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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
67
poor

1,514 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 10
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Michelob AmberBock is brewed using 100% malt including dark-roasted black and caramel malts and all-imported hops.

(Beer added by: unclejimbay on 08-16-2001)
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Reviews by Phatz:
Photo of Phatz
2.48/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is not a horrible beer but it is pretty boring. It pours a transparent amber, off white head and mediocre lacing. It does have the nice sweet smell and taste of the Bock beer but it seems artificially sugary. The mouthfeel is light to medium light and mostly thin. It is crisp and has a very sweet finish. Other than being a bit boring it is suitably drinkable. I can understand the attraction when you have never had a beer other than the big three, it is different but simple cannot hold its own against other craft beers of the style.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Feb 13, 2006
More User Reviews:
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3/5  rDev +4.9%

davemarc87, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – A brown but clear body with a nice head that fell away quickly.

Smell – Burnt grain? The toasted aroma would go nice with a quality malt-based brew, but toasting cheap grain just doesn’t cut it. It does though smell a lot better than Michelob Lager. There’s also a tinge of sweet brown sugar that I liked.

Taste – The toasted grain doesn’t taste as bad as it smells. The sweetness is a little more powerful in the mouth as well, offsetting the cheap backbone of this beer.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is small and foamy. The dark sugary aspect actually makes this a little sticky in the mouth, which felt pretty good.

Drinkability – This went down smoother than I thought. Not bad.

Comments – No, it’s not a bock. But, it’s drinkable.

RoyalT, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.63/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Wallaby’s in the fabulous Green Bay, WI.

Pours like water with added caramel dye. No head. Minimal carbonation.

No aroma.

Tastes like water with sweetening syrup.

Mouthfeel is similar to water with a little maple syrup in it.

Drinkable as city tap water from an old pipe.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 19, 2006
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4/5  rDev +39.9%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
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2/5  rDev -30.1%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of TheAdamConners
5/5  rDev +74.8%

TheAdamConners, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of WuAnquo1
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

WuAnquo1, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of sponberg
2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

The neighbors moved and left me a case of this because they couldn't take it on the airplane. Oh well, what the hey...

Pours a dark amber with a whitish head that doesn't hang around very long. Looks a lot more like a dunkel than a bock. Aroma is of sweet malt with the same background sour-ricey note that I get from Bud.

Just as it hits the palate, it tastes a bit like a dark lager - then it all evaporates. This beer has absolutely no body. I mean, water has more body. It's like someone cut a hole out of the middle of the beer. It has a bit of the same sour/metallic tang in the finish that I get and dislike from Bud, presumably from the rice. Next time I visit my Dink Dark loving friend's house, I'm going to see what mix of Dink Dark and Mich Ultra is needed to replicate this brew.

Replace the rice with twice the amount of Munich malt and maybe they'd have something here.

sponberg, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of twi1609372
4.5/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

friends told me to try this beer and i did and i liked it. Pretty even thick and balanced taste, not overpowering, but not at all watered down. i'm sure this would be good on tap, i'll let you know when i get a chance to try it. but you should try one and suprise yourself, maybe michelob should break off anheiser, they actually know a little about a descent beer.

twi1609372, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of TTripp725
1.75/5  rDev -38.8%

TTripp725, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

generallee, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev +4.9%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

SAxDRC5, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown twist off bottle with a "Born On Date" freshness date on the neck label.

A- Thin off white lacing barely holds together, deep reddish brown hue with a good clarity.

S- Clean nose with a mild malt character ... only a hint of toasted malt, nothing like a bock IMO.

T- On the sweet side with very little depth, touch of sharpness form the carbonation and simple hop bitterness. Finishes with an odd dextrin sweetness.

M- Ample crispness, a bit of smoothness and a creamy moderate body.

D- Not a bad stepping stone beer, quite plain but quite drinkable at the same time. This beer is to AB as Killians Red is to Coors. Misleading with the whole bock thing ... I'd love to see an all-malt 6.5% abv+ version from AB.

Jason, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.48/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking label and packaging. Pours weak with little head. Taste is a little malty, a little like chocolate. You do get a hint of the touted "imported hops". Distinct grainy, chemical aftertaste. Finish burns going down. Overall, not a very smooth brew for an amber/bock.

Rifrafboy, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of merlin48
2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours into a Michelob glass(that came with the sampler box) a clear, copperish red/brown with a 6 second offwhite head. Lacing was patchy, but better than most Michs. As with most AB products, I can't really detect an aroma of anything, good or bad. Mouthfeel is carbonation, and that's it. Taste is light bodied, some grain apparent. A hint of caramel, and enough vague hop bitterness to balance it into one of those drinkable macros that lack any redeeming qualities, other than being something you would drink a few of, to quench your thirst. Much like drinking colored, carbonated, water, with enough alcohol to relax your bones, but not your soul, after a long day at work.

merlin48, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of badbeer
1.2/5  rDev -58%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a dark brown with a decent head and some lacing. Smell is of a typical macro lager, but with some roasted grain and maybe a hint of some coffee. There is maybe a little bit of coffee in the taste, hard to sense any hops even though the label suggests a perfect balance of hops, saying that this taste existed in this beer is just being nice, it just tasted so off, I expected a lot more from this. Mouthfeel was overcarbonated and on the thin side. Drinkability was awful to me, I thought at the very least this would be drinkable, but I just do not care for this, it is almost a task to finish.

badbeer, Jan 12, 2006
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

woodencardboard, Nov 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

donunrue, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Byeast
3.23/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown . Smells of slight , dark malt . Taste is pretty good , malty and fairly rich , yet fairly simple. Finish is kinda sweet. Overall a tasty and very drinkable beer from Anheuser-busch. Iv'e been to the theme park in Florida -Busch Gardens _ You can get a couple free Amber Bocks if you want. They taste alot better at the park on tap. Fresh and malty!

Byeast, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of ryancl
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ryancl, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint Glass.

Appearance: Rich amber with thin white head, very slight lacing.

Smell: Caramel and cherry, with some metallic hops.

Taste: Caramel and bready malts, just slightly sweet. Ends with a touch of spicy and metallic bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium lager body with clean finish.

Drinkability: Nothing exciting (and not a real Bock), but certainly drinkable and better than many BMC products.

bsp77, Nov 30, 2009
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2/5  rDev -30.1%

dankjohn, Feb 12, 2014
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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
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