Mahr's Christmas Bock - Mahrs-Bräu

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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Germany

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: 235 | Reviews: 174
Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a pale goldenrod with a medium frothy head, good retention and lace.

S: Sweet bready malt, raisins, strawberry.

T: Heavy bready malt, full flavour, I enjoyed the sweetness of this brew. Feels like a big maibock.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, very easy drinking per the style.

D: I expected a so-called Christmas bock to be a bit darker, but the flavours are excellent especially for a lighter bock, a style I'm not not the biggest fan of. For my tastes a springtime brew, but in CA let's go Yuletide.

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

Pours a light amber color; not too far off from other lighter lager styles. Head's large and white; lasts longer than I am used to.

Smells indistinctly malty. Picking up a little bit of noble hop character, too. Not very complex but good non the less.

The taste reminds me of a helles bock, but not a normal bock, or am I just used to dobbelbock, I don't remember. I drink too much.

Malted grain, sweet biscuty malts are in the middle, and noble hops make the finish bone dry. Very delicious, one of the better German beers I have had of late that's for sure. In fact, it almost seems like the finish is too clean. Nothing really lingers at all.

Mouthfeel is clean and everything goes down pretty easy.
Split this with my friend who literally just got off a plane from Oktoberfest and he enjoyed this as well which says something because he just had a crap load of lager fresh for like a week.
In general I don't think I'm as much of a fan of the pale bocks, but this is still a great example of the style for those that do.

Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This German special shows a clear yellow gold color with a decent spotty white cover and excellent lacing. The aroma says clean fruit and wheat, white grapes. Pleasant. The flavor is similar with mellow wheat and sweet grape. It's nicely blended in a solid medium bodied brew that is very drinkable. The feel is smooth and easy with fair carbonation to keep it lively. This is hard to describe but is plenty enjoyable, oddly mild for the style yet not wimpy. A very solid bock though I'm not sure I get the Christmas connection. Nice label though!

Photo of maltlikker
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber with a billowing off-white head which dissipates slowly leaving thick lacing. Color is much lighter than I expected.

Grassy citrus aroma. Smooth honey bread taste with a kiss of floral hop bitterness at the end to balance it out.

Creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation make this very drinkable - delicious! I don't know what makes it a Christmas Bock though....

Photo of mrmanning
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a yellowish straw coloured body with a white head that was gone in seconds. Aroma was hoppy ,lemony, grassy, and of grains and pale malts.. Taste was bitter-sweet, wheat, and slight caramel. Nice bitter bite here but I am not sure this is what I expected.

Photo of bob3701
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Poured a clear golden yellow with a big fluffy head that hung around for a while until going into a thick film that laced pretty good. Aroma wise I only got a slight sour wiff. Very malty and sweet with only the tiny hint of hops. Was suprised by this beer was expecting a darker brew but more maibock in style. Very mellow and easy drinking.

Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm surprised this is a helles bock... bringing some light to the winter solstice?

A: Hazy copper-bronze with a white head, thin ring of retention, some lacing.

S: Wonderful sweet toffee aroma, bready, floral & slightly herbal.

T: Sweet toffee, floral, grassy, slightly herbal, bready, definitely leans to the malty side; hints of crisp, wheat malt; balanced bitterness; alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate body is smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: Different, but a decent drinker.

Photo of Mora2000
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ericandersavy for sharing this bottle.

Pours medium-dark brown with an off-white head. The aroma is malt with some spices. Smell is reminiscent of the spices you find in an apple pie. The flavor is lacking. What is there is sweet malt with some cherry and spices. Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vigrous pour into a Hefeweizen glass yields a three-finger rocky white head fading quickly to nothing over a clear amber body.

Smell has an interesting nutty note up front (kind of like and English brown?), with hints of fruit (prunes, cherries) and slight note of chocolate. Smells really good.

Taste is a bit of a let-down after the aroma. Dominant note up front is a soapy-nutty flavor. Next comes metallic-bitter-pine hoppiness. Then the finish is a bit sloppy and non-descript: I'd swear there are some adjuncts in there.

Mouthfeel is not too bad: a decent roundness.

Drinkability is pretty decent as well.

Overall, a decent beer, though for the life of me I can't tell you what's "Christmas" about this beer.

Photo of peabody
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a really clear slightly bubbly yellow to yellow amber with 1/2 finger of suds. No lacing.
Smell is weak corriander and cinnamon. Weak but overall nice aroma.
Taste is a weak mishmash of bitter hops and very slight spices.
Mouthfeel is watery and boring. Nothing to stick to the insides of the mouth.
Drinkability would be OK if this were a better tasting brew.

Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a recent Christmas beer run.

Pours a pale golden orange color with pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a three finger fizzy white head that quickly fades unto a thin lasting ring. Sporadic sotty lacing.

Earthy grassy aroma with bitter soily hops, bready yeast, subtle spice and pilsner malt.

Fuller bodied and much more complex and flavorful than expected based on it's appearance. A good amount of bready yeast contributes to the fullness of the body. There is also a light crisp fruit presence, mostly of apple, pear and subtle citrus. Lots of dry crisp wintery spice notes, especially hints of peppery zest, cinnamon and Christmas pastries. Sweet with a nice balance of subtle malt and spice with a dry finish.

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a short 1/2" head. Little lace develops.

Smell: malt sweetness and some grassiness is detectable.

Taste: malt sweetness is moderate with some honey, pepper, pears, and a mild breadiness. Nice bitterness balances it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry late. Aftertaste is short as sweetness lingers and leaves the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one. Worth giving this one a try.

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention and very little lacing. Nose is fairly attractive, with honey, bread dough and light pepper. Flavors replicate the nose, except the beer has an impressive amount of flavor for a 6% abv. beer. The beer is light on its feet, and drinkability is very good.

This is very easy to understand, easy to appreciate beer from Mahrs. Sure, it's nothing extraordinairy, but it's very easy to enjoy and appreciate.

Photo of popery
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not so great bock. This beer is just too sweet. It tastes a bit like a simple unhopped beer in an unpleasant, malt extract way. The beer is a hazy amber-brown with a rocky white that dissipates quickly. The aroma is mostly caramel and malt. The flavor is sweet with a bad finish. The mouthfeel is too thin and a bit sticky. I won't be buying this again.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip from 16.9oz bottle...no fresh on date

A: Pours a burnt chocolate brown that is mostly opaque but not entirely, nice creamy two finger head forms and slowly recedes leaving a nice cap of pillowy goodness on top and excellent lacing as it falls.

S: Really not too much to speak of, faint roasted malt and just a hint of spice...pretty subdued.

T: Much more to speak of on the palate...lots of roasted malt, a little spice, a really nice yeast profile that comes in mid palate and the finish ends with some nice crisp hops that balance it out.

M: Pretty nice mouthfeel, very classic for the bock style. Medium body with just a hint of an oily smooth feel and nice carbonation that wakes up the tastebuds but doesn't overpower the flavors.

D: Very smooth and drinkable, flavors aren't overly complex and just a nicely spiced christmas bock that gets the palate in the mood of winter!

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

Holy Moly, found this in the back of the DBF - label says bottled on 48 80, what ever the fork that means...

Poured a burnt orange into the Corsendonk tulip, bit of a white head pops up and dies quickly. Bread and malt in the aroma, spice and malt in the quaff. Easy bit of nutmeg has me ready for the fall beers and Xmas. One can't beat German bock beers at any time.

This on has held up well, good thing it was kept cold from last year.

Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange/brownish color. At first a one finger white head forms and recedes in an instant. No lace to speak of.
S: Toasty malt and some butter. Kind of musky. Not very aromatic or overly complex.
T: Toasted and caramel malt. Some toffee, and butter.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated and creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink. A nice beer to quaff.

A pretty good Bock. The nose is a little off, though overall a good beer. Something worth trying.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a deep reddish-brown that when held to the light is an almost darkened copper color. A 2+ inch beige head forms and reduces to a nice lacing.

The aroma is primarily sweet caramel malts that are relatively hidden unless it is warm. Some dark fruit notes also lurk.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a dose of dark fruit and caramel malts. A bit of alcohol is noticeable and a unique amount of noble hops, particularly at the end. A metallic taste also presents up front.

The mouthfeel was also decent but could have been stiffer. It is reasonably clean and leaves a pleasant dryness at the end. It is light/medium bodied adequate carbonation.

This is a reasonable beer. I don't think I would want more than one in a session but I do think it would be a beer that could be paired well with certain occasions.
Overall, this is an okay beer.

Photo of aflockofshegulls
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic, all-around greatly satisfying bock. As elegantly flavorful as the best Franconian beer - a trademark of Mahrs Brau, for sure.

The color was amber-copper, with a creamy two-finger head.

Taste was gently warming, subdued fruit and and alcohol, with a strong noble hop presence. Surprisingly hoppy - not bitter, but just a perfect amount to round out the maltiness. Good mouthfeel - just a little sticky. Finish was dry, which lent itself to the great drinkability.

On tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA. Poured into a Mahrs seidel.

