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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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1,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,609
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 132 | 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 hunteraw
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found one of these in my fridge today and was surprised to find that I'd never reviewed one, despite their availability as a dollar drafts at Tijuana Flats in Gainesville. Here goes:

Appearance: Pours a rich, honey/amber color, with a two finger head with moderate retention and little lacing.

Smell: Light, uninspiring aroma. Weak malt notes (caramel?) with an artificial air about it, somehow.

Taste: Not too dissimilar from Budweiser, despite the amber color. A touch more depth, but the aftertaste is so eerily similar, one suspects the same strain of yeast is used. Bitterness is moderate and appropriate for the style, however distinct hop and malt notes are difficult to discern.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, rather spritzy, sharp carbonation.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink, even if you don't particularly want to. A marginal improvement over the big lagers, the high point of this beer is its wide availability and its role as a stepping stone for those who need to be disillusioned from their preconceptions regarding "dark" beer.

Photo of gpogo
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear brown amber with white bubbly head that dissipates to a small foamy covering.

A- Very weak aroma. Slight caramel malt aroma, and faint toastiness.

T- Seems to lack flavor, slightly watery. Faint toastiness. Very light bitterness, seems to finish semi-dry.

M- Light to light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Leaves a slightly sticky covering in my mouth.

D- Definitely drinkable. Not too much flavor, not too high on the alcohol. That being said, there are plenty of things I'd take over this.

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


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

Bottle part of a mixed sixer courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really strange, dull-looking brown body with a fast-fading dull white, one-finger head that leaves a ring of lace. A studied search for carbonation finds none. A very strange-looking brew.

Aroma: I get very little out of this. Probably the weakest nose I've ever stuck my face in to ... maybe some faint toast and a kiss, no, a peck of marshmallow. But seriously, that's it.

Taste: Shallow, dextrins, a faint leafy bitterness, gummy bear, toasted malts, maybe banana. But it's all so muted. Entirely inoffensive, because there's very little here to be offended at.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation releases a pretty large body, but it's mostly pretty thin in other places.

Drinkability: Drinkable, sure. There's not much goin' on here, alcohol's a non-factor, and it's not bad. Would I want to drink it? Another story entirely.

Photo of Japerrault
3.09/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper lager,with an off-white head settled to about 1cm and dissipated to a skim.

S: Mild malty smell with a little toasty aroma. Really not a lot noticed. No hops to speak of.

T: Overall mild flavors. Sweetness from the malt was most prevelent. Not much complexity. Very slight bitterness in the aftertaste, where I really had to hunt for a hint of hops. Mostly left with malt flavors.

M: Mouthfeel was decent. There was a sense of body with good carbonation.

D: Since the complexity is nothing to write home about, this is one of those beers that go down easy without any thought needed. It has more flavor than most of the big American beers so drink up and enjoy it for what it is.

Photo of tgncc
3.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I give begruding respect to macros who at least try their hand at craft beer. As it stands, this isn't bad. The appearance is the nicest part, a nice chestnut brown with an amber hue. Thin white head, doesn't stick around. The aroma is grainy malts. The flavor is caramel malts, with a slight fruitiness, more so when it warms up. Medium mouthfeel. The finish has a nice hop presence. This is not a bad beer at all. Not remarkable, but I might serve it at a bbq with a lot of guests.

Photo of Spikester
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a good-sized head and some lacings.
Aroma is malty.
Taste is dark malts with just a touch of hop bitterness. Not complex but a good palate rinser in preparation for a bigger beer.
Palate is similar to most macros.
Drinkability is good for when you don't want to be challenged.

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

served on draft at a Devils game

Pours a light bending murky brown color with a small tan head. Very sweet malts in the nose as well as a creaminess in the aroma. The sweetness of the malts carry over onto the palate, no bitterness mixed with its sweetened over ripe fruit notes makes this cloying at times, especially once it warms, yea you have to drink this while its cold. I have a lot of experience with the Amber Bock unfortunately its the only beer with some sort of "chew" available during the games. I dont recommend drinking this unless you have too, I couldn't imagine it from a bottle...

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.57/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12-oz twisty into a pint glass. Nice clear auburn color with a short-lived tan head. No lacing.

Aroma has a grainy earthiness to it. Somewhat sweet, with no hops intervening. Taste is pretty clean, starts with the same earthy character, turns sweet and pretty much dies after that. Maybe a tinge of hops lingering for scant seconds.

This beer has some body, and a nice smooth mouthfeel. A bit carbonated causing a little bit of a burn. I could drink these all day on a cold football Sunday nonetheless.

Nice drinkable beer from AB. I know it's been around a long time and I have had it a lot on draft, but I like the bottle better.

Photo of mterrence5
2.94/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very very clear dark amber color with a thin head. High carbonation. Slight nutmeg smell. Sweet matly taste with a very very mild nutty/hoppy finish. Almost no flavor at all in the beer. Drinks like Michelob was hired to make Sam Adams Ultra Light. Very drinkable cause there is nothing dissapoint.

Photo of BierFan
2.91/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Dark red/brown with a small half inch head.

Smell: Very light in the smell department. Faint aroma of dark malts and ripe bananas.

Taste: Very tame dark lager taste. Lightly hopped.

Pretty watered down offering from Anheuser-Busch.

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

Pours a dark amber color with decent head. Head falls to nothing with no lace. Flat looking.

Not too much in the smell department. Bit of roasted malts and maybe a little metallic.

Simple malts and a hint of caramel.

Thin and watery in the mouth.

Not a great beer by any means but the one I end up drinking when the bar has only Bud products. It's a last resort but I find it somewhat drinkable.

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

This was one of the first beers I tried other than American macro lagers.

It pours a small head and ends up being flat with no head.

