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Michelob Ultra Amber - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Ultra AmberMichelob Ultra Amber

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297 Ratings

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 2.29
pDev: 27.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of BeerIsGood88


5/5  rDev +118.3%

01-29-2012 18:26:24 | More by BeerIsGood88
Photo of unclejimbay


4.03/5  rDev +76%

Mich Ultra Amber, 5.0 ABV, 114 cals p12ozs
Reviewed as a "light lager", poured bottle > tulip style glass

A 4.0 - solid amber/malty/copper color, very unique for a light lager, very small head gone quick
S 3.5 - almost non existent smell, but was not skunky like some American light macros can be
T 4.5 - clean, mild balanced amber taste, MUCH MORE taste & body that many American light lagers, a must try on the taste for this light beer, it's a surprise
MF 2.0 very light body, high on carbonation, very thin body
D 4.5 - this is a very solid session light beer, great price, great on calories, and great on ABV @ 5.0%. This beats all other light American Lagers - HANDS DOWN! If you like light beers with more character, than this is your beer! Try it. It is my first pick if I am on a session of light beers with hig ABV but still have some decent taste.

10-14-2008 20:45:24 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of wazoobeer


3.78/5  rDev +65.1%

Well, I am surprised by all the negative reviews.
I just tried it last night while watching a movie with my girlfriend. She bought it after the store clerk told her it was selling like crazy.

I was eating potatoes chips with onion dip so it didn't taste that bad after potato chips. Better than a soda and with less sugar.

02-28-2006 03:26:50 | More by wazoobeer
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +63.8%

I can't stand Michelob Ultra, but I really do enjoy the amber version. I'm so tired of most light beers, so this is a nice change of pace. It's a very light beer with decent taste. I buy this pretty often, and I suggest it to my friends. I don't want to try the other flavored Ultras though, they scare me.

04-02-2010 15:30:11 | More by kneeland
Photo of cet128


3.75/5  rDev +63.8%

10-10-2013 19:00:26 | More by cet128
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.73/5  rDev +62.9%

This review is relative to other beers in this category - ***LIGHT LAGERS***. I wish other BAs would rate this way... Also, had this one on draught, so maybe that makes a difference?

Had a deep, golden color, with a fair head for a light beer. Light carbonation present.

Surprisingly sweet smell, with a caramel maltiness and some macro graininess to it.

Rather earthy quality to the taste - did not quite live up to the smell, but still pretty sweet for the style.

Nice amount of carbonation, and was quite smooth. No harshness or bitter bite whatsoever.

For a light lager, I found this to be very drinkable. Granted, it's definitely not my style (see my other reviews), but I have to give them credit for trying to add a little character to an otherwise bland style.

04-26-2008 22:02:59 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of robmorris31


3.68/5  rDev +60.7%

Ultra Bock to the rescue!!

A- Darker than traditional American Lagers. Transparent dark orange with hues of brown.

S- Present and accounted for. I can identify the bock right away.

T- Full bock and lager. Burnt oak flavor as it finishes.

M- Not Lacking in taste and mouthfeel. It’s not sure what it wants to be.

D- Drinkability is good. I enjoyed it.

I would recommend this beer to those who like Michelob Ultra,, but want more flavor. Beston draft!

02-24-2007 22:20:21 | More by robmorris31
Photo of alabencki


3.55/5  rDev +55%

Pours a clear amber color and kicks up a thick, off-white color head which then dissipates within a few minutes into a very thin film of foam on top of the beer.

Smells of two-row barley and caramel malts with light hops in the background.

Taste is pretty much a mirror of the flavor. Sweet malty flavor imparted by the caramel malts, a slight mineral water-like flavor in there as well and a decent (but not great) amount of hops provide a bitter contrast when you swallow. I has a light to medium mouthfeel.

As far as the new "ultra light" beers go (ie. Bud Select, MGD 64, Select 55, ect...) this is probably one of the better ones I've had.

04-14-2011 22:08:51 | More by alabencki
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3.5/5  rDev +52.8%

02-03-2014 02:43:58 | More by DrCDPriest
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3.5/5  rDev +52.8%

06-27-2014 01:20:54 | More by Glenn_sowash
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3.5/5  rDev +52.8%

03-28-2013 19:48:13 | More by GMB
Photo of shbobdb


3.43/5  rDev +49.8%

What a strange idea. Combine Amber lagers, which are characterized by their strong malt character, with light beer that is, by definition, devoid of complex sugars.

That said, it isn't bad. I could actually see myself drinking this if I started to get a mondo beer belly. The darker malts add a layer of complexity not normally found in a lite beer. Think mixing one part Sam Adam's to seven parts Bud light. The adjunct nastiness is still there, it's just complimented by some actual flavour beyond watery corn.

At the end of the day, it's still a lite beer though, and I'd rather not drink it. But still, it wasn't bad. Wasn't bad at all.

03-15-2006 03:26:36 | More by shbobdb
Photo of rhythmguitartz88

New York

3.4/5  rDev +48.5%

the apperance was not outstanding although not really bad for a macro

the smell was nice and significant

the taste was rather malty with a slight hint of sweetness... it did have a slight watered down taste to it but not as bad as some of the more common beers of Anheuser-Busch.

the mouthfeel was pretty average for a macro; water-esque with some fizz

the drinkability was rather good, not because of the great taste, it just went down rather easily

09-07-2006 02:06:50 | More by rhythmguitartz88
Photo of granger10


3.38/5  rDev +47.6%

I really don't see why people are so critical of this beer. I know it kind of sucks but for what it is and what it's supposed to be, it's not that bad. Definitely has an amber color to it with a glowing white head and steady carbonation rising to the top. Looks a little too fizzy. Minimal lacing. Smells somewhat grainy and adjuncty. Flavor is better with stronger caramel malty notes and a bready texture. Still rather thin and bubbly from the carbonation. I couldn't drink too many of these but they are much more flavorful than most light lagers and this one still is quite clean. It has its place.

