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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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1,426 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,426
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 39 | 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.

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


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

The local dive bar has dollar drafts of Amber Bock all the time, so I decided to give it a try.

Presentation: Poured a deep, dark brown with about a half-inch off-white head. The retention was very good. The smell was almost slightly metallic, although I didn't really catch much of a scent at all. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either.

Tasting: This beer is slightly heavier on the tongue. There is some carbonation and malt sweetness, but there is virtually no hop bitterness. It's difficult to characterize exactly what this tastes like. I'd say it has hints of an Irish Red Ale, but it is not as smooth or pleasant on the taste buds. While it is far from a bad beer, it is not great either. If I'm in the mood to go cheap, I'll drop a couple bucks on the drafts. It certainly beats some of this bar's other offerings...

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2005 16:12:36 | More by bceaglejoe
Photo of Vancer


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

The *best* beer on tap at Timber Creek bar in O’Fallon, Mo. Had Ambers before, not a bad mass market frosty – caramel color pour, smidgen of malt aroma, pretty light taste and feel. Somewhat over sweet, not enough hop - but again, for a dumber American mass apeal.

$2 a pint makes them pretty drinkable for the evening session. Overall, nuttin to brag about, but not gonna run it down either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2005 14:21:28 | More by Vancer
Photo of FranklinPCombs


2.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer has a nice colour to it, but otherwise the appearance is suspiciously flat. It is crystal clear, with very little head, and no lace to speak of. Smell is a slighly sweet malt and yeasty smell, with hints of dry wheat fields. The smell is very underpowering though. The taste is very little, if any. There is an overpowering metallic taste, which is heightened by the tons of sharp carbonation on the tongue. There are hints of malts and yeast, with almost no hops at all, but overall I had a hard time tasting much of anything. It's a small step up from macro swill, but I would not buy this if it was up to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 23:36:27 | More by FranklinPCombs
Photo of BruceBeerman


2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I think the beer is much better on-tap than in bottle. For a macro this is closer to having taste than most american marcos. Therefore I can attempt to write a review on it. It pours with nice head and nice lace (remember I had it on-tap with decent CO2 pressure compared to bottle). It doesn't have a typical Bock smell. It looks like a bock (color), but tastes a little watered down for that style. The hops are really masked. I can't seem to wonder how much adjuncts are included. I guess the general public never had a good Bock before. This is watery compared to the real thing. However, it is cheap in price compared to the real thing. There is a real sweet aftertaste that points to adjuncts. I wish they would have added more hops- German hops. But that would be too much to ask AB....

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2005 23:41:34 | More by BruceBeerman
Photo of BigRedN


2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was actually the first beer I had in my little "Bock off" tonight. It sucked so I save the reviw for last.

Appearance: The best thing I can say about this beer is it looks good. Dark reddish amber in color. If I remember correctly I think Red Wolf may have looked slightly like this? Thin head with no retention.

Smell: Faint hint of malt, slightly sweet. Aromas not as noticeable as the other bocks I have had.

Taste: This is AB at their best. Taking out any overwhelming flavors, and leaving a bland lifeless beer. Sweet, with a hint of chocolate and slightly malty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, thin.

Drinkability: Easy to put them down, but may not leave one wanting more. Typically AB, make something a person will not find offensive and make it as easy to drink as possible.

I remember liking this when I was younger and we thought we were really drinking bad ass beer, cause man this beer was dark. AB sure had us fooled. This is why they will probably never brew top notch beer. They can make it look good, but beyond that it is just plain weak.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 04:47:35 | More by BigRedN
Photo of HardTarget


2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Born on 05NOV04, brown twisty in the seasonal collection 12 pk. Mentions Hallatau and Tettnang hops. Really?
Aroma: Nice roasted chocolate malt aroma
Appearance: Very clear, very dark brown glass with a thin off white cover that is struggling to hold itself together. Thin sheets of lace quickly follow the beer down the glass.
Flavor: Balance is toward the sweet with the roasted chocolate malt playing second fiddle. There also is a hint of hops in a mild spice in the finish. Unfortunately, all of this is blended into what tastes like: a Michelob. I don’t know if it’s the yeast or some adjunct.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy mouthfeel, a bit fizzy in carbonation level, and a very dry finish.
Overall Impression: I’m starting to get the impression this whole line of 6 different Michelobs is like “What would Michelob look like in a hat? What about a pair of mittens?” It’s what Michelob would taste like if it was a bock, or if it was a pale ale. It’s still Michelob. That’s not a bad thing, but you really shouldn’t try to be what you’re not. This is not a bock.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 01:01:38 | More by HardTarget
Photo of jimdkc


3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lace. Mild smell of sweet malts. Taste is quite sweet with very little evidence of hops. Slightly sour aftertaste. Thin, watery mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Very easy to drink. Another Michelob specialty beer that is probably a good choice when faced with a sea of macros, but that's probably the only time you'd want to choose it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 00:26:03 | More by jimdkc
Photo of mynie


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

Pours an okay-but-unexceptional amber with a small head.

