Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch
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2.93/5 rDev +2.1%
Received as a gift as part of the Michelob Holiday Gift Pack.
Tasted and reviewed on 3/9/2006. Transcribed notes follow:
"Dark red color, touch of orange at bottom. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly. Malty 'macro-like' yeast aroma, some sweetness underneath. Has a macro-like astringent flavor, but with nice apple flavors. Thin body, but fairly drinkable -- a nice standby when Sam Adams isn't available."
I have this on-tap at a local Italian place pretty regularly, hold up fairly decently even though it's a macro. Pretty much average all the way down the line, decent enough, but nothing to seek out.
03-12-2006 21:51:26 | More by danielharper
2.68/5 rDev -6.6%
On tap in plastic Dixie cups (OK so shoot me I was at a conference at an Embassy Suites).
A- Thin light tan head that quickly fades and the lacing barely holds on much longer. The beer is a deep and clear reddish brown. The carbonation is moderate.
S- A clean mild malt nose.
T- A sweet malty flavor that doesnt really taste like a bock to me, more like a dark lager. Since its an A-B product this dark lager taste is probably due to the rice adjuncts?
M- A bit fizzy and creamy with an overall medium mouthfeel.
D- Not a bad beer when the choice is Bud, Bud Lite, and similar beers. Its a bit sweet but I can handle that. It needs a deeper and richer taste to be a really good beer.
03-10-2006 04:20:03 | More by TheEclecticGent
3.03/5 rDev +5.6%
Nice dark amber body, but with a minimal head that barely holds together. Decently malty aroma, but not a great deal of depth, with a very slight backnote of hops. Taste is clean and crisp, a pretty weak flavor for a bock, but pleasant nevertheless. Mouthfeel is pretty thin for the style. Nicely drinkable. This is clearly a bock beer for macro lovers. Easy to drink, and not much else except a bit of malt.
03-06-2006 22:17:18 | More by ColoradoBobs
2.83/5 rDev -1.4%
on tap @ Fuddruckers (glendale, AZ)
A- copper/caramel color, white head 'bout 1/4" quickly diminishes, left white lacing on glass, that also disappeared as fast as it got there.
S- sweet and sterile to put it best. Very refreshing scent, makes u have high hopes for the beer
T- hits the palate with a fruity sweetness at first, then leaves a slight, very slight, bitter tang. Dry and clean finish. Interesting taste
M- water thin, felt as if it might have been flat. (which it obviously wasnt cause it did have a head on it and it was on tap)
D- this is a smooth, clean, and non-filling beer, but at the same time it has a flat and unimpressive (undesirable perhaps) taste.
For macro drinkers: give this a go, you'll enjoy it. Its a good dark beer for you.
For micro/craft drinkers: try if your curious, if not, this might not be your thing.
03-04-2006 05:21:40 | More by tonistruth
3.88/5 rDev +35.2%
When poured, it showed a color so dark brown, that it could be discribed as black, with nice tan foam. The smell of roasted malts and mild hops filled the nose. The taste was of a mild nature. The roasted malts and hops were very pleasant, with a hint of fruitiness. Not a bitter or sour taste or after taste.
02-28-2006 04:28:00 | More by BeerManDan
2.25/5 rDev -21.6%
This is now 2 of 2 "airport" reviews stemming from a long layover sans premium brew options
She actually looked pretty decent sitting there in my pint glass. Had a tiny little head, but a nice "amber" color, like one would predict based on the name. Absolutely no lacing however, which pretty much foreshadowed the thinness of this brew awaiting me.
I tried tasting this guy several times while it was a bit too cold and thus had no initial luck whatsoever. I've pretty much come to the conclusion, that the idea "colder is better" in terms of beer is rarely a good idea as far as taste goes.
I waited a few minutes and then gave the "Amber Bock" another serious shot. Once it had warmed a bit, I knew I was pretty much extracting all I was capable of tasting from this beer....
The conclusion can be summarized as "muted". This supposed bock, tasted as though it was an actual bock toned down for the masses to tolerate. There were agonizingly faint hints of maltiness and slightly detectable bitter tones, but nothing to really attach any adjectives to. I felt like someone had turned the volume down on this one in a big way. Its a beer for someone who wants to feel as though they're drinking something other than a diet-bud or other generic American macro, when in fact they really are, yet with a darker color. Maybe AB has a huge supply of brown food coloring they infuse into their Budweiser stock, morphing it into "Amber Bock"...you be the judge.
The alcohol really dries out the finish on this one, especially when combined with the hollow taste profile. The result is a beer that can be poured down your throat (or drain) quite easily, but perhaps not all that pleasantly (at least for the throat option).
02-25-2006 03:52:54 | More by supernaut
3.13/5 rDev +9.1%
At least they don't try to fool you. Right there on the bottle says, "brewed with rice". (It's just below the main picture on the label).
