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Michelob Pale Ale - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob Pale AleMichelob Pale Ale

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287 Ratings

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 17.8%

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An English-style pale ale that is dry hopped with Cascade Hops from the Yakima Valley.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 04-24-2002)
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Photo of KarlHungus


1.33/5  rDev -57%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer pours a clear, almost watery, pale rorange color. The head is three fingers in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is almost nonexistent. There is a very faint citrus aroma, but it is mostly of air and water. The taste is lightly malty with no hop character what so ever, which is odd being that the bottle states this beer is dry hopped. The aftertaste bad and metallic. The mouthfeel is thin with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is one of the worst pale ales I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 00:25:13 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of scaliasux


1.5/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Gold, maybe actually a little orange. Clear. Tall, foamy white head. Dissipates rather quickly.

Smell - Light, but vague floral hoppiness.

Taste - Malt is quite light. Hoppiness is only moderate. Startlingly bland. Not much to say about this beer.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light. Crisp finish.

Drinkability - While this might be a good substitute for a macrolager, this beer shouldn't be used in place of your normal pale ale. It won't offend you, but it doesn't add anything to the equation.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 02:07:19 | More by scaliasux
Photo of GuinnessHero


1.53/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this in the sampler pack. Most of them were good, but this is an exception.

Appearance - About piss-coloured, typical light ale colouring, nothing special here.

Smell - Alcohol, and rice.

Taste - Oh my god, I can't express how bad this was. I could only actually down this if I chugged it in 3 gulps. Absoutley awful.

Mouthfeel - Very short aftertaste, thank god. I wasn't offended as bad as some at this part.

Drinkability - I couldn't drink more than one of these a night. For where it was coming from, I would actually prefer Bud Light over something like this.

Notes - The sampler pack this year contained mostly good things. This, the lager, the honey lager, and the pumpkin spice ale all did not impress me much.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 00:20:27 | More by GuinnessHero
Photo of pmcadamis


1.53/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Clear orange-bronze with a big ol' three finger fluffy white head. The head pits and crackles as it slowly works its way down to a solid finger of foam. Some really nice lace is left on the glass. Looks pretty good to me!

S - Lightly piney hops with a thin biscuity note underneath. This actually smells very much like Budweiser's American Ale, and both beer smell very much like Samuel Adam's Boston Lager. I think there may be some interconnectedness between the two AB brews, and I think that they may be trying to copy the ubiquitous and time-tested SA Boston Lager. This has that gritty "wet sand" note that I've always detected in SA's lager, and this is a touch more sweet and actually less hoppy on the nose.

T - Mineral "suckin' on a penny" notes come right out to piss me off. This is bitter, but not at all hoppy... it's just bitter. And that ain't a good thing. This is initially almost sweet, but then it gets acrid and acidic and very mineral oriented. This is terrible. I can't believe I bought a whole sixer of this swill.

M - Thin, razor-blade sharp in acidity, bitterness, and acrid sourness. Honestly this is almost a drain pour.

D - Never again. I could have bought a 12 pack of PBR for the price of this sixer, and be that much happier. At the CVS near work (I was grabbing some stuff for my wife) all they had was BMC in cans, Henieken, and two of Michelob's "craft" brews (this and the DW). I really liked Michelob's Dunkleweissen, so I thought that maybe this would be pretty decent. Boy was I wrong. This stuff sucks.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 06:07:02 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of blackearth


1.53/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Dated 09277, so this is not that old. Pours a dark copper body with a bubbly, off-white head that fades. Aroma is malts and apples?? No hops detected. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a medium-high carbonation levels. Sour alcohol taste, a bit watery and no hops in the finish. You would think with all the money A-B has, they could make a decent pale ale, but they managed the screw it up anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 20:44:49 | More by blackearth
Photo of rye726


1.63/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A decent brown color, but has a poor and very thin tan head. The smell is of not much at all. Some grainy malts, but not hops to speak of really. The taste is also very light. Again, where are the hops in this pale ale? The body is over carbonated and too light. Not very drinkable, unless you don't like flavor. No bad flavors whish is nice for a Michelob.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 17:41:39 | More by rye726
Photo of HardTarget


1.8/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This completes my series of the Michelob Seasonal Sampler
Same 12 oz brown twisty with a born on date of 30OCT04
“Brewed with pacific northwest hallertau, saaz and tettnang hop cones and a variety of malts” “All malt, dry hopped”
Aroma: Same yeasty aroma I noted in all the others. Even though this is “all malt” I still smell corn
Appearance: Very clear pale orange with a nice head of white that left lace.
Flavor: What Michelob would taste like if they called it a pale ale. No hop taste all all, just a cardboard box left to collect yeast.
Mouthfeel: Medium, fizzy.
Overall Impression: So disappointing. This whole package was just the same beer with slight modifications. I think I figured out the marketing angle. It’s to show Michelob drinkers “Look, it all tastes the same, nothing really worth getting worked up about, you should just stick to your Michelob”. THEY LIE. Michelob drinkers, click on the “Best of BA” link to the left, drink ANY of them. See the light. Take the red pill. Question authority!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 05:47:31 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Crosling


