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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

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BA SCORE
46
awful

1,477 Ratings
THE BROS
36
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Ratings: 1477
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 1.83
pDev: 37.7%


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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Diane_Brew

Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +115.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on a crazy night chillin with the homedogs. Arrrooo!

A: Can't see it in the bottle.

S: Like beer in a bottle with a bit of snot. Second opinion says sweet. Third smell indicates hops.

T: No Molson M. No gross, bitter aftertaste. Kind of like eating yoghurt to cleanse your palette. Leaves a clean taste in your mouth. Perfect for after eating Butterfinger bites.

M: Feels like slightly flattened fountain pop...perfection giggle giggle.

Nobody's gonna lay a finger on my Butterfinger. Or Michelob Ultra for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:11:32 | More by Diane_Brew
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drmystery

North Carolina

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

my dad bought this beer because "[i] need to watch my weight" and he bought a 6 pack and gave 5 to me.

i had it out of a bottle and didnt bother pouring it..i have no idea what it looks like but im guessing clear, because this abortion of a beer tastes like water, feels like water and smells like water. its a crap beer. i was at an airport bar and noticed the person next to me was drinking michelob ultra, which is fine, they like what they like and i cant do anything about it...but when they have sam adams and guinness on tap, why the hell would you drink michelob ultra? then i realized that this "beer", along with just about every other AB product is made for people who dont drink beer.

if youre at a party and they have michelob ultra, do yourself a favor and drink water.

this beer is the absolute worse beer i have ever had. stay the hell away from this atrocity.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 18:36:32 | More by drmystery
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Michelob Ultra has a straw tone that, while suited to a white wine, looks exceptionally dull in a beer. This essentially colourless beer is as lifeless as it is transparent (which is to say entirely). Bubbles are released in seemingly precision timed intervals but don't amount to much head.

With Michelob Ultra the world’s largest brewery explores new standards of repulsiveness. It's an aromatic atrocity. This is one beer I'd actually recommend drinking from the can. No one needs to smell the foul corn syrup and chemical adjuncts. It's ultra bad.

The lack of beer-like flavour explains why most non-beer drinkers find this agreeable enough. (The unpleasant adjunct taste is why they prefer to drink it 'ice' cold.) It is soda-like both in its sweetness and carbonation and reminds me of ginger ale except for the off-putting aftertaste.

The 95 calories and 2.6 grams of carbohydrates per serving is a benefit where diet is concerned, but it doesn't make for much of a mouthfeel. The beer is so thin-bodied that it quickly turns syrupy. Asked to describe it, I'd say it most resembles soda water.

The only instances in which I've been able to tolerate - I didn't say condone! - Michelob Ultra have been at a ballpark where the beer selection is so poor as to make a bad 'light' beer preferable to bad standard-strength brands. It is after all, among its few positive qualities, one of the most bland things I've ever tried. Summed up in two words: adult pop.

Serving type: can

04-02-2013 05:44:34 | More by biegaman
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.04/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very clear and very light yellow color with a big fizzy white head and tons of tiny carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. The head fades almost instantly leaving almost no level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is very light consisting of a light corn and citrus hop smell. Mixed with these are some other lighter aromas of a paper and slight metallic smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter corn malt taste mixed with a little bit of a malty and papery taste. As the taste advances, the flavors all are dialed down even further as the taste gets more watery. At the end a faint citrus and metallic taste join the, now largely, corn malt and papery taste to leave a rather thin somewhat metallic overall flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thin with a carbonation level that is quite high. Both are good for the style of the brew, with it being a very light and low calorie beer as well as the feel helping to hide the somewhat off metallic and paper tastes as well as for making for a more refreshing style brew.

Overall – It is very light and moderately refreshing and hence it fits many of the categories that a light beer should. It doesn’t have a great flavor profile however with some slightly off flavors (especially toward the end of the taste). Light- yes, but super tasty – no.

Serving type: can

04-01-2013 01:36:34 | More by Darkmagus82
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev +23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a very pale light yellow similar to the color of a vegetable oil. Had a decnt 1 finger white head that dissappeared quickly

S - Not very pleasing. Grainy smelling and alcohol smells. Maybe a little malt?

