Michelob Ultra

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Lager - Light
Ranked #256
Ranked #49,189
1.83 | pDev: 41.53%
Missouri, United States
Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra
Notes: 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.
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Clyde_D13 from Texas

1.87/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks pale almost clear with a slight piss yellow hue to it, if you look really closely. Smells like the inside of an aluminum can with a hay barn funk to it. Taste practically like carbonated water with the slightest taste of malt; a kind notion that it is actually a beer at all. Goes down about like water, very thin, but damn is it smooth. This is a light beer, & one of the best in it's class, so we can't forget about that fact. If you are looking for a lower calorie beer or just something you can crush on a hot day, you can't really go wrong with one of these.

Wednesday at 02:14 AM
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JoKo from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +91.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This will be the fourth light beer that I’m reviewing this week, being summer and all when you just want something crushable. Poured from can, Crystal clear, highly carbonated straw yellow with inch thick white head that dissipated very quickly. The nose is all grains up front, nothing else going on. The taste is actually a bit different from what I expected, almost has a cider mouthfeel and flavor, apple notes some graininess as well. As expected, highly crushable and a perfect “lawnmower” beer.

Jun 11, 2020
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2.48/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Judging against all beer, it's depressing alcoholic grain seltzer, but for a cheap light beer? Ultra crisp, satisfying in its mildness, "cuts the dust" perfectly, and goes well with food. It has its uses and does it well.

May 05, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev +97.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

American Light Lager is not a style that I am a fan of. Because of that I reviewed this one with the BJCP guidelines in front of me to ensure I would rate this to the style and not my particular taste.

Most of the negative comments about this beer are actual traits of the style.
Very pale yellow in color, check.
Low grainy corn like aroma, check.
Neutral low grainy palate, check.
Highly carbonated, light watery body with some tongue bite, check.
Crisp, dry, drinkable and refreshing, check.
The Guidelines actually read “Strong flavors are a fault.”
As far as the head is concerned, the thick, somewhat rocky yet short lived inch of foam that fast fades to a ring with minute amounts of lacing seems a strong showing for the style.

Clean, dry, easy drinking and refreshing session style beer.

Apr 04, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

1.25/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Have had many times, usually against my will (think walking into a party, host asks: "You want a beer?" You: "Hell, yeah!" Incoming Multra = look of horror.

Feb 29, 2020
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cd_beer_disapear from Ohio

1/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There is no aroma. Tastes like seltzer water. Makes Bud light a flavor bomb by contrast. I don't know what anyone sees in this watery, thin, tasteless concoction. I have tasted well over a thousand beers and this is the worst one in my memory. It might be ok if it was a seltzer water. but dammit, it's a beer! This embarrasses me as a beer drinker.

This is what they say about their beer:

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.

HAH! I would rather drink piss!

We were at a football game and my son bought this for me. He will never do that again (because he also bought one for himself) ... HAH!~, so he spent over $20 for us both to make this discovery that this is the worst beer in the entire beer spectrum!

Ok, it has 8 calories so if that is what you are after, go for it. Founder's All Day IPA ( the lowest alcohol/calorie beer I have consumed that I would ever consider buying again) is a 148 calorie beer. That's as low as I will go while still enjoying my beer, so for me, this is worse than shit, but if your beer drinking goals are more waist oriented then use this delightful concoction to get drunk!

Feb 27, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Florida

1.78/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

The beer is a sickly pale yellow with a fast dissapering foamy head. I really don't like the color. It smells odd, like damp bread with adjuncts. It taste sweet and stale. Maybe some hops in the background. The feel is loose and watery. Alright carbonation. Overall, not a beer people drink to drink beer. A beer people drink because they want to drink something

Feb 22, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

2.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Personally I think this is better than its rating. For a commercial light lager, it is really easy to drink (or chug) and has a decent flavor.

Look - transparent, yellow-ish with little to no head and no lacing.

Aroma - tiny hint of hops. Not powerful at all.

Taste - slightly bitter hops, but it is pretty watery. Kind of like alcoholic Pelegrino sparkling water. Still, quite refreshing on a hot day.

Feel - crisp and refreshing. By far the best attribute of this beer for me. It is light and the aftertaste doesn’t linger, which makes it feel better to me.

Overall, not a beer for anyone who appreciates beer as an art form or for adventurous drinking. However, for cheap, simple, decent tasting, and easy on the stomach, it does the job.

