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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

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1,812 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,812
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.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
1.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

I'm a type 1 diabetic so I drink a lot of Mich Ultra because I can avoid taking insulin because of the minimal amounts of carbohydrates, but I'll be the first to admit that it's awful. It tastes like water and you can drink about six of them before you even notice that you were drinking a beer. I don't think that it's really worth rating properly, but here goes:

Pours light yellow, extremely carbonated, with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly.

There's really not much smell to speak of because nothing really stands out. If I had to guess I would say that its a combination of copper like metal and corn adjunct.

Tastes of carbonated water with hints of beer in it. Nothing really stands out in particular aside from a lot of carbonation.

This is another one of those beers that is nice to have on a hot summer day when it's ice cold. I drink it often because it prevents me from having to keep going to the bathroom to take shots, which can be embarrassing if I'm trying to socialize. When I'm by myself at my house I would never.

KBoudreau66, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of MillRat
1.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

Appeared more like ginger ale than beer. Faintly yellow with a coarse white head that dropped out of contention faster than the 2008 Detroit Lions. Bumped it up from a dead-last 1.0 to a 1.5 because it was slightly amusing to watch head on a "beer" drop faster than it seemed gravity itself could pull it down.

Not a hint of hops aroma, and even the corn character was barely noticable. Flavor was one with the aroma, more noticeable for what was not there than what was, left a slightly dry, alcoholic aftertaste with an astringent bitter edge to it. I suppose this stuff is really quite drinkable because there's so little to it, and as long as it is ice-cold your taste buds will stay numb. If it's warm, toss it back like a grenade that lands in your foxhole with the pin out, or fall on it to save your friends.

MillRat, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Tone
2.1/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow with slight head and absolutely no retention. Also, of course, there's no lacing. Smells of what you would expect - adjunct in a lager. I guess it fits this great style. Smooth and crisp is the best I can say about this beer. Tastes, bland (watered down), mostly adjunct in lager. Overall, not very good at all.

Tone, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
1.3/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have to thank (or curse) my wife's friend Jenny for leaving this at my house. God knows that's the only way I would get to review it.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours the most translucent shad of yellow I have ever seen pour out of a beer bottle. It really looks like yellow, bubbly water. The only thing that I can give it credit for is the fact that the pour produced a huge, 3 finger white head. When looked down from the top of the glass, it really looks like a pretty beer. The smell is really watery with just a hint of corn. The taste is, well, canned corn water. The mouthfeel is non-existent. Just like water. If you like drinking water, stick with the tap, if you like drinking beer, move on to something else. Either way, avoid this beer.

hwwty4, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of johnnybgood1999
1.1/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Do I even need to say anything? Well I have to have two hundred fifty characters, so I guess I will. In all seriousness, this is made for a female to look good in the bar with. A trendy, I'm drinking a beer like the guys kinda thing. Not saying women don't drink beer, but most usally have this kind of thing in hand.

johnnybgood1999, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
1.27/5  rDev -31%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Wife came home with a 6-pack. Looks, smells, and tastes like a watered-down Budweiser. To recap: clear yellow pour. Sickening corn syrup nose. Watery, beer-like taste with straw and sugar. Upside: you can drink a ton since it is as close to water as you can get. Downside: you have to drink a ton of this to like it. A travesty.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of corby112
1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is bland and just plain awful.

Pours a very light watery golden yellow with thin fizzy white head that quickly dissapears. Aroma consists mostly of corn and frat house hallways. Very watered down with extremely bland corn flavor. Very light and nasty the whole way through. Disgusting!

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
1.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Had one of these while tailgaiting after the Yeungling ran out.
Imagine any other Light Lager's color and this one is lighter and thinner than those. There was something that resembled a head. But it left too quickly for me to be sure.
The aroma is not offensive. I'll give it that. In fact I don't think there was an aroma.
Again the taste wasn't bad. This has a similar flavor to water.
The mouthfeel had the viscosity of water vaper.
This was not a bad tasting beer. In fact this is a good beer for people who don't like beer.

wcudwight, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
2.05/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Beer was a very light, almost pale yellow with a big head. No lacing left behind.Smell was fairly nondescript smelling like maybe corn flakes soaked in water. I did note a slight hop smell, but nothing that I could consider malt.
Taste was in a word...bad. No feel what so ever. Just a carbonated, very, very week beer flavor that left me wondering why.
These were free at the time, but I must say, as a beer lover, I switched to coffee after two of these.

