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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob AmberBockMichelob AmberBock

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1,351 Ratings

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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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Photo of Alextricity


3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

One of the seemingly permanent taps at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

I had this after having three drinks previous, and even then, I didn't care much for this beer. I will be honest, being an Anheuser-Busch product, it's not that bad at all... it's a fair beer. It's the epitome of an "okay" brew -- average in every sense. Pours like your typical amber bock would. Smells and tastes like a run-in-the-mill amber bock does. The feel is a slight step up, but not much. The feel just makes this beer a bit more drinkable, as there's a thin texture with reasonably high carbonation.

Cheap grains. Quite sweet. Fair amount of flavor, but no depth. Hops seem to barely be there, if at all. There's not much to say about Michelob AmberBock other than the fact that it's a nice option for the price it is. It's about the same price as a Bud Light, but actually has a bit of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2014 15:29:08 | More by Alextricity
Photo of justme62


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

i like it!! :) had a good buzz going at 30oz. :). (and i weigh in at 240 pounds.) i'll have another one!
i am a novice drinker even though i am in my 60's and never really cared for beer. this one drinks nicely and was enjoyable to drink. my little brother has much more experience with beer (and drinking in general) and i am going to ask him to taste this one. is that enough letters now???

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2013 06:37:00 | More by justme62
Photo of barczar


3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant amber with a frothy cream head that leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

Toasted malt, slightly fruity and bready, with light floral hop character. Seems a little metallic.

Flavor is toasted malt throughout, with notes of caramel accompanying light citrus and floral hop character. The finish is a tad dry. Nuttiness surfaces as it warms.

Body is a little watery, with moderate carbonation.

Not a whole lot there, but a decent malt backbone that has more character than most of their offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 02:29:39 | More by barczar
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.09/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this was the only beer I had at the big bud brewery in st Louis that wasn't vastly improved by being on tap fresh at the source. the pour was nice enough, clear copper in color, a little rusty, with over an inch of bubbles on top. the nose was sweet caramel malts, extract though, and a little thin. no hops at all on which to comment. the taste is the same, extract and thin in that sort of messed up home brewing kit manner, that I just cant get over. its a lot better than the ultra amber, but that isn't saying a whole lot. its got the same malt profile, which in this type of bock, needs to be a whole lot better. also the lager yeast here seems off, if it is in fact lagered. the finish is a contaminated sort of bitterness, and it sits funny in the belly, just not a great beer all up. got a sappy feel to it despite its upbeat carbonation, I may never drink this again, and I am more than okay with that.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 16:53:28 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of WaffenSS


4.19/5  rDev +46%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint glass of this beer on tap. Only tried it because the bar I was in had the usual swill on tap and this was the only interesting beer. Not a fan by any means of ANYTHING brewed by A-B, but l like bock and wanted to give it a try.

Color is a darker amber, the taste was actually pretty good. Not really a bock beer imo, but a good dark lager would be a more appropriate type. Has a sweet, malty taste with a clean, refreshing finish. This would even be a good summer beer as it has that clean, lighter taste for a "bock" beer. I would even buy a case of this...not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 12:24:03 | More by WaffenSS
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Michelob : AmberBock

LOOK: Ontap poured into a 24oz mug. They asked if I wanted a the big one, I said of course. Amber colored brew with a short lived white foam topping.

SMELL: Malt and grains are present with a mild sweetness in the aroma.

TASTE: Freshly kilned toasted malts are the focus of this brew. A touch of roast, mild citrus note from processed hops, the beer finishes in a sweet fashion reflecting watery caramel. Mild is the theme here, and this is closer to a mild than a bock on flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth feel, a bit thin and watery, but well carbonated. There is really no finish to this beer, it's kind of like drinking a carbonated iced tea.

OVERALL: Nothing offensive here, this is just a mass produced, standard dark lager that quenches the thirst during hockey and pizza. Can't complain.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2013 18:37:57 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Trent15

4.45/5  rDev +55.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 00:14:02 | More by Trent15
Photo of BierStein711


3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber Bock had in 16 oz plastic cup at Irish festival, four finger head

The color is amber brown, head is off white, almost cola colored

Taste: fairly complex for inBev... malt forward beer, bready, and toasty. As the beer warms a chocolate flavor appears.

