Michelob Ultra | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

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Missouri, United States

Style: 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.

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Reviews: 600 | Ratings: 2,262
4.76/5  rDev +157.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

After lengthy test of human endurance, man prefers to be rewarded with this magnificent brew. Cans are the prefered container due to their low weight for packing on a cycling, sailing, or skiing adventure. The slender size makes the cans perfect for packing into ones jeans. Optimally cans can be inserted through the front zipper stashed in the jeans above the ski boots. The cans are often purchased by the "30" as they are assorted into a beautiful suitcase. In ones hands delicate fingers wrap effortlessly to ensure a tight grip. The feeling of holding a slender tall yet athletic can can only be compared to the exhilarating feel of yachting on the mediterranean after a grueling cycle through the dolomites. The taste is world renowned. Some have compared the taste to that of a very young yet well fed flamingo, oh how delicious they are. After consumption the body feels a great pleasure which has no equal. The smell brings ill prepared man to his knees for it is unrivaled. As the beer slides down a man's throat he oft not forget how powerful each day he breathes earths air can be.

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Photo of Curtw
4.68/5  rDev +153%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a fan of domestic light beer, and this is my goto. The bros insist waitresses card me when I order, claiming you can't order Ultra unless you are under 21. But I can't help myself, this is what I like. I can drink these all night with no damage. If you like flavor or a buzz, stay away - this aint THAT brew. This is for guys like me who harvest flavor from the enchiladas, and seek refreshment from my brew.

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Photo of mark5692
4.5/5  rDev +143.2%

I am not sure why people dislike it so much. For 20 bottles it was 12$. Great buy. It is a great beer to relax and drink with. It does the trick but it has decent quality and taste when you compare it to other light beers in the same price range. It has a sweet taste that doesn't linger.

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Photo of LightEnthusiast
4.3/5  rDev +132.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like this beer. I can have it cold, I can have it warm (that's right!). And there's no "ick" taste to it. Maybe I got a good case? There's no "ick" factor when swallowing and I can drink it whether it's ice cold or it has been sitting out for an hour. This is a good beer with food or alone. The character is not there, the "colour" is not there, the "texture" is not there - but who cares? I don't! If it tastes good and I can have bottle after bottle without feeling gross or having a nasty aftertaste, it's a winner to me. Plus it's a light beer with low calories. I was appalled to see this had an F rating. Crap!

Michelob Ultra is one of my top beers officially. Thanks michelob!

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Photo of JamesD71
4.17/5  rDev +125.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm diabetic with high triglycerides...not supposed to drink beer or whiskey, on both counts. From more healthy days, WAY back, my top three beers were Warsteiner, Becks, and Michelob Light. I'm not supposed to drink ANY beer, but I sneak one every month or so. So far, the only beer that doesn't impact my physical conditions (on a ONE beer serving only basis) is Michelob Ultra. Admittedly, it doesn't have the qualities of a Warsteiner or a Becks (which would now yield me "Alley Oop" ankles, on one serving) but it does compare favorably (for me) to Michelob Light, my favorite American beer. Ultra is not one of my top three beers, but if I want to avoid painful swelling in my ankles & lower legs while enjoying a single beer a month...it is my ONLY beer and I am truly grateful for it. It is enjoyable, and that's what it's now all about, for me!

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Photo of Diane_Brew
3.96/5  rDev +114.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on a crazy night chillin with the homedogs. Arrrooo!

A: Can't see it in the bottle.

S: Like beer in a bottle with a bit of snot. Second opinion says sweet. Third smell indicates hops.

T: No Molson M. No gross, bitter aftertaste. Kind of like eating yoghurt to cleanse your palette. Leaves a clean taste in your mouth. Perfect for after eating Butterfinger bites.

M: Feels like slightly flattened fountain pop...perfection giggle giggle.

Nobody's gonna lay a finger on my Butterfinger. Or Michelob Ultra for that matter.

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Photo of Threelittlefish
3.8/5  rDev +105.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I want a light refreshing beer it's going ot be an Ultra. It's simply the leat offensive of the light beers. Extremely light taste but very smooth with no bitterness. Nicely carbonated. These go down way easy and are refreshng when they are ice cold. Good summer beer when it's brutally hot out and you want to cool off. This beer has it's place.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev +105.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale straw in color; with an aggressive pour, less than a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: pilsner malt, a little lemon, grainy;

T: grainy up front; some corn sweetness at mid-palate; virtually no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; crisp; lightly dry finish;

O:out of a can; much better than I expected; not a style I would choose for myself, but for what it it, it's well done;

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Photo of MikeViall
3.8/5  rDev +105.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know Meyers Briggs? That personality test. So it seems I'm basically an INTJ which means I have somewhat limited tact and I tell things like they are.

