Michelob Irish Red | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Irish RedMichelob Irish Red

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burnt orange infused with a considerable amount of brick red. Multiple bubble streams feed the underside of a golden beige colored cap that has a decent looking texture. Persistence is a strong suit... and lace isn't.

The nose is acceptable for an IRA, even though it lacks any sort of personality. The beer smells appropriately 'red', with a little steely caramel and a generic fruitiness. Hops aren't present, which isn't surprising given the style or the brewery.

Michelob Irish Red is average beer that neither impresses nor disappoints. Bland is the first word that came to mind, but I guess that's better than a few others that have occured to me while drinking an A-B product. It tastes like a 'focus group beer' that has had any trace of anything interesting trimmed away with ruthless efficiency.

It's amazing how muted the flavor is. We can't have any of that dreaded 'aftertaste', now can we? Each mouthful is dominated by toasted-caramel malts that are earthy more than anything else. A smidgen of fruitiness is still present and what bitterness is appreciated is probably more a function of too few malt sugars than hops. Ho-hum.

The mouthfeel is thinnish, while just managing to hang on to an average score. It too has been calibrated to be as lackluster as possible. A-B: dumbing down beer for decades and proud of it.

Michelob Irish Red is inferior to the best of the new Michelob brews (Bavarian Style Wheat, Porter and DunkleWeisse). On those few occasions when I actually want to drink a beer of this style, I'll stick with two pretty good ones that are available locally: Boulevard Irish Ale and Sam Adams Irish Red.

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Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes:

Pours an effervescent auburn with a pinky of tan head. Zero head retention & lacing

S:Slight toasty malt & nothing else

T: Slight breadyness, herbal & metallic hops, plus dryness up front. Toast malt & astringency dominate as this warms, plus some caramel & leafy hops. Finishes semi-crisp with leafy hops mingling with caramel & grainyness. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: light/medium bodied with assertive carbonation & okay balance

Drinks alright, not a bad take on the style, but kind of a mediocre offering compared to some of Mic's other craft offerings. Wouldn't turn on down... Let down by its appearance & nose

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Photo of KevinB
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour leaves a nice foamy head that tops an amber body. Smell is somewhat faint, but there is a slight sweet malty smell.
Taste is very interesting the malt is there, but there's almost a hint of roasted coffee, which I wouldnt expect, also a slight sweetness that is reminscent of Bud ale, hops are present as well.
Mouthfeel is light, bready with a dry finish. Overall a nice balanced brew.These are pretty easy to put down. If your in the mood for something lighter,but still want a beer with some flavor this is a good call.

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Photo of krukster
2.67/5  rDev -18.6%
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 BigRedN
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a reddish brown with my pour producing a decent off white head about 3/4 inch in height. Head quickly fades to a ring around the glass the leaves litte lacing.

Smell: Some lightly sweet malt aromas, leaning towards a lightly roasted caramel scent. Nothing hoppy, although I do not expect anything. A subdued aroma.

Taste: This is mostly a malty beer, which gives it a touch of sweetness. Taste leans to a lightly roasted caramel and bready taste. A little hop bitterness on the finish balances this one out.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. A lively carbonated beer. Prickly on the tongue yet smooth going down.

Drinkability: Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack. A decent beer, I do not know that I would search this one out to purchase seperately, but would not toss these if I purchased a mixed pack with them again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
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 aristeros
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug. Very pleasant coppery color, small white head that fades quickly with some lacing. No hops in the nose, roasted and sweet malts, also biscuit.

Moderately sweet, a fair amount of carbonation interferes somewhat with the taste. Roasted malt flavors and biscuit, just a hint of hops at the end.


Probably the best of the Michelob "craft collection," but there's no outstanding beer amongst them, just "good," and that's half of the four varieties. Worth trying once.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.52/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

What will red do for me tonight? 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The head has a fuzzy texture and is over a finger's thick on top a deep carmelized red color. By now, only a paper-thin sheet of head remains on top. The aroma is a good one, my nose tells me. Toasted malt is the first to come out, followed by sweet fruity esters which gain dominance.

In the mouth it goes, and I notice the beer has a watery body with some bubbly fizz, akin to a soda. Flavor-wise, some toasted flavor pulls through the body. It floows the same path as the nose and turns fruity. It is fairly clean, and a drying grain note ends the journey.

It may be from AB, but this turned out to be a pleasant Irish Red. Bewtween this and Smithwick's and Murphy's Red, this one would get my pick among widely distributed Irish Red Ale's (Killian's is a dark lager).

