Christmas Beer Advent calendars are helping craft beer lovers to count down to Christmas. This year there are several Advent calendars pre-loaded with Christmas and winter brews. I’ll share a few. If you can’t find one, you can make your own. I’ll show you how.
Advent is the season that begins four Sundays prior to Christmas, some time between November 27th and December 3rd. Most Advent calendars
Mahr’s Bräu of Upper Franconia, Germany has been brewing beer according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 since 1895. They make a Christmas Bock for the holidays.
Christmas Bock pours cloudy amber with a thin white head that reduces quickly nothing. It’s smells bready with slight caramel malts. The taste is caramel with brown bread, and some fig and nut notes. It is lightly hopped, enough to hold it all together. It’s 6% ABV. There are no spices or other additives that often make a Christmas beer. This one is 100% bock style. My bottle had light carbonation.
A Bock is the classic winter warmer from the old world. Bock is a German bottom-fermented lager that differs from your summer lager with the addition of more malts and a longer lagering process to get the alcohol to 6%.
Weissenohe Monk’s Christkindl, a German dunkel from Bavaria, fits right into our Christmas celebrations. Christkindl means “Christmas present” and is lovely one indeed.
Monk’s Christkindl pours copper-brown with a small cream-colored head of larger bubbles. It smells of sweet malts and a bit of bread yeast. It has a medium-body, with toasted malts, light caramel, and hops in the background. It finishes sweet. It comes in a 500ml bottle and at 5.1% ABV I suggest keeping a couple of bottles on hand.
Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe is a traditional brewery that continues to make their beer according to the Bavarian purity law of 1516. The brewery traces it’s lineage back to a 10th century Benedictine monastery and is one of the oldest breweries in Franconia (central, South Germany).