Christmas Bock
Mahr's Bräu

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German Bock
Ranked #56
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3.69 | pDev: 12.2%
Mahr's Bräu
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Photo of OlaB
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a small top of white head that dissolves quickly. Aroma is sweet with notes of bread, toast ,caramel, malts ,grass and spices. The taste follows the nose. Sweet with malty tones in the back with tones of bread and caramel. The finish is actually quite bitter with notes of grassy hops and herbs and with a good lenght on the aftertaste. A little to bitter for i like this style Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A good and interesting bockbier.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice copper color, not much head. Not the straw yellow that other reviewers have described.
S: Sweet, like malt syrup and burnt sugar, fruity, and bready. Great smell.
T: Tastes much like the smell leads one to expect. Bready and sweet, but with a malty bitterness on the finish that brings a much needed dryness.
M: Fairly light body, a little sticky.
O: A nice German beer. not sure what makes it specifically a Christmas Bock, but I'll take it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear straw yellow, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like bready malt, a little bit of honey, and some lager yeast.

I'm not really getting what makes this a "Christmas" bock, but it's still decent, not great. It's got a pretty strong slightly fruity lager yeast character, with minimal hopping, sweet bready yeast, and some honey. There's a little bit of DMS.

This is light bodied, crisp and fruity in the mouthfeel, with a normal level of carbonation.

Not bad, but I've had better bocks for sure.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

"The bock is designed to walk a fine line between blandness and too much color." - bjcp

This beer pours lighter than any other bock I have seen. A filmy light amber. Golden yellow with a slight haze.Short head of white creamy foam. Active carbonation.

Nose is mild and has just a bit of vienna malt sweetness on to show you light bread. No hops. Impeccable. No diacteyl, no fruity esters and only a faint hint of dms on the nose from the pils malt. That faint little scent really brings this nose into focus. This is a malty beer.

Taste is fantastic. Plenty of bread with only a mild toastiness. Endless malt without much hop flavor. Only a light kiss from pepper and spice. Light dms from pils malt provides the contrast in this beer. Shows you that delicate vienna malt sweetness, shows you a bit of bread and without introducing too much sweetness to the finish it makes your mouth water so that you can receive the bitterness that's coming. It's moderate but in no way harsh. It will also show you only a trace of the hop herbal and spice. Good carbonation provides a light bite.

Seductive and very enjoyable.

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Photo of tzieser
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle into a .5l stein.

L: pale golden in color, crystal clear with a fluffly white head. lots of carbonation. quite a nice looking beer yet it seems much paler than some of the other reviews seen here.

S: the smell is outstanding. sweet malt aroma up front with notes of freshly baked bread and milled grain. hops add a beautiful spicy, lemony, slightly peppery aspect. a bit of white grape in there is well. excellent aroma.

T: smooth as silk with a lovely spicy hop finish. the malt bill is quite crisp and fresh. not too sweet at all. aforementioned bread takes over yet a nice addition of herbal hop flavor keeps everything in balance. alcohol is barely noticible yet rounds out the body perfectly. reminiscent of a maibock with an extra hop kick. great stuff.

F: crisp, dry mouthfeel. very good.

O: an excellent winter bock that's worth a try. worth the $6 but not something I'd buy regularly. this beer makes me miss Sierra Nevada Glissade. paired well with some aged sharp cheddar (what beer doesn't?)

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant chestnut under a 1” creamy white foam collar that retreats to a thick film but leaves extensive lace.
S: Clean bread, malt and spice aromas. No fruit.
T: Malty and toasty with spice and a moderately bitter finish.
F: Medium full body, carbonation is medium low, smooth, no astringency.
O: A flavorful, easy to drink bock with some substance and complexity.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.69/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tall Libbey style pilsner glass.

A rust colored pale and yellow brown. Quite light but slightly murky, real different amount of hues to the glass all up and down. Topped with a gorgeous colored vanilla cream white head, two fingers with a whipped like appearance. Slightly sudsy, but with good enough retention and a slow fall. Neat looking brew.

