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Michelob PorterMichelob Porter

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by karst on 07-16-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of brownbeer
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish-brown with a pillowy, tan head.

Rather grainy aroma with raisin and watery coffee notes, and a slight earthiness.

Bland, dirty chocolate malt. The body is full enough to be a porter but in the end it's kind of hard to taste. Reminds me of a porter you would find at a really small brewpub you've never heard of in the middle of nowhere.

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Photo of tlinner
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I followed the instructions on the "flighting sheet" included in the 12-pack (despite my better intuition) and poured straight down into the glass. Sure enough, a mountain of foam sprang up that took a good 3 minutes to get down to a reasonable level. It looked very nice at first, but the head quickly dissipated with no lace. The color is brown tinted with caramel along the edge.

The smell is very weak, with faint hints of roasted malts. Honestly not much else to describe.

Weak roasted and chocolate malts can be found in the taste, with a slightly too-strong presence from the hops. I can almost reach a point where this beer starts to get complex, but it's just too weak to be very interesting. I think they got all the peripherals just right: it's got a nice balance between sweet and bitter, and there's a nice chocolaty aftertaste, but the taste simply isn't very strong or complex. It's like a Corvette with a Geo's engine. Many things work well, but in the end, the performance is very lacking.

As for mouthfeel and drinkability, this is a very easy-going beer that won't challenge too many palates.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a very deep amber color, not completely black, but its pretty close, not a very big head on it at all, the smell is pretty good, has a nice roasted malt aroma to it with some nice coffee and a slight chocolate aroma to it too, not bad for AB. taste is pretty decent too, full of body and a textbook porter, its a good beer overall really, mouthfeel is a bit weak, could use some more pizazz to it but it is still a good beer.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a brown and ruby cola color. The pour produced a thick head of clumpy tan foam with a good amount of carbonation.

S - Definite hints hints of malt, chocolate, coffee and slight metallic aromas.

T - Good chocolate and coffee flavors plus a good amount of smoke. Slightly bitter metallic finish. Better than I would have expected.

MF&D - A little thin and slightly creamy but very drinkable. A nice suprise from AB.

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Photo of thedrewski86
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this into a pint glass, left 1/2" of tan head. Smells like malt, chocolate and a little coffee. The taste is huge malt all the way. Didn't really leave any lacing. Mild carbonation right for the style. This is a very good basic porter from one of the big three. I was pretty impressed. One thing I can't get out of my head is that it kinda tastes like Malta Goya (Goya's non-alcoholic malt soft drink). Pretty close, but obviously a hell of a lot better! Drinkability suffered because of that a little, but that's just because I associated it with Goya!

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black, color. The head is thick and foamy and dissipates slowly leaving considerable lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells strongly of chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of something piney.

Taste: Starts bitter and finishes sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee. Also has an off-putting metallic taste towards the end.

Mouthfeel: A little thin but nothing serious.

Drinkability: A decent porter and a surprise coming from A-B. All in all, Michelob's craft packs are generally decent. They're nothing special but, for the price, you could do much worse.

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some chocolate malts. Taste is also mild, malts with some notes of coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is pretty much a decent brew.

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Photo of Cakanator
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. This could be worse but as it is not a horrible porter. Faint chocolate aromas and malt flavors. Had as a courtesy and that only high life was my alternate. Worth a try in a pinch. I'd say from the mix pack I got this one in that at least bud is trying with this brand line in making "craft" beer. Comparable to JW Dundees.

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Photo of budgood1
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a semi-opaque cocoa brown with ruby red highlights. big two finger tan head reducing to some attractive rocky lacing. choco and ripe red fruit aroma...not strong by any means but very pleasant. the taste is more of the same...lots of dark chocolate and cocoa notes with a nougat undertone. toffee and coffee. bits and pieces of chocolate covered cherries are detected as well. hopping slightly floral and a touch rough around the edges. slightly complex at best. tastes nice enough. i'd say the body of this porter is medium. the mouthfeel lags a bit with a watery/mineral type of feel that distracts rather than accentuates the overall profile. a more adventerous lager type of yeast would do wonders. drinkability is good. AB made this just interesting enough not to be disappointed.

a nice stab at the style by AB. it straddles the fence, yes, but it has just enough character to intrigue.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank from a standard pint glass.

