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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
47
awful

1,899 Ratings
THE BROS
36
awful

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Ratings: 1,899
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 38.92%
Wants: 11
Gots: 164 | 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 Georgiabeer
1.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours an extremely pale golden with a bright white head that fades immediately to almost nothing. Smell is lightly sour and vaguely citrusy and grainy- sorta like a poor quality Orangina knock-off that's been watered down. There is an underlying cereal sweetness. The taste is unbelievably light, an initial graininess and then....nothing. It just fades off in a burst of effervescence that tastes vaguely of slightly sweetened club soda. That being said, as weak as this is, I prefer its inoffensiveness to the cooked corn taste to so many other American macro lagers. This one is barely a beer, but I could see sucking one down while mowing the yard- but only if I were out of water.

Photo of dacrza1
2.1/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another "fun" reviewer... to say I am "sessioning" this is to say one is taste-testing a chicken nugget...sad when a beer's advertisiements actually DO approximate what to expect from the taste...sparkling translucent effervescent yellow body with a hint of head--champagne from a distance...light hints of bread and dough, classic cereal....a bit of chemical cleanliness? Light watery body that bubbles around the tongue--fleeting in presence...the beechwood aging appellationwould best apply here...refreshing is the commercial (and euphemistic) word for anything this "ultra"...no surprises: a beer that somehow manages a measly amount of carbs and sacrifices a ton of character possibilities for a chance to be consumed in mass quantities by club-hopping hipsters (or so notes the commercials)...and I'm strangely okay with that, from this distance...then again, I like chicken nuggets...

Photo of EPseja
2.28/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked this one open, looking for a refreshing beer.

Served from a 12oz. bottle in my SABL glass as just under fridge temperature.

A - Lighter than pale yellow with a quick pop of head that dimishes to a thin film in moments. Decent carbonation action in the glass. Very sporadic lacing.

S - Bright, adjuncty sweetness with a vague hint of alcohol. Woo.

T - Miscellaneous grain sweetness and corn. That's about it. No hops to speak of other than a very light tinge of bitterness in the back. Underwhelming.

M - Watery going in, and puffing for a moment before turning flat. Swallow is not unlike water.

D - Well, if you're looking for something that makes it seem as if you're drinking beer without all of the malt and hops getting in the way, then this is your beer. Refreshing, but only as much as a nice glass of water would be. Above average drinkability for the style, thanks to the merciful lack of taste.

Photo of meechum
2.7/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had this numerous times and just now getting to reviewing it. Pours a decent amber color with little to no head and practically no lacing. Really has no smell to it at all. The taste is ok when nice and cold but as it warms up, like most macros it begins to suffer. Overall it's an average to below average beer but certainly not the worst I've ever had

Photo of metallistout
1.33/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pour- What in the hell is going on! NO HEAD at all! Little carbonation bubbles, like I poured yellow 7up.

Smell- Has a feint smell of Bud Light. Nothing to the nose really at all.

Taste- Rice,corn uh-nothing else

Mouthfeel- A joke, I think I just drank water.

Drinkability- Low carb? Come on! Is this what we've reduced ourselves to. Macro-Beer was already reduced down in flavor and calories a hundred times before this drink came around. America Macros supposedly made good beer before WW2 and then they marketed after the women, so what does that tell you?(No offense to any women on this site that like good beer)

Photo of Amalak
1.38/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of JamesS
1.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.03/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of iceball585
1.5/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of BamaWorKs
2.45/5  rDev +32.4%
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.

Photo of Floydster
2.4/5  rDev +29.7%
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

Photo of Kulrak
1.33/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Photo of BuffaloBilly
2.73/5  rDev +47.6%
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.

Photo of biggmike
1.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
1.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
1/5  rDev -45.9%
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.

Photo of linuxn00b2004
1.2/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Photo of BeerDreadz
1.18/5  rDev -36.2%
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???

Photo of BBM
1.53/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of giblet
1.35/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of ncvbc
2.17/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
1.2/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
1.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of puffybh
1.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 1,899 ratings.