Michelob Irish Red - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: berserker256 on 09-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An Irish-style Red ale that blends kilned two-row and toasted caramel malts.
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Reviews by secondtooth:
Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep amber, with a fruity bouquet. Taste is almost pumpkin-ish at first, with a clean and clear finish. No surprises here, but it's more than drinkable - in fact, I had finished more than half the bottle before beginning my review! This one takes me back to my bachelor days, sipping on pints of Killian's and getting into all kinds of trouble! But that's a whole 'nother story. Hah! Me likes.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise. I bought this sampler because it was $8.99 for a 12 pack, and enjoyed this pretty nice beer. Poured into a pint glass, the beer was a reddish/brown color with a medium-size tan head that left a little lacing. A sweet malt aroma with a little caramel. Same with the taste with a bit of hops in the finish. A bit dry in the mouth. Nice beer.

Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep reddish or crimson amber color with good clarity. Its head is tall, light and foamy with a light tan, almost peachy color. The head slowly fizzles down to a very thin covering and makes just a little bit of slick patchy lacing.

Smell: The aroma has a very sweet and malty character with a hint of doughy yeast and a touch of spicy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a big malty sweetness with notes of caramel and sweet bread. There are also some buttery notes mixed in there as well. Hop flavor is light and has a light spicy, leafy and mineral-like presence. The hop flavor is picked up more in the finish with a light bitterness fading off the tongue. The texture is light and easy drinking with a medium body and average carbonation.

Notes: Overall I would say that this is a solid beer with good drinkability.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a ruby red hue large khaki colored head forms with fine lacing down all sides of my glass. I don't know what I think of the Michelob "craft beer" movement. But the 20 pack came with a tasting sheet that including appearance, aroma, flavor, and IBUs. Along with a website to learn more about different styles of beer. If this makes somebody scratch the surface in the world of beers, then I actually think this is a good. As far as taking market share away from microbreweries, soryy I'm not worried people know the difference between Victory and Weyerbacher with Michelob something their dad used to drink from the bottle in the 70s. Aroma works on me especially as it warms up a bit. Caramel malt notes, warm cookie dough sweetness brings almost syrup like smell to it. Flavor shows some of the hops, the tasting sheet says this one has about 25 IBUs from the flavor that's pretty accurate. Moderate sweetness roasted nut with caramel edges trickling, hops take off with pine and herbal earthy qualites, not bad at all. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a Michelob finish, much like drinking a Rogue beer or a Samuel Adams beer they have signature yeast profiles. Overall solid nothing cloying here goes down smooth just a tad overcarbonated for me. Drinkability is something I don't mind in a variety pack but don't think this beer would go in sixers by itself. Stay open minded it's AB but it's not horrible.

Photo of Brenden
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew is a bright amber color with a ruddy tint to it. The white head doesn't seem thick but rises to one finger and stays there. It manages to leave some good lacing as well.
Grains and toasted malt are both strong on the nose. It's sturdier than I thought it would be, but it does lack much by way of hops other than a tinge.
Grains are up front in the flavor as well, vying again with toasted malts. Here more of the bready character as well as a bit of caramel sweetness come out too. Hops presence adds a note of very light and unspecific bitterness. More hops would make this a good beer.
The feel of this one goes opposite of something I sometimes experience; this beer seems a little thicker and deeper at first, then goes thin and weak. A grainy edge and a mild astringency really detract and leave this one with a bad feel overall. Fortunately it doesn't linger long.

Photo of azorie
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a nice cooper colored red ale with a nice 1.5 head
S: biscuits, sweet malt
T: malt bite with a little hop bite on the front end
M: thin body but not to bad, its easy on the back of your mouth
D: good i could and did drink them all

I got this from a Michelop brew master pack or something hell I cannot remember was a 20 pack i think.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew and the Porter were my favorites of this very low priced twelve pack...$8.99!

The first thing I noticed as I poured this was it's bright and intense red color...ruby red...honestly! it's deep with many tiny, gyser-like bubbles creating this a full-two finger deep head that is smooth and pillowy looking with wonderfully slow retention. this is easily the best looking A-B product I've seen.

The nose is sublte with earthy and smokey effects, caramel sweet scented malt is pretty robust but it takes some whiffing to get it all in.

