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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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Reviews: 117 | Hads: 148
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stole one of these guys from my father. Not my favorite style, and this one falls about in the middle of all the Irish Red's I've tried. This beer is just too thin and watery for me. Yeah it has a beautiful color to it and some nice caramel malts in the taste, but it feels like its 99% water. An alright stab and pretty good being a large company and all, but there's better ones out there.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.15/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of azorie
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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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 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 afinepilsner
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Michelob Irish red was dark amber in color with good clarity. It had an off-white head that didn't last. The aroma was toasty caramel malt. The taste was lightly sweet toasted malt upfront with some bitterness coming through in the dry finish. It was medium-light in body with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was average. It's a decent enough beer, but nothing to get excited over.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Michelob Irish Red
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Style: Irish Red Ale
ABV: 5.70 %
live review 3/11/09, bottle>pint glass

A 3.5 - pours a red amber color with 1.5 finger head that reduces to a semi respectable skin and collar
S 3.5 - smells of solid malt base but a subtle hop balance
T 3.5 - taste follows smell, a bit hoppier that I expected (but it is still mellow on hops). Appropriatte on taste as I would expect for the style.
MF 2.5 - a bit thin, but more body than most Mich products, high carbo as expected
D 3.5 - very drinkable for an easy to purchase Irish Red. It hit the craving, and I think Mich is coming along with it's craft all malt attempts. Nothing to brag about, but respectable.

** Later added note, this beer strangley very much reminds me of Bud American Ale.

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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 MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Shaw's. Pours a dark red copper body with a thin film of light tan head. Smells fruity, nutty, with some caramel. Nut and caramel jump out of the flavor, with a fair bit of a fruity sweetness. Medium in body with moderate body, and easy drinking. Nothing stellar, but a solid example of the style, tasty and drinkable. A good brew.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber red with a half finger of off-white head. The smell is sweet malts and candied fruits. The taste is sweet malt and not much else. There is not a lot of balance. A slight hint of hops comes through but not enough. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin for the all malt base and the sweetness lowers the drinkability. I will probably never buy this by the bottle again. It would be a good beer if nothing else on tap would do.

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

Pours a nice amber color with a finger of tan head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles rising up in the glass.

Smells of sweet malts and some candied fruit.

Taste is malty with a little bit of breadiness. Taste is not as full and robust as I had hoped.

Medium to high carbonation, light to medium body.

Okay for the price, but not a brew I'd go looking for again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark amber or deep burgundy hue. Not a very bubbly or fizzy brew. It had a small, tan, foamy head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of biscuity malt, fruits and some subtle floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel. A nice biscuity malt flavor, too.

M - It was smooth and fairly crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice irish red ale. Another solid craft offering from AB.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear red gold with about a 1` finger head of foam.

The smell is of sweet malt and maybe a touch of roasted malt. Not much for my nose to enjoy.

The taste is strong on the sweet malt with a dash of roasted and a light bitterness near and through the finish that actually grows as the session goes on. Pretty simple but also pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel is right there at medium and the carbonation is brisk. Oh and head retention is average and there's minimal lacing.

Drinkability? It's an easy drinking brew and a couple of bottles would not be a chore to have at a sitting. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of whynot44
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice red amber color with a decent but short lived lighr amber head.

The aroma is bready toasted malts and caramel.

The taste is the same with a hint of smoke and piney hops at the finish, with a toasty malt aftertaste.

Light/medium bodied, easy to drink. .

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

A - poured slowly into a pint glass. Nice head that quickly dissipated into a thin off white ring with blotchy islands of foam. Enticing deep dark ruby red, clearly unfiltered.

S - Caramel covered cherries.

T - Cherry sweetness, crisp and dry like seltzer water. Subtle hop bitterness that accentuates the dryness.

M - Bubbly carbonation, slightly thin mouthfeel.

D - Pretty good drinkability, but I could see the flavor getting boring after a few...

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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 dudecandle
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Tiny off-white head receded very quickly, leaving no lacing behind. Beer itself dark, reddish brown. Just noticed that the variety-pack box says to pour into an untilted glass. I guess they don't expect much head, either.
Smell is nice, with good malty, bready notes.
Taste again malty, a bit of toffee, nothing too impressive, not too overwhelming, but rounded enough in complementing the light bitterness.
It's got a good feel to itself, moderately thick with the bittersweet taste hanging around a decent while. Despite the complete lack of head, it still maintains a decent enough level of effervescence on the mouth, making it overall decently drinkable, though far from amazing.

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Photo of Stimack
3.22/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gave this one a try last evening. Poured to a very good looking red color with a good sized off white to light tan head that had some retention and did leave adequate lacing at the upper half of the glass. The aroma was very malty, with bread like highlights as well as a good amount of fruit smells. The flavor had similar properties that the aromas showed off but caramel seemed to show itself. Has a bread like flavor that breaks to sweet end. Over all this is not a bad brew, not one that I will run out and get but if they mix pack is on sale, a possibility.

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Photo of drxandy
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to flare pint, pours a reddish amber, slight cream colored head fades

smells of roasty malt, sweetness, biscuity, definitely malt forward

taste is of nice bitterness, roast malt/breadiness, caramel sweetness, aroma hops are barely there all the hopping is focused toward the bittering, pretty good balance and flavors, way better than killian's for being macro made.

mouthfeel is of a good body, bitterness is quite nice, nice heavy flavors, good carbonation, lingering residual yeastliness and hops dry out the finish, easy drinking and cheap cheap cheap - can't complain.

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Photo of NOOGIE
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Part of the Craft Collection Sampler. Big brownish head which stays with the drink, orangeish - red in color.

Smell: Toasted malts, hops, and smoky caramel smell.

Taste: The toasted malts in the taste area, the caramel sticks out also, but the hops are very faint in the taste department.

Mouthfeel: Goes in wet, finishes dry, the toasted malts stay in your mouth after the drink is finished.

Drinkability: Pretty easy, the only thing that would hinder the drinkability is the smokiness of the finish.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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