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Mahr's Christmas Bock - Mahrs-Bräu

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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 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
Photo of ybnorml
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

ybnorml, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Popsinc, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of Guinness4me
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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?

Guinness4me, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of slitherySOB
2.6/5  rDev -29%
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.

slitherySOB, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.78/5  rDev -24%
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…

Phyl21ca, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of Stimack
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.

Stimack, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Tballz420, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of skipabeat
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

skipabeat, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of pootz
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

pootz, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of PorterLambic
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

PorterLambic, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

feloniousmonk, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

oberon, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a deep copper color with a minimal white head. The aroma is malty, bready, and spicy. The flavor is malty and bready; somewhat toasty. It has a spicy German hop flavor as well. It is relatively light in body and not bad drinking. Not over the top, but an alright beer.

Sampled 12/13/03

BeerBuilder, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a clear light caramel brown/dark honeyish yellow, a thin puffy off-white head dissipates quickly to leave a thin skim and collar. No lacing really sticks, just a few small blobs appear but drip back into the collar. Smell is fairly sweet with a favorable breadish quality and dullish fruity maltiness, a bit nutty with some very soft floral notes too. Taste is more of the same with a nice hold upfront of soild carbonation that lends some soft, well rounded sweetish malts touching on fruityness and caramel, kinda toasty/nutty, a definate sweet breadiness dominates but doesn't last and is a bit light on the palate. Feel is just under medium with a thinning but dulled nutty drying finish along with leaving floral/grassy notes. A gentle, easy going drinker, subdued a bit but moderate enough for amiable enjoyment.

tavernjef, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fine bubbled greyish-white head that didn't last long, and left only a ring around the glass. The beer was crystal clear and light golden brown in color. The aroma was faint, malty sweetness and a little doughy banana. The taste was mildly malty, leaning a little towards the sweet side, then a carbonated bitterness creaps up and bites the tongue. A fairly clean beer, especially in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer, just not much to it.

HappyHourHero, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured with a light cream head over clear dark bronze liquid. A typical "nothing to see here" soft malty nose aroma. The taste was a deep satisfying maltiness mingling with bitter, metallic hoppy tones. Quite good...better than the nose would lead you to expect! Finishes up delicious and drinkable, sweet at first, then drys out superbly in the end. Very good and reccomended!

beerluvr, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first and only Christmas Bock, thus far. What is it to be compared to?
It pours a deep amber with a thin off-white head and some trails of lace. An initial malty aroma fades rather quickly. A Euro-hop smell picks up where the malt fades. A distant, yet constant earthy smell remains throughout. At first swallow, the malt body seems a little thin for the winter-type style, but as it warms, more malty characteristics are revealed. A little sweet caramel and lots fresh baked bread favors begin to assert themselves. The hops possess a metallic bite and just a hint of limey bitterness. This brew sweetens and displays a lightly herbal character late in the glass. All in all a pretty good winter brew.
It can be compared to (distantly) Young's Winter Warmer.

BeerResearcher, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light amber appearance. A medium sized bubbly beige head recedes to a thin film quickly. Some crisp floral hop tones accentuate some soft pale malt tones. Herbalness and earthiness also come across on the nose. The mouthfeel is quite light on the CO2. A little too light I think. Body is medium-full. The flavors are munich malts mixed with leafy hops. A little bit of a nutty flavor as well. Bitterness is evident on the aftertaste and seems to be hop derived as well as grainy. Pretty average.

Bighuge, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber-copper color with a decent off-white head that doesn't last with some lacing, sweet fruity and flowery aroma. Sweet and malty roasted caramel flavors , medium body with a sticky mouthfeel, finishes with some sweetness, very average at best.

maxpower, Dec 16, 2003
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Mahr's Christmas Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
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