Michelob Ultra Amber - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Ultra AmberMichelob Ultra Amber

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56
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315 Ratings
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64
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 2.29
pDev: 27.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed using the finest two-row and dark-roasted specialty malts for color, and a blend of imported and premium United States-grown noble aroma hops for balance and flavor.

(Beer added by: murphysbleachers on 01-26-2006)
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Reviews by Damian74Shensky:
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1.5/5  rDev -34.5%

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Photo of tbryan5
2/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of orbitalr0x
1.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Born on Feb. 01, 06. The Michelob Ultra Amber pours from the bottle a clear amber brown color with a really odd fizzy head that quickly falls to become absolutely nothing. Honestly, this doesn't not look appealing in the glass, once poured it almost looks flat. Aromas of toasted sweet cereal grains alongside a dab of caramel and the standard spicy noble hop. Quite weak and not exactly appealing in any way. Boring, yet unoffensive.

First sip brings a rather sweet toasted cereal grain maltiness along with a subtle caramel. A touch of spicy hops works it way in on the way down. A bit stingy on the palate. It finishes with a lingering toasted grain flavor. Rather bland and watered down. Just not pleasant overall.

Mouthfeel is light with the same stingy carbonation that I mentioned in the flavor. This beer is just utterly lacking in any redeeming qualities. I can't even finish the rest of my glass, it's not drinkable in the least. I don't understand why this even exists. One of the worst beers to ever touch my lips. I'm not sure what is worse, the radio ad campaign or the beer itself. Seriously avoid at all costs, this is not worth your time or money.

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.85/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have seen Light beers with better appearence i mean with a darker color...smell is'nt something to be crazy about...it taste different from the regular Michelob ultra it have a little bit of sweetnes in the flavor ,like a far honey flavor good for a hot sunday.

Photo of MP13
2.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My wife and I are dieting, so I needed to find something lower in calories and carbs than the ales I usually consume nightly. On paper Mich Ultra Amber seemed to be the best fit in that it's darker than most light beers, is low in carbs, is low cal, and is also 5% ABV.

I had it straight from the bottle and was pretty surprised by the taste. It doesn't have any of the sour/bitter taste most macro lights have. Reminds me quite a bit of Bass, but a little bit lighter...and with 41 fewer calories and 10 fewer carbs per bottle. Definitely my new session beer...at least until I reach my target weight.

Update 5/23/10 - They've reformulated this to lower the calories further. It's been reduced from 114 calories to 95 and the alcohol was cut from 5% to 3.2%. Unfortunately this came at the expense of taste. It's pretty watery tasting now. Not much different than regular Mich Ultra. While I was pleasantly surprised with the original formula, this new one is really bad.

Photo of generallee
2.95/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown, 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a medium amber color with good clarity and a thin white head. The head fades to just a small ring of bubbles around the glass and it leaves very little lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light clean malty character with some light alcohol esters.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a light bready malt with a slight sweetness. The hops are very neutral and offer very little to the overall flavor. Its palate is light with smooth watery texture and mild fizzy carbonation. Its finish is light and clean.

Notes: Overall it has a simple clean flavor with a light body that's easy drinking. Also I would say that it is a little bit better than the regular Michelob Ultra.

Photo of Jason
2.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown twist off bottle with a "Born On Date" on the back of the label.

A- Quick to foam but the lace and head retention is nearly non-assistant. Brilliantly clear dark amber color ... surprisingly darker than I thought this beer would have been.

S- Generic faint macro beer aroma ... clean with very little there.

T&M- Odd dextrin sweetness, crisp throughout with a bite. Light body and dry. Very little malt flavor and no hop character at all ... more of a processed bitterness. Slight redeeming flavor in the end but it vanishes as the after taste comes clean.

D- Its easy to drink something that is close to water ... no real off flavors, there is just nothing there. You don't drink this because you want a beer, you drink this because you are sucker. You drink this because you are sucked into this false sense that real beer will make you fat.

This is all we need more of, stupid sophomoric commercials to dumb beer down even more.

http://thatvideosite.com/view/1582.html

Humor is great but why do they think Neanderthals are the only ones that drink beer? This reminds me of low-carb pasta ... why eat something that tastes like utter crap because you are trying to watch you weight? Live for today ... don't drink low-carb or light beer.

Photo of nem2006
2.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It is a clear, light brown with a large head that faded very fast. There was good carbonation at the start, but it did not last all the way through the beer.

There was a little hint of malt in the smell, but pretty weak.

The taste was very mild. Watered down. It was smooth, but simply for the fact that there was not that much taste.

Photo of Byeast
2.63/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a brownish and bubbly amber , not much of a head. Bottle looks kinda kewl , wish the beer inside it was better. Smell is very light grain and adjunct. Taste is similar to regular ultra , not much taste at all. It is a little smoother and has a tiny bit of malt presence that regular ultra doesn't. Didn't taste any hop flavors. Slightly sweet aftertaste that quickly vanishes. This is drinkable( chuggable) but its just not got any flavor. I wouldn't buy it but i would grab it before a bud light or mich ultra reg. at a party.

Photo of Hugh37
2.25/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
2/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.25/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Faint amber appearance, a little watered down, lots of clarity, just wasn't impressed by amber ale appearance standards, but the head was ample. Faint sweet malt and corn aroma.

