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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Photo of hawks19
1.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

I hate Michelob Ultra it's so bad! It's like beer flavored water was watered down! HA!
Everyone look how cool I am! I'm hating things that other people are bashing! And, uh.... Nickelback sucks! Only people at Nickelback concerts drink Michelob Ultra!
Am I cool now, please someone tell me I'm cool....

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Photo of Fizzer
2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I drink this while working out, climbing mountains, running marathons, scuba diving in the south pacific, racing my yacht, winning the tour de france, putting decals on my WRX, fly fishing in Mongolia, paragliding from the top of Mt Everest, trading stocks on the NYSE, telling you I graduated from the University of Michigan, and numerous other elite activities.

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
1.51/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Look - Super pale clear light gold in color. No head or lacing from the pour.

Smell - Slightly metallic, hint of rice

Taste - Vague white rice, seltzer water. No bitterness or sweetness.

Feel - Thin and watery, Would benefit from more carbonation.

Overall - The only plus is that it isn't offensive.

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Photo of TerryMills
1/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought a 2x4 to sample this fine brew..

Take 1 oz of any light beer and pour 23oz if water in it and you can make your own mich ultra.

This is the most pale flavorless beer I've ever tried..

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Photo of jkblr
2.65/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Two 12 oz cans born on 1/16/17 poured into a Michelob wheat beer glass at fridge temp. Pour is almost completely translucent with only a watery straw color. Head is white and short lived. Some lacing is present which is a surprise for something this thin. Smell is very faint of apples or pears, no corn or sweetness. Taste is almost absent. I'm not sure I can name a single taste. I suppose that is the goal of this beer. It is just barely tart with a hint of bitterness to offset what little malt was used. Mouthfeel is a watered down version of the soapy/oily feel one would expect from an AAL. It's only barely there as well. Overall, it is what it is, the ultimate manifestation of the AAL for folks who don't like AAL and don't know what else to drink.

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Photo of BeerBobber
2.85/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Holy crap Bat Man that is one pale, pale golden beer. Has a few fingers of a crackling white head that dissapears before my very eyes.

Smells oddly like a beer flavored water. Or could that just be watered down beer? Just not a lot on the smell.

Taste is just like the nose. I seriously feel like I opened something like a Coors and some rotten monkey poured a glassful of water into my beer.

Very thin and watery mouth feel that finishes like a drink of cold water.

I cannot say anything real nice about this beer flavored water like beverage. It does however make me long for a Miller Lite. I think that even Coors Light has more flavor than this. Oh well, you have to give them a shot right? That said if you don't want a beer (huh?) and you don't want a glass of water this might fit in between that slot.

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Photo of acmurphy696
1.19/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I picked up a single 24 of this basically to sample a brew that ranks lower than Bud Light on Beer Advocate.
Well, it lives down to its ranking. Like many American light lagers, it doesn't taste awful, which is the main problem.
It has not distinctive look, smell, nor taste. It's about the palest beer I've ever seen and looks do not deceive here. That said, it does go down easy, but that may be due to the fact that there is not flavor to interfere with the journey.

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Photo of Bartleby91
1.07/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Some of the blandest beer I've ever had.

The appearance is a clear straw gold.

The aroma is corn, malt sweetness with some grain as well.

The taste is malt sweetness, grains and corn.

The palate is light with a bit of lingering malt sweetness.

Overall this is a really bad example of an American light lager.

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Photo of Speederson12
2.31/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Better than Budweiser but still unpleasant. I had this once in May 2016 in a 25 oz can I got from a local drive thru to relax on a warm sunset and try it. Close family friends drank this when I was a kid and I wanted to judge it for myself. Quickly dispersing foamy head, looks like any other AAL if not lighter... Smells like rice and soap. Like I find with most Anheuser-Busch beers, it had a characteristic sickly sweetness to which I despise. Feels carbonated as expected. Watery, also expected. No aftertaste, really. Standard AB quality (low).

