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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
67
poor

1,483 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,483
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 9
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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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RoyalT

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -6.3%

Appearance – A brown but clear body with a nice head that fell away quickly.

Smell – Burnt grain? The toasted aroma would go nice with a quality malt-based brew, but toasting cheap grain just doesn’t cut it. It does though smell a lot better than Michelob Lager. There’s also a tinge of sweet brown sugar that I liked.

Taste – The toasted grain doesn’t taste as bad as it smells. The sweetness is a little more powerful in the mouth as well, offsetting the cheap backbone of this beer.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is small and foamy. The dark sugary aspect actually makes this a little sticky in the mouth, which felt pretty good.

Drinkability – This went down smoother than I thought. Not bad.

Comments – No, it’s not a bock. But, it’s drinkable.

08-29-2003 00:00:28 | More by RoyalT
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Well it is amber, in fact it is approaching a brown. Thin head that quickly disappears. Fairly low in carbonation. Smells lightly malty sweet. A fairly good body on this beer, which I was expecting to be about as thin as an American Standard lager, though it by no means come close to the type of body that a bock should have. Lightly sweet beer, with just a bit of bitterness to balance the caramel. Very clean tasting all around, not much good or bad flavors going on. Just not very exciting.

08-25-2003 17:18:22 | More by Gueuzedude
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev +20.6%

Great price. Although this is a mass-production beer, it actually has some intersting properties and it is fairly tasty. Pours a dark amber color with a small white head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little nutty and malty, but not strong. The taste is very smooth and the malts are detectable in the flavor - surprisingly. This is one of the best Michelob products I know of.

08-20-2003 20:18:49 | More by clvand0
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SetarconeX

Florida

1.45/5  rDev -49.3%

I ordered this particular beer at a local bar with some nervous anticipation. I'm always a little nervous when it comes to the big brand names. To its credit, in the glass it had an absolutely wonderful color to it. Almost too wonderful, really, like some color might have been added. Not that I was thinking about that before the first sip...

Which went in badly, and left an aftertaste not unlike medical waste products. I don't hesitate to label this one of my all time most hated beers. Avoid it like the plague.

08-03-2003 02:31:02 | More by SetarconeX
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Reverand

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -24.8%

I have no idea was I was expecting. On one hand I thought an amber bock beer would be a great combination but then again it is Michelob. So why not... what a disappointment. At first as the the beer poured into my pint glass I tought this is rather odd. The beer poured to a almost black body with a tannish head almost like a stout. It did have good color but after that it went down hill. Not much flavor at all. There were few hints of malt and hops but nothing to stand out. I thought the mouthfeel was extremely thin for this style of beer.

06-30-2003 01:26:13 | More by Reverand
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Wildman

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -17.8%

This was my only choice other than Bud/Bud Light/Mic Ultra at a minor league game tonight. It poured a medium tan color and formed a foam light tan head that left no lace of course to speak of. The aroma very lightly of malt. The flavor was of malt and a sweetness I couldn't place. Much lighter than a bock should be and shared none of the traits you usually find in a bock beer.

05-01-2003 19:35:25 | More by Wildman
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

2.03/5  rDev -29%

This seems like standard A-B fare to me with a bit of additional coloration. The taste is standard Bud with a little more body and perhaps a somewhat greater sense of quality in the aroma and appearance. I just can't escape that standard taste in every A-B product I sample. BTB, barely.

04-14-2003 11:06:28 | More by AtLagerHeads
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

1.38/5  rDev -51.7%

I chose a pseudo-craft beer as my 100th review. One of our duties as reviewers is to warn the unsuspecting, so here goes. I sampled this horrible brew at The Tiki Bar, an outdoor grill on the beach on Marco Island. Michelob was test-marketing Amber Bock in several states and it was my misfortune for having vacationed in Florida at this time. It was a sunny and balmy afternoon. Bikini clad beauties were bouncing around, showing off what they had developed over the winter (quite a distraction from my relaxed reading and quite the chore of appearing disinterested with my girlfriend's harsh glare beating down upon the back of my neck). The smell of grilled shrimp and burgers wafted over me, exciting my remaining senses. I wandered over to the Tiki and noticed, with curious interest, Michelob Amber Bock on tap. Hmmm! How bad could it be? Well, despite my most excellent surroundings and laissez-faire attitude, the answer, to be kind is disgusting! Flat dark tan in color and rapidly vanishing off-white head. Sweet sugary malt and soaked corncob aroma. The pasty-mealy malt is difficult to swallow. This bland, sweet tasting, lightly hopped beer is in keeping with the A-B tradition of marketing over quality brewing techniques. Again A-B had the opportunity to enter the craft brew market by brewing a really fine bock beer. They chose instead, the road of mass-produced-type swill and major advertising campaigns. Argh! In case you’re still interested, the rest of my vacation went very well despite A-B’s attempt to ruin it.

