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Mahr's Christmas Bock - Mahrs-Bräu

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 7
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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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 173
Photo of mynie
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of keilerdunkel
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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?

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of WTexas
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of jahred
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of baiser
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of mntlover
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Guinness4me
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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?

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.

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…

Photo of Stimack
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Tballz420
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ones on the deeper-golden end of the specturm, with a nice, good-sized cream colored head. Pretty good lacing as well. Sweet bready malt scent. Light bready malts, main taste is fruity flavors. Some light floral hop influence as well. Lighter medium bodied. Good tasting beer but leaves some room for improvement. I like it though.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bock pours a deep orange gold color. The head is big and rocky. It lasts a long time and dissipates into an archipalego of well defined ivory islands. These gobs of head floating on the beer look really cool, and leave gobs of lace on the glass. The aroma is of thick bready fruity malts, a generous amount of noble hops and a slight touch of alcohol. The taste is very malty and quite alcoholic. There's candy like flavors and even passionfruit notes. Floral hops are detectable throughout. A hoppy bite is evident in the finish, along with a tart but clean yeast taste. The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is creamy.

This beer is very fresh tasting. Its also light and crisp for a bock, even a helles bock. I recommend it.

Photo of skipabeat
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite impressed by this particular beer. Initially, I noticed it in our local beer store and the festive bottle caught my eye. Being quite a fan of bock's, I decided it was worth a try.

I found its carbonation to be quite refreshing and its colour (a wonderful orange) to be very attractive. It poured with ample head which stuck around for quite some time after the initial pour - it was quite thick.

The beer itself was refreshing and left me wishing that I had picked up another few bottles. I will certainly buy again! My only negative comment would be that I was expecting something a little more heavy. When I think of bocks, I think of something that leaves you feeling full and satisfied - but I could easily have had another.

Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1/2 liter Euro-crown top. 6.5% AVB export. Pour shows a slightly hazy gold colored beer (certainly the lightest bock I’ve ever had outside of FAX or Holsten bright bocks)..frothy 1 finger cap that lasts...pleasant odor..sweet mingles with musty-bready banana-fruit-spice smells. Taste is malty sweet, spicy, butter-almond impression ( no it’s not diacetyl...it’s a true butter-almond taste from the alcohol/malts) as the alcohol/hops/yeast tastes mingle on the palate...very malty oily mouthfeel..long sweet bready finish. A very substantial bright strong beer...malty sweet and musty with butter-almond tones...not what you would expect from a helles bock.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a coppery orange with a 1 1/2" head and good lace.
Smell was sweet, malty with what was finally determined to be a cherry note hiding in the background.
Taste was hops first, then malt, alcohol then a hint of cherry.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied, fairly smooth but with a bit of hoppy bitterness at the finish.
Drinkability was good, but it was not as smooth a beer as expected.

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.

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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear light brown. The head was white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was Munich malt with a nutty caramel aroma.

The flavor was crisp with a substantial bitterness. The flavor starts out sweet and nutty and immediately the hop bitterness commands the flavor making it dry and lasting.

The finish was dry and lingering pleasantly bitter. The body was medium.

16.9 ounce bottle. No freshness dating.

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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