1.85/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It's a light golden colored beer with a fully forming and well lasting, wispy head of foam. Nose is disappointing, mainly dominated by dirty and unclean aromas, but also has a touch of malt sweetness and a light hint of medicinal and herbaceous hops. Flavor is poorly balanced and doesn't show a lot of cohesiveness in the malt or hop character. Hardly much flavor at all, besides husk, dirty malts and medicinal hops. Yuck.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 14:15:45 | More by Crosling
Photo of asabreed

New York

2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into the pilsner glass that came with the Winter Seasonal Variety 18-Pack.

Appearance: Hardly any carbonation, white head's gone fast, tiny bit of lacing. Hazy urine yellow. Not good.

Smell: Harsh, odd, hops maybe? Corn, grass. Nothing pleasant. The complete opposite.

Taste: Bah, nothing discernible. Mild hop bitterness. Grain. Non-quality ingredients completely.

Mouthfeel: Overly fizzy and watery and slick.

Drinkability: Pretty much not too drinkable. This is certainly not a pale ale as I would categorize it, and I don't know how they could call it one, but maybe that's just me.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 20:31:57 | More by asabreed
Photo of AltBock


2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle that can be found in their Holiday party pack. I don't know, a family gave it to me and said it came in that. The second one I tried from the pack.

Poured a decent orange color with some highlights of amber coloring to it. The head of foam was just a small skim of white bubbles that receded way too fast like the other ones. The aroma of this beer was just the slightest hint of toasted malts, bitter hops, and with some fruits here and there. The taste was well balance with toasted malts, a pinch of bitter hops, and with the slightest taste of fruits at the end. The mouthfeel was very smooth with low carbonation and with an aftertaste of hops and fruit. I know I wouldn't try this again, let alone buy this. Basically a weak and almost tasteless Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 00:35:59 | More by AltBock
Photo of gus


2.03/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very tea like golden brown in color. Head dissapates very quickly and is a off white in clor. Moderate lacing observed. A very high hoppy aroma with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel and body are average with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Did not go down very smooth and overall not a good beer for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 23:18:54 | More by gus
Photo of Seanibus


2.03/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a profoundly boring beer - A great big glass of nothing.

Pours thin, clear golden, with a slightly rusty tint, with a head that comes and goes like a whisper of wind. The aroma is slight - there is beer in this glass, but that's about as much as I can tell. The flavor is even more pallid - sweet, medicinal, slightly grainy, but ultimately empty. There is just nothing there worth noting. There is a slightly sour bitterness on the finish, but not much to remark on. The mouthfeel is mercifully thin and insubstantial.

You will not hate this beer, but you may have trouble telling you ever tried it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 12:22:58 | More by Seanibus
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

2.05/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got 4 of these in the 2006 Michelob Variety 20 pack.

It poured nice, looks like a typical pale ale, brown/amber, white head.

I don't smell much going on here, some malt, and grassiness (hops?).

ewww, this is kind of plain tasting, just bland beer, reminds of a Mich Light.

no taste = no mouthfeel. It's cold and wet, that's all folks!

I'll save the other 3 for my wife and tell her it's a light beer, that's how I'll get rid of 'em!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 21:22:15 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of albern


2.05/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Good Lord, I approached this beer with a completely open mind, but can't A-B make anything that doesn't taste like it is mass produced homogenized crap. The beer looks pretty good, with a nice amber color, a small but respectable creamy off white head, some lacing and retention. The nose on the beer is a bit earthy, grainy, and crystal malt. There is a bit of a adjunct lager type smell to it as well, maybe a bit of grainy husk. It's an okay aroma.

The taste is dreadful. It is dry, bland, and makes my mouth pucker and cringe at the same time. There is a cracked graininess to the beer but it has no sweetness, there is a cardboard like hop presence here, and none of the charms of the malt comes through with this beer. It is just a hard beer to get down and I'm pouring this one down the drain. Let no one claim I didn't give this an honest accounting.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 00:38:58 | More by albern
Photo of Kookiekwan


2.15/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours golden/orange has no head and no lacing visible. The aroma is very faint but what I could detect was a floral-like hop. The taste was bitter and dry the same floral-like hops flavor the beer. The beer is medium bodied but sa far as drinkability goes I couldn't/wouldn't drink this on a regular basis.

