Michelob (Original Lager) - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob (Original Lager)Michelob (Original Lager)

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Reviews: 353
Hads: 992
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 20.69%
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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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.27/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled yesterday on 6/6/15 but had this before when it used to come in the classic Michelob bottle years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "MICHELOB" thumb-print glass goblet.

Brew pours a straw-yellow in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is mostly of grainy malts. The taste pretty much follows the nose with some sweetness also. Pretty easy to drink and really no harsh aftertaste is noted. Overall it was just OK if you like this style of brew. Lighter-bodied with good carbonation. (585 characters)

Photo of snowman4440
3.9/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a solid lager. I bought a 12 at total wines they have a great assortment of beers as well. I really like the flavor not over powering but very tasty. A slight nutty taste for me but I really enjoy that. I let mine chill for 24 hours before drinking very nice. This is a good beer for a Saturday at the house, will drink again. (340 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.74/5  rDev -5.5%
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 (692 characters)

Photo of Pantalones
2.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (2,737 characters)

Photo of MickeyTheHead
3.28/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (150 characters)

Photo of AlfredoMoreno
4.25/5  rDev +46.6%

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. (490 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.74/5  rDev +29%

Appearance (3.25) : pours a 2 finger head that quickly recedes to a 1 finger height and then a ring. Draught it is not. Body is transparent gold straw, champagne-like in appearance.

Aroma (3.75) : A sweet aroma, with sweet grains, malt, corn, barley, and a little hop. Just a lot of fresh, pleasant sweetness.

Taste (3.75) : This beer tastes like a much more prestigious beer. This is not a typical B/M/C beer. The hop comes out right away, enveloped by a subtle malty sweetness that compliments the hop nicely. Dare I say there's a pinch too much hop? Just barely. Impressive. A hoppy, dry finish with some dark and murky rye notes.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : creamy, a subtle carbonation - with a dry, musky finish.

Overall (3.74) : I was really impressed here. I wish I would have bought more. I like it a lot and can't wait to try their "light" offering. Much better than youd expect. Almost German-esque. (907 characters)

Photo of RickW574
4.25/5  rDev +46.6%

I took a trip to Las Vegas recently and one of the Casinos on the strip, Casino Royal had these for 1.00. Haven't had a Michelob for years and to my surprise it had a nice smooth malty taste, much fuller than I expected with just the right amount of hops. I was in complete disbelief that a domestic beer could taste this good. I generally have to pay 9.99-10.99 a six pack for the really tasty stuff but this is a nice brew to pack your fridge with if you like to pound down a six pack or two during a football game with the boys. Give it a try. (546 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden amber color with a two finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades very fast, leaving a good level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer consists mainly of a slightly grainy and grassy smell with a little bit of a skunky aroma mixed within. Some other light aromas of a lemon citrus and a little bit of caramel are there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and bready taste with a hint of a citrus orange flavor. While the nose suggested a skunky and grassy taste, not much of this was on the tongue, instead the sweet caramel remains strong and is nicely complemented by a bit of lemon and some grainy flavors. Toward the very end, a light herbal and floral hop flavor joins the profile, creating a rather pleasant but somewhat thicker lager flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a lager of only 4.8 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thicker body did accentuate the caramel and grainy flavors rather well, but made the body a little too heavy which took away from the more refreshing characteristics traditionally associated with a lager.

Overall – The taste on this one really surprised me as it was much more robust and flavorful then I was expecting; a nice unexpected find. The mouthfeel and smell took away from the brew overall however, making it an only OK brew overall. (1,527 characters)

Photo of GregHoward1966
5/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Michelob original Lager
It's the full body American Pale Ale that set the bar and standard for all American domestic beers. It provides a beer that from the gold clear look to the beautiful aroma and refreshing taste makes Michelob the Lager to emulate. (253 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.94/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, frothy white head the quickly recedes with little to no lacing. Color is clear light golden with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: bready malts, a definite hop presence.

Mouthfeel: light, watery, crisp with a dry refreshing finish.

Flavor: lightly toasted barley, caramel, nicely balanced with pleasant grassy/herbal hop finish.

Overall: a delicious beer. By far the best AB product I have tried. (479 characters)

Photo of Mattsoddtaste
4.26/5  rDev +46.9%
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! (429 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear golden color. A bubbly white head recedes to nearly nothing with no lacing. Bubbles slowly rise from the bottom.

Aroma: Grains, barley, dry grass.

Taste: Grassy dryness, barley, malts.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, light.

Overall: Better than most cheap pale lagers. (309 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.59/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My inaugural BeerAdvocate review! I figured I'd pick the first beer I ever had.

Bottle 13320 (November 16th, 2013?) CFQ3, from a standard shaker glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep gold, totally clear, 1/2" head, fades to a lingering foam. LOTS of carbonation.

Aroma: Mild, slight "stale beer" smell, slightly adjuncty/grainy.

Taste: Decent maltiness; fairly sweet on arrival, stays sweet across mid-palate. Grainy. rich/thick. Slight hoppy bitterness at the end. Not what I would call a "clean" finish - it sticks with you a while.

Mouthfeel: Slick and extremely carbonated. Foamy. Mid-weight, not too heavy, but decidedly heavier than PBR or Budweiser.

