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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

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1,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,811
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 1.84
pDev: 38.59%
Wants: 10
Gots: 127 | 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 bastardface
2/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

bastardface, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
2.42/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: very pale yellow, minimal head, no lacing

Smell: not much at all, faint corn if anything

Taste: very much akin to the smell, not much going on, watered down

Mouthfeel: light, crisp on the tongue

Drinkability: the beer that got the wife to drink beer, hey, we all gotta start somewhere, thankfully, she has moved on.


THECPJ, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of iLovehops23
1.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

T: Wow this one blows you away with its deep hop and malt flavor with a perfect balance, this might be the best beer of all times...
Oh wait a second this beer taste like auqafina with a splash of coors light.I wish i had more hands so i could give this beer 4 thumbs down.

M: Watery and thin. It is like drinking a seltzer.

D: If your objective is to look cool you failed. If your objective is to get drunk you failed. If your objective is to look like you are on a diet than you have succeeded. It is not drinkable and will leave you feeling empty and lonely as people start calling you water boy.

Serving type: bottle

iLovehops23, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of RTJakarta
1/5  rDev -45.7%
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.

RTJakarta, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of HockeytownBrew
2.1/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale yellow with a fizzy two finger width head that fades quickly. No lacing.

S: I can barely make out anything. Faint graininess with the usual adjuncts. Nothing going on here at all.

T: As with the scent, next to no taste. A very mildly faint graininess and oh so subtle hop notes. Say what you will about other mass produced light beers, but at least you can taste most of them, unlike this brew.

M: No different than soda. Very light with high carbonation.

D: Drinkability is about the only positive feature of this one. That's all.

Avoid unless you're a poor college student. Even then, I'd drink soda ahead of this one.

HockeytownBrew, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of tito42
1.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into an imperial pint. This was sitting in the fridge for several months, the last of my wife's six-pack from last fall.

A: Very liight straw with a thin, snow white head and some active bubbles.

S: Faint whiffs of sweet corn.

T: Corn husks in water. Not really offensive, however, because there's hardly any taste. No malt or hops to speak of.

M: Extremely light with the fizz of club soda. Seriously tastes and feels like one part light beer and two parts club soda.

D: I used to actually drink a lot of these, before I respected beer. They aren't even refreshing to me any more, I'm really having to choke this down. This doesn't really deserve the label "beer."

tito42, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of chinchill
2.03/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle served in pilsner glass

Looks VERY light. Clear pale straw with plenty of carbonation.
Aroma smells like a macro-brewery from a distance; not entirely attractive.
Taste, while better than the aroma and lacking any serious off-flavors, it also has too little taste, even for a light beer.

OK, I suppose, as a cold beer-like refreshment with a meal or to quench one's thirst. Poor substitute for a real beer.

chinchill, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of patreely12
1.3/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Absolutely the worst beer I've ever had. It can hardly be called beer. The taste is like if someone took half a bottle of water and added another half bottle of bud light to it. The only upside would be the drinkability. I would rather drink a non-alcoholic beer than this.

patreely12, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of kflorence
1.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a very pale, straw-like golden color with a small amount of very carbonated, bubbly head. Carbonation levels look high, no lacing, your typical cheap light macro lager.

S: Smells of very sweet malts and some cooked corn husks. Clean overall without any off-putting notes, but overall very low quality.

T: Very thin and little flavor. Lots of corn and sweet malt flavor, some light fruit, such as pear. Leaves an awful, fake corn husk and malt flavor in your mouth. Finishes very dry and a little bitter with a lingering, unnatural sweet malt presence.

M: Very thin, watery and very high carbonation. Almost seltzer-like. Not good in a beer. Yuck. I would give this a zero if I could.

D: Well damn, you could swallow it like water, but it's not very flavorful. It has some alcohol content but very little. It's pretty disgusting overall. I would definitely pass on it.

kflorence, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of richkrull
2.53/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Somebody left this beer behind at my house after a party so I figured I might as well review it.

A - Pale straw color, very little head.

S - Smells kind of sweet. Very light smell, not bad.

T - Not too much flavor. For some reason, it tastes a little salty. That can't be right but in any event, no real distinguishing characteristics.

M - Bubbly, light.

D - Wouldn't be too tough to drink several of these, but there are better tasting light beers out there.

richkrull, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
1.75/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer literally pours a piss color, not at all an appealing color.

the smell is is little tangy and sweet, not sure where its coming from or what to compare it to.

the taste is really watery no hops and no bitterness to speak of and no distinguishable malt characteristics either.

the mouthfeel is extremely light and due to the lack of flavor its really not all that appealing or drinkable, unless you want an off tasting carbonated water

rowingbrewer, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
1.08/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clean pale yellow with a small white head. It actually looks watery. In the aroma, sweet corn and faint ints of a standard macro lager. In the taste, sweet pear like and a watered down version of a mass produced lager. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hint of fruit. Sweet and watery. If you are worried about calories, don't drink.

OWSLEY069, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
1.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- faint, clear, pale yellow with medium white head. Not much lace.

S- Very faint. Don't accidentally snort this beer trying to detect anything. Faint hints of corn, grain, and musky notes.

T- Very watery with hints of grain and corn.

M- Thin, watery, and overcarbonated.

D- Not very. Most of Michelob products I have to give higher drinkability than I want to towards the overall average but this is like bad tonic water. Nothing enjoyable about it.

