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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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1,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 10
Gots: 67 | 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 acrawf6
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear brownish amber with a small just slightly tan head that drops very quickly.

Smell. grainy with a little bit of roastedness and some chocolate.

Taste. flavors are quite muted. malts are there but are light and seem a little raw. just a little bit of a chocolate flavor as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel. Body is a bit thin. adequate carbonation.

Overall, not a horrible beer, just a bad example of a great style, imho. Not really one i get unless the resturaunt only carries the bud line.

acrawf6, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this one. Found it in a "make your own 6 pack" aisle and thought I'd try it. I'd tasted it before, but wanted to give it a fighting chance at a review. Deep red/brown color in the glass, no head to speak of (perhaps a little foam at the edges). Surprisingly little carbonation. Smell was almost all malt--dark, carmely malt but with a strange "artificial" sweetness to it. Taste was the same. Roasted to burnt on the tongue with a weird, metallic aftertaste. Not altogether bad--and something I'd order when only macros are available--but just not anything like the craft-brewed or imported dark German bocks. Again, quite drinkable, just not worth the higher cost.

tugdriver7, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of cjhofelt
2.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My neighbor brought these over along with some of the Michelob Ultra Amber for my birthday 'cause she knew I liked "good" beer (Bless her heart). Figured I'd write a review of them both.

This beer is the color of weak coffee or strong tea. The fizzy head faded to a somewhat creamy collar that left no trace of lacing.

There's a hint of toasted malt in the aroma, but not much else.

Flavor? well, don't get your hopes up. Nothing bad, just not much of anything. What is there is a bit of malt sweetness with a weird metalic (very slight) finish. No hops, nothing bitter. A bit grainy overall.

OK mouthfeel. Not too fizzy or too syrupy.

This is way more drinkable than the other Anheiser Busch offerings at most events. But there a lot more beers that I'd rather drink a lot of, if you know what I mean.

cjhofelt, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle states this is a dark lager and it is an ok beer for what it tries to be. This might be the best AB beer unless you prefer the Brewmasters Reserve. The color, smell and taste are all good but I do consider it a dark lager as opposed to a bock, I can't really complain about anything concerning this beer. I think this is a very good session beer and should not be dismissed just because it is from one of the big boys.

ejimhof, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember sampling the adjunct version back in December before this beer went all-malt. I thought it had some potential that was pushed off by the rice. What will the reformualted version bring me? On to the beer:

Poured into a plastic cup, it's dark in appearance with a nice creamy looking head. a little bit of cooked veggies in the smell, but is then smuthered by the sweetish malts and some caramel. It had a decent flavor, better than the rice-laden one of recent past, but is still lacking somethng. It was rather thin-feeling, not what you want from something labled as a bock. Not bad overall, a faux-bock created for the masses.

DoubleJ, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of giblet
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this actually is not too bad for a macro. i like mine with more flava but this what one must expect from a macro.

worth a try. decent on tap with a seared burger! it is cheap enough for the novice to try. remember, dont be afraid of the dark...or at least suuu doough dark!

suckem up and movem out!!!


giblet, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep russet brown, with no head anda very minimal lace, decent carbonation was evident. Smell was grainey with a slighlty off fruit aroma in the back anda hint at some bitterness. The taste intresting,albeit not very comple x at all. Sort of a glammed up amber. Lots of malt with a slight bittering hops presence and a hint at maybe something fruity in the back? If its there it is very faint. Overall I cannot say it is horrible as I have had much much worse beer. But the PBR I have after it was better if that give you any idea. Its worth a try and I am sure we have all tried it, so it is what it is.

mikesgroove, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of irishtimepiece
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This was left at my house after a party along with Baltika 5 by a strange Russian couple.

Paired with Era Vulgaris by Queens of the Stone Age and Jack in the Box tacos.

Pours a deep copper with a small foamy white head. Surprising retention and even some lacing. Impressed so far.
Smells of caramelized malts. Not much here.
Tastes of roasted and caramelized malts with a slight hop bite. What there is, there isn't much of.
Mouthfeel is sharp and overcarbonated. Granted, I generally like less carbonation than most, this still seems excessive. Much too thin, as well.
This brew seems like it's trying really hard to be a bock, but just not quite there. Reminds me of the local favorite, Shiner Bock. Just another beer that fills that void between piss and craft beer.

irishtimepiece, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of youngleo
3.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this beer at a local store. I like dark beers and thought I would give this one a try. When I first took a taste, it didnt taste like typical dark beers. It was rather sweet. It didnt really have much of a flavor other than that. It had a good head that disapeared rather fast and it also tasted a little sweet. Even the head wasnt as creamy as Ive had in the past. The carbonation was not excessive. The second one grew on me a little bit. It tasted better than the first one. Perhaps this beer with regular drinking would grow on me. If the price was right, I would consider buying this beer again. Infact, down the road I know I will buy this beer again.

youngleo, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of CreamyStoutMan
2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pours a deep amber with a little bit of froth that dissipates rather quickly. Not very attractive to tell the truth.

