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Michelob AmberBock | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob AmberBockMichelob AmberBock

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

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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Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
2.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had on tap...

A- Pours a clear amberish brown color with red hues that show more when held to the light. Two finger tan head shows medium retention. Light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel malt galore in the front of this aroma. Bready notes throughout the nose with large hints of lager yeast. Not a huge hop in the nose but a small grassy note is there. Alcohol is a little in the ending but even this is faint most of the time. Under it all though it does have a BMC underbody to it.

T- Carmael malts which show a little bready hint to it come in first. Hints of earthy hops show up toward the ending of the front of the beer. Light brown sugar notes in the middle of the beer with hints of toasted toffee. Ending is the caramel bready notes with hints of the earthy hops again. Alcohol is a little more in the ending of the flavor than what was shown in the aroma.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very high for the style. Bready caramel malts and hints of brown sugar are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol, brown sugar, bready malts, and hint of faded earthy hops. Flavors are balanced well enough for the style. No off flavors at all but the carbonation is a little too prickly for me. Light medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was average or a little above it. There isn't much to it but the malty flavors take hold and at times make you want to drink it a little fast. The ABV is low enough that you can enjoy this beer a little more than a pint or two.

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Photo of Safa1
4.13/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Ok. There are two major types of Beer drinkers. Beer snobs and Beer Geeks. Fuck a beer snob. Beer snobs say stupid shit like, Im a hop head, or macro=evil...Give me a break. The worst part about Michelob? They changed the bottle from the original design. Look, if you want a deep complex expirience buy some micro/can't buy any day but Thursday and Tuesday and its a limit of 1 per customer/we made a new beer out of fish ass and stop reading this.If you enjoy beer than this is a good/best american lager in the bock style. There is no lacing and it pours a damn full soda-ish head. It tastes good. Like a good beer, but its a Michelob! Its like 6 bucks a 6 pack and at 5.1% its decent. Look. I'm a beer Geek. That means I love beer. Fuck the beer snob s who judge. Do yourself a favor and buy a six pack of Michelob the next time your reaching for that $9.50 22 ounce Muffin Top/Space Cake and drink some god damned beer. Thank me later.

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.56/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amazing. One of my favorite american Macro beers, but never reviewed it. Pours a nice caramel color. Slight amber on the nose. Taste is simple, but delicious. I like this beer any time of year. Very underated in my opinion.

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Photo of davemarc87
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.63/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Wallaby’s in the fabulous Green Bay, WI.

Pours like water with added caramel dye. No head. Minimal carbonation.

No aroma.

Tastes like water with sweetening syrup.

Mouthfeel is similar to water with a little maple syrup in it.

Drinkable as city tap water from an old pipe.

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Photo of tohe9384
4/5  rDev +39.4%

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2/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of natezero
3.87/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am quite new to the world of reviewing beers so I thought I would start with something I enjoy and can be found anywhere.

One of the most strong points about the Amber Bock is the taste. It has a decent amount of hoppiness in flavor, something I wouldn't expect from a Michelob beer.

It is a little thin for a dark lager, but it still decent.

The biggest downside to this beer is the amount of carbonation bubbles in it. Even just casually drinking it will cause a massive amount of foam to appear.

Overall, a great choice if you need something tasty.

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Photo of TheAdamConners
5/5  rDev +74.2%

Photo of WuAnquo1
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of sponberg
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of twi1609372
4.5/5  rDev +56.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

friends told me to try this beer and i did and i liked it. Pretty even thick and balanced taste, not overpowering, but not at all watered down. i'm sure this would be good on tap, i'll let you know when i get a chance to try it. but you should try one and suprise yourself, maybe michelob should break off anheiser, they actually know a little about a descent beer.

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Photo of TTripp725
1.75/5  rDev -39%

Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Iconiclast
4.25/5  rDev +48.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SAxDRC5
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of kaiyote
3.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown twist off bottle with a "Born On Date" freshness date on the neck label.

A- Thin off white lacing barely holds together, deep reddish brown hue with a good clarity.

S- Clean nose with a mild malt character ... only a hint of toasted malt, nothing like a bock IMO.

T- On the sweet side with very little depth, touch of sharpness form the carbonation and simple hop bitterness. Finishes with an odd dextrin sweetness.

M- Ample crispness, a bit of smoothness and a creamy moderate body.

D- Not a bad stepping stone beer, quite plain but quite drinkable at the same time. This beer is to AB as Killians Red is to Coors. Misleading with the whole bock thing ... I'd love to see an all-malt 6.5% abv+ version from AB.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of merlin48
2.89/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of badbeer
1.24/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a dark brown with a decent head and some lacing. Smell is of a typical macro lager, but with some roasted grain and maybe a hint of some coffee. There is maybe a little bit of coffee in the taste, hard to sense any hops even though the label suggests a perfect balance of hops, saying that this taste existed in this beer is just being nice, it just tasted so off, I expected a lot more from this. Mouthfeel was overcarbonated and on the thin side. Drinkability was awful to me, I thought at the very least this would be drinkable, but I just do not care for this, it is almost a task to finish.

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Photo of woodencardboard
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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