Mahr's Christmas Bock | Mahr's Bräu

Mahr's Christmas BockMahr's Christmas Bock
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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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Photo of Jwaks
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy dirty copper colored beer with a thin film of bright white head and wonderful lacing to match. This beer is eerily still with little to no carbonation.

Suprising aromas of dark red spicy currants, gingerbread, stody bread with a bit of floral honey play on this brew's tight nose.

Dark wintery bread dough, spicy dried current, piquant gingerbread and dark malt flavors shine through on the initial assult through the mid palate, everything is followed up with a bit of honeyed spices.
This is very well balanced, no dryness or acidity to speak of, nothing but smooth great taste.

A meager light to medium body drags down the mouthfeel score, though it is certainly enjoyable, well blanced and thus highly drinkable.

Those germans know how to brew real beer!


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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean chestnut with a very still momentum to it. Head is a low laying film of amber tint foam.

S: Red berries, caramel, honey and fresh dough.

T: Malty molasses with a metallic twang to it. Quite bitter and aggresive for a German brew with some seriously roasted aspects to it. Lot of dark honey with caramel accompanied by peppery hops. Chewy toast with some buttery tastes finish this one out. Aftertaste is burnt caramel and bittering hops.

M: Medium body with a nice mouthfeel.

D: OK beer. Seems sort of akward compared to most ultra refined German brews.

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Photo of Budlum
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour produces a foamy, white head at approximately one inch. Head retention is quite good with an eighth inch layer holding for most of a glass. The body is a light amber and golden orange displaying a lot of carbonation.

A very pleasing malty sweetness with maple syrup and brown sugar is most noticeable on the nose. The characteristic bock breadiness abounds with spiced oranges and ginger. A very clean smelling beer overall.

A forefront of spice mixes with a delicious malt sweetness immediately on the tongue. A huge, bready profile offers a smooth presence before the spice flavors open up. Oddly, the spice flavors continue to grow long after a sip with a huge cinnamon and nutmeg taste. The spice holds in to the finish mixing with some dry hop flavors.

The mouthfeel of this bock is true to the style presenting a significant amount of body. Carbonation is quite good throughout.

Drinkability is good overall but the long spice finish wears on the palate after a bottle. Quite a tasty holiday brew.

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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 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 jaluria
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted this the other day and was happy to pick up a single bottle of it to try. I definitely enjoyed having this while watching some football.

Poured a slightly cloudy/murky looking orange-yellow color with a medium level of carbonation. A thin white forms and lingers during the entire session leaving behind a touch of lacing. Aroams of grains, honey, ripe fruit, and toasted bread; heavy on the honey and bread. The taste is sweet, dominated by malt and fruit tones. Relatively mellow with a crisp center that seems to lead into the final bitter finish. Slightly chewy with a creamy texture. Easy to sip and quite flavorful. Certainly not my favorite Maibock/Helles Bock, but overall a good example of the style with some interesting spice and fruit undertones.

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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 taez555
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark orange/tan body with a small large bubbled head.

Nose is a thick fruity malt smell. Leans a lot more towards a ripe orange or peach, but at the same time is dominated by an almost milk chocolately sort of malt smell.

Taste is full bodied but very simple. A nice fruity malt character dominates. A mild undertone of bitterness with a mild earthy hop presence, but for the most part it’s almost unnoticeable. There an interesting tingle to this beer, almost like a licorice touch. Nothing in the way of spices like your typical american holiday beer, but just a pure bock. Even though this is only 6.5% the alcohol gives this beer a strong warmth that might actually make you think it’s 10% or higher. Ends with a clean simple malty finish.

I really like the full rich malt quality of this beer, and it would be perfect for sipping by the fire on a cold winter’s night. Nothing overly fancy, just a fantastic bock.

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Photo of GooberMcNutly
2.66/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Malty and very lightly spiced. No head on this in my very clean glass, very light lacing and quick fall. Aroma was more of Christmas spices with notes of cloves and cinnamon. Spice aspect absent in flavor with a heavy malt note and minor molasses thickness. Good for someone who wants a Christmas beer, but not one that hits you over the head with spices.

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Photo of ZAP
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bready/wort like aroma...nice smell to it..

Rich, deep golden color..

Medium bodied....sweet mouthfeel....

Flavor is sweet and bready/yeasty....lacks complexity and almost tastes like you are drinking wort....low carbonation...a little peppery component on the finish...

I wouldn't turn one of these down....I also wouldn't go out searching for this either....

