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Michelob (Original Lager) - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob (Original Lager)Michelob (Original Lager)

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867 Ratings

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 26.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | 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:
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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Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33CL bottle poured into pilsner glass.

A - Pale golden body, non existent head, really just a crown, no lacing.

S - Grains, faint malts, a syrupy sweetness.

T - Sweet maltiness turns into a grainy grassy flavour in the finish, which is all to quick and not refreshing, syrupy in the aftertaste.

M - Thin watery body, medium carbonation

D - Easy to drink but uninteresting and with the syrupy finish, this makes for a bland unrefreshing lager. Pass!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 19:46:24 | More by seanyfo
Photo of zeff80


2.95/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear, fizzy, golden yellow color with a white, foamy head. No laing.

S - It smelled of grains, corn and some sweet fruit-like aroma.

T - It tasted of bittersweet caramel malt with a grainy flavor.

M - It was a little thin but smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is easy drinking and is worth a try when given limited options (Ex. at a wedding or other function with free beer).

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2008 19:41:55 | More by zeff80
Photo of TheSarge


3.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I figured what the heck, might as well review my first macro lager on this all malt beverage.

It poured a bit nicer than I expected. The pour produced a good inch and a half bright white head that lasted a good while and dissipated into fine lacing. The body of this is a bit darker than Budweiser (Bud), but is still a pale golden color.

The aroma is a bit quality too. It's a bit toasty, and a bit lemony.

The taste is a bit fuller than most macro lagers too. There is a slight bitter skunkiness, but not overwhelming. It has a slight hint of lemon, but the taste factor lies with the malt, which makes this a bit fuller and sweeter in taste.

This is very clean and crisp. It was a good idea for AB to go back to the grind stone with this recipe, and produce a beverage that can hold its own head up.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 15:51:03 | More by TheSarge
Photo of matty


3.4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow colored lager with a thick head that stays for a while.Taste is clean and refreshing with no bitter aftertaste.Another good beer by AB that when it's cold you just can't beat with any of these microbreweries.I have drank this beer in the past and I will continue to drink it in the future!!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 04:29:29 | More by matty
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


3.7/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It seems that there's a certain prejudice when it comes to beer created by the monster brewers, and generally AB seems to be in a world of their own-- not just brew style, quantity, bottom line, but by popularity. That being said, I kept an open opinion.

I consider this beer to be some sort of lager. Maybe closest to a Pilsner?

It certainly looks like a Pilsner, it poured like one with a white frothy head that lasted quite a while. OK, it's some sort of a lager.

No nose that I could detect, even after several deep inhales.

The flavor is generally like the nose-- small. But while small it does have a bit of character.
There's a hint of hops bitterness, way down there is some malt maybe even a hint of yeast!

Over all the finish is curt with little left on the pallate after the flavor dies away.

The flavor body is thin and small, yet there's a drinkability to this beer that's hard to describe. Maybe because the flavor is minute and there's not a lot of alcohol in this beer as many microbrews tend to go-- the whole beer is non-descript enough so I really couldn't find fault with it other than "there's not a lot there".

The only "craft" I can find in Michelob is the quantity in which it's brewed and it's consistency. The oodles of barrels brewed and bottled then distributed are feats in themselves.

As far as the beer goes-- well, hey... Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 01:07:52 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of ZAP


3.6/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not an earth shattering creation but clean, and relatively tasty for the style.

A-Golden color with little head.

S-Quite pleasing...a nice bready maltiness...perhaps the best smelling macro I have laid my nose to.

T-Malty....leans sweet....bready notes are present....a little tight herbal hop bitterness on the long finish but the maltiness carries this.

M-I'd call it on the light side of medium or the high side of light...clean with a rounded mouthfeel.

