Michelob (Original Lager) - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob (Original Lager)Michelob (Original Lager)

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Ratings: 949
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 26.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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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 endincolorado
3.1/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: New bottle with label that reads: Michelob Original Lager. I think this is just classic Michelob... right?

Appearance- Gold-straw body, white head with various bubble sizes, low head retention, moderate lacing.

Smell- Fairly classic adjunct smell, with a light grainy sweetness. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any hop-presence.

Taste- Pretty clean flavors, slight corny sweetness. Nothing off, but not impressive either.

Mouthfeel- light mouthfeel, high carbonation is kind of nice.

Drinkability- fairly high. I had a hard time being ultra critical, and with an open mind came a pretty reasonable beer.

Photo of OzarkElmo
2.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From bottle February 14 2009

Pours a pale, clear golden color with decent white head. Moderate lacing diminishing through finish. Smell - just pretty sour to me like most other A-B beers. Just not a very good aroma. Not sure where the hops and malts are. To me a glorified Bud Light. Not as distinct a taste as Budweiser. Not much there for me, and not worth a premium price. Less than average in its price.

Photo of Dirty1
2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a recipe that called for a bottle of lager which is generally not one of my favorite style beers. Since I was cooking with it I didn't want to spend a lot of cash. The grocery I went to had a crapy selection so I bought the Michelob because it was on sale! I remember drinking this in college and thought it was o.k. and haven't had it in probaly 10 years. I poured one into a pint glass while cooking.

A- Very clear straw yellow with about a 1/2" white head that went away pretty fast with no lace.

S- Very mild hops and not much else! It had the faintest hint of grains and a slight sour twang to it. The smell was very underwhelming.

T- Starts with a slightly sweet malty grainy taste then comes the slightly stale and grassy hops. It had a slight sour tangy after taste. It reminded me of a good beer that had been watered down a bit to a mediocre beer.

M- Very light and crisp with a nice dry finish that seemed a touch over carbonated. To me the mouthfeel was probaly the best asspect of this beer.

D- It had a nice refreshing feel that made it very drinkable, but not really my type of beer. I found the flavor to be rather flat and pedestrain. Lagers aren't really my thing but I have definatly had better ones. It's also definatly not the worst beer I have ever had. I would drink again at a cook out or something but probaly won't buy again. Cheers!

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.03/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Orange yellow color with a light white head. Bubbles come off the bottom and side like champagne.

S - Very faint. A little malt is all I can make out.

T - Light flavor. A little malt with a slight bite at the finish.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - I'm a snob so I really didn't like this. That said it wasn't that bad it just didn't have anything to make it any different than most beers.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.33/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This lager pours a clear yellow color with a thin, fizzy white head. The aroma is faintly hoppy with some malty, grainy notes. Up front, it has a smooth body with crisp carbonation and a mildly malty flavor with some graininess. The finish is crisp and slightly malty. Drinkable and not bad for an American standard lager.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one on my trip out of town, as it was pretty much the only thing that the gas station had worth purchasing.

Cool bottles, nice mid section that is easy to grasp, if drinking out of the bottle is your kind of thing.

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow.

Crisp clean sugary malt waffer aroma.

Very clean on the palate, crisp assertive malt hits the palate immediately, and then the flavors are then wiped clean - almost no flavor on the finish. Just an overall light body and crisp malt. The only way to describe this one is clean, and non offensive.

This one does wonders when poured out into a glass, as some have pointed out. It's sugary and syrupy finish are very apparent when drinking out of the bottle. Yet, in a glass this is just an easy to drink, crisp, palatable macro Lager.

Not bad, and for the style it's quite decent. Just make sure to pour this one into a glass, as it does wonders.

Photo of Rayek
2.83/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This used to be my mom's favorite beer because she could get it in 7oz bottles at one point. The bottles were certainly cute, but the beer isn't that great.

A: Straw color with a soapy white head that sticks for a bit. Excellent clarity.

S: Like Bud without the adjuncts. Very mild and inoffensive, with a a bit of sweet malt being the only discernible aroma.

T: Clean crisp and relatively tasteless. Slim malt profile with a tasteless bitterness. Finishes clean.

