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Mahr's Christmas Bock - Mahrs-Bräu

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 236
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | 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: 174 | Hads: 236
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this surprisingly hoppy beer with a base of bock flavour. Very drinkable, and can hold its own against the many hoppy American brews. I smelled the grapefruit, and tasted some grapefruit and spice, which the sweetness and carmel in the finish. A good one for the LCBO.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear and very light copper in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that settled down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that never completely faded away. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready and caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of clove.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite malty and has notes of butter, caramel and yeast. There is a slight amount of bitterness and metallic flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness.
D: This beer is rather drinkable for the style because it isn't that filling.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden orange color with a pretty good head on it. The lacing was decent but not great. The smell of the see doesn't really shout Christmas at me. The aromas do have some fruity grains on the nose though. The taste has bready and lightly fruity flavors going on throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall not really a holiday beer in my opinion but still nice to try.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a caramel color with a significant ecru head; sticks and laces reasonably well

Smell: All malt on the nose; caramel with a tinge of honey and some grainy elements

Taste: Starts out with a nuts and honey caramel malt flavor; mid-palate, which takes forever to kick in, starts to bring some bitterness which expands into the finish and nicely balances the malt; surprisingly hoppy at the bitter end; no Christmas spices I can detect, but a very nice Maibock for any time of the year

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, if not a little thick, with a pleasant amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Although I am hard-pressed to think of this as a Christmas beer, the Germans are not known for that genre so that may explain it; nonetheless, I really enjoyed this beer and view it among the best Maibocks I have tasted

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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 emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle cellared one year. Tried this fresh last year around the holidays, and it seemed a little boozy.

Pours a hazy deep amber, looks like a bock to me. One finger of foam initially that fades a bit. A sweet mild alcohol in the nose.

Alternately dry, sweet, and a little papery. Caramel toffee middle forms the bulk of the flavor. Very mild astringency at first that settles out, becoming malty in the middle, with a grape or berry finish. Alcohol is much more toned down, but even after a year it's still perceptible. Slightly fuller than other bocks, and somewhat sweeter too. It's not bad, but a little sweet without much to balance it.

Age has mellowed the alcohol, but that's all I can really tell. Not sure if i'll pick this up again, it was pretty overpriced around $5-6.

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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 oberon
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a light head that is gone pretty fast,aroma is lightly spicey and fruity with a pizza dough quality pretty appetizing.Taste is on the sweet side with a big maltiness to it seems almost spiced I notice a slight hop presence in the finish as well.A little thin but incredibly drinkable with alot of nice flavors.I would buy again.

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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 jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had from firkin at Nerax at Novare Res.

Pours slightly darker golden orange color with light fizzy head.

Nose has dark wheats, creamy almost, slight pilsner like malts, soft malts and a bit earthy, touch of caramel and toffee.

Taste brings some light bitterness and floral hops slightly spicy. Then semi sweet malts, a bit bready and earthy with a bit of dark wheat, caramel and toffee, and slight creamy malts. The finish gets a bit stronger with bitterness and drier but lingering malts, and a long bitter earthy hop finish.

Mouth is med bodied, lower but decent carb.

Overall not bad, most of the Mahr's beers are phenomenal, this is good but not at usual standards for them IMO. But still decent and drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Peabody's in Boone, NC

Pours an effervescent gold with one finger of ivory colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Pears, apples & breadyness

T: Honey malt, pears, grassyness, breadyness, & metallic hops up front. Pears, leafy & metallic hops with perhaps a bit of oxidation as this warms, along with King's Hawaiian Sweet Breadyness once warm. Finishes fruitty, somewhat bready with some metallic notes that are really bringing this down

MF: Medium boded/chewy with moderate carbonation

An alright bock, would try it again if I knew I was getting a fresh sample

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Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick tight-bubbled head (nearly pure white). Not much lace considering. Light amber color. Beautifully clear.

Malty, earthy and slightly skunked which surprises me as I'm drinking this Christmas Bock on January 3.

What a wonderful tasting bock. Lots of maltiness, yet it is balanced with faint but notable hop, which shows up nicely in the swallow and aftertaste. A rich beer, but it has very little sugar.

I think this is one of the better bocks I've ever had.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, coppery color, slightly burnished, with a serviceable whitish head, brief in it's flowering.
Aroma is malty, fruity, but a bit flat and thin. Lightly spicy, as well, mixing well with the dark, plummy fruit character.
Taste is...not bad, but a bit less forward than we'd like...kinda hum, kinda drum.
A bit too light in body, too syrupy sweet in the taste, cloys just a touch too much.
Not too crazy about this one. I'd like to like it more, but it just ain't happening. Lies too flat on the palate, has no pizzaz. Aftertaste isn't too tasty, either.

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Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy light brown thin a thin, lasting head.

The smell is of sweet caramel with underlying vague fruitiness and a touch of holiday spice.

The taste is of grainy, caramelish sweetness with a touch of minty spice. Fruitbread-like. Sweet finish with a metallic tinge.

The feel is almost syrupy, but not quite - a bit odd.

This one has interesting qualities - I'm guessing better around Christmas time, as that is the theme - I love these cryptic dates - Bottled on 5053 - DUH! Anyway, it didn't thrill me, I'll try it again in the winter and update review if appropriate.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice bisquity scent with pale and light caramel malts. It's sweet with a toasted aroma. The taste is excellent. It has a rich, smooth malty flavor goes down easy and finishes sweet and a bit dry in the aftertaste. It has a honey taste to it as well. This is a very flavorful beer. The mouthfeel is good also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good beer. I love the toastey feel and the sweet malt base. It's a good drinker and a fine sessions beer.

