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Michelob Irish Red - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 13.76%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An Irish-style Red ale that blends kilned two-row and toasted caramel malts.

(Beer added by: berserker256 on 09-09-2008)
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Photo of WesWes

New York

3.05/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

01-07-2009 17:10:29 | More by WesWes
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.63/5  rDev +11%

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear red/amber color with a decent sized beige head that left some lacing.

S - sweet malt aroma.

T - sweet malty flavor all the way through with a very light bitterness after the swallow.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

01-06-2009 23:43:00 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +10.1%

Deep amber color. Strong fruity malt nose. Caramel. NOt too complex, but not bad. Flavor is well blanaced. Strong cascade hops, piney hop presence that wasn't there in the nose. Some light dirty, chalky roastiness in the malt. Definitely better than I expected. Solid carbonation. Not a bad beer at all. The best of the Michelob taster.

12-31-2008 15:35:43 | More by soupyman10
Photo of donteatpoop


3.6/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured a clear deep red with a nice cream colored head and slight lacing retention.

Smells of caramel and spiced malts

Straight out of the fridge this beer is harsh and unbalanced, but this really mellows as it warms and develops into a a sweet red with underlying light hoppy tones.

This is the most beer-like mouth feel of all the Michelob "craft" brews that I've had.

Definately a drinkable beer, needs to warm up a bit to be fully appreciated, though.

12-31-2008 02:31:08 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +12.5%

A- pours a nice clear burgundy with a two finger foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- A slightly fruity malty sweetness with a subtle hop note. A somewhat astringent alcohol scent.

T- A dry malty sweetness. Slightly fruity and a well balanced hop note.

M- Smooth somewhat creamy and light bodied.

D- These go down smooth though a little more body wouldn't hurt.

12-27-2008 23:44:27 | More by JayNH
Photo of Mistofminn


3.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Part of the "Michelob Craft Collection" box at a Christmas party.

A - Pours a amber color, with ruby tones when held in the light. Thick, creamy off-white head. Thin lacing is present.

S - Aroma is of caramel, malts and faint hops.

T - Starts sweet. There is a caramel flavor present. Also a faint roasted malt flavor is here.

M - Thin with some lively carbonation.

D - Definitely drinkable. Enjoyable as well. This is something I might buy in the future.

12-27-2008 00:02:56 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of hiikeeba


3.78/5  rDev +15.6%

A - Pours up a mahogany amber with ruby highlights and a dense, creamy tan head. The head dissolves to a thin cap that leaves delicate lacing around the side of the glass.

S - Subdued caramel malt aroma, no hops detected.

T - Starts off with a slight sweetness, followed by a caramel flavor. Finishes with some roast on the back of the tongue.

M - Very thin mouthfeel

D - Very drinkable beer!

12-19-2008 22:55:15 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +0.9%

A Farewell to A-B, Episode Three: The Turning Tide

Poured into my DFH shaped pint glass, Michelob's Irish Red glows a bright clear Cran-apple color and is capped with a thick topping of soft light tan foam. The head settles quickly into flatness, collapsing into patchy skim-ness, before coming to rest at a bubbly ring that leaves wispy, temporary drips of lacing on the glass.

The smell is red-fruity with snappy notes of tangy cherry and tart apple, the sweetness graced with a zip of bitter citrus and a dusting of spice.

The taste is fruity malts with a touch of toast and a bit of spiced caramel in the finish. A twinge of bitter grapefruit rind stands out in the aftertaste, becoming stronger and more astringent as the drink progresses.

Thinnish in body and obese in stinging carbonation. Meh. My nostalgia for the late A-B is wavering now, and I'm not having any regrets about swearing off ABInBev...

12-14-2008 17:05:00 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of diamondc


3.95/5  rDev +20.8%

A nice red pour, a thin cap of head that sticks around for just a little bit, leaving scattered lacing all the way 'til the end.

There's a bit of a watermelon aroma, honey, and slight roastedness.

Taste is of caramel, grain huskiness, a very earthy/dirt hop taste. A pleasant bitter toast-like aftertaste also comes out.

There's a lot of carbonation, and it's maybe just slightly watery. I can drink a lot of these in one night if I had a sixpack of them. A pretty good start to the Michelob Sampler Pack.

12-07-2008 05:37:31 | More by diamondc
Photo of armock

New York

3.5/5  rDev +7%

A - Poured a ruby color with with a thin off white head that leaves spotty lacing

S - Is of sweet fruity malt

T - Isn't all that strong from what is there is some caramel malt

M - this beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a pretty solid beer that AB put out not my favorite but I could drink this at bars that don't offer crafts if it was out there more

12-06-2008 02:45:43 | More by armock
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

12-02-2008 02:05:56 | More by auxiliary
Photo of drpimento


2.9/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

12-01-2008 23:09:38 | More by drpimento
Photo of likethetaste


3.93/5  rDev +20.2%

This poured a clear reddish color with a head that stuck around for a little while. Had a light candy apple/cinnimon smell. This goes down pretty smooth with a spicy candy flavor. Finishes with a slightly burnt finish. Not bad. Define spicy candy apple flavor to it. A nice beer for Autumn or rainy days. In fact, the more I drink this the more I like it!

