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Michelob Ultra Amber | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Ultra AmberMichelob Ultra Amber

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using the finest two-row and dark-roasted specialty malts for color, and a blend of imported and premium United States-grown noble aroma hops for balance and flavor.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
1/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The taste is very much the same bland experience that defines Michelob Ultra, except with Amber there is a bit of a darker and sweeter flavor subtly behind the "trademark" Michelob taste. This makes for a slightly fuller tasting beer.

I would not suggest drinking this unless there were no other options available. Not the worst beer in the world, but not good.

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Photo of nozzle420
1.12/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This stuff looks like light brown carbonated water, smells faintly of beer and tastes like stale water with a mild alkaline bite. Has the mouth feel of Perrier. I was offered this at a friend's house. He is not my friend anymore. This is a chick beer for chicks that wanna be beer drinkers. If this were the only beer in the world I would drink wine. Cannot recommend.

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Photo of xav33
1.22/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Michelob Ultra Amber
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, wolfed down 07/06
Medium pour in a mug

Poured amber with a rapidly faind 1/2 inch head.

Smelt of a trace of fruity malt

Taste was light and shortlived upfront sweet berrymaltiness drying off quickly in an ending with an effervesscent metallic taste. Mouthfeel was light and bubbly.

Overall, it may wake up Michelob Ultra drinkers taste buds, but not many others’.

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Photo of juand
1.25/5  rDev -47.7%

i guess if you want to get a buzz, and you must drink "beer" to do it, and this is the only beer available then OK, drink it up. My son had a sip and suggested that it was the "idea of the taste of beer, with fizzy water added and left in the frig. That about summed it up for me.

Not even good for a knock back after mowing the lawn on a hot summers afternoon. Does this mean I'll have to pour the rest of the 12 pack down the drain. #$@%

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Photo of rye726
1.33/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I tried this in hopes that the amberness would over power the macroness. Once again I was wrong, very very wrong. The color is a cross between yellow and amber. It has, or once had a fizzy off white head. The nose is of artificial sugars and ricey malts. The taste is also very artificial and cloying. Not much of a hop or malt base to it. A decent body is not too carbonated. I guess I could drink this if a gun was to my head.

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Photo of nortmand
1.38/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A friend bought this for me to taste with the best intentions, I'm sure to him it's overwhelming, but....

Pours a decent amber color, but there is no head, or way to produce one.

Grassy, grainy smell, where is the amber coming from? Certainly not crystal malt. Smells like the rest of AB's offerings.

Tinny and virtually flavorless. Maybe a bit of sweet caramel, but it's likely mostly psychological.

Thin and watery, no better than it's ultra brother.

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Photo of EgadBananas
1.4/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a 12oz glass and was in no danger of spilling a drop. Theres virtually no head, and anything that did form, was gone after I blinked. I wouldn't call the color amber...if anything is was a slightly darker shade of normal FYB. Smell was tinny and metallic with some sort of malt-like smell. This tasted awful, like stagnant carbonated water. Has the feel too of water...I'd rather drink water. You can chug this, which is the only reason it didn't get a 1....but why would you want to?!?!?! Maybe my girlfriends dad will drink the rest of the sixer....

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Photo of beckscrusader420
1.41/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well where should I begin. Im not that much of a technical reviewer so here it goes. somewhat technical but not like some people. ok so here it goes. this beer is just somewhat darker than mich ultra or budweiser or (fill in the blank ricey pisswater beer here). same quickly disappearing head as most macros with no lacing whatsoever. the taste...well is there any?? the taste is kinda lilke amber bock mixed with mich ultra to create a beer with a little more flavor than reguar mich ultra but not as much as amber bock or mich lager. what can I say I bought this to switch things up (as in the realm of my budget beers) normally I try to stay away from all macros period favoring Paulaner Salvator Dopplebock or a classic Sam Adams Boston Lager. Final verdict on Mich Ultra Amber: This beer sucks!!!

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Photo of mikeg67
1.43/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with some white head and a soda like carbonation and not much lacing. Nose is similar to lemonade. Body is thin and watery. Taste includes some sweetness followed by an abrupt dryness, there is a slight hint of hops. Nice sinkhole beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dad handed me a bottle, so what are you gonna do. The beer is a clear golden color with a compact white head that gives up the ghost quickly. Minimal lacing. Faint grainy malt aroma. Light seltzer water body with light grain and malt flavors. The finish is absolutely flavorless unless you call bubbles a flavor. Truly a beer for people who do not like beer.

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Photo of Vancer
1.56/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oh wow, the best thing about this one was the nicely packaged bottle with a date of 1/26/06. After that – downhill we go. Yep, looks like seltzer water with brown coloring added to it. Absolutely no aroma at all. Very close to tasteless, but I did pick up some pathetic hints of a sweet malt – it may have been artificial flavoring added.

