Michelob Irish Red | Anheuser-Busch

Michelob Irish RedMichelob Irish Red
148 Ratings
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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1/5  rDev -69.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -46.5%

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of hoppyhobby
2.42/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I guess I was expecting an exciting micro-brew flavor even though this is from a mass producer/brewery. I was excited on the pour and even more excited by the rich brownish-red appearance as it was making my mouth water.

However the aroma is almost non-existent and the taste is pretty bland. Typical flavor from a mass producer as they have quite a variety of beers but they quite often do not have enough character to make it noticeable or noticeably different from an everyday Budweiser.

It's advertised as malty ale and there is some definite evidence of malt, but the hops is non-existent for an ale. Not one that I will probably go after again.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of krukster
2.67/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber in color

S- a little bit of a malty smell, plus somewhat fruity

T- A watered down fruity/malty taste, not the worst, but not the best. I know shitty descript, but very hard to write a decent desciption when the beer is unremarkable one way or the other.

D- Somewhat easy to drink, but nothing to write home about.

Got this in a variet pack on sale for $10. For the price pretty good, but would pay much more than $15. The Michelob Marzen, Pale Ale, and Porter were better.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of scottbrew4u
2.69/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber to light brown in color with a reddish hue. Light tan head and good clarity. Head settles quickly down to nothing.

S: Malt roastedness is sweet and musty. No hops in the aroma. Rather unpleasant wet cardboard smell.

T: Caramel, toffee are the primary sweet side of the malt base. Some slight acrid bitterness from burnt malt. Slight peat flavors. Hops may add bitterness but not flavor.

M: Medium body with sharp bubbly carbonation. No warmth from alcohol.

D: This is a dissapointing Irish Red but it is easily drinkable just not real flavorful. Nothing too offensive just a bit watery.

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2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle

Appearance: Nice medium-dark amber ale with a decent beige cap that sticks around decently.

Smell: This beer definitely needs to come up to cellar temperature; colder, this is clean and neutral; as it warms, however, some nondescript (but pleasant) fruity notes emerge, along with toasted caramel. A bit too simple, but nice.

Taste: Nice balance of fruitiness and malt up front, which is followed by a nice toasty graininess. Everything's good so far; it's the finish that kills this beer. In my opinion it's definitely too sweet and almost a bit cloying on the finish. Ends with a kick of brief sharp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a bit slick

Drinkability: Ok

Conclusion: I had tried this at a tasting once and didn't think it was bad; here, however, I'm not a big fan. Some of the other Michelob craft beers are pretty tasty, but this one is so-so at best.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a super clear amber color with a shortly lived off white head. Aroma is super sweet and malty. Flavor is very sweet with hints of caramel and roasted malt.

Feel is thin and sticky with a slight tingle to the tounge.

Not very balanced. A semi drinkable beer that is just too damn sweet. Im already bored by the end of the glass.

But hey its Bud and its not awful.
For a macro irish red I strongly prefer Smithwicks

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2.74/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Source: 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish with a minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaving no lacing

Smell: Sadly, the best part of this beer is the nice malty smell.

Taste: Rather bland and non-descript for a red. Some malt flavors, but not much.

Drinkability: Better than the standard mass brewed 'light' beer, but not by much. I don't plan on having it again.

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
2.77/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours red, with a very light off-tan head, nice clarity and colour redeems it a little, no lacing.

S: Crystal malt, caramel, very sweet smelling.

T: Needs more hop balance for sure. Very sugary sweet. Caramel malt, toasted bread form the main flavour, a one trick pony.

M: Sticky, cloyingly sweet at times. Relatively light-bodied, low carbonation.

D: Better than most of the stuff I've had from AB, but that's not saying much. For a beer on the cheap with some modicum of flavour a fair buy, but Sam Adams' version is much better.

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2.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby-red color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nice hue here.

Aroma is full of sweet malt that has a trademark Michelob aroma to it. Not that impressive but has some elements.

Taste is full of sweet malt with a bit of smokiness to it. Average at best.

Too carbonated and that adjunct-y, "michelob" taste and flavor ruin this beer for me.

Not even a good attempt at the style.

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Photo of drpimento
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting, sort of. This is way better than their Marzen. Poured with some head and lace. Nice red color. Malt and again some circus peanuts in the aroma. Lots of toasty malt in the flavor with a bit of sweetness to balance. Has an unusual character of "old beer" though. Body is full. Might or might not order another.

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2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is a bit weak, but crisp and fairly malty. Color is a reddish gold, what one expects from a beer that is called "Irish Red." Flavor is so-so, better than most Michelob beers I have had - not complex but pleasant and malty. Texture is smooth, fairly typical. OK for parties.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate colored caramel color with hues of red. Off white head. Nose brings some slightly sweet bready notes along with hints of caramel. Taste brings a bit more caramel but doesn't blend all that well. Moderate body. Drinks fairly well and is a decent enough offering.

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Photo of bound4er
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redish orange appearance with a light tan head. A fairly aggressive pour produces a fine looking head that settles to a decent skim that fully covers the beer. Smells of caramel and grain - not to bad. Tastes a tad bland - grains again with a hint of finishing bitterness from the hops. Similar mouthfeel and carbonation as the Pale Ale. Good drinkability here given its easy going nature.

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Photo of curasowa
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish/dark copper color with a bit of off white head that faded quickly with minimal lacing. Has a sharp, CO2-ish smell with maybe some sour grape mixed in. Sweet malty flavor initially then quickly overpowered by the carbonation. I think the flavor would come through better with less carbonation - it really is overpowering. I guess on the plus side it's very lively in your mouth. Slight bitterness on the tail end and then kind of a watery finish. Not awful, but typical macro-craft.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear red with about 2 fingers of beige/reddish head. Decent retention, minimal lacing.

S - Light fruity/vanilla malty aroma with a touch of grassy hops in the background. Decent but nothing too compelling.

T - Sweetness with a mild butterscotch taste. The beer quickly bitters up with a somewhat unpleasant earthy note. Aftertaste is similar to lemon peel and pith, not pleasant. Too little sweetness and too much hop presence for this brew.

M - Starts out with a light to medium body, but halfway through becomes watery. Carbonation is medium and a bit too effervesent for the style. Little room for the sweetness to pull through in this beer.

D - An ok beer. Really not what I would expect going into an Irish red but nothing too horrible. Too bitter and citric without enough sweetness.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Damian74
3/5  rDev -8.3%

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