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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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1,918 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 39.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 197 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002

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 pmcadamis
1/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Note: I'm only reviewing this because it was free.
A - Clear lemon juice color that is really more or less colorless. Absolutely no head....even with an agressive pour. A tiny collar of soapy bubbles rings the glass.

S - Doesn't smell like anything really. Only the faintest hint of macro lager adjucts can be detected. This really has no smell at all.

T - Seltzer water. I've never had a beer that was quite as bland and tasteless as this one. I can't really say that it tastes bad because it really doesn't taste like anything at all.

M - Seltzer water. Ridiculously carbonated and as thin as water.

D - If you are thirsty, this is as good as water. This is no real beer though. For someone just looking to get drunk with as little interference from the tastebuds as possible, this is you weapon of choice. I'll never drink this again.

Photo of shivtim
1.8/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: An ultra-clear yellow. Like a thimble of urine poured into a liter of water. The only thing that saves this from a 1 is that it has a head. Nose is incredibly faint grains. Taste is mild corn, and nothing else. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Drinkability is similar to that of water.

Photo of jettjon
1.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From a 12 oz bottle with born on date 11 Jan 07. Into a chilled glass the color of weak lemonade. Very pale yellow with numerous bubbles like seltzer, heavy carbonation in pour. Vigorous pour yields a thin white head that quickly fades to a ring, and surprisingly, some lacing. Nose is grassy-sweet and almost soda-like. There’s a slight metallic tang. Tastes dry with a corn flavor and a bit of sweetness. No hops evident. Basically adjuncts and water. Mouth is like fizzy water, insubstantial, basically dissipating on the tongue. Drinkability is far below par. I can’t think of any compelling reason to drink even one of these.

Overall: A true ultra-light: light taste, light body, light enjoyability. A terrible excuse for a beer; even thinner than a Coors Light. Avoid.

Photo of DoubleJ
1.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Please hold off any lo-carb jokes for now, we'll get to those later. I have a beer to review:

The head is a bit of a surprise (heck, it even leaves lacing on the glass), but the body is very pale and colorless. If you got this beer from the show "Iron Brewer", you would swear the secret ingredient was rice. There's just a trace of corn, but whatever little flavor there is neutral from the rice. No aftertaste follows (there's a surprise).

I though I would see this beer in museums by now, but long after the Atkins diet fad, I still see people drink this stuff. Speaking of Atkins, how is eating a pound of bacon healthier than eating one apple? I'm not going to buy into something like that, and neither should you. The only reasons to drink this are to add to your beers reviewed list and to remind you this is "beer" to the lowest common denomenator.

Photo of Cyberkedi
1.7/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This barely tastes like beer. I drank it only because there was nothing else available. OK, so I've been spoiled by imports and craft brews, but I am glad to be that way! At least I can appreciate the taste of genuine beer, as opposed to American macro-brew pseudo-beer. I hardly tasted it and hardly felt it going down; it might as well have been flat ginger ale.

As the joke goes, light beers are like doing gymnastics on the beach - flippin' close to water.

Photo of BadRockBeer
1.45/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Light straw, Crystal clear. One finger head that diminished quickly leaving little to no lace.

Smell: Cooked corn kind of lacking strength.

Taste: Bitter, acidic, virtually no hops. Defiantly has a hint of corn. Clean finish with little after taste.

Mouthfeel: Watery, Light extremely carbonated.

Drinkability: One could drink many of these if he did not desire flavor and complexity. I found it rather tasteless and boring.

Photo of lehows
1.31/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

At first glance this beer's appearance isnt as bad as other light macros but, as they say, looks can be deceiving. Hardly any aromas to speak of. Maybe some mild metallic and corny husk. This beer literally tastes like seltzer with a bit of malt flavoring added. It's just awful. It's about as light as a beer can get. This is what people who don't really like beer drink or chicks who think they are watching their weight. Big time pass on this.

