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Michelob Ultra Amber - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob Ultra AmberMichelob Ultra Amber

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261 Ratings

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 2.31
pDev: 27.27%

Brewed by:
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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 barleyman


2.15/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the brown longneck into my straight sided tumbler. Very light amber color pours a small dark tan head. Very little smell of any kind. My initial taste was very strange,(antifreeze?) Try the taste test again and it's possible to pick up a faint taste of hops. Also a very faint taste of malt.The mouthfeel is an improvement and the drinkability is quite good. I would classify this as a "lawnmower beer." Meaning it's very sessionable. Finishes clean, like water. Perhaps it's not possible to make a light, dark beer.



Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 01:17:18 | More by barleyman
Photo of jabocu


2.23/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was over at a buddy's house checking out new kegerator...and this is what he had hooked up. Poured a pale amber color slight red hues. Thin cap that dissipated quickly. He keeps his kegerator at 38 degrees, so the smell wasn't much. But had a slightly better than your basic macro corn and filler smell. But more of the same. The taste was full of carbonation, very watery, not much sweetness and a very slight hopiness at the end. This is a good beer if you are going for quantity not quality when you need to entertain.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2006 16:55:32 | More by jabocu
Photo of orbitalr0x


1.88/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 03:14:22 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Byeast


2.63/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 00:27:36 | More by Byeast
Photo of wazoobeer


3.78/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


1.75/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 19:16:32 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Vancer


1.58/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 14:35:58 | More by Vancer
Photo of therica


1.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Okay-- I felt an obligation to force myself to try this "upscale-looking" offering from the makers of Budweiser, despite my religion. I had high hopes-- a new US competitor to Killians, possiblly?


The head-- foamy and bubbly but more like dirty dish-water.

Appearance-- something like Budweiser after someone cut their finger and quickly put it into the glass of beer to sanitize it.

Smell-- cleaned out the nasal hair problem.

Taste-- first impression was that someone had suddenly hosed my mouth out with concrete-cleaning solution. Then my throat became instantly sore, like I was getting sick from a virus. I wasn't. It was just this beer.

Taste 2-- okay, searching for qualities and characteristics and subtle traits--- still searching.... still searching... "none." Something like ... what I described, in "Appearance," above.

I let it set for a little while, thinking that just MAYBE, after all of the zealous CO-2 overdose subsided, it might show some character. I returned a little while later. The head had subsided. Now it looked more like globs of white mold floating on the surface.

Taste 3-- like old beer with (see above-- globs of white mold floating on the surface).

I tried the smell again. Hints of Diet Hawaiian Punch.

Congratulations, Michelob / Anheuser-Busch, you have succeeded in making a beer that is not only worse than Budweiser, but FAR worse.

I'll see if maybe later, I can come up with more constructive critiques and comments-- once I'm back from the E.R.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 02:49:45 | More by therica
Photo of Pegasus


2.7/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 21:01:27 | More by Pegasus
Photo of BEERchitect


2.3/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 16:37:19 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Phatz


2.65/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 07:52:50 | More by Phatz
Photo of Jason


2.73/5  rDev +18.2%
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.


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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 03:21:06 | More by Jason
Photo of ahking


2.08/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just another gimmick beer from A-B. Color is actually quite pretty but that is where the positives end. Nice light mahogany brown color, good clarity, fleeting but substantial head with a hard pour. But don't let the color fool you, there is little to no flavor here. As a homebrewer I can tell you that it is quite easy to influence the color of a beer without hitting the taste. It would not take much more than a pound of specially malted barley to color a large batch of beer. Homebrewers use these darker roasted malts in higher percentage to gain a roasted or caramel depth to ales and lagers. While quite clean tasting, I can barely perceive a toasted malt character or breadiness to this beer. Wearing a blindfold I would have a hard time distinguishing this from any light beer. Smell is sweet, and slightly alcoholic with a yeasty touch. Very little hop bitterness or aroma. Looks good poured in a glass so if you are shooting to impress someone with drinking darker beer, and can't stand something like a Sam Adams Boston Lager, choose this.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 04:25:24 | More by ahking
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

1.63/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Had a few sips from a friends glass at a cardgame. Light amber color with a sizzling white head that retains like Diet Coke.

Aroma is that of a standard crappy light beer with some sweet malts added.

Flavor is basically the same, very light flavor, with a stepped up notion of roasty malt. Better than Coors Light or something like that, but by no means does this classify as something desirable or drinkable.

Razor thin body with soda-like carbonation and a watery mouthfeel. Gross.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 22:32:33 | More by AlexJ
Photo of mikes2923


2.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm trying to rate this in comparison to other light beers, because obviously compared to a real Amber Lager it would pale in comparison.

But the fact remains light beers hold a significant share of the market, and whether you're watching carbs, weight watchers points or whatever light beers have their place.

Among them in that category this one is better than most. It pours darker than a typical light beer and the taste while again, not comparing to a regular Amber, is still altogether more rich and malty than your standard light fare.

In terms of light beers only Sam Adams light comes to mind as being an altogether hands down better beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 22:02:22 | More by mikes2923
Photo of acrawf6


2.88/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear dark yellowish amber with a white head.

Smell is lightly malted. it smells sweeter than other light beers, and a little better. small bubblegum smell to it too. not a great smell, but not bad for its style.

taste is very similar to light beers, but with added flavor with some malts. kinda reminds me of macro euro dark lagers like st. pauli's dark. does have a bit more flavor than american lights, but i just am not too big on it.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. i seem to get just a small touch of some hops, but overall the tastes are malty.

