Michelob Ultra Fruit Lime Cactus - Anheuser-Busch
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2.53/5 rDev +5.4%
Pale yellow with no hint of lime green. At least the brewery decided against artificial coloring. The bright white cap looks okay initially, then less okay as it snap, crackles and pops its way into the atmosphere. In case you were wondering, the beer is only slightly less loud than a certain breakfast cereal with which it shares a major ingredient. A pathetic attempt at lace drops the score a bit farther.
The nose is acceptable in a 'watered down Margerita' kind of way. I happen to like margeritas if they aren't too sweet, so I'm okay with it. It's definitely lime juicy with a bit of a tequila tang. As beer, I'm less than impressed.
Lime Cactus is probably my favorite of the Ultra fruit pilsners. I really should have put quotes around that last word since this stuff is anything but an authentic pilsner (that word must have focus grouped well). It seems less offensive than the others. At least until the finish, when the accessory flavors fade and permit the taste buds to appreciate the watery grain juice-like base beer.
If I had to drink one of the Michelob Ultras, I'd want one that had a little flavor... like this one. Something to cover up the nastiness that is bound to be present when the carbs are this low. Even though MULC tastes like lightly carbonated water mixed with lime Jello and a drop or two of Cuervo Gold, it's drinkable in its own way. Would I ever buy another bottle? Not a chance in hell.
It may be unfair to criticize the mouthfeel on a light lager for being watery, but A-B could have done better than this. I don't recall a thinner, more aqueous beer. A short spritz of carbonation disappears almost as soon as it appears, keeping the annoyance factor on the low side.
Lime Cactus probably flies off the shelves during the warmer months of the year. It goes without saying that it's light years away from real beer and isn't worth your hard-earned money. Kind of like Corona with a lime slice crammed into the neck.
12-24-2007 14:10:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.55/5 rDev +6.3%
Anheuser Busch / Michelob is trying this new experiment with their Ultra light beers. Apparently trying to give them some flavor without adding calories. The lable reads, "Pilsner Beer with Natural Flavor). The series include a Tuscan Orange Grapefruit, Raspberry Pommegranite, and this Lime Cactus beers. All exhibit the poor beer malt / hop characters as the Ultra, but with contributing flavors that undoubtedly improve the flavors, but by no means, make them better beers. I was afraid the Lime Cactus was the formation of Tequiza Light, but gladly, I was wrong. The beer shows a distict lime flavor that dominates the nose, but adds no depth, body, or meaningful character. Like the others, it's likable, but certainly not beer.
05-13-2007 18:57:21 | More by BEERchitect
1.58/5 rDev -34.2%
from notes, this one was brought up to the cabin by my father in law in a mixed 12 pack of michelob brews. served cold and me and my brother in law kicked these back on the deck on night.
pours the lightest possible color i think it could with a big fizzy head of white that dissipates as fast as it comes through. really just not a good looking beer at all, more like some whacked out wine cooler. aroma is sickening with over the top artificial lime that just seems to try and mask the wet hay and rotten grains and corn that are the underlying markers. flavor goes no where as the fake ice pop like flavor just masks corn and rice and honesty i do not know who would be drinking this.
overall one of the worst i have ever had, i am sorry to have been a part of this one.
01-11-2011 01:17:21 | More by mikesgroove
3.23/5 rDev +34.6%
Upon seeing the spread of fruit flavored Michelob Ultra ticks, I naturally assumed this would be the worst. Cactus has an interesting flavor and lime, well, you know...
A: The pour is, once again, pale yellow with a head that leaves before it has a chance to say hello.
S: The lime is surprisingly in check in this beer, and the cactus aroma is subtle as well. This sort of has a 7-Up/Sprite syrup aroma to it (not the soda, just the syrup), with some cactus added for whatever reason.
T: The cactus is probably the most noticeable flavor here, but the limes are there. It's more of a lime peel/zest sort of flavor, rather than the fake lime juice I was expecting.
M: The body is light and the carbonation is on the high side, but it's not as overdone as the other flavors.
D: As awful as it might be to some people to say/admit, this wasn't really all that bad. I don't know how often I'd want to drink this, but it tasted pretty decent.
10-05-2010 18:40:30 | More by womencantsail
2.15/5 rDev -10.4%
Thanks (I think) to Andy for sharing not one but two bottles of Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus. 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: Sweetish aroma of lime and cactus. Sigh.
Taste: Lime and cactus flavor obscures what, at best, would've been an exceedingly pale maltiness. Medium sweetness throughout. No hop character whatsoever. Light finish with the artificial tastes lingering somewhat.
Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Very reminiscient of Tequiza, and if that's your bag you may also enjoy this.
05-05-2008 02:45:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.75/5 rDev +14.6%
Just want to start off by saying that Cactus just sounds really interesting as a beer additive. However lime, not so much. This brew is probably the best out of the three in the series. The look of the beer is very light and has almost no head. The smell is of lime mostly not much of anything else happening here. The taste is light flavored with lime not really sure what cactus tastes like so it's hard to pick up on that. The beer itself isn't really all that great. I might try this one again if it was free.
