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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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BA SCORE
57
awful

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.16
pDev: 31.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 44
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 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 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 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 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 happygnome
1.78/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a: pours a light golden color with about an eigth inch of head that dissapears very fast leaving no lacing at all
s: the orange and grapefruit are present but mainly as generic citrus aroma, light fizzy crisp
t: light beer sweet citrusy, the orange and grapefruit really arent too apparent its mainly the generic citrusy
m: light bodied beer heavily carbonated

overall, this is not a beer to get

Photo of ZimZamZoom
1.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I poured this hard down the center of a pint glass. I was rewarded with a nice thick white head that was in a great big hurry to disappear before I could even appreciate it. The beer itself is light golden in color and crystal clear. I could watch TV through this one.

Aroma is light citrus and maybe a faint hint of adjunct/malt. Flavoring is more subtle in the nose than the others in this pack. Tastes a bit like baby aspirin. Hey I still love the flavor of baby aspirin, it takes me back to the 70's, but I just don't like it in my beer. This thing finishes dry. Why ask why?

Chalky and filling. Not a good combination. I would not drink this even as a thirst quencher.

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 ProfessorHomer
1.64/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Overview: another "Frankenstein" beer: made of parts. Looks kinda like beer, tastes kinda like beer; but it ain't beer.

This "beer", a term I use loosely, perhaps "beverage" is more apt. It is just plain nasty. Grapefruit in beer? Who does that?

Like their Lime/Cactus "beverage", I did detect some flavor for the first microsecond, then...nothing...

These Ultra "experiments" should never be recreated by mankind. Ever. There should be a law...

On a positive note, it is carbonated. And the bottle is pretty.

And I do believe that their original regular Ultra certainly does have a place on the great beer shelf of life.

Photo of cubbyswans
1.35/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A friend (maybe I should rethink that label) left this in my fridge after a party. The next day was a hot one, so I thought just MAYBE this might not be a bad drink to quench the thirst. So me and my wife agree to give it an honest try.

It looks in the glass exactly like it does in the bottle, as the bottle is clear. Really thin head disappears before I set the empyty bottle down. I smell the expected citrus aroma, and nothing else. This is all expected, since I've had Mich Ultra, unfortunately. Taste? Tastes like Mich Ultra mixed with a bit of grapefruit juice. Basically it's terrible. I get through about three sips and have had enough. I hand it to my wife.... she spit out the first sip and we declared this 'beer' disgusting. The mouthfeel was expected. Water. The drinkability should be 0.

Photo of drxandy
1.41/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12oz to flare pint, straw golden with a very slight orange hint, head fades, high carbonation

smells of orange children's cough syrup, no good stuff distinguishable

tastes of adjuncts with fake orange flavor, if grapefruit is present then i'm crazy, alcopops? man i hate to be a jerk but how is this pleasantly drinkable to anyone? i feel grossed out to even comment, orange candy, umm not really any desirable flavor - sweet, ummm no real easy way to say that this tastes horrible other than spitting it out.. AVOID unless you're trying to appease someone who hates beer and wants to avoid any desirable flavors of deliciousness - for the wine cooler crowd?

mouth: good carbonation, ummm jeeze i give up this is just sad.. branding under michelob is just to attract those who think michelob ultra is amazing in the first place... hope the other flavored mic ultras aren't as horrible but i wouldn't be surprised....

Photo of merlin48
1.72/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Fizzy, pale yellow, transparent body with a wee white head that is gone in seconds. Aroma of orange Pez candy. Body is watery and ultralight with a ton of carbonation, Taste is refreshing, with just a hint of artificial orange flavor to compliment the seltzery tonic water profile. No hops or malt to speak of. Not bad as a summer thirst quencher but nothing really resembling a decent beer.

Photo of Getinthevan
1.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Before my girlfriend's roommate went clubbing, she had a bottle of this before she left. Curious (and not being a fan of Michelob) I tried it for the hell of it. I figured I had nothing to lose.

Appearance was a piss color yellow/orange with barely any head. This certainly isn't a beer at all and nothing more than a trendy Mike's Hard Lemonade knock-off.

Smell is high in oranges and fruit. Yeah, this is certainly not beer, but a marketing strategy to sell light alcoholic fruit juice marketed as beer. No hops or malts are here whatsoever.

Taste is fruity, like Woodchuck Cider and Mike's Hard Lemonade. Good luck finding any beer remnants here.

Mouthfeel is like Crystal Light flavored water. Certainly no bitterness here at all.

Drinkability is not for beer taste at all. I guess as long as alcohol trends continue, this still will stand tall, but yeah, this is definitely not in my cards at all.

Photo of Overlord
1.45/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ran into this monstrosity today.

Pours orange-ish yellow with a big white foam head. Doesn't smell or taste like beer. Smells like a spritzer of some sort. No malt, no hops, just a weird chemical fruit flavor with tons of carbonation.

This entire line-up needs to be eliminated.

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 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 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 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 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 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 zeff80
1.48/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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 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 rowew
1.6/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
1.95/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.