Michelob Ultra Fruit Pomegranate Raspberry - Anheuser-Busch
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2.5/5 rDev +16.3%
Thanks to BeerFMAndy for killing me with this one and offering a quasi-refreshing liquid for in between beers at a recent tasting. "Palate cleanser between IH Kryptonite, Lawsons Double Sunshine, HF Double Citra and Abner before Pegs RARE DOS." Thanks for typing that sentence for me, Michael. Also, a bottom 100 tick. Score. Served in a tulip.
Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Nose brings mild pomegranate plus a load of fake raspberry. Flavor is the same plus same grain. Artificial sweetener and a bit of tannin. Not bad as a soda, pretty bad as a beer, though not undrinkable.
I had this quote in my notes, which I must have said: "Doesn't age (aka 2 hours) on my deck very well." Quite true. It certainly got worse as the open bottle sat around in the sun for awhile, though rest assured, I reviewed this under the optimal conditions of it being at its ideal serving temperature, i.e. just above freezing.
06-10-2011 21:24:00 | More by Thorpe429
1.9/5 rDev -11.6%
Slightly darker than pale amber with no hint of red. Shouldn't a pomegranate raspberry beer be some shade of red? What's the point of using a clear glass bottle if your product is going to be urine yellow? The appearance tells me that extracts were used (a negative) and that artificial colors weren't (a positive). The cotton white crown resembles melted styrofoam, crackles as it fades and leaves no more than a few scraps of sudsy lace.
This beer-like beverage (at least I'm hoping it'll be beer-like) smells nothing like beer. It smells like an alcopop; or what I imagine an alcopop smells like. It also smells like liquified raspberry candy. I can imagine a 'no alcohol' version of this stuff appealing to ten year olds. If it tastes like it smells, that is.
Michelob Ultra Pomegranate Raspberry isn't very sweet and it tastes vile. I thought I'd be drinking something akin to a raspberry wine cooler, but now that I mull it over, adding that much sugar would defeat the purpose of calling it Ultra (that is, 'ultra' low in carbs and calories).
This is truly horrible beer that almost defies description. It's barely grain-like with a pervasive artificial fruit flaver mixed with a melted plastic nastiness that results in an involuntary grimace each time I force myself to take a sip.
The mouthfeel is pretty close to lightly carbonated water. Only a minor slickness makes the distinction possible. To be truthful, it's hard to get a handle on things when my taste buds are begging me to stop the abuse.
I didn't expect to love Ultra Pomegranate Raspberry, but I did expect it to be drinkable. Live and learn. According to one of their press releases, the brewery's target is females, ages 21-49. It's hard to imagine anyone liking this abomination, no matter their sex, age or degree of dementia.
10-04-2007 13:05:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.65/5 rDev +23.3%
Exactly like the other few Ultras that have added flavors, just a different flavor. Very wine-cooler-esque, with a fizzy complexion, anti-head retention, and dominant fruit flavors. The flavors again, improve the brew, but does not improve the beer-like qualities -- just makes it a bit more enjoyable to drink. A bit tart from the pomegranete and raspberry flavoring, but sweetened to balance. Still light and watery on the palate with a void aftertaste.
05-14-2007 15:06:14 | More by BEERchitect
1.73/5 rDev -19.5%
out of the lost notebook, reviewed from notes.
again super light pour with a touch of reddish amber mixed in among the golden light body. small head of white rises up but does not stay long and quickly fades off into nothing. aromas is again fake fruity notes, a touch of tartness though was there i will admit, but it was fleating an just not at all goo. again no aftertaste and the body was like that of water.
thankfully the last one of the night as they were just not good beers, more like wine coolers then beers for me, again just not good.
02-25-2011 02:18:59 | More by mikesgroove
2.45/5 rDev +14%
Thanks Bobby, your generosity never ceases to amaze me...
A: The pour is about as light as yellow can get with a white head that dies nearly instantaneously.
S: Sweet, sugary, fake raspberries come through immediately. The slightly tart pomegranate comes next, but that is sweetened up as well. Definitely fruity...
T: The fruit flavor is nearly completely masked by the overwhelming carbonation. Tonic water with a splash of raspberry flavoring.
M: The body is light, very light, and the carbonation is excessive, to say the least.
D: This isn't offensive, at least, but it would be cheaper to just buy a bottle of flavored soda or tonic water.
10-05-2010 18:14:22 | More by womencantsail
2.17/5 rDev +0.9%
Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a tiny, and I do mean tiny, white head.
Smell: 75% raspberries, 25% pomegranates, but 100% artificial.
