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Michelob (Original Lager) - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob (Original Lager)Michelob (Original Lager)

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BA SCORE
63
poor

905 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 8
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Michelob Original Lager is brewed with pale, kilned two-row barley malt and noble European hops.

(Beer added by: Shiloh on 11-28-2001)
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Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
3.1/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled in a 12 oz bottle at a wedding reception.

Poured a clear golden color with a small to medium head with decent head retention and showed medium carbonation.

Smell was mostly malt with hints of adjuncts.

The taste was very crisp and clean with flavors of mostly malt with hints of adjuncts. Light to medium body with medium to medium-high carbonation. Goes down very easy with little fan fare and no thought.

I mentioned the wedding reception early because I sampled this out other choices of Natural Light and Heineken. Unfortunately I had the Heineken first. Fortunately I was very surprised by this Michelob and have a new default macro if no better choice presents itself. That being said I hope there is always a better choice.

Loki, May 18, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.15/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – A heavier shade of yellow than most of the other macros. The head came up nicely then receded quickly, which is typical of the style.

Smell – Again, there’s a little more there than the other macros. There seems to be a mix of malts and hops along with a tinge of sweetness that may actually resemble a fruit of some kind (as opposed to candy like most of the other AB line).

Taste – Ouch. What the hell? It looks better than The King, smells better than The King, but tastes flat and uninspiring (worse than The King). Something was lost in the translation here. Some cheap sweetness was the highlight, but the malts failed to deliver and the banner at the top of the label should be changed from, “All Imported Hops,” to, “Exported All Hops.”

Mouthfeel – A little carbonation plays on the tongue, but the body is kind of flat overall.

Sinkability – The smellability was not bad, but I couldn’t see trying to get through a six-pack of this stuff.

Comments – Sorry to diss this one. I was well-intentioned at the onset after looking and sniffing, but I hate being lied to. I tossed this in the freezer for half an hour before tasting, too. How disappointing.

RoyalT, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.1/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a long-ass day at work I noticed a 12pk of this stuff on the shelf... caught my eye.

A- Nice looking lager style beer, light golden in color with highly bubbly head that falls to a small froth on the top of the beer. Very mild lacing makes this Mic good with me!

S- Touch of sweet corn upfront with a small note of grains and hop to finish.

T-M- Very impressive for what I call a Macro. Sweet corn, barley, with slight hop bitterness to finish. Nice mouthfeel, mild feel with a almost chewy bitter bite at the back of the throat. Leaves nice sweet flavor on the tongue.

D- Drinkablity is great and very refreshing for the style. Very recomended for a session. Kudos for Mic.

wesbrownyeah, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

This conjures up memories of the late '70s, like sneak- ing peeks at Playboy and spotting those swanky Mich- elob ads. A man's man's beer! A beer for the men who have arrived! Of course, things are much different now, and lately, so is Michelob Lager. It's an all-malt lager now--no more adjuncts.

Sparkling clear with lots of bubbles racing to the top, all trying to hold together a thin white lace. Golden color is a shade darker than the old Michelob. Sweet dextrin malt aroma contrib-
utes to a thin, grainy and faintly herbal nose. Super-crisp right up front, wet and light-bodied, sort of feigning something more moderate. Immaculate malt flavor, refined but tasty. Quick prickle of hop bitterness that rolls with the grain and carbonation. Touch of clean herbal flavor, light dextrin chewiness, dropping a small dollop of sweetness on the palate. Clean, semi-dry, beery finish.

Interesting move to make this beer all-malt. Obviously a sign of the times, meaning most palates are tired of being dumbed down. Either way, not half bad--refreshingly clean and tasty. Pair it with a plate of Colombian-style steak soft tacos with rice and beans.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Dmann
2.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A beer that was left over after a party and it reminded me why I do not buy this stuff. This stuff is Bud with a different name. Same straw color, nearly the same grainy smell only this one added a bit of malt in there. The taste was full of corn and was not smoothe and the mouthfeel was very thick and cloying. Not recommended.

