Michelob Ultra Amber | Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews:
162
Ratings:
349
Avg:
2.39
pDev:
38.49%
 
 
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Michelob Ultra AmberMichelob Ultra Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

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.

Added by murphysbleachers on 01-26-2006

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Photo of EgadBananas
1.4/5  rDev -41.4%
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....

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Photo of KYGunner
2.48/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

There's nothing offensive about this, it's a slightly flavored beer with low alcohol and a very thin feel. I detect a touch of barley malt, caramel, and roasted nut swimming in a pool of water. If I want to drink light and get a buzz and a bit of flavor this would be a go to.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

light amber in appearance, with a strange orange tinge, makes it look like liquid rust for some reason. Small bubbly white head. Quite a fruity/sweet malty aroma, not that bad considering the source. In taste it is sweet, highly carbonated, slight beer taste, very soda-like in mant aspects reminds me of the cans of "Bass Shandy" i used to get as a kid back in the UK..but that was 0.5% this is 5% really? Light water filled mouthfeel. To be honest this wasnt quite as bad as I expected..if it were hot outside and iwas working this would be ok.

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Photo of wedge
1.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Born On: 20AUG06

Super-clear honey-amber hue with a foamy off-white head that fizzles away leaving some thin fractured lace on top. Smells slightly more than absolutely nothing...faint caramel and a cheap fruitiness. The taste is very clean, as expected, sweet and husky grains with some fruits that show up in the middle. The body is far too similar to water with prickly carbonation...just about zero character. Obviously drinks pretty easily but, why would you want to?

The new look of light beer! Hooray! It still sucks...

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.75/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Michelob Ultra Amber has a medium, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and a few lacing streaks left behind on the glass. The aroma is weak, but mild, sweet roastiness and faint grain can be detected. Taste is also thin, but generalized grain, a ghost of caramel, and the ever so slightest breath of hop bitterness is present. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Michelob Ultra Amber finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. It’s pretty dull.

RJT

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mild amber appearance, a little thin for an amber ale, but thick for a light beer. Good head, 3/5", solid clarity. Aroma was mildly sweet, mixture of grain and caramel.

Taste was a thin mildly sweet experience, far from chewy or hoppy. One of those weird situations where it is hearty for a light beer, but thin for an amber lager. Noble hops are well placed if not under utilized at the same time.

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Photo of Vancer
1.56/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oh wow, the best thing about this one was the nicely packaged bottle with a date of 1/26/06. After that – downhill we go. Yep, looks like seltzer water with brown coloring added to it. Absolutely no aroma at all. Very close to tasteless, but I did pick up some pathetic hints of a sweet malt – it may have been artificial flavoring added.

This seltzer water somehow had a 5% abv, it was made to give a buzz to the <active people> w/o having to actually drink anything. Thank God it was a freebie, I can't imagine paying hard earned cash for this crap.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.73/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Apearance: Pale copper color, superbly clear, with a small off-white head, slight, slow-rising carbonation, and excellent, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Toasty malt, with slight tropical fruit, and vegetal notes.

Taste: Opens with a slight toasted malt note, some light fruitiness, followed by a wave of mild bitterness. Finishes with a very slight, lingering bitter note.

Mouth feel: Thin and watery, not much here, with a mild sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: More like a mineral water than a beer, character is lacking.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

My fiancee tried this as well, she indicated that she needed a stout to wash the taste of this beer out of her mouth.

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Photo of Overlord
2.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Probably the only "low carb"/"low calorie" beer that's worth a darned, it has a pleasant beer taste (which, believe it or not, is apparently tough to manage amongst this crop of beer).

I won't go into a detailed review...it's a low carb beer that actually tastes like a beer. Amazing.

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Photo of rye726
1.33/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I tried this in hopes that the amberness would over power the macroness. Once again I was wrong, very very wrong. The color is a cross between yellow and amber. It has, or once had a fizzy off white head. The nose is of artificial sugars and ricey malts. The taste is also very artificial and cloying. Not much of a hop or malt base to it. A decent body is not too carbonated. I guess I could drink this if a gun was to my head.