05-14-2011 00:51:02 | More by Knapp85
2.93/5 rDev +22.1%
Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.
I'm gonna consider this research of sorts for an upcoming cactus-based desert beer... It pours a clear lightly-pale straw topped bya short-lived finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises fake, sugary lime, wheat, and watered-down lemonade. The taste brings in more of the same, though somehow the sweetness is both increased and helpful. It's not nearly as bad as I thought it would be... The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a suprisingly decent brew, one that wallows in artificiality, but abstains from taking it too far, going into real swill territory. I'm not sure how to feel right now...
01-17-2012 20:01:32 | More by TMoney2591
1.4/5 rDev -41.7%
A - Poured out a clear, highly carbonated, yellow with a one-finger, fizzy, short-lived, white head. No lace.
S - It smelled of lime. Also, a odd soapy aroma.
T - It tasted like a super sweet Sprite. So much lime and no beer-like qualities.
M - It was syrupy and lacking in anything beer-like, again.
D - Not worth another try. I just picked up one in a mixer
05-21-2008 00:51:08 | More by zeff80
2.93/5 rDev +22.1%
Do you remember a decade back when "clear" food products were in? There was even the ill-fated (and pretty horrible) Miller Clear. Well, it seems that we've got that going all over again with the addition of lime to all sorts of food products, but let's keep to beer. It started decades ago with the lime in Corona. Malternatives came around. A-B introduced Tequiza. It laid dormant for a while, and now Miller's introduced "Chill". Now comes Ultra Lime Cactus, but I have to say, except for jamming a wedge of lime in a bottle of cerveza Mexicana, I like this one the best. It's delicately sweet, it's delicately tart; it's got flavors of lime and a bit of cactus (I'm not really sure what that is); and it's light and easy to drink. It may not offer enough to bring you back for more than one or two, but isn't that the Michelob Ultra drinker anyway? And it's not overly sweet like Mike's Hard Mike-Arita, or overdone with agave like Tequiza, or too salty like Miller Chill. Nope, this one's perfectly balanced. It's just light beer with a touch of sweetish lime to soften and smooth it up. I'd never pass up a crisp pils for this, but during a hot day on the greens, or while slaving over the coals at the family 4th of July party, I'd gladly knock back one - maybe two.
06-10-2007 02:35:34 | More by NeroFiddled
2.38/5 rDev -0.8%
Alright not so much like real beer but it's a good alco pop lime cactus with beer flavor. Ultra thin in the pour head dwindles quick sounds a like a wave settling no bubbles or lacing left behind only apple juice like appearance exists. Aroma has a strong citrus and mild tequila like note bringing back that Tequiza trip all over again. Flavor this time around is not as bad as I recall Tequiza, citrus zing stings the back of the throat heavy carbonation hits home and it's not bad poured but it definitely tastes better and more lime and cactus like straight outta the bottle. Girls dig this stuff, mouthfeel is of carbonated water really really fizzy. Drinkability is a one and done novelty type of thing for me, I definitely couldn't stomach the acidity of the lime flavor in session.
04-30-2008 04:47:18 | More by WVbeergeek
2.05/5 rDev -14.6%
Why does this beer exist? Michelob Ultra ...that suckered the weight watchers into drinking some exciting new low-carb brew, yes, but were any of those people thinking, "this would be so much better if it tasted less like water, and more like limes and cacti"? Really?
And why did BuckeyeNation send me a bottle? What did I ever do to him?
Oh, well, here's a beer, for better or worse, and I'm gonna drink it...and out of an Arrogant Bastard pint glass, too!
Clear pale yellow, with a solid slab of white foam holding guard on top.
Aroma: sweetness and citrus, flowery, lightly bitter, but more sweet...is that from the cactus. We're wasting away in Margaritaville...again. This doesn't smell like a beer, but it does smell like rose's lime juice. Phooey on that.
Drink it, you trooper!
What the hell? I've never had the regular Ultra, avoided it all these years, understood it to be as watery as water can be...and here's a flavored version, and it's practically non-existent. The sweetish lime flavor hangs in the mouth, but the body is so light and the flavor so minimal you wonder what the point of it all is...really, who is this aimed for? "I like a beer with a little flavor, a little teeny, tiny bit...so little that it wasn't worth the effort to put it in..."
Just have a vodka tonic. This isn't beer. It's just sad.
I'm gonna crack open an IPA and pretend this never happened. And don't anyone remind me of it, or we're through, got it?
Anyway...where were we...ah, yeah, that tasty IPA, now we're talkin'...
12-28-2007 10:20:59 | More by feloniousmonk
3.13/5 rDev +30.4%
The beer pours a pale yellow color with a thin, fizzy white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is average. It has a faint pilsner malt scent along with a crisp lime aroma. It's light and refreshing. The taste is average as well. It has a light and watery pilsner malt and adjunct flavor that's crisp and clean with a nice lime character. It's easily quaffable on a hot day. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a typical light lager with a nice lime taste. This would be a fine choice in the hot weather.
