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Michelob Porter - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: karst on 07-16-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of buschbeer
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of tan head. It is brown in color. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is roasted malt, with hints of chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is thinner than I care for. It is easy enough to drink and readily available.

Photo of Jayli
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
consumed 4/12

A: This beer pours a dark brown color with a very thin 1/4 inch of offwhite head. Head recedes quickly leaving only minor hints of spotty lacing.

S: Nose is of molasses and hint of roasted malts.

T: Taste starts with a bit of caramel malt and healthy dose of molasses. Middle fills out with very weak roasted malt flavoring. Finish has a hint of coffee and a ibt of a hop bite.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, light on the tongue with a crisp finish.

D: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not filling. I like that they are branching out, but haven't been overly impressed with this series.

Photo of AllFineThings
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a heavy porter by any means, yet it tastes very good-you notice the coffee a tad more than the chocolate it is a smooth even drinker with taste (still my 2nd favorite michelob product).

Poors about an inch head which fades quickly. Looks dark with a dark red hue when held up to the light. Smells like a porter with some chocolate and more coffee smell.

I have tried many import and craft porters,this is a good attempt and a good beginning porter.

Photo of WJVII
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a a pint glass this brew has a dark chocolate brown color, nontransparent, with a 2 finger light brown head that settled into a thin cap while leaving nice trace down the glass. The aroma is quite faint but has some light chocolate and roasted malt notes. The taste is fairly flat. No transition from beginning to end. There is some chocolate, slight bitterness, and a light malt finish, but very dull. Not a huge fan of this. For the style there are so many good examples, this just falls short.

Photo of DmanGTR
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes in November 09

A - garnet brown, clear, no head remaining after a few seconds.

S - mild roastiness, hint of chocolate and caramel malt.

T - pretty much the same as the aromas, not much of a finish at all.

M - thin and fizzy.

D - not bad, but I wouldn't buy it.

This beer just simply lacks in all departments. If each aspect was boosted a bit, there would be more complexity and it would be a lot better. It kills me that the body of this beer is so freakin thin.

Photo of becktone
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 1-25-10

Eye: Excellent head formation and retention, the best of the pack. Forming at just a tad over a finger and stable at just over a finger too. Head is tan in color and thick, looks like you might be able to float a number of things on it. Really, this is one excellent looking brew. Color is extremely dark brown, mahogany with some deep garnet highlights. Lacing is the only thing that lets me down here.

Nose: Lots of chocolate, dark roasted grains, roasted grain bitterness, ground coffee beans. Nice aroma for this porter, if it were a little bit more robust I'd be happier with it, but works and is good as it is. Not much more to the nose than that.

Tongue: Chocolate and coffee on the palate with some roasted and slight hints/undertones of smokey/charred characters. Light fruitiness, barley perceivalbe, just there close to the finish. Bitterness from black and/or heavily roasted grains. Flavor is pretty thin, it leaves pretty quickly just leaving that roasted bitterness in the finish. Each sip after the initial sip becomes less and less interesting. Pretty one dimensional. Good, but not complex. Prolly the best crafted beer in the entire mixed 12 pack.

Feel and Drinkbility: Full bodied on the palate and creamy. Carbonation is low. This is an easy drinking beer that I'd not mind drinking again, especially for the price. I mean you just can't beat it. Sure I'd rather go for Edmund Fitzgerald or Anchor Porter, but this is much cheaper, and when on a tight budget it'll be something that you can enjoy. I mean its nothing special, but its good, and I am enjoying it. A-B can make good beers, their 2008 Brewmaster's Reserve Doppelbock was great, and this is good too, not great, but good. Its too bad that the masses only want swill, and so A-B is forced to spend the majority of their time investing in what the masses want. Heh, its a catch 22, they made the masses want swill, now with Michelob and all the faux breweries A-B has, its trying to get into craft...that Stone Mill Organic Pale. All these Michelob craft type beers-seasonals, porters, Bavarian wheats, rye beers...etc...and not to mention Bud Light Golden Wheat, which is a decent beer as far as it goes, sure there are tons better, but still I'm starting to think they are trying to subvert the masses to good beer, and that is a good thing.

Photo of Gehrig
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with crimson highlights in the body, and two soda-like tan fingers of light tan froth on the top; decent duration and lacing, a nice start. Faint coffee and dark chocolate malt on the nose; light and tepid.

The taste offers decent roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors, but is certainly hindered by a thin, nearly watery texture that adversely affects the taste.Taste and mouthfeel, to me, are the two most important characteristics in assessing beer, and Michelob Porter suffers from a thin mouthfeel. A creamier, richer one would considerably increase the score of a beer that otherwise has potential, but falls short.

