Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob AmberBockMichelob AmberBock

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1,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,662
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 17
Gots: 179 | 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 RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.63/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

Photo of natezero
3.87/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am quite new to the world of reviewing beers so I thought I would start with something I enjoy and can be found anywhere.

One of the most strong points about the Amber Bock is the taste. It has a decent amount of hoppiness in flavor, something I wouldn't expect from a Michelob beer.

It is a little thin for a dark lager, but it still decent.

The biggest downside to this beer is the amount of carbonation bubbles in it. Even just casually drinking it will cause a massive amount of foam to appear.

Overall, a great choice if you need something tasty.

Photo of sponberg
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of twi1609372
4.5/5  rDev +56.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.47/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of merlin48
2.89/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of badbeer
1.24/5  rDev -56.8%
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.

Photo of Byeast
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of bsp77
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As others have said, it is an above average beer and should be tried before discounting it because it is made by AB. Dark amber in color with moderate carbonation and head. Slightly alcohol aroma which I deducted points for, but the flavor had a tinge of malt which I enjoyed. It could use more though for the bock name. Can usually be found fairly cheap which makes it all the more drinkable.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.82/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass, bottle at cellar temp. pours a dark amber, maghony color. nice off white head with decent retention. just a touch of lacing.

very weak aroma for a bock. definately smells like a macro lager. all you get is that lager smell with maybe just a hint of some sweet malts and a slightly nutty smell.

pretty weak on the taste, maybe slightly better than the aroma. again, pretty much tastes like a macro with maybe a little bit of sweetness. nothing like a bock should be.

somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel. medium to light body. fizzy carbonation. leaves kind of a chalky mouthfeel in the finish. not too bad in this department, but a bock should be a little heavier body. at least in my opinion.

despite all the low scores, its definately a very easy drinking beer for what it is, which isnt a bock. more like a light amber lager, ha, i just made up a new style. would never buy this again, but if it was given to me, it wouldnt go to waste. dont buy this.

Photo of sammy44
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At least they don't try to fool you. Right there on the bottle says, "brewed with rice". (It's just below the main picture on the label).

In the finest of American Macro is crystal clear (what do they filter this stuff with? I've seen water from taps that weren't this clear.). The color is a nice amber-brown with a creamy off white head. Laces a little bit and the head does not immediately dissapear. Smell's sweet which is about right 'cause it tastes sweet. Goes down very smooth.

A good beer to have around that is pretty good for a Macro American product that your buddies will drink too. I rated it average because it is better than most stuff you can get from AB but is not as good as some other bock beers out there.

Photo of boatshoes
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Friend brought a six-pack of this over to my house on a recent visit. Thought I'd give a whirl, since I didn't hate the Michelob Dunkelweiss.

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown with lively carbonation, almost a soda-pop quality. About a half finger of fizzy tan head that dies down almost immediately into a ring. Not bad looking really, but too similar in some ways to a root beer or something of that nature.

Smell- Lots of sweet caramel and a fair amount of dark fruits. That's about it. Not a whole lot going on

Taste- Again, sweet malt and overly sweet dark fruits. A very artificial tasting sweetness that bites at the teeth and reminds me yet again of a soda of some nature. To me, almost tastes like a root beer flavored lolli-pop. Not particularly to my tastes or what I think of when I drink a bock usually.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy with aggressive carbonation. Combined with the not overly impressive flavor, I'm not in a hurry to drink a lot of this.

Overall, didn't like this one much. Was much more impressed with the dunkelweiss. Would avoid this unless there wasn't a better option.

Photo of far333
3.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tarnished copper color, crystal clear, with an off-white head that rises up and settles out quickly like a soda pour. Aroma of malt and brown sugar and a bit of molasses. Watery and slick mouthfeel leads to a flavor of bready malt and understated caramel. Finishes with a carbonation tingle leading to a tannic metallic lingering taste.