Smells like an adjunct more than anything. Grain with just a bit of malt. Okay, but not complex.

Tastes like...an adjunct macro! Only a totally decent adjunct macro. A very crisp carbonation makes mixed with light, earthen malts and just a little bit of sweetness at the back make for a decent beer.

Bock? No way. A better choice than regular Michelob? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 03:00:42 | More by mynie
Photo of swid


2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Michelob Amber Bock pours a medium brown color, with high levels of carbonation. It has an off-white, 1/2" head that dissipates quickly; minimal lacing. The smell is a disappointment when compared to the appearance, though; it has the adjunct-infused aroma common to A-B products, with a weak malt aroma.

Amber Bock is initially quite sweet and fairly malty...unfortunately, the adjuncts flavors rear their ugly head after about a second or so, ruining the flavor. Hop bitterness is nonexistant. The mouthfeel is very light and somewhat insipid; Amber Bock finishes sweeter than most other A-B products. The aftertaste is slightly sour, but not enjoyably so.

For what it's worth, this IS one of the better beers A-B makes; if this is your only non-"straw yellow" option, take it. Also, if you live/travel in sparsely populated areas, Amber Bock may be the best beer available. Otherwise, skip it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 23:45:54 | More by swid
Photo of sachsich

South Carolina

1.73/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

wolf in a sheeps clothing this beer is. a wonderful color that is brought about by caramel food coloring. after the first sip, the whole experience goes downhill. i dont know how they can try to trick people into thinking that they are really drinking a bock beer. they should be ashamed

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 02:29:07 | More by sachsich
Photo of DPMomutant


3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Body is medium copper, but easy to see through. The head is tiny, but I'll concede being a bit light on the pour but still. No stickiness in the lace that is left.

Not much in the smell, but it is a bit maltier and bit more noticeable than, say, a typical Michelob.

Taste is a bit sweeter and maltier than the 'typical' macro. The rice is fairly prominent. Sounds weird but it might be helping here. Aftertaste isn't far off a Bud or Mich, though. Could be worse.

Much thinner consistency than a bock should be. Lively, but moderate carbonation in the front but an easy finish. Perhaps a bit too easy.

While this lacks excitement, it does possess drinkability. You could drink a few of these down and neither wretch or regret it in the morning, but it probably won't be your first choice.

Overall, I can tolerate this beer. I won't quite call it above average but it isn't poor either. A baby step up from the 'typical' macro like Bud. Won't call it an authentic bock either but as it says on the right side here, styles are highly subjective. Don't be afraid to try one if it's the best one there.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 05:43:00 | More by DPMomutant
Photo of steinlifter


3.75/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a med-light amber, fairly sudsy head that left a slight collar all the way through
smell was a bit fruity, with some graininess as well
taste was of an American lager, slight sweetness, and malt, but fairly vague, and undistinguished, some hop balance, and subtle toffee flavor, better on tap! nice session brew, better than most lawnmower beers, not bad!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 16:39:04 | More by steinlifter
Photo of walleye


1.4/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

from the bottle.poured a amber with a light tan head. aroma sweet malts, corn barley, wheat sourness. flavor, malts, wheat , corn, hops, malts, none of them good, I guess if you didd not know any better you would think this is a good beer. the only thing I liked about this beer was the color.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 03:23:50 | More by walleye
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

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

The only AB product I will drink. Average at best. Pours a dark amber color with little head retention. Much more malty than other AB products. The hops come through but this beer needs more than imported hops to save it. A decent, but unremarkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2004 18:03:17 | More by clemtig76
Photo of Kookiekwan


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

This beer pours amber/brown with a filmy head. It has some decent retention and leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is toasted caramel malt but it isnt easy to find. The taste is of roasted malt that finishes with a slight(very slight) hop bitterness It has a moderate body, its crisp, clean, and quite drinkable.

Reflection: This is the best beer AB makes but the only time I buy it is when I'm out and have no other options.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 21:51:20 | More by Kookiekwan
Photo of cncbofh


2.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-Tap in a 22oz serving glass - ice cold. Color was a dark red/brown.

Small head - no retention. Smell was almost non-existent, a bit like burnt wood chips.

The taste was not very good. Very watered down and had a sharp burnt wood taste.

