Pros:interesting change of pace, a good tasting beer
Cons:maybe too sweet and too light; there are better beers for the money
The Bottom Line: May be hard to find, but worth a try.
Michelob has long been marketed by Anheuser-Busch as a premium beer, but a simple taste will not leave you very impressed and youíll scratch your head wondering what makes it different from Budweiser.
Recommend this product?
Michelob Amber Bock, however, is a different beer altogether. Like other A-B products, it contains a measure of rice, but it also contains a dark-roasted barley malt.
This dark lager beer is smooth drinking, with a sweet taste and a long-lasting head. This beer has a deep caramel color -- like Coca-Colaô. It is also freshness dated.
Bock Beer is a style identified with a strong German lager. It is usually dark in color, but color ranges from amber-through-red-through brown. Typically, bock beers have at least 6.25% alcohol by volume, and double bock has 7% alcohol or more. Michelob ďAmber BockĒ does not taste as strong as a typical bock beer, and I suspect that its alcohol content is closer to 5 or 5-1/2%.
I donít see this beer on my grocerís shelves very often, so one could say that it is fairly hard to find and produced in limited batches. The beer is sold in a 4-pack of 16 oz. cans and sells for $4.99 per 4-pack. The marketing folks at A-B are good at their jobs, and this beerís can is designed in a way to give the buyer the impression that they are buying something really special: the can is all-black with gold lettering having a ruby-red drop-shadow and the cans are boxed in a 4-pack carton to give the whole package a look like Guinness Stout. So, to see it on your grocerís shelf, you think you are getting something like the famous pub beer... at a slightly lower price.
There are a thousand micro-brews out there that taste better, but this effort by A-B is not bad and I welcome it as a refreshing change of pace. I give this beer a solid 3 rating.
If you care to pair it with food, I suggest avoiding salty snacks and trying it with some grilled sausages, Hungarian Paprika chicken, or something spicy like Kung-pao chicken. It also goes great with baloney sandwiches if you are cooking for yourself.