Nose is a little caramel and malty

Taste is really not very strong for a dark beer. A little sweet, a little malt and caramel with very little hops.

Mouth feel is not very good either.

This is something to drink when you go to the bar and there really is nothing else.

Photo of Proteus93
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Crisp, deep golden pour topped with a 2-finger, foamy white head.

S: Lacking - a little maltiness, but otherwise, there's not really anything going on at all that I am able to detect.

T + M + D: A soft malty sweetness and the slightest hint of hop. Body is fairly crisp, with a little snap of carbonation. Overall, it's certainly easy to drink, but there's really not much going on to make it interesting.

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was dark garnet color with a foamy, sand-colored head. The head was three fingers huge, displayed nice retention and pretty good lacing. The aroma was soft and rather generic, dry grains mixed with macro lager malt. The flavors were better pronounced but sadly not in a good way. The taste was a muddled combination of corn and barley with some decent caramel malt and a little toasted malt in the middle followed by a bitter macro finish. As the beer warmed it really did get worse because the flavors began to taste more and more Michelob-like. The mouthfeel was slightly below average being a little watery but the carbonation was smooth. Drinkable? Yes. But for your buck one can do much better.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very deep amber, one finger head.

S- Light hints of caramel malts, not much else.

T- Good balance of caramel with roasted malts to keep things in check. Quite pleasing, but there's a lack of depth in character.

M- Pretty smooth, not overcarbonated.

D- Very approachable.

Certainly not the best Bock out there, but it's enjoyable nevertheless. This beer is good to have on hand to be part of a "ween your friends off of swill" program.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice brown, white head, with almost no retention. About three fingers to nothing shortly.

S: Smells like a lager of a much lighter color, no roasted flavors nothing, light malty smell. Not really much of a bock.

T: Not a lot, sweet, corn, um a hint of caramel, not much else. This is pretty lame.

M: Pretty thin, no carbonation. Lingering flavors, aren't pleasant.

D: Meh, nothing special here, if there was nothing else more appealing I'd drink it. But not something I'd reach for everyday. I'll stick to using it for cooking my brats.

Photo of nasty15108
2.91/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a clear amber/brown color with a decent head of white foam.

S - A maltier version of budweiser.

T - More of the same. Slightly maltier that bud, with a little bit caramel sweetness.

MF&D - This does not even come close to being a bock, but putting that aside, its pretty much what I had expected from AB. I wasn't expecting too much when I grabbed a 6er from Walmart for $6. Watery and without any real flavor, but drinkable. I wouldn't buy it again, but for $6 its no big loss.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This really is not a bad beer, especially for a large commercial brewer. It is an attractive reddish brown color, and holds a nice though thin head. The best feature in its appearance is the lovely reticulated lacing that it leaves down the glass through the entire volume. The nose is slightly malty, but not very strong. On the palate, this is a mild beer with a grainy malt, slightly toasted flavor. Very soft finish, but a sparkling effervescence from the carbonation coupled with the thin mouthfeel make this refreshing. Overall, quite drinkable.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.52/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent beer with a subtle flavor for a bock.

A- Dark amber/copper with a small bubbly head that retains as a ring

S- Smell is pleasing balance of sweet caramel malts and a pinch of crisp hops

T- Taste is lame but nothing offensive. Sweet caramel malts dominate the flavor with not much else to be noted

M- Heavy carbonation and a moderate body makes this feel somewhat like a soda

D- Quite quaffable but nothing exciting

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

This is commonly one of the four on-tap choices in town.

Deep, amberish color as per the name, not much of an aroma, but a crisp nice taste. 'Bock' is a bit misleading but still a nice taste and very, very drinkable.

This is definitely a 'stepping-stone' beer as it was my go-to beer for several years in the transition from natty-light keg parties to actually caring about what I drank.

It's also common to see the AB lineup of Bud, Bud Light, Amber Bock, and Ultra on tap... so this gets the nod of those four.

Photo of joezak5
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: In the Newark airport lounge and couldn't resist.. caramel-like clear brown with quickly dissappearing head with no retention/lacing.

Smell: Clean, straightforward malt, slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium malty body with muted carbonation and just a little bitter on the tongue.

Taste: Plain bready malt with a little sweetness on the start but watery finish.

Drinkability: Only for free in an airport lounge.

Photo of berserker256
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent dark reddish/brown color and a fluffy white head. The smell isn't bad it's just not very prominent. Usually Bocks emit distinct odors and I pick up none of those odors. There's a light sweet metallic smell and that's about it. It tastes sweet also. Lightly roasted sweet malt and not overpowering at all. If anything, it's a bit weak on flavor. Again, not bad, just not strong. There's a minimal touch of hop bitterness. Clean aftertaste. Light for a bock.Very easy drinking beer but it seems more like a dark lager or dunkel than a bock.

Photo of champ103
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes instantly. Very light lace is left behind.
S: Grainy, cereal, bread aromas. Light toasted malt with a metallic character.
T: Bread and biscuit malts that are light, clean, and toasted.
M/D: A light body that is over carbonated. Fairly smooth and easy to drink.

A substandard bock by any means. It just lacks substance all around. Though, this is something I use to drink a lot of back in college. It was a light beer that looked like a dark beer. It is better than most macro lagers though, and comparable to Shiner Bock.

Photo of blackie
3.21/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a decent head with good retention, dark amber in color

s: vienna and munich seem to dominate with light hints of chocolate, notes of sweet nut bread, a little figgy, a little banana, even a little smoky, papery hops, not bad at all

m: soft carbonation on the low side of medium, light-medium body

t: basically a weaker version of the aroma, german malts give a light sweetness, dark fruits underneath a nice noble hop flavor, good bitterness in the finish

d: just fine, I enjoyed it

bottle taken from the old man's fridge

Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,609 ratings.