03-22-2006 19:25:54 | More by granger10
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3.28/5  rDev +43.2%

For a light, macro made beer, this is not bad. Pours to a medium orange brownish/gold color with a head of white foam that did have staying power. Some lacing. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of grass and mildly sweet malts. Taste was fair enough; traces of hops dance over a bland, yet sweetened malty character. Oddly, not too bad. Mouthfeel was like having carbonated water sloshing about in my mouth. Could be nice on a wicked hot summer day, but on a early spring day in Detroit, it doesn't do much. Drinkability is north of average. This is better than it's original sister, but not an amazing beer by any stretch. Try it if you like... don't expect a world of flavor, maybe just a town of taste.

03-31-2006 00:33:07 | More by Frozensoul327
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West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +41.9%

05-13-2012 21:40:55 | More by ck132286
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3.25/5  rDev +41.9%

05-30-2012 18:27:51 | More by snocntry
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3.25/5  rDev +41.9%

07-14-2012 21:11:52 | More by Tnkemist
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3.18/5  rDev +38.9%

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Ultra clear... amber hue with an off white frothy cap that actually gets somewhat thick with a good pour. Holds well for such a fizzy beer, settles to a thin cap. Lacing is stringy and spotty.

Cracker like malt with a slight hint of floral hops.

Light toasty malt flavor that leads to a clean dry finish without a trace of hops. The grain quickly fades from start to finish. Watery and fizzy, light any light lager.

For a light beer, this actually has a decent amount of flavor. I guess if I was going to consider a light beer I may choose this one. It's actually tolerable. Personally, I don't drink light beers because I'm not trying to watch my weight, and if I was, I wouldn't be drinking beer at all. If you must, try this one.

03-03-2007 00:58:14 | More by BeerSox
Photo of tempest


3.13/5  rDev +36.7%

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.

06-16-2008 13:22:37 | More by tempest
Photo of cyberbmcd

New York

3.13/5  rDev +36.7%

I have been drinking this lately as my cost efficient drinking beer.
Not because it's great, but because it's relatively inexpensive and you can actually drink 5 or 6 of them at a time if that's what your plan is for the night.

The beer is by far the best looking and best tasting of any light lagers out there.

A 12 oz bottle yields a light amber brew with no head and some lacing

The taste is hoppy but smooth like most everything offerred by Anheuser-Busch. I agree with a previous poster, if someone tries this and then starts looking into more crafty beer then hurrah for them.

The beer's best attribute is that it doesn't suck.

overall, a decent beer to bring a case of to your friends block party this summer...

05-31-2006 05:39:03 | More by cyberbmcd
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3.1/5  rDev +35.4%

12oz bottle into some sort of a stemmed narrow tulip glass. Pour quickly raises a big white head, big bubbles, that fades almost as quickly as a soda. The beer is a pale golden amber. Held away from the light it looks like a decent amber, held up to the light it looks like a light lager. Weird, but this seems to be the way of this beer.

Aroma is almost non-existent. A hint of malt, a little caramel.

Flavor is expectedly light, but positively massive compared to the regular Ultra (aka soda water). Very much a very light lager here but with a thin note of caramel sweetness that is pretty well balanced by the bittering hops. The caramel flavor does not really taste like crystal malt to me. I kind of get the impression that this was spiked post-fermentation with some sort of unfermentable brewer's caramel kind of substance to provide color and flavor. It just doesn't seem quite kosher. Regardless, it's not bad. it's not really good, but it's not bad. Certainly a decent thirst quencher.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, the touch of sweet increases drinkability over the regular Ultra. Very easy to toss back and actually enjoyable after a long day of laying ceramic tile.

04-11-2006 15:50:33 | More by skizziks
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3.05/5  rDev +33.2%

A: The beer looks really nice. It's a beautiful see through amber that glows. There is pretty good lacing too.

S: A bit malty, but a strong lemon smell overall.

T: This is a tough one. On one hand you don't get much flavor at all, but that should be expected with this type of light beer. On the other hand the taste you do get is very nice spicy bread. Malty and sweet. Spice on the end is very subtle, with no bitterness.

M: It was wet and refreshing, but out of the bottle, the high carbonation ruins the beer more so than any beer I have had. Much smoother in a glass.

O: This is a great light beer. From now on, it is my go to light beer. While it does have less flavor than other light beers like Bud, Miller, and Coors light, the flavor that is there is far superior.

10-12-2012 22:28:55 | More by JamesHenjum
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3.05/5  rDev +33.2%

a- bottle poured into a pint, super clear amber color, one finger bubbly head that didn't last long, minimal lacing.

s- not much of a smell at all, little malt, little skunky lager smell.

t- more presence than i thought for it being an ultra, nice amount of malt, little sweetness, no hops that i could really pick up, overall really mild.

m- little thin, bubbly.

d- pretty drinkable, it's tastier than i thought, but by no means 'tasty' by my normal standards, i would drink again as a light lager, it's much better than the light adjuncts.

06-15-2009 02:56:05 | More by thecarster1
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev +33.2%

I'm kind of torn on this one. It's a low carb brew that enters the realm of something different than just "beer flavor". For that, I give 'em mad props, for atleast trying it. Sure, it's not some super-dee-duper awesome brew or anything, but for what it is, I think it's ok. It's refreshing and goes down easy, which is what a very light beer should be. Ofcourse, I think they did this one a bit too conservatively, so it really doesn't have a chance to "offend" anyone. Overall, it's an ok brew. Something I'll enjoy plenty of during the summer months.

04-29-2006 02:53:44 | More by JISurfer
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Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
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