Michelob Ultra | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob UltraMichelob Ultra

Brewed by:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002

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2.75/5  rDev +46.3%

Photo of Das_Reh
2.34/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A = fizzy and yellow, like most AAL's. Nothing to write home about

S = Apple cider, some cereal graininess, cooked corn, some hop presence

T = Very sweet, apple/white grape juice-like flavor, cooked corn, very little hop bitterness.

M = Spritzy, not quite as seltzer-like as Bud Light but close, very slick and watery, thin

O = One of the better AAL's in my opinion, good as a thirst quencher and not much else. May as well drink a glass of sparkling cider or grape juice.

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Photo of Premo88
1.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(born on July 31, 2013)

L: clear as water, white wine; light pale yellow; hard pour renders about an inch of white, big-bubbled, whispy foam that doesn't stick much; very little lacing; tons of bubbles flying up the column, leave a decent pattern and collar on top; honestly, looks very similar to a good pilsener i recently tried

S: lemon peel and flowers at first, but it devolves into very weak lemon peel; muted grain ... not even good grain, just really weak watered down grain

T: lemon water; carbonated water with a pinch of sugar tossed in; it gets worse as it warms ... about the only beer i've ever seen do this -- and by "worse," i mean the bit of sweetness leaves and you're left with carbonated lemon peel water

F: watery; that hard pour has taken away a lot of this beer's carbonation pop -- i've tried it with a soft pour and found great carbonation

O: honestly, i'd rather drink water. if i'm going to consume 2.6 grams of carbohydrates, 95 calaories and 4.2% ABV, i'd rather take two sips of a good stout or half a true german or czech pilsener than waste the energy on this.

i drank three of these things over a month period and tried to give the brew as fair a shake as possible in terms of a review. each time, all i taste is lemon water and about halfway into each one, it took a lot of energy not to drain pour it. just awful. not a good session beer, not good for a barbecue, not good for anything that a good cold glass of water can't give you equally (minus the alcohol).

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Photo of rhinonau
3.25/5  rDev +72.9%

Photo of SDVargo
3.03/5  rDev +61.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is what it is. Its an extremely light light beer. Drink enough of them, you'll get drunk. Eventually. I first started drinking it because my friend was a fitness guru and was strict about his calorie intake. And yet to this day, it is my go-to light beer. When I want to get drunk, I'm going for this. If I'm going to just enjoy a beer with a full meal, I'm going with a quality non-light beer. To me, Ultra is in a class above Miller Lite, Coors Light, and Bud Light. Honestly, this beer is best enjoyed on a hot day or golfing or if you are trying to lose weight but don't want to throw your entire day's worth of calories out with a couple beers. I do think this beer gets a bit of a bad reputation by people that just discard it as a "chick beer" or "beer-flavored water". If you're drinking it, you have to realize that it is what it is. If you want mountains of flavor, this isn't the beer for you. However for a light beer I do think this one has a great taste. If you are debating whether to try it or not because you're afraid your manhood will be questioned, just try it for yourself and form your own opinion.

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2.75/5  rDev +46.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +86.2%

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1.25/5  rDev -33.5%

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1/5  rDev -46.8%

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1.25/5  rDev -33.5%

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2.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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2.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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1.25/5  rDev -33.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of valianes
1/5  rDev -46.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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2/5  rDev +6.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GMB
2.3/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

A vigorous pour of Michelob Ultra yields the palest of pale straw-yellow bodies and a head that disappears in the blink of an eye and leaves no evidence it ever existed. Carbonation is vigorous at first. Then the large, soda-pop bubbles disappear and things calm down. A few vigorous swirls around the glass fail to produce any foam to speak of.

The nose is more appealing than expected. Watered-down cider and champagne come to mind.

The taste follows the nose, but adds flavors of seltzer water and alcohol. Bittering hops add crispness to the beer's cider-champagne flavors. I like this much more than I thought I would. Skunky "macro-brew" flavors are kept to a minimum thanks to the beer's extremely thin malt profile.

The beer is entirely too watery. Its carbonation is harsh at first, then disappears. Flat beer? No thanks.

I can think of a few reasons why beer drinkers might reach for a Michelob Ultra. It's a fine choice for beer drinkers who are counting calories and carbohydrates. Its crispness and wateriness are welcome characteristics on very hot afternoons. The thinness of its malt profile minimizes the nasty "skunk" flavors of American macro-lagers, making Ultra comparatively enjoyable. Indeed, I'd reach for a Michelob Ultra before any of the "big three" (Coors, Miller, Budweiser) or their light counterparts.

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1.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +112.8%

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1/5  rDev -46.8%

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2.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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2.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.7% out of 100 with 2,335 ratings
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