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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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1,612 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,612
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 15
Gots: 133 | 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 jdmorgan
3.42/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color was an amber/red with a quickly dissipating head. The smell had a light malt aroma and was fairly mild. The taste was pretty good with a medium/light and crisp body and mild hops that wasn't too overpowering. The mouthfeel was average and crisp with medium/high carbonation. I felt that this was a pretty drinkable beer with a decent amount of body to keep me satisfied as well as a crisp refreshing taste. Good all-around beer.

Photo of jdm
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very clear medium dark brown with a half-finger head that is a creamy light tan. a lightly toasty malt that lends a touch of earthiness to the nose. i taste the toasty malt and a quite spicy hop. mouthfeel is just a tad more substantial than your average macro cheap beer. overall i think this is a decent brew and a little unfairly discriminated against because of its close relation to macro-poop.

Photo of waughbrew
1.68/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[$3 for a pint at Uncle Pete's in Revere]

Wow, it had been a while since I had had a bad beer. I actually was looking forward to finally trying this, but it sucked.

Looks like soda, except the head stayed up for a few seconds longer. Still, it was a brownish amber with big bubbles, no lacing, and little retention. Smelled like...wort! What the hell? Is this a non-alcoholic? Also a vague toasted graininess in the nose. The flavor was strange as well - plasticized caramel flavoring trying to meld with a decent barley component. Sweet, again my mind cannot shake the whole soda idea. Is this Malta Goya or what? Thin and, well, yech....

Photo of Higravity
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At a shit bar and what is there to drink. Hmm. A pitcher of Mick Amber Bock should do me well. To play pool and celebrate a little this beer isn't half bad. Amber, well not quite the color is a few SRM too dark, but who's counting in held a head for a while and laced the pitcher I was drinking from. Smelled of bland lager clean beer with a hint of roast and a distinct sweetness. The taste was underwhelming not really malty more like the memory of a good beer and the hops were pretty much non-exsistant. The mouthfeel was some what there but mostly not and the aftertaste is not really a desired thing. I had a pitcher and it was better than most light nasty on tap, but I think it is still close to avoid even though my rating might be higher.

Photo of chargerfanjess
1.58/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Dark clear ruby red beat sugar flavor and no head even though carbonation was OK. I could not finish this beet sugar water...could be because I had left Pizza Port and all their good brews and went to a crappy bar that had only this. If I could give a negative score on flavor I would. I feel bad about such a bad review but this beer is terrible. I may try it again in the bottle and then re rate

Photo of ProfessorHops
3.89/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A surprisingly great beer from a brewing giant. I loved this beer. It could have been a little less punishing when guzzled, but hey it's a dark beer and we are not dealing with Coors Light here. I loved it!!!!

I think the beer is buitiful to look at, and is rather smooth. Pluse the bottle is a classic I know allot of Micalobe is served in this bottle. But the lable and beer fit perfectly


Photo of Luigi
2.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear reddish amber color with a thin lace for a head. The aroma is weak. Just a hint of toasted grains. Taste is average at best. Toasted grains and a touch of sweetness. A little bit of hop can be tasted. Has an odd sweet finish. Light body makes it drinkable. This beer is ok, but it is no bock.

Photo of danielharper
2.91/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 doesn’t really taste like a bock to me, more like a dark lager. Since it’s 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. It’s a bit sweet but I can handle that. It needs a deeper and richer taste to be a really good beer.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tonistruth
2.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.85/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of supernaut
2.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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).

Photo of sammy44
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,612 ratings.