dmamiano, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of jushoppy2beer
1.33/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had this at a friend's house. The friend, one of my very best, is very concerned about calories, so this is all he had. This does not really look, taste, smell, or feel like a real beer. The color is exceptionally pale. A slight malt meets your nose, but dies after a sip or two. I honestly couldn't really taste this beverage, but I admit I've hardened my taste buds over the years of sucking down lots of strong Italian espresso and bitter pale ales. The texture is like carbonated water, and so it is a thirst quencher. Michelob is producing some nice beers these days, but this one is good only for being polite to a close friend with calorie sensitivity.

jushoppy2beer, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of ProfessorHomer
2.73/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overview: for those of you on Adkins or South Beach, this is really the only beer out there for you.

When one thinks of "lite" beers, this truly fits the bill. Thin, watery and highly-carbonated, is really is about the only beer you can drink if you are on Adkins or South Beach.

The high carbonation, taste similar to our ubiquitous American lager/pilsner and quenching abilities make it drinkable after workouts or hard yard work. I would strongly suggest you drink it ice cold and quickly - do not let it warm up one iota.

Therefore, this beer does have a place on the great beer shelf of modern life. This is not a great beer, but it is better, much better, than the flavored Ultras.

My "Marge" likes this beer and drinks it regularly and she is a bona-fide expert on European Weisse beers.

ProfessorHomer, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of caminiti
2.53/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I know big brewery light beers get a bad rap, especially here,this one is not bad for the style, which is very light lager. Pours with a decent head, light in taste, and goes down way too smooth, its easy to drink a bunch of these things real quick. Not impressive, and not worth the price, but if you limited to Coors Light, Bud Light, Miller Lite, and this, I would go for this

caminiti, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of CampusCrew
1.5/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Barely an actual beer

appearance: light yellow, to basically clear, even more clear than others

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, basically just a clear refresher

mouthfeel: watery adn very high carbonation

drinkability: very easy. only good for long hot days. lawnmower beer

CampusCrew, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Beernoisseur
2.53/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, first I have to say that this beer is what it is. If you approach it with the attitude that you going to be encountering a ultra-light, low carb beer, then it's not too bad. If you've just finished a belgian ale, and then compare them side by side, That'd be a bit like comparing the last olympic basketball team to the kids playing "horse" down the street.

A-I was actually fairly impressed with the appearance. More than i though i would be. The color was an anemic piss yellow, but in my frosty pilsner, it actually poured a decent head, Maybe 3/4 of an inch. It was gone in 45 seconds, but wasn't bad looking while it lasted.

S- Not much of anything really. Smell some club soda, and add a touch of maltiness, and grain. there you have it.

T- The taste is not horrible at first. nor does it ever get HORRIBLE. It just gets progressively less flavorful as the carbonation dies. There's distinctive corn and grain. Like you're chewing on raw wheat. very simple, and very unassuming. like I said, not disgusting, just not great. sort of ho-hum.

M-In the beginning, there's decent carbonation, and it's got a relatively soft mouthfeel on the opening. As time wears on, however, the pleasantries retreat somewhat. by the bottom of the glass, it's nothing remotely impressive.

D- if you're looking for something to quench your thirst on a hot summer day, look no further. if you're looking for even an inch more than that, then by damn, keep looking.

Beernoisseur, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of WHROO
1.75/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Drank out of the stubby...sadly, cos the appearance might have help the score...not much carbs in the stubbie & a thin film retention
S: thin again...could just find some malts, maybe lemon.
T: first mouthful (first thirst quencher for the day) was not too bad, malts up front, maybe some fruit/banana - maybe. Left a tinny taste (drank from a stubbie too)...& also finished quite dry, with a tiny smidgeon of bitter...again all very thin.
This got less flavoursome & way more boring as the drink went down. By the end of the stubbie it felt like I hadn't drank anything - it left nothing, I had to look at the stubbie to remind me I was drinking beer...how unsatifactory?
M: thin...not much carbonation, but it left the tongue a little alive & spicey(didn't feel right though)...that peppery feel was all. It wa like they tried to counter the fact that there was no substance by spritzing it up with a spicey tonguefeel.
D: as i said above, the first mouthful I thought not bad (It was a knock off drink, I was thirsty), but by the end I thought 'how boring?'...absolutely nothing of interest to entice me back.

