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Michelob Irish Red - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of hoppyhobby
2.42/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I guess I was expecting an exciting micro-brew flavor even though this is from a mass producer/brewery. I was excited on the pour and even more excited by the rich brownish-red appearance as it was making my mouth water.

However the aroma is almost non-existent and the taste is pretty bland. Typical flavor from a mass producer as they have quite a variety of beers but they quite often do not have enough character to make it noticeable or noticeably different from an everyday Budweiser.

It's advertised as malty ale and there is some definite evidence of malt, but the hops is non-existent for an ale. Not one that I will probably go after again.

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Photo of krukster
2.67/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber in color

S- a little bit of a malty smell, plus somewhat fruity

T- A watered down fruity/malty taste, not the worst, but not the best. I know shitty descript, but very hard to write a decent desciption when the beer is unremarkable one way or the other.

D- Somewhat easy to drink, but nothing to write home about.

Got this in a variet pack on sale for $10. For the price pretty good, but would pay much more than $15. The Michelob Marzen, Pale Ale, and Porter were better.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of scottbrew4u
2.69/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber to light brown in color with a reddish hue. Light tan head and good clarity. Head settles quickly down to nothing.

S: Malt roastedness is sweet and musty. No hops in the aroma. Rather unpleasant wet cardboard smell.

T: Caramel, toffee are the primary sweet side of the malt base. Some slight acrid bitterness from burnt malt. Slight peat flavors. Hops may add bitterness but not flavor.

M: Medium body with sharp bubbly carbonation. No warmth from alcohol.

D: This is a dissapointing Irish Red but it is easily drinkable just not real flavorful. Nothing too offensive just a bit watery.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle

Appearance: Nice medium-dark amber ale with a decent beige cap that sticks around decently.

Smell: This beer definitely needs to come up to cellar temperature; colder, this is clean and neutral; as it warms, however, some nondescript (but pleasant) fruity notes emerge, along with toasted caramel. A bit too simple, but nice.

Taste: Nice balance of fruitiness and malt up front, which is followed by a nice toasty graininess. Everything's good so far; it's the finish that kills this beer. In my opinion it's definitely too sweet and almost a bit cloying on the finish. Ends with a kick of brief sharp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a bit slick

Drinkability: Ok

Conclusion: I had tried this at a tasting once and didn't think it was bad; here, however, I'm not a big fan. Some of the other Michelob craft beers are pretty tasty, but this one is so-so at best.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a super clear amber color with a shortly lived off white head. Aroma is super sweet and malty. Flavor is very sweet with hints of caramel and roasted malt.

Feel is thin and sticky with a slight tingle to the tounge.

Not very balanced. A semi drinkable beer that is just too damn sweet. Im already bored by the end of the glass.

But hey its Bud and its not awful.
For a macro irish red I strongly prefer Smithwicks

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Photo of RievyRW
2.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Source: 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish with a minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaving no lacing

Smell: Sadly, the best part of this beer is the nice malty smell.

Taste: Rather bland and non-descript for a red. Some malt flavors, but not much.

Drinkability: Better than the standard mass brewed 'light' beer, but not by much. I don't plan on having it again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours red, with a very light off-tan head, nice clarity and colour redeems it a little, no lacing.

S: Crystal malt, caramel, very sweet smelling.

T: Needs more hop balance for sure. Very sugary sweet. Caramel malt, toasted bread form the main flavour, a one trick pony.

M: Sticky, cloyingly sweet at times. Relatively light-bodied, low carbonation.

D: Better than most of the stuff I've had from AB, but that's not saying much. For a beer on the cheap with some modicum of flavour a fair buy, but Sam Adams' version is much better.

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Photo of Brad007
2.84/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby-red color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nice hue here.

Aroma is full of sweet malt that has a trademark Michelob aroma to it. Not that impressive but has some elements.

Taste is full of sweet malt with a bit of smokiness to it. Average at best.

Too carbonated and that adjunct-y, "michelob" taste and flavor ruin this beer for me.

Not even a good attempt at the style.

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Photo of drpimento
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting, sort of. This is way better than their Marzen. Poured with some head and lace. Nice red color. Malt and again some circus peanuts in the aroma. Lots of toasty malt in the flavor with a bit of sweetness to balance. Has an unusual character of "old beer" though. Body is full. Might or might not order another.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is a bit weak, but crisp and fairly malty. Color is a reddish gold, what one expects from a beer that is called "Irish Red." Flavor is so-so, better than most Michelob beers I have had - not complex but pleasant and malty. Texture is smooth, fairly typical. OK for parties.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate colored caramel color with hues of red. Off white head. Nose brings some slightly sweet bready notes along with hints of caramel. Taste brings a bit more caramel but doesn't blend all that well. Moderate body. Drinks fairly well and is a decent enough offering.

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Photo of bound4er
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redish orange appearance with a light tan head. A fairly aggressive pour produces a fine looking head that settles to a decent skim that fully covers the beer. Smells of caramel and grain - not to bad. Tastes a tad bland - grains again with a hint of finishing bitterness from the hops. Similar mouthfeel and carbonation as the Pale Ale. Good drinkability here given its easy going nature.

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Photo of curasowa
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish/dark copper color with a bit of off white head that faded quickly with minimal lacing. Has a sharp, CO2-ish smell with maybe some sour grape mixed in. Sweet malty flavor initially then quickly overpowered by the carbonation. I think the flavor would come through better with less carbonation - it really is overpowering. I guess on the plus side it's very lively in your mouth. Slight bitterness on the tail end and then kind of a watery finish. Not awful, but typical macro-craft.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear red with about 2 fingers of beige/reddish head. Decent retention, minimal lacing.