Photo of Neehan
1.32/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Decided to review this after it was left in my fridge after New Years Eve. Poured a lighter than pale yellow with a thin-carbon filled head. Similar to a soft drink. It smells bready with little substance. This is continued into the taste... bready with little taste and heavy carbonation. The carbonation dominates the mouthfeel. If you can drink carbonated water, this is drinkable. Poured this one out after 1/3 of the glass. No thank you.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.92/5  rDev +57.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle found in a night shop in Hammersmith, London. Best before Jan 07, drank Dec 06.

Very pale golden liquid, with no head at all, not even a hint of one.

A sweet, almost toffee aroma seemed to hit my nose, which didn't transfer into the taste. Euro lager, a Dort or Pilsner style would have been my guess if this had been a blind tasting, no way would I have thought this had been brewed outside Europe. A bit watery, with a tinge of apple, but nothing offensive or great about this beer in my opinion.

I am not a lager drinker normally, but got this purely because of this site, so I could review it. I must be getting sad in my old age!

Photo of Umbra
1.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was over at a friend of a friend's house and this was one of the limited choices. I think I might just choose water next time. It's all been said before: urine colored, limp foam, no flavor, taste, nor decent mouthfeel. Heard rumors that they use synthetic hops. Very popular with the south beach crew looking to "cut carbs."

However, you are all overlooking the actual best usage for the beer. It does make a good marinade for shellfish. We've also used it before as the base of steaming shrimp and crabs. Cheap, easy, and doesn't pain me to use because I don't want to drink it.

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

This was a hard beer to rate, mainly becaiuse it was like rating a glass of water...not bad, just nothing to it. I have to say that this was the clearest beer I’ve ever seen. Poured from the bottle, it looked like a carbonated water, with little to no head or lacing. Aroam and taste were not necessarily bad, but again, nothing to them.

I really don’t know why people wouild spend money on this stuff. if you are that weight and health conscious, just drink water out of the tap, and forget about paying for the dark bottle and Michelob label.

Photo of dherling
1.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out with the faintest of light golden color, crystal clear, and bubbly, zero head retention. The nose gave me nothing, a tiny amount of grain perhaps. This drank like acrid spring water, more like "hmmm, what's that off flavor in my water" than "hmmm, where's the flavor in my beer?" Strangely enough, it went from no taste to foul tasting after finishing off the bottle. This beer is yet another testament to why people shouldn't go on the Atkins diet. I can't help but believe that if I drank this for a few hours straight, there would be no discernable difference between the liquid going into my body and the liquid coming out.

Photo of supercolter
2.98/5  rDev +61.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An all around average beer. I don't see why everyone rated this quite as low as it is. There was actually a bit of head and lacing with this beer so I can't knock the appearance. The taste is relatively bland and watered down, but there is some dry malt taste and a bit of spice to keep it fresh. Mouthfeel is thin for my liking.

Photo of scottoale
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

One pint brown plastic long-neck bottle, complete with a twist-off aluminum cap and a Born on Date:10AUG06.

This gem of a macro pours almost clear (very pale yellow) with lots of forced carbonation and a short lived white foam head that leaves nary a trace of lace.

The smell is very sweet of malt and corn adjuncts with notes of Double Bubble gum and dust.

It tastes like a blend of soda and quinine water, not nearly as sweet as it smells. Very macro bland malt flavor... watery with a fairly clean finish.

Very uneventful light body that is fizzy, watery and made for the masses that don't mind this style...where's the alcohol?

Photo of thefenst
2.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very pale staw color.
Smell was very clean macro; a bit grassy with adjuncts.
Tastes like most light macro lagers, except with even less taste.
This beer is very carbonated, this was almost like drinking beer-flavored club soda.
Being that it is so inoffensive, this stuff is very easy to drink, but if you are looking for a beer with any taste you will be disappointed.
If you are looking for a light beer with at least some flavor, Miller High Life Light might be more up your alley (with similar calorie content as this).

Photo of ghostmech007
1.2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz twister into a frosted pint. "Low Carbohydrate Light Beer" is on the label.

Pours a pale lackluster yellow. Pours like a soda if you hard poured it you wouldn't of had any head form. Possibly the worst looking beer on the market.

Clean smell with no real notes of anything except husk.

