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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob AmberBockMichelob AmberBock

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1,510 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 10
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of jahred
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at the April Goose Island "Beer Academy" - pours a light brown color with a medium, very white head.

Will this really taste like a bock if it's brewed by AB? There's pretty much NO scent to this beer. Hmmm...

As for the taste, it's quite thin, with some sweet malt flavors. An odd metallic aftertaste appeared every once in awhile. Goes down easy, but not much to it. A mass-produced "dark" beer, not a real bock in any sort of the word. My notes ended with "Hmph," which seems rather appropriate.

jahred, May 05, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.23/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark copper/red with a half inch head that quickly dissapated and left a white lace around the top and stuck through half the drink.

The smell was a very light mix of floral and malt. I had to let it warm slightly to notice it though.

The drink started with a sweet malt kick followed by a watery middle and a sweet clean finish, no sign of hops anywhere.

All and all a very drinkable beer. Also I should note that I live in a dry county and the closest place to buy beer has a very poor selection. Hell, poor may not define it, Heiniken is exotic in Jellico, TN. I think Amber-Bock will become my new daily swill.

coasterfreak75, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of Joey7F
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This was the compromise, I wanted a stout or porter, my friends wanted some piss beer. I expected it to be pretty good after I had some BAs say it wasn't bad. I suppose if you are going to have either Bud or this, I'll take this, but I won't buy it. The taste is very ricey and the mouthfeel is only slightly less watery than the traditional AB fare. I will say that it looks good in the glass, and you can drink it in large quantities. Keep in mind this review came a day after a pint of Young's Double Chocolate Stout which is my favorite beer of all time so it could be unfairly harsh.


Joey7F, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of ism
2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours with a thin head that dissipate fairly quickly, leaving a bit of a trail on the sides of the glass. The amber color is nice to look at, but the head pretty much says it all. It has a light aroma which is half-offensive and half-curious. The carbonation is light, tickling the tongue. Body is low-medium for a lager, tastes quite watery, with a ricey flavor, and light maltness. More malt would have created a better body. It leaves a quick lingering bitterness, slightly dry, but eventually clean at the end.

I suppose it's good and different for a macro lager, but I was disappointed. This is no bock. The body does not match the color. I started drinking it thinking this would be something new, and when I finished, forgot I started. I will not be revisiting this beer any time soon.

ism, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
1.93/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Was at the father in laws and this is his beer of choice, so this is what I had. Poured a dark cola type with little to no head, more of a fizzle. Left little lacing on the glass as you drank. Smell was of malt with a hop ending. Taste is of flat coke. Not what you want to have in a beer, granted I'm not a dark lager taste but even so, much better out there. Mouthfeel is light and dull, no pizazz. Drinkable if you are forced, but not quenching or filling. Like a big blockbuster that goes nowhere. Much better out there.

beertaster13, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of granger10
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark brown/amber color with a small head that left quickly. That was a little odd considering it was on tap. The smell seems to be caramel and grains. Taste brings me a definite budweiser taste with a slightly darker grain. Rice is very noticeable. This for sure is no bock! Body is quite weak and can't help sustain any pertinent flavors. Finish is forgetful. Not the worst beer made but not quite average either.

granger10, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of sponberg
2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

The neighbors moved and left me a case of this because they couldn't take it on the airplane. Oh well, what the hey...

Pours a dark amber with a whitish head that doesn't hang around very long. Looks a lot more like a dunkel than a bock. Aroma is of sweet malt with the same background sour-ricey note that I get from Bud.

Just as it hits the palate, it tastes a bit like a dark lager - then it all evaporates. This beer has absolutely no body. I mean, water has more body. It's like someone cut a hole out of the middle of the beer. It has a bit of the same sour/metallic tang in the finish that I get and dislike from Bud, presumably from the rice. Next time I visit my Dink Dark loving friend's house, I'm going to see what mix of Dink Dark and Mich Ultra is needed to replicate this brew.

Replace the rice with twice the amount of Munich malt and maybe they'd have something here.

sponberg, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It was a little bland with no hops infused flavors. A little sweet malt with a frothy head and a brown color. Not alot of taste tahts for sure. I bought a six pack of these for $3.50 at a Coast Guard Package Store and I was plesantly surprised at the price not the beer.

