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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 osi
2.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured a caramel brown with more than the average lace.

S - Smelled of darker malts with a touch of sweetness.

T - Very watery. The malt taste can barely come through.

M - Very light and crisp with carbonation comparable to a soft drink.

D - Steer clear of this one, it has NO flavor!

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer with quickly fading foam head.Aroma and taste are your typical corn or cooked veggies macro that has been waterd down to make it a light beer.With that being said it was fresh and enjoyable.I would definetly prefer this to any micro on a hot day or family barbeque.It is just as advertised a light low calories beer!!

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Photo of KI9A
2.96/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this in a light beer "shootout", in a another mag. It won over Sam Adams, Becks, Amstel, and Heinie light. So, figured I'd give it a shot.

Poured from bottle, light amber, average head.

Aroma: Not much, typical macro grainy.

Taste: Was ready to bolt away from it, but, actually kinda liked it. Like a light bock beer. Almost. Macro-grains were detected, and even a bit of a toasted malt. Left my mouth dry, but, not offensive.

Almost a little confused when I took notes for the review. I kinda liked it, but kinda didn't like it..if thats possible. Might try it this summer, out on a lawnchair, in the sun.

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Photo of skeetermoses
2.23/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

For what it is worth, this beer really accompished what it is inteaded to do, This beer has a some what decent taste to it, of all the Michelob products, I would have to say this one is the second most impressive beer they offer. good job on offering a ultra light beer with some taste.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.77/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle is pretty much the same color as the beer w/ a cheesy clear decal. Don't bother pouring into a glass, but if you do, hold the dark, amber beer to the light and watch it pass through like a glass w/ coke and ice. I am generous with the taste rating, as if you compared this to most dark beers it would finish last in a contest. But, the little taste of anything it offers (there is some malt in there) is smooth and leaves no aftertaste. Honestly, a decent choice for dollar draft night or if you're watching the game and want a few. Its best aspect is the very low cal and fat content, so if you're like me and on a diet a couple of these every now and then don't hurt at all.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
2.59/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A. Decent Amber color just as it's aptly named, head is rather thin and dissipates quickly with slight thin lacing.

S. Nonexistent. Really.

T. Taste is borderline nonexistent. Has hints of something but I can't tell what.

M. Also nonexistent. Just plain and unoffensive. Light beer on amber side?

D. Very drinkable. Nothing to brag about but goes down like water. Above average in it's class.

Probably won't buy again, go with Amber Bock instead.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.14/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Spidey13
2.48/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Decent amber color, though it looked a little sickly when held to the light.

S: The usual grainy light macro smell.

T: A bit better than some light beers, though it left my tongue dry afterwards.

M: Thin and fizzy.

D: This beer isn't horrible compared to other light beers. This is one I bought just to try. I doubt I'll buy it again.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
2.87/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

this was a decent beer, poured a golden color, and tasted like all of the common american pale lagers out there. A very bland beer to some aspect, but if your looking for somthing a little cheap and quick buzz. then this would be your best bet. I would expect better from anheuser busch, but they did ok in this realm.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.86/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz amber bottle into Boston Lager glass at 40F.

Very nice appearance, reddish golden amber color, crystal clear, prominent 2 inch head leaving negligible lacing.

Slight grainy malt aroma, and maybe a hint of spicy hops.

Taste is flat. Just like club soda, and mouthfeel is worse, dry, puckering exactly like club soda. No bitterness detected. What's the point of merely coloring a beer instead of trying to flavor it up? Why not add some aromatic or crystal malt, or some hops?

Drinkability would be better if it was completely flat instead of fizzy, then you could more easily chug it on a hot day like the alcohol-delivery malt-based beverage that it is. This is the beer industry's answer to "craft" beer: it looks like craft beer but tastes like nothing. Kind of like Trelane's fireplace that gave off no heat. That didn't fool the Enterprise crew, and this "beer" shouldn't fool you.

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Photo of ZAP
2.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


-Looks good....nice clean amber color

-For a light beer it has a mild grainy/malt flavor..also a hint of Mich Amber Bock like sweetness

-Body is better than some light beers. This doesn't feel watery.


-Too much head on the pour.

-Very mild aroma to this....some mild graininess and that Mich Amber Bock sticky sweetness... but its like

-Not a good finish....almost an artificial like finish if that makes sense..


