Michelob Pale Ale | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Pale AleMichelob Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An English-style pale ale that is dry hopped with Cascade Hops from the Yakima Valley.

Added by Bitterbill on 04-24-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper color, small 1/4" white head. Cascade hoppy aroma.

Taste more of the same, solid bitterness especially for an AB product, a little caramel. This was a cool beer in the mid 90s, totally serviceable. A little more bitter than the English genre, but whatever, better for it. Would totally bang again when at a lesser bar or whatnot.

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Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A somewhat dated 12 oz bottle from the back fo the refrigerator, wih the review tempered by memory from fresher bottles.
Look: surprisingly good, with a clear, deep amber body covered by a rather creamy looking, bone-colored head.
Aroma: earthy hops are stronger than the malt base
Flavor: again earthy hops over a sweet and light roast malt base but tainted with some metallic tones (attributed largely to age) and hints of corn.
Feel: Medium body with a very good carbonation level.
O: given a fresh bottle, not bad; even roughly average and, therefore, better than expected.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.64/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is from some old beer notes I found while getting ready for a move.

It has a bronze colored body with an orange hue. The tan head was thin and there was not that much lace to speak of. It had a fruity and floral aroma. The taste was very floral with herbal qualities. It was fruity sweet and finished bitter. There were also sweet grain tones as well. Almost medium but I would still say light. I think this was probably the closest beer to the style in the sample pack.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with 1/4" of dense, bubbly head. Good retention. The smell has faint bready malts and a floral, citrussy aroma. The taste is malty and bready up front with faint citrusy, floral hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

From a macro this is a solid beer. It could use a little more character all around, but it's drinkable and a good starter beer for the style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky copper color, a little bit of off white head to it. Aroma does in fact reveal hops! An AB first!

Taste, obvious Cascade hops, an enjoyable level of complimentary bitterness typical from this hop. Wow. Good job guys. Slick crystal and caramel malt, doesn't seem like they cut any corners, this is a 100% barley malt beer. Mild fruity sweetness.

Might not be the most traditional english pale ale, but here in the states, it should play well, but its kind of in that purgatory of seeming expensive to BMC types, and being owned as a BMC, a turnoff to beer nerds. I would recommend it to one who likes beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Michelob Pale Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head with an orange tinge and a clear golden-orange appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up. Lots of thick lacing is left behind. The aroma is mostly bready barley malt and a faint spice. Taste is initially malt, but then a fairly strong hop bitterness kicks in and lasts throughout the sip. Mouthfeel is light, and Michelob Pale Ale finishes refreshing and semi-dry. I hate to see that this one was discontinued, because I really enjoyed it. I must have gotten the last batch, because this tasted fresh.


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Photo of GregBlatz
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear copper orange color. Nice tan head that is 1/2" at first, then recedes and laces a little bit of the glass. The beer is pretty clear with a slight chill haze.

S - A lot of fruity esters, earthy hops and a slight metallic smell.

T - Malty sweetness. More earthy hops. Slight medicinal taste. Some floral citrus at the end. Esters are not as prominent as the aroma indicated.

M - Very carbonated, medium body with a little slickness on the tongue.

Overall - A decent pale ale. Nothing really stands out. Bottle says that it is an English style, but then it is dry hopped with American hops. I think a lot of people will go into this thinking it is an APA style rather than an EPA. Not bad, and a the price I might buy it again.

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Photo of G2Brew
3.64/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at the Jacksonville Budweiser Brewery yesterday. No date, but I was told it's less than a week old. Poured into a chilled pilsner glass.

A - Excellent amber color, great clarity, and a small off-white head that didn't last real long but left some very nice lacing.

S - There's not much here for the nose. I wish they'd dry hopped some Cascade or Willamette. That would have worked well with the piny/graperfruit flavor profile. I got a little more of the pine when I swirled it in my glass.

T - Very nice. Just what you'd expect from an American Pale Ale. Malt, caramel, with grapefruit and pine. Good bitterness, not flashy, but solid and clean.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation. The mouthfeel starts out a little thin, but increases as the chill comes off.

D - Very drinkable. This beer is comfortable in its own modest aspirations, and frankly, is more enjoyable than a lot of pricier pale ales that sometimes seem to try a bit too hard. I could serve this to my friends who know good beer, as long as they don't see the label.

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Photo of bbrown29073
3.47/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice orange color with a small head that disappears fairly quickly leaving only a small amount of lace. Only a small amount of carbonation rises to the top of the beer while drinking it.

s: piny and citrusy hops as expected in a Pale Ale

t: faint flavor but with nice piny hop bitterness

m: light to medium bodied beer...

d: very drinkable. This is a a nice pale ale that would do well in any truly blind taste test. Unexpected from A-B.