Dec 07, 2019
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navy67 from Michigan

3.21/5  rDev +75.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It poured out of a can with a nice foamy head. Has a crisp clean taste with not too much carbonation. It is surprisingly very refreshing if you are looking for a light beer or if you are just trying to take a break from the endless supply of IPAs . I tried out a few others because i need to cut back on my sugar intake and there is basically nothing else out there, especially from the craft breweries, that matches up with it. With 95 calories, 4.2 ABV, and 2.6 carbs, you will not find anything like it, unless you drop the ABV, and in that case, why bother. Cheers!

Nov 26, 2019
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EJPA_0425 from California

2.04/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Honestly, this one is not as bad as everyone says. It's very refreshing and easy to drink. Much better in my opinion than Bud light, Coors light, and Miller lite. Looks is the only are where this one trails, it's very watery and clear in appearance. Smells slightly sweet, Tastes watery but not gross in any way. Very refreshing to drink and thirst quenching and that's something you can't say for all beer. I highly recommend this one, usually I don't like these beers, but this one honestly excels in this category.

Nov 21, 2019
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Mrbob558 from New York

3.25/5  rDev +77.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a decent beer when their are no craft beer alternatives. I am on an Amtrak train and purchased the beer from the bar car. Their is not a strong taste and it's on the watery side. I rarely drink light beer, which this is, but I think it's a little better than most light beers.

Nov 10, 2019
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3.14/5  rDev +71.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you're a 'beer guy' and care about flavor, appearance, etcetera, this is not the beer for you.

If you're looking for a beer with decent bang for your buck in terms of alcohol content per calorie (4.2% ABV and only 95cal/12oz, very solid, and low carb if you care about that) OR you're just looking for something refreshing on a hot day, you can't really go wrong with this stuff. I bought it very apprehensively because I need to watch my calories but was pleasantly surprised.
Yes, it is VERY watery.
However, the flavor it does have isn't unpleasant at all. There's no off-putting smell or aftertaste like many mediocre beers have.
If you buy it at the right places, it's also dirt cheap. Definitely don't buy this in a bar or whatever because it wouldn't be worth it. A 24 pack at my local cheapo store was $18. Anything more than that would be a rip-off in my opinion.

Basically, if you just want a refreshing beverage, this stuff isn't bad at all. It's basically carbonated water with a mild beer flavor and it isn't gross or fruity or sweet. It's also great if you want to get drunk off of beer but don't want to ingest an obscene amount of calories.

Sep 23, 2019
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rsteeves97 from Washington

2.8/5  rDev +53%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Fairly watery, but not too bad overall. I don't think its that much better than the majority of American lagers, but it commands a craft beer price at times which is ridiculous.

Aug 13, 2019
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amadori16 from Canada

2.73/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's quite watery, with a faintly sweet barley aftertaste. I wouldn't rave about it, but it doesn't taste bad either. Better than sparkling water at least, and can be refreshing.

Aug 04, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

2.85/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale pale straw. Smell is very light honey malt with the smallest hint of noble hops. Flavor is even lighter, with just a touch of malt. While it's basically sparkling water (and it's very sparkling), I like it better than some ultralight lagers.

Aug 03, 2019
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Jack98 from Texas

1.88/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

L: This is the lightest beer I have ever seen. Very pale color indeed, like very light straw. The head disappears instantly.

S: Very little smell. You get a hint of sweetness and the malt but its almost non-existent.

T: This beer is almost tasteless. Its very slightly sweet but I don't taste any hops. The flavor is not "bad".... it's kinda of refreshing in the same way water is refreshing. The flavor is so light the taste of the carbonation comes though

F: Very thin body, almost like water but its sticky enough that you can at least tell its not water. Which isn't saying much. Crisp like water. The forced carbonation is easy to detect.

Comments: This beer confuses me. The purpose of this beer is clear, it is a beer for people that hate the taste of beer. But honestly just why? Drink Budlight or anything but this. You can most likely make your own Ultra by getting some Bud and adding some water to it. It's low calorie but if you are on a diet beer isn't supposed to be on the menu. Oh well. To each their own.

Jul 31, 2019
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beershrine from California

1/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the #1 worst beer ever produced. -Zero flavor beer. Massive advertising and a cute skinny can makes it a popular choice. I'm not a beer hop snob.

Jul 26, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

2.08/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Jul 08, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3/5  rDev +63.9%
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

Jul 05, 2019
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Brewsome from New Jersey

3/5  rDev +63.9%
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.

Jun 27, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.39/5  rDev +85.2%
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...

May 30, 2019
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

2.11/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

May 10, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

2.11/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Mar 23, 2019
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Munka from Massachusetts

1.72/5  rDev -6%
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.

Mar 22, 2019
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alcoholicarrogance from Maine

1.17/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Mar 11, 2019
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