NO flavor. Very watery and very thin. The carbonation is good but that is the only thing this whole brew has going for it. It's hard to find anything to taste in this brew. No hop bitterness and a bone dry finish.

Are they sure this is beer?? I thought it was just carbonated corn starch and water. I just hope people that drink this (like my future mother in law) can try to find a light beer that isn't insulting to the name. Like Sam Adams Light maybe.

Photo of teg8612
1.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Very pale yellow, I don't like what it looks similar to.

S- Clean with not much to say. Adjunct smell of corn and husk but almost nill.

T&M- I taste....nothing. Very light, watery and thin. What I do pick up disappears a split second later. Finishes clean and dry which would facilitate drinking this all day if you are adverse to flavor.

D- When they say light beer, they aren't kidding. Light color, no smell, light taste. Avoid at all cost. I am almost more dissappointed when I hear someone order this than if they order Bud Light. It may seem gimmicky but I don't think this one will go away anytime soon.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
2.12/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a plastic cup at the office picnic. The liquid is a very clear off white, not a bad white 2 finger head. It is truly amazing that some thing can be brewed this light and still be sold as beer. Really it should be called something else.

The smell is beer like. kinda hopy and malt smell are there, but faint.

The taste is best described as hopped soda water.

The mouthfeel is just like soda water. Nothing redeeming here,

The drinkability is really not very good, even free I am not going to finish it, but 3/4 gives me enough to work with here. Stay away. MK

Photo of Mebuzzard
1.94/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

OK, so this isn't a good be relative to most of those reviewed on this site. But for its category it ain't bad.
Very light body, sparse head of two fingers that did not last long.
Smell of malt and water.
Taste was very light, rice and malt dominate, yet not sweet.
Crisp feeling on the palate, goes down easy. Better than some 'Lite' beers, but still not my type.

Photo of wedge
1.36/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a lifeless pale, pale yellow with a loud, fizzy head that instantly shrinks to a fine layer of bubbles kept alive only by the near-violent carbonation. Smells like pretty much nothing...faint, clean cereal grains. At least it has a bit of flavor...not good flavor, but flavor all the same. Watered down pale sweet malts followed by adjucts and grain. Fizzy, watery...you get the picture.

Its not repulsive, but you might as well just drink sparkling water.

Photo of Phatz
1.24/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beer is nearly impossible to review other than Appearance: Pours a typical watery yellow. The rest of the beer just wasn't there. The smell and taste have little to offer. There is a hint of grain and a bitter aftertaste but otherwise it is simply seltzer water. Mouthfeel: It is carbonated. I didn't even finish the bottle. I simply don't like the stuff.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Guardian
3.16/5  rDev +70.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

If you are looking for a "good" beer, this is not it. If you are hoping to save a few calories (and especially carbs), this can't be beat. Smell is kind of funky, the taste is quite waterish and it will take about 4 before you feel any buzz whatsoever. Essentially this beer is good for what it was created to be...a low carb macro-brew.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
2.4/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Even for a light beer, Michelob Ultra is pretty underwhelming. Light yellow in appearance, with a simple smell, and near non-existant taste. Carbonated, watered-down beer. Towards the end, it's hard to finish. Would be fine if you were desperate or having a burger or hot dog at a BBQ and trying to avoid the calories, but Sam Adams Light, Amstel Light or even Bud Light would be a better choice.

Photo of bashiba
1.15/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured an absolut sickly yellow with little bit of fizzy head.

Smell, what smell?

The taste was very very light bit of grassyness, even letting it get to room tempature left if almost tasteless.

Mouthfeel was well the same as carbonated water.

I hope to never drink this again, only did this one because it was free.

Photo of xav33
1.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Michelob Ultra
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, consumed 07/06
Fairly aggressive pour in a pilsner glass

Poured a very light shade of pale hay with quickly dissipating white head.

Smelt of a blemish of maltiness

Taste begins with light corny malt and finishes metallic and watery. Mouthfeel was light and overcarbonated.

Overall, a good substitute if your tap water is contaminated.

Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.