1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

Not Rated.
Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,644 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,644
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 1.83
pDev: 37.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 70 | 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)
View: Beers (79) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Michelob Ultra Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,644 | Reviews: 536 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Amalak

New York

1.38/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Very clear, honestly, it truly is just slightly colored water (piss actually). Decent initial head, but dissipates quickly, no lace.

S: Just that horrible American Macro Lager skunky kind of smell.

T: There is nothing there. It is "tangy" for lack of a better word, but the taste leaves quickly.

M: Nothing. Leaves quickly.

D: It is somewhat refreshing considering that it is flavored seltzer.

I tried it because one of my friends had it in her fridge and I wanted to rate it for myself. To be honest, the low score is not because it tastes bad. It doesn't. It is just not beer and doesn't deserve credit just because it tastes like seltzer as opposed to a bad tasting beer, that tried to make an interesting taste.

Serving type: can

10-21-2007 03:30:46 | More by Amalak
Photo of JamesS


1.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Mich Ultra has an average look, very pale straw coloring with some carbonation. Almost no head and little lacing. It has almost no scent to it and very little taste. It's very bland. It goes down easily, but only because it's nearly water. It would be all right for quenching your thirst after mowing your lawn, but so would a cool glass of H2O.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 03:00:46 | More by JamesS
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.03/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet and full of corn and grain with some light malts.

T: There’s not very much to the taste at all, some grain, corn and macro adjunct sweetness. The malt character is very thin and there’s almost no hops presence. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very tasty because there’s simply a lack of any flavor, goes down easy for the same reason, not filling at all, even among macros there isn’t much that would make me pick this beer. The fact that it’s so light seems to be the only thing that it has going for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 01:34:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of iceball585

New York

1.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Very pale yellow, clear, almost no head at all

S- Pale hops, skunky, almost metallic smell

T- Lemons, pale hops, water

M- Light feel, heavy carbonation, watery finish

D- Unless it's cheap, then don't buy it

Really doesn't have much to offer for a beer lover. If you like pale, flavorless beers and you care about carbs then this one it right up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 23:20:27 | More by iceball585
Photo of BamaWorKs


2.45/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Oddly enough, I think a number of BA's out there lose sight of what a beer is intended to do. It seems like BAs come in to reviewing this beer thinking that A~B wanted to make a beer with tons of flavor to stand up to the best Belgian or strong Ale, which just isn't the case.

When reviewing this beer, I will give it a 1.0 for Appearance, because it was like... neon green... almost like bud light with a highlighter broken into it. But smell wasn't 'awful' like 1.0 says, it was like... nothing noteworthy. Tasty wasn't 'awful' because it really has little to no flavor. Kind of nondescript, so I couldn't 1.0 it. Mouthfeel is bubbly, like Sprite. But one must consider drinkability. I mean I could drink a whole case of this and not feel too weighted down. So theoretically a high rating should be applied here.

But AB was trying to make a Low-Carb beer, and they achieved this goal. They didn't attempt at flavor or complex nature. Remember that when reviewing this beer. Because I love tons of quality brews, but since I'm a fitness addict, during the week when I want a brew, I don't need something with a Metric ton of calories. But something tells me a large percentage of the people truly bashing this beer for its caloric content, etc. have guts hanging over their beltlines... just a thought.

Serving type: can

09-16-2007 14:36:45 | More by BamaWorKs
Photo of Floydster


2.4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle from by buddy's fridge

Quite possibly the lighest beer I have ever drank

Pour was clear/golden color with no head

Taste was really lame, water with some carbonation pretty much

Could drink these all day because there are practically no calories or carbohydrates, they have called this beer zero

If you feel like drinking a case and not getting full or putting on weight, this is probably the way to go

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 03:41:52 | More by Floydster
Photo of Kulrak


1.33/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very pale straw color with better head than I expected. About 1cm of creamy head that stood up above the rim for a while, then faded to a thin layer that clings to the glass. Smells a lot like the inside of an empty soda water bottle, like plastic. Tastes... like nothing. I've had vodka/water with more flavor than this. Mouthfeel is mildy fizzy and very watery. I would say this is a boring beer, but I'm not sure it's even beer. As far as I can tell, they didn't use any malt or hops. If it was possible to brew beer without using yeast or water, I imagine they would have skipped those too.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 12:56:17 | More by Kulrak
Photo of BuffaloBilly

