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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob AmberBockMichelob AmberBock

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1,428 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,428
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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.

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Photo of chaunur


3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light/med tan color with a quickly disappearing head. Slight hint of malt in the aroma with little else to report. While not overendowed with outstanding flavor, it was a clean easy to drink beer. Not my first choice, but not a bad beer to keep around for the friends who wont try anything but a macro. I can drink it and they will.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 05:19:35 | More by chaunur
Photo of tr4nc3d


2/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light amber color with a really small head that goes away fast.

Not much smell going on except the usual american lager scent.

Taste a lot like bud light except it has a barely noticable malt backbone at the very end. Definately not like the bottle advertises.

Crisp, Refreshing, Watery.

Better then bud light and the other lagers, but still not a good beer to ever drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 00:59:37 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of Buggies


2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A nice tall 22oz glass. A nice dark amber color with a two finger head.

S: Smell of malt. Not much else going on there.

T: Kind of week as expected though. Taste is sweet with the slightest bitterness at the end. The taste is OK enough for a session beer when no other good option on tap is available. It's lite enough to refreshing, but not really anything else to say about it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2009 04:18:27 | More by Buggies
Photo of BedetheVenerable


2.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light brown, bright beer with a quickly dissappearing head.

Smell: Aroma is nondiscriptly sweet and fruity (kinda adjunct-y)...just a TINY bit of malt in the background.

Taste: Taste is pretty much the same with simple sweet "macro" flavors, a mild hop bitterness (but no real hop flavor) and the slightest ghost of a toasty malt backbone in the background. IMO, this is kind of like a Budweiser, with just a tiny touch of caramel malt in the background. To me, nothing like a bock really.

Mouthfeel: Oily and fairly light

Drinkability: Medium, but...it doesnt leave you wanting another.

Conclusion: Not...a...bock...my biggest problem I think with this beer is that it'd be an average beer at best, but Mich. touts this as a "rich, full-bodied" etc etc etc bock beer...which it is deft. not.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 18:02:26 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of KarlHungus


2.03/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. It looks thin for a bock. The aroma is faint bready malt with slight hints of caramel. It smells very faint for a bock. The taste is like the aroma...slightly bready, slightly caramely. It tastes too light for a bock. The mouthfeel is light bodied with too much carbonation for the style. It is way to thin and watery for a bock. Overall, this beer is not a bock. It is an amber lager, and it is not even a good amber lager. I will not drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 23:51:26 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

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

Poured into pint glass from a bottle. The beer was the color of cola, with a 1" tan head, which did not last very long.

Smells of malt. Not much else going on there.

Tastes mainly of malt, not much else that I can pick up.

Mouthfeel is medium light, with a lot of carbonation. Easy to drink. Got this as part of a "micro brew" sample case... Don't think I would buy this on it's own.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 04:49:53 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes.

A - poured an amber honey brown with a tiny 1/4" head that left no lacing in my pint glass

S - malty sweet, molasses, a touch of hops. Floral, hint of raisins or plums? Not bad.

T - very malty sweet countered with a hoppy overtone. Bittersweet aftertaste, but very slight

M - light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Mild chewiness?

D - decent drinkability. A little too carbonated for my taste

Overall - not a fan of most Michelob products but this is the best of their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 19:10:42 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

FRom the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 08310 BL60. The pour is kind of an opaque brownish-red with a short-lived beige head. I think there are some malts in the aroma and some vague hint of caramel. It is watered down and goes down quickly. Better than some Mich products but not as good as others.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 02:09:53 | More by puboflyons
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap, served in a standard bar pint glass.
Pours a clear amber brown color, pale tan head, small lace rings, decent retention.
Some aroma of roasted caramel and light floral hops. Quite sweet malty taste, caramel. The hops are barely noticeable, not reaaly enough to balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel is thin, but not overly watery. After a couple the sweetness really starts to stick on the tongue. Average dark lager, not really a bock.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2008 16:14:10 | More by BigBry
Photo of colts9016


