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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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1,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,610
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 132 | 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 NOOGIE
3.95/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Hazy reddish-brown color. Even head which sticks with the full drink and the foam lingers on the glass.

Smell: Nice chocolate and caramel smell that grabs your nose right away. It has that beer smell to it, the barley, malts, and hops.

Taste: Really sweet and sugary and creamy. Really unique combination of a beer and bock taste, also like a black and tan.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice wetness to the mouthfeel, and it finishes wet. Not much left in the aftertaste departments except the caramelized malts.

Drinkability: Really easy another aspect of the beer quality.

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

Head doesn't stick around. The beer has a nice amber hue. Tastes better than a 'regular' Michelob, quite nutty and refreshing. The mouthfeel has a bit of bite to it. Not too thin for the style. The drinkability is good. Not an amazing beer but decent.

Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some malts, not much going on here. Taste is very good, malts, nutty, chocolate, very flavorfull. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a quality beer.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It came to me almost void of head, a dark brown color and clear, not at all cloudy. Just a small amount of white head was around the edges.

The smell was also non existant, maybe a bit of malt but that's about it.

The taste was malty with some bitterness at the finish, crisp and sparkling on the tongue due to the carbonation with a light hop sting.

Very drinkable, I've got to say this is one of my favorite beers when fresh but I've had some where you could tell it was either old of funky.

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

I've had this a session beer many times, usually drinking it from the bottle but for the purposes of rating it I'll pour it in a glass. Sweet malts are predominate on the nose; a faint chemical aroma detracts from it. There's nothing particularly striking about this beer but it tastes better than your average macro-brew and has a soft nuttiness and lightly sweet taste that I find enjoyable and finishes with a light minerally dryness that I find enjoyable.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Born on 09145 (May 25th).

A - Great clear amber. Good color with a few bubbles rising up. The off-white head rose to three fingers quickly and left a few stages if legs on the glass during it's slow descent. A decent foam layer was left along with a collar of lacing.

S - Hard to smell. Not much aroma coming out but I've got a pretty off-putting metallic mineral aroma going on with light amber and caramel malts hidden in the background. No hops present.

T - Crisp and clean but the minerally flavor makes it's appearance to screw it up. Minimal malt presence doesn't aid this beer. Very little in the hop department flavor-wise. Just lacking all over. Dry finish.

M - Crisp and clean, it's a refresher but nothing beyond that. Very slight metallic finish with the carbonation. Dry on the finish.

D - Why? There is almost nothing to this beer. Not worth the time. Just bland and uninspired.

Photo of electricfields
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried this at a bar. Never heard of it before, but decided to give it a try, since the place didn't have the PBR my cheap ass asked for.

A: Low rating is mostly the bar's fault. I hope. They poured the thing with no head. Fail. The color was dark amber, but clear. I don't like being able to straight-up see through a beer. Not very impressive, but not terrible.

S: Almost nothing. A little sweeter than the average adjunct lager, but nothing that could really be picked out.

T: Watery as hell. Most of what I could taste was generic macro "beer" grossness, but watered down to be slightly less gross. there was a bit of alcohol, and a bit of malt. Not a lot of hops. I'll give it .5 higher than "awful" because it's not as bad as a few other beers I've tried. But it's awfully close. It's not exceptionally disgusting, like, say, Olde English. But it's just flavorless. I tried in vain to pick up any sort of flavor at all in this, but at the end of the day, I was just glad it was watered down enough to hide what little flavor I could pick up. I have friends' whose first cracks at homebrewing have tasted better than this.

M/D: Like water, but not refreshing. And it doesn't even taste good. I will never order this again.

I felt slightly ripped off paying a buck fifty for this. Truly awful attempt at beer. I am generally not one to straight-up trash a beer, but this might be among the worst I've ever tried.

Photo of JoKo
3.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Otter Creek World Tour Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown/amber color with inch thick off-white head. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Some malts, caramel present. The aroma isn't strong with this beer.

Taste: Sweet malts up front, some caramel, very low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, not real crisp, kind of lingers in your mouth after a few sips.

Drinkability: Easy drinkability, a good beer but not anything that is going to blow you away with complexity. Nonetheless a descent lager that I would not mind drinking again.

Photo of BeerskiBrewski61
3.78/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have done an 180 on Anheuser-Busch beers. There was a time that the best grade I would have given an Anheuser-Douch beer was D-.
Times they are a changing !!!!
The Amber Bock beer pours a very clear brown color, the form head does not dissipate too quickly, the smell is very mild and the taste is actually quite good.
I would serve this beer to friends that I like. It's definitely a beer that I would purchase again.

