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Michelob Light - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob LightMichelob Light

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608 Ratings

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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 2.18
pDev: 33.49%

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Michelob Light is brewed with pale, kilned two-row barley malt and noble European hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
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Photo of a0lbudman


3.85/5  rDev +76.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:00:46 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.76/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:44:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

1.65/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:22:39 | More by Olek4374
Photo of Winston_Smith


2.91/5  rDev +33.5%
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).

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 23:10:58 | More by Winston_Smith
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 01:31:27 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Bierwolf


2.05/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 17:35:40 | More by Bierwolf
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev +41.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 00:25:36 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Baitcaster

4.13/5  rDev +89.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 18:54:39 | More by Baitcaster
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +37.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 20:46:55 | More by tdm168
Photo of budgood1


3.4/5  rDev +56%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 21:29:59 | More by budgood1
Photo of JackMatthew

3.8/5  rDev +74.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 03:21:14 | More by JackMatthew
Photo of ThisWangsChung


1.8/5  rDev -17.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:53:07 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Marti403


2.23/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 21:17:20 | More by Marti403
Photo of EagleTalon


2.2/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 05:24:37 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 03:20:33 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of Chico1985


3/5  rDev +37.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 18:32:46 | More by Chico1985
Photo of DrewSnyc667


2.73/5  rDev +25.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 18:17:35 | More by DrewSnyc667
Photo of TippySelenoid


2.6/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 22:31:31 | More by TippySelenoid
Photo of Rifugium


1.1/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

First had: ?

Probably the best light / T&A TV-ad beer I've had. Again: that ain't saying much. But if I was at a grungy dive with a choice of Bud, Miller, Coors, and Michelob Light, I'd...uh, kill myself.

Pours between a pale straw color and water, with much carbonation and a small white head that disappears quickly. Stale hops and skunk on the nose. Not much in the flavor department other than what was received in the nose. Light, thin, and watery. Goes down easy. To be avoided.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 23:47:49 | More by Rifugium
Photo of bnes09


2.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale piss-colored lager. Pours a minimal amount of soda-like head and is gone before you can blink. Lots of visible bubbles and no lacing.

Nose cosists of corn and rice adjuncts which are slightly skunked and a hint of hops.

Adjuncts dominate the flavor, lots of corn husk. Mild leaf-like hop. Some skunky flavor and has a tart, off flavor in the end. Pretty much a mess.

Thin, watery consistency. Lots of carbonation. Slick feel and no texture at all.

Every time I review a BMC product I really try to look deep for the good qualities and rate it for what it is. Unfortunately, even for a light beer this stuff is not good. The only good side is that you can drink a lot of these but due to the lack of flavor, would you really want to? Sorry AB, you have failed once again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 03:44:02 | More by bnes09
Photo of jsprain1


2.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear yellow, frothy head disappears quickly. No lacing.
S- Relatively clean. Sweet grains, but not altogether terrible.
T- Clean up front, lightly sweet grains, corn in the finish.
M- Light body, zippy carbonation.
O- A decent light lager I guess. Nothing remarkable, and generally light in every regard. In that sense, mission accomplished.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 04:36:35 | More by jsprain1
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.03/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Michelob Light has a very thick, white head and a clear, yellow appearance with lots of active carbonation and a little lacing left behind. The aroma is almost neutral, but some clean water is detected. Taste is bland, with light barley or other grain and just the slightest showing of hop bitterness for rounding. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Michelob Light finishes crisp and fairly refreshing. It's mostly just a typical, dull light beer.


Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 17:42:15 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of MTNboy


2.8/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It is not too bad in the looks department. It has a nice white head and spread out lace. The body is a pale straw gold color. The aroma is faint but what is there does smell corny. The body is watery with some carbonation tickle. This beer has a very light American Pilsner taste. It is a little bit sweet, corny and with a faint saaz tone. For a light beer it is not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 10:17:04 | More by MTNboy
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i used to drink michelob light in my college days ("the cockpit" in 5points- columbia sc). i drank it mainly because it was their cheap beer. the unique bottle it came in and the price were the best things about it. dont get me wrong michelob aint bad... its just an average american beer from one of the big boxes. i honestly dont think i could tell the difference in a blind taste test between bud, coors, michelob or any of the other light american lagers. its not to say that i dont like them, i mean, if you got some drinkin to do they're a welcomed old friend- my pallet has grown a bit over the years and if i'm drinkin beer for taste, i'm not going with an american light beer. all of that said- michelob isn't a bad product. if you got one for me ill gladly drink it.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 13:08:35 | More by mattkoon
Photo of DCon


3.63/5  rDev +66.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a bottle into a "cut-off" Pilsner glass at Racquets Pub in Chesterfield, MO.

Appearance- Great amount of lace on the side of the glass as the "pond-like" head disappeared quickly. Golden Yellow with a single string of carbonation coming from the middle.

Smell- A light but crisp smell. Corn as usual with these light beers.

Taste- Nice amount of grain taste and seems like water is a 95% ingredient in this beer.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, smooth, and Refreshing. Great!

Drinkability- Enjoyed 3 back to back all poured into this interesting pilsner glass. The drinkability is unreal on these as well as they go down easier than ever. Loving the beer from Saint Louis lately!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 20:24:47 | More by DCon
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Michelob Light from Anheuser-Busch
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