Mahr's Christmas Bock - Mahrs-Bräu

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 235
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 6
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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Reviews: 174 | Hads: 235
Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stange glass.

Look – medium to dark brown in color, clear, with about half a finger’s worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – if you try you can almost smell the lager beneath this type of brew. More syrupy/caramel-like aromas come out of it though, The smell isn’t a strong one at all though. The brew is pretty unassuming.

Taste – like the smell, if you try you can peer down through the beer and taste the lager within, but on the surface it shows a stronger, edgier vibe. Somewhat earthy or piney in quality too. It finishes a little bitter, but not nearly overwhelming.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not lingering more on the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – a very good brew. Interesting to taste and think about, and a pleasure to drink. (818 characters)

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25 oz. bomber ino a large Spaten glass and the brew is a medium clear brown color with a large bubbled frothy 1+ finger off white head. Slippery lacing on the glass as the brew is consumed.

The aroma is heavy carmel and malts with a touch of dark sugars.

The flavor follows the nose with the carmel leading the charge with the malts falling in as well as some bitterness that keeps this from being sweet. The flavor is more than the nose, more flavorful and more comlex, yet more simple than the nose would lead one to believe.

Nice medium mouth feel and carbination makes this a very easy drinker. For me, this is spot on as far as style description goes and would be an easy brew to have in the fridge on a regular basis. An A- bock in my book. (766 characters)

Photo of mariposafan
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a just slightly murky orange-brown with a shortish, foamy head that deflates a little quicker than I'd like.

The aroma is potent - rich with caramel and toffee with some molasses backing it up.

The flavor isn't nearly as sweet as I guessed from the aroma - still slightly sweet with some caramel and toffee but also with some mineral water hardness that rounds it out nicely. Some light, lingering bitterness but nothing untoward. Overall it seems a more rounded flavor than some of the other bocks I've tried and I think that minerality is the key.

The mouthfeel is fine. Maybe a touch on the watery side but not objectionably so. The carbonation is plentiful and tingly.

I could see making this a Christmas tradition. Well rounded and flavorful. (757 characters)

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a German beer mug. Label proclaims bottled on 209. Pours a crystal clear burnt copper/dark amber with some orange hues on the edges. Fluffy white head of at least 2 fingers caps the lager in the mug. Head simmers down to a thin collar, but does produce some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell consists of rich, sweet malts, caramel, sweet and fresh pastries with glaze, and dark-bread malt, some brown sugar as well.

Taste is more of the same. Very rich malt backbone. A completely malt forward beer with little hop presence to speak of. Caramel, brown sugar, fresh dark bread flavors predominate. Slight bitterness on the finish says there are some hops after all. Very rich and clean finishing lager.

Mouthfeel is smooth and substantial. Carbonation is just right. Delightful to let this bock roll across the mouth.

Overall, a strong and hardy Christmas lager. Perfect for a holiday afternoon relaxing by the fire. This bock is simple yet excellent. A prime example of German brewing excellence and why sometimes less is more. (1,059 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma has malty, caramel, molasses, yeast and cloves notes, very appealing. It pours a nice clear amber with a typical ivory head. Flavor has fruity, malty and earth notes as well as a hint of cloves. Texture is smooth, average-bodied and just a bit slimy, with minimum fizz. Merry whatever-you-celebrate-this-time-of-year! (330 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours caramel brown color, completely clear and clean, tall (but airy) head.

Nose of bock malts, pecans, and raisins.

Not much hop bitterness, there are flavors of copper, toffee, butterscotch, prunes, and German malts. The beer is a little sweet, but not overly so.

Mahr's Christmas Bock is very drinkable, and I was surprised by the low ABV. However, it isn't a terribly complex or interesting beer. Though a pleasant beer to accompany a meal, it isn't really worth seeking out. (528 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

25oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light brown with a tiny soapy head. Poor head retention.

Smells weakly of caramel and toffee along with a slight cough syrup smell.

Taste begins with a nice malty flavor along with noble hops. This quickly fades, though into a bitter cough syrup flavor. The bitterness continues and becomes quite harsh. I'm not sure if it's the age of this beer or just the way it is but it is not one of my favorites. (457 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with a decent off-white head. Some retention, no lace.

Some rich earth and caramel malt in the nose.

Nice version of the style. Slightly sweet, but well balanced with some palate cleansing bitterness. A touch of brown sugar and a little bit of caramel. Malt and light bitterness intermingle, with a fairly clean and lightly bittersweet finish.

Medium bodied, ok carbonaiton.

Highly drinkable brew. Tasty, with enough complexity to be a fine beverage for the winter months. (495 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had from firkin at Nerax at Novare Res.

Pours slightly darker golden orange color with light fizzy head.

Nose has dark wheats, creamy almost, slight pilsner like malts, soft malts and a bit earthy, touch of caramel and toffee.

Taste brings some light bitterness and floral hops slightly spicy. Then semi sweet malts, a bit bready and earthy with a bit of dark wheat, caramel and toffee, and slight creamy malts. The finish gets a bit stronger with bitterness and drier but lingering malts, and a long bitter earthy hop finish.

