Mahr's Christmas Bock | Mahr's Bräu

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Mahr's Christmas BockMahr's Christmas Bock

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Mahr's Bräu

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by maxpower on 12-16-2003

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Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 178
Reviews by Guinness4me:
Photo of Guinness4me
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Northern European legends talk of the elf that rides on the back of a goat delivering presents to children during the Yule season. So, yes, Virginia, there is a Yule goat and he's on the label of Mahrs Christmas Bock. Is this really a bock? I expected much darker. It poured a golden yellow-honey with a bit of foamy lace that grew when I swirled it in my glass.

Yeast and tartness filled my nose with a malty sweetness that I've noticed in most Xmas beers I've tried. The malt and alcohol smell lingered a bit.

Malt, butter and a slight metallic finish filled my mouth and danced on my tongue. Again for a bock, it was lighter in taste than expected and not as malty as others. Spices lingered a bit after swallowing but left no unpleasant aftertaste.

It was a pleasant beer that went down smoothly. Are you sure this is a bock?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a light head that is gone pretty fast,aroma is lightly spicey and fruity with a pizza dough quality pretty appetizing.Taste is on the sweet side with a big maltiness to it seems almost spiced I notice a slight hop presence in the finish as well.A little thin but incredibly drinkable with alot of nice flavors.I would buy again.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: a golden yellow pour with some cloudiness. Good head off the pour but it doesn't hold up for very long. When i prepared for a Christmas Bock, was expecting something dark and rich looking...not the case.

Smell: malty and sweet. sticky molasses and toffee notes.

Taste: one dimensional to a degree. some malt and sweetness are present throughout. bitterness creeps out here mid sip and offers a hop-bitterness on the finish. the molasses sweetness from the nose has almost disppeared on the palate, i was left wanting much more than this.

Mouthfeel: weak and watery. smooth for the most part but not "big" enough. this is a Bock, and a Christmas Bock at that. gimme some bold sweetness and big malts. gimme a chewy mouthfeel...nope, none of that here.

Drinkability: well, i consider this a disappointment considering it's a seasonal brew. there was much to be desired here. average Bock at very best.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a light, clear caramel colored beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma is simple caramel malt. The beer has a very sweet, sugary, caramel taste with nothing to balance it out. I'm not very into this. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. No problem finishing this but I don't want more.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mahr's Christmas Bock pours from the bottle a translucent dirty amber with hints of brown and white a bone white bubbly head atop. Aromas of deep caramel, candied bread, almond and dark fruits with a definite cherry aspect. A hint of herbal hops sneaks out as well.

First sip brings a rich, caramel, nutty maltiness upfront that's cut by notes of bread, honey, dark fruits and a smidge of molasses. Starts sweet and flows down more bitter with a herbal hoppiness. Almost a piney element in the aftertaste. Overall it's a tasty malty bock.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and a steady flow of bubbles. Apart from the label, this beer doesn't seem to have any of the normal Christmas brew bells and whistles. It's just a tasty bock brew that goes down easy. Quite a steal at $1.49 for the bottle..I wouldn't mind having this again sometime.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 generallee
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle with Christmas goat on the label. Pours a clear, golden yellow body with a one finger offwhite head. Decent retention and some minimal patch lace.
Aroma is mostly malty, with caramel and butterscotch. Impressive floral and herbal hop character suggests honeysuckle. Vague spices are in the background.
Mouthfeel has moderately high carbonation and a lighter than expected body.
Taste is nicely balanced, with herbal and spicy bitterness melding nicely with a malty, butterscotch sweetness. Malt character evokes a freshly baked bready presence. Nice, evenly balanced finish.
I'm not very familiar with the Helles Bock style, but this one is a tasty sipper. Very Germanic in character, and a beer that I wouldn't mind keeping around any time of the year.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of Byeast
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured dark gold / honey colored , with an inch of lasting offwhite foam with large bubbles throughout , nice lacing as well.

Smell: Sweet malted grains , honey , fresh bread, and some very light herbal / tealike hop presence.