Photo of tronester
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/brown, with a thin tan head. Smell is slightly of sulfur, and has a grassy component. Taste is extremely light, a tiny hint of caramel sweetness up front. The middle is slightly salty. You can taste the alcohol in this beer. Finishes completely watery. Mouthfeel is watery, medium carbonation levels. Drinkabiltiy is alright, the light flavor ensures that one can drink several of these. Though it is a very un-flavorful compared to other bocks. For the price there are much better options.

Photo of mnrider
3.09/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle.

A: Dark reddish brown. One finger head which disapears into nothing. No lacing is present. Carbonation is above average.

S: Caramel and some nut aromas. All of which are malts. Watery smell also.

T/M: Sweet malt with nutty smooth caramel. Kind of fizzy and a little dry on the back end.

D: Pretty good. Malty and easy drinkability. Nothing really stands out that much though. Not sure if i'd buy more than one again, maybe if I was on a low budget.


Photo of Bricelyn
2.74/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A little broke and never tried this one before poured out of a bottle into a goblet this beer foams up into a half a finger of head and then disappears.

Just a spot of lacing here and there one the sides of the glass has a wonderful color deep browns in the shadows and rusty amber in its highlights.

It smells malty with little bite from hops or alcohol.

Taste is cheap at first then it matures into soft malty warmth and then to grass and further into green onions...

Its mouth feel reminds me of seltzer...

Photo of tmiller7
3.81/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This is my first beer review, so I thought it fitting to review a beer that introduced me to a wide range of beer.

The pour was descent with a slight head. The taste, in my opinion, is wonderful and is always welcoming. The smell is fairly weak but not bad. Definitely worth a buy if your not looking to break the budget.

Photo of rkcrozier
1.89/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap at Coca-Cola Park...Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs stadium (AAA affiliate of Phillies)

To start, totally disappointed that the stadium reduced itself to the usual crap A-B beers and Coors. Last year when I went there, they at least attempted to get something different on tap with Iron Hammer and Widmer. This year...just crap, except for Allentown Brewworks had a booth. Anyway, on to the beer...

The Amber Bock had no smell, no flavor, no head retention (I think the server did a bad job serving the beer). The color as looked right although hard to tell through the plastic cup. All in all, I was totally disappointed with the beer and would have been better off with another soda instead of what A-B calls "Amber Bock".

Photo of BirdFlu
2.21/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The fact that this beer has a C blows my mind. Whether judging it as personal taste or based on it's claims of being a bock it's a complete failure. There's basically no taste whatsoever. No aroma really, not even sniffed from the bottle. I understand the whole attempt by macros to capitalize on the craft scene, butif you're going to attempt to make a bock you may want there to be some trace of maltiness to the beer. Sure, the flavor isn't offensive (other than intellectually, that is), it doesn't taste like, say.. rotting milk. But "not rotting milk-like" should not be the standard by which we judge "average". If it lacks flavor, then it's bad. To further highlight it's shortcomings, my girlfriend was drinking a red stripe (yes these were the two most-decent offerings at this venue) and I discovered that it is, in fact, MORE malty and bock-like than Michelob's offering. Terrible.

Photo of mempath
3.09/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a dark amber (of course) with a healthy head that settles...quickly. no lacing.

nutty malty nose promises something. some honey and wheatiness.

not my favorite style, but this is nice, a choclatey sense, a little too much honey makes this a tad too sweet. really could use a hop balance. might have to pour a shot of IPA in it...still, refreshing and i'd like this with spicey food or something barbeque'd

rich, almost thick sense is nice. carbonation is just right. not a hard thing to do...very drinkable, especially if paired with food.

actually would be decent if at a party and no other options but this and bud...in Autumn.

sorry, but A-B needs to just stick with what it is. a MACRObrewery. nice attempt. your Pale Ale is the better, less offensive brew. all of these in the Michelob line are decent, but easily missed. many others can take your place.

stay in the major leagues. the mino leagues are where the most interesting batters and pitchers are (pun intended)

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours amber of course with brown and a fluffy white head. Actually made a nice head and had decent retention.

Aroma is quite nice. Mostly consisted of fruity malts and caramel. Reminded me of ale esters but it's clean.

Taste is like honey wheat toast and hints of dark fruits again.

Light body and really lacking in this department compared to other bocks.

Overall not terrible for the evil empire. At least they make all malt beers now.

