Michelob Irish Red | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Irish RedMichelob Irish Red

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Irish-style Red ale that blends kilned two-row and toasted caramel malts.

Added by berserker256 on 09-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Cindirene
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep mahogany color with a little head which stuck around
Nose was mostly bready malt
Taste reinforced the nose with a nice malty sorta caramelly finish
Full bodied for an AB product - Actually kinda nice
Yeah as someone already said this will blow Killian's out of the market if it is available on the same scale

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darkish red amber with a tan head that fades somewhat quickly and leaves nice lacing around the glass.
Has a malty smell maybe some spice.
Nice malty taste up front with a spicy bite and very noticeable carbonation. Pretty good Red Ale. Not overly complex but more so than most other Macros.

For a macro brew it's great. A little pricey though.
I'll be drinking this again for sure.

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Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought the mich samplar for this beer. It poured nice, deep mahogany red with a tan head. Carbonation was good to produce a well maintained head that did settle to a thin film atop.

The aroma was all-malt, candy like sweetness.

The taste was malts, caramel, dough like breadness. Good, not over sweet and thick enough to show its solid not watered down body.

That plays into the mouthfeel, bready goodness.

Overall a good drinkability to be had. If they mass produce thisone im sure it will match killians for tap space around any town.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Shaw's. Pours a dark red copper body with a thin film of light tan head. Smells fruity, nutty, with some caramel. Nut and caramel jump out of the flavor, with a fair bit of a fruity sweetness. Medium in body with moderate body, and easy drinking. Nothing stellar, but a solid example of the style, tasty and drinkable. A good brew.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a branded Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers glass.

Pours a brilliantly clear, rich amber-mahogany hue with a thick yet quickly dissipating beige head that rests into a thin rocky layer and displays very little stick on the walls of the glass.

Aroma is full and malty, with caramel notes largely dominating over lesser notes of toasted biscuit and some chocolate as well. Quite reminiscent of the rich malty aroma of a good Doppelbock.

Somewhat light and lively in body and carbonation, and, as tends to be apparent in most Michelob ales, a little thin. As with the aroma, malt dominates the palate, with a caramelly introduction that is followed by a faintly astringent grainy texture and flavor mixing with milk and dark chocolate notes and a mildly bitter hop presence that mixes with the grainy astringency just enough to balance the heavy malt character. Finishes on a dry, vaguely sweet and grainy note.

Very clean, balanced and far from cloying. Perhaps not the greatest representation of an Irish Red, or maybe it's just a unique depiction, leaning on a bit of Bock-like legs. Either way, a well-crafted brew from one of the Big Boys in the industry.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep amber, with a fruity bouquet. Taste is almost pumpkin-ish at first, with a clean and clear finish. No surprises here, but it's more than drinkable - in fact, I had finished more than half the bottle before beginning my review! This one takes me back to my bachelor days, sipping on pints of Killian's and getting into all kinds of trouble! But that's a whole 'nother story. Hah! Me likes.

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Photo of diamondc
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice red pour, a thin cap of head that sticks around for just a little bit, leaving scattered lacing all the way 'til the end.

There's a bit of a watermelon aroma, honey, and slight roastedness.

Taste is of caramel, grain huskiness, a very earthy/dirt hop taste. A pleasant bitter toast-like aftertaste also comes out.

There's a lot of carbonation, and it's maybe just slightly watery. I can drink a lot of these in one night if I had a sixpack of them. A pretty good start to the Michelob Sampler Pack.

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Photo of KI9A
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, AB, knock it off..this is a REALLY good beer, and, I am getting confused...

A: Darker than I had thought. deep mahogany, really neat lacing from the tan head.

S: Floral. Sweet. Definate toasted malt. So far, so good.

T: Sweet, burnt malts, bitter hops. Caramel.

M: Nice carbonation. Unlike the real fault I found with the Dunkel. The hop bitterness hangs on your tongue, but, not being a hop-fan ( malthead here ), it is quite agreeable.

D: I can drink this beer, plus one. Easy to get thru the glass! Keep up the good work, Nate & the gang at AB!

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark red with a nice two finger off white head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Caramel and some light hoppy notes. Very clean.

T: Loads of caramel with a touch of roastiness at the end, some honey and brown sugar flavor and sweetness. There is a weird hoppy flavor and not enough nitterness to balance the abundance of sweetness but a very solid brew.