Middle of the road light beer....Certainly not at the level of the SA light but this "amber" does have more taste than the regular ultra. But, it is still not as flavorful as I was hoping for. Would consider buying again...

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Photo of perfectkaos
1.95/5  rDev -18.4%
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 Overlord
2.63/5  rDev +10%
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 cjhofelt
2.1/5  rDev -12.1%
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 IntriqKen
2.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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 Applesauce1
2.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this in my fridge; someone must've left it here a while back....i'll give it a shot.

Appearance: amber color with a small white head
Smell: skunky lager smell
Taste: tastes kinda stupid....honestly, very, very watered down; hardly any flavor; just like a very watered down macro lager
Mouthfeel: water
Drinkability: could do a few for beer pong

Overall, a pretty weak beer. I won't be drinking many of these in the future.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.16/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was purely a tasting of futility.
The beer looked ok, with a nice off white head and good carbonation. Unfortunately it was as good as it got.
The nose was one of almost undetectable notes of hops with no malt present.
Very, very thin mouthfeel with no real flavors coming through at all.
The best that can be said is the carbonation woke up my taste buds, but there was nothin to follow.
Typical of the Macro styles of today.

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Photo of kmo1030
2.36/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

left at my apartment, a couple weeks ago. here goes...

well it's got a nice amber color to it, once the seltzer-y head blows off though, no real head retention except for a thin ring.
the aroma is hard to pick up, but i get grain and hints of caramel.
the taste is also hard to pick up, but grainy, with the same mellow caramel. bitter towards the finish, but sort of in a non hop-like way.
thin seltzer-y body... nothing to hold onto here.
drinkability isn't bad, it goes down like water. hmmm... i don't know what to think... it really does taste more like beer than most light beer, but in a really watered down way, as opposed to most light beer, which tastes like watered down crap beer. so i gues it gets a thumbs up for trying.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
2.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have seen Light beers with better appearence i mean with a darker color...smell is'nt something to be crazy about...it taste different from the regular Michelob ultra it have a little bit of sweetnes in the flavor ,like a far honey flavor good for a hot sunday.

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Photo of plaid75
2.98/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured a very light and slightly sweet grain with a smattering of noble hop.

The taste was very light througout with a mild grainy and adjunct sweetness. A suprising doughy and slightly nutty finish.

The mouthfeel was thin with a dry finish.

Overall a low carb beer. That's it. Maybe a little flavor thrown in, but thats it. It is what it is.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.18/5  rDev +33.1%
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 gmfessen
2.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, amber-copper color with small amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass to the thin head on top. Smell is primarily quite grainy, corn, amber malts only slightly. There is almost no taste to this beer, a slight grainy malt taste and a minute amount of hops. Beer is very light in body as expected and has an average amount of carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but just because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean you should.

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Photo of robmorris31
3.68/5  rDev +54%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ultra Bock to the rescue!!

A- Darker than traditional American Lagers. Transparent dark orange with hues of brown.

S- Present and accounted for. I can identify the bock right away.

T- Full bock and lager. Burnt oak flavor as it finishes.

M- Not Lacking in taste and mouthfeel. ItÂ’s not sure what it wants to be.

D- Drinkability is good. I enjoyed it.

I would recommend this beer to those who like Michelob Ultra,, but want more flavor. Beston draft!

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Photo of Ricochet
2.22/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm not one to taste, chew and enjoy light beers, but I try them, and every now and then, I find one passable. This was not that beer. It was way light, amber touch, almost water. Smell was a little like a generic beer, with a little sharpness from the slight hops, there really wasn't anything else. Mouth, beer. Generic. Average. Went down like a beer, this is Coors. Taste? Slight hops, hint that this is an amber, but water, water, Coors again. While not totally tasteless, I even have enjoyed NA's more than this , with Kaliber being a good amber NA that TASTES like an amber beer, not water.

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Photo of Bluemoonlover
2.38/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Very surprisingly,after tasting it first, amberish gold color.

S-Slight smell of hops but thats about it.

T-Very slight taste of caramel,metallic kinda hoppy

M-Very carbonated very very crisp

D-I'd much rather drink a budweiser not very good to drink.

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Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
2.39 out of 5 based on 356 ratings.
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