Michelob AmberBock | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob AmberBockMichelob AmberBock

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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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Photo of Brent
1/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

No discernable hops, other than a vague bitterness. Finish was a raw, grain character. Primary flavoring agent seemed to be alcohol. Run Will Robinson, Run!

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Photo of LikeAFishSince56
1.02/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was born in 1956 in Wisconsin and have been drinking beer for a LONG time. This beer is so bad I signed up for Beer Advocate just to tell you how bad this beer is. It has all the depth of a glass of water with some caramel coloring added to it. It has no obvious smell, no describable taste, and no mouth feel whatsoever, except the feeling like I just got gyped out of $7.59. To be completely fair, there is an unpleasant metallic after taste after a burp or two. Honestly, with my eyes closed my first impression was it was Miller Light, but then the alcohol content proved me wrong. It was right next to the Guiness Stout in the cooler at the corner store. Should have gone for that.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
1.08/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I usually stay away from BMC but I thought I'd give this one a try since it was cheap and I like bock style. I should have known better than to be so easily mislead. This beer is terrible, let me explain why.

The beer pours a totally flat stained wood mahogany color. Notice that the stain color isn't good. This beer seems dangerous and oddly unnatural. The head is a dull beige. Fizzy and quickly disseminates. The label on the beer says it pours a tall head. That's a tall tale.

I smell poor quality grain malts. Adjunct malts. Corn and rice. A typical AB product. There is a slight roasted smell. A distant smell of low quality coffee and sugar. There is a nauseous alcohol smell. There are no discernable hops.

This beer taste poor. The malts are so heavy handed and brash they leave no room for the flavor to develop. This taste nothing like the bock's I am used to. The alcohol isn't well concealed. I call this the King Cobra Bock. I can't drink this.

The mouthfeel is harsh and poorly balanced. It's too carbonated for the style and finishes with the typical AB "ugh" taste.

Totally undrinkable psuedo bock. I would rather just drink a Bud light. I highly discourage the drinking of this beer.

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Photo of uccle81
1.22/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

The first time I tried this beer was on tap in Newburg, OR in 2003. The bar had just purchased it for the first time on tap. My buddy ordered one, and it was so bad that none of the 12 broke college guys (including me) would finish the pint!

Three years later, an Army buddy brought a 6 pack to a party at my house. He drank one, then chose to drink my PBR for the rest of the night. The remaining 5 lived in the back of the fridge until right before my next deployment. The Amber Bock was the "sucks to be you" beer in the bottom of the drink-o board. And I'm pretty sure we still poured one out on the lawn.

Basically, the beer tastes like caramel water. There is no mouthfeel other than carbonation.

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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 MbpBugeye
1.28/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Well, you can't accuse this beer of looking like other beers that have made AB-InBev so famous, well, almost. The characteristics of the head and ensuing carbonation don't venture far from Anheuser's comfort zone. The bottle claims this will pour with a tall head. Uh, tall head? Compared to what? A flat keg at a frat house? Ohhh, no! Now I see what they mean by tall head, there is a few ghostly wisps of foam that don't fully dissipate. *eyeroll*. The beer is perfectly clear when backlight, a sign of the filtering, pasteurization, filtering, filtering, pasteurization, some crazy method for filtering that I've never heard of and pasteurization. But its a red-purple color.

It starts off smelling a lot like a typical adjuncted lager, and ends up smelling pretty much the same. No rich bock fruitiness, but lots and lots of grain and corn meal. Notions of caramel scented additives are here, but in moderation.

Sweet. Ok, Bocks are often sweet. But Bocks never have such artificial flavors in them. The stuff is mainly maize grits, popcorn kernels, grape drink underattenuation and soda syrup.

The typical Anheuser water thickness with pins and needles carbonation. It numbs the tongue, but I think that's what ends up making this stuff drinkable.

The last time I've had this stuff was from the very bottom of a keg at a bar back home in Wheeling. That glass was proof that they use some sort of artificial flavoring or coloring here. That glass tasted like pure caramel flavored soda syrup. As if it had all settled to the bottom of the keg over the month or so it took them to sell it all. It was horrible. This stuff is a safer bet in the bottle, but a much, much worse value. Don't buy it, its mocking the craft beer world. Its fitting that the rest of the BA community finds it suitable for a C though.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
1.38/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I chose a pseudo-craft beer as my 100th review. One of our duties as reviewers is to warn the unsuspecting, so here goes. I sampled this horrible brew at The Tiki Bar, an outdoor grill on the beach on Marco Island. Michelob was test-marketing Amber Bock in several states and it was my misfortune for having vacationed in Florida at this time. It was a sunny and balmy afternoon. Bikini clad beauties were bouncing around, showing off what they had developed over the winter (quite a distraction from my relaxed reading and quite the chore of appearing disinterested with my girlfriend's harsh glare beating down upon the back of my neck). The smell of grilled shrimp and burgers wafted over me, exciting my remaining senses. I wandered over to the Tiki and noticed, with curious interest, Michelob Amber Bock on tap. Hmmm! How bad could it be? Well, despite my most excellent surroundings and laissez-faire attitude, the answer, to be kind is disgusting! Flat dark tan in color and rapidly vanishing off-white head. Sweet sugary malt and soaked corncob aroma. The pasty-mealy malt is difficult to swallow. This bland, sweet tasting, lightly hopped beer is in keeping with the A-B tradition of marketing over quality brewing techniques. Again A-B had the opportunity to enter the craft brew market by brewing a really fine bock beer. They chose instead, the road of mass-produced-type swill and major advertising campaigns. Argh! In case you’re still interested, the rest of my vacation went very well despite A-B’s attempt to ruin it.

