Michelob Light

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Lager - Light
Ranked #249
Ranked #50,029
2.14 | pDev: 34.11%
Missouri, United States
Michelob LightMichelob Light
Notes: Michelob Light is brewed with pale, kilned two-row barley malt and noble European hops.
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.12/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Having had the standard, and ultra, I suppose it is time to look into this light adjunct lager. Coloring is very nice, a bit darker than most lagers. Mouthfeel is light, though a bit dry and full-bodied, you hardly get any real noticeable adjuncts or horrible flavors. The smell is a basic lager, with the use of all these noble hops you'd expect to smell some in the presentation. Notes are a mild sweetness upfront, the rush of carbonation, malts, and a finish of 'Michelob'

Jun 30, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle; 19222; purchased cold single... split-poured between shaker and Stella Artois glass)

L: polished-clear, pale yellow-amber liquid; head fizzles away immediately during pour... thin collar keeps, very little lace

S: mild bready pale/pils malt with a vague, subtle lemon note; surprising definition

T: dry malt backbone, with a bit of a muffin-like toasted edge... upon second sip, that curious, delicate lemon note appears in the finish... hint of green grass in the aftertaste as it goes; mild bitterness, lasting malt flavor

F: light-bodied but not thin; quick-finishing, soft sudsy lift, bit of latent gas... kind of on par with a regular adjunct lager

O: all that's missing is a packet of sugar and we might have a lemon muffin lager here... as far as light lagers go, I could do this again - not bad at all, actually relatively flavorful (1558)

Oct 09, 2019
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Coldcoffee from North Carolina

2.47/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Michelob Light is a light beer that tastes more like beer than most light beers. Nicely carbonated, without much of a "burn" on the tastebuds. Just a tiny hint of sweetness to the flavor. If you're an IPA guy (or gal), it'll be far too weak for your preference. But it's not as watery as, say, Busch Light. Goes down smooth after a day of yardwork, and a good beer to enjoy with a burger and fries. Very inoffensive. But at around $12-$13 a twelver, a bit more expensive than some light beers. But, it also tastes just a little more satisfying than most light beers. It's also a little better from a glass bottle than from a can. It's not amazing, but it's definitely not bad.

Oct 07, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I like this brew ok, it almost gets to the average of 3. Fuller with more flavor than the other big macro lights. Overall right with BL and CL for me.

May 04, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow gold color. Creamy white head. Fragrant chalky malt aroma. Light grainy malt flavor upfront. Highly carbonated. Slightly sour mid taste. Light hop finish with a brief dry aftertaste.

Oct 19, 2018
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OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +70.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I remember when this first came out in the 1980's "O yes you can have it all" was the TV commercial jingle. Yes, all but what was then a top-shelf beer with anything like a distinctive flavor. Still, far better than most beers in it's class.

Dec 13, 2017
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SGT_Gump from Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +95.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't know the look. I always drink it out of the bottle. The smell is good to me. Just like it says on the bottle, smooth, rich, flavorful. My second favorite AB

Jun 20, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Well this stuff has lots of clarity going for it. Other than that, has the appearance of a cuvee of tap water and AAL beer. I did see some lace even though the head wasn't much beyond 1/6". Aroma was municipal water.

Taste still has the bitter metallic coin money feel to it with alka seltzer.

Maybe as a palate cleanser, but otherwise, kinda useless.

Jun 12, 2016
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

2.44/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1/23/16 Chicago (12 oz bottle poured into tall glass). Very pale clear yellow pour, mild carbonation and head with decent lacing. Faint malt and corn aroma and taste. Somewhat sweet taste, mild hops. Very smooth going down, thin texture with clean taste. I liked their prior offering from decades past much better.

Jan 24, 2016
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vabeerguy from Virginia

2.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

To be fair, I do not consume a lot of light beer. However, in an attempt to recapture my youth I decided to try this beer again. Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Color is a pale yellow. No noticeable malt or hop taste. That said, it is probably one of the better light beers on the market. It could make a good session beer but there are many, tasty craft beers that could also do the same.

