Mahr’s Bräu Christmas Bock Review

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%.

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    While it’s difficult to picture Santa as a young man, he was once. He met the future Mrs. Claus one snowy night when she offered him a winter ale that she brewed herself. It was love at first sight – for both the Mrs. and her winter ales. With Santa’s growing fame, his favorite brews became named after his favorite day – Christmas. Santa now travels the world each year to spread the joy that began in a stable in Bethlehem two millennia ago.

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