The flavor is a clean, sweet and rather heady malt flavor with a big earthy, peppery hop effect that seems to throw off the balance a bit, but it ends in a classic hop-bitter falvor with the sweet malt still hanging on. There is a earthy, smokey effect that is classiclly Irish. Peat moss and grass is long in the finsish.

The feel is medium to full, it's got a bite but finish smooth with a creamy, lasting head.

This was not at all hard to drink folks, also not a stand-out version but for less than $1 ea, this was a good deal.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, that is indeed red. Not phony food-coloring red, but it's close enough to make me wonder just a little. Head is very small and thins quickly to a wimpy crown. No lace whatsoever.

Aroma exhibits a malty, candy-like sweetness that brings to mind succulent fruit and salt-water taffy. It has something I can only describe as "gooey," but how can gooey have a smell? Anyway, I know I like it.

Nice toasty malt presence up front and a light snap of hops to keep things in check. "Toasted" starts feeling more "burnt" after awhile, and right on through the finish. Sweetness from the aroma is there but very much sedated and balanced, and there's even a flash of cinnamon. Along with a kind of sourness in the finish, it pulls a few different ways, but still isn't too bad.

Texture is not exactly as sharp as soda, but that's the only thing I can compare it to. Don't like it, but it becomes fuller with just a little warming. Ah, hell, it's okay, but only just.

It's alright. I would never rush toward this one, and after this mixed pack is gone, I won't ever remember it. Looks good, and smells even better. Even the flavor is decent, there's just something about it that fails to wow me.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear maroon brew with a one finger head of beige or slightly darker-than-beige head that sticks around for a while. Some sudsy lace sticks to the glass, and the head stays at a nice little cap for the duration.

S - Toasted caramel malt and not a whole helluva lot else going on here. Not bad, but WAY underpowered and one-dimensional.

T- Pleasant toasted malt and caramel/toffee notes abound. This is pretty mellow and it has an earthiness to it that I like. Some gentle hops come out at the finish, but this is definitely a malt-oriented brew.

M - Light bodied, mellow carbonation that gives a slightly foamy mouthfeel, and a neutral and clean finish make this one to please the BMC folks who want to drink something "crafty" but not too wild.

D - Not bad for what it is. It's a dollar or two cheaper per sixer than most microbrews, but I'd gladly shell out the extra few cents per bottle for something a little more complex. Altogether, this is a pretty good brew... it's just average-ish and unexciting.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As would be expected of any beer from Anheuser-Busch, the head retention and lacing are quite good. The creamy yellowed-tan cap fades slowly, leaving nice wide splashes of lace as it goes. Beneath, a clear dark copper body gleems with orange highlights.

The nose is clean and bright, expressing sweet red-skinned fruits and caramel.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and creamy smooth with just a delicate zest on the tongue.

The flavor expresses much more caramelish malt than the nose, but the fruitiness remains. Surprisingly, there are some bright grassy and floral hops present. It's a little sweetish at first, but it is balanced, and rather than becoming cloying, it actually softens a bit as it warms and the toastiness of the malt widens. Hops swirl in the finish, along with a touch of scorched sugar and toast.

Surprisingly complex and full-flavored, this runs rings around A-B's other Irish Red, Killarney's. Who needs to compete with Killian's when you have something like this? Nicely done!!!

Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes:

Pours an effervescent auburn with a pinky of tan head. Zero head retention & lacing

S:Slight toasty malt & nothing else

T: Slight breadyness, herbal & metallic hops, plus dryness up front. Toast malt & astringency dominate as this warms, plus some caramel & leafy hops. Finishes semi-crisp with leafy hops mingling with caramel & grainyness. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: light/medium bodied with assertive carbonation & okay balance

Drinks alright, not a bad take on the style, but kind of a mediocre offering compared to some of Mic's other craft offerings. Wouldn't turn on down... Let down by its appearance & nose

Photo of harpo111
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a redish-amber color. Poured into a glass it kept a nice tan head for a while with some lacing.

S: Had a malty/grainy smell with some hop overtones....

T: Toasted malts and grains...caramel and some hops. Moderately carbonated. Tried two of them..one out of the fridge..the other i sat on the counter for 20 min or so to let it warm up...The second was way better than the first. Smoother, less metalic bitter...hops were smoother and was sweeter tasteing.

M: Moderate carbonation...head held well, which added some creamyness.