M: Light and creamy with a liong sweet finish.

D: This is a very good example but on the sweet side. Easy to drink and a very solid beer.

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Photo of beeragent
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle:

A - Pours a deep reddish copper, forming a good 1 inch tan head with light spots of lace.

S - Smell is dominated by the malts, creating a good caramel aroma, but with a noticeable hop aroma mixed in.

T - Good toasted malty mouthfeel up front, caramel in the middle, and a slight bite from the hops in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

D - One of the better brews available from Michelob. Good flavor and body from this beer. I could see havong a few of these in a night.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear reddish color with a head that stuck around for a little while. Had a light candy apple/cinnimon smell. This goes down pretty smooth with a spicy candy flavor. Finishes with a slightly burnt finish. Not bad. Define spicy candy apple flavor to it. A nice beer for Autumn or rainy days. In fact, the more I drink this the more I like it!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.91/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner/tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark red/orange color with a pretty thick orange-ish head that dissipates slowly, leaving some lace behind. Looks very nice.

Smell: Sweet and malty (caramel malts) with a slight hop spice. As the beer settles and warms up a bit, the caramel maltiness overtakes the slight hoppiness completely.

Taste: A malty sweetness with a slight bitterness toward the end with a malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a relatively full body. It's not flat, but it could use a bit more of a carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. This is a sweet and refreshing beer that represents its style very well- a pleasant surprise from AB. This is the best beer from the Michelob Craft Pack and maybe even my favorite from AB (so far).

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Photo of berserker256
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came in a 20 pack of variety beers from Michelob. As far as I can tell, it's available year-round. Michelob has impressed me with their Marzen and Porter so I figured I'd try some more of their attempts at good beer. This Irish Red has a nice deep reddish-brown color and a modest off-white foamy head that sticks to the side of the glass well. Smells malty-sweet like roasted malt as well as hoppy. Almost a butterscotch aroma,too. The taste is pretty damn good. Nice malty sweetness and that butterscotch is evident in the taste as well. Just the right amount of hop bitterness also. It has a creamy texture, almost lactic, similar to a milk stout. This is one of the better Reds I've have surprisingly. Pretty damn good. I love these Michelob beers that give us quality at a good price.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As would be expected of any beer from Anheuser-Busch, the head retention and lacing are quite good. The creamy yellowed-tan cap fades slowly, leaving nice wide splashes of lace as it goes. Beneath, a clear dark copper body gleems with orange highlights.

The nose is clean and bright, expressing sweet red-skinned fruits and caramel.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and creamy smooth with just a delicate zest on the tongue.

The flavor expresses much more caramelish malt than the nose, but the fruitiness remains. Surprisingly, there are some bright grassy and floral hops present. It's a little sweetish at first, but it is balanced, and rather than becoming cloying, it actually softens a bit as it warms and the toastiness of the malt widens. Hops swirl in the finish, along with a touch of scorched sugar and toast.

Surprisingly complex and full-flavored, this runs rings around A-B's other Irish Red, Killarney's. Who needs to compete with Killian's when you have something like this? Nicely done!!!

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Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep reddish or crimson amber color with good clarity. Its head is tall, light and foamy with a light tan, almost peachy color. The head slowly fizzles down to a very thin covering and makes just a little bit of slick patchy lacing.

Smell: The aroma has a very sweet and malty character with a hint of doughy yeast and a touch of spicy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a big malty sweetness with notes of caramel and sweet bread. There are also some buttery notes mixed in there as well. Hop flavor is light and has a light spicy, leafy and mineral-like presence. The hop flavor is picked up more in the finish with a light bitterness fading off the tongue. The texture is light and easy drinking with a medium body and average carbonation.

Notes: Overall I would say that this is a solid beer with good drinkability.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber in color. Nice thick and even beige head. Retention is pretty good; reduces to a thin cap, but stays there throughout. Leaves some nice stringy lace.
Smells of toasted malt with a hint of caramel or molasses.
Pretty flavorful and robust maltiness. Sweet with just a hint of drying bitterness in the finish to round things out.
Moderate carbonation, fairly smooth.
Goes down easy. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a mahogany amber with ruby highlights and a dense, creamy tan head. The head dissolves to a thin cap that leaves delicate lacing around the side of the glass.

S - Subdued caramel malt aroma, no hops detected.

