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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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666 Reviews

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Reviews: 666
Hads: 1,702
Avg: 2.87
pDev: 34.84%
Wants: 18
Gots: 210 | 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 kylehay2004
3.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of metter98
2.51/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.36/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the only Michelob brew I'd willingly buy. But even with saying that it'd be a long shot. The beer pours out as a really deep amber, it's pretty much brown. The head is tan and fades within a couple minutes. The smell is slightly sweet with a good amount of malt coming through. The taste is dry and sweet. It's roasted and has a very light wooden flavor to it. The mouthfeel is smooth and almost medium bodied. The beer is approachable and drinkable for sure. But it's still a Michelob.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.1/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A typical bastardization of a good beer by an American Macrobrewery. This bock looks overly carbonated, offwhite foam that hangs around a short while, and laces only if your glass is really dirty. Aromas are almost nil. Slight (and I do mean slight) evidence of toasted malt, bread, and toffee. No real malt aromas. Tastes disapointing even compared to the aroma. No real malt backbone, hop flavor or bittering, or spiciness or complexity. Faint flavors of toastyness, roastyness. A bit or earthyness and astingency is the only characters that add to the beer. Mouthfeel is sticky without being sweet and over carbonation masks any present flavors. Aftertaste is sticky and void. Not a good bock. It doesn't have enough character to call it a bad beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark amber color with an off white head. Smells of amber malt and quite a bit of bread. Taste brings forward a bit more dough and some bready flavors. Slight caramel. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Drinks fairly well and isn't bad in any way, but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A souvenir from a brief cross border shopping binge across the Okanagan valley earlier this summer...

This beer pours a clear brownish copper hue, with one finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves some random specks of lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of thin fruity malt, a bit of caramel, and some faint floral hops. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, some mild nuttiness, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, a tad cloying, and it finishes off-dry, the fruity malt offset by floral hops.

A bit sweet overall, without the corresponding hop bitterness to make this a repeat indulgence.

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Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a very fizzy appearance. It had a soapy, off-white head that dissipated rather rapidly.

S - It smelled of faintly of caramel and roasted malt.

T - This had a nice roasted malt (burnt toast) taste. The caramel flavor is subtle and understated. Also, a touch of bitter hops.

M - It is fairly crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This really is a pretty good mass produced beer from A-B. Not a great bock, but drinkable when the situation arises.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear medium brown with a healthy dose of brick red. The pale beige cap doesn't disappear instantly, but isn't long-lived either. A very thin film persists on the surface of the beer and there's absolutely no lace.

The aroma is just okay: a little caramel malt and not much else. The flavor is lightly sweet and malty, but there's no depth, not even the suggestion of richness or complexity. Like most other macros, the whole thing collapses within seconds to a faint, watery ghost of what came before.

The flavor, which wasn't a world-beater to begin with, worsens considerably as the beer warms. If I had started the bottle out at a warmer temperature, taste would have been rated a half notch lower. Maybe even a full notch. The mouthfeel is both thin and highly carbonated. Not a good combination, no matter the style.

Michelob Amber Bock reminds me of Killian's Irish Red. Not so much because of the smell, taste, etc. (though they do look similar), but because they're both so-called specialty macros that aren't very tasty, but are drinkable if nothing else is available. Pass.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep russet brown, with no head anda very minimal lace, decent carbonation was evident. Smell was grainey with a slighlty off fruit aroma in the back anda hint at some bitterness. The taste intresting,albeit not very comple x at all. Sort of a glammed up amber. Lots of malt with a slight bittering hops presence and a hint at maybe something fruity in the back? If its there it is very faint. Overall I cannot say it is horrible as I have had much much worse beer. But the PBR I have after it was better if that give you any idea. Its worth a try and I am sure we have all tried it, so it is what it is.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a bit on the reddish side for a bock--light mahogany color with a creamy off-white head on top.

S: The nose is sweet and cola-like with a bit of caramel maltiness. Not overly intense by any sense.

T: There is a similar sweetness to the flavor, again exhibiting cola and caramel, but not a lot of the other flavors that you usually see in a bock. I don't really pick up any chocolate or hop notes.

M: The beer is somewhat on the light side of medium in terms of body with maybe a bit of a creaminess to the mouthfeel.

D: This isn't really a bad beer by any sense, but it's not a great one either. Probably gets a bad rap for being an AB product (make your own judgment there), but something that's passable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, brownish body with a very thin, snow white head. Maintained effervescence throughout.

Smell: Near vacant nose offers up a sweetish hint of darkened grains. Altogether bland.

