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 Wheelinb
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a whole lot going on here but not a bad beer either. It pours with a clear brown color and about two fingers worth of head. I did not get much smell from this at all even after swirling it around. While there is more flavor here than a regular Michelob the difference is only slight. A bit more hops but nothing bold. It is crisp and you could drink several of these, especially with food.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.79/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Bell's pint glass

A - pours with a healthy three fingers of head. Clear orangish-amber in appearance

S - Not much to speak of, a little malty sweetness. Suprising, because the bottle states it is dry-hopped. My wife just smelled this beer. She felt it had a "light beer scent".

T - Floral, soapy hoppiness dominated. I'm also picking up a metallic twinge of aftertaste that I've detected in other Michelob beers.

M - fizzy, dissipates quickly, no real lingering mouthfeel

D - it's ok. There is nothing here that I really crave that drives me to take another sip, but nothing terribly offensive either.

Solidly average. Not a bad beer, but nothing I'd seek out. I've enjoyed this more than the other Michelob offerings that I've tried

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, a good amount of grassy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is decently balanced with a burst of hops up front that is quickly followed by the sweetness of caramel and citrus, also a touch of smokiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I was a bit skeptical toward this beer but was pleasantly surprised to find that it is a pretty solid beer overall.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected worse...

Good beer. Tastes like a mixture of an American pale ale and an English pale ale. It DID have the crispand oily mouthfeel I look for in this style. It lacked a strong hop character which is where this beer suffers.

Overall I would recommend this beer if you can find it at a very bargained price like I did at a closeout rack. Much better than your regular Michelobs and better than something like a Shock-Top but there are many better options I can think of at $8.00 a 6-pack.

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Photo of daledeee
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this as part of a rebate deal. I was pleasantly surpirsed that AB is trying to move into the specialty beer market.

This beer pours slightly darker than a macro lager with a medium head.

The nose is slightly citrus and pine.

Taste is hops with citrus and pine. Overall there is not quite enough balance to give this a higher rating. Drinkability is pretty good but just not quite fulfilling compared to what is out there.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a mixed 12 pack. Tried to keep this in context and rate it for the style, English Pale Ale, not APA.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a clear, coppery orangish liquid. My pour produces a decent head, nearing 1 inch in height. Head fades to a ring that leaves limited lacing.

Smell: Some decent floral hop aromas, with a hint of lemony citrus scent as well. Aromas lean toward hop related scents, likely due to the dry hopping of the beer with Cascade hops.

Taste: While I was expecting a lightly hopped, low flavor beer, (hops supplied just for aroma) I was pleasantly surprised that I was mistaken. Instead I got a decently balanced EPA. A good caramelly malt backs up the decent hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A lively well carbonated beer, that is a bit light in body. Prickly on the tongue, but steers clear of being watery.

Drinkability: A surprising beer in that it has some decent flavor, good for an EPA. Although I think I would know the A, S, and T numbers down 0.5 if I were rating this for an APA, I just expect more for the APA style I guess. I would have this again.

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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 jsprain1
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours pretty amber and with a decent head. Not a terrible looking pale, almost looks like an amber.
S- Smell isn't overwhelming. Smells like a cookie with some hop to it. A decent smell but pretty reserved.
T- Taste follows smell. Starts pretty sweet, almost like a cookie. Then there is a nice bit of light hop taste. There is however a weird soapy undertone. Not enough to ruin it, but just kind of a weird thing going on. Like if a painter painted on a grey canvas.
M- Not bad. Enough weight to lend it some gravity but not viciously heavy. The hops exist but aren't overly drying like some beers.
D- A very drinkable pale that I quite honestly like. I know there is often talk about bmc products and how their pseudo-craft brews are hacks, but this one isn't bad. Michelob doesn't do it for me but this beer and it's amber bock might keep the company in fair esteem for me. This is a semi-regular purchase for me when I don't want to have to overanalyze the beer. Michelob just is... If they use that in a campaign slogan you heard it here first.

