Michelob Ultra Lime & Prickly Pear Cactus

Michelob Ultra Lime & Prickly Pear CactusMichelob Ultra Lime & Prickly Pear Cactus
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American Light Lager
Ranked #230
Ranked #48,622
2.42 | pDev: 33.47%
Missouri, United States
Michelob Ultra Lime & Prickly Pear CactusMichelob Ultra Lime & Prickly Pear Cactus
Notes: Michelob ULTRA Fruit Lime Cactus has an exotic fruity aroma with a clean citrus finish.
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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sixer of clear bottles nabbed at a Walmart in Chalmette, LA.

Has notes of lime and pear as advertised, and it doesn't taste artificial or syrupy. Very drinkable without being watery.

I find it surprisingly well balanced and enjoyable for a low calorie light lager, to be honest.


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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
1.58/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought a 6-pack bottles $8.20 Longs Drugs
Smell of lime
Light golden clear color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light lime, watery taste
Overall not good. Tastes nothing like beer. More like water with a twist of lime.

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Photo of Sabtos
1.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear sparkling pale gold with a fizzy head that dies off in an instant, much quicker than other Michelobs.

This has a watery light fluid body that contains lightly tart lime candy, but faintly so, with no underlying beer flavor. This tingly semi-dry beer has an artificial sort of feel that makes your palate go lame, with accents of lemon tea.

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Photo of gvickery
3/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank it from a huge ass can, 25oz. For what it is, it isn’t bad. It’s a little weak tasting but you get a lime hit up front and, what I imagine cactus flavor would be. These were 2 for $5 at the local convenience store so not bad. I figure they’re a little better than some econo brew or malt liquor. They are very refreshing as well.

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Photo of DLishman
2.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I liked the original Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus Beer!!! I cannot get on board with the new infused with prickly pear!!! Pleaseeeee bring back the original!!! It was my favorite!!!

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Photo of Vcoffman
2.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

When you added the prickly pear and made it infusion I quit drinking it!!! Not even close to the same taste, and I have drank the cactus lime for 6 years without change!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.03/5  rDev +66.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25oz can poured into Duvel tulip. Picked it up from the store for $3.50. Got dang Loch Ness monstah! 19086 printed on bottom of can, but otherwise no discernible date anywhere. Maybe that means the best by date is either Aug 6 or June 8. In either case, we got either 2 weeks or 3 months of freshness.

Appearance - Pours massive soapy white head with slight tufts of lacing with low-moderate stick and good retention. Very pale straw body with a faint whitish haze, probably due to the infused lime and cactus. Decent carbonation. 4.5

Smell - Light lime up front that is either muted or rounded out by the other ingredients, which are almost undetectable. Maybe a bit of graininess in the back. But that's to be expected considering the standard variety of Ultra is very close to being devoid of color, taste and flavor. But that's intentional, so it does what it sets out to do. 4

Taste - Lime up front. Mild grain in the finish. I can't say that I can really pick out the prickly pear cactus, but it might just be there to round things out more than to be front and center. Regardless, it's a light and refreshing drink and is probably paired well with white fish or other delicate foods. 4

Mouthfeel - The carbonation lacks much effervescence and has a more soapy texture. But that's fine because the body itself provides that otherwise missing quality. A little bit astringent, probably from the lime. Finishes pretty clean. 4

Overall - Not an amazing beer in the landscape of things, but is does what it sets out to do amazingly. By being a very clean, easy, drinkable beverage. Some might view that as being bland and unchallenged, but I definitely appreciate its niche, and see it more as a great option for specific food pairings and something very light and refreshing to drink in general. 4

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Photo of puck1225
1.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I think one of my son’s friends left this in the refrigerator.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pale yellow color, very brief head and no lacing. A fer bubbles. Lime smell and some kind of lime taste. A bit overrated.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.61/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out pale straw. head is fizzy and is gone quickly. No Lacing.

Smells like like with some cactus fruit sweetness. Simple, light, artificial but its there.

Lots of lime in the taste. Finish is fading lime. That's about it. A bit watery.

Mouth feel is light bodied and refreshing. This is a mineral water type beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +61.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 5/10/2018. Pours crystal clear pale straw yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy limes, lemon, citrus zest, pear, cactus, cracker, white bread, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with citrus/cactus fruit, light-moderate pale malt, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy limes, lemon, citrus zest, pear, cactus, cracker, white bread, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy bitterness and citrus tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/lightly tart/tangy limes, lemon, citrus zest, pear, cactus, cracker, white bread, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness of citrus/cactus fruit, light-moderate pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness and citrus tartness balance; with zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness, citrus tang/tartness, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, fairly bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/acidic/tangy mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is a delicious fruited light lager. All around nice robustness of citrus/cactus fruit, light-moderate pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mildly tart/bitter finish. Very flavorful and not too watery for the ABV. Very juicy/vibrant citrus/cactus fruit flavors; with a solid pale malt backbone, and mild earthy hop balance. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example. Awesome summer beer for sure.

