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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 scottoale
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

One pint brown plastic long-neck bottle, complete with a twist-off aluminum cap and a Born on Date:10AUG06.

This gem of a macro pours almost clear (very pale yellow) with lots of forced carbonation and a short lived white foam head that leaves nary a trace of lace.

The smell is very sweet of malt and corn adjuncts with notes of Double Bubble gum and dust.

It tastes like a blend of soda and quinine water, not nearly as sweet as it smells. Very macro bland malt flavor... watery with a fairly clean finish.

Very uneventful light body that is fizzy, watery and made for the masses that don't mind this style...where's the alcohol?

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Photo of thefenst
2.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very pale staw color.
Smell was very clean macro; a bit grassy with adjuncts.
Tastes like most light macro lagers, except with even less taste.
This beer is very carbonated, this was almost like drinking beer-flavored club soda.
Being that it is so inoffensive, this stuff is very easy to drink, but if you are looking for a beer with any taste you will be disappointed.
If you are looking for a light beer with at least some flavor, Miller High Life Light might be more up your alley (with similar calorie content as this).

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Photo of ghostmech007
1.2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz twister into a frosted pint. "Low Carbohydrate Light Beer" is on the label.

Pours a pale lackluster yellow. Pours like a soda if you hard poured it you wouldn't of had any head form. Possibly the worst looking beer on the market.

Clean smell with no real notes of anything except husk.

NO flavor. Very watery and very thin. The carbonation is good but that is the only thing this whole brew has going for it. It's hard to find anything to taste in this brew. No hop bitterness and a bone dry finish.

Are they sure this is beer?? I thought it was just carbonated corn starch and water. I just hope people that drink this (like my future mother in law) can try to find a light beer that isn't insulting to the name. Like Sam Adams Light maybe.

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Photo of teg8612
1.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Very pale yellow, I don't like what it looks similar to.

S- Clean with not much to say. Adjunct smell of corn and husk but almost nill.

T&M- I taste....nothing. Very light, watery and thin. What I do pick up disappears a split second later. Finishes clean and dry which would facilitate drinking this all day if you are adverse to flavor.

D- When they say light beer, they aren't kidding. Light color, no smell, light taste. Avoid at all cost. I am almost more dissappointed when I hear someone order this than if they order Bud Light. It may seem gimmicky but I don't think this one will go away anytime soon.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
2.12/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a plastic cup at the office picnic. The liquid is a very clear off white, not a bad white 2 finger head. It is truly amazing that some thing can be brewed this light and still be sold as beer. Really it should be called something else.

The smell is beer like. kinda hopy and malt smell are there, but faint.

The taste is best described as hopped soda water.

The mouthfeel is just like soda water. Nothing redeeming here,

The drinkability is really not very good, even free I am not going to finish it, but 3/4 gives me enough to work with here. Stay away. MK

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Photo of Mebuzzard
1.94/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

OK, so this isn't a good be relative to most of those reviewed on this site. But for its category it ain't bad.
Very light body, sparse head of two fingers that did not last long.
Smell of malt and water.
Taste was very light, rice and malt dominate, yet not sweet.
Crisp feeling on the palate, goes down easy. Better than some 'Lite' beers, but still not my type.

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Photo of wedge
1.36/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a lifeless pale, pale yellow with a loud, fizzy head that instantly shrinks to a fine layer of bubbles kept alive only by the near-violent carbonation. Smells like pretty much nothing...faint, clean cereal grains. At least it has a bit of flavor...not good flavor, but flavor all the same. Watered down pale sweet malts followed by adjucts and grain. Fizzy, watery...you get the picture.

Its not repulsive, but you might as well just drink sparkling water.

