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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 Brettster
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. This pours a golden amber color with a one finger head that faded very fast. The beer is moderately carbonated with a good constant flow of bubbles. It has a sweet malty smell with a slight hint of hops and spice. It has a fairly citrucy hoppy taste in the front but a watery finish. Not well balanced. It is very light bodied ale. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of Mardukk
2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with very limited head, very bubbly.

Smells of lightly toasted malt and maybe a hint of citrus hop.

The taste is quite light on malt with an ok citrus hop bite in the finish. The bitter hop bite seems to be unbalanced and not appealing. On the finish it leaves a bit of a yeasty budweiser like aftertaste. This also finishes dry.

Very light bodied with high carbonation for the style.

I suppose the drinkability is fairly high as this is very light. The only aspect that really hurts the drinkability would be the high carbonation...it's not smooth.

Overall, a pretty poor attempt at a Pale Ale even for AB. I will not seek this out in the future.

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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 mjurney
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Amber golden color, clear, lots of carbonation, soapy head, lacing is fair.
[Smell]: Not much aroma, maybe some hint of caramel and citrus hops.
[Taste]: Malty up front, some hint of caramel, finish off citrus/floral from the hops.
[Mouthfeel]: Light bodied, carbonation is very strong, clean and crisp finish.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of number1bum
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper color with about two fingers of light beige head. Keeps a thin lace and leaves some good webbing on the sides.

Smell starts with some floral and light citrusy hops, then gives way to some caramel, grain, and a slightly metallic aroma. Has a buttery quality to it as well. Not bad.

Taste is pretty straightforward, with a buttery caramel malt base, a bit of grain, and some subtle citrus and grassy hop flavor. Very modest bitterness in the finish. It's simple but clean and has enough flavor to make it pretty drinkable.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of a medium body, is crisp and pretty smooth. Drying in the finish.

Nothing spectacular here but an entirely decent, drinkable pale ale. I prefer one with more hop character, but for an English style pale this isn't too bad. I prefer this to the Rye PA actually.

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mostly of hops, some malts. Taste is hoppy with some notes of citrus, finishing a tad bitter. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly decent brew.

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Photo of nickd717
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at my company holiday party. A little underrated on here possibly due to anti-macro bias. This doesn't blow that hard!

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a one-finger white head.

Aroma is bready malts, caramel, and a little citrus fruit.

Flavor is not bad at all. Bready pale and caramel malt, tropical fruit notes, and mild citrusy and floral hops. Really not hoppy at all for the style, but pleasant nonetheless. I would put this more into the amber ale category - or maybe English Pale Ale isn't that far off.

Medium-light body with a pretty standard, unexciting mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.37/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent light brown color. The head is thin and fizzy and dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hoppy with a hint of butteriness as well. Has a slight earthy smell to it as well.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness up front followed by a sweet malty finish. Leaves a sickly sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: A sub-par pale ale. Don't bother.

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Photo of mjaskula
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a Michelob Mix pack, it was the most interesting thing available at the time. Trying to review with an open mind.

Served in a pint glass. Pours a nice clear amber with a tannish head and some decent lacing. The head thins to a ring, and the lacing give up halfway through.

The aroma is decent and balanced with both malt and hops. The flavor is alright. There's quite a bit a green apple type tartness that was distracting. Beyond that the hop bitterness and malt seemed to be in good balance.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. It would be a good session beer if it weren't for the green apple.

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Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

agressive pour gives a golden carmel with a 3 finger head that coats the glass with lacing

smells good carmel bready malts and citrus hops

taste - ?? i just the the rye pa which they caled an IPA - now this beer the call an EPA???

to me this has bock/apa all over it - like the nose bready and carmel malts that soem hops - taste ok just not an eglish pale to me

mouthfeel is ok - just a bit too sticky for me - i want a lighter pale

drinkabiltiy - while better then most AB brews still better pales out there

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Photo of nasty15108
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a oint glass. Part of the Brewmasters Collection 12pk.

A - Poured a slightly hazy orange color. The thin head of white foam quickly subsided into a soapy film that spotty lacing.

S - Slightly Macro aroma up front, but with decent hints of malt and citrus. Slightly bready with light hints of honey.

T - Malty (biscuit)with difinite hints of citric hoppiness. Finishes off dry.

MF&D - Overall I was plesantly suprised with this beer. I went in not expecting too much, but this beer had plenty of flavor and it was really easy to drink.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle that came from one of the mixed 12 packs. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a light copper colored body with a centimeter of eggshell colored head. the head vanishes almost instantly and leaves behind the smallest spots of lacing. lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of my glass.

S- very subtle. semi sweet caramel malts. slight graininess. at the end there is a very small hint of citrus (grapefruit) hops. i was expecting more from this seeing as how the bottle brags about the cascade dry hopping.

