Tony’s Beer Review – Sam Adams Toasted Caramel Bock

Yes, beer reviews are back. This time we’re doing things a little different. To kick it off we’re reviewing every beer in the Sam Adams fall variety pack. Not one, not two, not three, but six whole beers. Check them all out below:


First up is…

Toasted Caramel Bock

Boston Beer Company


5.6% ABV

So what’s bock beer. You’ve probably heard of it, you know Michelob Amber Bock. This is not Michelob though, thankfully. Bock is a German lager, usually a bit stronger than most lagers. But bock is the boring part of the beer. Bock is beer. It tastes like beer. Nothing all that special. It’s the toasted caramel party I know you want to hear about.

So does it taste like caramel? Yes, but so does most beer. One of the main ingredients of beer is malted barley, which is going to make the beer taste kind of like caramel. There’s not more caramel taste to this than say New Belgium’s Salted Caramel Brownie Ale, previously reviewed by us. The caramel is not nonexistent either.

This is definitely a beer on the sweeter side. There’s almost no traces of bitterness. This makes for a much better upfront taste. Sadly the aftertaste can’t keep up. Nothing terrible but the beer clearly loses some of its charm after you let it linger for a while.

It’s a nice looking beer and at 5.6% ABV it packs more alcohol than similarly sweet beers. I’d recommend drinking both of them that come in this pack in one sitting. Overall, Toasted Caramel Bock is halfway decent and kind of interesting. Can’t really say it’s much more than solid though. Not like their Chocolate Bock which I absolutely love. I hope this doesn’t replace it.

Score: 6.1/10

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