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 jmdrpi
3.88/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appears a real dark copper with bright white thin head. crystal clear, decent head retention.

aroma is nice malt flavor, carmel, but not too sweet.

very pleasantly suprised by the taste. nice smooth mellow tatse. obviously malty, with hints of chocolate. not too complex, but easy to drink.

body is on the thinner side, lower carbonation, but smooth.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.98/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass

A: Really nice clear brown color. Slight amber tones. Almost no head but leaves spotty lacing.

S: Sweet malt, slight off aroma (metallic?)

T: A little weak. Like cold corn/oat cereal and malt. Aftertaste fails (like many macros do)

M: Light carbonation. Thin mouthfeel.

D: Better than almost all regularly available macros. I could easily drink if it were my only option (which it can be in places like WI, etc.) but no craft in this one by far.

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Photo of claspada
2.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aromas are very clean; there's really no heavy malt aroma, maybe some slight sweet caramel and breadiness, but little else.

The taste is slightly better than the smell. There is a slight sweetness, but it's mostly all grain. No evidence of hops at all. If I has to stretch there is some roasted dark malts, with hints of chocolate, but very faint, caramels and not much more.

It is a light body feel to it that is sticky on the lips and clings to the tip of the tongue. Overall, this has some bock character, but more the idea of it than the real malty deal. If you focus on the Amber side of the name (it does come first) than things look better.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.21/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure this really fits the bill for a bock, but if I had to pick from Macro brews this would probably be the one.

A- Dark chestnut color, still transparent, thin white head with ok retention and decent lace.

S- Caramel, sweet malts, and some roasted dark malt. Can't detect much hops.

T- Roasted dark malts, hints of chocolate..but very faint, caramels and not much more.

M- Medium body, slightly creamy

D- Very easy to drink and slightly more complex than most macro brews.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours out into a dark amber color with no head, no retention, no lacing and lots of carbonation. I did a gentle pour, so I now know this beers needs an agressive pour to get a head on it. The smell is hardly noticeable, but did get a hint of malts, a nutty smell, and a little caramel. The taste is at first some caramel, nuts, a little citrus and it has a sweet taste to it and the after taste becomes a little dry. It is a light body feel to it that is sticky on the lips and clings to the tip of the tongue. This is one of the most drinkable beers I have had in awhile. While it is not the best beer, it also is not the worst, but a decent one to drink once in awhile.

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Photo of chinchill
2.61/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in Pilsner glass

A - clear med brown; off-white head - too much for glass

T = roasted malt dominates; better than aroma indicates.

S - a bit unpleasant and metallic

D - average, at best

M - med-high carbo; smooth; light and a bit watery

Too much like a dark Bud with some extra malt.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.52/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Pours a clear dark reddish hued brown color with minimal had. The smell is very clean or I should say absent with slight notes of roast and sweet malt. Medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Sweet malty start with some roast malt notes. Not a while lot going on. Pass on next time.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not sure how this one ended up in my beer fridge, but I feel like reviewing a new, lighter bodied beer, so here we go. I pour the 12oz bottle into my large tulip glass.

Half inch fizzy off white head after an aggressive pour. Transparent and glowing brownish red in color. A ring of retention sticks around on the inner rim of the glass.

Aroma is rather sweet and fruity with candied raisin, red grape, caramel malt, plum and bubblegum noted.

Taste isn't nearly as good, but at the same time, it really isn't half bad either. Mainly caramel malt in good balance with some of the aforementioned sweet fruity notes.

Mouth is light bodied and watery. Certainly the least impressive quality of the beer which reminds me this is not a craft brew. Good carbonation with a crisp finish.

I want to rag on this, but it is the best offering from AB and is not bad at all. Nice job guys!

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Photo of mikeg67
1.7/5  rDev -41%
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 SickGnar
3.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Tawny, almost reddish brown - a bit to dark to be called deep copper. Short, just off-white head that falls to a ring that sticks around, but does not leave much lacing.

S: The malt is there, but is rather light in intensity for something with "bock" in the name.

T: Definite "bock" malts, but not rich or robust at all. More like a more "regular" lager with a goodly proportion of darker malty stuff. Of course, it does have "Amber" in the name too. From that perspective it does lean a tad toward complexity and richness.

