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Michelob AmberBock | Anheuser-Busch

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Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Michelob AmberBock is brewed using 100% malt including dark-roasted black and caramel malts and all-imported hops.

Added by unclejimbay on 08-16-2001

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Photo of darklager
2.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.41/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bruiser81
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of aaronh
3.47/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brakspear
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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....

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

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.

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Photo of alittlehazy
2.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ZAP
2.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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....

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.54/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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).

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

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.

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Photo of Kwak
3.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an average beer nothing to complexes nothing to simple. This beer has a firm smallish head which sticks around for a while, that has some malt character to it. the aroma is nothing to be impressed with. It also has a nice body a little thin but what do you expect from AB. Good color nice amber hue could be a little darker. Nice smooth taste not very heavy on the malt flavor light hops, a little creamy and a little Smokey. Nice bold aftertaste a little dry but refreshing. A good showing from AB but a little hard to find, and if you have to hunt it down it's not worth it!

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Photo of DarthMalt
2.14/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Man, this beer smells funny. The guy at Budweiser school says, "Swirl the beer around in the glass. This will release the aromas in the beer."

Why on Earth did he tell us to do this!? It was okay for comparing the skunky Bud to the Fresh Bud, but Lordy, didn't you know people were going to try it with the Amber Bock?

HISTORY: If I am not mistaken, some primordeal version of this beer was given to me by my dad in a pizza parlor one day. While he ignorantly waxed poetic (as many dads do) about the bock beer being made from the bottom of the barrel, I glugged as much of the cold dark juice as I could to wash down my salty, greasy pizza. Of course, being a kid, I thought it was just dandy--that thar' bock beer--but little did I know that those few fateful sips would unleash a monster--Darth Malt, the bock jock from a galaxy far, far away.

I bet you're wondering when I'll get to the review. Too late! I dumped it [thought It'd make the Tucher Bajuvator even that much more savory].

This beer is neither amber nor bock. Kids love it, however!

Fight the good fight Shiner!

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

This brew is not amber, has gone well beyond that...I did like this dark lager even though this type of brew is basically foreign to me. After I got by the appearance, the taste I found to be very mellow and well balanced...I thank BA for perking my interest to trying all these new brews.

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

Murky brown color. A little deeper than clear. Thin, off-white to tan head. Some beer like malt smells matched with toasted corn. Taste is midly maltly, although hard to distinguish which are used. Thin feeling and somewhat watery finish.Semi-sweet finish, lingers but doesn't disrupt the taste buds. I drank it fast anticipating a hard to handle slick funky AB finish. But it was not that bad. Actually I found it better than I had anticipated. Is neither an amber or a bock though, just a catchy name for a dark lager. I'm not sure that it's not artificially colored too. Still better than ordering some things on tap in Florida.

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Photo of BillyBrew
2.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate Michelob's effort, a better AB product.

Brownish-amber colour with a thin, creamy lace that hangs around. Indistinguishable malted something in the nose, not bad, but jumbled and unimpressive. Very thin and hopfree upfront but followed by a solid malted nuttiness. Mild graininess and a sweetness that aint from the malts. Medium body that is crisp and has a fizzy, biting carbonation.

Certainly not a German bock, but a pretty exotic brew from AB. I held off for a long time to try this, and finally broke down and broke a sixer for one. It was worth my effort. How about yours?

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

Pours to a medium-brown colow with an off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is one of light malt; no hop aroma was detected. The taste is light roast malt, with a slight hop flavor. The mouthfeel is light-bodied, smooth, and carbonic. Overall this beer is light in every aspect, which makes it easy to drink. It however is sad that they try to market it as a Bock. Should not be associated with a Bock. It would be very misleading to a novice beer drinker looking to try a real Bock beer.

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Photo of BeerAngel
1.84/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark caramel color with absolutely no head (?). The smell contains maybe a hint of light malt with a skunk being dominant. Fortunately doesn't taste as bad as it smells. Quite bland with faint notes of earthy grain and lightly hopped (almost none) and plenty of carb bite. Very plain for such a fancy label. Very light bodied and finishes very crisp and clean. Fairly drinkable if you don't smell first. AB is so scared they are going to put flavor in something. When I get through this fancy variety pack of bland beer...no more AB for me! Cheers!

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours to a semi-dark amber with a dying head that doesn't really leave any lace. it has an odor of malts along with that cheap A-B skunky aroma.

the last of my sampler pack was pretty unimpressive. the body is lacking it is thin and short on flavor. there are some malts hanging around, but not too much to it. something to make a macro drinker feel fancy.

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Photo of Jarod
2.46/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

As far as this being a mass produced beer it wasn't a bad attempt. Atleast they are trying. The color was really the only thing good about this beer. Dark, ruby, molassas in color. The head and lace were almost non-existent. The smell was slightly floral and malty. But really non-existent. The flavor had a malt, slight caramel,molassas, floral, carbonation taste to it. I asked a buddy to try a sip and he is a Coor;s man and said that it wasn't bad for Michelob. I agree, not bad for Michelob.

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Photo of psugrad98
2.72/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium amber, weak head and lace. Lighter than I think it should be. Slightly syruppy sweet and spritzy. Husky corn like finish. Totally lacking in body. Obviously mean to give lawnmower beer drinkers the impression they are drinkingn something sophisticated. Goes down smooth.

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Photo of cokes
2.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pour a dark amber with a short-lived, artificial off-white head.
Aroma of carmel malt and large amounts of induced sweetness. Sugary to an obnoxious extent.
Taste is intially pleasant. Heavy on the carmel and vanilla tones. Becomes cloyingly sweet as it sits, and the adjunct flavors emerge. Corn syrup, layered on sucrose. Graininess lies below, but hard to detect past the sugar. It touts the use of all imported German hops....not even close. Hopping is not a factor.
Intially highly carbonated, which fades in a soda-like manner. After a few minutes, this one is totally flat, which adds to the syrup like sweetness.
Pathetic marketing attempt at a bock. Lacks any traits of a true one.
However, it is easily AB's best attempt.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the first of Anheuser-Busch's "craft" brews that I have tried. I guess they finally realize that people nowadays are starting to convert to higher quality micros and imports, so they strike back with their series of specialty brews under the Michelob name. I must definately reiterate what other BAs have said: this is NOT a bock beer. This is simply a dark American lager. I'll even go a step further and say that this is probably a reformulated version of the old Michelob Classic Dark.

Well enough of the hooplah, here's the review: it pours a very nice mahogany brown color that is clear. The thin, off-white colored head disappears in a matter of seconds though. The smell is quite bland, as it smells like any other American lager, except with a tiny bit of caramel smell. The beer was more watery than I was expecting, and was quite fizzy, but felt very smooth. The taste was good, but nothing special. Moderate roasted malt taste and a little bit of hop bitterness, but the overall taste wasn't overpowering. The aftertaste was clean, except the infamous AB "green apple" taste returns, although not quite as pronounced as in their other beers. This beer even concludes with a tiny bit of alcoholic warmth.

My verdict? A good AB product. I find it amusing that this is supposed to be a specialty brew, and the label explicity says that it is brewed with rice. Try making an all malt brew next time, AB.

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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
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