D-You have to pour this into a class....the rounded bottles are cool but this tastes pretty average out of the bottle..pour it into a glass and it separates itself from the pack. Definitely a top notch Macro lager...perhaps the best of the lot although I'd have to do some blind tastings to determine that.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 04:53:30 | More by ZAP
Photo of BeerTaster

New York

3.18/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance pale yellow and clear very little head retention. Smell clean malt and some hops. Taste Clean malt some hops and refreshing. Mouthfeel light to mediem carbonation is high. Drinkability for a mass market lager its not bad I can drink this one and might even pick it if not much else was avalible.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 02:02:27 | More by BeerTaster
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.75/5  rDev +41%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite macro pilsner-style lager. I've been a fan of this beer since my teen years. It's nothing special, but its clean, refreshing, and very drinkable.
Fairly simple malty flavor, with a touch of hops to keep the sweetness in check. It's an all-malt lager, so there are no strange adjunct flavors.
I could drink these one after the other all day.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 08:17:30 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of burtonbe


4.05/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a beautiful straw-colored brew with constant carbonation bubbles supporting the delicate, brilliant white, fluffy head. Perfectly clear and exactly what you want for this style. Just beautiful.

The nose is great. This has so much more aroma complexity than the typical American Lager. Spicy, malty. You get a good whiff of European hops.

Full-flavored malty brew, but with more hoppiness than other American Lagers. The hops give it a spicy kick. Very interesting. No off-flavors.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Nothing outstanding, but nothing to complain about.

This brew is drinkable to the max and quite satisfying at the same time. Overall I really like this one. Going back to an all-malt recipe was a smart move; it sure payed off big time. Clearly a notch above most. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 18:04:47 | More by burtonbe
Photo of nickfl


3.38/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden body topped by a small, white head with little retention and no lace.

S - Malty, slightly grainy aroma. Very clean overall.

T - Clean, malty flavor with just a hint of hops. Slight honey sweetness in the finish.

M - Medium to light body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Very light and easy to drink with a malt character that is a distinct improvement over that of the standard light macro lager. This is really a pretty decent beer, for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 07:26:45 | More by nickfl
Photo of pmcadamis


1.45/5  rDev -45.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 13:23:18 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of CamuMahubah


3.43/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 07:50:34 | More by CamuMahubah
Photo of jph424


2.45/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Very transparent light gold with a 2 finger white head that disipates quickly leaving very little lacing.

S - Slightly astringent, not a huge nose

T - Very light flavor, i can pick up the tiniest bit of sweetness. Does not taste bad but does not taste good to me either.

M - Very thin with medium carbonation.

D - Like water but why bother

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 17:36:43 | More by jph424
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


2.88/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dry, grainy twist on the average American lager.

It tastes a bit grainier, but also a bit cleaner, than most macro lagers. I've noticed that most AB brews have an almost stingy carbonation to them, and this one is no different.

Finishes a bit dry, and easy to drink. Far superior to Budweiser, but nothing to tell your grandkids about.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 13:32:40 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of thierrynantes


2.5/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2002.
Appearance : golden yellow beer, no foam head.
Smell : It has almost no aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : The taste is fresh, slightly sweet, slightly bitter, and slightly watery
Drinkability : less than n average beer in the style American malt lager

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 19:43:42 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of BeerCon5


2.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, light golden yellow color with not much head that fades quickly.

S: Smells mostly of grains and yeast. Not very interesting.

T: Mostly hops and yeast, very poor after taste.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Not really a bad beer, though nothing really stands out. Fairly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 20:46:32 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of tronester


2.95/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden with a tiny white head that fades away fast. Smells slightly of sulfur, and yeast. Does not smell good at all. Taste however, is better. It does have a hint of the BMC sickly sweetness but not too bad. Tastes very light and malty, with a surprising amount of hops to balance. The mouthfeel is very thin and carbonation levels quite high though. Very drinkable though, its so smooth and light it is a very easy drinking beer. However, there really isnt much to the flavor, so I doubt I will be drinking this much in the future. Still to the style it tastes ok. I much prefer this over Budwieser.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 03:55:52 | More by tronester
Photo of larcoal


3.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Michelob is a smooth, drinkable beer for any occasion. This was a treat back in the college days and remains an old standby when other options are poor. No, it's not a wonderful Belgian or a nosey microbrew, but it's nothing to avoid. It's certainly a great hot-day beer or alternative to any of the standard light/Lite beers brought to various gatherings.

