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White Christmas Holiday Bock - Moylan's Brewery

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White Christmas Holiday BockWhite Christmas Holiday Bock

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BA SCORE
72
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15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 26.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2002)
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Photo of NorCalYeti
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

taste- spices aren't pronounced

color- wheat

clarity- hazy

smell- lager, toasted malt, sweet

body- light, tart, smooth

appearance- light beer, thin white head

overall impression- uninspired

notes- peppery finish, not that interesting, not complex enough. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

NorCalYeti, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of BrewMaster
3.93/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper to orange color with a nice fluffy white head.

Smell: Creamy orange with spices and earthy hoppiness.

Taste: Spicy orange flavor with cinnamon, cardamom, and anise. Malty with cotton candy sweetness. Tangy and crisp wheat flavors that end with more spices.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied and a bit sticky.

Drinkability: Refreshing, clean fruit flavors with a nice spices makes it great for pairing with food. I had this with Thanksgiving leftovers and it was perfect.

BrewMaster, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of watermelonman
2.8/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pouring to a pale yellow with hints of orange, this beer had a relatively large head that lastest well. There's a decent amount of lace.

The smell was somewhat interesting and not too shabby, bringing a citrus twist to the wheat. The taste wasn't very good, though. This thing doesn't have enough body to support what its trying to do with the spice and extra flavorings.

It says "double wheat with zest". I really could have used more wheat and less zest.

watermelonman, May 07, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thick, lasting cream top over a clearish, subdued syrupy orange-apricot body. Nose is chalky sugar, a little stank and musty.

Taste is basically sweet, perhaps a little wheat, although I definitely was feeling corn. Too sweet. Spots of nutrasweet lemon, and something herbal, like chamomile. I was reminded of Rogue's Chamomello.

Was really turned away by the sweetness of this beer.

donnebaby, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of tjd25
3.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy snowy head on a pale yellow color. The smell reminds me a little bit of whipped cream, with a grainy character. The taste also is about creaminess. Not much else to say, honestly. Some fruitiness appears, maybe some cherries and light hints of apple and orange. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but quite smooth. The 6.5% abv is well hidden. Drinkable, but not overly enjoyable.

tjd25, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of IceAce
2.8/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

White Christmas 2004 is billed as a Double Wheat 'with zest'

Alcohol is 6.5% by Volume

Bottle (22 Oz.) comes with the warning "Live Ale! - Keep Refrigerated

Pours a hazy yellow / orange with an abundant 2+ finger of dense egg-white foam. The nose is top heavy with yeast with a banana background. As the foam collapses, lacing is noted at roughly 15%.

The taste will remind many of a witas the brew leads off with a yeasty foretaste which yields to a sweet grainy midtaste with spiky carbonation.The finish brings a return engagement of yeast which quickly fades leaving a slight metallic taste on the back of the tongue.

I'm not sure where Brendan was headed with this brew, but I know that I'm a little disappointed...

IceAce, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
2.98/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12/20/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22 oz bottle with no expiration date. Poured into my 24 oz mug.

Appearance- Apricot colored pour with a 3/4 inch head and average lacing.

Smell- Mostly wheat and grain. Maybe a tad of citrus.

Taste- Starts like a witbeer, then changes to a hefeweisne, then just becomes a bitter dry taste- What the hell is this beer? I don't buy the bock. An imperial hefe?!?! Kinda metallic taste on the back of my tongue.

Mouthfeel- Heavy to moderate carbonation that turns lightly carbonated the more you drink.

Drinkability- Better drank cold as it's starting to get pretty nasty as if warms up. Very confused with this beer. Not nice try by Moylan's, but they didn't score any points with this one.

GClarkage, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of germaniac
2.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The whole idea of a double wheat as a holiday beer sounds interesting, so it deserves a shot, right? Because Moylan's usual high standards implies that this might be a fairly good beer.

A little shocked on the color, somehow expecting something darker than the cloudy, orangish fluid that poured into my glass.

Going in for an exploratory whiff, I catch a little bit of the "zest" advertised on the label. If there are any malts in there, they are hidden by the overpowering Belgian- like qualities in the aroma.

