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Michelob Light - Anheuser-Busch

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754 Ratings

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Ratings: 754
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 2.15
pDev: 34.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 49 | 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 Avagadro
3.03/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Extremely pale and clear. Highly carbonated with a white frothy head.

S: Very light aroma. Almost none to speak of. Where are those euro noble type hops?

T: Light and crisp. This is a good definition of the style. Clean malty taste with a slight spicy hoppiness to bring up the rear. Pleasant.

M: Light bodied with a clean mouthfeel and lots of carbonation.

D: Very pleasant. Much better than your typical AB beer. Nothing impressive, but one of the best efforts I've seem from AB.

Photo of zdk9
1.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Comes out a crystal yellow with just a film of foam that I wouldn't even consider a head.

S- This beer smells like...well it doesn't really smell at all. The lightest faint of cereal grains.

T- The taste is artifical and somewhat corny. Sweetness and bitterness are balanced, but only because neither is present. If "instant beer powder" existed I would it to taste like this- lame and watery.

M- Carbonation is okay I suppose but overall the beer is watery and so light it feels like air going down the gullet.

D- An easy drinker, almost as easy as water. But no flavor whatsoever.

Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev +61.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow color with a decent amount of foam. Very light malt aroma that's kind of yeast-y. The flavor is even kind of fruitish and light. A lot more flavor than a few other light lagers I've had. Bready and yeasty and even leaves a nice dryness on the tongue.

While you won't find utopia in a beer like this, you will find a better consistency than many other light lagers. This is pretty close to Sam Adams Light in my opinion as both are all-malt, have decent flavors and still considered to be "light" beers. I think again that A-B has made a good choice with the Michelob line (sans the "Ultra" stuff).

Photo of KarlHungus
3.15/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear straw color. The head is one inch in height and lasts about a minute before it recedes into this lacing. This is one of the better looking light beers I have seen. The aroma is of cereal with a touch of caramel, but is very faint. The taste is just like the aroma. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with high carbonation. However, it does have a somewhat silky texture. Overall, this is one of the better light beers I have had. I wouldn't buy it again, because light beer isn't my thing. However, if I were at a party with only macros to choose from, and if I were in the right mood (i.e. I really felt like having a beer) I would drink this again.

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.

Photo of tempest
2.2/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's not offensive, that is unless you find the lack of flavor to be offensive to the name of beer. There's a low pale malt flavor masked by a slight sweetness and dusty-grain like flavor. The aroma hints of sour grains and the drinkability isnt bad if you're thirtsy. Really though, there isn't much reason to try this.

Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev +58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer certainly looks the part of a beer. Clear yellow colored beer that doesn't look like a light beer with a tall white head with a medium level of lasting power.

The smell is sweet and quite herbal in scent. There is an honest and far better than expected level of Nobel hop aroma in this. Malt doesn't really feature in the smell.

The taste begins fairly sweet and malty with a decent crisp finish. Hop scent doesn't really transfer to the taste here. A little sweet and a little spritz for a beer but this honestly doesn't taste like a light beer. A bit of grain flavor is present but mostly the is a lager that is a little on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good and very good for a light beer. This doesn't give the impression of a over boosted with maltodextrin beer.

For a AB product this isn't bad and for an AB light beer this is outstanding when compared to the rest of the pack. This isn't going to make me swear off Pilsner but if I had to drink a light beer this is easily the best of the bunch except for maybe Sam Adams light.

Photo of Byeast
3.2/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Michelob light is a brew i go for when im with friends and we are picking out a keg of light beer to use at a party , for beer olympics and such. It pours clear and very pale, with alot of carbonation building the foamy bright white head. The aroma is of some lightly bready grains, and possibly a hint at noble hop. The flavor is of course light, but with more malt flavor than most light beers in its class. Some lightly sweet hay like grain , and just enough balancing bitterness that is a bit spicy. Light body and fairly carbonated feel. It goes down with ease and id choose it over many other light beers. Good bottles to.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.85/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad tasting beer for a BMC light. Nothing special jumped out, but as is the case with many of these macros, I figure if nothing is really bad, then it is about as good as it will get.

This would make a decent session beer, if you make sure to drink it nice and cold.

Photo of Metalmonk
1.13/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

What was I thinking? I got this bottle from a friend who had another friend who left it in his fridge. Me am the dummy. But what the heck, let's see what this offers...