Overall: Three things strike me: (1) It is pretty decent for what it is ($7.50/6-pack!); (2) it is not going to win any awards; and (3) it tastes exactly as I remember it as a youngster, taking a sip of Dad's. Beer snobs everywhere can flame on, but I like this casual and unpretentious beer. It is greater than the sum of its parts. (992 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
5/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Michelob is One of the Best Anheuser Busch Beers. This brew pours out a rich amber color with a nice white head. The taste is bold with flavor and malts. The smell is rich with grains and malts. Michelob is brewed with finest grains and malts. This brew is full of flavor, there is nothing over powering in this brew. Michelob has a nice balance to it. It dose not get any better than original Michelob. I would Take this over any other beer out there on the market. Michelob is a Great Beer for the Price. Overall I'm giving this brew a solid 5 out of 5. (557 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear gold color with a snow white head that fades fast and leaves no lace
S-a sweet grain aroma
T- sweet grain taste that has a slight bitterness in the aftertaste that turns back to a sweet taste
M-light bodt and medium carbonation
O-this was okay (252 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
2.58/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer is unavailable in my home province of Alberta, but I had a bunch of bottles of this on my trip to Las Vegas. Casino Royale had bottles of this swill for $1, which in Alberta is absolutely unheard of even for the worst beer. Our hotel was only a short walk from Casino Royale, so my friends and I took part in this offer several times.

Can't comment on the appearance since we drank it from the bottle, but the aroma wasn't awful for an adjunct lager. This is certainly a step above Bud.

The taste is also noticeably less adjunct-y than all the other big brands, with a refreshing finish.

It's still a poor beer, but it's a good poor beer. (652 characters)

Photo of TexasRedskinFan
3.68/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently drank a 12 pack of Original Michelob in the bottle. I hadn't really drank this since I was maybe 16-18 yrs old. Back when it still came in the rounded curvy style bottle.
This is GOOD beer by American standards. Very complex compared to Budweiser or Coors Banquet. I am very certain that the amount of "malt and noble hops" is minute compared to the corn/rice used in the brewing. But overall this is way way way better than your average American style beer. Or American light beer.

Pours a wonderful golden colour. Thin with a faint head.
Not much smell but not horrid or nausea inducing either.
Tastes like what a "Craft light beer" would probably taste like. Well rounded and balanced. Very flavorful without being bitter it over powering.

Overall I like this beer very well and will continue to buy it. (817 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass
Thanks to my dad for this single.

Crystal clear, golden yellow appearance. The liquid was topped by a creamy, three-finger, eggshell colored crown. The head quickly faded to a thin yet resilient cap. Drips of lacing trickled along the upper portion of the glass.

The nose was unremarkable. Super powdery, lager yeast notes dominated. Crisp and dry. Not really much else happening. As the head died down, mild grainy notes were detectible. There was a touch of generic, adjunct-like sweetness as well.

Even through this beer claims to be an all malt lager, the flavor profile initially tasted adjunct ridden. Hints of pale malts were detectible, along with rice, corn and other fillers. Touch of wet cardboard on the back end. Mild hop notes rounded out the finish. As the beer warmed, the noble hops became substantially more apparent. The "off" flavors that were perceivable initially were soon overshadowed by the earthy, bittering hops. I almost always drink my pale and adjunct lagers ice cold, but this beer definitely benefitted from some warming.

The mouthfeel was fairly average. Light and crisp with a fine, spritzy effervescence.

When I think of Michelob, the first thing that comes to mind is their commercial from the '80s featuring Genesis's "In The Air Tonight." While this beer's heyday has certainly come and gone, it would likely hit the spot on a hot day (or night). (1,446 characters)

Photo of beergoot
2.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Crystal clear, deep yellow body with a decent white head. There's a fair malt note to the aroma, a little like lightly warmed bread. Taste starts out slightly grainy and then gets overtaken by a metallic brightness with a light hop bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light, fizzy, clean, crisp, and dry.

One can hope that appearances may bode well for a beer, but Michelob just doesn't deliver. It's rough around the edges for a lager with too much carbonation in the feel and a metallic twang and bite that really detracts from what malts are used in the grain bill. Complexity and depth -- forget about it. Well, had to revisit this one since I haven't had one (probably) in several decades. Can't say I've missed much of anything over the years... (755 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Finger of head, low retention. Clear, medium straw colored body.
Smell has the faintest scent of grain.
Taste is sweet then a nice bitterness with a slight (not nice) metallic flavor.
Texture is crisp with moderate to high carbonation and a medium body.
Descent but missing a solid scent and taste profile. (306 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Light gold color, clear. Lots of bubble rising up. Nice frothy head, leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Barley malts, some spicy hops, crisp.

Taste:
Barley malts up front, slightly sweet and toasted, there some hint of hay. Hop bitterness is mild towards the finish, spicy-citrus. Body is light-medium, crisp, slight dry aftertaste, carbonation is soft. (373 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.01/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Rendezvous in Memphis.

Arrived looking like a typical American lager; crystal clear pale yellow with almost no head.

The aroma wasn't much, a little bit of hay and grassy hops were all I could pick up.

The flavor had more in the way of breadyness. Hops are nearly nonexistent. Just the lightest in the way of bitterness with no real hop flavor.

Overall, a good beer to wash down barbecue with but that's about it. Not something I would really seek out. (470 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz. twist-off bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Poured a pale, clear, golden straw color with a frothy, two-finger head of white carbonation bubbles which held a bit bit faded quickly.

S: Faint, grassy hops and milled grains that throw some spicy and zesty effervescence at the nose.

T: Very light, grainy malt flavor up front, with grassy and some herbal, snappy hops throw into the mix. Washes down very dry and clean with minimal hop aftertaste. The malts aren't complex in the least and the hops mainly serve to dry the hell outta the flavor, but it's not all seltzery or cooked corn/rice tasting.

M: Very pale, clean and brisk with a slight grainy, metallic finish of hops, which are not used very well.

O: I could think of a number of worse beers to have (say, any BMC light lager or many adjuncts) but this 5% ABV "all-malt" American lager is just a pale beer to kick some heat or wolf a bowling alley cheese pizza. None of it appeals to me, but it's just about average for what it is. (1,019 characters)

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