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Michelob Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob LightMichelob Light

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BA SCORE
53
awful

705 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 2.15
pDev: 33.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 31 | 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:
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 t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev +16.3%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of djrn2
1.5/5  rDev -30.2%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
1.02/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes. Nothing like a "100" list to urge on old review entry.

Pours with about a quarter of the color density of straw with the thinest of thin white heads. Nose brings forth light grain and cardboard. Taste brings the same. Almost so light it's hard to find even those flavors. Feel is way overly carbonated and drinks poorly. Light, cardboard-soaked seltzer water.

Thorpe429, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of zestar
2/5  rDev -7%

zestar, May 10, 2014
Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -7%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of acurtis
1/5  rDev -53.5%

acurtis, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.35/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This review is the second half of Macro Smackdown V, the other half being Miller High Life Light. The Miller product comes in the standard aluminum can and this beer comes in the new canottle/bottcan. It's an interesting look that seems a little girlie to me. I'd be embarrassed to be seen holding one (yeah, like that'll ever happen outside the confines of this purely scientific exercise). On to the show...

Light yellow-amber. Although not quite light enough to be called straw, noticeably lighter than the High Life. The head is also simple white with no drabness or off-colors. The substance of the foam is better here, in that it looks smooth and fluffy. However, it falls more quickly and doesn't leave any lace.

This nose is less sweet than its competitor and is more musky/spicy. I have a hard time believing that I'm actually smelling hops, but... could be... could be. As far as which one is preferable, I'd have to go with the High Life Light. The fruitiness gives it a leg up. Although I generally like musky/spicy, the Michelob Light nose doesn't quite do it for me.

Nasty. There's no other way to adequately describe the flavor. Michelob Light is one of the worst tasting beers of any style that has ever crossed my palate. It has that adjuncty, grainy flavor that all macro lagers possess, but it suffers in comparison to the other Big Three light lagers that I've sampled (nothing like being inferior to inferior beer). There's an off-putting sourness that makes it even harder to get down, as opposed to a sweetness that tends to make this sort of beer more drinkable; at least to me.

There's no difference between the mouthfeels, at least none that I could pick up on a final sip or two. I'm not about to drink any more of either one of these in order to discern some small difference in mouthfeel. I think I've been more than selfless in bringing you, the discriminating beer consumer, this comparative information and I'm simply unwilling to pour more of this stuff over my pleading taste buds and down my throat.

Michelob Light is the clear loser of Macro Smackdown V. That's not to say that Miller High Life Light is any great shakes, but this beer just rolled over and quit (flavor-wise). A more pathetic showing I have rarely seen. The new canottle/bottcan didn't do squat. Gosh, and I really expected it to. Stay away from Mich Light. Stay very... very... far away.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.55/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a fizzy pure white head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with light corn notes is bland and not that enjoyable. Taste is also a bland mix between some sweet malt with light adjunct notes (I know the label states all-malt lager but I have a hard time believing this). Body is light with good carbonation. Bland lager and not something that need to be revisited.

Phyl21ca, May 18, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
1.85/5  rDev -14%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lackluster and tasteless. Looks light yellow and brightly clear. Overly carbonated and lacks head retention or lacing. Tastes low malty or sweet. Grainy and cornlike. Slightly metalic and astringent. Tastes similar to smell. Hard on the toung and palate because of the carbonation. Thin and scrubbed to the palate. No malt or hop flavor or balance to mention. Light and powdery finish with a grainy, metalic aftertaste. Aside from all of its poor qualities, it's not offensive; but neither is water. All of it's beer-like qualities disolve as soon as it hits the palate.

BEERchitect, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of Texasfan549
2/5  rDev -7%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
2.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What can I really say about this, looks bad, smells like air and tastes like flavored water. At a concert it is all you can get, so its what you are left with. Pale yellow carbonated water that has to be drank freezing or it is completly untolerable, please look somewhere else.

mikesgroove, Jun 30, 2007
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1/5  rDev -53.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
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2/5  rDev -7%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
2/5  rDev -7%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev +48.8%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of zeff80
2.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - I had this a wedding last weekend. It was poured into a tall pilsner glass. It was a straw yellow and highly carbonated. There was a descent sized head that lasted for quite awhile.

S - There isn't much of a smell, except for that alcohol/beer/skunk that comes from most beers like this.

T - The taste wasn't bad. There was a mix of malt and grains (corn & rice?). No hops but that is expected.

M - It was pretty crisp and light-bodied.

D - I wouldn't regularly pick this up, but when it is free and it is the only beer option it will do the job.

zeff80, Aug 24, 2006
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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.76/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Jason
2.4/5  rDev +11.6%
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?"

Jason, Sep 02, 2001
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
2.55/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a can poured chilled into a willybecker

A - a straw golden w/ slight chill haze and thick sudsy 1 inch cap which flattens to a ring

S - The smell of cooked veggies and a dms smell w/ a light sweet adjunct and mild floral yeast ester

M- A crisp thin and slick and almost soapy texture an somewhat high carbonation, but overall it lacks a real finish

T - A mild sweet flavor w/ light tangy corn taste w/ a palate coating and plastic/soapy flavor that is hard to get past

D - A pretty poor drinkability score -I gave it my honest review -it is basically tasteless, a waste of time -avoid

Slatetank, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
1.1/5  rDev -48.8%
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.

Rifugium, May 22, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.15/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It boasts of mostly pale malts and lager yeast, but is also fresh smelling. The taste is decent also. It is watery and weak with a slight malt flavor. It refreshes on the way down and finishes clean. It has a slight bitter skunkiness, but it is very small. The mouthfeel is good. This is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks well despite all of it's limitations. This is the light macro beer for me. Cheers!

WesWes, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. single, bought for $1.19,

A: Pours a pale yellow, with a long-lasting soapy white head with solid retention, leaves a lot of lacing at first, but I think that was more due to my pour than anything else.

S: Very husky grain smell, astringent, light grass.

T: Real barley malt is evident, with a dry cereal grain taste. Hop character is light, with distinctly grassy bitterness. Like the smell, the flavour has some astringency to it, more evident as it warms. A little more malt character would be advised. Not bad at all to be honest, no adjunct or off-flavours.

M: Thin, very light, crisp, mild carbonation, what you'd expect in a light lager.

D: Definitely one of the better versions of this style that I've come across, much better than AB's other lights that I have had - Bud Light and Michelob Ultra. Soft and easy to drink, if it was a couple dollars cheaper, I'd be inclined to buy a sixer of it. To the craft beer drinker, you really don't get much, but it would be easy to drink a sixer over the course of a hot summer day.

Halcyondays, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of beernads
1.75/5  rDev -18.6%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
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Michelob Light from Anheuser-Busch
53 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.