Mahr's Christmas Bock - Mahrs-Bräu
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3.75/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured a murky brown in color with just enough of a tangerine color to make that color noticeable. Nose is sweet, grassy and with a hint of chives.
The flavor is not so much honey as clover and pollen. Very spring-like. As if I am walking through some cow field up in Vermont. The malts are sweet and lend just a tad of sourness. Kind of a sourdought bread thing going on. Hop are very mild and are mostly come across as grassy. Mouthfeel is a tad bit more than medium body but with a just slightly dry finish. Nice sipping beer but more than one of these might be difficult because I found all the sweet and doughy malts a bit puckerish to really enjoy too many of these in one sitting.
12-17-2005 19:55:18 | More by MuddyFeet
4.53/5 rDev +23.8%
I'm definately into this beer at the moment. It's the perfect oxymoron of subtlety and complexity. Pours a very clear and crisp orange color, with a nice bubbly and long lasting head. Vibrant and translucent. Smells of pale malts, spicy grains and yeast, dusty hops, and a touch of honey. That honey taste comes up to the front in the taste, but remains subtle. Wow, that sweetness is really dead on. A nice light, bready maltiness, and an interesting balance of spices and herbal and slightly spicy hops. Low bitterness, but a nice warming kick of alcohol compliments the quiet hop profile. The sweet and spicy combination of this beer reminds me of a Belgian tripel, yet this beer has the crisp clean bite of a top fermented lager. Yes that might sound like a stretch, but I'm sure there must be some common ingredients, not that I'm claiming to know what they are. Maybe it's the bottle conditioning... So clean. Really interesting. So refreshing and drinkable, yet suitably wintery. This is pretty much what I'll be drinking til the snow starts to melt...
12-14-2005 03:10:03 | More by twelvsies
4.22/5 rDev +15.3%
You have to love the Germans. While everyone else is putting out holiday ales that are either spiced or hopped to the heavens, the Deutschland takes this time of year to put out a malt bomb. Why not? Its what they do best. Dark amber color, very clear with a light, fluffy white head. The nose is all malt with a rich caramel/toffee aroma. The taste is very sweet and malty. Loads of caramel and toffee, a hint of dates, and just a touch of hop bitterness. It really doesnt come across as citrus, it just accents the malt. Rich, thick mouth feel, and a high drinkability.
12-11-2005 19:54:18 | More by carln26
3.55/5 rDev -3%
I thought this was a good beer. Had a nice spicey/fruity smell, with a spicey/fruity taste. You could taste a little alcohol in it, but that was ok. It didn't ruin the taste one bit. The head was a big frothy one, with a little sticky residue around the glass. All in all a good bock beer. I'd think it'd be a good intro beer.
12-09-2005 04:50:09 | More by JISurfer
3.13/5 rDev -14.5%
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!
11-28-2005 16:10:29 | More by PatYoda
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
500 ml bottle. Mahr's Christmas Bock pours out a hazy light brown color with a big head. Sweet nutty aroma with some spices. The flavor is very metallic, which detracts somewhat from the tasty toasted malt. Caramel and cookie dough flavors come out as the beer warms. Hoppier than most German bocks. This beer is very flavorful and malty at first and finishes with a nice bitterness. A tasty winter treat.
11-28-2005 01:26:48 | More by beveragecaptain
4.75/5 rDev +29.8%
Hazy tawny liquid. Intensely fruity aromas of caramel glazed dried fruits and gumdrops exist within a frame of brown dough, butter and slate. A transparent, winey mouthful of vanilla and charred banana flavor. Roasted wheat crusts. Unctuous and boozy. Black bitter backbone. Silky textures. Profound inner balance and logic. Utter clarity combined with grave depth. Drink at 60 deg. F if you want sweet beer dreams.
11-12-2005 00:49:58 | More by putnam
4/5 rDev +9.3%
The Mahr's Christmas Bock pours from the bottle a translucent dirty amber with hints of brown and white a bone white bubbly head atop. Aromas of deep caramel, candied bread, almond and dark fruits with a definite cherry aspect. A hint of herbal hops sneaks out as well.