This seltzer water somehow had a 5% abv, it was made to give a buzz to the <active people> w/o having to actually drink anything. Thank God it was a freebie, I can't imagine paying hard earned cash for this crap.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.6/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - Light orange. Clear. Fast dissipating white head. Very bubbly.

Smell - Very sweet macro scent. Surprisingly stronger than many macro-lights, but no more appealing.

Taste - Begins with a light sweetness. Fades into nothing. No hint of hops. Flavor is very light, watered-down - nearly a seltzer water. The flavor, such as there is, is relatively inoffensive.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Stingingly carbonated. Crisp.

Drinkability - Who are they fooling? This is Michelob Ultra with a little added coloring agent. Don't waste your time or money.

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Photo of therica
1.6/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Okay-- I felt an obligation to force myself to try this "upscale-looking" offering from the makers of Budweiser, despite my religion. I had high hopes-- a new US competitor to Killians, possiblly?


The head-- foamy and bubbly but more like dirty dish-water.

Appearance-- something like Budweiser after someone cut their finger and quickly put it into the glass of beer to sanitize it.

Smell-- cleaned out the nasal hair problem.

Taste-- first impression was that someone had suddenly hosed my mouth out with concrete-cleaning solution. Then my throat became instantly sore, like I was getting sick from a virus. I wasn't. It was just this beer.

Taste 2-- okay, searching for qualities and characteristics and subtle traits--- still searching.... still searching... "none." Something like ... what I described, in "Appearance," above.

I let it set for a little while, thinking that just MAYBE, after all of the zealous CO-2 overdose subsided, it might show some character. I returned a little while later. The head had subsided. Now it looked more like globs of white mold floating on the surface.

Taste 3-- like old beer with (see above-- globs of white mold floating on the surface).

I tried the smell again. Hints of Diet Hawaiian Punch.

Congratulations, Michelob / Anheuser-Busch, you have succeeded in making a beer that is not only worse than Budweiser, but FAR worse.

I'll see if maybe later, I can come up with more constructive critiques and comments-- once I'm back from the E.R.

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Photo of AlexJ
1.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Had a few sips from a friends glass at a cardgame. Light amber color with a sizzling white head that retains like Diet Coke.

Aroma is that of a standard crappy light beer with some sweet malts added.

Flavor is basically the same, very light flavor, with a stepped up notion of roasty malt. Better than Coors Light or something like that, but by no means does this classify as something desirable or drinkable.

Razor thin body with soda-like carbonation and a watery mouthfeel. Gross.

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Photo of BryanCarey
1.69/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Michelob Ultra Amber is a light beer in every sense. It pours to a very light amber/golden color and produces a very slight head of foam that collapses into nothing within seconds. The aroma of this beer isn't too bad, even though it is also light. It offers a certain honey- like scent along with some sweetness.

Taste- wise, Michelob Ultra Amber falls way short of my minimum expectations. It offers a light taste that combines some very faint caramel notes and generic grains, with almost no hop character. The body is thin and there is a little too much carbonation action taking place. There is also a metallic- like flavor that greets the palate in the middle of the tasting and carries through to the finish.

Michelob Ultra Amber is very lacking in taste, very light in body, and very dull and lifeless overall. I actually like some of the Michelob specialty brews and I was hoping that Ultra Amber would be a decent beer. But unfortunately, this is a light beer in the truest sense, with little body and taste and little or nothing in its composition that is noteworthy or memorable.

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Photo of Higravity
1.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Ran out of beer at Dad's, he had some of this left over. Cringing I grabbed on for the experience and he laughed at me. This looked fine except it was watery and the bubbles made the head look like soda. It smelled like a light lager with a touch of extra toasty malt, but it still had that stale cooked corn smell. The taste was sex in a canoe. Carbonated water with a splash of coloring and flavor additives. You could drink this but it doesn't mean you should.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Hanging at a bar in Weirton what are you going to order to drink? Well I went with the beer that at least I could get a review on, even if it's an Ultra low carb amber. Appears Caramel amber with a white frothy head leaves scattered thin lace. Aroma is slightly toasted malt touch of caramel mild creamy note touch of generic hop profile. Taste is ultra light on flavor with a weird sweetness and clean low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is once again ultra light airy with artificial infused carbonation. Drinkability well, I can't taste my beer it's alright I was just giving it a shot but more of the same shite from the big boys.

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Photo of AltBock
1.79/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I got this on-tap at a local bar for only $1. Like most I got there, it was only $1 for a new beer to try. If it's bad I'm not losing that much. I was hoping that it was better than the regular Michelob Ultra.

