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Michelob Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob LightMichelob Light

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704 Ratings

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Ratings: 704
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 Boto
2.38/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle: I can’t believe that I used to drink this all the time. As for Macro lagers go, it isn’t half bad. It doesn’t have a very strong aroma, but it isn’t unpleasant in the least. The taste is about the same. There is a bit of it there, but it doesn’t offend. On the plus side, it is smooth and easy to drink. I miss the old bottle. Whatever happened to tradition!!!

Boto, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
1.35/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I thought bad beer was supposed to be inoffensive.

There's a hop-like taste in this beer that's absolutely repugnant. Its like bitter wood-chips or something.

I've actually been able to tolerate alot of A-B's products lately as they're dirt cheap and super-available and i'm pour, but even at a free keg I wasn't drinking this.

Noble hop flavor? Wretched.

GreenWBush, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Vancer
2.88/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, wife-zilla was turning 50, so I had to supply some *better* stuff than Bud lite for her family. No way could I get good stuff without them complaining. Well, the Mic lite was acceptable, it’s just doesn’t have a lot of flavor. It pours ok with a minimal head, no aroma to speak of. No one got sick from it, so I guess that’s the highlight of this stuff.

Vancer, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of mjc410
1.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown glass twist
Very plae and clear. Does form a nice, long-lasting head that is quit respectable. Smell is very lacking, so I gave it a rock-bottom score. Very light in taste, slightly sweet, with hops doing very little as well. A little bitter, leaving virtually no aftertaste. The beer has so little taste that it's easy to drink, but you have to wonder why you would want to.

mjc410, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of swid
2.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Michelob Light pours a straw yellow color. A 1/4" white head; dissipates quickly. Some carbonation, and light lacing.

Mild malt aroma...no off-smells, but nothing to write home about, either.

The flavor, just like the smell, is somewhat malty and quite bland. A hint of hop bitterness is detected...barely. Bland, bland, and more bland, but no off-flavors.

Mouthfeel is very thin and crisp. Leaves an aftertaste that's neither unpleasant nor enjoyable.

As light macros go, this one isn't horrible...yet there's no reason to recommend it, either. However, if you're ever in an all-BMC situation, this is one of your better options.

swid, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of Kookiekwan
2.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours pale yellow with a quickly dissipating two finger head. The aroma is of cereal grain and corn. The taste is clean, so clean in fact it's almost nonexistent. The beer is very light bodied crisp and drinkable(but so is water).

Reflection: If you have to drink a light beer try Sam Adams or Amstel but if you had any sense at all you would be drinking Guinness for only a few more calories.

Kookiekwan, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of TAMU99
1.85/5  rDev -14%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

1. start with a good beer
2. leave in the sun for a week
3. pour out
4. train dog to piss in bottle
5. drink

Come on you really didn't expect much I hope.
This one is fine for a hot summer BBQ if your homeless, otherwise pony up the dough for a respectable beer. If you drink this, please don't visit this site often, and never, ever claim to be a Beer Advocate while you're holding this swill.
Have some damn pride.

TAMU99, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of TheDeuce
4.08/5  rDev +89.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All imported hops??? We'll see

Appearance-a sparkling yellow lager, nice head at first but dissapears fast, looks appealing anyways.

Smell- Finally, a light beer that smells like light beer, lots of barley there and corn comes out as well. At least I can actually smell it.

Taste- Very flavorful, I like Michelob brews, maybe it's just me but they pack a nice punch to the mouth, even this light version, I'm very impressed.

Mouthfeel-despite the nice influx of flavors the beer is not overbearing, goes down nice, good aftertaste.

Drinkability- this is most definitely a great light beer that one can keep drinking for as long as he desires, well into the night.

Overall- I'm surprised many don't like this brew a lot, I found a lot of flavor in its taste, a nice refreshing light beer that is leaps and bounds above its competitors. For a good light beer you can't go wrong.

TheDeuce, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
1.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from the 12 oz brown bottle into a pint mug.
Not a very appetizing look to this..very pale golden with large amounts of carbonation visible, small white head..that somehow stays the same the whole glass..weird.
The aroma is mainly syrupy, rainwater..and almost nothing really.
Taste? what taste?..ok theres some syrupy sweetness..that sticks to the back of the tongue..but its all water really.
Not good on the palte,very watery and overcarbonated.
Not a very drinkable beer..Ive had Non-alcoholic beer that taste better.