First sip brings a rich, caramel, nutty maltiness upfront that's cut by notes of bread, honey, dark fruits and a smidge of molasses. Starts sweet and flows down more bitter with a herbal hoppiness. Almost a piney element in the aftertaste. Overall it's a tasty malty bock.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and a steady flow of bubbles. Apart from the label, this beer doesn't seem to have any of the normal Christmas brew bells and whistles. It's just a tasty bock brew that goes down easy. Quite a steal at $1.49 for the bottle..I wouldn't mind having this again sometime.
10-27-2005 01:18:42 | More by orbitalr0x
3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
Hazy golden colour with a bright white head, quite dense. Settled in a few minutes leaving moderate lacing stuck to the glass. Very sweet, malty aroma, light fruitiness and hops. Flavour is sweet and malty, but with more pear fruit, slight spice, and bitterness shows up mostly in the finish. Medium body and carbonation, smooth, slightly creamy texture. Pretty tasty, and quite drinkable.
07-09-2005 22:35:26 | More by DrJay
4.22/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
03-17-2005 03:03:24 | More by WesWes
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
03-06-2005 01:52:12 | More by Sammy
3.33/5 rDev -9%
Looks a lot like an APA, actually. Kind of an ugly color, aif you ask me--a light, hazy brown like the M&M candies that they don't make anymore. But it's got a nice head...
Complex nose. Sweet, buttery malt mixed with some warm spices. Nice and just light enough.
Surprisngly light, very strange taste. Buttery malt upfront that gives way to a strong malt that leaves an oily taste in you mouth. Odd, is all I can say. Neither good nor bad.
This is only the second Maibock I've ever drank, so I really didn't know what to expect. What I found was a light, refreshing beer that I don't think I'm ever going to buy again but I don't regret having purchased in the first place.
02-18-2005 02:08:10 | More by mynie
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
01-28-2005 01:03:51 | More by farHillsBrewer
4.25/5 rDev +16.1%
1/2 L bottle with no freshness date.
It pours a clear orange, with a large 2 finger or so head that fades slowly to a lacing of bubbles that persists until the beer dissapears from my glass. It is also a little paler than I was expecting for a bock, but that could just be me. The aroma is all malt with a little bit of bready-ness and possibly some vanilla?
Now to taste: mmmm - again dominated by the malt, starts sweet but finishes with some surprising bitterness that I didn't expect from the aroma. Very nice carbonation and what could only be described as a "velvety" mouthfeel. (thanks to the thread a couple of days back).
I love this beer and could drink it all night. It would be a good session beer if not for the alcohol content being what it is - then again - why not?
01-13-2005 18:18:24 | More by keilerdunkel
3.45/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a pale copper color with amber hues and a light head. There are some light honey tones present in the nose along with a heavy dosage of malty goodness that gives off some caramel and toffee hints. There is also a slight floral and spicy aroma to this brew but it is very minimal. Initial flavors are overly sweet, with strong dark fruit tones along with a fair mix of caramels and toffees. Following there are notes of sweet molasses and an almost wheat like presence to this brew. The body is fairly light which takes away a bit from the full feel of the beer, but the carbonation is smooth and easy on the pallate which goes along nicely with its sweet finish. Overall a decent german beer but when I think of a Christmas bock I need more than what things brings to the table.
01-12-2005 23:05:51 | More by bigbeerdrinka
3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
16.9 oz bottle with Christmas goat on the label. Pours a clear, golden yellow body with a one finger offwhite head. Decent retention and some minimal patch lace.
Aroma is mostly malty, with caramel and butterscotch. Impressive floral and herbal hop character suggests honeysuckle. Vague spices are in the background.
Mouthfeel has moderately high carbonation and a lighter than expected body.
