Michelob Ultra Amber | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Ultra AmberMichelob Ultra Amber

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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 teg8612
1.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Some head after an agressive pour but drops to nothing rather quickly. Darker than one would expect from a light beer. Clear, dark amber.

S- Clean and full of macro adjuncts.

T&M- Very sweet though odd flavor. Crisp with a quick bite. No malt flavor to speak of and absolutley no hops. Some adjunct flavor. Very light body and dry in the finish.

D- Only marginally better than regular Ultra but that isn't saying much. If the odd sweetness wasn't there, it would be easier to drink more of it but I could hardly finish this one without gagging. If you must drink a light beer, try something else.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
1.89/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Born on Feb. 01, 06. The Michelob Ultra Amber pours from the bottle a clear amber brown color with a really odd fizzy head that quickly falls to become absolutely nothing. Honestly, this doesn't not look appealing in the glass, once poured it almost looks flat. Aromas of toasted sweet cereal grains alongside a dab of caramel and the standard spicy noble hop. Quite weak and not exactly appealing in any way. Boring, yet unoffensive.

First sip brings a rather sweet toasted cereal grain maltiness along with a subtle caramel. A touch of spicy hops works it way in on the way down. A bit stingy on the palate. It finishes with a lingering toasted grain flavor. Rather bland and watered down. Just not pleasant overall.

Mouthfeel is light with the same stingy carbonation that I mentioned in the flavor. This beer is just utterly lacking in any redeeming qualities. I can't even finish the rest of my glass, it's not drinkable in the least. I don't understand why this even exists. One of the worst beers to ever touch my lips. I'm not sure what is worse, the radio ad campaign or the beer itself. Seriously avoid at all costs, this is not worth your time or money.

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Photo of afinepilsner
1.93/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz brown bottle

Michelob Ultra Amber was a clear amber color with a medium sized white head that managed to stick around for a couple of minutes. The nose was not bad, but was extremely light. The taste was light as well, a little sweet upfront, a slight twang, and a dry finish. The mouthfeel was very watery with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Overall this beer sucks. The only thing that it has going for it is the initial appearance, and then it was all downhill after that.

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Photo of perfectkaos
1.95/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked this one up on a whim.

pours a dirty yellow brown water not unlike some city water. its got a foamy head that settles to nothing after a few seconds.

standard american lager smell... something like crackers

slightly malt taste, but nothing worthwile. seems to be way too carbonated. drinks more like malt liquor than ultra light lager... thats probably how they got the 5% alcohol kick to it.

if i were slumming, i would spend my non-money on something that delivers what it says it does, like Mickey's or PBR. If i wanted a darker lager, then Id go with Honey Brown. If you don't want carbs, dont drink beer.

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Photo of Brad007
1.96/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light amber/blond color with a one-finger head that fades down to nearly nothing.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of corn/bread and not much else in the nose.

Taste is sweet and a bit harsh/metallic with a strong hint of corn (or is it rice?) in the middle. Barely anything to taste here.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering corn and is quite watery. Pretty close to water actually and goes down somewhat ok.

Why drink this when you can go for a regular amber ale? If you like your beer as close to water as possible, this may be for you. I can't be too sure.

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Photo of rabsten
1.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It beats the Silver Bullet, but not by much.

Poured from a longneck into a pint glass, it is fizzy and clearly overcarbonated. it has some color, I'll admit (it's actualy amber) but is clear enough to read through anyway. The head disipates fast, too.

Smells like corn and/or rice, with just enough malt to qualify it as beer. Zero hops.

Taste? Bud lite/Mich lite/Nat.Lite/any AB lite + the aforementioned hint of malt. Again, Zero hops. I guess hops have carbohydrates or something.

Mouthfeel = see taste

Drinkability: well, as the saying goes, it's like making love in a canoe... You can drink it as fast as you can an Aquafina.

Bottom line: just because it's "Amber" doesn't mean it's good.

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Photo of BaltimoreMike
1.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

So I was in the store looking for a 6-pack for the games this weekend and I saw this on sale. Normally $5 but with the sale it was only $4, so what the hell let's give it a shot. Plus it's a light beer and the wife is getting on me about my beer belly, so this might be a nice compromise.

After drinking it I realized why it's discontinued, but mostly I was confused why was it even bottled and sold to the public. Not a good beer at all. Very light tasting, which is not what you expect or want in an amber at all. A weird aftertaste, no good feel, just a poor beer all around.

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Photo of uhhhaaron
1.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

consumed 03-31-2009, 12oz bottle into pint glass

appearance: poured a little lighter than most ambers. It had a very little head that quickly disappeared. Left very little lacing.

smell: a strange aroma with a slight metallic note.

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 after it goes down.

mouthfeel: very carbonated with no actual taste until you start to swallow.

drinkability: ehh, its not tough to drink, but i'd choose others over this.

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Photo of wedge
1.99/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Born On: 20AUG06

Super-clear honey-amber hue with a foamy off-white head that fizzles away leaving some thin fractured lace on top. Smells slightly more than absolutely nothing...faint caramel and a cheap fruitiness. The taste is very clean, as expected, sweet and husky grains with some fruits that show up in the middle. The body is far too similar to water with prickly carbonation...just about zero character. Obviously drinks pretty easily but, why would you want to?

