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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
58
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.18
pDev: 31.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Frozensoul327 on 05-13-2007)
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Photo of MTNboy
2.55/5  rDev +17%
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.

MTNboy, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

gmfessen, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of queenboadicea
3.08/5  rDev +41.3%
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.

queenboadicea, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of Vancer
1.95/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Vancer, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of dstc
1.4/5  rDev -35.8%
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

dstc, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
1.45/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

HardTarget, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
1.93/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of Drew966
2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Drew966, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.33/5  rDev +52.8%
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.

Frozensoul327, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of Chaz
3.2/5  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.

Chaz, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.93/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
2.65/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

BEERchitect, May 13, 2007
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Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit from Anheuser-Busch
58 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.