Sunday, November 21, 2010
Next up we have Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. Once again, no ingredients or ABV but this one is at 4.4%. Pours mahogany in color with a 1 finger cream head. The scent is veggie with sweet malt. This one tastes a little sweeter with a fuller body than the Amber Bock, but really not that much different.
Finally, we have Capital Brewery's Autumnal Fire doppelbock from Middleton, Wisconsin. No ingredients but listed as 7.8% ABV on the bottle. Like we said earlier, this one will be much stronger than a standard bock. The appearance is dark amber in color with small tan head. The smell is seriously veggie here with strong malts in the end. We differed in our review here so...upon his first taste, James said "that's good!" A nice slick mouthfeel with slight hoppy bitterness but overall well balanced between the malts and hops. The malts are still very prominent as they should be, but the hops keep the whole thing from becoming too sweet. Aimee really liked the mouthfeel and found the flavor super veggie and malty but with a hoppy bitterness that sneaks in the middle but finishes veggie.
END RESULT--While Michelob's Amber Bock is ok, you would be doing yourself a favor by checking out what other beers might be out there in a similar vein. The Shiner Bock is a step up and we'd take that over the Michelob. However, if you want a prime example of what a bock could and should be, check out Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery- the easy winner in this round.
Posted by James and Aimee at 2:00 PM