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

Poured a clear copper, sudsy head that left broken lacing.
pleasant biscuity aroma.
taste is very good, starts with a fruity sorta flavor trailing off to a nice dry hopping, but just perfectly hopped so as to still leave my pallette feeling wet and not too dry.
drinkability is great on this one, and I find myself buying it quite a bit. I think it is a well done pale ale. enjoy!

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Photo of DarrellK
4.07/5  rDev +32.1%
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 jsp2
4.04/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is golden, towards the lighter side for the style. Head retention is OK. fruity, yeasty, buttery and hoppy smell. Tastes of grains with a solid hop presence and malt followup, and dry bitter finish. According to the bottle it was dry hopped with Cascade hops. The hop profile is clean and the bitterness is very crisp. Doesn't really seem to have all the softness of hops and robustness of malts that would be ideal.

Priced a good $2 below other examples, tastes good and drinkable.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.02/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is review of the 3.2% ABW/4.0% ABV version that is sold in Oklahoma convenience stores.

Surprisingly good. One of the best 3-point beers I've ever had.

Clear light amber brew with pretty good sized head. Awesome aroma with lots of hops. The taste is pretty spot on for a American-style Pale Ale and isn't far from being an IPA. Very pleasant and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Nice to see a brewer kick up the flavor in a 3-point with lots of hops. I would love to see what the full-strength version of this tastes like. I wanted to hate this (based on who brews it), but I just can't. It's quite good.

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Photo of ch473
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of SargeC
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of blackie
3.97/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a decent off-white head over a clear, amber colored beer, light to average retention

s: grapefruit rind citrus and earthy hops over a pale grainy body with a mild caramel sweetness, simple, plenty aromatic, and quite nice

m: medium, lively carbonation and a light to medium body, finishes cleanly

t: clean pale malts, light caramel, husky grain flavors, earthy citrus hops, moderate bitterness completely dries the finish,
surprisingly tasty

d: an enjoyable pale, could easily session a few...this one deserves a better score, and I've had countless lesser pales brewed by micros that garnered higher ratings

another single from the grocery in Hampton

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.97/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color, with a white head that does not last very long at all. The bottle says the beer is dry-hopped with Saaz cones, which is a bit odd since typically dry-hopping isn't done with Noble hops. Nevertheless, the aroma does have a nice bouquet of floral hops (from homebrewing, I always found Saaz to be more minty and peppery but that could depend on a lot of factors.) The aroma is very nice. it isn't a hard-core American pale ale hop aroma but it suits this beer well. The flavor is nice as well, with a solid malty start that fades to a dry finish and has a nice blend of hop flavor and bitterness. There is also a hint of toastiness in the flavor too. Overall this is a nice pale ale, although I don't think I'd call it an American Pale Ale at all - its more like a 'regular' generic pale ale, and the hop notes on the label definitely put it in that grouping. This is far better than the usual Michelob (even their craft stuff). I think this brew won a gold medal at the 2005 GABF entered as a traditional English pale ale, which makes sense to me (I'd prefer this over a Bass 4 days out of 5.)

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Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +26.6%
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 auxiliary
3.89/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Golden color with a very small head, settled to a pond after a few. SOmce lace, but not sticking that much.

smell - Lots of hops here, you sure this is a Mchelob?

taste - Lots of hops here, but just the right amount for me.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking, pretty impressed by AB here. Good job.

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Photo of phishgator
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is pale, medium carbonation, and a thin white head that dissipates and laces quickly. The aroma is a little bland, but you can smell European hops come through. The taste is that drying, crisp ale that you expect from an English Pale Ale. The mouthfeel has a nice medium body. A good session brew that I am impressed that this came from AB!

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Photo of aristeros
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow-amber into my pint glass with a generous white head that fades to about a finger in height with some lacing. Carbonation is evident, and good clarity. Decent appearance overall that exceeds expectations.

Sweet fruit in the nose, a slight floral scent, a little grass. No hops in the nose at all, but not adjuncts, either.

The first sip is smooth, but not crisp like I was hoping for. I'm hit with citrus rinds, a decent amount of cascade hops. Pleasantly bitter, moderate carbonation, almost too much.

Could easily down several of these; not the APA I prefer, but certainly enough character to be interesting. Considering the source and the price--6.99 for a six-pack--it's a decent offering and I'd come back to it if I wanted a pale ale and had only macros to choose from.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +25%
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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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 allengarvin
3.82/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a crystal clear, pale orange color with a modest head. Aroma is light but pleasant, with some grassy hops and faintly toasty malt. Flavor is well-balanced, with plenty grass, floral hops, moderate bitterness, and low to moderate malt character. A bit thin-bodied, with neutral texture and medium carbonation.