Reidrover, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of PorterLambic
1.13/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured a clear, pale yellow with a HUGE head of coarse bubbles that was gone in 15 seconds. Absolutely no lace.
Smell was minimal, just some hops and a hint of vinegar hiding in the background.
Taste, what there was of it, was just hops. A bitterness, not from the hops, comes on at the end and gets much more pronounced as the beer warms up until this stuff becomes completely undrinkable.
Mouthfeel is just fizzy, no body at all. It feels like bitter, fizzy water, which it is.
Drinkability: Why?
With so many quality lagers available to purchase, I cannot fathom why anyone would choose this dreck. No flavor, no redeeming qualities at all unless it is ice-cold and you have nothing else to drink.

PorterLambic, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of Gusler
2/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Last sample 09/11/2000
The beer upon its exit from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a limpid pale gold color with a modest semi-creamy bright white head and after its demise, the lace forms a velum like sheet on the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp, start sweet and light grain profile, top slender in its feel to the palate. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops sparing in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste.

Gusler, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of Dmann
2.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had much worse light beers than this one, but that still is not saying much! It poured a straw yellow color with a small fizzy head that faded quickly into nothingness. The smell was lightly malty with a dirt like smell to it as well. The taste was a little heavier than most light beers and had a decent malt profile and not much of a grainy flavor at all. Decent mouthfeel for a light beer as well. Not good enough to buy but I'd drink it if it were available for free.

Dmann, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +86%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw color with a decent to low white head and decent carbonation. Light grainy aroma with a touch of hops .. seems all malt as there was little to no cooked corn aroma. Tastes the same with a touch of hops to balance the malts. Light bodied but smooth.

Very nice macro and not harsh in any way; very drinkable.

Label states: "All imported hops", 134 cal., 11.7g carb, 1.1g protien, 0g fat.

Born on: 04/26/04
Tasted: 06/16/04

RBorsato, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
2.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours an unattractive pale yellow with alot of bubbles rishing through the glass. Head isn't to bad but goes down to a fizzle. Smell is of roasted corn and grain, clean to the nose. Taste is very clean and fresh, grain notes are the steady taste, sweetness lingers but the hop pizazz just wasn't there, almost a flat tingle. Light bodied lager goes down easy but so much better out there why settle for this?

beertaster13, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of TeamSeinfeld
3.64/5  rDev +69.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

michelob light was an above average light beer. It went down very smooth and I enjoyed it. However I was expecting more taste, the bottle says brewed with imported hops but to tell you the truth this beer tasted very similar to the less pricey Michelob Golden Draft Light sold here in minnesota. It was very easy to down the 12 pack I bought. If you are ever in Minnesota or Its border states save some money and buy Mich Gold Light

TeamSeinfeld, Apr 20, 2004
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 Nytemare
2/5  rDev -7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Playing golf yesterday, a friend of mine bought me a couple of these. Thought the concept of me drinking Michelob was kinda novel seein' as for cheep beer I drink Coors, but what the hell, it's all in the name of karma right?
From what I could tell of the color, it was in a can after all, it was a very pale yellow with quite a bit of carbonation. Produces a lot of foam while cruising around in a golf cart. Smelled about like what I expected, kinda grainy with just a hint of alcohol in the nose. Tasted better than Bud Light I can tell you that, and without the nasty headache. Didn't care much for the flavor overall though. It did surprise me with just a little hoppy bite at the end. Maybe a hint of what it could be were it not produced for the masses. Clean mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to give it a bite, kinda crisp. I'll take this over Bud, with that being said, I won't drink this often. It is however, a work of art when compared to Michelob Ultra.

Nytemare, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of BigRedN
2.9/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Background: Got to thinking about "fall back beers", beers that when you walk into a place and say "Gimme a...", this is one of those that I often request. I consumed this all night on New Years Eve/New Years Day (2003-2004) because it sells for $1.75 a bottle at my friend's bar, whereas most places it runs a lot higher ($2.50-$3.00 per bottle). As I was thinking a few days ago, I really needed to sit down and review this beer for what it really is.

