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Michelob Irish Red - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Irish RedMichelob Irish Red

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117 Reviews
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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 aristeros
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug. Very pleasant coppery color, small white head that fades quickly with some lacing. No hops in the nose, roasted and sweet malts, also biscuit.

Moderately sweet, a fair amount of carbonation interferes somewhat with the taste. Roasted malt flavors and biscuit, just a hint of hops at the end.


Probably the best of the Michelob "craft collection," but there's no outstanding beer amongst them, just "good," and that's half of the four varieties. Worth trying once.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.52/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

What will red do for me tonight? 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The head has a fuzzy texture and is over a finger's thick on top a deep carmelized red color. By now, only a paper-thin sheet of head remains on top. The aroma is a good one, my nose tells me. Toasted malt is the first to come out, followed by sweet fruity esters which gain dominance.

In the mouth it goes, and I notice the beer has a watery body with some bubbly fizz, akin to a soda. Flavor-wise, some toasted flavor pulls through the body. It floows the same path as the nose and turns fruity. It is fairly clean, and a drying grain note ends the journey.

It may be from AB, but this turned out to be a pleasant Irish Red. Bewtween this and Smithwick's and Murphy's Red, this one would get my pick among widely distributed Irish Red Ale's (Killian's is a dark lager).

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Longneck poured into an American pint glass. A hard pour produces about a quarter inch of light tan head that dies down to barely a covering after a minute. Light red in color and perfectly clear with very active carbonation rising up. Aroma is bursting with heavy sweet malt - almost a candy sweetness to it and some grain husk. Also some toasted tones, and nothing in the way of hops. Flavor includes a prounounced caramel quality to start followed by toast and some balancing bitterness. Finish is short and light with husk tones. Feel in the mouth is very prickly and light. I found this ale to go down pretty well actually. Its light character and dry finish lend to easy drinking, though the high carbonation level is annoying. The malt flavors in this beer are pleasing and make it an interesing ale to drink.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a branded Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers glass.

Pours a brilliantly clear, rich amber-mahogany hue with a thick yet quickly dissipating beige head that rests into a thin rocky layer and displays very little stick on the walls of the glass.

Aroma is full and malty, with caramel notes largely dominating over lesser notes of toasted biscuit and some chocolate as well. Quite reminiscent of the rich malty aroma of a good Doppelbock.

Somewhat light and lively in body and carbonation, and, as tends to be apparent in most Michelob ales, a little thin. As with the aroma, malt dominates the palate, with a caramelly introduction that is followed by a faintly astringent grainy texture and flavor mixing with milk and dark chocolate notes and a mildly bitter hop presence that mixes with the grainy astringency just enough to balance the heavy malt character. Finishes on a dry, vaguely sweet and grainy note.

Very clean, balanced and far from cloying. Perhaps not the greatest representation of an Irish Red, or maybe it's just a unique depiction, leaning on a bit of Bock-like legs. Either way, a well-crafted brew from one of the Big Boys in the industry.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've never really been happy with Irish ale. This beer isn't great. It's pretty good though.

It has a reddish amber color with minimal head.
There are some malt notes and little hops aroma.
It has a slightly sweet taste with some hops flavor that hangs around afterward.
It feels kind of cloying, The beer has a strange way of coating the mouth.
This beer is more drinkable than most other Irish ales, but it's not going to convert me to this style

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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 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 philipquarles
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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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 Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper red pour, very nice tan head. Nice bottle noting 2 row toasted caramel malts.

Light hints of spicy malt in the aroma. Not a whole lot, but for what's there - enjoyable.

Taste is on the sweet side with the malts, the spices do try and balance it out in the finish. Even notes of black pepper and caramel mix into the fray. I'm not overly impressed, but not disappointed either. I'd recommend this for the Irish ale people.

Ya know, not a bad brew at all, especially for the economical price of $6 a sixer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copperish red with a light tan head that dissipates. No lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel (in a "red" fashion) with a bit of earthy spice and some bread.

The taste is of sweet caramel (again - in a "red" way), slightly bready, though not quite "toasty" as I would expect. The is just a hint of herbal hops, with a bit of water showing in the middle, before malt comes back. Nicely balanced - sweet, but not overly.

Light-bodied, though it coats a bit. Carbonation is just about right.