T- after the initial letdowns that were the appearance and nose, the taste stages a small comeback. for one its much stronger than the smell would indicate. caramel malts upfront and a decently strong citrus hop finish.

M- light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. crisp and clean. refreshing.

D- easy enough to finish and something that would probably go over well with the typical BMC crowd. not the best example of the style, but ive certainly had worse.

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Photo of budgood1
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a copperish bronze hue with a decent frothy head and minimal lacing. the nose is a nice balance between sweet sugary maltiness and a fair dose of floral hoppiness...a hint of spiciness is present also. the taste is rather bland and somewhat boring compared to most other pale ales, but it does submit some nice caramel malt flavours and a pleasant yet understated flowery hop taste. it's a touch citrusy and spicy, but without any lingering bitterness to accentuate the hop bill the beer falls apart. medium body and lightish mouthfeel don't help anything get better. drinkability is good...sessionable and would wash down some grub just fine.

another AB concoction aimed at the masses and not those whose taste might be the slight bit discerning.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.03/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a profoundly boring beer - A great big glass of nothing.

Pours thin, clear golden, with a slightly rusty tint, with a head that comes and goes like a whisper of wind. The aroma is slight - there is beer in this glass, but that's about as much as I can tell. The flavor is even more pallid - sweet, medicinal, slightly grainy, but ultimately empty. There is just nothing there worth noting. There is a slightly sour bitterness on the finish, but not much to remark on. The mouthfeel is mercifully thin and insubstantial.

You will not hate this beer, but you may have trouble telling you ever tried it.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold from a bottle to a glass on 10-04-09

A - Very nice brown tint, with 2 fingers of foam, lots of Carbonation

S - Strong sweet (like citrus juice) hop smell, couldn't pick out any malt

T - Light bodied but smooth flavored but a distinct dry/bitter after taste

M - Smooth flavored with a touch of grain, smooth going down though

D - Pretty drinkable if you get over the dry/bitter after taste. A brew that I enjoy for an evening but don't plan to make it a regular choice

Part of a multi-pack by Michelob, wouldn't go out of my way to buy again even if it was a single sale.

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Photo of mwa423
3.56/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got in the fall ale sampler pack. I couldn't resist not trying their bavarian wheat or rye pale ale.

A - Pours with a very clear dark copper with a finger of fluffy white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Very malty with only a hint of hop. The maltiness had the same sweet twang as I have gotten from some of my extract beers.

T - Malty sweet with a slight bite of hop on the aftertaste. Some hints of banana and spice somewhere in the middle. A good solid example of an English Pale.

M/D - Mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired but is suitable for a session beer (something this is absolutely supposed to be), and really the easy drinking nature of this beer gives it the higher drinkability score.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber, with a nice finger of white head, some lace.

S: Light piney hops, some malt.

T: Much sweeter than expected, nice caramel notes, light earthy finish from the hops. Taste seems watered down though, it's not vibrant.

M: Light-bodied for the style. Really weird finish, it gets really thin and ends with a big burst of carbonation, not fun.

D: This is on the lower end of the spectrum for pale ales, there's really nothing to recommend it except for the fact that it's cheap.

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Photo of baseballrock
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - mostly clear beer that is copper in color. minimal head with little lace left on the glass.

s - a hoppy auroma that has some hints of malty sweetness.

t - an average hop bitterness that finishes really clean and smooth. the hop flavor has the piney and floral taste that i tend to expect from cascade hops.

mouthfeel - light and crisp

drinkability - because of the clean crisp flavors and mouthfeel it makes a very drinkable beer. when i bought this beer for the first time i was on a fishing vacation on the alabama coast. this beer turned out to be the perfect pair for my week of killer fishing.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. Born on 09051 - Feb. 26th, '09.

A - Crystal clear golden hue with copper accents, I poured this pale ale poured a bit vigorously and it released a billowing bone-colored head. Good retention kept it around for a good amount of time and as it grew lumpy with recession, weak specks of lacing were left on the glass.

S - The cascade hops impart a wonderful citrus and pine bouquet into this beer that shines proudly with a floral hint and a backbone of lightly present pale malts. A boozy hint came out towards the end of the beer.

T - A semi-sweet malty and partially grainy flavor is a good backbone to this beer that allows the hops to open up a bit more with out poor balance. The Cascade hops are definitely felt more on the nose than the in the flavor but still have a good citrus-pine bouquet. A clean but watery finish with a lightly dry texture ends the flavor.

M - Slick and watery, it's a bit smooth from a little lack of carbonation and the hops incorporate a dry finish. Not really bitter at all. Definitely a lighter bodied beer.

