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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

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1,479 Ratings

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Ratings: 1479
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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Photo of bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a pale, grassy yellow with a moderate, frothy white head that reduces to a film quickly, leaving some sparse lacing.

Smells primarily of grain adjuncts; namely corn and rice. Very mild floral note.

Has a very watery, somewhat metallic and astringent taste with a faint citrus-like tone. The finish is crisp and clean.

Extremely thin mouthfeel with a high carbonation level that pops on the tongue. A corn tone permeates the aftertaste and lingers.

Even for a low calorie light lager, this is pretty bad with an almost total absence of flavour. What little is there is rather unappealing as well.

Serving type: can

08-09-2012 18:03:28 | More by bryehn
Photo of GossageBrewery


1.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured this Light Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a pale yellow color, produced a small amount of head, poor retention and left only a small amount of lace on the glass. The aroma consists of cooked corn and cereal. Light in body, this brew has very little grain flavor, it tastes more of water then it does beer. There is only a ever so slight amount of hop bitterness. Dry finish. Overall one of the most boring,non flavorful beers that i have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 00:28:41 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of buschbeer


2.38/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is pale yellow with tons of bubbles rising from the bottle of the glass. Three inches of fluffy, white head settles down to a skim after a while.

S - The aroma is sweet grains.

T - There is some sweet grain here as well. It finishes clean.

M - Thin

O - It tastes like water. Probably be good to drink with hot wings when your tongue is numb from the heat, and you can't taste anything.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 20:33:44 | More by buschbeer
Photo of JamesHenjum


2.98/5  rDev +62.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Medium gold that kind of glows. Drop of orange. Nice looking.

S: Beer smell...nothing else.

T: One of the smoothest and most crisp beers. The only problem is that it is very very watery. You dont get the crappy adjunct taste like in BMC's. But you also dont get much else. Most drinkable beer out there though. It's like water, but not bad. Extremely non=offensive.

M: Wet and fizzy. Very very crisp and smooth.

O: Very cheap and light beer with some flavor. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 20:28:12 | More by JamesHenjum
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

1.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Why do I keep subjecting myself to the AALs? Pour is bright yellow and fizzy. No head, but the carbonation should produce something. Oh but wait, no. The smell is just astringent at best. Light notes of sweet corn, but its light at best. I think theres so much water that nothing can come through. Im talking like 99% water.

Oh but the taste isnt water. Its all bite. Astringency all the way. If this bit were from hops, I would forgive it a bit, but nope. Its all from the malt (or well rice, corn, and adjuncts).

All in all, I drank 1/5 of the glass and left it on the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 01:38:56 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

1.49/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Light pale yellow with a frothy 1/2 inch off-white head.

Aroma - Not much going on in terms of smell. Slight grain/corn.

Taste - Similar to the aroma, not much in terms of taste just a bit of grain/corm.

Mouthfeel - Light body with a quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall - Tastes like carbonated water.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 16:22:12 | More by ChrisL24481
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

1.7/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Took down a pint at the neighborhood bar.

A - Pours a super pale straw colour, thin layer of head with no retention or lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, sweet corn, straw and grassy notes.

T - This is a light lager alright, sweet corn and bready malts come through and quickly fade. This is like water with faint beer flavor additives that leave you questioning whether you actually ordered beer and it got switched with water.

M - Thin, smooth and wet.

O - One pint was more than enough. An underwhelming light lager with flavors so mild it could be mistaken for a pint of beer that was mixed 50/50 with water. Avoid.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 19:50:28 | More by andrenaline
Photo of stakem


2.05/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle care of my brother poured into a pub glass. The brew pours a very pale yellow color with less than a finger of white bubbles that rapidly dissolves to a thin layering across the top. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film.

The aroma of this brew does not bring much to the table. It has a faint sweetness about it that is stretching to say it is grainy. A bit of sulfur and a minor touch of sulfur.

The taste echos the aroma in that it doesn't really have much character. Very mild, neutral grain flavoring with some residual sweetness somewhat like corn. I could sit here and ponder this brew all day but the fact of the matter is that this brew thrives on just not tasting like anything.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is pretty much void of any real character which I guess is fitting for the style. If you want a beer that tastes as little like beer as possible, by all means go tank a case of this and throw a couple limes in the neck of the bottle just for shits. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 02:50:21 | More by stakem
Photo of BostonHops


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

12oz bottle served in a mug.

pours your typical AAL/ light lager clear straw yellow (even lighter, if that's possible) while yielding a thin fizzy head that lapses immediately and leave zero lacing. the nose offers nothing. i mean nothing. after nearly snorting the beer up my nose i detect a hint of grain.

flavor? misnomer. similar to the aroma, there just is an absence of it. some sweetness and exceptionally subtle corn notes. light bodied mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation.

overall, complete waste of time. the only thing it has going for it is that it's not actively repulsive. this one was offered to me and i accepted having never had it. don't waste your time.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:54:22 | More by BostonHops
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

1.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Tallboy can from the LCBO. This seems to be a relative newcomer to the Canadian (or at least Ontarian) market, as I had never seen it anywhere until a few weeks ago.