Other than being a bit thin in flavour, it's a drinkable brew. Very drinkable, even enjoyable, but forgettable.

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Photo of Japerrault
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber red color. Short white head, which dissipated quickly. No lacing present.

S: Caramel and butterscotch, minor spicey hops in there too.

T: Sweetness at front with dark caramel and some butterscotch flavors. Spicey hops, grassy flavors as well. Tartness through the finish. Overall not bad, but a little watery.

M: Medium light body, good carbonation.

D: Decent to drink. No offensive harsh flavors; could use a little more intensity.

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Photo of steveh
3.66/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another single for review of new Mich "craft" beers.

A -- Thick, light tan head with a good red to copper color.

S -- Vague caramel malt with some sulfur peeking through. Slightest hops back.

T -- Starts with some caramel-like sweetness that quickly fades to a very dry roasted character back with some metallic character in the finish. Some vague hop bitterness also in the finish. Wish the sweetness would hang around a bit longer.

M -- Light medium body with a dry mouth-feel.

D -- As drinkable as any red ale, could tend to get cloying with the dryness after a couple, but not a bad beer to style.

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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 harpo111
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of climax
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured a nice red/brown with excellent clarity. nice large head faded slowly. a good lookin beer

nice easy nose, toasty with caramel malt at the forefront. ripe fruit/banana with hops lingering in the back towards the end

taste was definitely strong in the malt dept as it had a strong nappy bite to it throughout. otherwise ripened fruit led to a strong roasty coffee like finish, the finish didnt leave me achin for more. seemed a bit too bitter for me, and not a hop bitterness (for that would have been nice)

mouthfeel was medium, with a blast of too much carbonation. the flavors led to a puckering sensation along the sides of the tongue. none of which i strongly adored

i'll keep it to one. the flavors are ok, but theres too much astringency and carbonation for me to bother with another

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, wait - this is not terrible. It's not entirely good, but it's better than it had a right to be.

Pours bright red with a decent fluff of carbonation and a white head, which disappears quickly, but actually leaves a trace of lacing. The aroma is slightly malty, with that sour edge Micheolb tends to have. The flavor has a good dose of roasty malt, with a little malt spice down the throat, and very little in the way of hopping, exactly as you'd expect from an Irish red. Were it not for the distinctive sour tang of Michelob, this would actually be a good Red ale. The mouthfeel is a little weak, but not desperately so.

Drinkability may not be Bud Light, but it is Micheob's Irish Red, at least in the "better than nothing" category/

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A deep, dark, reddish-amber color. The beer had a rather large, densely frothy light tan head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Some bland, sweet toasted caramel malt aromas. Vaguely earthy hops. A very slight metallic tone.

T: Toasted, sweet malt flavor. Definite caramel notes into the finish. Hops are leafy and herbal, adding little if any bitterness and a touch of flavor. Another dose of sweet malt and refined sugar as well.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate. A bit dry into the finish.

D: This beer is thoroughly, completely mediocre. Nothing really bad about it, but truly nothing even above average. Comes off a bit too sweet and unbalanced for my taste.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear ruby red color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is a nice balance between sweet malt and herbal hops. The taste is has the nice malty presence of the aroma, but no hop character whatsoever. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a decent Irish Red. If their were even a balanced amount of hops in the flavor this would be a very nice beer. It seems that AB is afraid of using even minimal amounts of bittering hops in their Michelob line of beers. So far I've had around ten of them, and I see a pattern of there being a nice hop presence in the aroma, but no hops in the taste. It really makes it so that none of the styles they are producing is brewed to style, because they just don't use enough hops. On the other hand this beer is the first of the line that wasn't obnoxiously over carbonated.

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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 pmcadamis
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep ruby-amber color with a cream colored head that leaves nice gobs of lacing around the glass. The smell is a malty bouquet of sweet amber, toasted victory and bready caramel. Not much in the way of hops, there is also a sweetness of molasses. The taste is well represented by the smell; sweet malt, slightly toasted and a slightly bitter finish where the hops are purely for balance - not flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a present but not heavy carbonation - dry finish. Overall a drinkable beer, I wish it had just a little more hop balance though. Not an overly impressive beer but nice to see AB trying to go a little above and beyond the standard swill.

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Photo of Bigfatbino
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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