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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

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1,664 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,664
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 1.83
pDev: 38.25%
Wants: 9
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 DaPeculierDane


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

When I used to wait tables at an Italian joint we carried this stuff. I sold tons of it one summer during the height of the low-carb craze.

A lot of people loved it, although, that's too general. A lot women, no...still too general, a lot of really, really trashy 38-45 year-old women with stretch lines, bad dye jobs, and huge bangs loved this beer. They would drink like 5 or 6 of them with meals, which they would order like this:

“Hi, I'd like this rigatoni only can you add cheese and extra sausage and hold the pasta?”

Freaks! Who goes to an Italian restaurant and says "hold the pasta." People who like this liquid made my job difficult and that's reason enough to trash it.

The other reason is that it is not beer in any way, shape, or form.

Some folks might say that its drinkable but since it’s basically water and can’t give you a buzz no matter how much you drink, I’m giving it a one. I’d rather drink water and so this is obviously the most undrinkable beer ever.

Bring on the Natty Ice, I’ll take that hangover over this swill anytime.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 18:12:39 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of orbitalr0x


1.95/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours from the slim bottle (LOL...I love how they even make the bottle look slim) a light sunshine yellow color with a fizzy soda pop head that quickly dies out to a small ring of bubbles around the brew. Aromas of sweet cereal grains all over the place. Light hops in the background...fairly bland but not really offensive. I do get an odd sweet fruity aroma as well.

First sip brings a very light crisp maltiness consisting of sweet graininess and a subtle grassy hop in the background. A light fruity taste floats in and out. Watery, boring, but overall unoffensive. Ends with a crisp sweet grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin like water with brash carbonation that attacks the entire mouth. Seems way overcarbonated to me. Had this brew for free as it was in the work fridge. Nothing I'd ever seek out on my own. Boring, boring, boring...not much more to be said.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 23:31:05 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of chOAKbarrell


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

Fascinating. The fact that Michelob Ultra is allowed by law to be labelled and marketed as "beer" has to be the one of the most massive examples of wool being pulled over consumers' eyes.

Its not that 1.0 is too high of a score to rate this beer. The thing is that these areas to be graded: appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel - they simply don't APPLY. There is just nothing there. Mic Ultra doesnt even attempt to imitate what the general public's perception of a "beer" is (BudMillerCoors).

It looks like a glass of city water with the smallest eye-dropper amount of pale beer added. It smells that way too, which is to say there isnt really any scent. There is the most minimal amount of carbonation that disappears without a trace after one second in your mouth.

And the taste. My god, the taste. Once again, how is this allowed to be called beer? Only in America... It's kinda like someone went into a grassy field and siphoned a tiny puddle after a storm. And then went home & diluted the puddle water even more. Like there's sort of a flavor there, but you are not quite sure, because it was gone so quickly.

So why did I give the drinkability such a (relatively) high score? Well, quite simply, you could POUND these things. I mean chug them like they were gatorade and you had just run 5 miles. You would never notice. There's not a chance in hell of MicUltra ever filling you up.

Speaking of running - this is the "beer" you pour in your water bottle before you take off on a half-marathon. Or at least that's what the advertising would have you believe. Sooner than later the carb-craze will die, and MicUltra will be one of the casualties. No sad farewell. Just chuckles years down the line when asked "hey, remember when there was low-carb beer?"

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 04:34:39 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of assurbanipaul


1.78/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale, pale urine yellow with a fizzy white head and lots of carbonation. Aroma is soapy and lightly grassy, quite unappealing. Has a stank on it, very chemical and like nothing that grows in the ground. Head sticks around for a little bit but disappears to nothing within minutes.

Taste is watery and very lightly malted. I wish I could contribute more analysis of the flavor, but there simply isn't much to tell. A little bit of corn, not too sweet, no detectable hops or bitterness. It's as if a standard lager was diluted, cut with water because a "full beer" would be just too much to handle.

Mouthfeel is thin with almost a soda consistency without the sugar. Light, yes; easy to drink, yes; no aftertaste, yes. But add to that, uninteresting, yes. It doesn't make me gag, but then neither does Aquafina. If this is what low-carb brings with it, I'll die a happy fat man.

Born on date: 29 Jul 05….as if it mattered.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 01:55:51 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

1.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This isn't beer. it is ass tasting water! Smells like nothing, looks like nothing. Tastes like nothing. It shouldn't even be on this site. Mouthfeel is of water. You would think at least the drinkability would be good since it is water, but no. It won't get you drunk.

I actually heard someone at a bar who had just tasted it say "wow this is really good". And then I shot him in the ass.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 02:35:19 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of BEERchitect


1.93/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Tried at the local sports bar. It's not bad...in the same way that water isn't bad. Nearly completely clear except for vague yellowing. Well overcarbonated, with slight bit of fizz for a head and slight lacing. Aromas are extremely light and grainy. Tastes very light of cereal grains: rice, corn, and maybe a little barley. Has a light metalic or rust flavor, but slight. Body is very thin and light. Carbonation masks any flavor or texture in the body or aftertaste. Finishes grainy and suddenly. Just slight of crisp or dry. No alcohol and light hop character. Very lackluster.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2005 04:25:48 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of tempest


1.35/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

If I really wanted bad beer, I'd go find some 3.2 Bud and call it a night. I, however, got a free sample after a triathlon. Talk about a disappointing way to end your race.

