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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 naterock
2.6/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I kinda got stuck with an amber bock this evening. I really hate having a really bad beer my default, I guess I'll never expect any good beer from that resteraunt. I used to drink this all of the time, but it's been years since my last try.
A: Poured into a frosted mug from a tap, displayed a nice copper color with absolutely no head.
S: nothing really just beer
T: I though this was a bock, I guess not.
M: way too carbonated, left me feeling bloated and uncomfortable.
D: really, I didn't even finish the one I was served, what good is happy hour with crappy beer.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.36/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty much the same beer as regular Michelob with a few small differences.

Color is medium to dark brown, kind of like a Coke after the ice has melted. Sports a respectable head initially. Minimal retention, with light lace.

Couldn't distinguish much of a difference in smell compared to regular Michelob.

Has just a slight roasted malt sweetness up front; maybe a hint of caramel. Decent hop presence especially for an Anheuser-Busch product. Overall balance is good.

A little heavily carbonated, which is no surprise.

Since I like Michelob, I also like this one. However I grade according to style, and while this is a good drinkable lager, it's not a great bock.

Photo of auxiliary
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance - Brownish amber color, with a offshite head.

smell - Toasted smell, and grains.

taste - Toasted grains with some sweetness in the taste.

mouthfeel - Medium, wattery, creamy.

drinkability - Kinda watery, was all right beer to try.

On tap at East Providence Lanes, Newport Ave, RI

Photo of MTNboy
2.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A brown amber. Thin off white head. There was not much lace.

Smell: Smells of caramel malt.

Taste: Sweet and adjunct. Almost like a bock from Germany but watered down.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watery.

Drinkability: It is average at best.

Photo of cbleary
3.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

This is a pretty faithful, if average, interpretation of the style. It poured with a medium sized head and a translucent black body. The taste had some of that rich malt character that you expect in the style, but it wasn't there in spades. Overall, not bad at all, and a good bet of the money is short. I'd pick it up over Shiner Bock.

Photo of brdc
2.06/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.
The appearance is nothing spectacular but better than I expected, a dark amber with a light tan head; unfortunately retention is minimal and lacing non-existent.
Aroma is minimal, but shows some caramel notes.
Quite thin, taste is minimal, with caramel and some metallic thing that is obviously misplaced.
Don;t waste your time.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Chico's in Waterbury, Conn.

A: Pours a reddish amber with a thin veil of white carbonation which left little lacing, yet had decent clarity to it.

S: Smells a little sweet and toffee-like, but very muted aromas.

T: Taste isn't overwhelming, but it's sweet grain with a little muskiness and a slight sticky floral hop to it. The grain flavor dominates most of the palate, and the taste can be a bit cloying, but it's not all that bad.

M: Mouthfeel is medium and steady for this lager.

D: It was the best option on-tap here, which means I probably won;t return any time soon, but I could see sessioning this in a situation like that again. Outside of that "doomsday" scenario, leave it on the shelf.

This beer is no bock, nut more of just an amber colored lager from AB. More marketing ploys, but no backing it up int he flavor or authenticity departments. It's passable, but not by much.

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

12oz bottle poured into my new Sam Adams pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a clrear and deep dark ruby copper with a fake looking soda-like creamy gray half inch head. Has some carbonation bubbling up from the etchings in the bottom of the glass. The head fades away within a minute and does not leave much lacing apart from some whisps here and there.

S: Smells like a crony macro lager with just a hint of malt sweetness, nothing that wows me and accroding to the style info for this beer, there should not be any corn aromas detected, so this far I am not very impressed by this beer.

T/MF: Corny again but tastes as though the corn were covered in water maple syrup. Not smooth, not bitter though, just really bubbly like seltzer water, like no other bock I've ever tasted and Im not saying that in a good way.

D: Not really an enjoyable beer to drink, does not look or smell or taste all that great, the mouthfeel is sorta fake feeling but at least it gives some life to this otherwise dull beer, even if that bubbliness goes against the style guidelines just a bit. Would not recomend, I'd direct someone to a Shiner or a Huber or a Bergoff before I told someone to grab this beer, no matter how cheap it is.

Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a very fizzy appearance. It had a soapy, off-white head that dissipated rather rapidly.

