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

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687
Avg:
2.87
pDev:
21.95%
 
 
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Photo of CS1971
3.91/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two things I love equally, saving money and drinking good beer. For the price, I really like this beer. I love amber beers, and this as a great roasty type flavor that makes me feel like I am drinking something more special than most American beers. I like it.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.72/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Harpoon IPA pokal. Label marked 11195 DE 2 7. Whatever the fuck that means. I guess that's an encrypted date/batch?

Appearance - Dark amber body. Offwhite head with low-medium retention. Very weak lace.

Smell - Musky husky corn. Medium bodied.

Taste - Slight malt in front. Low-moderate astringency through-ought. Slight coffee. Weak. But not off flavors. Nothing memorable. Enjoyable. Light bodied.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Feels like coffee that got cold. Slightly frothy.

Overall Drinkability - Meh. I remember it being better. One of the beers that started to show me that there exists things other than American Adjunct Lagers. Guess I really grew out of it though because while it's not bad, it's pretty disappointing.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this was the best option i saw at a bar in bloomington-normal (mcgwire's?). served from a pitcher to a chilled mug, which i actually welcomed on a blazing hot humid sweaty day.
A: almost cola-brown color. off-white/light tan head is fleeting. no haze or sediment.
S: muted. some caramel and nuts, a bit of light roastiness.
T: very refreshing for a darker beer, which is what i needed after sweating 2 gallons in the previous 3 hours. would this have come off as good on a chilly day? unlikely. lightly sweet toasted nutty malts, very little to no hop presence or bitterness, yet manages to finish crisp and clean. ample Co2 and cold serving temp probably helps in this regard.
M: just over light-bodied. nice and frothy if a bit thin.
O: a very easygoing darker bock.

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Photo of BEERME528
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite Michelob brew. The smell is fairly average for an Amber Bock. The caramel taste is subtle but still noticeable and it goes down easily. Dark beers typically fill me up quickly but this felt a little lighter then most Bock beers that I have consumed. I enjoyed this and will most likely purchase again in the future.

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Photo of kflorence
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - JAN 18, 2008

Tried this at a Mexican restaurant awhile back because all of their other beers were pale lagers, and I’m not a fan of pale lagers. Poured dark, smelled of burnt malts and caramel. Tasted thick, malty with slight caramel and hop presence. Nothing special, but better than drinking pale lagers.

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Photo of ckollias
2.74/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark mahogany lager with amber highlights with a thin white one-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Mild malty aroma with a mild caramel background. Not much here in aroma department.

T: Slightly sweet taste with a mild roasted malt flavor. Hops blended in the background but again not much here.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Sort of a weak example of a bock. Although if I had to choose between this and a busch beer this would win hands down.

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

I think the appearance is pretty much the best attribute of this beer. The smell is not much to write home about. The taste is acceptable. The mouthfeel is acceptable. Overall, I guess this is about as good as AB gets. I can enjoy this beer if poured into a straight sided tumbler.

just a thought,

barleyman

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

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 1 finger of slightly-off-white head over a completely transparent dark amber/brown body

S - faint smell of roasted malt with a fainter smell of grassy hops; hint of caramel

T - simple caramel malt sweetness complemented by simple hop bitterness; nuts; not very complex

M - light-medium body; high carbonation

O - Not much of a bock. If you are looking for a good bock, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.36/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the only Michelob brew I'd willingly buy. But even with saying that it'd be a long shot. The beer pours out as a really deep amber, it's pretty much brown. The head is tan and fades within a couple minutes. The smell is slightly sweet with a good amount of malt coming through. The taste is dry and sweet. It's roasted and has a very light wooden flavor to it. The mouthfeel is smooth and almost medium bodied. The beer is approachable and drinkable for sure. But it's still a Michelob.

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Photo of obywan59
2.74/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was left to me by a guest of last weeks dinner party.

Pours a not-unattracive amberish hue with a 2 1/2 finger very light tan, short-lived head that leaves barely any lacing at all. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rising throughout.

A bit stinky. Some light citrus or metallic aroma, with an occasional whiff of popcorn, which makes me think this one is slightly skunked. Sweet smell of malt.

A bit on the sweet side. Some light metallics again. Kind of odd and starchy in the end.

Moderately thick. It has a starchy feel to it. Somewhat sticky. Plenty of tingle and some warming alcohol in the chest.