Smell- Roasted and caramlized malts definetely dominate. There's that slight michelobish trashy smell to it but its not neessarily unpleasant.

Taste- Nothing special. Malt driven for sure- roasted caramel. Cheap bavarian hops are dominant on the palate however. Giving this beer a three out of five is pretty generous- the only reason that I can bring myself to do it is because of how cheap it is pricewise. The cheap hops are somewhat synonymous with those of budweiser.

Mouthfeel- Below average. A slight fizz lasts for about a second. Hate to say it, but this aspect of this beer also reminds me of budwiser. Bummer

Drinkability- This isn't the first time I bought this beer and i'm sure that it won't be the last. It is extremely drinkable for the price. One or two with some grilled meat makes for a good time. Drinking six plus of these is easy as well. Makes for a decent bass.

CreamyStoutMan, May 18, 2007
Photo of nicksta
2.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a cola brown with a long-lived, big fluffy head of froth. There is a lot of carbonation action going on inside the beer.

S: Their is some faint hop character in the smell, but mostly it is made up of a light, bittersweet chocolate smell with a hinty acidic odor coming in at the end. Caramel shows up now and then.

T: Lighter than I expected. There is some nice malt character and a kiss of milk chocolate. The beer does have a nice bite on the back of the mouth due to the faint hops, carbonation, and a little bit of spice.

M&D: There is a lot of carbonation here and the drinkability is reduce to casual, but the beer is smooth on the tounge.

nicksta, May 13, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not outstanding, but palatable. Actually for an American macrobrew it's better than average. Appearance is typical but nice. Aroma is weak but beery, malty, assuring one that it is indeed beer. Flavor is malty with no bitterness. It goes down smoothly and pleasantly, making it a good choice for a party or with dinner.

Cyberkedi, May 08, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: this beer has a nice color, thats is a dark amber color. the head starts out nice but goes away very very fast.
S: Therte is almost no aroma, this means there is also no negative aroma which is why i gave is a 2.5.
T: This is a "decent" tasting beer. it doesnt taste like a bock beer in my opinion, and is a bit watery, but compared to other beers from AB and the like, its a winner. crips taste is really all i can say
this beer is probably my favorite out of AB. I do not hate AB like many ppl seem to, but i aslo do not think their beers are what i would choose to drink. That said they provide a cheap and affordable bridge into the beer world, my first beer ever was a bud select the night i turned 21. none of this factors into my review however, and the one thing that AB does well, is their beer is always drinkable, may not taste the best or have alot of depth, but its always easy going down, and this beer is no different

Redwood21, May 05, 2007
Photo of budgood1
3.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

all malt version.

pours out of the bottle a very deep amber colour, with an inch high head supported by fine carbonation. light grain aroma, some sugary notes. malty flavours...some caramel notes and brown sugar overtures. there is some discernible hopping, which makes for a slightly welcome bitter finish. straight forward and pleasant if not a bit underwhelming. medium bodied and a mouthfeel that leans more toward the pale lager side rather than any bock comparisons. the label does say "dark lager", and that might be a more apt description for this brew. although it probably is a half step beyond the dark lager category. anyway...it's highly drinkable and tasty for an A-B product. worth visiting every now and again, especially on tap if no other better offering is available.

budgood1, May 04, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
2.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a medium-dark reddish-brown color. Head is slightly tan and starts thick, but dissipates fast. Actually the head resembles that of a light macro-lager... too airly for this type of beer.

Smell: Just a hint of malts in the aroma. Maybe a dash of sugar too.

Taste: Malty, a bit sweet, and with a bit of hops towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Too thin for a bock. Pretty smooth and with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing bad, easy to drink.