S - It smelled of faintly of caramel and roasted malt.

T - This had a nice roasted malt (burnt toast) taste. The caramel flavor is subtle and understated. Also, a touch of bitter hops.

M - It is fairly crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This really is a pretty good mass produced beer from A-B. Not a great bock, but drinkable when the situation arises.

Photo of Squelch
3.54/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear with a small head. High carbonation is present.

Smell: No noticable hop aroma. Only slight malt aromas present

Taste: light malt flavor. No roasted or caramel malt in accordance with style. clean taste and finish. light to medium bitterness. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carb bite. Light and dry.

Drinkability: better than BMC. I would prefer these at a cookout as a quencher.

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard glass mug applied...

The good ol' two for one at Chili's...came to the table with zero head and dark reddish brown color. Zero lacing. Sweet aroma. Taste was decent - sweet maltiness with dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was actually a little flat in the carbonation department but not bad...medium body I would say. Drinkability is good because you can drink quite a few and it really isn't terrible. Usually one of the few beers of color at a lot of chain restaurant bars so isn't a bad fall back in a pinch.

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

This beer poured a reddish-tinted brown with a fluffy three-finger head. The scent was subtle and mostly malt with a bit of toastiness. The taste is predominately sweet toasted malts with some of the caramel or toffee tastes that characterize the style. The mouthfeel was a little thin without an overbearing amount of carbonation. Not a bad effort for a macrobrew, I wouldn't be surprised if there's more of this beer in my future.

Photo of witster18
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

without a doubt this is the best beer that AB has to offer. pours a dark brown with a .5" head that disspates rather quickly. The nose is a chalky sweetbread with a alchohol metallic note. Taste is malty, caramel...sweet with a dash of hops finishing dry. Quite flavorful actually... this isn't mastercraft by any means but considering the source not bad at all. VERY IMPORTANT to get a fresh bottle with this one....mine was born about 3 weeks ago and it tastes great. A nice come home from work taster at a moderate price. only negatives...a little metallic in the finish and mouthfeel is subpar....but taste for a macro at 5.99 is not bad at all. the only AB beer you'll EVER find in MY fridge.

Photo of hustlesworth
2.62/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- clear dark brown like strong iced tea. bone white head was a little creamy but settled so fast i couldn't tell, no lace.

S- weak caramel butterscotch malt and tap water.

T- very diluted taste, caramel malt, cereal grains, wet dog and some faint tea like hops.

MF- fizzy medium high carbonation and a thin body, slightly cloying.

D- good here though cuz it's like drinkin soda.

Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nice dark pour with a good off white head....not much lacing.
Smells of roasted malts, caramel.
Taste was actually a bit surprising..some maltiness noted..once again caramel nd even a bit of toffee.
Mouthfeel was very thin..a bit of work needed here.

Photo of clayrock81
2.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love getting these at bars that do cheap drafts, because out the usual suspects (Bud, BL, Coors Light and Miller Lite) this is the only macro that isn't complete garbage. Has a nice, thick, brownish body so the eyes are fooled. Because in reality there is very little malt or hops to even consider this a quality beer, yet alone a bock. It is extremely watery and plain, but the smoothness makes it easy to kill your glass. I like having one of these with a meal because it is like having a soda with your meal but you can still feel manly knowing you had a beer with your burger.

Photo of BeaBeerWife
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the great gateway-beers.

Seen on draught at many sports events, the macrobrews may be inadvertently converting their owned zombie masses into drinking something other than american lager...

Poured nice, nice head, nice color. You can drink these. Probably one of the better of the macrobrews.

i wouldn't mind seeing the manufacturing process of this.

Photo of trentley87
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this beer on many opportunities when nothing better was available but never reviewed it. The appearance is actually a pleasing amber/orange, very clear with tons of bubbles and a nice head (although it didn't last long). Aroma and taste are both understated but are considerably stronger and better balanced than all of the other AB offerings. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin watery side, but hey - at least there's a hint of flavor.

If this is your only choice besides BMC...go for it.

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

I saw this beer advertised via a neon sign, now I must admit it caught my eye, so I figured I must give it a try. It as I voted was merely average it was not good not bad just decent. It diod produce a nice head and had a nice deep golden color about it, it had a smooth mouthfeel and barely any after taste but all in all was just ok...