Photo of philipquarles
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber-brown with a sizable light-tan head. The foam sits around for a while, eventually receding to a film with a nice amount of lacing. Smells faint at first, but after letting it warm quite a bit, I get slightly sweet caramel malt and plenty of fruit (black cherry?)--easily the most I've encountered in a lager. Toasted dark malts give it a nice roasty flavor; quite hoppy as well. More fruit here as well. Very nice and quite flavorful. Mouthfeel is also good: thick on the palate with perfect light carbonation. I could drink this all day. An excellent lager--subtle, yet full of flavor.

Photo of biggmike
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an attractive copper color with decent head that stuck around a little while. Aroma was of sweet maltiness and maybe some yeast. Flavor is the same with the additon of some dark fruits. Mouthfeel is correct for the style. Lacing was minimal. This is a decent beer.

Photo of albern
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a respectable bock, but not brilliant. The beer pours a nice clear amber slightly mahogany color with a decent white head that retains a bit. Lacing is okay with this beer. The nose on the beer is a full palate of malt, a bit of a yeast hint (ringwood?) and a touch of boozy ABV. Before the beer really settles in, there is a definite metallic aroma coming from this one.

The taste is quite good. Lots of roasted malts, huge caramel bouquet, brown sugar and honey notes come through in the mid section. The beer has a sweet, yet strong, ABV presence throughout. There is a definite dextrin sweetness from the malts, but a slightly biting spiciness as well, and perhaps that is what the Xmas in the label is all about. Otherwise, this tastes a whole lot like most other bocks you find. The caramel malts, the ABV presence, the slightly bittering aftertaste coupled with the spicy bite, pretty much define this bock. The carbonation is moderate. The beer isn't syrupy, but the aftertaste does have a touch of the throaty ABV burn. The beer is largely representative of the style.

Photo of Domingo
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's not every day that I encounter something from Mahr's. It's also not every day I encounter a normal straight-up bock either.
Pours a light amber color. Not too far off from a marzen. Head's normal sized and white.
Smells indistinctly malty. Picking up a little bit of noble hop character, too.
The taste reminds me of a helles bock. Malted grain, sweet rummy booze in the middle, and noble hops make the finish bone dry. In fact, it almost seems like the finish is too clean. Nothing really lingers at all.
Mouthfeel is clean and everything goes down pretty easy.
1/2L was enough for me. The boozy sweetness and finish that disappeared were good for a bit, but I lost interest about 2/3 of the way in.
Reminds me a lot of the Hofbrau Ur-Bock I had in Munich a few years ago.
In general I don't think I'm as much of a fan of the paler bocks.

EDIT: Had a fresher bottle in early 2012 and enjoyed it quite a bit. It isn't amazing, but a nice easy drinking malt-forward beer.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle that reads "Bottled on: 48 80". Wha? Those crazy Germans--up to their old tricks again. Anyway, poured into a Hennepin flute.

A--Pours up massive three fingers of white foam with impressive duration time before petering out to skim. Considerable lacing. Body is the color of iced-tea or caramel or a darker, non-reddish wood (I think somebody has used walnut?). Basically medium brown with only slight ruby highlights when held to light.

S--Pretty alluring--sweetish dark fruits, mostly prune and fig, along with some spice, clove and cinnamon. It almost smells like this Spanish quince paste I've had, Membrillo, except mixed in with dark bread grainy notes. Delightful!

T--Taste is actually fairly divergent from the nose, more so than any other beer in recent memory. Lots of sweet roasted caramel malt (Munich? I'm not this good yet), toffee notes, toasted bread crust but more brown sugar up front, followed by spice: green pepper and clove. Unfortunately much of that is hidden by a dominant copper flavor, which, thankfully, buried itself in the background once this warmed considerably. I'd say about 55 degrees is not a bad idea. Finish is deep, rich, and lager clean--mild hops that you taste in the very back of your mouth/tongue, and freshens. Without the sucking on a copper pipe element this is a great tasting beer.

M&D--I may be off with the mouthfeel, but I expected something a bit fuller, bit more creamy. This is a bit too biting, acidic next to the spice. Drinkability is great as with most lagers (just as a side note: my bottle reads 6.0% ABV rather than 6.5. Dunno if it changes every year or what.)

Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick tight-bubbled head (nearly pure white). Not much lace considering. Light amber color. Beautifully clear.

Malty, earthy and slightly skunked which surprises me as I'm drinking this Christmas Bock on January 3.

What a wonderful tasting bock. Lots of maltiness, yet it is balanced with faint but notable hop, which shows up nicely in the swallow and aftertaste. A rich beer, but it has very little sugar.

I think this is one of the better bocks I've ever had.

Mahr's Christmas Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.