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Photo of happygnome
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a orange color with about an inch of head the disappears quickly leaving a little lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer. there is a lot of carbonation rising to the top of the beer.

s: caramel malts balanced by piny and citrusy hops

t: faint and boring caramel flavor with piny hop bitterness

m: light to medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this is an ok pale ale but for the price to flavor ratio im going to head elsewhere

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Photo of welldigger888
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pored from bottle into a standerd american pint glass, little to no white head on pour, very minor lacing but not much.orangish pale copper color with slight carbonation.Typical ab smells of sweet grain (corn or rice) but hold the phone, a malty biscuity smell with some hops.Again typical ab sweetness dominates but with a malty backbone and an approuchable hopping for the uninitaited. My bottle poured with low carbonation (not a bad thing) so it had a soft palate with some slickness from hopping. If found were no craft exists this will more than pull you through.

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Photo of matjack85
2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a 6 pack of these 12oz brown bottles at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL. The label design is the same as all the other Michelob products these days with this one done with gold lettering on a hunter green background. The born on date is up on the neck if you wamt to look for it along with a blurb about the beer.

The beer pours a slightly hazed golden/orange color with a nice 1½-finger white head that lasts a couple minutes. Decent lacing.

There's not much smell to this - just a slight orange citrus aroma along with some mild floral hops.

Not a whole lot of flavor to this either. Some mild spicy hops dominate with only faint malt sweetness and a bit of alcohol for balance.

Medium bodied with only moderate carbonation. Dry finish with some bitterness and slight alcohol in the aftertaste.

Just a ho-hum beer. It's drinkable but very boring.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazed orange yellow color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of some orange peel and a little hop aroma. Tastes really bitter with some citrus hiding out inside. Mouthfeel is thin and watery and drinkability isn't the best. Go for a real pale ale, not this crap.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This attractive amber pale ale pours with good lacing. The appealing floral/hoppy aroma also bodes well for this craft macro. But that's all window-dressing. What's it taste like? Well, Michelob's Pale Ale has a brisk and balanced hoppy character, but it's not too acidic or strong (nor complex) as other pale ales. A sturdy, solid beer -- not memorable, but a good representative of the style, and a nice place to start.

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Photo of Ottertude
3.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The Michelob Pale Ale poured a orange amber color with a generous off-white head that left spoty lacing on my pint glass. It did look like something that I would want to drink.

The smell (what there was of it) was of some caramel with a hint of citrus and vanilla. The taste was of caramel malt and some hops that were not what one would be looking for it this was supposed to be an English style ale. Trying just enough west coast Cascade hops for balance seems odd to me. I would say this only tasted ok to me.

The mouthfeel was rather thin, about what you would expect if drinking a Michelob Lager. But this does make this ale go down easy and helps to put out the fire of the spicy chili I am enjoying tonight.

The best thing I can say about this Pale Ale is at least at the $5.49 a sixer I paid it was decent for the pricepoint. If I would have paid $8 or $9 bucks for the six pack I would have been pissed. It is one of the better Michelob oferings though and worth a try. When money is tight and it is on sale Michelob Pale Ale will probably find it's way into the cart again at the grocery store.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours rather thin. Light orange body with a decent head.

S: A mix of caramel malts and Cascade hops.

T: Malt-forward with notes of candy-like fruitiness. Bitterness is clean but bland.

M: Medium-bodied, just short of syrupy.

D: Nothing to write home about, but still not bad. I wouldn't have guessed this was A-B in a blind taste test.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great, golden yellow. Lots of foam with good lacing and clearly some carbonation. Overall, I like the appearance a lot.

Smell: The light caramel might overpowers the citrus hops a bit, bit it does not overwhelm it completely. All together, I smell a very good beer here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again, mostly a good combination of caramel malt and lemon hops. Very well balanced. Good mouthfeel that is a bit watery at first but seems to thicken up as you drink.

Drinkability: Nothing wrong here.

Overall: Probably the best of the Michelobs that I have tried.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a medium orange with some ferric oxide highlights, lightly dull overall with a fair clarity. The head was a bit soapy and washy, dirty white in color and short in retention failing to lace. Visible carbonation was medium-strong and fairly rapid in rise. A washy head and lack of lacing earns this just average regards.

S: Dried oranges were the most dominant on the start. When agitated dried lemon peels and straw come out, but were still very light and reserved per style and seem more suited and fitted at not offending their macro-audience. Maybe they don't know about the secret "triple hops brewed" process or the brewer just fell asleep or forgot about the late hop addition for aromatic purposes, or maybe they just skimped out intentionally.

T: Thankfully there is some redemption with the flavor after a rather slow start. Dry toasted grains were highlighted by some bitterness believe it or not of dry flowery citrus with some grain sweetness to balance things out a bit. There was a bit of powdery malt presence, almost like residual dme left over in the process. Overall per style, moderately hopped, per brewery fairly decent considering past attempts, with a good show of bitterness and malty residuals trying to make a statement, though may fall short by the more discriminating craft palate.

M: Slight crispness, dry toasted and powdery malt feel on the tongue with some warming citrus. Medium bodied with a lemony malt finish and fade.

D: Decent drinkability, would I go out and buy again, no, would it suffice when at a sponsored owned venue such as a ballpark or stadium where no other but A-B products were sold...probably. While I wouldn't drink the hell out of it, I would drink enough to quench my thirst for beer.