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

Pour amber copper brown with a thin white head.
Nose is roasted malt caramel and molasses
Taste is Roasted Malt sweet sugar and a touch of hops.
Finish is clean on the beginning and a bit rough on the finish.
Overall a simple beer to drink but there is much better. A budget minded beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 20:36:19 | More by colts9016
Photo of Tone


2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear inviting amber color. Decent head with poor retention and little lacing. Smells of a clean lager and very slight malt. Fits the lager style. A very light malt flavor along with the majority clean of a lager. Better than Bud Light and other light lagers from Anhueser, but still not a good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 01:02:31 | More by Tone
Photo of WakeandBake


3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from Aug 14, 2008
Pours a nice clear medium dark with a semi-white head that doesn't last,Aroma is faint roasted malts and hop spiciness. Taste is well balanced but unassertive, mostly caramel malt , along with slight hop bitterness,more hops would make this better,not bad for AB I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 14:53:45 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
June 24, 2008

This was a gateway to craft beers for me. Now that I go back to it, the watery character really destroys the beer for me. It's not a terrible taste. Very malty, roasted flavor. But too watery. For an Aheuser Busch beer it isn't all that bad. Worth a try, but I probably won't go back to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 01:16:16 | More by Vendetta
Photo of fff


2.4/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of this stuff one night after a rough one at work. It poured a, well, amber brown, fair head (not too impressive), fair lacing. Smelled somewhat malty to me, like roasted nuts. I didn't like the taste, thinking it was far too salty, which overpowered anything good about it. Mouthfeel was not too bad, having substance to it without being overpowered by the liquid. Drinkability was low, haven't had another since, don't plan on getting any more.

All in all, I didn't like it. Just not for me I guess.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 03:43:53 | More by fff
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in a stange at the Bakeside Bistro in Raleigh, NC, on the restaurant's closing night.

A - Dark brown, but transparent. About a quarter inch of off-white head rises with decent retention. A thin collar remains; some lacing.

S - Not bad, but not much going on. Toasted grain mostly, with a hint of butterscotch.

T - Again a little boring, but not bad. The mild toasted grain hits with a soft sweetness in the background. A little metallic late palate but finishes extremely clean.

M - I was quite amazed in this department. On the light side of medium, but incredibly smooth with just a touch of carbonation. Near perfect.

D - If I hadn't had to drive, I could've downed these all night. Though the bottled version is medicore at best, Amber Bock on tap would be quite the candidate for sessioning.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 06:53:55 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of jujubeast6000


1.95/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 11/14/2008 (Tap @ AB Brewery, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a clear dark brown color body, with a creamy whitish cream-colored head, that is big and lasting. Lots of fizziness. A malty aroma, but hard to smell much. Clean tasting, a watery palate. Some maltiness, a little dusty, and some light fruitiness like white grape or pear. Not a fan I used to like this in college, but now my palate has evolved, and I have better choices.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2008 15:56:50 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of BigBen61


2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the first beers I ever tasted was a Michelob Ultra (makes you wonder why I kept on drinking beer). Compared to the regular Michelob line it is a much welcomed improvement, but this is where the praises end.

A- The appearance of this beer is not all too bad. With the six pack I got, I drank a couple from the bottle and poured a couple into a pint glass. The color is a nice dark brown with a cream colored half to full finger of head.

S- The smell seemed heavy on "char" with way too much alcohol being obviously present. The malt was clearly obvious in scent with only a bit of piney hoppiness.

T- The taste was a bit bland for my taste. The alcohol and "char" present in the aroma found their way onto the taste buds. The malt character was good for a Michelob brew, but still a bit weak overall. The hops were not at all obvious in the finish and my overall assessment of the tast is simply that this brew is too bland.

M- Carbonation aided in a medium to medium light body, with the alcohol warming it up just a bit.

D- For the average beer drinker, while a bit bland, I can see how this could be an easy drinking beer. For me however, I find this beer to be weighed and found wanting...of flavor and balance.

