Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 565
Hads: 2,028
rAvg: 1.86
pDev: 35.48%
Wants: 14
Gots: 301 | 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 AshevilleSippin
2.48/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quick Version:
Ultra light and flavorless. No skunkiness. For people who don't like beer.

I think it's important when rating this 'beer' to at least try to keep in mind the context of the audience AB is trying to reach.

This product is really for designated drivers and people who don't like beer but want to look fashionable holding a brown beer bottle in various social settings.

Let's face it, people don't drink it to get a buzz and they certainly don't drink it for the beer flavor.

In this context they hit it out of the park. It's pretty much an A+. Fancy looking bottle, low calorie, no flavor, no buzz. Good for business too because they sell it by the boxcar load and don't have to really put any ingredients in it other than water, carbonation, and a smidgeon of yellow food coloring. What a business model!

Now, from the perspective of someone who doesn't fit into this category of beer drinker, I'd feel a bit ripped off if I didn't already know what I was getting into (actually left over from my mom's last visit).

I know now why the call it "ultra". It stands for ultra-pale, ultra-aromaless, and ultra-flavorless. I also know why they advertise so heavily in Runners World and sponsor a series of running races across America. They could literally hydrate marathoners at every mile marker with it.

It poured clean and crisp for sure. Lots of snow white foamy bubbles. About a 1/2" or so that faded to flat before the bottle hit the table. Bubbles were perky throughout the rest of the review.

Color is ultra pale, almost transparent, yellow. Very much like a well hydrated person's urine. Bubbly carbonation is a bit refreshing.
No hop aroma. Closest thing I could come up with to describe it is a faint dishwater lemon/lime smell. Like a lemon Palmolive maybe.

Wateriest, least flavorful beer I've ever tasted.
Lack of skunk flavor and smell was a plus (which we all know is pretty much expected in this genre) and gave it a boost in my ratings. Feeble finish. Maybe a non-salty pretzel aftertaste with some carbide drillbit shavings in it. Definitely taste a little metal.

p.s. Where's the malt? Is there ANY in here?

I'd tank this beer lower if I didn't see it for what it is. In its own right it's what it needs to be. However, I just can't look myself in the mirror and give this dog anything higher than a D... (2,355 characters)

Photo of chiapete
1.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Talk about a light beer every thing about this says light,light,light.

Looks like water , tastes like water , the only thing like a beer is some aroma and I mean very little.

Tried this just to try, would never order this again. Something my wife sister might drink , she hates beer. (285 characters)

2.62/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours VERY pale. Paler even than ginger ale. About 1/4 inch of head that lasts a couple seconds. No lacing.

Smell is on par with carbon monoxide or air. That is to say, none.

Taste is bland, but not entirely flavorless. Sweet, but no bitterness to speak of.

Has the mouthfeel of soda.

Drinkability is the highlight here. Could easily down a 12 of these. (357 characters)

Photo of cyberbmcd
2.5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not much to say. This alleged "beer" is slightly more tasteful than a Coors Light, or a glass of water (aren't they the same thing?)

I agree with another reviewer: it's a great beer for your girlfriend, or for a night of Poker where you want to knock back a few and not really get too filled up.

honestly I'd rather drink Rolling Rock in that situation, but if your local store doesn't support Old LaTrobe then this is the one to buy.

faced with this choice in a cooler at a block party this summer I gladly chose the Michelob Ultra:

Heineken, Bud, Bud Light, Bud Select, and Michelob Ultra. (611 characters)

Photo of cptnjck101
1.35/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got a sixer of this just for something to do. Pours ultra pale, like watered down bud light. Taste is non-existent. I'm not a big fan of this low-carb fad that's sweeping the beer industry, but if you are gonna hop on that bandwagon, grab some Aspen Edge, it's smoother and less offensive.. (290 characters)

Photo of A60sburnout
1.03/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1


This was BEER?

The only tip-off was the word 'Beer' on the label. Low carbs equals no taste, right?

I'm sure that Ultra serves the purpose for those drinkers who are restricting carb intake, (which is why I tried it in the first place), but the result was so unsatisfying that the carb investment in a much better-tasting brew would be worth considering.

Poured out a very pale yellow with little to no head. Taste and mouthfeel were closer to water than to any type of malted beverage. Very thin taste. Hops? Yeah, right... nowhere to be found.

If offered a choice between Ultra and a bottle of water, I'd choose the water every time.

My advice? Stay away, unless you carb watchers are desperate for a beer-flavored beverage. (739 characters)

Photo of bastardface
2.05/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is one of those beers that I've had once and did not have it again. It really has not taste or enticing aroma. The look of it is also not impressive. I do not condone drinking this beer unless you are a true weakling. Drink a real beer instead. (249 characters)

Photo of maccroz
1/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Embarrassingly, I've tried this shit. What a pitiful excuse for a "beer". Low carb beer? It's worse than decaf coffee. It's worse than sugar-free candy. It's even worse than non-alcoholic beer. It's like seltzer water that got left for 20 years in a septic tank. Nasty shit. Atkins people are going to be the death of modern society. (333 characters)

Photo of uhhhaaron
1.42/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

consumed 03-30-2009, 12oz bottle into pint glass.

appearance: poured a very light golden color with a little head that quickly dissipated. This was probably the lightest beer i've seen in a while.

smell: there was very little aroma. I managed to get a bit of a grain smell with just a quick hint that it was a beer.

taste: a bit grainy with a slight metallic taste.

mouthfull: very carbonated that left a dry finish. In my opinion this ultra light has very characteristics.

drinkability: the beers best quality, if you can drink water you can drink this beer. (567 characters)

Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.25/5  rDev +74.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not Bad

This is what you drink when you've been drinking so much beer that your belly is starting to show it. It's also relatively inexpensive. It's not fantastic. You're not going to sing alabanzas. But it's not bad for a light beer. (239 characters)

Photo of powoo19
3.7/5  rDev +98.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After three days of drinking, I thought Monday Night Football, I should have something lite. This isn't too bad. It is crisp and smooth. The smell is ok, not too impressive, but not bad. Served ice cold, this is good for low carb "diet beer". The colour is real lite, like a rolling rock.But overall I did enjoy this. I won't drink it all the time, but I will go back..
One more thing, the packaging, the bottle ..etc.. definately make you at least want to try it..
Happy Drinking Folks! (489 characters)

Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
1.8/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of SisuPride
2.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of BEERME528
2.26/5  rDev +21.5%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of JamesHenjum
2.91/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Medium gold that kind of glows. Drop of orange. Nice looking.

S: Beer smell...nothing else.

T: One of the smoothest and most crisp beers. The only problem is that it is very very watery. You dont get the crappy adjunct taste like in BMC's. But you also dont get much else. Most drinkable beer out there though. It's like water, but not bad. Extremely non=offensive.

M: Wet and fizzy. Very very crisp and smooth.

O: Very cheap and light beer with some flavor. I like it. (476 characters)

Photo of eschbach
1.93/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a 24 oz can of this ultra at 711. I have never had it before.

The appearance is rather poor. It has no head and it is a faint yellow color. The smell is that of burnt corn. The beer tastes like burnt corn also. It feels like soda water in the mouth. With that said it is easy to drink but I don't see the point since it tastes terrible.

Avoid this beer at all costs. It's really disgusting. And I have no idea why people buy it since it's not even cheap. (463 characters)

Photo of iman99
3.45/5  rDev +85.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You know what a long time ago I didn't like this stuff for some reason, but I have drank a lot and I drink all the time

and this stuff even though it has a low alcohol content is actually amazing and taste so clean and beautiful.

this is one of the best beers!! ... if you have the money (289 characters)

Photo of Guardian
3.16/5  rDev +69.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

If you are looking for a "good" beer, this is not it. If you are hoping to save a few calories (and especially carbs), this can't be beat. Smell is kind of funky, the taste is quite waterish and it will take about 4 before you feel any buzz whatsoever. Essentially this beer is good for what it was created to be...a low carb macro-brew. (337 characters)

Photo of lbaker
2.75/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

(a)-Pours a very pale yellow, reminiscent of Coors light. Little to no head, no lacing, dead. (2/5)

(s)-Corn, corn, and more corn. (2/5)

(t)-For anyone out there on a diet, this is definetly the best offering...but thats only because bud-select and bud-select 55 are its competition. Still, good enough to get down with dinner without running to the treadmill. (3/5)

(m)-Pretty flat, makes me think of tearing into that growler that had been sitting for 2 months...oops. (1.5/5)

(d)-Yeah. I gave it a 4,and heres why bitches. Try drinking another light beer in this calorie category AND THEN go pick it up again. I'll drink the 6 pack...but I'd rather let myself have 3 calorie packed delights. (4/5) (704 characters)

Photo of RTJakarta
1/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a typical pale yellow with a lot of bubbles and a light head. Par for the course with any macro lager. Ugh.

Faint corn smell. Barely anything.

Just like the smell, the taste is not much of anything. Weak corn/grainy sort of taste.

Holy carbonation. A light beer taste, overpowered by something like carbonated water.

Hey, just because this is easy to drink...doesn't mean you should.

Horrific beer. (409 characters)

Photo of sachsich
1/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

if any of you who are beer advocates like this beer, then you should be ashamed. so light that you can see through it, no head, no taste, no nothing. you dont even save yourself calories or whatever if you were to drink a real beer. it should be taken off of the isle forever (275 characters)

Photo of Bobo77
2.12/5  rDev +14%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

One of my BMC drinking friends brought a sixer of these and Budweiser over for a barbecue. I was broke and didn't complain.

Poured out of a bottle with a born on date of June 25, 2008 with an oh so pale body. This has to be the thinnest of all of the AB products I have seen, I have yet to see Bud Select though.
Displayed a soda like, egg shell white head that disappeared very quickly like most other macros.

A light aroma of corn (of course) was present and actually I think I detected a hint of malt in there somewhere.

I was very surprised to find that this beer had a light, crisp, refreshing flavor. I would venture to say that it even tasted better than Bud Light. It finishes Ultra clean, pun intended.

With the St. Louis temperature being about 100 degrees on the day that I reviewed this, it was easy to imagine killing an ice cold 6 pack of these, especially if there weren't any flavorful beers around. (919 characters)

Photo of Edgecrusher
1.05/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Looks like straw colored water,

Smell: Not too sure what it smells like-certainly isnt beer.

Taste: Water with a hint of beer flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very light-medium carbonation. very thin.

Drinkability: Not even close to be drinkable.

Overall: Terrible (267 characters)

Photo of BuffaloBilly
2.72/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I dont know why everyone rips on this beer, it certainly doesnt deserve such a low rating there are way worse beers out there than this. Its on scale with bud light, miller lite etc, i like it better than bud light. A light watery generic beer, not that bad though. (265 characters)

Photo of Milchad
1.1/5  rDev -40.9%

Chick beer for those watching their weight. For those of us who want to taste their beer, do yourself a favor and steer clear of this sorry excuse for a beer. The world would be a better place if this didn't exist. (214 characters)

Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.