Michelob Ultra | Anheuser-Busch

BA SCORE
47
awful
2,295 Ratings
THE BROS
36
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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
Ratings:
2,295
Reviews:
606
Avg:
1.85
pDev:
39.46%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
501
For Trade:
0
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1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +89.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of bubba41
3.2/5  rDev +73%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I appreciate good beer, giving dogfish head 90 minutes IPA a 5/5, but i'm dissapointed to see such low reviews for Mic Ultra. Exactly what did the reviewers expect? This is as advertised: a very light, low carb beer for an active summer (or other season) day when the drinker does not want to feel weighted down/bloated but wants to enjoy a beer. No, this is not the finest craft beer on the planet, but it does not pretend to be. It does not sell itself beyond its label.

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4.25/5  rDev +129.7%

Photo of spinrsx
1.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance - Clear very light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is no lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, metallic, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation.. almost like a seltzer.. and I can taste corn mixed with some light fruity notes. There is also a graininess and it ends with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - This really isn't a beer.. I've never seen a beer that was such a light shade of yellow. The taste is extremely light and the mouthfeel is like a seltzer/soda. Not sure why I picked this one up.. curiosity got the better of me.

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2/5  rDev +8.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

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Photo of A60sburnout
1.03/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

EEEKS!

This was BEER?

The only tip-off was the word 'Beer' on the label. Low carbs equals no taste, right?

I'm sure that Ultra serves the purpose for those drinkers who are restricting carb intake, (which is why I tried it in the first place), but the result was so unsatisfying that the carb investment in a much better-tasting brew would be worth considering.

Poured out a very pale yellow with little to no head. Taste and mouthfeel were closer to water than to any type of malted beverage. Very thin taste. Hops? Yeah, right... nowhere to be found.

If offered a choice between Ultra and a bottle of water, I'd choose the water every time.

My advice? Stay away, unless you carb watchers are desperate for a beer-flavored beverage.

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Photo of smakawhat
1.54/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Oh boy I totally forgot to write this one up! From my notes poured into a tall pilsner glass, taken from a good friend who always drinks this...

Off the pour an extremely bleach white head is formed, but very soapy and disappears quite quickly, but does always leave some pencil thin collar while consuming. While pouring just from the sound and appearance, the impression I get is that there is going to be no texture. Pours like water, lots of slapping noises, a very straw gold body, some decent rising carbonation. Overall it pours quite weak but looks passable for a lager, it's not really that bad appearance wise.

One whiff and suddenly it's all bets are off. The nose on the brew is extremely thin and papery. It smells like paper pulp, or papier mâché. Slight sour grain, and this huge sense of carbon dioxide like gas. Some very strange fake bitter fruit zest to it also. Hints of rice, LOTS of rice and airy quality. Barely even resembles beer.

Palate hits and there is no feel to this beer at all. It truly is like drinking tap water, with some sour gas added to it. Malt backbone to this consists of nothing but eating rice cakes (even if it might be mostly corn not sure). It's largely tasteless. Papery texture and wet is not a good combination on most food items, and for beer its got to be the biggest sin ever. Strangely there's some hop action on the finish which almost reminds me that this supposed to be beer, but barely. Extremely fleeting palate, with no depth.

Overall this reminds me of an old Cosby show episode. Bill's wife comes home with rice cakes and says look these are new, and they are good for you and healthy! Bill picks one up, bites into it... crunch. Thinks for a second, then says, "this has no taste". Wife replies yeah but it's got practically no calories! uh.. IT has NO TASTE... he says again.

This is that beer. It's about as interesting as drinking a box of styrofoam chips. If you want to drink something low calorie at least go for some Clausthaler Amber. This beers angle just makes no sense to me. It is drinkable, and easy, but for flavor and experiences why would I even bother to have this again?

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2/5  rDev +8.1%

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1/5  rDev -45.9%

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1/5  rDev -45.9%

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2/5  rDev +8.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -5.4%

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1/5  rDev -45.9%

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1/5  rDev -45.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

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2/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Chico1985
1.93/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Often known as the lightest of the light, the wateriest beer you can find amongst the vast swill that is light lagers. I'm glad it's the latest induction to the highly influential series known as "Free Beers From Work" is a beer of such infamy. Does it live up to the un-hype?!?

Poured the expected very pale yellow and could be mistaken for water at a quick glance. A white pillow of head sticks around decently though, a decent cap is still left at the end.

Very faint scent reveals some grainy and pale malts, no garbage but very faint.

Like the smell, it is quite faint/watery but really not offensive to me. It is your standard lager grainy/cereal/bready malts with a tiny bit of sweetness there.

Mouthfeel has an alright body with high carbonation. Not much flavor, goes down easy.

Certainly of the most flavorless beers around, very watery. But still easier drinking/slightly more enjoyable than your light Coors, Busch, Bud, etc.

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1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
1.85 out of 5 based on 2,295 ratings.
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