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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

Not Rated.
Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

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577 Reviews

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Reviews: 577
Hads: 2,100
Avg: 1.84
pDev: 75.54%
Wants: 14
Gots: 363 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002

Brewed using the finest barley malt, select grains, all-imported hops and a pure-cultured yeast strain. The special choice of grains combined with the extended mashing process produces a smooth, refreshing beer with fewer carbohydrates.
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Reviews by Beerking721:
Photo of Beerking721
1.3/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Obviously AB had created a watered down lo cal/carb beer for people who want to drink a beer but don't like beer (if you know what I mean...). Had this at a friend's wedding last week. :(

A = Light pale straw in color with a short-lived minor head and no lace.

S = Very minimal grain presence.

T = This reminds me of some stale "big city" tap water with a minimal level of beer flavor added as an after thought.

M = Thin and watery...

D = Couldn't get past the first couple of swallows.

No food pairing suggestions on this weak effort.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of UriaHeep
3/5  rDev +63%

Wow, this place is loaded with snobs. Beer enthusiasts are getting bad raps because of haters that crap on everything that isn't 100 ibus. Beer is beer, folks are getting snobbier than the wineos at my restaurant. It's a cheap, clean beer meant to be drank out of a can, on the golf course, around a fire, or just when you dont feel like sinking 12-16 bucks on a six pack. It is what it is beer snobs.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.2/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Fascinating. The fact that Michelob Ultra is allowed by law to be labelled and marketed as "beer" has to be the one of the most massive examples of wool being pulled over consumers' eyes.

Its not that 1.0 is too high of a score to rate this beer. The thing is that these areas to be graded: appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel - they simply don't APPLY. There is just nothing there. Mic Ultra doesnt even attempt to imitate what the general public's perception of a "beer" is (BudMillerCoors).

It looks like a glass of city water with the smallest eye-dropper amount of pale beer added. It smells that way too, which is to say there isnt really any scent. There is the most minimal amount of carbonation that disappears without a trace after one second in your mouth.

And the taste. My god, the taste. Once again, how is this allowed to be called beer? Only in America... It's kinda like someone went into a grassy field and siphoned a tiny puddle after a storm. And then went home & diluted the puddle water even more. Like there's sort of a flavor there, but you are not quite sure, because it was gone so quickly.

So why did I give the drinkability such a (relatively) high score? Well, quite simply, you could POUND these things. I mean chug them like they were gatorade and you had just run 5 miles. You would never notice. There's not a chance in hell of MicUltra ever filling you up.

Speaking of running - this is the "beer" you pour in your water bottle before you take off on a half-marathon. Or at least that's what the advertising would have you believe. Sooner than later the carb-craze will die, and MicUltra will be one of the casualties. No sad farewell. Just chuckles years down the line when asked "hey, remember when there was low-carb beer?"

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Photo of Curtw
4.68/5  rDev +154.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a fan of domestic light beer, and this is my goto. The bros insist waitresses card me when I order, claiming you can't order Ultra unless you are under 21. But I can't help myself, this is what I like. I can drink these all night with no damage. If you like flavor or a buzz, stay away - this aint THAT brew. This is for guys like me who harvest flavor from the enchiladas, and seek refreshment from my brew.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.91/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is, of course, extremely light yellow in color. The head rose up nicely.

Smell – Well, it still smells like cheap American grain, so I don’t know what they took out to make it, “Ultra.”

Taste – In looking at my notes on the regular Michelob, the cheap sweetness seems to have been extracted for the sake of carb reduction. This is actually an improvement. Also, the grain doesn’t seem to taste so bad. Who ‘da thunk?

Mouthfeel – The good carbonation and absence of cheap sugars make this one a not-so-bad alternative to a real beer.

Drinkability – I can’t believe I’m writing this, but this beer isn’t half bad.

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Photo of TheSamKuehn
3/5  rDev +63%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as bad as some of these reviews would indicate. I'm not a ABI or MillerCoors fan at all but when I'm at someone's house for a barbecue and its hot and humid as hell this isn't a bad choice. Time and place I suppose.

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Photo of mark5692
4.5/5  rDev +144.6%

I am not sure why people dislike it so much. For 20 bottles it was 12$. Great buy. It is a great beer to relax and drink with. It does the trick but it has decent quality and taste when you compare it to other light beers in the same price range. It has a sweet taste that doesn't linger.

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Photo of IvanJ126
1/5  rDev -45.7%

this embarrassing to say I even drank one at one time

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Photo of AlfredoMoreno
3/5  rDev +63%

This used to be one of my favourite beers when I didn't like the bitterness, I went back to taste it again, well, definitely is not something precious, but I don't think that is so bad as the scores here, it might just be for different kind of drinkers, yes, it's actually too soft and almost like drinking water, but there are some people who like this kind of beer, so if you like it go for it.

