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Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange GrapefruitMichelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Frozensoul327 on 05-13-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.67/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Knowing the beer is a novelty and experiment that is doubtful to suceed, but $.75 could be worth trying out...at least once. And it's likely that one is all I'll have, although the beer was not a complete disaster. The beer exhibits a descernable orange aroma and contributing flavors of light orange and grapefruit that does more for the olfactories than the tastebuds. The added flavors (obviously artificial) add a balance and variety that do not overwhelm the beer, but change the beer into something drinkable, even enjoyable. Though these contributing flavors shine, the beer-side of the experiment fail miserably. The beer simply has no backbone, flavor, body, or any other posative attributes. Not bad, but not beer.

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Photo of zeff80
1.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Picked up one in a mixed sixer in my endless quest to try every beer available no matter how unbeer-like this one may be.

A - Poured out a yellow color with a small, fizzy white head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and orange. No beer-like aroma were noted.

T - It tasted very acidic. The grapefruit taste was overpowering. Any orange flavor was less obvious. No presence of malt or spice or hops.

M - It was very fizzy. Almost soda-like. A very light-bodied beer.

D - Not worth a try unless you are a huge fan of grapfruti juice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.92/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Immediately following the pour, the appearance is very good. It's a crystal-clear yellow beneath a full sized head of creamy bright white. The tiny bubbled effervescence from within helps to buoy it for a moment, but then the head simply falls away and vanishes before your eyes, just like the head on a glass of cola. The aroma is kind of like soda too, orange soda to be exact. It's not offensive or overdone though, and I'd imagine that in the right place and at the right time it'd be quite welcoming and refreshing. The flavor starts out the same, but then reveals some lime-like character, and then the harsher grapefruit notes towards the finish. I only kind of find it like beer. It tastes like light beer with fruit added - which is exactly what they were going for. It's different than the malternatives, and yet it runs along the same lines, which is a good strategy. And I think the use of the Ultra name lends it 'family' credit. Where these new products will go is anyone's guess. They seem easy though... in the same way that Bartles and James took the mixing of a spritzer out of the equation, these seem to eliminate the need to add the lime to Corona. But isn't the ritual of adding the lime all that Corona really has going for it? Well, that and the lime itself.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sun-washed straw yellow (that's funny, the beer seemed to be a little orangish in the bottle) beneath three fingers of bright white foam that is beginning to crackle its way to oblivion at a slower than expected pace. I can't escape the notion that the head looks artificially altered. I've seen better lids on NA beer.

I don't care enough to check A-B's claims, but sure as shootin' this lager utilizes extracts for aroma and flavor. The nose is akin to some sort of tangerine candy mixed with children's aspirin. It might be pleasant in other circumstances, but it's less than wonderful coming from beer. So far, Pomegranate Raspberry is kicking Tuscan Orange Grapefruit's ass all over the lot.

Strangely enough, this version might be a little bit better than Pom-Razz. On second thought, more accurate phrasing would be 'bad, but not quite as bad'. The beginning and the middle are made up of an oranginess that reminds me of one part undercarbonated Orange Crush to five parts water. It's only on the finish that the grainy, NA beer-like nastiness begins to creep in.

It's hard to criticize a low carb light lager for being thin, so I'll cut this one some slack. Not too much, though, because it's also full-on watery during the entire second half of each mouthful and could stand to have a few more bubbles.

I wasn't planning to review these fruity Ultras, but the woman at the grocery store practically forced the three singles on me one day last month. In the end, there are no surprises here (in either direction). Go ahead and spring for a bottle if your curiosity is getting the best of you. Just don't expect anything other than a less sweet, less flavorful wine cooler.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.87/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks (I think) to Andy for sharing not one but two bottles of Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit. Is this really appropriate? After we've been close friends and beer colleagues for so many years?

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: It's everso orangey!

Taste: Super pale maltiness with some washed out, sweet orange flavoring added that lasts until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Like a watered down Orange Crush, at best.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

out of the lost notebook, reviewed from notes.

pours out a pale amber with a light orange tin but no head at all and loads of carbonation fizzing up towards the top. aroma is soo fake, just over the top orange koolai like smell with no real depth to it. its like they took a flavorless pale lager and dumped candy or crystal light mix in it, not sure what was up with this whole set of beers but they were all just wrong. light finish with no aftertaste and just, i dont know nothing there for me.

overall not a good beer, not even sure it is a beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a pale golden with a short lived white head. Scant lacing left behind. Aroma is full of citrus peels and shitty beer. Flavor has a nice rolling fruit profile pretty much all citrus fruit fizziness. Mouthfeel is fizzy and light like a typical macro ultra light lager. Drinkability is decent for what it is but it's why too much like an alcopop, I can't drink many but one is kinda refreshing.

