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Michelob Ultra | Anheuser-Busch

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Missouri, United States | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.04/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A pale yellow with a thin, white head that falls off to a ring leaving no lacing, this looks OK. The nose is inoffensive and blend, a clean, mild water cracker flavor and aroma, no hops, no malt. Thin, clean and minimally bitter on the palate with no body, no flavor and nothing to be offended by, this is offensively inoffensive. Carbonation is high, adding a mild bit but that is no different from seltzer. Meh.

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Photo of Garypuffer
1.34/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This "beer" poured as clear as any I've had, with hardly any head. It looks a lot like ginger ale, and the taste was very watery...actually very little beer flavor at all. You couldn't get me to drink another of these...the target group for this brew must be people who actually don't like beer.

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Photo of Josephkeene
2.44/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz can condition light lager - overpriced $8.5 locally (6 pack)

Pours a nearly clear pale yellow that appears to be more like water compared to any beer i've seen, with no retainable head or lacing. The smell resembles a faint cracker flavour with almost no character - I am not drinking this for its flavour; remember, it's because I want to keep a 6 pack....

Upfront flavors revel mainly malt, light hops (almost undetectable), and a tremendous amount of carbonation leaving nearly no taste and a tiny bit of cereal grain left on the palate. It's not even worth the exuberant pricing the badge bring, this is pretty terrible in all honesty.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.39/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From the can, it pours a very very pale golden with a vigorous head, dissipating rapidly, although a continual stream of bubbles comes from the bottom. Faint aroma of adjuncts?? Taste is quite minimal, but drinkable.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
2.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

It looks like beer so ill give credit there.... doesnt smell like anything pleasant. the taste is water status but fuck it, its drinkable so its got that to offer!

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.06/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear pale straw producing a single finger of shortlived, white, soap like foam head that leaves only a few motes of lacing. Aroma is faint adjunct grains & some grassy hops. Taste is watery cereal grain with grass & lemon in the background. Afrertaste is lightly "beery" before it fades. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly prickly, watery but clean & dry

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.36/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Get your water on, this one features select city water system tap water as its dominant aspect. So light and yellow you can see through it like it's one of those fish tanks at Scheel's. Aroma. Like smelling air.

Taste was barely there, lots of cool smooth water with lots of carbonation. Go looking for barley, you can find it. Its like having a beer, and cutting it with water. Mild hop noble jack stuff.

Climb a rock, shoot a commercial, post a selfie, drink this beer to let people know you let your hair down when not working out.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
1.94/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Can. Drank straight from it. Boy does this one really lack anything worth noting. The aroma is so incredibly muted. Slightly sweet corn water. The flavor may somehow be even less notable. Its almost like corn seltzer water. Pretty remarkable in its lack of definitive well, anything. Water body. This one was impressive in its benignness.

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Photo of jadpsu
1.71/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

What is there to say about this beer.
It does pour a decent pure white head that actually hangs around for sometime.
There is an odor of some distant earthy malts.
Water is very close to this. Can not imagine a beer getting any lighter or closer to the taste of water than this.

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Photo of zac16125
2.28/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Mich Ultra

A: Very very light pale straw yellow. Honestly probably the lightest beer I have ever seen in a glass. 2 plus fingers bright white head builds then dissipates quickly leaving essentially no lacing. 2.25

S: Subtle malt sweetness, adjuncty, not much else. 2.25

T: like the nose it's pretty much just adjunct flavors and subtle sweet malt. No hop characters to speak of 2.25

M/D: thin body, carbonation appropriate, drinks like water 2.5

O: well if you have to drink am AAL this one isn't a bad choice. Not particularly good but actually decent and no horrible off flavors like some of them. 2.25

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev +106.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale straw in color; with an aggressive pour, less than a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: pilsner malt, a little lemon, grainy;

T: grainy up front; some corn sweetness at mid-palate; virtually no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; crisp; lightly dry finish;

O:out of a can; much better than I expected; not a style I would choose for myself, but for what it it, it's well done;

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Photo of emoney83
1.99/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

This is my first review. Iam pretty new to beer drinking. I have had alot of diff beer. Started with higher rated from this site and finally decided to try the cheap stuff.
This beer pours a very light gold color. White foam that goes away quickly. Has a fresh white bread taste and not much else.
I believe the whole point of this beer is to have a beer taste, but very light on calories and carbs. Great beer for a person that has a healthy lifestyle and watches their waistline. This beer accomplishes what it sets out to do.

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Photo of hdf561
2.24/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had in a bottle for free...at a conference. Smelled decent enough but it's very very light and not very flavorful. Good choice for watching your waistline while still drinking...beer snobs avoid

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.26/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wowee look at that rating,but in my quest to try the worlds different beers, this is inexpensive and was told it's "good". Though, it was non-beer drinkers who told me this. I mean, my mom hates beer and when she said it was pretty good for a beer, I knew it wouldn't be great. But hey, it's not THAT bad.
I poured mine into the glass that looks like a wine glass but deeper. The kind for beer. I did come in a set of beer drinking glasses. Anyway, it pours a clear-gold color and has a decent 2 finger thick foam head. (My fingers are skinny though, so it's probably not the best way to measure. The foam dissipated quickly enough, leaving the golden water beer.