D: Not a bad beer for its style and being mass produced...still an inexpensive beer with some taste. Could have been better balanced, but still if I walk into the 7-11 and they have bud and this...i pick up this.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of philipquarles
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a dark orangey amber with a large fluffy beige head. Perfectly clear without many bubbles. Aromas of strong, toasty caramel malts, and some spiciness. Kind of bready. Taste is heavily malty with some slightly metallic notes. Sweet and a bit peppery. Slight bitterness in the background that doesn't leave much of an impression. Light, watery body that still seems to come off as syrupy. Pretty straightforward, but drinkable.

Photo of Bigfatbino
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A = Rich dark red color. Tight bubble structure and a good lasting head. Left a nice lacing in the glass.

S = Smells good. Not a ton of sweetness, but a nice rich nutty aroma. Smells "clean"

T = For this stlye of beer, I was not impressed, but I wasn't dissappointed either. It seemed to lack boldness and character. There is a nutty bitterness that is present, but not much more than that. A light lingering "chocolate" aftertaste.

M = Thin, watery, moderate carbonation on the top of the tongue, and not much else to write home (or the internet) about.

D = despite being ho-hum in other departments, I could handle a few of these at a backyard BBQ, or perhaps I'd start the evening with one. I never found this style of beer to go well with anything except baked potatoes, cabbage, corned beef and beets, and even then, it's my "backup" style of beer.

Given a choice of other national products from "Big 3", I'd probably order this one over some of the other choices out there.

Photo of puboflyons
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 09034-VB54. Sampled on March 14, 2009.

A - It pours a reddish-brown with a bubbly but short-lived beige head. Only about one finger and it's gone.

S - The aroma is so overly sweet that it's obnoxious. A weird mix of caramel and 'Sugar in the Raw' going on here more than the malts as hyped up in the commercial description.

T & M - The mouthfeel is slightly better that watery and typical for a Michelob product. I found the taste to be more bitter with the sugar thrown in to offset the bitterness. I do note the malts however.

It's another attempt by Michelob to be a craft brew but it doesn't quite get there. It wasn't terrible and it's on sale right now for St. Patrick's Day. So I'll finish the 6-pack.

Photo of BierFan
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Color of Coca-Cola with a one inch tan head. Much darker than I expected. Left pretty good lacing.

Smell: Roasty caramel malts. Nothing complex about the smell. Slight hops.

Taste: Slightly roasty flavor. Very sweet tasting.

Mouthfeel: Pretty watery but that helps the drinkability.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. Produced on 09037 (Feb. 6th).

A - Clear amber red on the pour with a big puffy and noisy cream-colored head. Two-fingers and slow to drop but leaving no lacing.

S - The rich caramel and malty nose is unleashed on the pour. A light kiss of hops compliments the very malty nose. Smells almost like a dopplebock. Very sweet.

T - Roasted malts give this beer it's bitter finish but a mineral water flavor and chalky dryness really ruin what this had going for it so far. The caramel is much less noticeable in the flavor and the crisp hops are more evident.

M - Medium-bodied and incredibly dry on the finish with a chalky mouthfeel. Somewhat metallic too.

D - The smell started on the right foot but the flavor couldn't follow through. The mouthfeel and metallic, mineral flavor ruin what this had going.

Photo of matjack85
3.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.29. The born on date is Oct. 3, 2OO9, so this bottle is just about 1O months old.

The beer poured a ruby red color that became a bright and clear amber red when held to the light. The beer made a 1 finger light tan head that dissipated rather quickly, but it did leave a decent amount of spotty lacing with each sip.

The smell was faint caramel malt along with some hard candy sugar.

Not a bad tasting red. Their website brags about the sweet caramel taste, which is there, but I was more impressed by the bitter hop flavor which was not even mentioned. It's a nicely balanced beer with neither the malts nor the hops dominating. A 25 IBU rating along with super high carbonation and a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Medium bodied but with high carbonation giving it a spritzy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable and enjoyable with no noticeable alcoholic flavors.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last in the series that I decided to pick up and try this evening. This one was at the end of the night and I was glad I actually got to grab one to finish off the box. Again served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pilsner glass. This one was consumed on 10/09/2008.

The pour was decent. A nice ruby tinted amber color coming through, with a nice caramel like hint to it. Some light touches of frothy white head on the top as well as a good bit of carbonation coming up to the surface throughout the session.

