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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.

Added by murphysbleachers on 01-26-2006

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Photo of justinjj1280
2.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up as a single at Kroger as part of a "make your own sampler" deal. I guess I was intrigued to see what it would be like. I already had several beers in my sampler that I knew would be good, so this was sort of a throwaway curiosity pick.

Pours what I would call more of an orange or a very light amber, with a foamy head that dissipates quickly. The lacing doesn't stick.

Crisp and clean in the mouth, but also watery. Very faint malt flavor, and a finish of leftover grains.

Really no reason to try this if you like the taste of beer. It's more something to guzzle down thoughtlessly. My advice: Cut your carbs elsewhere, and indulge in a decent brew from time to time. I moved on from this one very quickly, and won't look back.

Interesting sidenote: I offered a taste to someone who only drinks light, just as a test, not telling her what it was. She usually hates the beers I drink, but she liked this one.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-transparent dirty gold. no head. lots of fast moving bubbles.

S-faint smell of sweet honey.

T-comes in with a watery taste of sweet honey. it ends with a watery taste of honey and biscuits. tastes like a watered down budweiser.

M-medium carbonation with a watery finish

O-very crisp beer, but if you don't focus on the taste, you'll quickly forget it has one. there are no real negative qualities other than an overall lack of flavor, but it is very, very easy to drink.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.52/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review #150
12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Completely clear, barely amber in color. Pours a thick white head that falls quickly.

S: Sweet malts. A little fruitiness.

T: Light. A little bland with a pretty basic malt profile. If I stretched I could maybe sense a little banana and other fruit. A little pretzel in the malt. Not at all impressive, but not at all offensive.

M: Highly carbonated, only a little thicker than the average light American lager (aka "water").

D: Better than most of the light crap out there but in no way a worthy beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Faint amber appearance, a little watered down, lots of clarity, just wasn't impressed by amber ale appearance standards, but the head was ample. Faint sweet malt and corn aroma.

Taste was thin, even though I wasn't expecting it to be chewy by any means. Light corn and caramel taste, thin seems to be the operative word in this review. But its a light beer, and for the weird dichotomy of drinking beer and counting calories, this is one of the dare I say superior choices in such a conundrum. I don't see why they can't have hops in the beer though, I mean, those aren't going to add caloricly speaking, I think.

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Photo of alabencki
3.57/5  rDev +53.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color and kicks up a thick, off-white color head which then dissipates within a few minutes into a very thin film of foam on top of the beer.

Smells of two-row barley and caramel malts with light hops in the background.

Taste is pretty much a mirror of the flavor. Sweet malty flavor imparted by the caramel malts, a slight mineral water-like flavor in there as well and a decent (but not great) amount of hops provide a bitter contrast when you swallow. I has a light to medium mouthfeel.

As far as the new "ultra light" beers go (ie. Bud Select, MGD 64, Select 55, ect...) this is probably one of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of mnrider
2/5  rDev -14.2%
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 tone77
2.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some faint malts. Taste is also mild, some malts, a touch of bitterness, nothing special but not the worst light beer I have tasted. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not that bad as far as light beers go.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark golden color with white foamy head that fades fast and leaves minimal soapy lace.

S- Very faint. Corn, rice, faint malt, and metallic notes.

T- Faint sweet malt, watery, metallic notes, corn and rice.

M- Highly carbonated, watery, light and crips. Refreshing.

D- Better than a lot of macro light beers, refreshing summertime beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger plus white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very light hop note, with some funky corn/rice notes. The taste is sweet, malty, but with the classic macro taste. Light body. Not Drinkable, started off pretty good, but still not worth buying again.

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Photo of Chadpaq
2.58/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Home from college. My fifty-one-year-old father is a health freak, and thusly only keeps Michelob Ultra on hand. Despite the frigid temperatures we've had in Charlotte all week, I decided that on this particular night I would drink on his dime, and grabbed one of these gems from the fridge.

I've had plenty of these before; this, however, is the first time I haven't had one straight from the bottle. I decided that I'd show this Mich Ultra Amber the luxurious side of the beer world that I doubt many of his brethren hardly ever have the pleasure of experiencing, and poured him into my finest tulip glass.

The beer jumps out of the bottle, much like a soda. It had a weird little white head with almost no staying power that fizzed and then disappeared, almost as if it had never existed at all. It reminds me a lot of how it looked just now when I poured a Coke into a glass. However, the beer's actual appearance was much more pleasing than the head had been: It exuded a nice, dark-golden hue, similar to that of apple cider (but not nearly as murky). If I didn't know any better, I'd almost think I were sitting down to enjoy a pretty decent brown ale...

...But after a whiff, this calorie-counter's alcoholic beverage of choice isn't fooling anyone. I smell...well, nearly nothing. I'm not too good with the technical jargon, but in this case, I don't even need it. Corn. Faint malt. Alcohol. A little bit of metal (and this thing's in a bottle...hmmm...).

After...minimal...anticipation, I finally got a chance to whet my palate with this baby. I'll make one thing clear, although it should have been quite clear to you even before reading this: This beer is not going to blow anyone away. But being a light lager, it isn't terrible. I must admit: It sort of tastes like beer. It's ice-cold, and pretty damn refreshing. Granted, it's fifteen degrees outside, so that's pretty irrelevant now. But on a hot summer's day, this is a good alternative to water. That's really what it is. Beer-flavored sparkling water. I need to put a call in to LaCrois...

This beer's highly carbonated, and it really does feel good in my mouth. It's the perfect swigging beer. I'm actually regretting throwing this thing in the tulip: It's warming too fast. Next one--yes, there shall be a "next one"--is definitely staying in the bottle.