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.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark brown color but still semi-transparent. But it had no head at all.

Smell: Fairly strong aroma with lots of hops.

Taste: Initially smooth with a very bitter aftertaste. But not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: A pretty light texture. More texture than water, but not as thick as the appearance would suggest.

Drinkability: It started off pretty good, but about halfway through it really lost something. It was not god-awful, but it is not something I could drink on a regular basis.

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

this brew pours up a clear brown color with a thin white head. great lacing. the nose is crisp hops and clean malts, subtle dark fruits, a hint of caramel. the taste is very clean. bitter hops, faint malts. light bodied, medium carbo. This a good poolside beer.

Photo of Wheelinb
2.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Back before I was a craft beer drinker, this was my favorite. I had one for the first time in at least 5 years lat night and man, was I disappointed. With the dark color I was hopeful especially as I recalled how much I liked it. But a weak aroma and weak taste reminded me that this was another macrobrew. Sure, its got more flavor than a macro lager, but not much. Slightly sweet, light bodied with a bit of a almond flavor.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.82/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass, bottle at cellar temp. pours a dark amber, maghony color. nice off white head with decent retention. just a touch of lacing.

very weak aroma for a bock. definately smells like a macro lager. all you get is that lager smell with maybe just a hint of some sweet malts and a slightly nutty smell.

pretty weak on the taste, maybe slightly better than the aroma. again, pretty much tastes like a macro with maybe a little bit of sweetness. nothing like a bock should be.

somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel. medium to light body. fizzy carbonation. leaves kind of a chalky mouthfeel in the finish. not too bad in this department, but a bock should be a little heavier body. at least in my opinion.

despite all the low scores, its definately a very easy drinking beer for what it is, which isnt a bock. more like a light amber lager, ha, i just made up a new style. would never buy this again, but if it was given to me, it wouldnt go to waste. dont buy this.

Photo of mcampanella
3.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into clear glass

Appearance - Pours dark, small head which fizzles to almost absent. Very close to the coloring of coke or pepsi, just slightly more brown. Unimpressed with the head with almost no foam. ***Edit: Upon the second pouring the head had more body, still average but better. I have changed the grade by half a point as 2.5 seems unfair.***

Smell - very weak aroma, and what I do smell is skunky. Smells of day old beer. Not looking forward to drinking this at this point.

Taste and Mouthfeel - at this point, I am pleasantly surprised. The flavor is not as bad as I would have predicted from the awful appearance and boring smell. Taste is okay, mouthfeel is actually very good, just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - I will certainly finish this 6 pack. It was not so disappointing that I can't finish 6 bottles. Michelob needs to work on the head of this beer, it just doesn't look like good beer at all. One plus is the price, quite cheap.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Michelob Amber Bock
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Style: Bock
ABV: 5.20 %
166 cals p12os

There was no photo so I got to upload this one, it's my first photo on BA!

Reviewed as a bock, ~11/8/09 @ home, bottle>mug

A 3.0 -Dark malty brown, good 2 finger head, short head retention with little to no collar
S 2.5 - mild toasty-ness, somewhat mild on the smell
T 4.0 - Good & matly - roasty/caramel notes, semi sweet and roasty malts, dig it for a cold day.
MF 3.0 - creamy texture on palate, medium body, watery finish
D 4.0 - I dig this stuff. I used to drink it a lot before I was into craft brews, and it's still good like I remember. I rarely drink it out of a bottle, it's usually a draft selection during Florida "winter".

Photo of ddegennaro
2.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sixer of this on a whim, as I was feeling saucy one afternoon. Or, as saucy as Walgreen's selection would allow me to feel.

Poured into a pilsener glass, but really, what was the point? The initial pour produced a sudsy, two finger head that dissipated to nothing in a matter of seconds. No film, no lacing, no thanks. Aside from that, the color is a healthy amber typical to the bock style.

Unfortunately, the color is the only thing bock-related about this beer. Imagine someone half-assing a Bud Light into a porter. Got it? That's what this smells like. Ho hum.

Mouthfeel is mdeium bodided, and consists of ever-so-faint caramel malts, hints of burnt toffee, day old Bud Light, and a hop presence that doesn't have the balls to make itself known, except behind the malt's back. Nothing really bock like about the beer, but it should be noted that what positive qualities the beer has present themselves as it warms.

Bock or not, this is completely quaffable, and, barring the horrible farts you're bound to experience as the day wears one, will definitely serve in a pinch. One of Anheuser-Busch's better products, but does that really count for anything?

Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,610 ratings.