Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch
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1.98/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
Tallboy can from the LCBO. This seems to be a relative newcomer to the Canadian (or at least Ontarian) market, as I had never seen it anywhere until a few weeks ago.
Pours an extraordinarily pale straw colour, extremely effervescent. I would say it looks like any other light lager, but this one does manage to produce a relatively lofty 1.5 fingers of eggshell-white head. Unfortunately, I hear the sound of rice krispies - that's right, it's fizzling away right before my very eyes and ears, the process lasting no more than one minute - after which, all that remains is some wisps on the surface. Still, at least it got my hopes up, which is more than I can say for most light lagers. Awful aroma of corn, pale malt and solvents; thankfully the odour is pretty weak in terms of intensity.
Unbelievably bland taste, even for the style. In general I find that blandness, though a negative feature, is at least an indirect compliment because it means the beer is not technically unpalatable. This stuff, however, tastes like club soda mixed with cardboard and corn cobs; an extremely watery concoction that still manages to be surprisingly unappealing. Slightly sweet, without much aftertaste. Very light-bodied and watery, with the firm fizzy spritz of the light lager style prevalent as usual. Drinkable and sort of refreshing, but so is water.
Final Grade: 1.98, a rather shameful D-. One of the lamer light lagers I have ever had, which is a feat in and of itself. I haven't had Bud and Coors Light often enough to be able to compare them to this from memory, but this just might be worse than either. I wouldn't describe Michelob Ultra as 'terrible', but I certainly wouldn't call it 'good', 'adequate', or 'moderately enjoyable' either. It is an exceptionally pointless beer.
The main question on my own mind is why AB would even bother trying to bring this into the bloated Canadian light beer market. Maybe to siphon off some Coors drinkers? I guess that could happen - but these beers are all so indistinguishable from one another that I would think MU is just as likely to steal sales from Bud Light as it is from Coors. Like the beer itself, it seems like a pointless endeavour.
Serving type: can
06-10-2012 02:18:22 | More by thehyperduck
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1.2/5 rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
Look: Crystal clear champagne colored body. White soda pop fizzy head that disappears to nothing fast, no lacing.
Aroma: Very sweet champagne like aroma, very light malts, faint metallic notes.
Taste: A very processed, mechanical, metallic beginning with hardly any natural grain or malt body. There's an almost sharp grape note before the carbonated finish.
Mouthfeel: Between water and soda.
Overall: This beer tries so hard to be so light that it loses the plot.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 23:58:47 | More by JuicesFlowing
Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,607 ratings.