Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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1,898 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,898
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 38.92%
Wants: 11
Gots: 162 | FT: 0
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002)
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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an absolutely crystal-clear, and exceptionally-pale straw colored body. Streams of standard-sized, fast-rising bubbles are quite noticeable and help to support it's good-sized, foamy, bright-white head. Its retention is surprisingly good and it leaves a very nice ring of lace at the outset, and then some decent lace throughout the glass. The aroma leaves something to be desired with a thin huskiness that detracts from it's very lightly grainy malt note. The body is light; and the creamy head lends a bit of softness to the crisp and effervescent carbonation that follows. As it releases it's gas it becomes even softer, and somewhat creamy in the mouth; but it's a trade-off because the carbonation actually helps to enhance the flavor that's there. The flavor is limited, but what else could be expected of a beer that's labelled as a "low carbohydrate light beer". There's some thin grainy malt present, and it's surprisingly well-balanced by a subtle interwoven bitterness, yet it seems lacking. It finishes almost without notice. Still, it's clean and refreshing. It might make a good beer at an outdoor sporting event in the summer, but other than that I don't think it has enough character to keep it interesting throughout even one bottle.

Photo of Jason
1.33/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a “Born On Date” on the neck. States “Calories – 95, Carbohydrates- 2.6” and “Low Carbohydrate Light Beer” on the label.

Appearance: Very pale yellow, perhaps the lightest colour brew I have ever seen. Skimpy white lace does not amount to much, pours out spritzy and almost soda like.

Smell: Odd adjunct aroma, smells of faint cooked corn and mild husk. Other than that it is very clean.

Taste: Watery and thin, very little flavour at all. The crispness is on the right track though with the beer being so light is gives a seltzer like quality. Trace malt is hard to find but it is there, clean husk and cooked adjunct are extremely light also. Vague hop twang with a laughable bitterness, so minute that it brings nothing to the palate. Finishes clean and bone dry without a trace.

Notes: Can beer get any lighter than this? Is this the base product for the production of malternative. This is light beer, so light there is nothing there. People who seek this beer out are people with boring beer palates. There are better light beers out there, even then what is the point? I compare this beer with baked fat free light nacho chips … its like eating air, what’s the point? Don’t even bother with this one as it is the most lackluster, boring, gimmicky brew of its time.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There has to be something wrong with this beer... it's skunked right? That is the major response that I hear working at an outdoor summer concert venue when poured, after trying this beer just now I can honestly say I understand what they mean. In all reality this beer is not beer it's a bastardized marketing concept by a conglomerate of a big business in the brewing industry of a USA mass produced, dumb down American light lagers. Marketed as the "low carbohydrate" light beer to pair with the ongoing trend of the Atkins diet, so if you ask me this beer is going to die just the same as all trends do and mark my words if this ever becomes a staple of the brewing industry of this country I may just find my way to another place. Smooth and refreshing lager beer this is false advertisement, but here goes my description pours quite a few shades short of golden with a highly carbonated artificial fizzy white head leaving no lace, sad looking. Aroma very mild hop aroma some sweetness and light cooked veggie tones with an nonexisting aroma might as well be carbonated water. Taste offensive in all regards tries to pass of shitty piss water as a "lager beer" with a harsh nonrefreshing cooked veggie psuedo hop profile that I could only pray would taste like water instead of it's current form. Mouthfeel is of over carbonated seltza water with the drinkability of urine.

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 nickfl
2/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Slatetank
1.15/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had this bottle at Smokey Bones, where there is not much of a beer selection. I have heard many comments about this so I thought I would give it a go. Served ice cold poured into a mug.

A - An extremely, I mean very pale gold like yellow water. The head appears and vanishes in seconds, there is no lace.

S - A mild hint of sweet odor, little else going on. Possibly an adjunct smell if anything.

M - Watery, fizzy and metallic -a mess.

T - Not a bit of flavor mustered by this ultra-light. More of a feel as in other lights than flavor. If I had to give this a taste description I would say alka-seltzer when pressed. Very gassy w/a slightly oily vegetal tinge.

