Cybercat (2776) - 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 (4257) - 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 (1021) - 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.
tnkw01 (853) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark yellow color with slight head. Taste is slightly malty, a little watery. Aroma is hay, slight fruit cake.
smith4498 (2793) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear dark amber color with light tan head. Sweet caramel and fruit aromas. Flavors of caramel, bread, plums with a slightly medicinal finish. Medium body with soft carbonation.
rangerred (784) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
25oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clear light brown with a tiny soapy head. Poor head retention.
Smells weakly of caramel and toffee along with a slight cough syrup smell.
Taste begins with a nice malty flavor along with noble hops. This quickly fades, though into a bitter cough syrup flavor. The bitterness continues and becomes quite harsh. I’m not sure if it’s the age of this beer or just the way it is but it is not one of my favorites
craftycarl21 (2075) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Extremely dark brown pour, small but thick creamy head. Nose hodls apple cider, plum, caramel, creamy, cherry, and toast. The flavor brings increased spice and loses its fruity complexity. Strange spicy bitterness, somewhat thin on the palate, and a touch of unsavory diacetyl. Ok.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown pour with a froth tan head. Cider dark fruit, dough, a hint of.acetic acid and cookies lead to vegetative slightly rotten mats. Thin to medium palate with law carbonation. Yucky.
nearbeer (3284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml. Dark copper-brown with a small head that tries to last. Nose is cherry and brown sugar. Flavor is cherry, light chocolate, and a hint of cough drop. Medium body is sweetish but astringent; almost harshly so. They must rotate the style on this seasonal brew, cause it was definitely a dunkler bock this year, not a heller bock as listed.
DuffMan (5795) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear bright yellow, thick pillowy head the stays forever and generates thick lace. Aroma is cereal malt, sweet, light caramel. Soft, creamy palate of cereal grains and arrowroot. Delicious.