Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch
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1.25/5 rDev -56.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
Well, you can't accuse this beer of looking like other beers that have made AB-InBev so famous, well, almost. The characteristics of the head and ensuing carbonation don't venture far from Anheuser's comfort zone. The bottle claims this will pour with a tall head. Uh, tall head? Compared to what? A flat keg at a frat house? Ohhh, no! Now I see what they mean by tall head, there is a few ghostly wisps of foam that don't fully dissipate. *eyeroll*. The beer is perfectly clear when backlight, a sign of the filtering, pasteurization, filtering, filtering, pasteurization, some crazy method for filtering that I've never heard of and pasteurization. But its a red-purple color.
It starts off smelling a lot like a typical adjuncted lager, and ends up smelling pretty much the same. No rich bock fruitiness, but lots and lots of grain and corn meal. Notions of caramel scented additives are here, but in moderation.
Sweet. Ok, Bocks are often sweet. But Bocks never have such artificial flavors in them. The stuff is mainly maize grits, popcorn kernels, grape drink underattenuation and soda syrup.
The typical Anheuser water thickness with pins and needles carbonation. It numbs the tongue, but I think that's what ends up making this stuff drinkable.
The last time I've had this stuff was from the very bottom of a keg at a bar back home in Wheeling. That glass was proof that they use some sort of artificial flavoring or coloring here. That glass tasted like pure caramel flavored soda syrup. As if it had all settled to the bottom of the keg over the month or so it took them to sell it all. It was horrible. This stuff is a safer bet in the bottle, but a much, much worse value. Don't buy it, its mocking the craft beer world. Its fitting that the rest of the BA community finds it suitable for a C though.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2011 03:17:19 | More by MbpBugeye
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