WHROO, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of dananabanana
1.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow, translucent. Very little foam on top.

S: Vague malt, sort of sweet. A bit of lemon.

T: Very watery. An initial note of hops fades right away. Hardly any aftertaste.

M: Not much of anything. It's refreshing, but in the same way that seltzer is refreshing. Carbonated water.

D: Well, it doesn't have that nasty beer taste like most macros, but it doesn't taste like much of anything.

The one redeeming quality of this beer is that it makes excellent beertails. You want something with no flavor to compete with the liquor. I like to add a shot of Butterscotch Schnapps for "Butter Beer", or a blackberry or other fruit schnapps in the fall. Yummy!

dananabanana, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
1.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bought a 12 pack of this for $7.99

I'm not sure what the point of this product is. It really is a water with a slight bit of beer taste, and at 4% ABV, its almost pointless to drink. No smell, looks terrible in the glass and no taste. But, it is cheap and I must say it's super drinkable. Good for drinking large quantities of beer at one time I guess?

oriolesfan4, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Edgecrusher
1.05/5  rDev -42.9%
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

Edgecrusher, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
2/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bomber bottle copped from Bottle King in Livingston on a hot, hazy, humid Summer day...
Pours a ultra-clear, pale, see-through tone with hardly any head, minor lacing, and slight carbonation...
Adjunct, corn aroma - not much going on here... Taste was bland, flavorless, and pale... The only positive thing that could be said was that this light lager was at least refreshing...
Loose, watered-down mouthfeel...
A typical macro...
Nothing special...

dsa7783, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of tdawgydog
1.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I was recently over a co-workers house who really isn't into good beers. The choice I had was Mich Ultra or nothing so I swallowed my pride, made some snide remark about watching my figure and reluctantly accepted the Mich Ultra. It was a Friday afternoon after a long work week so just about anything would have hit the spot. The fact that people voluntarily drink this stuff is surprising. There is nothing to it, it's like water with a hint of beer flavoring. I drank it straight from the bottle so I can't comment on the appearance, there was no smell, taste, mouthfeel or anything else for that matte. I actually think Budweiser might stack up next to this.

tdawgydog, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of changeup45
1.5/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

What did I rate Michelob Light? Seems like the same thing with a new advertising catch. I guess it's not horrible for what it is. Just tastes like so many other domestic light beers, really watered down with whatever flavor it has being t his corny, grainy, dusty flavor. This one however is extra watered down.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
1.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Big ol' foamy white head quickly formed and quickly faded when I poured this into my glass. No lacing, no retention, no surprise. Lightly floral aromas with vinegar hints. So light in color it looks almost like water! Despite several sips it tastes much like water too - I can discern almost no flavor! Barely a beer. High carbonation makes it hard to imagine going through several too, not that I can imagine why one would do so. The high carbonation also causes it to go flat quickly. I really want to fail this beer but I can't quite because it actually is better than most macro lights and it is so neutral as to be inoffensive.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of tronester
1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a super pale yellow with a thin white head. Smells of stale grain. Taste is of rust, with a faint whisper of malt. This beverage is so light that you can even slightly taste alcohol. Mouthfeel is incredibly watery, carbonation high. Usually with a light lager, drinkability is somewhat high, but not with this beer. It doesn't taste like beer IMO, rusty carbonated water is more like it. Truly terrible, even compared to other light beers I have had. I had a Miller Lite before this and in comparison it seems full flavored, and had about as many calories, and a much lower price. So for those looking for a diet beer, look elsewhere. For lovers of craft beer, this is the anti-thesis.


tronester, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Bobo77
2.17/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Bobo77, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Beerking721
1.25/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Obviously AB had created a watered down lo cal/carb beer for people who want to drink a beer but don't like beer (if you know what I mean...). Had this at a friend's wedding last week. :(

A = Light pale straw in color with a short-lived minor head and no lace.

S = Very minimal grain presence.

T = This reminds me of some stale "big city" tap water with a minimal level of beer flavor added as an after thought.

M = Thin and watery...

D = Couldn't get past the first couple of swallows.

No food pairing suggestions on this weak effort.

Beerking721, Jul 17, 2008
Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.