Photo of drunkensailor
2.23/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've already reviewed this beer from the bottle, the experience was almost identical from the tap with the main difference being that from the tap the sweetness of the malt/syrup is stronger. Goes down a bit smother with a cleaner finish. Overall, feelings are the same.

Photo of Trent15
4.43/5  rDev +54.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had it both in a bottle, and on tap. It pores like other bock styles, nice dark/rich color and moderate size head. The aroma had a maltiness to it, with almost a chocolate hint. The finish is a heavier, filling taste while still keeping you wanting more. It's my favorite winter time, by the bon fire beer. It gives you all the fill you want without being completely bitter and so heavy that you feel like you need to take out a knife to cut through it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark pour, not thick, not a lot of head or lace. Nutty and roasted aroma, different, but not special.

Taste, not bad, good fall time beer, identifiable malt presence. Decent hopping comes through, nice bitterness. Kind of like a black butte porter light. Trickles of sweetness at times. A little caramel and maybe some beechwood aging.

Price could be nicer for a pretty simple beer. It gives you a little bit of everything though, and this beer has saved me sometimes. You know how it is, when this is the best option.

Photo of ADR
2.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark brown color. Big-bubbled "adjunct" head, foams down in short order. Sharp, acidic odor, much like most lighter colored macro lagers. Just the slightest hint of roasted malt flavor (touch of anise and sweetness), but very soon, attenuated by a crisp but non-descript hop and adjunct flavor. Very little body or mouthfeel. Aftertaste is nuetral rather than smacking of bitter-crisp carbonated water flavor. Nothing to recommend it but the color. At about a buck or so less a sixer than a standard micro, not even a good value.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an amber brown tone with a short lived head and a scattered light lacing, just seems so artificial and unatural in appearance....engineered if you will. Aroma is sweet with lightly toasted malts and a touch of caramel in there, undetectable hops for me at least. Unoffensive in taste, not bad decent amount of sweetness not adjunct ridden but still containing corn and rice, and not a bad hop profile light hop bitterness but overall doesn't do the trick. Overall a drinkable A-B brew just light and fizzy texture this is the most tolerable beer made by A-B, I just wish that fans of it would realize it's not the best.

Photo of chinchill
2.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in Pilsner glass

A - clear med brown; off-white head - too much for glass

T = roasted malt dominates; better than aroma indicates.

S - a bit unpleasant and metallic

D - average, at best

M - med-high carbo; smooth; light and a bit watery

Too much like a dark Bud with some extra malt.

Photo of shoehornteeth
3.01/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer brings to mind this one time when I accidentally brushed my teeth with Preparation H.

It pours a brownish orange with a thin layer of jaundice head, like a public toilet that no longer can flush.

It smells strangely like Spaghetti-Ohs-- tangy, sweet, and vomit-like.

The taste is forgettable, but luckily the enduring burps taste fantastic.

The mouthfeel is thin, carbonated, and sickening.

Overall, a highly enjoyable and very drinkable beer. I think I’ll have another.


Photo of Kingdom4aPint
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard glass mug applied...

The good ol' two for one at Chili's...came to the table with zero head and dark reddish brown color. Zero lacing. Sweet aroma. Taste was decent - sweet maltiness with dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was actually a little flat in the carbonation department but not bad...medium body I would say. Drinkability is good because you can drink quite a few and it really isn't terrible. Usually one of the few beers of color at a lot of chain restaurant bars so isn't a bad fall back in a pinch.

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Before we get started one would like to point out that this beer is often the only thing approaching real beer when one is forced to grab a sixxer at a gas station because everybody else is closed...Also my first introduction into the world of beer...strangely I thought this was an exotic the first time I'd had it back in 1998!...Before this beer I thought one was a man tried and true and proper if he could drink Busch!...

Pours a dark amber into the mug...

Mildly Malty...


goes down smooth!...I developed my love for beer from this beer...first beer ever that I didn't have to chug to enjoy!...

Me like...and me will buy again when circumstances insist apon it...Though it's not a bock...it was a gateway beer for me...led to drinking of authentic bock...

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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,662 ratings.