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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob AmberBockMichelob AmberBock

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1,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 48 | 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.

(Beer added by: unclejimbay on 08-16-2001)
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Photo of pweis909


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

A: redbrown, transparent, with tawny foam that dissipated rapidly.
S: Nothing.
T: No discernable taste up front, with a very light malt sweetness to the finish. Lightly grainy aftertaste. Not enough malt for a bock. No discernable hops, either in bitterness or aroma, but that isn't the bock style
M: Fuller than typical AB products, maybe a little thin for bock style, but about right.
D: Easy enough to drink, but not really compelling.

While I'm not overly impressed with this AB offering, I think it is a step away from fizzy yellow flavorless light beers, and that is a step in the right direction.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2007 00:08:45 | More by pweis909
Photo of Blakaeris


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

Pours clear mahogany with a brilliant white head. Head dissipates almost immediately.

Smell is burnt grain and mild caramel malt and an underlying sweetness.

Taste is caramel malt, mild hop spice, and maybe a hint of chocolate. Finish has a metallic sourness that doesn't meld with the other flavors until it warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied.

I've had worse. Much worse. Drinkable as far as a macro goes. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it. However, it is usually the most flavorful offering at the bars in my area.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 23:31:04 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of rrg1gb


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

A - Poured a dark amber with a thin lacing of head, but there was little retention and an unnoticable amount of carbonation (you can see all the bubbles but have to get close up because of the beer's darkness).

S - Sweet amber aroma from the malt, but no hop aroma.

T - Crisp ricey flavor, roasted barley is barely present in the flavor and the same goes for hops.

M - Thin, very thin. It is pretty much a dark Michelob in color and nothing else.

D - It's okay, a good approach to a craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2007 01:04:52 | More by rrg1gb
Photo of xymyl


1.83/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I know that this is among the better poor quality American macro brews out there but yuck! Somebody left it here so I thought it was time to do a review of something I would never buy.

The beer itself is crystal clear (of course) but the color is a strange muddy reddish-brown (not ugly just a bit unnatural), head is thin and white. Bubbles are actually quite tiny but very few.

Aroma a very light sour dough, grain husk tannin and alcohol that's about it.

Taste is not horrifying, but not good. Very light sour and almost metallic notes (i think I'm tasting the co2). A nasty cheap sugar (corn?) quality and very minute twinge of acetic acid.

Very light in body, yet sickeningly bloating (how do they do that?). You could say it is drinkable but why? I happen to have working plumbing in my house so I was able to pour the remainder of this beer down the drain. I certainly couldn't, wouldn't and didn't drink a whole one. I'm not surprised but still somehow disappointed by this beer.

Note: Why is this beer classified under the Bock style? Just because it says bock doesn't make it so. Not much here, but just enough to dislike.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 00:38:20 | More by xymyl
Photo of scoobybrew


3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a deep amber color with a small head that is fairly well retained. It has a sweet malt aroma. It has a very sweet malty taste, but there's not much 'depth' to the malt, with a faint trace of hops. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a modest example of the bock style. It lacks some complexity and it's a bit thinner than most bock's I've had. However, for being widely available (and from a macro) it's not that bad of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 23:33:41 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of zuggy9


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

Off tap this yields a decent dark amber, but loses it's head very quickly. It tends to give off a bit of a sour scent, with little there at all. The taste is rather bland and lacking in anything. It goes does watery and lifeless. It's drinkable more so after a few better choices if you are seeking something more than swill, but less that quality.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2006 02:13:09 | More by zuggy9
Photo of pmcadamis


2.23/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - This clear amber brew has a one finger head that only stays for about a minute. I didn't see any real lacing whatsoever.

S - Lightly malty and a little bit sour.

T - Much like the aroma, this tastes pretty bland. It's a bit malty and sour, with some very faint traces of hops.

M - Thin and watery with a slightly sugary feel.

D - Not a bad beer, but nowhere near good....and definitely not very bockish.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 06:40:06 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear medium brown with an off-white very low head which dissipated quickly and really didn't do much lacing on the glass.

The aroma was nutty with a light bit of chocolate and a banana fruity character when first poured and as the head was quickly falling. As it warmed more caramel emerged with some lightly spicy hop character and a smidge of raisins.

