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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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1,596 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,596
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 15
Gots: 121 | FT: 1
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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 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.

Photo of soju6
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep amber with a head that does not last long. The smell is of caramel & roasted grain. The taste is initially sweet and finishes dry. It has a medium feel but sort of bland. I would consider this an entry level bock, drinkable but not my first choice.

Photo of CameronTyl3r
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogany, coca cola color, with a little, light, dirty, off-white head.

Smell: What smell? All I could smell was an caramel malt smell, no hops.

I could taste a nutty, caramel mixture of malts, hardly the hops.

Medium bodied with a smooth caramel fullness.

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.

Photo of Natural510
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with decent amount of head, lacing which sticks around to keep things interesting.
Nose is somewhat mediocre; cereal malt with hints of caramel.
Sweet, tangy malt; spicy with caramel, cola, cinnamon notes making up the bulk of the flavor. Yeast provides a tart, dry finish with a residual hop bite.
Medium body, slightly on the thin side, but that only adds to the drinkability. Not the best bock I've had, but certainly the best from AB. Has enough flavor to keep itself interesting and legitimately be labeled a bock. In fact, politics aside, I'd grab this over Shiner anytime.

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.

Photo of stewart124
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with no head.

Clean nose with a little malt character and slight bready notes.

Taste is on the weak side with little depth and finishes with a creamy mouthfeel. Moderate mouthfeel in general with plenty of crisp carbonation. Finishes with slight grape esters and a general caramel sweetness.

For me this is nothing to write home about. It's a bock for sure but it is missing the POW! I want some more bread and a more complex caramel character.

Photo of bump8628
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber to light brown with a fizzle of bone-colored head.

Sweet graininess with a hint of caramel and not much else. Hops go undetected in the flavor department, but offer enough bitterness to keep it from being uber-sweet.

Not much else to say, it's bland, but compared to an Adjunct Lager it's a tad superior.

Photo of therica
2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've had this stuff plenty of times in bottles (my bottle review is buried somewhere below). But I'd never had it on tap so I took the opportunity today at a local American Legion during lunch. Bad move.

A= chestnut brown, little head or life

S= what smell? Maybe some caramelized dark malts.

T= this would have been a great beer-- before hops were used, centuries ago. I couldn't find the hops at all. Just sweet sweet over-sweet caramel malts and the typical Anheuser flat stale bitterness that lingers.

M= overly sweet, caramel, stale whatever.

D= I tried it with my burger, my potato chips, my salad, my beef-barley soup, it was horrible with any of them. I left the stein more than half-full when I finished.

Photo of MikeRa
3.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a mix of a amber-red and a chocolate color with a 1" head

S: I can't really smell any thing in this beer

T: This beer is not too heavy, nor is it too light, but more in the middle

M: This beer goes down really smooth

D: This is a beer that I will drink over and over again

Photo of crimsontide1013
3.44/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time at a local bar here in New Orleans. The only other options were Bud Light and Miller Light, so given those two I was rather pessamistic about this beer. However, I ended up drinking the entie pitcher (about 3 pints)

A- Dark amberis red-brown, pretty much what I expected here.

S- Really not much in the way of smell, perhaps a bit of grains and malts but nothing to wrie home about.

T- not to heavy or to light on the pallate, very little carbonation (After going to Europe I have learned on carbonation less is more). fairly impressed by this point

M-a bit light but no to bad, pretty fair overall

D-I drank a pitcher, so I can honestly say I was imprressed especially for a Macro beer.

Photo of SamN
2.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

*This is one of the handsomest labels I've ever seen on a beer bottle.

A- True to the label, this beer is decidedly amber. No brilliance or real depth of color here. Not much for head here. What I coaxed out thins to a mere skating.

S- Jesus, I can't smell anything. Barely a whiff of cereal grains. That's it.

T- Mild taste, nothing offensive to palettes accustomed to light flavors. Cheaper quality of taste, but a light tingling of malty sweetness boarded by macro hops taste. Not much to the flavor, like a Michelob with slightly more corn grains.

M- Nice thickness and a good smoothness, very tiny carbonation. Not bad.

