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:
1,815
Reviews:
684
Avg:
2.87
pDev:
21.95%
 
 
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Photo of dpnelson1978
2.08/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$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 +46.3%
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 -10.1%
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 -21.6%
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 +8.4%
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 +16.7%
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 +20.2%
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 tykees88
3.49/5  rDev +21.6%
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 +51.6%
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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Photo of rlg5150
3.29/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a thick 3 finger head that quickly and completely dissipates. It's dark brown and very clear.

Smell - Sweet, nutty smell. There's some spiciness as well but hops are absent.

Taste - Sweet and nutty like the smell. I taste raisins or something similar. Pretty much all sweet and no bitter.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is pretty moderate and the body is medium-thin.

Drinkability - I feel like after 5 or 6 the sweetness will be a little sickening. Given the choice I'd rather just drink regular Michelob Original Lager all night.

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Photo of jera1350
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A recent wedding offered this and Michelob Golden Draft Light. This was the obvious choice for me.

Transparent dark brown color with a thin light tan head. No lacing.

Not much in the way of smell except some light caramel malt.

Good caramel malt presence, some nutty character. Pretty decent and was better tasting than expected.

I would say it was thin for the style, but not horrible.

Drinks easily and did the trick for the entire night of the wedding. I drank these all night so it's sessionable. When in a pinch, this worked well, but obviously there are many better bock choices out there. Still, an above average beer.

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Photo of beveritt
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A day of studying, so taking a small break to sample a low ABV nothing exciting beer. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint glass. Label is dark, predominantly black with some dark gold lettering ans white highlights. No freshness date. Left over from something, a party I think?

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of big bulled head, indicative of forced carbonation. This settles quickly, leaving a few splotchy islands of foam here and there. The beer itself is a medium brown with a slight red hue.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with hints of toffee.

Taste: Mildy sweet caramel malt upfront, though slightly diluted and not to the level expected for a bock. Very little flavors otherwise; very one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Easy to drink; but that is because of its blandness. Certainly not as flavorful and full bodied as would be expected from a bock. If it's all I have . . .

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Photo of aval89
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ahh. i remember drinking this stuff when i was still in high school. havent had one in a while since turning over to craft.

pours a deep ruby color aiming towards brown.. transparent with a small off white head..

aroma: very light.. sweet malts, bready notes, toasted grains. with just a tad bit of a hop presence.. also a bit of a metallic smell.

taste: again very light in taste.. mostly sweet. again bready with sweet malts, finishes with just a kiss of hops.
nothing special but not offensive

mf is fairly smooth, crisp and creamy. very easy to drink.. a little thin bodied in my opinion..

cheers!

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Photo of charlesbyrd
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft into a frosted mug (of course) at Keifer's Greek Restaurant in Jackson, MS.

A: Not much head to speak of, it forms in sparce chunks and quickly dissipates. The beer itself is a deep reddish brown and perfectly clear.

S: Smells very clean, but there's really no heavy malt aroma- maybe some slight sweet breadiness, but little else.

T: Slightly better than the smell. There is a slight sweetness, but it's mostly all grain. No evidence of hops at all.

M: This beer is very watery and thin on the palate, with a pretty aggressive bite from the carbonation.

D: I found it quite easy to throw back a few of these with little thought. It's definitely a better choice than most of AB's other offerings, but they shouldn't be calling it a bock by any means. It gets marks off for its unapologetic blandness while trying to imitate a style that should be much more flavorful. I'm glad that AB does offer these types of products that might introduce new styles of beer to their huge consumer base.

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Photo of berley31
2.89/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured with a medium-large, off-white, fluffy head, which surprisingly had quite good lasting ability. Body is dark amber, approaching brown, and very clear.

S: Weak malt aroma... a let down.

T: Malty sweetness up front; maybe a bit of bread in there. Medium caramel flavor. Not much in terms of hop flavor or bitterness, as per the style. Not unpleasant, but not very interesting, either.

M: Light-medium body (too low), and medium-high carbonation (too high)... misses the mark slightly on both accounts.

