Michelob Pale Ale | Anheuser-Busch

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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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Photo of jp32
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is golden amber in color with an average head. The nose is of citrus hops, not strong, but they're evident.

The taste is simple. A few citrus hops, and a slight bitterness. Just enough flavor to keep me drinking it without complaining. Its excellent considering it comes from A-B, but for an american pale ale, its really nothing special. A nice alternative to A-B's other offerings, but nothing I would race to the store to get more of.

The mouthfeel is average, has moderate body. A little more would be nice, but not expected.

The drinkability is good. Much more drinkable and enjoyable than other beers from michelob, bud, coors, etc. Overall, maybe an average beer, but I was a little suprised to find A-B put out something decent.

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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 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 GuinnessHero
1.57/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this in the sampler pack. Most of them were good, but this is an exception.

Appearance - About piss-coloured, typical light ale colouring, nothing special here.

Smell - Alcohol, and rice.

Taste - Oh my god, I can't express how bad this was. I could only actually down this if I chugged it in 3 gulps. Absoutley awful.

Mouthfeel - Very short aftertaste, thank god. I wasn't offended as bad as some at this part.

Drinkability - I couldn't drink more than one of these a night. For where it was coming from, I would actually prefer Bud Light over something like this.

Notes - The sampler pack this year contained mostly good things. This, the lager, the honey lager, and the pumpkin spice ale all did not impress me much.

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2.28/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light amber wheat colored body hosts a decent foamy pale tan head.

Nose is very faint with maybe a bit of vanilla wheat and a hint of unripe mellon. But where are the hops?

Enters the mouth very "pale" crisp and limp. Twords the end of the palate there are some characteristics that develop, like a short nutty feel and a slight bitter that resembles a dry hopped effect.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.52/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The pour was an impressive orange/light amber with a two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a thin white ring around the top of the beer.

The smell was nearly non-existent. As it warmed slightly you could pick up on very light malt sweetness mixed with even lighter hop spice.

The drink started with very sharp carbonation followed by malt sweetness and a clean crisp finish.

If one could find a seperate catagory for this beer it might rate better but to me it's nothing like a pale ale should be. There was no sharp hop hit in the front and no lingering taste afterward. Still a very drinkable beer and better than most other A-B offerings but to me not a good example of pale ale.

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Photo of bubrewer
2.52/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was very interested to try this "Pale Ale" after I read in the accompanying literature that it is "brewed with Pacific Northwest Hallertau, Saaz, and Tettnang." Last I knew those were all continental (as in European continent) and although they are grown here, are not generally referred to as "Pacific Northwest" hops.

This beer pours orange, with a light orange head. The head remains better than is typical for A-B beers, but not nearly as long as almost any micro.

Since aroma is a big part of a Pale Ale, I took my time to examine the expected symphony of smells and found.... nothing. Aroma is almost absent, and they claim to have "dry hopped with saaz." The saaz spiciness is lacking in both aroma and flavor, so I guess their hopping rates are still well below craft and homebrew.

Flavor is unremarkable. Not much in the way of hops; the malt is a bit carmelly and finishes sweet. There is a bit of a bitter edge from early hop additions, but not enough to offset the sweetness to bring this beer into balance.

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Photo of chilidog
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up this sample pack alittle late in the season. I got it on sale for two reasons, this Pale Ale & the glasses.
The pale poured a good looking solid gold color with a super fluff large head. As it sets itself up a nice cool looking web of lace forms on the glass.Very nice.
The aroma was of malted grain and sweet fruits. The taste starts out malty grain-like with a slight hop finish.
Over-all drinkablity is average for I thought it to be abit thin on body and abit sweet from all that malt for the Pale I was expecting. Thisone for AB is fair, but over-all falls abit short.

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Photo of jvajda
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper color and big head that stuck around for a while. Surprisingly nice lacing as well.
Smell: Dark hop notes in the nose.
Taste: Much more than I expected from an AB brew. Not on par with a Sierra Nevada PA or other comparables, but this is the best Michelob beer I've ever had. Crisp, with dark hop notes, almost like an English Pale Ale. Not bad at all.
Mouthfeel: A little too carbonated and alive.
Drinkability: Who knew? I'll have another if I can find it.

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Photo of palma
3.01/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very impressed with the appearance but not much else. Pale yellow body with an amber hue. Good size head that looked very fizzy at first and then evolved into a smooth and fluffy cap. Very good retention. Leaves lace rings that really stick to the glass well. Aroma is citrus and light floral hops.
Sweet citrus flavor up front followed by a low dose of hops. Fruity notes in the middle leading to a dry, but bland finish. Then a sour aftertaste which gets worse as the beer warms (this seems to be the problem with many AB beers)
Mouthfeel is thin and over carbonated. Not good.
Drinkable? yes. Enjoyable? maybe on a good day.