The new look of light beer! Hooray! It still sucks...

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Photo of mnrider
2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. Brown bottle, Born on Date, Twist off.

A: Pours a clear amber with an intense forming bubbly head, which then disappears into nothing. Extreme carbonation.

S: Mostly clean with a faint aroma of malts.

T/M: Crisp, light bodied and very bubbly. Just about no taste at all, right when I'm about to get some flavor out of this beer it suddenly disappears. The finish is clean.

O: Well, it's about right where my expectations were for this beer. Watery and filled with no taste. Do Not Waste Your Time & Money.


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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a woeful, watery-looking, light copper body with a scant, white head that fizzles out in seconds.

Smell: Very vague pale maltiness with a hint of sour green apple.

Taste: Toasty malts, though fairly weak and bland. Mild sweetness. No hop character whatsoever. Odd, underlying ickiness about the taste and, again, there's that green apple taste which I really, really don't care for. Faux apples on the otherwise watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery.

Drinkability: Not recommended.

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Photo of iceball585
2.01/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Light amber/copper color, clear, thin white layer that faded to a thin ring around the glass, a few tiny bubbles rising

S- Sweet malts, honey syrup, wheat, grains, corn

T- Mostly metallic taste, corn, sugar, honey, light malts, old moldy wheat

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, very fake sweet syrup feeling

D- Not worth buying

My fiancee had a few laying around after a party so I decided to try it. This brew tastes more like a product of chemicals mixed together than from fresh ingredients. Not really sure why people buy this but I guess to each their own.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Good words in the forum recently led me to try this beer.
Pours a strange tea color in the glass with a half finger of white bubbles that don't last long.
Nose is very, very faintly amber malt but almost non-existent.
Taste is a lot like the nose...very faintly sweet amber malts with a hint of bitterness on the end but very much like water that is a little off.
I don't mean to be insulting, but what there is of this beer just misses my taste buds almost entirely.
Next time, water or tea for me.

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Photo of jwc215
2.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours light amber with a thin head that soon fizzles to almost nothing.

The smell is very thin - virtually no smell.

The taste is very watery with a toach of sweetness and toasted grain.

The water washes everything away leaving a bland, tap-water-like aftertaste.

Even for a light macro, this one is just a half-hearted attempt (at best) to put some flavor in an "ultra" light that falls short. I don't need to lose weight, but even if I did I wouldn't drink this one. It has no real flavor or character. A neighbor offered this one to me- figured I would give it a try - glad I didn't spend money on it.

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Photo of hero27
2.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Given to me by my local A-B distributor.

Pours copper with a very small off-white head which fades quick and leaves no lacing. Light caramel malts in the aroma..no hop profile whatsoever. Thin is the understatement of the year here. The flavors don't blend well and it's too weak to have the word "amber" attached to it. A beer aimed for the masses, this misses it's mark and joins the ranks of other "Ultra" beers."

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Photo of harpo111
2.06/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I tried this one...not really because I wanted too...it was just handed to me. Rather flat tasting, no real flavor..just a little caramelization...slight bitter from that...other than that...no real flavor...I was hoping it would be as good as the amber boch offering ab has...but..no where near as flavorful..was very dissapointed...since i have tried a few of the new seasonals they offer on draft and like them...will not buy this one.

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Photo of Pete9094
2.06/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure why I am reviewing this one. Thin head with fake copper color. Hops are faint and not much malt. Lots of carbonation but lacking in mouthfeel.

Got a case of this stuff for my wife...I hope she enjoys it because there AIN'T MUCH THERE! Tough sell on this one .

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.08/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours pale amber/orange with good clarity. A soapy/fizzy off-white head of three-fingers shows very poor retention and scarce-spotty lacing. Cereal adjunct and light toasted amber malt nose - weak overall with no detectable hops. The flavor is similar; semi-sweet corn/rice flavor upfront, then faint malt character comes on and fades in the same instant. Nil aftertaste. Highly carbonated and thin bodied turns out overly crisp; but still not enough to hide the off-flavor. The finish is mostly clean but the taste seems forced and fake. This seems to be an attempt to produce both light and malty flavor simultaneously and it ends up failing to achive either.

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Photo of ahking
2.09/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just another gimmick beer from A-B. Color is actually quite pretty but that is where the positives end. Nice light mahogany brown color, good clarity, fleeting but substantial head with a hard pour. But don't let the color fool you, there is little to no flavor here. As a homebrewer I can tell you that it is quite easy to influence the color of a beer without hitting the taste. It would not take much more than a pound of specially malted barley to color a large batch of beer. Homebrewers use these darker roasted malts in higher percentage to gain a roasted or caramel depth to ales and lagers. While quite clean tasting, I can barely perceive a toasted malt character or breadiness to this beer. Wearing a blindfold I would have a hard time distinguishing this from any light beer. Smell is sweet, and slightly alcoholic with a yeasty touch. Very little hop bitterness or aroma. Looks good poured in a glass so if you are shooting to impress someone with drinking darker beer, and can't stand something like a Sam Adams Boston Lager, choose this.