Overall, a decent offering, slightly better than I expected from a macro that used to rail against micros in its ads, yet has found itself needing to address the great creativity and quality that micros offer. This falls short, but AB deserves a little credit for the product.

Photo of Brettster
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. This porter pours a dark brown with a two finger tan bubbly head that fades very fast to a small lacy ring around the glass. Lightly carbonated. Smells sweet with hints of roasted malts and coffee. The smells are pretty faint. Has some roasted flavors and just a hint of coffee. Kind of thin and watery mouthfeel. Not bad but I would not seek this one out.

Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown, nearing black with a chestnut & crimson highlight when held up in front of the light. A large, dark tan head slowly fades into a mild head. Plenty of scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted nuts, molasses, caramel, espresso, and a touch of fruit.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet molasses, chewy dough, espresso, cocoa, and roasted chestnuts.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with sweet cocoa up front, followed by mild hints of earthy bitterness, and light astringency.

Photo of Ottertude
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Michelob Porter poured a very dark brown, almost black into my glass with a small tan head. It smelled mainly of coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste was of roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate that led to some Budweiser like hops in the background and finished with a roasted malt bitter aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

This wasn't quite as thin as I thought it was going to be. I could drink a couple of these but I wouldn't want this all night. This is one of the better Michelob craft offerings and the cheaper price makes this an attractive alternative to other porters.

Photo of number1bum
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown, mahogany color, with about one finger of somewhat fizzy tan head. Settles to a thin lace and leaves a ring of stick.

Smell is pretty bland, with a bit of caramel and a very feint roasted note, but also some grain and a bit of a metallic aroma.

Taste is better than the smell, with more caramel and roasted flavor. It's no robust porter, that's for sure, but the flavors aren't bad. Simple and straightforward, but tasty enough. Some roasty bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, a light-medium body. It's crisp and smooth however.

This is no standout porter but it's an easy drinker. Straightforward and pretty flavorful. Decent stuff.

Photo of NOOGIE
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Great pitch-black color, almost no foam, the foam that is around sticks around to the end of the drink.

Smell: The first thing that hits your nose is the chocolate, nice malt chocolate smell. Lots of sweetness in the smell, caramel also.

Taste: Just like the smell a good hit of chocolate to taste. Really powerful the chocolate really covers everything else in the drink, kind of disappointing. Also a good creamy taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin, almost nothing left in your mouth except a watery feeling.

Drinkability: Good, the beer almost has no harshness to it, and almost no Michelob taste. Also the bottle said ALL-MATE, are all Porters made by Michelob ALL-MALT, just a question if this beer is unique in any way?

Photo of loveingminor
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured into my official Wilkes University beer glass very dark. This pleased me greatly, as I've been in the mood for a dark beer. It had an average head.

Smell: Smells like a porter (if one can say that). Smells like all of the other porters I've had in the past. Bitter smell.

Taste: Not an overly strong taste. If I had to pick anything out, I would say it has a slight bitter taste, but nothing very strong. I'm very disappointed. I tend to like strong tasting beers (me + IPA = match made in heaven), and this disappoints me.

Mouthfeel: feels like a beer. I'm not experienced enough to distinguish beers due to feel in my mouth. BUt besides that, it feels like beer in my mouth. No overpowering carbonation, or anything like that.

Drinkability: yes.

Photo of brownbeer
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish-brown with a pillowy, tan head.

Rather grainy aroma with raisin and watery coffee notes, and a slight earthiness.

Bland, dirty chocolate malt. The body is full enough to be a porter but in the end it's kind of hard to taste. Reminds me of a porter you would find at a really small brewpub you've never heard of in the middle of nowhere.

Photo of tlinner
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I followed the instructions on the "flighting sheet" included in the 12-pack (despite my better intuition) and poured straight down into the glass. Sure enough, a mountain of foam sprang up that took a good 3 minutes to get down to a reasonable level. It looked very nice at first, but the head quickly dissipated with no lace. The color is brown tinted with caramel along the edge.

The smell is very weak, with faint hints of roasted malts. Honestly not much else to describe.

Weak roasted and chocolate malts can be found in the taste, with a slightly too-strong presence from the hops. I can almost reach a point where this beer starts to get complex, but it's just too weak to be very interesting. I think they got all the peripherals just right: it's got a nice balance between sweet and bitter, and there's a nice chocolaty aftertaste, but the taste simply isn't very strong or complex. It's like a Corvette with a Geo's engine. Many things work well, but in the end, the performance is very lacking.

As for mouthfeel and drinkability, this is a very easy-going beer that won't challenge too many palates.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a very deep amber color, not completely black, but its pretty close, not a very big head on it at all, the smell is pretty good, has a nice roasted malt aroma to it with some nice coffee and a slight chocolate aroma to it too, not bad for AB. taste is pretty decent too, full of body and a textbook porter, its a good beer overall really, mouthfeel is a bit weak, could use some more pizazz to it but it is still a good beer.