My first smell of it, I thought "eh, cheap beer" but on following sniffs was noticing the grainy/malty smell to it, though faint, easily looked over, but there.

The taste? Well, for the price, I am a little disappointed, it's a couple dollars more than I think it should be for what it is. It's not bad, but it's a bit watered down. Not the most watered down of these low tier cheap lagers, but it's noticeable. I think if they didn't water it so, it could be a decently good beer.

It feels like a lightly carbonated water-beer. If it's cold on a hot summer day, this will probably do it.

That said, overall, I think this is my first "light" beer, and I'm not entirely disappointed. I expected more than what I got from what i heard it was like, but I'm not let down or feel cheated. Now, would I buy this again? No, not unless it was all that was left. Would I drink it again? Yeah, it's not insulting, nor the worst of these cheap lager beers I've had.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
1.75/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This is basically just watered down beer. It drinks a lot like Bud Light but with a lot more water. I guess it's a good beer for someone on a diet, but I don't get the point. If you want something watered down, just drink water.

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Photo of Srqdavid
3.4/5  rDev +84.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very drunk while drinking this and I have to say much better than budlight and any of it's light beer counterparts. I drank this out of a can at a cold temperature and It's pretty good if you wanna chug on something while dancing and partying. Vaping an ecig and drinking this beer is beautiful and an awesome feeling. Give this a beer a try and you may or may not hate it depending on how much of a beer snob you are.

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Photo of MikeViall
3.8/5  rDev +106.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know Meyers Briggs? That personality test. So it seems I'm basically an INTJ which means I have somewhat limited tact and I tell things like they are.

Drinking beer is like drinking bread. Face it. Once you realize after years of drinking that great Sierra Nevada Torpedo stuff that it contains, what, 235 calories and 21 carbs per bottle? And that now you are fat? Like I was? You will look for options.

Trust me, there will be a time when this fresh, clean deal or something similar will be your go-to. Until you convert I suggest you keep working out like a m#f&$$er. As good as as the Torpedo? No. For the trade-off -- definitely.

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Photo of GrizzlyRogers
1.9/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Used to view this as the official beer for dads, never thought about why until i had it and realized its nothing more than the other cheap beers except slightly better tasting.

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Photo of lupercmda
1.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Drank this at the golf course. Has a non existent smell and has very little taste. Frankly I have had non Alcoholic beers that were better than this. I should have gone for the Gatorade. Easily the worst beer I have had. I am probably being kind with my rating.

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Photo of bwood06
2.22/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A - Extremely pale straw in color. Highly carbonated. Very fast rising bubbles. Carbonation results in a soft drinking appearance. Head dissipates completely within about 30 seconds of pouring. 2.25/5

S - Rice and extremely light base malt. More yeast aroma than malt. 2/5

T - Watered down cereal and yeast. Maybe just a hint of white bread. Slightly metallic aftertaste? 2.25/5

M - Very light and crisp with a drying astringency. Disappears almost as soon as it touches the tongue. Very carbonated, almost soft drinkish. 2.5/5

O - Ultra light beer that has almost no body. Nice for cooling down on a hot day or if you're wanting a little bit of beery flavor to go with a burger or brat. Other than that, not much appeal here. 2.25/5

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Photo of creepinjeeper
2.84/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: Vigorous pour into glass brought a big head that faded fast to a ring of foam where the beer meets the glass. Very little lacing. Extremely pale yellow in color. Quite transparent.
Smell: Faint smell of cooked grains and vegetables.
Taste: Hints of slight bitterness. Banana, rice, corn, malt. Nothing outstanding or dominant.
Feel: Thin, slighlty milky feel on tongue when beer gets swished in my mouth. Real easy on the carbonation.
Overall: A light beer for the days when I am at a gathering and will be drinking more than a couple. It gets a bad rap for not having any flavor. While not the most flavorful light beer on the market, it's far from being the worse.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.04/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Taste reminiscent of a Coors Light but less syrupy and less dry. Nice smoky grainy feel in the aftertaste. Still highly corny and strong on the sugar. Faint flavors and thin body. Refreshing on a hot summer day, pointless in any other situations.

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Photo of leantom
2.8/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not good, but there are worse American adjunct lagers. Here goes:

A: Gold, well-carbonated. Actually leaves OK lacing.

S: Mostly corn, but not as bad as that of other AAL's. Can actually get some lightly-kilned barley and mild hops.

T: Follows the nose. Some hops and barley on a mostly corn background.

F: Smooth and crisp. OK.

O: OK for what it is. Comparable to Budweiser. Better than Miller and Heineken.

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Photo of Wattstriker
2.64/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This isn't a top notch beer, but it has a taste that I personally find to be quite decent. I'll take it over Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Light any day of the week. It's also my father's go-to beer so it'll be in stock whenever I visit, but I've introduced him to some better stuff here and there to let him know that there is indeed more out there. I'll never diss anyone over this stuff though.

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Photo of 57md
1.25/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Anyone so concerned about their weight that they might stoop to drinking this should just give up and drink a shot of vodka mixed in seltzer or diet tonic water.

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