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean/clear golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, oranges/citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hop, with some citrus/orange notes. Light body. Drinkable, this is a thirst quencher for sure, very easy going down.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
1.93/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a pale orange-lemon yellow body that is crystal clear and thin enough to read a paper through. The thin film of snow-white bubbles fades quickly and the big bubbles racing through the glass can't support it.

S- The smell of grapefruit and lemon-lime soda come through with the grapefruit dominating and becoming a bit chemical. There is a dry raw grain hint and a noble hop hint that might have a slight sulfur touch.

T- This beer has a watery grapefruit extract taste that is dry and a note of oranges in the background that is also dry. This beer finishes with a big club soda and carbonic acid taste. There is a light noble hop note that comes through after the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big soda fizz in the finish.

D- This drink is light and clean and doesn't really have any interesting flavors. The taste is pretty dry and boring.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.49/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Stuck at a party with nothing else to drink but a Michelob Ultra Sampler and the first thing i thought of was that i've never reviewed these beers before. Score!

Third in my Ultra vertical after the lime and pomegranate.

Fizzy yellowy brown in color. Smell is a somewhat large whiff of real orange and grapefruit (ie citrusy without being cloyingly sweet or sour). Taste is a powerful punch of authentic orange and bitter grapefruit, minimal sweetness and notes of grain. Once again, if not ice cold its almost unbearable. The best of the fruity bunch, and thats not saying much.

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Photo of Brad007
2.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden-orange color with a one-finger head into my glass. Seems average.

Aroma is full of orange and grapefruit with a sweet adjunct backbone.

Taste is light and fizzy with a weird combination of orange and grapefruit that fades into the adjunct spectrum, which is mildly sweet and flavorless.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering orange and grapefruit and not much else.

Like pouring fruit flavoring into a glass of Michelob Ultra. Nothing much to expect. Still an interesting experiment.

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Photo of merlin48
1.72/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Fizzy, pale yellow, transparent body with a wee white head that is gone in seconds. Aroma of orange Pez candy. Body is watery and ultralight with a ton of carbonation, Taste is refreshing, with just a hint of artificial orange flavor to compliment the seltzery tonic water profile. No hops or malt to speak of. Not bad as a summer thirst quencher but nothing really resembling a decent beer.

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Photo of Vancer
1.95/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Beer one of the trifecta sample set of the Pomegranate, Tuscan & Cactus – from worst to best IMO.

Poured a weak and lame fizzy light amber, dead white head and no lacing. Orangy citrus Kool-Aid aroma and taste. This stuff is like weak, opened day old soda. I’ve had bottled soda water with more wallop than this crappola. But of the three, the wife liked this one the best, and said she won’t mind a bottle or two.

Just pathetically weak, this stuff is an embarrassment to the craft world of beer – have a Vodka and tonic instead.

Comes in a clear bottle, but since there’s no beer in hear – no light struck worries.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a light gold pour into the only vessels in the Pigeon Forge vacation cabin - melmac plastic cups. At least they're see-through. Two fingers of white foam. Pretty nice for a light brew.

Aroma - citrusy and grapefruit. Pleasant but alcopopish. Reminds me of Bert Grant's mandarin orange hefe.

Taste - all orange and grapefruit, no beer presence. Wine cooler stuff, but it's not overly syrupy or gross. I easily tossed back a few with pizza, though the missus didn't care much for 'em.

Mouthfeel - thin and on the gassy side.

Drinkability - good for a night's posterity, but nothing I need to re-visit.

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Photo of Pegasus
1.95/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear medium golden color, with a large white head, which quickly vanished, no lacing, and profuse carbonation.

Aroma: Grapefruit and orange rind notes and an odd chemical aroma, and slightly catty hops.

Taste: The taste opens with a very light lager note, and mild hops, this carries through most of the taste. Towards the end of the taste a sharp, tangy artificial orange flavor appears, rather like an orange Sweet Tart candy. In all, the effect is not pleasant.

Mouth feel: Light and spritzy, similar to carbonated water.

Drinkability/notes: Better than some other members of the Michelob Ultra product line, but not particularly good, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce clear glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of Overlord
1.45/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ran into this monstrosity today.

Pours orange-ish yellow with a big white foam head. Doesn't smell or taste like beer. Smells like a spritzer of some sort. No malt, no hops, just a weird chemical fruit flavor with tons of carbonation.

This entire line-up needs to be eliminated.

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Photo of HardTarget
1.52/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle Inspection: Clear label lists a born on date of 13APR07 (sampled 21July07), 4.2% abv.

Aroma: Grapefruit rind which goes a bit over the top, orange pulp, and a catty note.

Appearance: Slightly darker than the other Michelob Ultra Fruit Abominations, this holds a head and gives some modest lace with good clarity.

Flavor: Same cream soda base with a children’s orange aspirin crushed up in it.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy light body, airy, weaksauce. Oily in the finish.

Overall Impression: I’ll be good, make the bad man stop.

Thanks to Pegasus for not making me buy this karma point.