A- very dark brown colored body with a small, fleeting, beige colored head on it. little to no lacing left behind.

S- roasted malts and chocolate are the main features here. also some bitter coffee at the end.

T- the taste is very similar to the smell. dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. it also has a nice bitter and dry finish.

M- light to medium bodied. a little too thin. the carbonation is also a tad high for this.

D- easy to have a couple, but thats where it would end. better overall than i would have expected.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was surprized to find this, truth be told. I never would have thought that I would find a Porter by any of the US Water Beer brewers, but I guess stranger things can happen.

A - A deep chocolate brown. Looks nearly black, but closer examination to light and its just dark brown. Decent tan head, a little retention, no lacing.

S - Smells ok i guess. Some roasted malts with a faint smell of sweet chocolate and maybe even less coffee aroma.

T - Definitely malty, with more bitter chocolate than sweet. Some roasted coffee beans show up just as faintly in the taste. There is some smokiness as well, which I don't mind at all in my Porters. Average is a good word for it. It lacks any stand out complexity. Id call it a little boring too.

M - Light in body...MAYBE creeping towards medium. Reminds me a bit of a lager, which isn't surprizing, but not what I'd want.

D - The drink is high. It has a decent ABV for what it is, but you could session this easily.

Notes: This is in no way a BAD beer. It tastes decent, its easy to drink, and it's inexpensive. Actually, I almost want to rank it higher just because its from Michelob, and they truly seem to be straying from the pack and offering things that are far from expected of them. When your wallet is hurting, there is no shame in picking up a stash of these...they will do the trick.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains some coffee, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is a little smoky with flavors of toasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. The malt character is heart but a little thin for the style. There's a very mild hops presence that is on-target for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a mediocre beer for the most part but for those that covet the smokiness, this beer would hold a bit more value.

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Photo of bmwats
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown color. Pours into a 1 finger foamy, off-white, head. Settles slowly, leaving a layer of foam on the surface. Moderately substantial lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt. Molasses, dark chocolate, and oak.

T: Dark roasted malt flavor. Bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee.

M: Lighter than you'd expect, but full and hearty. The pungency of the malt coats the palette, and lingers throughout.

D: Good beer to sip or pound through.

Pretty solid atmosphere. Appearance is really nice, nose is not complex, but has subtle pleasing tones. Flavor is also quite basic. Is full and hearty, though. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of CheckMate
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle purchased at Shaw's in Windham, NH. pours a black liquid with ruby red highlights with an inch of khaki colored head that quickly dissipated after a minute. scents of chocolate, toffee and caramel notes. tastes of chocolate, light tobacco, bits of cramel and toffee, roasty and sweet, has a little bit of a woody quality. moderately carbonated with a semi-clean finish. Not the best porter i have tried (IMO), but not the worst. It's definetly for the person who has just gotten into the craft beer scene, it's pretty harmless.


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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured cold from a bottle to a glass.
(cold review)
A - dark brown, couldn't see light through it, little foam at first pour put had 2 fingers at the end.

S - Strong malt smell, smell reminded me of Carmel.

T - Taste, strong full bodied with an after taste of bitter/coffee taste

M - full bodied but not too thick

D - glad to do a review but not my kind beer, a good beer to share with friends if you want to try something different. Bought the beer in a large sampler pack.

(room temp review)
After the beer warmed up to a more room temperature. I noticed that some of the flavors I first smelled and tasted were not as strong as before. I still got a coffee after taste but it wasn't as half bad as if cold from the refrigerator.

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Photo of abrand
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into the tumbler. I have had this beer plenty of times but never had the chance to review it.

Pours a deep brown color with a small 1 finger head that bubbles to nothing fairly quickly. Not much lacing lines the glass. Not much hits the nose but it consists of roasted malts, chocolate and a little bit of expresso. Taste is watered down and not all the enjoyable. Some hints of chocolate and caramel but overall not that great. Mouth is light bodied and drinkability is mediocre. The 6+% alcohol is well hidden and the taste is okay. Overall not a bad craft style from a macro brewery.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one given to me by brothercannon from a mixed pack. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. The porter appears a clear chestnut color with about a finger of fizzy tan head. Flavors and aromas are of roasted grain, caramel, semisweet chocolate, fruity, slight hint of coffee. Light to medium bodied and amply carbonated. Decent overall.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another suprise from Michelob...