JoEBoBpr, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of winomark
2.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium amber with a big, frothy light tan head.

Sweet malt dominates. Some mild hop tones, but overall quite mild.

Some sweet roasted malts fight with the substantial carbonation. Hops are nowhere to be seen.

Very light, with some flavor, but virtually no finish. Pretty bland.

One of the best offerings from A-B. If I could only choose one beer from A-B, this would be the one.

winomark, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.42/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear medium brown with a healthy dose of brick red. The pale beige cap doesn't disappear instantly, but isn't long-lived either. A very thin film persists on the surface of the beer and there's absolutely no lace.

The aroma is just okay: a little caramel malt and not much else. The flavor is lightly sweet and malty, but there's no depth, not even the suggestion of richness or complexity. Like most other macros, the whole thing collapses within seconds to a faint, watery ghost of what came before.

The flavor, which wasn't a world-beater to begin with, worsens considerably as the beer warms. If I had started the bottle out at a warmer temperature, taste would have been rated a half notch lower. Maybe even a full notch. The mouthfeel is both thin and highly carbonated. Not a good combination, no matter the style.

Michelob Amber Bock reminds me of Killian's Irish Red. Not so much because of the smell, taste, etc. (though they do look similar), but because they're both so-called specialty macros that aren't very tasty, but are drinkable if nothing else is available. Pass.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of merlin48
2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours into a Michelob glass(that came with the sampler box) a clear, copperish red/brown with a 6 second offwhite head. Lacing was patchy, but better than most Michs. As with most AB products, I can't really detect an aroma of anything, good or bad. Mouthfeel is carbonation, and that's it. Taste is light bodied, some grain apparent. A hint of caramel, and enough vague hop bitterness to balance it into one of those drinkable macros that lack any redeeming qualities, other than being something you would drink a few of, to quench your thirst. Much like drinking colored, carbonated, water, with enough alcohol to relax your bones, but not your soul, after a long day at work.

merlin48, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of palma
2.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice dark red brownish body with a small white fizzy looking head. Smell was a disappointment. Not too good. Lot of adjuncts. Slightly on the skunky side too. I did drink it at about 130 days after the brew date. Of course the born on label says best b4 110 days but cm'on, 110 days? I've bought produce that lasts longer than that. Not a real bock. Weak on taste and a thin and overcarbonated mouthfeel.

palma, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stuff was a brown/reddish colour with a small white fluffy head. The aromas were of adjuncts, malts, and slight, slight, hops. The taste followed suit...where are the hops? The mouthfeel was a bit thin and the drinkability was nothing to write home about.

francisweizen, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of mschofield
2.48/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Darkish amber with a two finger tan head
Earthy aroma, malty, caramel, an egg-like note (unpleasant).
Roasted malt taste, but seems like it's old and had been laying around for awhile before brewing. A bit of an acidic bite. Just a touch of lemony hops.
Light-medium feel, "soapy", average drinkability. Not a bock by any means, but not horrible.

mschofield, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of neil
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A very average beer, but drinkable. Pours a nice dark amber colour, but leaves little, if any, head. Very carbonated, loud hiss from lager upon putting ear to glass. Would be much better with less carbonation.

Beer has a very strong taste and smell of rice. Very little taste of hops. Taking a small sip of this beer is very watery, but no unpleasant chemical taste like most cheap beers. Beer is very light on the tongue.

This beer suprised me as I expected it to be much worse, it is a good drinking beer for someone on a budget. I would not go as far to put 'Bock' on the label however.

neil, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
2.08/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried this at a bar that doesn't serve anything better.

It poured into my short glass with a nice dark color and a decent 3/4 inch brown head.

It smelled like a Bud, which to me is not a good thing. It had that harsh, grainy smell.

It tasted like a Bud, with maybe a little more robust flavor, but it was still harsh and grainy.

The mouthfeel was F'in close to water, highly carbonated water, but watery none the less.