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Photo of Kubishark
2.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

My friends and I call Michelob Ultra "Uncle Beer" because it's the beer that seemingly all of our mid-50s to mid-60s uncles drink. Never had I ever tried it or planned to try it until I found myself broke this Christmas and unable to bring a six-pack of my own choice of beer to a family gathering. Seeing me without a beer, my uncle offered me an Uncle Beer. So I accepted.

This beer is light yellow, I think the lightest yellow I've ever seen a beer. Completely clear, fairly bubbly. I gave the smell a 2, because it doesn't smell bad. (It doesn't smell good either, it doesn't really smell at all actually.) The taste is... passable. It's really not bad. Actually better than a couple other light beers I've had. The feel similarly isn't the worst thing in the world. It's drinkable. I'd rather drink a couple of these light things than try to choke down a poorly made thick, heavy porter or stout.

Overall it's ok. I would drink this if offered for free at a BBQ or gathering and there were no other options, but I would never buy Michelob Ultra.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
1.69/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from my sister's fridge, decided to pour into a pint glass for review purpose only.

L - Just about the clearest beer I've ever seen. A tint of yellow, maybe started to turn neon under a certain light with my bad eyesight. Deceiving inch of head that goes away before you throw away the bottle. Resembles champagne or a watered-down ginger ale.

S - Water. Really hard to pick up any evidence of malt, hops, wheat, or corn. Some metal and wet grass but nothing really there.

T - Seltzer, the faintest bit of corn at the end. Makes me feel like I'm hydrating by drinking sparkling water but then remember it's beer. About as "diet" and "low cal" of a "beer" as it gets.

F - Everything factored in, it's clearly a light-bodied, highly-carbonated beer that's as drinkable as water. At about 4% ABV, you can "feel" good knowing it's a 95 calorie, 2.6g carb beer. But at that point, why waste your money? Nearly the equivalent of drinking an O'Douls.

O - Wouldn't turn it down if offered, otherwise would never go out of my way to purchase this. It's marketed nowadays as an "active person"'s beer. If you're going to work out and plan on drinking afterwards, I guess this is a good "post workout" beer. But that's like selling a cigarette to a kid.

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Photo of SpdKilz
1.8/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

As this was drank from a can, on a school bus, for my wife's best friends wedding as we were going to get pictures, without air conditioning, on a ridiculous unseasonably 80 degree warm end of October day, I will give this beer the benefit of the doubt as I was dying from heat in a full suit. That said, I am not a beer snob. I drink what you give me and don't complain. However, I made a mental note (after drinking a bud light and coors light) how bad this was in comparison. As it was in a can, I will rate the "look" higher than I probably should. The smell wasn't horrible, but the taste was utterly off putting. The feel was of seltzer water and nothing more. Note to self: avoid if there are other options.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.63/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow color, the medium sized head fades to nothingness very quickly. The smell is a very faint aroma of corn and grain. The taste is extremely light without much flavor, aside from a hint of grains at first taste and a slight malt finish. Definitely not a beer to drink if you are looking for great flavor or taste. The mouthfeel however is a different story. Without a doubt the smoothest beer I have ever had, as well as having a perfect level of carbonation which makes this beer refreshing and easy to chug.

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Photo of stevoj
2.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Can from the discount bin at Jackson's, all of 35 cents. As pale as you can get, foamy head fades to nothing. Grainy aroma, normal for the style. Taste is barely there, and then disappears. Not horrendous, but not much substance either.

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Photo of hophead1946
1.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This is just a awful beer. No way would I ever purchase this beer, but a friend left some in my frig while visiting. I hate to see any beer wasted, but after tasting this one I have a change of heart. Watery yellow color, no distinguishable taste, ugh! Just bad.

