Monday, September 12, 2011

Michelob Amber Bock

ANOTHER macro lager!? That's 4 in a row from the all viewer request month list! Anyway, this is a beer I remember drinking way back in my pre-craft beer enthusiast years and finding it rather lame at the time. Maybe I just didn't have the palate to appreciate it? Let's see how I react to it all these years later.

Thanks to for requesting this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (643) - Albany, USA - SEP 11, 2011

I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass.

Appearance: Pretty dark copper/maroon hue. Very dark with little carbonation visible. Forms a large, off-white, soapy head which evaporates almost completely and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Virtually odorless. Slight hint of toasted dark malt, and a subtle adjunct smell as well. Otherwise, neutral in the nose.

Taste: It’s funny how the bottle label describes this beer as being a "bock-style" instead of a bock proper. Considering that Michelob Amber Bock is brewed by the world’s biggest maker of adjunct lagers, it really comes as no surprise to me that this beer tastes like a darker, slightly sweeter, less foul version of their flagship pale lager.

The first thing I notice is just how overtly bland and watery the palate is as soon as it hit my tongue. After a few swigs I begin to notice the slightest, most mild notes of sweet toasted caramel malt and a hint of nuttiness. But this is coming from someone who’s got a more refined palate than the average target audience member of this product. If I can barely detect, surely it’s reasonable to assume that Joe and Jane Six Pack won’t taste it at all, right? There’s a mild bitterness through the middle, but then it back to watery, flavorless lager flavor. As it warms a corny taste begins to emerge - making the palate slightly sour and astringent, but otherwise tolerable. Still, where’s the flavor?

Mouthfeel: Cool, tepid, wet with a slightly pasty/oil aftertaste similar to that find in sodas made with high fructose corn syrup.

Drinkability: The only thing Michelob Amber Bock has going for it is the raw drinkability. The flat, wet, bland body and low ABV of only 5.2% make it highly quaffable. It’s even a little refreshing while it’s in the mouth, but the overall palate is entirely too weak to be used in any kind of food pairing.

Overall, this is not a terrible beer but it has a long way to go towards becoming a genuine bock. It may help coax BMC drinkers into something a little darker, but unless you’re in that demographic there’s no reason to drink it.

 Grade: 4/10

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