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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:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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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3/5  rDev -8.3%

12-11-2011 02:45:34 | More by murf1087
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

12-06-2011 20:58:56 | More by JohneHoodlum
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

11-28-2011 04:47:31 | More by barnzy78
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

11-22-2011 20:38:08 | More by scootercrabb
Photo of shufon

New York

2/5  rDev -38.8%

11-15-2011 04:10:15 | More by shufon
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 21:19:23 | More by Brenden
Photo of Knapp85


3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a amberish red hue. The head is a light tan that settles into a few clumps on top of the beer. The smell has a lot of malt aromas going on. The hops are minimal sadly. The taste has a sweet dray maltiness to it. It's pretty decent for a brew from this company. The mouthfeel is bubbly and on the lighter side. It's ok, I would drink again if it was around.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 02:08:58 | More by Knapp85
Photo of keethrax


3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Like most of Michelob's non-basic lager offerings, this is a slightly tame version of it's style. Also as with the rest, while there are certainly better options, the price makes these a very good value.

In specific though, the color is maybe a bit more amber than red, but still nice looking, the aroma is just fine with a caramelly component and some decent hops.

The taste is pretty good. The notes in the aroma carry through, a bit watery in feel, but still plenty tasty, and highly drinkable.,

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:18:36 | More by keethrax
Photo of Thorpe429


2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 01:03:32 | More by Thorpe429
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Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery brown color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, honey, tea and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey & tea followed by a bready malt character that is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a little watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, not one of the tops beers I've had in the style but it's solid enough to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:59:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of matjack85


3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 22:55:15 | More by matjack85
Photo of jmarvin4189


3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 22:17:42 | More by jmarvin4189
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, ruby-hued body with a full finger of off-white foam. Irregardless of how it may taste, it does at least look appealing.

Smell: Faintly sweet-scented aroma with modest notes of toasted bread, toasted nuts, and caramel. Noted fruitiness akin to picked berries.

Taste: Maltiness tasting of dry caramel with sturdy tastes of both toast and nuts. Moderate sweetness. Ripe, berry-toned fruitiness. Faintly herbal, earthy hop character, though there's enough bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Touch of tannic graininess midway through. The body thins slightly as you hit the reasonably crisp, toasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Okay, so while it doesn't exactly exhibit the relatively richer character of, say, the Samuel Adams Irish Red, it's still not altogether bad. Delightfully bearable!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 22:27:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of jwhawkins81


3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 01:07:04 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of droomyster


3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an attractive amber with a big tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Has a lot of caramel on the nose and fruity sweetness on the palate that is enjoyable during the first beer but becomes cloying after that. Its also a bit spicy. The biggest drawback to me is that it is under-hopped and too sweet to serve as a proper session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 20:33:36 | More by droomyster
Photo of BeerFMAndy


2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 18:25:01 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of weissbierdrinker


4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darkish red amber with a tan head that fades somewhat quickly and leaves nice lacing around the glass.
Has a malty smell maybe some spice.
Nice malty taste up front with a spicy bite and very noticeable carbonation. Pretty good Red Ale. Not overly complex but more so than most other Macros.

For a macro brew it's great. A little pricey though.
I'll be drinking this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 17:34:07 | More by weissbierdrinker
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New Hampshire

3.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 22:16:46 | More by jdhilt
Photo of pweis909


3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. red-amber with foam on the white side of tawny.
S. A little malt in the nose.
T. Sweetness with a bit of a carbonation bite. Perhaps some spiciness from hops, but bittering only to balance.
M and D. It is that carbonation bite that is preventing this from being a better beer, to my way of thinking. This type of bite doesn't belong in styles from the UK, which should be lightly carbonated.

Overall, it's a reasonably decent beer; I've been relatively impressed by the Michelob line's releases in the last year or two. They are good buys for the money and reasonably reliable selections when you are not given a world of possibilities.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 20:21:03 | More by pweis909
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North Carolina

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

pours like most Michelob products seem to, a quickly reducing head to a ring. Color is reddish and clear. Smell is all malts and sweet, again similar to their Amber Bock. Taste is very similar to the smell. Nothing complex, no hop bite at all, but, if you like any of Michelob's products you'll like this. They seem to be doing variations of the same theme here and this is the Irish Red version. It's a bit watered down in feel but all in all a decent enough beer, and great for AB product.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 06:46:13 | More by srrn
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

michelob irish red
4 assertive pour produces a 2 1/2 finger off white head. head doesn't last long but leaves sturdy cap and ring, even a bit of lacework. the beer is a deep ruddy, ruby tinged amber.

3-3.5 nose of faint caramel, cola, maybe some very subdued hops and unmasked alc. nothing special, but nothing stinky. [after a few months of "aging" i'm really appreciating the sweet maltiness, and when cold the unmasked alc. is not present. upgrading to 4]

3 toasted caramel and spiciness, some from alc, and a little bitter spice from the hops. the finish is pretty brisk. this beer doesn't exactly embrace the palate in flavor--it hits a few notes and makes for the exits. [if you sip it assertively and keep it fairly cold, really quite enjoyable, though certainly easygoing. upgrading to 3.5]

3-3.5 plenty of carbonation, even after the hard pour. body a bit on the thin side; not horrible, but could benefit from a more luxurious mouthfeel.

3 mediocre overall. pretty easy to drink but to me doesn't really fill a niche worth filling. [sure it does, particularly if you have no cold dunkelweisse and aren't in the mood for a hop bomb or potentially disappointing adventure. upgrading to 3.5, could have even gone with 4]

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 01:20:22 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of scottbrew4u


2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 16:38:58 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of Pegasus


3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 03:48:46 | More by Pegasus
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 12:14:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of russpowell


3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 02:59:38 | More by russpowell
Michelob Irish Red from Anheuser-Busch
76 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.