The aroma was a malt bomb and this was evident really from the very first sip. But the nose was leading that way as well. Hints of caramel, some bready touches and a musky sort of aroma were dominating the day here. Nice touches of earthy hops coming through as well, but very light, more of an accent then anything. The flavor started out with a nice rush of caramel malts, syrup like in the feel almost with some soothing carbonation underlying it but not enough to push it off the map. Nice bready and biscuit like mid palate was then replaced with a somewhat chewy and earthy hop in the finish, before melding back into the sweet profile that held me at the beginning.

Overall not bad at all for the style, a little thick to really be a session able beer here as I found the carbonation a touch lacking, but the flavor was pretty darn good and I would have no issues with trying this one again any day.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really nice looking ruby colour that really accentuates the "red" in Irish Red. head is thick and off-white in colour and quickly subsides but leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma leaves a bit to be desired, as there's just not that much there: a faint hint of sweetness, perhaps a bit of roasted malt, and that's about it. A bit disappointing and leads one to believe that there won't be much to the flavour of this one.

Thankfully, the flavour far and away surpasses the blandness of the aroma. Dry roasted malt hits you at first and quickly blends with a touch of caramel sweetness, before retreating back into more of a roasted flavour that leaves you with a very dry finish. Perhaps a bit of fruit flavour here and there as well. Well done. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of girth to it to match the ruggedness of the flavour, but it's a tad thin too at the same time. I'd have preferred a bit more bite here, but still pretty good.

I was happily impressed with this one. Much like the Michelob Porter, I've gotta say that if either was available in six-packs, I'd pick them up from time to time. Add in the fact that both this Irish Red and the Porter are in the Mix 12 Pack with the decent Pale Ale and not bad Marzen and Michelob might have another winning package there as well...especially if I can continue to pick it up for $9.50 a pop. A great deal for sure. This is certainly worth a try and a nice stab at the style from A-B.

Photo of jmarvin4189
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

bought a 6 pack for 2.99 at beverage warehouse in VT

Appearance - It was a clear amber red with about 2 fingers of white foam

Smell - its a sweet malty smell with a hint of caramel

Taste - has a bold caramel flavor and is quite malty. It was too sweet for me. This didn't remind me of a normal irish red, it was very different and had different flavors i wasn't expecting until i smelt it.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with a low to medium carbination

Stomachfeel - This one did not settle with me too well... I wouldn't go too crazy with this one. It's so sweet and malty its just asking for a stomach ache.

Drinkability - very drinkable until your stomach starts getting upset.

Photo of Proteus93
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A clean deep red pour topped with a short head somewhere between offwhite and light tan.

S: Detected a bit of a floral bouquet on the nose... joined with the toasted maltiness and a honey-like sweetness.

T: An agreeable flavour of malts, with some sweetness that comes across as perhaps a little like melon? A little herbal hoppiness balances it out.

M + D: A little powdery, with a sharp carbonation that could be toned down a notch. It's a little overbearing to my palate. Quite a reasonable beer, though. A solid offering and something I could go with again - especially for the price.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking pour, nice ruby-amber malt infused body. Hefty, creamy head. Looks appealing.

Aroma is pretty unique. Large, toasted, almost burnt breadiness. Along with a semi-sweet underlying caramel note, with a added touch of fruitiness.

Upfront this beer provides a pretty good sticky caramel malty sweetness. Mouth puckering, with stingy carbonation. Toasty sticky toffee and sweet sugary butterscotch give way for more malty goodness. A bit astringent near the finish where, fruity, grassy, hoppiness comes in to try and balance the malts. So, great start, not so great finish. Still highly drinkable, and good mouthfeel. I'd definitely say quite sessionable. Drink this one fast, and you won't have to deal with the weak finish. Mission accomplished.

Great alternative to most macros, hope convenient stores stock this for when I'm on the road. Quite good, I'd give this a try.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma - Caramel and sweet like fermenting malts.

Appearance - Pretty dark red. Poured with a thin tan head that dissipates slowly. Not much visible carbonation.

Taste - Malts a bready but no real bite. Smooth start to finish. The bread flavor upfront transitions into pretty much nothing flavor wise.

Notes - Not bad just nothing I would ever crave either.

Photo of auxiliary
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Ruby red color, small head that didn't stick around and little lace here.

smell - Nice malt smell with some maple syrup present.

taste - Roasted malt taste and hops present but not bitter.

mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonated.

drinkability - I was impressed by it. Why don't they make this all the time. I have had more tastey irish red beers, but again impressed by AB.

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Michelob Irish Red from Anheuser-Busch
76 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.