When the bartender poured it into a 12oz. mug, the beer was a clear amber color with at least a 1 finger head of white foam. It was probably the way they poured it, but it was still very nice to see that. The head of foam had good retention and left plenty of white sticky lace around the mug. I kept trying to get an aroma out, but there really wasn't anything there except for maybe a slight and I mean slight aroma of watered down hops. I was actually quite surprised by the taste. There still wasn't much there, but this beer had way more taste than their regular Ultra. This beer had the taste of water, little sweet malt, and a light taste of some rice and corn. The mouthfeel was very light and with a slight taste of something, I just don't know what it was. It was probably the corn and rice. Drinkability? For me, No! If it was really cheap and there was nothing else there, then maybe. I'm just glad that it had more taste and color than regular Ultra.

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Photo of Backer2004
1.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I promise you my wife just had to buy this tonight. What the heck, it looked actually pretty good. Very clear and crisp with lots of carbonation and thin lacing. And then down hill . . . a little taste of grassy hops that made it difficult to finish even the smallest portion. After just making a pretty good Fat Tire amber clone in my homebrew, this one may look better, but that's all.

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Photo of biggmike
1.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Crap. Only tried a bottle of this so I could rate it. Why doesnt Anheuser-Busch consolidate their pale lager offerings since they all suck? Stuff is nasty. Had a chemical metallic taste that made it undrinkable. Avoid like the plague. If you are weight-conscious you can do much better than this.

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Photo of Drew966
1.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Michelob Ultra Amber pours a dark honey color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Smells like adjunct, mild in general. Very watery mouthfeel, some metallic notes at the end. This stuff hardly tastes like anything. I think I'd rather drink water. Not recommended.

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Photo of Beastdog75
1.83/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Michelob Ultra is the beer to blame for the whole "low-carb beer" fad, and has ushered in an era of beers that are even lighter in flavor than light beers. I supposed Ultra Amber is an effort to beef up a low carb beer and show that not all low carb beers have to be extremely pale and flavorless, but in the end this beer falls in line with the rest of its flavorless brethren.

Michelob Ultra Amber pours a color that is more golden than amber (almost like a regular pils color). About a finger and a half of foam forms and fizzes out rather quickly. The aroma contains a light husky smells that seems indigenous to Anheuser-Busch's light beers, along with some light graininess and some light fruity/floral note. The mouthfeel is very fizzy and hinders the enjoyment level of this beer. As for the taste, the beer is quite lacking. Some light grains are detectable, and a dry fruity taste is somewhat noticeable. There seems to be a bit of seltzer water flavor present as well, but overall the flavor is much akin to drinking water. The finish is mostly clean save for some dryness and very light graininess and the beer contains no alcoholic warmth.

I guess this is better than regular Michelob Ultra, but there really isn't anything here that would make it worth drinking again.

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Photo of witster18
1.84/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not a good beer. Too carbonated. Has the body of 'water'. Hint of caramel is quickly destroyed by a carbonation bitter bite that destroys everything. Tastes flat and thin and in my opinion. Stick with Sam Adam's light and pay the extra 2.50 because that 2.50 gets you a much better six-pack of light beer. Not overtly horrible because it's so close to caramel water,..but definately not recommended! Even Miller lite has more body....which makes me wonder how they got this color?

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Photo of Bierwolf
1.86/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottles poured into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: It is supposed to be a "Light" amber but it is light for an amber but dark for a light lager.1 finger of dull white fizzy foam thinning to a film in about 1 minute. Clear and clean with some nice carbonation bubbles.

Smell: At serving temperature there was really no aroma. After warming up after about 20 minutes I could detect a wet grainy aroma.

Taste: Smooth with a dry finish that did not linger. No hop flavor. If anything a low malt taste.

Mouth Feel: Not as thin as your typical light lager but thin none the less. Nice carbonic sting as it comes on quietly.

Over all: Been there, done that. Moving on now.

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Photo of aval89
1.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured a little lighter than most amber ales. It had a very little head that quickly disappeared. Left very little lacing. The smell was of a strange aroma with a slight metallic aroma. Now I have to give this brew an initial taste. Initially I got a corn taste with a slight bit of malt that followed with a very very very slight bitter taste midway. After you swallow the brew, you get a dry finish. Literally there is no taste once you swallow. The mouthfull is very carbonated with no actual taste until you start to swallow. The slight bitterness and malt seams kind of fake to me, like if they forced the very very very brief moment of bitterness to be there.

I am not going to say this bitterness is from the hops, I just don't feel it is right to say that, but I could be wrong. This is just my opinion.


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