T - Definately winey tasting. Its not repulsive just doesnt have much flavor

M - Like drinking carbonated water with a dry finish

O - It'd be a refreshing beer on a hot day. Its not disgusting by anymeans and serves it purpose. But it doesnt have the big flavors I like in beers. Still, I wouldnt turn it down if offered to me and I'm sure I'll be drinking many more.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 02:28:06 | More by Goosehunter75
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Wildcatz69

Kentucky

2.2/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank this from slim cans.
The look is usually really light yellow if you ever had it on draft, but slim cans are exceptionally poundable.
Smell is right upfront, you can tell it's super light and sorta tingly.
Taste is stronger than what is expected, very easy to pair foods with.
The mouthfeel is tingly if you don't let it sit around for longer than five minutes.
Overall I will drink this beer with ease when offered for free, probably on a golf trip.

Serving type: can

02-01-2013 04:34:14 | More by Wildcatz69
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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev +23%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 355ml can

A: Piss. Very pale with a head that lasts a couple seconds and dissipates like a soda leaving no lacing.

S: Very grainy and grassy smelling.

T: Just like the smell. Tastes way to grainy and far to watery. Some beers are neutral and just watery others are watery and carry some nastiness with them. This one is the latter.

M: Water. Goes down like a soda with the carbonation hitting your mouth in an unpleasant way.

Overall: I've drank this a few times now. I'm Canadian and where I'm from this beer was unavailable till a couple months maybe a year ago. I'd had it in the states before this and found it appalling. Much to my dismay it reared it ugly head in our neck of the woods. I drink it when I'm offered it at parties and get togethers and could see it being sessionable but I don't really enjoy the experience.

Serving type: can

01-11-2013 00:42:39 | More by Haydn-Juby
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

1.79/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a bottle at Earl of Sandwich in Newark International Airport (EWR) Terminal A

A: Pours a very pale yellow in color with very few golden yellow highlights and minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall thin soapy white head that quickly reduces to the faintest of rings at the edges of the glass. Minimal to light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma of this beer is almost non-existant, there is a faint aroma of corn adjunct malts.

T: Light to moderate flavors of adjunct malts, both corn and rice seem to stand out for me. Extremely light hints of grassy hops that give the beer a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink but definitely not a beer that I will be getting again - limited selection at the airport lead to trying this one... It is too thin and too watery to really be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 03:26:56 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

1.93/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer is clear and very light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of adjunct malts in the nose-corn stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light flavors of rice adjunct malts. The slightest hints of bitterness are also detectable.
M: It feels rather light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer is very easy to drink, it tastes more like writer with notes of rice and hints of hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 01:21:18 | More by metter98
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eric222222

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Michelob ultra's Biggest competition is obviously Budweiser select. Both beers come in at right under 100 cal, and are intended to win over the weight-conscious crowd. I personally am trying to drop about 40 pounds, and so I tend to buy these watered-down diet adjunct beers on occasion. Michelob ultra is the best of these kinds of beers. It taste like a light beer, but it's an ultra light. Not great, but not horrible.

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 19:06:54 | More by eric222222
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Aaron_Ramson

California

1.78/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Ordered this from Applebee's, draft, 16 oz glass. Appearance is extremely light, pale straw colored yellow; clear as water and almost as light. Lots of bubbles continue to rise from the bottom to the surface; the head is almost non existant, no lacing but a soap like bubblineess. Smell is sweet corn and malts. Taste is sour and tart, light and watery, no discernible taste of hops or grains. I assume what I am tasting are the adjuncts; rice and corn. Mouthfeel is similar to soda water. This is a beer that you drink when you don't want to take any sort of enjoyment from the beer drinking experience, but then again no one drinks this for its taste. It's "diet" beer, but the low alcohol and crappy flavor nullify the fact that its lower calorie because you would have to drink several of these just to get a buzz, thereby equaling the calories you'd consume from drinking a quality beer. Basically It's what you drink when tap water isn't quite alcoholic enough for you.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 22:34:07 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

1.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

there is worse tasting beers out there, but only because this can scarcely be considered beer. it doesnt taste much like anything. it pours lighter than piss, about as clear as my tap water, with soda carbonation yet zero head. the nose is offensive old apple juice and malt extract watered down way past a reasonable level. the taste is nonexistant, less taste than any other beer ive ever put in my mouth, its downright absent. no body at all, too many bubbles, what is the point of this? if you want to cut carbs, dont drink beer at all, or skip the cereal in the morning, but dont shave away the elements that makes a beer a beer, this is an assualt on brewing, and something i never want to see in my fridge again. damn my old man, who thinks he can get skinny on this shit!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 23:51:36 | More by StonedTrippin
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.35/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Tucker for buying a 12 pack of these and usually drinking half of these by the time he gets to wherever we are!

