Batch No. 43229 Beechwood Bock (Columbus, Ohio) - Anheuser-Busch

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Batch No. 43229 Beechwood Bock (Columbus, Ohio)Batch No. 43229 Beechwood Bock (Columbus, Ohio)

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70 Ratings

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Slatetank on 09-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Project Twelve - Second Edition
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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 17
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

Really not much to this brew at all. It has a half-decent malt base for a “bock,” but nothing really pops with this beer. Barely balanced and pretty much one-sided all the way through. We could really see the restrained character and loss of potential here.

STYLE: American Bock
ABV: 6.0%

LOOK: Light mahogany hue, ample suds

SMELL: Hint of caramel, chicory, faint broth, spice, clean, faint cocoa powder

TASTE: Smooth, crisp, wet, light bodied, watery caramel, malty, modest hopping, kiss of alcohol, slightly bready, dried grass, dry finish, very clean aftertaste

Photo of Franziskaner
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mahogany brown colored with excellent clarity. Absolutely no head retention, but it is carbonated. I get some dark malt, chocolate, and lager yeast in the aroma. Mouthfeel is very smooth. There is just a hint of dark malt and lager yeast in the flavor. I'm just not getting much action here.

Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

This beer is a back of the fridge pull. It is about one year old at this time.
Clear amber with one finger of off white head with not much retention.
Smell is all malts.
Taste is mostly bready with some caramel malts. The label says chocolate malt as well but it is very faint. What hops are present are just enough to provide some balance. No real bitterness in the finish. Light bodied somewhat watery with adequete carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet with a tiny amount of bitterness. Overall I think this is a typical A-B craft attempt that is one of the best of last year's mix 12 pack version two. Maybe a good one for those Bud drinkers that want to try some new styles.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
6.0% ABV, 13236

A - Crystal clear tawny brown in color, Beechwood Bock has a short off-white head that vanishes with little trace.

S - Overwhelming caramel cube sweetness keeps this beer's aroma from smelling anything but cloyingly malty but it does maintain a nice, clean level of lager quality throughout.

T - Far better than the aroma would suggest, Beechwood Bock has underlying caramel sweetness but it's certainly not as strong as the aroma and balanced by dryness and earthy character, only marred by a finish of dirty metal in the background, distracting from the lager's otherwise clean flavor.

M - Crisp and effervescent, this darker looking beer doesn't drink like it appears; it's lighter-bodied and dry with a hint of saltiness on the finish for a subconscious nudge to take another sip.

O - AB's Beechwood Bock initially promises a cloyingly sweet beer with it's caramel-like aroma but the crisp lager is a bit drier in both flavor and feel, finishing out pretty cleanly for an average bock.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Budweiser Beechwood Bock has a thick, off-white head, a clear, deep amber (bordering on brown) appearance, lots of bubble streams, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet brown bread crust and standardized American lager beer. Taste is of those elements, with a slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and somewhat slick. Budweiser Beechwood Bock finishes crisp, easy tasting, and mild. No alcohol was detected in the flavor. This is not a bold beer, by any stretch of the imagination, but it is nice, anyway.


Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent malt profile but dull & boring.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - it is a dark brown, with a decent head.

Smell - The sweet malts smell is quite good, with the caramel and the chocolate about the same.

Taste - The chocolate malts hits my tongue first, with the caramel malts giving a nice burnt bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - good-bodied beer; it was a bit over carbonated though.

Overall - This is the 2nd of the Project 12 -2013 I tried, and I prefer this over the vanilla bourbon, this beer was sweet but not too sweet like the vanilla bourbon. A decent "bock".

Photo of cyclonece09
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours reddish amber with a nice white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of some fruit like berries and slight orange. Tastes of some fruit, mainly berries. Beer is easy drinking, light bodied, sessionable. Overall a slightly above average beer.

Photo of Tone
2.57/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, and slight adjunct. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of pale male, hint of hops, hint of roasted malt, and slight adjunct. There is a particularly odd roasted, metallic, grass flavor in the finish. Overall, weak appearance and aroma, but slightly better body and blend. Still, I would not recommend this brew.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - a promising pour, nice frothy manila head atop a fine-looking reddish caramel. The seems creamy and with legit body but begins falling apart quickly. Within a minute, it's a partial cover despite some spirited bead from below. The label says bock but the eye says amber.

Aroma - a glint of caramel malt, covered all too soon by blase grain. After a little setup time it resembles a basic macro lager.

Taste - sweet grains, Killians-like, a flash of toast to the malt. A notable alcohol presence supporting some caramel, but the body lacks depth. The start of a few different flavor elements here but not much development in any of them. Finishes clean, neat, a lingering note of the abv.

