Michelob AmberBock | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob AmberBockMichelob AmberBock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,824
Reviews:
687
Avg:
2.87
pDev:
21.95%
 
 
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20
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Photo of skinnybear
2.64/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance/ clear golden brown.slight creamy head fades fast

smell/ like a normal reggie beer with a tidbit of sweet almondy flowers

taste/ mostly malty flavor not a bit hoppy.starts clean finishes clean

mouthfeel/ more carbonated than most dark lagers.not thick at all like i anticipated from the coloration.it is an almost added color doesn't consist with flavor

overall/ for a company like michelob its a decent beer.for only 10 bucks a twelve pack. its a bit over decent.would i buy it again? probally not. better to throw 7 more bucks and get some sierra nevada

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

Carbonation is quite coarse and dissipates quickly. Soda water mouthfeel and taste. Just a touch of caramel flavor marred with a sourish hint. Maybe a fresh-tapped keg would be worth a swig, but whatever delicate possibilities this may have are lost in the bottle. Lack of any hop aroma limits its appeal. Smells like wet cardboard.

The newer label calls it "Amberbock," like it's some cool new thing. Described as "American bock-style lager," which is probably closer to the truth than an actual bock.

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Photo of pBRale
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From tasting notes 10-19-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: The deepest amber clear pour with a two-finger off white head that settles quickly and leaves a couple of rings of lace behind.

Smell: There are some nice toasty and caramel malts on the nose, but not a whole lot else. What is there, while not complex, is pleasant.

Taste: Toasty malt, fizziness, some caramel malt in the aftertaste. There is not much hop presence anywhere in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, medium carbonation, and a decent finish. Drinkable to say the least.

Overall: An okay beer. Perhaps a bit sub-par, but it is one of the better attempts of a macrobrewery to produce craft beer. Not bad, and certainly very drinkable.

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3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance = nice amber color

smell = smells malty with a bit of fruitiness

taste = It's good but somehow tastes very "normal". It is very earthy and a bit malty, with a bit of fruitness, but the only other noticeable thing about the taste is that it is, in fact, a beer.

mouthfeel = medium bodied, very drinkable beer.

overall = I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, but while it wasn't bad, but I probably won't drink it again, because it wasn't very interesting.

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3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint.
Bottle dated 11230 (230th day of 2011)

Aroma: Very light and sweet. Some freshly-cut red delicious apple, carmelized sugar, a hint of coconut (which was a surprise), and a very light noble hop note.

Appearance: Nice 1.5 finger off-white head stays around a little while, and leaves decent lacing. Body of the beer is, well, amber. One of my favorite things about A-B beers is the clarity-- crystal clear!

Flavor: A combination of toffee and the sweetness that you get when you bite into a red delicious apple. I know an apple note can sometimes point to a diacetyl issue, but I don't think this is the case here. This beer has more of a floral/fruity apple note as opposed to a tart green apple flavor. Bitterness is just enough to provide balance to the sweetness. Again, a light noble hop note at end, and then a crisp finish. I noted the excellent clarity above, but I fear that the filtering used to accomplish this has also stripped away some of the positive flavor attributes...

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Probably a bit on the high side for a bock. Body is medium light, which is probably low for the style.

Overall: Definitely a highly-sessionable brew that goes very well with food. Ironically, I used to think of this one as a heavier beer, but now comes across as being a bit on the watery side. Nonetheless, this one's always good in a pinch, and is one of my favorite A-B offerings.

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3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

It's a dark brown with a ring of cream colored head.

Faint roasted malt smell. Very faint.

Roasted malt and very sweet. Not much for hops.

Rather watery, light bodied.

Overall, I've got a soft spot for this beer. It was the first beer I remember actually enjoying all those years ago. It hasn't held up too well since my beer tastes have matured. Not a bad beer though. It's not something that I can really relax with anymore, but something to reminisce over.

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3.24/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I like to rate a Beer as per it's class, not overall. This one falls into ABC Beers, cheap, and sometimes OK.

I normally enjoy this Beer over anything else that's on-tap if it's about the same price as the normal "domestic" choices. If I was tired of Miller Lite, bud light, mich ultra.. all the classic draft Beers but I wanted something cheap, I'd go this way. I picked up a 12'er today at the local grocery store. For the first time, I thought I should review it.

With a crafted, purposeful pour, it can make a pretty good head as stated by the label on the neck. That said, it loses all of it's spritz from this, and a lot of zest is gone from it. It goes from a nice, light, OK bock-style lager to mediocre drinking grub, and that ruins a lot it had going for it. I almost prefer Mich Light to this when it's lost its fizz, but that's another story. Straight out of the bottle, it's good. Otherwise... not so much.

Lesson learned - stick to keeping it in the bottle. If it's less than $7 a pitcher - wonderful! Otherwise, I wouldn't pay more than $10 a 12'er.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap, served in a pilsner glass.

A: Clear, dark caramel color a lot like a thin root beer, with a decent amount of carbonation. The head is wispy and white and disappears quickly.

S: Smells like a watery lager, but not repulsive; sweet and malty with a decent amount of caramel. Some fruity dry yeast esters and a little nuttiness.

T: More watery, sweet malt character here...pretty easy drinking and not unpleasant. Bready and biscuity, with a lot of caramel character and just the smallest amount of hop bitterness.

MF: Thin feel with good carbonation, wet and watery and refreshing. Highly drinkable.

O: Meh, not as bad as I assumed it would be. Under the right circumstances (i.e. no other craft options, paired with food, etc.) I could drink this again.

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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

Appearance
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.

Aroma
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.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

Overall
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 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 CharlieMurphy
1.93/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Very fizzy like soda. orangish light brown like watered down rum and coke. dirty white initial head that fizzes out in a hurry.

S: Still evokes a lot of BMC piss lager smell for being a "bock". No real depth, just a little brown sugar at the end. Edit: warms into somewhat of a deeper molasses-like bock

T: Tastes almost like keystone. Might have to drain pour this. Prolly gonna drain pour this. Edit: gets better as it warms to fill more of a bock body

M: Effervescent alright.

O: Saving these for guests

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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
2.87 out of 5 based on 1,824 ratings.
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