hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a golden color with a small sized head. Earthy, leaves, with caramel and some nuts.
Travlr (13257) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft. Dark clear amber color, massive beige head. Very sweet, very light body. Uninspiring.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Churchkey thanks to Travlr. Pours a clear red to deeper amber with a larger tan head. Thicker lace. Nose is super sweet. Mild candies and pine needle bitter. Hints of margarine. Taste is blander with tannic apple skins and tannic grain. Sharper mouthfeel.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at Monks Cafe in Philly. Nice dark brown pour with a tan foamy head. Aroma of brown sugar. Flavor was caramelized brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg cinnamon and even some ginger maybe? I dont know. I was surprised at the low scores here because I ADORED this beer. I love the sweet malty ones though and I had it on tap as opposed to bottle. It was delightful!
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Monk’s Cafe. Poured a light brown color with a thin white lacing head.Caramel, cereal, chocolate,clove, and a hint of spice on the nose. A nice medium body full of caramel and chocolately goodness.
Strykzone (5065) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint bottle poured into a tall glass. The clear and the color of caramel. A small off white head. A rich malty nose with brown sugar. Lots of malt is tasted, too. Grain and light roasted notes. Some soft fruit and gently bitter hops. The finish is a bit more fruity and the hops grow.
Chudwick (2209) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ML bottle - pours murky yellow with nice white head and mild lacing. Nose is caramel malts, yeast and spices. Aroma is citrus hops. Taste is sweet at first and quite bitter at the end. Thin to slick texture and medium body. Alcohol and dry finish. This is the lump of coal of Christmas beers; OK, not really but I’d be upset to open this Christmas morning.
Cybercat (3497) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong aroma has malty, caramel, molasses, yeast and cloves notes, very appealing. It pours a nice clear amber with a typical ivory head. Flavor has fruity, malty and earth notes as well as a hint of cloves. Texture is smooth, average-bodied and just a bit slimy, with minimum fizz. Merry whatever-you-celebrate-this-time-of-year!
dwyerpg (4643) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is quite malty in the aroma. Looks fine. Some sweet nuttiness in the aroma as well. Decent, but definitely malt city. A side of sweet nuts. Eh.
Chad9976 (1245) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 500ml bottle into a beer mug.
Appearance: Dark dirty amber color. Borderline opaque from the haziness. Forms a large, white, froth head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Light colored fruits (apricot, peach, tangerine) and confectionary sweetness plus an underlying floral fragrance.
Taste: German bocks tend to be very bready, malty brews, but Mahrs Bräu Christmas Bock drinks like a pale ale of some sort. Light bitterness up front followed by a juicy palate of lighter fruits. The finish is what makes the beer so great - delicious confectionary sweetness that seems so genuine. Many German Oktoberfestbiers tend to have this confectionary sweetness of caramel and toffee, but in this beer it’s much more robust and much more authentic tasting. There’s a pleasant honey flavor to top it all off, and yet the palate as a whole is not cloying or syrup-like. It’s very impressive.
Mouthfeel: Thick for a lager, but about as fizzy. Soft weight and smooth texture. Very comfortable.
Drinkability: It’s surprising this is a Christmas seasonal since it’s amazingly refreshing. I think it would actually work better in the summer, even at 6% ABV. The palate is at that perfect balance between plenty of flavor and overwhelming. It goes down smooth, although it is slightly gassy - but then again it is a lager. A great beer to have with honey glazed Christmas ham.