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.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light brown, bright beer with a quickly dissappearing head.

Smell: Aroma is nondiscriptly sweet and fruity (kinda adjunct-y)...just a TINY bit of malt in the background.

Taste: Taste is pretty much the same with simple sweet "macro" flavors, a mild hop bitterness (but no real hop flavor) and the slightest ghost of a toasty malt backbone in the background. IMO, this is kind of like a Budweiser, with just a tiny touch of caramel malt in the background. To me, nothing like a bock really.

Mouthfeel: Oily and fairly light

Drinkability: Medium, but...it doesnt leave you wanting another.

Conclusion: Not...a...bock...my biggest problem I think with this beer is that it'd be an average beer at best, but Mich. touts this as a "rich, full-bodied" etc etc etc bock beer...which it is deft. not.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.03/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. It looks thin for a bock. The aroma is faint bready malt with slight hints of caramel. It smells very faint for a bock. The taste is like the aroma...slightly bready, slightly caramely. It tastes too light for a bock. The mouthfeel is light bodied with too much carbonation for the style. It is way to thin and watery for a bock. Overall, this beer is not a bock. It is an amber lager, and it is not even a good amber lager. I will not drink this again.

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

Poured into pint glass from a bottle. The beer was the color of cola, with a 1" tan head, which did not last very long.

Smells of malt. Not much else going on there.

Tastes mainly of malt, not much else that I can pick up.

Mouthfeel is medium light, with a lot of carbonation. Easy to drink. Got this as part of a "micro brew" sample case... Don't think I would buy this on it's own.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.09/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes.

A - poured an amber honey brown with a tiny 1/4" head that left no lacing in my pint glass

S - malty sweet, molasses, a touch of hops. Floral, hint of raisins or plums? Not bad.

T - very malty sweet countered with a hoppy overtone. Bittersweet aftertaste, but very slight

M - light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Mild chewiness?

D - decent drinkability. A little too carbonated for my taste

Overall - not a fan of most Michelob products but this is the best of their lineup.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

FRom the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 08310 BL60. The pour is kind of an opaque brownish-red with a short-lived beige head. I think there are some malts in the aroma and some vague hint of caramel. It is watered down and goes down quickly. Better than some Mich products but not as good as others.

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Photo of BigBry
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap, served in a standard bar pint glass.
Pours a clear amber brown color, pale tan head, small lace rings, decent retention.
Some aroma of roasted caramel and light floral hops. Quite sweet malty taste, caramel. The hops are barely noticeable, not reaaly enough to balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel is thin, but not overly watery. After a couple the sweetness really starts to stick on the tongue. Average dark lager, not really a bock.

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Photo of colts9016
2.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour amber copper brown with a thin white head.
Nose is roasted malt caramel and molasses
Taste is Roasted Malt sweet sugar and a touch of hops.
Finish is clean on the beginning and a bit rough on the finish.
Overall a simple beer to drink but there is much better. A budget minded beer.

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Photo of Tone
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear inviting amber color. Decent head with poor retention and little lacing. Smells of a clean lager and very slight malt. Fits the lager style. A very light malt flavor along with the majority clean of a lager. Better than Bud Light and other light lagers from Anhueser, but still not a good beer overall.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from Aug 14, 2008
Pours a nice clear medium dark with a semi-white head that doesn't last,Aroma is faint roasted malts and hop spiciness. Taste is well balanced but unassertive, mostly caramel malt , along with slight hop bitterness,more hops would make this better,not bad for AB I would drink again.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.46/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
June 24, 2008

This was a gateway to craft beers for me. Now that I go back to it, the watery character really destroys the beer for me. It's not a terrible taste. Very malty, roasted flavor. But too watery. For an Aheuser Busch beer it isn't all that bad. Worth a try, but I probably won't go back to it.

