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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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1,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,595
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 121 | 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 mltobin
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep amber color is noted once poured into a glass. The smell is about average and definately suited to the fall season. While the taste is rich with hints of caramel, a nice touch. The first time that I had this beer was at a college in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I was at a friends house and he was raving about AmberBock, and it is a good beer overall.

Photo of Overlord
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Kind of a strange Bock beer, if you ask me. Pours an amber-esque color ... doesn't quite look right for this type, but not unattractive.

Had an unusual amount of hops. Not a lot, mind you, but I was expecting zero. Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin. Some caramel notes, a bit of sweet malt, but no roasting. Strange. Aftertaste definitely brought up the bit o' hoppiness.

Drinkable. Amongst the macrobrews, clearly one of my faves.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A = Oak brown, good head leaving a lot of lacing. A little too many carbonation bubbles.

S = Light smell of toasted malt, hay, oats.

T = Light toasted malt, sweet caramel flavors, bitter aftertaste with good finish.

M = Thin body, too much carbonation.

D = Nothing wrong with this beer, could easily drink several of them. That said, there are many more interesting and flavorful beers so I do not think I will seek this out again.

Photo of bushbeer75
2.6/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz on-tap

Michelob Amber Bock has a clear medium brown color with a slight red cast [amber -DUH] and a thin white head. Body is light for a Bock. Smell and taste is of light toasted malt with a little hop bitterness at the finish. Mouth feel was thin but crisp and has little fizzy carbonation.

Amber Bock is more like an American Amber Lager than a Bock – too “plain” for me. Make sure you drink this brew when cold, as taste went downhill as it warmed.

Photo of stagman
2.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber with a fair amount of head that stands its ground. Smells a bit like a bock but just barely.

Putting rice into this beer has definitely pulled back on the flavor. There's not much hops here either. It's mainly the carbonation doing the work.

It's basically Budweiser but with roasted malts. This is more an American Amber Lager than a Bock.

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

A - Poured a dark amber color with a thin off white head

S - Is of roasted malt

T - Starts with sweet malt finishes with some bitter hops

M - Theres medium carbonation in it

D - Its one of the better AB offerings I'll drink it the bar only has macros on tap its not bad

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Before we get started one would like to point out that this beer is often the only thing approaching real beer when one is forced to grab a sixxer at a gas station because everybody else is closed...Also my first introduction into the world of beer...strangely I thought this was an exotic the first time I'd had it back in 1998!...Before this beer I thought one was a man tried and true and proper if he could drink Busch!...

Pours a dark amber into the mug...

Mildly Malty...


goes down smooth!...I developed my love for beer from this beer...first beer ever that I didn't have to chug to enjoy!...

Me like...and me will buy again when circumstances insist apon it...Though it's not a bock...it was a gateway beer for me...led to drinking of authentic bock...

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a one-finger head.Aroma is nice and malty with some smokiness and the simple lines of a standard bock. Taste is somewhat watery though and it's obviously a Michelob thing. Somewhat sweet as well with caramel aftertaste. Still quite drinkable but other than that, not much to rave about.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A hard pour yields an attractive dark copper beer with a nice tan four-finger head. Promising start!

Smell is of roasted malt... mild.

Taste is mild sweet malts with a slight hops bitterness on the finish. Pretty watered-down flavor, but better than the usual macro for sure!

Mouthfeel is thin and disappointing.

Drinkability is pretty good and nothing really offends. I have to give A-B credit for at least trying! If I have to have an American macro in the future, then this will be the one. If they'd just kick the flavor up a notch or two this could be pretty good. As is, it doesn't really compare with a true bock.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
2.4/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I drink this because the selection at my golf course is limited and this is the best they have on tap. As such I have consumed many pitchers of Amber Bock. It pours a light carmel color with modest foam. The aroma is low average for beer in general but better than Budweiser or worse yet Lite. There is some taste, more then it’s rice-brew cousin. And though it is certainly no great beer, I would have to call it quite drinkable because I keep drinking it.

Photo of PhageLab
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a chilled pint glass, a restaurant's favorite.

A - Dark brown glowing inwards to a deep red coloration. Produced a minimal head with poor retention. Left no lacing. Stilll, something about the dark amber profile is enticing.

S - Roasted malt aroma, not too strong, but not bad.

T - Very sweet caramel flavor, almost too sweet. Slight bitterness creeps in and finishes damn near sour. Not too friendly.

M - Light bodied brew with mild carbonation and an almost candy-like aftertaste. Light, dry finish.

D - Low for me, one was enough. I think I was expecting something more beer like, this had a wine sort of feel to it in my opinion. Far too sweet with a sour finish, not what I like in my beer. I wouldn't recommend this to a brew lover, but to someone who doesn't like "beer" tastes, this could be perfect.

Photo of dnichols
2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: It poured a clear coppery brown body with a moderate head that dissipated quickly and produced little lacing.

S: It had a noticeable toasted malt aroma with a sweet sugary cast. .

T: There was a sweetness that was almost like a diluted malty maple syrup that defined the character of this brew. The alcohol was well hidden and it had moderate levels of carbonation and neither cleaned the palate well.

M: It was light bodied with a low ABV and moderate carbonation. The sticky sweet syrupy taste remained well after I finished each swig.

D: It was smooth and easy to drink (low ABV, moderate corbonation and diluted sweetness). However, other than the sweet stickiness it had little to make it interesting.

Photo of KI9A
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, smells like nice, roasted malt.

I detect some hops, and a lot of malt.

Finshes sweet, and just right. My favorite AB offering, behind Brewmasters Private Reserve. If nobody knew this was an AB product, I guarantee it would be a higher rated beer. But, alas, it is infected with the macro stigma.

Photo of JamesS
2.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a light, caramel color, very easy to see through, but it has a fairly decent head. It has a nice smell for a normal beer, but a bit week for a bock; a little malty, nothing great, but nothing bad, either. Tastes all right, but again, nothing like a real bock, and nothing truly outstanding. Goes down very easily, though, with perhaps just a bit too much carbonation. If you want to move someone from macros to micros, though, this would be a nice beer to start slowly with.

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

Pours very small laced head does not last long, but that's what you would expect from a macro. Smell of caramel malt, toasted malt charachter, but not strong. It has that typical refreshing taste that you get from an American Macro, more like I'm getting my 12oz of water intake with my beer. It does have a malty taste, but not a whole lot of flavor. For the price (since it's a macro) it ain't that bad, kinda an answer to Killians in a way. This is not a Bock for sure. It is an insult to real Bocks. But it is a drinkable beer(lager)

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

This beer is not bad for a break from some of the light BMC beers. Appearance is brown and transparent. Head is there, but minimal. Smell is OK with some hints of caramel and burnt wood. Taste is OK with some of the smells carrying over in to the taste. Mouthfeel is light and watery, but with a touch of malt. Drinkable beer on a good tailgating weekend.

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
3.21/5  rDev +11.8%
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
3.36/5  rDev +17.1%
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
2.49/5  rDev -13.2%
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
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
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
2.16/5  rDev -24.7%
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
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,595 ratings.