11-27-2008 22:30:51 | More by likethetaste
Photo of Cindirene

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +25.4%

Poured a nice deep mahogany color with a little head which stuck around
Nose was mostly bready malt
Taste reinforced the nose with a nice malty sorta caramelly finish
Full bodied for an AB product - Actually kinda nice
Yeah as someone already said this will blow Killian's out of the market if it is available on the same scale

11-25-2008 03:23:10 | More by Cindirene
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

11-24-2008 10:39:41 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of chilidog


4/5  rDev +22.3%

I bought the mich samplar for this beer. It poured nice, deep mahogany red with a tan head. Carbonation was good to produce a well maintained head that did settle to a thin film atop.

The aroma was all-malt, candy like sweetness.

The taste was malts, caramel, dough like breadness. Good, not over sweet and thick enough to show its solid not watered down body.

That plays into the mouthfeel, bready goodness.

Overall a good drinkability to be had. If they mass produce thisone im sure it will match killians for tap space around any town.

11-23-2008 15:29:58 | More by chilidog
Photo of generallee

New York

3.83/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

11-22-2008 23:18:28 | More by generallee
Photo of CrellMoset


3.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle courtesy of dkachur as part of a mixed sixer - thanks!! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown body with what is at least initially a good, tan, one-finger head. Retention is average, fading in about a minute, and the lacing is similarly runny, fast-fading. Not a great start.

Aroma: That's more like it. A good solid malt profile, chocolate, brown sugar, and maple syrup dominate here and though it's not too pungent, it is pleasant.

Taste: A shadow of the aroma - a watered-down version of the aroma? Everything that was in the smell, plus a hop twang, divided by four. Maybe plus a little gummy bear. Which is a shame.

Mouthfeel: Like each of the Michelob products I've tried so far, the mouthfeel's just fine - medium-to-high carbonation in a medium-bodied beer results in a nice, creamy, even feeling mouth. Good, if not outstanding.

Drinkability: Very average. Alcohol's fine and well-hidden, but this one's even less flavorful and interesting than the previous two. Get some of those aromas into the taste and we'll talk.

11-17-2008 03:11:32 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.85/5  rDev +17.7%

Deep reddish amber in color. Nice thick and even beige head. Retention is pretty good; reduces to a thin cap, but stays there throughout. Leaves some nice stringy lace.
Smells of toasted malt with a hint of caramel or molasses.
Pretty flavorful and robust maltiness. Sweet with just a hint of drying bitterness in the finish to round things out.
Moderate carbonation, fairly smooth.
Goes down easy. I enjoyed it.

11-14-2008 16:20:31 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of bound4er


2.9/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

11-14-2008 03:05:23 | More by bound4er
Photo of beeragent


3.93/5  rDev +20.2%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle:

A - Pours a deep reddish copper, forming a good 1 inch tan head with light spots of lace.

S - Smell is dominated by the malts, creating a good caramel aroma, but with a noticeable hop aroma mixed in.

T - Good toasted malty mouthfeel up front, caramel in the middle, and a slight bite from the hops in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

D - One of the better brews available from Michelob. Good flavor and body from this beer. I could see havong a few of these in a night.

11-13-2008 22:10:21 | More by beeragent
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.43/5  rDev +4.9%

Glassy red (or dark orange). Some root beer-like head. The color of a lava lamp.

Sweet roasted malt, not really bitter. Nutty, kinda like a roasted brown. Only slightly sweet. Roasted malt of a Smithwicks with a Guinness.

A tiny bitter Irish bite. Slightly sweet, akin to the sweetness of an Oktoberfest. Some nice roasted malts (more bitter with warmth). Nutty and not overly bitter.

Milky but a little bubbly fizzy. Some nice bite. A solid, slightly bitter, slightly sweet Irish ale. A nutty red ale.

11-12-2008 03:40:06 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.93/5  rDev +20.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner/tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark red/orange color with a pretty thick orange-ish head that dissipates slowly, leaving some lace behind. Looks very nice.

Smell: Sweet and malty (caramel malts) with a slight hop spice. As the beer settles and warms up a bit, the caramel maltiness overtakes the slight hoppiness completely.

Taste: A malty sweetness with a slight bitterness toward the end with a malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a relatively full body. It's not flat, but it could use a bit more of a carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. This is a sweet and refreshing beer that represents its style very well- a pleasant surprise from AB. This is the best beer from the Michelob Craft Pack and maybe even my favorite from AB (so far).

11-11-2008 20:49:26 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Pours a dark amber color with a small head, that thins out quickly. A little lacing observed.

Smell is of roasted and carmel malts. Taste is quite similiar, but now the malts almost seem burnt.

Mouthfeel isn't too impressive. Not to smooth of a beer and leaves a dry feeling in your mouth.

Overall, it is a decent beer, nothing I would go and buy again. But the sampler was a decent buy so I'd recommend the sample pack.

11-11-2008 06:59:45 | More by mothman
Photo of WakeandBake


3.68/5  rDev +12.5%

This came in a sample 12 pack
Wow a serious dark amber pour,with an offwhite head. A hearty malt aroma with some floral hop notes.Spicy malty flavor with a dry hop finish,pretty straight forward beer with a good mouthfeel and medium body.A good drinker,and solid offering for the price.

11-09-2008 16:27:54 | More by WakeandBake
Michelob Irish Red from Anheuser-Busch
76 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.