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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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1,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,450
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 irish53b


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

Served on tap at Applebees in Omaha in a pint glass.

Appearance was decent, tan to light carmel color. Bright white head that disipated quickly, but left some lacing. The head can be reinvigorated with some swirling.

The nose is pretty clean, some biscuit notes and some faint lemon grass.

The taste is equally clean at first, some citrus flavor come through midway, and finishes with a bit of carmel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a bit like pop, and the carbonation reinforces that feeling. The beer is quite fizzy.

I remember when I was not of legal drinking age thinking that this stuff was great because it had a bit more of a whallop than most beers. I've had it a couple more times now that my palate is a bit more refined, and found it very tame. It really paired nicely with the fajitas I had, and it was highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2008 17:41:39 | More by irish53b
Photo of bigone4

Rhode Island

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

Poured a clean clear amber brownish color. Decent head that dissipated quickly. Slight lacing in the glass. Smells of grass with a slight caramel malt tone. Not the best smelling brew but still had some distinct malt tones. Seeing I am in St. Louis I guess I should give it a shot. There is also a grassy scent mixed in there. Taste is smooth with a light malt flavor up front. Some sweet caramel tones mixed with a dough like flavor. Very light bodied. Not my favorite but had an easy drinkability. Certainly has a malted profile. No real hop notes in there at least not on my tongue. Maybe a trace in the finish. This brew is certainly not on my list as a great beer but it is decent I guess. I would not go out of my way to drink it thats for sure. I never really steer towards the big three but had to give it a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2008 20:37:28 | More by bigone4
Photo of coalcracker


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

Appearance: Pours a nice dark amber/brown with a head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Malty and slightly roasted aroma.

Taste: A little on the light side for the style, but notes of roasted malt, caramel, molasses present. Malt dominates though the hop presence keeps that in check. Clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, but light in body. A little slickness felt on the tongue.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking for a bock.

Overall: Better than any other of Michelob's lager offerings. Nonetheless, a little on the light side, but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 19:24:44 | More by coalcracker
Photo of natezero


3.9/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am quite new to the world of reviewing beers so I thought I would start with something I enjoy and can be found anywhere.

One of the most strong points about the Amber Bock is the taste. It has a decent amount of hoppiness in flavor, something I wouldn't expect from a Michelob beer.

It is a little thin for a dark lager, but it still decent.

The biggest downside to this beer is the amount of carbonation bubbles in it. Even just casually drinking it will cause a massive amount of foam to appear.

Overall, a great choice if you need something tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 17:48:08 | More by natezero
Photo of skeetermoses


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

I am going to say that this one is a beer I can get behind as far as Michelob is concerned. I do enjoy this one. It is by far the beer I order when I am at Henry Hudsons Pubs in OKC. Of all the beers they make this one stands out as the most memerobal beer around. By the way sorry for the spelling mistakes.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 08:25:11 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of mltobin


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

A deep amber color is noted once poured into a glass. The smell is about average and definately suited to the fall season. While the taste is rich with hints of caramel, a nice touch. The first time that I had this beer was at a college in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I was at a friends house and he was raving about AmberBock, and it is a good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 01:54:17 | More by mltobin
Photo of Overlord


2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Kind of a strange Bock beer, if you ask me. Pours an amber-esque color ... doesn't quite look right for this type, but not unattractive.

Had an unusual amount of hops. Not a lot, mind you, but I was expecting zero. Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin. Some caramel notes, a bit of sweet malt, but no roasting. Strange. Aftertaste definitely brought up the bit o' hoppiness.

Drinkable. Amongst the macrobrews, clearly one of my faves.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2007 10:28:54 | More by Overlord
Photo of Traquairlover


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

12-oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A = Oak brown, good head leaving a lot of lacing. A little too many carbonation bubbles.

S = Light smell of toasted malt, hay, oats.

T = Light toasted malt, sweet caramel flavors, bitter aftertaste with good finish.

M = Thin body, too much carbonation.

D = Nothing wrong with this beer, could easily drink several of them. That said, there are many more interesting and flavorful beers so I do not think I will seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 21:47:13 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of bushbeer75


2.6/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz on-tap

Michelob Amber Bock has a clear medium brown color with a slight red cast [amber -DUH] and a thin white head. Body is light for a Bock. Smell and taste is of light toasted malt with a little hop bitterness at the finish. Mouth feel was thin but crisp and has little fizzy carbonation.