What a fantastic aroma. Classic crushed grains, but a sweet caramel, and this huge cooked walnut and nut sweetness abounds all over it. Huge amounts of vanilla style sweetness, and fresh whipping cream. Wow I am in love.

What a fascinating beer. Light and nearly crisp, with a milky mild caramel finish. Hints with classic clove notes, but lost of creamy vanilla flavors. Hits like whipped up chocolate, with a small body but huge flavors that just linger. Nice clean finish, even just a hint of toast.

What a fantastic special beer. Light bock flavors, sweet cream, and hints of licorice abound in a German way. Got to add this to the Christmas beer wishlist on a regular basis from now on.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a nice copper color with an off white head. The smell is semi-sweet with a lot of great malt and bread scents coming through with some light citrus. The taste was nice with a thick amount of malt in the beginning which trails off into light orange peel for a pleasant finish. I really enjoyed this one and will likely have it again.

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Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12/25/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

First impression is a lack of body. A bit watery.

Not the usual spices but far from boring. My guess is allspice (pimenta) is the main spice here. None of the usual cinnamon/nutmeg/mace combos usually associated with spiced brews.

That being said this is a flavorful concoction. Tons of sediment.

Not wanting to list what this beer isn't (my first tendency), I'm sort of at a loss to say what it is. I guess I'm left with thinking if this is a 'Christmas' beer, that I'm glad it's only once a year because that's plenty.

Not that it's not good, it's candy canes...great when you have one & not so bad when you don't. In the not so bad, but bad enough for once a year family member category. Make sense?

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Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1 pint 9 fl oz bottle, bottled on date blank.

Pours a hazy golden body with average retention and almost no lacing. Kind of boring. Aroma is brown bread and flavor expands on that with spices that grow in intensity as it warms. Smooth and chewy, it's decent enough; just needs to work on its appearance.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big Y
Little y
A yawning yellow yak.
Young Yolanda Yorgenson
Is yelling on its back.

The label of this bottle looks just like the "Y" page from the "ABC's" book from Dr Seuss. I didnt notice this coinidenc in this store, but had I noticed, I would have purchased the bottle based solely on the label.

16 oz bottle (which happens to be the perfect size IMO) pours into a styrofoam cup. Give me a break, I am in a hotel room in the Keys without access to proper glassware. From what I saw, the beer looked amber in color and is topped with a stiff white head.

Aroma doesnt really possess any festive qualities. Its your basic bock with malt forward aromas, some grassy notes, perhaps a hint of cloves, but we are really just talking basic aromas here.

Nice flavor. Slight hop bite, maltiness, cracker like, bready, quite refreshing. The mouthfeel is great. Not too thin and not too chewy. A decent beer. Got this on sale at Total Wine for $1.99- Totally worth it!

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Photo of Chico1985
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

9/23/14 - Had a couple bottles now that were actually NORMAL-seeming, the one tried in the original review must've been a bad and/or old bottle or something.

It's still a little cloying sweet side if you ask me but really not a bad bock. Certainly better than the bad bottle. Nice tastes of caramel, dark bread, dark fruits. A little boozy. Nice malty treat, though maybe a little on the bland side.

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2.39 - 3.5/2.5/2.25/3/2

500ml poured into a pint glass a dull copper color with a white head. A ring left around the top with bits of lace.

Smell is really quite odd. Vanilla, caramel corn, confectionary sugar, grainy tones.

Taste is very sweet and feels off in general. Huge caramel/grainy/adjuncts/paper with some apples and earthy hops. Not good.

Lowish carbonation and a very malty, almost oily mouthfeel. Some booze.

Just not very pleasant to drink. Artificial sweet malts and paper tastes, doesn't really resemble a bock. Especially after enjoying Weissenohe Monk's Christkindl recently this seems like a disgrace to the style, and kinda to beer in general.

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Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Philousa
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of silverking
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Crisp mouthfeel.

A nice enough beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of acevenom
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.11/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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