Taste is nicely balanced, with herbal and spicy bitterness melding nicely with a malty, butterscotch sweetness. Malt character evokes a freshly baked bready presence. Nice, evenly balanced finish.
I'm not very familiar with the Helles Bock style, but this one is a tasty sipper. Very Germanic in character, and a beer that I wouldn't mind keeping around any time of the year.
01-06-2005 11:12:41 | More by merlin48
3.25/5 rDev -11.2%
Poured a hazy, yellow honey like color and left a slight head in the glass. Not what I was expecting in a "Christmas" bock but I was not disappointed. Pleasant, almost creamy, taste with a hint of fruit (apple?) in the background. Didn't find the spiceness or zest that some other reviewers have noted. Smooth mouthfeel with just the right of amount of carbonation for this style. Went down almost too easily. Had to sample another 500ml to ensure that my observations were accurate. A good brew that I'll be on the lookout for during the next holiday season.
12-30-2004 03:01:59 | More by WTexas
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a clear golden/light copper color and a large, beige head. Malty and bready, with a generous addition of hops and a light, yeasty fruitiness. Starts malty and sweet, a touch of nuttiness, then the palate gets hit with astringency from the hops, not too badly, though. The overall feel of the beer is that it is rather mild and nondescript, but easily consumed. Carbonation is a little weak. I'm not really sure what makes this a Christmas beer other that the label artwork, but it's not bad.
12-30-2004 01:39:42 | More by crookedhalo
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
Bottled on 10-05-04, consumed 12-23-04. Pours a very clear, light, clean tan (yellowish brown) color with very little foam or head. The beer smells of alcohol and doughy malt. The taste focus on the malt up front, leading to an incredibly dry, cookie finish, with a lingering noble hop aftertaste.
As I consume the beer, there's a constant, dry spicyness that's tingly on the tongue (despite the fact that the beer is fairly flat). I can't quite describe the spicyness, and at first I wasn't sure if I liked it (though by the end of the glass I decided that I did).
As the beer warms, the scent has some more caramel notes, though the dryness of the taste continues. Overall, an interesting, and tasty winter speciality.
12-27-2004 03:05:23 | More by jahred
4.25/5 rDev +16.1%
Pours an amber body, decent head, but little retention. Sweet, floral aroma, malty and spicey. Great tasting beer. Sweet, caramel, pears, nutty. Clean, crisp and easy drinking. Good balance. Mouthfeel is light, and definitely drinkable. I really liked this hellesbock. Recommended.
12-26-2004 05:49:52 | More by baiser
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours a darker golden color with a nice white head, little light for a bock? Aroma is not bad lots of sweet malt with some spicey hop presence. Taste is sweet malt, some molasses with a nutty presence in the mixture finishes with lightly spicey hops that impart a light bitterness. Drinkable beer but overall nothing to get excited about. Mouthfeel is little thin for a bock.
12-17-2004 17:36:08 | More by mntlover
3.05/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
12-17-2004 01:27:27 | More by ybnorml
3.13/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
12-16-2004 19:01:56 | More by Popsinc
3.23/5 rDev -11.7%
Northern European legends talk of the elf that rides on the back of a goat delivering presents to children during the Yule season. So, yes, Virginia, there is a Yule goat and he's on the label of Mahrs Christmas Bock. Is this really a bock? I expected much darker. It poured a golden yellow-honey with a bit of foamy lace that grew when I swirled it in my glass.
Yeast and tartness filled my nose with a malty sweetness that I've noticed in most Xmas beers I've tried. The malt and alcohol smell lingered a bit.
Malt, butter and a slight metallic finish filled my mouth and danced on my tongue. Again for a bock, it was lighter in taste than expected and not as malty as others. Spices lingered a bit after swallowing but left no unpleasant aftertaste.
It was a pleasant beer that went down smoothly. Are you sure this is a bock?
12-13-2004 00:45:22 | More by Guinness4me
2.6/5 rDev -29%
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.
12-10-2004 04:21:51 | More by slitherySOB
Mahr's Christmas Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.