T - Starts off with a slight sweetness, followed by a caramel flavor. Finishes with some roast on the back of the tongue.

M - Very thin mouthfeel

D - Very drinkable beer!

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking pour, nice ruby-amber malt infused body. Hefty, creamy head. Looks appealing.

Aroma is pretty unique. Large, toasted, almost burnt breadiness. Along with a semi-sweet underlying caramel note, with a added touch of fruitiness.

Upfront this beer provides a pretty good sticky caramel malty sweetness. Mouth puckering, with stingy carbonation. Toasty sticky toffee and sweet sugary butterscotch give way for more malty goodness. A bit astringent near the finish where, fruity, grassy, hoppiness comes in to try and balance the malts. So, great start, not so great finish. Still highly drinkable, and good mouthfeel. I'd definitely say quite sessionable. Drink this one fast, and you won't have to deal with the weak finish. Mission accomplished.

Great alternative to most macros, hope convenient stores stock this for when I'm on the road. Quite good, I'd give this a try.

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Photo of drxandy
3.72/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to flare pint, pours a reddish amber, slight cream colored head fades

smells of roasty malt, sweetness, biscuity, definitely malt forward

taste is of nice bitterness, roast malt/breadiness, caramel sweetness, aroma hops are barely there all the hopping is focused toward the bittering, pretty good balance and flavors, way better than killian's for being macro made.

mouthfeel is of a good body, bitterness is quite nice, nice heavy flavors, good carbonation, lingering residual yeastliness and hops dry out the finish, easy drinking and cheap cheap cheap - can't complain.

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Photo of matjack85
3.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.29. The born on date is Oct. 3, 2OO9, so this bottle is just about 1O months old.

The beer poured a ruby red color that became a bright and clear amber red when held to the light. The beer made a 1 finger light tan head that dissipated rather quickly, but it did leave a decent amount of spotty lacing with each sip.

The smell was faint caramel malt along with some hard candy sugar.

Not a bad tasting red. Their website brags about the sweet caramel taste, which is there, but I was more impressed by the bitter hop flavor which was not even mentioned. It's a nicely balanced beer with neither the malts nor the hops dominating. A 25 IBU rating along with super high carbonation and a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Medium bodied but with high carbonation giving it a spritzy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable and enjoyable with no noticeable alcoholic flavors.

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Photo of keethrax
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Like most of Michelob's non-basic lager offerings, this is a slightly tame version of it's style. Also as with the rest, while there are certainly better options, the price makes these a very good value.

In specific though, the color is maybe a bit more amber than red, but still nice looking, the aroma is just fine with a caramelly component and some decent hops.

The taste is pretty good. The notes in the aroma carry through, a bit watery in feel, but still plenty tasty, and highly drinkable.,

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in a sample 12 pack
Wow a serious dark amber pour,with an offwhite head. A hearty malt aroma with some floral hop notes.Spicy malty flavor with a dry hop finish,pretty straight forward beer with a good mouthfeel and medium body.A good drinker,and solid offering for the price.

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Photo of jwc215
3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copperish red with a light tan head that dissipates. No lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel (in a "red" fashion) with a bit of earthy spice and some bread.

The taste is of sweet caramel (again - in a "red" way), slightly bready, though not quite "toasty" as I would expect. The is just a hint of herbal hops, with a bit of water showing in the middle, before malt comes back. Nicely balanced - sweet, but not overly.

Light-bodied, though it coats a bit. Carbonation is just about right.

Other than being a bit thin in flavour, it's a drinkable brew. Very drinkable, even enjoyable, but forgettable.

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Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper red pour, very nice tan head. Nice bottle noting 2 row toasted caramel malts.

Light hints of spicy malt in the aroma. Not a whole lot, but for what's there - enjoyable.

Taste is on the sweet side with the malts, the spices do try and balance it out in the finish. Even notes of black pepper and caramel mix into the fray. I'm not overly impressed, but not disappointed either. I'd recommend this for the Irish ale people.

Ya know, not a bad brew at all, especially for the economical price of $6 a sixer.

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Photo of JayNH
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice clear burgundy with a two finger foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- A slightly fruity malty sweetness with a subtle hop note. A somewhat astringent alcohol scent.

T- A dry malty sweetness. Slightly fruity and a well balanced hop note.

M- Smooth somewhat creamy and light bodied.

D- These go down smooth though a little more body wouldn't hurt.

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