Michelob Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 2.15
pDev: 33.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

Michelob Light is brewed with pale, kilned two-row barley malt and noble European hops.
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.19 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, yellow body with a large, frothy, white head. Well, at least it looks pleasant. Perhaps this is a sign of great things to come!

Smell: Lightly grainy, sweetish pale malts with some gentle floral hop notes.

Taste: Light, delicate pale maltiness with a light cereal sweetness and faint hint of crisp grains. Mild floral hop character with a low amount of bitterness, but sufficient enough to balance. Semi-dry, clean, lightly effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Satisfactory! Michelob Light is an acceptable light lager that isn't entirely devoid of flavor or woefully watery.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.58/5  rDev +20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Michelob Light. Mich Brewing Co. 4.3% alcohol.
Giving the bottle a try, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a "slightly darker than the typical Macro-light lager" pale yellow fluid with a massive one and a half inch white head that quickly falls into a froth and ring around the glass. Small strings of lacing remains on the walls of the glass.

S- Malty metallic scents dominate the nose with light corn and grain backbone. Possibly a tangy note of sour hops.

T-M- Taste is crisp with a small bitter bite of hops followed my a corn husk flavor finished with watery malts. Mouthfeel is a no brainer of watery beer with light carbonation popping on the tastebuds.

D- A drinkable macro that gets the job done but still has the stale light beer flavor. Good and all and all above other beers of its nature.

Photo of Dmann
2.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had much worse light beers than this one, but that still is not saying much! It poured a straw yellow color with a small fizzy head that faded quickly into nothingness. The smell was lightly malty with a dirt like smell to it as well. The taste was a little heavier than most light beers and had a decent malt profile and not much of a grainy flavor at all. Decent mouthfeel for a light beer as well. Not good enough to buy but I'd drink it if it were available for free.

Photo of twi1609372
4.17/5  rDev +94%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Still one of my favorite light beers! If i want an agreeable light beer that most people can drink, that will still give me some sence of forfillment, this is it. Much more flavor than most other light beers. Not as flavorfull as most lagers or sam adams light, it is still far superior to the bud light, coors light genre or beers.

Photo of Jason
2.42/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a "Born On Date" clearly marked. A silver sheath like label that lays over the neck and partially over the cap, "All Imported Hops" is stated on the label.

Appearance: Extremely pale yellow colour, as clear as water. Active carbonation is shown from the large amount of bubbles rising to the top, a big white foamy head forms and leaves a one fingered white lace for most of the time the beer is around before it is consumed.

Smell: Faint fresh cut hay aroma and cooked corn with a light astringent grain in the nose also. A very clean aroma, not much to pick up off it.

Taste: Light bodied without a doubt, a well placed and perfectly structured smooth mouth feel helps the beer go down. Clean palate with a moderate carbonation after the pouring. Not much in the malt flavour other than a light touch of sweetness and a growing astringent grain that ends up mild at most. Hops are noticeable but are lazy and don't really seem to do much other than add a touch of bitterness and very vague flavour. After taste is semi-dry and nearly immaculately clean.

Notes: Such a clean beer, almost too clean. There are worse light beers out there but this one leaves you wondering "How much stuff was filtered out of this beer?"

Photo of Rifrafboy
1.65/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First, let me say I don't consider "light" beer to be real beer. I tried this with reservations, but a friend of mine swears by it. Michelob Light pours extremely light yellow. Forget a head or any other good looks. Taste is watered down swill. Very chemical like twang. I had trouble finishing this. I was actually pissed off that a beer this expensive is so awfull.

Photo of merlin48
1.69/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This is my girlfriend's favorite, so I borrowed one to review. 7 oz pony bottle, served cold, into a small Michelob glass. Pours a clear, pale yellow body with lively carbonation. Minimal white head quickly falls into a scant collar. No lacing, but to its credit the body has more depth of color than the Coors Original I recently reviewed.
Aroma leaves me speechless. Wordless, is a better term. Faint grain and a vague note of herbal hop, after some imaginative sipping.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with lively carbonation.
Taste must be well balanced and even, as all I can say is that it's crisp and clean. Not too sweet, not too bitter, but hardly any of either.
Easy to drink, just like cold and refreshing carbonated water. A typical fizzy, tasteless, American macro light and nothing more.

Photo of Byeast
3.2/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Michelob light is a brew i go for when im with friends and we are picking out a keg of light beer to use at a party , for beer olympics and such. It pours clear and very pale, with alot of carbonation building the foamy bright white head. The aroma is of some lightly bready grains, and possibly a hint at noble hop. The flavor is of course light, but with more malt flavor than most light beers in its class. Some lightly sweet hay like grain , and just enough balancing bitterness that is a bit spicy. Light body and fairly carbonated feel. It goes down with ease and id choose it over many other light beers. Good bottles to.

