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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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1,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,622
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 15
Gots: 149 | 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 bsend
2.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Server brought me a pint at a bar.

The pint had an intermediate brownish color that was neither too dark nor too light. The beer poured from tap had no definitive head on it.

The beer had a roasted, nutty aroma that seemed appealing, however hints of copper came through.

The taste provided a roasted malt that actually didn't taste bad. It was nice to have a darker macrobrew. Metallic after tastes lingered pallate.

Mouthfeel was average for a macrobrew. Heavy carbonation, a light feeling.

This beer supports decent drinkability. This darker brew has the same feeling as a regular michelob.

Final Thoughts - I can't complain on this one when all is said and done. I paid $1 for a pint so my views might be slightly skewed on this one. In the end, this macrobrew provides us with a darker brew that can be surpisingly affordable depending on where you find it.

Photo of ScubasteveU5
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Thin off-white head, quickly disappears to nothing. Reddish brown hue, but still very transparent.

S- Very light scent, not the stronger aroma of a strong bock. Honestly smells like a Budweiser

T- Best part about it. It's no true bock, but its better than a light lager. Has some malt character, no where near what a bock should be though.

M- Not bad, not great. Pretty much like any other mass produced domestic.

D- Another good point to it. I'm only writing this after my first one, but I can easily see having quite a few of these.

Compared to a real German Bock, it's an almost an insult. But compared to most of AB's other fine products, its a worthwhile beer, especially if you're a poor college student like myself. Not as good as some, but better than most everything else in its price range.

Photo of jnn4v
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hands-down the best beer produced by Michelob. Then again, if you've ever had any of their other beers, you'd know that's not saying much. But regardless of the flaws of their other brews, this beer can stand on its own. It also happens to be one of the least expensive beers on the market - certainly cheaper than most other enjoyable beers. A bargain for sure.

A: Dark brown color, but not opaque.

S: Yeasty, bready, nutty scent.

T: A maltier flavor than the scent led onto. Lager yeasts. Somehow tastes more domestic than it does true German Bock. Perhaps a tinge of metallic?

M: Thinner and more watery than I was expecting / hoping. Appropriate levels of carbonation for a Bock.

D: Very drinkable for its price range and the fact that it's a mass-marketed domestic attempt at a classic German Bock.

Photo of PhxHorn
1.87/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

So I'm stuck in this redneck bar with bud/miller/coors/amberbock on tap, and rather than ordering a scotch and looking like an asshole, I ordered an Amber Bock. Jesus Christ, this stuff is lame. Appearance is a dark brown, but it's a lame-ass coco-cola brown, no head. No smell, either, except for a little bit of caramel and malt. Taste is pretty much like water with a bit of coke mixed in. Mouthfeel sucked, too much carbonation. God damn, this is a shitty beer. Seriously, this is an insult.

Even worse, we were there for two hours and right after I ordered my second, I noticed the bar had Sierra Nevada in bottles. The second tasted even worse as a result.

Photo of projectflam86
3.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber color (is that cliché?) with thin head that quickly dissipates.

S- Malted hops nose with a tiny bit of caramel scent.

T- Lots of roasted malty flavor with some hops.

M- Ok carbonation but a little bit watery.

D- Not a bad attempt from an American macro but still falls a bit short of some of the others.

Photo of njthebestofme
4.28/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

got it as a gift from a job.. didnt know if i would like michelobs amber bock.. had bocks before but was impressed with the taste.. like this beer alot and went out and got a six pack.. hard to find by me when i see it i buy it..

nice head when poured in to glass.. buetyful color.. and great taste.. the after taste was a nice sweet after taste

Photo of OzarkElmo
2.46/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From bottle to pint glass Dec 26, 2008

Decent head with slightly sweet aroma. Decent hint of malts with sweet taste IMO. Drinkable but just too sweet for me. Not a beer I'd drink a six of - maybe two or three as I did this night. Not a premium beer to me. Rather have a Killians

Photo of scofielj
2.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured nice and dark with a thick head...which quickly disappeared.

S: Slight malt smell with very little else.

T: Slight malt taste and a little sweet. No complexity at all.

M: Thin and no aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable but not a good representation of the style.

Photo of Corvato
2.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- poured from a bottle into a chilled mug, it has little to no head, and is very dark, almost chocolate brown. I like the look, other than the head. There is also no significant lacing.

S- slightly malty, nothing else really stands out

T- malt, with a strong roasted or caramel flavoring, no significant hops presence. Tastes decent, but there isn't too much substance.

M- light, surprised at the volume of carbonation, with such a lack of head. smooth.

D- VERY drinkable. no strong flavors stand out, so you can just keep chugging this without noticing what you are doing

Conclusion. If you like a darker beer, but want one that is smooth and easy to drink, this will work, but its not too impressive.

Photo of bmwats
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Thin brown with a reddish hue. Medium carbonation pours into a 1 finger, foamy, off-white head. Bubbly carbonation clings to the insides of the glass. Head quickly settles, but leaves a layer of foam. Eventually dissipates completely. Very spotty lacing remains.

S: Really subdued malt, with a yeasty baked bread nose.

T: A light roast coffee malt, a bit of yeast, with a hint of nutty sweetness.

M: A bit of a syrupy feel. Light but thoroughly coats the palette.

D: Pretty solid. Flavor is good enough and a light feel.

