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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

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1,479 Ratings

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Ratings: 1479
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 1.83
pDev: 37.7%

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.

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4.76/5  rDev +160.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

After lengthy test of human endurance, man prefers to be rewarded with this magnificent brew. Cans are the prefered container due to their low weight for packing on a cycling, sailing, or skiing adventure. The slender size makes the cans perfect for packing into ones jeans. Optimally cans can be inserted through the front zipper stashed in the jeans above the ski boots. The cans are often purchased by the "30" as they are assorted into a beautiful suitcase. In ones hands delicate fingers wrap effortlessly to ensure a tight grip. The feeling of holding a slender tall yet athletic can can only be compared to the exhilarating feel of yachting on the mediterranean after a grueling cycle through the dolomites. The taste is world renowned. Some have compared the taste to that of a very young yet well fed flamingo, oh how delicious they are. After consumption the body feels a great pleasure which has no equal. The smell brings ill prepared man to his knees for it is unrivaled. As the beer slides down a man's throat he oft not forget how powerful each day he breathes earths air can be.

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 05:16:25 | More by LIL-BOOSIE
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1.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

Canned 11/17/13.

Pours a clear super light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is watery with some malt, grain, corn, and vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with watery and bland sweet grain, corn, and vegetal flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a horrible beer that is barely drinkable with it's sweet and vegetal aromas and flavors.

Serving type: can

12-26-2013 04:03:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Hampshire

2.93/5  rDev +60.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. thin can marked 22APR13-OH88. Sampled on May 27, 2013.

So mine is the 11-hundredth review of this beer. I am honored to be a milestone reviewer.

This review is based solely on the style of a Light Lager. This looks a little thinner in the pale yellow color than a typical adjunct and it comes with a fizzy white head that dissolves in two shakes of a lamb's tail.

The aroma is grainy with corn, bread, and a clean, fresh but subtle hop bite. Pretty average for the style.

The body is little more watery than others in the style. So below average.

The taste is also a little bready with light pale malts, some sweetness, and a cool, clean hop finish to balance it out. So average.

Going entirely on style this is a refreshing and easy to quaff light lager but don't expect anything out of the ordinary. Just expect to be refreshed after a busy day mowing the lawn.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 19:34:13 | More by puboflyons
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Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Michelob Ultra has a straw tone that, while suited to a white wine, looks exceptionally dull in a beer. This essentially colourless beer is as lifeless as it is transparent (which is to say entirely). Bubbles are released in seemingly precision timed intervals but don't amount to much head.

With Michelob Ultra the world’s largest brewery explores new standards of repulsiveness. It's an aromatic atrocity. This is one beer I'd actually recommend drinking from the can. No one needs to smell the foul corn syrup and chemical adjuncts. It's ultra bad.

The lack of beer-like flavour explains why most non-beer drinkers find this agreeable enough. (The unpleasant adjunct taste is why they prefer to drink it 'ice' cold.) It is soda-like both in its sweetness and carbonation and reminds me of ginger ale except for the off-putting aftertaste.

The 95 calories and 2.6 grams of carbohydrates per serving is a benefit where diet is concerned, but it doesn't make for much of a mouthfeel. The beer is so thin-bodied that it quickly turns syrupy. Asked to describe it, I'd say it most resembles soda water.

The only instances in which I've been able to tolerate - I didn't say condone! - Michelob Ultra have been at a ballpark where the beer selection is so poor as to make a bad 'light' beer preferable to bad standard-strength brands. It is after all, among its few positive qualities, one of the most bland things I've ever tried. Summed up in two words: adult pop.

Serving type: can

04-02-2013 05:44:34 | More by biegaman
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2.04/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very clear and very light yellow color with a big fizzy white head and tons of tiny carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. The head fades almost instantly leaving almost no level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is very light consisting of a light corn and citrus hop smell. Mixed with these are some other lighter aromas of a paper and slight metallic smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter corn malt taste mixed with a little bit of a malty and papery taste. As the taste advances, the flavors all are dialed down even further as the taste gets more watery. At the end a faint citrus and metallic taste join the, now largely, corn malt and papery taste to leave a rather thin somewhat metallic overall flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thin with a carbonation level that is quite high. Both are good for the style of the brew, with it being a very light and low calorie beer as well as the feel helping to hide the somewhat off metallic and paper tastes as well as for making for a more refreshing style brew.

Overall – It is very light and moderately refreshing and hence it fits many of the categories that a light beer should. It doesn’t have a great flavor profile however with some slightly off flavors (especially toward the end of the taste). Light- yes, but super tasty – no.

Serving type: can

04-01-2013 01:36:34 | More by Darkmagus82
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2.2/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-01-2013 04:34:14 | More by Wildcatz69
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Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev +23%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 355ml can

A: Piss. Very pale with a head that lasts a couple seconds and dissipates like a soda leaving no lacing.

S: Very grainy and grassy smelling.

T: Just like the smell. Tastes way to grainy and far to watery. Some beers are neutral and just watery others are watery and carry some nastiness with them. This one is the latter.