In the finest of American Macro is crystal clear (what do they filter this stuff with? I've seen water from taps that weren't this clear.). The color is a nice amber-brown with a creamy off white head. Laces a little bit and the head does not immediately dissapear. Smell's sweet which is about right 'cause it tastes sweet. Goes down very smooth.
A good beer to have around that is pretty good for a Macro American product that your buddies will drink too. I rated it average because it is better than most stuff you can get from AB but is not as good as some other bock beers out there.
02-24-2006 19:53:28 | More by sammy44
1.5/5 rDev -47.7%
This beer I had once before and I was like "not too bad nothing i'm after though.' I tried it now a year later and I must say after a few sips it tasted like crap to me. It smells kinda sour and bitter not too good really. The taste is awful. It's sorta malty then just dark brown sludgy tasting. I did not like this. I was shocked because I thought it was supposed to be so darn good. The mouthfeel was sludgy I thought. The drinkability was low because it was just not an appealing beer at all tastewise and then the carbonation was so much I was burping up for about 10 minutes.
02-22-2006 07:17:34 | More by CaskofFlyingDog
2.48/5 rDev -13.6%
This is not a horrible beer but it is pretty boring. It pours a transparent amber, off white head and mediocre lacing. It does have the nice sweet smell and taste of the Bock beer but it seems artificially sugary. The mouthfeel is light to medium light and mostly thin. It is crisp and has a very sweet finish. Other than being a bit boring it is suitably drinkable. I can understand the attraction when you have never had a beer other than the big three, it is different but simple cannot hold its own against other craft beers of the style.
Hope this is helpful.
02-13-2006 05:28:01 | More by Phatz
2.4/5 rDev -16.4%
Poured a small head with a rosy tint. Beer was ruby red with very little nose. I had to take deep breaths to even get anything out of it. Head was gone fairly quickly, almost by the time I was served.
Taste, none. This beer had so little taste to it, I might as well of saved some money and had an Ultra. Not impressed.
01-31-2006 15:08:52 | More by stouty1
3.23/5 rDev +12.5%
Poured dark brown . Smells of slight , dark malt . Taste is pretty good , malty and fairly rich , yet fairly simple. Finish is kinda sweet. Overall a tasty and very drinkable beer from Anheuser-busch. Iv'e been to the theme park in Florida -Busch Gardens _ You can get a couple free Amber Bocks if you want. They taste alot better at the park on tap. Fresh and malty!
01-30-2006 07:05:32 | More by Byeast
2.68/5 rDev -6.6%
On tap at a local pub. The waitress kept offering amber bock, but I had to explain that that is a style and not a brewer. She had to ask the bartender to get figure out it was Michelob. This should have been a warning sign...
Poured a light reddish brown with a small head and little carbonation.
The smell was sweet with faint malts. Not much there.
The taste was sweet. Basically, this is flat coke.
The mouthfeel was light carbonation, light body, somewhat watery.
Overall, it can be drinkable due to the lack of carbonation and anything that gives it character. Certainly not a good beer in the style. Again, this is exactly like flat coca cola.
01-28-2006 18:57:41 | More by atigerlife
2.08/5 rDev -27.5%
Decent size head and fairly sticky with some traces of lacing. As it warmed even for a few minutes it turned to amber soup.
Like a subdued amber really, slightly toasty, Light malt profile. As it warmed it got worse, and a wierd hopped sour?Bitter? combo comes through. I could go on....no need.
Shakey's pizza has some sort of deal with AB that allows them to call this beer Shakey's ale or something like that. Its actually Michelob Amber.
01-26-2006 06:51:52 | More by DogFood11
2.5/5 rDev -12.9%
Pours a copper color, some carbonation, small head, some lacing throughout the drink. The scent is kinda sweet, fruity, and slightly malty. The taste is malty, but a little bit watery, the aftertaste is a little bitter. Light-medium body. Drinkable, but I would not buy again.
01-24-2006 17:13:54 | More by Wasatch
2.45/5 rDev -14.6%
Pours a clear reddish-brown (like a good brown ale) with a light tan head of goodly size that drops to a thickish film. Decent lace.
Smell is minimal, malt & hops only.
Taste is musty, malt, hops and a small alcohol bloom very late.
Mildly astringent with a malty aftertaste that dies fast. Lightly carbonated with a medium light body. While it is much better than most A-B product (save Celebrate), this beer is not even up to mid-pack standards. Sadly, it is more show than go. A Bock it ain't. Drink it you like your pale, yellow, fizzy lagers and want to try something you think is very different.
01-21-2006 20:08:06 | More by PorterLambic
2.03/5 rDev -29.3%
This was on tap at a local tavern, so I gave it a try.
This beer is a copper/brown color. The head is minimal to non-existent. It might have been the way it was poured
The smell is faint, a hint of roasted grain, but other wise not distinctive.
The taste is watery, slightly hoppy, slightly malty, balanced but weak. Nothing special. The aftertaste is weak and short-lived.
This is a drinkable beer, especially at $1 a glass, but its nothing special.
