Michelob Ultra Amber | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Ultra AmberMichelob Ultra Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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.

Added by murphysbleachers on 01-26-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
359
Avg:
2.4
pDev:
26.25%
 
 
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Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours clear amber gold with a 2+ finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells like a sweet toasty macro

taste is sweet yet has some roasted notes - leaves a bad macro aftertaste

mouthfeel is thin but not overly carbonated like most light macros

drinkability is ok - if you are watching your carbs this might be the beer for you

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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 RonaldTheriot
2.75/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Michelob Ultra Amber has a medium, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and a few lacing streaks left behind on the glass. The aroma is weak, but mild, sweet roastiness and faint grain can be detected. Taste is also thin, but generalized grain, a ghost of caramel, and the ever so slightest breath of hop bitterness is present. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Michelob Ultra Amber finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. It’s pretty dull.

RJT

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Photo of Reidrover
2.67/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

light amber in appearance, with a strange orange tinge, makes it look like liquid rust for some reason. Small bubbly white head. Quite a fruity/sweet malty aroma, not that bad considering the source. In taste it is sweet, highly carbonated, slight beer taste, very soda-like in mant aspects reminds me of the cans of "Bass Shandy" i used to get as a kid back in the UK..but that was 0.5% this is 5% really? Light water filled mouthfeel. To be honest this wasnt quite as bad as I expected..if it were hot outside and iwas working this would be ok.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

There's nothing offensive about this, it's a slightly flavored beer with low alcohol and a very thin feel. I detect a touch of barley malt, caramel, and roasted nut swimming in a pool of water. If I want to drink light and get a buzz and a bit of flavor this would be a go to.

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Photo of EgadBananas
1.4/5  rDev -41.7%
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 Vancer
1.56/5  rDev -35%
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 ordybill
3.05/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer had a slight carbonated feel to it. Not especially strong taste wise and I consider this a party beer where quantity wins out. I would definitely drink it again especially on a hot southern summer day. Appearance was of good color and it had a nice aroma that was not off the mark from its taste.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 5

I'll unashamedly admit it : I am a fan of Michelob. I like Michelob products and even their "Ultra" offering. I am on a low carb and low yeast diet to dispel a small yeast infection in my gut so I'm stuck with beers like this for a little while.

Appearance : Initially pours a two fingered head, very fluffy and frothy. Within a minute's time the head evaporates into a tiny ring. The body is mostly transparent, and the color of brackish water. Slightly copper, like a glass that has had old pennies sitting in it for a day. Not the best start.

Aroma : It smells mostly like Michelob Ultra with some lightly roasted grain. There's rice, barley, banana, and toasted malt, a caramel sticky-bun sweetness, and very faint grassy hop aroma.

Flavor : The dry, grassy, pasty character comes out immediately - typical Mich Ultra characteristics. Cooked rice, faint caramel, toffee, and a slight nuttiness. These are all in the midst of a rather washed out profile, but its all there.

Mouthfeel : Very fizzy to start, and then washes out a bit and ends slightly parched. I can feel a tender dryness attacking the sides of my mouth as it settles.

Overall : Nobody really goes into detail drinking these things. I mean they're meant as a low carb, low calorie option when necessary and for that reason I really must commend Michelob. Crafts are great until you get some unfortunate events that take away those joys for a little while - and thank God for products like these that still allow me to drink beer once in awhile. Thus the '5' overall.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.73/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Apearance: Pale copper color, superbly clear, with a small off-white head, slight, slow-rising carbonation, and excellent, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Toasty malt, with slight tropical fruit, and vegetal notes.

Taste: Opens with a slight toasted malt note, some light fruitiness, followed by a wave of mild bitterness. Finishes with a very slight, lingering bitter note.

Mouth feel: Thin and watery, not much here, with a mild sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: More like a mineral water than a beer, character is lacking.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

My fiancee tried this as well, she indicated that she needed a stout to wash the taste of this beer out of her mouth.

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Photo of Overlord
2.63/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Probably the only "low carb"/"low calorie" beer that's worth a darned, it has a pleasant beer taste (which, believe it or not, is apparently tough to manage amongst this crop of beer).

I won't go into a detailed review...it's a low carb beer that actually tastes like a beer. Amazing.

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Photo of rye726
1.33/5  rDev -44.6%
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 HalfFull
2.28/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ahh yes, a lovely Amber. Perhaps in color anyway. Had a sip from the bottle prior to pouring into a pilsener glass. Almost snorted from the carbonation. Poured a very light amber color with extreme carbonation billowing up from the bottom of the glass, continuing for about ten minutes, then going flat.

A slight burnt hoppy smell yields to taste and mouthfeel that change gradually as the carbonation outgasses. Drinkability looks like a High School grading curve. Impossible and overly carbonated, to fairly decent, to flat and boring, all rather quickly. Direct from the bottle, this would assumably occur more slowly, yet be skewed toward the overly carbonated side. Burp!