M: Water. Goes down like a soda with the carbonation hitting your mouth in an unpleasant way.

Overall: I've drank this a few times now. I'm Canadian and where I'm from this beer was unavailable till a couple months maybe a year ago. I'd had it in the states before this and found it appalling. Much to my dismay it reared it ugly head in our neck of the woods. I drink it when I'm offered it at parties and get togethers and could see it being sessionable but I don't really enjoy the experience.

Serving type: can

01-11-2013 00:42:39 | More by Haydn-Juby
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2.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Michelob ultra's Biggest competition is obviously Budweiser select. Both beers come in at right under 100 cal, and are intended to win over the weight-conscious crowd. I personally am trying to drop about 40 pounds, and so I tend to buy these watered-down diet adjunct beers on occasion. Michelob ultra is the best of these kinds of beers. It taste like a light beer, but it's an ultra light. Not great, but not horrible.

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 19:06:54 | More by eric222222
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1.45/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A friend left a can of this in my fridge causing quite a dilema...Do I throw it out? Give it away to someone I dont like? Dare I delve into the world of LIGHT adjunct lagers for a review? Then I thought to myself I must review this, because when will I ever actually buy a Michelob Ultra? Wish me luck.

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass.

A - A crystal clear watery yellow with a one finger white head that disappeared almost instantly. Honestly, it isn't even really yellow enough to look like beer. Zero (and I mean zero) lacing.

S - Faintest of aroma of lager yeast. That's it.

T - Dextrin sweetness upfront fading into a finish not unlike paste. It's not that the actual taste is truly that bad, but the almost total lack of anything resembling beer flavor is astounding.

M - Extremely watery and extremely overcarbonated.

O - Well. Now I know why someone didnt bother grabbing this back once it hit my fridge. Again, a total lack of anything resembling beer characteristics (malt, hops, body). Just watery, sweet tasting, and generally terrible. Finshed about 1/3 of a glass. Rest is going down the drain.

Serving type: can

08-20-2012 02:43:52 | More by TempeBeerMan
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Ontario (Canada)

1.78/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale, grassy yellow with a moderate, frothy white head that reduces to a film quickly, leaving some sparse lacing.

Smells primarily of grain adjuncts; namely corn and rice. Very mild floral note.

Has a very watery, somewhat metallic and astringent taste with a faint citrus-like tone. The finish is crisp and clean.

Extremely thin mouthfeel with a high carbonation level that pops on the tongue. A corn tone permeates the aftertaste and lingers.

Even for a low calorie light lager, this is pretty bad with an almost total absence of flavour. What little is there is rather unappealing as well.

Serving type: can

08-09-2012 18:03:28 | More by bryehn
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Ontario (Canada)

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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2.38/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I usually don't drink light beers. Somehow I was at the gas station walk in fridge and wanted something cheap and different and saw this. I thought wow Ultra that's not a light beer. When I got home a read the label more closely and realized it was a light beer. I needed to mow the lawn today so this was perfect. Cold, refreshing, not offensive. I really like the sexy tall can. Not much of a smell. Feels good in my mouth and is very smooth. Taste is actually ok, doesn't taste like much but nothing bad. Overall I liked it. I may choose this over Coors light and definitely over bud light.

Cheers :)

Serving type: can

05-29-2012 00:48:56 | More by prometheus
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2.25/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: can

04-21-2012 01:22:10 | More by Clones21
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1.63/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5


A very light colored straw yellow with a very small, rapidly disappearing head that doesn't leave the glass with any stick.

There is almost no aroma to this whatsoever. What's here is very faint: faint grain and a bit of corn.

Following the aroma, the flavor is almost non-existent. There's a very low level of bitterness, some grain, corn, and a touch of sweetness.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

This may be the lightest, least flavorful beer I've ever had. There is almost nothing here.

Serving type: can

03-12-2012 01:17:45 | More by ehammond1
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1.78/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: urine colored with a good sized head that keeps up for the glass.

S: a bit like old brown sugar, but not sweet

T: taste is faint, but there is some malt flavor. That's it.

M: water with heavy carbonation

O: terrible, and worse than Bud Light in the side by side.

Serving type: can

02-16-2012 02:40:34 | More by Holland
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2.25/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pale straw color. Head is normal but looks fine. Pleasant carbonation. Club soda feel and taste, but of a better quality with the fine carbonation. Aroma is undetectable. Sharp mouthfeel, probably from the bubbles. Maybe with an absolutely clean palate you could taste something, but if you didn't know it was beer you might guess right from the sllight metallic bitterness.

Southwest Airlines was kind enough to treat us to this swill after waiting for two hours on the runway.

Serving type: can

01-13-2012 06:48:04 | More by mactrail
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3.43/5  rDev +87.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Large loose white soapy head with low retention and no stick. Clear pale gold body.

Smell - Corn. Faint malt. Almost odorless.

Taste - Corn and slight bubblegum sweetness. Unlike other beers in this style, there is absolutely no astrimgency, no metallic or other off flavors common in AALs and light lagers.

