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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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1,579 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,579
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 14
Gots: 102 | FT: 1
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 GClarkage
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/21/07- Had on tap at the Hanger Restaurant in Huron, SD.

Presentation- Via the tap into a 12oz glass mug.

Appearance- Pretty deep brown in color. Small rim of head when given to me. Left minor lacing behind.

Smell- Light notes of grain, chocolate and maybe coffee bean. Not strong in any way though.

Taste- Pretty smooth with an "in the distance" chocolate malt flavor. Grainy, but not too obnoxious. Instant coffee flavor detected as well.

Mouthfeel- Mid to lower carbonation level, dare I say a touch creamy?

Drinkability- Hmmm, much better than expected, but still barely a bock. Drinkable for sure though when given a lack of choice.

Photo of redneckchugger
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into a mug, pours a dark brown, inch or so of light head, no lacing at all.
smells of , nothing really, slight adjunct but thats it.
tastes of , well thats weak too, adjunct, some chocolate and coffee, tastes ok, but weak.
mouthfeel is weak as well, watery, but thats what's to be expected of this beer, it tastes good acutally, just real weak, its the perfect fishing/golfing , or anything that requires you to drink straight out of the bottle beer. it's not great, but its drinkable as hell. I generally keep a sixer of this around for outdoor activities.

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

Decent effort from Anheuser-Busch, much better than the better-selling Bud or Bud Light. Dark and malty, but still a bit bland. Better choice than their stable of cheap pale lagers. Still it is lacking in aroma and the flavor is weak. Mouthfeel is decent. Drinkability is pretty high because there is really nothing offensive with this beer.

Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - nice, a little more Amber than Bock

Smell - average, nothing to see here

Taste - better than average for Michelob line of beers. Probably my preference among this brand.

Mouthfeel - better than average for Anheiser Busch products. Has a decent head and comfort to it.

Drinkability - goes down much easier than other AB products. Best of brand?

Michelob Amber Bock is probably a bit more Amber than Bock. A nice classy looking bottle and decent beer for being domestic. Slightly better than average. Goes down better alone than with food.

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

Appearance - Poured a dark amber color with nice ruby highlights with a mall off white head which disappears quickly

Smell - Not much of one. Did have a slight sweet smell

Taste - Nice sweet taste to it with decent hint of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Not too bad.

Photo of Floydster
2.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce mug at Stuft Pizza for two dollars

Pour was very dark brown with a silky white head that settled quickly

Did not have much of a smell and the taste was bitter, and not the good kind caused by hops either

Pretty drinkable for how dark it is, but not a great beer

Again, grab a microbrew instead

Photo of bluesfan1181
3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I tried this beer. BOD Jul 23 07. Poured in a pint glass. Rich amber color with an off white head that disappears quickly. Smooth taste that has a little bitterness but, carmel and malt aftertaste. Finishes cleaner than other brews in this class that I have tried. Very good macro brew for the price. Made in my hometown.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.15/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle born 1 june 07.

Clear dark amber, fluffy tan head and decent lacing.

Aroma is faint caramel and a touch of sourness.

Flavor is lightly sweet with an underlying roastiness.

Finish is light and sweet.

Easy drinking and more flavorfull than other Bud products, decent bridge to good beers.

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

This is most likely my favorite macro brew and was the first beer I would call a crossover to crafts.

A - Pours dark with highlights of reds to a nice thick head that comes down quickly with little lacing

S - Smell is almost not there not much of a nose to it at all but you can smell a little of the malted flavors and caramel

T - Has a good crisp hop up front moving to caramel and malts in the finish

M - Balanced carbonation but nothing more really to say

D - Like I said this beer for me is a good beer as it was really my first introduction to something beyond your standard macro lagers. If I'm out and can't get a hold of a craft brew or imported macro that has decent taste like a Bass or New Castle this is what I would reach for.

