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Michelob Pale AleMichelob Pale Ale

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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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Ratings: 297 |  Reviews: 256
Reviews by Jason:
Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no "Born On Date" or real freshness date.

Crystal clear pale copper color with a bubbly white lace that does stick to the glass here and there. Faint citric zest and a little biscuity malt in the nose. More than enough crispness to go around, real smooth with a medium body. Hop bitterness showcases that slight "rough around the edges" tone which is slowly covered by a light citric oil and spice flavor. Clean and grainy with some dry bread and toasted biscuit. Ghost-like warmth from the alcohol has a barely noticeable fruity ester. Finishes dry with a lingering hop bitterness.

Decent, not your traditional English Pale Ale. Perhaps they were going for the trend in English brewing where American hops are all the rage?

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Photo of oberon
2.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How bout those Lions!Well this gem actually had a very nice pour and appearance,a light clear golden with a one finger head that settled nicely leaving a ring of lace behind.No aromas really uhm maybe some toasted grain but not much goin on,where are the hops?It says dry hopped but I dont get em a decent toasted grain finish and lightly sweet but no hops.Well a classic pale ale hell no a mindless easy drinking beer sure,I'll pass next time.

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Photo of blackearth
1.59/5  rDev -48.5%
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 lordofthewiens
3.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The price was right, so I bought a 12 pack sampler of Michelob's craft beers. Not too bad. This one would make a good session beer. It was an amber color with a thick white head that left some decent lacing. Very mild aroma of hops. Taste also a little underwhelming, but there was some citrus hops noted. A bit thin in the mouth, but easily drinkable.

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Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It produces a thin white head that has fades to small ring on top, which still makes some nice lace rings on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a pleasant mix of mild citrus hops and sweet malty grain.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor is very similar to the aroma. There is a simple bready malt and light grain flavor with a well-balanced citrus hop flavor that also adds pleasant bitterness and very mild fruity/estery notes. It finishes fairly crisp and clean with a some light hop bitterness just hanging on. The texture light and easy drinking with a light to medium body and nice carbonation.

Notes: Over all it displays a good balance of malt and hops with a very drinkable body and texture.

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Photo of Billolick
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew came as a box of 20 variety pack, (only $14.99 @ BJs, not a bad deal) Comes with "born on dating" (nice) and says its
"all malt", which I guess means no adjuncts, another good thing. This is a confused brew, sorrt of a "cross dresser"" tastes more like a crisp German lager then an "American pale ale" Pours typical clear lightish amber, with a fine bubble, off white head, that leaves some slight lacing. Nose is citrusy, lemon/lime. More crisp lime and gin on the palate, grassy and refreshing. I like it as a pilsner, but as a pale ale, I dont buy it.

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Photo of jefftuck47
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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 ADR
2.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pale amber appearance, clear and over bubbly with a spritzy and pale head that lasts all of 15 seconds. Practically no lacing or coating on the glass. Malty aroma, some mace-like hoppiness and some vegetal sense. Flavor is not particularly bad, light brown sugar, slight fruit, and more real hop bite than I expected out of Anheuser Busch. Real loser of a thin mouthfeel and a very stripped down finish. Drinkable, if nothing else is available -- if its in someone else's cooler, I might drink again come summertime.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a pale copper with a nice sized off white head leaes sporadic specks of lacing all around my chalice. Aroma has a very mild grassy citrus hop note for being dry hopped not nearly enough hops in the nose, a very safe hop profile especially when your not used to even presenting hops that are detectable in your beers. Flavor is a bit watery with mild biscuit malts that give off minimal sweetness and a very light hop presence mild citrus and light grassy tones coming my way some mild fruitiness and really light bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation that doesn't really scream pale ale. Drinkability is decent some flavors not expected from an AB products like hops but overall a very weak pale that doesn't express what a true pale ale is all about.

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Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -1%
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 DarrellK
4.07/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't have too high of an expectation from the Ale but some of the other Michelob products have been quite good.

Puchased a six pack and kept it at 45-50 degrees to warm it up fro the cooler at Publix.

Appearance is a light straw color which is a tad light from the style but not bad. Head diminished is a short while but some lasted through the entire glass and even left a bit of lace.