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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 Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a short 1/2" head. Little lace develops.

Smell: malt sweetness and some grassiness is detectable.

Taste: malt sweetness is moderate with some honey, pepper, pears, and a mild breadiness. Nice bitterness balances it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry late. Aftertaste is short as sweetness lingers and leaves the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one. Worth giving this one a try.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.69/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tall Libbey style pilsner glass.

A rust colored pale and yellow brown. Quite light but slightly murky, real different amount of hues to the glass all up and down. Topped with a gorgeous colored vanilla cream white head, two fingers with a whipped like appearance. Slightly sudsy, but with good enough retention and a slow fall. Neat looking brew.

What a fantastic aroma. Classic crushed grains, but a sweet caramel, and this huge cooked walnut and nut sweetness abounds all over it. Huge amounts of vanilla style sweetness, and fresh whipping cream. Wow I am in love.

What a fascinating beer. Light and nearly crisp, with a milky mild caramel finish. Hints with classic clove notes, but lost of creamy vanilla flavors. Hits like whipped up chocolate, with a small body but huge flavors that just linger. Nice clean finish, even just a hint of toast.

What a fantastic special beer. Light bock flavors, sweet cream, and hints of licorice abound in a German way. Got to add this to the Christmas beer wishlist on a regular basis from now on.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A somewhat vigorous pour produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a brilliatnly clear, deep ruby color that shows a red stained, dark copper color when held up to the light. Grassy hop aromatics and honey / concentrated malt notes drive the aromas here. This is quite malt focused, but something seems a bit aged or stale here (despite this being a new release to my local package store). Touches of cherry, lots of maillard components, and just plain richly concentrated malt notes.

Medium-light mouthfeel makes this fairly drinkable if not even quaffable. The beer has a clean grain sweetness to it that quickly picks up concentrated malt notes that are reminiscent of toffee and cooked raisins. The beer finishes with a sharpness that seems contributed by an herbal hop bitterness and perhaps some part of the malt character. A touch of tartness accentuates the raisin-like flavors and helps to offset the chewy mouthfeel a bit. The hops add a bit of a spicy & herbal component to the finish.

An interesting beer, but it seems a bit stale somehow, especially the the malt seems a bit flabby here.

Purchased: Plaza Liquor, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a pale goldenrod with a medium frothy head, good retention and lace.

S: Sweet bready malt, raisins, strawberry.

T: Heavy bready malt, full flavour, I enjoyed the sweetness of this brew. Feels like a big maibock.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, very easy drinking per the style.

D: I expected a so-called Christmas bock to be a bit darker, but the flavours are excellent especially for a lighter bock, a style I'm not not the biggest fan of. For my tastes a springtime brew, but in CA let's go Yuletide.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a recent Christmas beer run.

Pours a pale golden orange color with pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a three finger fizzy white head that quickly fades unto a thin lasting ring. Sporadic sotty lacing.

Earthy grassy aroma with bitter soily hops, bready yeast, subtle spice and pilsner malt.

Fuller bodied and much more complex and flavorful than expected based on it's appearance. A good amount of bready yeast contributes to the fullness of the body. There is also a light crisp fruit presence, mostly of apple, pear and subtle citrus. Lots of dry crisp wintery spice notes, especially hints of peppery zest, cinnamon and Christmas pastries. Sweet with a nice balance of subtle malt and spice with a dry finish.

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Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy russet toned amber with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a small cap and thick collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is cinnamon toast, honey, grain, caramel, poached pair, mild oxidation, and berries.
Taste is of the aromas with a flavorful honey sweetness and maltiness up front.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, malty, sugar filled, and gently spiced.

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Christmas is the season of lights so it's befitting that this golden beer seem extra lustrous and bright. Christmas also comes, in this hemisphere anyhow, at the coldest time of the year so it's also relevant that its body appear so dense. With powdered snow atop it and shimmering highlights abounding, it's official: this is Christmas-approved.

The beer smells like a much heftier, more potent version of a typical German lager, which, conveniently, is essentially exactly what a bock is. Its moderately strong malt aroma offers a preview of its toasty melanoidins and also features just a snippet of pungent Noble hops. A distantly spicy quality is present too, likely stemming from the alcohol.

I'm reminded of how much I enjoy bocks: they are at once so clean and conventional but also distinct and terribly rewarding. The average beer drinker will have no trouble telling it apart from mainstream swill and yet aficionados are often too quick to dismiss their nuances. But a good bock - even a Helles like this - is every bit as distinctive as any style.

Bocks have a lot of eccentricities. Come to expect crunchy malts (shelled in toasty melanoidins), a rich pale malt flavour virtually free of sweetness, underlying Noble-hop pungency and an overarching alcohol with complex, sometimes softly fruity, esters. The alcohol notwithstanding, however, it's still quaffable like an everyday lager.

Mahr's Brau Christmas Bock might not seem "Christmas-y" on the surface but, if you think about it, it's a hearty, wholesome, warming and bright beer for a dark, cold and desolate time of year that is all about intemperance and indulgence - what's more suitable than that? And besides, it might not be the greatest bock, but it's still one fine tipple.

I'll always have a soft spot for this beer, which I first tried after it was gifted to me on Christmas Eve, and which spurred my journey into craft beer and, in that sense, may be the greatest gift I've ever received. If you have any beer drinkers on your shopping list who you'd like to see get into better beer, give them the gift of a German bock.

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Mahr's Christmas Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
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