D: Not a terrible beer, but not really a very good Bock.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice reddish brown with little head on it.
S- Smell is very clean, almost not there. A bit of malty sweetness.
T- Taste is very sweet. Simple, yet a bit lacking for me. There is a bit of hop tinge, but the sweetness makes it too unbalanced for me.
M- Thin, for a bock.
D- When people discuss Michelob and similar products, they view it one of two ways. Either it's good (for an AB beer) or it's not so good (for a bock). Perhaps we should recognize that this situation places it as a potential for a good intro beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up from Total Wine. Poured into a mug.

Pours a dark brownish amber with a thin tan head on top. No retention; no lace. Smells of grains, some light caramel, and nuts. The mouth is thin. Carbonation level is low-moderate. Too slick for my liking. Par for the brewer. The flavor is decent, but it's a little on the weaker side. Some faint caramel, toasted grains, and a sweet finish. All-in-all, not too bad considering the source. I'd have it again, but it's nothing to scream for, for sure.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.92/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark amber in color, about a fingers worth of head, settle to nothing in no time, with no lacing.

S: Roasted grain, little nutty with a hint of caramel not much else.

T: Just like the smell.... Roasted grain hits up right up front with an nice nutty caramel taste finishing thing out.

M: I wanted something a little more heavy that I got, but it is heavier than most Bud beers...

D: Not a bad little beer from the Bud people.... Just it a shot, it might lead you to some better things.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.52/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Excalibur (Las Vegas) at the pool bar and in the Sherwood Forest Bar on the casino floor.

The beer is a clear, almost bright reddish amber brown colour, the head was thin and white.

The nose is sweet, caramel and malt molasses mostly.

The taste was also fairly sweet, but not overly so. I got some toffee to add with the molasses and caramel from the smell.

Although I thought the body a little thin for a Bock I was pleasantly suprised how drinkable the beer was (hence having it more than once during our stay). I also think because of the brewers, some on this site automatically downgrade their scores?

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Photo of jdhilt
2.74/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three-finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces lace. Nice crystal clear deep amber color. Light bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is light malt. Flavor is light sweet caramel and malt but lacks depth, needs more malt and hops. Better as a lawn mower beer. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a bit on the reddish side for a bock--light mahogany color with a creamy off-white head on top.

S: The nose is sweet and cola-like with a bit of caramel maltiness. Not overly intense by any sense.

T: There is a similar sweetness to the flavor, again exhibiting cola and caramel, but not a lot of the other flavors that you usually see in a bock. I don't really pick up any chocolate or hop notes.

M: The beer is somewhat on the light side of medium in terms of body with maybe a bit of a creaminess to the mouthfeel.

D: This isn't really a bad beer by any sense, but it's not a great one either. Probably gets a bad rap for being an AB product (make your own judgment there), but something that's passable.

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Photo of soju6
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep amber with a head that does not last long. The smell is of caramel & roasted grain. The taste is initially sweet and finishes dry. It has a medium feel but sort of bland. I would consider this an entry level bock, drinkable but not my first choice.

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Photo of CameronTyl3r
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogany, coca cola color, with a little, light, dirty, off-white head.

Smell: What smell? All I could smell was an caramel malt smell, no hops.

I could taste a nutty, caramel mixture of malts, hardly the hops.

Medium bodied with a smooth caramel fullness.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, brownish body with a very thin, snow white head. Maintained effervescence throughout.

Smell: Near vacant nose offers up a sweetish hint of darkened grains. Altogether bland.

Taste: Slight taste of toasted grains featuring ultra light cocoa hints. Faintly sweet. Ruthlessly faint spicy, earthy hop character and bitterness. Faint, faint, faint. Drying, crackling-like-a-soda finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Certainly goes down easily as there's just not much going on. Amber Bock is a bock in name alone. I could call my cup of Rooibos Chai from Teavana a bock but that just doesn't make it true.

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Photo of Natural510
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with decent amount of head, lacing which sticks around to keep things interesting.
Nose is somewhat mediocre; cereal malt with hints of caramel.
Sweet, tangy malt; spicy with caramel, cola, cinnamon notes making up the bulk of the flavor. Yeast provides a tart, dry finish with a residual hop bite.
Medium body, slightly on the thin side, but that only adds to the drinkability. Not the best bock I've had, but certainly the best from AB. Has enough flavor to keep itself interesting and legitimately be labeled a bock. In fact, politics aside, I'd grab this over Shiner anytime.

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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
2.87 out of 5 based on 1,815 ratings.
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