Michelob Ultra Amber - Anheuser-Busch
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2.58/5 rDev +12.7%
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Pours a moderate amber brown with a slight off white head. Leaves behind a tad bit of lacing. Nose brings forth some amber malt and grain husks. Taste is pretty weak. Really not much going on here. Feel is light; too light. Drinks okay and is one of the better $4.99 six packs around, but nothing too special.
10-08-2010 00:55:49 | More by Thorpe429
2.13/5 rDev -7%
Macro Smackdown XXI is a battle between a light *macro* lager (this beer) and a light *micro* lager (Schell Light). There are a few other relevant differences as well. This beer's ABV is a full percentage point higher and it uses 'dark-roasted specialty grains' rather than the more traditional light beer ingredients. Let's see how it all shakes out.
Ultra Amber is more of a burnt orange hue and is possibly the darkest light beer that I've ever seen. The head is surprisingly attractive and is right up there with the best of style as well. Looks like A-B finally got this whole head and lace thing figured out. Easy win for the macro here.
The nose is woefully underpowered and has no trace of maltiness, roasted or otherwise. In fact, there's barely any of the musty hoppiness that light lagers are known for. In keeping with tradition, it looks like 'Ultra' is synonymous with 'absence of'... as in smell, taste and mouthfeel. Let's hope this one gives a better accounting of itself on the palate.
Thankfully, the taste buds have something (although not a lot) to work with. I can just barely appreciate the fact that the grain was 'dark-roasted'. Actually, 'barely-toasted' is more like it. As I continue to try to unlock the flavor characteristics that are anything but abundant, barely toasted grain is pretty much all that I can come up with.
The beer is neither sweet nor bitter, it just.... is. Ultra Amber is another classic example of trying to appeal to all by offending none. Of course, giving people nothing insures that they have nothing to get offended about. Real beer lovers deserve much more, but then real beer lovers are unlikely to be drinking MUA.
Other than the appearance, the mouthfeel is the highlight. The brewers have done a pretty good job giving this light lager the feel of a (slightly) bigger beer. Of course, at an ABV of 5.0%, it's already bigger than the vast majority of its competition. While it never does reach creamy, it stays well away from watery.
I haven't yet figured out the various scores, but given the way the percentages are assigned, I wouldn't be surprised if the beer that I like less well (this one) ends up being the winner of Macro Smackdown XXI. Yet another reason why my ideal would be for taste to be at least 50%, mouthfeel to be... oh never mind. Bottom line: Schell Light is the better beer no matter what the final scores say.
10-28-2007 13:54:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.3/5 rDev +0.4%
It was the only thing that the sports bar offered that I had not already tried. I should have gone with something else--anything else. The beer lacks optomism, comming straight from the bottle. lightly browned, thin, fizzy carbonation...it looks like watered down cola. Aromas are faint but do resemble true malt, caramel, and nuts. Flavors don't hold the same promise as the aroma: grainy, husky, and vegetable flavors persist without the malt backbone to balance or mask the negative characters. Watery from the very first sip and never firms up. Finishes thin, grain, and husk like. Even for an American light beer, this is bad.
02-26-2006 16:37:19 | More by BEERchitect
2.45/5 rDev +7%
Another "gem" grabbed in the singles aisle at Bloom yesterday, this one I just could not wait to rip into. Poured into a pint glass cold, it was consumed on 08/23/2010.
Really a very nice pour here, with a darker amber color then I would have thought and a nice and level two inches of white foam that capped the top of the glass. Unfortunately that was about the extent of it.
Sweet malts were there, but terribly light and mixed in with the all too familiar corn and light bready grains just gave it that classic macro aroma with a sweet twist. Light body with lots of carbonation let it go down quickly and smooth, and that was fine as the flavor was just not there. Light caramel, corn, hay, just not what I would call a good choice. No aftertaste other then a stale, skunky flavor for a brief moment.
Overall what can you say, I knew what this one was going to be going in and my opinion was about dead on. Not the worst by far, nut nothing really interesting either.
08-25-2010 01:17:19 | More by mikesgroove
1.95/5 rDev -14.8%
Appearance: Pours a woeful, watery-looking, light copper body with a scant, white head that fizzles out in seconds.
