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Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange GrapefruitMichelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 63
rAvg: 2.22
pDev: 27.93%
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 ATLbeerDog
2.32/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of arguemaniac
2.73/5  rDev +23%
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... (683 characters)

Photo of zeff80
1.48/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Picked up one in a mixed sixer in my endless quest to try every beer available no matter how unbeer-like this one may be.

A - Poured out a yellow color with a small, fizzy white head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and orange. No beer-like aroma were noted.

T - It tasted very acidic. The grapefruit taste was overpowering. Any orange flavor was less obvious. No presence of malt or spice or hops.

M - It was very fizzy. Almost soda-like. A very light-bodied beer.

D - Not worth a try unless you are a huge fan of grapfruti juice. (576 characters)

Photo of Bamabrew22
2.1/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.12/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,685 characters)

Photo of rowew
1.6/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist cap. Clear label. Looks a bit orange in the bottle, but that may be my imagination. Born on date on the back.

Appearance: Clear, a hint of orange. Thin head fades very quickly to almost nothing.

Smell: Sweet fruity aroma - smells like orange soda.

Taste: Umm .. this isn't very good. Thin mouthfeel, high carbonation. Very little flavor in the start, and then a very drying slightly citrusy flavor in the finish.

Overall impression: This is pretty bad - somehow it isn't even drinkable, even though it has very little flavor. (567 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
1.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear medium golden color, with a large white head, which quickly vanished, no lacing, and profuse carbonation.

Aroma: Grapefruit and orange rind notes and an odd chemical aroma, and slightly catty hops.

Taste: The taste opens with a very light lager note, and mild hops, this carries through most of the taste. Towards the end of the taste a sharp, tangy artificial orange flavor appears, rather like an orange Sweet Tart candy. In all, the effect is not pleasant.

Mouth feel: Light and spritzy, similar to carbonated water.

Drinkability/notes: Better than some other members of the Michelob Ultra product line, but not particularly good, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce clear glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. (790 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
2.57/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of gmfessen
1.97/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, orange-peachy color with a fizzy white head and lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The smell is nothing like a beer, more like a very sweet orange pop. The taste is also closer to an orange soda than beer but there is at least a hint of Michelob ultra. The mouthfeel is very light and fizzy with a slightly dry finish. A drinkable "beer", refreshing but not special. Easy to drink because it tastes like pop. Possibly good for a lady that doesn't like beer. (538 characters)

Photo of queenboadicea
3.07/5  rDev +38.3%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of Vancer
1.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Beer one of the trifecta sample set of the Pomegranate, Tuscan & Cactus – from worst to best IMO.

Poured a weak and lame fizzy light amber, dead white head and no lacing. Orangy citrus Kool-Aid aroma and taste. This stuff is like weak, opened day old soda. I’ve had bottled soda water with more wallop than this crappola. But of the three, the wife liked this one the best, and said she won’t mind a bottle or two.

Just pathetically weak, this stuff is an embarrassment to the craft world of beer – have a Vodka and tonic instead.

Comes in a clear bottle, but since there’s no beer in hear – no light struck worries. (632 characters)

Photo of dstc
1.4/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a very pale yellow with a huge white head. Head falls fairly slowly with a decent bit of lace behind. Head eventually falls to nothing with no lace trace. Very pale indeed.

Smells very strong or orange and that's it. Overpowering orange aroma.

Yep. Tastes like orange too. Not like beer but like some sort of orange drink with alcohol, albeit little alcohol. Reminds me of the very bad Miller Chill I had but orange instead of lime.

Super thin and watery in the mouth with big carbonation.

This is not beer. Again, like Miller Chill, this is some sort of fruit flavored un-beer. Does quench the thirst but lemonade would do the same. Bad (655 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
1.52/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle Inspection: Clear label lists a born on date of 13APR07 (sampled 21July07), 4.2% abv.

Aroma: Grapefruit rind which goes a bit over the top, orange pulp, and a catty note.

Appearance: Slightly darker than the other Michelob Ultra Fruit Abominations, this holds a head and gives some modest lace with good clarity.

Flavor: Same cream soda base with a children’s orange aspirin crushed up in it.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy light body, airy, weaksauce. Oily in the finish.

Overall Impression: I’ll be good, make the bad man stop.

Thanks to Pegasus for not making me buy this karma point. (602 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
1.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a pale orange-lemon yellow body that is crystal clear and thin enough to read a paper through. The thin film of snow-white bubbles fades quickly and the big bubbles racing through the glass can't support it.

S- The smell of grapefruit and lemon-lime soda come through with the grapefruit dominating and becoming a bit chemical. There is a dry raw grain hint and a noble hop hint that might have a slight sulfur touch.

T- This beer has a watery grapefruit extract taste that is dry and a note of oranges in the background that is also dry. This beer finishes with a big club soda and carbonic acid taste. There is a light noble hop note that comes through after the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big soda fizz in the finish.

D- This drink is light and clean and doesn't really have any interesting flavors. The taste is pretty dry and boring. (921 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.32/5  rDev +49.5%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.17/5  rDev +42.8%
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. (1,761 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.92/5  rDev +31.5%
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. (1,282 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.67/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (724 characters)

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Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit from Anheuser-Busch
60 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.