After a hestistant sip, I find myself wholly unimpressed. Somehow, even knowing this was a wheat beer, I expected more of a maltiness that just wasn't there. Maybe it was all the mentions of this beer being a bock. Further sips just add to my disappointment. Sure it's drinkable, but I can't really think of any good reason for me to ever buy this one again.

germaniac, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of kmcnair
3.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange to yellow hue with a soft white head, odd looking sediment in my glass... tiny white beads, I have never seen this before. Aroma is lightly citric with an emphasis on lemon and biscuit malt. Flavor is biscuit, spiced cider, lemon, citrus fruit, pie spice, honey. Mouthfeel is light and very crisply carbonated. Not too shabby, but I'm kinda disappointed in the weird floaties.

kmcnair, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
2.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There 2004 White Cristmas Double Wheat was a disappointment. When poured it was a clean golden yellow with an orange hue with no foam or lace. The smell showed a weak aroma of malts and hops, also some citrus. I couldn't smell what, Double Wheat? The taste fell short of what the bottle said, "Double Wheat", but, did have a little zest. I guess that was from the citrusy flavor. Along with a short finish, this is a weak ale, not a premium ale that Moylan usually produce's.

BeerManDan, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of Zorro
2.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange colored beer, according to the bottle this is a double wheat beer.

Smell is sweet and like saltine crackers, that would be the wheat in this asserting itself. Mild Malt and fruity scent. Smells OK but nothing spectacular.

Taste is mildly sweet with a strong cracker flavor. Fairly strong hop level comes on strong mostly because there isn't much else to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkable but disappointing, I can't recommend this beer.

Zorro, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of drewbage
2.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at lucky baldwin's in Pasadena in a straight American pint glass

Orangey low white head

Sweet corn and caramel apple aroma

Flavor Is a low spiced toasted malt with a growing sweetnes until a hop bite with a touch of sourness arrives to clean the palate of all but the sweetness on the lips

drewbage, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
2.42/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Don't see too many Christmas lagers around, and Moylan rarely disappoints, so I was looking forward to giving this one a try. Crystal clear copper in color with almost no head at all -- just thin wisps eminating from a very meager carbonation. Aroma is malty and fairly strong -- a bit fruity/nutty with hints of vanilla and yeast. Doesn't smell as good as it sounds. The taste is...odd. Tastes like penut brittle, actually, with a bit of white chocolate. Very sweet, with a hint of toasty malt, but not enough toastiness or hops for balance. Aftertaste is a bit metallic. Medium bodied, and the low carbonation doesn't help -- makes the beer more cloying and, well, *flat*, than it should be. If this is what a White Christmas is like, then I'm glad I live in California.

mzwolinski, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.55/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Presentation: A 22 fluid ounce brown glass Bomber with a white ink screen-printed label, which still has the generic Moylan’s Brewing Co. Celtic style design. Labeled as “Moylan’s – 2003 White Christmas Holiday Bock Malt Liquor”, and listed as Alcohol 6.9% by Volume.

Appearance: Pours with a decent level of carbonation that aids the initial formation of a smooth 1” beige head that soon settles to a ¼” covering. The beer is has a lovely russet brown color that is perfectly clear. Average levels of conditioning – the head is reinstated when the beer is swirled.

Nose: Uurrgh!! Its f**kin horrid. Sickly vanilla and even sicklier (is that a word?) grainy sweet malts that stick in your nasal passage. Is this a beer, or syrup for topping Ice-Cream with? Just Plain awful

Taste: Even worse than the nose. Sickly malts – a juxta-screwed-up-pose of awful clinging malts and vanilla sweetness. Light hints of old ‘de-plated’ Silver Spoons and Aluminum in the back end. Somebody’s having a joke right?

Mouthfeel: A cloying, very sickly (have I used this word enough yet?) beer which has no respect for balance or even your mouth.

Drinkability: A struggler this one – I so very nearly gave up on it, but I kept at it, damn this is awful.

Overall: Labeled as “Malty and smooth with a clean finish, this Lager (that’s right I said Lager) will warm you (and your sweetie) inside and out”.

What the heck is this supposed to be?? A Lager-Bock – WTF? I’m stumped – it’s either extremely awful, or such an exotic form of a Bock beer that I’m totally ignorant of its style – either way – this SUCKS big style. Don’t waste yer hard earned money on this one.

NOT Impressed at all & nowhere near Moylan's usual standard.

P.S.
This would make a *great* Xmas present for the In-Laws that you hate! ;-)

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
1/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Dark Gold color, no head. Little or no aroma. Metallic and industrial tasting. Some vanilla extract taste. Not much to this stuff. What ever it is it sure the heck isn';t a bock. More of a malt liquor and it ain't even Olde English 800. Kind of weak and very uninspired. Listless and flat. The etched/painter beer bottle is the best part of this beer. Moylans is usually good beer, but this stuff reeks. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is metallic and alcoholic. Drain Pour.

beerguy101, Sep 04, 2003
White Christmas Holiday Bock from Moylan's Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.