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4.76/5  rDev +158.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

After lengthy test of human endurance, man prefers to be rewarded with this magnificent brew. Cans are the prefered container due to their low weight for packing on a cycling, sailing, or skiing adventure. The slender size makes the cans perfect for packing into ones jeans. Optimally cans can be inserted through the front zipper stashed in the jeans above the ski boots. The cans are often purchased by the "30" as they are assorted into a beautiful suitcase. In ones hands delicate fingers wrap effortlessly to ensure a tight grip. The feeling of holding a slender tall yet athletic can can only be compared to the exhilarating feel of yachting on the mediterranean after a grueling cycle through the dolomites. The taste is world renowned. Some have compared the taste to that of a very young yet well fed flamingo, oh how delicious they are. After consumption the body feels a great pleasure which has no equal. The smell brings ill prepared man to his knees for it is unrivaled. As the beer slides down a man's throat he oft not forget how powerful each day he breathes earths air can be.

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Photo of 57md
1.25/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Anyone so concerned about their weight that they might stoop to drinking this should just give up and drink a shot of vodka mixed in seltzer or diet tonic water.

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Photo of Wattstriker
2.64/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This isn't a top notch beer, but it has a taste that I personally find to be quite decent. I'll take it over Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Light any day of the week. It's also my father's go-to beer so it'll be in stock whenever I visit, but I've introduced him to some better stuff here and there to let him know that there is indeed more out there. I'll never diss anyone over this stuff though.

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Photo of eggmaggi
3.25/5  rDev +76.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a light lager and for it is, it isn't half bad.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
2.84/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: Vigorous pour into glass brought a big head that faded fast to a ring of foam where the beer meets the glass. Very little lacing. Extremely pale yellow in color. Quite transparent.
Smell: Faint smell of cooked grains and vegetables.
Taste: Hints of slight bitterness. Banana, rice, corn, malt. Nothing outstanding or dominant.
Feel: Thin, slighlty milky feel on tongue when beer gets swished in my mouth. Real easy on the carbonation.
Overall: A light beer for the days when I am at a gathering and will be drinking more than a couple. It gets a bad rap for not having any flavor. While not the most flavorful light beer on the market, it's far from being the worse.

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Photo of leantom
2.8/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not good, but there are worse American adjunct lagers. Here goes:

A: Gold, well-carbonated. Actually leaves OK lacing.

S: Mostly corn, but not as bad as that of other AAL's. Can actually get some lightly-kilned barley and mild hops.

T: Follows the nose. Some hops and barley on a mostly corn background.

F: Smooth and crisp. OK.

O: OK for what it is. Comparable to Budweiser. Better than Miller and Heineken.

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Photo of Nickawala
3.93/5  rDev +113.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know why this beer gets knocked all the time, if you want a low carb/light beer with a decent taste and a higher than 3% volume this is it.

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Photo of cam477
1.75/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of legalag11
1.75/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

When I used to wait tables at an Italian joint we carried this stuff. I sold tons of it one summer during the height of the low-carb craze.

A lot of people loved it, although, that's too general. A lot women, no...still too general, a lot of really, really trashy 38-45 year-old women with stretch lines, bad dye jobs, and huge bangs loved this beer. They would drink like 5 or 6 of them with meals, which they would order like this:

“Hi, I'd like this rigatoni only can you add cheese and extra sausage and hold the pasta?”

Freaks! Who goes to an Italian restaurant and says "hold the pasta." People who like this liquid made my job difficult and that's reason enough to trash it.

The other reason is that it is not beer in any way, shape, or form.

Some folks might say that its drinkable but since it’s basically water and can’t give you a buzz no matter how much you drink, I’m giving it a one. I’d rather drink water and so this is obviously the most undrinkable beer ever.

Bring on the Natty Ice, I’ll take that hangover over this swill anytime.

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Photo of beerhunter13
1.25/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Hoppin_mad
1/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of t2grogan
1/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of tohe9384
1.75/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
1.95/5  rDev +6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Michelob Ultra light Lager style beer 4.2% alcohol. One pint 8oz can poured into becker glass.

A- Appearance on vigorous pour is nothing more than lightly foamy water with a piss colored hue.

S- Light grainy and metallic scents loom over a slight musky malt aroma.

T-M- Taste is definitly ultra light on all the aspect of a true beer but not offensive in any way just hints of malts, metallic flavors, and a tinge of hop presence. Mouthfeel is smooth as water as this beer is most likely 90% of that.

D- Hey it a beer to go to town on... I can respect that.

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Photo of tbryan5
2/5  rDev +8.7%

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Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.