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
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#46,658
Reviews:
627
Ratings:
2,397
pDev:
39.15%
Bros Score:
1.34
 
 
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2/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
1.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes.

A: Mich Ultra is a very light yellow with a small white head that has very little retention and leaves practically no lacing.

S: Some corn and grain, but overall lacking in aroma. Not much going on.

T: Similar to the aroma, very boring with a little bit of grain, corn, and a light sweetness, but thats it.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very thin and water like.

O: Basically a water with few ingredients thrown in. Its only saving grace is that it is refreshing, but only because it is essentially water.

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Photo of dvmin98
1.34/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.25/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Brewed by Anheuser-Busch. Adjunct lager. Light. Low-Carb. Any one of those is enough to give me pause. All four in the same bottle are a frightening proposition, one that I had avoided until now. When a few bottles were left over after a tailgating party prior to a football game yesterday, I couldn't resist the temptation to see what this stuff is actually like. Knowing that I'm a lover of good beer, my friend was more than a little amused when I accepted a bottle and agreed to try it. Her words were something to the effect of "I guarantee you won't like it". Gee, think so?

The very definition of straw yellow. In fact, it's *light* straw yellow. The only lighter 'beer-like beverage' (which, come to think of it, could be used for both examples) in my experience was a now forgotten brand of cider/perry. The head is shockingly bright white and is composed of semi-stiff foam. The fact that it doesn't fall instantly and leaves a little lace leads me to bump it a half point above the minimum allowable. At least we're not looking at 'ones' across the board.

Even though the nose is nearly absent, something is making its way to my olfactory lobe. I can appreciate faint grain-like notes along with an artificial, chemical-like nastiness that isn't powerful enough to truly offend. If I'm being kind, there's a suggestion of fruitiness that, nevertheless, can't pull this sucker out of the abysmal range.

Actually, it has more flavor than I expected. That doesn't mean that it's more than minimal, just that it's more than none. It's distinguishable from soda water, but only just. There's the barest suggestion of sour grain with that same artificial flavor that I appreciated in the nose. Both fade almost as soon as they appear, carried along on the wateriest 'body' that one can imagine. In fact, this beer has no body. It's non-corporeal, ghost-like, as graspable as water vapor (with which it has much in common).

The original owner of this beverage said the following when she handed over the bottle: "I don't like beer and I only drink this because it tastes less like beer than any beer I've ever had. It has to be ice-cold though or I won't touch it". That says it all, don't you think? The plain truth is that Michelob Ultra isn't beer at all, but anti-beer. For that, it deserves every bit of hostility thrown its way. And more.

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Photo of Jason
1.34/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a “Born On Date” on the neck. States “Calories – 95, Carbohydrates- 2.6” and “Low Carbohydrate Light Beer” on the label.

Appearance: Very pale yellow, perhaps the lightest colour brew I have ever seen. Skimpy white lace does not amount to much, pours out spritzy and almost soda like.

Smell: Odd adjunct aroma, smells of faint cooked corn and mild husk. Other than that it is very clean.

Taste: Watery and thin, very little flavour at all. The crispness is on the right track though with the beer being so light is gives a seltzer like quality. Trace malt is hard to find but it is there, clean husk and cooked adjunct are extremely light also. Vague hop twang with a laughable bitterness, so minute that it brings nothing to the palate. Finishes clean and bone dry without a trace.

Notes: Can beer get any lighter than this? Is this the base product for the production of malternative. This is light beer, so light there is nothing there. People who seek this beer out are people with boring beer palates. There are better light beers out there, even then what is the point? I compare this beer with baked fat free light nacho chips … its like eating air, what’s the point? Don’t even bother with this one as it is the most lackluster, boring, gimmicky brew of its time.

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Photo of Slatetank
1.18/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had this bottle at Smokey Bones, where there is not much of a beer selection. I have heard many comments about this so I thought I would give it a go. Served ice cold poured into a mug.

A - An extremely, I mean very pale gold like yellow water. The head appears and vanishes in seconds, there is no lace.

S - A mild hint of sweet odor, little else going on. Possibly an adjunct smell if anything.

M - Watery, fizzy and metallic -a mess.

T - Not a bit of flavor mustered by this ultra-light. More of a feel as in other lights than flavor. If I had to give this a taste description I would say alka-seltzer when pressed. Very gassy w/a slightly oily vegetal tinge.

D - This is a really sad attempt, just not even close to beer. I guess if you want to cut grease from ribs it works, but not for any real beer taste - Avoid this at all costs. I wish this could have proved me wrong but nothing ultra about this, just ultra lame.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What can I really say about this, looks bad, smells like air and tastes like flavored water. At a concert it is all you can get, so its what you are left with. Pale yellow carbonated water that has to be drank freezing or it is completly untolerable, please look somewhere else.