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Photo of HardTarget
1.84/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This completes my series of the Michelob Seasonal Sampler
Same 12 oz brown twisty with a born on date of 30OCT04
“Brewed with pacific northwest hallertau, saaz and tettnang hop cones and a variety of malts” “All malt, dry hopped”
Aroma: Same yeasty aroma I noted in all the others. Even though this is “all malt” I still smell corn
Appearance: Very clear pale orange with a nice head of white that left lace.
Flavor: What Michelob would taste like if they called it a pale ale. No hop taste all all, just a cardboard box left to collect yeast.
Mouthfeel: Medium, fizzy.
Overall Impression: So disappointing. This whole package was just the same beer with slight modifications. I think I figured out the marketing angle. It’s to show Michelob drinkers “Look, it all tastes the same, nothing really worth getting worked up about, you should just stick to your Michelob”. THEY LIE. Michelob drinkers, click on the “Best of BA” link to the left, drink ANY of them. See the light. Take the red pill. Question authority!

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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 jimdkc
2.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium gold color with a smallish white head that quickly fades to a thin ring. Mild malt aroma with very little hint of hops... I'd really expect a lot more nose from a dry-hopped pale ale! Sour malt flavor with some hop bitterness on the finish... more than your average macro, but certainly not a lot! Aftertaste is sour with just a hint of Saaz flavor. Medium-thin mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, but just makes you want a real pale ale!

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

Light gold (unfiltered?) with an off white head, decent carbonation, decent head and decent lace for a macro. Faint hop aroma at first is drowned out by malts. Malty character dominates with no hop flavor but balance seems good. Light-medium bodied with a crisp malty dry finish.

Not a bad macro but not a great pale ale... I really wish A-B would step up and attempt to make a real one so the masses can begin to try the style...

Per Label: "All Malt" & "Dry Hopped with Saaz Hop Cones" & "Brewed with NW Hallertau, Saaz, and Tettnang"

Born On: 10/21/04
Tasted: 12/27/04

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Michelob Winter Sampler. Appearance is the color of copper with decent head. The aroma is of standard beer smell, no adjunct stink. Taste is fairly balanced, but oddly, the malts are more apparent than the hops. Hops do have an initial bite, but fizzle out. Michelob Pale Ale is easily sessionable and probably a good conversion beer for a newbie. However, this beer doesn't quite fit the profile for an APA. This needs more assertive hops to adequately produce the style. I'd buy it if it were available as a cheap sixer in my area.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear deep golden color with a creamy white head. Spotty lacing down the glass. It has better head retention then I thought it would. The aroma is light in caramel malts with a slightly spicy hop smell. It also has a bit of grain in the aroma too. The flavor is lightly malty with a slight citrus hop flavor and bitterness. All in all a pretty light, easy drinking brew. Not too impressive.

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Photo of carln26
2.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This poured more gold than copper or amber. I expect a little more color from a true pale ale. Just a little cream colored head, and lace to speak of. Same for the aroma. Nothing. A dull hop character, and maybe just a hint of malt. The taste was just a subtle variation of the mindless lager character AB puts into all of their mainstream beers. It did have just a touch more fruit than you see from their beers, but nothing more. A thin watery mouth feel. I’m not drinking anymore of these. Back to the Bells I got for Christmas.

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Photo of mynie
2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pretty gold, almost amber, with a nice head. That head don't last tool long, though.

Smells surprisingly hoppy. Pretty nice, but not complicated in the least.

A little bit of bitter hops up front. Just a taste. Then you go right into the not too nice Michelob malt. No aftertaste. Nothing complex.

Decent mouthfeel and it goes down smooth.

This would be a great pale ale for a beginner. If you know someone who thinks that Sam Adams is too bitter, give them a swig of this.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
2.16/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours golden/orange has no head and no lacing visible. The aroma is very faint but what I could detect was a floral-like hop. The taste was bitter and dry the same floral-like hops flavor the beer. The beer is medium bodied but sa far as drinkability goes I couldn't/wouldn't drink this on a regular basis.

Reflection: This was given to me as a gift so I'm going to do my best to finish it but I can't recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a pale malt scent with a slight hop bitterness. It has a skunky kind of aroma to it as well as being quite dry. The taste is average as well. It has a grainy pale malt flavor with a dry and skunky aftertaste. The dry hopping does little to entice me here. The hops are very suttle and appear in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average pale ale. I really wish if these macro brewers were going to brew quality beers they would use a little more hops and open the malt selection up to more than just the basic pale base grain, god knows they can afford it.

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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 proc
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a light amber in the glass with a decent head. Light aroma of caramel and citrus. The taste is average for the style with a slight hop bitterness present that just doesn't get all the way there, flavorwise, on the palate. If AB would put a bit more hops in this, it would be a decent quaffer, but very average in its current form.

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