Yes, AB is a giant and they don't turn out a lot of unique products, but this one isn't poor. I admit that I've never tried it in cans and only a few times on tap, but the bottles are certainly a session beer I will enjoy forever.


Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 20:15:03 | More by larcoal
Photo of mmmbeer


2.9/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The re-vamped Michelob, complete with new bottle and all-malt-and-noble-hop recipe. "Born-on" 7/8/07 and sampled two months after that. Pours into the glass light gold, with medium carbonation and a finger of white head that releases aromas of light fruitiness and some watered-down malts. Tastes of toasted malts and a touch of caramel, with light, green hops and perhaps some notes of lemon and banana. The body is light, crisp and tingly, and imparts a light finish. Not too bad, but for an all-malt brew with noble hops it should taste better than this. Kudos to A-B for at least trying to cater to the craft beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 19:06:33 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of clayrock81


2.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on draft and I like it more than other American macros. A decent size head that doesn't vanish, but rather slowly dissipates. Typical non-descript, light airy smell of nothingness but the light body actually has some taste. There is some hop bitterness on the backbite, so it doesn't go down all slippery. That isn't a bad thing though, because it let me know that hey, you're actually drinking a BEER.
These can grow on you if you are at a bar and the draft special is running, but I wouldn't buy a 6-pack of this stuff or anything.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2008 20:28:49 | More by clayrock81
Photo of KI9A


3.15/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, into a Mich amber tulip glass. Typical macro color, head. Won't waste time explaining macro smell.

Taste: Better than remembered. I guess going to all malt has indeed helped it. Nice, malt flavor, with a slight, slight hint of hops. Much more agreeable than a run-of-the-mill macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 03:15:29 | More by KI9A
Photo of SargeC


4.2/5  rDev +57.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do not think I have had this brew since I pounded a few in the parking lot before a Steve Miller concert in the 80s.

Appearance: Clear gold brew with a thick white head. Good carbonation flow.

Smell: Clean aroma. Has solid hints of malt and hops.

Taste: Good malt flavor with a perfect touch of hops for the style. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. This is a satisfying lager, slightly waxy with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkablity: This brew seems to taste better that I remember. I am impressed with the quality. It has excellent flavor and body. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 05:45:33 | More by SargeC
Photo of DoubleJ


3.4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purcahsed a six-pack of this yesterday in anticapation of the Super Bowl. I only drank one during the game, and have a good number remaining in the my fridge, one of which will be used as a review. Love the eye catching teardrop bottle AB's put this beer into (and changing it back to all-malt for good measure). On to the beer:

This beer is a clearish pale blonde color, topped by a 1.5 cm head with modest retention. Aroma has a little husk and some sweetness to it. The taste is light, but non-offensive. Light grain husk, a touch of alcohol, more sweet malt. Hops are light to produce a delicate bitterness. Lightish to medium bodied with a bit of a snappy mouthfeel, and very easy to drink.

For a mass-produced beer, this isn't bad at all. No off-flavors, clean, and extremely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 04:28:13 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt, some sweetness and a light flowery hop.

The taste consisted of a light malt, an odd sweetness and a clean hop. An improvement over the old formula, but not as robust as I was hoping for.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a better than average macro.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 17:04:25 | More by plaid75
Photo of baos


3.35/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into glass mug.

A: Pale straw color with teeny head that completely disappears.

S: Mild malts and fresh grains.

T: I haven't had this one for a time. Not as sweet as I remember. Actually it is kind of tart and refreshing.

M: Thin little thing with big bubbly carbonation.

D: I enjoyed two of these at a Vietnamese Restaurant with a spicy Saigon pancake. This beer goes well with spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 19:50:48 | More by baos
Michelob (Original Lager) from Anheuser-Busch
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