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Michelob Ultra - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
47
awful

1,891 Ratings
THE BROS
37
awful

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Ratings: 1,891
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 1.84
pDev: 39.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 151 | 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.

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Photo of woodychandler
1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I CAN't believe that there are no previous reviews to edit! I just reviewed this ULTRA-nothing beer the other day and now I have to subject myself to it again. Boo hoo.

As with many macros in a CAN, it pours with a decent finger-and-a-half of bone-white head with decent retention. The really striking aspect of this "beer" is its color - Holy Urine, Batman, my stream this morning was darker than this! It was an ULTRA-pale lemon-yellow with ULTRA NE-quality clarity. Hell, I could see through walls with this one! The nose had a slight cereal quality, but that was after repeated sniffs, trying to discern even something worth mentioning. ULTRA ho-hum! Mouthfeel was light, airy, ULTRA smooth, almost like I was not even drinking water, no, air, no, beer. Oh that's right, I was supposed to be drinking beer. Well, you could not prove it by this concoction. ULTRA boring. Finish was ULTRA non-existent. Wow. Give this a wide berth unless ULTRA boredom is your bag.

Photo of dbrauneis
1.79/5  rDev -2.7%
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 corby112
1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is bland and just plain awful.

Pours a very light watery golden yellow with thin fizzy white head that quickly dissapears. Aroma consists mostly of corn and frat house hallways. Very watered down with extremely bland corn flavor. Very light and nasty the whole way through. Disgusting!

Photo of Georgiabeer
1.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 LXIXME
1.75/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mothman
1.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Bud American Ale Glass.

Poured vigorously to yeild some white head but fades down so fast. Color is a clear straw yellow gold.

Aroma: Very bland. Not to much here. Some grains and that's about it.

Taste: Pretty much the same thing, except I get some corn here. Very light and bland.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and nothing I like. Light bodied and a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a very dry aftertaste.

Overall, not something I would ever buy. Light and thin. This is just a fancy way of saying a light beer is light.

Photo of tempest
1.35/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

If I really wanted bad beer, I'd go find some 3.2 Bud and call it a night. I, however, got a free sample after a triathlon. Talk about a disappointing way to end your race.

It poured a tall head, decent looking head but it was all downhill from there. It had a light adjunct odor that was none too inviting and as I put the beer to my lips it only got worse. It starts with little to no flavor and then there's a slight rush of below-average macro-lager flavor.

The first beer that comes to mind while drinking this is Colt 45 in that while it is somewhat smooth, the taste is rank.

If Mich wants to make a beer for active people they should try adding gatorade or at least something that would give a more pleasant flavor and aroma than the insoles of my running shoes.

Photo of ejimhof
2/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
1.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes.

A: Mich Ultra is a very light yellow with a small white head that has very little retention and leaves practically no lacing.

S: Some corn and grain, but overall lacking in aroma. Not much going on.

T: Similar to the aroma, very boring with a little bit of grain, corn, and a light sweetness, but thats it.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very thin and water like.

O: Basically a water with few ingredients thrown in. Its only saving grace is that it is refreshing, but only because it is essentially water.

Photo of DoubleJ
1.6/5  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 Huhzubendah
1.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A friend bought a pitcher for the band last night.

A: The beer is crystal clear and an extremely light shade of yellow. There is an inch of head that quickly fades, leaving no lacing.

S: There is no aroma. Zilch. I can't honestly say the aroma is repugnant, as it seemingly does not exist.

T: The beer has no virtually no flavor whatsoever, for better or worse. There's really nothing more to say.

M: It's extremely watery. In fact, it's the most watery beer I have ever had.

D: I would rather drink tap water. This beer is completely futile. It doesn't taste bad - it doesn't taste like anything. Why waste money on a product that has nothing to offer? To create the perception that you're taking care of your physique and/or being responsible by choosing low calorie, faddish, flavorless macro swill? I'll pass.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.13/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

served in an American pint glass

A-very clear only a hint of pale yellow color and a white rocky head that only last for a few seconds. High carbonation

S- a faint sweet smell with the hint of green apples. No hops or malt detected

T- a very dry crisp flavor with no malt and very dry finish. a faint hop bitterness or maybe its just a slight acidity that is like carbonated water taste.

M- a light body that has a carbonated fizzyness to it.

D- If I rated this solely on the BJCP style guidelines it would have been a high rating for its class but I just don't get any malt or hops or even adjunct flavors because it is so light. It is refreshing to drink but it’s not my choice when I want to drink "beer".

Photo of Zorro
1.33/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours the palest of all possible yellows, it is almost water color.

Smell is almost nothing, faint sweetness and grain smell.

Taste is almost nothing at all. Non alcoholic O’Doul’s has more flavors than this. Take a regular Michelob and dilute it by a factor of 4, that is what is here. Almost seltzer water.

Mouthfeel is water.

It is drinkable as in like a glass of water.

Photo of Stinkypuss
1.93/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Clear nearly transparent yellow colored brew. White fizzy short lived head. Aroma of dry cereal grains, namely corn and rice with some malt. There is a small note of grass. In the flavor, grain driven sweetness with a flash of mildly bitter hop that was a surprise. The flavor is quite light and goes away quickly. Watery, over carbonated body. Not the greatest beer here. My friend saw me drinking a bottle of this and grabbed it out of my hand and threw it into the back yard. I'd consider him a good friend and an even better person.

Photo of jdhilt
1.35/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a white, five finger head that vanishes within a minute leaving no lace . Clear, very pale amber color. Very light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy and malty. Starts on the sweet side but tastes like flavored water. Finish is like drinking water - nothing there. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Concord Farm, Concord, NH.

Photo of smakawhat
1.53/5  rDev -16.8%
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?

Photo of Mebuzzard
1.93/5  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 Wasatch
2/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of chinchill
2.03/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle served in pilsner glass

Looks VERY light. Clear pale straw with plenty of carbonation.
Aroma smells like a macro-brewery from a distance; not entirely attractive.
Taste, while better than the aroma and lacking any serious off-flavors, it also has too little taste, even for a light beer.

OK, I suppose, as a cold beer-like refreshment with a meal or to quench one's thirst. Poor substitute for a real beer.

Photo of biegaman
2.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of tdm168
1.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden copper with a loose, soapy head that fades quickly. Smells of sweet corny grains and a hint of metal. The flavor is excessively mild bordering on nonexistent. There are hints of grains and faint earthy hops. The mouthfeel is extremely thin and light, and the beer is excessively carbonated.

Well, they achieved what they were after; a very light, low calorie, flavorless beer.

Photo of Kelp
1.25/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
2/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of atrocity
1.5/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of sendbeer
1/5  rDev -45.7%

Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.