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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 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 schellsbeer
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hey what do you expect...Macro Beer...Macro Price....but pretty darn tasty if I must say so my self. On a hot afternoon just sitting around, this is a great beer. Not too heavy, not too thin and has some nice flavors going for it. Sure it isn't a Heavy Hops beer but come on...Good for what it is meant to be. Will it take over Bigfoot any time soon...Yeah right but for $8 a mixed 12 pack, you really can't go wrong. Give it a try. Since these are pasteurized, won't go bad all summer so I have my lawn mowing beer ready to go.

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

12oz bottle. Pours clear amber with an eggshell head. Pretty resilient, actually. Smells faintly of grassy hops and with only a hint of malt. Bitterness in the flavor--like hops oils are present but without much taste. Biscuity malt background. Clean tasting with a dry finish. Nice body with good carbonation. As is the case with most of the Michelob "craft" series, it's not offensive, just doesn't have a lot of merit.

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Photo of roan22
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My stepdad bought a Michelob variety case for his card night buddies, and had a few in the fridge. After reading about the dry hopped pale ale on the information card included in the case, I wanted to try it [Hell may have just frozen over].

Brewed with Saaz and Hallertau hops and Dry hopped with cascades. 37 IBU.

Appearance: A filtered orange color with an inch thick head, some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: there was a fragrant aroma present, but I wasn't that fond of it personally. Perfumy flowery hops, some notes of sour bread, and banana. Lacked a citrus presence to me in the nose.

Taste: notes of caramel maltiness, spicyness from the hops, then a peppery note from the booze which are all nice. The semi sour breadiness in the aftertaste I am not a fan of. It is not unbalanced enough for me to really love it.

Drinkability: Goes great with dinner. I was eating pork medallions, apple stuffing, a sweet potato and string beans. Other than that its not something I would actively seek out unless I wanted a break from hops or there was nothing but BMC available. The 5.5% alcohol improves the experience of drinking a Michelob, I have to say.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.51/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a 1/2 inch off-white rocky head that forms a 1/4 inch permanent layer. Hazy orange-amber color. Aroma is rather weak and slightly favors malt over hops. Flavor is a balanced blend of sweet malt and noble hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes with lingering malt and a distinct fruity, biscuitlike aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium. A solid pale ale that looks like an APA, smells like an EPA and drinks well.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice amber color and pretty decent head retetion, but I deducted some because it just looks thin when you swish it around in the glass.

Smells nice. Nice citrusy hop spark to it.

Something is missing in the flavor though. Dry-hopping comes through in the finish, but malt is significantly lacking. Has kind of a metallic flavor almost.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Not as thin as I thought it would be.

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Photo of 1fastz28
2.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

looks pretty good out of the bottle, has a decent light brown color to it with a big head, and then the foam dissipates quickly. smell is weak, not very hoppy or malty, has a small aroma of citrus but thats really about it. taste is ok, not like a true pale ale should, needs to have more body, its like a 3/4's pale ale, needs more malt and more hops. mouthfeel is watery and probably the worst part about the beer. its ok, but AB can do better

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pry-off bottle...nice ditty about an English-style pale brewed and dry-hopped with Cascade hops...

Appearance: Nice light burnt orange beer with a decent ivory cap which has nice staying power and patchy lace...medium lazy carbonation constantly rising

Smell: Citrusy/floral cascade hops up front...light, but fairly prominent at the same time...just a bit of sweet malt behind it...it's kind of like a typical pale ale, but lighter

Taste: Again, hops up front. The hops are slightly citrusy, but the beer has a metallic twang on the finish...there are mild biscuit/caramel flavors, but these are very slight and in the background.

Mouthfeel: A bit light for the style

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Not a classic English Pale Ale by any means, yet this is tasty and is a decent stab at the style (though the Cascade usage is a bit odd) for a macro-brewery. Not worth searching out, but worth drinking if you happen to find it.