Photo of Metalmonk
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful ruby-brown with stunning clarity, though the head is minimal and disappears quickly to leave only a crowning trace. Bubbles are slow-moving. Overall it looks like a barleywine or an old ale might.

Bready malt, with hints of caramel, red licorice and toffee hidden deep in the aroma...an aroma that gives off very little clue of what this beer is all about. A little soapy around the edges. (No, it's not my glass!) Could've used a stronger presence in this department.

Flavor offers slight roasted maltiness up front, with brown sugar, caramel, and timid peat checking in at various points. It's a little uneven, though tasty enough. Unfortunately the mouthfeel is like that of a soda just going stale. It does nothing to help deliver flavor, and in fact makes me want to finish the glass quickly to get it over with. Too bad, as there's some decent flavor here.

Not a bad offering from a brewery that creates one of the most disgusting beers of our time (Michelob Li**t). But the Amber Bock is one of those beers that, given little choice in a smalltown supermarket, you wouldn't exactly disgrace yourself by trying.

Photo of tayner
3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

pours a clear mahogany with a small head

Smells of malt, sugar, sweetness.

tastes of roasted malts. Nothing strong, nothing heavy, nothing over the top, and nothing complex, but at the same time there is more flavor there than expected.

This one as a crisp, clean mouthfeel with a pretty dry finish.

This one is easy to drink, even in the hot arizona summertime. This is one i tend to keep a few on hand of for those friends of mine who refuse to try my heavier offerings. it is a good "transistion beer" as a precursor to craft beer. gets the drinker over the fear of "darker" beers.

This is my "macro session beer of choice" if macro is my only option.

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

Pours a deep amber/brown color with a slightly tan/off white head. It has an aroma of nicely roasted malt and some hops. The taste delivered just that. Nice roasted malts blended very well with the hops. Not what I was expecting from michelob. I was pleasantly surprised. The mouthfeel was good and it was a very drinkable beer with a good amount of flavor.

Photo of altgeeky1
3.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light caramel, with tan and light copper tones. Head produced was 2 fingers, which dissipated quickly leaving lace around the glass.
Smells malty, alcohol, light chocolate and coffee. Some aroma hops.
Tastes sweet, slightly burnt, with most of the flavor coming up front with the carbonation, or just behind the tip of the tongue. Taste is very clean. Carbonation is light and you can comfortably can sip this if you like, and savor the maltiness, or drink it down like a session beer. Quite drinkable even in the sun.

Every now and then I get this... fellow beer enthusiasts will stumble seeing me drink 'anything' from AB. It's an easy beer to buy by the case, and give out to fellow beer snobs who admit never trying it. This usually results in surprised or grudging praise for the beer.

Photo of irish53b
2.97/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Applebees in Omaha in a pint glass.

Appearance was decent, tan to light carmel color. Bright white head that disipated quickly, but left some lacing. The head can be reinvigorated with some swirling.

The nose is pretty clean, some biscuit notes and some faint lemon grass.

The taste is equally clean at first, some citrus flavor come through midway, and finishes with a bit of carmel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a bit like pop, and the carbonation reinforces that feeling. The beer is quite fizzy.

I remember when I was not of legal drinking age thinking that this stuff was great because it had a bit more of a whallop than most beers. I've had it a couple more times now that my palate is a bit more refined, and found it very tame. It really paired nicely with the fajitas I had, and it was highly drinkable.

Photo of bigone4
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clean clear amber brownish color. Decent head that dissipated quickly. Slight lacing in the glass. Smells of grass with a slight caramel malt tone. Not the best smelling brew but still had some distinct malt tones. Seeing I am in St. Louis I guess I should give it a shot. There is also a grassy scent mixed in there. Taste is smooth with a light malt flavor up front. Some sweet caramel tones mixed with a dough like flavor. Very light bodied. Not my favorite but had an easy drinkability. Certainly has a malted profile. No real hop notes in there at least not on my tongue. Maybe a trace in the finish. This brew is certainly not on my list as a great beer but it is decent I guess. I would not go out of my way to drink it thats for sure. I never really steer towards the big three but had to give it a shot.

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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,622 ratings.