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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 661
Hads: 1,691
Avg: 2.87
pDev: 34.84%
Wants: 18
Gots: 201 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: unclejimbay on 08-16-2001

Michelob AmberBock is brewed using 100% malt including dark-roasted black and caramel malts and all-imported hops.
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Photo of LikeAFishSince56
1.02/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was born in 1956 in Wisconsin and have been drinking beer for a LONG time. This beer is so bad I signed up for Beer Advocate just to tell you how bad this beer is. It has all the depth of a glass of water with some caramel coloring added to it. It has no obvious smell, no describable taste, and no mouth feel whatsoever, except the feeling like I just got gyped out of $7.59. To be completely fair, there is an unpleasant metallic after taste after a burp or two. Honestly, with my eyes closed my first impression was it was Miller Light, but then the alcohol content proved me wrong. It was right next to the Guiness Stout in the cooler at the corner store. Should have gone for that.

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Photo of bwood06
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - clear, amber mahogany brown beer with white head that dissipates quickly. 3.5/5

S - toasted malt, light hops. slight savory note. dark bread. 3.5/5

T - dark bread. toasted caramelization. dark maltiness. 3.5/5

M - light to medium body. light carbonation tickle. moderate carbonation. 3.25/5

O - Probably one of the best offerings that I've tasted from Anheuser-Busch. Very enjoyable beer and light for such a dark beer. 3.5/5

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Photo of jkf6x7
3.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Ok my first rating, here we go:

Grade: C+, but with minimal effort.

Look: Very dark with hints of red, A very petty beer.

Smell: Malt with some dark metallic hints kind of like molasses. Can smell the corn.

Taste: Malty with a little too much hops for a dark lager, the biggest problem is that you can taste the corn in it.

Feel: Way too much carb, can't really drink more than two of these at a time

Overall: Drinkable, and technical a dark lager, the place where this shines is the price. You could really take this to a tailgate and enjoy something different, and not feel too bad about giving one or two away.

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Photo of Safa1
4.13/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Ok. There are two major types of Beer drinkers. Beer snobs and Beer Geeks. Fuck a beer snob. Beer snobs say stupid shit like, Im a hop head, or macro=evil...Give me a break. The worst part about Michelob? They changed the bottle from the original design. Look, if you want a deep complex expirience buy some micro/can't buy any day but Thursday and Tuesday and its a limit of 1 per customer/we made a new beer out of fish ass and stop reading this.If you enjoy beer than this is a good/best american lager in the bock style. There is no lacing and it pours a damn full soda-ish head. It tastes good. Like a good beer, but its a Michelob! Its like 6 bucks a 6 pack and at 5.1% its decent. Look. I'm a beer Geek. That means I love beer. Fuck the beer snob s who judge. Do yourself a favor and buy a six pack of Michelob the next time your reaching for that $9.50 22 ounce Muffin Top/Space Cake and drink some god damned beer. Thank me later.

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.56/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amazing. One of my favorite american Macro beers, but never reviewed it. Pours a nice caramel color. Slight amber on the nose. Taste is simple, but delicious. I like this beer any time of year. Very underated in my opinion.

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Photo of ordybill
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours a brown color with a light tan head. It has an OK flavor but rather weak for a bock style. Not a great beer, there are many better than this one out there to enjoy.

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Photo of MadCat
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Pours a reddish brown, clear, with thin off white head

Smell: Clean nose with light malts, nothing too strong

Taste: Malt sweetness, very little depth, light hop bitterness

Feel: Good carbonation, light body

Overall: Not bad, but could be so much more. Might be ok as a gateway beer for someone

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Photo of hophead723
2.44/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Michelob is cheap swill. I am a craft beer fanatic and a hop lover. I know what to expect with this one and I will be honest.

Look: Looks identical to Coca-Cola, aside from the head which dissipates rapidly. When held to the light you see a dark amber and reddish hue.

Smell: Smells like watery malt extract.

Taste: Tastes like watery malt extract and a tiny bit of sweetness. One dimensional.

Feel: Thin and watery with a touch of carbonation.