New York

2.73/5  rDev +49.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 19:00:44 | More by BuffaloBilly
Photo of biggmike


1.73/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pure unadulterated crap. No body, subtlety, nor taste. Diet beer. Anheuser-Busch is a marketing genius that has weight-conscious females drinking this crap because its "low-carb". This is the worst of what America has to offer. Color is sickly light yellow and almost no aroma. Mouthfeel is basically just carbonation. The head on this stuff lasts just shy of 2 seconds.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 19:35:47 | More by biggmike
Photo of Halcyondays


1.63/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours the absolute palest of yellow, looks almost like a sickly light green, when held up to the light. No head past 2 seconds.

S: Basically nothing to speak of.

T: Carbonated water, basically, with the slightest hint of pale malt, not a hop to be found. Not a bad aftertaste or off-tastes to this though, the only good thing about it.

M: Basically becomes carbonation instantly when it enters your mouth, not beer quality.

D: Not a good beer, if you want a light beer, drink Guinness, it was not hard to drink this beer, but won't have again unless free.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 04:12:28 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of bluemoonswoon


1/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

I've heard bad things about this beer and I've had bad beers in my time but there is no excuse for this abomination. I can understand Miller Chill I can understand Bud Light and Smirnoff Ice but this, this just makes no sense, why drink this? Just to say you had a beer? I mean this isn't beer it's water with a crushed up oyster cracker in it, a single cracker that's it.

A: Didn't even pour this one in a glass. Think it looks better in the bottle than out of it. But from what I've heard it's lighter than light, even as light beers go.

S: Like I said before fizzy water with a tiny bit of salt and cracker.zzz

T/MF: You don't so much taste this beer as you do feel is slide down your throat. It bubbles like Club Soda and tastes just the same. I just more taste when I burp five hours after eating pizza than from sipping this beer. No taste, not a single remotly beer like quality to this thing.

D: Under no circumstances should anyone, ever, drink this beer. Stick with Michelob and forget this thing even exists.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 06:46:23 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of linuxn00b2004


1.2/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I'm pretty sure that this was mislabeled. This is seltzer water, not beer. I give it a 1.5 for smell, because water doesn't smell bad. It gets a 1.5 on drinkability because water is very "slam-able." It isn't very cheap, it doesn't taste good (nor like beer), and you shouldn't drink beer if you are on a low-carb diet. There is absolutely no reason that this should ever be bought, by anybody. Good thing is was free to me. Pass on this, and go with Busch (or Budweiser, PBR, Coors) instead, if you have to drink a "lite" macro.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 02:23:22 | More by linuxn00b2004
Photo of BeerDreadz


1.18/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 onz brown bottle

Appearance is very pale light yellow color with no head ,

The smell is like veggies but not some good ones.

Taste is (what taste?) very wattery , like a real beer with ice, there's not a lot in here.

If you are goingt to drink this beer because of low carbs,you should not drink anything at all.It makes you think is there a real different between having a good beer with 100 to 120 carbs or punish your self with this beer for some carbs???

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 09:07:57 | More by BeerDreadz
Photo of BBM

New York

1.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours an incredibly light yellow with a thin, fizzy head. No real smell other than slight cereal grain.

And the taste... where to begin? No, really, where? There's almost no flavor here. It's a little sour and a touch bitter but overall it's just fizzy. There's not much else to say other than people who drink this probably don't like beer in general. I suppose you could drink a hundred of them if you really wanted to, but why put yourself through that? Another bland, mass-market lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 16:14:08 | More by BBM
Photo of giblet


1.35/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

While I love the story of the Bud family this beer is an "ultra" let down. For those who like a very light beer this would be ok. It practically has no flavor or appearance. I was given this while doing some work in the sun. Other than quenching my thirst I got little else from it. I am glad it was given to me, for I would not and will not buy it.

I dont recomend this one. There are plenty of good light beers to choose from that would go over much better.

