Michelob Light | Anheuser-Busch

198 Reviews
Read the review
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 856
Photo of JohnFatAss
2.45/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

To me, Michelob Light is much better than bud light or coors light. This beer has some flavor.

I think its biggest flaw is that it is too heavy to be a light beer. I think it is more comparable to Budweiser or regular Michelob than to light beers.

It is not horrible, but falls into that mediocre beer category.

So why bother.

 332 characters

Photo of Chico1985
3/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another enthralling installment of "Free Beers From Work". This one goes so far to prove its lightness it lists calorie, carb, protein and fat amounts on the label.

Pale straw yellow, white head, retains well as a thin but full cap.

Decent nose strength for a light beer, basically just pale and bready malts, but not bad.

Taste is about the same, mostly just grainy/pale/bready malt with a non-existent/minuscule amount of lemony hop flavor, but not offensive, more flavor than your average light lager. Decent finish.

Especially high on the carbonation, but a good body to it, doesn't feel like water. No off-tastes.

Really not a bad light beer, actually tastes like something at least, much better than Bud/Coors/Busch Light.

 737 characters

Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured I ti a Pilsener

A - pale golden, Light head, fizzy activity, no lacing
S - sweet malt and Corn, a tad roasty
T - a bit more balanced than most light beers some decent malt
M - a bit heavy, adjunct sweet aftertaste
O - Wasn't expecting much and it was drinkable, not terrible for what it is

 304 characters

Photo of TippySelenoid
2.55/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a very pale yellow. A bit of head that quickly dissipates into a cirrus lacing.

It smells like adjuncts even though the bottle says all malt. There's the faintest whiff of hops as well.

It tastes like it's highly processed. It's really clean and easy to quaff. Some straw flavors and a bit of hops.

Has a bubbly mouthfeel. Light bodied and crisp

Not a good beer. Not a bad beer. Rather unmemorable, which isn't a good thing.

 460 characters

Photo of gatornation
3.2/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had on tap at hooters in cape coral,fl

clear and yellow with a white head and collar,smell was corn rice and bread and malts..had a sweet corn and malt start a little hop taste with bread and grain finish..crisp and carbonated easy to drink it went well with the wings..not a failure but an average beer that is really not to bad on a 100 degree day

 350 characters

Photo of Rifugium
1.1/5  rDev -53.2%
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.

 486 characters

Photo of bnes09
2.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale piss-colored lager. Pours a minimal amount of soda-like head and is gone before you can blink. Lots of visible bubbles and no lacing.

Nose cosists of corn and rice adjuncts which are slightly skunked and a hint of hops.

Adjuncts dominate the flavor, lots of corn husk. Mild leaf-like hop. Some skunky flavor and has a tart, off flavor in the end. Pretty much a mess.

Thin, watery consistency. Lots of carbonation. Slick feel and no texture at all.

Every time I review a BMC product I really try to look deep for the good qualities and rate it for what it is. Unfortunately, even for a light beer this stuff is not good. The only good side is that you can drink a lot of these but due to the lack of flavor, would you really want to? Sorry AB, you have failed once again.

 780 characters

Photo of jsprain1
2.22/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear yellow, frothy head disappears quickly. No lacing.
S- Relatively clean. Sweet grains, but not altogether terrible.
T- Clean up front, lightly sweet grains, corn in the finish.
M- Light body, zippy carbonation.
O- A decent light lager I guess. Nothing remarkable, and generally light in every regard. In that sense, mission accomplished.

 345 characters

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.03/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Michelob Light has a very thick, white head and a clear, yellow appearance with lots of active carbonation and a little lacing left behind. The aroma is almost neutral, but some clean water is detected. Taste is bland, with light barley or other grain and just the slightest showing of hop bitterness for rounding. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Michelob Light finishes crisp and fairly refreshing. It's mostly just a typical, dull light beer.


 452 characters

Photo of MTNboy
2.79/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It is not too bad in the looks department. It has a nice white head and spread out lace. The body is a pale straw gold color. The aroma is faint but what is there does smell corny. The body is watery with some carbonation tickle. This beer has a very light American Pilsner taste. It is a little bit sweet, corny and with a faint saaz tone. For a light beer it is not too bad.

 376 characters

Photo of mattkoon
3.15/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i used to drink michelob light in my college days ("the cockpit" in 5points- columbia sc). i drank it mainly because it was their cheap beer. the unique bottle it came in and the price were the best things about it. dont get me wrong michelob aint bad... its just an average american beer from one of the big boxes. i honestly dont think i could tell the difference in a blind taste test between bud, coors, michelob or any of the other light american lagers. its not to say that i dont like them, i mean, if you got some drinkin to do they're a welcomed old friend- my pallet has grown a bit over the years and if i'm drinkin beer for taste, i'm not going with an american light beer. all of that said- michelob isn't a bad product. if you got one for me ill gladly drink it.

 776 characters

Photo of DCon
3.55/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a bottle into a "cut-off" Pilsner glass at Racquets Pub in Chesterfield, MO.

Appearance- Great amount of lace on the side of the glass as the "pond-like" head disappeared quickly. Golden Yellow with a single string of carbonation coming from the middle.

Smell- A light but crisp smell. Corn as usual with these light beers.