Amber Bock is more like an American Amber Lager than a Bock – too “plain” for me. Make sure you drink this brew when cold, as taste went downhill as it warmed.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2007 18:20:08 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of stagman


2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber with a fair amount of head that stands its ground. Smells a bit like a bock but just barely.

Putting rice into this beer has definitely pulled back on the flavor. There's not much hops here either. It's mainly the carbonation doing the work.

It's basically Budweiser but with roasted malts. This is more an American Amber Lager than a Bock.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2007 04:33:58 | More by stagman
Photo of armock

New York

2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a dark amber color with a thin off white head

S - Is of roasted malt

T - Starts with sweet malt finishes with some bitter hops

M - Theres medium carbonation in it

D - Its one of the better AB offerings I'll drink it the bar only has macros on tap its not bad

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 21:07:59 | More by armock
Photo of CamuMahubah


3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Before we get started one would like to point out that this beer is often the only thing approaching real beer when one is forced to grab a sixxer at a gas station because everybody else is closed...Also my first introduction into the world of beer...strangely I thought this was an exotic the first time I'd had it back in 1998!...Before this beer I thought one was a man tried and true and proper if he could drink Busch!...

Pours a dark amber into the mug...

Mildly Malty...


goes down smooth!...I developed my love for beer from this beer...first beer ever that I didn't have to chug to enjoy!...

Me like...and me will buy again when circumstances insist apon it...Though it's not a bock...it was a gateway beer for me...led to drinking of authentic bock...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 09:10:24 | More by CamuMahubah
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a dark amber color with a one-finger head.Aroma is nice and malty with some smokiness and the simple lines of a standard bock. Taste is somewhat watery though and it's obviously a Michelob thing. Somewhat sweet as well with caramel aftertaste. Still quite drinkable but other than that, not much to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 00:17:01 | More by Brad007
Photo of whiplash3825


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

A hard pour yields an attractive dark copper beer with a nice tan four-finger head. Promising start!

Smell is of roasted malt... mild.

Taste is mild sweet malts with a slight hops bitterness on the finish. Pretty watered-down flavor, but better than the usual macro for sure!

Mouthfeel is thin and disappointing.

Drinkability is pretty good and nothing really offends. I have to give A-B credit for at least trying! If I have to have an American macro in the future, then this will be the one. If they'd just kick the flavor up a notch or two this could be pretty good. As is, it doesn't really compare with a true bock.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 20:05:03 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I drink this because the selection at my golf course is limited and this is the best they have on tap. As such I have consumed many pitchers of Amber Bock. It pours a light carmel color with modest foam. The aroma is low average for beer in general but better than Budweiser or worse yet Lite. There is some taste, more then it’s rice-brew cousin. And though it is certainly no great beer, I would have to call it quite drinkable because I keep drinking it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2007 22:14:00 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of PhageLab


2.6/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a chilled pint glass, a restaurant's favorite.

A - Dark brown glowing inwards to a deep red coloration. Produced a minimal head with poor retention. Left no lacing. Stilll, something about the dark amber profile is enticing.

S - Roasted malt aroma, not too strong, but not bad.

T - Very sweet caramel flavor, almost too sweet. Slight bitterness creeps in and finishes damn near sour. Not too friendly.

M - Light bodied brew with mild carbonation and an almost candy-like aftertaste. Light, dry finish.

D - Low for me, one was enough. I think I was expecting something more beer like, this had a wine sort of feel to it in my opinion. Far too sweet with a sour finish, not what I like in my beer. I wouldn't recommend this to a brew lover, but to someone who doesn't like "beer" tastes, this could be perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2007 15:09:55 | More by PhageLab
Photo of dnichols


2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: It poured a clear coppery brown body with a moderate head that dissipated quickly and produced little lacing.

S: It had a noticeable toasted malt aroma with a sweet sugary cast. .

T: There was a sweetness that was almost like a diluted malty maple syrup that defined the character of this brew. The alcohol was well hidden and it had moderate levels of carbonation and neither cleaned the palate well.

