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Michelob Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 2.15
pDev: 33.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 771 | Reviews: 194
Photo of John_M
2.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of GrimmReaper
2/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of PiecefulToker
3/5  rDev +39.5%
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,

Photo of Reagan1984
2.61/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of giblet
2.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

well, i had this on tap this past weekend. it was either this, bud light, Old Mil draft. i actually ordered the Old Mil. that tap did not work. so i ended up with mich light, very light. about one quarter inch of head. light carbonation. light color. light (little) flava. tastes of grain and water. i was thirsty so i chugged it and was done. not a good choice but better than a cola...i think.


Photo of Gehrig
2.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, pale yellow body supports a decent white foamy head with moderate retention--not bad for a light beer. I'm not impressed with the smell, with a faint malty aroma peeking through, light grassy, but nothing else. OK taste, a decent bit of malt for a light beer, but on the whole not impressive. Smooth mouthfeel with fairly good carbonation and duration assist Mick Light, and it's far from the worst light beer I've ever had. But it's not a beer that interests me, that piques my interest with some fairly well done aspect or interesting twist in the slightest. That's about what I expected. Beats nothing in dire straits, but falls far short of actually good beer.

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.

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