It poured a tall head, decent looking head but it was all downhill from there. It had a light adjunct odor that was none too inviting and as I put the beer to my lips it only got worse. It starts with little to no flavor and then there's a slight rush of below-average macro-lager flavor.

The first beer that comes to mind while drinking this is Colt 45 in that while it is somewhat smooth, the taste is rank.

If Mich wants to make a beer for active people they should try adding gatorade or at least something that would give a more pleasant flavor and aroma than the insoles of my running shoes.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2005 17:06:51 | More by tempest
Photo of Applesauce1


2.5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1st smell - not much here, a little bit of that "typical beer" smell you get from a bunch of empty bottles laying in the trash; but overall pretty bland
1st taste - watery, not much taste here; the only taste i can really put my finger on is the typical macro lager taste (they pretty much all taste the same - Bud, Coors, Miller, etc.), watered down some though. Not a bad taste though, just pretty bland.
Drinkability is good for this beer though, it's easy to chug. This is a good beer for beer pong, flip cup, or any other drinking game. As far as sitting down and actually enjoying a good tasting beer, I would not recommend this one.

Serving type: can

08-15-2005 01:30:13 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is not beer. Ersatz beer is more accurate. How this can be marketed as beer is beyond me. Watery with absolutely no head, no color, and no taste. How AB keeps gaining market share with this is unbelievable. You want low carbs? Eat one less potato chip and have a real beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 02:51:56 | More by clemtig76
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.35/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a white, five finger head that vanishes within a minute leaving no lace . Clear, very pale amber color. Very light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy and malty. Starts on the sweet side but tastes like flavored water. Finish is like drinking water - nothing there. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Concord Farm, Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 22:44:54 | More by jdhilt
Photo of PBRstreetgang


2.73/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pale beer, very light yellow color. Virtually no head retention or lacing, reminds me of club soda. Taste and smell are very light,added carbonation makes for a pleasent mouthfeel. It succeeds in its style of a very light, low-carb beer you can drink without becoming intoxicated quickly. This is an excellent choice for those willing to exchange taste for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 02:39:40 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of robertp1024


2.78/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light beer, with the attitude of a very light beer. There is very little smell, taste, feel or appearance to this beer, but thats what its for. It pours light yellow, with a slight malt smell. Tastes very watery and very plain with very little alcohol. Plus side is that if your looking for a beer with little kick, some alcohol, but fewer cards and calories, this beer has it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 14:54:14 | More by robertp1024
Photo of beersarang


2.2/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hahahha, hahah, hahah.

This has to be the least offending beer to the pitiful American palate ever made.

Pours an ultra light straw with a white head that fizzles to nothing. Active carbonation.

Smells a bit like grain, but its very faint.

Upfront ultra light malt presence with a fragment of grain, and the ever so briefest flash of the possibly 5 or 6 IBUs of bitterness. Finishes a touch sweet.

Water thin body.

I could drink glass after glass of this, and I don't find anything wrong with the flavor, however, this does not qualify to be a beer by any means. It is the closest to water that you will ever get, except that you get drunk eventually. Michelob ultra symbolizes all that is wrong with the beer industry.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 06:56:07 | More by beersarang
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

1.63/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another one where I didn't feel a glass was warranted. Looking through the bottle I'd say this was a clear yellow and it showed almost no head after opening. Smell was like an empty bottle of regular Michelob after being rinsed out....Twice.

Taste, hmmm... Sorta like bottled water with a dash of mild grainy flavor and very mild carbonation.

Mouthfeel was like water too!

Although not bad in any way, I don't see the reason for making, or buying this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 03:37:07 | More by BrewMaven
Photo of RBorsato


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

Very pale straw yellow-ish color with virtually no to low white head and low carbonation. Strong adjunct cooked-corn aroma and flavor with not much else. Very light bodied and watery.

Quite possibly the wateriest beer I've ever tasted...

Label States: "Low carbohydrate light beer" & 95 cal, 2.6 g Carb, .6g Prot, 0 Fat

Born On: 05/30/05
Tasted: 06/17/05

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 15:15:13 | More by RBorsato
Photo of TPSReports


2.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Fizzy water with a hint of beer taste. Yep, you gotta love this "low-carb" wonder. It's all it claims to be, and more! It almost looks like beer when poured, but it's depressing so better to just drink from the bottle. At least the bottle is a nice dark color.

Lacking in taste, this beer is fast to drink, if you can avoid the day old frat house smell. Again, better to just leave it in the bottle to reduce the aroma. I guess it's better than drinking warm scotch, but not by mutch.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 14:40:12 | More by TPSReports
Photo of Higravity


1.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Of all the light beers I drank at a recent wedding this was the easiest to get through. It look like colored water with no lacing left by the head of white bubbles. There was some taste to this beer of cook grain. This beer only survives past water due to the high carbonation level. I see beer farts in my future. I would drink this if I had to have a light beer, but most likely I would have a scotch on the rocks.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2005 14:31:40 | More by Higravity
Photo of cracgor


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

Poured this bad boy right into my favorite drinking glass. Poured an strange, clear, pale yellow color into my glass. Head formed but immediately disappeared-->feeling this is going to be very unenjoyable.