Overall I'd say this beer has more going for it than against it

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.8/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours out a nice semi-dark amber color with a really tempting head that’s thick and fluffy and has a good sweet aroma to it. It gradually dissipates into a thin layer and the body has some good carbonation to it and there’s some mild lacing; it hits your tongue with a smooth feeling that’s bitter and semi-sweet and has a caramel aftertaste that compliments the bitterness in it. After it warms up the bitterness tends to wane and you can really taste the caramel and malts.

Photo of ch473
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a glass from Michelob's fancy new bottles. June 27 BOD.

Nice coffee-like appearance, amber towards the skinnier bottom of my glass. Poured a two finger head that quickly faded, leaving some white lacing. Good bubbling throughout. I like tiny bubbles.

Not a lot of smell. Has the sweet rice smell of most AB products, with a hint of smoke.

A very pleasant taste (the bottle says 'carmelized malts') and there's definitely a light sweetness here. Just the right amount of bitter for my tastes. Reminds me of brown sugar.

Soft carbonation on the tongue. Enjoyable to drink too.

Have no complaints about this beer. $16 for a 20-variety pack is well worth it. Nice dark taste but not too overpowering. When I don't want to spend ten bucks for a nice 6-pack and I don't want to drink filtered straw-water, I know I'll be happy with this medium priced and good tasting Michelob.

Photo of nightcrawler
2.23/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Smell? This beer has a smell? I must have had the unusual non-scented version of this beer.

The beer was simply dark in my glass with no real color and no real head. After the last swallows, there was impressive lacing in the bottom of my glass.

The liquid went down watery with a fairly decent malty taste. It took care of my thirst, but nothing else. The taste is one of the better of the standard macrobrews, but not equal to most of the craft brewed bocks.

For someone who wants a malty lawnmower beer, this is it.

Photo of Clockwork420
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served out of bottle.

Didnt feel like pouring this one so I drank it out of the bottle.
Appearance gets a 2.

Smell was somewhat sweet, malted kinda smell. Smelled like a wetted down lager. Nothing special.

Taste was very smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation. Creamy to a good point. Not gagging at all. Sweet and creamy.

Mouthfeel was okay with this one. It wasnt bad okay. But it wasnt great either.

Drinkability is fairly decent. I liked this one, but probably wont be buying it anytime soon. Good for what it is.

Better than Budlight thats for sure.

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

Poured a brown-to-copper color with a reddish tint. Clear. Moderate light tan head. Clean aroma; some roasted malt and some adjuncts. Not bad. Light-to-medium body. Lacks much character at all. Very little malt, or roastiness, or anything. Mouthfeel had a bit of creaminess but not enough to make up for the fact that there's not much enjoyable there. Drinkability got dinged for the same reason.

Not sure what the target is for this one. If you want a rich, malty lager, this isn't it. And yet it doesn't quite cut it as a lawnmower beer, either. More flavor than a standard mega-lager, but not by much.

Photo of Bierguy5
2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark amber in color, with a foamy white head. The head disappears fairly quickly.

Slightly roasty and chocolate, but really not much in the nose. A bit of grainy smell as well.

Slightly roasty, then falls off fast. Only a bit sweet, but there is enough bitterness to balance.

Kind of thin and watery. This will be ok in a pinch, but not really that great. Not much "bock" to it.

Photo of shoehornteeth
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer brings to mind this one time when I accidentally brushed my teeth with Preparation H.

It pours a brownish orange with a thin layer of jaundice head, like a public toilet that no longer can flush.

It smells strangely like Spaghetti-Ohs-- tangy, sweet, and vomit-like.

The taste is forgettable, but luckily the enduring burps taste fantastic.

The mouthfeel is thin, carbonated, and sickening.

Overall, a highly enjoyable and very drinkable beer. I think I’ll have another.


Photo of acrawf6
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of tugdriver7
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of cjhofelt
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of giblet
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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!!!


Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of irishtimepiece
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of youngleo
3.53/5  rDev +23%
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.

Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 1,579 ratings.