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Longneck poured into an American pint glass. A hard pour produces about a quarter inch of light tan head that dies down to barely a covering after a minute. Light red in color and perfectly clear with very active carbonation rising up. Aroma is bursting with heavy sweet malt - almost a candy sweetness to it and some grain husk. Also some toasted tones, and nothing in the way of hops. Flavor includes a prounounced caramel quality to start followed by toast and some balancing bitterness. Finish is short and light with husk tones. Feel in the mouth is very prickly and light. I found this ale to go down pretty well actually. Its light character and dry finish lend to easy drinking, though the high carbonation level is annoying. The malt flavors in this beer are pleasing and make it an interesing ale to drink.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.97/5  rDev +21%
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 TippySelenoid
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've never really been happy with Irish ale. This beer isn't great. It's pretty good though.

It has a reddish amber color with minimal head.
There are some malt notes and little hops aroma.
It has a slightly sweet taste with some hops flavor that hangs around afterward.
It feels kind of cloying, The beer has a strange way of coating the mouth.
This beer is more drinkable than most other Irish ales, but it's not going to convert me to this style

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
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 curasowa
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
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 philipquarles
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a dark orangey amber with a large fluffy beige head. Perfectly clear without many bubbles. Aromas of strong, toasty caramel malts, and some spiciness. Kind of bready. Taste is heavily malty with some slightly metallic notes. Sweet and a bit peppery. Slight bitterness in the background that doesn't leave much of an impression. Light, watery body that still seems to come off as syrupy. Pretty straightforward, but drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
2.84/5  rDev -13.4%
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 Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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 jwc215
3.69/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Japerrault
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber red color. Short white head, which dissipated quickly. No lacing present.

S: Caramel and butterscotch, minor spicey hops in there too.

T: Sweetness at front with dark caramel and some butterscotch flavors. Spicey hops, grassy flavors as well. Tartness through the finish. Overall not bad, but a little watery.

M: Medium light body, good carbonation.

D: Decent to drink. No offensive harsh flavors; could use a little more intensity.

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Photo of steveh
3.66/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another single for review of new Mich "craft" beers.

A -- Thick, light tan head with a good red to copper color.

S -- Vague caramel malt with some sulfur peeking through. Slightest hops back.

T -- Starts with some caramel-like sweetness that quickly fades to a very dry roasted character back with some metallic character in the finish. Some vague hop bitterness also in the finish. Wish the sweetness would hang around a bit longer.

M -- Light medium body with a dry mouth-feel.

D -- As drinkable as any red ale, could tend to get cloying with the dryness after a couple, but not a bad beer to style.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215.

Pours a clean/clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly sweet, with some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly bitter, with some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, not that bad.

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Photo of harpo111
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a redish-amber color. Poured into a glass it kept a nice tan head for a while with some lacing.

S: Had a malty/grainy smell with some hop overtones....

T: Toasted malts and grains...caramel and some hops. Moderately carbonated. Tried two of them..one out of the fridge..the other i sat on the counter for 20 min or so to let it warm up...The second was way better than the first. Smoother, less metalic bitter...hops were smoother and was sweeter tasteing.

M: Moderate carbonation...head held well, which added some creamyness.

D: Not a bad beer for its style and being mass produced...still an inexpensive beer with some taste. Could have been better balanced, but still if I walk into the 7-11 and they have bud and this...i pick up this.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of climax
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured a nice red/brown with excellent clarity. nice large head faded slowly. a good lookin beer

nice easy nose, toasty with caramel malt at the forefront. ripe fruit/banana with hops lingering in the back towards the end

taste was definitely strong in the malt dept as it had a strong nappy bite to it throughout. otherwise ripened fruit led to a strong roasty coffee like finish, the finish didnt leave me achin for more. seemed a bit too bitter for me, and not a hop bitterness (for that would have been nice)

mouthfeel was medium, with a blast of too much carbonation. the flavors led to a puckering sensation along the sides of the tongue. none of which i strongly adored

i'll keep it to one. the flavors are ok, but theres too much astringency and carbonation for me to bother with another

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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 secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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 Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, wait - this is not terrible. It's not entirely good, but it's better than it had a right to be.

Pours bright red with a decent fluff of carbonation and a white head, which disappears quickly, but actually leaves a trace of lacing. The aroma is slightly malty, with that sour edge Micheolb tends to have. The flavor has a good dose of roasty malt, with a little malt spice down the throat, and very little in the way of hopping, exactly as you'd expect from an Irish red. Were it not for the distinctive sour tang of Michelob, this would actually be a good Red ale. The mouthfeel is a little weak, but not desperately so.

Drinkability may not be Bud Light, but it is Micheob's Irish Red, at least in the "better than nothing" category/

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Michelob Irish Red from Anheuser-Busch
3.28 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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