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
Photo of RyanLigeia
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of putnam
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy tawny liquid. Intensely fruity aromas of caramel glazed dried fruits and gumdrops exist within a frame of brown dough, butter and slate. A transparent, winey mouthful of vanilla and charred banana flavor. Roasted wheat crusts. Unctuous and boozy. Black bitter backbone. Silky textures. Profound inner balance and logic. Utter clarity combined with grave depth. Drink at 60 deg. F if you want sweet beer dreams.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.69/5  rDev +27.4%
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 alalvarez75
4.62/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying, the reviews on here are shocking! How can you rate a beer you got in the 99 cent bin as though you purchased a properly kept beer. Not slamming anyone, but it does not sound like the beer was cared for. Sounds like it was on the heater to me.

It is a very dark, hoppy beer. It is clearly a holiday beer as anyone who knows Franconian beer would expect. It has a great aroma that has hints of honey and spice. Its also a little on the sweeter side.

A great beer that pairs well with heavy food.

If ever in Bamberg, check out the Mahr's "gasthaus" - built in 1670 - There is no better place to drink a Mahr's.

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Photo of Realale
4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear chestnut. Very fine beige head settles relatively quickly to a thin cap.

Nose is rich, deep brown bready malt mixed with spicy German hops. Slight fruitiness to it in the form of some dried cherry and orange zest notes. Just a hint of rumminess, but it adds complexity rather than sticking out inappropriately. Beautiful.

Medium-full in the mouth. Just waves of malt, cut sharply by a very welcome, robust hop bitterness. Very long and lingering. Great bock here.

Wonderfully low carbonation lets the rich maltiness seep into every nook and cranny of the mouth. It's really the hops that clean the palate for the next sip, and boy, I can't wait to take the next one. Perilously drinkable. I promise myself that I'll buy a keg of it next year.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm definately into this beer at the moment. It's the perfect oxymoron of subtlety and complexity. Pours a very clear and crisp orange color, with a nice bubbly and long lasting head. Vibrant and translucent. Smells of pale malts, spicy grains and yeast, dusty hops, and a touch of honey. That honey taste comes up to the front in the taste, but remains subtle. Wow, that sweetness is really dead on. A nice light, bready maltiness, and an interesting balance of spices and herbal and slightly spicy hops. Low bitterness, but a nice warming kick of alcohol compliments the quiet hop profile. The sweet and spicy combination of this beer reminds me of a Belgian tripel, yet this beer has the crisp clean bite of a top fermented lager. Yes that might sound like a stretch, but I'm sure there must be some common ingredients, not that I'm claiming to know what they are. Maybe it's the bottle conditioning... So clean. Really interesting. So refreshing and drinkable, yet suitably wintery. This is pretty much what I'll be drinking til the snow starts to melt...

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Photo of Caml
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle; ,5l glass Seidl

A: Deep gold, perfectly clear, some streaming bubbles, a firm and rocky head, very white. Lots of lace.

S: Sweet and toasty malt dominates, hops are not present in any significant form.

T: Sweet and malty. Biscuity. Toasty. A touch of hop bitterness lingers on the finish.

M: Luscious and full-bodied, fluffed by ample carbonation.

D: Fantastic. I find everything about this beer spot-on and could far too easily drink it by the liter, morning, noon, or night.

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Photo of jt0818
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Tarso
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
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 philipquarles
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of aflockofshegulls
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a hazy amber colour with a snow white head. lacing evident on the glass. rich malty sweet aroma. spicy aroma of toffee, chocolate, figs, cherries, caramel apples....oh yummy! taste is of apple pie, figs, pale malts, an oaken earthiness, alcohol spice and plenty of hops. the tastiest maibock/helles bock i've ever tasted! damn tasty stuff. the body of this bock is rock solid and the mouthfeel is lagerish, but has silky spots as it goes down. x-mas pudding in a bottle...a splendid work of art for a bock beer. it sends shivers up and down my spine it's so good. drinkability is's so flavourful for a x-mas themed bock style beer. i'd drink this until i couldn't see straight.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of acevenom
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
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 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 brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a caramel color with a significant ecru head; sticks and laces reasonably well

Smell: All malt on the nose; caramel with a tinge of honey and some grainy elements

Taste: Starts out with a nuts and honey caramel malt flavor; mid-palate, which takes forever to kick in, starts to bring some bitterness which expands into the finish and nicely balances the malt; surprisingly hoppy at the bitter end; no Christmas spices I can detect, but a very nice Maibock for any time of the year

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, if not a little thick, with a pleasant amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Although I am hard-pressed to think of this as a Christmas beer, the Germans are not known for that genre so that may explain it; nonetheless, I really enjoyed this beer and view it among the best Maibocks I have tasted

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Photo of Natural510
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber-copper color, with medium head which dissipates but leaves a nice ring around the edge of the glass.
Smells sweet & spicy, distinct malt overtones.
Very malty in flavor as well; hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange & cherries all blend well together for a full-bodied sweet, spicy & warming brew.
It stays warm in the mouth, with flavors laquering themselves well after the beer is consumed. Slightly tart aftertaste, perhaps due to the orange note.
This is a great choice for someone to warm up in colder weather with something on the sweet & malty side, perhaps even as an after-dinner brew to balance out heavier foods consumed in wintertime.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.27/5  rDev +16%
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 generallee
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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 KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Tumble
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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