Smell: malt

Mouthfeel: watery

Overall, this beer is what I would have if I only had a choice from domestic brews.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 18:25:55 | More by BierStein711
Photo of MikieV


2.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

OK. Having sampled around 250 different beers, I'm learning more and more every day. We all see, smell and taste differently. That being said...
From draft at the local casino;
Pours a nice deep dark amber like a good bock should.
Decent tan head like a good bock should have.
But that is.where the good characteristics ended for me.
Smells malty and sweet but stale.
Tastes like it smells. Malts, sweet caramel, but a dry stale flavor ruins it for me. While cold it seems too sweet for this style of beer. As it warms, the stale cardboard flavor overpowers the flavor making it difficult to finish. This is nothing like Celebrator or even old reliable Shinerbock. I guess I would drink it in a pinch, but I find it fair at best.
Unlike prev. Review, I cant find even the slightest resembelance to Guinness Extra Stout, or anything else.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 03:25:17 | More by MikieV
Photo of beersunited

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

Looking for a new beer to try I decided to sample the Amber Bock at the happy hour provided by the hotel I am staying at.

The appearance looked like a dark amber golden color which is nice to look at while drinking this beer.

I loved the hints of caramel and the sweet smell of vanilla. It did not have that skunky smell to it which I find somewhat offensive.

The taste is phenomenal. I could taste the sweetness and bitterness which gave a nice mouthfeel. I allowed the beer to sit in my mouth for 15 seconds and swirled it around a bit and it left me with a refreshing aftertaste. I would drink this beer over a light beer and while its not Leffe its a beer I would not be ashamed of drinking or serving at a party.

Overall this beer gets a 5/5 because the price is right, you are getting an American Bock Beer which can be served at anytime during the year with various foods. It was so good I asked for a second pour. With a lemon it gives a citrus aspect to the overall taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 21:14:26 | More by beersunited

4.48/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very good beer on draft, I do not care for the bottle.I used to drink Killian Red and after I tried AB i was sold!!!
AmberBock is a 5.2% abv amber lager which uses roasted black barley malt in the ingredients, and which received a World Beer Cup Bronze Medal in 1998.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 04:43:36 | More by CHBRYSON
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.44/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes (on tap at Otis Air Force Cape Cod on April 13, 2012):

In a pint glass (later served in a pilsener, nothing changed):

A: red/brown colored body with a small white head that looked pretty foamy as I watched the bartender try to dissipate the head to make sure I got a full beer. It left little lacing. I did not see any surfacing carbonation.

S: slightly roasty caramel malts (one really has to reach for those), mostly bland

T: some of the caramel, but was really pretty light for the most part. There was some bitter nuttiness in the taste that added a bit of sweetness, but really wasn't much

M: pretty thin and not much carbonation in the feel - a bit watery, very sessionable - too much?

O: well, I've had it before and wanted to accurately give a fair review. From what I've learned of bocks, this is not exactly what a bock is supposed to be. Maybe not bad for a cheaper beer, but nothing I think I need again at least not immediately.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 22:23:02 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of kylehay2004


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

Single finger head on a slightly hazy brown with amber hues body. Decent amount of lacing. Sweet caramel malt and light Gipson the aroma. More sweet caramel malt in the flavor with no hops to speak of. The malt aftertaste is perfect. High carbonation makes this one seem refreshing. Medium body. Overall nof a bad offering. One of the better beers when choices are slim.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 21:21:04 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of zaphodchak


2.17/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Half finger creamy rapidly receding head, brown amber body.  Some decent lacing but not much retention.

Smell is half cheap uriney macro beer, but with some chocolatey malt.

Taste. Hmm. Like a really malty bid light?  Nor horrible but the main taste is corny, and the rest just tastes a bit cheap.  There's a vague, sticky aftertaste.  

Mouthfeel tastes like some foamy fiz pumped into what would otherwise be watery.

It's not horrible but not good either. Really probably shouldn't be classified as a bock, though I guess I see what they did there, maybe a really dark amber.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 01:54:56 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of Scotchboy


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

On tap, served in a pilsner glass.