D - This is a really sad attempt, just not even close to beer. I guess if you want to cut grease from ribs it works, but not for any real beer taste - Avoid this at all costs. I wish this could have proved me wrong but nothing ultra about this, just ultra lame.

Photo of mactrail
2.25/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pale straw color. Head is normal but looks fine. Pleasant carbonation. Club soda feel and taste, but of a better quality with the fine carbonation. Aroma is undetectable. Sharp mouthfeel, probably from the bubbles. Maybe with an absolutely clean palate you could taste something, but if you didn't know it was beer you might guess right from the sllight metallic bitterness.

Southwest Airlines was kind enough to treat us to this swill after waiting for two hours on the runway.

Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: ?

If you're trying to cut your carbs, you might as well just buy a case of bottled water. Pours a very pale color between straw and clear, with some carbonation, and a thin layer of bubbles on top. Not much in the nose; some faint stale grain noticeable. Same on the tongue, with barely any noticeable taste, other than stale grain, skunk, and what could be conceived as a hop. Extremely light and watery, and goes down the same. To be avoided.

Photo of beernads
2/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3/5  rDev +62.2%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
2.25/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of WesWes
2.9/5  rDev +56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale, almost clear, gold color; very light. The head laces nicely. The nose smells like regular Michelob, but noticably lighter. The taste is very watery, but still maintaining the lager flavor. It goes down very smooth and finishes crisp. It's a gusler, no doubt and a bonafied "chick" beer. I guess if you enjoy macro-brewed lagers like Michelob, this is a beer you would be excited about. It's the old philosophy of less calories, larger consumption. I don't worry myself with calorie counts. What's the point? If a beer tastes good drink it. Like anything else in life; Use in moderation.

Photo of jwc215
1.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured clear - slight yellowish with a thin white head.
It lacked a real smell. Some preservative-something-or-other was in the background. So, it did have a slight odor - but nothing beer-like.
It tasted like water - bad water at that. Very weak.
The only good part is you can drink a good beer afterwards because it didn't leave an aftertaste that would interfere.
A neighbor offered to split one with me and against my better judgement I took her up on it.

Why bother with this one...

Photo of smcolw
1.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a straw yellow color and is clear enough to read through; decent white head with some lasting power; little lace. An attractive pour.

The smell is thin. It's obvious that this beer uses a lot of adjuncts. I cannot discern any hop and the "malt" aroma is not from barley.

The only flavor notes of any value is the spiciness that is created more from over-carbonation than from any taste source. There is NO aftertaste. This is the thinnest beer I've ever had.

I'm not sure what is ultra about this beer other than the lack of taste and body. I suggest you save yourself and have water instead; it's cheaper with less calories.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
1/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
1.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bought a 12 pack of this for $7.99

I'm not sure what the point of this product is. It really is a water with a slight bit of beer taste, and at 4% ABV, its almost pointless to drink. No smell, looks terrible in the glass and no taste. But, it is cheap and I must say it's super drinkable. Good for drinking large quantities of beer at one time I guess?

Photo of InspectorBob
2/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of wrightst
1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of GClarkage
2.73/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11/02/04- Purchased at the local grocery store..

Appearance- Poor head retention (next to none), same with the lacing. Very light yellow straw coloring,

Smell- Scent of corn, maybe a bit of malt. Not really much scent. Doesn't smell horrible.

Taste- Well, I was expecting the worst, but it wasn't half bad. I had these for the first time in Arizona early this year and this is about the only beer my girlfriends Grandfather had. So, we drank it and got kind of used to it. It definitely quenched my thirst. Don't get me wrong, it's not a superior beer or anywhere near that. But, it's not a bad stand by if it's all you've got. A bit of malt taste. Very light and very crisp.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heafty carbonation. Kinda like seltzer water. Crisp feeling.

Drinkability- See taste above. Better than I expected. Not much flavor though. Did the job at hand though. Quenching my thirst at 90 plus degree temperatures.

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 Gavage
1.23/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.93/5  rDev +58.4%
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 orangesol
1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
1.79/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of duceswild
2/5  rDev +8.1%

Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 1,898 ratings.