Drinking beer is like drinking bread. Face it. Once you realize after years of drinking that great Sierra Nevada Torpedo stuff that it contains, what, 235 calories and 21 carbs per bottle? And that now you are fat? Like I was? You will look for options.

Trust me, there will be a time when this fresh, clean deal or something similar will be your go-to. Until you convert I suggest you keep working out like a m#f&$$er. As good as as the Torpedo? No. For the trade-off -- definitely.

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Photo of pedalist1
3.72/5  rDev +101.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

i think this is the PERFECT BEER-if you want to make a new york style egg cream! tried it at a bike race [tubs of it, FREE!] thought to myself, wow, this tastes like real seltzer-high carbonation, not too salty, not much flavor. went home, picked up some Fox's Ubet, 2% milk and a 6-pack. mixed them together and had the best egg cream since i was a kid.

I'm not sure if this is a positive review or a negative, but I keep it in the house all the time now.

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Photo of powoo19
3.7/5  rDev +100%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After three days of drinking, I thought Monday Night Football, I should have something lite. This isn't too bad. It is crisp and smooth. The smell is ok, not too impressive, but not bad. Served ice cold, this is good for low carb "diet beer". The colour is real lite, like a rolling rock.But overall I did enjoy this. I won't drink it all the time, but I will go back..
One more thing, the packaging, the bottle ..etc.. definately make you at least want to try it..
Happy Drinking Folks!

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Photo of yelterdow
3.66/5  rDev +97.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at fridge temperature in a pilsener glass. Born on 06MAY08 and sampled six weeks later.

Appearance- With a twist of the cap, this beer pours almost perfectly clear... the faintest straw yellow hue peers through what looks like sparkling water. The head stands almost two fingers high, soapy and snow white, then vanishes to a thin, broken mat across the top. There is constant activity in the glass.

Smell- A sharp, vegetal smell reminiscent of husks and cereal, with a straw-like crisp hop presence at the end. There's actually a pleasant, floral sweetness that isn't cloying which surprises me.

Taste- Although weak, the flavors in this beer are remarkably balanced and pleasing for what this is... a "lowly" Light Lager. The cereal notes are forward enough to hit first, but then a hint of grass and flowers gently come forth. The finish is simple and unmemorable, but the resulting taste is easy and not at all bad. I am shocked so far.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This begins a bit prickly, but doesn't go wild like others I've tried. It thins out and goes watery after a few seconds in the mouth, which doesn't surprise me. This is the easiest and most enjoyable light beer to drink out of a glass, even after a half hour coming closer to cellar temperature this never became difficult. Craziness.

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Photo of industrialswill
3.66/5  rDev +97.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've heard good things about this beer and decided to give it a try.
This sample is 5 weeks old.
It pours a very pale straw color that darkens after it gasses off.
The smell is faintly floral.
It tastes very nice...mild, but nice. No distinctive flavors, very little bitterness or sweetness, this is just a delicately flavored beer that has great drinkability.
It has a clean mouthfeel, nicely carbonated and enough alcohol to keep it from tasty too watery.

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
3.55/5  rDev +91.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saw this in a local pub and just had to try it. Pours the lightest I have seen in recent memory, this beer is so pale it looks like it needs a warm dose of chicken soup and some serious bed rest. Spritzy and effervescent, head does not stick around but I would not expect it to.

Low aroma of pilsener malt and cooked corn, similar in flavour with a very low bitterness level; carbonic bite counteracts whatever malt sweetness there is more than hops do. I fancy there's a trickle of spicy hop as the beer warms up but I am not entirely sure. Very light body reflects the pale colour.

I give them big points for producing what they intend and getting it all the way down under with negligible loss in quality. It's clean and wet, not much else to it but importantly to me there are not any faults other than perhaps too fizzy.

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Photo of Berryz
3.53/5  rDev +90.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the beer I go to when I just want to get a cold, refreshing buzz without the bitterness of full flavor beer or the alcohol kick of liquor. Not much going for it in terms of character. I drink carbonated water daily and this simply feels like a hoppy, alcoholic version of that. I would say that it's deceptively strong for its watered down taste.

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Photo of iman99
3.45/5  rDev +86.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You know what a long time ago I didn't like this stuff for some reason, but I have drank a lot and I drink all the time

and this stuff even though it has a low alcohol content is actually amazing and taste so clean and beautiful.

this is one of the best beers!! ... if you have the money

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Photo of JoLight
3.44/5  rDev +85.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw appearance, with a stark-white and soapy head that doesn't retain.

