Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mahrs Bräu Christmas Bock


When you think of Christmas beers you don't tend to think of bocks, but that's exactly what this German beer is. I've never reviewed a German Christmas beer before, so let's see how they might approach the season (via beer).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (595) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2011
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 confectionery 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 confectionery sweetness that seems so genuine. Many German Oktoberfestbiers tend to have this confectionery 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.

Grade: 9/10