Poured the lightest color I've ever seen in this beer glass. I'm not all that familiar with light beers, so maybe this is par for the course, but it does not look appetizing. It's almost clear, with a sun-faded yellow tint to it. Weird. It smells of corn and aluminum. Awful. The head dies quickly.

The label makes this claim: "Smooth, Rich, Flavorful..."

Let's dissect that:
"Smooth": Not exactly. The flavor is like highly carbonated beer-flavored water. It's hard to discern any real flavor at all, but it wouldn't be my defintion of smooth because I can hardly swallow it without feeling disgusted by what's in my mouth. Grimbergen Blonde is smooth. Guinness Extra Stout is smooth. Michelob Light is offensive.

"Rich": This is a joke, right? Rich? This is a light beer! Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is rich. Hebrew Jewbelation is rich. Bell's North Coast Old Ale is rich. This is...crap.

"Flavorful": Wow, now we're really getting into the false advertising area. Other than corn dominance and a mineral kickback--which is not at all earthy-tasting--there isn't any real flavor at all.

Why would anyone drink this? You want a session beer? There are better beers out there for sessioning. You want cheap? There are better cheap beers out there. You want to watch your weight? Try exercising once in a while, stop eating shit, and stick with the truly flavorful beers.

Photo of rowew
2.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Well, I decided to give this one a try with the new (old?) packaging, and the return to all malt. "An all-malt light lager brewed with noble european aroma hop varieties." Born on date clearly marked, and the old style bottle does look great.

Appearance: Perfectly clear and pale yellow, light bubbling. Medium sized head fades relatively quickly.

Smell: Slight grainy aroma, and just a hint of some hops - barely there really.

Taste: Very very light - flavors are too subtle to really analyze. A bit of grain, even less hops .. but it is a clean flavor without the corn flavor present in many light beers.

Overall impression: Certainly not an exciting beer, but I do appreciate seeing an all malt light lager. Won't be seeking it out, but it seems like a better trend than the alco-pops and adjunt filled light lagers.

Photo of 1fastz28
2.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a light golden color out of the new/old bottle, not much of a difference from the old mich light, but there is a hint of more maltiness. smells like nothing, water at the most tastes lacking to say the least, slight malt and hop note, but not much of anything else, mouthfeel is average, drinkability is high just cause you could drink it all day long and nothing would happen to you.

Photo of hckyfn9999
2.95/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New all malt recipe. Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy white head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing as well. Aroma is faint of spicy and grassy hops and sweet malt.

Taste is pretty similar to any other macro light lager with a slightly stonger malt presence and more noticeable grassy hops. Definitely decent as far as this category goes, yet still nothing special. I would like to see how the Amber Bock is as All Malt.

Photo of witster18
2.63/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Characteristically there's nothing to say except light gold, bubbly, and a thin corn-like sweetness. This is better than most other massprolts because A. it doesn't have off tastes and B. you really can drink a twelve and feel fine in the morn. Very light on taste but highly drinkable especially compared to others in this style. Underrated here! In a close race with Lite for massprolight supremacy.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +101.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to buy this once I saw the lava lamp bottle was back!

I paid $8.99 for a 12pack at the supermarket, what the heck... if I didn't drink it, my wife would.

I'm basing my review on the beer style...
Macro Brewery / Light Beer

Anyway, on to the new/old Michelob Light...

I did this beer the honor of pouring it in to a pint glass (normally I would drink a beer of this style "straight out da bottle"). It was a golden color, lots of carbination, little head and some lacing.

it smelled almost like beer.

it tasted pretty darn good compared to it's MacroLight peers.

It felt good in the mouth, kind of fizzy but finished clean.

I could drink lots of this beer when so inspired to do so.

Example: I could bring a case of this over to my bro-in-law's house, knock it off with him during a Yankee game and feel no pain in the morning.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.4/5  rDev +58.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

SIDE-BY-SIDE REVIEW of the old Michelob Light and its all-malt successor...

OLD: Very light yellow body with a little less than an inch of white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving no lacing. Smells sweet and corney. Tastes sweet and corney with a hint of dms and a clean finish. Slightly better mouthfeel than most other macros, but still pretty light and watery...

