Michelob Light - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
60
poor

192 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 192
Hads: 798
rAvg: 2.44
pDev: 29.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of pasdachuri
3.26/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, with a long-lasting soapy white head with solid retention.

Has a very husky grain scent followed by a sweet corn aroma.

Surprisingly a decent tasting beer for a light lager. Has as much of a Bavarian lager taste as you are going to get from this style.

Smooth, but a little watery.

Possibly my favorite light beer. It is what it is. If putting a dozen beers down in one sitting is the goal, then this is my beer. (439 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.46/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of fluffly white head. It is pale yellow and crystal clear. It smells like your average light beer, sweet. The taste is slightly above average for a light beer. It is watery. It would be great to drink if you wanted to piss a lot and get a buzz in six hours. It is, however, better than the other light beers that I have had. It is what it is.

Cheers! (391 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is greatly missing for the most part. Water with some hints of beer. Feels watery in the mouth. Drinkability is fairly good since it is so light. Overall not a lot going for this beer. (295 characters)

Photo of OzarkElmo
2.45/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow with bland aroma. Little or no head, just not a good light offering from a "premium" label. Michelob is not the brand it was 30 or more years ago, sad to say. There is not much to this beer - no malt or hop presence at all in my opinion. Save a few $$$ if you want to got this route and just have a Miller Lite. This is not a premium light lager. (358 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev +31.6%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well to start... yeah its a macro/cheap beer in a can. Very similar to all the other bud lights/miller lites/natural lights/keystone etc., but I find this one to have a tad more of a hop flavor. Even keeps its head as you drink it, can't say that about much of the other ones, and even a tiny bit of lacing showing it has some substance to it. Clearly a lawnmower/party beer, but its quite refreshing and a lot more tolerable and most of the other cheap beers, plus it's the same price... one of my favorite cheap beers. (520 characters)

Photo of PartyBear
2.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured with a small head. Displayed a light golden colour.

S - A bit hoppy but that is about it, there doesn't seem to be many strong aromas in the beer at all.

T - Quite water, doesn't really have the crisp taste that you get from good light lagers. Dry, and slightly hoppy.

M - Not great. Watery, and lacking in any real body.

D - Easy to drink but unfortunately not that enjoyable. It is clear that you have to sacrifice taste in order to watch calories, and Michelob Ultra is a good example of this. (515 characters)

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.15/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Very pale golden color that was very clear and not much head.

Smell: A slightly more pronounced hop smell than I expected.

Taste: Not much going on here. It's pretty bland while not being disgusting.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and very watery.

Drinkability: This isn't the worst beer I've ever tried, but I don't think I'll be getting it again. (381 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.55/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a yellow gold with a small head of foam.

The smell is grainy with a sweetish note. Typical smell from the big boys of brewing.

The taste is of light grain, some malt sweetness, and a decent hop bitterness. Overall, pretty flavourful for a light lager and one of best of the style that I've tried. (307 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this average bland brew into my tumbler at 50 degrees. I would not normally waste my time rating a domestic beer but my wife drinks these and said why not? So. The beer poured a nice blond color, clear and sparkling. The head was white with tinly little bubbles that did not last long at all.The smell was breadty and yeasty. The taste was crisp and clean for sure. Good chick beer. I would drink this beer on a really hot summer day. (443 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev +42.6%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
1.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Um...not sure what to say about this. Not much of a beer. Not much in the way of flavor, not much in the way of anything. Piss color, no nose, very subtle candy malt flavor. And that's about it. No real point in drinking it - if you're looking for a light beer, get something better (Yuengling, Sam Adams Light) or cheaper (BMC?). No point going here. (351 characters)

Photo of BarkingLeopard
1.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

7 oz mini bottle.

One finger of head that dissipated into nothing in under 20 seconds. Smells of cheap American swill beer and adjuncts, but nothing too strong or offensive. Not much taste, and hard to pick up on what little there is. Bit of a subtle yet odd aftertaste. Felt like water in the mouth; fail. This might be drinkable to some, but it just lacks the taste to be a session beer for me.

Overall: if you're going to drink something in this category, you're drinking crap beer. Why spend the extra money for Michelob when you can get much the same undesirable traits from Keystone or Natty for much less, and without much of a difference in taste? Poor value; the next time I pay for cheap American beer (which won't be for a long while) I'll just go for the cheap stuff. (781 characters)

Photo of kflorence
1.48/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Somehow I find myself rating every American-style pale lager the same. That saddens me. There is, once again, no taste other than water, grains, and slight metallic hop flavors. Doesn't smell that great, the looks are nothing special. It's a light beer. Zero points for originality and would not buy or drink. (309 characters)

Photo of kinger
2.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not as full bodied as the regular, but still respectable for a lite. Not much to the nose more grainy than Michelob. Light yellow pour medium creamy white head. More filling than most commercial counterparts. Flavor has that typical watery weak malt affect. (257 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
1.37/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a five-finger white head that quickly fades to a ring leaving no lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Very light carbonation and light bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is sweet grass, clean finish. Very one dimensional, who drinks this stuff? $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH. (307 characters)

Photo of jeffmonarch
2.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Crystal clear with a slight yellow hint to it. It does have a thick one inch white head.

