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Michelob (Original Lager) - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob (Original Lager)Michelob (Original Lager)

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968 Ratings

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 9
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 968 | Reviews: 359
Photo of Darwin232
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
2.74/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a little sweet, having notes of grainy and pale malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied (but not that watery) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad for a macro lager; it is drinkable but not that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of MacQ32
2.03/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

uhhh it wants me to justify not giving it a higher score?? Adjuncty as hell, a bit bready, no real nose to it

Photo of mojohawk21
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of IPA1978
2.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jjwisenheimer
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Winston3737
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pantalones
2.99/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a couple of these tonight at the local Italian place. First one poured into a frosted glass mug after it had sat a bit to warm up slightly, and the second into the same mug after my meal.

Pours very pale yellow, almost clear. Once in the glass it's a good bit darker; still yellow but on the darker end of yellow. Nice little bubbles rising up from the bottom. Little bit of white foam on top at first, but it fades incredibly fast and is pretty much gone before you've even drank half the glass--though it does leave a few whitish rings behind on the inside of the glass as it goes. Pretty much what you expect a standard beer to look like, really; the head fading so fast is probably the only weak point here.

Smell is pretty faint. Not so much that I can't pick up anything, but definitely not a strong smell; it's just kind of generally "beer-y" when very cold, becomes mostly sweet with hints of raisin and alcohol when at "fridge temperature." Nothing impressive but nothing offensive either.

Taste was very faintly bready, a little raisiny when very cold. Sort of reminded me of a less-flavorful version of Pilsner Urquell, actually--kind of like what I imagine a "Pilsner Urquell Light" might taste like--except that beer has a much richer biscuit-like malt flavor going on rather than just the faint generic-breadiness that was here, and Michelob seemed sweeter, with the raisiny taste definitely reminding me more of raisins rather than the "slightly grapey champagne-esque" thing going on in Urquell. That almost-sweet raisiny flavor was the primary flavor in the warmer glass--the sweetness and raisiny-ness seemed to be much more noticeable in the fridge-temperature glass than when it was poured into a near-ice-cold mug, and unfortunately the "bready" aspect almost vanished at this point. Went nicely with the Italian sub and chips I had, I think this was actually a decent bit better with food than it was on its own.

Goes down very easy. Definitely a drinkable lager, smooth and fizzy enough to feel like it isn't water (while at the same time not feeling harsh due to carbonation.) As said above, I ended up having two of them and though I liked it more when it was accompanied by food than on its own, it still wasn't difficult to finish the glass by any means.

Overall--a little on the light side flavor-wise but certainly drinkable, and actually pretty nice alongside a good meal. While I wouldn't run out and buy a pack of it at the store or anything, Michelob's not a bad choice at all if you're in the mood for a beer or two but you're at a restaurant that doesn't have anything really amazing on the menu, especially if the imports (and even Yuengling!) are priced a dollar or more higher.

Photo of hozersr
2.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of elNopalero
2.86/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Piss-poor beer at double the price.

Photo of TargaFlorio
2.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of priwen
3.69/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing special, but a solid beer.

Photo of Jobin_24
2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

cheap price, cheap tasting beer

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good middle of the road macro lager. A little adjuncty but very little to complain about.

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
2.78/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Superbohl4
2.49/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 302BeerGuy
3.43/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CLASSIC...Period !!!
No longer equipped with the foil labels, but still good !!!

Photo of MickeyTheHead
3.28/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great, but not a lot of taste but very drinkable and pretty much everyone will drink it. I like this one more than I like most american lagers.

Photo of Biff_Tannen
3.48/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a very nice refreshing macro lager. Would drink again

Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Archdale74
3.24/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Reds76
3/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of BPMeyer27
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of AlfredoMoreno
4.25/5  rDev +60.4%

Well, this is obvioulsy not an amazing beer, and my opinion might be a little biased, but I'm giving a high rate because I think this beer is an awesome choice if you're just looking for a beer to drink while watching sports, a movie, or even to drink with some friend.

Maybe it's not the most common choice for that, but it's absolutely my favourite as it's good enough for me to feel that I am not wasting or drinking garbage, and its price is still good enough for a beer to buy often.

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Michelob (Original Lager) from Anheuser-Busch
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