Samuel Adams Amber Bock
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German Bock
Ranked #130
Ranked #43,914
3.51 | pDev: 11.4%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Amber BockSamuel Adams Amber Bock
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Photo of Buckeye55
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear light brown color with good off-white head and ample lacing. Scent is of carmel and malt. Taste mostly follows, with bitterness coming through towards the end. Pretty full mouthfeel and an aftertase that starts to the sweet side with bitterness on the backend

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass in March 2019. The bottle had a drink by date of April 2019.

Appearance: Medium Amber with light tan head. The head was about 2 fingers high and lasted a long time, There is some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild sweet aromas, with very little hop aroma. There is not much though in the aromas. Overall the caramel aroma dominates.

Taste: Good taste. Mostly a caramel taste, with some other sweet tastes like vanilla. There is a very light hops flavor. This is sweet and typical of bock beers.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Medium alcohol which matches the 6.0% listed on the label.

This is a good bock beer. It is dominated by the caramel flavor, and is typically sweet like other bocks. It is typical of other bocks, and I would buy this again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into grip shaped goblet: color is copper to light amber, head is light tan with fine bubbles, head presents about 1 inch deep and lingers very well.

Smell is toast, biscuit, caramel, neutral grassy hops.

Taste follows with toasty, biscuity malt with caramel sweetness, not overdone - simple, complete in terms of bock flavors; some neutral grassy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp, not overly carbonated, a bit sweet lingering presence.

Overall a decent bock, somewhat down the middle of the style with maybe just a lean to the sweeter malts.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tough ratings on a pretty good bock, in my book.
Although as Looks go, this bock is average given that amber is a pretty color to work with.
As Smells go, it probably is average for a style that rarely smells like much.
SA's Amber Tastes as mostly caramel malts should, sweet but not syrupy. SA used hops correctly, merely to balance malt.
Mouthfeel is full enough for a masthead like me, but as it warmed I got a slightly metallic finish. It went away as I snacked.

Probably not a repeat in my near future, but also not a complaint. A solid bock.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Amber-y. Caramel malt, toasted bread, dough and subtle hop flavors. Light, crisp and drinkable. Standard mass produced semi craft brew. Eh. It's inoffensive.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Look - light amber in color, one finger head that mostly dissipates. Some lacing
Smell - toasted malts, biscuits, and a hint of sweetness (caramel/honey). Light but pleasant
Taste - sweet caramel flavor, strong malt flavor, and a crisp finish. very little hop presence, which might be a letdown for some
Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation. very crisp and refreshing for the ABV
Overall - I thought this was a good example of the style, and contrasts nicely with their chocolate bock from the same variety pack. might be a bit too light, but still tasty.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bold snap, crisp semi sweet caramel malt finish. Same with the nose. Amber hue, clear, with big foam head, lattice of lace. Medium to med/full body. Kinda cider notes too. 18 IBUs

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: Semi-clear caramel amber body, light cream head, decent retention with light lacing.

Aroma: Light caramel and lots of metal, actually smells kind of gross.

Taste: Sharp dried fruit notes, tangy, with subtle caramel that doesn’t quite boss the sour flavors enough.

Mouthfeel: If tangy is a feel then yes.

Overall: A sweet caramel bomb intruded by tangy flavors.

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Photo of Suds
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the Sam Adams seasonal pack, this brew is a clear, honey-colored liquid. The head is slim. The aroma has malt and caramel, a bit of toast as well. Full body and a malt-forward, sweet flavor. Straightforward and nice.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Pilsner glass

A - 2 fingers off-white foam over a crystal-clear body of amber, high visible carbonation

S - malt sweetness, touch of grass

T - caramel/honey sweetness, followed by dryness and bitterness with herbal notes

M - thick medium/full body, medium/high carbonation

O- not much of a bock; middle-of-the-road beer

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Photo of Brookfieldglass
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The set up: Poured from 12oz bottle (variety pack purchase) into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Nice orange amber with a one finger but quick dissipating head, minimal to no lacing present.

Smell: I'm getting a lot of malt forward aroma along with some caramel.

Taste: Malty notes and caramel with a bit of hop profile mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation and a bit of sting on the finish.

Final thoughts: Overall I'm very underwhelmed with this beer. While it isn't a bad beer by my measure, it simply lacks what I'm looking for in the Bock style and there are better examples of this style available.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Another variety pack, another SA I haven't had and now have had the pleasure to try...

I'll just come right out and mention this is certainly better than Michelob's Amber Bock - way better. But compared to others I've had, it probably in the middle-of-the-pack. Nice dark caramel coloration but with weak foam and no staying power. It was hard for me to pull out anything notable, but I did detect a distant twinge of caramel and maybe some roasted malts. Mouthfeel and taste were good, I did enjoy it. However, overall it was a better than okay beer, nothing special. Definitely good to have on hand though during this holiday season...

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pilsener Glass. Consume by April 2018.

L: Clear amber, half finger off-white head has average retention.

S: Lots of caramel malt and toffee like presence. Not much noticeable hop presence.

T: Again caramel and toffee malts are the main note here, then some herbal hops lend a nice refreshing note. I don't seem to notice any typical Bock characteristics. Good amber.

F: Light, crisp, lingering caramel malts.

O: Not bad, not really a bock but hey a good beer.

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Photo of Squire
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful rose gold amber color with white cap.

Scent of caramel, toffee malt with a bready undertone. Some light floral hops.