Definitely the best of the Michelob "craft beer" line, this is a very drinkable, above average session beer. It doesn't stand out well among microbrewed pale ales, of which there is an abundance of riches, but just imagine if Anheuser-Busch had brewed this beer 25 or 30 years ago... points for them finally getting it right though.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.82/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.99 for a 6'er. Brewed with two row pale malt, carapils, and caramel malt. Hopped with Hallertau, Saaz, and dry hopped with Cascade. OG=13.9, 37 IBU's, 5.5% ABV.

Pours out to a clear medium amber, forming a modest off yellow head with average retention and good lacing. Moderate carbonation. The nose is lightly hoppy (not as hoppy as expected for the typical microbrew pale ale), with a light delicate suggestion of fruity esters and lightly toasted malts. When swirled, one begins to detect some green leafy character and sour milk. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well balanced. Taste opens with a light floral and herbaceous hop flavor, which is followed by a clean and brief mild malt middle, suggestions of toast and crackers, then a nice mild bitterness balances it out and ends with a delicate hop aftertaste. Cleanly fermented.

This is a very mild Pale Ale, more in the English tradition than the American micro brew tradition. It is well balanced and easy to drink and serves as a good, although light, example of the British tradition minus the sometimes cardboardy and butterscotch qualities of the latter. Decent.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden-orange with about a one finger slightly off-white head and leaves nice lacing.

S: Bright citrus, pine, and earth hop notes with a bit of caramel in the background.

T: Earthy and piney with a bit of grapefruit with some backbone of caramel malts. There is a spicy quality that grows as you drink it. This actually leans slightly more hoppy than malty.

M: Smooth and creamy with a nice medium body and long dry but hoppy finish.

D: This is an easy drinker with only the spiciness that creeps up on you. This is a very nice English style pale ale.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle BornOn August 16, 2006, bought (individually!) at Florian's in Auburn. Mostly clear amber-yellow body with a little less than an inch of offwhite head. As the beer is drank, it leaves pretty impressive lacing Smells equal parts malty and hoppy. Tastes malty (caramel?) with some hop presence, though not as much in the flavor as in the aroma - just enough to balance and support the malt. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, having somewhat of an aqueous quality to it. Still a pleasant and drinkable beer that beats the socks off of Michelob's more popular offerings.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. light pale orange in color with a small head that retains a bit. no lace.

s. actually smells very nice. cascade hops are prominant with some sweet malts.

t. a nice roasted malt backing to support a piney cascade hop profile. well balanced and hoppy for an english pale. must be the dry hop. a bit one dimensional, but good for what it is.

m. heavily carbonated and crisp. hops have a drying effect in the finish.

d. a pretty solid drinking fresh english pale here. i could session this with my hop head friends. a well done beer by michelob and ab/inbev.

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Photo of Dapperticus
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.72/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tell me i'm wrong here. but if you had the option of a 6 of dead guy or a mixed 12 of michelob with the ryepa (one of my first creations as a brewer), a pale, a porter, and a wheat for only a dollar more, wouldn't you do it? for all you rogue apologists out there, it was a no contest. so i rang in the new year drinking bottles of michelob, surprised that, on this new year of twenty X, i was not the one with the ridiculous beers gettin everybody all wet. this beer is basically the english pale version of sierra nevada. a little drier, same cascade flavor, pretty drinkable (everything in that pack was pretty good), just not as good as sierra nevada. you know, a decent session beer. if that session was new year's eve and it was followed by pounding shitty champagne and watching my friend throw up in his mouth in the back seat of a car and refusing our insistence that we pull the car over for him. we did get him out and he unleashed. hero of the new year.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color was Golden-honey orange. Medium sized head with good lacing action.

The aroma of malts,hops and some light citrus hints.
The taste was sweet,touch of butter,mild malts and some citrus bitterness in the finish. The feel was light body and carbonation. It was thin with some watery tones in the finish.

Notes: A decent beer. Just made it to average status and I would not turn this away at a party,but I simply will not seek it out. Every now and then during the summer I will buy a few and even share them with friends.

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Photo of chaunur
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, nice pale orange color with a light colored 1/2 in head. Very subtle aroma with a slightly grainy smell. Pleasantly surprised at the flavor, wasn't expecting much but felt it is a fair represention of an English Pale Ale. Very nice smooth feel, with just the right amount of carbonation, Could easily have several of these. While not a fan of the Evil Brewing Empire I was impressed

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold. One finger plus white head with very good retention and laceing. Aroma is of fruity grassy hops. Body is light and carbonated. Taste has a slight bready sweetness up front, but then all hops. Bitter finish. I have had much worse..

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