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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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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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Photo of mattgreger
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an obvious amber color and a small white head, that fades quickly to pretty much nothing. Leaves little lacing.

Aroma is crisp, but not much of anything there. It has no real hoppy aroma like some bocks. Smell is ok though.

Has bit of a malt/caramel taste to it. Pretty good flavor when chilled very well. Its mouthful is pretty good too. Very easy to take and well carbonated.

Pretty easy to drink. It has a simple flavor that allows drinkers to have more then one of this beer. More of a social drink then a craft. I am not always a fan of michelob beers, but this one I do enjoy once in a while.

Reviewed on: 09-21-2010 03:36:21

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Photo of beerprovedwright
2.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For a premium beer from one of the largest breweries; I thought there would be more. I do like the color and the two finger brownish head of rich, thick foam, but the head vanished quickly and left nothing but a little lacing, with little hold. The color is that of a reddish brown rating a 28 on the SRM Beer Color Chart. I wish the smell and flavor measured up to the appearance...not. Smells like roasted wheat and corn, with a touch of malt sweetness. Taste has some hint of hops, but mostly corn, clover, sweet malt, and wheat, and not very well balanced. I like the creamy feeling in my mouth, second to the best part of the beer. It sort of grows on me as I drink a little more, and it warms just a little. Still a bit over talked for what I tasted. I guess I would have it, if others wanted it, but I wouldn't go too far out of my way to get it.

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Photo of aepb1
3.02/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Translucent brown with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. It reminds me of soda

S- Malt? Very mild and certainly not the nose I'd expect from a bockl

T- Malty sweetness up front moving into a nice hope bite and finishing sweet again, so there's decent complexity

M- Light body because of the carbonation, there's certainly a bite from the carbonation

D- Easy as all get out to drink. If it's BMC only on tap and they mention this, I opt for it... not much darker in Florida. Not great for a bock but an easy beer to drink and it's certainly something I can turn people towards getting them ready for beer with actual flavor!

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Photo of dpnelson1978
2.08/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$6.99 / 6-pk.

A: Amber body with small loose head that quickly dissipates leaving very little lacing and very little cover.

S: Very delicate aroma. Slightly sweet, but very weak overall with little hop character.

T: Light caramel malt backbone and not much else. Some off alcohol flavors. Brassy. Very little hop flavor.

M: Light body and high carbonation. Crisp.

D: Pretty easy to drink. Simple flavor profile and inoffensive.

O: Pretty poor execution overall, but it appeals to the not-quite-craft crowd and is a step up from adjunct lager. Much better off the tap.

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Photo of liftop
4.2/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Only Michelob product I will touch. Definitely one of my go to brews when a serious session is in order. It is a good example of an American Bock beer and goes down extremely easy.

A - dark brownish color

T- Carmel malts and sweet. A little watery also.

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Photo of harpus
2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A= chestnut brown, small head

S= Some caramelized dark malts and 2-row.

T= this would have been a great beer-- before hops were used, centuries ago. I couldn't find the hops at all. Just sweet sweet over-sweet caramel malts and the typical Anheuser flat stale bitterness that lingers.

M= overly sweet, caramel, stale whatever.

D= I tried it with my burger, my potato chips, my salad, my beef-barley soup, it was horrible with any of them. I left the stein more than half-full when I finished.

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Photo of IPAescotch
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

A: not dark for a bock. (does it even belong to the bock style?)

S: Smells faintly of hops, and almost liter malt scent.

T: The flavors are balanced, for what it matters in this nauseatingly bland brew.

M: feels like a standard adjunct, main feature is light carbonation.

D: Meant only to be swallowed, never savored

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Photo of biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A souvenir from a brief cross border shopping binge across the Okanagan valley earlier this summer...

This beer pours a clear brownish copper hue, with one finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves some random specks of lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of thin fruity malt, a bit of caramel, and some faint floral hops. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, some mild nuttiness, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, a tad cloying, and it finishes off-dry, the fruity malt offset by floral hops.

A bit sweet overall, without the corresponding hop bitterness to make this a repeat indulgence.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bottle into a russian boot.

pours a medium brown with amber highlights and a foamy, two finger head. has almost no head retention though and leaves no lacing in the glass.

smell is predominantly sweet, carmel malt with a (faint) hint of floral hoppiness.

taste is nutty with a lot of carmel malt sweetness. a slight wave of hop bitterness comes in at the end to keep it from being cloying. not much going on here, but in this case that's not such a bad thing.

body is light considering the strong malt presence; more carbonation than i like usually.

easily drinkable though nothing special. certainly one of the better cheap beers out there and one of my go to budget beers ($6/sixer).

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.45/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A lot of lovely foam here. Really a lot. Solid brown, with nice lacing, but little carbonation. Pretty good.

Smell: Strong caramel malts. Not much else here though. Maybe a bit of cinnamon as well. That's it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Caramel malts throughout. A bit of hops in the finish. Clean mouthfeel, but watery.

Drinkability: If not for the watery mouthfeel, this would definitely be better.

Overall: Promising start, disappointing finish, a decent beer overall.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
3.49/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very red amber with 2 finger head. Little lacing.

S- Malty, some hops, asit warms I smell toastier malts.

T- Sweet, malty, little hoppy finish

M- very light and carbonated, easy mouthfeel

D- easy drinker so smooth, michelobs have a smoothness to them that I like. Drink er all day if available. Good for parties

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Photo of savaship
4.35/5  rDev +51%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This beer is a solid Amber color, slightly darker than your typical Red Lagers, looks beautiful in dim rooms, extremely clear even though it is dark. The head pours 3-4 fingers everytime, and dissipates within a few minutes.

Smell - Toasted Malts and caramel with a light hint of hops, very appealing to me.

Taste - Begins sweet, noticeably smooth and extremely well balanced, there is a hint of bitterness with no lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Feels extremely light in the mouth, however the carbonation is perfect, it lacks a noticeable presence and body.

Drinkability - I could drink this beer non-stop all day for a week, which is extremely rare of any beer I drink, alcohol content is low enough, yet the taste is pleasant and balanced for me to keep drinking over and over again.

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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.88 out of 5 with 1,831 ratings
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