Michelob AmberBock
Anheuser-Busch

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Style:
German Bock
Ranked #172
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
68
Ranked #48,684
Avg:
2.9 | pDev: 22.07%
Reviews:
713
Ratings:
1,920
From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
68
Poor
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Notes: Michelob AmberBock is brewed using 100% malt including dark-roasted black and caramel malts and all-imported hops.
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Photo of Bsimpson91
3.73/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Not Bad, not good either. For those who want a watered down stout. Yeah, I know these are different than a stout. It's not that Bold in flavor. Looks Dark Red. I didn't get a cap of foam with it. Taste is nothing to write home about. Upfront roasted malts and lightly sweet, progresses to a light, clean watery nothingness. A tiny amount of hops that don't really help this beer at all. Rather plain beer with tiny amount of flavor. no Boldness, No kick. Feel is rather light as well. Unremarkable and boring to be honest.

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Bsimpson91 from Georgia, May 14, 2020
Photo of jwp777
3.27/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle:

Pours a nutty brown with a reddish tint. Head is off-white and dissipates quickly but does retain around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell is faint, but nutty and malty.

Taste follows the nose but the roast and bread characteristics come out more in the taste.

Feel is pretty smooth. Light body, medium-high carbonation. Finish is long and malty.

Overall, it’s okay. Not very interesting or impressive, but certainly better than Ultra and costs about the same.

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jwp777 from Oklahoma, Apr 03, 2020
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3.34/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ok beer. Been drinking it since we were young. I will definitely pick this over any other Budweiser product. Smell is nutty and malty. Taste is of bread, nuts and malt.

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Photo of Reef
2.97/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at a neighborhood Happy Hour

Dark brown more like a porter than an amber or a bock. One finger of tan head. Curtains of lacing.
Light toasty dark malt, dark bread, molasses, cocoa, light grassy aromas.
Thin caramel, cocoa, light toasty nutty malt flavor.
Light bodied and fairly dry, consistent stubborn carbonation.
We have access to genuine bocks, now, so are under no illusions about this beer. That being said, this is not a badly brewed or offensive beer, just not very flavorful. In social settings with bar food it may be a good choice.

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Reef from South Carolina, Feb 04, 2020
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3.53/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Uh, is this really a bock? I mean, I can see the point they are trying to make, but come on, this is only a watered-down version of it! Very watery and very carbonated. Almost absolutely no hint of the fruity maltiness trademark of the bocks or the sweetness, it is quite dry and really watery, almost to a tasteless degree. It is not BAD, I mean at least not awful, had much worse beers than this, just a bit disappointing - if they called it a “strong lager” on the other hand, it would be way more appropriate and would lower your expectations I guess.
Ps. I re-read the label: it says it’s a Dark Lager. This way I reconsidered and re-evaluated the beer a little. As psychosomatic as it may seem, the beer feels much better now, knowing this.

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monkist from Hungary, Jan 18, 2020
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.09/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

(12 oz bottle, 19116, 5.1% abv; purchased cold single... poured into fluted goblet)

L: polished-clear, fiery orange-amber liquid; off-white, semi-compact head started to form on pour, but quickly recedes to thin collar; some thin streaks of lace

S: dull aroma intensity and definition; basically just a lightly-toasty, lightly-caramelized sugar, maybe a faint hint of dried grass; little overt alcohol

T: somewhat like the aromas, only with a more pronounced caramelly underbelly, with a hint of caramel lasting a good bit through into the aftertaste; very subtly sweet... little the hop or fermentation character; mellow, rather neutral bitterness

F: mellow carbonation, with a foamy fringe; slight swell to its body, but relatively streamlined and clipped

O: glad to find a single; probably could've eventually made it through a sixer, but wouldn't have exactly savored it... a rather bland, play-it-safe, American 'bock', if it could even be considered one - the angle here is clearly the unfermentables and orange-y color... maybe a little reminiscent of Shiner Bock? (1547)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Oct 08, 2019
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2.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap into a pub glass.

Pours the promised dark amber color with a creamy head and decent lacing.

The aromas are fairly nondescript, with only hints of toasted malts, and some background metallic notes.