End Musings: A fair attempt at expanding their styles and horizon, but they still seem to be like most BMC's (Big Macro Consortiums) and want to play it a bit adventures but a bit safe at the same time with their product falling somewhere in that purgatory of craft drinkers and macro drinkers. All in all some may automatically dismiss this by name (brewery)or by fear of being ostracized by the craft beer drinking community but there are lesser examples from craft breweries. Worthy a single purchase to get your macro drinking friends to try something that resembles something other then a American adjunct. It's a start in a different direction and an overall moderate attempt.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle without a born on date that I can find...strange for an AB product. Pours a very clear, light copper color with a decently fluffy tan foam, lacks retention and lacing though.

Caramelized malts with a touch of toast is there along with a distracting nail polish remover aroma that reminds me of walking by the nail painting area at Wal-Mart. Cant get much hops in here, certainly not enough to give it a 'dry hopped' feel.

Taste has a bit more lupulin in there with a slightly piney, pithy bitterness. Balance is better with some lightly sweet, dark caramel flavors coming through. Nearly burnt bread maltiness gives it a passable British PA feel to it but the bittering (not sure which varietal) hops seem a little out of place and slightly medicinal. Ok beer, but there are just so many good pale ales out there that kick this one up and down the street.

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Photo of Turbansurfer
2.51/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Normally I wouldn't even pick up a case- but it was a week from being expired and i got it for 12.00 bucks a case so i gave it a go.

It's bout what you would expect from Anheuser-Busch.
just below average.
Not much kick; a tinge of hops; with that AB middle of the tongue metallic taste.

So if you get if for 12 bucks a case go ahead- 20 some- pass.

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Photo of Jayli
2.76/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a light golden color with a 1/4 inch of off white head to it. Head recedes immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is very bready, light pale malts, and perhaps just a hint of hops.

T: Taste is rather bland. Major bready, biscuit notes permeate this beer the entire way through. Not much in way of hops, though there is a small bite to it in the finish.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp and clean body.

D: Overall, this really just tasted like a bit breadier michelob. Not much to this beer.

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Photo of blackearth
1.59/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Dated 09277, so this is not that old. Pours a dark copper body with a bubbly, off-white head that fades. Aroma is malts and apples?? No hops detected. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a medium-high carbonation levels. Sour alcohol taste, a bit watery and no hops in the finish. You would think with all the money A-B has, they could make a decent pale ale, but they managed the screw it up anyway.

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Photo of WJVII
3.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful orange color with lively carbonation, a 2 finger crisp white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is flat. There is some slight citrus but that is all. The taste similar to the smell, just not there. The light citrus hops is barely enough to be noticed and just a slight bitterness. The finish is clean, but not inviting another taste.

A note on the sampler I picked up. Michelob was trying to "advance" some of Anheauser-Busch's customers and that may have been successful, and to that great. However, they just don't take any brew far enough. It is almost like they only tip-toe the edges of the styles to get some people to try them. Good for beer, but not enough for my taste.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.62/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Review from notes in November 09

Everything about this beer was very dumbed down. Even for a pale ale, I would expect earthy, grassy, or citrusy hops, but it didn't even have that. It lacks hops even for an English style pale ale. There is, however, a caramel backbone that saves this beer from being completely useless. I could actually see this having a place at a backyard bbq. Watery and lacking in the head, body, and hop flavor. But yet, I can't help but say it's somewhat refreshing if consumed on a hot summer's day...

Golden amber with scant white head that died pretty quickly. Nose is mainly grains and caramel. Bland and watery, with a sweet caramel finish.

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Photo of becktone
3.37/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 1-25-10

Eye: As this little flyer says, gold orange is a pretty good description of the color. Head formation is good, but retention could use some work. In the same clean pint as the rye, this beer has just a thin blanket covering the top of the beer, half soapy looking half creamy looking. The head is definitely killing this beer's appeal to me visually... needs to have a good sized creamy head, this does not.

Nose: Strongest aroma of the pack yet. As soon as it is decanted floral and spicy hop tones make their way to my nose. Good malt backbone as in the Michelob Rye PA. However, malt aroma is pretty boring and much the same as the Rye PA. Aroma, past the hops is pretty weak. All in all pretty average.

Tongue: Bitterness upfront and balanced by malt sweetness. Citrus, floral and some spicy hops come through as well as some grassy tones in the finish. Slight metallic tang in the finish as well. Maybe some light caramel tones and some light malt sweetness. Pretty uncompicated but decent. All these beers are good crossovers, nothing to aggressive. Malt flavor is fleeting, hops stay around for a while with some bitterness and grassy and floral tones in the aftertaste.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium-light bodied with fine carbonation, levels of carbonation are in check. Finishes on the drier side. This wouldn't be my first choice for any kind of pale ale, but then again for the price, and when strapped for cash its pretty nice. There is nothing wrong with this beer, its not great, its good and is prolly the best you can get for the cheap price. When strapped on cash, instead of going for any macro twelve pack that's usually about the same price as this twelve pack go for this and at least be drinking something that tastes decent.

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