D- Solidly mediocre. It doesn't have a lot of flavor or taste, so what makes this any different from a regular Michelob lager?

The label is this beer's only high point.

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

Scooped a 12-pack of this at Harris Teeter. At $9.99 for a 12-pack, I considered it a steal.

This is actually my first time having this beer, and I am somewhat impressed. I wasn't optimistic, but it wasn't too bad.

The color's very pretty. Looks like a lot better beer than it actually is.

Smell is pretty bland. Maybe some caramel? Slightly hoppy? I don't know. Wasn't getting much. Then again, I had consumed a Young's Double Choco Stout right before, so pretty much anything was going to smell like water.

Same goes for taste. Fairly bland, but a pretty nice sweetness. Well-brewed, but again, not aided by the prior consumption of the Choco Stout.

Nice carbonation! I'm a big carbo fan, and this one provided.

Went down smooth. I could easily drink six of these and feel fine.

Not bad, Michelob!

Photo of bourbonbock
3.69/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured myself an Amber Bock from a 12 oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

A. Poured a clear deep chestnut brown color with a decent head which dissipated while I was washing out the bottle and was replaced by sporadic carbonation bubbles. No lacing left on the glass.

S. Not a bad smell but nothing to write about. Slightly nuttier than a normal Budweiser product.

T. Slightly nutty with malt up front and a nice refreshing mouthfeel. Aftertaste is not bad and wants to be washed down with another sip.

D. Could drink a number of these and at 10 bucks a 12 pack nobody could complain about the price. This might even be cheaper than buying a Budweiser.

Pleasantly surprised with this beer I will definitely buy more of these and wouldn't hesitate to by a draft when there wasn't anything with flavor on-tap.

Photo of Brenden
2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the same out of the bottle as the tap, so the review's a cut and paste of my on tap review.

A tan head pours out about one finger, thin and fizzy. It dissipates within a minute and does leave a thin foam and very light lacing behind.
There's are malt and caramel aromas with a light metallic presence. The aroma is hardly detectable.
Flavor picks up, at least in strength, and adds breads and a very slight hops bitterness.
This has a pretty average mouthfeel for a typical macro, which is saying nothing; for a bock, though, it's incredibly thin and weak. Then again, this hasn't really had any real bock character to it.
It's drinkable and it's better than any macro light out there that I can think of. For regular macros, it's pretty standard.

Photo of FreshHawk
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber/Deep redish brown. Slight head that disappears pretty fast.

S - Not much smell but some malt, that's slightly toasted.

T - Slight sweetness from a caramel and toasted malt. Also a little nutty. Very slight hop flavor.

M - Medium body. Somewhat smooth and creamy.

D - Easy to drink, and fairly enjoyable for what it is.

Notes: This was something that I thought was a good beer when I first started. Seems like a good stepping stone beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a fairly thick off-white head with moderate carbonation. Color is deep red and quite clear. Aroma is of roasted grains and caramel, but quite faint. Taste is on the bland side and lacks boldness, as do many in this category. Mouth feel is light and watery. Overall, this is an okay, but not fantastic beer, and the Michelob line has better offerings.


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

On tap at local bar. After the pour the beer appeared pretty watery with a dark amber color. Nothing to exciting in the smell, some green fruityness and sugar. Taste was nothing really special some cereals, grains and sweetness. Not much of a bock not real malt backbone. Mouthfeel was once again watery at best. Did not order another one.

Photo of tw0st3p
3.87/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz pint glass @ 40 deg.

A: Little bit of head and retention but not a whole lot. Spotty at best.

S: Nutty, caramel malts and not much else.

T: Tastes almost exactly like it smells, nutty/caramel.

M: Not a lot to this one, heavier than an american lager but not as heavy as you would expect.

D: Would make a good session beer if the style/taste suits you.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass...

A: pours a "dark mahogany" as the bottle implies with a 2 finger off white head. Leaves strips and spots of lacing on the glass as it disappears. leaves a thin blanket of foam

S: a light aroma: nutty, caramel with a hint of german hops in the background.