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Photo of kevin3046
1.24/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

No smell. Tastes like someone put a loaf of bread in a gallon of water and let it sit over night, then strained it through one of Caitlyn Jenner's old jock straps. I see people drinking this swill all the time and I just don't get it.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
2.59/5  rDev +40%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Anheuser-Busch - Michelob Ultra. 4.2% ABV. 16oz mug ordered at a restaurant.

Look: Pale straw body arrived with a thin white head.

Smell: Not really anything; maybe light wheat.

Feel: Light bodied, heavily carbonated.

Taste: As bland as the smell. light wheat presence and that's about it.

Overall: Another big macro beer that is not special in the slightest. It is less offensive than some other Light Lagers that taste like corn or cracker soda, but that leaves this like soda water.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.15/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Pours that straw yellow-ish color that nobody likes. Smells sour and of rotting fruit. Feels thin, watery, over carbonated. I'll drink one of these over a Bud Light, I actually made that decision today, but it's really not very good. There is a malt flavor that shines through here and there that isn't terrible, but usually it's terrible.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
1.51/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours pale, very clear with a very mild white foam head. Aroma is very mild, of malts and some noble hops. Taste is incredibly mild, like mineral water, low bitterness, nothing to enjoy in this beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.04/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A pale yellow with a thin, white head that falls off to a ring leaving no lacing, this looks OK. The nose is inoffensive and blend, a clean, mild water cracker flavor and aroma, no hops, no malt. Thin, clean and minimally bitter on the palate with no body, no flavor and nothing to be offended by, this is offensively inoffensive. Carbonation is high, adding a mild bit but that is no different from seltzer. Meh.

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Photo of Squire123
3.02/5  rDev +63.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very ginger ale like in appearance, light color along that line and noticeably large bubbles. Pours with an attractive, thick white cap that soon dissipates and is gone entirely by half glass.

Aroma at first is sweet malt with a very light hint of spicy hops. Unfortunately this aroma is more fleeting than the cap and within moments is replaced by a scent of clean grain.

Can't really describe taste because it runs away faster than my palate can chase. I want to find the hint of malt and hops but on entry the prickle of carbonation really covers everything up. Earlier promise of sweetness is elusive as well. Like football fields and tennis courts, these light beers have boundaries and this one is held in by calories and carb count resulting in a brew that has been attenuated to the point of bone dryness. Which brings up a positive, no harsh bitterness in the body or aftertaste.

Light medium body, this thing isn't thin, which I suppose is due to the grain content.

This is a well made brew. You can't make something this light and hide any flaws. The brewer has carefully drawn the bow and the arrow hits the target dead center. I have a friend who dearly loves this brew (indeed will drink no other) and for her it's perfect. Now this girl is no lightweight when it comes to alcohol. Despite her diminutive size she can slug straight vodka and tolerate it rather well. For her this beer is perfect due to it's lack of bitterness or lingering harshness in the aftertaste. A beer for vodka drinkers I suppose.

This isn't at all like a ginger ale though, ginger ale has much more flavor.

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Photo of Garypuffer
1.34/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This "beer" poured as clear as any I've had, with hardly any head. It looks a lot like ginger ale, and the taste was very watery...actually very little beer flavor at all. You couldn't get me to drink another of these...the target group for this brew must be people who actually don't like beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.39/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From the can, it pours a very very pale golden with a vigorous head, dissipating rapidly, although a continual stream of bubbles comes from the bottom. Faint aroma of adjuncts?? Taste is quite minimal, but drinkable.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
2.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

It looks like beer so ill give credit there.... doesnt smell like anything pleasant. the taste is water status but fuck it, its drinkable so its got that to offer!

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.06/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear pale straw producing a single finger of shortlived, white, soap like foam head that leaves only a few motes of lacing. Aroma is faint adjunct grains & some grassy hops. Taste is watery cereal grain with grass & lemon in the background. Afrertaste is light corn & grain before it fades. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly prickly, watery but clean & dry.

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Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
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