Mouth is med bodied, lower but decent carb.

Overall not bad, most of the Mahr's beers are phenomenal, this is good but not at usual standards for them IMO. But still decent and drinkable. (719 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label says "Bottled on: 701U". Well... that's useful. It might be a little old. The beer poured with hardly any carbonation, and only the smallest bit of foam. The aroma is decent, dominated by a nice toasted-breadcrust malt, rich and sweet. Flavor , though is disappointing. It's malty, but it's harsh and sweet, without any normal munich subtleness. Bitterness is restrained, yeast character neutral... just not a very interesting beer. (438 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden orange color with a pretty good head on it. The lacing was decent but not great. The smell of the see doesn't really shout Christmas at me. The aromas do have some fruity grains on the nose though. The taste has bready and lightly fruity flavors going on throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall not really a holiday beer in my opinion but still nice to try. (402 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Peabody's in Boone, NC

Pours an effervescent gold with one finger of ivory colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Pears, apples & breadyness

T: Honey malt, pears, grassyness, breadyness, & metallic hops up front. Pears, leafy & metallic hops with perhaps a bit of oxidation as this warms, along with King's Hawaiian Sweet Breadyness once warm. Finishes fruitty, somewhat bready with some metallic notes that are really bringing this down

MF: Medium boded/chewy with moderate carbonation

An alright bock, would try it again if I knew I was getting a fresh sample (595 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahr's Christmas Bock pours a clear honey yellow with a slight orange hue. On top a frothy white head forms. As the foam fades down to a thin sheet on the beer a few spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is faint and mainly malty with biscuit notes, caramel and a touch of apple and honey.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, slick and slightly oily. Low carbonation. The flavor is very malty. It begins sweet with a taste of caramel and biscuit malt. Slightly metallic. In the middle some light fruit notes of apple appear. There's also a little cinnamon and honey in there too. It finishes with a touch of grassy hops. I could be imagining the hops though. This is a very malty beer. Once gone the cinnamon and caramel malt lingers on the palate.

This is a good, tasty bock beer. Nice example of the style with a little winter twist mixed in. (864 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 25 ounce bottle.
A- Nice gold color, basically see-through. Big foamy white head and lots of lacing. Lots of bubbles dispersed throughout.
S- Very strong malty scent with an undertone of spice, I would guess peppermint, since it's a Christmas Bock.
T/M- Has a bit of a rye taste. Definitely malty. I would say there there's more of a dark fruit characteristic to it. Some mild spicy and herbal.
O- I've changed my mind a bit on this brew and now find it to be very refreshing, almost beautiful lager, but it lacks a Christmas Feel. (546 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My mom picked this up while she was on her way home from the Newark Airport. 500mL bottle split two ways. This is a helles bock.

The body is a clear amber with a fine but rapidly dissipating head. There was some wispy yeast in the bottom of the bottle, but a careful pour leaves that in the bottle, yielding a crisp and clear body.

The aroma consists of a touch of caramel, some nutty Munich malty sweetness. There is a classic German lager yeast character to both the nose and on the palate. In the flavor, a touch of toasted malt combines with the nutty malts from the aroma. This is really a solid example of a bock, and since this had about a year on it at the time of consumption, perhaps this could hold up well and continue to improve. This is just awesome. I'd pick up a lot more of this, as it is perfectly textured and a very good representation of the style. Bamberger hits the mark on this one. (908 characters)

Photo of alalvarez75
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying, the reviews on here are shocking! How can you rate a beer you got in the 99 cent bin as though you purchased a properly kept beer. Not slamming anyone, but it does not sound like the beer was cared for. Sounds like it was on the heater to me.

It is a very dark, hoppy beer. It is clearly a holiday beer as anyone who knows Franconian beer would expect. It has a great aroma that has hints of honey and spice. Its also a little on the sweeter side.

A great beer that pairs well with heavy food.

If ever in Bamberg, check out the Mahr's "gasthaus" - built in 1670 - There is no better place to drink a Mahr's. (634 characters)

Photo of Caml
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle; ,5l glass Seidl

A: Deep gold, perfectly clear, some streaming bubbles, a firm and rocky head, very white. Lots of lace.

S: Sweet and toasty malt dominates, hops are not present in any significant form.

T: Sweet and malty. Biscuity. Toasty. A touch of hop bitterness lingers on the finish.

M: Luscious and full-bodied, fluffed by ample carbonation.

D: Fantastic. I find everything about this beer spot-on and could far too easily drink it by the liter, morning, noon, or night. (489 characters)

Photo of MorningBeer
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Logli's in Rockford for $.99. Poured into a mug, which yielded a one finger white froth head that settled to a nice lacing sitting on top of a yellow / golden colored brew. Lacing was pretty thick on the walls of the mug as I drank it down.

Smells of honey, sugar, and good old-fashioned beer. Not much going on. Glorified Busch Light. Not too enticing.