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Photo of walleye
1.43/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

from the bottle.poured a amber with a light tan head. aroma sweet malts, corn barley, wheat sourness. flavor, malts, wheat , corn, hops, malts, none of them good, I guess if you didd not know any better you would think this is a good beer. the only thing I liked about this beer was the color.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
1.46/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

a - dark amber - maple syrup in color. Frothy two finger caramel head with small, even bubbles.

s - has that lightly sweet/sour light beer smell. Barely there.

t - Copper flavored water (bleh) with a distinct fake-malt aftertaste.

m - all the body and mouthfeel of a glass of water

d - I don't want more than the first half but I'll finish it rather than pour it out. Superbly underwhelming. It's as though they added coloring and copper to a standard light beer.

I didn't pick this up to hate it. I had some hope that perhaps the Michelob series had SOME promise. So far they have been terrible.

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Photo of electricfields
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried this at a bar. Never heard of it before, but decided to give it a try, since the place didn't have the PBR my cheap ass asked for.

A: Low rating is mostly the bar's fault. I hope. They poured the thing with no head. Fail. The color was dark amber, but clear. I don't like being able to straight-up see through a beer. Not very impressive, but not terrible.

S: Almost nothing. A little sweeter than the average adjunct lager, but nothing that could really be picked out.

T: Watery as hell. Most of what I could taste was generic macro "beer" grossness, but watered down to be slightly less gross. there was a bit of alcohol, and a bit of malt. Not a lot of hops. I'll give it .5 higher than "awful" because it's not as bad as a few other beers I've tried. But it's awfully close. It's not exceptionally disgusting, like, say, Olde English. But it's just flavorless. I tried in vain to pick up any sort of flavor at all in this, but at the end of the day, I was just glad it was watered down enough to hide what little flavor I could pick up. I have friends' whose first cracks at homebrewing have tasted better than this.

M/D: Like water, but not refreshing. And it doesn't even taste good. I will never order this again.

I felt slightly ripped off paying a buck fifty for this. Truly awful attempt at beer. I am generally not one to straight-up trash a beer, but this might be among the worst I've ever tried.

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Photo of Douglas14
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Amber color, I suppose...not surprised. Has little to no head. The aroma leaves you very dissapointed. Basically just malt. The taste is bubbly and just a bit malty but nothing more and there is no complexity. There is nothing interesting to me about this beer. I leave it at that.

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Photo of geckointhebox
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

It kind of looks like a beer and it kind of smells like a beer, but it tastes like Michelob with caramel coloring added. I guess that is what makes it go down so smooth <sarcasm>

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Photo of sleazo
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Michelob amber bock back at the hotel. I was going to get a shiner bock but they were out. She asked if I wanted an amber bock instead. Not knowing what it was I just said sure. What she brought back was this.

Amber brown. Virtually zero head. No lace either. Clear. Smell is of iodine. Foul smelling. Taste is brakish. Like a macro with some malt powder in it. A malted macro. Body is thin. Highly carbonated. I wanted to give this one a shot but it just plain sucks. Nothing bocklike about this.

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Photo of SetarconeX
1.52/5  rDev -47%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I ordered this particular beer at a local bar with some nervous anticipation. I'm always a little nervous when it comes to the big brand names. To its credit, in the glass it had an absolutely wonderful color to it. Almost too wonderful, really, like some color might have been added. Not that I was thinking about that before the first sip...

Which went in badly, and left an aftertaste not unlike medical waste products. I don't hesitate to label this one of my all time most hated beers. Avoid it like the plague.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
1.56/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer I had once before and I was like "not too bad nothing i'm after though.' I tried it now a year later and I must say after a few sips it tasted like crap to me. It smells kinda sour and bitter not too good really. The taste is awful. It's sorta malty then just dark brown sludgy tasting. I did not like this. I was shocked because I thought it was supposed to be so darn good. The mouthfeel was sludgy I thought. The drinkability was low because it was just not an appealing beer at all tastewise and then the carbonation was so much I was burping up for about 10 minutes.

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Photo of chargerfanjess
1.58/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Dark clear ruby red beat sugar flavor and no head even though carbonation was OK. I could not finish this beet sugar water...could be because I had left Pizza Port and all their good brews and went to a crappy bar that had only this. If I could give a negative score on flavor I would. I feel bad about such a bad review but this beer is terrible. I may try it again in the bottle and then re rate

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.6/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

After trying the Michelob Light, I thought I would try their Amber Bock. I even poured it into a small glass, rather than only use the bottle. It poured a nice brown, looked like tea. Foamy head that dissipated rather quickly. No aroma. There, doesn't that info. help you to understand this beer?? No, me either.