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.35/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Better than the regualr one

appearance: light amberish

smell: slight hops with some malt

taste: Little to none, basically just a clear refresher

mouthfeel: watery --- very high carbonation

drinkability: very easy. better than alot of low carb beers.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.28/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ahh yes, a lovely Amber. Perhaps in color anyway. Had a sip from the bottle prior to pouring into a pilsener glass. Almost snorted from the carbonation. Poured a very light amber color with extreme carbonation billowing up from the bottom of the glass, continuing for about ten minutes, then going flat.

A slight burnt hoppy smell yields to taste and mouthfeel that change gradually as the carbonation outgasses. Drinkability looks like a High School grading curve. Impossible and overly carbonated, to fairly decent, to flat and boring, all rather quickly. Direct from the bottle, this would assumably occur more slowly, yet be skewed toward the overly carbonated side. Burp!

Nonetheless, not bad for a big American Macro., just pour a few ounces at a time into your glass to keep ahead of your consumption.

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Photo of bashiba
2.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear light brown color with just a bit of head.

Smell has a small hint of semi sweet malts.

Taste has a bit of sweet maltiness up front with a thin hopless waterlike finish.

Mouthfeel is equivilant to lightly carbonated water.

Drinkability is slightly better than your average macro light, but still has a ways to go before I would want to drink more.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.05/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
1.89/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.18/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.05/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer had a slight carbonated feel to it. Not especially strong taste wise and I consider this a party beer where quantity wins out. I would definitely drink it again especially on a hot southern summer day. Appearance was of good color and it had a nice aroma that was not off the mark from its taste.

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Photo of Drew966
1.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Michelob Ultra Amber pours a dark honey color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Smells like adjunct, mild in general. Very watery mouthfeel, some metallic notes at the end. This stuff hardly tastes like anything. I think I'd rather drink water. Not recommended.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.28/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was served cold in a pint glass.

Appearance: the beer pours a clear bubbling amber coloration. The head is white and quickly evaporates.

Smell: Honestly not a lot going on with the aroma. The aroma of the beer is clean grain a ghost wiff of toasted malt.

Taste: The beers taste is very clean. No trace of any flavor except grain.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body of the beer is carbonated wateryness. The beers drinkability rates a 3 based on the ease of drinking the beer. Honestly it would bore me too much to have more than one of these in a week.

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Photo of Phatz
2.66/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light auburn brown with hints of amber in the color. It has a small bleach white head made up of big fizzy carbonation bubbles. It is a nicer looking beer than most of the "Light Lagers" that I've had.

Smell: The smell is very hard to find. I got more of the olfactory sense of the beer in the aftertaste then in the aroma upfront. For the most part though it is about what you'd expect from a watered down Macro.

Taste: Truth is this beer is not as bad as I expected. I was ready to have a beer that would balance out my Average Rating by pulling it down significantly. I was surprised. This beer is not that bad. Mind you, it is not THAT good either. It is sweet but the sweetness is not the malty sweetness of an Amber Lager IMO it tastes more artificial. I am not sure why this is called amber other than some food coloring it is a macro light. If you like Orange juice and are served Orange drink you'd probably have the same reaction I get from this beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is about the same as every other thin light somewhat water light beer. It is crisp but the disturbing aftertaste prevents it from truly being refreshing.

Drinkability: If what you want is another light beer that is a slightly different color then here you go. I believe it is more of a gimmick to call this beer an amber but it has the same drinkability as you'd expect from ANY other A-B light beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of granger10
3.35/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of albern
2.51/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had a lot worse lite beers, and this really isn't that bad. Not great mind you, not particularly good either, but not bad, drinkable, and okay. The beer certainly looks good with an amber color, loads of efforvescence and carbonation. The carbonation is prodigious. There is a fairly creamy head that laces and retains well. I'm surprised by that. The nose on the beer is better than most adjunct lagers. There is a dextrin sweetness, some sweet maltiness that is hard to pin down with specificity, a slight earthy and musty aroma too. The beer is creamy, ultra light, watery, sweet, with no real flavor. I can see why people drink this. You could down lots of these because there is just not much body, taste, character, or hop presence in the beer. It is a carbonated, malty beverage that is largely inoffensive. That's about all you can say. The "amber" in the name is in reference to the color of the beer and nothing more.

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Photo of generallee
2.93/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.25/5  rDev +36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
59 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.