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

Reads 1 pint, 9oz but I think they missed a decimal place. Measures a standard 500mL.
Pours very pale for a bock… Yellow orange with a thin head of medium tan bubbles. Aroma is of light colored dry fruit. Dried peaches. First sip brings out the smoke flavor that I was expecting from a beer from Bamberger. Hints of smoke up front, yielding to fruit for a moment, then a long nice balance of smoke and fruit in the aftertaste. Not quite what I was expecting from a Christmas Bock, but good none the less. Be sure to note this is a Helles Bock, not a dopplebock.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25 oz bottle.

This bock poured a cloudy, light brown color with creamy, tan foam that settled and clung to the glass, leaving light lace. The smell was malty with some grain and a hint of sweetness. (The aroma was reminiscent of the Mahr's U.) The taste was somewhat bready malt with a light hop spiciness. The mild initial hoppiness built to a nice hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation. The aftertaste was a very nice malt flavor. This was a nice, easy drinking Bock, with the alcohol well hidden.

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

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce) standard looking tall thin bodied brown glass bottle sealed with a white crown cap which has a colorful logo. Listed as “Bamberger Original” a strong hint to both its proud regional identity and heritage. The main label has a picture of a Goat at the foot of a Xmas tree set in a snowy background. Has the words “Mahr’s Bräu” above in a Germanic red text and “Christmas Bock” below in a hand written text. Bottled on “5035” and listed at Alc. 6.0% Vol. My bottle looks just like the one in the BA Database.

Appearance: Superb looks. Amber brown body is clear and looks good. Light tan colored head is thick and deep at first but relaxes and drops to a thin covering that laces nicely. Above average carbonation levels retain life.

Nose: Warm malts with a nutty Ovaltine dimension. Soft caramel, herbal traits and some dark fruits also. “Middle of the road” strength wise, but wide ranging in its portfolio of aromas.

Taste: Bakery feel to the sweet-ish malts. Dough and yeast mix into a horse Chestnut middle. Warming cuddly tones with some herbs thrown in for intrigue. Dry ending, bitter malt finish with a soft feint malty lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth like melting milk chocolate blended with an Ovaltineeee texture. Comforting and easy to sink into.

Drinkability: Now this one was a gorgeous drinker. Smooth, tasty and very drinkable. Thirst quenching and beyond that the silky feel imparts a very attractive “returnability” factor to the glass.

Overall: The Fifth of Six Mahr’s Brau beers that each cost me $3.99 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. This one was impressive and I finished the half-litre bottle with an immediate “wanting another one” feel. Recommended.

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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 granger10
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a honey copper color with about a two inch head which reduces to nothingness. No lacing either, maybe my glass wasn't clean enough? The liquid looks dull with only tiny bubbles showing when I look close.

Aroma is odd but good. Quite phenolic with banana esters and some toffee sweetness. There's a cookie dough element which I really like. Some nutty, smoky depth only adds to the aroma.

Flavor is also different but good. This beer isn't near as spiced up as I thought and really doesn't seem to be much of a "Christmas Beer" to me. But it was still quite good nonetheless. A light sweet malty flavor begins the taste. Almost honeylike but not quite as sweet. The nuttyness and banana flavors coat the tongue and hold on the whole way. Slight bubblegum flavors develop, which I normally would expect from a dunkel. That cookie dough aroma I got comes in the middle and holds through the finish. Finish is slightly acidic and biting but maintains a slight sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel is slick but slightly on the thin side. Usually this isn't working but with the lower carbonation levels it seems to work out well. I also like the maltyness with the nuttyness and slight bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability is quite good. I enjoyed this 1/2 liter well and could really go for another one or two. Too bad I can't get this beer in Michigan.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a 1.5cm head, off-white in color, that is fairly sudsy in appearance (small, medium, and a few large bubbles). Head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass. Body is transparent, darkly stained maple wood color when away from light, a fairly light brown shade when held up to a source. Carbonation is readily visible.

Deeply malty: specifically, whole wheat bread. Fairly plain, but appetizing.

Tasting opens with sweetness from caramel, slight amount of roasted and other dark specialty malts. Continues with enjoyable mix of: caramel malt, roasted malt bitterness with slight chocolate and coffee bean notes. Pleasant spiciness from hops present in mid-taste through finish, also from marginal phenols. Slight alcohol sting in nostrils in the last quarter of tasting. Pleasant tasting, just below a solid "good" due to the obvious OH in a 6% beer and because I didn't think all the flavors melded that well.

