Mahr's Bräu

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Bock - Maibock
Ranked #50
Ranked #28,038
3.8 | pDev: 9.74%
Mahr's Bräu
Very Good
Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 83 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is part of my BJCP training/study, so I'll be reviewing this to the style guidelines. 4C. Helles Bock

Pours a mild fizzy slight foamy head, fair retention but not the large persistent head that is expected of it, crystal clear deep golden almost tan color

Nose brings a lot more malt in general than the other two in the category, but more deep slightly caramelized malt and sweetness with more overall malt without the depth and complexity as the other two, mild Maillard caramelizations as expected, although maybe those get a little too much as it gets a little candy like and quite sweet for the aroma, no real hop aroma

Taste brings more of the same deep rich malts with mild Maillard caramelization notes, but not too much, sweet perception but not really too sweet, a little toasty, doesn't seem to have as much of the decoction mash complexity as the Munich Helles (Weihenstephaner), again almost candy like flavor and a little caramel but like a pale blond caramel somehow, a touch of grassy floral hops and mild bitterness, otherwise fairly clean, a bit of warming alcohol but much, finish is quite dry and clean, a bit more hop bitterness kicking in to balance the lingering sweet tasting malts. As it warms the malt brings a touch of a stale character or maybe astringent but not quite, and increased bitterness.

Mouth is medium bodied, medium tingly carbonation, a very light warming alcohol, otherwise clean, right on with style

Overall pretty good with the style, which is not exact but this does well. Definitely more of the sweet Munich like malts and less of the decoction layered toasty malt, with more bitterness than the Munich Helles, as well as clearly more overall malt and alcohol. With all that said I still feel like this was a little more one-trick rather than complex like I expected it to be. It's also that little stale like malt character at the end after it warms that brings the score down a tad, not sure if the beer is older than it should be, or if the malts were not the freshest themselves, or if that's a side effect of the style, but doesn't seem like it should be there.

Additional info. The bottom of the bottle had plenty of yeast chunks, so this is likely older than it should be drank at. With no date on the bottle I can't tell for sure. So I'll give it some leniency, and try to have it again fresher. I tried to re-review the Paulaner Festbier for this BJCP study as well, but it was clearly older than it should have been and was not nearly as good as it should be, so I didn't bother re-reviewing it. While this isn't that far off, it likely has some old parts that have brought it down a bit.

Jan 18, 2019
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Sigmund from Norway

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 6.5%. Clear golden colour, moderate white head. Slightly sweetish but pleasant aroma of light malts and floral and herbal hops, hints of honey and newmown grass. The flavour is slightly sweet, but not too much, distinctly malty, but also with distinct floral and herbal hops, and a bitter finish.

Jul 08, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from half-liter bottle into a stein. Interesting appearance. Translucent dark orange-yellow in color, with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Interesting aromas and flavors as well. Solid malt presence as expected, but the yeast and hops contribute spiciness and citrus notes as well as a smooth bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, with a clean and slightly astringent finish. Very tasty and satisfying beer, great pairing with dark breads, sausage, and aged cheese.

Apr 06, 2017
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, no date.

Deep gold color with a slight haze to it from being unfiltered. Small white head with good retention. The nose consists of sweet malty goodness but it's not too heavy, as some bocks can be. Also getting the slightest bit of fruit in the form of apple/pear in there as well. Rich bready malt flavor with very light herbal hops. Medium bodied and very smooth going down. Super clean tasting despite being both unfiltered and unpasteurized. Not the most complex bock, but among the most accessible and easy to drink. A winner in my book.

Jan 12, 2017
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spoony from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle (no date that I could find) to a nonic glass.

A-The beer is lightly hazed with lots of bubbles visible in the liquid. The head is tall, maybe two fingers from a gentle pour, and off-white in color. Retention is pretty good at a few minutes. The beer is lighter in color than many beers of this style.

S-The aroma is quite doughy and suggestions of white bread are strong. There is a little hit of hops in the form of citrus and dried grass, but I mostly sniff honey, dough, and light hints of caramel.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely. Lots of dough and bread notes with just a subtle hint of grassy hops. The finish gives a little bit of pepper and cereal grain, but the overall impression is one of honey, bubblegum, and wonderbread.

