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Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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1,579 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,579
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 14
Gots: 103 | FT: 1
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 kkipple
2.3/5  rDev -19.9%
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
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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
2.17/5  rDev -24.4%
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
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of GreenWBush
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

$1 for a small cup of this, Thursday nights at local not *that* dive dive bar. Of all people, my mother recently proclaimed this her favorite.

Dark amber. I'm surprised by the appearance on this one; nice strong iced tea appearance with a nice froth and lace.

The smell's decent, but mysteriously disappears. I can't get my nose around it. They did it, made this a corn-dog instead of a real bock but still, adjunct and flavorless its still super butter smooth. I can understand why they advertise this in craft beer journals. Sort of.

Just not that drinkable - a fakely sweetned guinness or something...can't wait to see what AB's upcoming "craft beers" will be like.

Photo of whynot44
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A decent dark amber color with a modest tan head that retreats a little quickly with only a traceof lacing.

A light/medium bodied "bock" without real "bock" taste, smooth almost fruity malt flavor.

A little sweet, caramelly and light on hops but a decent blend and probably a good introduction to other styles for the mass market lager drinker. .

Photo of drunkensailor
2.23/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've already reviewed this beer from the bottle, the experience was almost identical from the tap with the main difference being that from the tap the sweetness of the malt/syrup is stronger. Goes down a bit smother with a cleaner finish. Overall, feelings are the same.

Photo of Rootdog316
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Michelob's Amber Bock pours to a deep brown color with a prodigious head formation and a sweet malty nose. The palate is very light but has a touch of sweet malt and a hint of chocolate. The finish is slightly on the sweet side, no hops are discernible. The chewy, caramelly notes I want in a bock just are not here. It was never intended to be a German style bock anyway, rather it is patterned on Texas-style bocks like Shiner. In that, the beer succeeds.

Photo of baiser
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, reddish brown with no head. Some grainy and caramel aroma. Light bodied, crisp, clean. Some graininess and very sweet. Not very bock like, but would make a decent American macro lager. Not much hop character or bitterness. Finishes dry, no after taste. Better than the average american macro.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.1/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A typical bastardization of a good beer by an American Macrobrewery. This bock looks overly carbonated, offwhite foam that hangs around a short while, and laces only if your glass is really dirty. Aromas are almost nil. Slight (and I do mean slight) evidence of toasted malt, bread, and toffee. No real malt aromas. Tastes disapointing even compared to the aroma. No real malt backbone, hop flavor or bittering, or spiciness or complexity. Faint flavors of toastyness, roastyness. A bit or earthyness and astingency is the only characters that add to the beer. Mouthfeel is sticky without being sweet and over carbonation masks any present flavors. Aftertaste is sticky and void. Not a good bock. It doesn't have enough character to call it a bad beer.

Photo of KoG
2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark nearly black body with little head and some decent lacing.

Smell is weak for a Bock. Slight rice in the mix, but not dominate like other AB brews.

Taste is weak as well. Malty flavor is not strong enough and a bit light on the hops as well. no offensive, just not very flavorful.

Too thin for a bock. Beef up the malt a bit and add a small amount of body and it might not be too bad.

Photo of RBorsato
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper-brown with a nice light beige head and nice active carbonation. Light breadyand dark grain (crystal?) aroma with a touch of adjuncts. American Dark Lager style flavors ala Becks Dark and Henie Dark; not really a bock. Light-medium bodied with a dry malty finish.

Not really a bock but much better than Shiner Bock and a decent drinkable dark lager.

Label States: "Dark Lager" & "Dark Roasted malt" & "Hallertau, Select, and Tettnang hop cones"

Born On: 10/21/04
Tasted: 06/18/05

Photo of 67cuda
2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours with the right color for a Bock; a very lovely dark amber color. However, unlike the norm for Bocks, the head is very small and disappears about as fast as the foam on a cola. It smells kind of caramel and grainy, nothing too special. As for taste, its quite watery, at least if you're going to call it a Bock. It is, however, better than pretty much any other macro beer, but thats really not saying a whole lot. As for the mouthfeel.. well, it tastes much like water, and really feels a lot like water too... It is pretty drinkable, but thats in comparison to other macros, and noting the fact that it really doesn't taste like too much of anything.

Photo of fizzyfred
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The color is a nice amber brown. Looking at in a glass, I'm thinking that the color was engineered not to scare the AB faithful, yet interest a BA. The head has little retention and looks fizzy, kind of like a coke. No real aroma to speak of, very clean caramel smell from the grain. The taste is very dry and clean. There is a faint noble hop flavor, but just enough to make it drinkable. Very thin body with very little aftertaste. I've been in numerous situations where this is best choice on the menu. Not horrible, but sufficiently washes down a pizza.