I was in a hurry, so I chilled it hard in the freezer. My first beer was too cold. It seemed to improve as it warmed, so I knocked the overall up from a 2.5.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on draft into a mug. This Bock beer poured a very clear dark reddish brown color. It produced a thin white head that had poor head retention. There was a very small amount of thin lacing left behind. The aroma was a soft malty smell, maybe a sight amount of toasted malt. The bock tasted sweet and there was not much of a toasted malt flavor that you would expect from a bock beer. There is a very slight hint of hop bitterness. I would classify this as having a light to medium body. This beer is a nothing more then a gateway beer- if used for that purpose fine, but its good for not much else. This does not hold a candle to Shiner Bock.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Pizza Pub in Ashland, WI while on vacation in Spring 2011.

Pours a medium dark color with a less than average head of foam for a tap beer and it also diminished quickly. About the only scent I could gather was a little bit of a malt scent. Had a fairly mild taste of malts with about an average texture to it. A decent beer for Anheuser-Busch, but doesn't stand a chance against a craft brewery's bock.

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Photo of FanofHefe
2.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in a pilsener glass. Light brown body that lets plenty of light through. One finger light tan head that looks good at first, but fades pretty fast and leaves no lacing.

Very little going on in the aroma department. Just a hint of toasted malt.

Very thin in flavor as well. As in the aroma, just a touch of dark malt. But thin is definitely the word to describe it. Take a decent bock, and cut it in half or more and you get something like this.

Marked it up just a notch in mouthfeel because it is so easy to drink, being nearly flavorless and all. Will not seek this out again.

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Photo of TheZakOne
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.A darker tanish- light brown,though not too dark, but lacking a good head. Still not terrible.

Smelled slightly malty, but still light at the same time, with the alcohol breaking through a little stronger than Id expect of it. Doesn't smell like a typical bock but nice in its own way.

The taste was a pleasant surprise compared to the smell. Not that it smelled bad, but It tasted better than I expected it to. Slightly sweet at first with a malty caramel tone, followed by a hint of burnt notes.

It was thicker than expected as well, but not overly so. Goes down nice and smooth.

Overall it is a decent beer. I would not rate it extremely high but it is much better than I thought it would be.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
1.9/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is more lacking in flavour than many water beers I've had. It's a terrible bock. It tastes mostly like carbonation. I didn't know that could be such an over-powering flavour. The only other flavour present is a bit of a starchiness. At least it's not overly-sweet but god damn, there's really nothing in this. Shiner is several times better than this as is any other bock.

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Photo of coachdonovan
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle with no date poured into a mug. Sandy head starts at 3/4 inch but fades quickly to nothing. Beer is crystal clear and chestnut color with a lot of red in there.

"Thin" is the first word that comes to mind to describe both aroma and taste. Sure, it fits the style due to lack of hops, but the heavy malt character is all but missing. Carbonation is way too high, and whatever sweetness resides in the flavor disappears as fast as you can drink it.

This has always been my go-to draft beer at McCoy Stadium, and I'll probably still choose it over Bud, Coors Light, etc. In that setting it's very drinkable, but as I take a closer look, there just isn't much to it. It doesn't taste bad, it's just blah.

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Photo of ghetto90007
2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap waiting for a plane out of Atlanta with a BBQ beef sandwich. It wasn't a great pairing, but we'll stay focused on the beer.

A - The color's kind of pretty - like slightly watered down Coca-Cola or steeply brewed Lipton tea - a medium-dark caramel.

I'd never had this one before - didn't even know it's been around for a long time. There was nothing else exciting available, so I decided to give this one a shot thinking it was one of those new domestic macro-brews' attempts to appeal to the more "sophisticated" tastes out there.

My eyes widened as the bartender poured - there seemed to be a nice head bubbling up. Unfortunately, it dissipated quickly and after a few sips there was just a faint cloudiness floating on the beer's surface. Lacing virtually non-existent.

S - Malty, nutty, grassy. You expect a caramel sweetness or something, but I think the color is just messing. If you can ignore the color of this one, it isn't much different than a straight up lager honestly.

T - The flavors are real light here, but not in the watered down way that a lot of domestic macro brewed lagers taste. Slight maltiness, slight sweetness, slight, very slight bitterness. There's really not much complexity or depth here, leaving you a little disappointed with the claim that this was going to be a bock. Once again, I really think this is not much different from other more golden-colored offerings from similar breweries.

T/M - The one thing I did really like about this beer and the one thing that would enable me to order it again in similar circumstances (as in, an airport in the south offering only the rote of the rote) was the dry, reasonably lasting finish. After you swallow for a good couple seconds you have this real nice, dry taste and sensation at the back of your mouth.

M - Harsh carbonation starting out, calming and then the dry finish mentioned above.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable. Could definitely be a "session beer" if that's the kind of thing you're into.

