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Michelob Ultra Amber - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Ultra AmberMichelob Ultra Amber

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310 Ratings

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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 2.3
pDev: 27.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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 ordybill
2.98/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

ordybill, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of KI9A
2.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this in a light beer "shootout", in a another mag. It won over Sam Adams, Becks, Amstel, and Heinie light. So, figured I'd give it a shot.

Poured from bottle, light amber, average head.

Aroma: Not much, typical macro grainy.

Taste: Was ready to bolt away from it, but, actually kinda liked it. Like a light bock beer. Almost. Macro-grains were detected, and even a bit of a toasted malt. Left my mouth dry, but, not offensive.

Almost a little confused when I took notes for the review. I kinda liked it, but kinda didn't like it..if thats possible. Might try it this summer, out on a lawnchair, in the sun.

KI9A, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of generallee
2.95/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

generallee, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Enola
2.95/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As far as Macro's go this one ain't half bad. The color is a light amber with just a hint of red. The smell is very slightly spiced. The taste is like a light beer but with a touch of spices. The mouthfeel is where this one is seperated from the other mass produced beers. There is no harsh bitterness. It is a fairly smooth beer. The drinkability is very good. This beer is brewed to be a light session beer and it certainly is that. I could session these all night.

Enola, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of OzarkElmo
2.93/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to shaker Aug 13, 2009. Pours a light clear amber with minimal head, diminishing. Well, let's just say it is what it is: a very light beer with a bit more pizzaz and flavor than regular ultra. A clear choice over its bland sister if these are the only two you have to choose from. Other than that - well I just would not purchase.

OzarkElmo, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
2.9/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the better light beers I've had. Appearance is a light amber with a very thin head that dissipates very quickly. Not much of a smell other than standard swill beer, but the taste is slightly sweet with a better kick than most light beers. A little grainy, but not that bad. I'd suggest this over Bud Light and Coors Light in a heartbeat.

oldirtycaffrey, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
2.88/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

acrawf6, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
2.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consider me crazy but I'm out to test taste every AB product. I'm very curious what the differences are-- I probably know what the differences are...

I've taste tested the plain old Michelob and I think over all it was somewhat more satisfying than this so called -ULTRA- whatever that means.

The beer is a light lager. Poured a straw color with a nice lasting head.

A faint bit of a cardboard character to the teensy weensy nose then after a while-- zip.

The flavor is thin and bland. Why the name ULTRA... oh the marketing dept. Right.

The flavor has a whisp of hops, a little malt (I hink), and something else that goes into beer.

I'm really curious to put Mich Ultra Amber up against Michelob Lite-- how much lighter can AB make this stuff w/o brewing sparkling water?

Mouthfeel is OK, there's not much there- and my sample's carbonation has pooped out after a few minutes.

The drinkability is actually pretty good- I'm rating it -- good because I'm not welded to my seat nor is the monitor spinning 'round. If that's your bag, then quaffing Mich Ultra Amber ain't gonna be your beer. If I stir in satisfying as far as a beer flavor experience-- you'll only find frustration here.

AB-- I was hoping for more in your premium brand!

gueuzeonhigh, May 03, 2008
Photo of BeerDreadz
2.85/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have seen Light beers with better appearence i mean with a darker color...smell is'nt something to be crazy about...it taste different from the regular Michelob ultra it have a little bit of sweetnes in the flavor ,like a far honey flavor good for a hot sunday.

BeerDreadz, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of mikes2923
2.85/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

mikes2923, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.85/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz amber bottle into Boston Lager glass at 40F.

Very nice appearance, reddish golden amber color, crystal clear, prominent 2 inch head leaving negligible lacing.

Slight grainy malt aroma, and maybe a hint of spicy hops.

Taste is flat. Just like club soda, and mouthfeel is worse, dry, puckering exactly like club soda. No bitterness detected. What's the point of merely coloring a beer instead of trying to flavor it up? Why not add some aromatic or crystal malt, or some hops?

Drinkability would be better if it was completely flat instead of fizzy, then you could more easily chug it on a hot day like the alcohol-delivery malt-based beverage that it is. This is the beer industry's answer to "craft" beer: it looks like craft beer but tastes like nothing. Kind of like Trelane's fireplace that gave off no heat. That didn't fool the Enterprise crew, and this "beer" shouldn't fool you.

BattleRoadBrewer, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of KodyBrannon
2.85/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

this was a decent beer, poured a golden color, and tasted like all of the common american pale lagers out there. A very bland beer to some aspect, but if your looking for somthing a little cheap and quick buzz. then this would be your best bet. I would expect better from anheuser busch, but they did ok in this realm.

KodyBrannon, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of Kromes
2.8/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold color with a soda-like fizzy head.

S: Sweet malty corn with a tiny bit of a hoppy aroma.

T: Sweet somewhat flavorless taste. There is a slight toasted malt and hoppiness in the beer, but it is drowned out by the sweetness of the beer.

M: Thin and fizzy.

D: I like this beer way better than the regular ultra or the fruity flavored ultras. If I were forced to choose a low calorie beer, this would be the one.

Kromes, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
2.8/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

clayrock81, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of mightymalt97
2.78/5  rDev +20.9%
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 .

mightymalt97, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of Mitchel
2.78/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Mitchel, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of Trashcat
2.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Trashcat, Wednesday at 03:20 PM
Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev +19.6%

LXIXME, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of TippySelenoid
2.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a mug.

A copper color with ridiculous clarity. A ring of white head.

A faint smell of cereal/adjunct.

It tastes like clean drinking. There's not much there. A bit of hops and a bit of malty sweetness.

Feels almost like a soda.

This is perfect for filler. Nothing to love or hate.

TippySelenoid, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of bicyclesnbeer
2.75/5  rDev +19.6%

bicyclesnbeer, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Jason
2.73/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Jason, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of tone77
2.7/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

tone77, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
2.7/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Pegasus, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Duxx
2.7/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My brother left these in the fridge so why not check this one off my reviewed list.

A: Very pale amber with a minimal bright white head. A little too light amber for an amber.

S: Just a hint of malt vs. the standard yellow lager.

T: Typical lite yellow beer. I think that makes this beer kind of a fraud. I was expecting some flavor to match the color but nooo...

M: Fizzy and watery

D: Just another lawn mowing beer.

Duxx, Dec 20, 2009
Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.