Also, this is not a bock. There should be some designation for an American Bock with Shiner being the classic example. I'm not sure if its true, but I read somewhere that Shiner bock is called a bock because of an old liquor law in Texas requiring beers of certain alcholic strength to be labeled "bock", similar to Malt Liquor is other states.

Photo of arguemaniac
2.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head has almost no retention. As a huge bock fan, I admit that, in general, bocks are not known for having tremendously thick and sustaining heads (though that isn't always the case with many sub-styles, such as weizen-bocks). But NO beer should have the head retention of SODA (like this one)!!! However, they did get the color right: a deep, dark amber color with a mahogany hue. Not too much to the aroma, a faint grain and slight caramel. This taste is very thin and watery, especially for a bock. There is some caramel maltiness, but that's about it. The finish is really weak. Mouthfeel is flat.

While it is without a doubt richer than many macros, it is still very mediocre (if that, even). As a craft beer lover, I'm unimpressed, as a bock lover, I'm very dissapointed. Not recommended.

Photo of BrewMaven
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a beer I tried before the concept of using a glass occured to me. Anyway, I found this to be a highly drinkable, enjoyable and readily available dark(er) than usual, beer. After being weaned on the usual "drink to get buzzed" beers, I found this one to be several levels above those in terms of drinkablility and taste. Although not (quite) in the same league as, say, Guinness, this is very much worth trying before you just pick up the same grocery store type beer you usually settle for.

Photo of ski271
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark yellowish brown with a small, light tan, fizzy, rapidly diminishing head. No real lasting lacing, as what does cling to the glass slowly sinks down as you drink.

Smell: Can’t really pick up except a little weak malt and some grain, corn and rice. Having no smell is definitely not a good thing, but compared to the adjunct stick of a lot of macros, maybe no smell isn’t all THAT bad. In any case, I’m not impressed.

Taste: Decent caramel sweetness and some rice over a moderately earthy yeast flavor. The finish is short and weak, but then again, it’s weak in general.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, lots of carbonation... just slightly heavier than your average macro.

Drinkability: Sure it’s drinkable. It has just a little more character than your average macro, so that’s a plus. I actually had this as one of the beers at my wedding, to satisfy the needs of the macro lovers. I think the color scared them a little, but in the end most people liked it. I think it was a baby-step in the right direction as far as helping their appreciation of beer mature and grow. So I like this beer for that reason. But they call this a bock beer? That’s just wrong.

Photo of kbnooshay
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is better than bud I guess. Something i drink when the monetary situation has seen better days. It pours a nice amber color with a small head. Nothing special but the hint of caramel is nice. Moderately watery mouthfeel but not too bad. Fairly drinkable too.

Photo of nota
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks great! Taste is a big disappointment. I should say the lack of taste that disappoints me. Its just to watery. It has a faint toasted caramel flavor and just a tinny bit of hops. I guess the best I can say is it goes down crisp and clean. To many other good beers out their to bother with this one again.

I must add this comment a week later. After drinking some other watery macro's then drinking this beer the Taste was more noticeable. I also had this before a pizza at Pizza Hut. The second one tasted better while eating my pizza.

Photo of soulfly967
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Let it be known that this is the ONLY beer that AB makes that I will drink. Had this on tap at Sports and Spirits in the bad ass town of Evans City.

Poured a relativly clear dark amber color with a bit of white head that soon vanished. It had a fairly sweet smell, with some hops detected. The taste was clean and showed some dark malt character. The mouthfeel is rather thin, and a bit too carbonated. But, for some reason, I can drink these all night long. Not too bad for such a crappy brewery.

Photo of tgbljb
2.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep copper color with large white head that quickly vanished. I sure hope the taste is better than the smell. The first taste is of over sweetness and it doesn't get any better. Did some one forget to put any hops in this. Mouthfeel is poor. Why drink it??

Photo of DrJay
2.23/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, dark amber colour with some reddish highlights. It was topped by a dense, light brown head. Slightly sweet nose with little hops present. Also, an aroma that reminded me of dark malt that's gone stale from sitting on the shelf too long.

The flavour was fairly clean, but was on the weak side. Some refined sugar sweetness and acidic crispness were present, along with a bit of darker malt character. Sweetness was a little strong at the finish, given that there was very little bitterness to provide balance. The body was on the thin side and the carbonation melded fairly well with the smooth, slightly grainy texture.

Overall, not bad for an AB product, but this is certainly not a Bock. It might make a reasonable transition beer for friends that refuse to drink micros.

Photo of mjc410
2.17/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown glass twist
Clear amber color, head is thin but does manage to stick around for a while, lacing the sides of the glass in clumps.
Smells of sugar, caramal, weak malts. Hops are negligible.
Carbonation is at a good level, but the taste is grainy and just too sweet. Hops are hard to pick up here as well. Overall, a very light, low taste beer dominated by sweetness. Not too good.

Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 1,579 ratings.