ehaak26 (773) - - FEB 19, 2018 GarrettB (1715) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yet another Christmas beer! No wonder I was looking a bit on the paunchy Santa side by New Year’s. This round belongs to the Bamberger Mahr’s Brau, an advertised Christmas bock. The thin, tan head quickly hollows itself out after the pour into a halo shape. The body is dark, but not oily (is this because it is a lager?) with a tree bark brown hue that omits entirely the red flashes I’m used to seeing on the stray edges of the beer in good lighting. A dry and chalky aroma emanates from the Christmas Bock, alongside a mature wine sweetness and a sizeable hit of malts. Again, I am startled by the absence of what I might take for granted in a dark ale - the presence of chocolate and coffee scents. But I find this omission refreshing. The vinous grape quality is unique, and the white oily fish and soy sauce character buried deep inside a muscat tunnel make for a curious but delicious smell. So far my senses had convinced me that, though dark, this bock was largely different from the dark ales I had become accustomed to, but the flavor was shockingly deep and heavy, back to the ale type, but with only a moderate complexity. It’s salty, grainy and lacking sugar, imparting a burnt bread savory flavor. A tinge of deep maltiness nicely paired with a quality lager corn note and the emphatic salty, burnt bread taste makes this a perfect beer for those like me that like salty foods. Really, quite amazing, and it gets only better with warmth.
Bottle from A.J.'s Beer Warehouse. Aroma of straw and caramel malts. Somewhat sweet. rondphoto (4526) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 31, 2016
bottle @ Keg Liquors / Clarksville IN --- Aroma of earthy malt and light straw. Hazy light amber color, frothy white head that stays awhile, globs of lace. Taste is malt and carbonation and light hops that are tilted slightly toward pine. The whole thing is light and easy to quaff. Not very memorable, probably this one will be the only for me. MarinEvelyn (852) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2015
I love the aroma but have a hard time describing it. Toasty, straw, some sweetness perhaps caramel. Earthy. The taste is beautiful and similar. A slightly delayed pine taste that comes on in the end and is very enjoyable. beerbaaron (1997) - Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Slightly hazed, Yellow gold with a frothy white head. Spot on aroma. Toasty, caramel/burnt caramel, straw, German hops, something a little smokey? Flavor follows. Medium to full body. Light earthy bitterness and a slight smokiness. I like this. Its hitting the spot right now. Merry Christmas. bkurtz (1159) - LITHUANIA - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle 25 oz - Pours a cloudy amber/orange with a smallish head. Sweet bread with some tart spice aromas. Starts with a nice body, but the finish is muddled and slightly astringent.
czar (9680) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
pours unclear pale yellow, gold tint, with a small white cap, settling in quickly to a small rind, no lacing. sweet hay and spicy bready maltiness, wooden and grassy hops, hint of sweetness - wort and white grape juice; caramel touch, chalk - fairly mineral, white wine, pepper. light carbonation, light to medium body - oily and smoothly malted; semi-sweet yet balanced by a firm woodsy-herbal-grassy finish. this bock kind of grew on me. not as impressed as when tasting some of mahr?s great lagers but this brew is a more than o-k bock. Silphium (3269) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Deep hazy orange body, thin off-white head. Odd nose, toasty and leafy with some weird stinky butterscotchy notes. Dry, biscuity body, layered and toasty, with light hints of fermented fruits. Leafy and tannic. Boring. Bif (2416) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a dark copper color with adecent head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of caramel, malt and spice. Taste of caramel, malt and a nice touch o f spice. Mild bitterness and the finish has a bit of lingering sweetness. Moderate body, smooth with a holiday feel. Nothing fancy, just a nice seasonal beer. slowrunner77 (13368) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"probably an average bock, maybe a touch better, but i like the style, so there you go. aroma and palate seem light at first but it’s quite flavorful. sweet tofee toasted malt and grassy hops in the finish for balance. nice and easy drinking." tbopslt (354) - New York, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Clear bur dark amber. Sweet malty aroma. Decent head. Full bodied but smooth. Sharp finish. Enjoyable.