Photo of nasty15108
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a brown and ruby cola color. The pour produced a thick head of clumpy tan foam with a good amount of carbonation.

S - Definite hints hints of malt, chocolate, coffee and slight metallic aromas.

T - Good chocolate and coffee flavors plus a good amount of smoke. Slightly bitter metallic finish. Better than I would have expected.

MF&D - A little thin and slightly creamy but very drinkable. A nice suprise from AB.

Photo of thedrewski86
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this into a pint glass, left 1/2" of tan head. Smells like malt, chocolate and a little coffee. The taste is huge malt all the way. Didn't really leave any lacing. Mild carbonation right for the style. This is a very good basic porter from one of the big three. I was pretty impressed. One thing I can't get out of my head is that it kinda tastes like Malta Goya (Goya's non-alcoholic malt soft drink). Pretty close, but obviously a hell of a lot better! Drinkability suffered because of that a little, but that's just because I associated it with Goya!

Photo of wahhmaster
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black, color. The head is thick and foamy and dissipates slowly leaving considerable lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells strongly of chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of something piney.

Taste: Starts bitter and finishes sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee. Also has an off-putting metallic taste towards the end.

Mouthfeel: A little thin but nothing serious.

Drinkability: A decent porter and a surprise coming from A-B. All in all, Michelob's craft packs are generally decent. They're nothing special but, for the price, you could do much worse.

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some chocolate malts. Taste is also mild, malts with some notes of coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is pretty much a decent brew.

Photo of Cakanator
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. This could be worse but as it is not a horrible porter. Faint chocolate aromas and malt flavors. Had as a courtesy and that only high life was my alternate. Worth a try in a pinch. I'd say from the mix pack I got this one in that at least bud is trying with this brand line in making "craft" beer. Comparable to JW Dundees.

Photo of budgood1
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a semi-opaque cocoa brown with ruby red highlights. big two finger tan head reducing to some attractive rocky lacing. choco and ripe red fruit aroma...not strong by any means but very pleasant. the taste is more of the same...lots of dark chocolate and cocoa notes with a nougat undertone. toffee and coffee. bits and pieces of chocolate covered cherries are detected as well. hopping slightly floral and a touch rough around the edges. slightly complex at best. tastes nice enough. i'd say the body of this porter is medium. the mouthfeel lags a bit with a watery/mineral type of feel that distracts rather than accentuates the overall profile. a more adventerous lager type of yeast would do wonders. drinkability is good. AB made this just interesting enough not to be disappointed.

a nice stab at the style by AB. it straddles the fence, yes, but it has just enough character to intrigue.

Photo of jwinship83
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank from a standard pint glass.

A- very dark brown colored body with a small, fleeting, beige colored head on it. little to no lacing left behind.

S- roasted malts and chocolate are the main features here. also some bitter coffee at the end.

T- the taste is very similar to the smell. dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. it also has a nice bitter and dry finish.

M- light to medium bodied. a little too thin. the carbonation is also a tad high for this.

D- easy to have a couple, but thats where it would end. better overall than i would have expected.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was surprized to find this, truth be told. I never would have thought that I would find a Porter by any of the US Water Beer brewers, but I guess stranger things can happen.

A - A deep chocolate brown. Looks nearly black, but closer examination to light and its just dark brown. Decent tan head, a little retention, no lacing.

S - Smells ok i guess. Some roasted malts with a faint smell of sweet chocolate and maybe even less coffee aroma.

T - Definitely malty, with more bitter chocolate than sweet. Some roasted coffee beans show up just as faintly in the taste. There is some smokiness as well, which I don't mind at all in my Porters. Average is a good word for it. It lacks any stand out complexity. Id call it a little boring too.

M - Light in body...MAYBE creeping towards medium. Reminds me a bit of a lager, which isn't surprizing, but not what I'd want.

D - The drink is high. It has a decent ABV for what it is, but you could session this easily.

Notes: This is in no way a BAD beer. It tastes decent, its easy to drink, and it's inexpensive. Actually, I almost want to rank it higher just because its from Michelob, and they truly seem to be straying from the pack and offering things that are far from expected of them. When your wallet is hurting, there is no shame in picking up a stash of these...they will do the trick.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains some coffee, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is a little smoky with flavors of toasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. The malt character is heart but a little thin for the style. There's a very mild hops presence that is on-target for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a mediocre beer for the most part but for those that covet the smokiness, this beer would hold a bit more value.

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Michelob Porter from Anheuser-Busch
77 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.