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Michelob (Original Lager) - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob (Original Lager)Michelob (Original Lager)

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Ratings: 906
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 8
Gots: 43 | 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 1099
3.75/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After all of the commercials I have seen about this, I finally bought a sixer the other day and gave it a shot. Here is what I saw:

A: Light gold in color, very clear, and also looks less fizzy than most macros that I've seen

S: All malts, no doubt! All I could smell was malted barley. Smelled grainy, and tasty too!

T: The taste is pretty straightforward. As soon as you take a sip, the first thing that hits is the malt, followed by a nice tingle from the carbonation. The maltiness fades within a second or two, and on the tail end I sensed a little banana before the clean finish. Fairly simple, but nice also.

M: Average. Its not thin but not thick. Actually feels about right for the style

D: Is good, but not superb. It's a little heavier and stronger than the usual fare, so you can't drink as many as you would before. However, this is still a good choice, and I could pound many of these if I had the chance.

I like the new all-malt recipe for this. I think its a nice improvement over the previous one. This is one I enjoyed, and will buy again if the opportunity comes around.

1099, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of kwakwhore
3.13/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, a 12 oz. glass. I haven't had this beer in at least 25 years so there's nothing to compare it to, but here goes.
Pale straw color with lots of carbonation. Not much in the way of a head or lacing.
NOt much of anything going on aroma wise.
FLavor is not offensive in any way, a bit of sweet malt and some grains. As the beer gets a little warmer some hop bitterness emerges.
Unremarkable mouthfeel, didn't make too much of an impression one way or the other.
Easy to put a few of these away, went down very well on a very hot day.
I had been curious to try this ever since I found out it was an all malt beer again. Easily the best thing I've tried from AB. If all you can find in a place is macros, this is easily the best option out there.

kwakwhore, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.38/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my pops for having some of these in the fridge, it's been a while since I've had a Michelob. This one is slightly better than Bud but not by much. Aroma and appearance are the same but this one is smoother and has a cleaner finish. The taste is alright but it's still A-B mass produced lager.

kinger, Aug 06, 2008
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 claytri
2.93/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light gold with a thin white head. The aroma is light and malty. The taste is mainly of a light sweet malt, no real hop taste. The feel is light and wet with a bit of malt aftertaste. This is a beer that's about average. The all barley malt leaves it with a pleasant taste, but it could definately do with more malt and hops. The hops are present obviously as it isn't overly sweet, but you can't taste them. A beer that would be OK for a barbecue or picnic, but not one that you'd go out of your way to find.

claytri, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of NOOGIE
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: Poured 12 oz. bottle into mug. 2 fingers of foam, which stays with the drink throughout full drink. Tinted yellow color carbonation stays with the drink.

Smell: Hoppy through and through. Also barley, corn, grains, hint of alcohol and water.

Taste: Hops and grains. Really unique.

Mouthfeel: A little wet, stays with you. Also hops stays the longest.

Drink: It depends, I'm really impressed Michelob to me it was a lot worse, like a Blatz. Now I would get this regularly. Drink is average because it could go either way. You like it or you don't?

NOOGIE, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.48/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the better tasting macros in my opinion.

Pours out a little darker than most other macro stuff.

Smells sorta malty with a faint hoppiness on the back end.

This actually doesn't taste too bad. Its rich and malty and sweet with a touch of bitterness on the finish.

A little more expensive than most others but not bad at all.

Tilley4, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Overlord
2.2/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a bright gold. Big white foam head. Smells faintly of yeast and ... maybe a bit of hops.

Taste is a bit of yeastiness, a touch of balancing hops, and maybe some grain malt. Not bad tasting, actually, for a macrobrew. Just nothing to write home about. It is a bit too watery and overly carbonated, which goes with the territory.

Overlord, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Pours a very nice looking crystal clear golden color. Suprisingly good head retention.

Smell is grainy. Not much else.

Taste is about the same. Not off putting. Just a little bland. Grain and slight hop presence. Very crisp but a bit on the watery side.

Overall, not a bad beer really. Easy drinking and a decent flavor. Good for AB for switching back to all malt with this one.

bluegrassbrew, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
2.13/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Someone offered me one while out celebrating a friend's graduation, so I accepted; big mistake. Pale golden body with sparse white head atop that disappears faster than I could say disappear. Light, sweet corn malt flavor that reminds quickly that it is a Bud cousin. More and more, I'm questioning why people used to consider this somewhat higher end when i was younger. Did the sleek bottle speak "fancy" to people? Was it the commercials branding this broken-down Buick as a Cadillac? Was beer just not as good, and my tastes and those of friends not well-honed, way back when? Probably all of the above to some degree.

Yeesh, slightly skunky flavor leaves me miffed. Sweet and vexing like Grain Belt, at twice the price. Flat well before it should be. Uncomplicated, needs more malt and everything else. I'd avoid.

Gehrig, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of GoodKnight1220
2.4/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Ahhhh... I love the taste of $3 water at the bar. Bottle to glass.

This beer's only positive is its light yellow color, that is crystal clear with tons of carbonation.

Smell is dismal, smells like a college apartment.

Heavy grainy taste, that is very crisp do to the heavy mouthfeel of carbonation.

Avg beer to put in the water category.

GoodKnight1220, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of EStreet20
2.78/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

DEfinitely something different. My reasons for picking this up were two fold. First, it's an all malt lager, may as well give it a shot. Second, I'll be drinking amazing beer in Boston all weekend, why not give a macro a try.

12 ounce bottle, tall thin pils glass.

A - Very light yellow color. About two fingers of white head. Tons of tiny bubbles rushing to the top. Surprisigly a portion of the head actually stays around. I even got a ring or two of lacing on my glass.

S - Smell is basically of nothing but a tiny hint of lager yeast and pilsner malts.

T - Taste is pretty clean. A slight grainy taste but other than that no real discernable flavors.

M - Thin and light, a tad watery.

D - Could work as a thirst quencher on a hot day. Has a little more to it than other macros which makes it more tolerable.

EStreet20, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of assmasterson
3.1/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow, little head. Run-of-the-mill AB style. On the plus side, though, it does come in that cool retro-style hourglass bottle.

S: Nothing much, very faint hops, pretty standard issue.

T: Sort of like regular Budweiser, but not quite as bitter. Slight lemon flavor afterwards. Honestly, if it's cold, it's not really that bad.

M: Very thin, moderate carbonation, slick as can be.

D: High due to the fact that it is so thin. Probably nice for a hot day or social drinking.

Overall, choosing between this and Budweiser, this is the one to go for.

assmasterson, May 21, 2008
Photo of rye726
1.63/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Michelob come sin a cool shaped bottle to help mask what's inside. The yellow carbonated liquid has a dismal white head, gone in seconds. The nose and taste are both harshly grainy. Body is light and passes over the palate with difficulty. Not a pleasant drinking experience for me.

rye726, May 20, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
2/5  rDev -24.5%
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!

seanyfo, May 05, 2008
Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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).

zeff80, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
3.2/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

TheSarge, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of matty
3.4/5  rDev +28.3%
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!!

matty, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.7/5  rDev +39.6%
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!

gueuzeonhigh, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of ZAP
3.6/5  rDev +35.8%
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.

ZAP, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of BeerTaster
3.18/5  rDev +20%
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.

BeerTaster, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.75/5  rDev +41.5%
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.

Hoagie1973, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of burtonbe
4.05/5  rDev +52.8%
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!

burtonbe, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.38/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

nickfl, Apr 01, 2008
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.

pmcadamis, Mar 23, 2008
Michelob (Original Lager) from Anheuser-Busch
63 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.