Taste: About the same for the taste, though, mercifully, it isn't too sweet. Vaguest hint of grain beneath the flavoring. Ultra fake through to the very end of this thing.
Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Their Tuscan Orange was acceptable, but this, however, was so intensely artificial in flavor as to be unpleasant.
06-10-2008 05:31:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.3/5 rDev +7%
I am not quite sure what they were trying to dockers. I'm assuming appeal to the female maybe. I know plenty of girls who would hate this. Maybe it's their way of completing with the flavored malt beverages out there. Either way this isn't worth buying. It's still the same boring pale beer now with some watered down added flavors. Blah!
03-24-2011 04:30:57 | More by Knapp85
1.1/5 rDev -48.8%
Just had to try one.
A - It poured out a clear, straw yellow. Highly carbonated with a foamy, two-finger head.
S - It smelled of pomegranate and raspberry. Shocking, huh?
T - Tasted just like it smelled. It was very sweet almost Kool-Aid like.
M - It was somewhat crisp. Also, sparkling like a champagne or cider. Very light-bodied.
D - If you like pomegranate juice or raspberry juice then this is for you. Otherwise, if you like beer taste look for something else.
07-30-2007 01:00:01 | More by zeff80
2.03/5 rDev -5.6%
12 oz bottle received from my buddy Dyan in our latest trade. I've heard a lot of bad things about this one, so I was pretty excited to give it a shot.
Appearance: Pale yellowish color, not quite MGD 64 pale, but close enough. Pours with a surprisingly decent head, but it disappears almost instantly.
Smell: Alcopop all the way, this doesn't resemble beer in the slightest, nor does it have a good fruit aroma. Funky artificial berry is all I'm getting here... Smells a bit like fruity chewing gum.
Taste & mouthfeel: More beery than the aroma implies, a light and semi-sweet malt base is felt beneath the fruit, which is still rather dominant. I'm all for fruit beer, but it helps when the fruit tastes like actual fruit and not some kind of funky fruit extract, which is the case here. The mouthfeel is light as can be and somewhat overcarbonated.
Overall, not as bad as I was hoping. It's definitely bad, but I've had worse. Nice try, Dyan. I'll have to see about getting you some Amnesia IPA.
12-03-2008 00:59:00 | More by largadeer
1/5 rDev -53.5%
Appearance is of the fizzy yellow beer vein, with a quickly fleeting head. Light specks of lacing left behind. Aroma tart raspberries of the artificial kind at that, smells like candy wheres the beer. Straight up carbonation in flavor with a raspberry syrupy flow, pretty much unbearable. Definitely brought into my home by friends, fizzy thin cloying mouthfeel no thanks. Drinkability this is the worst of the three at least the two citrus based versions were refreshing and no worse than a chill, Bud Light lime, or a Corona with a lime.
09-05-2008 03:15:41 | More by WVbeergeek
1.95/5 rDev -9.3%
As Mike stated in his review, "Palate cleanser between IH Kryptonite, Lawsons Double Sunshine, HF Double Citra and Abner before Pegs RARE DOS."
Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks.
Beer is yellow and clear with moderate carbonation but a bad head that manages to halo and leave some lacing on my plastic dixie cup.
Aroma is sweet, sweet, raspberries and whatever other artificial flavorings are in this beer.
Beer is sweet and thin with a grainy / acidic aftertaste. It is basically soda at this point with a beer-y late palate and aftertaste. It is about as far from beer as you can get in aroma and taste and still call it beer. Who is this marketed to? Children?
06-05-2011 14:37:14 | More by drabmuh
2.73/5 rDev +27%
The beer pours a clear, very light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is raspberries and bready malt, without much else. The flavor is pomegranate, raspberries, corn, bread and water. Not only is the beer very watery feeling, it tastes like a glass of water with a splash of fruit juice added to it. Medium carbonation and a thin, watery mouthfeel.
09-29-2010 01:37:43 | More by Mora2000
2.7/5 rDev +25.6%
Pours straw yellow with a loud fizzy head that settles to a creamy, lasting cover. Some strands of lacing stick.
The smell is of raspberry and pomegranate - not too artificial or overpowering. Not much "beer" smell, even for a light beer.
The taste is of raspberry and pomegranate. Sweetish, but not too - and certainly not near the sugary sweet that a fruit malt beverage would be. A hint of fruit tartness balances the mild sweetness. Not much beer flavor - actually, almost none. Finishes abruptly, with nothing lingering into the aftertaste.
It's not too fizzy or watery for a light beer. It does have a certain smoothness to it that is beer-like, I suppose, though not really in a "crisp" way.