JayS2629, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of heissebier
1.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- Watery.

Smell- Adjunct grains and an alcohol smell dominate. There are almost no hops to speak of in this beer.

Taste- This is one of the worst beers I've ever tasted. Not only that, but its one of the worst "light" beers, as well.

Mouthfeel/drinkability- light body and decent carbonation however the aftertaste and taste in general make this beer nearly undrinkable.

heissebier, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
1.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Michelob Ultra light Lager style beer 4.2% alcohol. One pint 8oz can poured into becker glass.

A- Appearance on vigorous pour is nothing more than lightly foamy water with a piss colored hue.

S- Light grainy and metallic scents loom over a slight musky malt aroma.

T-M- Taste is definitly ultra light on all the aspect of a true beer but not offensive in any way just hints of malts, metallic flavors, and a tinge of hop presence. Mouthfeel is smooth as water as this beer is most likely 90% of that.

D- Hey it a beer to go to town on... I can respect that.

wesbrownyeah, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of happygnome
1.5/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

a: pours a very pale golden color with about 1% of an inch of head produced by a vigorous pour. The "head" disappears instantaniously leaving not even a trace of lace

s: clean crisp water based malts balanced nicely water based hops. all of this is balanced nicely by water based alcohol

t: as watery as the aroma illuded to

m: lighter than water


happygnome, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
1.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thought I would revisit this long lost aquaintence, and was of course disappointed in myself. Clear as water, watery pale yellow color. Can't believed I never noticed how colorless this was. Thin white ring around edge of glass. Aroma smells like cantaloupe rhine. Moderate carbonation. Very light all the way through, light rhiney taste for maybe a second or too, not really much flavor. Some flavor in the middle but not much other than that. Now I know why these were so easy to bong, as close to water as you can get.

despainmakesbeer, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of nlmartin
1.05/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: This beer is the proverbial light yellow urine coloration. The head is thick and towering at first but resolves fast. Rapid bubbling of carbonation rides to the top of my glass.

Smell: Clean cooked vegetables. Nothing else noted in the aroma.

Taste: Very little in the way of flavor a flash of cooked grain and done.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: This is the most watery beer I have ever sampled. No taste, no smell, stinging carbonated water so you know this has got to be some drinkable beer. Yummy!

nlmartin, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
1.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A friend bought a pitcher for the band last night.

A: The beer is crystal clear and an extremely light shade of yellow. There is an inch of head that quickly fades, leaving no lacing.

S: There is no aroma. Zilch. I can't honestly say the aroma is repugnant, as it seemingly does not exist.

T: The beer has no virtually no flavor whatsoever, for better or worse. There's really nothing more to say.

M: It's extremely watery. In fact, it's the most watery beer I have ever had.

D: I would rather drink tap water. This beer is completely futile. It doesn't taste bad - it doesn't taste like anything. Why waste money on a product that has nothing to offer? To create the perception that you're taking care of your physique and/or being responsible by choosing low calorie, faddish, flavorless macro swill? I'll pass.

Huhzubendah, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.8/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow straw color with a thin white head and a little lacing. Smells of corn and some grain, maybe a little malt. Tastes of sweetness from the malts, and clean crisp from a lack of anything else other than water. Mouthfeel is really thin. Drinkability is okay.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of beerprovedwright
1.43/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The mass market is full of light beers, and this Michelob Ultra fits in with most of them. Not many calories, not much taste. This bottle has a born on date and I am well within the freshness date so I can't attribute any of the beer characteristics to being old. The pour resulted in a little head that was gone in seconds, leaving a ring with light lacing. The color is light amber, rating a 2 on the SRM chart. So far this is the lightest colored beer I have rated. Not much to smell, a little malt and yeast, maybe some corn. Tastes like sweet malt, and corn, but very little flavor at all. Mouthfeel is like water, it guess that is because it is mostly water, leaves my mouth feeling dry. Because I drink a beer for the flavor and this one doesn't have much of one, I will stay far away from this brew.

beerprovedwright, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of salvo
1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours foamy then dissipates. Smells of chemistry class and despair. Tastes like lack of self-esteem. Eats hope. I do wish it were able to clean drains. What to do with the other five bottles otherwise? Somehow salty. Perhaps we can start rumors about ingredients. "What's that you say is in the soylent, Charlton? ... No, the green one."

salvo, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
1.05/5  rDev -42.9%
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 BretSikkink
1.33/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pale yellow color, slightly golden, topped with a pure white, not-very-sticky foam. I've seen Sprite leave more lacing than this. Nose is ever-so-lightly beery, with notes of sour grain/DMS and a hint of fruit. Very weak.

Tastes of sour grain husk and light bubble-gum fruitiness. Very artificial. If there weren't the sour fermentation notes, this could be Pellegrino. Therefore, both the flavor and mouthfeel score stink. Finishes exactly like soda water: clean and dry.

This is a terrible beer.

BretSikkink, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of socon67
2.48/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Light yellow in color, with a slight amount of foam that settles quickly.

S - Nothing of note. Can barely smell anything that resembles beer.

T - Its refreshing, so I'll give it that much. But if you are looking for flavor you won't find any.

M - Okay. Not sure what to say here. There is some carbonation. But essentially its bland.

D - Yeah it is drinkable. But why would you have a bunch of these? I'll take one good craft beer over a few of these anytime.

socon67, Sep 25, 2010
Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 1,811 ratings.