Overall: The only reason I buy this beer occasionally is because my father used to drink it as a quick and easy standby. Michelob is cheap swill.

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Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this for the first time in a while a couple of days ago and I always seem to get it on tap. I had it at The Biergarten at Anheuser Busch in St. Louis (so right at the source). As stated it was on tap and served in the new Michelob AmberBock snifter glass. It was a lot better than I remembered from the previous times I've had it. It seemed pretty complex and it went very well with the brat and soft pretzel sticks I ordered.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear, dark or burnt orange, with weak white head. Nutty, bready aroma. Caramel, bread, toast, and sweet somewhat tart malts to the taste. Can't really sense any hops. Clean for the style. Decent level of carbonation. A crisp lager, it seems thin at first, but bubbles really thicken and smooth it out. Nothing harsh about it. Used to be one of my favorite beers, back when I didn't have much for options. Still good for what it is.

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Photo of Matthew_Reynolds89
4/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a regular beer that does not cost much money it is one of my favorite, along with newcastle.

for when you dont want budlight but you dont have the cash for rogue or delirium.

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Photo of mdv_062
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good dark beer. I enjoyed it. Haven't tried many beers in my time but so far this is a good one to me. Smooth taste to it, dark color, felt easy going down.

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Photo of vweaver
4.35/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For anyone who doesn't want your typical American watered down beer, but can't appreciate a full Euro-style dark beer, this is a perfect 'tweener' beer. After I started drinking Amber Bock, I couldn't go back to the typical US beer. Is it the perfect beer? No- but if you appreciate some flavor, without the bitterness of a thick style brew, give MAB a try. One of the things I appreciate most about it is there is no nasty 'aftertaste' that lingers like most mirobrews, and even many macros. The taste when it first hits your tongue is the same all the way through after swallowing.

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Photo of The-Beav
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

friend ordered for me at the Anna Maria oyster bar, not sure if from tap or bottle. Nice color, absolutely no foam, no lacing etc. smell is pleasant enough, malty but slightly vinegar like. malty slightly fruity flavor, no hop flavors discernable at all, lightly watered down, very little carbonation. overall is an option for sure when out places that don't offer better selections, definantly drinkable, especially over some of the other ab junk.

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Photo of robinsonmike
5/5  rDev +74.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No "Beer Snob" review here. Bottom line is.....you will love it. Winter time beer of choice for me. Stick to your ribs taste. Similar to a Marzen so you can drink like it's Oktoberfest all year long.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.31/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was a sacrificial lamb left in my beer fridge after mopping the floor with one of my friends at the poker table. Seeing as how Michelob was a gateway beer for me, (ala Killians, Heineken, etc) I had to give it a go again for nothing other than nostalgia. The bottle pours in to a fluted glass with a sudsy vanilla head atop a translucent walnut brown lager. The head settles quickly in to a thin layer of foam with an appealing collar. It has an appetizing appearance, I'll give it that. The nose is fairly subdued, with a malty smell and fruity undertones. A bit of copper-like aroma as well. It's a slightly more sophisticated fragrance than Bud. Typical AB flavor profile with a beefed up malt presence and a bit of toffee sweetness. Slight fruitiness through the middle with no discernible hop character and only a hint of any balancing bitterness. Some lingering corn flavor and only the faintest suggestion of toasted malts in the finish. This is billed as 100% malt, but the aroma/flavor certainly lead one to believe that there are some adjuncts in the mix. The mouthfeel is medium-thin, with a light, slick body. Gulpable, crisp and refreshing. An easy quaff that's pretty clean. Is it a bock? No. It's a pig with lipstick. However, just because I can pull out the common threads from lesser beers like Bud, doesn't mean that it's a bad beer. I rather enjoyed it. It's a dark American lager . Basic, but better than most beer enthusiasts would have you believe. Now, bring back that signature Michelob bottle!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Santa Maria Restaurant in St. Augustine, FL.

Pours a medium brown with a foamy one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells vaguely malty and slightly metallic.

