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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob AmberBockMichelob AmberBock

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BA SCORE
67
poor

1,351 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1351
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%


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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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

2.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It pours reddish-brown, overwhelming that dissipates rapidly, some lacings, and decent carbonation. it has sweet malty taste, little aroma, with hints of roasted grains. There is no bite or edge, goes done easy , and is not filling. Above average come pared to the lesser Anheuser products.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 22:47:54 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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vg_beat

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I made this profile just to review how awful this beer is. Basically take a watered-down light beer and throw in some food coloring and this is what you'd get. Head immediately goes away (unlike the thick head in the photo on the case), and description on the bottle is so far off reality I think they probably plagiarized it from some actual beer. Truly a beer for men who want to look like men, but wish they were drinking a Zima instead.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 07:47:25 | More by vg_beat
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-amber color with a small white head that was gone soon after the pour
S-roasted aroma yet some sweetness
T-Roasted malt taste with a light bitterness in the aftertaste that gets sweeter as you drink more
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-Solid beer with nice taste that gives you more.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 02:04:05 | More by a0lbudman
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Hops303

Tennessee

3.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured out an amber goldish color. Decent head. Didnt stick around too long though.

Smell: Not too much at all here. Mildly sweet and grainy. Hint of alcohol. Thats really all I could pick up. No sense of hops in the smell what so ever.

Taste: It was good. Sweet and easy to drink. Very mild flavor with a touch of caramel and almost a bit of bitterness but not in a hoppy way. More like a burnt chocolate manner. Very easy to drink though and would be easy to put a couple back.

Mouthfeel: Very light and thin.

Overall: I enjoy it, not as anything special, but when I want a cheap non flavorful beer, I would pick this anyday over pretty much anything else ab mass produces.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 17:47:16 | More by Hops303
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Retroman40

Kentucky

2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours out a very brilliant copper color, very clear. Good two finger head that is short lived.

S - Very slight sweet aroma that somewhat intensifies as the beer warms a bit.

T - Very light but hints of caramel and sugars, absolutely no hops noted as any used were completely dominated by the sweetness.

M - Like drinking beer flavored water. Very thin to say the least.

O - A nice appearance, but overall just a non-descript American Lager with coloring added.

I bought this beer to use as a reference color for my homebrews and while it is certainly drinkable, there is just no compelling reason to consume it regularly, especially considering that it is hardly a bargain.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 11:47:44 | More by Retroman40
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belllarry

California

4.75/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As an early "boomer," I was a sucker for PBR-Bock (seasonal - can). Michelob, Amberbock is better quality at the right price... Excellent beer relative to my tastes. I like a darker tasting, heavier beer but not more than one traditional Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 01:45:01 | More by belllarry
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bullwinkle88

Isle of Man

3.81/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gotta say I really like this beer. Its appearance is very dark, with a thick frothy head. I poured it into a glass with a rounded bottom, per the instructions, and the head retained for the length of my drinking. Really nice malty taste. I could have a ton of these. I've always enjoyed Michelob Light as one of my favorite Macros, as its a good balance of taste and drinkability, but I've never really experimented with the offerings of the Michelob brand. Mich Lager is like a beefed up Budweiser, but not so amazing that it needs to be tried. The RYE-P.A. was a tasty but short lived experiment, and michelob ultra is no good at all. But the Amber Bock was something I've passed by for years without trying and I'm glad i gave it a shot. The hallertau hops are a great smelling variant and the caramel malts are loud and proud here. You may be surprised how tasty this is. Its a beer that I feel I could grow tired of if its all I ever had, but then again that can be said with just about anything. You really ought to give this a try as I feel this is something that could be discontinued with lousy sales and I really would miss it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 02:55:40 | More by bullwinkle88
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TheSixthRing

California

2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear dark amber with an off-white, finger width head. Sub-par retention. Little in the way of surface sheeting, mostly crowding around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing to speak of.

Smell - Sweet aroma. Light caramel. Slight grain. Not much.