The flavor was very light with just light caramel and a bit of chocolate coupled with a very light spicy hop presence. The dark fruit, raisin, in the aroma was just a whisper in the flavor.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of caramel impression into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a prickly feel on the palate. A very easy drinking beer, but a very uninspired one as well.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 23:56:01 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of gmfessen


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

Got this one on tap, beer was amber brown with a white foamy head. The smell was sweet, of amber and caramel malts. The taste is initially of the nose with a slightly hoppy finish. The beer has a light, creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty drinkable beer, light and not offensive...not impressive either though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2006 04:58:46 | More by gmfessen
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a deep copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light sweet caramel malt with a mild flowey hop presence/

The taste was upfront sweet malt with a green apple like bitterness at the finish. Decent caramel malt bill.

The mouthfeel was crisp but a bit thin.

Overall a decent and drinkable brew. Sessionble and perhaps a good gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 19:35:42 | More by plaid75
Photo of treehugger02010


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

A decent brew. I got this pint on draft at Prime Time Sports Grill. It was a dark brown color with about 2 fingers of head. The retention was fast and there was little lace but the lace that was there was sticky. The smell was malty. The taste and mouthfeel were both well blended. Good brew. Don't drink and review.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2006 03:27:55 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of leedorham


3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a 1" head that dissipates quickly.

Not a whole lot of aroma to speak of. Traces of sweetness but nothing offensive.

The taste is surprisingly good. Very uncomplicated and, again, nothing offensive. This is actually a rather refreshing brew and one I don't mind having with dinner. This is a very drinkable session beverage and I'd take it over many imported amber/dark lagers.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 05:42:26 | More by leedorham
Photo of weeare138


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

On tap at the Wachovia Center, who is now without a brewery. The selection has become nothing but a big corporate sellout on all levels. The Comcast Lounge features nothing but A-B products on tap. Not even Yuengling is available on draft anymore! A patron next to me asked for a Yuengling draft only to have the bartender tell him that he didn't have it but the Amber Bock was just like it. They even charge $5.25 per plastic cup of swill. Can someone say kickbacks? The former brewery is now Finnegan's Wake featuring A-B slop as well...Jack's Pumpkin Spice, Bare Knuckel Stout, Amber Bock etc.
Appears a dark brownish toned amber with a fluffy white cap that quickly fades out into a small floating head. Gentle streaks of lacing are left around the plastic pint.
Smell is sweet, malty, caramelized corn, light doughy bread.
Taste is of the same, uncomplex aromas with a light toasty grain flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, crisp, and mildly creamy with an adjunct and corn like flavor hanging on the palate.
Not all that great but if the alternative is Michelob Ultra Lite, what can you do?

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2006 23:49:25 | More by weeare138
Photo of assmasterson


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

A: Pours a fairly deep tan, a little darker than the usual A-B brews. Head is moderate and eventually falls back to a thin lace.

S: Weak, yet sweet. Sort of a sugary smell that isn't too overpowering.

T: Kind of a surprise. This beer has absolutely no bitterness to it at all. None. Sort of like an alcoholic caramel-water, except that you can't feel the alcohol, despite the 5.20% ABV.

M: One word; SMOOTH. Along with the lack of bitterness, this beer has next to no carbonation to it. Sort of has a milky feel to it.

D: Moderate. Yes, it is super-easy to drink, but it is thick and creamy enough to give a sort of queasy feeling if drunk too fast.

Would I buy this again? Probably not. The taste isn't too bad, but I prefer some hop bite in my beer, along with some carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 19:43:23 | More by assmasterson
Photo of Drew966


2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Michelob Amber Bock pours a dark brown with a small white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is very little aroma, maybe a slight amount of malt. Mostly tasteless as well, some malt and that's it. Tastes watery, not very bock like. No off flavors, but not much flavor period.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 01:52:12 | More by Drew966
Photo of SaCkErZ9


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

Purchased on of those mix cases on an impulse one day while working the endless maze known as Sams Club. Dispensed from the bottle into a Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville pint glass (Im in Myrtle Beach, I couldnt help it). Appearance is a brownish amber with waves of a bright purple. Kind of looks like a real black and tan. Minimal head that disappears rather abruptly. Looks carbonated.