Medium-bodied with slight wateriness around the edges. Strongly carbonated with an overall good, but slightly prickly mouthfeel that gradually lessens to a beer that foams up when sipped, leading to a fairly pillowy presentation on the palate.

This was a good bock, but at $7 per bottle, it wasn't that good. I will probably avoid purchasing this again at the price point, instead opting for the Mahr's kellerbier or others from the brewery I haven't tried before I try this again.

A: 2cm head comprised of rather large bubbles, disappears after a few minutes of settling. Generous amounts of visible carbonation that run up the sides of the glass like a reverse of rain down windows. The carbonation remains well into the experience. Light brown-orange in color, quite akin to honey. Hazy due to an unfiltered nature. (4)
S: A bit of peach, a bit of coffee, some butter-toffee-malt. (3.5)
T: Opens with tastes of light buttery toffee and malt. Sweet up front and in early middle. Some spiciness, kind of peppery. Middle to end with tartness from hops. Aftertaste is mildly bitter, but also has some toffee qualities to it. Almost detect some coconut milk, oddly enough (must be hops). Quite nice. (4)
M: Medium to medium light mouthfeel, carbonation is pleasantly there, creating some gentle foaming in the mouth that enchances flavor and feel. Dry finish. (3.5)
D: Drinkable over an evening, definately worth having again. (4)

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Photo of jorjoria
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours light amber with a huge head. The beer is a little hazy which is not typical of the Bock style.

Smell: Very Light caramel notes. Very little hoppiness coming through. There are even notes of yeast coming through.

Taste: The beer has a great light caramel flavor. The hops complement the malt very well in this beer and the bitterness enters the pallet almost as an after thought. I’m not really even sure this beer is a Maibock it doesn’t taste like it was made with lager yeast and there also has to be some wheat in this beer as well very a typical.

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Photo of hero27
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 Vintage. 6% abv. Bottled on "10"..whatever that means... October? Sure, why not.

Hazy peach color. Spicy, malt aroma with a lackluster finish. This is supposed to be a maibock? au contraire...seems like a spicy pale or wheat ale.. funky metallic flavors round this one out..

Not a great seasonal, but you get what you pay for. Cost me $1 at my local beer store.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pint 9oz bottle. Bottle said 6% abv.

Appearance- Pours a hazy and cloudy copper, browned orange peel color. After an aggressive pour into my Family Guy mug, yielded only a one and a half finger head.

Smell- Some bready sweetness wit a few amber malts in the mix. With a cooked citrus finish.

Taste- Pretty sweet brew. Sweet as in brown sugar and plums. With a good dousing of Maui sweet bread throughout.

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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 Drew966
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with an nice sized, off white head from a 25 ounce brown bottle (incidentally, I like the label). Very malty aroma. I actually get more hop taste than I expected from this beer, it does have a strong malt character though. I think its pretty good, not as malty as I expect from a bock but quite good. Definitely worth trying.

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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 brewdlyhooked13
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - slightly clouded/dirty pour. A light reddish tint to the muted yellow color. A thick 2-finger head with some hills and valleys as it melts to a solid cap.

Aroma - a sweet pilsner-like smell, and some crackery notes like an English ale.

Taste - a sweetened malt beginning, notable alcohol warmth, and a kick of balancing hops on the swallow. A mild smokiness lays across much of the profile, imparting a distinctive flavor, kind of like a smoked pilsner.

Mouthfeel - full-bodied, nicely smooth, slightly subdued carbonation.

Drinkability - this beer goes down smooth and easy and is a fine session beer for the cooler temps.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This seasonal produced a wonderful head; one that was firm, cloudy, largely beaded and well sustained. The color of the brew itself was caramel-golden and abundantly clear. The nose was very sweet with hints of molasses and fig. I would say the mouthfeel was fairly thick, borderline syrupy but not quite. There is definitely a juicy malt and fresh biscuity overall feel to the beer. Clearly, plummy and sweet tobacco characteristics stands out at first and then slowly transforms in to some type of marmelade toast flavor (?). The malt dominance keep everything creamy and smooth throughout. The finish remains sweet with carameled fruit and also leaves a bit of a gritty dryness. Very average IMO.

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Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear liquid…honey colored with an initially large white head. The head quickly settles and all but disappears. There’s a pleasing malt aroma. The aroma could be a little more intense, but it’s appropriate and makes for a nice centerpiece for the brew. Very little roasted character…almost no hop presence. It’s not cloying, but is notably sweet and bready. Medium body and very satisfying. I really enjoyed this one.

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Mahr's Christmas Bock from Mahr's Bräu
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