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Michelob Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob LightMichelob Light

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659 Ratings

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Ratings: 659
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 2.15
pDev: 33.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | 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.

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Photo of JayS2629


1.95/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Watery, clear pale yellow with big foam that takes forever to recede and leaves decent rings of lace.

S- biscuits and corn, no hops can be detected

T- boiled vegetables, corn, biscuits, and cardboard.

M- Very thin and watery with no hop bite, only a carbonation bite.

D- Drinkable like water. Bland and boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 03:05:16 | More by JayS2629
Photo of hardy008


1.78/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale gold color with a good size white head with fair retention which leaves some lacing. Smells of cooked vegetables and some grain. Disappointing. There is no hop aroma.

The beer taste much like it smells. Cooked vegetables, grain, and a small amount of sweetness. Nothing to get excited about.

As expected, light bodied, thin and watery, with decent carbonation. This is not a beer I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 07:01:24 | More by hardy008
Photo of Ron860

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +74.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, maybe I'm drinking a different Michelob Light since the reviews from March 2010, but I actually have no complaints about this one. It's a Light beer that goes down quite smooth. I enjoyed it, but still prefer the beer I brew myself.

Appearance - Pale yellow with a moderate carbonation. A decent poured head with some substantial lacing. The head dissipated after about 2 minutes but left a decent remnant of what it once was when poured.

Smell - Hops are noticeable, though the beer comes across as sort of sweet and malty. It smells better than Coors Light.

Taste - Initial taste is dry but clean. No metallic flavor at all. It made me want another sip and then I finished it. Definitely an American Light Lager.

Mouthfeel - Very light, but has some depth. Slightly over carbonated but acceptable for an inexpensive light beer.

Drinkability - Like I said... goes down smooth! it was what I expected from a Michelob Light. Could definitely throw back a few of these at a backyard barbecue.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 04:02:52 | More by Ron860
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

1.65/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin yellowish straw color with a thick rocky white head and no lacing. Smells of corn and some grain, hops are nowhere to be found. Tastes quite awful. Like corn on the cob in a biscuit. Mouthfeel is super thin and the drinkability is fairly decent for something that tastes like horse piss.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 18:07:48 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of woodychandler


3.7/5  rDev +72.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I will openly cop to having once been a big consumer of Michelob. My uncle always had it in the fridge when he would come east every summer and I simply followed his lead until Rolling Rock really took off while I was in Cali with the navy. I wonder what its Light iteration may be like, but thanks to Tone77 and The CANQuest (TM), I am about to find out! CAN I get some love?

From the CAN: "All-Malt Light Lager" - really?!? That was one of the pluses of original Mich - NO adjuncts. Good. Also, "AmeriCAN-style light lager brewed with a blend of Hallertau, Strissel Spalt and other hop varieties." Zounds!

The Crack & Glug proceeded as usual, with a short moment of panic as the creamy, bone-white head began to approach the lip of the glass. Fortunately, I know what to do in such situations and backed off of my pour. Great head retention, BTW. Color was a light lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was light with a citrusy spiciness that was truly unexpected. It was like lemon zest with a mild biscuitiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a lemony taste on the tongue along with an attendant bite or snap. Dang, this is pretty good! Finish had more of a biscuit taste, but the lemon was still there. It reminded me of Archway Lemon Snap cookies. Completely unexpected! The only knock on this was its watery mouthfeel. I would bring this in the cooler for those who are into Light beers, but I am not a calorie counter, plus I am betting that this is sold at the "Premium" price range and I would not want a case at those prices.

Serving type: can

10-17-2010 17:20:04 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


1.58/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 22:40:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of beerprovedwright


1.78/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured this brew in my glass and watched as the thin head went south in twenty seconds. Little lacing, little cling. Color is amber, a little darker than most light beers, rating a 4 on the SRM chart. Smells like corn, rice, and wheat...slightly sweet. Tastes of barley, wheat, corn and rice, with a slight hop finish. Watery in my mouth, too much carbonation, bites at my tongue. I could probably drink a bushel full and not get much of a buzz. Another light beer that is just lacking in everything to be worth paying for, none the less drinking. Most likely my first and last.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 22:32:11 | More by beerprovedwright
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:01:34 | More by Thorpe429
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

Serving type: can

09-20-2010 00:38:49 | More by Slatetank
Photo of huxcrunner

New York

2.9/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- light golden yellow with about a fingers worth of white head no real lacing

s-no strong aromas, typical average light beer

t-clean taste pretty average light beer

m- alright mouthfeel for a light beer but it was still light

d- light mouthfeel and average taste makes this beer have good drinkablity

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 00:26:28 | More by huxcrunner
Photo of rowey77


3.8/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 23:22:18 | More by rowey77
Photo of zach8270

New York

1.78/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[bottle - 12 oz] Not a bad light beer. Has a sickly pale yellow color with mild carbonation. Light aroma with some mild grass and corn hints. Weak taste of hops, grass, corn and some dry malts. Very watery. No head. Not a beer I would get again I do not think.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 14:34:15 | More by zach8270
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 02:49:32 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of stoutman


1.88/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bland, watery, and boring. This beer is extremely light. The flavor is of corn and water. Pours a pale yellow without a head. This is water with a hint of skunky grain. Worse than bud light. They actually made a light version of water with gold hue and has only 123 calories!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:05:16 | More by stoutman
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 07:10:45 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of wesbrownyeah


2.6/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 21:28:51 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of FreshHawk


2.58/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Light gold, bordering clear. Pretty large, white head.

S - Grainy, corn scent. Fairly sweet smell, but not all that active of a smell.

T - Light flavor, light malt and some grain/corn sweetness. Also has a slight hint of hops.

M - Light and watery, but fairly smooth.

D - Easy to drink, like the rest from this style.

Notes: As far as light beers and Macro-like beers, it is decent. However I don't know if the slight improvement is worth the increase in price.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 00:47:11 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of pasdachuri


3.3/5  rDev +53.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2010 17:07:13 | More by pasdachuri
Photo of buschbeer


3.48/5  rDev +61.9%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2009 18:15:40 | More by buschbeer
Photo of tone77


2.58/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 00:16:25 | More by tone77
Photo of OzarkElmo


2.48/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 03:11:27 | More by OzarkElmo
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 01:51:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oriolesfan4


2.45/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: can

08-03-2009 23:23:18 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

2.17/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 18:16:09 | More by PartyBear
Photo of civilizedpsycho


2.13/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 21:04:46 | More by civilizedpsycho
Michelob Light from Anheuser-Busch
53 out of 100 based on 659 ratings.