Michelob Ultra | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,342
Reviews:
625
Ratings:
2,386
pDev:
39.15%
Bros Score:
1.34
 
 
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19
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Ratings: 2,386 |  Reviews: 625
Photo of spongebob2
1.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of StormAles
2.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Chuckles21
2.18/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AngEo
1.36/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Bitterbill
1.62/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On draught at Old Chicago.

Pours the palest of pale, decent head of foam.

Smells so light, grain, touch of semisweet malt.

Taste is the same with the added attraction of being watery.

Lightest of bodies, truly as bland as bland can get.

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Photo of superspak
3.16/5  rDev +67.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25 ounce can into lager glass, best before 5/24/2015. Pours crystal clear pale golden/straw color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread, light biscuit/dough/corn, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit fruity, but not overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/grain and light earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of cracker, white bread, light biscuit/dough/corn, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Very minimal herbal, grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread, light biscuit/dough/corn, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness flavor a short bit. Solid robustness of pale malt/grain and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, fairly bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is okay. Thin/watery, but not too bland of a finish. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is an okay light lager. All around solid robustness of pale malt/grain and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing too drink. Nicely clean barley/grain flavors and mild earthy hop balance. For an ultralight beer this does a good job, without tasting like pure water. A fairly enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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1.52/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of QuentinDishaw
1.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.5/5  rDev +85.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, especially if you're watching your carb intake to avoid a bloated beer belly.

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Photo of LoveGame
2.49/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Another beer from my early days. I've had it a few other time since then and... I don't have a lot to say. As an "ultra light" beer, it's not gonna have a particularly strong taste, and it's super fizzy, like a seltzer. The ones I had honestly weren't as watery as I was expecting, which is why I rated the taste a little bit higher. Fairly smooth and overall has a cool vibe to it, whatever that means. Inoffensive, but you might be better off with a Rolling Rock or Miller.

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Photo of G-R-Fracassa
2.33/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
1.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Bought a 12-pack bottles $12.99 Longs Drugs
Clear golden color
Medium carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Light malt flavor, smooth
Overall not for me. Seems like cheap beer that has been watered down.

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Photo of Jbalintjr
1.54/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of manoshandsoffate
2.84/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I've been consuming a decent amount of light macros lately, foreign and domestic. It's been a challenge trying to rate these low-cost, low-ABV brews fairly within the style. Obviously, this isn't Franziskaner or Arrogant Bastard. But, for what it is... it really ain't too shabby!

L: Nothing special, a few big soapy bubbles recede quickly and leave minimal lacing. Looks kinda like pee.

S: Bread, adjunct grains. Nothing bad, nothing great.

T: Surprisingly flavorful. Clear hops presence, much more so than its AB cousins, Bud Light and Busch Light. I would say it even edges out Miller Lite. Malt base, perhaps a little sour apple? Decent!

F: Much better than the appearance suggests. Lovely carbonation on the tongue. A little bit of an oily slickness after the swallow, but it doesn't remain for long.

Overall, a great choice for a beer in this style. It's about the same price as Yuengling Light Lager, has fewer calories and a higher ABV. It doesn't taste quite as good, but if you're looking for buzz over flavor, go Ultra.

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1.25/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of c014572
2.82/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Rate it for what it is.... There is not a lot of body, not a lot of hops, what body it has is watery. But what there is in this beer, IMO, is balance.

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Photo of drcaligari
1.4/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Maybe the worst beer I’ve had, and I’m ok with cheap beers. This literally had nothing to offer

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2.56/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Nickshug
2.72/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent low price and calorie beer to drink every now and then.

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Photo of Juiposa
2.07/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of MikePB1
1.14/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of djmob
4.08/5  rDev +115.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice, refreshing beer when you are in the mood for something light.

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Photo of Drewskiidrew
2.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is basically beer flavored water, but hey if you aren't looking to get full and still want a drink in your hand this is it.

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Photo of EMH73
1.14/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Honestly, I am kicking myself for ever taking a sip of this beer. It was my only choice at a friends house. Basically, this is just an extremely poor example of malt flavored water. I find it incredibly hard to believe that this "beer" has been around for so long. Cheers to marketing.

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Photo of brew-Ed
1/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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Beer rating: 1.89 out of 5 with 2,386 ratings