Overall I probably won't be wasting money on this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 05:50:33 | More by BigBen61
Photo of jayfarley3


3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, pours deep clear amber color with a off white head that fades pretty quickly. Smells faintly of caramel and malt, taste is smooth and slightly malty with just a little hops, taste is real faint for such a dark beer. For a beer coming form AB this one really isn't too bad. I usually only drink these when it's the best thing available at some of the bars my friends drag me to.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 10:26:38 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of hunteraw


2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found one of these in my fridge today and was surprised to find that I'd never reviewed one, despite their availability as a dollar drafts at Tijuana Flats in Gainesville. Here goes:

Appearance: Pours a rich, honey/amber color, with a two finger head with moderate retention and little lacing.

Smell: Light, uninspiring aroma. Weak malt notes (caramel?) with an artificial air about it, somehow.

Taste: Not too dissimilar from Budweiser, despite the amber color. A touch more depth, but the aftertaste is so eerily similar, one suspects the same strain of yeast is used. Bitterness is moderate and appropriate for the style, however distinct hop and malt notes are difficult to discern.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, rather spritzy, sharp carbonation.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink, even if you don't particularly want to. A marginal improvement over the big lagers, the high point of this beer is its wide availability and its role as a stepping stone for those who need to be disillusioned from their preconceptions regarding "dark" beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 20:01:16 | More by hunteraw
Photo of gpogo


2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear brown amber with white bubbly head that dissipates to a small foamy covering.

A- Very weak aroma. Slight caramel malt aroma, and faint toastiness.

T- Seems to lack flavor, slightly watery. Faint toastiness. Very light bitterness, seems to finish semi-dry.

M- Light to light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Leaves a slightly sticky covering in my mouth.

D- Definitely drinkable. Not too much flavor, not too high on the alcohol. That being said, there are plenty of things I'd take over this.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 06:16:27 | More by gpogo
Photo of fizzy


3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 23:31:54 | More by fizzy
Photo of CrellMoset


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

Bottle part of a mixed sixer courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really strange, dull-looking brown body with a fast-fading dull white, one-finger head that leaves a ring of lace. A studied search for carbonation finds none. A very strange-looking brew.

Aroma: I get very little out of this. Probably the weakest nose I've ever stuck my face in to ... maybe some faint toast and a kiss, no, a peck of marshmallow. But seriously, that's it.

Taste: Shallow, dextrins, a faint leafy bitterness, gummy bear, toasted malts, maybe banana. But it's all so muted. Entirely inoffensive, because there's very little here to be offended at.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation releases a pretty large body, but it's mostly pretty thin in other places.

Drinkability: Drinkable, sure. There's not much goin' on here, alcohol's a non-factor, and it's not bad. Would I want to drink it? Another story entirely.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 03:44:11 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of Japerrault


3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper lager,with an off-white head settled to about 1cm and dissipated to a skim.

S: Mild malty smell with a little toasty aroma. Really not a lot noticed. No hops to speak of.

T: Overall mild flavors. Sweetness from the malt was most prevelent. Not much complexity. Very slight bitterness in the aftertaste, where I really had to hunt for a hint of hops. Mostly left with malt flavors.

M: Mouthfeel was decent. There was a sense of body with good carbonation.

D: Since the complexity is nothing to write home about, this is one of those beers that go down easy without any thought needed. It has more flavor than most of the big American beers so drink up and enjoy it for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 22:17:02 | More by Japerrault
Photo of tgncc

New York

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

I give begruding respect to macros who at least try their hand at craft beer. As it stands, this isn't bad. The appearance is the nicest part, a nice chestnut brown with an amber hue. Thin white head, doesn't stick around. The aroma is grainy malts. The flavor is caramel malts, with a slight fruitiness, more so when it warms up. Medium mouthfeel. The finish has a nice hop presence. This is not a bad beer at all. Not remarkable, but I might serve it at a bbq with a lot of guests.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 02:47:24 | More by tgncc
Photo of Spikester


3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a good-sized head and some lacings.
Aroma is malty.
Taste is dark malts with just a touch of hop bitterness. Not complex but a good palate rinser in preparation for a bigger beer.
Palate is similar to most macros.
Drinkability is good for when you don't want to be challenged.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 06:15:28 | More by Spikester
Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,428 ratings.