A: Clear, dark caramel color a lot like a thin root beer, with a decent amount of carbonation. The head is wispy and white and disappears quickly.

S: Smells like a watery lager, but not repulsive; sweet and malty with a decent amount of caramel. Some fruity dry yeast esters and a little nuttiness.

T: More watery, sweet malt character here...pretty easy drinking and not unpleasant. Bready and biscuity, with a lot of caramel character and just the smallest amount of hop bitterness.

MF: Thin feel with good carbonation, wet and watery and refreshing. Highly drinkable.

O: Meh, not as bad as I assumed it would be. Under the right circumstances (i.e. no other craft options, paired with food, etc.) I could drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 22:32:27 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this was the best option i saw at a bar in bloomington-normal (mcgwire's?). served from a pitcher to a chilled mug, which i actually welcomed on a blazing hot humid sweaty day.
A: almost cola-brown color. off-white/light tan head is fleeting. no haze or sediment.
S: muted. some caramel and nuts, a bit of light roastiness.
T: very refreshing for a darker beer, which is what i needed after sweating 2 gallons in the previous 3 hours. would this have come off as good on a chilly day? unlikely. lightly sweet toasted nutty malts, very little to no hop presence or bitterness, yet manages to finish crisp and clean. ample Co2 and cold serving temp probably helps in this regard.
M: just over light-bodied. nice and frothy if a bit thin.
O: a very easygoing darker bock.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 18:16:51 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of GossageBrewery


3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on draft into a mug. This Bock beer poured a very clear dark reddish brown color. It produced a thin white head that had poor head retention. There was a very small amount of thin lacing left behind. The aroma was a soft malty smell, maybe a sight amount of toasted malt. The bock tasted sweet and there was not much of a toasted malt flavor that you would expect from a bock beer. There is a very slight hint of hop bitterness. I would classify this as having a light to medium body. This beer is a nothing more then a gateway beer- if used for that purpose fine, but its good for not much else. This does not hold a candle to Shiner Bock.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 16:04:54 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of Lemke10


3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Pizza Pub in Ashland, WI while on vacation in Spring 2011.

Pours a medium dark color with a less than average head of foam for a tap beer and it also diminished quickly. About the only scent I could gather was a little bit of a malt scent. Had a fairly mild taste of malts with about an average texture to it. A decent beer for Anheuser-Busch, but doesn't stand a chance against a craft brewery's bock.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 01:43:28 | More by Lemke10
Photo of FanofHefe


2.6/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in a pilsener glass. Light brown body that lets plenty of light through. One finger light tan head that looks good at first, but fades pretty fast and leaves no lacing.

Very little going on in the aroma department. Just a hint of toasted malt.

Very thin in flavor as well. As in the aroma, just a touch of dark malt. But thin is definitely the word to describe it. Take a decent bock, and cut it in half or more and you get something like this.

Marked it up just a notch in mouthfeel because it is so easy to drink, being nearly flavorless and all. Will not seek this out again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 00:16:31 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of ghetto90007


2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap waiting for a plane out of Atlanta with a BBQ beef sandwich. It wasn't a great pairing, but we'll stay focused on the beer.

A - The color's kind of pretty - like slightly watered down Coca-Cola or steeply brewed Lipton tea - a medium-dark caramel.

I'd never had this one before - didn't even know it's been around for a long time. There was nothing else exciting available, so I decided to give this one a shot thinking it was one of those new domestic macro-brews' attempts to appeal to the more "sophisticated" tastes out there.

My eyes widened as the bartender poured - there seemed to be a nice head bubbling up. Unfortunately, it dissipated quickly and after a few sips there was just a faint cloudiness floating on the beer's surface. Lacing virtually non-existent.

S - Malty, nutty, grassy. You expect a caramel sweetness or something, but I think the color is just messing. If you can ignore the color of this one, it isn't much different than a straight up lager honestly.

T - The flavors are real light here, but not in the watered down way that a lot of domestic macro brewed lagers taste. Slight maltiness, slight sweetness, slight, very slight bitterness. There's really not much complexity or depth here, leaving you a little disappointed with the claim that this was going to be a bock. Once again, I really think this is not much different from other more golden-colored offerings from similar breweries.