Appearance: Light gold easy to see through, thin head that disappears. Some lace that clings to the glass. Lots of bubbles.
Smell: Nothing outstanding. Slightly sweet smelling, with a hint of hops.
Taste: Bottle says all imported hops, just not how much. Slight hint, giving the beer a little character. Supposed to be the higher end of the A-B family, but just average when one would expect more than this.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, fully-carbonated, easy-drinking, crisp and fresh. Born on date indicates this beer was 21 days old, poor bugger didn't even have a chance at life once it entered my fridge.
Drinkability: Easy to drink and unoffensive. Easy to consume many without noticing, which I think is the goal of the brewer.

Final Thoughts: I consume a lot of this product without really thinking about it. In reality, this is just a mediocre beer that is over priced, IMO. At around $5-6 a six pack, better stuff can be had in this price range. When you think about it A-B touts the Michelob line as their high end beers when they really aren't that big of an upgrade in product, but significantly higher in price. Still, I'll probably keep buying it out of habit.

BigRedN, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of niknar
1.33/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

This is a very light straw colored beer with some head and no noticable aroma. The taste is a significant disappointment (there was none), but not bad when compared to its style (competing against water, perrier, and low cal tonic water). Mouthfeel compares to that of other watery drinks. Drinkability is the high point of this alchoholic substance. Due to it's lack of substantial consistency or flavor, it could honestly be consumed in mass quantities. Just like water. If you consider yourself a lover of beer, I would steer clear of this offering. If you like to drink heavily for the purpose of mass consumption and drunkeness without becoming full or consuming mass calories, this is what you need.

niknar, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of JISurfer
2.4/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Well, I never really thought beer could taste like air. This one takes the cake for that one. It had no real distinctive taste at all really. Just a small shot of malt, which was weak at best. The rest was a heavy air/water taste. The only real redeeming quality of this "beer" is the apperance. It had a pale straw color with an impressive head that lasted a little while. Why is the drinkability so high? I could drink this if I needed some refreshment after lifting or throwing. If I was an alcoholic, I would substitute this for water.

JISurfer, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of John1985
2.73/5  rDev +27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow appearance with quickly dissipating head. No aroma to speak of, taste was lightly malty with slight hop flavor. This beer is a good choice with food but is not much by itself. This beer was my gentle introduction to beer drinking 24 years ago. It is not bad for a light beer.

John1985, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
2.33/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle. Very pale yellow in color with a small head that doesn't last for more than 15 seconds or so. The smell is syrupy sweet. The taste is crisp and clean but not much there. Very carbonated. Tastes like corn and has no real body to it at all. The aftertaste just seems like something fizzy. Of all the light beers that I have had, this one isn't that good.

CharlesRiver, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
2.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Even though I really liked Michelob and Michelob Ultra, I really cannot say that I liked this beer that much at all. It has a very watered down taste, and in reality doesn't even taste like beer to me at all. I flat out just did not enjoy this at all, and would not recommend it unless it is the only thing available.

Rootdog316, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
2.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You know, after a certain number of really bad light beers, being watery and somewhat tasteless becomes something of a plus quality. This isn't quite so bad, compared to what's out there, but it's also not something I'd seek out.

Standard light macro fare, for the most part. Mostly tasteless, with a dash of corn and astringency. Visually, however, it is one of the clearest beers I've seen in a while. I actually had to pick the mug up off my desk to get a good look at it because the light tan of the desk was darker than the beer itself. Havn't had to do that in quite some time.

All imported hops? What hops? There might be one or two in here. And imported from WHERE? I've tossed imported mulch in my garden, but that doesn't mean I want my hops grown in a peat bog. A little more information would be delightful here.

SetarconeX, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of CBFanWish
1.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Every once in a while one must drink a mass produced beer to remind us why we love microbrews so much. I love Michelob for this reason.
Michelob is a pretty beer. Light in color allowing you to see the carbonation bubble to a thick rich-looking head. The smell was almost non-existant. Almost watery. That's where the taste comes in. watery. I don't know what they did, but I found no trace of hops anywhere on my palet.

CBFanWish, Sep 28, 2003
Michelob Light from Anheuser-Busch
53 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.