Michelob (Original Lager) - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob (Original Lager)Michelob (Original Lager)

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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 10
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Shiloh on 11-28-2001

Michelob Original Lager is brewed with pale, kilned two-row barley malt and noble European hops.
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Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
2.2/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle

Pours with a straw yellow hue. A suprising lack of carbonation for a pale lager, small head with little retention or lacing

Smell is very skunky, not much evidence of hops, but an underlying scent of malt and rice

Taste, the usual us pale lager, rice and malt, very little flavour

Another macro guff brew

More User Reviews:
Photo of fizzy
4.3/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what it is with beer reviewers that keep saying "corn" this, and "corn" that. What is with the corn? This is a 2 row all malt beer. You may not care for it, but don't blame everything on corn!
There are some beers that benefit from the addition of some corn. Hey, I had a bottle of sorghum beer the other day and found it pretty good. I like beer, I don't like snobs who think that just because a beer tastes this way or that that it is somehow skunk water.

Photo of RoyalT
2.2/5  rDev -17%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
1.33/5  rDev -49.8%
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.

Photo of twi1609372
3.45/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Jason
2.91/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.38/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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!

Photo of ADR
2.21/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yellow fizzy in appearance white thin head quickly dissipates into nothing not much of anything going on here just "American" beer with as the label reads "All Imported Hops". Aromatics well has some detectable hops going on here just a touch with the corn and rice adjuncts also coming through with sweetness overall unoffensive to passive for me. Flavor consists of a sharp sweet adjunct ridden tone with the hop bitterness coming in to create a mediocre American light lager that should be the flagship beer of Anheuser Busch when compared to Budweiser. Not bad for AB but let's just say in the realm of lagers this is on the bottom of the pile but it's available everywhere and more drinkable then most macro products. Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied no texture extreme carbonation like a soda. Drinkability give me something worth my time glad I didn't purchase this one.

Photo of Surefire
3.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The best "macro" beer out there in my opinion, even if that isn't saying a lot.

More flavor than regular Bud, Miller, or Coors. The new all-100% malt version (with no rice) actually has a little more teeth than the watered down rice enriched cousin, Bud.

A: Light golden, looks a little watered down.

S: Relatively simple, nothing really stands out as unique.

T: Not bad for a Macro. Some malt flavor with mild hops.

M: Light bodied, but not as watered down as Bud.

D: Very drinkable, and much more enjoyable than a regular Bud, Miller, or Coors.

Overall, if Macros are are that is available, this one gets the call.

Photo of Mattsoddtaste
4.26/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow my first beer review ever! This one is a roast-y/dry brew in my opinion. The almost watery yet frothy mouthfeel gives me something akin to Guinness, while the overall body has an uplifting cirtus feel. Bready, zesty and full Michelob lager, while being a full flavored lager, is just missing that...something. Mellow and likeable, this might even make a decent session beer. Cheers!
P.s You Sam Adams guys will LOVE this one!

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light gold...

Smells a bit sweet.

The taste is very good for a macro. Sweet. The malt is there. The only thing this beer really needs is more hops. Just a bit more Noble hops.

Really light...needs a bit more body.

As far as the style, this is one of my favorites. It just needs something. A touch more malt and hops and they might have something here. I mean I know it's all malt and all, just why so watery? As it is...fairly nice effort just needs a tad more finishing school.

Photo of Brenden
2.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I just found notes on this. It's just one some friends drink.

The color is a clear, deep yellow-amber. Head retention is fair and there's a little thin lacing.
There's a grassy, herbal aroma with some sweetness, but it's pretty weak.
The taste is light a pretty solid lager that's watered down then overly sweetened. It just does a bit too much that doesn't help the flavor.
The mouthfeel is a little flat and thin with some slickness.
I don't suppose there's any reason not to try it if nothing else is available.

Photo of brewQ
2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Never got around to reviewing this offering...
best choice at the local Conoco gas station, go for it.

Not much of a head, color is basic golden lager.

Smell- not perceptible; in keeping with US version of the style.

Taste is better than Bud- damning with feint praise.

