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Mahr's Christmas Bock - Mahrs-Bräu

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | 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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Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear liquid…honey colored with an initially large white head. The head quickly settles and all but disappears. There’s a pleasing malt aroma. The aroma could be a little more intense, but it’s appropriate and makes for a nice centerpiece for the brew. Very little roasted character…almost no hop presence. It’s not cloying, but is notably sweet and bready. Medium body and very satisfying. I really enjoyed this one.

Suds, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy honey color with a big off-white head that lasts for a while and laces. Was there yeast in there? No traces on the bottom of the bottle, but the beer looks pretty cloudy. Smell is very pleasantly unusual. Smoky candy apples and cardboard. A little musty like Grandma's attic, yet not unfresh. Flavor is very malty and sweet at first, very honeyish. Hints of cough syrup drift through. After a second or so a papery bitterness takes over and refreshes the tongue for another sip, leaving a pine-tree-sap flavor in the mouth. Medium body, low carbonation. Very smooth.

A nice malty brew for the colder seasons. I would like to have this on occasion, though the imported price [3.70/1pint9oz this time around] will may deter me.

Cheers to Mahr's!

waughbrew, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of medic25
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a watery, tea-colored brown, with very little head or carbonation. Very pleasant malty aroma. Taste is a fairly thin malty experience, with a decent amount of bitterness provided by the hops. The bitterness seems to make up the majority of the aftertaste. One of my first experiences with the maibock style; not bad, but I'll take a doppelbock over this any day.

medic25, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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

brentk56, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

MuddyFeet, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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...

twelvsies, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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? It’s 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 doesn’t come across as citrus, it just accents the malt. Rich, thick mouth feel, and a high drinkability.

carln26, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

JISurfer, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of PatYoda
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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!

PatYoda, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beveragecaptain, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of putnam
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

putnam, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

orbitalr0x, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

DrJay, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

WesWes, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Sammy, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mynie, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of farHillsBrewer
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.

farHillsBrewer, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of keilerdunkel
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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?

keilerdunkel, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

bigbeerdrinka, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

merlin48, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of WTexas
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WTexas, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

crookedhalo, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of jahred
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

jahred, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of baiser
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

baiser, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of mntlover
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mntlover, Dec 17, 2004
Mahr's Christmas Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.