Taste on entry is caramel malt deepening with toffee touches as the flavor builds. Though the scent is sweetish the flavor is dry with the hops playing a significant part albeit softly. Flavors carry into the finish with hops being a wee bit moreso in the aftertaste. Simple flavors well balanced.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

I like this one. It's a richer caramel malt profile that doesn't delve into overly sweet territory. Very good flavor that maintains richness with hops providing backbone and malt the body.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was really stoked when I saw this in the singles section at one of our local Giant Food Stores & so I snapped one up for drinking & review. Why was I excited? Well, I was at our local county homebrewers' club meeting on Tuesday night for a homebrewers' bracketology challenge in which teams had brewed concoctions made with ingredients chosen semi-randomly a couple months ago. Some were real oddballs and were getting voted out as my table lamented that the hoppier beers were the winners & then looked at me & wondered why I had voted for the oddballs. I like ALL beers on some level, even if they are just cold, wet & available on a hot, humid summer's day. I am also a self-described, self-avowed hophead, but I get the sentiment behind 21st Amendment's Blah Blah Blah IPA & so I was voting for new & unusual tastes, not just hops, hops & more hops. That is not to suggest that I think that this beer will taste unusual, just not super hoppy, if at all. I get excited easily. Dilly dilly!

From the bottle: "Malty Caramel Notes & a Crisp Finish".

I Pop!ped the cap off of this fresh bottle & began a heavy-handed pour. This resulted in the formation of three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was Amber (duh!) to Deep Amber/Light Coppper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty, but less sweet than earthy & bready. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. They nailed it with regard to the taste: caramel, definitely, but not cloyingly sweet, either. Instead, it retained a cereal-like breadiness to accompany the caramel taste. Mmm. Finish was semi-sweet but very drinkable and quite smooth. A great find for the holidays.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Lots of maltiness with a light earthy hop presence. Caramel sweetness leads the way

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the caramel maltiness that is moderately sweet and then goes into some of the earthy notes and some very light hop spiciness. Finishes with lingering light sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: On the simpler side, not surprisingly. Solid and easy to drink. A nice fit for the season

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of April 2018. Sampled on November 22, 2017.

This is a handsome looking beer with its copper-amber pour under a quick lasting white head that leaves a little lacing. Decent clarity. I wanted better head retention though.

The aroma is sweet, baked caramel malts and toasted white bread with a low to no hop profile. It smells like the style suggests it should.

Medium, smooth body.

The taste is sweet with caramel malts like the aroma suggests and there is clean, crisp finish to it. Some toast. I found it be enjoyable.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, lot of rising bubbles, not much head. Sweet bready aroma. Flavor generally matches, some caramel notes settled on a robust malt backbone. Perhaps a little too sweet for my licking, but I suppose that’s accurate for the style, so that’s just more of my tastes.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a new one for me from the winter sampler, which has become a late fall tradition of sorts. A pretty coper in color, with a tiny bubbled, short lived head. Nose is sweet caramel and a touch of prune.

Heavy bread notes throughout but the sweetness is somewhat tempered in the finish, which is cleaner than expected. Not a ton of complexity, but fairly true to form for the style.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a winter ampler 12-pack. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head.

Smell is a candy scent. Caramel and butter scotch.

Taste is a sweet bread flavor. Mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little watery.

Overall a nice amber. Not really a winter brew. Similar to the Oktoberfest.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent beer. Amber in color tastes of caramel. Again no bells and whistles A great finish so that was a plus with this beer. Was exspecting more from this beer

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Photo of jkblr
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bb April 2018 poured into a perfect pint glass at fridge temp 6% ABV 18 IBU. The beer pours bright honey color with sparse off white head. The aroma is caramel malt. The taste is semisweet caramel that tapers off to a watery finish. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry. Overall, good but not exciting. I use these mix pack beers to recalibrate occasionally to make sure solid, unflawed beers get reasonable scores. I will drink my second of these are bit warmer and see if it livens up.

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Photo of matcris
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A crystal clear, light caramel, with mild lacing, and a finger of khaki head. Caramel, toasted malt & grain in the aroma, and same with the flavor. Well carbonated, medium body, and a little slick. Overall, easy drinking, simple brew.

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Photo of davedog_7
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good, solid amber bock. If I compare it to past inclusions in the Winter Classics, it is better than past offerings like Ginger Beer and Sparkling Ale, in my opinion, albeit a different style.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle impression:

"Amber Bock." 6% ABV. 18 IBUs. Yellow label depicts red Christmas ornaments. Best before: April. I got a bottle as part of a Sam Adams Winter variety box, but it being a Sam Adams seasonal box, of course the winter box dropped a good 2-3 months ahead of time.

The label's description of "malty caramel notes & a crisp finish" is roughly accurate, with this amber bock comparing well to Shiner Bock. Bready with an amber malt focus but not too much body or weight on the palate, it's true to the intended style and has an aptly clean lager yeast profile and concomitant attenuation. Not too sweet, not syrupy, but appropriately bready.

I'm missing any semblance of a traditional German Noble hop profile (no grassiness, just a more American floral hop flavour), but it's a decent take on an oft-ignored style and I can't complain about the price.

Drinkable albeit unremarkable, Amber Bock is the kind of beer you'd expect in a Sam Adam's variety box, which is to say it's nothing unique or special. Within the style, I'd sooner reach for any widely available German-brewed example, and within the Sam Adam's winter box I'd sooner reach for Old Fezziwig, but this is a competent stab at a bock that will satisfy casual drinkers of something like Sam Adams Boston Lager who are looking to branch out a bit without straying too far from easy drinking lagers. I wouldn't buy it on its own if offered in sixers, but I won't mind polishing off the couple bottles I got in the seasonal box.


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Samuel Adams Amber Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 104 ratings