Sep 29, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

2.25/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight grain hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight grain flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A mediocre lager

Sep 24, 2015
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Pocker from Minnesota

3.06/5  rDev +43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Watery beer that is very easy to drink if you consume a case of beer every night and like to pretend you are a badass. I buy this when I'm broke and want to get drunk, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm drinking a low end domestic beer. As far as low cheap beers go though, this is one of the better light beers I think.

Aug 08, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

2.25/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Golden colored water that resembles a watered down beer. This is a perfect beer for those who are scared of beer that has flavor. Not a good beer at all.

Jun 30, 2015
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DrainBamage from Michigan

3.07/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a lace of head. Smells slightly less corn like than regular adjuncts. Not very adjunct tasting. Surprising amount of flavor. One of the better light beers out there.

Jun 21, 2015
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +100.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Michelob Light brewed by Anheuser-Busch, with an ABV of 4.3% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. The smell is rich with grains and malts. There is a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. The taste is light, but is bold with flavor. Michelob Light has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in it. The mouthfeel is light, rich and smooth. I really like the taste of this light brew, Michelob Light has flavor for being a light beer. There is nothing bad about this brew. Overall I'm giving Michelob Light a 4.5 out of 5. Michelob Light is not a bad light beer, I would buy this brew again.

Mar 06, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.69/5  rDev +72.4%

Although I am not a huge fan of Anheuser-Busch in general, I am a fan of the Michelob brand. There's many beers under the Michelob banner that I find myself never refusing, under any circumstance. With that being said, time to add another one to the stable...

Appearance (3.25) : 2 finger yellowish off-white head, disintegrates into a 1 finger within seconds, and then finally a ring. The body is pale straw colored, 100% transparent.

Aroma (3.5) : Fresh malt, barley, fresh hop, rice, a little straw. There's not much to it but it's a very crisp, clean smelling beer. Smells better than Michelob "Golden" Light.

Flavor (3.75) : Crisp, malty notes, with rice and barley with a little straw. The faintest hint of hop finishes out the taste. This is a fantastic tasting light beer. There's a couple faint off notes but they are not bad. It's not as easy drinking as Michelob Golden Light, but the flavor is definitely more broad and delicious.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Light to medium bodied (yes I meant that), buzzing carbonation and a smooth crisp finish.

Overall (3.69) : As I sit here with a Golden Light and a regular Light next to each other (I stopped my review and pulled a MGL from the fridge), the Michelob Light tastes much better and has better flavor. Where the Golden Light has grassy straw and corn, Michelob Light has rice, barley, and faint hop. It's not as easy drinking or unoffensive as Michelob Golden Light, nor is it near as cheap, but I have to say the regular Light is the superior beer.

Dec 05, 2014
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.54/5  rDev +65.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this evening on 7/9/14 and had this one many times over the years but surprised they still made it as I haven't seen it. Love the old 'lava lamp' style brown bottle it came in 20 years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 'Michelob" glass goblet.

Pours a lighter golden color with a very thin white head that settles just to around the sides of the glass. Very little spotty lacing is seen but not much really. The aroma isn't much, just of some grassy grain for the most part with a hint of sweet corn. The taste is about the same with a slight sweet finish. Much more flavor and tastes better than their more popular "Michelob Ultra" which I didn't care much for. Medium carbonation. Overall, not bad and close to the flavor from 20 years ago that I remember.

Jul 10, 2014
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a0lbudman from Alabama

3.84/5  rDev +79.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-very clear pale to gold color with a large white head that did not fade fast
S-can smell the noble hops and grainy aroma
T-maltier than the other light lagers, with a hop aftertaste that goes to a sweet grain finish
M-light body and medium carbonation
O-if you grade this beer on on what it has compared to what it is suppose to be, then it was better than most.