04-14-2003 09:26:46 | More by BeerResearcher
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

2.78/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours with a nice amber color. Off to a good start for a A-B product. A bit of a head was present then faded to nothing. The aroma is a bit on the sweet side. There is a present of roasted malts. Taste was a bit on the malt side. Nothing overpowering. The mouthfeel was extremely thin and there was hardly any taste. Not to bad but nothing to rave about

03-30-2003 18:19:47 | More by Stubbie1
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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -13.3%

Nice looking label and packaging. Pours weak with little head. Taste is a little malty, a little like chocolate. You do get a hint of the touted "imported hops". Distinct grainy, chemical aftertaste. Finish burns going down. Overall, not a very smooth brew for an amber/bock.

03-23-2003 11:48:59 | More by Rifrafboy
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WaltTrombone

New York

2.3/5  rDev -19.6%

It's been a while since I've had an A-B product, but this beer came with the St.Patty's Day special at the restaurant we went to following the local parade. As my other choices were Bud, Bud Light, or Michelob Ultra, I decided to go over to the dark side...

It was real pretty in the glass, reddish mahogany with a thin tan head. No aroma to speak of. The taste was classic A-B lager, with a touch more sweetness and complexity. Mouthfeel was smooth, and the finish had
just a wee bit of hops that went away quickly.

Not a bad beer to have when your choice is limited. Just try to avoid those situations whenever possible...

03-17-2003 07:08:22 | More by WaltTrombone
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Not that bad. Pretty light in body and taste. Why do they use the word "Bock"? The beer poured out a pretty deep copper color and the white head fizzled out pretty quick, leaving no lacing on the glass. Slight hop aroma. Leaving an almost oily,chewy aftertaste.
Not that bad for an A-B product.

03-06-2003 23:46:54 | More by pezoids
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darklager

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev +4.2%

This beer looks very nice in the glass with its dark brown color. It smells sweet with hints of hoppiness, although the taste is very thin on hops. It is a smooth tasting beer with no real strong flavors, but something I can definitely drink a lot of.

There was a time I probably would have given this a higher rating, but I have since been introduced to better beers. Still this beer is excellent for transitioning a typical american drinker to better beers.

03-03-2003 17:30:16 | More by darklager
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Reidrover

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -9.8%

Bought in a 24 oz "bomber"
The beer pours fast with a huge off white head , nice clear brown colour, actually looks pretty good..leaves a nice lace down my glass.
I can hardly smell anything from this beer..certainlly NOT a bock scent..weird.
It actually has some malty undertones to it but not much, tastes a bit like iced tea I also can taste that A-B flavor must be the rice.
Ok in the mouth macro feel crisp..no after taste.
Quite drinkable if it were a choice between Bud and This i would choose this.

I used to drink this quite often, now I wouldn't bother, it's neither a bock or an amber more like a dark regular lager and a very pedestrian one at that.

03-03-2003 05:29:28 | More by Reidrover
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +19.9%

This is one of my fav's when it comes to mass produced beers from North America. The apperance was my favorite part of it. The color was a black color towards the top of the glass and then got lighter color as it descended. There was no head, but laced the top with a light film. The taste starts out a little bitter, but smooths out quickly. There was also some hints of fruits in it. Not a bad brew overall.

02-10-2003 20:50:20 | More by JISurfer
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Bruiser81

Kansas

2.88/5  rDev +0.7%

Tried this on tap at Red Lobster. It was a bad decision. I should have known. It was a very clear brown color, with very little head. There wasn't much aroma maybe some toasted malts with a little sweetness. The taste seemed watered down, could've been the glass but I doubt it. It seemed to taste a lot like bud only sweeter. The mouthfeel was extremely thin and there was hardly any taste. That's what I get for going with AB. Still I would choose it over bud when it's my only other choice.

02-01-2003 16:14:42 | More by Bruiser81
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +36.4%

It pours a clear, brown body with a dull orange cast and ruby highlights. The short but creamy off-white head drops readily but keeps a creamy collar and whispy surface covering. It laces nicely as you drink, but all that sticks to the glass is some spotty lace. Still, the appearance is quite enjoyable. The nose expresses a mildly sweet and lightly toasty malt with some mild floral and spicy hops deep in the background. The body is light/medium with a very fine carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. The flavor is delicately balanced between a lightly sweet, gently toasty malt and a restrained bitterness. It finishes clean and dry with a light touch of residual toasted maltiness. Very nicely done! Exceptionally clean, well-balanced, and quite drinkable with enough character to keep it interesting for those who've moved beyond American lagers. Well worth trying.