Much better than the regular Michelob Ultra - the "fruitiness" of it covers the nastiness of that. The body, also, is a bit different for a light beer. Thought it was going to be too fizzy or too sweet, but wasn't...really wasn't much of anything but some mild fruitiness with a decent smoothness.
03-15-2010 21:27:11 | More by jwc215
District of Columbia
1.93/5 rDev -10.2%
Palate cleanser between IH Kryptonite, Lawsons Double Sunshine, HF Double Citra and Abner before Pegs RARE DOS.
We decided we needed a liquid to bridge the gap between the hops and stouts of our tasting. This was the answer. I guess it doesn't look horrible. Berlinner Weiss sort of color, hazy pale gold with a bizarrely attractive and retentive white head. Aroma is effed. Childhood nightmares of coughing attacks and Robitussin return. Flavor is less offensive but we're still trafficking in cough syrup with a raspberry aftertase Um, whatevs.
06-04-2011 22:41:39 | More by yourefragile
2.13/5 rDev -0.9%
This was another single that I came across during a recent shopping trip in support of a CANQuest (TM) trade. Curiosity seems to have gotten the best of me.
Once more, the harder that I poured, the quicker the fizzy, bone-white head seemed to dissipate. Color was a pale yellow with NE-quality clarity and a good bit of carbonation in evidence. Nose was a bit too perfume-like for my taste, certainly of raspberry, but much too sweet, almost like chemically-engineered esters than anything natural. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with a fizziness like pop and a really sweet flavor, again more like pop than beer. It has usually been my experience that raspberries impart a tartness in beer, not the sweetness that this had. Maybe it could be blamed on the pomegranate, but it was just a beer for people who really don't like beer. Finish was still much too sweet for my liking.
08-01-2012 16:27:51 | More by woodychandler
2.31/5 rDev +7.4%
A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint notes of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy sudsy bright white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light aromas of artificial raspberry and pomegranate, like you would expect from a candy... very light hints of grainy malts.
T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet grainy malts with some moderate flavors of artificial raspberry and hints of pomegranate. Overall this beer is not quite as sweet as I was expecting and there is a strange metallic/artificial flavor that persists after you finish. Light hints of bitterness which fades quickly.
M: Very light bodied with moderate to significant amounts of carbonation. Thin/watery.
O: Not overly offensive but not something that I would ever pick up again - the flavors and aromas are a little too artificial for me. Best served ice cold because the flavors did not improve as this beer warmed up during the drinking.
11-03-2013 20:00:29 | More by dbrauneis
1.9/5 rDev -11.6%
(Served in a strange)
A- This beer has a pale lemon yellow crystal clear body that is very thin. There is a snow-white head of big bubbles that fades away pretty quickly. The big carbonation of large bubbles race to the surface.
S- This beer has big notes of red licorice candy and a faint hint of raw grain buried underneath. The smell is not really a sweet smell but a bit on the dry side.
T- This beer has the taste of mineral water and a light fruit punch note that increases toward the finish. The finish has a dry soft green herbal note in the aftertaste but it doesn't have any hop qualities. There is a faint raw grain note aswell. The taste is crisp and dry, especially at the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big fizz finish that cleans the palate.
D- This beer is very light with very little flavor. The fruit flavors were very chemical and dry and there were no real qualities I look for in beer. I think I would rather drink water but it wasn't a drain pour.
07-20-2007 16:59:04 | More by rhoadsrage
2.38/5 rDev +10.7%
Pours a three finger white head that vanishes in a minute and leaves no lace. Clear ugly greenish amber color. strong carbonation and light bodied. Sweet raspberry nose. Flavor is sweet raspberry, squeaky clean finish. Good session beer for the non-beer drinker, nothing here for the serious beer drinker. Brewed on Mar 5, 2008, $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.
04-19-2008 22:24:12 | More by jdhilt
2.43/5 rDev +13%
A - light golden yellow with a thin, loose, bubbly head that fizzles away immediately; huge amounts of carbonation rising to the top like soda
S - huge artificial raspberry and pomegranate
T - grainy, syrupy, bitter-sweet, artificial raspberry and pomegranate
M - way over carbonated, very crisp, light bodied
This is what it advertises to be. It's very light and has a fruity flavor. The carbonation is the worst part. It's even worse than the most carbonated soda. I'll won't ever be picking this up again.
08-10-2012 23:27:43 | More by tdm168
Michelob Ultra Fruit Pomegranate Raspberry from Anheuser-Busch
54 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.