Samuel Adams Amber Bock, a German-style Bock brewed by the Boston Beer Company

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Samuel Adams Amber Bock is a German-style Bock brewed by the Boston Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsner glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance

The lager pours a crystal-clear honey orange and is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense cream-colored foam that shows good retention. A spittle of lace clings to the sides and a thin collar rounds the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is predominantly malty with a sweet scent of caramel. A hint of noble hops appears in the background.

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Flavor

The palate begins with a balance of toasted bread and floral hops. Crests to a fuller and sweeter taste of caramel backed by a suggestion of hops.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is relatively smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly dry and a little sticky on the back end.

Overall

Appearance is adequate and its feel is a bit sticky but otherwise fine. The aroma and palate lean malty as expected but come off heavy-handed with their use of caramel. Part of a variety pack, the Samuel Adams Amber Bock won’t inspire a purchase but it’s not too bad, either.

Recommended Pairings

The Boston Beer Company recommends the following food pairings with their Samuel Adams Amber Bock: Gruyere cheese, roasted carrots, arugula and caramelized onion flatbread, potato skins, bratwurst, Cajun chicken, fajitas, pepperoni pizza, carrot cake, almond biscotti, and macaroons.

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