Dec 29, 2013
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

1.77/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains adjuncts, light caramelized malts, and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from a thin malt character and adjuncts. Then some light malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is extremely mild. There doesn’t seem to me much balance only because there isn’t much in the beer to balance out. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and not very smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not flavorful at all, goes down easily and not too filling since there isn’t much to the beer, very mild kick, not the best representation of style, even for a light beer this one isn’t very good.

Oct 27, 2013
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Olek4374 from Canada (AB)

1.66/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

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.

This beer is pretty awful. I had one and immediately went back to regular Michelob. Water doesn't begin to describe it. No, No, no.

Sep 16, 2013
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Winston_Smith from Kentucky

2.88/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I'll start by saying that this beer surprised the hell out of me. Echoing Jack's review a bit down the page, I cannot believe that this beer is not more popular than every other light American piss beer.

Appearance: Light lager. You've seen a million of them.

Smell: Barely anything. Faint grainy malts.

Taste: This is what surprised me the most. It actually has something in it that resembles "flavor." Wow. I'm blown away. A beer from Anheiser-Busch with the word "light" on the label, and it has a flavor? Even some sort of hop presence? Unheard of. Why this isn't the Bud Light of the country instead of Bud Light is beyond me, and it seems others feel this way.

Mouthfeel: It feels like fizzy light beer.

Overall: This was refreshing on a hot day. It's what my dad drinks, and I stole one out of curiosity. It's definitely not something I'll purchase on my own dollar, but it was pleasantly surprising (which is of course, relative in the world of American light beer).

Jun 23, 2013
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REVZEB from Illinois

2.06/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear amber, no head, active carbonation. Skunky corn malt nose, no depth or complexity. Taste has grains to add, skunk is cut, some watery biscuit in there. Feel is malty and that's it, fizzy water. They claim no adjuncts, I am shocked by this because it doesn't taste and especially smell that way

May 05, 2013
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

2.19/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light golden-yellow color with a two finger pure white head. The head fades over about a two minute time frame to leave a rather surprisingly god level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma is very light. The light detectable smells are of a bread, corn, paper, caramel and light citrus hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a tiny bit of a bready flavor consisting mainly of a corny sweet flavor. As the flavors advanced the sweetness grew even stronger more toward the middle with some other light fruit flavors as well as some light caramel flavor coming to the tongue. The taste is rather sweet from here to the end, leaving a rather sweet flavor of corn, caramel, and some fruit with very little of any other flavors to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average to above average side for a light brew (but still on the thinner side overall) with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The slightly thicker body for a light brew accentuates some of the sweeter corn and papery flavors a bit to heavily, where a lighter body and a bit more carbonation would have better hidden these and created a more refreshing style brew.

Overall – Higher in sweetness but lower in refreshment for a beer of the “light” category. A little too much corn and papery taste combined with the off feel make this brew one to likely avoid.

Apr 02, 2013
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Bierwolf from Missouri

2.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsener.

Appearance: 1 finger of white, fizzy foam that diminishes to a thin froth. Clear, light yellow with tiny particles suspended in the beer. Some nice bubbles rising up. Slight lacing as the beer is drank.

Smell: Light hops and malt but mostly a yeasty smell.

Taste: There is not a lot of flavor in this beer. Very light grain and that is about it.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium body with a watery feel. Softly carbonated with a semi-dry finish.

Overall: A bit disappointing. Compared to the Michelob Ultra this is a bit weaker. The Ultra had a bit more beer flavor and appearance. This was really low flavor and did not make me want to come back for more.

Nov 26, 2012
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 oz. bottle stamped 12233-MW63. Sampled on October 24, 2012.

It pours pale yellow with loads and loads of foamy white head that eventually gives way.

The aroma is corn, rice, and clean hops which is about what I would expect from the style.

The body is thin.

The taste is fresh with grains and a crisp, quick light hop finish. It is really what I would expect from the style so I would call it average for the style. Nothing crafty here. Just plain old thirst quenching stuff.

Oct 25, 2012
Michelob Light from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 54 out of 100 with 901 ratings