Michelob Ultra Amber - Anheuser-Busch

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159 Reviews
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Reviews: 159
Hads: 333
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 23.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: murphysbleachers on 01-26-2006

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.
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Photo of Thorpe429
2.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

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. (331 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (631 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.14/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (2,399 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.44/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (975 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (531 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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? (367 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.74/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.78/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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. (616 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.2/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.26/5  rDev -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. (352 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (611 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.06/5  rDev +25.9%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of plaid75
2.98/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (476 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
2.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (345 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.71/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some faint malts. Taste is also mild, some malts, a touch of bitterness, nothing special but not the worst light beer I have tasted. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not that bad as far as light beers go. (330 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of Brad007
1.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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. (561 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
2.77/5  rDev +14%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle is pretty much the same color as the beer w/ a cheesy clear decal. Don't bother pouring into a glass, but if you do, hold the dark, amber beer to the light and watch it pass through like a glass w/ coke and ice. I am generous with the taste rating, as if you compared this to most dark beers it would finish last in a contest. But, the little taste of anything it offers (there is some malt in there) is smooth and leaves no aftertaste. Honestly, a decent choice for dollar draft night or if you're watching the game and want a few. Its best aspect is the very low cal and fat content, so if you're like me and on a diet a couple of these every now and then don't hurt at all. (687 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.65/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a born on date of 20APR10, didnt even know this beer existed until a buddy brought one over for me to try. Pours a very clear dark gold color, calling it amber is a bit of a stretch. White foam is large-bubbled and gives up quickly without a fight, as expected. No lacing.

Nose is lightly toasted malt and a dose of CO2 gas. Slight honeyed, pecan-esque nuttiness with absolutely nothing in the way of hops. Not horrible for such a light beer, but something about the aroma reminds me of a urinal mint.

Adjunct flavors begin to rear their ugly head in the flavor and are mildly offset by a watery caramel presence. Carbonation level is high and the mouthfeel is expectedly thin. Really not much flavor at all, but it is probably better than three-quarters of light lagers. Grainy cardboard comes out as it warms up and goes progressively downhill from there. (877 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
2.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light golden amber in color, clean and clear, moderate cap of bone white froth - so far so good. Scent pale and non-existent, only positive is no off-notes. Same with taste, pale and faint, hint of malt that is neither sweet or toasted, no off notes. Light bodied, bubbly. Nothing much going on here, but id take it over any other BMC Light product as it didnt have much in the way of off-notes. (395 characters)

Photo of ZAP
2.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Positives:

-Looks good....nice clean amber color

-For a light beer it has a mild grainy/malt flavor..also a hint of Mich Amber Bock like sweetness

-Body is better than some light beers. This doesn't feel watery.

Negatives:

-Too much head on the pour.

-Very mild aroma to this....some mild graininess and that Mich Amber Bock sticky sweetness... but its like

-Not a good finish....almost an artificial like finish if that makes sense..

Overall-

Middle of the road light beer....Certainly not at the level of the SA light but this "amber" does have more taste than the regular ultra. But, it is still not as flavorful as I was hoping for. Would consider buying again... (694 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
1.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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. (358 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.33/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The fizzy head fades almost instantly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall with it consisting of a mix of caramel with notes of graininess. Along with these smells is a faint whiff of a grassy smell and a bit of fruit.

Taste – The taste begins with a very watery flavor with just a hint of a grain and roasted malt. Upfront there is very little sweetness, but as the taste advances a lighter corn sweetness with a hint of caramel comes to the tongue. A very light herbal flavor and some tastes of paper come to the tongue at the very end of the taste, leaving a rather thin and weak amber flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thin with a carbonation level that is average. While the thin body is quite expected, a bit higher of carbonation would have been more fitting for the style, creating a more refreshing feel overall.

Overall – Don’t expect too much here. But really should you really be expecting tons with a “ultra” low cal beer? (1,179 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
1.4/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a 12oz glass and was in no danger of spilling a drop. Theres virtually no head, and anything that did form, was gone after I blinked. I wouldn't call the color amber...if anything is was a slightly darker shade of normal FYB. Smell was tinny and metallic with some sort of malt-like smell. This tasted awful, like stagnant carbonated water. Has the feel too of water...I'd rather drink water. You can chug this, which is the only reason it didn't get a 1....but why would you want to?!?!?! Maybe my girlfriends dad will drink the rest of the sixer.... (563 characters)

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Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
60 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.