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Michelob Light - Anheuser-Busch

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193 Reviews
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Reviews: 193
Hads: 801
rAvg: 2.44
pDev: 29.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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: 193 | Hads: 801
Photo of Pocker
3.06/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Watery beer that is very easy to drink if you consume a case of beer every night and like to pretend you are a badass. I buy this when I'm broke and want to get drunk, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm drinking a low end domestic beer. As far as low cheap beers go though, this is one of the better light beers I think. (325 characters)

Photo of ordybill
2.25/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (155 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
3.07/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a lace of head. Smells slightly less corn like than regular adjuncts. Not very adjunct tasting. Surprising amount of flavor. One of the better light beers out there. (191 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.29/5  rDev +75.8%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev +51.2%

Although I am not a huge fan of Anheuser-Busch in general, I am a fan of the Michelob brand. There's many beers under the Michelob banner that I find myself never refusing, under any circumstance. With that being said, time to add another one to the stable...

Appearance (3.25) : 2 finger yellowish off-white head, disintegrates into a 1 finger within seconds, and then finally a ring. The body is pale straw colored, 100% transparent.

Aroma (3.5) : Fresh malt, barley, fresh hop, rice, a little straw. There's not much to it but it's a very crisp, clean smelling beer. Smells better than Michelob "Golden" Light.

Flavor (3.75) : Crisp, malty notes, with rice and barley with a little straw. The faintest hint of hop finishes out the taste. This is a fantastic tasting light beer. There's a couple faint off notes but they are not bad. It's not as easy drinking as Michelob Golden Light, but the flavor is definitely more broad and delicious.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Light to medium bodied (yes I meant that), buzzing carbonation and a smooth crisp finish.

Overall (3.69) : As I sit here with a Golden Light and a regular Light next to each other (I stopped my review and pulled a MGL from the fridge), the Michelob Light tastes much better and has better flavor. Where the Golden Light has grassy straw and corn, Michelob Light has rice, barley, and faint hop. It's not as easy drinking or unoffensive as Michelob Golden Light, nor is it near as cheap, but I have to say the regular Light is the superior beer. (1,511 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.54/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this evening on 7/9/14 and had this one many times over the years but surprised they still made it as I haven't seen it. Love the old 'lava lamp' style brown bottle it came in 20 years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 'Michelob" glass goblet.

Pours a lighter golden color with a very thin white head that settles just to around the sides of the glass. Very little spotty lacing is seen but not much really. The aroma isn't much, just of some grassy grain for the most part with a hint of sweet corn. The taste is about the same with a slight sweet finish. Much more flavor and tastes better than their more popular "Michelob Ultra" which I didn't care much for. Medium carbonation. Overall, not bad and close to the flavor from 20 years ago that I remember. (819 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.84/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-very clear pale to gold color with a large white head that did not fade fast
S-can smell the noble hops and grainy aroma
T-maltier than the other light lagers, with a hop aftertaste that goes to a sweet grain finish
M-light body and medium carbonation
O-if you grade this beer on on what it has compared to what it is suppose to be, then it was better than most. (364 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.77/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains adjuncts, light caramelized malts, and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from a thin malt character and adjuncts. Then some light malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is extremely mild. There doesn’t seem to me much balance only because there isn’t much in the beer to balance out. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and not very smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not flavorful at all, goes down easily and not too filling since there isn’t much to the beer, very mild kick, not the best representation of style, even for a light beer this one isn’t very good. (870 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
1.66/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

This beer is unavailable in my home province of Alberta, but I had a bunch of bottles of this on my trip to Las Vegas. Casino Royale had bottles of this swill for $1, which in Alberta is absolutely unheard of even for the worst beer. Our hotel was only a short walk from Casino Royale, so my friends and I took part in this offer several times.

This beer is pretty awful. I had one and immediately went back to regular Michelob. Water doesn't begin to describe it. No, No, no. (477 characters)

Photo of Winston_Smith
2.88/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I'll start by saying that this beer surprised the hell out of me. Echoing Jack's review a bit down the page, I cannot believe that this beer is not more popular than every other light American piss beer.

