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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 erosier
2.31/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a transparent light amber color with a short and thin white colored head.
S: Smells of faint malt and faint hops.
T: Tastes of mostly water. Faint malts, perhaps some adjuncts, and faint hops at the end.
M: Watery, nice amount of carbonation, mostly like seltzer water.
D: Very drinkable since there was very little taste and it was very light feeling.

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Photo of albern
2.51/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had a lot worse lite beers, and this really isn't that bad. Not great mind you, not particularly good either, but not bad, drinkable, and okay. The beer certainly looks good with an amber color, loads of efforvescence and carbonation. The carbonation is prodigious. There is a fairly creamy head that laces and retains well. I'm surprised by that. The nose on the beer is better than most adjunct lagers. There is a dextrin sweetness, some sweet maltiness that is hard to pin down with specificity, a slight earthy and musty aroma too. The beer is creamy, ultra light, watery, sweet, with no real flavor. I can see why people drink this. You could down lots of these because there is just not much body, taste, character, or hop presence in the beer. It is a carbonated, malty beverage that is largely inoffensive. That's about all you can say. The "amber" in the name is in reference to the color of the beer and nothing more.

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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 BaltimoreMike
1.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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 CampusCrew
2.35/5  rDev -1.7%
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 unclejimbay
3.98/5  rDev +66.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Mich Ultra Amber, 5.0 ABV, 114 cals p12ozs
Reviewed as a "light lager", poured bottle > tulip style glass

A 4.0 - solid amber/malty/copper color, very unique for a light lager, very small head gone quick
S 3.5 - almost non existent smell, but was not skunky like some American light macros can be
T 4.5 - clean, mild balanced amber taste, MUCH MORE taste & body that many American light lagers, a must try on the taste for this light beer, it's a surprise
MF 2.0 very light body, high on carbonation, very thin body
D 4.5 - this is a very solid session light beer, great price, great on calories, and great on ABV @ 5.0%. This beats all other light American Lagers - HANDS DOWN! If you like light beers with more character, than this is your beer! Try it. It is my first pick if I am on a session of light beers with hig ABV but still have some decent taste.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.1/5  rDev -12.1%
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 -11.3%
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 DoubleJ
2.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Going to the dark side of Ultra, and on to the beer I go:

Not as dark as it looks in commericals, more of an orangish brown color. The head slowly fades away. The aroma is made up of faded caramel and toffee. Hmmm, I'd say this beer is on to something. Or not. It's somewhat flavorful for a light beer, but not impressive. This tastes a like Budweiser with its snappy rice, plus the addition of dark malt and toasted grain. Finish is odd and dry with echoes of mandarin orange.

Who would have guessed this was a light beer? It's not as obviously watered down like others, but one bottle will do me just fine.

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Photo of generallee
2.93/5  rDev +22.6%
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 nem2006
2.43/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It is a clear, light brown with a large head that faded very fast. There was good carbonation at the start, but it did not last all the way through the beer.

There was a little hint of malt in the smell, but pretty weak.

The taste was very mild. Watered down. It was smooth, but simply for the fact that there was not that much taste.

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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 1099
2.42/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a fairly simple review.

This is very much like the original Michelob Ultra, except for this is a tad maltier and has color to it. It doesnt taste or smell bad, it just doesnt taste or smell. If it had more flavor, it would score much higher than it does now.

However, it is definitley a step up from the regular, and if I had to choose between the two, this one would get my vote for sure!

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Photo of tempest
3.06/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is a nearly inoffensive beer. DMS and adjust lager aroma pull this down from what might otherwise pass as a bland mild. The appearance is a reddish amber with no head retention and like I said, the aroma, well, stinks like cheap beer. The taste has a caramel note with pale biscuit undertones. This pairing of real beer flavors almost makes up for the aroma, but still can't qualify it as "good beer." Easy enough to drink and I wouldn't turn a free one down, but I'd never order this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2/5  rDev -16.3%
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 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 HalfFull
2.28/5  rDev -4.6%
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 mhaugan
2.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I really didn't enjoy the original Michelob Ultra, but had hopes that the Amber would come with more flavor. The color was an improvement over the original Ultra which I found odd even for a macro. No real smell and no real head. Taste may actually me less than the original Ultra. There is a slight sweetnes to this that is not present in the original. I can see the value of this for mass consumption (read getting drunk) but still not as flavorful as I expected.

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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 gueuzeonhigh
2.87/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consider me crazy but I'm out to test taste every AB product. I'm very curious what the differences are-- I probably know what the differences are...

I've taste tested the plain old Michelob and I think over all it was somewhat more satisfying than this so called -ULTRA- whatever that means.

The beer is a light lager. Poured a straw color with a nice lasting head.

A faint bit of a cardboard character to the teensy weensy nose then after a while-- zip.

The flavor is thin and bland. Why the name ULTRA... oh the marketing dept. Right.

The flavor has a whisp of hops, a little malt (I hink), and something else that goes into beer.

I'm really curious to put Mich Ultra Amber up against Michelob Lite-- how much lighter can AB make this stuff w/o brewing sparkling water?

Mouthfeel is OK, there's not much there- and my sample's carbonation has pooped out after a few minutes.

The drinkability is actually pretty good- I'm rating it -- good because I'm not welded to my seat nor is the monitor spinning 'round. If that's your bag, then quaffing Mich Ultra Amber ain't gonna be your beer. If I stir in satisfying as far as a beer flavor experience-- you'll only find frustration here.

AB-- I was hoping for more in your premium brand!

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.68/5  rDev +54%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is relative to other beers in this category - ***LIGHT LAGERS***. I wish other BAs would rate this way... Also, had this one on draught, so maybe that makes a difference?

Had a deep, golden color, with a fair head for a light beer. Light carbonation present.

Surprisingly sweet smell, with a caramel maltiness and some macro graininess to it.

Rather earthy quality to the taste - did not quite live up to the smell, but still pretty sweet for the style.

Nice amount of carbonation, and was quite smooth. No harshness or bitter bite whatsoever.

For a light lager, I found this to be very drinkable. Granted, it's definitely not my style (see my other reviews), but I have to give them credit for trying to add a little character to an otherwise bland style.

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Photo of iceball585
2.01/5  rDev -15.9%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
2.58/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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 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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Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
2.39 out of 5 based on 356 ratings.
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