Photo of niknar
1.33/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

This is a very light straw colored beer with some head and no noticable aroma. The taste is a significant disappointment (there was none), but not bad when compared to its style (competing against water, perrier, and low cal tonic water). Mouthfeel compares to that of other watery drinks. Drinkability is the high point of this alchoholic substance. Due to it's lack of substantial consistency or flavor, it could honestly be consumed in mass quantities. Just like water. If you consider yourself a lover of beer, I would steer clear of this offering. If you like to drink heavily for the purpose of mass consumption and drunkeness without becoming full or consuming mass calories, this is what you need.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.56/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Diet beer that looks like some water that had a little bit of beer spilled in it. Carbonated decently with lace even. I guess I would say this smells like stagnant water.

Taste, slightly better than some diet beers. Reminiscient of the metallic diet generic soda taste. Uhm, there does seem to be more hops in it than your average diet beer, but that's like saying this dog turd is shinier than another's.

What knob pays more than $1 per beer for this stuff? $6.99 at Walmart. Not drinkable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.4/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appears a pale fizzy yellow lager with decent scattered thin lacing lining the glass. Aroma has semi sweet pale malts with some actual herbal hop notes going on. It's a light American lager brewed by the big boys but it's not horrible. Again decent hop action going on because you can actually detect some hops even if it's a subdued version of what I've come to know as a hop profile. Easy going more flavorful than the average BMC, nice golf outing brew for a hot summer day. Mouthfeel is light with carbonation that tickles the back of the throat a bit much, fizzy yellow lager has it's place. Not something I'll be buying but it's a welcome leftover in my fridge after a get together the other night, again better than the average AB brews that most people drink like kool-aid.

Photo of SetarconeX
2.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You know, after a certain number of really bad light beers, being watery and somewhat tasteless becomes something of a plus quality. This isn't quite so bad, compared to what's out there, but it's also not something I'd seek out.

Standard light macro fare, for the most part. Mostly tasteless, with a dash of corn and astringency. Visually, however, it is one of the clearest beers I've seen in a while. I actually had to pick the mug up off my desk to get a good look at it because the light tan of the desk was darker than the beer itself. Havn't had to do that in quite some time.

All imported hops? What hops? There might be one or two in here. And imported from WHERE? I've tossed imported mulch in my garden, but that doesn't mean I want my hops grown in a peat bog. A little more information would be delightful here.

Photo of Metalmonk
1.13/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

What was I thinking? I got this bottle from a friend who had another friend who left it in his fridge. Me am the dummy. But what the heck, let's see what this offers...

Poured the lightest color I've ever seen in this beer glass. I'm not all that familiar with light beers, so maybe this is par for the course, but it does not look appetizing. It's almost clear, with a sun-faded yellow tint to it. Weird. It smells of corn and aluminum. Awful. The head dies quickly.

The label makes this claim: "Smooth, Rich, Flavorful..."

Let's dissect that:
"Smooth": Not exactly. The flavor is like highly carbonated beer-flavored water. It's hard to discern any real flavor at all, but it wouldn't be my defintion of smooth because I can hardly swallow it without feeling disgusted by what's in my mouth. Grimbergen Blonde is smooth. Guinness Extra Stout is smooth. Michelob Light is offensive.

"Rich": This is a joke, right? Rich? This is a light beer! Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is rich. Hebrew Jewbelation is rich. Bell's North Coast Old Ale is rich. This is...crap.

"Flavorful": Wow, now we're really getting into the false advertising area. Other than corn dominance and a mineral kickback--which is not at all earthy-tasting--there isn't any real flavor at all.

Why would anyone drink this? You want a session beer? There are better beers out there for sessioning. You want cheap? There are better cheap beers out there. You want to watch your weight? Try exercising once in a while, stop eating shit, and stick with the truly flavorful beers.

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a light copper with a thin layer of bubbly, loose head that fades quickly

S - grainy and a bit sweet

T - grainy, sweet, very faint grassiness

M - crisp, a bit heavily carbonated, very light bodied

Well, this achieved what they set out to achieve. It's light bodied, very lightly flavored, and you can work through quite a few of them. It's unoffensive, highly drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As far as light beers go, Anheuser-Busch's Michelob Light is one of the finest, retaining some of its maltiness, and somehow keeping a head where most others fail miserably.

It pours a crystal-clear straw-gold body that displays hundreds of tiny bubbles rising quickly towards the surface. There they join their place in queue beneath the short half-finger head of creamy bright-white. Lacing is left to just some tiny spots here and there, but at least that's something.

The nose is clean and pleasant with a light touch of malty sweetness. Of course, no hops are to be found.