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Photo of alleykatking
1.75/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a very pale yellow color. One finger head jumps up and dies down almost as soon as it got there. No lacing in the glass.

S- This smells very artifical. Very much like well orange citrus and grapefruit style notes in the ending. Nothing really else....the alcohol is noticable but the beer aspect seems to be lost in the nose of this.

T- Wine cooler is what comes to my mind when I taste this one. No real beer quality taste wise. Some of the other Michelob Ultra beers at least had a hint of beer to it. This is just orange and grapefruit flavored water. Kind of a mess if you ask me.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is prickly high. Very watery in the mouth. Artifical fruit flavor is left throughout the beer into the aftertaste. Fizzy feeling on the palate.

D- This is a easy drinker but the taste I just can't get over. I don't know maybe this kind of beer was just not meant for me. I just guess this means more for others.

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Photo of Drew966
2/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Michelob Ultra Tuscan Orange Grapefruit pours a yellow color with a thin white head from a clear twelve ounce bottle. I can smell the grapefruit in the aroma, maybe a little orange too, smells kind of like Fresca. Definitely citrus in the flavor, sweet at first, then a bitter finish (grapefruit flavor provides the bitterness). It doesn't particularly taste like beer, except perhaps for a bit of lager like aftertaste. Not very good for a beer, but pretty good for a malternative.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.56/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Light yellow with an effervescent fizz that can harldy be called a head. After the brief fizz, nothing is left on top of the beer or on the glass. Looks like pee.

S - Tangerine Bubba-Yum bubble gum. This smells salty and zesty, while at the same time very artificially fruity.

T - Sweet and sugary with loads of seemingly artificial gooey flavors. Apricot and mandarin orange. Not too bad, it just doesn't taste like beer.

M - Thin and fizzy. Whatdjya expect.

D - Not really beer IMO, but it's not bad. I could drink a few of these in the summer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.32/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nominal yellowy orange color with an artificial head of white foam that had little retention. Medium to medium high levels of carbonation. No lacing in the glass.

S: Notes of orange and sweet citrus fruits right off the bat. Light malt note. That's about it. Not cloying or overpowering, slightly inviting. They've got my attention...

T: Mildly sweet flavors of orange mix with your regular everyday light lager flavors. Slight sourness on the finish. The orange aspect of this brew dominates, and leaves notes of a light malt base and traces of light hops on the palate.

M: Bubbly, refreshing, slightly crisp. Good for a hot summer day. Otherwise it's more like a soda pop than anything else.

D: Average. It's good to have one, but it's kind of boring and very one sided. If you like oranges, and brews with a sweet note, this is your bag. Worthy of sampling.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance- It is a very light amber color with a lot of fizz there is not much head but there is a little lace.

Smell- Light beer like scent but mainly a fake and faint orange.

Taste- Kind of like orange flavored seltzer water. Maybe there is slight hint of beer in there.

Mouthfeel- Water like with some fizz.

Drinkability- A good beer for people who aren’t beer people but want to look cool with a beer or maybe a good meal beer.

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Photo of JayS2629
1.13/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Wow! I didn't realize there could be a beer that tasted worse than Corona.

A- Light, watery, pale yellow with lots of bubbles, thin white head that immediately flees, and no lace.

S- Like sour grapefruit in tonic water. It smells like my mom's diet. hint of artificial orange.

T- Tonic water soured by bitter grapefruit and orange peel.

M- Completely over the top on carbonation. This is like bad, unsweetened soda!

D- I poured it out.

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Photo of rowew
1.6/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist cap. Clear label. Looks a bit orange in the bottle, but that may be my imagination. Born on date on the back.

Appearance: Clear, a hint of orange. Thin head fades very quickly to almost nothing.

Smell: Sweet fruity aroma - smells like orange soda.

Taste: Umm .. this isn't very good. Thin mouthfeel, high carbonation. Very little flavor in the start, and then a very drying slightly citrusy flavor in the finish.

Overall impression: This is pretty bad - somehow it isn't even drinkable, even though it has very little flavor.

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Photo of beveritt
3.3/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a clear 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is tan with orange metallic high lights. Described as a "light beer with natural flavor." No clear freshness date, but there is a code of 09054 on the neck label.

Appearance: Pours with just under two fingers of pure white head. This settles to an incomplete coating of foam. Plenty of activity. The beer itself is yellow gold and perfectly clear. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of orange. Really smells like Orange Crush to me. Maybe a slight hint of slightly sweet malt and adjuncts.

Taste: Like a milder version of an orange soda. No malt or hops flavor whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Very high carbonation level, exactly like a soda. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Not sure where I stand on this one. Look, it is not supposed to be Kate the Great. But then again, it tastes just like orange soda. I imagine this thing is intended to compete with so called alco-pops. Is it good? Sure. Will I ever drink it again? No. If I want a refreshing, fruity drink, I will have a fruit soda or fruit juice.

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