The flavors are skewed sweet, even for the style. Strong malts forward, with hints of toasted flavors, and no real hop flavor.

The brew is nearly flat in presentation. Watery and thin.

It looks like a bock. That's about it.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Aug 17, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly this is not the best of all possible Bock Beers. But, Food Lion has 12 packs for $10.50 or thereabouts.
Tastes very good for the price. No corn or rice in it at all, despite other opinions that matter little to me. Classic 4 ingredient beer. Water malt hops and yeast, Nothing else Asshat Experts.
Malt forward and not as hoppy as Michelob Lager.
A tad thin as others have pointed out. But the other tag line is Dark Lager. Which fits it better that the Bock term.
I am beginning to like the Michelob line with the exception of the lite and ultra lite water that is so popular with the wanna be Healthy Freaks that think along the same lines as the light cigarette crowd. Lighter is better?
Not so much it turns out.

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hottenot from North Carolina, Aug 11, 2019
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3.07/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle marked 19140 (bottled 65 days ago) poured into a pokal glass at fridge temp 5.1% ABV. The beer pours bright dark amber with ruby highlights and light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin. The aroma is faint with a little caramel and toasted malt. The taste is minimal with a trace of toasted malt that is pushed aside by the over carbonation and slight off taste of incomplete fermentation. Bitterness is minimal. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with way too much carbonation for the style (we are pretending this is a bock?) and a mostly dry finish. Overall, lousy bock, but ok alternative to macro AAL if used to wash down food. I'm a little surprised how offensive this is after having it so many times when out with friends.

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jkblr from Indiana, Jul 25, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A really solid beer that has a rich but not overpowering taste of nutty caramel to it. It's very drinkable and while it's flavor is not as remarkable as many other beers, it's probably one of the best non seasonal standard beers out there.

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OMF2097 from New York, Jun 02, 2019
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3.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Copper with near white head. Smells of banana, caramel, hint of chocolatey roast. The flavor is mild with tootsie roll, caramel, a bit of earth. More like a dunkel than a Bock, but it's really not bad.

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Photo of Marysdude
4.59/5  rDev +58.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Whiles the color is just right for an amber, and has that sought for malty taste, and an aroma that draws you to it, it is important to note that the main reason I drink it is more simple than any of those. I'm an alcoholic so I must limit the amount of alcohol I consume. Amberbock has an outstanding taste, and as important as taste it has staying power. I can drink all afternoon and not have to worry about my weakness. The beer I open at 1:00 pm and the one I empty at 4 or 5:00 pm is the same bottle. I can do that because Amberbock tastes the same at whatever temperature it is consumed. Not many beers has that quality.

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Marysdude from South Carolina, Apr 15, 2019
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2.47/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass. Light brown color. Small head which dissipates quickly. Little lacing. Some malts but nothing which stands out. Taste is a bit thin, some malty taste but nothing outstanding. It is drinkable but many better beers available

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Danieljm from Missouri, Mar 06, 2019
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3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just updated my review to a 3 on this one. In my ranking 3 is average/good, 2 poor 1 terrible 4 outstanding 5 Guinness. I drank this one extensively about 20 years ago and liked it. I see it has a poor rating on ba, most likely by those who never really drank it, but want to bash AB. Fuck that, it's good beer at a good price

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Jan 24, 2019
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3.31/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass shows a beautifully clear dark amber colored body that even supported a 1/2in chestnut colored head of foam that disappeared before I could enjoy a drink.

Aromas and flavors are sweet caramel, cola malt.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

Overall an easy drinker.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Jan 13, 2019
Photo of Nass
2.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I agree with cola & caramel notes that were mentioned on this page. The carbonation is decent for the style, but it's sort of a little too flat & light in flavor to be considered a good drinking bock. It's okay as a transition bock beer but it's not as good as perhaps Shiner Bock. Cheers! C

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Nass from Florida, Nov 07, 2018
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5/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We strategically made Michelob Amber Bock our 100th beer rating because for both Father and Son Beer Love, and a large number of our Beer Love friends, this was our breakout beer. By breakout beer we mean the one that got us over the rank domestic hump and into the realm of beers that actually have taste. We feel like Amber Bock is the perfect beer to introduce to friends who are wanting to (or who you want to) break out into craft beers for several reasons:

