Michelob Ultra | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: American Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using the finest barley malt, select grains, all-imported hops and a pure-cultured yeast strain. The special choice of grains combined with the extended mashing process produces a smooth, refreshing beer with fewer carbohydrates.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
658
Ratings:
2,507
pDev:
41.21%
 
 
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Reviews: 658 | Ratings: 2,507
Photo of daliandragon
2.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My uncle left this in the fridge after the 4th of July party so I am claiming it as salvage. Pours a light pee yellow with no head and a weak malt and adjunct nose.

The flavor is like vaguely barley flavored water with bubbles. There just isn't any complexity or staying power. This is inoffensine but almost offensively boring and mindless. Thanks, Uncle J.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3/5  rDev +64.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

(25 oz can, purchased cold... decanted among 3 glasses - mug, teku, tulip... later married back into mug)

L: polished, crystal-clear, pale, barely yellow-brass colored liquid... puts up a lot of white, active foam on the pour; it only sticks around in a thin collar

S: wet crackly-dry grass and/or pavement, delicate hints of bubblegum and sulfur; maybe a faint note of lightly-toasted animal cracker and some oxidized lemon peel... virtually no hops or alcohol; overall potency: extra-mellow

T: first sip: Kix, popcorn husk, pennies... biscuity aftertaste, but apparent absence (or low level) of malt sweetness right from sip one... the initial flavor 'pop' settles down to a dull, cereal-like, grain-meal hum with a touch of papery, back-end bitterness

F: soft, smooth, light body; a little more chew than expected... subtly plush foamy texture, disappearing finish... is that a syrupy film left upon m' palate??

O: purchased for cheap filler review on path to review #1400... one of the more flavor-neutered, simple light lagers I've had, but not quite as bland as Natty Ice, but still nothing more than a watered-down malt liquor... easy to drink, but why bother drinking it

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Photo of Brewsome
3/5  rDev +64.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's ninety degrees outside, the beer is cold, its in a cool slim, red white and blue can, need to rise early tomorrow or not. No off flavors. This is a clean, mean, watery drinking machine.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.39/5  rDev +86.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light as it comes. It did smell rather refreshing as the small head melted away. It has taste. Barely. Makes me appreciate beer. A thirsty beer drinker could pound these puppies down so there’s that. You could drink these all day long and remember what you did tomorrow. Chug-a-lug, chugalug...

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.11/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale straw color. Almost translucent. The color is typical of a light beer but where this beer loses points on the appearance is head retention - there is none. It fizzles away almost instantly leaving behind no lacing.

The aroma is quite mild and rice-y. It's honestly not bad though. It's inoffensive with no real off putting sour, vegetal or metallic notes. Some sweet, slightly grassy mildly bitter white rice on the nose. Pleasant.

Flavor consists of white rice and crackers, with a mild bitter aftertaste. Watery, but not in an unpleasant way.

Very sessionable, a BIG strong point Michelob has going for it. Super crisp and refreshing, bubbly and clean to the palate.

Overall I could see how this could appeal to people during the summer when the whether is hot. It's nothing to write home about, but you could do a whole lot worse in the world of light beer. A major + is that it's so thirst quenching without tasting sugary or watered down. 2.6 carbs and 95 calories is also pretty neat if you're concerned with that kind of thing.

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Photo of Foyle
2.11/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Served from 12 oz can in pint glass. Appearance is as expected clear pale straw, lots of carbonation, thin white head. Aroma is watered down grain. Flavor is about the same, just some grains, little to no hop presence. Overall: I would never buy this beer but sampled it because it was offered freely. If I was going to drink a light beer there are many that are better.

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Photo of Munka
1.72/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't normally like to rate these types of beer because it feels redundant, but this shouldn't be labeled beer. It tastes like nothing. This doesn't mean its gross it just means stick to Bud. Ill definitely drink it, not gonna buy it.

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Photo of alcoholicarrogance
1.17/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

Tasted like bitter water with carbonation. Smelled very similar with a foul cheap alcohol smell added. Bought one of the big 24 oz cans to try it out and drain poured after two sips. Even among the cheaper beers, there are much better options than this beer.

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Photo of Tom32256
1.16/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Astonishingly watery to have the Michelob name on it. Very very little flavor, a teeny bit of aroma. It was carbonated. Pale color. On the ingredients Rice appears before the Malt.

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Photo of Harrison8
2.27/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent straw with a finger of white foam. While the head is more fizzly than foamy with poor retention, it does leave a long-lingering ring of foam. Aroma is straw, cracker, biscuity, nutty malts with light herbal and medicinal hops. Very light bodied. Flavor profile is crackery, nutty malts and herbal, medicinal, citrus hops. Flavor notes come off as soft whispers, very light. Mouth feel is very light, feeling like soft water with a touch of carbonation. It's lightly crisp and refreshing. Overall, glimpses of malts and hops within a refreshing package.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

355ml can from Sainsbury's supermarket (£1):
Really light looking, the beer is straw coloured & has a thin white head on top that was followed by a very weak nose too; there was some faint straw & grassy touches but for the most part it was weak & watery. There was some corn at the end that followed on to the taste with some cheap hops & adjuncts coming through at this point as well. It was a moderately carbonated offering but it felt bland & cheap throughout, I can't imagine I'll have this one again.