Not a great beer. Won't try it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2004 02:42:41 | More by cncbofh
Photo of mhexum


3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special, but a great alternative to Bud/Bud Light when limited in selection. Actually has some flavor, nice and smooth. Overall nothing wrong with it, but obviously not what I'd want to be drinking regularly. If there's nothing better to be had though, give it a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2004 06:11:13 | More by mhexum
Photo of tavernjef


3.53/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lighter chestnut brown with a clearish amber glow, very little head or foam of any kind was present while served, nor was there any lacing. Aroma is light but pleasantly soft, crisp, and clean with a mix of cocoa, hazelnut and sweet red malts. Taste is more of the same, quick and light, not withstanding much staying power here. Whisps of hazelnut, quiply lightened roasty sweet malts just graze the surface of the buds. Its no beast in flavors but whats there serves as an average play of clean and crisp malt. Drinkable for sure; wets the whistle just fine but the body is thin with a slight sticky slick malt returning in the finish. Overall not a bad session beer to slip down while at a pub of lesser choices.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2004 19:25:14 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Tang07


2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well as all AB beers it tastes like Bud with a twist. I was out drinkin' some beers at the Wing House so that I could watch some out of town football games. My drinkin' buddy is from Munchen so I figured I'd drink what he was drinking. It was probably the best beer that they had, but I'd rather just drink Bud than drink this immatation real beer.

It looks nice and dark. It has a bit more flavor, but the AB flavor overpowers it and its like drinking Bud with some food coloring.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2004 03:47:09 | More by Tang07
Photo of Gagnonsux


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

Not a bad offering from the folks at AB. Appearance is a dark amber color with short, off-white head. Smell is mildly sweet with just a touch of hops aroma. Taste is nicely balanced, maybe a little middle-of-the-road, but still very enjoyable. Malts are definently more prevalent than hops, however for some reason the other night I really noticed the Tettnang hop taste. Tonight, this seems much more malty. This is a nice session brew, one of the few from the big 3 that I feel I get my money's worth with.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 01:08:20 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of BrewMaster


2.15/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a Born On Date of 13SEP04. It pours with an amber to brown color that is clear all the way through. In the glass it looks heavily carbonated, much like soda, and it proves to be true. The heavy carbonation in the mouth takes away from the tasting experience. The beer has an uneven head that settles to a lacy look. When I say uneven I mean large and small bubbles mixed together. Even after the head thinned there were some larger bubbles sitting on the surface surounded by small bubbles. The aroma is slightly malty with a sweet smell. The beer is watery in the mouth with some flavors of alcohol up front, a bit of dark maltiness and virtually no contribution of hops to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 17:46:18 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.28/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thin white head that dissapears quickly, dark brown but red in the light (an "Amber" bock that's a dark lager? hmm) a nice color though.

Smell: Dark but not as loud as some others, distinct but not overbearing, I like it.

Taste: Again you'll know it's a dark lager the moment it hits your lips, but not overpowering, nice subtle flavors.

Mouthfeel: Great beer, goes down easy, fantastic aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very satisfying, a fine beer for any beer drinker that is sure to please.

Overall: I'm a definite fan of this beer now, and I will definitely buy it again. The best macro beer thus far I've had, and one of the few I actually recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 02:54:06 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of redmosquito


2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beautiful deep brown color that appears almost red when held up to the light, has a thin white head that doesn't leave much lace. Sweet malty aroma, with underlying hints of toast, aroma reminds me of a sweet molasses. Flavor is all malt, caramelly sweet, with some yeast. There doesn't seem to be a enough body to carry that sweetness. This is a good transition beer for somebody looking to make the jump to better beer, for me its okay (I won't have to have a s*$t lite), I just wish a macro wasn't my 50th beer rated.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2004 15:46:11 | More by redmosquito
Photo of bashiba


2.17/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a nice brown with ruby highlights and a nice light colored inch of head. Unfortunatly not really fitting the description of Amber, should be michelob Black Bock or Dark Bock. Then you smell it and there is almost no smell and realise that it clearly isn't a Bock either. So now the new name is Michelob Black Lagar. Much more fitting.
The taste is much the same as the smell almost not there, taste very watery with some sweetness, Corn maybe? Not real good and only a slight bitterness to balance it. The mouthfeel is about the same as a glass of tapwater. The carbonation vanishes and there is nothing left but wettness. It is slightly more drinkable than some other Macro offerings, but still not good. I would swear that this beer has changed recipes since its release, at least it didn't always seem to be this bad. Like almost all Macro products, try like hell to skip it if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2004 03:20:04 | More by bashiba
Photo of Gusler


2.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Last sample 9/11/2000
The beer after its removal from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a crystalline black walnut color with a smallish head that off white in color and frothy in texture, as it evaporates almost immediately the lace forms a microscopically thin film to almost coat the glass. Nose is malt, clean and fresh to the senses, start is lightly sweet and thinly malted with the top cadaverous. Finish is prickly in its acidity with the hops negligible, dry aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 18:28:49 | More by Gusler
Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
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