It’s available everywhere.
It doesn’t feature the sticker shock of some of our beloved high end craft brews.
It’s dark – there’s a stigma around dark beers for those not in the know, and a lot of the good craft beers are a bit darker than your normal American lagers.
It’s balanced – you can easily scare a newbie away with something too malty or too hoppy when their palate isn’t yet “beer sophisticated.”
It works with and without food.
Though it’s dark, it’s still a lager, which helps ease people over to “the dark side.” Lagers don’t tend to pack the punch of flavors that ales do, so we feel it bridges the gap well between light and refreshing lagers and rich and satisfying ales.

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JimboBrews54 from Michigan, Oct 08, 2018
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2.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bought a 6-pack Don Quijote $6.99
Smell of caramel
Dark amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-light carbonation
Caramel, roasted malt, cola flavors, smooth
Overall ok. Sort of light flavors, easy drinking.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.33/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very dark, opaque brown. Practically no head.

Smell: A little spicy fruit, dark malt, and not much else.

Taste: Mild bready malt and that’s about it.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, very high and sparkly carbonation.

Overall: While better than an adjunct lager, still very mild and lacking in taste or complexity.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Aug 12, 2018
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2.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

To be honest, it's pretty bland, and it more or less tastes just like regular Michelob but with a slight artificial maltiness. Its as if they just added food coloring and a bit of artificial flavor to regular Michelob which is okay I guess. I mean its drinkable but you might as well pick up some regular Michelob cause this is slightly more expensive. And for what? A gross aftertaste? That's what you're paying for.

Yuengling black and tan is the same price if not cheaper and tastes like something. Just go with that if you want an affordable dark malty beer. Edit* Unless you live west of Indiana u.u Jesus no wonder this imitation of a dark beer still sells.

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Animage_66 from Georgia, Aug 07, 2018
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3.07/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an Amber amber color with a white head.
The nose is minimal.
Taste is malty, but is light flavored.
Body is light. Not too watery.
For $1, It's ok, but not a great beer.

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Photo of UtahBeerPleb
2.84/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bland, thin, and watery, with only a hint of the amber malt character of a typical bock. Granted, I had an old bottle, and this is the 4% Utah version, so the real one probably doesn't taste like it's actually been watered down (or at least not nearly as much). Maybe it would be at least passable if it were fresher and the proper ABV, but I have a feeling it wouldn't help it significantly. I'll update this review if I ever get a chance to and/or feel like trying the proper ABV version.

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Photo of TerryMills
2.22/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Just enough flavor to remind you its a bock but nothing close to the real thing..

Watery finish and a hint of that metallic/mineral flavor that I do not like at all..

Glad I bought a single lol, it will be my last.

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TerryMills from Tennessee, Mar 21, 2018
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3.53/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 8/21/2017. Pours crystal clear reddish copper/brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of nuttiness, roast, pepper, and herbal/grassy/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with dark/bready/roasted malts and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Touch of yeast fruitiness in the aromas, but not overwhelming. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of nuttiness, roast, pepper, and herbal/grassy/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, roast, and herbal/grassy/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good big. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready/roasted malts and mild earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Nicely clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes present. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not watery. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a good bock. All around good complexity and robustness of dark/bready/roasted malts and mild earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and easy to drink with the very mildly bitter finish. Nicely flavorful with clean malts and just enough hop presence to balance sweetness. A nicely enjoyable offering, and good style example.

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superspak from Michigan, Mar 03, 2018
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2.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When the remodeled our local BBQ restaurant they added a bar so I figured they'd expand their beer choices from jus Bud and Bud Light. they did. they added Michelob Ultra and Amber Bock. I thought I'd had Amber Bock in the distant past and it was okay, so that's what I ordered. It came in a plastic glass; A nice very dark color with only a trace of head, which dissipated to no head at all pretty quickly. It didn't have much aroma. Mouthfeel has some carbonation, but pretty much tasteless. Did not meet expectations. Blah.

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spectru from Florida, Sep 24, 2017
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