Looks like a very weak, but professional beer, tons of clarity, light watery yellow appearance, thin head. Pour a bunch of water into a normal AAL and this is what it prolly looks like. Aroma, almost nonexistant, but you can get a smidge of barley aroma in it. Its not bad, its just barely present.

Taste, barely anything to taste, but again, it isn't a bad taste, its just extremely watered down. Same with the mouthfeel. When you start to think you can pick up on a small hop zest, you realize its just the massive amount of carbonation they put in. Its like equal parts seltzer water and AAL.

I like this beer when its like 100 degrees out. Or when I need to cleanse my palate. Other than that, I don't understand this beer, but its not bad. Just watered down. Which is bad. Hmmm. Its somewhere between bad and watered down.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 18:40:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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jmoyer3


1.75/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

For a low carb beer with 90 something calories it isn't a horrible choice for cats on a diet. I like to drink them during the week because they don't jack you up and your not killing yourself with late night carbs. That being said I would never order one at a restaurant and short of the principle listed above would probably never drink one other than that.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 23:55:33 | More by jmoyer3
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bubba41


3.2/5  rDev +74.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I appreciate good beer, giving dogfish head 90 minutes IPA a 5/5, but i'm dissapointed to see such low reviews for Mic Ultra. Exactly what did the reviewers expect? This is as advertised: a very light, low carb beer for an active summer (or other season) day when the drinker does not want to feel weighted down/bloated but wants to enjoy a beer. No, this is not the finest craft beer on the planet, but it does not pretend to be. It does not sell itself beyond its label.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 22:25:48 | More by bubba41
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

1.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance - Clear very light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is no lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, metallic, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation.. almost like a seltzer.. and I can taste corn mixed with some light fruity notes. There is also a graininess and it ends with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - This really isn't a beer.. I've never seen a beer that was such a light shade of yellow. The taste is extremely light and the mouthfeel is like a seltzer/soda. Not sure why I picked this one up.. curiosity got the better of me.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 14:16:23 | More by spinrsx
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A60sburnout

Illinois

1.03/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

EEEKS!

This was BEER?

The only tip-off was the word 'Beer' on the label. Low carbs equals no taste, right?

I'm sure that Ultra serves the purpose for those drinkers who are restricting carb intake, (which is why I tried it in the first place), but the result was so unsatisfying that the carb investment in a much better-tasting brew would be worth considering.

Poured out a very pale yellow with little to no head. Taste and mouthfeel were closer to water than to any type of malted beverage. Very thin taste. Hops? Yeah, right... nowhere to be found.

If offered a choice between Ultra and a bottle of water, I'd choose the water every time.

My advice? Stay away, unless you carb watchers are desperate for a beer-flavored beverage.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 14:11:27 | More by A60sburnout
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smakawhat

Maryland

1.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Oh boy I totally forgot to write this one up! From my notes poured into a tall pilsner glass, taken from a good friend who always drinks this...

Off the pour an extremely bleach white head is formed, but very soapy and disappears quite quickly, but does always leave some pencil thin collar while consuming. While pouring just from the sound and appearance, the impression I get is that there is going to be no texture. Pours like water, lots of slapping noises, a very straw gold body, some decent rising carbonation. Overall it pours quite weak but looks passable for a lager, it's not really that bad appearance wise.

One whiff and suddenly it's all bets are off. The nose on the brew is extremely thin and papery. It smells like paper pulp, or papier mâché. Slight sour grain, and this huge sense of carbon dioxide like gas. Some very strange fake bitter fruit zest to it also. Hints of rice, LOTS of rice and airy quality. Barely even resembles beer.

Palate hits and there is no feel to this beer at all. It truly is like drinking tap water, with some sour gas added to it. Malt backbone to this consists of nothing but eating rice cakes (even if it might be mostly corn not sure). It's largely tasteless. Papery texture and wet is not a good combination on most food items, and for beer its got to be the biggest sin ever. Strangely there's some hop action on the finish which almost reminds me that this supposed to be beer, but barely. Extremely fleeting palate, with no depth.

Overall this reminds me of an old Cosby show episode. Bill's wife comes home with rice cakes and says look these are new, and they are good for you and healthy! Bill picks one up, bites into it... crunch. Thinks for a second, then says, "this has no taste". Wife replies yeah but it's got practically no calories! uh.. IT has NO TASTE... he says again.

This is that beer. It's about as interesting as drinking a box of styrofoam chips. If you want to drink something low calorie at least go for some Clausthaler Amber. This beers angle just makes no sense to me. It is drinkable, and easy, but for flavor and experiences why would I even bother to have this again?

