Michelob Light | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob LightMichelob Light

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Michelob Light is brewed with pale, kilned two-row barley malt and noble European hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

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2/5  rDev -7.4%

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1/5  rDev -53.7%

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2/5  rDev -7.4%

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1/5  rDev -53.7%

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2/5  rDev -7.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well to start... yeah its a macro/cheap beer in a can. Very similar to all the other bud lights/miller lites/natural lights/keystone etc., but I find this one to have a tad more of a hop flavor. Even keeps its head as you drink it, can't say that about much of the other ones, and even a tiny bit of lacing showing it has some substance to it. Clearly a lawnmower/party beer, but its quite refreshing and a lot more tolerable and most of the other cheap beers, plus it's the same price... one of my favorite cheap beers.

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2.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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1.87/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lackluster and tasteless. Looks light yellow and brightly clear. Overly carbonated and lacks head retention or lacing. Tastes low malty or sweet. Grainy and cornlike. Slightly metalic and astringent. Tastes similar to smell. Hard on the toung and palate because of the carbonation. Thin and scrubbed to the palate. No malt or hop flavor or balance to mention. Light and powdery finish with a grainy, metalic aftertaste. Aside from all of its poor qualities, it's not offensive; but neither is water. All of it's beer-like qualities disolve as soon as it hits the palate.

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Photo of zeff80
2.06/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - I had this a wedding last weekend. It was poured into a tall pilsner glass. It was a straw yellow and highly carbonated. There was a descent sized head that lasted for quite awhile.

S - There isn't much of a smell, except for that alcohol/beer/skunk that comes from most beers like this.

T - The taste wasn't bad. There was a mix of malt and grains (corn & rice?). No hops but that is expected.

M - It was pretty crisp and light-bodied.

D - I wouldn't regularly pick this up, but when it is free and it is the only beer option it will do the job.

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1.56/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a fizzy pure white head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with light corn notes is bland and not that enjoyable. Taste is also a bland mix between some sweet malt with light adjunct notes (I know the label states all-malt lager but I have a hard time believing this). Body is light with good carbonation. Bland lager and not something that need to be revisited.

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2/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.1/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As far as light beers go, Anheuser-Busch's Michelob Light is one of the finest, retaining some of its maltiness, and somehow keeping a head where most others fail miserably.

It pours a crystal-clear straw-gold body that displays hundreds of tiny bubbles rising quickly towards the surface. There they join their place in queue beneath the short half-finger head of creamy bright-white. Lacing is left to just some tiny spots here and there, but at least that's something.

The nose is clean and pleasant with a light touch of malty sweetness. Of course, no hops are to be found.

The flavor reveals that maltiness is a much fuller light, and it's surprisingly grainy and lightly sweet. There's some mild hop bitterness to balance it as well; and even some floral and spicy hop flavor in the background.

It's light-bodied and effervescent, as expected (and, actually, pretty much required of the style), but there is a touch of dextrinous malt there as well - meaning it's not completely watery and insipid unlike some others.

Anheuser-Busch is known the world over for their commitment to quality and it shows. In addition to Bud Light (the best selling light beer on earth), Michelob Light proves that they really know how to make a light beer work.

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2/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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1.77/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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1.03/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes. Nothing like a "100" list to urge on old review entry.

Pours with about a quarter of the color density of straw with the thinest of thin white heads. Nose brings forth light grain and cardboard. Taste brings the same. Almost so light it's hard to find even those flavors. Feel is way overly carbonated and drinks poorly. Light, cardboard-soaked seltzer water.

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1.1/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

First had: ?

Probably the best light / T&A TV-ad beer I've had. Again: that ain't saying much. But if I was at a grungy dive with a choice of Bud, Miller, Coors, and Michelob Light, I'd...uh, kill myself.

Pours between a pale straw color and water, with much carbonation and a small white head that disappears quickly. Stale hops and skunk on the nose. Not much in the flavor department other than what was received in the nose. Light, thin, and watery. Goes down easy. To be avoided.

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3.67/5  rDev +69.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I will openly cop to having once been a big consumer of Michelob. My uncle always had it in the fridge when he would come east every summer and I simply followed his lead until Rolling Rock really took off while I was in Cali with the navy. I wonder what its Light iteration may be like, but thanks to Tone77 and The CANQuest (TM), I am about to find out! CAN I get some love?

From the CAN: "All-Malt Light Lager" - really?!? That was one of the pluses of original Mich - NO adjuncts. Good. Also, "AmeriCAN-style light lager brewed with a blend of Hallertau, Strissel Spalt and other hop varieties." Zounds!

The Crack & Glug proceeded as usual, with a short moment of panic as the creamy, bone-white head began to approach the lip of the glass. Fortunately, I know what to do in such situations and backed off of my pour. Great head retention, BTW. Color was a light lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was light with a citrusy spiciness that was truly unexpected. It was like lemon zest with a mild biscuitiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a lemony taste on the tongue along with an attendant bite or snap. Dang, this is pretty good! Finish had more of a biscuit taste, but the lemon was still there. It reminded me of Archway Lemon Snap cookies. Completely unexpected! The only knock on this was its watery mouthfeel. I would bring this in the cooler for those who are into Light beers, but I am not a calorie counter, plus I am betting that this is sold at the "Premium" price range and I would not want a case at those prices.

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1.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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