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Photo of cjhofelt
2.1/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My neighbor brought these over along with some of the Michelob Amber Bock for my birthday 'cause she knew I like "good" beer (Bless her heart). Figured I'd write a review of them both.

The color of this reminds me of Spatten O-Fest, A brownish sort of dark yellow, or a yellowish sort of brown. Quite clear with a very soda-pop like head that diminished to a wispy collar that left no lace.

Sort of a cracker or biscut smell. Not very pronounced, whatever it is. No hop aroma at all.

The taste that is there isn't very good. A very thin malt sweetness with a hint of bitterness in the finish. I don't like light beer so much, but I like this one even less. There's more flavor here than Michelob Ultra, but I don't find it to be a very good flavor.

The mouthfeel is unremarkable in any way. It actually has more mouthfeel than flavor. Not dry or syrupy, just sorta' "beer-like".

Not a very drinkable brew. I suppose it's better than Michelob Ultra, but that's not setting the bar very high.

I don't much like this beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.1/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 12 pack of this for $7.99

After drinking a few Michelob Ultra's I was ready to be disappointed here. I was pleasantly surprised. This one had a decent appearance and what is this... taste! There's some good flavors going on here and it's enjoyable and flavorabble to drink. Granted it can be a lot better, but its cheap, tastes good, what else can you want?

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Photo of Strix
2.12/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden, decent head, fades to nothing.

Smells of adjuncts and a slightly metallic twang.

Initial taste is a very vague green apple, followed by a slight fizz of carbonation, then a vague mineral water taste, and then just fading to nothing. I mean really nothing, like somehow less taste than water.

Mouthfeel very thin.

So uh yeah. If you're thirsty, this is not offensive. But it is really lacking taste. I've had water with more taste than this.

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Photo of MP13
2.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My wife and I are dieting, so I needed to find something lower in calories and carbs than the ales I usually consume nightly. On paper Mich Ultra Amber seemed to be the best fit in that it's darker than most light beers, is low in carbs, is low cal, and is also 5% ABV.

I had it straight from the bottle and was pretty surprised by the taste. It doesn't have any of the sour/bitter taste most macro lights have. Reminds me quite a bit of Bass, but a little bit lighter...and with 41 fewer calories and 10 fewer carbs per bottle. Definitely my new session beer...at least until I reach my target weight.

Update 5/23/10 - They've reformulated this to lower the calories further. It's been reduced from 114 calories to 95 and the alcohol was cut from 5% to 3.2%. Unfortunately this came at the expense of taste. It's pretty watery tasting now. Not much different than regular Mich Ultra. While I was pleasantly surprised with the original formula, this new one is really bad.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Macro Smackdown XXI is a battle between a light *macro* lager (this beer) and a light *micro* lager (Schell Light). There are a few other relevant differences as well. This beer's ABV is a full percentage point higher and it uses 'dark-roasted specialty grains' rather than the more traditional light beer ingredients. Let's see how it all shakes out.

Ultra Amber is more of a burnt orange hue and is possibly the darkest light beer that I've ever seen. The head is surprisingly attractive and is right up there with the best of style as well. Looks like A-B finally got this whole head and lace thing figured out. Easy win for the macro here.

The nose is woefully underpowered and has no trace of maltiness, roasted or otherwise. In fact, there's barely any of the musty hoppiness that light lagers are known for. In keeping with tradition, it looks like 'Ultra' is synonymous with 'absence of'... as in smell, taste and mouthfeel. Let's hope this one gives a better accounting of itself on the palate.

Thankfully, the taste buds have something (although not a lot) to work with. I can just barely appreciate the fact that the grain was 'dark-roasted'. Actually, 'barely-toasted' is more like it. As I continue to try to unlock the flavor characteristics that are anything but abundant, barely toasted grain is pretty much all that I can come up with.

The beer is neither sweet nor bitter, it just.... is. Ultra Amber is another classic example of trying to appeal to all by offending none. Of course, giving people nothing insures that they have nothing to get offended about. Real beer lovers deserve much more, but then real beer lovers are unlikely to be drinking MUA.

Other than the appearance, the mouthfeel is the highlight. The brewers have done a pretty good job giving this light lager the feel of a (slightly) bigger beer. Of course, at an ABV of 5.0%, it's already bigger than the vast majority of its competition. While it never does reach creamy, it stays well away from watery.

I haven't yet figured out the various scores, but given the way the percentages are assigned, I wouldn't be surprised if the beer that I like less well (this one) ends up being the winner of Macro Smackdown XXI. Yet another reason why my ideal would be for taste to be at least 50%, mouthfeel to be... oh never mind. Bottom line: Schell Light is the better beer no matter what the final scores say.

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Photo of bashiba
2.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear light brown color with just a bit of head.

Smell has a small hint of semi sweet malts.

Taste has a bit of sweet maltiness up front with a thin hopless waterlike finish.

Mouthfeel is equivilant to lightly carbonated water.

Drinkability is slightly better than your average macro light, but still has a ways to go before I would want to drink more.

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Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
2.4 out of 5 based on 359 ratings.
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