Mahr's Bock-Bier | Mahr's Bräu

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Mahr's Bock-BierMahr's Bock-Bier

Brewed by:
Mahr's Bräu

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
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.

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Photo of Smakawhat
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.

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Photo of steveh
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.

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Photo of Jacobier10
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initial head. A nice bitterness, easy drinking. Drying and bit sour aftertaste. Clove spice detracted. Complex malting and malty and bit of toast and nuts aroma. A rare one picked up at Cloverleaf. present carbonation. Best accompanied by food.Six months' old.

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Photo of socon67
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.

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Photo of Chinon01
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.

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Photo of bum732
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out chill hazed marmalade. Has a good sized head that clings to the sides well. There are some chunks in this, which is a put-off. Nice lacing rings. Smells typical of a maibock in the area of the almost worty malts. I get a lot of grape nuts from this. Honey and challah as well. There's a lot of that maltiness up front that's pushed out by a strong medicinal character and somewhat rough hop bitterness. Herbal and grassy hop flavors accompany the finish. Mouthfeel is fulsome with some carbonation that goes over the line in its force. This is all-around decent, but I don't see myself buying it again. There were some really great things about this beer that got balanced by some really awful ones, making this so-so.

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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a half-liter bottle. It's attractive old-style German label is illustrated by a levitating, mischevious goat head.

Into a pilsner glass, this Mahr's bock yields a couple fingers of foam, capping a hazy orange body. Suspended particles reveal it is unfiltered. Foam dissipates to a halo around the glass. Smell is sweet, malty, sort of boozy.

Taste is sweet and malty, alcohol is present as it warms. Feels stronger than 6.5%, but i'll trust it. On the palate, it's honey and butterscotch tinged, verging on cloying. Toasty biscuit comes out in the aftertaste, which has a mildly drying hoppiness. No clues as to the freshness of the bottle, but something tells me it could be even better fresh. The malt flavor is well-developed, but it almost seems stale at times.

Mouthfeel is medium, not quite a "rich" taste, but full in the mouth. A little flat after the initial pass over the palate. On a hot day, a couple of these would hit the spot.

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Photo of bluejacket74
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.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serene pale yellow with small bits of sediment hovering throughout, and a slight foamy head. smells of toffee, vanilla and grass waft up from the glass, forcefully released as the head dissolves. flavor is primarily of sweet pale malts, and some more sweet pale malts after that. wheatgrass and lemon are the undertones, and are left in the throat after swallowing this chewy mouthful of a beer.

this reminds me of recently making french toast with artisan bread baked with barley and sweet malts, and covering it in pure michigan maple syrup.

this is completely unlike what i thought i was getting into with this beer. completely unique.

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Photo of MooseBoose
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcotom
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
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!


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Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

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Photo of atigerlife
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.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although I lived in Bamberg Germany for years and tried many of Mahr’s beer I had never tried this one until recently. I was trying to relive my early beer days but to be honest I was a little disappointed. It is an OK beer but not what I was hoping for.

Appearance- A nice amber that is a little cloudy with an average head and lace.

Smell- Doughy bread and beanish scent.

Taste- Some hops but still sort of malt sweet and bread like.

Mouthfeel. Average body not really thick or thin..

Drinkability- Not my favorite Mahr’s beer.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Absumaster
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is yellow, orange with a big bubbly head and lots of carbonation to support that head.

Smell is a little sweet, stongly malty and some huskiness. There is also some vanilla.

Taste is little sweet and bitter, which is a bit sharp. The beer is very malty and must have a big amount of light caramalts in there, which make the body medium, lower the drinkability and give the beer it's vanilla and some honey taste. The hops are almost overpowered by the fullness of the body.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall, slim, slender 1 Pint, .09 fl oz bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville for $2.99...
Pours a clean, clear, lucid, appeljuice-like appearance with a minimal head that left a small amount of lacing around the glass before quickly receding...
Faint, sweet, sugared-aroma of vanilla and toffee...
Taste complements the smell, with noticeable suggestions of caramel, vanilla, sugars, phenols, and candies...
Sweet, candied, sugared-mouthfeel, very sweet and slightly on the cloying side...
Fairly easy level of drinkability thanks to the somewhat modest ABV...
Went down easily and was pretty refreshing, albeit kind of sweet...

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Photo of soupyman10
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a finger of white head that leaves fairly weak lacing. A good amount of yeast floating around the glass. Nose of lots of caramel malt, and some lemon and orange citrus. Taste is likewise. Lots of spices, tons of caramel malt. Lots of tasty fruit, citrus, dried fruit (raisins specifically). Full, creamy body with good carbonation. I liked this one - nice flavor with a great body. Good beer at a good price.

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Mahr's Bock-Bier from Mahr's Bräu
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 82 ratings