Appearance: I wouldn't be able to clearly identify this as beer by sight alone. As described before. It has lots of rising bubbles but no head retention, like soda.

Smell: Not a terrible smell. Smells like beer, but uninteresting and can pick up on a sour smell.

Taste: Crisp and clean, but with a major off flavor due to the adjuncts. The taste is not the worst I have had but terrible.

Mouthfeel: too much like seltzer water (incidentally it tastes a lot like this as well).

Notes: Not really a fan of the whole attempt to get carbs out of beer. So you save 40 calories or so, go run for 3 minutes every beer you pound down. You lose too much flavor, which may be a good thing with some of the mass produced beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 22:35:21 | More by cracgor
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

2.35/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, it was the lesser of two evils. However, this was not so bad today . . . hanging out at the Wachovia Open in Charlotte during the third round. Beautiful day to enjoy a beer, so what the heck. Typical light beer qualities. Very easy to down, especially in 85 degree heat. Not a bad memory in the least.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 23:19:33 | More by Backer2004
Photo of twi1609372


2.33/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

to say this beer is watered down is an understatment. i guess this beer would be good for someone on the low carb diet, other than that i see no real use for it other than ocassional because although the taste is nearly nothing it still has more taste than bud light, but that does not say much.

Serving type: can

05-05-2005 03:11:49 | More by twi1609372
Photo of MichaelMeister


1.1/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This was beer?! Had this been a blind tasting, I would have thought someone snuck in a sample from the local urology lab. It looked like someone had accidentally spilled a drop of yellow food coloring in a glass of tap water. There was no aroma (since when does tap water have an aroma other than chlorine?). The mouthfeel was a cross between a very old Alka Seltzer tablet and a flat Tab. It primarily tasted like stagnant pond water with a slight suggestion of a hop or an open, month-old near-beer. But other than that, it was pretty good...

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 01:52:15 | More by MichaelMeister
Photo of RoBotGod


1.78/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I dont know what to say about this that hasnt already been said. No taste at all, whith little to no smell. Carbonation is really high and it taste like club soda. I think there trying to faze out this product with the new bud select. The sad thing is I could most likely drink about 10 of them cause its so close to water.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 18:28:52 | More by RoBotGod
Photo of scaliasux


1.4/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a very pale watery yellow with what initially appears to be a large, soapy head, but quickly disapates to an unappetizing film. Smell is pretty faint, hard to tell if there's any beer in my glass. And it, unfortunately, tastes like it smells, i.e. hard to tell that I'm drinking beer and not befouled water. If you concentrate you may notice a hint of acid or lemon or something ... but its soon gone. If you vigorously swish the beer around in your mouth it will foam a bit, so I guess that helps. The good thing is, if you like to drink a lot of beers in one sitting, you can probably drink about a thousand of these without becoming inebriated. But why?

I think the best way to describe this beer is - selzer. You know the unsugared, but slightly flavored kind. Just a little bitter, just a little flavor and a bunch of suds in your mouth. Perhaps the least flavor I've ever tasted in a beer (and would probably rank below several brands of selzer water).

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 00:48:37 | More by scaliasux
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.13/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

served in an American pint glass

A-very clear only a hint of pale yellow color and a white rocky head that only last for a few seconds. High carbonation

S- a faint sweet smell with the hint of green apples. No hops or malt detected

T- a very dry crisp flavor with no malt and very dry finish. a faint hop bitterness or maybe its just a slight acidity that is like carbonated water taste.

M- a light body that has a carbonated fizzyness to it.

D- If I rated this solely on the BJCP style guidelines it would have been a high rating for its class but I just don't get any malt or hops or even adjunct flavors because it is so light. It is refreshing to drink but it’s not my choice when I want to drink "beer".

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 23:27:39 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of BigRedN


1.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Listed as an adjunct lager, but too me it's one of the low carb beers. Review alonside other low carb beers to compare to Bud Select.

Appearance: Clear, pale gold/yellow. Foamy head that was gone in a flash. No lacing, plenty of champagne-like bubbles.

Smell: Nothing natural like. Adjunct almost chemical smell, and that was only after breathing in deep.

Taste: The good news is there is little taste. The bad news is, what little taste there is it is horrible, almost an unnaturalness to it. Bad tasting water.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery an well carbonated.

Drinkability: I'm going to have to give the others away. I had a freebie from the Bud distributor when this came out. I thought it sucked. Now I don't think it sucks, I kknow. The number one thing I had heard, and an opinion I also formed is that regular beer drinkers (and I'm not just talking BA here but BMC guy) do not like this, but the casual beer drinker (especially one up for the low carb fad) loves it. I have seen this first hand.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 04:53:53 | More by BigRedN
Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,664 ratings.