01-15-2006 07:44:33 | More by RJLarse
1.2/5 rDev -58.2%
Pours a dark brown with a decent head and some lacing. Smell is of a typical macro lager, but with some roasted grain and maybe a hint of some coffee. There is maybe a little bit of coffee in the taste, hard to sense any hops even though the label suggests a perfect balance of hops, saying that this taste existed in this beer is just being nice, it just tasted so off, I expected a lot more from this. Mouthfeel was overcarbonated and on the thin side. Drinkability was awful to me, I thought at the very least this would be drinkable, but I just do not care for this, it is almost a task to finish.
01-12-2006 04:24:58 | More by badbeer
2.5/5 rDev -12.9%
Nice rich dark amber color (duh) with a light white head that dissipates quickly. The beer aroma is rather dull, there is a bare hint of toasted barley and also a kind of metallic aroma (like a galvanized steel bucket). The flavor is a little bolder than bland but not overwhelming - its a step up from the regular Michelob but far from a craft brew. The hops are barely noticable and the overall impression strikes me as dry, very light, refreshing but with a tad more malt character than the usual macro swill. This is FAR from a real bock - but this compares rather favorably and maybe even a touch better than the Yuengling Traditional Lager that I had last night, which is regarded as an example of an American Amber/Red lager. I think if this were in that "style category" it would fare better.
12-31-2005 04:00:08 | More by KroMagnon
3.4/5 rDev +18.5%
I was very happy with this beer. It had a nice dark amber color to it and it held onto a decent head throughout drinking it. The smell has is malty with a bit of a toasty note. It has a nice flavor to it that follows up the aroma nicely with more toastiness and a slight fruitiness. The mouthfeel was good only slightly too watery for my tastes. Overall, great for a macro, worth trying.
12-29-2005 16:51:22 | More by evh883
3.35/5 rDev +16.7%
Born on date clearly printed. Pours a dark gold/amber into the Michelob 2005 Speciality Pilsner glass. Large white head that settles slowly. Smell is grainy husk with a hint of alcohol. The toasted malt is there too with hints of other malts and maybe a touch of hops.
The rice twinge comes through, but you can taste the bittering hops! It's a sweet malt based beer though. Nice level of toastiness with some mild fruitness as well. Overall, it's not that much different from a normal macro lager. Slightly watery mouthfeel for a bock. Decent try, but not quite there.
12-27-2005 04:46:50 | More by skynxnex
3.18/5 rDev +10.8%
Tarnished copper color, crystal clear, with an off-white head that rises up and settles out quickly like a soda pour. Aroma of malt and brown sugar and a bit of molasses. Watery and slick mouthfeel leads to a flavor of bready malt and understated caramel. Finishes with a carbonation tingle leading to a tannic metallic lingering taste.
12-18-2005 22:08:41 | More by far333
2.35/5 rDev -18.1%
Pours a med. amber brown with small head. Carbonation looks forced rather than natural. Nothing remarkable in the aroma...however no green apple esters which seem typical in Bud products.
Mouthfeel is watery....only light carbonation on the tongue.
Taste is very unremarkable. I was hoping for some distinctive hops or malt tastes but only noticed slightly more malt than in typical macro brews.
Unremarkable...unmemorable....not at all a bock, for my tastes. Not bad...just nothing there.
12-15-2005 01:47:59 | More by IntriqKen
3.38/5 rDev +17.8%
12 oz brown twist off bottle with a "Born On Date" freshness date on the neck label.
A- Thin off white lacing barely holds together, deep reddish brown hue with a good clarity.
S- Clean nose with a mild malt character ... only a hint of toasted malt, nothing like a bock IMO.
T- On the sweet side with very little depth, touch of sharpness form the carbonation and simple hop bitterness. Finishes with an odd dextrin sweetness.
M- Ample crispness, a bit of smoothness and a creamy moderate body.
D- Not a bad stepping stone beer, quite plain but quite drinkable at the same time. This beer is to AB as Killians Red is to Coors. Misleading with the whole bock thing ... I'd love to see an all-malt 6.5% abv+ version from AB.
12-15-2005 01:14:58 | More by Jason
2.63/5 rDev -8.4%
i needed a change of pace fom the miller products id been guzzling all nite at the eagles club so i decided what the hell this was not what i was thinking it should have been but it was cold and wet it looked good in the glass that was bout itit smelled stale evidentily its not a fast mover at the old timers bar it taste like water almost a little bit of week beer all i know is i could not drink this all nite i will stick to the miller products
12-14-2005 17:17:41 | More by icefisherman
3.15/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured out a dark amber brew with a one finger head that disappears after a minute.Very little carbonation.Smels of nothing much slight malt smell. Taste is pale,,not terrible at all but just low in flavor.Sweet malt seems to shine thru mostly very little hop balance.Its apparent that this brew was made for the slightly adventurus macro drinker and paled down as to not offend. Really not a terrible brew at all,,truthfully id have a few if its the only option id have instead of regular macros.mouthfeel nothing major,what did u expect.
12-12-2005 02:05:10 | More by tweeder263
Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
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