say this is not a Mai/Hellesbock as listed above, but more likely a regular Bock.

The tulip was nearly filled with a deep brown, almost black liquid. Opaque to say the least. Could not espy any carbo within, nor anything else. 'Twas topped by a very creamy 1/4" layer of tan bubbles, which left a nice trail o' lace in the tulip. Nose was quite subdued, with trace notes of light toffee and sweetness. Perhaps some hops, but, as I said, very much on the mild side. Body was medium at a minimum, with a welcome smoothness across the tongue.

Flavor starts with some mild choco sweetness. Has some roasty character, and is a touch bitter, but in no-way is it off-putting. Hops are present, though restrained, and fall in the floral category. I swear there is almost a spicy character to this in the finish, but I'm not entirely sure. It gets a tad sweeter as it warms, with the bitter quality ebbing a bit with higher temps. Quite pleasant, all-in-all.

(PS - having afterwards read a number of reviews here, and on Ratebeer, I'm amazed at the variance in color noted... from black to brown to amber to deep golden to hazy orange to straw.... Is everyone drinking the same bier here? Unreal!!)


overall: 4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 00:43:03 | More by Bierman9
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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly light refreshing bock, similar to a Miabock but available in December. The color is a golden amber topped with a clean white head, that lasted all the way down.
Tastewise it starts sweet and holds the sweetness throught middle, combining with a slightly toasty grainy malt blend , which mixes nicely with an evident but mild bitterness. The sweetnes fades slowly while the noble hops last throught the swallow.
Very enjoyable. Hope to find it again stateside.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2005 01:03:51 | More by farHillsBrewer
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew on tap the other night at Mahars. Brew was poured to a golden color with a small white head that broke down extremely quickly and left hardly any lacing. The aromas from this brew are highlighted by a sweet scent from the malt, bread and a slight spiciness. It is a relatively nice smelling brew, nothing extreme about it. The taste is very nice, solid malt flavor that is enhanced by spiciness and a bit of a hop at the end. The malt definitely dominated this brew. Over all the different flavors come together very nice, over all I think this is a solid beer. It is extremely smooth and one that I could enjoy for a session.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 14:28:54 | More by Stimack
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 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 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
Photo of DrDemento456


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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Mahr's Christmas Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
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