T: again, caramel malt and roasted nut flavors up front finishing with sharp hops, more caramel sweetness, and grain. all in good balance yet nothing remarkable

M: medium body with smooth entry and crisp and dry finish

Overall, this is a decent brew. Definitely not my first pick but does the trick when in a tight spot. I like the balance of the caramel malts and hops. Also I like the notable hops in the finish. I believe this gets bad reviews because of its family tree.

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

This is ok, not really a bock but instead a slightly strong basic American dark lager, but better than some others.

Brownish amber, it has a medium-big pale tan head slowly shrinking to a thin foamy ring and leaving some weak lace.

Aroma is toasty barley and grain, sweet, ripe apples, hints of herbs and mineral. It's pretty good, but not much more than a basic dark lager.

Taste is similar, being mostly toasted barley, some mineral and hints of earth/soil and grass with a faint hint of spiciness. It becomes more bland over time. Feel is decent, not quite watery but not much better.

Photo of y2jrock60
3.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark-brown and semi-transparent with a off white frothy head

S- Very malty aroma with a hind a nuttiness

T- Malty, sweet, and nutty; very balanced

M- Light to Medium bodied

D- Highly drinkable and delicious for the price

I understand why this beer scores a C when compared to craft beers, but when compared to a macro beer it is a decent brew.

This beer is highly drinkable and actually has flavor. It's only Anheuser product that I put support behind. This brew is definitely worth a try.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber-reddish hue to the body, a quick pour yields two fingers of head that fades fast to nearly nothing. Little lacing.

S: Rather generic malty roasted smell, some adjuncts on the side.

T: Initial taste is of generic malts with a roasted character, the aftertaste is a nice biscuity, toasted oat flavor. Nothing here is very complex.

M: For what it is, the mouthfeel is rather smooth. However, this is nothing extraordinary.

D: Drinkable, but not as inviting as a Sam Adams Winter or any other well brewed Bock.

Overall: One of my favorite macros to drink, so if this was listed as an American Adjunct Lager I would give it an 'A'. It is listed as a Bock however, and thus it falls short in such a complex and loved category.

Photo of matjack85
1.96/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

One of my guests brought these over for our card party last night. It was one of the few AB products I hadn't tried yet, so I was glad to get the chance. 12oz brown bottles with an undecipherable born on or freshness date code on the neck label. (What the hell date is 0935/5111 supposed to mean? That doesn't correspond to any calender I've ever used!) Might as well not have a freshness date if you're going to code it like that.

The beer poured a clear amber/brown color and made a 1-finger off-white head, but it dissipated fast and left behind zero lacing.

There was just a faint sweet malt aroma to this, but nothing like what a good bock should smell like.

The taste was as disappointing as the smell - virtually nothing to it. A weak and watery mouthfeel with an awful mineral water, metallic aftertaste. Weak caramel malt flavor alomg with some bittering hops, but not much of those either (Just 19 IBU's).

Not a good smell, not a good flavor, and not a very drinkable beer. I thought this one was a big disappointment.

Photo of RichieS2
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 21 oz pilsener glass at the local neighborhood hole-in-the-wall.

Appearance: It was dark in the bar but it was clearly not a Bud or Miller lager. It had a light brown color that started with a fairly thick head that disappeared when I sipped it. For a bock the nut brown was surprisingly light colored.

Smell: There was some faint sweetness, especially when the head was present. Still for a bock it seemed rather subdued.

Taste: It was noticeably fuller and more sweet than most lager you would find in a whole-in-the-wall. The taste was above average and while I have had bocks which were better I have also had quite a few other beers that were not as flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Indistinguishable from Budweiser, not much thicker than water.

Drinkability: Went down easy enough and not to strong. Basically it could be drank all night for cheap.

One of A&B's better brews as far as I'm concerned. Bock is a strong word to describe this beer as it is watered down in terms of sight, smell, taste and texture that one usually associates with bock. With all this said I enjoyed this much more than the American Adjunct Lager usually released by the big name breweries. This is a great back-up beer to sip if you are at a bar with limited selection.

Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,596 ratings.