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Photo of Phatz
1.24/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beer is nearly impossible to review other than Appearance: Pours a typical watery yellow. The rest of the beer just wasn't there. The smell and taste have little to offer. There is a hint of grain and a bitter aftertaste but otherwise it is simply seltzer water. Mouthfeel: It is carbonated. I didn't even finish the bottle. I simply don't like the stuff.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Guardian
3.16/5  rDev +70.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

If you are looking for a "good" beer, this is not it. If you are hoping to save a few calories (and especially carbs), this can't be beat. Smell is kind of funky, the taste is quite waterish and it will take about 4 before you feel any buzz whatsoever. Essentially this beer is good for what it was created to be...a low carb macro-brew.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
2.4/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Even for a light beer, Michelob Ultra is pretty underwhelming. Light yellow in appearance, with a simple smell, and near non-existant taste. Carbonated, watered-down beer. Towards the end, it's hard to finish. Would be fine if you were desperate or having a burger or hot dog at a BBQ and trying to avoid the calories, but Sam Adams Light, Amstel Light or even Bud Light would be a better choice.

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Photo of bashiba
1.15/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured an absolut sickly yellow with little bit of fizzy head.

Smell, what smell?

The taste was very very light bit of grassyness, even letting it get to room tempature left if almost tasteless.

Mouthfeel was well the same as carbonated water.

I hope to never drink this again, only did this one because it was free.

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Photo of xav33
1.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Michelob Ultra
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, consumed 07/06
Fairly aggressive pour in a pilsner glass

Poured a very light shade of pale hay with quickly dissipating white head.

Smelt of a blemish of maltiness

Taste begins with light corny malt and finishes metallic and watery. Mouthfeel was light and overcarbonated.

Overall, a good substitute if your tap water is contaminated.

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Photo of Estarrio
1.7/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, with no other beer around I finally decided to try a bottle.

Poured a fizzy, watery yellow with a slight white head.

Unique subtle aroma that resembled nothing I consider akin to malt and hops. Highly carbonated, light palate.

The flavor is water and very, very subtle hops. This was difficult to finish.

Drinkability comes from the lack of any non-water flavor to speak of...quite possibly, the worst macro brew that I have ever imbibed.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
1.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

Michelob Ultra is horridly pathetic. Honestly, Bud Light has more taste and thicker mouthfeel, and that’s saying something. Appearance leaves a lot to be desired. Thinnest of thin heads. Poured yellowiest of fizzy yellow lagers. Smell is in the distance, as the taste. What little taste there is, is of warm corn. Mouthfeel is also thin as a sheet of paper. The upside?!!?! You can drink it like water! Go ahead; it won’t make ya choke up! No beer characteristics to be afraid of! In fact, I was questioning myself as to if there was any alcohol in this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
1.3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

It has a very pale yellow color with a small, fizzy head. The smell is hard to desrcibe because it doesn't really smell like anything. The taste slightly resembles a lager, but for the most part it tastes like water. Mouthfeel was also rather water-like. I gave it a 2 on drinkability because you could easily drink alot because it is so light.

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Photo of ski271
1.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear pale straw with a fizzy, white, soda-like, rapidly-diminishing head. Smells of weak grain, light doughy yeast and light metal. The taste is so mild it’s ridiculous, but it’s not offensive. It has a thin body, watery, soda-like texture and very lively carbonation. Sure, it’s refreshing I guess, but so is water. A why-bother kind of beer.

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Photo of jameaterblues
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Looks like yellow tinged water with bubbles, there was a thin white head that disappeared within seconds.
S- Mild malts, but other than that almost no scent.
T- Slightly malty body, with a light crispness at the finish...there really was not much more to detect.
M/D- This beer was very light(hence how it is marketed), almost water like in body with high carbonation. I could see how you might drink this on a hot day to cool down, but not too much for the pure enjoyment factor.

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Photo of jwc215
1.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured clear - slight yellowish with a thin white head.
It lacked a real smell. Some preservative-something-or-other was in the background. So, it did have a slight odor - but nothing beer-like.
It tasted like water - bad water at that. Very weak.
The only good part is you can drink a good beer afterwards because it didn't leave an aftertaste that would interfere.
A neighbor offered to split one with me and against my better judgement I took her up on it.

Why bother with this one...

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Photo of Foxman
1.2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

It pours a weak straw yellow, crystal clear and carbonated. A couple fingers of bright white, artifically frothy head swell capably, but drop away to mere nothingness.