M: Average CO2 and Body - neither good nor bad. Slight residual sweetness with some chewyness and a semi-dry finish.

D: Some bock character, but more the idea of it than the real malty deal. Focus on the Amber side of the name (it does come first) and things look better. And from the perspective of what you get for what you pay - this beer is super fly.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber-brown with a thin off-white head that's very bubbly adn short lived.

Smell: Not much here. Subtle malt and nut if I'm really sticking my nose in the glass.

Taste: Mostly adjuncts with a bit of malty-biscuit caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light and strong carbonation gives a crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I recently reviewed a Shiner Bock and this brew is reminescent of the Shine, but a step down. Sessionable but why bother?

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Photo of dpodratsky3
2.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Color is actually pretty nice, a deep amber, golden brown color, the head has a little more body than other AB products, but in the end is reduced to just some film after less than a minute

S: Smells like bud light, very adjunct-y aromas, a little grassy too

T: Honestly, similar to smell, its like that added some color to bud light, the flavor does not taste any darker, maybe a little, less watery, has some distinctly more sweet notes, which help a little

M: Super carbonated just like all their other products, almost impossible to taste or get a feeling of body when its like this, a little more body than a light beer, but not much

D: It drinks like bud light, but I would almost rather have a bud light

Notes: This beer does not have any robust, strong, or malty characteristics to it. They should just call it bud amber. They pretty much just added some coloring.

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Photo of marc956
3.73/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Living in TX i'm partial to Shiner Bock for this style, but tried this tonight - and it's not bad. A bit more of a kick (5.2% ABV compared to 4.4%), not sure if it's darker since I had it in a bottle. Overall not a bad choice and probably the best Michelob product I have drunk.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

Another nice bit o' Quizzo beer. It pours a clear tawny amber topped by nearly a finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises light caramel, orange zest, and light maple syrup. The taste holds notes of caramel, brown sugar, orange zest, and some light ginger. The body is a light-ass medium, with a light carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, a decent brew, nothing to write home about, but an easily drinkable choice for Quizzo.

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Photo of Meerkey
2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very clear, lots of bubbles. A little fizzy, off-white head. A raw sienna color [red-brown] with a slightly yellow tinge when held up to the light.

S: Some malts, caramel, nuts, maybe a tiny hint of citrus. But not very strong. Eh.

T: A little sweet, a bit bitter. Crisp because of the carbonation, some citrus.

M: Lots of carbonation gives crispness. Pretty smooth.

D: Rather. The carbonation helps keep things slightly interesting in a rather lack-luster flavor.

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Photo of bnes09
1.98/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dark mahogany in color (as stated on the bottle). Thin bubbly off-white head which disappears very quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Smell is clean, hints of nuts but mostly adjunct.

Flavors are very lackluster. Smallest hints of caramel and almonds. Other than that, its all adjunct, just some rice and sugar. Bland as all hell!

Light bodied, watery and over carbonated. Bubbles give a course and unpleasant tingle. The feel just solidifies the notion that this is brewed with adjuncts. Malt would give a sturdier body.

The lack of flavors, body and overall complexity make me unwilling to drink much more. I really tried to review this with an open mind and I feel I did. Its just not good. Definitely not a bock and hardly worth the water it took to make it.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.63/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Finn McCool's in Schaumburg, IL

This beer poured an amber color, surprise! There was a decent white foam head on top. The smell was generally malty in nature but rather weak on the nose. The taste was a very ho-hum flavor of basically malt and perhaps some orange zest for flavor, still not bad. The feel is rather sticky when held in the mouth, but other than that it turned out on the watery side for me. If your choices are limited you could do so much worse than this beer. Of all the regular BMC products I've had this one is one of the better beers.

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Photo of Groomsy
2.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes, consumed on Nov. 10 2010.

Appearance: Fairly smooth pour, I really like the way this beer looks. Comes out a deep amber (duh) with some hints of walnut. One-finger ivory head fades fairly quickly to a constant foam on the top of the beer, leaving some minimal lacing down the glass. Lots of carbonation going on here.