Nonetheless, not bad for a big American Macro., just pour a few ounces at a time into your glass to keep ahead of your consumption.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz screw-off cap bottle> 16 oz. SA glass
"born" on 1/25/08 (114 calories)

This is spot-on for color, it's a nice deep amber with sufficiant carbonation that develops a one-finger deep, recycled paper white head with only minimal retention abiltiy. Only a bit of scattered bubbly clumps are left over.

Sweet corn bread with honey malt on the nose with horse grains and wheat, kinda musty and earthy with slight sour yeastie whiff's deep down.

After just having the standard Mich Ultra, I can tell you that this one has a much bigger malty profile, it's thicker and smoother with a wheat-bread soaked in English Toffee effect. some earthy, musty yeast flavors pop out for balance. The finish is that of sour, tangy, lager yeast with a slight medicinal bitterness.

Very light bodied, a bit smoother and substantial feeling than the standard mich Ultra but still mostly crisp and light.

The bigger malt flavor is appreciated...this would be an o.k choice if you find yourself at a Frat party.

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.35/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Better than the regualr one

appearance: light amberish

smell: slight hops with some malt

taste: Little to none, basically just a clear refresher

mouthfeel: watery --- very high carbonation

drinkability: very easy. better than alot of low carb beers.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.05/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm kind of torn on this one. It's a low carb brew that enters the realm of something different than just "beer flavor". For that, I give 'em mad props, for atleast trying it. Sure, it's not some super-dee-duper awesome brew or anything, but for what it is, I think it's ok. It's refreshing and goes down easy, which is what a very light beer should be. Ofcourse, I think they did this one a bit too conservatively, so it really doesn't have a chance to "offend" anyone. Overall, it's an ok brew. Something I'll enjoy plenty of during the summer months.

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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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Photo of generallee
2.93/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown, 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a medium amber color with good clarity and a thin white head. The head fades to just a small ring of bubbles around the glass and it leaves very little lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light clean malty character with some light alcohol esters.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a light bready malt with a slight sweetness. The hops are very neutral and offer very little to the overall flavor. Its palate is light with smooth watery texture and mild fizzy carbonation. Its finish is light and clean.

Notes: Overall it has a simple clean flavor with a light body that's easy drinking. Also I would say that it is a little bit better than the regular Michelob Ultra.

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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 BeerSox
3.18/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Ultra clear... amber hue with an off white frothy cap that actually gets somewhat thick with a good pour. Holds well for such a fizzy beer, settles to a thin cap. Lacing is stringy and spotty.

Cracker like malt with a slight hint of floral hops.

Light toasty malt flavor that leads to a clean dry finish without a trace of hops. The grain quickly fades from start to finish. Watery and fizzy, light any light lager.

For a light beer, this actually has a decent amount of flavor. I guess if I was going to consider a light beer I may choose this one. It's actually tolerable. Personally, I don't drink light beers because I'm not trying to watch my weight, and if I was, I wouldn't be drinking beer at all. If you must, try this one.

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Photo of Drew966
1.81/5  rDev -24.6%
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 BeerWithMike
2.95/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this evening on 12/29/14. I had different Michelob's before but not sure about this one. Well, it here it is. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 'Michelob' thump-print goblet glass.

Pours a lighter to medium amber in color with a thin white cap that settles down to just a ring around the glass. Not much lacing is seen, just a couple of very light spots. The aroma isn't really all that much, just a hint of roasted malts and caramel. Pretty much is said for the taste. Actually isn't all that bad and probbaly the best of the 'Ultra' Micks. Lighter-bodied with decent carbonation. It's drinkable but that is about all I am going to go with.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.28/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was served cold in a pint glass.

Appearance: the beer pours a clear bubbling amber coloration. The head is white and quickly evaporates.

Smell: Honestly not a lot going on with the aroma. The aroma of the beer is clean grain a ghost wiff of toasted malt.

Taste: The beers taste is very clean. No trace of any flavor except grain.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body of the beer is carbonated wateryness. The beers drinkability rates a 3 based on the ease of drinking the beer. Honestly it would bore me too much to have more than one of these in a week.

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Photo of mikeg67
1.43/5  rDev -40.4%
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 Squire123
3.36/5  rDev +40%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red gold color with only the briefest appearance of a white cap that quickly goes away.

Definite hit of caramel in the aroma with a touch of hop spice.

Tastes like Yuengling Light without the hops. The sweet caramel in the nose appears dryer on the palate. Entry is light caramel cloaked in bubley carbonation. Hops don't really show at all except in the aroma. The upside is a complete lack of bitterness or harshness in the flavor, finish or aftertaste.

I will call the body medium but I believe that's in part due to the high carbonation giving a mouth filling sensation.

Overall an improvement I think over the other Mich Ultra stablemates. It simply has more of everything in the way of appearance and flavor while staying within the limited boundaries of low carb/low calorie/low alcohol. Now, I understand the attraction for these things. Using walking as a means of daily exercise I know how much effort it takes to burn off 100 calories but, taking all things into consideration, I'd rather have a full strength Yuengling and walk a little further.

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