The aroma is remarkably thin, which may just be a blessing in disguise, because what's there is corn, grass, and some other vague, off vegetal note.

Upon sipping, I wondered why I bothered. The corn sweetness comes through instantly, and in another blessed quirk, progresses very quickly to a dull, metallic, lightly skunky hops bitterness. The finish is a rapid declination from bitter to bad aftertaste. The words that spring to mind are bad and thin, not a good pair when talking about flavor, or ever, with beer anyway.

Beer...water...beer....water...the fact that only the carbonation laid claim to making it beer says it all.

First, in my defense, I went to a party, and it was this, Coors Light, or Shop Rite root beer. Since I was feeling daring and masochistic, I chose the Mich. Now, I won't be going to any more parties at this house, for the obvious reason, but at least now I can say I've tried this painfully misguided, trend-following concoction. The thing is, what makes it so lame helps make it drinkable, and that's the lack of any real substance. Still, the question is not whether I CAN drink it, but rather, whether I WILL drink it.
In a word, no. Not again, anyway.

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Photo of cheers2beers
1.29/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearnace: This beer pours a very light yellowish hue,almost clear. The head is a bright white color that stacks up as high as you want to coax the liquid from the bottle,and then maintains a thin layer on top. Lots of beading can be found floating to the top.

Smell: The aromas were pure corn adjucts with a hint of grassy hops. Seemed to be borderline skunkish and pines.

Taste: A weak grassy hops and an even lighter corn husk. This concludes the taste. Basicly its a weak beer flavored water.

Mouthfeel: The feel was smooth crisp easy to drink. Medium level of carbonation with a light body. Watery in the finish.

Drinkability: I wouldn't recommend this. It just doesn't have any good characteristics. This is actually worse than Bud light.


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Photo of ITK4ever
1.1/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I never thought you could put dog piss in a bottle, but AB managed to do it. But then, they are the only company big enough with their massive marketing budget to actually pull off sales of this swill. Does Augie III actually taste this shit before it goes out? I know his Dad used to.

The last time I saw something this color was in the urinal. Not much to the pour with corn in the nose. Taste was watered-down to get to be "Ultra". This beer gives the Michelob Premium brand a bad name...if it's possible. I'd rather drink water and this was my first and last Ultra....and it gave me a headache to boot. Thanks, Augie.

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Photo of Drew966
2.17/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Michelob Ultra came served on tap in a pint glass, it was a typical macro yellow with no head. Smells and tastes like corn. It's just not very good. Drinkable at ice cold temperatures, preferably on a hot day. In other words, lawnmower beer. Not recommended.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
1.16/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This “beer” came a weak, pale straw with a nice field of bubbles, but no head. “Could be an omen!”

Smelled faintly like wax and corn chips.

Tasted like dirty yeast and sour. Is sour a flavor? It is now. There was amazingly a chemical bitterness in the end that I suspect is trying to mimic hops. Thank goodness these flavors were so slight. Seriously, I just got a mild dry-heave re-reading my notes and entering this one. That just about says it all for this one.

The mouth feel was very light, nearly non-existent with a strange greasy feel to it. Also, the carbonation just erupted upon sipping, making this an unpleasant feeling beer.

WTF?!?!?! This is a good working definition of what a beer shouldn’t be. But think of how many calories I saved!

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

This is the worst beer of all time. Avoid if possible!! No hops, all water, no flavor. Makes you wanna vomit. Michelob dry was good, and not available any longer, this watered down mess is the residual of carb nutheads gone wild! Not recommended whatsoever!

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

The color of this beer was very light and had a very light aroma that smelled faintly of malt and adjuncts. The taste wasn't very much of anything to be honest and was nothing more than crisp. The mouthfeel was like carbonated water and was of a medium/high carbonation. I'm not trying to be hard on this beer, but it's hard to consider a beer drinkable when there isn't much taste to it. If you are that concerned about calories, than just drink water. In summary, irregardless of personal biases, I felt that this beer was less than impressive when it comes to taste and quality.

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Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
1.85 out of 5 based on 2,283 ratings.
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