Aroma is weak and adjuncty. I know its cliche, but it smells BMCish. I guess its the corn or rice or maybe a little wheat; I dont know. But it doenst smell like much. Maybe some caramel malts but overall, unappealing.

Taste is very sweet and thin bodied. My beer may be a bit warm so it doesnt really taste very good. As I recall, this beer cold isnt much better. As far as a popular Bock, Shiner is probably a little better but not by much. Has more flavor and body than the other AB offerings. Drinkable due to fairly low abv.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 19:41:29 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of mmmbeer


2.15/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz., "born-on" 8/21/06, and pours a dark amber with medium carbonation and a finger of tan head that leaves light lacing. The aroma is pretty nondescript with mild grains or toasted malts and adjuncts. Very, very light. The only flavors I can detect are light toasted/caramel malts on top of a light, tingly body that leaves short finish. Overall, unmemorable - essentially tastes like Michelob but with traces of darker malts. And I don't think one can make a real bock with adjuncts.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 21:49:08 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of barefootbrewer


2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark amber color with a thick head that did no last long. The smell was sweet and malty. The taste was mild and malty. The mouthfeel is not thin, but not quite full bodied. The carbonation is noticeable. This would be a very drinkable beer that is smooth and easy to kick back, just not particularly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 23:18:13 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of TheBierBand


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

OK.... here's another failed attempt by the self proclaimed "King" of beers Anheuser Busch, to produce a nice robust beer. Why can't this beer giant get it right?

I tried this because I LOVE a nice bock beer. I was sadly disappointed. This is hardly robust enough to be considered a bock. It tastes like a regular Michelobe with some brown food coloring in it!

I poured my 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color was not misleading... kind of half way between an amber and a bock.

The head was thin and didn't last past the first sip. No lacing to speak of.

The nose was nothing to write home about.... just a hint of extra maltiness over their standard amber.

The taste was watered down and lacked any character. Just another mass produced beer that they are trying to market to the beer enthusiasts. I will try this over most other mass produced beers, but will pass it by if there are any other true micros around.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 20:02:23 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of peabody


2.25/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a reddish brown filtered concoction with about one finger of off-white suds. No lacing to speak of.
Really can't smell much. Mabey some yeast and caramel with a burning hop/alcohol in the nose.
Taste is watery at best. You can't even tell you are drinking a beer.
I don't like this one of the 5 that came in the Ales and Lagers 20 pack.
The Pale Ale and Wheat are the best of the bunch.
Leave this one in the box.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 00:39:01 | More by peabody
Photo of Fuller


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

Reddish copper body with almost no head. The aroma is faintly sweet and malty. Taste is on par with the smell, there just isn't alot there. Starts with a light sweetness and finished up with a slight bitterness. Feel is a little thin and watery. I believe I could drink a lot of these but why would I want to unless nothing else is available? Overall not a bad beer, it's better than most macros, but it's nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 19:30:54 | More by Fuller
Photo of GooberMcNutly


2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I have a soft spot for the Amber Bock. Probably the best macro beer you can find on tap south of the Mason-Dixon line. Pours with a light head and a dark, transparent copper color, almost like a Oktoberfest. Missing most of the depth of flavor, but they did bring along some of the malty sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 19:05:23 | More by GooberMcNutly
Photo of hckyfn9999


3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color with hues of orange with a one finger thin white head that doesnt last for long and doesnt leave much in the way of lacing. The appearance really does nothing for me.

Smell is of malt. A little toasted malt with hints of carmel present.
Not a real strong smell.

Taste is sweet initially, no distinct flavors though. The sweetness is finished off with a little bit of hops.

A beer that I still will session on occasion. Not too bad and reasonably priced.

Mouthfeel is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 02:55:44 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of kimcgolf


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

Had on tap at the golf club on a hot day. Not a bad beer for a BMC macro. Nice dark color with lingering off-white head, and some lacing. Aroma was mild, but had some malty roasted nut undertones. This had an okay taste, and smooth finish. All and all, not a bad beer for the price.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2006 02:52:54 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of afinepilsner


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

12oz brown bottle

Michelob Amber Bock was a dark amber color and very clear. The off-white head was quick to dissapear, leaving no lacing. The aroma was mainly malt. The taste was lightly malty as well. The mouthfeel was light with medium carbonation. It's an easy drinking, fairly tasteless beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 20:15:06 | More by afinepilsner
Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
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