M: It was light bodied with a low ABV and moderate carbonation. The sticky sweet syrupy taste remained well after I finished each swig.

D: It was smooth and easy to drink (low ABV, moderate corbonation and diluted sweetness). However, other than the sweet stickiness it had little to make it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 15:41:10 | More by dnichols
Photo of KI9A


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

Pours a deep amber, smells like nice, roasted malt.

I detect some hops, and a lot of malt.

Finshes sweet, and just right. My favorite AB offering, behind Brewmasters Private Reserve. If nobody knew this was an AB product, I guarantee it would be a higher rated beer. But, alas, it is infected with the macro stigma.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 03:26:01 | More by KI9A
Photo of JamesS


2.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a light, caramel color, very easy to see through, but it has a fairly decent head. It has a nice smell for a normal beer, but a bit week for a bock; a little malty, nothing great, but nothing bad, either. Tastes all right, but again, nothing like a real bock, and nothing truly outstanding. Goes down very easily, though, with perhaps just a bit too much carbonation. If you want to move someone from macros to micros, though, this would be a nice beer to start slowly with.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2007 21:51:12 | More by JamesS
Photo of metallistout


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

Pours very small laced head does not last long, but that's what you would expect from a macro. Smell of caramel malt, toasted malt charachter, but not strong. It has that typical refreshing taste that you get from an American Macro, more like I'm getting my 12oz of water intake with my beer. It does have a malty taste, but not a whole lot of flavor. For the price (since it's a macro) it ain't that bad, kinda an answer to Killians in a way. This is not a Bock for sure. It is an insult to real Bocks. But it is a drinkable beer(lager)

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 04:28:56 | More by metallistout
Photo of MMAJYK


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

This beer is not bad for a break from some of the light BMC beers. Appearance is brown and transparent. Head is there, but minimal. Smell is OK with some hints of caramel and burnt wood. Taste is OK with some of the smells carrying over in to the taste. Mouthfeel is light and watery, but with a touch of malt. Drinkable beer on a good tailgating weekend.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 13:01:58 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of GClarkage


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

10/21/07- Had on tap at the Hanger Restaurant in Huron, SD.

Presentation- Via the tap into a 12oz glass mug.

Appearance- Pretty deep brown in color. Small rim of head when given to me. Left minor lacing behind.

Smell- Light notes of grain, chocolate and maybe coffee bean. Not strong in any way though.

Taste- Pretty smooth with an "in the distance" chocolate malt flavor. Grainy, but not too obnoxious. Instant coffee flavor detected as well.

Mouthfeel- Mid to lower carbonation level, dare I say a touch creamy?

Drinkability- Hmmm, much better than expected, but still barely a bock. Drinkable for sure though when given a lack of choice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2007 18:16:28 | More by GClarkage
Photo of redneckchugger


3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into a mug, pours a dark brown, inch or so of light head, no lacing at all.
smells of , nothing really, slight adjunct but thats it.
tastes of , well thats weak too, adjunct, some chocolate and coffee, tastes ok, but weak.
mouthfeel is weak as well, watery, but thats what's to be expected of this beer, it tastes good acutally, just real weak, its the perfect fishing/golfing , or anything that requires you to drink straight out of the bottle beer. it's not great, but its drinkable as hell. I generally keep a sixer of this around for outdoor activities.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 07:53:01 | More by redneckchugger
Photo of biggmike


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

Decent effort from Anheuser-Busch, much better than the better-selling Bud or Bud Light. Dark and malty, but still a bit bland. Better choice than their stable of cheap pale lagers. Still it is lacking in aroma and the flavor is weak. Mouthfeel is decent. Drinkability is pretty high because there is really nothing offensive with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 15:29:51 | More by biggmike
Photo of mashedpotatoes


3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - nice, a little more Amber than Bock

Smell - average, nothing to see here

Taste - better than average for Michelob line of beers. Probably my preference among this brand.

Mouthfeel - better than average for Anheiser Busch products. Has a decent head and comfort to it.

Drinkability - goes down much easier than other AB products. Best of brand?

Michelob Amber Bock is probably a bit more Amber than Bock. A nice classy looking bottle and decent beer for being domestic. Slightly better than average. Goes down better alone than with food.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 19:58:36 | More by mashedpotatoes
Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,450 ratings.