01-28-2003 14:47:13 | More by NeroFiddled
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +21.7%

Pours a light brown color with caramel highlights that is crystal clear. Off-white head has large bubbles and fades quickly. The aroma is malt and caramel, showing a touch of sweetness. Caramel is very prevalent on the taste, with a touch of malt and hops for balance. Minimal sweetness, but very smooth. This is the best macro offering I've had. Nothing exceptional in the flavor, but definitely not offensive by any means. The mouthfeel is rather thin, especially for something termed a bock beer. Carbonation is a touch agressive, leading to a harsh mouthfeel as well. Drinkability is good year round. A solid beer for $16/case here in PA.

01-15-2003 13:17:17 | More by aaronh
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brakspear

Wisconsin

2.85/5  rDev -0.3%

The one good thing about going out for a few beers after work with my bosses is that I get a chance to see what the macro-brewers are up to because I would never buy their beers on my own!

This offering is a great example of a beer brewed not to offend anyone, but giving the appearance that it is a micro hand-crafted beer. It pours an amber brown with a foamy white head that sticks around only for a bit. At first the aroma actually has malty notes typical of a lesser mai-bock, along with some hop spiciness thrown in. The taste, however, is bland and watered down with the "green apple" Bud flavor very noticeable. The mouthfeel is also too weak for the style. I am not sure what the target consumer is for this beer, but it clearly is "too dark" for the Bud Light crowd and too bland for anyone that appreciates micros....

01-07-2003 00:59:51 | More by brakspear
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -9.8%

I sample Michelob Amber Bock from a 12 oz amber bottle. It poured to give an "amber" beer with some white foam. The color looked a little odd to me: it was not a true amber color, but was slightly brown. There was an aroma of sweetness and malt, but it did not smell like a bock. The taste was thin, but was sweet with very little hops. The mouthfeel was of carbonation, and the beer seemed thin. The drinkability is OK for this type, but again, this is not really a bock beer.

01-04-2003 04:28:08 | More by UncleJimbo
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alittlehazy

Kansas

2.6/5  rDev -9.1%

Hey with the decent appearance of this beer where is the taste? Poured a dark amber carbonated color and looked like it might have some taste to it. Turns out, its just another tasteless beer hidden behind the appearance.

I hope people don't take this beer to be any different than another macro big beer. Not a good amber beer, not a good bock. Good macro session beer at best.

01-04-2003 04:16:33 | More by alittlehazy
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ZAP

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -9.1%

This may be my favorite of all the "Mich" beers....It is a bit underrated by some because a lot of mainstream beer drinkers will drink this as their dark beer....

The nose is the worst part of the beer....it has an off-adjuncty smell...the color is light brown with a nice little head...the taste as a nice mellow sweetness to it..not a lot of flavor but it's decent..(I wish I could be more desciptive on this one but it is another lightly flavored Mich beer I am having a a hard time associating tastes to...although this one does have a little flavor)...it's medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel...drinkability is OK...there is some nice malt sweetness evident but it is still rather light and easy to slide down...

This beats most of the regular lagers out there but would rate as one of the worst bock beers although I'm not sure if it is a real bock...A good introductory dark beer for macro drinkers....

01-02-2003 22:07:48 | More by ZAP
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

2.53/5  rDev -11.5%

A total re-review of what was once considered a decent beverage. A medium red in color, strong skunky masky odor of corn and veggies. The initial taste is of watered down malts, with just a touch of faint hops left in the background. Easy going down, but overall a bad taste.

01-02-2003 19:30:59 | More by GeoffRizzo
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canoehornpoint

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +25.9%

Brown bottle with born on date. Poured a medium brown with good head that lasted longer than most mainstream beers. Moderate carbonation, little to no smell. I was impressed with the taste of this beer (again compared to the norm). There was a fair amount of maltiness offset with bittering hops, no flavor hops. Mouthfeel was reasonably light and I could drink more than a few of these.

Personal notes: Better than average pick when there are no micros. I noted that they use rice, which probably lightened the body of this, unfortunately. No corn, thank goodness. I would buy this if I was looking for a reasonably priced macro (for whatever reason).

12-14-2002 14:05:23 | More by canoehornpoint
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Pegasus

Texas

2.55/5  rDev -10.8%

Appearance: Crystal-clear medium brown color with a creamy off-white half-inch head with good retention, nice broken lace.

Aroma: Rather sweet aroma, with slight maltiness and a stronger caramel notes, overall, the sweetness seems heavy-handed.

Taste: Begins with dark bread flavored maltiness, towards the middle there are some faint hops, finishes slightly dry with unexpected nutty flavors - a bit like a nut-brown ale.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel seems watery for this style.

Drinkability/notes: Not nearly as good as the "other" Anheuser-Busch bock, ZiegenBock.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

12-09-2002 17:43:46 | More by Pegasus
Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.