A mediocre beer, but, the first time I had it, it was (to my surprise) better than I had anticipated. Definitely not a bock by any stretch of the imagination, though it is one of the better macro beers I've had. Easy conversion beer for the Bud fans? More than likely, it's just a way us beer geeks can survive at a bar with a crummy selection...

mithrascruor, May 03, 2007
Photo of happygnome
2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: deep brown color with an eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a trace of lace
s: sweet malts detectable as well as hints of hop presence
t: sweet start with a bitter finish nothing spectacular
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall this is a decent beer, much cheaper than most of the style but....lives up to AB's "strict" quality. In finish you get what you pay for

happygnome, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.58/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear, dark amber with coffee-brown highlights and a slightly off-white head that fades to a ring. Attractive. On the nose, not much to tell there's a slight, yeasty fruitiness, but it's kind of below perception threshold, so it's difficult to pin down what the fruits are. A touch of graininess as well, but it's a pretty mild (or, bland) nose. The taste is pretty mild overall. It starts off with some metallic notes and then some nice, roasty Munich malts at the mid-palate. The finish veers back toward metals. These flavors are of medium quality; nothing offensive, nothing revelatory. Mouthfeel is light for the style, with good balancing carbonation. Overall, this is a solid beer. It shouldn't win any awards, but it is a decent beer that would be an excellent fallback if stranded in an all-AB world.

geexploitation, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- nice brown color but no head.

S- noticable malt character.

T-not a bad taste but not impresive. not as complex as a bock beer should be. clean finish.

M- too much carbonation to enjoy the taste.

D- pretty drinkable. I would drink definately drink it again. a major plus is you can find it much cheaper than most bock beers.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.98/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle (all-malt version). Clear copper-brown body with a half an inch of off-white head. Smells a bit on the weak side, but c aramel malt dominates. Tastes roasty and caramelly too, sweet. Medium in body. Very drinkable. Not sure I'd call with one a bock still, but aside from being slightly weak, I have no problem with this beer,and I can deffinitely see drinking this one again when I'm a little strapped for cash, or maybe even when I'm not. Good stuff.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of fido
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Michelob Amber Bock pours a nice dark brown color with small foamy head and little lacing; Smell is malty, caramel and toast; Taste is sweet, malty and very creamy; Mouthfeel is smooth and low carbonation; Very drinkable.

I tried this one at Burgers and Beer, nice place.


fido, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of sleazo
1.5/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Michelob amber bock back at the hotel. I was going to get a shiner bock but they were out. She asked if I wanted an amber bock instead. Not knowing what it was I just said sure. What she brought back was this.

Amber brown. Virtually zero head. No lace either. Clear. Smell is of iodine. Foul smelling. Taste is brakish. Like a macro with some malt powder in it. A malted macro. Body is thin. Highly carbonated. I wanted to give this one a shot but it just plain sucks. Nothing bocklike about this.

sleazo, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of gus
2.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light amber copper (penny like), with a moderate to thin tannish off white head that holds up while drinking. Very clear and is moderately carbonated, very bubbly. A light malt aroma is present. Some lacing on the sides of the glass. Taste is a very mild hop taste with no bitterness or dryness in the aftertaste. Goes down very smooth and feels somtwhat moderate to light in the mouthfeel. An average beer that could be consumed,especially on hot summer nights.

gus, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brownish/red some sort of tan/beige head because of my vigorous pour.

Smells rich, actually a pretty nice malty smell.

It tastes ok, if only it tasted like it smells.

Kind of thin, but it has a sweet after taste, not bitter at all.

Very drinkable, not filling, can have a few of these in a sitting.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Gaben
1.83/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Have the stuff all the time , due too my mom loving it and only beening able to drink one of them.

Appearance is so bad , its about the best thing they got going for this beer , darkish amber color with a goot about of creamy head.

Smell is kinda spicy but not in a goot way. Standard amount of hops mixed with carmel.

Taste is so watered down , you can barley tell that this is a bock, more like a mock!!! o0-o00

Mouthfeel is over carbonated then normal and isnt too plesant.

Drinkability is awful! thats right same as its rated , you can drink 4 and start falling asleep, they seem to put SMG in this as well. Id rather have a bud!

Gaben, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of CharlieLawyer
2.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark but clear brown with an inch-thick, tan head. The head quickly shrank to a third it's size, then to no more than a layer of bubbles. Lacing stuck to the sides of the glass for a bit.

Smell was of chocolate or caramel and malt.

Taste pretty much followed the nose on this one. Chocolate, with just a little roasted coffee underneath.

The mouth really hurt this beer. It was pretty thin and bubbly, but I would have liked to have seen a thicker mouthfeel on this beer.

A pretty drinkable beer, and almost definitely the best A-B beer on the market. But there is almost always a better choice than this one.

CharlieLawyer, Mar 14, 2007
Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,514 ratings.