Smell: Very vague pale maltiness with a hint of sour green apple.
Taste: Toasty malts, though fairly weak and bland. Mild sweetness. No hop character whatsoever. Odd, underlying ickiness about the taste and, again, there's that green apple taste which I really, really don't care for. Faux apples on the otherwise watery finish.
Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery.
Drinkability: Not recommended.
05-27-2008 18:48:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.73/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
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.
02-23-2006 03:21:06 | More by Jason
1.75/5 rDev -23.6%
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.
02-27-2006 19:16:32 | More by WVbeergeek
2.08/5 rDev -9.2%
Pours light amber with a thin head that soon fizzles to almost nothing.
The smell is very thin - virtually no smell.
The taste is very watery with a toach of sweetness and toasted grain.
The water washes everything away leaving a bland, tap-water-like aftertaste.
Even for a light macro, this one is just a half-hearted attempt (at best) to put some flavor in an "ultra" light that falls short. I don't need to lose weight, but even if I did I wouldn't drink this one. It has no real flavor or character. A neighbor offered this one to me- figured I would give it a try - glad I didn't spend money on it.
09-10-2006 21:34:32 | More by jwc215
2.1/5 rDev -8.3%
Bought a 12 pack of this for $7.99
After drinking a few Michelob Ultra's I was ready to be disappointed here. I was pleasantly surprised. This one had a decent appearance and what is this... taste! There's some good flavors going on here and it's enjoyable and flavorabble to drink. Granted it can be a lot better, but its cheap, tastes good, what else can you want?
09-15-2008 00:56:56 | More by oriolesfan4
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
2.68/5 rDev +17%
Going to the dark side of Ultra, and on to the beer I go:
Not as dark as it looks in commericals, more of an orangish brown color. The head slowly fades away. The aroma is made up of faded caramel and toffee. Hmmm, I'd say this beer is on to something. Or not. It's somewhat flavorful for a light beer, but not impressive. This tastes a like Budweiser with its snappy rice, plus the addition of dark malt and toasted grain. Finish is odd and dry with echoes of mandarin orange.
Who would have guessed this was a light beer? It's not as obviously watered down like others, but one bottle will do me just fine.
07-27-2008 22:55:38 | More by DoubleJ
2.25/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger plus white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very light hop note, with some funky corn/rice notes. The taste is sweet, malty, but with the classic macro taste. Light body. Not Drinkable, started off pretty good, but still not worth buying again.
01-22-2011 21:37:49 | More by Wasatch
3/5 rDev +31%
Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.
The smell featured a very light and slightly sweet grain with a smattering of noble hop.
The taste was very light througout with a mild grainy and adjunct sweetness. A suprising doughy and slightly nutty finish.
The mouthfeel was thin with a dry finish.
Overall a low carb beer. That's it. Maybe a little flavor thrown in, but thats it. It is what it is.
03-22-2007 01:37:06 | More by plaid75
2.25/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
11-16-2012 01:53:55 | More by tdm168
2.25/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
05-06-2011 20:32:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
1.95/5 rDev -14.8%
Pours a light amber/blond color with a one-finger head that fades down to nearly nothing.
Aroma is sweet with a hint of corn/bread and not much else in the nose.
Taste is sweet and a bit harsh/metallic with a strong hint of corn (or is it rice?) in the middle. Barely anything to taste here.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering corn and is quite watery. Pretty close to water actually and goes down somewhat ok.
Why drink this when you can go for a regular amber ale? If you like your beer as close to water as possible, this may be for you. I can't be too sure.
03-21-2009 01:06:10 | More by Brad007
1.5/5 rDev -34.5%
Dad handed me a bottle, so what are you gonna do. The beer is a clear golden color with a compact white head that gives up the ghost quickly. Minimal lacing. Faint grainy malt aroma. Light seltzer water body with light grain and malt flavors. The finish is absolutely flavorless unless you call bubbles a flavor. Truly a beer for people who do not like beer.
11-24-2008 17:11:49 | More by Dogbrick
Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
56 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.