Taste - Very light on flavor. What is there is sweet and malty, touching on moderate caramel and hints of grain. Starts and finishes much the same.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with decent carbonation. Crisp bite. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Hardly what most would consider to be a good bock. It may not even be considered average by many. In the very least, it's inoffensive. Needless to say, my childhood curiosity has been snuffed, though not sated. I imagine this is the first and last time I will ever drink this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 04:33:48 | More by TheSixthRing
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Ilafan

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look. Michelob stinks. You know it. I know it. The American people know it. In fact, their Ultra could be the worst beer made in America today. However, this Dark Lager Amber Bock isn't half bad. My expectations were very low for this, but I was encouraged with the darker pour. No smell of any note is present. As for taste, it is clean and fresh. There is a slight splash of vanilla or caramel in the taste, and the after taste is refreshing. Will I ever spend the $5.99 for a six-pack on this again? Only if I am broke. But for the price, it's not bad. Still, if I want cheap beer, I'll take Pabst Blue Ribbon or Grain Belt Premium.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 20:56:12 | More by Ilafan
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours into pint glass a clear amber to light brown color with a bubbly tan head that settles fast.

S: Some brown bread, raisins, huskiness, with some band aid aromas. Hops are not noticeable but roasted malt is represented decently.

T: Some caramel, and brown bread with slight fruity esters and no perceived hops. Light metallic taste not desireable though.
M: Light to medium body with extra crisp carbonation.

O: Meh! Tasty enough to not complain about it much but still having that mass produced feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 01:33:43 | More by scottbrew4u
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark copper with a two-finger slightly off white head. Left no lacing.

S - Starts off with a little bit of cinnamon then it tappers off to a small amount of rice and corn.

T - Pretty minimal. Some very slight toasted malt and creamed corn. Virtually nothing else.

M - Thin watery body with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, It pretty much tasted like a dark adjunct lager. I could have it with friends or to wash food down but I doubt i'd have it in any other situation.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:43:50 | More by SometimesIfart
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a very dark amber.brown color with a half inch head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice lacing.

Smell - Feint aromas of roasted malts, butter, and bread.

Taste - It has a nice sweetness to it which seems different from other beers.. Roasted malts, buttery caramel, nutty, very bready, and a slight fruity essence in the finish. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - Easy to drink on.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:29:07 | More by jsisko01
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive deep amber in color, with limited suds and no real lace to speak of.

Nose is subtle, with hints of fruit and a lightly roasty tone. Not much here, though.

Flavor is malty and sweet, even watery, but smooth. I get a hint of roastiness in the malts, as well as some touches of dried fruit. This one's subtle, and most definitely lacking in complexity, but, nonetheless, a decent choice as opposed to the usual adjunct lager swill.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:51:34 | More by secondtooth
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kshizzle101

Washington

3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Very dark amber in color with a 2inch off-white head which does not linger.

S - smells faintly of hops, roasted malts, and some dried fruits - plums maybe?

T - tastes of malts and dried fruits which adds a good amount of sweetness. Some slight hoppiness at the beginning and follows up with malt backbone at the end

M - Light bodied, good carb. about right

O - Nothing spectacular but not poor tasting. A little bland

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 06:38:18 | More by kshizzle101
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KYGunner

Kentucky

2.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It seems as if Amber Bock has been weakened over time. This bottle poured a weak brownness and missed the blackness of old. The scent was of sweet malts but sort of metallic on the nose. The taste was weak, no burning overtones, or malt backbone to speak of. I remember this was a rather tasteful beer at one time, one I was embarrassed to say I liked, but I believe that Michelob has changed the recipe to keep costs down and Amber Bock has suffered because of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 20:57:13 | More by KYGunner
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mjurney

Texas

3.76/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Amber-brown color, clear. Lots of fine carbonation rising up. Soapy head. Leaves a little lacing behind.

Aroma:
Barley malt, sweet, slight toasted, crisp.