A- dark brown, thin head, ok lacing

S- roaste malts... coffee, cocoa

T- semi sweet and dark chocolate, roasted coffee, faint hints of tar fruit... almost chocolate covered cherry like.

M- medium bodied... light for a porter, maybe a touch too much carbonation, somewhat dry and a little too smooth

D- good product from Michelob that is case and session worthy. doesnt overpower and the body is kinda disapointing.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark, dark, amber with an enormous head that dies down to a respectable head with some surprisingly nice lacing. Very nice looking beer.

The smell is nice with some chocolate, caramel, and a little hint of something's not quite right. Ah, Freezer burn and alcohol. That's the smell. Before that smell arose it was great.

The taste is surprisingly good for a macro. Chocolate, carabel, and coffee meander on the tongue with little purpose. Not bad, but it feels like the beer is stoned. There are some great ideas going on, but there isn't much along the lines of coherence or orgganization. Still pretty good, though.

In the mouth it is significantly thicker than any other macro, but still a little weak for the style. Nice carbonation.

The drinkability is high. It's accessable and pretty damn good. It's a good into to porters for the novice and interesting enough to drink a few of. My new favorite MBC.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Michelob Fall/Winter sampler pack, it pours a very dark brown with hues of red and a 2 finger head of billowy foam.

The smell has some notes of chocolate and some roast but it also has a grainy corny note that I'm not fond of.

The taste is of some roasted malt, light chocolate, very light coffee, a wee bit of tartness??)must be the raspberries mentioned on the label), and generally, not that good to my palate. The label says bold coffee notes, no they aren't.

The mouthfeel starts off close to medium but finishes on the watery side.

Drinkability? It's not an easy drinker at all for me and I'm glad I only have 2 more bottles to deal with. In my book, this is a miss.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown almost black with good clarity. Thick tan head half an inch high.

S: Roasted, charred and caramel malt aroma with some bitter dark chocolate. Dry milk and dark cherries. Slight spice from hops.

T: Bitter roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, dark cherries, coffee, grains and burnt sugar. A bit acrid from the roasted malts and barley. A bit dry and metallic in the finish.

M: crisp carbonation on full body. no alcohol prominence.

D: Overall a decent porter. One or two go down well. off flavors start to pick up after that and become dissapointing.

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Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - A brown to amber color - seems like a brown porter style. Head formation is very light, quickly dissipates. Mocha colored. No hazing.

S - Roasted malt notes, light amount of ale yeast spicing. Light amount of sweetness.

T - Starts off with a roasted malt sweetness. Bitterness builds mid-stream, but without any associated hopping. Certainly malt forward. Finishes with more of the roasted sweetness- some coffee.

M - Moderate to light mouthfeel - driven mostly by a hefty carbonation profile. Body itself is thin. Some clinging malts.

D - Very easily drinkable. ABV is pretty potent, but very well hidden. Not filling. As American Porters go, AB hits its goal of having superior "drinkability".

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Photo of jsh420
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark brown almost black with a big 2+ finger head that left some lacing

smell was ok - roasted malts some cocoa and a little metal??(pts off)

taste was good tad watery though - roasted malts coffee cocoa

mouthfeel is just too thin

drinkability is good because its so light

a solid effort from AB and might get bmc drinkers to develop a taste for craft beers

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep brown color with a thick foamy head. Not getting much aroma from this one but the taste is pretty good. Better than I expected. Roasted malts start then coffee and chocolate finish. It has more carbonation than a lot of porters I have had but for me that is a positive. I know a lot of people will knock this simply because it is from a major brewery. If I did the Pepsi test on this one I am sure it would rate higher.

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Photo of redneckchugger
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ITs a decent beer,, but not great. pours ok, decent head.
smells malty, some chocolate and coffe flavors.
Taste follow the nose.
Its an ak beer, and for the same price as budweiser, i will probally brind it to every party i go to. A solid effort, but not great.

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Michelob Porter from Anheuser-Busch
3.32 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
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