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Photo of fff
2.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of this stuff one night after a rough one at work. It poured a, well, amber brown, fair head (not too impressive), fair lacing. Smelled somewhat malty to me, like roasted nuts. I didn't like the taste, thinking it was far too salty, which overpowered anything good about it. Mouthfeel was not too bad, having substance to it without being overpowered by the liquid. Drinkability was low, haven't had another since, don't plan on getting any more.

All in all, I didn't like it. Just not for me I guess.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.51/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in a stange at the Bakeside Bistro in Raleigh, NC, on the restaurant's closing night.

A - Dark brown, but transparent. About a quarter inch of off-white head rises with decent retention. A thin collar remains; some lacing.

S - Not bad, but not much going on. Toasted grain mostly, with a hint of butterscotch.

T - Again a little boring, but not bad. The mild toasted grain hits with a soft sweetness in the background. A little metallic late palate but finishes extremely clean.

M - I was quite amazed in this department. On the light side of medium, but incredibly smooth with just a touch of carbonation. Near perfect.

D - If I hadn't had to drive, I could've downed these all night. Though the bottled version is medicore at best, Amber Bock on tap would be quite the candidate for sessioning.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
1.94/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 11/14/2008 (Tap @ AB Brewery, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a clear dark brown color body, with a creamy whitish cream-colored head, that is big and lasting. Lots of fizziness. A malty aroma, but hard to smell much. Clean tasting, a watery palate. Some maltiness, a little dusty, and some light fruitiness like white grape or pear. Not a fan I used to like this in college, but now my palate has evolved, and I have better choices.

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Photo of BigBen61
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the first beers I ever tasted was a Michelob Ultra (makes you wonder why I kept on drinking beer). Compared to the regular Michelob line it is a much welcomed improvement, but this is where the praises end.

A- The appearance of this beer is not all too bad. With the six pack I got, I drank a couple from the bottle and poured a couple into a pint glass. The color is a nice dark brown with a cream colored half to full finger of head.

S- The smell seemed heavy on "char" with way too much alcohol being obviously present. The malt was clearly obvious in scent with only a bit of piney hoppiness.

T- The taste was a bit bland for my taste. The alcohol and "char" present in the aroma found their way onto the taste buds. The malt character was good for a Michelob brew, but still a bit weak overall. The hops were not at all obvious in the finish and my overall assessment of the tast is simply that this brew is too bland.

M- Carbonation aided in a medium to medium light body, with the alcohol warming it up just a bit.

D- For the average beer drinker, while a bit bland, I can see how this could be an easy drinking beer. For me however, I find this beer to be weighed and found wanting...of flavor and balance.

Overall I probably won't be wasting money on this one again.

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Photo of jayfarley3
3.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, pours deep clear amber color with a off white head that fades pretty quickly. Smells faintly of caramel and malt, taste is smooth and slightly malty with just a little hops, taste is real faint for such a dark beer. For a beer coming form AB this one really isn't too bad. I usually only drink these when it's the best thing available at some of the bars my friends drag me to.

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

Found one of these in my fridge today and was surprised to find that I'd never reviewed one, despite their availability as a dollar drafts at Tijuana Flats in Gainesville. Here goes:

Appearance: Pours a rich, honey/amber color, with a two finger head with moderate retention and little lacing.

Smell: Light, uninspiring aroma. Weak malt notes (caramel?) with an artificial air about it, somehow.

Taste: Not too dissimilar from Budweiser, despite the amber color. A touch more depth, but the aftertaste is so eerily similar, one suspects the same strain of yeast is used. Bitterness is moderate and appropriate for the style, however distinct hop and malt notes are difficult to discern.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, rather spritzy, sharp carbonation.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink, even if you don't particularly want to. A marginal improvement over the big lagers, the high point of this beer is its wide availability and its role as a stepping stone for those who need to be disillusioned from their preconceptions regarding "dark" beer.

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Photo of gpogo
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear brown amber with white bubbly head that dissipates to a small foamy covering.

A- Very weak aroma. Slight caramel malt aroma, and faint toastiness.

