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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

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1,647 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,647
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 1.83
pDev: 38.25%
Wants: 9
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002)
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New Jersey

1.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Package: 12 oz. brown glass twist-off bottle. Predominantly white and blue label. “Born-on” date not noted.

Cost: Consumed at a party, but runs ~$4.99 around here

Presentation: Selected from an ice-chest and poured into a water glass.

Appearance: Vigorous pour resulted in a small, white, short-lived head. Palest straw, crystal-clear body. One of the lightest colored beers I’ve seen.

Smell: Almost no aroma whatsoever, perhaps due to its being ice-cold; but as it warmed, nothing developed.

Taste: Like the aroma, nothing but cold, carbonated liquid registers. As it warmed, the predominant taste was of boiled, frozen corn (actually boiled vegetables in general), with a vague sweetness and a bit of a metallic, bitter edge. Surprising for a bottle! No body or finish.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, rough, mouthfeel, which is only somewhat ameliorated by the icy-coldness.

Drinkability: For people who want to know how one might rate this category, here goes my logic. I can’t see a circumstance (other than curiosity, which provoked this review) why one would drink this. If you want low carbs, drink dry table wine or water; if you want to get drunk, any other (cheaper) beer would do; if you want mineral water, drink Pellegrino. I don’t think drinkability refers to how many one can have in one sitting, or how easily it is consumed, but to what degree one would want to drink a beer within certain parameters or beer type. I would only consume this again under duress. Within these guidelines, this is a 1 (if not a 0).

I went to a housewarming party that offered this and Jersey Gold (had some of that as well) for beer selections, so I had to try it. This is the answer to a question, no one really asked, despite its low-carb credentials. Although it doesn’t present any really off tastes, it is not pleasant. Those who compare it to seltzer or mineral water are totally off. Mineral waters offer a wide range of complexity as well, with some having distinct, clean, refreshing tastes. I would much rather have a Pellegrino, Lanjaron, or Panna than this beer. If you want to cut carbs and have some alcohol, make a spritzer. If you want to drink beer, drink something else.

Bottom Line: Not the worst beer I’ve ever had (that remains Koch’s Golden Anniversary), but why drink it?

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 15:55:15 | More by Dantes
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Smell- almost none. Very faint trace of grassy wheat.
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Mouthfeel- Thin, watery, overcarbonated. Not much there.
Overall- I tried it, now I know. Probably won't drink again unless I get it free somewhere.

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Smell - metallic canned sweet corn, moldy grains. A second whiff yields grapes and hints of lime.

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If you're looking for a world class beer or even a "good" beer steer clear of this like a plague. If you don't mind a light, refreshing after-work-destress beer, you just might find what you're looking for here.

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Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,647 ratings.