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 happygnome
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
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 +6.8%
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 -7.4%
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 -19.1%
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 +6.1%
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 Ottertude
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +18.1%
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 +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 beerthulhu
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -5.8%
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 -18.8%
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 -10.7%
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 -48.5%
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 WJVII
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -15.2%
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 +9.1%
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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Photo of Brettster
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -7.8%
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 +20.4%
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 -2.9%
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 +17.5%
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 +2.9%
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%
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 -23.3%
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 -4.2%
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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Michelob Pale Ale from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 297 ratings