S - Light fruity/vanilla malty aroma with a touch of grassy hops in the background. Decent but nothing too compelling.

T - Sweetness with a mild butterscotch taste. The beer quickly bitters up with a somewhat unpleasant earthy note. Aftertaste is similar to lemon peel and pith, not pleasant. Too little sweetness and too much hop presence for this brew.

M - Starts out with a light to medium body, but halfway through becomes watery. Carbonation is medium and a bit too effervesent for the style. Little room for the sweetness to pull through in this beer.

D - An ok beer. Really not what I would expect going into an Irish red but nothing too horrible. Too bitter and citric without enough sweetness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear reddish-amber in color, with a small white head, really no more than a scattering of off-white foam. Thin, scattered lace coats the glass wallls; the carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Sweet caramel dominates the aroma, with a slight herbal hop note, and a faint dustiness.

Taste: Mildly sweet caramel notes at the open, as with the aroma, soon followed by a wave of herbal hops, which rises to a crescendo. There is a note of carbonized sugar late in the taste, a bit earthy, which plays off against the lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, overall, and far and away better than its namesake.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce custom brown glass long neck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A decent attempt of the style. But in typical Anheuser fashion, the beer has a timid, one-dimensional flavor and a thin and grainy mouthfeel.

The beer begins with a brightly colored amber hue. Dainty, yet withstanding head formation gives a bit of promise to the eye. A bit of lacing forms on the glass. The look fits the bill but a more sturdy head would have impressed.

Aromas ride the fence on malty-toasty-grainy notes. Lack of hop presence is ok for the style, but the rich and complex malt nose is a bit to acidic and grainy.

Caramelized malts give the initial sip a nice bready, sunkist taste, but then the thin grain aspects come in with a raw cereal and over-sparged tanin taste. Again, no real complexity or hop flavor.

First off, the maltiness seems strong, but then waivers quickly and falls into watery, astringent finish. Bitterness from the hops are balanced well, but the astringency increases the bite and hurts the overall drinkability.

In the end, the beer fairs ok but lacks the intangibles that make an average beer a good beer. Undermalted and a one-dimensional grain bill leads to a thin, grainy texture and over-simplified taste.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215.

Pours a clean/clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly sweet, with some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly bitter, with some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, not that bad.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burnt orange infused with a considerable amount of brick red. Multiple bubble streams feed the underside of a golden beige colored cap that has a decent looking texture. Persistence is a strong suit... and lace isn't.

The nose is acceptable for an IRA, even though it lacks any sort of personality. The beer smells appropriately 'red', with a little steely caramel and a generic fruitiness. Hops aren't present, which isn't surprising given the style or the brewery.

Michelob Irish Red is average beer that neither impresses nor disappoints. Bland is the first word that came to mind, but I guess that's better than a few others that have occured to me while drinking an A-B product. It tastes like a 'focus group beer' that has had any trace of anything interesting trimmed away with ruthless efficiency.

It's amazing how muted the flavor is. We can't have any of that dreaded 'aftertaste', now can we? Each mouthful is dominated by toasted-caramel malts that are earthy more than anything else. A smidgen of fruitiness is still present and what bitterness is appreciated is probably more a function of too few malt sugars than hops. Ho-hum.

The mouthfeel is thinnish, while just managing to hang on to an average score. It too has been calibrated to be as lackluster as possible. A-B: dumbing down beer for decades and proud of it.

Michelob Irish Red is inferior to the best of the new Michelob brews (Bavarian Style Wheat, Porter and DunkleWeisse). On those few occasions when I actually want to drink a beer of this style, I'll stick with two pretty good ones that are available locally: Boulevard Irish Ale and Sam Adams Irish Red.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger very light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear red/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is roasted to almost burnt malt, hops almost balance. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of WesWes
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice dark amber/red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, malty scent that boasts primarily of pale and crystal malts. The hop aroma is limited as is the malt complexity. The taste is average as well. It has a dry caramel flavor that goes down with some prickly carbonation and finishes with a metallic feel. There is a moderate hop bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a run of the mill Irish red. It's nothing to speak of really and I'm not convinced it's a true representation of the style as the bottle suggests.

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Photo of phishgator
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The color comes out as a beautiful amber with a nice white head. Mild carbonation and crystal clear. Then the brew becomes average. Every other aspect is decent, but nothing sticks out. I would say this is better than Killian's and Smithwick's. There is a metallic taste that I can't get out of my mouth and that brings done the mouthfeel, taste, and drinkability.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a reddish brown with my pour producing a decent off white head about 3/4 inch in height. Head quickly fades to a ring around the glass the leaves litte lacing.

Smell: Some lightly sweet malt aromas, leaning towards a lightly roasted caramel scent. Nothing hoppy, although I do not expect anything. A subdued aroma.

Taste: This is mostly a malty beer, which gives it a touch of sweetness. Taste leans to a lightly roasted caramel and bready taste. A little hop bitterness on the finish balances this one out.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. A lively carbonated beer. Prickly on the tongue yet smooth going down.

Drinkability: Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack. A decent beer, I do not know that I would search this one out to purchase seperately, but would not toss these if I purchased a mixed pack with them again.

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Michelob Irish Red from Anheuser-Busch
76 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.