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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

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BA SCORE
46
awful

1,809 Ratings
THE BROS
36
awful

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Ratings: 1,809
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 1.83
pDev: 38.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 124 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,809 | Reviews: 547 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mattwjones:
Photo of mattwjones
3.1/5  rDev +69.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is, in my humble opinion, not fairly judged by my fellow BA's. We are reviewing a Light Lager beer that is not intended to have much flavor or character at all. If you want an "F" beer go and buy a Cerveza Caguama - straight cat piss, and yes, in a bad way. Or if you seek real flavorlessness, get a MGD 64.

All of the characteristics of this beer were just average. Nothing special, just a lower calorie version of an American Light Lager. The only edge this beer has is in drinkability, because you can have a bunch of them and not have a calorie overload.

mattwjones, Dec 06, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.93/5  rDev +60.1%
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.

RoyalT, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of cam477
1.75/5  rDev -4.4%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
1.25/5  rDev -31.7%

beerhunter13, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Hoppin_mad
1/5  rDev -45.4%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
1/5  rDev -45.4%

t2grogan, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of tohe9384
1.75/5  rDev -4.4%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of wesbrownyeah
1.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

wesbrownyeah, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
2/5  rDev +9.3%

tbryan5, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
1/5  rDev -45.4%

SkiBum22, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
1.95/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

orbitalr0x, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +159.6%

markallmon, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.2/5  rDev -34.4%
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?"

chOAKbarrell, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of newcastleme
1/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

newcastleme, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of BeerDreadz
1.18/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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???

BeerDreadz, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of NWer
1.88/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

NWer, May 29, 2011
Photo of WuAnquo1
3/5  rDev +63.9%

WuAnquo1, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of twi1609372
2.33/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

twi1609372, May 05, 2005
Photo of TTripp725
1/5  rDev -45.4%

TTripp725, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of generallee
3/5  rDev +63.9%

generallee, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of ValpoExpo
1.75/5  rDev -4.4%

ValpoExpo, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of cobunist
2.75/5  rDev +50.3%

cobunist, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2/5  rDev +9.3%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of badturtle
3.25/5  rDev +77.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.)

badturtle, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of TimoP
2/5  rDev +9.3%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
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Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,809 ratings.