Taste was thin, even though I wasn't expecting it to be chewy by any means. Light corn and caramel taste, thin seems to be the operative word in this review. But its a light beer, and for the weird dichotomy of drinking beer and counting calories, this is one of the dare I say superior choices in such a conundrum. I don't see why they can't have hops in the beer though, I mean, those aren't going to add caloricly speaking, I think.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Hanging at a bar in Weirton what are you going to order to drink? Well I went with the beer that at least I could get a review on, even if it's an Ultra low carb amber. Appears Caramel amber with a white frothy head leaves scattered thin lace. Aroma is slightly toasted malt touch of caramel mild creamy note touch of generic hop profile. Taste is ultra light on flavor with a weird sweetness and clean low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is once again ultra light airy with artificial infused carbonation. Drinkability well, I can't taste my beer it's alright I was just giving it a shot but more of the same shite from the big boys.

Photo of chinchill
2.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Fresh 12oz bottle.

Pale light-medium amber, light for an amber but then this is a light beer. Large fizzy head soon reduces to a ring.

Smells like a mix of hops and dirt. To be fair it does smell like some English hops, but not appealing. The flavor is better but, of course, very light and mild. ... make that very, very light.

Feel: Exceptionally light and watery body. Crisp, medium carbonation.

Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of SetarconeX
2.38/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted this one at the Anheuser-Busch brewery, as they were launching the product.

Standard Michelob, to its credit, has it's own unique grainy kick to it. I'm not too sure what causes it, and truthfully it's not entirely pleasent. The same kick is definately here in the Amber. AB is to be at least commended on that, Mic Ultra Amber definately reminds me of normal Mic with a little something added to it.

That something, strangely enough, is a Killians. All the things they could have made this taste like, and they go for a Michelob/Killians mix. A bit dissapointing really.

Photo of brewQ
2.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I don't usually drink light lagers but the confusing "dark light" thing intrigued me.

Appearance was the best attribute- bronze with fine lacing.

No aroma discernible whatsoever.
The taste disappears with an odd metallic clang.

Finish and mouthfeel are virtually nonexistent.
Is this a light beer designed to make it look like you are drinking a decent beer? I guess that makes it "drinkable" to the AB crowd.

Photo of RDW
1.5/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Good words in the forum recently led me to try this beer.
Pours a strange tea color in the glass with a half finger of white bubbles that don't last long.
Nose is very, very faintly amber malt but almost non-existent.
Taste is a lot like the nose...very faintly sweet amber malts with a hint of bitterness on the end but very much like water that is a little off.
I don't mean to be insulting, but what there is of this beer just misses my taste buds almost entirely.
Next time, water or tea for me.

Photo of ManMoosePig
2/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.58/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz screw-off cap bottle> 16 oz. SA glass
"born" on 1/25/08 (114 calories)

This is spot-on for color, it's a nice deep amber with sufficiant carbonation that develops a one-finger deep, recycled paper white head with only minimal retention abiltiy. Only a bit of scattered bubbly clumps are left over.

Sweet corn bread with honey malt on the nose with horse grains and wheat, kinda musty and earthy with slight sour yeastie whiff's deep down.

After just having the standard Mich Ultra, I can tell you that this one has a much bigger malty profile, it's thicker and smoother with a wheat-bread soaked in English Toffee effect. some earthy, musty yeast flavors pop out for balance. The finish is that of sour, tangy, lager yeast with a slight medicinal bitterness.

Very light bodied, a bit smoother and substantial feeling than the standard mich Ultra but still mostly crisp and light.

The bigger malt flavor is appreciated...this would be an o.k choice if you find yourself at a Frat party.

Photo of aval89
1.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured a little lighter than most amber ales. It had a very little head that quickly disappeared. Left very little lacing. The smell was of a strange aroma with a slight metallic aroma. Now I have to give this brew an initial taste. Initially I got a corn taste with a slight bit of malt that followed with a very very very slight bitter taste midway. After you swallow the brew, you get a dry finish. Literally there is no taste once you swallow. The mouthfull is very carbonated with no actual taste until you start to swallow. The slight bitterness and malt seams kind of fake to me, like if they forced the very very very brief moment of bitterness to be there.

I am not going to say this bitterness is from the hops, I just don't feel it is right to say that, but I could be wrong. This is just my opinion.

Cheers.

Photo of tdm168
2.25/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - clear, see-through copper with a short-lived, fizzy white head

S - grainy, sweet

T - grains, caramel, sweet, metallic aftertaste

M - sticky, light bodied, crisp, overcarbonated

This is an incredibly light beer with little flavor. It's crisp and very easy to drink as is expected. The off notes are enough to ruin this one. I won't buy it again.

Photo of Plantinau
3/5  rDev +31%

Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is a nearly inoffensive beer. DMS and adjust lager aroma pull this down from what might otherwise pass as a bland mild. The appearance is a reddish amber with no head retention and like I said, the aroma, well, stinks like cheap beer. The taste has a caramel note with pale biscuit undertones. This pairing of real beer flavors almost makes up for the aroma, but still can't qualify it as "good beer." Easy enough to drink and I wouldn't turn a free one down, but I'd never order this.

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Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
56 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.