M-The body is pretty substantial on the palate with a lighter volume of prickly carbonation. Drinks easy.

O-I cannot say this is my favorite example of the style, but it is pretty good beer. I have no idea how old this bottle was before I cracked it open, but I suspect that a fresh example might provide a little more hoppy kick, which would have really helped my score.

Jan 11, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The bottle label lists the ABV as 6.0% while the brewery's web site lists both 6.8% and 4.9% (!?).

Mildly cloudy, pale yellow body; lots of carbonation; thick, frothy, white head. Light grain and biscuit aroma; some herbal and grassy notes. Mild, almost fruity character; stale lemon; bitter. Medium-light in body; somewhat fizzy; overall dry finish.

A rather light and quirky German bock beer. There is a tad too much carbonation and the flavors, although not strong, don't really come together in a satisfying manner. Not bad yet certainly not a top-notch example of the bock style.

Mar 02, 2016
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light golden color with a 3 F head in a Pilsner glass. The head took a while to resolve.

The aroma was sweet fruit, and as noted by other reviewers- bubblegum.
Rich and pleasant.

The mouth feel was very malty as expected of the style.

Taste: sweet fruit with a good transition from the aroma.

The beer finishes with a light, dry bitterness.

The flavors broaden with warming. Very enjoyable. Will buy again.

Overall, a traditional, wonderfully drinkable German Helles-Bock.

Feb 17, 2016
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steveh from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Found this at a semi-local I used to frequent a lot more. Their imports were dying on the shelves, and it showed. I think they've cleaned up their act a little, so fingers crossed.

No date to be found on the .5l brown bottle.

L -- Pours a rather hazy straw-to-golden color with a persistent, creamy white head.

S -- Aromas of bready malt and lightly spicy to citric hops.

T -- Big, sweet, tasty, bready malts up front with that light graham cracker character. The sort of malt flavor that's only found in fresh German lager. The breadiness lingers through a sample with the mildest of herbal & bitter hops in the finish to balance out the sweetness.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light-medium body, very good to-style.

O -- This is a terrific rendition of a Heller Bock. Great malt character that begs gulp after gulp. The only ding in the scoring is the lack of good lager clarity, not sure why it's so cloudy. Makes me wish I was sitting at Mahr's Bierhall in Bamberg -- next best thing.

Jan 26, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a full Becher glass at Chuchkey.

Minimal collar presented but what an interesting looking brew. Light pale bronze, no head presented, but a real unique washed out but still light golden color. White tan collar presented with excellent carbonation and clarity.

What a killer aroma. Classic dense German malts, and a whiff of bubblegum of all things. Dense as all can be, slightly minty, and with a big sense of husky malt and sense of thickness coming. Crazy wicked stuff.

Palate matches just more of the notes on the aroma. Thick controlled body with lots of malt depth and coating. Mint and almost peppery finish with a sweet caramel and bubblegum candy. Hints of peppermint, and dense malt, thick grain, chewy mouthfeel all over.

A real interesting bock from these guys, and from a great brewery.

Dec 18, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mahrs Bräu Bock-Bier has a very thick, frothy, over-flowing, white head, a mostly clear, very bubbly, golden appearance, with noticeable sediment roiling about, and a bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sharp, sweet, and grassy, with rich bread and subdued hop oil. Taste is of the same, with a noted alcohol presence, not unlike King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor. Mouthfeel is medium, and Mahrs Bräu Bock-Bier finishes dry, easy going, and good. A beer that everyone should try!


Mar 27, 2014
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle courtesy of Thirtybird, served in a willibecker. 21.04.14 indicated on the back label. Pours a bright, orange-gold with a loose, three-finger, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a frothy,quarter inch cap. Textured, concentric half-circles of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Clarity is translucent and copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing from the base of glass to the underside of the cap. Nose is comprised of a grassy character, pilsener malts and a touch of skunk. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a light fruity character followed by a touch of noble hops. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, an easy drinking Helles Bock made the better consumed fresh!

Mar 11, 2014
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BlackHaddock from England

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle: BBD 21 Apr 14, poured into a Hannen Alt tumbler (three times) at home on 23 Feb 14. Brought back from Berlin to drink at leisure.

