If there is one thing you can say about the Boston Beer Company, it is that the brewers practice their craft in their own way. Instead of traditional ales most breweries choose for their holiday offerings, this amber-hued beer is brewed with lager yeast for a clean, crisp, darker bock. Noble hop aromas are very noticeable, as are the multitude of malt aromas that satisfy your nose. The brewers use decoction mashing to create a rich and robust malt profile in the mouth, where melanoidins and toasty flavors make up the majority of the flavor profile. Hop flavor and bitterness are kept at low levels, allowing rich malt flavors to shine.