Taste follows. I'm getting malt, a smooth honey. A punch of dry carbonation comes up next, followed by a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decent. There's a honey smoothness, and the moderate carbonation is just enough.

Quite drinkable, but bland. The taste is the deterrent.

Good enough to enjoy just this one. (680 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Clear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, straw, caramel, sweet, apple, toffee, sugar. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is soft to lively, finish feel is light metalic. Does not fit the winter/christmas brew concept, but good beer overall. (483 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy russet toned amber with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a small cap and thick collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is cinnamon toast, honey, grain, caramel, poached pair, mild oxidation, and berries.
Taste is of the aromas with a flavorful honey sweetness and maltiness up front.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, malty, sugar filled, and gently spiced. (410 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear and very light copper in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that settled down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that never completely faded away. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready and caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of clove.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite malty and has notes of butter, caramel and yeast. There is a slight amount of bitterness and metallic flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness.
D: This beer is rather drinkable for the style because it isn't that filling. (706 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Christmas is the season of lights so it's befitting that this golden beer seem extra lustrous and bright. Christmas also comes, in this hemisphere anyhow, at the coldest time of the year so it's also relevant that its body appear so dense. With powdered snow atop it and shimmering highlights abounding, it's official: this is Christmas-approved.

The beer smells like a much heftier, more potent version of a typical German lager, which, conveniently, is essentially exactly what a bock is. Its moderately strong malt aroma offers a preview of its toasty melanoidins and also features just a snippet of pungent Noble hops. A distantly spicy quality is present too, likely stemming from the alcohol.

I'm reminded of how much I enjoy bocks: they are at once so clean and conventional but also distinct and terribly rewarding. The average beer drinker will have no trouble telling it apart from mainstream swill and yet aficionados are often too quick to dismiss their nuances. But a good bock - even a Helles like this - is every bit as distinctive as any style.

Bocks have a lot of eccentricities. Come to expect crunchy malts (shelled in toasty melanoidins), a rich pale malt flavour virtually free of sweetness, underlying Noble-hop pungency and an overarching alcohol with complex, sometimes softly fruity, esters. The alcohol notwithstanding, however, it's still quaffable like an everyday lager.

Mahr's Brau Christmas Bock might not seem "Christmas-y" on the surface but, if you think about it, it's a hearty, wholesome, warming and bright beer for a dark, cold and desolate time of year that is all about intemperance and indulgence - what's more suitable than that? And besides, it might not be the greatest bock, but it's still one fine tipple.

I'll always have a soft spot for this beer, which I first tried after it was gifted to me on Christmas Eve, and which spurred my journey into craft beer and, in that sense, may be the greatest gift I've ever received. If you have any beer drinkers on your shopping list who you'd like to see get into better beer, give them the gift of a German bock. (2,111 characters)

Photo of Ghenna
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a peepee yellow with a quickly dissipating white head.

Smells generically spicey and malty. Taste is a bit of citrus and spice up front, with a very dry finish.

Tight bubbles and carbonation, the only thing that lingers in the mouth is the dryness.

Not really a lot to this beer. :( (291 characters)

Photo of plfahey
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Wow. Not at all what I was expecting out of a winter bock-looks like a Helles bock. Pale gold in color, and just a little bit hazy. Medium frothy white, with fair retention. Not bad necessarily, just not at all what I thought it'd be.

Aroma-Light sweet grain with a mild bready/honey aroma. Moderate floral noble hop aroma, and some light fruity esters (apples, pears, strawberries).

Flavor-Well-attenuated Pils malt flavors mix with a hint of noble hop flavor before being swept away a smooth alcohol finish. While the finish is not bad or harsh, the flavor profile is a bit lacking here.

Mouthfeel-medium to medium-full body. Moderate carbonation. Very slight alcohol warmth and smooth as hell. Definitely hits the mark here.

Not a bad beer, but it doesn't seem to style. Many people have already said it, but it doesn't hurt to reiterate-there's nothing christmas-y about this one. Its quite pale, not spiced, and frankly seems more like a helles bock or maibock than a christmas beer. Still, quite drinkable. I tried not to dock it too hard for being so out of place, but if I were to judge this as a Christmas beer, it would be in the "C" range at the highest. (1,220 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: One point poured into a wine glass.

A: Dull copper with a thin white head. It leaves behind very nice lacing. When held to the light, the beer takes on a burnished gold appearance and slow carbonation is visible.

S: Some malt, and a hint of hops. This beer does not have a strong aroma.

T: Sweet malty grains flow into biscuit flavors. It finishes dry and with some hops, it also leaves a bit of a green taste on the tongue.

M: On the lighter side of medium body.

D: Smooth and not heavy, it has pleasant malt and flavor, but is not heavy like most other Christmas beer.

Overall: A nice German holiday beer. Unlike many Christmas seasonal releases, this beer is not heavy or extremely complex. It has some nice sweet malt with a spine of hops. Is an enjoyable beer, but if you are looking for the typical heavy seasonal, this beer is not for you. (861 characters)

Mahr's Christmas Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.