Next time I will pass, even if it is free. I am not slamming it, it just is not my style. To each their own.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 12:01:01 | More by giblet
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

2.17/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a straw golden pale empty nothingness. Not much of a head to speak of and what is there is gone soon after. Smells like water with a splash of beer. Kinda of muted all around. Taste is halfway decent for macro lagers. I like it better than the few others I've had. Mouthfeel is very light and empty. Only a slighty dirty, grainy mouthfeel can describe it. Drinkability is fairly low although it's supposed to be light and easy to drink. I'd much rather buy some Yuengling and enjoy that for about the same price than drink this for an evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 19:06:20 | More by ncvbc
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2007 17:32:57 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of MrMcGibblets


1.2/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

this is, hands down, the worst "beer" i have ever had. the pinnacle of american macro lagers as far as tasteless swill goes. it is utterly devoid of any aroma and taste. spritzy, though! and only 64 calories! low carbs! why even drink "beer" if you're going to reduce yourself to this? nothing is the only thing i can say about this one. congrats to the brewers at a-b, you absolutely cannot top this...years of taking flavor and aroma out of beer, all that expertise has culminated in this. take a bow, please.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 05:12:24 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of ColoradoBobs


1.88/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'll keep this short and to the point.

This is more like bottled carbonated water than beer. Thin, watery, very little color, very little head, no lacing, very little aroma, very little taste. Mind you, it's not unpleasant, it's not awful and it's not skunked. There's just not much here. For one dollar a bottle, you could get much more -- and you should.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 03:16:39 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of puffybh

New Jersey

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

s: bottle with born on date maybe date date
A: the same old label that we know and kinda love
S: It smelled like corn with a barley like smell
T: like corn on the cob crossed with a loaf of bread
M: Ginger ale kinda of with a creamed corn after taste
D: not that easy after drinking a few of them

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 05:44:18 | More by puffybh
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

1.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

had a 10 oz can of this on a cruise ship last summer, review from memory...

I asked for a glass and the bartender gave me a short straight 'high ball' type glass

it's yellow and had a head for all of ten seconds.

not much in the aroma here

taste like really watered down beer

it's fizzy, that's all

I'm glad I'm not watching my carb intake and I don't have to drink this.

Serving type: can

04-15-2007 13:01:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Gmann

New York

1.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow color with no head or lacing. The smell is nothing, nada, zilch. I gave it a 1.5 because it didn't smell bad. The taste is the same, nothing. You can drink this beer while working out. I thought I might have tasted something but I cannot find it again amid the high carbonation. The feel is watery, bubbly. This is yellow soda water, nothing else. If you are looking for a beer, you do not want this.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 23:25:32 | More by Gmann
Photo of goodbyesoberday


3.55/5  rDev +94%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saw this in a local pub and just had to try it. Pours the lightest I have seen in recent memory, this beer is so pale it looks like it needs a warm dose of chicken soup and some serious bed rest. Spritzy and effervescent, head does not stick around but I would not expect it to.

Low aroma of pilsener malt and cooked corn, similar in flavour with a very low bitterness level; carbonic bite counteracts whatever malt sweetness there is more than hops do. I fancy there's a trickle of spicy hop as the beer warms up but I am not entirely sure. Very light body reflects the pale colour.

I give them big points for producing what they intend and getting it all the way down under with negligible loss in quality. It's clean and wet, not much else to it but importantly to me there are not any faults other than perhaps too fizzy.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 12:02:12 | More by goodbyesoberday
Photo of kelticblood


2.85/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a good head at the start then almost totally dissapeared into nothing. The color is strange being that it is absolutely crystal clear very light yellow. Scattered bubbling carbonation is seen with spooty traces of foamy lace. It looks like yellow tinted water basically. If I am going to drink Macro-produced beer this and Coors light is always the usual choice. It doesnt taste that bad and goes down real easy, plus it has like 95 calories a can.The mouthfeel is overly carbonated making it real filling. Dry refreshing finish with almost no bitterness or hop character at all. It's basically a bubbling malt beverage with a low ABV. Has a light sweet rice or corn with a faint wheat taste. The only thing this cheap beer is good for is impressing people with how many cans you can finish off. The aroma has a faint malt aroma with no hops but has the typical lager smell. Good beer for a cookout, but not worthy of a session beer.

Serving type: can

03-25-2007 17:11:33 | More by kelticblood
Photo of BradBLR


1.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer poured a very light yellow color with a white head that was gone before I could take a sip. There was really no lacing. The smell was a very faint light malt smell.

The taste is best was a very light malt flavor that was extremely over carbonated, no real taste to speak of and very watery. The mouthfeel was all CO2, that basically hid what little taste there was.

Not a beer that I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 20:21:03 | More by BradBLR
Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,644 ratings.