csaso (1611) - Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - small foamy head, dark amber color, sweet malty aroma and flavor, not much hop balance - fair at best, overall
boozedude (2172) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 27, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at bar in dfw airport..clear brown pour WITH light thin white head..taste is light boring watered down waste of time
tectactoe (3081) - Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2014 Tap: Deep brown with mahogany hints... Almost red-ish. Barely any head, beige tinted and more of a skin than anything. Aroma is very subdued. Slightly metallic, grainy, with a very faint hint of toasty, caramel malt. Uninspired. Taste is a bit better, with some light buttery toffee malt, faint caramel, toasty bread, and light cocoa powder sweetness. Notable crisp yeast, somewhat astringent and sharp metallic bitterness that hinders but doesnít kill things. Clean finish with some mild residual sweetness and a dry breadiness. Not great but fairly mediocre.
fontjt (77) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 15, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle: taste is a little bit of yeast. This is not really a great beer because the taste is not really there. A good drunk beer.
ben4321 (4546) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2013
Location: Draft at IAH, 9/12/13
Aroma: The nose is light and malty, some earthy and must notes, quite faint though
Appearance: The pour is a nice dark amber color with a froth of beige head
Flavor: The taste is sweet and malty, lacks a balancing hop presence of any kind
Palate: This one feels a little watery and slightly sticky, plus-carbonation, short finish
When this is the closest thing to craft you have other than Sam, you have a beer selection issue. You didnít need to know this was AB to know this was AB. AB making a beer only for Texas: your expectations will be correct. At least it has a decent look.
GIJOE (807) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - AUG 31, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smells like Bud, looks like Bud, tastes a little better than Bud. You can put a suit on a pig, but it's still a pig. Only available in Texas and they can keep it.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jndubbs (120) - Austin, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Light, non-offensive yet watered down amber. Basically Texas's way of saying, "We label our Amber Bock just a little different 'round here."
Headbanger (3502) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle 7/21/13 (Judicious Spirits-Mountain Home)-42į in Hurricane Glass-Pours a clear medium amber with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and toffee. Taste of slight malt. This light ot medium bodied brew is lacking greatly but it is an AB product.
Cybercat (3877) - Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours barely translucent cola brown, not much head. Aroma has malty and caramel notes and a hint of horehound. Flavor is mainly caramel with malty d horehound notes. Smooth, firm, fizzy texture finishes the experience. Overalll, not too shabby. Fine with lunch.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Brown with notes of amber, head was about two fingers and dissipated quickly into a lightly tan sheen, leaving some lace.
Aroma is caramel malts, somewhat sweet, and a little grainy.
Taste is primarily caramel malt and lightly grainy malts, with a touch of (perhaps) brown sugar, with some quantity of balancing hops that I would deem "not enough."
Feel is pretty watery with a slightly cardboard-ish caramel malt lingering aftertaste. Carbonation is pretty low and allows the thin body to have a slightly slick quality, probably from the over-abundance of caramel malt.
Itís a typical inbev pseudo-craft beer, in that it looks like craft beer when itís on the shelf, and is priced like craft beer, and you might think youíre getting craft beer when you buy it, but thatís about it. This beer does not stand out in any way, but manages to shine in the "meh" department. Itís nothing like the finely crafted artisan ales that real craft breweries make. This beer lacks flavor, aroma, and body, but it excels in blandness.
I donít know where this "hop finish" mentioned in the commercial description comes from, but I canít taste it. And where the "roasted malts" are, Iím not sure of that either, unless they just added barely enough roasted malts to get the color change they wanted. Caramel malt, now that I can taste in abundance; itís the main flavor.
I know this beer has been around for a while, but donít know if itís changed over the years. However, it needs to change if it wants to reach the "good" category in my book. Perhaps they wanted to impress bud light drinkers, and if so, more power to ya. But a craft beer this is not. Itís a mass produced watery alcoholic beverage with just enough beer-like ingredients where it can still be classified as beer.
BTW, Iím not just hating on inbev for the sake of it. If they were to make a good beer, I would rate it well. This just isnít a good beer tho.