Pours an extraordinarily pale straw colour, extremely effervescent. I would say it looks like any other light lager, but this one does manage to produce a relatively lofty 1.5 fingers of eggshell-white head. Unfortunately, I hear the sound of rice krispies - that's right, it's fizzling away right before my very eyes and ears, the process lasting no more than one minute - after which, all that remains is some wisps on the surface. Still, at least it got my hopes up, which is more than I can say for most light lagers. Awful aroma of corn, pale malt and solvents; thankfully the odour is pretty weak in terms of intensity.

Unbelievably bland taste, even for the style. In general I find that blandness, though a negative feature, is at least an indirect compliment because it means the beer is not technically unpalatable. This stuff, however, tastes like club soda mixed with cardboard and corn cobs; an extremely watery concoction that still manages to be surprisingly unappealing. Slightly sweet, without much aftertaste. Very light-bodied and watery, with the firm fizzy spritz of the light lager style prevalent as usual. Drinkable and sort of refreshing, but so is water.

Final Grade: 1.98, a rather shameful D-. One of the lamer light lagers I have ever had, which is a feat in and of itself. I haven't had Bud and Coors Light often enough to be able to compare them to this from memory, but this just might be worse than either. I wouldn't describe Michelob Ultra as 'terrible', but I certainly wouldn't call it 'good', 'adequate', or 'moderately enjoyable' either. It is an exceptionally pointless beer.

The main question on my own mind is why AB would even bother trying to bring this into the bloated Canadian light beer market. Maybe to siphon off some Coors drinkers? I guess that could happen - but these beers are all so indistinguishable from one another that I would think MU is just as likely to steal sales from Bud Light as it is from Coors. Like the beer itself, it seems like a pointless endeavour.

Serving type: can

06-10-2012 02:18:22 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

1.65/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is possibly the lightest-coloured beer I have ever seen. It almost looks like champagne or something similar. There is a ton of carbonation rushing up to the top, but not much of a head to speak of.

The aroma is almost as non-existent as the colour. I think I smell some grain... It smells like "beer" though. I suppose that's good.

The "flavour" is slightly sweet and kind of has a smooth corn kind of thing going on. Not a lot to talk about here either. It isn't exactly offensive, if only because there is hardly anything to be offended by.

Overall... ULTRA boring. I never thought I'd say "Pass me the Bud Light"

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 05:54:47 | More by evlu1441
Photo of Bonedaddy


1.75/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Superior light beer? In my part of California it sure comes at a premium price. For those looking for low calorie, low carb beer, this works well. It is well made, but just lacks any real character. This really seems like a beer aimed at people who don't like beer. AB's other beers in this category have a lot more going for them, even the "value" brands.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 17:19:05 | More by Bonedaddy
Photo of prometheus

2.38/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I usually don't drink light beers. Somehow I was at the gas station walk in fridge and wanted something cheap and different and saw this. I thought wow Ultra that's not a light beer. When I got home a read the label more closely and realized it was a light beer. I needed to mow the lawn today so this was perfect. Cold, refreshing, not offensive. I really like the sexy tall can. Not much of a smell. Feels good in my mouth and is very smooth. Taste is actually ok, doesn't taste like much but nothing bad. Overall I liked it. I may choose this over Coors light and definitely over bud light.

Cheers :)

Serving type: can

05-29-2012 00:48:56 | More by prometheus
Photo of Flatlands


1.93/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Beer special at the local bar for a pitcher so I figured what the heck, it was cheap. If you have left the mass market beers and dip your toes back in, you'll discover how little flavor and experience is out there. I will say this was better then water and since I had to drive home, it was a good choice. Clean and crisp was the most I got and AB can do that well.
A-Clear, no head, clean... safe
S-Actually, one of the better smelling mass market beers, floral with some pine
T-clean, mild, better then other light beers
M-hello, are you there? Not really
O-Safe, doesn't make me want to down another and get in trouble driving, clean and for it's style, one of the better AB offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2012 17:06:44 | More by Flatlands
Photo of joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev +41%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: as I poured it from the bottle into a glass it looked clear white. In the glass it was very pale yellow, not much head at all

Smell: light beer smell, a bit of sweetness aroma

Taste/mouthfeel: watery, bubbly, more sweet than other big name light beers, and less skunky or bitter

Overall, very watery and no flavour, but still better than Coors or Bud light.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 04:58:37 | More by joefinnigan15
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