Dmann, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
1.35/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bought this on special for $2.50 at the Silver Slipper Saloon. I can honestly say I've never tried Michelob before now...even in my college years. When the bartender handed me the bottle I noticed "All Imported Hops" written across the top. Hmmm..interesting I thought. Once I sat down and took my first swig I was utterly unimpressed. If there are indeed imported hops in this beer I sure as hell cannot taste them. Maybe they are imported from somewhere where the word "hops" references some sort of shitty cereal grain. I dunno. This had a slightly better flavor than the majority of the macro brews....but I would not drink this by choice ever again. The blatant marketing scam on the bottle is ridiculous and it pisses me off. Steer clear unless you enjoy crappy beer.

orbitalr0x, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of SD-Alefan
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

SD-Alefan, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of twi1609372
3.48/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thid beer has a fairly thick taste, not what you would expect from anheiser. first tryed it with a coworker, wasnt expecting much but suprisingly it was pretty good. a thicker version of a cheap american beer. not nearly as good as some beers out there, but also better than a lot too.

twi1609372, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of TTripp725
1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

TTripp725, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%

generallee, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev +13.2%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
2.38/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden color with lots of bubbles. Minimal head, no lacing really. Smells of light malts, nothing really standing out. Taste is also of light malts, a faint hop spiciness, not much really. It is what it is, although better than Bud or Coors, etc. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and watery. Very drinkable if you're not looking for much flavor and going to be out drinking all night long.

Doomcifer, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Jason
2.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a "Born On Date" freshness date on the label.

A- Sizable head off of a hard pouring, the head seems to stay around for a while. Bright straw hue shimmers in the light.

S- Not much off of the aroma, a little grain ... that is about it.

T&M- Thin maltiness, light body with a feigned dextrin mouth feel. Semi-crisp with an odd bitty slickness on the mouth. A trained hop bitterness barks out only a small yet balancing bite. Odd finish as it wanted to be sweet but it really ended up very dry.

D- Not a horrible premium American lager it missed its mark totally for any kind of substantial flavor. But that is what a macro-lager is right? It does not live up to its manly advertisements in Playboy back in the 1970's.

Jason, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.4/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another disappointing beer from AB. It comes off as a "premium" beer, but is anything but that. It pours with almost no head. Smell is of adjuncts and grain. Taste has very little if any hop signature. Malt is present, but weak. Aftertaste is grainy and dry. I am sorry to say, I had trouble finishing this beer. It was if all the ingredients were played out before the brewing process began. Disappointed.

Rifrafboy, Jan 03, 2003
Photo of donunrue
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%

donunrue, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Byeast
3.1/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear yellow golden color with some constant tiny carbonation rising to a small bright white head.
S: Light scent of clean grains, just a hint of sweetness, can't really make out any hops.
T: A very mild malt flavor with just a bit of cracker to it, hops provide a nice balance with just a touch of herbal zest. There is a very light but lingering twang of malt aftertaste that request another sip.
M: medium to light bodied, fairly smooth.
D: Overall a very decent macro lager that has a good balance and goes down with ease. It's good to see that it's all malt, but it could use a bit more character in my opinion. I would (and do) when the need arises go for this over Bud. Also, i really dig the lava lamp bottle , glad they brought it back!

Byeast, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -62.3%

Happy_Camper, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
2/5  rDev -24.5%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of rhinonau
3.25/5  rDev +22.6%

rhinonau, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of jiffymon
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

jiffymon, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of mdtnelson
1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

mdtnelson, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
1.75/5  rDev -34%

Mantooth, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Cynic-ale, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of ADR
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very clear gold color...total "stabilizer" head of very white foam with bubbles hanging beneath the surface -- lasts about 20 seconds. Sweet cream corn aroma. Starts with some maple malt and medium body but quickly deconstructs and thins to grainy mid mouth. Not as overcarbonated as some. Hops show some juicy qualities but little overall character -- but prevent an unpleasant, if over sweet, swallow. There are worse, I suppose, but nothing of any character in the malt department.

ADR, Feb 02, 2003
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Michelob (Original Lager) from Anheuser-Busch
63 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.