Mouthfeel - Light. Clean. Mild effervesnce. Best straight from the bottle. Pouring it into a glass ruins the carbonation.

Overall drinkability - Other than the lack of flavor, there are no off characters. Great light beer that pairs well with any dish because it make no attempt to compete or compliment. The black of beers.

Serving type: can

12-01-2011 01:07:08 | More by ZenAgnostic
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North Carolina

1.78/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden copper with a loose, soapy head that fades quickly. Smells of sweet corny grains and a hint of metal. The flavor is excessively mild bordering on nonexistent. There are hints of grains and faint earthy hops. The mouthfeel is extremely thin and light, and the beer is excessively carbonated.

Well, they achieved what they were after; a very light, low calorie, flavorless beer.

Serving type: can

11-28-2011 01:11:57 | More by tdm168
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1.78/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Watered down straw color. Pours like a ginger ale; lots of head and carbonation, then nothing.

S - Aroma is a a little sour. Hints of apple and corn.

T - Very watery. The back end even tastes a bit sour. Leaves an almost oily residue behind. Almost no flavor at all.

M - After the first few sips, this beer goes completwly flat. And since its flavor is watery to begin with, the feel is no different.

O - If you are actually drinking this beer while dieting, I'm sure it would be fine for you, but if you are looking for a tastey sessionable light lager, this is something very worthy of a session, but very much lacking in the flavor department.

Serving type: can

08-26-2011 04:31:58 | More by WinthrHOPHEAD89
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2.03/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It pours a light straw color with a very quickly fading bright white head with lots of bubbles. The smell is of grass and grain. It is very smooth, watery with the taste of grass and grain. The mouthfeel is decent with lots of nice bubbles, very light body and very smooth. A very drinkable beer, but just no flavor. If you're spending the day on a boat then this beer works, otherwise leave it alone.

Serving type: can

08-04-2011 01:01:46 | More by Jerone
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2.25/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

You can't get much lighter then a Mic Ultra. The color is quite clear and the foam fades away quite quickly. The smell and taste are not too spectacular/there isn't much of either. I would take a Bud Light over this however Ultras or not bad on a hot summer day. They don't fill you up or weigh you down. If you ever get that "uggh, I just drank a fat beer" feeling, you won't get that here. It goes down and feels like water in your belly.

Serving type: can

08-02-2011 14:30:27 | More by BEERME528
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1.65/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I stopped at the beer distributor to pick up a case, I got a Stoudt's sampler case, and then were giving away free samples of these. I figured I might as well take one and review it since I would never EVER waste my money on this.

A: This may be the lightest colored beer I have ever seen. Extremely pale yellow with a head that died in under a second. No lacing.

S: Sweetness and adjunct grains in the aroma. Virtually no smell though, it is hard to detect.

T: The taste is extremely sweet. There are some better adjunct flavors here than I expected. Sweetness dominates, but there is also a husky corn type flavor.

M: Pretty typical macro mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation and a very watery type feel.

O: Mass produced garbage. I am glad it was a free sample. Not the best, but hey, it's still beer.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 23:28:59 | More by jifigz
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1.65/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes.

A: Mich Ultra is a very light yellow with a small white head that has very little retention and leaves practically no lacing.

S: Some corn and grain, but overall lacking in aroma. Not much going on.

T: Similar to the aroma, very boring with a little bit of grain, corn, and a light sweetness, but thats it.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very thin and water like.

O: Basically a water with few ingredients thrown in. Its only saving grace is that it is refreshing, but only because it is essentially water.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 01:30:51 | More by mdaschaf
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North Carolina

2.05/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The next cheap beer available this last week at the beach. This one compliments of my brother-in-law and his wife. Can poured into a glass (not sure why I bothered). I thought the Bud I recently had was the palest beer out there, but this one is even paler. Looks like honey-water. No head at all. Nose is weak with grains and butter. The mouth is crisp - its only redeeming quality. The flavor, if you can call it that, is muted with flavors of hay, faint citrus. I dropped a lime in the last half of this bad boy to help my finishing it. I'd rather have water.

Serving type: can

06-06-2011 19:06:22 | More by Onenote81
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1.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Light as light can be and completely see-through. Lots of visible bubbles. Descent head forms but is gone in an instant. No lacing.

Ultra clean smell. Mild bread grains and corn.

Flavor is bland, to the ultra! Just the faintest hint of rice and corn. Nearly indetectable leaf-like hop leaves an empty void on my tongue. I could honestly get more flavor out of putting a teaspoonful of dry rice in 12 ounces of sparkling water. Pretty pathetic.

Super light feel. No thicker than water. At least the carbonation gives me something mildly interesting.

Overall, unless you completely dislike the taste of beer, avoid this gimmicky, unsatisfying, overpriced garbage in a can. The only good thing I can say about it is that there is no repulsive flavor which is not hard to accomplish when there is no flavor at all.

Serving type: can

04-19-2011 03:35:35 | More by bnes09
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Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.