Appearance: Light lager. You've seen a million of them.

Smell: Barely anything. Faint grainy malts.

Taste: This is what surprised me the most. It actually has something in it that resembles "flavor." Wow. I'm blown away. A beer from Anheiser-Busch with the word "light" on the label, and it has a flavor? Even some sort of hop presence? Unheard of. Why this isn't the Bud Light of the country instead of Bud Light is beyond me, and it seems others feel this way.

Mouthfeel: It feels like fizzy light beer.

Overall: This was refreshing on a hot day. It's what my dad drinks, and I stole one out of curiosity. It's definitely not something I'll purchase on my own dollar, but it was pleasantly surprising (which is of course, relative in the world of American light beer). (984 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.19/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light golden-yellow color with a two finger pure white head. The head fades over about a two minute time frame to leave a rather surprisingly god level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma is very light. The light detectable smells are of a bread, corn, paper, caramel and light citrus hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a tiny bit of a bready flavor consisting mainly of a corny sweet flavor. As the flavors advanced the sweetness grew even stronger more toward the middle with some other light fruit flavors as well as some light caramel flavor coming to the tongue. The taste is rather sweet from here to the end, leaving a rather sweet flavor of corn, caramel, and some fruit with very little of any other flavors to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average to above average side for a light brew (but still on the thinner side overall) with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The slightly thicker body for a light brew accentuates some of the sweeter corn and papery flavors a bit to heavily, where a lighter body and a bit more carbonation would have better hidden these and created a more refreshing style brew.

Overall – Higher in sweetness but lower in refreshment for a beer of the “light” category. A little too much corn and papery taste combined with the off feel make this brew one to likely avoid. (1,456 characters)

Photo of Bierwolf
2.08/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsener.

Appearance: 1 finger of white, fizzy foam that diminishes to a thin froth. Clear, light yellow with tiny particles suspended in the beer. Some nice bubbles rising up. Slight lacing as the beer is drank.

Smell: Light hops and malt but mostly a yeasty smell.

Taste: There is not a lot of flavor in this beer. Very light grain and that is about it.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium body with a watery feel. Softly carbonated with a semi-dry finish.

Overall: A bit disappointing. Compared to the Michelob Ultra this is a bit weaker. The Ultra had a bit more beer flavor and appearance. This was really low flavor and did not make me want to come back for more. (696 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.08/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 oz. bottle stamped 12233-MW63. Sampled on October 24, 2012.

It pours pale yellow with loads and loads of foamy white head that eventually gives way.

The aroma is corn, rice, and clean hops which is about what I would expect from the style.

The body is thin.

The taste is fresh with grains and a crisp, quick light hop finish. It is really what I would expect from the style so I would call it average for the style. Nothing crafty here. Just plain old thirst quenching stuff. (492 characters)

Photo of Baitcaster
4.06/5  rDev +66.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer has an above average taste that doesn't bite but is full bodied and flavorable. I perfer a glass bottle over the can or tap. To me it is a much richer beer than it's brouther Ultra that taste much closer to water. My only problem is it seems that Michelob Light is fading out of the picture. I am having difficulty finding my favorite beer in the market place. I guess that is why this is known as Dad's beer but the yuppie beer Ultra just does't measure up for me. (483 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +23%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.38/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a pale gold colour with a festive fizzy white head. sparse lace. strained pale maltiness in the nose. some noticeable noble hopping, a bit spicy and herbal. taste profile has some character...pale malts and a restrained bitter hop profile make for some actual "pilsneresque" flavours. it is slightly more girthy for a light beer in the body department, with a slightly watery, thin, crisp and tongue tingling mouthfeel. drinakbility is nice, especially if slaking a thirst on a hot day, or washing down some spicy buffalo wings.

overall...this is a light beer one rung higher than the usual BMC light offerings. rated within the style, it rates fairly respectable. (675 characters)

Photo of JackMatthew
3.74/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I cannot believe that this beer is not as popular as other light American beers. Its much better than Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Light. Super drinkable, real malt and hop flavor, and some lacing make this light lager my go to light beer. Don't waste your time with Michelob Ultra. Michelob Light is much better. (319 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.84/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Re-review, because I felt like I my old review was too generically mean spirited. That, and bile fascination.