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Photo of orangesol
1.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
1.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A friend bought a pitcher for the band last night.

A: The beer is crystal clear and an extremely light shade of yellow. There is an inch of head that quickly fades, leaving no lacing.

S: There is no aroma. Zilch. I can't honestly say the aroma is repugnant, as it seemingly does not exist.

T: The beer has no virtually no flavor whatsoever, for better or worse. There's really nothing more to say.

M: It's extremely watery. In fact, it's the most watery beer I have ever had.

D: I would rather drink tap water. This beer is completely futile. It doesn't taste bad - it doesn't taste like anything. Why waste money on a product that has nothing to offer? To create the perception that you're taking care of your physique and/or being responsible by choosing low calorie, faddish, flavorless macro swill? I'll pass.

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2/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.32/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Pours a fizzy pissy yellow, with a one inch head, and no lacing.

Smells like nothing. Very watery.

It tastes quite watery. There's only 90 calories here, and it shows. Some skunky tastes, with more vegetal hop tastes. Just. not. good.

Watery mouthfeel, slightly crisp near the end. High carbonation. Kinda makes me want to vomit.

Pass.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.53/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a short lived white head.

S: Like your usual light lager, plenty of corn and corn syrup. There's quite a bit of straw in there as well. It's very sweet with a little bit of white grape juice and some added sugar. Pretty much no malt.

T: Not shockingly, it's sweet, very sweet. Definitely some apple as well as the typical corn, corn syrup, and sugar. A somewhat cidery taste with a light tartness. It's also a touch watery.

M: The body is very light with medium carbonation.

O: While the flavor wasn't really good, it wasn't offensive. I suppose that counts as some sort of moral victory.

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Photo of tdm168
1.81/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden copper with a loose, soapy head that fades quickly. Smells of sweet corny grains and a hint of metal. The flavor is excessively mild bordering on nonexistent. There are hints of grains and faint earthy hops. The mouthfeel is extremely thin and light, and the beer is excessively carbonated.

Well, they achieved what they were after; a very light, low calorie, flavorless beer.

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Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of stakem
2.06/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle care of my brother poured into a pub glass. The brew pours a very pale yellow color with less than a finger of white bubbles that rapidly dissolves to a thin layering across the top. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film.

The aroma of this brew does not bring much to the table. It has a faint sweetness about it that is stretching to say it is grainy. A bit of sulfur and a minor touch of sulfur.

The taste echos the aroma in that it doesn't really have much character. Very mild, neutral grain flavoring with some residual sweetness somewhat like corn. I could sit here and ponder this brew all day but the fact of the matter is that this brew thrives on just not tasting like anything.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is pretty much void of any real character which I guess is fitting for the style. If you want a beer that tastes as little like beer as possible, by all means go tank a case of this and throw a couple limes in the neck of the bottle just for shits. Not recommended.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3/5  rDev +58.7%

Photo of VeganUndead
1/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of t2grogan
1/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of thatoneguymike
2/5  rDev +5.8%

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

There has to be something wrong with this beer... it's skunked right? That is the major response that I hear working at an outdoor summer concert venue when poured, after trying this beer just now I can honestly say I understand what they mean. In all reality this beer is not beer it's a bastardized marketing concept by a conglomerate of a big business in the brewing industry of a USA mass produced, dumb down American light lagers. Marketed as the "low carbohydrate" light beer to pair with the ongoing trend of the Atkins diet, so if you ask me this beer is going to die just the same as all trends do and mark my words if this ever becomes a staple of the brewing industry of this country I may just find my way to another place. Smooth and refreshing lager beer this is false advertisement, but here goes my description pours quite a few shades short of golden with a highly carbonated artificial fizzy white head leaving no lace, sad looking. Aroma very mild hop aroma some sweetness and light cooked veggie tones with an nonexisting aroma might as well be carbonated water. Taste offensive in all regards tries to pass of shitty piss water as a "lager beer" with a harsh nonrefreshing cooked veggie psuedo hop profile that I could only pray would taste like water instead of it's current form. Mouthfeel is of over carbonated seltza water with the drinkability of urine.

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Photo of smartassboiler
1/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
1.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of InspectorBob
2/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of imbibehour
1.54/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Photo of Tone
2.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow with slight head and absolutely no retention. Also, of course, there's no lacing. Smells of what you would expect - adjunct in a lager. I guess it fits this great style. Smooth and crisp is the best I can say about this beer. Tastes, bland (watered down), mostly adjunct in lager. Overall, not very good at all.

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Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 1.89 out of 5 with 2,397 ratings