07-19-2009 01:35:03 | More by WesWes
2.53/5 rDev +5.4%
Thanks to travita for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the lime with a little salt. It smells like a margarita. The flavor is heavy on the lime with a tad bit of sweetness. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not terrible, but not something I wish to try again.
07-04-2010 23:23:04 | More by Mora2000
2.65/5 rDev +10.4%
It has been almost two years to the day since I reviewed this from a CAN and seeing it available at my local singles shop, I felt compelled to try a different serving type.
My quick pour resulted in a finger of fizzy, foaming, popping bone-white head with almost instantaneous dissipation! I would have a tough time defending this one of I were ever called before Greg Koch. Color was a pale yellow with NE-quality clarity and a good bit of carbonation in evidence. Nose smelled of lime and something peppery. Is this what the cactus was supposed to impart or was this some sort of marketing scheme? Mouthfeel was thin and watery with a really watered-down lime taste on the tongue. I have had better limeade! In fact, I had a Mike's Classic Margarita yesterday and while it may not be my cup of tea, it was more interesting than this. Finish had such a light taste of lime that I wondered why they even bothered. This needed more Ooomph to distinguish it from regular MichUltra. Again, what was the cactus supposed to have brough to the party? I feel like I missed something.
08-01-2012 14:00:31 | More by woodychandler
1.96/5 rDev -18.3%
A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light to medium golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light aromas of bready malts with some slightly stronger aromas of lime syrup (similar to Rose's Lime syrup).
T: Upfront there are light flavors of adjunct malts, mostly corn and some grains that have a light amount of sweetness. After the malts, there are light to moderate flavors of lime syrup that is not too sweet and something that I cannot quite place which I am guessing is the cactus. Very light amounts of bitterness that fades almost immediately.
M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Very thin/watery.
O: This one is not for me, maybe I do not like the lime syrup with cactus combined with super light beer. It is easy to drink but I'm not sure I would call this enjoyable.
03-26-2013 01:03:36 | More by dbrauneis
1.83/5 rDev -23.8%
Pours a four finger white head that vanishes in a minute and leaves traces of lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Lime nose. Flavor is sweetened lime and not much else. Squeaky clean finish. Good session beer for the non-beer drinker, nothing here for the serious beer drinker. Very similar to ABs pomegranate raspberry. Brewed on April 5, 2008, $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.
05-04-2008 22:25:22 | More by jdhilt
2.1/5 rDev -12.5%
An ultra clear and light yellow colored beer from a clear glass bottle. Fairly small white head forms and then disappears.
The smell is strongly of lime and ginger. I know that it is ginger because I am mildly allergic to the stuff and it started my nose to run about two minutes after the first sniff. Smells mostly like ginger ale.
The taste begins tart with an unexpected taste of vanilla and a mild ginger burn in the throat. A bit of sweetness appears after the first sip and this begins to taste like a shandy made from ginger ale and Michelob Ultra. For all intents and purposes this IS a Ginger Ale Shandy make with Michelob Ultra taste wise.
The mouthfeel is better than its parent beer, probably just swimming in Maltodextrin boosting.
Drinkable like a soda and not really a beer. I could be more kind to this beer if they called it a shandy and given a hint they put ginger in it so I could have avoided sniffing it. A beer for those not wanting any annoying beer taste in their mouths.
07-15-2007 05:51:46 | More by Zorro
2/5 rDev -16.7%
Pours a clean/clear golden yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy white head, which did leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose has a nice scent of lime, grain, and kinda ricy. The taste is pretty cool citrus, but also grainy/ricy. Light Body. Tastes pretty good on a hot day, but would not really seek out again.
09-03-2011 14:56:36 | More by Wasatch
2.38/5 rDev -0.8%
Yup I stole you when you weren't looking there from your fridge! Clear bottle (man this could be skunk territory) into a nonic pint glass for the pour.
A shocking white head is made with about three fingers, snapping very loudly and settling fairly quickly (not too quickly though). Body color is a pale crystal clear straw yellow at first with lots of cola bubbles, then settling down with some nice looking carbonation. There actually might be some green tinge to this ironically. Surprisingly doesn't look that bad for a light lager.
What the heck is that on the nose? malt no? bread no? lime? not even it's friggin starburst chewy orange candy! This is STARBURST beer, and artificial sweetner smelling. I'll admit this smells interesting but since it doesn't smell like either beer or even lime then I am lowering my score. Luckily not skunked.
Taste is strange, but bizarrely not lacking what is hinted on the nose. Really huge seltzery soda feel and taste, with artificial sprite lime. There is next to nothing for finish on this beer, I get not aftertaste at all. Wet classic palate. Not much else.
I was thinking this was going to be worse than expected, but its what the label says minus cactus needles stuck in your face. A Sprite dumbed down beer, like that it doesn't have much calories, probably a brainless summer cheap quencher. Harmless, just not that fun.
04-04-2012 01:11:33 | More by smakawhat
Michelob Ultra Fruit Lime Cactus from Anheuser-Busch
59 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.