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Photo of jkblr
2.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz canned 3/18/18 poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp 4% ABV. The beer pours bright very light yellow, nearly clear with nearly white head. The head recedes to a few bubbles. The aroma is fairly evident natural lime. The taste is devoid of malt with lime and cactus layered over a nuetral base and no hop presence. The mouthfeel is thin bodied, highly carbonated and oily/soapy in the finish. Fairly poor as a beer in every way. It's really just a flavored malt beverage using the Michelob Ultra name.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

this is actually better than bud light lime, and the cactus isnt as chemical tasting as my instincts told me it would be. i hate the clear bottle, but when ice cold, the first few pulls from it are extremely refreshing, which is as probably more a testament to the mouthfeel than the flavor, this has absolutely gushing carbonation and a super light and dry body, even with the additives. its gone the second i swallow it, and there really arent any off flavors when its freezing cold. i see why they market these ultra beers to athletes, its more refreshing than a gatorade. the lime is a little fake tasting to me, it had to be right? but the were wise to not overdose it like crazy, especially with such an inconsequential grain base in here. the cactus is light but makes this floral and interesting, and it works with the lime. as much soda as beer i suppose at this point, it could use even a little bit of hops to crisp and beer it up in the finish. after one, the flavor became a little plastic to me, and the rate of diminishing marginal refreshment after one is extremely high. serves a purpose i guess, but this cant pass as even pseudo craft, although the first chug did hit the spot...

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Photo of greevon
2.98/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

If you're a snob, do not drink. But it's a good mellow beer, inoffensive in character, easy and crisp, and above all: low calorie. Pretty much no head retention though.

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Photo of Premo88
1.61/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

12 oz. can poured into tight nonic
(June 19, 2017 born-on date)

L: white-yellow, crystal clear, lightest beer I've seen with SRM about 0.5; no sticking, just hints of lacing; keeps a tidy white collar

S: lime soda; lemon-lime soda; smells like high fructose syrup

T: lime water; about 1/3 in as it warms and your palate adjusts, becomes more like lime soda (flavor intensifies a hair)

F: light and crisp, loads of carbonation yet not overly sharp, just a tad;

O: worse than water; no B.S. — I would rather drink water and save my ABV room for later, even if "later" meant another day; it's only saving grace is that the more you drink it, the more the lime flavor builds, though that flavor note comes off so artificial that you wonder if this beer, advertised as being a "healthy" option, is truly healthy or full of the processed/artificial stuff a healthy consumer is supposed to avoid

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Photo of Tone
2.89/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of lime, pale malt, adjunct, and slight floral notes. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong lime, pale malt, adjunct, and slight grassy/floral notes. Overall, light, citrus mask adjunct flavors, doesn't resemble beer really.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.11/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This had an extremely light color and had a faint taste of lime. It smelled pretty good and the taste reminded me of lime seltzer. Due to that it was pretty smooth but certainly not something I would try again.

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Photo of D1noB
3.17/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A strong twang, with a smooth watery after taste. Could be better.

Taste Rating in Words: That first time that the pickle juice and lemonade mix hits your tongue.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.92/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes taken 12/01/16:

Clear straw gold, extra pale. White half-fizzy head of moderate retention. Smells like a shandy, hints of lime juice. Lime juice is more distinct but less strong on palate. Prickly pear or similar cactus could be there somewhere, I suppose. I mean there’s a slight cucumber taste to it. But really the only other detectable quality is a lightly grassy/bready basic lager. Not even any hops to speak of, it’s all lost in the lime if anything. It’s okay on its own, would be better with some chips and salsa. Light-bodied, spritzy as can be.

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Photo of singletary
2.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light yellow with almost no head at all. Smell and taste is sweet ( must be the cactus) a little hint of lime but well hidden. Mouthful is too watery for me. Overall not a bad drink but not one I would really want again.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.85/5  rDev +59.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight from the bottle at friends house. This beer was light and refreshing and surprisingly the lime addition worked fine in this beer. Could have had a few more with no trouble thanks to the light ABV.

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Photo of Suds
2.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Yellow, clear, fizzy, with a slight head. The aroma is like a lime soda, not a beer. The taste is moderately dry, very fruity, and not much in the way of malt or hops. It's much more of a fruit drink than a beer.

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Photo of BArunnerchick
3.31/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On a hot day, when the beer is really cold, it tastes and feels great. It is a very light beer but the lime is very present and refreshing. As for the cactus aspect, ?????? Nothing craft or complex about it but highly palatable.

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Photo of furburger69
3.63/5  rDev +50%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one of the best lime beers, watery but still very good everone i know seems to like it. has a dry taste to it guess thats why its called cactus , I put this at the number 1 light beer girls love it.

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Photo of Cisco680
3.92/5  rDev +62%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a light beer this is really a pretty decent beer. I see a lot of low ratings by the beer snobs. That shouldn't detour you from trying this beer. Just because it doesn't taste like you have a mouthful of ear wax doesn't mean it is not a good beer. There are other defining characteristics besides tasting like a bitter bottle of crap. This is a great summer beer. Great for drinking on a hot day. Nice smooth finish and the lime is pretty decent for a bottle that is mixed with the lime ahead of time. Definitely a better taste than the Bud Light Lime. I really think Michelob Ultra has found a great niche in the market with their whole line of beers. There are not many great tasting light beers out there. Michelob is one of the exceptions.

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Photo of jamesmk48
3.09/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Not a craft beer, and its not meant to be. For what it is its good, on a hot day ( working outside) i don't want a 9% or 10% abv ipa or porter i want this.

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