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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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1,598 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 15
Gots: 122 | 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 CaskofFlyingDog
1.56/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Phatz
2.46/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of stouty1
2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Byeast
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of atigerlife
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DogFood11
2.08/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.44/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of RJLarse
2.03/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 it’s nothing special.

Photo of badbeer
1.24/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of KroMagnon
2.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of evh883
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of far333
3.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of icefisherman
2.64/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of tweeder263
3.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bahumutx
2.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from draft into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark amber with a small head.

Smell: Picked out some malt and a grainy smell. Not much hop smell at all.

Taste: Slight malt taste but the hops were almost non existent. Not much flavor to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel: Thin Mouthfeel but with a good amount of carbonation. Somewhat watery.

Drinkability: Very drinkable considering the alcohol and the thin Mouthfeel.

Overall I was not impressed with this beer at all. I think there are better examples of this style out there.

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

So my buddy Jason brought over a 12 pack a few minutes before I was going to crack open a Sammy Smith Nut Brown. Haven't had an Amber Bock in a long time, so decided to try it again.

Pours a nice-looking transparent "amber" color. Foamy inch head that drops down sharply. No lacing. Smells lightly sweet and malty.

Taste is most unimpressive. Mild, sourish malt flavor. Smooth, yet with a slightly burnt sour aftertaste. My breath smells like rice. Maybe that's 'cause they USE rice to make the beer. Can't think of any other reason than rice = cheap. So is this beer.

Mouthfeel is thin. I imagine one could pound a few of these in short order, as it is not filling, but why would you want to? There are lots of beers in the same price range that are much tastier. See: Newcastle, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and anything by the Boston Beer Company.

A dreadfully medicore beer. Better than Bud Light, but that ain't saying much. Now where's my Sam Smith?

Photo of allengarvin
2.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Amber Bock is a clear dark-brown beer with a light head and little lacing. Aroma is mostly light, sweet malt, not unlike the typical mass lager. Flavor, likewise, has little to offer, only with only a slight caramel flavor on top of a typical budweiser/michelob lager. Light bodied, rather thin, totally inappropriate for the style.

This is the single worst of the Michelob "craft beer" sampler pack. I've seen it in six packs. I don't know why they choose to make such a substandard beer available in sixers when several of the others are much better (the marzen and the pale ale, for example).

Photo of MSchae1017
2.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was tasted in a Pilsner glass from a bottle.

The beer pours a translucent brown with a decent head that refuses to hold. The beer smells slightly skunked but does smell nicely of some mild hops. It tastes fairly decent amount of hops but the claim of roasted hops are almost indescernable. The carbonation feels artificial but it is fairly smooth and not too watery. The hop level is its only saving grace. It tastes more like an American Macro Lager than a bock. It almosts seems as if the darkness is there to trick you.

Photo of asabreed
2.46/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: The color's nice, a hazy amber with some dark brown hues, though the head dissipates quickly (because of the pilsner glass?) and there's not much lacing.

Smell: Some sweetness slightly from the malt, maybe faint raisins. Other than that there's not a whole lot, and I was expected more.

Taste: Mild sweetness, though for a bock, again, I was hoping for much more. And that's about it, a clean sweetness with a light body and not much discerniblity. Finishes clean enough and a bit crisp, but weak overall.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium-body (though slightly on the thin side). Burst of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: I wouldn't necessarily refuse this, and it's better than a light beer, but for the style it doesn't even remotely do it justice and is a very sub-par example. However, I'm not having trouble drinking this, as nothing is extremely unpleasant, just pretty much all mediocre / average.

Photo of AltBock
2.89/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I got this on-tap at a local VFW for only $1 12oz. glass. I had this in a bottle too, but on-tap is a little better.

At first glance it looks jet black, but when you get a better look at it, it's actually a dark amber color with a thin head of white foam. The only thing I could smell was some malts. The taste was that of some sweet malts. The mouthfeel was a bit light and watery to me and for a bock. It's good but not that good. What can you expect from a product made by A-B. This is a beer that would make an excellent choice, if the only thing around is macros.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, clear and highly carbonated. The two finger head of an off-white color has thin consistency and soon vanishes completely. Some dark toasted notes in the nose, with faint hops. A mild, but pleasent roasted flavor is sweet and smooth, and the hop flavor only appears in the aftertaste. The light body and clean finish create a high drinkability; but a lack of character makes this a weak interpretation of the style.

Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,598 ratings.