JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber, yes. Bock, no. AS typical for most large brewery specialty brews the flavor is derived from specialty grains than the brewing method and use of quality malts. I guess I have picked this when the only other options are the typical american standards.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2002
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Slightly disappointing as I expected this to be at least a reasonable attempt at a good beer. Maybe a little more malt sweetness, but the rice is still very evident. Aside from the light malt increas and a darker color, this is no more impressive than regular ol’ Michelob.
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surprisingly tasty, a decent combination; the amber and the bock. It’s not too strong of a bock or an amber. But it is very rich and filling.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Anheiseur-Busch’s Michelob Amber Bock is one of the best selling ’craft Brews’ in the country. Although this beer does fall slightly short of being an actual bock (stylistically), it should be tasted for what it is - not what the name implies it should be. That said, this is an excellent lager with no flaws - just like Bud - that shouldn’t be ignored. Budweiser has proved that they can make good beers (did they even have to?). Hopefully, this beer will lead people to try other, fuller-flavored beers.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 22, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I tried this on a 3.5 hour layover in Denver, it was the only thing at the bar that I hadn’t drank and nothing else was any good. Tasted slightly inferior to Shiner/Ziegen bock. I propose that we use a new word to describe American beers that call themselves bocks: the ’nottabock’. Sounds kind of like dopplebock, huh? I could taste the rice in it. Hints of woodiness, a little malt. Better than most macro offerings, but that ain’t saying anything.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This rice-bock is not a real bock, though it has hints of bock flavor. Everyone criticizing it is comparing it to DOPPELBOCKS, which are not the same as BOCKS. Bocks, like Shiner and Saxer are damn hard to find and taste a bit maltier than this weak offering from Michelob. Save yourself a beer bummer and get something else.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had this in a monstrous 32 oz draft version at a crappy and bland steakhouse, it was quite nose-less even for such a huge amount. There was a hint of malt among the big carbonation and fizziness, but was otherwise tasteless. I didn’t get near the halfway mark with this cheap boring beer.
rich42 (128) - USA - MAY 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
not all that bad. not fantastic - but better than what I’d expected. Definitely not a ’real’ bock beer (hell - it’s got rice in it) - but drinkable. Slight smokey note on the end. Not a bad alternative to samuel adams or bass if your looking for something easy to drink after mowing the backyard.
Note - I’m a big bock fan - and to all those saying this was their ’first bock beer’ - you haven’t had a true bock yet. Go down to the local snob-supermarket and get yourself a Willbrau Ur-Bock, Spaten Optimator, Moretti Dark, heck - even a Sam Adams Winter Lager. Then you’ve had a bock.
Jfishback13 (273) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2002
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thebest bock for the money, if it’s a bock. For 3.50 a six pack it just can’t be beat. Of course that’s also the only time to get it too. It is pretty weak and doesn’t have anything that jumps out at you.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent, enjoyable ’bock’ beer. I’m partial to the doppelbock style myself, but this is worth the occasional drink on a tighter budget. Something about Michelob/A-B’s side-products has made a positive impression on me in comparison to the other stuff usually found in the grocery cooler/aisle. Definitely been better than average, anyway. Not a big fan of their Black & Tan, though I think that’s just me.