Taste:
Sweet barley malt up front, caramel, toasted, slight roasted nut. Hop bitterness is very mild. Crisp finish. Body is light, crisp, a little dry, very smooth, well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:07:03 | More by mjurney
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jucifer1818

Florida

3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: a darker color than other beers of this price, but still, its pretty stone cold avragness

smell: decent. nothing offensive, but nothing that I really enjoy. Avrageness yet again

taste: once again, its just ok. Ive drunk this by the pitcher before, and it had been good nights, but nothing I expressly enjoy

mouthfeel: whatfeel? not much here eather. I'm sorry to run on a tangent, but this is average yet again.

overall: 4/5

wait, why that rating? I said that this beer is the perfect example of a perfectly average beer
price point makes me add an extra point. even at the shittiest bar, this beer is still available, and is always a cheap, easy to get option.
If funds are tight or options are low, get this beer
you at least, will not be disappointed (but nor will you be impressed)

if you can get another brew do so
thats all I have to say about this one

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:32:52 | More by jucifer1818
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Winston_Smith

Kentucky

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

Appearance: After the head recedes, it looks a lot like cola, maybe a little prettier. Amber Bock pours a dark... well, amber. Not an ugly brew, being kind of translucent-dark when held up to a light but quite bubbly.

Smell: Colds keep bothering me when I'd like to review beer, but I smell roasted barley, and some general mild earthiness.

Taste: Good, with more flavor than a typical macro, even if it is somewhat watery.

Mouthfeel: Again, it's not quite as thick/creamy as some other bocks I've tried. Very drinkable, but somewhat watered down to others of the style. It might be a tad over carbonated, too. As with lots of other beers worth drinking, it gets better when it isn't as ice-cold.

Overall: I've been going to this one for a while as the only dark available on tap in a few pubs I've frequented. Reasons being: far more flavor than you would get from the macro straw-colored beers available, and less expensive than a truly nice beer. She's my go-to middle of the road dark. Quite a cheap date, Michelob Amber Bock.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 23:31:33 | More by Winston_Smith
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ToddL

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I end up drinking this dark beer more than I would like because it is usually available everywhere and is sometime the only dark around. The appearance and smell are average the taste has nothing that offends . A little watery. But still better than a lighter lager in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 15:14:45 | More by ToddL
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jjamadorphd

Florida

3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This particular beer had a malty scent underneath a hearty head that stuck around for quite a while. I tasted a distant flavor of caramel, but it was mostly bitter from the hops. Overall, it looks great in the glass but was lacking from a watery taste that was mostly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 01:42:28 | More by jjamadorphd
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metter98

New York

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but consistently left patches of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel malts along with a hint of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lot lighter in body compared to other beers in the style, making it easier to drink for people that are used to drinking American Adjunct Lagers and Light Lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 15:21:50 | More by metter98
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Treyliff

West Virginia

2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a dark copper, cola like color with a good size foamy white head that reduces to a small layer, no lacing.

S- not much at all, a bit of faint sweet malt.

T- similar to smell, a bit of sweet malt, no hops traceable, seltzer water.

M- medium body and high carbonation. Too much carbonation for me, finishes a bit slick.

O- the color of this beer is very deceiving. You expect it to have a nice malty character, that is not the case. Another example of a watered down Michelob product from AB.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 15:32:48 | More by Treyliff
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JamesHenjum

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review was made after Michelob turned this beer into a craft, non-adjunct lager.

A: Very dark brown, yet see through. White head.

S: Roasted malts all day long.

T: Almost Guinness extra stout like in taste. A lot of roasted flavors but much more watered down. But it is watered down in a good way. It keeps it unoffensive and keeps away the bitterness. Pretty smooth and very good tasting.

M: Kind of creamy but still fizzy and lager like. Kind of a coffee/chocolatey aftertaste.

O: I liked this beer a lot. Good with food, but not so much a session beer, though it could be done. For the price it can't be beat.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 20:19:51 | More by JamesHenjum
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beergoot

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice looking but unexceptional body. Honey-brown color with a thin white head.

There is the barest trace of roasted malt, perhaps a smidgeon of cocoa.

Taste is not bad at all. There is a distinct dark malt character with a faint bit of bitterness in the finish. Clean and dry finish.

The overall score reflects the quick disappearance of what good flavor and taste exists with this beer. Definitely a cut above more mundane beers from Budweiser or Miller, but otherwise unexceptional.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 19:07:56 | More by beergoot
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ahemahem

California

1.65/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I'm not partial to American mass market beers (although I am an American consumer). Disclosure: I did not even drink beer until I lived in Canada for a while--couldn't stand American beer. Now that I'm back I'm picky.

This tastes like the typical US fare--it's Michelob. It could easily be Bud, Miller, etc. but a slightly deeper lager (because it's a Bock).

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 00:59:19 | More by ahemahem
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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.