A drinkable beer but hardly worth the upcharge from std AB fare.

This beer had a mystique and a unique bottle shape 20 years ago.
That is long gone.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.55/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"New, all malt Michelob Lager.
Love the bottle by the way.
Pours the same p&* yellow with small head that melts very fast to nothing. Steady stream of carbonation from the bottom however.
Aroma is a clean, fresh lager...more than what is, would be what isn't in this beer. No adjunct smells...no corn...no rice....no funk...no skunk (sulpher).
Mouthfeel is tingly from the tiny carbonation and slightly buttery.
Taste is on the thin side....still, it's a very light lager with none of the offensive big macro qualities. There is hops to refresh and malt to sweeten...just not enough of either to stand out or be remembered.
Good summer brew when your mind is on something else.

Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the American standards, for better or for worse, only available to us cross-border shoppers...

This beer pours a very clear pale golden hue, with two fingers of soapy white head, which leaves a simple ring of lace around the glass as it quickly recesses. It smells of watery mild grain, and subdued greenery. The taste is sweet corn grain grist, and some faint weedy hops, seemingly just there to tease one into caring. The carbonation is as average as they come, the body light, auditioning hard for cloying, and it finishes mostly clean, the residual corn sweetness doing its best to show.

Surprisingly sweet, even with expectations well in check. I can see why this is not in the same style as Bud, but, really we're splitting tongue-scraping hairs here, folks...

Photo of dacrza1
2.24/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden straw body with a healthy white crisp whispy head that falls to two fingers...glass is alive with effervescence.. and actually, not bad tracings of lace... oats and pilsner malts assault the nostrils, as expected... a bit of cereal makes this not far from malt liquor in general... thin, crisp and drinkable, if not forceful at the throat... sweet like caramel syrup--no hop balance at the teeth; burnt grains, almost like alcohol, simmer at the swallow...the bottle--always attractive--reminds me of my father's Sunday afternoons of sports TV at the Kisatsky home...otherwise, nothing special about this brew...an Ommegang brewer recently said the Buschs seem to get the best hops at picking time, but this kind of beer makes wonder what they do it all when they get it home...

Photo of Metalmonk
2.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My first Michelob since the party days of long ago, when I didn't care so much about flavor as price. I admit being skeptical before opening the bottle, which was given to me by a friend. It was left in his fridge by another friend. I figured, why not check it out and review it? I hope I don't regret it.

Pours a sickly light yellow that's nearly as clear as water. Bubbles are generous, and the big foamy head dies to a very thin layer quickly.

Smells like many a lager brewed by various brewers around the world, that lightly sweet caramel-corn scent prevailing, though there's not a great deal of depth to this aroma.

Damn those macros and their metallic flavor. The first couple seconds of the sip I'm thinking "hey, not great, but not terrible" then all of a sudden that steely, corny, retarded-malt sweetness hits and then I know why I stay away from this stuff. The finish isn't crisp, a bit wet and sticky actually, though the somewhat buttery mouthfeel is okay.

I didn't pay for it, and I never will, but certainly not the worst of the American macros. Remember when Genesis were sponsored by Michelob on the 'Invisible Touch' tour? Crappy beer, crappy album...makes sense.

Photo of pmcadamis
1.45/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Thin, watery yellow brew with a flimsy head.

S - I can appreciate more hops than most macros have in the aroma department, but there is an overriding chlorine note that ruins it for me. Smells like a Holiday Inn indoor pool.

T - Crisp hop flavor attempts to approximate a German pils, but there are some nasty chemical flavors that are pretty horrible.

M - Crisp, clean, highly carbonated, and very watery.

D - Not so good.

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - golden yellow with a faint layer of bubbly, white head that fades quickly

S - sweet and grainy

T - faintly bready, grainy, sweet corn, mildly bitter finish

M - light bodied, crisp, a bit over carbonated

Not an awful beer. As far as macros goes this is better than most. It is grainy and sweet but it does have a bit of hop character in the finish. Overall, it's definitely one of the better macros.

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Michelob (Original Lager) from Anheuser-Busch
63 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.