Michelob Ultra Amber | Anheuser-Busch

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362 Ratings
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Michelob Ultra AmberMichelob Ultra Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
362
Reviews:
164
Avg:
2.4
pDev:
26.67%
 
 
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4
Gots:
47
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Photo of dmowen
2.99/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours into the glass a fairly decent amber color with a small head that dissappers very quickly, not much lacing either .Hard to detect much of a smell. Taste isn't bad and goes down fairly well.
I like the 5% alcohol ; not bad for a light beer. What I didn't like
was the mouth-feel; A fizzy almost soda-pop feel. For that reason
I problely won't buy again.

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Photo of plaid75
2.98/5  rDev +24.2%
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 Enola
2.97/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As far as Macro's go this one ain't half bad. The color is a light amber with just a hint of red. The smell is very slightly spiced. The taste is like a light beer but with a touch of spices. The mouthfeel is where this one is seperated from the other mass produced beers. There is no harsh bitterness. It is a fairly smooth beer. The drinkability is very good. This beer is brewed to be a light session beer and it certainly is that. I could session these all night.

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Photo of KI9A
2.96/5  rDev +23.3%
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 BeerWithMike
2.95/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this evening on 12/29/14. I had different Michelob's before but not sure about this one. Well, it here it is. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 'Michelob' thump-print goblet glass.

Pours a lighter to medium amber in color with a thin white cap that settles down to just a ring around the glass. Not much lacing is seen, just a couple of very light spots. The aroma isn't really all that much, just a hint of roasted malts and caramel. Pretty much is said for the taste. Actually isn't all that bad and probbaly the best of the 'Ultra' Micks. Lighter-bodied with decent carbonation. It's drinkable but that is about all I am going to go with.

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Photo of generallee
2.93/5  rDev +22.1%
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 oldirtycaffrey
2.88/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the better light beers I've had. Appearance is a light amber with a very thin head that dissipates very quickly. Not much of a smell other than standard swill beer, but the taste is slightly sweet with a better kick than most light beers. A little grainy, but not that bad. I'd suggest this over Bud Light and Coors Light in a heartbeat.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
2.88/5  rDev +20%
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 KodyBrannon
2.87/5  rDev +19.6%
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 gueuzeonhigh
2.87/5  rDev +19.6%
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 acrawf6
2.86/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear dark yellowish amber with a white head.

Smell is lightly malted. it smells sweeter than other light beers, and a little better. small bubblegum smell to it too. not a great smell, but not bad for its style.

taste is very similar to light beers, but with added flavor with some malts. kinda reminds me of macro euro dark lagers like st. pauli's dark. does have a bit more flavor than american lights, but i just am not too big on it.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. i seem to get just a small touch of some hops, but overall the tastes are malty.

Overall this does have some taste, but i think i will pass on this for now on (i am just a sucker for trying new macro shit). I'm used to other crap beers' taste, so i'll just stick with that if i have too- but i wouldnt knock anyone for buying this over mich. light, bl, ml, or cl.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.86/5  rDev +19.2%
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 mikes2923
2.83/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm trying to rate this in comparison to other light beers, because obviously compared to a real Amber Lager it would pale in comparison.

But the fact remains light beers hold a significant share of the market, and whether you're watching carbs, weight watchers points or whatever light beers have their place.

Among them in that category this one is better than most. It pours darker than a typical light beer and the taste while again, not comparing to a regular Amber, is still altogether more rich and malty than your standard light fare.

In terms of light beers only Sam Adams light comes to mind as being an altogether hands down better beer.

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Photo of EricB22
2.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Good beer to try if 1 likes an IPA style beer but wants to cut calories. Has a decent IPA taste for those who enjoy IPAs vs domestic lagers. It's a far cry from even Yuengling or Sam Adams, but the low carb 95 calories facts of this beer really make this a good compromise. This beer has about 30 less calories than Sam Light light so not a bad choice to have in the fridge. My score is rounded slightly up because of the low cal issue. As others mentioned, it has a carbonated taste that detracts little from its natural taste.

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Photo of Kromes
2.8/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Michelob Ultra Amber from Anheuser-Busch
2.4 out of 5 based on 362 ratings.
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