The aroma is rich, from what you can get. Barley, grains, hops, and no adjuncts to my surprise.

The taste, however, is very similar to a flat soft drink. Even though it is very carbonated, it still tastes like a flat soda. There's a slight bite, but it comes from the carbonation. Then the middle and the finish is all white breadiness from the barely malt.

It's very dry, crisp, clean, refreshing.

Almost tasteless. But the taste you do get is very pleasant.

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Photo of vkv822
3.43/5  rDev +85.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz : pint

Clear pale golden yellow with a fizzy white head.

Grainy, floral adjunct lager profile in both the aroma and taste.

Medium body, slightly crisp finish, fizzy carbonation.

A decent beer for the style. I enjoyed my bottle for what it was, and it did help pouring in the glass instead of drinking from a bottle as is typically done with this style.

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Photo of Srqdavid
3.4/5  rDev +83.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very drunk while drinking this and I have to say much better than budlight and any of it's light beer counterparts. I drank this out of a can at a cold temperature and It's pretty good if you wanna chug on something while dancing and partying. Vaping an ecig and drinking this beer is beautiful and an awesome feeling. Give this a beer a try and you may or may not hate it depending on how much of a beer snob you are.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.33/5  rDev +80%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Large loose white soapy head with low retention and no stick. Clear pale gold body.

Smell - Corn. Faint malt. Almost odorless.

Taste - Corn and slight bubblegum sweetness. Unlike other beers in this style, there is absolutely no astrimgency, no metallic or other off flavors common in AALs and light lagers.

Mouthfeel - Light. Clean. Mild effervesnce. Best straight from the bottle. Pouring it into a glass ruins the carbonation.

Overall drinkability - Other than the lack of flavor, there are no off characters. Great light beer that pairs well with any dish because it make no attempt to compete or compliment. The black of beers.

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Photo of pezoids
3.32/5  rDev +79.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was a very pale yellow color and very clear. Thin film of a head and left no lace on the glass. The aroma is lemony sour and a little bit musty. Interesting. The taste is surprisingly sweet and actually had some flavor. I was expecting water. Very low bitterness, really, no hop presence. There’s a fruity sweetness and a fine carbonation that tickles the tongue. Not surprisingly, this beer is really light with not much body. Almost none. Overall this is a pretty refreshing light beer. Lacks any kind of depth, but on the surface is light and lemony, and actually becomes more watery as the beer warms up. Went down very easy along with the hot wings I was eating.

Not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

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Photo of squeezr
3.3/5  rDev +78.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color, little bit of fast-fading lace, its not bad for a backyard bbq, or a football game type beverage, easy to drink. Worth trying for said occasions, price is maybe a little above average for this type of beer but, I like it better than Bud ice, or Milwaukee's Best.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.26/5  rDev +76.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had earlier written I would never, ever, drink another light beer again...well, I lied, and for the most part I didn't regret it.

In my younger days, when I didn't know better, I thought Michelob was the best beer could get - ah, the foolishness of youth...anyway, Michelob will always have a special place in my heart, so I when I learned the restaurant had Mich Ultra, and I knew I never tried it, I thought, "What the heck." It pours an average yellow color, and it's head is short and short-lived. It does however have a good bit of lacing, which is surprising. The brew had a distant smell and taste of honey (of all things) mixed with the normal hoppy and malty flavors of a big-brewery beer. Mouthfeel was more than I expected - it was very bold for a light beer - also surprising. Overall, I gave it a slightly above average rating - most likely out of dumb, youthful loyalty seeping into my old age...

If you drink, please don't drive, and if you have to drive, then do us all a favor and don't drink...

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.25/5  rDev +75.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not Bad

This is what you drink when you've been drinking so much beer that your belly is starting to show it. It's also relatively inexpensive. It's not fantastic. You're not going to sing alabanzas. But it's not bad for a light beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.22/5  rDev +74.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to admit I didn't hate this as much as I thought I would.
Aroma is light spicy hoppy/yeasty that's typical for a light beer.
I'm not sure how mauch paler it can get. Full white fizzy head. Watery clear.
Not much flavor. Slightly acidy bite towards the end. Carbonation seems to contribute. Very short finish, but what is there has a sour quality. Balanced hops and malts.
Fullness from tons of carbonation, otherwise pert near water.
I don't hate this. Considering what it's trying to accomplish it's alright.
I got this for $.10 from a pop maching at the ranch I was staying at in the Black Hills. Nice people. Good trip.
Again scores are in comparison to style, not all beers.

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