The flavor reveals that maltiness is a much fuller light, and it's surprisingly grainy and lightly sweet. There's some mild hop bitterness to balance it as well; and even some floral and spicy hop flavor in the background.

It's light-bodied and effervescent, as expected (and, actually, pretty much required of the style), but there is a touch of dextrinous malt there as well - meaning it's not completely watery and insipid unlike some others.

Anheuser-Busch is known the world over for their commitment to quality and it shows. In addition to Bud Light (the best selling light beer on earth), Michelob Light proves that they really know how to make a light beer work.

Photo of ElGordo
2.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hanging out at my brother's house before going to the brewpub downtown, I figured I'd try one of his Mich Lights. Pale, almost clear golden color with a whisp of a fizzy head. Slightly sour aroma of cheap adjunct malt. Palate actually has a bit of flavor to it - cheap malt and a bit of smokiness. I don't think you could pick up any hop flavor with an electronic sniffer. Light body is slightly foamy. Not terrible, but certainly not a pleasurable drinking experience.

Photo of Rootdog316
2.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Even though I really liked Michelob and Michelob Ultra, I really cannot say that I liked this beer that much at all. It has a very watered down taste, and in reality doesn't even taste like beer to me at all. I flat out just did not enjoy this at all, and would not recommend it unless it is the only thing available.

Photo of tempest
2.21/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's not offensive, that is unless you find the lack of flavor to be offensive to the name of beer. There's a low pale malt flavor masked by a slight sweetness and dusty-grain like flavor. The aroma hints of sour grains and the drinkability isnt bad if you're thirtsy. Really though, there isn't much reason to try this.

Photo of JohnFatAss
2.45/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

To me, Michelob Light is much better than bud light or coors light. This beer has some flavor.

I think its biggest flaw is that it is too heavy to be a light beer. I think it is more comparable to Budweiser or regular Michelob than to light beers.

It is not horrible, but falls into that mediocre beer category.

So why bother.

Photo of ordybill
2.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Golden colored water that resembles a watered down beer. This is a perfect beer for those who are scared of beer that has flavor. Not a good beer at all.

Photo of jackndan
1.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Mich Light: even my macro swilling friends had to admit that this was one poor looking beer. Weak yellow color, so much so that I had a macro swiller claiming that it was not a bad thing if a beer looked like urine. Must I review it? Ok, yellow, no head, no body, no hops, no taste, no nothing! Better than bud, but who gives a rodents rump?

Photo of bditty187
2.37/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sickly pale yellow hue, tiny artificial-looking white head, poor retention, no lace. Adjunct filled nose, sweet, sticky, notes of grain. Similar sticky-creamy sweet taste, adjunct influenced, grainy at spots. No “imported” hops of note. Thin mouthfeel, highly carbonated, not too watery... rather clean. The finish is a tad sticky. Boring. Not worth a damn, I got two free bottles and after I drank them I had a headache. This light beer is not offensive but not enjoyable either.

Photo of Backer2004
2.55/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Mind you, the only reason I paid any money for this beer tonight was so I could finish this craxz beer club I'm in where I get a nice $50 gift certificate after completing my list. As you can tell, I'm near the end. Not the worse since it's on draft, this beer is just so nearly not as good after I've reviewed 250+ beers in the past year or so. Either your tastes really change or the comparison is so obvious now. Not worth even drinking after a mowing the lawn on a hot day. In 40 degree weather, it's even worse.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.29/5  rDev +99.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Michelob Light brewed by Anheuser-Busch, with an ABV of 4.3% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. The smell is rich with grains and malts. There is a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. The taste is light, but is bold with flavor. Michelob Light has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in it. The mouthfeel is light, rich and smooth. I really like the taste of this light brew, Michelob Light has flavor for being a light beer. There is nothing bad about this brew. Overall I'm giving Michelob Light a 4.5 out of 5. Michelob Light is not a bad light beer, I would buy this brew again.

Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev +61.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pilsner glass, a careful pour yields a half inch of white head and a clear straw body. Head retention is short, leaving some lacing through most of the glass.

Smell is of light unroasted malt, bit of grassy hop. I don't use the word 'hops' for that is plural and the presence here is surely singular. Label claims 'all malt' and the use of 'noble hops'.

Taste is better than expected for the style and the body actually has some semblance of legs to stand on. Bit buttery even on the finish with a short lived malt close. Carbonation is good, enough to lift the beer a bit, yet not the pucker I got from the Ultra. Drinkability is good; low ABV, low calories. Not a whole lot of flavor, yet this easily outstrips most competitors and many a big brother. Better than BMC's regular offerings.

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Michelob Light from Anheuser-Busch
53 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.