Smell: Meh. Disappointing in comparison to the look of the beer. There's some faint caramel in there and a slight nutty character, but the smell seems to consist mostly of some roasted grains and just a touch of hops. Nothing too special.

Taste: Fortunately the taste is a bit more robust than the aroma. Big caramel malts start out and are nicely followed with some assertive but not bitter hops. What brings this beer down however, is the aftertaste: A coarse, grainy metallic note finishes off the beer, leaving a very undesirable flavor in the mouth as the beer goes down. In short, it tastes like a regular beer with some added caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and creamy but not necessarily chewy or overwhelming. The high amount of carbonation in this beer plays a part in this and contributes to the kick of the hops as the beer goes down.

Drinkability: It sits fairly heavy on the drinker, maybe a little too much for its style and rather tame flavor profile. Not bad for what it is, though. I could drink a few of these with no problem, but it gets to be somewhat burdensome.

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Photo of mbrown26
2.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good venture for someone looking for a darker beer that isn't craft. Certainly has the Michelob characteristic. Anyone drinking a mass produced beer must remember that it is produced for the mass consumer. This won't win any prizes, but it isn't the bottom of the barrel either.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.17/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mild brown, almost chocolatey color. Decent sized foamy head that disappears quickly. Smells of roasted flavors, hints of chocolate, and slightly malt. Nice complexity in the taste. A good starter beer for the light beer drinker that wants to go a little darker. Fairly watery in your mouth, but still easy to put a few back for a darker beer. Overall, it's one of the beers I continually return turn because of price and quality of the brew.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.56/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a tap into a Sam Adams 23 oz. Schooner

A-birch colored with white head

S-a light hint of honey, not much to be happy about

T-well...its very watery. the initial taste is a light hint of honey with the after-taste slightly resembling burnt barley

M-medium to low carbonation. very good creamy finish

D-well...the more you drink, the worse it gets. the taste begins as weak but somehow the alcohol note comes out strongly, and I know, I know the abv shouldn't be high enough to say that.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark pour, not thick, not a lot of head or lace. Nutty and roasted aroma, different, but not special.

Taste, not bad, good fall time beer, identifiable malt presence. Decent hopping comes through, nice bitterness. Kind of like a black butte porter light. Trickles of sweetness at times. A little caramel and maybe some beechwood aging.

Price could be nicer for a pretty simple beer. It gives you a little bit of everything though, and this beer has saved me sometimes. You know how it is, when this is the best option.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.63/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle offered while helping a friend with some work. I prefer Amber Bock on tap but this will do. Nice amber color. Not much else to note about the appearance since I'm drinking it straight from the brown bottle.

Smells like most macro brews. There is a strong grain presence. It doesn't offer anything unexpected, but then again, you don't drink Michelob to be wowed.

The primary taste is of roasted malt and not much else. Fortunately it is a good deal more flavorful than most BMC offerings. A healthy amount of carbonation is present which finishes the taste off pretty cleanly. I walked away from this one without a trace of beer breath.

The mouthfeel of this brew is similar to most macro beers. It's light in the mouth and well carbonated. It doesn't offend my mouth, but it's not making me fall in love either.

As far as the drinkability goes, I'd take this over just about any other Anheuser-Busch product. It's got good malt flavor without pushing the envelope but it's not so light that you feel like you're drinking cheap beer. It finishes clean and at a hardly noticeable 5.2% abv, it's quite sessionable. It's a generally safe pick.

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Photo of fourplayed
2.98/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap into 12oz mug. thin head, Med-light brown/Amber and clear.

Smells are very mild, malt, caramel, hops.

Taste is fuller, Malt, caramel, hops to give a mild bite and dryness.

Body is light, medium zesty carbonation, decent hop bite and dryness, some malt sticks to back of throat at finish.

A nice brew for the price, goes down easy. Tastes are mild.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark amber color with an off white head. Smells of amber malt and quite a bit of bread. Taste brings forward a bit more dough and some bready flavors. Slight caramel. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Drinks fairly well and isn't bad in any way, but nothing really stands out.

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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
2.88 out of 5 based on 1,818 ratings.
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