A suggestion: Drink this beer while munching on some peanuts (allergens, or lack thereof, provided). It compliments them so well. Not really sure why...but just try it. I'm not a health freak and I like my beers heavy and calorie-laden. But on the off-chance that I go work out and need to re-hydrate afterward, I'll definitely reach for a Mich Ultra Amber...or five.

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Photo of Kromes
2.8/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold color with a soda-like fizzy head.

S: Sweet malty corn with a tiny bit of a hoppy aroma.

T: Sweet somewhat flavorless taste. There is a slight toasted malt and hoppiness in the beer, but it is drowned out by the sweetness of the beer.

M: Thin and fizzy.

D: I like this beer way better than the regular ultra or the fruity flavored ultras. If I were forced to choose a low calorie beer, this would be the one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.58/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber brown with a slight off white head. Leaves behind a tad bit of lacing. Nose brings forth some amber malt and grain husks. Taste is pretty weak. Really not much going on here. Feel is light; too light. Drinks okay and is one of the better $4.99 six packs around, but nothing too special.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another "gem" grabbed in the singles aisle at Bloom yesterday, this one I just could not wait to rip into. Poured into a pint glass cold, it was consumed on 08/23/2010.

Really a very nice pour here, with a darker amber color then I would have thought and a nice and level two inches of white foam that capped the top of the glass. Unfortunately that was about the extent of it.

Sweet malts were there, but terribly light and mixed in with the all too familiar corn and light bready grains just gave it that classic macro aroma with a sweet twist. Light body with lots of carbonation let it go down quickly and smooth, and that was fine as the flavor was just not there. Light caramel, corn, hay, just not what I would call a good choice. No aftertaste other then a stale, skunky flavor for a brief moment.

Overall what can you say, I knew what this one was going to be going in and my opinion was about dead on. Not the worst by far, nut nothing really interesting either.

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Photo of uhhhaaron
1.98/5  rDev -15%
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 twiggamortis420
2.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a born on date of 20APR10, didnt even know this beer existed until a buddy brought one over for me to try. Pours a very clear dark gold color, calling it amber is a bit of a stretch. White foam is large-bubbled and gives up quickly without a fight, as expected. No lacing.

Nose is lightly toasted malt and a dose of CO2 gas. Slight honeyed, pecan-esque nuttiness with absolutely nothing in the way of hops. Not horrible for such a light beer, but something about the aroma reminds me of a urinal mint.

Adjunct flavors begin to rear their ugly head in the flavor and are mildly offset by a watery caramel presence. Carbonation level is high and the mouthfeel is expectedly thin. Really not much flavor at all, but it is probably better than three-quarters of light lagers. Grainy cardboard comes out as it warms up and goes progressively downhill from there.

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Photo of MP13
2.13/5  rDev -8.6%
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 kneeland
3.7/5  rDev +58.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't stand Michelob Ultra, but I really do enjoy the amber version. I'm so tired of most light beers, so this is a nice change of pace. It's a very light beer with decent taste. I buy this pretty often, and I suggest it to my friends. I don't want to try the other flavored Ultras though, they scare me.

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Photo of CBlack85
2.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a crystal clear copper color with orangeish highlights. Surprisingly the head seems to be relatively dense, slightly off white, and fairly appealing. The head subsides fast, leaving no trace at all.

There is not much to the nose at all. Maybe a hint of malty sweetness, no hops at all.

A bit more malt presence in the taste than in the aroma, but not by much. Moderately sweet, with no hops at all. Overall very watery and unimpressive. a bit too much carbination for me as well, seems almost more like a soda than a beer.

Unfortunately, not even as good as your typical BMC swill.

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Photo of EgadBananas
1.4/5  rDev -39.9%
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 Duxx
2.72/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My brother left these in the fridge so why not check this one off my reviewed list.

A: Very pale amber with a minimal bright white head. A little too light amber for an amber.

S: Just a hint of malt vs. the standard yellow lager.

T: Typical lite yellow beer. I think that makes this beer kind of a fraud. I was expecting some flavor to match the color but nooo...

M: Fizzy and watery

D: Just another lawn mowing beer.

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Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev +28.8%
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 OzarkElmo
2.88/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to shaker Aug 13, 2009. Pours a light clear amber with minimal head, diminishing. Well, let's just say it is what it is: a very light beer with a bit more pizzaz and flavor than regular ultra. A clear choice over its bland sister if these are the only two you have to choose from. Other than that - well I just would not purchase.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, super clear amber color, one finger bubbly head that didn't last long, minimal lacing.

s- not much of a smell at all, little malt, little skunky lager smell.

t- more presence than i thought for it being an ultra, nice amount of malt, little sweetness, no hops that i could really pick up, overall really mild.

m- little thin, bubbly.

d- pretty drinkable, it's tastier than i thought, but by no means 'tasty' by my normal standards, i would drink again as a light lager, it's much better than the light adjuncts.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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 mooseisloose
3.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saw this and was intrigued, I've had watery brew before (ultra), but amber watery brew may be different. Plus the temps are climbing and a good refresher is always needed. First off looking at the carbs it actually has about 50% more than Ultra, hmmm interesting. Smells like an amber brew, not outstandingly but it's there. Pours to an light amber color with a nice head. Taste is thin but does have hints of an amber brew with a slight maltiness and a mild twang of hops. Carbonation isn't too high but due to the lack of backbone does override the flavor. This is definitely not a connoisseur's beer. But I doubt any connoisseur is going to buy a self proclaimed low carb brew. It is what it is. I rate it what it proclaims to be, not even next to one of my red ale homebrews. For wicked hot weather working outside, this would be tough to top. Although at 5% AC I wouldn't be wielding a chainsaw.

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Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.33 out of 5 with 365 ratings
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