M: Light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Not worth the premium over Bud, even if it is an all malt brew. Bland and unexciting.

Photo of 1fastz28
2.48/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a crystal clear golden color with a white frothy head, looks a bit darker than say budweiser, or any other macro-lager. smell is dominated by water and corn, little hop or malt at all. taste is pretty bland, like most macro-lagers, i'd be hard pressed to tell the differnce between this and budweiser. mouthfeel is watery and not that great, its drinkability is ok, just depends on the event

Photo of flexabull
3.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always loved the shape of the Michelob bottle.

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a decent white head.

Aromas are grassy, yeast like, and with some sweet corn.

Taste is really crisp, very clean, and slightly sweet. There is a malty creaminess, with nice carbonation. Finish is very crisp with a tiny bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is not bad. Nice full feel with good carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. For an American Macro lager this isn't so bad. This is easy to drink, it's pretty basic, and not all the interesting, but it goes down easy and is pretty refreshing.

Photo of CampusCrew
2.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid rock steady Michelob Lager. Not a bad choice. There are better beers on the market but this is a decent choice when the beer selection is bad.

appearance: amberish

smell: some hops smell

taste: Full flavor and malty lager

mouthfeel: pleasant

drinkability: smooth and east to drink

Photo of Rhynes2
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I would have to say that the best characteristic of this beer is color. It pours a nice darker than average color and that really adds to the overall experience of the beer. Smell is decent, better than regular Budweiser but still not a stand-out feature in this brew. Most of the time I just have this one right out of the bottle with cook-out foods. Other than a cook-out, this beer doesn't have to much else to offer.

Photo of srrn
2.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. There are beers with adjunct I like better and I kind of like the misnamed Amber Bock so I was hoping this would be decent.

It's a good looking amber/yellow brew with a fading white and and does have a bit of lace. Smell is like many macros, light maybe a bit of spicey hops.

Taste is a bit off, a bit metallic, It's a simple beer, should be more drinkable but I'm really not wanting another. If I'm buying another Micholob product it'll be the Amber Bock, or Porter.

Photo of beerfairy
3.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a sweet light fruity smell.

This beer is highly carbonated and has a dry taste. It has a light gold color. Average everyday American Lager.

They said I need more characters, there's not much to this beer to really say except that it's what Americans were used to drinking before the craft beer movement.

Photo of Cresant
3.2/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. classic shaped brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Born on date: 8/18/08. The body was light yellow gold. White head was 2+ fingers and it had some retention.

Smell was clean and somewhat sour (in a good way). Non-offensive.

Taste was lightly bitter balanced with light grainy sweetness. Some lemon flavor. Non-offensive.

Mouthfeel was medium/light in body and pleasantly not over-carbonated.

Photo of wheelinshirt
2.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a dimpled mug. Not expecting a lot here. Grabbed it to have something easy to drink with some eggplant parm.

Clear golden straw color, decent looking with a modest head, medium-poor retention, pretty nice lacing.

Smell is grainy, a little hoppy, mostly weak.

Taste is similar, there is some bitterness and hop flavor but it seems watered down. This one is all malt so it is, luckily, without any corny flavors. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is light, not overcarbonated but seems a bit slick. Kind of dry and sticky at the same time, too. hmm.

Drinkability is average. It doesn't push you away or draw you back for another. If you know what to expect, this can be an okay beer.

Photo of babaracas
2.93/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden color with monster white head and surprisingly decent lacing. Smell: almost nothing - a little bit of grain, a little bit of noble hops. Taste: pale malts, slightly grainy, ever so slight noble hop grassiness/spiciness. Semi-dry, semi-sticky finish. If they put a bunch more hops in this it would be a decent session beer. As it is, just kind of boring.

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For the price, this is a pretty good option when you want a decent beer and are light in the wallet. Leaps and bounds ahead of Coors/Miller/Bud in terms of being widely available and cheap. Still too light bodied, but it has some flavor and is very smooth.

Photo of dacrza1
2.23/5  rDev -15.8%
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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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?

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.

Michelob (Original Lager) from Anheuser-Busch
63 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.