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Michelob AmberBock | Anheuser-Busch

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Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by unclejimbay on 08-16-2001

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Reviews: 671 | Ratings: 1,751
Photo of dcjones82
1.81/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Tried this recently and was not impressed at all. Not sure if I'm just not into this style or had a bad six pack, but didn't care for this beer.

L- Poured into a 16 oz. pint glass, looked like a reddish brown Budweiser. Barely any head, and disappeared fast. Not much lacing, if any. Dark amber color overall.
S- Musty, moldy, some corn smell. Not a good smelling beer at all.
T- Taste was stale, watery. Pretty much followed the nose of it.
F- Light and watery mouthfeel, not bad for an amber style. Medium bodied overall.
O- Just didn't like this beer. I may give it another chance later on, but for now I can't recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.49/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

AmberBock pours a dark amber color with a decently sized lacing head. Weaker aroma, but it has a sweet maltyness to it. Taste is sweeter, maltier. Easy to drink. Overall very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Squire123
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good restaurant beer when the pickens are slim. Formula seems about right, all malt and darker color which implies a richer flavor. Wish they'd chosen the malt differently though, an underlying roasted bitter edge comes through which one would think they would've wanted to avoid in a brew for the masses. Pleasant color, enough flavor to notice, a safe choice when choice is limited.

For a dollar more than a six of Bud maybe, priced up near craft range definitely not.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, not a thick beer, just the color is that way, beige head, 3/4" deep. Aroma hit the chestnuts roasting on an open fire vibe.

Taste was decent, bitterness, sweet malt, thin body. Tiny bit of caramel/toffee going on.

Middle of the road. Sometimes this is the best beer at the bar.

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Photo of Jray17
4.42/5  rDev +54%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a light head. Smells sweet like caramel with a hint of nuttiness. Tastes sweet like caramel and nuts. This is one of my favorite beers, not an everyday drinker but a great change of pace from you're average beer in that it is sweet and lacks the hoppy bitterness of most beers.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a thin head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is faint caramel... and nothing.
The taste is caramel sweetness, then candy sweetness. Not a hint of bitterness to balance it out.
The texture is sticky and fizzy.
Not great.

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

Pleasantly surprised, as I was expecting this to suck. Pours medium brown with thin head, light malty aroma, taste is malt, caramel, slightly nutty. Mild bitterness and faint lingering flavor. Kudos to Bud for making something drinkable.

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

Received in trade from gregwilsonstl, Thanks?
Crystal clear deep copper color.
Big caramel with hints of fig and burnt sugar. Not horrible, a bit of a joke that this got sent out, but really not half bad if a bit too malty.

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Photo of uccle81
1.22/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

The first time I tried this beer was on tap in Newburg, OR in 2003. The bar had just purchased it for the first time on tap. My buddy ordered one, and it was so bad that none of the 12 broke college guys (including me) would finish the pint!

Three years later, an Army buddy brought a 6 pack to a party at my house. He drank one, then chose to drink my PBR for the rest of the night. The remaining 5 lived in the back of the fridge until right before my next deployment. The Amber Bock was the "sucks to be you" beer in the bottom of the drink-o board. And I'm pretty sure we still poured one out on the lawn.

Basically, the beer tastes like caramel water. There is no mouthfeel other than carbonation.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.88/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After trying the Michelob Light, I thought I would try their Amber Bock. I even poured it into a small glass, rather than only use the bottle. It poured a nice brown, looked like tea. Foamy head that dissipated rather quickly. No aroma. There, doesn't that info. help you to understand this beer?? No, me either.

The flavor was acceptable, although I would not say it was great. It certainly had flavor, rather than being simple water, like their Light. The flavor was not strong or great, but it was a flavor. I appreciated it after having not found anything with their Light. If compared to any German beer, especially any Octoberfest, this beer pales to nothing. German beer offers flavor, aroma and character that is absolutely missing in all other beers. If you want thyme, pumpkin and nutmeg in your beer, try a microbrew. If you want a beer that does not have anything in the way of flavor or aroma, try American macrobrews.

If you want a good beer, start in Germany.

This Michelob was acceptable. I might even try it again.

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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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