T- Seems to lack flavor, slightly watery. Faint toastiness. Very light bitterness, seems to finish semi-dry.

M- Light to light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Leaves a slightly sticky covering in my mouth.

D- Definitely drinkable. Not too much flavor, not too high on the alcohol. That being said, there are plenty of things I'd take over this.

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


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

Bottle part of a mixed sixer courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really strange, dull-looking brown body with a fast-fading dull white, one-finger head that leaves a ring of lace. A studied search for carbonation finds none. A very strange-looking brew.

Aroma: I get very little out of this. Probably the weakest nose I've ever stuck my face in to ... maybe some faint toast and a kiss, no, a peck of marshmallow. But seriously, that's it.

Taste: Shallow, dextrins, a faint leafy bitterness, gummy bear, toasted malts, maybe banana. But it's all so muted. Entirely inoffensive, because there's very little here to be offended at.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation releases a pretty large body, but it's mostly pretty thin in other places.

Drinkability: Drinkable, sure. There's not much goin' on here, alcohol's a non-factor, and it's not bad. Would I want to drink it? Another story entirely.

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Photo of Japerrault
3.09/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper lager,with an off-white head settled to about 1cm and dissipated to a skim.

S: Mild malty smell with a little toasty aroma. Really not a lot noticed. No hops to speak of.

T: Overall mild flavors. Sweetness from the malt was most prevelent. Not much complexity. Very slight bitterness in the aftertaste, where I really had to hunt for a hint of hops. Mostly left with malt flavors.

M: Mouthfeel was decent. There was a sense of body with good carbonation.

D: Since the complexity is nothing to write home about, this is one of those beers that go down easy without any thought needed. It has more flavor than most of the big American beers so drink up and enjoy it for what it is.

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Photo of tgncc
3.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I give begruding respect to macros who at least try their hand at craft beer. As it stands, this isn't bad. The appearance is the nicest part, a nice chestnut brown with an amber hue. Thin white head, doesn't stick around. The aroma is grainy malts. The flavor is caramel malts, with a slight fruitiness, more so when it warms up. Medium mouthfeel. The finish has a nice hop presence. This is not a bad beer at all. Not remarkable, but I might serve it at a bbq with a lot of guests.

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Photo of Spikester
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a good-sized head and some lacings.
Aroma is malty.
Taste is dark malts with just a touch of hop bitterness. Not complex but a good palate rinser in preparation for a bigger beer.
Palate is similar to most macros.
Drinkability is good for when you don't want to be challenged.

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Photo of ATPete
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on draft at a Devils game

Pours a light bending murky brown color with a small tan head. Very sweet malts in the nose as well as a creaminess in the aroma. The sweetness of the malts carry over onto the palate, no bitterness mixed with its sweetened over ripe fruit notes makes this cloying at times, especially once it warms, yea you have to drink this while its cold. I have a lot of experience with the Amber Bock unfortunately its the only beer with some sort of "chew" available during the games. I dont recommend drinking this unless you have too, I couldn't imagine it from a bottle...

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.57/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12-oz twisty into a pint glass. Nice clear auburn color with a short-lived tan head. No lacing.

Aroma has a grainy earthiness to it. Somewhat sweet, with no hops intervening. Taste is pretty clean, starts with the same earthy character, turns sweet and pretty much dies after that. Maybe a tinge of hops lingering for scant seconds.

This beer has some body, and a nice smooth mouthfeel. A bit carbonated causing a little bit of a burn. I could drink these all day on a cold football Sunday nonetheless.

Nice drinkable beer from AB. I know it's been around a long time and I have had it a lot on draft, but I like the bottle better.

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Photo of mterrence5
2.94/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very very clear dark amber color with a thin head. High carbonation. Slight nutmeg smell. Sweet matly taste with a very very mild nutty/hoppy finish. Almost no flavor at all in the beer. Drinks like Michelob was hired to make Sam Adams Ultra Light. Very drinkable cause there is nothing dissapoint.

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