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 13:55:37 | More by smakawhat
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

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

Often known as the lightest of the light, the wateriest beer you can find amongst the vast swill that is light lagers. I'm glad it's the latest induction to the highly influential series known as "Free Beers From Work" is a beer of such infamy. Does it live up to the un-hype?!?

Poured the expected very pale yellow and could be mistaken for water at a quick glance. A white pillow of head sticks around decently though, a decent cap is still left at the end.

Very faint scent reveals some grainy and pale malts, no garbage but very faint.

Like the smell, it is quite faint/watery but really not offensive to me. It is your standard lager grainy/cereal/bready malts with a tiny bit of sweetness there.

Mouthfeel has an alright body with high carbonation. Not much flavor, goes down easy.

Certainly of the most flavorless beers around, very watery. But still easier drinking/slightly more enjoyable than your light Coors, Busch, Bud, etc.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 22:10:18 | More by Chico1985
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KYGunner

Kentucky

2/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This poured with nearly no head and a pale yellow color. Virtually without scent it has actually has alight easy drinking taste. Lets face this is an alcohol delivery system for people who want less carbs and calories. I must admit that if I intend to get intoxicated and not be filled up this is the easiest drinking beer I can think of.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 00:14:49 | More by KYGunner
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Bierwolf

Missouri

2.48/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had a 6 pack of these over a couple of days. 12 ounce bottles poured into a pilsener. "Born On" date of 08/20/2012.

Appearance: Very clear pale yellow, white fizzy head that reduced quickly to a thin froth. Some carbonation bubbles and a thin lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Not a lot here. Slight grainy aroma with a little something metallic in the background.

Taste: As to flavor there was not a lot. Crisp, dry and semi-sweet with mild hop bitterness. Slight sting.

Mouth feel: Thin, watery, slight bite, semi-dry.

Overall: Refreshing and good after getting hot and thirsty. Easy to drink. If you want something with flavor you need to try something else.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 16:43:22 | More by Bierwolf
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darktower

Pennsylvania

1.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not quite sure exactly what the purpose is of this beer. Yes it's one of the best selling in the world and yes, it probably makes A-B boat loads of money but literally it's like drinking nothing. No texture, no taste, no smell, no flavor, nothing. Just yellow'ish, watery, hop swill. I shall forever pass on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 19:30:00 | More by darktower
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Diz0915


2.13/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The bottle is so decieving..

It's like "DRINK ME! I am a creation of the beer Gods."

But then you taste it and you are like "That jerk lied to me!"

I was encouraged by every frat-boy, tailgater and party boys to try this and that is was amazing. I refrained because I am more of a full-bodied beer guy, myself..
Alas, I was at a Liquor store and was feeling generous and I picked up a six-pack along with my regular 12 pack of Budweiser...

Boy, was that a waste of $8! I ended up giving it away to my cousin because I could barely stomach the bottle I had and moved on to bigger and better things. (Budweiser)

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 00:03:06 | More by Diz0915
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

2.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pourss bright yellow with a finger and a half of white head. No lacing.

S - Smells like corn. That's about it.

T - Very simple and straight forward. Corn upfront, rice adjunct in the finish, and slight asparagus in the aftertaste. Actually not terrible for how light the beer is.

M - Light body with heavy carbonation. Adds a corn flake type flavor into the mix as well.

O - Overall, Not the worst thing I have ever had. Certainly better than Stroh's and some other adjuncts, but that isn't really saying much.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 00:59:29 | More by SometimesIfart
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

1.45/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A friend left a can of this in my fridge causing quite a dilema...Do I throw it out? Give it away to someone I dont like? Dare I delve into the world of LIGHT adjunct lagers for a review? Then I thought to myself I must review this, because when will I ever actually buy a Michelob Ultra? Wish me luck.

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass.

A - A crystal clear watery yellow with a one finger white head that disappeared almost instantly. Honestly, it isn't even really yellow enough to look like beer. Zero (and I mean zero) lacing.

S - Faintest of aroma of lager yeast. That's it.

T - Dextrin sweetness upfront fading into a finish not unlike paste. It's not that the actual taste is truly that bad, but the almost total lack of anything resembling beer flavor is astounding.

M - Extremely watery and extremely overcarbonated.

O - Well. Now I know why someone didnt bother grabbing this back once it hit my fridge. Again, a total lack of anything resembling beer characteristics (malt, hops, body). Just watery, sweet tasting, and generally terrible. Finshed about 1/3 of a glass. Rest is going down the drain.

Serving type: can

08-20-2012 02:43:52 | More by TempeBeerMan
Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.