Golden and bright body, clear and clean looking: good snow white foaming head that hangs around for a while.

Light malty nose with a bready yeast like hint.

The taste was also malt led, again with a bread yeastiness: nothing exciting or bold, but a good solid light coloured Bock with enough alcohol and flavour to keep me interested.

Better than average and worth finding: dirt cheap in Germany too.

Feb 23, 2014
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle, my bottle says 6.0% ABV. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with about a half inch off-white head. The brew smells like bready malt, apples, bananas and some light hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some clove and a bit of citrus and grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has moderate carbonation and is easy enough to drink. I think it's an OK beer, but nothing stands out about it. Worth a try once, but I don't see myself buying it again anytime soon. $4.99 a bottle.

Feb 02, 2014
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socon67 from New York

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn NY

A - Pours a dull golden color with visible yeast sediment in the glass. No foam retention but some solid lacing in patches.

S - Smells of french toast hit the nose. Sugary sweet and bready notes are there. A little residual sugar of raisins as it warmed.

T - Initial sip had a musty flavor that I think was from the yeast. Over time this went away. Sweet malt flavor and some fruit flavors with notes of fresh bread.

M - Good sessionability as this was an easy drinker. There is some tangyness in the finish but overall this is a smooth beer.

O - Glad to have tried this and it is a solid example of the style.

Mar 10, 2013
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Peoria, IL
"12 05" stamped on bottle, but unsure if this means 2012 or 2005. Probably the latter, given the rarity of getting Mahr's brews in.
Poured into an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Mahr's Bock is a satisfying version of the hellesbock, full of malt sweetness and bread-like flavors, with a hint of noble hops to add a bit of balance. In general, much more enjoyable than their Christmas Bock, and one of their more enjoyable brews. This hellesbock recipe is one I'd go back to if the time felt appropriate.

Pours a 2cm head, off-white in color, composed of medium to large-sized bubbles. Retention is fairly poor, diminishing to a ring around the glass with a few larger islands of residual foam atop the body. Lacing is nonexistent. Body is a transparent copper orange color with yellow highlights, light bringing out orange-yellow hues in the beer. Carbonation is there, but minimal and sluggish in making its way to the top.

Aroma of honey, malt sweetness, light breadiness, and a hint of toasted walnuts or filberts. Not particularly complex or bold, but still noticeable and appealing.

Abundant flavors of toffee and malt sweetness with a hint of toasted nuts, . Fades out with continued sweetness, a touch of toast, and light noble hops.

Beer is medium-bodied on the palate, with fairly minimal carbonation, just enough to make this foam up slightly on the palate. Resulting mouthfeel is very smooth. Slight spiciness from ethanol on the back of the throat, providing subtle warming. Could be a bit more carbonated, but it's also fine the way it is. Finish is dry, with a slight stickiness from residual sugars.

Jun 18, 2012
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meeekyh from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I consider myself blessed that I have been able to try a few of these Mahr's beers as they have been consistently among the best I have had. I have been looking for something a bit different so I decided on this. The 16.9 oz bottle is marked with '7010' on the back label, though I am not sure how to decipher that message.

The beer is very clear and light golden in color with a low density finger and a half of head that disappears soon but leaves lacing as evidence of it having been here.

The smell is a bit tart and sweet, reminiscent of a green apple. A wafting alcohol hits the nose a bit harshly but is not so overwhelming as to disallow the hints of spice to be noticed.

Taste is a bit sweet and rather complex with tart and herbal notes. I have rarely had a bock but this may be the beginning of a thing. I am quite digging this beer for its departure form my norm. It isn't hoppy, hasn't got a bunch of dark or caramely malts but is satisfyingly complex and full.

Mouthfeel is big for a beer this light in color. I know there is no correlation but the tendency to brew light lagers seems the norm for my usual suspects so to find a beer with this color and this body (very light and medium respectively) is a welcome departure.

I think that about covers it. This beer is of unknown age, tart and sweet with a bit of herbal hops and a wispy white head. The color is very light and the beer is very clear. There is a tartness that makes me wonder if this is a typical example or one that has taken on a funk, either way I like it.

