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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

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1,954 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,954
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 39.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 227 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. twist off bottle> 16 oz. SA glass.
"born" on 2/7/08

This is the thinnest looking beer I've ever seen. It's like mildly carbonated white grape juice, not pale gold...not gold at all, it's almost as clear as water. I can see clear across the room through the my glass! A thin, paper-white head comes and goes without much notice...dissolves into a void of nothing....fast. I'm scared.

O.k, after what appears to be only a ghost of a beer the aroma is not bad. Very sweet malt, even , mildly fruity, like fermented raspberries. A tangy, sour yeast follows with corn fields and grains.

So, this stuff is supposed to be "light" and that pretty much sums up the flavor factor, but there is some note worthy elements...a tangy, wheatie malt...the sweetness does not pop out like in the aroma but the corn and grains sure do. sour ripe white grapes is still there which actually adds some "complexity" to this. I can't really detect the hops, but most of the flavors are very subdued. It's really a tangy, wheat flavor that pops out most.

"Ultra" light body, although it keeps it's crispness better than some other's of it's kind.

The quality seems to diminsih with every passong minute. Overall: don't bother.

Photo of Reverand
2.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tasted this beer twice,once in a power outage and once with power. I think that I liked it better with out the lights. I do have to admit it is a lot better than Coors Light.

Crystal clear pale yellow with alomost no head. Not much for aroma and the taste was barely there. But if you are looking for a beer to pound for a party this could be what you are looking for.

Photo of Kromes
2.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very very pale straw watery color. Decent carbonation and no head. Smells like pee, with a little bit of sweet malt. Taste is not as bad as some other mainstream beers. It is somewhat sweet and that's about it, no real flavors that stand out, kind of malty, but maybe its more rice flavored. Of course if you add lots of lime juice and a little vodka it can be a decent mixed drink, good while mowing the lawn, but I would prefer something else.

Photo of Goosehunter75
2.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a very pale light yellow similar to the color of a vegetable oil. Had a decnt 1 finger white head that dissappeared quickly

S - Not very pleasing. Grainy smelling and alcohol smells. Maybe a little malt?

T - Definately winey tasting. Its not repulsive just doesnt have much flavor

M - Like drinking carbonated water with a dry finish

O - It'd be a refreshing beer on a hot day. Its not disgusting by anymeans and serves it purpose. But it doesnt have the big flavors I like in beers. Still, I wouldnt turn it down if offered to me and I'm sure I'll be drinking many more.

Photo of Hulk_Beer
2.21/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Picked up a 12 oz single. I'm working my way down a big rack of singles and this came up. I was afraid.

App- Pale, pale yellow. Almost looked like a Belgian white but filtered. Crystal clear. Head fizzes quickly and is pure (maybe off-) white.

Sm- Clean water and adjuncts. I tried with all my might to smell the real beer ingredients but to no avail.

Ta- Clean water, corn/rice up front and in the middle. Back end finally revealed the malt. Still no hop character at all.

Mf- Water, water, water.

*Sigh* Am I one of "those" guys? Who hates every light beer? I hope not. I hope there's one thing out there that tickles my fancy enough that I don't cringe when hearing its name. This is now one of the former. Here is what this beer gives you: 90-something calories. The refreshing taste of ice cold water beer. Is that what they are going for? Probably. And that sucks. As a beverage, I guess it isn't half bad. It's meant, I suppose, to be drunk out of the bottle but I refuse. As a beer, it's bad. It's almost a non-beer. Don't recommend it. Get drunk on low-calorie liquor if that's what you want.

Photo of flyers1980
2.21/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Really not going to snob out on this beer. It really is designed for those who are watching their weight or have other health concerns. That said, is it a thin-tasting macro lager that doesn't leave the taste buds satisfied? Of course! But, is it undrinkable? Of course not. Less of a fullness that the ordinary American Adjunct Lager but decent for what it is.

Photo of MickeyTheHead
2.21/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Looks great, but not a lot of taste very watery but very drinkable and pretty much everyone will drink it.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Flat, yellow, carbonated water.