Taste: Slight taste of toasted grains featuring ultra light cocoa hints. Faintly sweet. Ruthlessly faint spicy, earthy hop character and bitterness. Faint, faint, faint. Drying, crackling-like-a-soda finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Certainly goes down easily as there's just not much going on. Amber Bock is a bock in name alone. I could call my cup of Rooibos Chai from Teavana a bock but that just doesn't make it true.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

Another nice bit o' Quizzo beer. It pours a clear tawny amber topped by nearly a finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises light caramel, orange zest, and light maple syrup. The taste holds notes of caramel, brown sugar, orange zest, and some light ginger. The body is a light-ass medium, with a light carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, a decent brew, nothing to write home about, but an easily drinkable choice for Quizzo.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear, brown body with a dull orange cast and ruby highlights. The short but creamy off-white head drops readily but keeps a creamy collar and whispy surface covering. It laces nicely as you drink, but all that sticks to the glass is some spotty lace. Still, the appearance is quite enjoyable. The nose expresses a mildly sweet and lightly toasty malt with some mild floral and spicy hops deep in the background. The body is light/medium with a very fine carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. The flavor is delicately balanced between a lightly sweet, gently toasty malt and a restrained bitterness. It finishes clean and dry with a light touch of residual toasted maltiness. Very nicely done! Exceptionally clean, well-balanced, and quite drinkable with enough character to keep it interesting for those who've moved beyond American lagers. Well worth trying.

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Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Carbonation is quite coarse and dissipates quickly. Soda water mouthfeel and taste. Just a touch of caramel flavor marred with a sourish hint. Maybe a fresh-tapped keg would be worth a swig, but whatever delicate possibilities this may have are lost in the bottle. Lack of any hop aroma limits its appeal. Smells like wet cardboard.

The newer label calls it "Amberbock," like it's some cool new thing. Described as "American bock-style lager," which is probably closer to the truth than an actual bock.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
1.91/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I like a lot of Michelob's offerings but this one... no dice. I think the combination of me not liking Bock's to begin with and a mass produced version of one just did not mesh well. Pours a dark brown color, not much in terms of smell. Very watery mouthfeel to it and no body once soever. Taste is all malts, and not very tasty ones at that. I guess I just don't understand this style and can't fathom how anyone can find this to taste 'good'. Was able to finish the glass but not very enjoyable... I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, served in a large mug glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, caramel, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and bready but not very sweet with flavors of caramel, chocolate and lager yeast. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, if you're in the mood for this type of beer it's worth drinking for a while but overall it's just another mediocre beer.

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

I had this on tap at Logan's Steakhouse. Served chilled in a pint.

A - No head, dark amber almost a very clear bronze. The head does not revive when swirled

S- The aroma has slight caramel and butterscotch notes w/ mild toasted note and cherry-like ester w/ mild brown sugar odor

T - A sweet flavor upfront followed by dry toast and mild toffee w/ hint of berry in the middle -gentle vanilla and caramel toward the end w/ a dry taste of bready malt in the finish

M - The feel starts slick and sweet w/ moderately high carbonation and moderate alcohol texture w/ a mod light body and dry finish

D - A pretty standard bock, yet drinkable. Not my first choice of bocks, pretty middle of the road -a bit on the thin side.

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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.

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

Poured amber/chestnut with a 1/2" that quickly dissapated to nada. Minimal lacing & no head retentention

S: Slight hint of caramel& that's it

T: To much caramel sweetness, a little grainyness & a hint of toast. Finishes dry & sweet

MF: Thinnish & slightlty prickly

Drank easy enough, just not a bock. Still, would take this over a shiner or BMC any day

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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.

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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.

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Photo of smcolw
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

To what extent are reviewers influenced by past prejudice of a particular brand name or beer style. I wrote these words before pouring this beer. I also tried not to see the score or any other reviews. Too late, I saw a confirmation to my prejudice. I say this because I'm going to try to be open minded but am fearful that this is nearly impossible. Anyway, here goes....

Pours a clear but dark amber, closer to brown really. A good start to the head but it died quickly. The lace was too slippery to stick to the glass; I guess that means no lace.

Mild aroma of crystal malt, not as strong as I'd expect but otherwise exactly as I imagined.

Quite sweet but the body ruins this beer. It is way too thin to fit the bock profile. This reminds me of Michelob's entry into the dark beer world. No real flaws but no umph either.

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Photo of jwc215
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish-brown with a head that quickly became a lacing. Odd thing - sometimes the lacing lasted longer than other pours (had three - each seemed different).
It had a sweet malty aroma.
The taste was sweet and watery. It reminded me of caramel sugar mixed with water. It is not typical of a bock. It really should be considered a black lager (schwarzbier maybe).
The sweetness lasted too long. It had a sticky mouthfeel. But, the water cut the sweetness to make it bearable.
If you are stuck in a dive where only lights and standard macros are, it might be the drink of choice. But, it's not worth going to buy.
There are too many other beers of about the same price that are much better. It's not horrible, but not anything near notable either.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served on tap at a local sports bar in a standard conic pint glass. This is a less than unfortunate beer that I sometimes drink when I'm at a macrobar not by my choice but I have never bothered to review it. I do not hate this beer.

Beer is amber to light brown in color and clear. Carbonation is moderate and made up of large / medium bubbles that rise through the beer quickly to an offwhite / yellow head that falls away quickly to a shadow of its former self. The head leaves no lacing on the glass as it falls away. Looks OK.

Not too complex of an aroma. There is a hint of some sweetness / malt character but not really. Almost a clean smelling flavor.

Beer is medium bodied and has a relatively clean finish with only the slightest of aftertastes. The beer overall is good and decent. Mouthfeel is ok. There is a slight sweetness / malt character at the front but its pretty minor. There is close to no bitterness and almost a nutty flavor to the whole thing. Drinkability is fine. Nothing too special about this beer. Just a baseline bock.

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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.