I would also like to note that I have no way to compare this beer to another bock as I think this is about the third one I have tried.


Jan 30, 2012
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jamesknuckles from District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank the Mahr's Bock in Berlin after having just had the Augustiner-Bräu Heller Bock. I found it at a nice beer store in east Berlin.

This is a crisp, drinkable German beer with a bit of a cheesy smell and mouthfeel. In general, its more interesting than the Augustiner-Bräu Heller Bock.

May 28, 2010
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DrewHodges from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 3/23/10 tasting. .5L bottle poured into glass beer krug.

A-cloudy dull yellow with lots of floating sediment, short foamy head, settled to flattish, little lacing

S-light aroma of bready malts and straw hops

T-sweet yeasty bread taste, some orange citrus notes, almost like cider, some lemon zest

M-light mouthfeel for a bock but still decent complexity, very different from other Maibocks and slightly dry

D-excellent drinkability for a Bock

Apr 18, 2010
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Tone from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. There is also suspended sediment evident. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of tart malt, acid, slight citrus (banana), slight sweet malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pale hop, slight citrus, slight sweet malt, and yeast. Overall, the mouth feel is too sharp and the acidity in the aroma is off-putting. Otherwise it is an average Maibock at best.

Feb 24, 2010
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atigerlife from Hawaii

4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark golden with a small slightly off-white head. Some floaters. Decent retention.

Aroma of hay, bubblegum and pears.

Taste is of malts, light hops, hay, honey and bread. Light flavors, but clean and decent amount of complexity.

Mouthfeel is light, lightly cleansing. Slightly flat.

Overall, very drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

Jan 11, 2010
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bum732 from Lesotho

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, noticable yeast in suspension. Not much head and little lacing. Smells of bready malt, faint apple and vanilla tones, some lemony zest. Tastes of sweet maltness up front followed a decent bready profile. Finishes with a dry crispness. Mouthfeel fairly thin for a maibock.

A decent beer, didn't blow me away. Was expecting a little more bready malt and thicker mouthfeel for a Maibock.

Mar 02, 2009
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Chinon01 from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brilliant golden brown color with decent foamy head.

Nose: Woody, sweet smell with buttery richness. Diacetyl?

Taste: Similar to nose with good sandy hoppiness cutting through the malty weight. Not great though.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Above average in both areas.

Dec 29, 2008
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TKempe from Netherlands

3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks clear and golden yellow, with a compact white head, active carbonation and a small ring of lace.

Smells quite hoppy and malty in a grainy way and rather sweet. A sharper, yeasty note and a little spice is there as well. Alcohol is evident too.

More hops in the flavor, especially the aftertaste. A clove-like accent and some fruity flavors combine well with the juicy malt.

A medium body, quite smooth and a pleasant carbonation.

I got this bottle in November, but the "Maibock" label is more apt without a doubt -- and maybe this beer could pass for an Oktoberfest as well.

Dec 02, 2008
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dirty yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was almost no head, but some good lacing.

S: Smelled of sweet malts and citrus above other things.

T: Taste consisted of sweet malts, citrus, but almost no malt. A light flavor, but tasty.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This isn't what I expected from a maibock, but it was definitely a drinkable, easy to like beer.

Nov 17, 2008
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superdedooperboy from Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this while I was in Alpine Helen, GA for the 2008 Oktoberfest. 500 ml bottle with "12 05" printed on the back of the label.

Poured a golden yellow with a very small white head that disappeared very quickly and left slight traces of lace on the walls of the glass.

Smelled almost entirely of sweet grain with just the faintest hint of fruit -- perhaps apricot?

Medium-to-full in body with almost no carbonation; tasted of sweet malt with no hop presence whatsoever and bordering on cloying, going down smoothly and finishing mostly sweet, though somewhat dry as well. A faint boozy alcohol presence can be ascertained sometimes as well, though it is barely noticeable.

Assuming that the number printed on the label is either the bottled date or the freshness date, it becomes rather obvious why this beer was so flat and full of nasty sediment in the bottle. Bocks aren't made to last three years, and it shows. I have a feeling that, had this beer been enjoyed fresher, it would have fared rather well.

Oct 26, 2008
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