Smell: Metallic grains and lots of carbon gas.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of metallic water and some stale beery grains.

Drinkability: Decently refreshing at a hot ballgame.

Overall: Bud Light's actually better.

Photo of SisuPride
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As they say - it is what it is - a low calorie light lager. I thought a lot of the calories in beer were from the alcohol - but this beer will make you think the calories were in the flavor - because this beer has no taste. Way too much carbonation and little substance. Don't reach for this beer unless you are on a diet - even then you may just want to have water instead.

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2.2/5  rDev +18.9%

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2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of jameaterblues
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Looks like yellow tinged water with bubbles, there was a thin white head that disappeared within seconds.
S- Mild malts, but other than that almost no scent.
T- Slightly malty body, with a light crispness at the finish...there really was not much more to detect.
M/D- This beer was very light(hence how it is marketed), almost water like in body with high carbonation. I could see how you might drink this on a hot day to cool down, but not too much for the pure enjoyment factor.

Photo of mschofield
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm going to review this for what it should be - just a specialty niche product. It's only suitable for people on low carbohydrate diets.
It's not anything special, but it's not horrible if it's one of the only things you can have.
As can be expected, the color is straw, the head is non-existant, and the taste is corn.

Photo of Clones21
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is mostly for people looking to lose weight and still want to drink. The color is light yellow. Not much to it. One thing that surprised me about this beer is its taste. It's really really smooth. I put 6 of these away with ease. The after taste of this beer is what I really enjoyed. It's not harsh at all. Very smooth all the way through. For those watching their weight i suggest you give this a try.

Photo of DoctorDog
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. The wife bought this for herself, but for some reason, I can't resist trying and reviewing.

A- Pours incredibly clear....almost no color, save a mild golden hue. Huge pure white head, which fades rapidly to but a thin cap.

S- Bizarre. Slightly metallic, with a hint of crisp corn juice.

T- Almost nothing. Like water with a slight twist of lemon added. No sweetness and no bitterness. I'm actually amazed that there is alcohol in this at all. That being said, I don't think the "1" is appropriate here; this isn't awful flavor, it just simply isn't flavor at all, which is something distinctly different from "awful." Of course, there isn't anything "good" here either...

M- Crisp like a drink of cold water. As easy going down as one would expect water to be.

D- Well, this is hard to quantify. There is nothing good about the taste or smell other than that they aren't offensive...this is a "get drunk low-cal style" only beer.

Future outlook: Nah...not unless I'm looking to turn back the clock to college times and get drunk on alcoholic water.

Photo of beersarang
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hahahha, hahah, hahah.

This has to be the least offending beer to the pitiful American palate ever made.

Pours an ultra light straw with a white head that fizzles to nothing. Active carbonation.

Smells a bit like grain, but its very faint.

Upfront ultra light malt presence with a fragment of grain, and the ever so briefest flash of the possibly 5 or 6 IBUs of bitterness. Finishes a touch sweet.

Water thin body.

I could drink glass after glass of this, and I don't find anything wrong with the flavor, however, this does not qualify to be a beer by any means. It is the closest to water that you will ever get, except that you get drunk eventually. Michelob ultra symbolizes all that is wrong with the beer industry.

Photo of maximumsheehan
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I could go through every category and describe this beer but that would be a waste of time. I guess it's ok if you're looking to cut some calories or carbs, but for the beer enthusiast it offers very little that you couldn't get from a bud, miller, or coors light, which are equally as bland, they just sport a smaller price tag. Save your money.

Photo of Wildcatz69
2.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank this from slim cans.
The look is usually really light yellow if you ever had it on draft, but slim cans are exceptionally poundable.
Smell is right upfront, you can tell it's super light and sorta tingly.
Taste is stronger than what is expected, very easy to pair foods with.
The mouthfeel is tingly if you don't let it sit around for longer than five minutes.
Overall I will drink this beer with ease when offered for free, probably on a golf trip.

Photo of Darwin232
2.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

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Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 1,954 ratings.