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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
46
awful

1,808 Ratings
THE BROS
36
awful

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Ratings: 1,808
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 1.83
pDev: 38.25%
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)
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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +63.9%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of djrn2
1/5  rDev -45.4%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of zestar
1.75/5  rDev -4.4%

zestar, May 10, 2014
Photo of spycow
1.25/5  rDev -31.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
1.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes. Bottom of the Barrel here we come!

Pours with the tiniest bit of yellow color. Smells of faint grain and a bit of cardboard. Taste is a bit more grain, and by grain, I probably mean the flavor and complexity of plain white rice. Feel is very, very light and overly carbonated. Drinks like carbonated water and tastes a bit worse. That about sums it up.

Thorpe429, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of acurtis
1.25/5  rDev -31.7%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev +9.3%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
1.93/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer is clear and very light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of adjunct malts in the nose-corn stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light flavors of rice adjunct malts. The slightest hints of bitterness are also detectable.
M: It feels rather light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer is very easy to drink, it tastes more like writer with notes of rice and hints of hops.

metter98, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
2/5  rDev +9.3%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Brewed by Anheuser-Busch. Adjunct lager. Light. Low-Carb. Any one of those is enough to give me pause. All four in the same bottle are a frightening proposition, one that I had avoided until now. When a few bottles were left over after a tailgating party prior to a football game yesterday, I couldn't resist the temptation to see what this stuff is actually like. Knowing that I'm a lover of good beer, my friend was more than a little amused when I accepted a bottle and agreed to try it. Her words were something to the effect of "I guarantee you won't like it". Gee, think so?

The very definition of straw yellow. In fact, it's *light* straw yellow. The only lighter 'beer-like beverage' (which, come to think of it, could be used for both examples) in my experience was a now forgotten brand of cider/perry. The head is shockingly bright white and is composed of semi-stiff foam. The fact that it doesn't fall instantly and leaves a little lace leads me to bump it a half point above the minimum allowable. At least we're not looking at 'ones' across the board.

Even though the nose is nearly absent, something is making its way to my olfactory lobe. I can appreciate faint grain-like notes along with an artificial, chemical-like nastiness that isn't powerful enough to truly offend. If I'm being kind, there's a suggestion of fruitiness that, nevertheless, can't pull this sucker out of the abysmal range.

Actually, it has more flavor than I expected. That doesn't mean that it's more than minimal, just that it's more than none. It's distinguishable from soda water, but only just. There's the barest suggestion of sour grain with that same artificial flavor that I appreciated in the nose. Both fade almost as soon as they appear, carried along on the wateriest 'body' that one can imagine. In fact, this beer has no body. It's non-corporeal, ghost-like, as graspable as water vapor (with which it has much in common).

The original owner of this beverage said the following when she handed over the bottle: "I don't like beer and I only drink this because it tastes less like beer than any beer I've ever had. It has to be ice-cold though or I won't touch it". That says it all, don't you think? The plain truth is that Michelob Ultra isn't beer at all, but anti-beer. For that, it deserves every bit of hostility thrown its way. And more.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
1.93/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Tried at the local sports bar. It's not bad...in the same way that water isn't bad. Nearly completely clear except for vague yellowing. Well overcarbonated, with slight bit of fizz for a head and slight lacing. Aromas are extremely light and grainy. Tastes very light of cereal grains: rice, corn, and maybe a little barley. Has a light metalic or rust flavor, but slight. Body is very thin and light. Carbonation masks any flavor or texture in the body or aftertaste. Finishes grainy and suddenly. Just slight of crisp or dry. No alcohol and light hop character. Very lackluster.

BEERchitect, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
1/5  rDev -45.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
1/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: Poured a super light yellow color lager with a thin bubbly head that disappeared very quickly. Aroma of very light adjunct and water. Taste is lighter then Coors light which I didn't' though was possible with light adjunct and very little else to note. Body is closer to Perrier then any other beer I drank before. One of the blandest beer I have drank in my life.