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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 DovaliHops
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, ruby amber color with a large white head. Scent is a bit grainy with hints of caramel malt and nuttiness. Taste is blah... Not much goin on. Very subtle malt flavors with just a hint of chocolate and maybe some dark fruit. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Drinkability is fairly high, as I would prefer this one over most macros.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tap

Poured a decently dark clear brown with a medium head that didn't retain for too long.

Smells of bready caramel and lagery malts.

Taste follows, shockingly good for macro. A bit toasty as well, plus maybe a tiny bit of hop in the end.

Feel is medium with mild, not too tingly carbonation.

Of the many attempts by the big three to take a shot at micro/import style brews, this is the best I've had yet. Easy to drink, decent taste, not fantastic but lacking the usual drawbacks of macro beers. I wouldn't seek it out but it gets the job done.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Mug

A - Amber/coppery color with a big 3-finger head that held decently. There's lots of C02 that can be seen and the beer has very good clarity. It left a thin ring of lacing on my mug with a bit of spotting.

S - Lots of Lager yeast in the smell with soft caramel notes and subtle bread characteristics. Very simple and clean aroma that consists of mostly Lager yeast and some sweetness, which unfortunately isn't that good to me as that Lager yeast smell reminds me of Bud and other cheap Macro brews.

T - Mild caramel and brown sugar with soft edges of toasted bread. It's very well balanced with a touch of leafy hop flavors upfront and throughout. It finishes kinda dry with an almost absent bitterness.

M - Somewhat soft with a slightly oily feel to it and a medium body with soft-moderate crispness.

D - This beer is not bad at all and it's kinda what I was expecting. Doesn't quite remind me of a bock but it does have an okay malt profile that keeps you wanting more as you quaff down this highly drinkable brew. I think for the price I'd definitely buy this one again, and I'd have this brew any day over the classic Bud. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
2.62/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

glass: Tall/slim mug

clear, tons of bubbles red-brown hue, 2-finger off-white head. It holds ok, some nice splashing spots cling for a bit.

Not getting much of anything on the nose but lager yeast and a super subtle nuttiness with a touch of sweetness.

Struggling to pick out flavors here, it's pretty much identical to the aroma. Little to no bitterness, finishes clean. Mouth feel is light and smooth.

This "bock" is very plain and offers little flavor. There's nothing offensive about it but the fact that the main flavor is yeast is somewhat off-putting. A slugger for sure, go for St. Pauli Girl Dark over this though..

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Photo of brunrn1
3.62/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a racetrack for the first time. It was either this or coors light or budweiser. So the obvious choice was try this one.
I was really surprised, took a few sips to get used to but otherwise its a pretty good beer. Not too dark as I would expect and only had a few so I don't know what the next morning effects would be. There really wasnt an after taste either.

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Photo of G2Brew
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Jacksonville Budweiser Brewery Hospitality Room - so, needless to say, this was about as fresh as it gets.

A - A nice amber brown, very clear (as you'd expect from a big factory beer) with a little less than a finger of head that faded quickly, with no significant lacing.

S- Not much aroma. Some roasted malt and caramel, but little or no hops aroma.

T- The flavors present are very pleasing - hazelnut, roasted malt, caramel,a little bread, and good bittering hops balance. The only problem is that it's kind of thin. I'd love this recipe if it was a little bigger.

M- Light carbonation, but a good balance, if the aim had been a bigger beer. This could have used a bit more carbonation, considering how thin it was. Mouthfeel was OK, generally thin like the taste.

D- This is a pretty drinkable beer, depending on your expectations. This is not a double bock. It's barely a single bock. But if you're looking for something earthier than your basic lawnmower beer, but that won't put off your bud light drinking buddies, this is a pretty good option. I would drink this again, although I wouldn't seek it out. For the money, yes, this is a good beer.

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

Poured into a Flute Glass from a 12 ounce bottle from a Shell Gas Station 6-Pack. B.O.D. is labeled 1-10-11.

Appearance- Amberish Brown color, very clear, and 2 fingers of head. Head stayed foamy and created Mountains before my eyes.

Smell- Smells like a Latte Moreno with Vanilla added in! Caramel, Vanilla, and huge coffee smell was present.

Taste- Very sweet caramel flavor, a mild taste of nut, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel- There is a roasty finish as this Light Bodied, Smooth beer goes down easy!

Drinkability- Can finish a Michelob in anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes. Easiest beers to drink. Smooth and refreshing. Love to promote these but many friends aren't huge fans of Michelob.

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