Pretty decent atmosphere. Flavor has nice balance and a little complexity. Light feel, good drinkability. Good quaff.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- This poured a very nice thick foamy head, but then it rather quickly and loudly fizzled away to a thin island of foam in the middle of the liquid ceiling....nice color though...brown with red hues when against a white surface, and very clear. The lacing is disappointing as what I thought was going to be some good stickiness quickly slid back into the beer.

S- Not a strong aroma at all, but there is a mild malt smell, along with a bit of nuttiness, some chocolate and not much else. I guess there is some sweet caramel aromas mixed in as well but they aren't dominant either.

T- I feel that this tastes quite good. The caramel and malt comes through much better on the palate than through the nose....not much bitterness, which I wasn't expecting anyways, so that's a good thing. There is more of a nutty aftertaste if anything, which I like too.

M- Not as much body as I would have expected. The carbonation is very fine, so that at least allows the beer to bring some creaminess to the palate. If it wasn't as watered down as I was expecting I think this area would have received better marks.

D- Actually I think that this is very drinkable. I haven't had much experience with bocks up to this point but I like the sweet malty flavor and feel that this could be a good starter beer for those experimenting with darker brews. I'd enjoy several of these in a row no problem!

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Pours a somewhat dark, clear reddish-amber-brown hue with a rather thin, creamy cap of off-white froth that retains itself rather well and sticks in sheets to the sides of the vessel.

Aroma is rather boring; just a hint of caramel, butterscotch, and some fruity esters, which are rather out-of-place in a Bock.

Pretty thin in body, breaking apart on the tongue into flavors of mildly sweet caramel, butterscotch, mild herbal hops, and water, going down rather watery and leaving only a slight lingering bit of sweet malt on the back of the tongue.

Easy-drinking and a good beer to reach for when nothing else is available or you're looking to be cheap, as this one is widely available and much better than piss-water. Still, it lacks in every area and falls far short of the stylistic guidelines; it would probably fare better if it were construed as an American amber or red, as it doesn't even reach the malt level of a Dunkel, much less that of a Bockbier.

Photo of duffextracold
2.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

So..this is a bock..?

A- Light brown, very small head.

S- not much there. sort of grainy, has that macro smell.

T- sweet, adjuncty. no noticeable bitterness. very sweet aftertaste.

M- med/heavy carbonation, not bad...

D- way too sweet, poorly balanced. do they use any hops at all? that being said, I guess I'd take this over a bud...

Photo of webbcreative
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer, nothing really special about it, a bit above average for a macro, although i would take a shiner bock over this anyday. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. wasnt terrible, just nothing here stood out. Good effort though! This is for sure one of the better micros out there that I have tried.

Photo of CityBoy1986
2.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a medium brown with a small white head. Retention is low, but lacing is almost decent.

The nose is very subtle with the "dominant" (barely) flavour being toffee. The taste is also subtle; it tastes like a sweet version of Michelob.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a lot of carbonation. Drinkability is just okay; I can drink it. It's nowhere close to my favourite brew, however.

If macros were the only thing around, I would still look for Michelob Pale Ale over this. At least that doesn't taste almost like a regular Michelob.

Photo of bballjosh3
4.29/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has one of the best after tastes in my opinion. Rather smooth and easy to drink. Has a nice hint of caramel. A very sweet taste to it. It says its a dark lager but isn't as dark as expected. Overall very good. Tops on my list. Would definitely recommend to anyone that hasnt given it a try.

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

appearance: bright orangish brown

smell: light hops, coffee and chocolate

taste: slight roasted malts and hops flavors

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: The ber that started it all for me. Althoght not a micor, it got me off plain beers. A decent session beer and good transfer beer. Still an avergae beer and a much better choice than the regular old macro lagers

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

Dark amber color. Thin, white, bubbly head that instantly disperses. Thin swirl retention. The box has a nice little beer for dummies guide to Amberbock with hop charts and Lovibond graphs. It's kinda cute actually.

Doesn't smell like much. Some nutty, caramel malt and mild x-mas spice but that's only because, I'm really, really trying.

Caramel malt up front with some x-mas spice and mild bitter hop in the back. Thin, but typical lageresque carbonation and mouthfeel. I find I like this better if I think of it as an amber lager with x-mas spice rather than a traditional bock.

Photo of Vengeance526
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at a bar that was suffering from severe beer deprivation...

Medium amber/brown color with not so much of a head, just a very thin ring.

Doesn't smell all that different from a regular Michelob. I think it may be a little bit sweeter, perhaps some caramel.

Taste is a little sweet, with a more pronounced taste of malt than your traditional macro. Still detecting some caramel presence but not much else.

Mostly light bodied, with medium carbonation. Probably a little light for the style. I know people who, well, this beer is about as "micro" as they've tried...and they all swear this stuff is really great. I think its noticably better than regular Michelob but they really shouldn't be able to call this a Bock...its not a good representation of the style at all. Still I should give AB at least some credit for trying to branch off with the Michelob brand and try other styles.

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

Pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a smallish head that settled into a light ring. Not much in the aroma, grainy sweet with a touch of caramel malt. Very sweet taste; caramel malt with a sort of artifical grape like sweetness to give it a resemblance to a bock. As with all AB products, it has a grainy character to it. The brew has a moderate body with crisp and fizzy carbonation to make it easily drinkable; finishes sweet and slightly astringent. A flavorful AB product for sure and somewhat sessionable, though the sweetness may get to me after a while. Falls short for a bock but I did pick up some bock characteristics.

Photo of chaunur
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Buggies
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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.

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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
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