Michelob Ultra Amber | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Ultra AmberMichelob Ultra Amber
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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.

Added by murphysbleachers on 01-26-2006

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.25/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

For a light, macro made beer, this is not bad. Pours to a medium orange brownish/gold color with a head of white foam that did have staying power. Some lacing. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of grass and mildly sweet malts. Taste was fair enough; traces of hops dance over a bland, yet sweetened malty character. Oddly, not too bad. Mouthfeel was like having carbonated water sloshing about in my mouth. Could be nice on a wicked hot summer day, but on a early spring day in Detroit, it doesn't do much. Drinkability is north of average. This is better than it's original sister, but not an amazing beer by any stretch. Try it if you like... don't expect a world of flavor, maybe just a town of taste.

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Photo of ck132286
3.25/5  rDev +39.5%

Photo of snocntry
3.25/5  rDev +39.5%

Photo of Tnkemist
3.25/5  rDev +39.5%

Photo of BeerSox
3.18/5  rDev +36.5%
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 cyberbmcd
3.13/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been drinking this lately as my cost efficient drinking beer.
Not because it's great, but because it's relatively inexpensive and you can actually drink 5 or 6 of them at a time if that's what your plan is for the night.

The beer is by far the best looking and best tasting of any light lagers out there.

A 12 oz bottle yields a light amber brew with no head and some lacing

The taste is hoppy but smooth like most everything offerred by Anheuser-Busch. I agree with a previous poster, if someone tries this and then starts looking into more crafty beer then hurrah for them.

The beer's best attribute is that it doesn't suck.

overall, a decent beer to bring a case of to your friends block party this summer...

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Photo of skizziks
3.08/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into some sort of a stemmed narrow tulip glass. Pour quickly raises a big white head, big bubbles, that fades almost as quickly as a soda. The beer is a pale golden amber. Held away from the light it looks like a decent amber, held up to the light it looks like a light lager. Weird, but this seems to be the way of this beer.

Aroma is almost non-existent. A hint of malt, a little caramel.

Flavor is expectedly light, but positively massive compared to the regular Ultra (aka soda water). Very much a very light lager here but with a thin note of caramel sweetness that is pretty well balanced by the bittering hops. The caramel flavor does not really taste like crystal malt to me. I kind of get the impression that this was spiked post-fermentation with some sort of unfermentable brewer's caramel kind of substance to provide color and flavor. It just doesn't seem quite kosher. Regardless, it's not bad. it's not really good, but it's not bad. Certainly a decent thirst quencher.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, the touch of sweet increases drinkability over the regular Ultra. Very easy to toss back and actually enjoyable after a long day of laying ceramic tile.

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Photo of DarkBeerFan
3.08/5  rDev +32.2%

Photo of tempest
3.06/5  rDev +31.3%
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 JamesHenjum
3.06/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer looks really nice. It's a beautiful see through amber that glows. There is pretty good lacing too.

S: A bit malty, but a strong lemon smell overall.

T: This is a tough one. On one hand you don't get much flavor at all, but that should be expected with this type of light beer. On the other hand the taste you do get is very nice spicy bread. Malty and sweet. Spice on the end is very subtle, with no bitterness.

M: It was wet and refreshing, but out of the bottle, the high carbonation ruins the beer more so than any beer I have had. Much smoother in a glass.

O: This is a great light beer. From now on, it is my go to light beer. While it does have less flavor than other light beers like Bud, Miller, and Coors light, the flavor that is there is far superior.

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Photo of anakincane
3.06/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jbehlar
3.06/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ordybill
3.05/5  rDev +30.9%
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 JISurfer
3.05/5  rDev +30.9%
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 chilidog
3.05/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six as they arrived in my area. The six was alittle harder to track down that first week as most spots got an opening order of two twelve pk cases.
It poured a fairly nice, clear amber. Carbonation still fizzed abit, but not as much so as the gold Ultra. After the fair pour, the fizz settles and a steady, half inch, off white head remains. Lace, not much at all. The aroma, not much at all of that either besides alittle caramelized malt.
The taste was of malts, caramel and toast. Alittle hop gives alittle help and balance. The taste also holds that Anheuser-rice taste that goes thru the beers.
Over-all, this beer should do ok for them. I would Never order an Ultra, but thisone I could see myself ordering if the choice was slim and thisone stood out.

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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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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 jettjon
3.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into the pilsner, a vigorous pour yields a puffy light tan colored head that visibly fades at a rapid rate down to minimal sheeting and a bit of lacing. Appears a medium dark, very red transparent color with many tiny bubbles coruscating. There’s not much on the nose, even when it warms up (not recommended), just a pleasant malty scent without the expected cheap malt liquor/adjunct smells one might expect. Taste is dominated by average malt (not sweet or caramelized). Tastes much like an average, moderately malty macro, but a bit thinner. Finishes on a dry, malty note. Mouth is bubbly and refreshing, watery, but not too thin. Drinkability is not bad, though in my opinion, the only purpose of ultra-light beers such as Mich Ultra is for people to have something in their hands at bars and parties.

Overall: A lot better than I expected. Not good, but not bad, either.

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Photo of Plantinau
3/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of jheezee
3/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of PBelt71
3/5  rDev +28.8%

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3/5  rDev +28.8%

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 Raime
3/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Left at my house. Acceptable.

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Photo of CGMLS3
3/5  rDev +28.8%

Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.33 out of 5 with 368 ratings
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