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Photo of mempath
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
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 albern
2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Good Lord, I approached this beer with a completely open mind, but can't A-B make anything that doesn't taste like it is mass produced homogenized crap. The beer looks pretty good, with a nice amber color, a small but respectable creamy off white head, some lacing and retention. The nose on the beer is a bit earthy, grainy, and crystal malt. There is a bit of a adjunct lager type smell to it as well, maybe a bit of grainy husk. It's an okay aroma.

The taste is dreadful. It is dry, bland, and makes my mouth pucker and cringe at the same time. There is a cracked graininess to the beer but it has no sweetness, there is a cardboard like hop presence here, and none of the charms of the malt comes through with this beer. It is just a hard beer to get down and I'm pouring this one down the drain. Let no one claim I didn't give this an honest accounting.

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.63/5  rDev -47.1%
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 bmwats
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Dark golden/light amber. Light carbonation pours into a half finger, bubbly, off-white, head. Settles fairly quickly leaving a little spotting bubbles. Beer-ring lacing remains as you drink.

S: Light malt, heavy hops, pine and citrus. A little soapy.

T: Really hoppy, and piny.

M: Sharpness makes you pucker a bit. Lightly metallic aftertaste. Light bodied, but filling flavor.

D: Good to sip. Light enough to power through, too. Whatever floats your boat.

Really solid atmosphere. Flavor is pretty basic, as is expected with this style, but full. Light bodied, but sharp, and metallic. Good drinkability. Overall, nice quaff.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another beer in the Michelob family, in an attempt to attract beer geeks and folks who are interested in something more interesting than light beer. On to the beer:

Clean body with a bunch of carbonation bubbles racing to the top, paleish orange color. Good looking head, it's holding up pretty well so far. Quite clean to the nose, faint buttery and citric notes. To taste....like an English/American mix. The buttery diacetyl is pleasant, with a sharp, but low flavored bitterness. Slight hop leaf note, and dull pine. Good mouthfeel...lightly carbonated, somewhat creamy. Diacteyl sticks to the palate in the aftertaste.

The bitterness is good, but provides little flavor. Stick with the porter or dunkelweiss is you're looking for a Michelob craft offering.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-copper body topped with a thin, whitish head.

Smell: Mild, lightly sweetish aroma smelling of basic pale malts, Noble hops, and hints of citrus.

Taste: Common, sweetish pale maltiness with merely a minor presence of caramel. Spicy hops, a secondary touch of citrus, and a balancing bitterness. Finishes drying, clean, and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though it's by no means great, it still remains an acceptable, even sufficient little pale ale.

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

Pours a nice 1 finger head with good retention and a nice orange color.

Smell is of some mild cascades and caramel malts.

Caramel malt sweetness comes through. It's just not very good, I don't know how to describe it. It's sort of a dryness with a bit of cloying sweetness and a bit of hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel is decently crisp, but finishes somewhat dry.

This beer just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of ps42
3.56/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It looks damn good in my tapered pint glass. It pours an amber color with a moderate white head. It retains some lace after the head dissipates.

Smell - Smells like hops... high quality hops at that. Its hard to get anything else beyond that though.

Taste - Just as indicated by the smell, the hops are very prominent in this brew, especially considering that its a pale ale. That's not a bad thing by any means though. There is little malt to be tasted here. I could only discern occasional hints of sweetness over the wave of hops. The taste is not extraordinary, but its pretty solid.

Mouthfeel - I hate this category for the record... I guess if feels good going down. Its smooth and has medium body to it.

Drinkability - I opened this one up when I started this review, and its almost gone now. That alone should tell you something. I could have a couple more no problem, but I could see myself getting full after 4-5 of them.

Bottom Line - I Like It! This is a pleasant surprise from Michelob. I'm going to have to stop associating this brand with women and golfers. Score one for Anheiser-Busch

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Michelob Pale Ale from Anheuser-Busch
3.08 out of 5 based on 297 ratings.
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