ALL-MALT: Light amber body (just slightly darker hue than the old one) with an inch of white head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves some lacing. Smells sweet and grainy. Tastes sweet with bready and biscuity notes with a hint of DMS. Still the flavor is somewhat weak and watery. Light bodied, but not quite as watery as the old one IMO. Not a great leap from the old version, though it does taste better and is more palletable. Far and away the best macro lager out there now (unless you count Sam Adams) IMHO.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.45/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of this only because I heard the formula would be changed, and to my curiosity, will see whether how much of a difference they'll be between this and the future all-malt Mich Light. On to the beer:

At first, I might have mistaken this for a pale lager, as it pours a surprisingly good head into my recently bought Kronenbourg 1664 glass. Faint smells of adjuncts stop as I tilt the glass into my mouth, and taste Uncle Ben's rice, with a small trace of bitterness. A bit watery, but firm for a light beer. Not a harsh beer to drink, but nothing really happening either. I guess what I'm trying to say is it's not bad for a light beer. And that's with adjuncts!

Photo of shirfan
3.33/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the reformulated, adjunct-free formula in the retro lava lamp bottle. It states: "an all-malt light lager brewed with noble european aroma hop varieties".

Light gold with a fizzy yellow head that does actually leave a small amount of foam after the initial pour.

Smell is clean, standard lager with just a touch of grassy tones.

Taste: It's a light macro lager with absolutely nothing to complain about. Mildly sweet and clean malt, with a rumor of grassy hops. Light mouthfeel and body. The lack of corn/rice/etc is *huge* though. It turns those situations where macro-only friends offer a beer from "uhmm...water please" into "yeah those are ok, I'll take one".

I have to give credit to AB here, they've brought Mich Light back from swill into a passable no-frills.

Photo of williamherbert
2.63/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Zero foam, head or texture. Bright straw-yellow color. Typical B/M/C fare. Nearly colorless in its transparency.

Actually has a decent sweet malt smell for a light beer. Still has the rice smell of adjuncts, but not as offensive as it could be, or as most if its ilk. Surprisingly decent.

Malty taste with a sweetness that salvages it, somewhat. Still has that lower-tier bite and bittermalt aftertaste.

Creamy and thicker than expected. Leaves a bitter feel, but actually not too bad considering type. Relatively inoffensive for a macro. Could do a lot worse. Not too bad for a lower-tier brew.

Photo of alysmith4
1.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Had this beer on Thanksgiving.. it was the only thing the host had to offer. I can't believe that people buy this crap and keep it on hand. Who looks forward to cracking one of these open?

Very watery. Low carbonation. I guess if you don't really like the taste of beer and you want something easy to drink, this is the beer that you would go for. But why not just have a soda instead, having something that tastes good?

Not worth trying.

Photo of treehugger02010
3/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Your typical macro. I got this pint at Prime Time Sports Grill. It poured not head with very fast retention and little (if any lace). The color was a pale gold, if that is a color. The smell was typical macro. The taste was typical macro. By typical macro I mean that it was blah, not good, but not bad. Decent brew. Don't drink and review.

Photo of mnesporov
2.58/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a Born on Date.

Appearance: A very pale corn yellow color. With a lot of carbonation throughout the brew, and a decent looking head which faded to a nice lace that lasted until the demise of the beer.

Smell: A fresh corn aroma with a very grainy and a faint breeze of hops but very little.

Taste: Not much going on here it tastes kind of watered down with truly no hop taste at all, well just a little. This is just a dull bear.

Mouth-Feel: An extremely light bodied beer with a smooth mouth-feel that helps with the consumption.

Drink-Ability: Not the best light beer out there, just tastes like it was over filtered or something.

Photo of Enola
3.2/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Our fireworks team did a show last night for the local high school. When we were returning the equipment to the team directors barn around midnight he wandered down from his house and brought us a bottle of this beer down as a token of thanks for a show that was well received by the football fans. This really hit the spot. Occasions like this fit this style of beer well. Every beer has its place and this one serves in that aspect really well.

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.

Photo of scoobybrew
2.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was from a keg at a family reunion, served in a tall glass that I brought along with me (for my homebrew).

The color is a light gold and it's very clear. It has a decent head, with okay retention as it settles a bit. Any aroma is faint, but it consists primarily of alcohol and mild malt loaded with adjuncts like corn and rice. The flavor is mostly watery with a light malt and hop taste. It's very unoffending, but there's not much here to speak of. The body is light with mild carbonation.

I suppose for mass produced light beer, Michelob Light is not really all that bad when there isn't any choice when being out with friends at a bar, boiling alley or a ballgame. I suppose the host of our family reunion did okay when selecting this, he could have done much worse.

Michelob Light from Anheuser-Busch
53 out of 100 based on 754 ratings.