Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange GrapefruitMichelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit

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57
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.16
pDev: 31.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Frozensoul327 on 05-13-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of industrialswill
3.55/5  rDev +64.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a discount food store in the singles section.
My first impression is that it's a refreshing drink with a very slight alky kick.
Kind of like a weak wine spritzer.
This stuff would be ideal for someone who doesn't like beer, but wants to have a slightly alcoholic drink to sip on.
What we have here is a "ladies' drink" that my wife might like.
It really doesn't fit into any conventional beer style, so I'm rating it for it's drinkability as a beverage in general.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.32/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nominal yellowy orange color with an artificial head of white foam that had little retention. Medium to medium high levels of carbonation. No lacing in the glass.

S: Notes of orange and sweet citrus fruits right off the bat. Light malt note. That's about it. Not cloying or overpowering, slightly inviting. They've got my attention...

T: Mildly sweet flavors of orange mix with your regular everyday light lager flavors. Slight sourness on the finish. The orange aspect of this brew dominates, and leaves notes of a light malt base and traces of light hops on the palate.

M: Bubbly, refreshing, slightly crisp. Good for a hot summer day. Otherwise it's more like a soda pop than anything else.

D: Average. It's good to have one, but it's kind of boring and very one sided. If you like oranges, and brews with a sweet note, this is your bag. Worthy of sampling.

Photo of beveritt
3.3/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a clear 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is tan with orange metallic high lights. Described as a "light beer with natural flavor." No clear freshness date, but there is a code of 09054 on the neck label.

Appearance: Pours with just under two fingers of pure white head. This settles to an incomplete coating of foam. Plenty of activity. The beer itself is yellow gold and perfectly clear. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of orange. Really smells like Orange Crush to me. Maybe a slight hint of slightly sweet malt and adjuncts.

Taste: Like a milder version of an orange soda. No malt or hops flavor whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Very high carbonation level, exactly like a soda. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Not sure where I stand on this one. Look, it is not supposed to be Kate the Great. But then again, it tastes just like orange soda. I imagine this thing is intended to compete with so called alco-pops. Is it good? Sure. Will I ever drink it again? No. If I want a refreshing, fruity drink, I will have a fruit soda or fruit juice.

Photo of Chaz
3.17/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden/straw in color, with a dense foamy white head, and plenty of carbonation. Head settles after a minute or two and leaves no lace, only a surface that is constantly beset by small bubbles rising to the top. Orange and citrus on the nose, with very little in the way of expressive malt or hop, seems almost bland, and definitely doesn’t smell like “beer”. Sweet fruit on the first sip, and the citrus fruits blend together well (if unremarkably), leading to a fairly dry, semi-sweet finish - not a bad first impression altogether. Light on the palate and rather thin-bodied, this gives off a seltzer-like impression and leaves a very subtle, quinine-like aftertaste. A few sips in and I notice an almost unnatural slickness to the sweetness and I become suspect, but after checking there is in fact no artificial flavoring listed on the label. No hop presence on the palate, and almost no bitterness, save for (perhaps) citrus rind? As this is so light and fairly dry, the alcohol also should leave some kind of impression but nope, it’s subdues, almost unnoticeable. My girlfriend happened to be standing nearby as I opened this one and gave it a try - “it tastes like (soda) pop”, she says, and I’d have to agree: the last time I tasted anything quite like this it was Fresca, a diet soda from a can, and this was well over ten years back. Overall I’m left with a fairly good impression of this beverage, and although it won’t appeal to craft brew enthusiasts I can see it winning over some folks who follow a steady diet of low-cal / lo-carb food and beverages. Not an earth-shaker, but I could see this being well-received among some folks . . .
Served chilled, in a tumbler.
Purchased as a single at Paradise Liquors, Plymouth.

Photo of queenboadicea
3.07/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The main thing that this beer has going for it is drinkability. It's thirst quenching and light- absolutely nothing complex about it, but still somewhat tasty and refreshing. It does have some pleasant orange and grapefruit characteristics going on (think of a shandy made with light beer and with orange soda instead of lemon soda), but it fades quickly on the finish. Living in Williamsburg and have a seasons pass to Busch Gardens, this is a nice alternative to the Mich Light and Bud Light sold throughout the park.

Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean/clear golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, oranges/citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hop, with some citrus/orange notes. Light body. Drinkable, this is a thirst quencher for sure, very easy going down.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.92/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Immediately following the pour, the appearance is very good. It's a crystal-clear yellow beneath a full sized head of creamy bright white. The tiny bubbled effervescence from within helps to buoy it for a moment, but then the head simply falls away and vanishes before your eyes, just like the head on a glass of cola. The aroma is kind of like soda too, orange soda to be exact. It's not offensive or overdone though, and I'd imagine that in the right place and at the right time it'd be quite welcoming and refreshing. The flavor starts out the same, but then reveals some lime-like character, and then the harsher grapefruit notes towards the finish. I only kind of find it like beer. It tastes like light beer with fruit added - which is exactly what they were going for. It's different than the malternatives, and yet it runs along the same lines, which is a good strategy. And I think the use of the Ultra name lends it 'family' credit. Where these new products will go is anyone's guess. They seem easy though... in the same way that Bartles and James took the mixing of a spritzer out of the equation, these seem to eliminate the need to add the lime to Corona. But isn't the ritual of adding the lime all that Corona really has going for it? Well, that and the lime itself.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a light gold pour into the only vessels in the Pigeon Forge vacation cabin - melmac plastic cups. At least they're see-through. Two fingers of white foam. Pretty nice for a light brew.

Aroma - citrusy and grapefruit. Pleasant but alcopopish. Reminds me of Bert Grant's mandarin orange hefe.

Taste - all orange and grapefruit, no beer presence. Wine cooler stuff, but it's not overly syrupy or gross. I easily tossed back a few with pizza, though the missus didn't care much for 'em.

Mouthfeel - thin and on the gassy side.

Drinkability - good for a night's posterity, but nothing I need to re-visit.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.87/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks (I think) to Andy for sharing not one but two bottles of Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit. Is this really appropriate? After we've been close friends and beer colleagues for so many years?

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: It's everso orangey!

Taste: Super pale maltiness with some washed out, sweet orange flavoring added that lasts until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Like a watered down Orange Crush, at best.

Photo of DoctorDog
2.76/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. Purchased for the wife when filling out a rebate purchase, but as always, I can't resist trying and reviewing.

A- Pours incredibly clear, light golden hue. ~1 finger of effervescing white head, which fades in a flash to a few random bubbles. Not impressive, but hey, rating to style, not bad. Most of the low scores on this portion (and others) are simply ignoring how this style should present...which is understandable....not sure why I'm being such a BJCP stickler tonight...

S- Wow....weird...this smells almost like a slightly corny- orange soda.

T- Very lightly sweet, lightly citrus flavor. As with their "regular Ultra," this isn't awful flavor, it just simply isn't much flavor at all, which is something distinctly different from "awful." This isn't the "beer" flavor that I am looking for, but it is also not offensive in any way, and I don't feel right ranking it below a 2.5...Not like most any "beer," but rather, is more like a light, semi- refreshing soda...

M- Crisp like a drink of cold water. As easy going down as one would expect a slightly citrusy soda water to be. Again, if truly rating to style, hard to ding it too badly here...

D- Quite hard to quantify. There is nothing savory or delightful about the taste or smell in the realm of "beer," but it does make for a decently refreshing "lightly alcoholic soda" beverage.

Future outlook: As always, fun to try the "fringe BMC" beer stuff, but no real reason to buy again.

Photo of arguemaniac
2.73/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I know that lots of people, particularly BA's, just love to trash beers like these. And while they are pretty thin and water, I really can't hate them. The fruit flavors are clean and the overall palate is light and refreshing. The orange flavor is especially tasty (though as I said, quite mild) and the grapefruit adds a slight tang. The carbonation is a bit too active for my tastes, though.

Considering that there are so many other craft fruit/vegetable beers out there that far exceed this one in quality, flavor, richness, etc., I can't really see myself buying Michelob's Tuscan Orange Grapefruit in the future. But, that's not to say I didn't least kinda enjoy the single...