Mouthfeel - the bubbles are okay despite some slight interference picking out flavors. Decent weight and smoothness.

Overall - not bad, probably a stronger statement than the American Ale, but I can't see a side-by-side any time soon. I'd have it again, but not necessarily on purpose.

Photo of jadpsu
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear pale amber with an off white frothy head that has a short life span, rendering the majority of the drink time span with an unappealing flat appearance.
Aroma has a little malty sweetness with only an tinge of caramel.
Caramel has a little more presence in the taste
Light bodied and dry, at best a mediocre brew.

Photo of SteveJeremy
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had to do a double-take in the make-your-own-six-pack aisle of my local Jewel-Osco when I saw they had both the limited edition Budweiser Beechwood Bock and North Pacific Style Lager. Not just like one or two dusty bottles, but like six or seven of each, leading me to believe that they found a stray twelve pack or something in the back that they hadn't touched in a wild. Not even mad that it's probably a little aged; just bless to try at least two of these rare offerings.

Appearance: Dark amber in color, just like the bottle states. Very brown and just looks dark and brooding from the color. This could go one of two ways.

Smell: Can smell the chocolate and faint caramel undertones, mixed in with what smells like alcohol, almost, but not wholly equivalent to, a malt liquor. Again, this could go one of two ways.

Taste: Luckily, it goes the way I wanted it to. The beer is delicious, following the nose with a chocolatey-beer taste with the caramel hops making themselves known. Heavier while, at the same time delicious and thoroughly enjoyable to sip or slug.

Mouthfeel: Present and not too carbonated, just the way I like it.

Anheuser-Busch, in my opinion, is making a more hearty effort to branch out into the more complex, craft market than I believe they're given credit. With the variety of delicious Shock Top flavors and this project to give different tastes from different locations a try, this definitely proves that AB has the resources and tools to churn out more acceptable offerings than their average to awful mass-produced brands; now if only they show ambition.

Photo of a0lbudman
3.94/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep amber color with a small tan head that faded quickly
S-sweet caramel with some spice
T-sweet caramel taste with a spicy tone that leaves the aftertaste that has more pepper than the sweet taste
M- med body feel with not much carbonation
O- was a good beer overall , but came in 2nd in the project 12 2nd edition behind the 23185

Photo of TheMarkE
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber with a very thin head and weak lacing.

Smell: Caramel and other malts.

Taste: Caramel with a hint of chocolate and a smaller hint of beechwood.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, slightly chocolate bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. Smooth, decent flavor, and good balance, this is my favorite of the bunch. I would even pick this over a lot of craft beers.

Photo of Slatetank
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this at Made in America festival in Philadelphia 9/1/13

A deep amber w/ light tan cream w/ thin head which has good retention
Smell is good with malty and sweet caramel odors and light yeast. The feel is decent but mostly carbonated and lighter body w/ semi dry finish

The taste has a mild chocolate malt taste w/ a good amount of caramel and mild yeast fruitiness but not quite sweet like raisins finish is toasty and breads
Overall the bock is not a bad lager w/ decent drinkability

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours deep reddish/amber with less than 1 finger creamy off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of bubbles, higher than average carbonation and almost no lacing on the glass.

SMELL: toasted malt, sweet caramel and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, sweet caramel, toasted malt, a mild hop profile, the alcohol 6% is imperceptible, this is a malt forward beer to be sure.

PALATE: smooth and creamy with higher than average carbonation, finishes clean.

OVERALL: this is not a bad beer for the style but nothing special, I preferred the North Pacific Style Lager for this second edition of the Brewmaster's Project Twelve. Anheuser-Busch is moving in the right direction.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a medium copper brown in color and clear as the sky on a sunny day. About a 2-finger head forms and retains pretty well. The color of the head is slightly off-white, but not quite tan. Lacing is also pretty good. Looks like your standard red ale.

S- A fair dose of chocolate malt greets the nose right off the bat, but is quickly gone in favor of some metallic notes and some caramel malt flavors. Just a hint of brown sugar sweetness towards the end.

T- Starts off just like the smell, a brief hit of chocolate matls chased by caramel malt flavors. Moves towards a hint of floral hops taste toward the end, before lingering malt flavors return.

M- Light and highly carbonated; not your typical feel for a bock. Not a bad drinking beer. Reminds me more of a dark German beer, like a dunkel, than a bock.

Overall, not a bad option for a fairly easy drinking dark lager. Good flavors, good weight, good beer.

Batch No. 43229 Beechwood Bock (Columbus, Ohio) from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.