This is certainly not bad, but it does nothing absolutely to stand out. It's slightly doughy and slightly caramelly. There's a bit of a flat metallic character as well that sort of detonates the flavors into submission.

This is medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation. It's drinkable at least.

I didn't expect much out of this, and it met those expectations.

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Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thin off white head that drops slowly with the mildest of lacing. Color is a clear deep amber with no visible streaming carbonation.
Aroma: very, very mild. Just a bit of breadiness and slight caramel.
Mouthfeel: mostly light, slighty sticky with a dry finish.
Flavor: roasty caramel, bread crust, a bit of raisin and cocoa, with mild lingering hop bitterness.
Overall: nice, easy drinking beer that should pair well with many foods.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Format: a standard 355mL brown bottle with quite a busy standard macro label.

Appearance: a deep amber in colour tending toward brown, with a half-finger white head that lasts for some time. limited lacing.

Aroma: quite a light nose - light caramels and some sweet grains. A bit boring.

Taste: more caramel malts here with some hops that seem either herbal or floral - ahrd to tell as it is still quite demure.

Aftertaste: drops away quickly - just a small amount of bitterness.

Mouth feel: moderate in feel with a lower to moderate carbonation. I couldn't help but think it would be better with a bit higher carbonation.

Overall: not quite as bad a beer as I had been led to believe, but really it was just a bit boring. Perhaps it was intended as a half-way between standard low-taste lagers and a German style Bock? Whatever the case, it is not a great compromise.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.29/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Michelob AmberBock brewed by Anheuser-Busch with an ABV of 5.2% This brew pours a nice brown color with a nice white head. The smell is rich with grains and malts. There also some sweetness in the smell. The taste is bold with flavor. There is a lot going on in this brew. Nice taste of grains and malts. There is nothing over powering in this brew. Michelob AmberBock has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. This is a real refreshing brew,Anheuser-Busch did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.3/5  rDev +15%

Dark amber color with decent head and retention. Malt forward with the taste and smell and a slightly rich feel with little carbonation. An okay beer.

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Photo of MarkNoseBeer
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

Looks good in the glass - like an amber. But almost no taste, bitterness or hop character. Not sure what makes it a "bock." For the same price you can get far superior Full Sail ESB or Amber, or many other decent offerings. Pass.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4.25/5  rDev +48.1%

Took a chance on it since the store I stopped at didn't have shiner bock. Good tasting beer smells of floral and caramel notes. Not as good as shiner but a lot smoother and easier to drink than some bocks. Can taste the caramel and corn tastes. No skunk to it. Goes down easy around a fire. Found myself drinking the whole case

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The big wigs sure do know how to make these beers look appealing. Something just pulls you in with the labeling and the marketing. I remember liking this one so let's see how she pans out this time around.

Appearance - in bottle, but a beautiful looking one.

Smell - Dark caramel malts, sweet toasted grains. Metallic tomato. Light fruits and floral notes. Some processed corn but kept in check. Smells like Budweiser but with no skunk. I like this nose. A lot.

Taste - Smooth and tasty. A hint, and I mean a hint, of bock bitterness which steps out of the way almost immediately leaving a clean and crisp finish. Identifiers would include tomato, metallic baked bread, washed out grains. Towards the end it develops a metallic after taste. The taste really is pretty good, and definitely refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated, which is not surprising for a big labeled beer. Under the carbonation is a creamy wash that gives the impression of a full-bodied beer. Finishes crisp and clean.

Overall - The last few beers I have rated I haven't been very impressed with. They were less than satisfactory. This is a nice change of pace and a welcome addition to my beer cache. I thoroughly enjoyed this Amber Bock and I will buy it again.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.82/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, found in grandma's fridge; it's been a few years since I've had this, so why not give it a review
L - fizzy off-white head quickly disappears leaving a deep copper colored lager beer
S - sweet caramel malt, toasted grain, spicy hop
T - spicy hops help to balance out the sweet toasty, caramely malt; but it's very one-note
F - thinner than medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes crisp and clean
O - nothing special, but it's not bad. I'd get it if I was in a pinch, but there are better options out there.

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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
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