D - Probably one of the best A-B beer's I've had. The hops definitely perk up this otherwise mediocre beer. It goes down well and tastes fine doing so. A win for them in my book. Even with its age the hops still shine. Good brew.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
2.71/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured amber in color with orange hues and a thick light tan head. Head settled nicely with some lacing.

S: Light roasty malt with light caramel and bread aroma. Orange, citrus and pine hop notes.

T: Light buttery roasted malt with semi-sweet caramel. Hops are present and in balance with some pine and citrus flavors. Not complex or real flavorful.

M: Medium to light body with moderate carbonation.

D: Not outstanding in any way but a good one to introduce to those who are still fearful of new beers. Not one of Michelobs best but still drinkable when the beer is cold and it is hot out.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden copper color with a thin white foam head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Some pine resin and the slightest amount of citrus aromas. Doesn't really smell that hoppy.

T- A bit of bitterness but not as much as many other Pale Ales. A decent showing of spice and some masked citrus flavors. Some grassy grain flavors as well as some caramel.

M- Light bodied (almost watery) with ok carbonation.

D- Not a bad attempt by A-B. I would drink it again but I wouldn't search it out.

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Photo of apwilla
3.62/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

i see this on TV all the time, i saw an ad in 'all about beer' touting that its dry-hopped. if they are dry hopping it, they're just wasting good hops. Now to be clear, I have a bottle purchased in utah, a three-two state, so its only 4% abv. Some big brewers seem to reformulate, and others seem to just water down the national product. I hope this is a case of the latter, because this beer is powerful weak tasting, very thin with very little mouthfeel. a decent hoppy aroma, but it doesn't come through in the taste. the hops smelly a little woody, makes sense, it says 'English style' on the label, so no big American citrus or pine.
pretty drinkable though, overall. a bit of session appeal.

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Photo of kdog630
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For a 'dry hopped' pale ale, this lacks any real hop aroma to speak of. As an AB offering, I wasn't really expecting one.

That said, it does have a nice malty aroma and flavor. Reminds me more of an English style pale than an American pale. Maybe if they used more than a few ounces of Cascade hops, the aroma and finish would be there.

I probably won't buy another six-pack of this one, but if it is the only decent offering on tap, it is still a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Code 09051 VA30; Sampled May 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a frothy, four-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, burnished copper hue that has some large bubbles rising up through it. The aroma has a metallic, cheap beer, hop note to it that is really not all that appealing. Underneath this there is a faint citrus component as well as a crystal malt note that contributes some toasted grain notes as well as a touch of caramelized malt sugars. The citrus notes pick up a bit of a boost after some time, and it seems to lose that objectionable up front note as well. The nose is not bad, but certainly didn't start off on the right note.

My first sip is dry up front with a touch of sweetness towards the middle. Subsequent sips have a touch more crystal malt sweetness, but this remains on the dry side of the spectrum. There is a touch of a hop bite to the finish, as well as a nice herbal hop presence. Citrus hop notes are here, if somewhat muted, and contribute notes similar to orange oil and some grapefruit notes. A touch of biscuit like maltiness is noticeable here at times and the body is nice and light enough to be easily within style. There is a touch of metallic hop character in the finish here, but it is not always noticeable.

Not bad, but I was hoping for more, the beer just doesn't deliver the hop character that I really like in a good Pale Ale. Having said that this is more of an old school American Pale Ale; ten years ago this would have been a decently hoppy version of the style.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.49/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown long-neck Michelob bottle with no noticeable bottling/freshness date. Poured into an American pint glass. Served at cellar temp (by leaving it out of the fridge for about a half hour before serving).

Pours a clear rusty reddish-brown with minimal white head, yet average lacing around the edges. A few bubbly caps stick around.

Quite a bit coming from the hops in the nose. Citrus, interesting sweet/floral bouquet, bread/biscuit malt, and a clean zest towards the end.

Quite a few layers going on. The malt is very bread-like and is noticeable up front, followed by citrus, fruity esters, spices, and is finished with a clean crisp hop bitterness. A bit of a dry finish with plenty of hops in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel.

Tried this one very cold and straight out of the fridge once; I thought it was pretty decent. But now that I've let it warm up before reviewing it, I've noticed a huge change in aroma and palate.
The bouquet is much stronger and the fruity esters are quite noticeable. Not the most exquisite pale ale, but quite enjoyable. And, as always, is well worth the price ($10 for a variety 12-pack).
If you let this beer warm up a bit and allow the true profile to come forth, this could be a great beer for pairing with some seriously strong flavors. Try it with different burgers (i.e. bleu cheese burger, bacon burger, California burger, etc.) or sandwiches/salads with strong cheeses and dressings.


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Michelob Pale Ale from Anheuser-Busch
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