T/M - The one thing I did really like about this beer and the one thing that would enable me to order it again in similar circumstances (as in, an airport in the south offering only the rote of the rote) was the dry, reasonably lasting finish. After you swallow for a good couple seconds you have this real nice, dry taste and sensation at the back of your mouth.

M - Harsh carbonation starting out, calming and then the dry finish mentioned above.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable. Could definitely be a "session beer" if that's the kind of thing you're into.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 00:03:57 | More by ghetto90007
Photo of alleykatking


2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had on tap...

A- Pours a clear amberish brown color with red hues that show more when held to the light. Two finger tan head shows medium retention. Light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel malt galore in the front of this aroma. Bready notes throughout the nose with large hints of lager yeast. Not a huge hop in the nose but a small grassy note is there. Alcohol is a little in the ending but even this is faint most of the time. Under it all though it does have a BMC underbody to it.

T- Carmael malts which show a little bready hint to it come in first. Hints of earthy hops show up toward the ending of the front of the beer. Light brown sugar notes in the middle of the beer with hints of toasted toffee. Ending is the caramel bready notes with hints of the earthy hops again. Alcohol is a little more in the ending of the flavor than what was shown in the aroma.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very high for the style. Bready caramel malts and hints of brown sugar are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol, brown sugar, bready malts, and hint of faded earthy hops. Flavors are balanced well enough for the style. No off flavors at all but the carbonation is a little too prickly for me. Light medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was average or a little above it. There isn't much to it but the malty flavors take hold and at times make you want to drink it a little fast. The ABV is low enough that you can enjoy this beer a little more than a pint or two.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 05:17:48 | More by alleykatking
Photo of Cylinsier


3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Poured a decently dark clear brown with a medium head that didn't retain for too long.

Smells of bready caramel and lagery malts.

Taste follows, shockingly good for macro. A bit toasty as well, plus maybe a tiny bit of hop in the end.

Feel is medium with mild, not too tingly carbonation.

Of the many attempts by the big three to take a shot at micro/import style brews, this is the best I've had yet. Easy to drink, decent taste, not fantastic but lacking the usual drawbacks of macro beers. I wouldn't seek it out but it gets the job done.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 23:29:59 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of brunrn1

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a racetrack for the first time. It was either this or coors light or budweiser. So the obvious choice was try this one.
I was really surprised, took a few sips to get used to but otherwise its a pretty good beer. Not too dark as I would expect and only had a few so I don't know what the next morning effects would be. There really wasnt an after taste either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2011 14:25:11 | More by brunrn1
Photo of G2Brew


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

I had this on tap at the Jacksonville Budweiser Brewery Hospitality Room - so, needless to say, this was about as fresh as it gets.

A - A nice amber brown, very clear (as you'd expect from a big factory beer) with a little less than a finger of head that faded quickly, with no significant lacing.

S- Not much aroma. Some roasted malt and caramel, but little or no hops aroma.

T- The flavors present are very pleasing - hazelnut, roasted malt, caramel,a little bread, and good bittering hops balance. The only problem is that it's kind of thin. I'd love this recipe if it was a little bigger.

M- Light carbonation, but a good balance, if the aim had been a bigger beer. This could have used a bit more carbonation, considering how thin it was. Mouthfeel was OK, generally thin like the taste.

D- This is a pretty drinkable beer, depending on your expectations. This is not a double bock. It's barely a single bock. But if you're looking for something earthier than your basic lawnmower beer, but that won't put off your bud light drinking buddies, this is a pretty good option. I would drink this again, although I wouldn't seek it out. For the money, yes, this is a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 02:10:36 | More by G2Brew
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass

A: Really nice clear brown color. Slight amber tones. Almost no head but leaves spotty lacing.

S: Sweet malt, slight off aroma (metallic?)

T: A little weak. Like cold corn/oat cereal and malt. Aftertaste fails (like many macros do)

M: Light carbonation. Thin mouthfeel.

D: Better than almost all regularly available macros. I could easily drink if it were my only option (which it can be in places like WI, etc.) but no craft in this one by far.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 17:15:34 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.