S - Very faint smell with a little malt.

T - Very light flavor. Some malt with a weird aftertaste.

M - Very light bodied with good carboation.

D - For a light beer, it's ok. I am a beer snob. But, for this style of beer and the fact that it is a mass produced, it is better than I expected. (422 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
2/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice attempt of making a light lager and a lot better than others.

appearance: light yellow

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear

mouthfeel: good carbonation

drinkability: very easy and smooth.

One of the best lights behind sam adams and amstel (281 characters)

Photo of ectomorph
1.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I've recently converted my Dad over to better brews and these were left from a BBQ and admittedly he didn't want one either. Keep an open mind... Keep an open mind...

12oz bottle into a chilled Pilsner glass. It has a 'Born On' (which I hate) date of 06AUG08 best within 110 days. Just what I love with my beer, math problems... Also, I can't remember the last twist off cap I had. Moving on.

A - I gave it the straight down the center pour. 1 finger bright white head fades to next to nothing quickly. Not the worst looking lager ever I suppose.

S - Kind of a skunky malt? Wet corn husk.

T - Not good. Like stagnant water with some bubbles. Zero character and on my 4th sip I'm thinking of calling it quits. I press on.

M - Taking care not to inhale on this sip, it feels like seltzer.

D - Only if there is no other possible choice. And I'm pretty resourceful. (867 characters)

Photo of changeup45
1.7/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This isn't terrible but I just don't see the point. For whatever reason I find this one to be even more watery than a lot of other light beer swill. However, that's almost like saying Aquafina is more watery than Poland Spring. Very pale yellow color with some straw or hay taste. Nothing offensive just nothing really to it. (325 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.99/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of John_M
2.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

As a lark, split a bottle with a couple of buddies the other night. Figured it would suck and mich lite didn't disappoint.

The beer pours an extremely light yellow color with minimal head retention and lacing. While the appearance does not have quite the swill factor of say a miller chill, needless to say this is not an impressive looking beer. On the nose this beer is just weird. There's a lot of sweet corn aroma, but it's intermixed with almost a glue or paste smell. Can't imagine what adjunct crap AB must have thrown in the hopper to make the beer smell quite this bad. Happily, the beer tastes better then it smells (not exactly a high bar now, is it), tasting pretty much of nothing. Really, it's nothing short of amazing that someone can make a beer like this. I initially got a bit of sweet corn on the palate, but after that the flavors were completely neutral. Nothing bad, nothing good. Nothing. The mouthfeel on this beer actually surprised me. It has a very soft, smooth mouthfeel, and was almost slick on the palate.

While this beer wasn't flat out poisonous, there was nothing enjoyable about drinking it either. It had minimal flavor, and I cannot imagine why I would ever want to drink a glass of this. I'll head for the sink if I need a glass of tap water to slack my thirst, and so have no need for Mich lite.

Another crappy beer from AB. Amazing. Who would have thunk it. (1,401 characters)

Photo of GrimmReaper
2/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one was also free at our hotel at Disneyland,very pale straw yellow that you could see right through,little white head and no lacing.Wet grass and grains with a good whiff of corn is what comes to the nose,taste is the same with the corn coming thru,very lite body and bubbly like eno in water,went down like water,not much for my liking. (343 characters)

Photo of PiecefulToker
3/5  rDev +23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow straw color, with a 1-finger head in my pilsner glass that quickly recedes to a thin layer that is held constant by cascading bubbles.

S: Corn, pale malt, straw, hay, some alcohol.

T: Tastes like a subdued version of what it smells like: corn, pale malt, straw, though no alcohol kick. The tastes are very subtle, but well balanced. This is actually pretty enjoyable on a hot summer evening.

M: Smooth, but pretty watery. Maybe a little light on carbonation.

D: Very high, I could drink at least a six-pack of these in a sitting. Very smooth, well balanced, (600 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
2.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Time to review a Macro-beer.

Events occurred that had me greeted with a bottle of Michelob Light. Of course, I've had it before, but I had never thought of it in terms of a review. Now is the time.

Beer poured from the bottle with almost no head to speak of. The only foam that was created was wispy, white and faded immediately. The color was a bright clear gold with a lot of visible carbonation.

The aroma was very light slightly sweet and did not hold a great deal of character. Slightly spicy is the only description I could really muster other than the sweetness.

Taste is rather thin and uninspired. It is well balanced, but the balance is between a very light/sweet malt flavor with a minimal hop bitterness. The beer is dull on the finish and I can't even call it crisp. Slightly sweet and slightly doughy after taste.

Mouth feel is literally of water and specifically carbonated seltzer.

You can call it drinkable, but that's only in the sense of water is drinkable.

You get what you expect here. For a Macro brew, you can get it down, but not much more enjoyment than that. (1,092 characters)

Michelob Light from Anheuser-Busch
60 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.