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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.

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Photo of jwc215
2.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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 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 mnrider
2/5  rDev -16.3%
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 -16.3%
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 wedge
1.99/5  rDev -16.7%
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 rabsten
1.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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 -17.2%
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 uhhhaaron
1.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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 Brad007
1.96/5  rDev -18%
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 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 afinepilsner
1.93/5  rDev -19.2%
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 orbitalr0x
1.89/5  rDev -20.9%
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 aval89
1.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured a little lighter than most amber ales. It had a very little head that quickly disappeared. Left very little lacing. The smell was of a strange aroma with a slight metallic aroma. Now I have to give this brew an initial 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 once you swallow. The mouthfull is very carbonated with no actual taste until you start to swallow. The slight bitterness and malt seams kind of fake to me, like if they forced the very very very brief moment of bitterness to be there.

I am not going to say this bitterness is from the hops, I just don't feel it is right to say that, but I could be wrong. This is just my opinion.


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Photo of teg8612
1.88/5  rDev -21.3%
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 Bierwolf
1.86/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottles poured into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: It is supposed to be a "Light" amber but it is light for an amber but dark for a light lager.1 finger of dull white fizzy foam thinning to a film in about 1 minute. Clear and clean with some nice carbonation bubbles.

Smell: At serving temperature there was really no aroma. After warming up after about 20 minutes I could detect a wet grainy aroma.

Taste: Smooth with a dry finish that did not linger. No hop flavor. If anything a low malt taste.

Mouth Feel: Not as thin as your typical light lager but thin none the less. Nice carbonic sting as it comes on quietly.

Over all: Been there, done that. Moving on now.

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Photo of witster18
1.84/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not a good beer. Too carbonated. Has the body of 'water'. Hint of caramel is quickly destroyed by a carbonation bitter bite that destroys everything. Tastes flat and thin and in my opinion. Stick with Sam Adam's light and pay the extra 2.50 because that 2.50 gets you a much better six-pack of light beer. Not overtly horrible because it's so close to caramel water,..but definately not recommended! Even Miller lite has more body....which makes me wonder how they got this color?

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Photo of Beastdog75
1.83/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Michelob Ultra is the beer to blame for the whole "low-carb beer" fad, and has ushered in an era of beers that are even lighter in flavor than light beers. I supposed Ultra Amber is an effort to beef up a low carb beer and show that not all low carb beers have to be extremely pale and flavorless, but in the end this beer falls in line with the rest of its flavorless brethren.

Michelob Ultra Amber pours a color that is more golden than amber (almost like a regular pils color). About a finger and a half of foam forms and fizzes out rather quickly. The aroma contains a light husky smells that seems indigenous to Anheuser-Busch's light beers, along with some light graininess and some light fruity/floral note. The mouthfeel is very fizzy and hinders the enjoyment level of this beer. As for the taste, the beer is quite lacking. Some light grains are detectable, and a dry fruity taste is somewhat noticeable. There seems to be a bit of seltzer water flavor present as well, but overall the flavor is much akin to drinking water. The finish is mostly clean save for some dryness and very light graininess and the beer contains no alcoholic warmth.

I guess this is better than regular Michelob Ultra, but there really isn't anything here that would make it worth drinking again.

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Photo of Drew966
1.81/5  rDev -24.3%
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 Backer2004
1.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I promise you my wife just had to buy this tonight. What the heck, it looked actually pretty good. Very clear and crisp with lots of carbonation and thin lacing. And then down hill . . . a little taste of grassy hops that made it difficult to finish even the smallest portion. After just making a pretty good Fat Tire amber clone in my homebrew, this one may look better, but that's all.

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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 AltBock
1.79/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I got this on-tap at a local bar for only $1. Like most I got there, it was only $1 for a new beer to try. If it's bad I'm not losing that much. I was hoping that it was better than the regular Michelob Ultra.

When the bartender poured it into a 12oz. mug, the beer was a clear amber color with at least a 1 finger head of white foam. It was probably the way they poured it, but it was still very nice to see that. The head of foam had good retention and left plenty of white sticky lace around the mug. I kept trying to get an aroma out, but there really wasn't anything there except for maybe a slight and I mean slight aroma of watered down hops. I was actually quite surprised by the taste. There still wasn't much there, but this beer had way more taste than their regular Ultra. This beer had the taste of water, little sweet malt, and a light taste of some rice and corn. The mouthfeel was very light and with a slight taste of something, I just don't know what it was. It was probably the corn and rice. Drinkability? For me, No! If it was really cheap and there was nothing else there, then maybe. I'm just glad that it had more taste and color than regular Ultra.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Hanging at a bar in Weirton what are you going to order to drink? Well I went with the beer that at least I could get a review on, even if it's an Ultra low carb amber. Appears Caramel amber with a white frothy head leaves scattered thin lace. Aroma is slightly toasted malt touch of caramel mild creamy note touch of generic hop profile. Taste is ultra light on flavor with a weird sweetness and clean low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is once again ultra light airy with artificial infused carbonation. Drinkability well, I can't taste my beer it's alright I was just giving it a shot but more of the same shite from the big boys.

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Photo of Higravity
1.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Ran out of beer at Dad's, he had some of this left over. Cringing I grabbed on for the experience and he laughed at me. This looked fine except it was watery and the bubbles made the head look like soda. It smelled like a light lager with a touch of extra toasty malt, but it still had that stale cooked corn smell. The taste was sex in a canoe. Carbonated water with a splash of coloring and flavor additives. You could drink this but it doesn't mean you should.

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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 AlexJ
1.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Had a few sips from a friends glass at a cardgame. Light amber color with a sizzling white head that retains like Diet Coke.

Aroma is that of a standard crappy light beer with some sweet malts added.

Flavor is basically the same, very light flavor, with a stepped up notion of roasty malt. Better than Coors Light or something like that, but by no means does this classify as something desirable or drinkable.

Razor thin body with soda-like carbonation and a watery mouthfeel. Gross.

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