Overall this does have some taste, but i think i will pass on this for now on (i am just a sucker for trying new macro shit). I'm used to other crap beers' taste, so i'll just stick with that if i have too- but i wouldnt knock anyone for buying this over mich. light, bl, ml, or cl.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 04:04:14 | More by acrawf6
Photo of chilidog


3.05/5  rDev +32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six as they arrived in my area. The six was alittle harder to track down that first week as most spots got an opening order of two twelve pk cases.
It poured a fairly nice, clear amber. Carbonation still fizzed abit, but not as much so as the gold Ultra. After the fair pour, the fizz settles and a steady, half inch, off white head remains. Lace, not much at all. The aroma, not much at all of that either besides alittle caramelized malt.
The taste was of malts, caramel and toast. Alittle hop gives alittle help and balance. The taste also holds that Anheuser-rice taste that goes thru the beers.
Over-all, this beer should do ok for them. I would Never order an Ultra, but thisone I could see myself ordering if the choice was slim and thisone stood out.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 03:34:22 | More by chilidog
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

2.63/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a six pack the other day out of couriosity. Pours a light amber copper color with a nice head that quickly dissipates. No lacing. Some faint caramel malt aroma. Taste is slightly malty, similar to their Amber Bock just watered down. At least there is some taste as opposed to Mich Ultra. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery. At 5% ABV, some taste and 114 calories, AB may have a winner on their hands as far a light beers go. I think I will let the wife have the other 5 though.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 15:13:37 | More by clemtig76
Photo of Mitchel


2.78/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Michelob Ultra Amber pours a light orangey brunette color with an off-white head witch quickly dissipates to leave some lacing. I am not really impressed so far. It looks watery. It smells watery. Just not much to smell at all, maybe a little caramel malt (?). Other than that, not much is going on.

Well, it tastes like….not much at all. It does taste more like an amber than Mich. Ultra, but not really much of anything. It does have slight hints of malt to though. It finishes clean and smooth, but this is expected of a beer that is of this type. Honestly, I don’t think that they put much thought into this beer.

I would like to thank my beer guy for giving me a case for free. However, even my guests don’t want them for free because the people who drink Mich. Ultra typically drink it because they don’t like the taste of beer. So, they drink that (which doesn’t have much of a beer taste at all). The people who typically drink amber beers and others beers like it want a real amber or dark beer, not fizzy water. I think that they missed the mark on this one. I understand what they are trying to do, but I don’t think that they did it very well. Again thanks for the free beers Mr. Beer Delivery Guy, but….no. Don’t get me wrong, I love beer, especially the free kind, but next time….give me something different please.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 04:41:31 | More by Mitchel
Photo of dmowen


3.03/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours into the glass a fairly decent amber color with a small head that dissappers very quickly, not much lacing either .Hard to detect much of a smell. Taste isn't bad and goes down fairly well.
I like the 5% alcohol ; not bad for a light beer. What I didn't like
was the mouth-feel; A fizzy almost soda-pop feel. For that reason
I problely won't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 18:56:08 | More by dmowen
Photo of mightymalt97


2.78/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a another attemp to bring a different type of light beer to the masses. This beer has a little more flavor than most light beers. Good amber color, the carbonation is just right, slight malt taste but as usual with the typical weak waterdown flavor of a light beer. It is one of the better light beers out there but when you compare it to a another amber light like Sam Adams it falls way short . The best thing you can say about this beer it is easy to drink .

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 15:43:21 | More by mightymalt97
Photo of hero27


2.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Given to me by my local A-B distributor.

Pours copper with a very small off-white head which fades quick and leaves no lacing. Light caramel malts in the aroma..no hop profile whatsoever. Thin is the understatement of the year here. The flavors don't blend well and it's too weak to have the word "amber" attached to it. A beer aimed for the masses, this misses it's mark and joins the ranks of other "Ultra" beers."

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 04:01:34 | More by hero27
Photo of cardwel1


2.15/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Carbonated,bubbly head that went away quick. It's clear and not really amber... it's rather darker. A bit more appealing than the average ultra light beer though.

Smell: Really doesn't have a lot of smell.

Taste: Not a lot of it. Really... I guess I'm no connisseur, but aside from the tiny bit of bitter aftertaste there's not a lot.

Mouthfeel: Like seltzer water.

Drinkability: Easy to drink... just like water! Still, it's not offensive, and I'd rather have it and a fair amount fewer calories than a bad beer with a lot of calories. But I'd rather have a good beer, no doubt about it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 04:51:59 | More by cardwel1
Photo of MattBrooks


2.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz sample dropped off by my AB guy the other day. Pours excellent with a rich, creamy head-a brownish amber hue and ample carbonation. I've personally never been too much of an AB guy, but without them, we wouldn't have half of the beers we enjoy these days-after all, they are the "kings", they started it all (sort-of). It has a slight caramel malt smell, but that fades into a green apple smell. The taste was pleasant enough, but didn't present anything descerning about it. It was really on the watery side, too-reminiscent of most domestic light beers. I think that if I were out mowing the lawn or something like that, then this would be a good beer for that, it does have 5% alc which surprised me.

I was also a little surprised to already see this beer listed, it's so new.

From a retail standpoint, I'm sure that this beer will sell, it does apeal to the Ultra drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 15:13:06 | More by MattBrooks
Photo of murphysbleachers


2.42/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

New sample from A-B dropped off to me today.
12oz bottle poured into a clear plastic cup...
Appearance: Head fades fast, looks kind of like a dark cream soda
Smell: Smelled a little bit of caramel malt and a little bit of that sour apple smell I always get off Bud stuff. Smelled better than most light lagers.
Taste: Here is this beer's downfall. It tastes just like Michelob Ultra. Like water with an unpleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: A little fizzy and just like every other light beer.
Drinkability: I could drink a lot of these, say on a boat or in the sun playing softball as a thirst quencher if that's what was served but I wouldn't choose it over almost any other options.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 00:50:30 | More by murphysbleachers
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Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.