1.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/5/12

A almost looks like water if you pour slow enough, nice big bone white head sustained by lots of big bubbles and even leaves a few patches of lace, very little color though pale light straw yellow would look dark beside this

S cardboard and corn syrup, not offensive but not much either

T A little sweet grains with what I smell but everything is faint, I'm more impressed by how little flavor there really is, it would be hard to brew a beer with so little flavor

M over carbonated and very thin, it would take skill brewing a beer thinner then water, clean aftertaste that's for sure

O yet another why bother beer, it did go down pretty fast but only because I was thirsty and mistook it for water

I can see this one doing really well at retail level, the masses like a flavorless beer and this one delivers

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 05:02:55 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Clones21


2.25/5  rDev +23%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is mostly for people looking to lose weight and still want to drink. The color is light yellow. Not much to it. One thing that surprised me about this beer is its taste. It's really really smooth. I put 6 of these away with ease. The after taste of this beer is what I really enjoyed. It's not harsh at all. Very smooth all the way through. For those watching their weight i suggest you give this a try.

Serving type: can

04-21-2012 01:22:10 | More by Clones21
Photo of bluHatter


1.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Clear yellow. About 2 fingers of quickly vanishing head. Minimal lacing. Lots of bubbles inside.

S: Corn. Just corn.

T: Corn, sugar, very very faint malts. It's not unpleasant, but not much different from a carbonated glass of water.

M: Extremely light lager here. It evaporates from the tongue and leaves nothing behind. One of the lightest lagers I've ever tried. It does have descent carbonation, for what it is.

O: It's just okay. I think there are much better adjunct lagers to be had. I guess this one is just for people on strict diets.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:58:31 | More by bluHatter
Photo of blakelive784


1.15/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass (probably not even necessary), reviewed live:

A - Pours a very pale straw golden color, with a half finger of fizzy white head that disappears almost instantly. Beyond unappealing.

S - Strange off notes, unrefined cereal grains and sugar. Wretched.

T - Pretty much the same as the nose, though there is one predominant flavor: water. Stale adjunct rounds out the awfulness.

M - Light bodied, watery, and highly carbonated.

D - None.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 22:17:47 | More by blakelive784
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

1.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: pours an extremely pale yellow color, virtually almost devoid of color. There was a 2" head that quickly evaporated.

Smell: vegetable and corn mostly with a hint of grass.

Taste: little to no malt profile. Corn, dried grass, and no bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout with a dry finish that is actually unpleasant. Clean aftertaste.

Overall: I don't understand why light beers need to be so tasteless. This is one of the worst ones I have had to sample. If you want some flavor in a light beer, have a Sam Adama Light. Avoid this.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 16:39:48 | More by Gavage
Photo of calicaliente

1.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had this beer over the weekend at a parry. Poured a pale straw yellow with a fizzy head that died almost immediately. Aroma was non-existant. Taste was minimal corn and adjunct with a slight bitter finish. This was my first and last time to drink this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 17:00:37 | More by calicaliente
Photo of ehammond1

1.63/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5


A very light colored straw yellow with a very small, rapidly disappearing head that doesn't leave the glass with any stick.

There is almost no aroma to this whatsoever. What's here is very faint: faint grain and a bit of corn.

Following the aroma, the flavor is almost non-existent. There's a very low level of bitterness, some grain, corn, and a touch of sweetness.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

This may be the lightest, least flavorful beer I've ever had. There is almost nothing here.

Serving type: can

03-12-2012 01:17:45 | More by ehammond1
Photo of CJfromPhilly


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

Pours from the 12oz bottle a rather acceptable golden hue with a foamy head that settles into a medium collar. Carbonation is lively, but not over-active. Aroma is of sweet, wet grass clippings. 1st sip is of club soda mixed with a splash of light beer. Mouthfeel is light and watery with a lively fizz from the bubbles...again, like club soda. Drinkability is high, but then so is that of...club soda. Overall, this beer was given to me for free and I still feel like I got ripped off. If you're that concerned about you calorie & carb intake, have a Diet Coke instead. Oh well, it was good for adding another rating.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 23:43:53 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of JohnnyMc


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

A mildly watered down cheap beer taste is what awaits the palate with this drink.

This is good if you don't want a lot of flavor and prefer to just have a beer to chug or play beer pong with. There are worse; there are better out there in the world of beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 16:53:13 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of Holland


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

A: urine colored with a good sized head that keeps up for the glass.

S: a bit like old brown sugar, but not sweet

T: taste is faint, but there is some malt flavor. That's it.

M: water with heavy carbonation

O: terrible, and worse than Bud Light in the side by side.

Serving type: can

02-16-2012 02:40:34 | More by Holland
Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.