The flavor was acceptable, although I would not say it was great. It certainly had flavor, rather than being simple water, like their Light. The flavor was not strong or great, but it was a flavor. I appreciated it after having not found anything with their Light. If compared to any German beer, especially any Octoberfest, this beer pales to nothing. German beer offers flavor, aroma and character that is absolutely missing in all other beers. If you want thyme, pumpkin and nutmeg in your beer, try a microbrew. If you want a beer that does not have anything in the way of flavor or aroma, try American macrobrews.

If you want a good beer, start in Germany.

This Michelob was acceptable. I might even try it again.

10/2016 - real bad news - they use GMO corn (and rice - in beer???) in their brew. Sorry, I cant go for that, regardless of the reason(s) they give. Corporations say GMO is "not bad". Sure, I believe them, remember how cigarette companies said cigarettes werent bad for us???

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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 waughbrew
1.68/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[$3 for a pint at Uncle Pete's in Revere]

Wow, it had been a while since I had had a bad beer. I actually was looking forward to finally trying this, but it sucked.

Looks like soda, except the head stayed up for a few seconds longer. Still, it was a brownish amber with big bubbles, no lacing, and little retention. Smelled like...wort! What the hell? Is this a non-alcoholic? Also a vague toasted graininess in the nose. The flavor was strange as well - plasticized caramel flavoring trying to meld with a decent barley component. Sweet, again my mind cannot shake the whole soda idea. Is this Malta Goya or what? Thin and, well, yech....

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Photo of mikeg67
1.7/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I haven't tried Anheuser-Bush product in 12 - 13 years, but had to drink this one in my friend's house. The beer reminded me of a fruit soda with alcohol. Also, it is very annoying when they put a name on the beer that has nothing to do with an actual beer style

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Photo of ahemahem
1.73/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I'm not partial to American mass market beers (although I am an American consumer). Disclosure: I did not even drink beer until I lived in Canada for a while--couldn't stand American beer. Now that I'm back I'm picky.

This tastes like the typical US fare--it's Michelob. It could easily be Bud, Miller, etc. but a slightly deeper lager (because it's a Bock).

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Photo of sachsich
1.77/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

wolf in a sheeps clothing this beer is. a wonderful color that is brought about by caramel food coloring. after the first sip, the whole experience goes downhill. i dont know how they can try to trick people into thinking that they are really drinking a bock beer. they should be ashamed

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
1.81/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle with a twist-off cap. Born on: 10/23/06 Consumed on 2/17/07

AP: Comes out a rootbeer color with orange hues, very bubbly and carbonated which created a 1/2" deep, bubbly and thin white head. Dissipated very quickly to a thin scattered cap.

Aroma: Malt liquor-like scent over a slightly sweet, brown sugar and wheat. Minimal scent overall.

Flavor: A watery and thin but slightly sweet malted flavor dominates with very little complexity in the flavor. There is a malt-liquor and leafy hop sweet aftrtaste.

MF:Medium body, that feels light and crisp but very thin.

DA: Just thought I would give it a shot, and it only cost me $1.05 for the bottle.

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Photo of dcjones82
1.81/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Tried this recently and was not impressed at all. Not sure if I'm just not into this style or had a bad six pack, but didn't care for this beer.

L- Poured into a 16 oz. pint glass, looked like a reddish brown Budweiser. Barely any head, and disappeared fast. Not much lacing, if any. Dark amber color overall.
S- Musty, moldy, some corn smell. Not a good smelling beer at all.
T- Taste was stale, watery. Pretty much followed the nose of it.
F- Light and watery mouthfeel, not bad for an amber style. Medium bodied overall.
O- Just didn't like this beer. I may give it another chance later on, but for now I can't recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of xymyl
1.83/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I know that this is among the better poor quality American macro brews out there but yuck! Somebody left it here so I thought it was time to do a review of something I would never buy.

The beer itself is crystal clear (of course) but the color is a strange muddy reddish-brown (not ugly just a bit unnatural), head is thin and white. Bubbles are actually quite tiny but very few.

Aroma a very light sour dough, grain husk tannin and alcohol that's about it.

Taste is not horrifying, but not good. Very light sour and almost metallic notes (i think I'm tasting the co2). A nasty cheap sugar (corn?) quality and very minute twinge of acetic acid.

Very light in body, yet sickeningly bloating (how do they do that?). You could say it is drinkable but why? I happen to have working plumbing in my house so I was able to pour the remainder of this beer down the drain. I certainly couldn't, wouldn't and didn't drink a whole one. I'm not surprised but still somehow disappointed by this beer.

Note: Why is this beer classified under the Bock style? Just because it says bock doesn't make it so. Not much here, but just enough to dislike.

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