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Michelob Light - Anheuser-Busch

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765 Ratings

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 2.15
pDev: 33.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 76 | 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 gueuzeonhigh
2.51/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Another one in my crazy quest to sample *all* of AB's beer products.

Pours yellow or straw color. Very transparent. Nice effervescence. Light frothy head with some lacing of my glass.

No discernable nose.

Flavor? It's light, it's bland. A somewhat bitter start-- but not what I'd call hops induced, but some other mysterious formula. Finishes cleanly. Other than that, I can't find much else to say about the flavor. I'm straining-- did I say light?.

I can't tell much difference between this stuff and it's counterpart- Michelob Ultra.

Mouthfeel is average- the beer's effervescence tickles the palate a little. Otherwise the mouth feel is like the flavor- bland.

Drinkability- I rate that as good because while the beer's flavor is bland and perhaps nondescript, the alcohol level is low enough so that its effects aren't immediately felt.

In summary, there are so many other beers out there with different characters and more to offer in terms of flavor, character, mouthfeel etc, I could easily forego my daily beer ration if my only choice was Michelob light.

Photo of rye726
1.43/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clear yellow with lots of carbonation and a fizzy white head. Smells like grassy hops and pale malt. The taste is super light. Possibly a slight malt presence? Body is soda like and has a bit of a bite to it. I don't mind lagers with no flavor, but they probably shouln't give me the bitter beer face. Not too drinkable due to the bite. Oh well, at leat I'm not going to get fat off of this one.

Photo of biggmike
1.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reading the commercial description made me laugh when I saw super-premium light beer. Never knew there was such a thing. This beer sucks like most American light pale lagers. No taste, too much carbonation, etc. Not really that offensive, just lacking everything from taste to aroma.

Photo of clayrock81
2.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I don't get the appeal of this at all. By being a macro light it waters up/dumbs down (to be redundant) a crappy beer. There's very little in the smell department to compliment a seethru light golden body. Can't really says there is any taste either w/ the exception of some barley, if that. Goes down smooth, which is to be expected. But, if you want a light beer to cut down the ABV and/or the carbs (like I do sometimes) you can just get the Ultra. The only explanation I have is that there are dudes who probably feel like queers if they're caught with an Ultra (aka: chick beer) in their hand. Funny, those are usually the only type of guys who make the joke to the guy holding the Ultra in the first place, and they can't back it up.
Don't bother with this.

Photo of Overlord
1.83/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Well, I'm curious what niche this beer is supposed to fill. If you want a macrolager, you won't bother with lite. If you're calorie/carb conscious (and flavor immune), won't you get one of the myriad Michelob Ultra options?

Pours yellow. Inch or two head. Smells like ... nothing really. Maybe a whiff o' malt.

Taste isn't horribly unpleasant. Not that much skunk, some light malt flavoring. No hops, fruit, etc. Thin and watery, of course.

I'd avoid if at all possible.

Photo of therica
2.92/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fully acceptable macro-beer, a slight step above the various ABusch/Miller/Coors offerings. Which is, to say, it lacks offense.

A= weak pale yellow, little head

S= hints of slightly sweet malts, honey and floral hops.

T= rather lightweight in all categories, but at least drinkable and non-offensive. Slight sweetness, light malts and mild hops, typical US-Macro carbonation but not as much as others. Actually, on a clean palate it's more of a light buzz on the tongue.

M= slight sweet aftertaste, mild astringency, not bad.

D= if you're into this for the night, stranded at some non-beer-literate party or pub, you'll survive it in-session. I usually keep some MGB on stock at home, as inexpensive backups or for US-macro-only fans. This one has less in the flavor but overall makes a nicely reasonable compromise for those who "know real beer."

Photo of mogul37
2.28/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Really good for its class! Glad they made it an all-malt beer again.
A- Like all the macros, with a little more density to its color
S- Not a whole lot to speak of
T- Pretty watery, but once again, the all-malt makes a big difference for its class
M- Still quite fizzy, but better retention than its peers
D- Goes down well and has enough going for it that one might buy another

Overall, it's much better than miller lite, bud light, etc. I'll buy it again when I want something light and simple (like when I'm with friends who have no interest in discussing the character of their beer, which is both frequent and OK).

Photo of erosier
2.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is OK. It is like many of the other macro brewed light lagers out there. It is a very pale yellow color with a short white head. The smell is of very light malt and very light hops. The taste is the same. Very light malt and very light hops that are just watered down. The aftertaste is kind of dry and it doesn't really do much for my beer needs, but that is what these light lagers tend to do. Not really worth it, even if you are gonna rollerblade on your "power lunch". The good thing is that it is pretty drinkable and I could drink a bunch of these.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
1.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Why did I get this, oh for fun I suppose.

Pours straw yellow, maybe a wee bit darker than your average light macro.

No smell except for the slightest hint of malt

Tastes a very light malt, but mostly like a seltzer water.

Mothfeel is like seltzer water.

Overall drinkability is very east cause it is like fizzy water. What tiny bit of beer flavor I detected was not bad, but that kinda sucks for me cause I like having flavor in my beer. Oh well.

Photo of beerNdarts
1.7/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow, I haven't killed a soldier in awhile. This one definitely went down the drain after four sips. Thank god it was free. Pours a pale yellow. Smells crisp, light, and sweet (to its credit I guess). Tastes awful, like theres nothing but adjuncts and sugar. Very grainy. Thin mouthfeel, high carbonation. If it were cold and stayed cold I could probably finish it, but this is basically re-labeled Bud Light to me...

Photo of brendan13
2.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Clear, light straw colour. Some head on pouring that falls away the minute it's poured just about.
S - Cereal grainy aroma.
T - Again a grainy smell with that good old cooked corn flavour so common in this style.
M - Thin and watery mouthfeel. Fairly high carbonation.
D - Like most beers in this style they are theoretically fairly drinkable. But I'd rather not drink beer.

Photo of Avagadro
2.96/5  rDev +37.7%
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
1.95/5  rDev -9.3%
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
3.47/5  rDev +61.4%
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
3.16/5  rDev +47%
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
2.21/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.43/5  rDev +59.5%
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
2.82/5  rDev +31.2%
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
2.61/5  rDev +21.4%
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
2.6/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Michelob Light from Anheuser-Busch
53 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.