Taste: A malty beer with the flavors on the sweeter side , toffee flavor that seems just slightly burnt , some bready grain, slight caramel , hops are very light and just enough to balance with more tea like qualities , just a tad bit of unwanted ( in this case) diacetyl flavor.

Mouthfeel: a bit creamy and smooth

Drinkability: An interesting , kinda complex , and tasty " christmas bock"/maibock. Worth a try.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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 jefftuck47
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.)

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this surprisingly hoppy beer with a base of bock flavour. Very drinkable, and can hold its own against the many hoppy American brews. I smelled the grapefruit, and tasted some grapefruit and spice, which the sweetness and carmel in the finish. A good one for the LCBO.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange color topped by a half-inch of creamy white head that leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of rich, sweet, fruity malt, with notes of caramel apple and muscadine grapes. Palate is more rich fruity sweetness, with some more subdued caramel malt notes taking over mid-palate. Finish is again sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Body is a little thin for a strong bock. A little too sweet to drink in large quantities, but still a nice treat around the holidays.

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Photo of pastramionrye7
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of plfahey
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured with a light cream head over clear dark bronze liquid. A typical "nothing to see here" soft malty nose aroma. The taste was a deep satisfying maltiness mingling with bitter, metallic hoppy tones. Quite good...better than the nose would lead you to expect! Finishes up delicious and drinkable, sweet at first, then drys out superbly in the end. Very good and reccomended!

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Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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

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Photo of bditty187
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery-tin in hue with brown shading, the color is unspectacular but in the realm of what is appropriate for a Bock. Off-white head, the bubbles united to form two fingers of head. Head retention was excellent, the foam hardly moved; after a long moment a small lid remained. I was happy to see this cap lasted the entire consumption. There was some subsequent sticky lacing, it was fairly widespread. Aside from the unimpressive (maybe that is a little harsh) liquid I like how this beer looks.

The nose is malty sweet but it lacks depth. I detect some caramel notes, some grain, some dark fruits (plums mainly) plus some red apples and a kiss of spice. It smells classically “German.” Moderate potency, while not too chatty I did find it inviting. If the bouquet was louder and more profound this would have been a real winner.

The palate is much more rewarding then the nose indicated. Malty sweet, caramel, toffee, grainy too; plus there are plumy and cherries notes, red apples again along with some dried bread. Figs with brown sugar at the back; this lingers nicely into the finish. It seems more times then not I don’t care for super sweet Bocks and this one is pretty name sweet. However, I’m fond of it. It tastes substantial; worthy of a winter quaff. Fruity candy, sugary aftertaste, I really want some apple pie and vanilla ice-cream. Sounds like a match made in heaven!

Medium/medium-full in body; low, creamy carbonation helps create a playful but relaxing mouthfeel. It’s a near perfect fit!

I found it damn easy to drink. I think I enjoyed this on-tap at the Huber-Haus last December but I can’t remember! How freaking lame is that! Maybe it wasn’t that good… no, I think I just have drunk too much beer at the Huber-Haus in-between! I do know I purchased this bottle to-go from the Huber. I will remember to drink more next year… I will not forget how tasty it is. Recommended.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of shbobdb
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Ahhh, Mahrs, they always manage to eek out a solid brew. That's why I had, perhaps, unreasonably so.

It pours a thick, rich amber with a dishwater head that will simply not go away. It persists and persists and persists until it comes in contact with the oils from my moustache, and then quickly collapses into a fine ring leaving some impressive lace. A helles bock? I've seen ligher doublebocks!!! Well, that's not true, but it is quite dark.

The taste is, however, classic maibock. A pronounced sulfer presence mixing with light, fruity yeast esters and slightly astrigent, aspiriny noble hops. I'm not a huge fan of maibocks and, while the taste is spot-on, truly prototypical maibock with, perhapse, a twing of roasted chocolate thrown in at the end, I am left feeling vaguely unsatisfied.

The mouthfeel is, however, perfect. Full and round. Really excellent, nothing better.

A good, but not a great, beer from Mahrs. I'd buy another helles before I bought this one again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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