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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

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BA SCORE
46
awful

1,740 Ratings
THE BROS
36
awful

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Ratings: 1,740
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 1.83
pDev: 38.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 99 | 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:
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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Reviews by Fabric8r:
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Fabric8r

Montana

2.05/5  rDev +12%

My Wife bught me a 12 pack, with the idea this would be a good beer to drink while trying to cut carbs. You know, the Atkins thing. Anyway probably good while on that diet, but for a lover of full bodied, hopped, micros and home brews, this one tasted like carbonated water. I really had to try to get some flavor here. I could do the same thing by putting a tablespoon of homebrew in an empty bottle, and fill it up with water, carbonate it, and there you go. Lots cheaper too.

09-15-2003 18:34:46 | More by Fabric8r
More User Reviews:
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev +60.1%

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.

01-12-2004 00:59:33 | More by RoyalT
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -4.4%

08-26-2013 01:27:17 | More by cam477
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -45.4%

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.

09-26-2005 18:12:39 | More by DaPeculierDane
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

1.25/5  rDev -31.7%

06-22-2012 11:38:08 | More by beerhunter13
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Hoppin_mad

Florida

1/5  rDev -45.4%

05-03-2014 18:17:05 | More by Hoppin_mad
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tohe9384


1.75/5  rDev -4.4%

09-11-2012 23:54:31 | More by tohe9384
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

1.98/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

12-16-2010 04:14:46 | More by wesbrownyeah
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tbryan5

Louisiana

2/5  rDev +9.3%

01-05-2013 02:40:53 | More by tbryan5
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SkiBum22

New York

1/5  rDev -45.4%

07-21-2014 03:04:00 | More by SkiBum22
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

1.95/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours from the slim bottle (LOL...I love how they even make the bottle look slim) a light sunshine yellow color with a fizzy soda pop head that quickly dies out to a small ring of bubbles around the brew. Aromas of sweet cereal grains all over the place. Light hops in the background...fairly bland but not really offensive. I do get an odd sweet fruity aroma as well.

First sip brings a very light crisp maltiness consisting of sweet graininess and a subtle grassy hop in the background. A light fruity taste floats in and out. Watery, boring, but overall unoffensive. Ends with a crisp sweet grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin like water with brash carbonation that attacks the entire mouth. Seems way overcarbonated to me. Had this brew for free as it was in the work fridge. Nothing I'd ever seek out on my own. Boring, boring, boring...not much more to be said.

09-23-2005 23:31:05 | More by orbitalr0x
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markallmon

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +159.6%

03-17-2012 00:50:58 | More by markallmon
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

1.2/5  rDev -34.4%

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?"

09-20-2005 04:34:39 | More by chOAKbarrell
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newcastleme

Ohio

1/5  rDev -45.4%

This is nothing but carbonated water with a little alcohol mixed in. I really don't even consider this beer a 'social' beer. It's a disappointment. Michelob does have several other selections that are respectable. I consider this one to have one of the worst taste's of any beer I've tried.

07-20-2010 04:34:42 | More by newcastleme
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BeerDreadz

Florida

1.18/5  rDev -35.5%

12 onz brown bottle

Appearance is very pale light yellow color with no head ,

The smell is like veggies but not some good ones.

Taste is (what taste?) very wattery , like a real beer with ice, there's not a lot in here.

If you are goingt to drink this beer because of low carbs,you should not drink anything at all.It makes you think is there a real different between having a good beer with 100 to 120 carbs or punish your self with this beer for some carbs???

07-08-2007 09:07:57 | More by BeerDreadz
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NWer

Washington

1.88/5  rDev +2.7%

I keep a few around for company who insist on a light BMC. They're getting old so I decided to pop one for myself. Not a bad idea actually. Nothing like grounding my taste buds once in a while.
Do I have to go through the rating process?
Suffice it to say it poured a very pale yellow into a pilsner glass.
Taste not all that bad if you can call it taste.
How can something non-existent be horrible?
Rhetorical question.
Quenched my thirst and I'm still here.
I'm not going to bother keeping these things around anymore.

05-29-2011 02:19:34 | More by NWer
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WuAnquo1

Michigan

3/5  rDev +63.9%

01-08-2012 22:18:18 | More by WuAnquo1
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twi1609372

Florida

2.33/5  rDev +27.3%

to say this beer is watered down is an understatment. i guess this beer would be good for someone on the low carb diet, other than that i see no real use for it other than ocassional because although the taste is nearly nothing it still has more taste than bud light, but that does not say much.

05-05-2005 03:11:49 | More by twi1609372
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -45.4%

07-28-2013 20:51:08 | More by TTripp725
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generallee

New York

3/5  rDev +63.9%

02-13-2012 14:36:49 | More by generallee
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ValpoExpo

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -4.4%

07-03-2013 02:53:18 | More by ValpoExpo
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

2/5  rDev +9.3%

04-09-2013 02:57:44 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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badturtle

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +77.6%

I can't really smell this. It is light and watery, but for its style, it isn't bad. For beer, it is terrible, but comparing it to other American Macro Lager offerings, not bad. I tried to keep that in mind when making my review. I was at a movie theater, so the cup was frost-colored plastic. Still, from what I could see, it was very light colored and pale. It retained a thin head for a long time. As it warmed, the malts became more defined. It tasted slightly fruity. There was no identifiable hops taste. Given the choice between this and city water, which tastes like a swimming pool, I'd drink this. (That was my choice.)

03-04-2006 04:09:55 | More by badturtle
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev +9.3%

11-25-2011 07:20:33 | More by TimoP
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jisom123

Indiana

1.4/5  rDev -23.5%

Found in a beer tub at a back yard BBQ. Used for "flippy cup" drinking game.

nearly clear, very bubbly. clean crisp watery.

Bland flavor and the after taste is crisp boorishness.

I'm surprised this beer has 4.20 abv! That's kind of high for what I was expecting.

I would avoid drinking this beer in the future. Very bad beer.

09-08-2011 21:56:30 | More by jisom123
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Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,740 ratings.