Mahr's Christmas Bock - Mahrs-Bräu
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2.1/5 rDev -42.6%
A somewhat cloudy golden color with a white head. Intense aroma of cider, apple juice, and cardboard. There is a touch of spice to it and a strong sweetness. The flavor is no better. Lots of cardboard and paper with a green apple flavor, a touch of cider, and sugar. Not really even much in the way of malt flavor to be found here. Thin and watery to boot.
02-20-2012 05:02:29 | More by womencantsail
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
A: A light gold color with a little chill haze and a thin line of white bubbles on top.
S: A nice caramel, biscuit and crushed grain aroma with some earthy hop in the background.
T: Continues from the aroma. Caramel and grain flavor with a lager sweetness to it. I was surprised that the earthy hop showed through as much as it did. It provides a nice flavor and a little bitterness in the finish to balance out the sweetness.
M: Medium body with low carbonation. Easy drinking beer, but could use a little kick.
O: Typically Bocks are much too sweet for my tastes, but you can tell that this one is crafted very well and the touch of hop doesn't make is so one dimensional. Good beer.
02-17-2012 01:32:33 | More by Kromes
3.15/5 rDev -13.9%
There is a big, grainy malt aroma from this one.
The body is a lightly cloudy, straw yellow color with a thick white head. Good lacing and rings down the glass. Sweet earthiness wafts up through the head, melding with the malt character.
Rich, biscuit and malt flavor dominates the initial taste. A decent bitterness on the finish. Medium body with a chewy sweetness.
I wanted to like this one more, but it seems a bit on the heavy side of things. I would expect a bit more smoothness for a lager/bock. Decent, probably okay for the style, but not something to get real excited about.
02-09-2012 20:34:32 | More by beergoot
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured from a bottle into a Duvel glass.
Pours a medium dark Cola brown, some quick foam, leaves a thin ring and thinner layer. All malt nose. Cinammon and other spices too, but lighter. Taste is a syrupy malt sweet - like a pancake breakfast note. Thicker in the mouthfeel with very light carbonation. Cloying sweetness resides.
Interesting blend, but a bit thicker than most.
01-21-2012 13:08:38 | More by KTCamm
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours a clear golden orange with a 1 inch puffy bone colored head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace slowly drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some grape like fruity aromas. There is also a slight metallic aroma on this one. Taste is very much the same even down to the metallic flavor. There is a medium astringent bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I was expecting something much different.
01-14-2012 04:11:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.88/5 rDev +6%
Pours a thin brown color with a wispy white head. The head had some staying power which was surprising considering how wispy it looked when first poured. Its nice seeing a brown beer with a pure white head.
The aroma is sweet and bready. Aroma of a doughy munich malt with a raisin sweetness and some caramel. A traditional German bock aroma.
The taste is of a caramel munich malt, slightly toasted and a touch grainy. A good amount of raisin sweetness. The sweetness is balanced by an earthy hop bitterness and some mineral bitterness as well. A bit of an alcohol flavor.
The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Mostly sweet on the palate with some earthy bitterness to balance. A tiny bit of stickiness.
A nice traditional german bock. Definitely tastes like an amped up version of a munich lager
01-14-2012 01:13:35 | More by Gmann
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
12-31-2011 18:14:17 | More by Nerudamann
4.33/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
12-30-2011 18:41:41 | More by RedneckBeerz
4.53/5 rDev +23.8%
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.
12-25-2011 18:16:42 | More by mariposafan
4.47/5 rDev +22.1%
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.
12-24-2011 22:57:49 | More by JohnnyP3
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
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!
12-22-2011 03:07:50 | More by Cyberkedi
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
12-13-2011 04:11:15 | More by rinhaak
3.08/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
12-06-2011 01:13:49 | More by rangerred
Mahr's Christmas Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
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