Reflection: This was given to me as a gift so I'm going to do my best to finish it but I can't recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 14:47:02 | More by Kookiekwan
Photo of granger10


2.23/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A dissapointing attempt at an APA from Michelob. Basically golden in color with tinges of orange. Smallish to medium fizzy head. Aroma is not hoppy at all, well maybe a bit of a spicy wheat but its mostly toasted grains. Flavor begins slightly sweet and toasty but that leaves quickly and I'm left with this watery concoction. Hops seem absent except for towards the finish which has a slight lemonyness to it. I had this next to the regular Michelob and there was basically no difference. This was probably worse actually.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 21:00:55 | More by granger10


2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light amber wheat colored body hosts a decent foamy pale tan head.

Nose is very faint with maybe a bit of vanilla wheat and a hint of unripe mellon. But where are the hops?

Enters the mouth very "pale" crisp and limp. Twords the end of the palate there are some characteristics that develop, like a short nutty feel and a slight bitter that resembles a dry hopped effect.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 04:12:28 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of wahhmaster


2.33/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent light brown color. The head is thin and fizzy and dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hoppy with a hint of butteriness as well. Has a slight earthy smell to it as well.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness up front followed by a sweet malty finish. Leaves a sickly sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: A sub-par pale ale. Don't bother.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 23:34:41 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of carln26


2.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This poured more gold than copper or amber. I expect a little more color from a true pale ale. Just a little cream colored head, and lace to speak of. Same for the aroma. Nothing. A dull hop character, and maybe just a hint of malt. The taste was just a subtle variation of the mindless lager character AB puts into all of their mainstream beers. It did have just a touch more fruit than you see from their beers, but nothing more. A thin watery mouth feel. I’m not drinking anymore of these. Back to the Bells I got for Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 00:09:37 | More by carln26
Photo of hiikeeba


2.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours up a clear amber with a white head that dissipates quickly to a thin white cap.

S - Slight sweet malt aroma with so hop accents

T - Slight sweet malt flavor is quickly overwhelmed with a harsh hop bitterness. Finishes with a citrus hop flavor.

M - A little thin and watery

D - I can't get past that harsh hop flavor. I don't think I want another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 21:44:53 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of Proteus93


2.42/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden pour with about a finger worth of white, frothy head.

S: A leafy hop aroma that is quite subdued - I found I needed to agitate it in order to really detect much at all.

T: Falls a little short here... the bitterness is there, but seems a little watery and unusual a little medicinal, even.

M + D: Carbonation is about right, with a lighter medium body - had the flavour been to my tastes, it could have been a hit. Perhaps the one out of the variety pack that I care for the least. I don't really find this to be very good at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 01:25:23 | More by Proteus93
Photo of thekevlarkid


2.48/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another one of their un-micro brews. Out of the bottle this beer was a bright amber color with some orange highlights that appeared when held to light. Lots of rising carbonation. The head was off-white towards yellow, one-finger thick, retained decently and left scattered lacing. The aroma was decent, pleasant floral hops and some pale malt. The flavors were not as nice however; it started mellow with the pale malt but then went woody with the hops that led to an awkward bitter finish. Clumsy and slightly metallic. In short, it still tasted like Michelob. The mouthfeel was rough, the body medium and over-carbonated. Skip it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 15:19:04 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of proc


2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a light amber in the glass with a decent head. Light aroma of caramel and citrus. The taste is average for the style with a slight hop bitterness present that just doesn't get all the way there, flavorwise, on the palate. If AB would put a bit more hops in this, it would be a decent quaffer, but very average in its current form.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2002 06:12:56 | More by proc
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The pour was an impressive orange/light amber with a two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a thin white ring around the top of the beer.

The smell was nearly non-existent. As it warmed slightly you could pick up on very light malt sweetness mixed with even lighter hop spice.

The drink started with very sharp carbonation followed by malt sweetness and a clean crisp finish.

If one could find a seperate catagory for this beer it might rate better but to me it's nothing like a pale ale should be. There was no sharp hop hit in the front and no lingering taste afterward. Still a very drinkable beer and better than most other A-B offerings but to me not a good example of pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 23:16:34 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 0z. bottle (born on 31AUG06, consumed on 07NOV06) poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice copper color with a very slight off-white head that does not stick around. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma is subtle at best. There are definitely hops in the nose but they are not jumping out at me. Not much malt there either. Honestly there is nothing impressive at all about the smell of this beer.

Fortunately, the taste is a little more noticeable, though not exactly what I'd expect for this style. Hops are there but not in your face, and the malty taste that is evident really just leaves you wishing there was more.

Medium body with minimal carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

OK this is a big step up from any typical AB swill. But so far it's the least impressive of the sampler pack I bought. I have 2 more to review and I only hope they take it back up a notch or two.

I would not turn down one of these, but I surely would not seek another one out either. Fortunately the other 3 were consumed at the gathering for which I bought the sampler.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 02:11:27 | More by ZimZamZoom
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Michelob Pale Ale from Anheuser-Busch
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