Phyl21ca, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What can I really say about this, looks bad, smells like air and tastes like flavored water. At a concert it is all you can get, so its what you are left with. Pale yellow carbonated water that has to be drank freezing or it is completly untolerable, please look somewhere else.

mikesgroove, May 27, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -45.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
1.5/5  rDev -18%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
2.53/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a short lived white head.

S: Like your usual light lager, plenty of corn and corn syrup. There's quite a bit of straw in there as well. It's very sweet with a little bit of white grape juice and some added sugar. Pretty much no malt.

T: Not shockingly, it's sweet, very sweet. Definitely some apple as well as the typical corn, corn syrup, and sugar. A somewhat cidery taste with a light tartness. It's also a touch watery.

M: The body is very light with medium carbonation.

O: While the flavor wasn't really good, it wasn't offensive. I suppose that counts as some sort of moral victory.

womencantsail, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
1.75/5  rDev -4.4%

kylehay2004, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
1.25/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Man, if only I knew when I was younger how bad this beer was I wouldn't have ordered it one my first venture to a local bar when I turned 21. Had a Guinness prior to this and this brew wasn't going to overcome that by any means. It was like drinking Seltzer after the Guinness.

Knapp85, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.13/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Vague aroma of tired malts with a background note reminiscent of chemicals, like a hint of malt liquor found its way into here.

Taste: Drop of sweetness wrapped around a tiny handful of grain. Again, there's that hint of chemicals and a sense of cheapness. Squirt of seltzer water on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Rather watery.

Drinkability: There's a slight, but noticeable ickiness to the taste, I'd really prefer it to simply taste like nothing. Maybe I can understand why they're trying to jazz it up with those various flavorings.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
2/5  rDev +9.3%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of zeff80
1.33/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

It has a very pale yellow color with a small, fizzy head. The smell is hard to desrcibe because it doesn't really smell like anything. The taste slightly resembles a lager, but for the most part it tastes like water. Mouthfeel was also rather water-like. I gave it a 2 on drinkability because you could easily drink alot because it is so light.

zeff80, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
1.88/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle at a roadside cafe in Choteau, Montana. While my mom and her friend chat, I get to do this!

This beer pours a clear, super-pale straw colour, with lots of thinly foamy, and yet creamy off-white head, which leaves very sparse specks of lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of gritty, grainy corn grist, spare florals, and soft (yay, I suppose) nail polish remover - all dunked in a big ol' tub of mineral water. The taste is more soft corny grain, the liquid version of corn flakes, but with less flavour, weak mineral spring notes, and very tame (yet I seem to be mentioning them) cooked veggies.

The carbonation is a bit strong in its swirling frothiness, the body light even for the low bar set by the style, and watery, with a cheap airy smoothness. It finishes with a thin corn sweetness, and general vegetal earthiness. It's just missing Fire!

Ethereal, mildness incarnate, generally inoffensive, and a hair below table water in thirst quenching effectiveness. I'm surprised that I got carded when I ordered this, for multiple reasons, none of them all that good. One of the spokes of that boundary and cliff edge pushing wheel that the big boys of beer can ill afford to not pursue, apparently.

biboergosum, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an absolutely crystal-clear, and exceptionally-pale straw colored body. Streams of standard-sized, fast-rising bubbles are quite noticeable and help to support it's good-sized, foamy, bright-white head. Its retention is surprisingly good and it leaves a very nice ring of lace at the outset, and then some decent lace throughout the glass. The aroma leaves something to be desired with a thin huskiness that detracts from it's very lightly grainy malt note. The body is light; and the creamy head lends a bit of softness to the crisp and effervescent carbonation that follows. As it releases it's gas it becomes even softer, and somewhat creamy in the mouth; but it's a trade-off because the carbonation actually helps to enhance the flavor that's there. The flavor is limited, but what else could be expected of a beer that's labelled as a "low carbohydrate light beer". There's some thin grainy malt present, and it's surprisingly well-balanced by a subtle interwoven bitterness, yet it seems lacking. It finishes almost without notice. Still, it's clean and refreshing. It might make a good beer at an outdoor sporting event in the summer, but other than that I don't think it has enough character to keep it interesting throughout even one bottle.

NeroFiddled, May 02, 2003
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Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,808 ratings.