Aroma surprised me with some hops and a little flowery tone which I epected to be absent

Taste is slightly thin but he hops are there

Mouth is typical of the style which is OK but not substantial

Finsh is quite hoppy and dry and compliments the nose throughout

This is a great beer to get the usual light beer lout to try to enlighten

My low expectations were not warranted as this is a good session brew and priced such that it is a great value.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another good 'craft-type' brew from AB.
Crystal clear golden yellow in the glass. Nice white head that lasts the entire drink and leaves some sticky foam in it's wake.

Aromas are clean and fresh. Mildly sweet pale malt with a bit of citrus hops on the end.

Taste is clean and fresh as well. Nice and clean pale malt with a bready-yeasty middle that finishes with slightly bitter, drying hops.

Aftertaste is light malt and biscuits.

Good clean refreshing summer pale ale. WHY don't they release this when it could really be appreciated during the warm months?

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Photo of soper2000
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from my roommate bdorf94. Pours a bright golden color with a small foam head with soapy bubbles. Aroma is of sweet malt. Faint notes of resiny hops sneak up, but boy are they faint. Taste is very clean (what else would you expect from AB) and a bit biscuity. Finishes with just the slightest bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin. Very inoffensive beer unless you are offended by strong flavors. Drinkable, just not nearly the most exciting pale ale on the market. I was really hoping for a darkhouse in this beer considering the resources AB has, but was left disappointed.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. twisty cap

This is actually a spot-on version as far as looks go, totally clear, light amber with orange hues, plenty of bubbles, very lively and a nice, smooth off-white head that actually shows some nice retention qualities. Here's the best part, it doesn't quickly become lifeless! This one allows you to enjoy it the whole way through.

The nose is domnated by a subtle and sweet fruitiness and grainy, earthy scent...very unique. It's unlike any other Pale ale I've had with a big peppery edge. The malt is low-key but it's in there for sure, just take your time with the aroma because it seems to change with every passing moment.

The flavor is clean, which is all I ask from the Brewer's at A-B. The feel is crisp and light with a decent smoothness, but it really does have a bite, which does'nt subside very fast. The hops complexity really is bad, it's subtle fruits, sweet and tart with a delightful, zest of black pepper and tang. The finish is as long as you can imagine, the hops seems to gradually become more bitter as the rest of the flavor's fade away. Be prepared for a long, bitter ending!

This is a decent starter Pale ale, a bit light overall in heft but enjoyable enough for someone to be able to fall in love with this style.

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Photo of asabreed
2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into the pilsner glass that came with the Winter Seasonal Variety 18-Pack.

Appearance: Hardly any carbonation, white head's gone fast, tiny bit of lacing. Hazy urine yellow. Not good.

Smell: Harsh, odd, hops maybe? Corn, grass. Nothing pleasant. The complete opposite.

Taste: Bah, nothing discernible. Mild hop bitterness. Grain. Non-quality ingredients completely.

Mouthfeel: Overly fizzy and watery and slick.

Drinkability: Pretty much not too drinkable. This is certainly not a pale ale as I would categorize it, and I don't know how they could call it one, but maybe that's just me.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red-tinted rust/orange color with a finger-thick head that lasts awhile. Just a smidgen hazy, presumably from the hops.

Nothing really reaches out and grabs the nostrils here. Lightly flowery and lightly fruity, the hops are really reserved and the malts don't assert themselves strongly either. On the other hand, nothing offensive to note.

Flavor is bitter, if a little too soapy. The hops aren't anything special in terms of boldness or complexity, and I wonder if that's due to a lackluster grain bill or the effects of mass production? Or maybe they're just trying to make a simple pale ale when my palate usually wants a big mutha of an Imperial IPA? Papery bitterness sits there for the duration of the sipping while a light spiciness in the finish peps things up a bit. It grew on me, and while a 3.5 seems overly generous, a 3 seems a bit low.

Mouthfeel is smooth yet carbonated, a light creaminess, tingly yet not overdone and certainly far from thin.

There's some enjoyment to be had here. It's certainly going to be too bitter for the average macro drinker, but then again this one has no doubt helped turn some on to the wider world of great beer. I applaud A-B's recent Michelob sampler pack; the tasting notes and the info sheet it comes with can't help but act as a gateway for the "average" beer drinker. But once the that beer drinker's palate broadens, will this pale ale and the rest in the mixed pack seem pedestrian? Whatever the case, this and the entire mixed pack are worth picking up just once.

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Photo of skloeff
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of pmcadamis
1.63/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Clear orange-bronze with a big ol' three finger fluffy white head. The head pits and crackles as it slowly works its way down to a solid finger of foam. Some really nice lace is left on the glass. Looks pretty good to me!