This was a OK beer in terms of drinkablility of you like A-B products, but I've never liked that "Bud" taste. I don't think I'd get it again.

masterbruewer, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of WesWes
2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark amber color with a lacey white head. The aroma is of lager malts with the addition of some caramel malts to add color and sweet flavor. The taste is not so good. It is weak, watery, and full of skunky flavor. The aroma is a real tease. It has a low/medium bodied with too much carbonation. This is one and done for me. This beer is way too over-hyped.

WesWes, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
2.38/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours no head whatsover. Just sits there looking very dark, but still translucent. Tastes ok, almost like a bona fide dopplebock. Except for the aftertaste, which exposes this beer for what it really is, a mass produced attempt at craft beer. The aftertaste is full of metallic or watered-down flavors. It was worth a shot, but like most of the beers in this sampler, I can't recommend buying it.

TastyTaste, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of theozag
2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Amber Bock is a very dark (nearly black) brew with an off-white head that doesn't last. it's aroma and pallate are very simple. it smells a little like fresh wheat, and it's taste is only slightly more appealing. the brew starts shockingly smooth with almost no distinct flavor as it meets the tongue. a small mouthful usually begins with the taste of blackened toast. the beer's body is full with a heavy cereal note. other flavors include caramel and possibly a slight black pepper. finish is dry with a paste/cough syrup aftertaste. overall this beer will appeal to those who like a beer that goes down easy, and are willing to sacrifice flavor complexity to get it.

theozag, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of alexgash
2.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Macro time. Medium brown/amber with a nice off-white head. Smell is, uh-oh, looks are deceiving! Not much to smell. SOME toasted malts, but with a sweet adjuncty edge. Tastes like it smells. Toasted bread maltiness, but not enough to cover the cereal grain taste.

alexgash, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of jlervine
2.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper-brown with a white head that disappeared pretty quickly. Lace stuck around for a bit longer, but it too eventually succumbed. The smell has a bit of caramel malt to it, and just a slight hint of hop spiciness. The taste has the same slight hint of caramel malts and some noble hop flavors that are never consistent in their effect - sometimes at the beginning, sometimes in the middle, never at the end. The mouthfeel isn't fantastic, and feels a bit thin, but this brew is certainly passable for a night out at the pizza joint.

jlervine, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of PSUDREW
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, this is the beer of memories. $2 for 24 oz. at the Sports Cafe in state college. let's see, there is the lace that evreeyone likes. has a nice white head, w/ some amber color. I like the mouth feel ,but this is not a "bock's bock", but it is still enjoyable Is there rice, yes. Is it still drinkab le, yes. It has the amble hues, it has the taste to keep going. Is it great - NO. Is it something that you can go all night on if you have too?YES

PSUDREW, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-B runs full-page ads for this in the homebrewing and specialty beer publications, but considering how they boast about using rice right on the label, I don't see why. (Don't blame the magazines for running the ad: a full-page color ad can justify up to seven more pages of 4-color in the rest of the mag.) Decent enough color. Thin head fizzles away like any Budweiser. There's a hint of roastiness here, and a slightly bitter hop aftertaste that lingers briefly. Another mega brew, easily forgotten.
But it might have gone better had the bottle I had at Bennigan's not been served in their usual frosty glasses. How a place with over 20 beer taps care so little about beer stumps me. For the $5 they charged, I could have a fine imperial at any brewpub.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
1.9/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark Amber color. Small head. Aroma is malty, sweet and honeyish. A light bodied “Bock”. Malts are fairly mild, slightly nutty and sweet. Hops are virtually non-existent. No real beer like qualities, tastes more like an under-carbonated coke. Not much flavor. Kind of watery. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is sweet.

beerguy101, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an amber brown tone with a short lived head and a scattered light lacing, just seems so artificial and unatural in appearance....engineered if you will. Aroma is sweet with lightly toasted malts and a touch of caramel in there, undetectable hops for me at least. Unoffensive in taste, not bad decent amount of sweetness not adjunct ridden but still containing corn and rice, and not a bad hop profile light hop bitterness but overall doesn't do the trick. Overall a drinkable A-B brew just light and fizzy texture this is the most tolerable beer made by A-B, I just wish that fans of it would realize it's not the best.

WVbeergeek, Sep 01, 2003
Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.