Michelob Ultra | Anheuser-Busch

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47
awful
2,324 Ratings
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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:
2,324
Reviews:
611
Avg:
1.85
pDev:
39.46%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
527
For Trade:
0
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2.28/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of womencantsail
2.53/5  rDev +36.8%
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 orangesol
1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Zaphog
1.75/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3/5  rDev +62.2%

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3/5  rDev +62.2%

Photo of thatoneguymike
2/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
1.59/5  rDev -14.1%
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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Photo of BeerForMuscle
2/5  rDev +8.1%

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2/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1/5  rDev -45.9%
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 stakem
2.06/5  rDev +11.4%
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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2/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tdm168
1.81/5  rDev -2.2%
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 jgunther71
2/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
1.75/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of AlexFields
1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of imbibehour
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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1.75/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mklisz
1.75/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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 Lare453
1/5  rDev -45.9%

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2/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Duff27
3.25/5  rDev +75.7%

Michelob Ultra from Anheuser-Busch
1.85 out of 5 based on 2,324 ratings.
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