S - Lightly piney hops with a thin biscuity note underneath. This actually smells very much like Budweiser's American Ale, and both beer smell very much like Samuel Adam's Boston Lager. I think there may be some interconnectedness between the two AB brews, and I think that they may be trying to copy the ubiquitous and time-tested SA Boston Lager. This has that gritty "wet sand" note that I've always detected in SA's lager, and this is a touch more sweet and actually less hoppy on the nose.

T - Mineral "suckin' on a penny" notes come right out to piss me off. This is bitter, but not at all hoppy... it's just bitter. And that ain't a good thing. This is initially almost sweet, but then it gets acrid and acidic and very mineral oriented. This is terrible. I can't believe I bought a whole sixer of this swill.

M - Thin, razor-blade sharp in acidity, bitterness, and acrid sourness. Honestly this is almost a drain pour.

D - Never again. I could have bought a 12 pack of PBR for the price of this sixer, and be that much happier. At the CVS near work (I was grabbing some stuff for my wife) all they had was BMC in cans, Henieken, and two of Michelob's "craft" brews (this and the DW). I really liked Michelob's Dunkleweissen, so I thought that maybe this would be pretty decent. Boy was I wrong. This stuff sucks.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
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 mempath
3.26/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

haven't had one of these in some time...maybe 5 years ago when i bought one of those samplers. i remember liking this the best. all the other examples were like michelob/A-B trying to hard...

ok, poured and shows a nice head that settles neither fast nor slow...some decent lacing and pancake batter on top (always like that)...reddish amber.

smell is what i would expect of an english pale...a little sweet malt and caramel....no sense of hops (says 'dry hopped'...has this always been or is this a new trend?). i don't get any sense of the 'citrus' as boasted on the bottle.

surprisingly better than i expected...and seems a bit hoppier, but still no hop monster. i admit, this is not as sweet, which scores it some points. mouthfeel is actually just about right with a creamy and crispness that is well balanced. definitely beats their other (i think) stealthy brand, Stone Mill...

very drinkable. i admit, i just WANT to hate anything put out by A-Busch...i hate them and wal-mart and any mega/macro philosophy of total domination and false/inaccurate advertising. not everyone that works for that company is evil, but they deserve to be the whipping boy for what they try to do on a constant basis.

maybe the folks working on THIS particular bottling are good folk (LOL)...some thought was put into this...i think it got a real tune-up. don't like the old world smell of this but it would be the first macrobrew/fakemicro i would grab amonst many others. i'll still take yuengling and shiners over this, but i admit, this is not bad. a shame it has the name Michelob on the bottle...

oops...as it warms, it sweetens. usually good beers get better as they warm...opposite here. keep it on ice, keep the malts in a cryogenic state...and may the hops play arctic hooky!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
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 tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
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 NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Noble hops abound in Michelob Pale Ale (namely Saaz) in both the flavor and the aroma.

It pours a crystal-clear amber body beneath a frothy head of white that slowly receeds to a thin, creamy surface covering. Some nice, wide, creamy, and craggy rings of lace are left behind throughout most of the glass.

The nose is bright and fresh and spicy, floral, and grassy! There are also some biscuity notes of malt but they take second chair at best.

The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly crisp with a medium body and restrained carbonation. (I think I'd like to see more zest here, but on the other hand its soft mouthfeel is kind of like an English pale ale. But the hop flavors and aromas leave it more like a pilsner. And along that line of thinking, the malt is more American in style with it's limited-caramel character. Quite the hybrid I'd say!!!)

The flavor again delivers lots of noble hops, very gently resiny, and floral, grassy, and spicy in character (I'm thinking Saaz, Mt. Hood, Ultra, Crystal). It's a very nice blend... ... very round and soft without losing the slightly rough edge of the spicy Saaz. But the hops are also nicely nestled in amidst the gently biscuity malt, which leaves it even more rounded; and then it's balanced by a sublime bitterness that stands off in the shadows until it's needed to help dry things out in the finish.

There's great finesse to this ale. It's kind of quirky in its choice of hops and carbonation level, but it's all pulled together nicely. It lacks the hop power of a more full-throttle Pacific Northwest American pale ale, and also the raw, base drinkability of its forebear British cousins, but the gleam that the German-type hops adds suggests that there's been just enough polish to make this one a star!

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Michelob Pale Ale from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 297 ratings