santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Generally I’m not a fan of pale bocks, but this one is delicious. Nice balance between sticky sweet malts and sharp, biting hops. Quite drinkable. One of the better examples of the style. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Very enjoyable bock. Nice hop bite. Malty aroma. Nice golden color. It a good winter beer. I enjoyed it. eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2004
I really enjoyed this festive bock. It was smooth and malty. A nice, lacy color. Hints of honey, caramel, vanilla all lend themselves to a rather nice and unoffending sweetness. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Pours a nice amber, topped by less than an inch of nearly white foam that sticks around briefly then fades almost completely away. Mild aroma of sweet and biscuity malt.
Although it is pretty mild, I like the flavor - biscuity malt that reminds me of graham crackers, lightly sweet but really more toasted and fairly dry in the finish. Clean and smooth, with a touch of hops in the finish providing nice balance. Medium body, moderate carbonation.
I don’t know what makes this a ’Christmas’ bock, as nothing in this beer really stands out. But taken all together - it is mighty fine. RealAleDave (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Deep clear chestnut. Very fine beige head settles relatively quickly to a thin cap.
Nose is rich, deep brown bready malt mixed with spicy German hops. Slight fruitiness to it in the form of some dried cherry and orange zest notes. Just a hint of rumminess, but it adds complexity rather than sticking out inappropriately. Beautiful.
Medium-full in the mouth. Just waves of malt, cut sharply by a very welcome, robust hop bitterness. Very long and lingering. Great bock here.
Wonderfully low carbonation lets the rich maltiness seep into every nook and cranny of the mouth. It’s really the hops that clean the palate for the next sip, and boy, I can’t wait to take the next one. Perilously drinkable. Please, oh please, let them brew this again next year. I promise to buy a keg.
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2011
I poured a 500ml bottle into a beer mug.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2006
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.
Light amber color, big bountiful head with some nice lacing. Aroma has some nice touches of spices, hops and honey. Sweet semi-malt and hoppy, honey flavor. Has a very smooth finish. Has some small undertones of a mead. A great find at Sun Devil Liquor in Mesa, Az ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
The ratings on this are insultingly low. I don’t know what beer these people are drinking. I have my issues with this one. I was hoping for something rauchier, being from Bamberg and all, but I got a great bock nonetheless. Nose is plum, yeast, brown malt and mineral - no grainy twang or tartness. This continues in the full flavor with hints of Trappist yeast and raisin. Yeah, some roast would do this good, but my God, how much more authentic can you get? krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Hazy golden amber color. Smells of malt and fig. Smooth light spiced maltyness to the taste Leaves light grain stain behind.