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Photo of dresserinthecorn
1/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My dad made me drink this. I hated it.

Its color reminds one more of white wine than beer. The smell is somewhat sour and sweet at the same time, not very enjoyable. The little flavor present was more of a watered down corn flavor than anything else, not a single hint of hop. Again, I really did hate this beer and advise anybody reading this to avoid it. If you're watching your calories, drink a guinness.

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Photo of Buckeye55
1.9/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I liked Michelob back in the day, so when this came out I gave it a try. It w as a serious disappointment. It went down easy, like water, which is pretry much what I'd compare it to. It says 4.2 abv, but i'm calling bs on that. Rates at the highest end of terrible at 1.9

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Photo of tillmac62
2.32/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Take "Michelle " Light and water down a light beer. This is the result. It has no head retention and very little flavor. Buy a Bud if you want to go this route.

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Photo of Schlitz74
1.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Pours a pale yellow with very little white fizzy head. There was no lacing left on the glass. This was actually pretty drinkable and there was some slight hint of flavor. This is an easy beer to session. I would not buy this, because of the price being too high.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
1.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I drove all the way here and all you have for me is light beer! I like it and it once again a welcome break from all the overwhelming variety of craft brews! Still not as good as Hamm's though!

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Photo of Budget_Beer_Fan
3.27/5  rDev +79.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

You're sitting in your car.
Your pants are tighter.
You're trying to loose weight.
You had a long day.
You are a little low on cash but want a good brew.

Hands down a great beer. Sure it's a light beer but you can have a good time, wake up w/ no beer belly, enjoy a fair taste and still keep your calories low so twist off the cap and pour it in your glass. Cheers!

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Photo of wejohnsn
2.28/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

water water water all i see is water and not a drop to drink! at least i have this water substitute i guess if i was ship wrecked i could survive and not die of thirst

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.73/5  rDev +159.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting and super light in calories and carbs. Which is the selling point of this beer.
You have to admit, the artwork design of the can is top notch! The presentation is high class. No wonder this beer is marketing to golfers. The smell is exactly what I expected from a light beer. That wonderful smell of white bread! Yeasty, malty, sweet aroma. The taste is nice, crisp and very refreshing. A light white bread top note, the middle is where light beers start to diminish and this beer is no different. All that aroma and yeasty malt goes away and begins to taste like sparkling water instead. The finish is about as dry as it gets. No hop bitterness to speak of, but you can tell its all about balance with this light lager. The feel is a good light to medium. I really enjoyed this light lager, its crisp without any bad aftertaste and refreshing. This beer is a good social beer. Easy to chug but not what it's intended for. I would not recommend buying 6 packs or cases because its too expensive. For the price, I recommend you to go cheap.

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Photo of Jesterr44
1.06/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yes I drank one of these. Yes I'm ashamed. But I was trying to be polite at a get together. The host didn't know any better. God was this awful. I managed to dump the last of it out without being noticed ... I think.

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Photo of Boosted4bolt
4.21/5  rDev +131.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking beer for many years and have tried many. As I age I have noticed that my mornings after drinking are getting more rough. The think I really enjoy about this beer is that I can drink until the sun comes up, get a good buzz and not feel like a zombie for and entire day! I love this beer!

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Photo of Cylinsier
2.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle

Pours clear light straw gold, white ring of a head.

Smells very faintly of corn and barley malts.

Tastes of sparkling water, hints of corn flake.

Light body, stinging carbonation on the tongue.

It basically tastes like water. It's not a bad taste so much as a nothing taste. There is a bit more flavor in the aftertaste than the taste itself, sweet like corn sugar. Pour and aroma are uninteresting, body is fine for the style. It's exactly what it says it is, low carb light beer. So there's nothing surprising here. Wouldn't have it again unless I had to drink tasteless light beer, in which case it's not terrible.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.18/5  rDev +74.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

25 oz Can
Looks about as light as I have ever seen a beer, not even straw color. Pretty high carbonation
Smells like basmati rice and corn, very slight malt.
The taste is unique - almost marshmellowy...sweet corn, sweet malt, sweet is the key word. Not far from sugar water, but i do like it for the style. It's certainly not a bad tasting beer, watery, and it is very easy to drink but not a whole lot of interesting flavors to hit the palate.
Lots of better choices for flavors on the market, this is light for sure. I am not usually a light beer drinker, this is a choice light beer, if i wanted to have 4 or 5 brews this is a solid one for the calories/flavor combo. grade is a C+

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Photo of Sabtos
1.86/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Shimmering pale gold, so pale it nears off-white, with a uniform foam head.

This has very little aroma except for a weird round smell of almond and strawberry, while the taste also exhibits an odd but light note of strawberry-lime under the hot dog bun malt, all via a frothy yet lightly crisp body that finishes semi-dry.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear gold straw color. Head is white with minimal retention. No lacing.
Faint grains and a definite metal smell. Not much going on.
Actually nothing offensive. Maybe just a light corn sweetness.
Mouthfeel is pretty much exactly like sparkling mineral water. With the same carbonation.

For what it is i would go for a cheaper light lager. There is nothing going for this that would justify craft brew pricing.

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Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 1.82 out of 5 with 2,507 ratings