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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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1,892 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,892
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 38.92%
Wants: 11
Gots: 154 | 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 BeerBuckeye
2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My stepdad left a few at my house, so here I am.

A - Pours a transparent yellow with tons of carbonation rising up from the bottom. No lacing or head.

S - A big hit of corn, rice, and bread. Nothing really else, almost a vegetable-oil smell

T - A sweet corn/rice blend that fades as soon as it touches the tongue. Not really anything else

M - crisp, very thin and watery

Overall - Just a very bland beer. I didn't find anything offensive about it really, it just provided nothing to speak of.

Photo of divineaudio
1.35/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

weizen glass

a - extremely pale yellow, almost no color at all. lots of foamy white head upon pouring, but dissipated quickly. no lacing.

s - stale grain.

t - having a really hard time picking out anything at all. fleeting moments of malted corn maybe? might be the least offensive beer i've ever tasted due to the complete lack of flavor.

m - water is thicker than this. lots of carbonation to make it feel like you're actually drinking something.

d - could probably drink quite a few of these and not even notice, but that's the point isn't it? if this were my only option for booze i'd just stay sober.

Photo of bnes09
1.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of JesteR14
1.9/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Golden wheat color, no head at all in my tumbler. Very clear yellow..

S-mild smells. gains, corn and other wheat. The cheap stuff.

T- The taste is impacting with carbonation, but evens out uywith the watery maltness of this beer. Watery, baldn, and smooth.

M- My favorite part is the perck of carbonation. but the watery beer is a dissapoint ment, but not unexpected.'

D- Not my beer.

Photo of Genghis22
1.7/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours an extremely clear pale yellow. Lighter than yellow. Almost like lemon juice, but extremely clear. Very active carbonation and a pristine white head, which quickly disappeared.

S - Not very strong nose on this one. Smells of barley, and a sweetness that I can only assume is corn, but it is not 100% distinguishable.

T - Sweet and waterly. The initial taste is a mix of oatmeal and polenta that has been watered down. Not trying to bash this beer, it just does not have strong and pronounced flavors. There is a cereal like quality to it, think Cheerios. There is a slight metallic taste, very slight, and another wave of sweet corn washes over the tongue. The aftertaste is all Cheerios.

M - Thin, watery. The carbonation is so active in the glass I am surprised at how flat it feels going down. I suppose it is because there is not much body to keep the carbonation in place.

O - Epic fail. I've never been a fan of "light" beer. The only time I ever drank a steady supply of it was because we were playing drinking games in college, and you could plow through an 18 pack and still drink more after the game. I would usually opt for Coors Light, but really any light beer would work. This one is a big step below even those beers. The only thing going for this beer is that it is "low carb" however, I've never seen anyone just drink one or two of these. People finish the 12 pack, which really doesn't make it a low carb beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.1/5  rDev +67.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Michelob Ultra has a thick, stark white head and a clear, straw appearance, with lots of active carbonation and little lacing left behind. The aroma is predominately water, but a surprisingly strong breadiness shows itself. Taste is mostly of clean water, but some malt is detected. Hop bitterness is almost nonexistent. Mouthfeel is light, thin, and watery, and Michelob Ultra finishes crisp, fairly refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall this is dull and only an average-plus beer, but as far as light beers go, this one is excellent. If you enjoy light beer, give this a chance.


Photo of AdamBear
1.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A-light gold with a thin white head

S-not one that i can locate

T-tonic water. no negative tastes, but no...tastes either

M-really dry and high carbonation with a dry finish

D-how drinkable is water? you can drink a lot of it with out being grossed out but it isn't enjoyable.

Photo of wmtxbb
2.1/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: Honestly, I don't know why I decanted this into a pint glass: it's pale yellow and has almost no lacing.

Smell: light malt, slightly metallic... Sort of like, nothing.

Taste: sort of different from water, but not. This is 96 calories? I feel like they could add some more hops, to add to the illusion of flavor. Needs more... flavor.

Drinkability: I'd actually prefer water. Although water does not have an alcohol content, it also does not have calories. If you're watching your calories and trying to get drunk, Miller light seems like a better option.

Photo of Knapp85
1.25/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of bastardface
2/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
2.42/5  rDev +30.8%
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.


Photo of iLovehops23
1.98/5  rDev +7%
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

Photo of RTJakarta
1/5  rDev -45.9%
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.

Photo of HockeytownBrew
2.1/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of tito42
1.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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."

Photo of chinchill
2.03/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of patreely12
1.3/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Photo of kflorence
1.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of richkrull
2.53/5  rDev +36.8%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
1.75/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.08/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
1.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of heissebier
1.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
1.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of happygnome
1.5/5  rDev -18.9%
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


Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 1,892 ratings.