A: Pours a VERY light straw color with perfect clarity and strong carbonation rising to the head. White colored head with pathetic retention/lacing.

S: There is a noble aspect to this beer...granted, it's pretty unrefined, but the fact that it exists in a light macro is stunning. Otherwise features the typical grainy note (in this case, rice, not corn) of most light macros.

T: Not good, but expectedly not good. There is a slightly rough tone of rice adjuncts at first, and that slimy aftertaste I detest in most adjuncts, but otherwise, there's almost no flavor at all. You could pound these, but why would you want to? Just pound water instead!

M: Seltzer water-esque.

O: It's good for one thing: when for whatever reason, you're pounding beers like a madman and don't want to seem as hoi polloi as the typically redneck Bud Light drinkers. That's it. People, I drink this stuff so you don't have to, so just get some real beer instead. Might I suggest some Sierra Nevada Pale Ale? (1,102 characters)

Photo of Marti403
2.2/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not sure why, but this is my favorite Bud product. It doesn't taste offensive, actually quite smooth with very little intense flavors or hops. Appears a little darker than normal light lagers but that seems to be a good thing. not a beer for playing drinking games, but I more closely relate this as "your dad's" beer. not complex but gets the job done. "free beer" rule applies here. (388 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
2.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours to a thick white head that falls to a thin layer, no lacing. Pale yellow. Aroma is a weak combo of CO2, faint hops, grains and a whiff of decomposed veggies. Flavor is weak and bland--you can taste the malt and hops and know that they are good, but they are just too faint to enjoy. Mouthfeel is over-carbonated but not exactly watery either. Overall, a waste of money and space in the fridge. (399 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
2.45/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another enthralling installment of "Free Beers From Work". This one goes so far to prove its lightness it lists calorie, carb, protein and fat amounts on the label.

Pale straw yellow, white head, retains well as a thin but full cap.

Decent nose strength for a light beer, basically just pale and bready malts, but not bad.

Taste is about the same, mostly just grainy/pale/bready malt with a non-existent/minuscule amount of lemony hop flavor, but not offensive, more flavor than your average light lager. Decent finish.

Especially high on the carbonation, but a good body to it, doesn't feel like water. No off-tastes.

Really not a bad light beer, actually tastes like something at least, much better than Bud/Coors/Busch Light. (737 characters)

Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.7/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured I ti a Pilsener

A - pale golden, Light head, fizzy activity, no lacing
S - sweet malt and Corn, a tad roasty
T - a bit more balanced than most light beers some decent malt
M - a bit heavy, adjunct sweet aftertaste
O - Wasn't expecting much and it was drinkable, not terrible for what it is (304 characters)

Photo of TippySelenoid
2.55/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a very pale yellow. A bit of head that quickly dissipates into a cirrus lacing.

It smells like adjuncts even though the bottle says all malt. There's the faintest whiff of hops as well.

It tastes like it's highly processed. It's really clean and easy to quaff. Some straw flavors and a bit of hops.

Has a bubbly mouthfeel. Light bodied and crisp

Not a good beer. Not a bad beer. Rather unmemorable, which isn't a good thing. (460 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.2/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had on tap at hooters in cape coral,fl

clear and yellow with a white head and collar,smell was corn rice and bread and malts..had a sweet corn and malt start a little hop taste with bread and grain finish..crisp and carbonated easy to drink it went well with the wings..not a failure but an average beer that is really not to bad on a 100 degree day (350 characters)

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Michelob Light from Anheuser-Busch
60 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.