Photo of BEERchitect
2.67/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Knowing the beer is a novelty and experiment that is doubtful to suceed, but $.75 could be worth trying out...at least once. And it's likely that one is all I'll have, although the beer was not a complete disaster. The beer exhibits a descernable orange aroma and contributing flavors of light orange and grapefruit that does more for the olfactories than the tastebuds. The added flavors (obviously artificial) add a balance and variety that do not overwhelm the beer, but change the beer into something drinkable, even enjoyable. Though these contributing flavors shine, the beer-side of the experiment fail miserably. The beer simply has no backbone, flavor, body, or any other posative attributes. Not bad, but not beer.

Photo of nikoelnutto
2.59/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

My wife said, "if there was a beer that tasted like Jone's Soda, i would drink it." Sadly, i found that beer and then she said, "I don't like it, it tastes like Jone's Soda with a chemical aftertaste."

That pretty much says it.

Appearance is of a yellow soda. Smells very sweet and orange. Tastes weak, spunky, and sweet. Not like a beer in any way. Easy to drink for obvious reasons.

Enjoy, or not.

Photo of MTNboy
2.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance- It is a very light amber color with a lot of fizz there is not much head but there is a little lace.

Smell- Light beer like scent but mainly a fake and faint orange.

Taste- Kind of like orange flavored seltzer water. Maybe there is slight hint of beer in there.

Mouthfeel- Water like with some fizz.

Drinkability- A good beer for people who aren’t beer people but want to look cool with a beer or maybe a good meal beer.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.56/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Light yellow with an effervescent fizz that can harldy be called a head. After the brief fizz, nothing is left on top of the beer or on the glass. Looks like pee.

S - Tangerine Bubba-Yum bubble gum. This smells salty and zesty, while at the same time very artificially fruity.

T - Sweet and sugary with loads of seemingly artificial gooey flavors. Apricot and mandarin orange. Not too bad, it just doesn't taste like beer.

M - Thin and fizzy. Whatdjya expect.

D - Not really beer IMO, but it's not bad. I could drink a few of these in the summer.

Photo of mooseisloose
2.55/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one was in the frig and I've never reviewed, I actually bought a sixer for my wife, she likes it, so lets give it a whirl. In the bottle it smells like orange, actually more like mandarin or really like clementine. Poured into a glass, really no need as it is in a clear bottle, but to see the head, which is good but gone quickly. Color is a very pale yellow. Taste is pretty much the same as the smell, orange and orange, like orange sweet tarts mostly, sweet but tart. No bitterness at all. This appears to be strictly a chick beer, along the line of a wine cooler. The only time I would return to drink this is in 98 degrees and 90% humidity, where it may be a good refresher. Otherwise I'll steer clear.

Photo of rfgetz
2.49/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Stuck at a party with nothing else to drink but a Michelob Ultra Sampler and the first thing i thought of was that i've never reviewed these beers before. Score!

Third in my Ultra vertical after the lime and pomegranate.

Fizzy yellowy brown in color. Smell is a somewhat large whiff of real orange and grapefruit (ie citrusy without being cloyingly sweet or sour). Taste is a powerful punch of authentic orange and bitter grapefruit, minimal sweetness and notes of grain. Once again, if not ice cold its almost unbearable. The best of the fruity bunch, and thats not saying much.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a pale golden with a short lived white head. Scant lacing left behind. Aroma is full of citrus peels and shitty beer. Flavor has a nice rolling fruit profile pretty much all citrus fruit fizziness. Mouthfeel is fizzy and light like a typical macro ultra light lager. Drinkability is decent for what it is but it's why too much like an alcopop, I can't drink many but one is kinda refreshing.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very light yellow almost like water with a small 1/16 inch head, with average lacing. Below average carbonation with a mild sweet smell of oranges and grapefruit. Tastes like carbonated Beechnut fruit gum with only a slight alcohol taste. This is awful and tastes like cleaning solution. It would make a better cleaning product than a malt beverage.