Taste- Nice amount of grain taste and seems like water is a 95% ingredient in this beer.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, smooth, and Refreshing. Great!

Drinkability- Enjoyed 3 back to back all poured into this interesting pilsner glass. The drinkability is unreal on these as well as they go down easier than ever. Loving the beer from Saint Louis lately!

 691 characters

Photo of Duhast500
2.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a orange/gold with a slight half finger of foamy white head that leaves rather quickly and leaves no lacing.

The smell is a slight malty aroma but leaves me really straining to get anything out of the nose. Some pilsner flavor is there but washed in a watery muted flavor that kicks down the aroma and leaves me trying to get more.

The taste is mixed with a vague pilsner malt flavor with a slight hop bitterness but that stays off a bit till there a watery crisp flavor that washes off everything else.

The feel of this beer is light and drinkable for even the occasional beer drinker this goes down with little effort.

 676 characters

Photo of Wasatch
2.03/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy yellow color, some carbonation, nice little one-finger white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is kinda malty, with some funkyness. The taste is slightly sweet, malty. Light Body. Not Drinkable, this one is just like the rest of the macros out there, not worth of buying again.

 316 characters

Photo of JayS2629
1.97/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Watery, clear pale yellow with big foam that takes forever to recede and leaves decent rings of lace.

S- biscuits and corn, no hops can be detected

T- boiled vegetables, corn, biscuits, and cardboard.

M- Very thin and watery with no hop bite, only a carbonation bite.

D- Drinkable like water. Bland and boring.

 318 characters

Photo of hardy008
1.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale gold color with a good size white head with fair retention which leaves some lacing. Smells of cooked vegetables and some grain. Disappointing. There is no hop aroma.

The beer taste much like it smells. Cooked vegetables, grain, and a small amount of sweetness. Nothing to get excited about.

As expected, light bodied, thin and watery, with decent carbonation. This is not a beer I would seek out again.

 410 characters

Photo of Ron860
3.7/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, maybe I'm drinking a different Michelob Light since the reviews from March 2010, but I actually have no complaints about this one. It's a Light beer that goes down quite smooth. I enjoyed it, but still prefer the beer I brew myself.

Appearance - Pale yellow with a moderate carbonation. A decent poured head with some substantial lacing. The head dissipated after about 2 minutes but left a decent remnant of what it once was when poured.

Smell - Hops are noticeable, though the beer comes across as sort of sweet and malty. It smells better than Coors Light.

Taste - Initial taste is dry but clean. No metallic flavor at all. It made me want another sip and then I finished it. Definitely an American Light Lager.

Mouthfeel - Very light, but has some depth. Slightly over carbonated but acceptable for an inexpensive light beer.

Drinkability - Like I said... goes down smooth! it was what I expected from a Michelob Light. Could definitely throw back a few of these at a backyard barbecue.

 999 characters

Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.7/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin yellowish straw color with a thick rocky white head and no lacing. Smells of corn and some grain, hops are nowhere to be found. Tastes quite awful. Like corn on the cob in a biscuit. Mouthfeel is super thin and the drinkability is fairly decent for something that tastes like horse piss.

 300 characters

Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev +56.2%
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.

 1,539 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.56/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Diet beer that looks like some water that had a little bit of beer spilled in it. Carbonated decently with lace even. I guess I would say this smells like stagnant water.

Taste, slightly better than some diet beers. Reminiscient of the metallic diet generic soda taste. Uhm, there does seem to be more hops in it than your average diet beer, but that's like saying this dog turd is shinier than another's.

What knob pays more than $1 per beer for this stuff? $6.99 at Walmart. Not drinkable.

 494 characters

Photo of beerprovedwright
1.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured this brew in my glass and watched as the thin head went south in twenty seconds. Little lacing, little cling. Color is amber, a little darker than most light beers, rating a 4 on the SRM chart. Smells like corn, rice, and wheat...slightly sweet. Tastes of barley, wheat, corn and rice, with a slight hop finish. Watery in my mouth, too much carbonation, bites at my tongue. I could probably drink a bushel full and not get much of a buzz. Another light beer that is just lacking in everything to be worth paying for, none the less drinking. Most likely my first and last.

 578 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
1.03/5  rDev -56.2%
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.

 381 characters

Photo of Slatetank
2.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a can poured chilled into a willybecker

A - a straw golden w/ slight chill haze and thick sudsy 1 inch cap which flattens to a ring

S - The smell of cooked veggies and a dms smell w/ a light sweet adjunct and mild floral yeast ester

M- A crisp thin and slick and almost soapy texture an somewhat high carbonation, but overall it lacks a real finish

T - A mild sweet flavor w/ light tangy corn taste w/ a palate coating and plastic/soapy flavor that is hard to get past

D - A pretty poor drinkability score -I gave it my honest review -it is basically tasteless, a waste of time -avoid

 589 characters

Photo of huxcrunner
2.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- light golden yellow with about a fingers worth of white head no real lacing

s-no strong aromas, typical average light beer

t-clean taste pretty average light beer

m- alright mouthfeel for a light beer but it was still light

d- light mouthfeel and average taste makes this beer have good drinkablity

 305 characters

Photo of rowey77
3.78/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

 426 characters

Michelob Light from Anheuser-Busch
2.35 out of 5 based on 856 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.