Mahr's Christmas Bock - Mahrs-Bräu
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4.46/5 rDev +21.9%
hmm, i may have ruined the first small part of the pour.... into a frozen Golden Harvest Drinking Jar (for a little style....) but it foamed HUGE...
dark straw color, huge foamy head, and smells a little spicy and lager-y in the bottle and the jar.
with a now-shrunken and textured head, the first sip is a bit like a soft pilsener, with the medium sweet malts up front and a slight bitterness on the sides of the tongue. there's a certain robustness to it, which wasnt expected after seeing how light-colored it is in the glass. i should probably save the "drinking jar" for those lame, commercial brews as these german brews always seem to foam up when i pour into it, regardless of how softly i may try to pour.
overall, an exceptional brew! not an entirely complex beer, but for the style this is something i'd endeavor to find out of the tap in a nice, dark, warm ambience.
02-08-2013 23:30:24 | More by pkalix
2.84/5 rDev -22.4%
Pours a very clear pale, nearly amber in color. Aroma is clean and nutty, some hint of barley grist. Flavor is clean like a pilsner and turns thicker with some smoke and umami. Coppery aftertaste with some fruity, nectary hops. Feel is more watery than anything with medium carbonation, but tending towards flat. Finish is somewhat sweet, but mostly balanced. This is nothing special. I'm not one for bocks, but this doesn't taste like a bock or a pilsner. Not bad, but not good either.
01-10-2013 01:39:26 | More by Philousa
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
P: Crystal clear copper body with a thin layer of airy white bubbles that settle to a thin film. Slowly active bubbles climbing to the top.
S: Toasted caramel malt, yeast, cereal grains and dull spice.
T/M: Taset follows the nose with heavy malt, toast and earthy yeast. Apple peel hops with cinnamon and other spices balancing delicately on the palate. Light body with zesty carbonation. Finish is dry with timid bitter apple peel.
O: As a Christmas beer I feel lack of spice was really a downer. A good beer that is easy drinking and enjoyable but not a Christmas miracle. A solid offering none the less.
01-06-2013 00:34:02 | More by Hopswagger
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
It pours a beautiful golden color with a white head that fades fast. It smells of fresh baked bread and yeast. The taste starts malty, yeasty, and sweet and then delicately fades into a mildly bitter hop finish. The malt and yeast never really give up their grasp on your tongue though. In fact, the malt and yeast can be tasted long after the hops have faded from the palate. The carbonation is a bit on the heavy side, but the thick/creamy mouthfeel counteracts it beautifully. This beer was a new experience for me. I usually target hop forward beers that are intensely bitter, but this one was a bit different. Thoroughly enjoyable, but completely out of my normal beer style.
01-04-2013 00:26:40 | More by silverking
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
In a pint glass this beer was gold in color with a medium-sized white head. There was a little bit of lace.
Mostly a caramel aroma, sweet. A bit outdoorsy, grassy, herbal.
Taste followed form. Caramel, fairly malty. A kiss of herbal hops.
A nice enough beer.
12-30-2012 15:30:34 | More by lordofthewiens
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.
The smell featured light earthy malts, metal and a light grassy hop.
The taste consisted of a light round caramel, cereal grains and grassy and herbal noble hops.
The mouthfeel was round and clean with a vigorous carbonation.
Overall a tasty winter bock. Light and enjoyable.
12-21-2012 00:25:04 | More by plaid75
3/5 rDev -18%
I just did not dig this beer at all. There was nothing really to like, though it wasn't bad, it wasn't good either.
The head was white and soda foam fizzy, fading fast. The color was light golden and boring with hardly any carbonation.
My first snif said pils and if I was blindfolded that would be my answer.
And taste is a similar pils taste.
Aftertaste and finish were clean.
I will put thisup for review again perhaps it's a misrepresentation.
12-15-2012 13:22:00 | More by micromaniac129
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
12-14-2012 02:42:57 | More by Stinkypuss
4.35/5 rDev +18.9%
Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours clear caramel brown with a white head that doesn't stick around for very long. There is a moderate amount of visible bubbles rising in the beer. The aroma is sweet like caramel with some chocolate and bread. The hops are a little grassy and mildly spicy on the nose. The flavor is biscuit like with sweet caramel. The hops are grassy and spicy, providing some nice flavor and some back end bitterness. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp. This is an excellent beer.
12-13-2012 00:51:44 | More by acevenom
3.08/5 rDev -15.8%
This brew was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a stemless chalice showing a rusty golden brown coloring. It held a half finger tall head of eggshell bubbles, showing lower retention. Jagged rings of lacing were left as the head receded. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave honey, metallic adjuncts, lactic sourness, light wheatiness, muddy yeast, faint woodiness, and medicinal phenolic bite with warmth. Our first impression was that there was nice honey sweetness to the flavoring, but it was overly adjuncty and light in the malt department. As we sipped, pale malts, adjuncty grain, sweeter notes of caramel and honey, browned apples, mineral, and light nectary hops started things off. The peak came with peppery booze, more metallics of nickel, plastics, and big adjuncts. Bittering pucker of plastic phenols marked the transition to the finish, where pale malts, black pepper, and muddy browned apple sweetness finished things off. The aftertaste breathed of light booze, tinny metallics, cloying caramel maltiness, and synthetic fruit punch sugars. The body was on the lighter end of medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was okay froth, cream, slurp, and smack to each sip, with a light cooling coating. Eventually a thin, astringent dryness took over. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.
Overall, the best thing about this brew was the flashes of sweetness through the flavoring. Otherwise they really missed the stylistic mark here. Off the bat the coloring was far too light, while the nose gave an overly sweet, crazily adjuncty grain bill. There was little depth or roast to support it. The flavor ran into the same problems, with nothing robust enough to drive the beer home.
12-06-2012 23:29:24 | More by TheBrewo
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
16.9oz. bottle: This one pours a darker, clear caramel color. There was a very small tan head that didn’t linger long or leave any lacing. The aroma is OK. Caramel malts, hints of biscuit, subtle fruits, some earthy hops and maybe a hint of spices. The taste is OK. Some caramel malt sweetness with a hint of spices. Mild earthy hops. Maybe a hint of breadiness. Decent enough, but I’m glad it was on sale. Don’t think it was worth the original $5.99/bottle.
12-06-2012 21:05:46 | More by Boto
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
Picked up this fine Christmas bock for 3.50 at my local house of 1,000 beers
A - Was able to pour the entire bottle into my Guinness glass. Pour yields a dark amber brown, clear but not ruby with tons of carbonation bubbles.
Regardless of carbonation I only get a mild bubbly lace ring and good lacing.
S - Smells of your average bock. Mild toasty malts, chocolate, and some sweet caramel malts. I guess I expected some spices it being a Christmas beer.
T - A bit of a strong hop presence next to some toasted malt, bready in nature. Taste seems to have some mild nutmeg and maybe cinnamon if I look for it. Finish is sweet.
M - Medium bodied and chewy as expected for a bock like this.
Overall quite a hoppy bock that has some Christmas spicing. Might not get it again but it was worth a try.
10-31-2012 03:28:45 | More by DrDemento456
Mahr's Christmas Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.