Photo of berserker256
2.19/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

This is the final "beer" of the trilogy. The last variety in the Ultra mixed 12 pack I bought today. And this one is just like the pomegranate/raspberry and lime/cactus ones in the same ways. It doesn't really look like beer. It smells nothing like beer, however, the fruity aromas aren't bad. (This one smells like Fruit Stripes gum) The taste isn't bad but there's NOTHING beer-like about it. It's water-thin, yet drinkable. This beverage is for girls who hate the taste of beer. The only way I'll ever drink it again is if it's free. I can't believe there's a market for this stuff. It's what Ned Flanders would drink if he had to drink a beer.

Photo of Brad007
2.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden-orange color with a one-finger head into my glass. Seems average.

Aroma is full of orange and grapefruit with a sweet adjunct backbone.

Taste is light and fizzy with a weird combination of orange and grapefruit that fades into the adjunct spectrum, which is mildly sweet and flavorless.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering orange and grapefruit and not much else.

Like pouring fruit flavoring into a glass of Michelob Ultra. Nothing much to expect. Still an interesting experiment.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sun-washed straw yellow (that's funny, the beer seemed to be a little orangish in the bottle) beneath three fingers of bright white foam that is beginning to crackle its way to oblivion at a slower than expected pace. I can't escape the notion that the head looks artificially altered. I've seen better lids on NA beer.

I don't care enough to check A-B's claims, but sure as shootin' this lager utilizes extracts for aroma and flavor. The nose is akin to some sort of tangerine candy mixed with children's aspirin. It might be pleasant in other circumstances, but it's less than wonderful coming from beer. So far, Pomegranate Raspberry is kicking Tuscan Orange Grapefruit's ass all over the lot.

Strangely enough, this version might be a little bit better than Pom-Razz. On second thought, more accurate phrasing would be 'bad, but not quite as bad'. The beginning and the middle are made up of an oranginess that reminds me of one part undercarbonated Orange Crush to five parts water. It's only on the finish that the grainy, NA beer-like nastiness begins to creep in.

It's hard to criticize a low carb light lager for being thin, so I'll cut this one some slack. Not too much, though, because it's also full-on watery during the entire second half of each mouthful and could stand to have a few more bubbles.

I wasn't planning to review these fruity Ultras, but the woman at the grocery store practically forced the three singles on me one day last month. In the end, there are no surprises here (in either direction). Go ahead and spring for a bottle if your curiosity is getting the best of you. Just don't expect anything other than a less sweet, less flavorful wine cooler.

Photo of Bamabrew22
2.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was free at a recent marathon runner's expo. Poured a pale, translucent gold with a smallish wispy head. Head quickly disappears and you're left with an over-carbonated ultra light brew of sorts. Almost tasted like a sunkist or orange soda with booze in it. Really light, ultra light on taste. Mostly just overcarbonation and alcohol is all you notice. Would drink again if free, but doubtful that I'd ever purposely purchase this one.

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.03/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

My wife asked me in the grocery store: "Doesn't this look like it might be good?" I said no, but we bought it anyway. She doesn't ask for that much, so what the hell?

Pours a pee yellow color with a big noisy, fizzy, soda-like white head that disappears in a flash leaving nothing behind.
Smells like artificial fruitiness and tastes much the same. Weirdly bitter artificial citrus rind flavor is about all there is here. A very weak malt presence hanging around somewhere in the back. This stuff doesn't qualify as beer in my opinion. Tastes very much like flavored Zima. Intense overcarbonation tries to make up for the rediculously light body.

It's fairly refreshing and not undrinkable, but it ain't beer. Suffice it to say that I wouldn't recommend this to any beer lover.

Photo of Drew966
2/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit pours a yellow color with a thin white head from a clear twelve ounce bottle. I can smell the grapefruit in the aroma, maybe a little orange too, smells kind of like Fresca. Definitely citrus in the flavor, sweet at first, then a bitter finish (grapefruit flavor provides the bitterness). It doesn't particularly taste like beer, except perhaps for a bit of lager like aftertaste. Not very good for a beer, but pretty good for a malternative.

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Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit from Anheuser-Busch
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