Michelob (Original Lager)

Michelob (Original Lager)Michelob (Original Lager)
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American Lager
Ranked #557
Ranked #48,852
2.69 | pDev: 26.77%
Missouri, United States
Michelob (Original Lager)Michelob (Original Lager)
Notes: Michelob Original Lager is brewed with pale, kilned two-row barley malt and noble European hops.
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3.62/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle coded 20069 (3/9/20) poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp 4.8% ABV per label. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring. Minimal lacing. The aroma is faint with with vague grain, dusty dried grass and a hint of floral hops. The taste is yeasty with pale malt and moderate bitterness throughout. Mild dusty, dry, earthy hop flavors. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with just above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Fairly clean lagering. Overall, ok. Frankly, there is not a lot of flavor here, good or bad. Nice bitterness and it drinks clean.

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jkblr from Indiana, May 09, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +66.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a healthy head that dissipates slowly. Nice smell of light maltiness. Nice crisp, smooth taste.

As far as macros go, this is tied with Amberbock in my opinion and would be tied with Busch Copper Lager if they still made it. A lot fewer compromises in this beer than in it's lesser tier siblings Budweiser or especially Busch.

Quite hard to find in 2020, but when you know a place that still has it and has it on sale, you jump on that deal. Long live Michelob Lager.

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4.7/5  rDev +74.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the brands I tasted, Michelob Original Lager stands head and shoulders above the rest. I was offered one at a cook out 20 years ago and it's been a favorite since. Something about the taste blends perfectly with grilled beef. I haven't found a beer yet that even equals it. I wish I could say the same for Ultra. I bought it once by accident and gave 11 bottles to a friend.

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4.42/5  rDev +64.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer basically amounts to the cleanest macro adjunct (vienna/munich) style lager that could be brewed. Heavy barley backbone. Despite the maltiness, the 'noble european' hops are able to cut through the two row barley just enough to give it the perfect bitterness you want in a lager. Incredible that AB is capable of such great beers yet neglect them at the same time. Sadly an endangered brew. Get it while you can. My fav AAL, only schmaltz comes close to this

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MildlyDrunk from Minnesota, Mar 30, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +62.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best Macro out there.
It is what is is.
Incredibly smooth all malt Macro. Costs more than the cheap [email protected]!#, so no one buys it. I dare any microbrewery to brew a cleaner lager.
It is a shame it is slowly vanishing.

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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania, Dec 27, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, 19227; purchased cold single... poured into Stella Artois glass)

L: brilliantly-clear, gold liquid; inch-high foam rapidly collapsing upon pour, soon enough just a thin collar; no lace

S: phenolic, cidery spice; light-golden roll crust, bready pale malt; subtle bubblegum note at the back... intensity mild-moderate; smells a bit like malt liquor or maibock-light

T: rich yet restrained malt base; soft, dry cidery accent up front, curious doughy/nutty yeast bite riding out the finish... dry, lightly roasty-toasty bready aftertaste; delicate peppery, herbal hop bitterness lingering

F: cut, quick flow, with a tiny carbonic sizzle and subtle smooth (alcohol?) drag in the finish... has a brief presence of body; polished, clean residuals; subtle warmth... a little to cut and clean?

O: anticipated a little more out of this?... pleasant, refined lager; mellow toasty overtones its dominant character... wouldn't refuse one, but would only buy again if pickins were slim (1563)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Oct 10, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +59.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This poor rate for this beer is pretty unfair. Michelob Lager is even better than it's Michelob Ultra or Light. I dare you say it's better than the average beer like Bud, Coors and Corona.
It's really hard to find. At least in Florida and Indiana. In New Jersey is easier. I wish I could find them in Walmart, really.
Really good beer.

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JayleenJay from Florida, Aug 14, 2019
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3.25/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I remember when.
In High school I had a friend
Whose father was a fan of Michelob Lager
Better know as just Michelob back then
We'd steal a couple and sneak off to drink them
Out in the woods we would build a fire
And bliss out on how much better Michelob was than Budweiser

I miss that friend and the fire in the woods
But having just bought a 12 pack of the Lager
Some things never change
It's still the best Macro you can get
Malty and if there are any "adjuncts" in it I can't tell
Very much like a real German Lager too

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hottenot from North Carolina, Aug 03, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +62.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The poor rating of this product shows the dysfunctional bias against lagers on this format. Pours a medium gold with a large yellowish head. Smell is bready, slight sulfur, and a little grass. Taste is semisweet with a mostly dry finish. The hops give it a cleansing balance that makes this one of the best mass produced lagers in America if not the best. This is so much better than their Ultra, as much flavor in one bottle as Ultra has in a six pack. I wish it wasn’t so hard to find. If you see it on your next beer run give it a shot, I picked up a six pack for $7.49. Well worth it.

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4/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without a doubt the best american macrobrew. It does what it states on the bottle-copying a german/munich helles.
The issue with michelob becomes freshness. NO ONE is buying this beer. And that's truly a tragic shame, as AB is actually trying to copy a munich helles here and is doing a damn fine job in doing it.
It's likely you won't be able to find this beer at all (if you can't already) in the near future, and that's a shame.
It's really solid and I just got back from Munich.

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3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's cool on BA to bash AB products, some well deserved some not. This is a case where it is not. This is a clean crisp tasting good bodied beer that I used to drink the hell out of. I don't really know why I stopped drinking it. Get's a rating of a bit above average.

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Apr 14, 2019
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3.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE brief impression: ($12.99 a 12 pack).

Has a nice caramel/Vienna malt like bend to it that gives it much more body than its macrobrew competitors and a good bit more flavour too. Hints of toasted malt.

Clean drinking with ideal attenuation for the target style. Ester-free yeast profile.

I could use more grassiness from the Hallertau hops, but overall I find it surprisingly well balanced with uncommon depth of flavour for a macrobrew lager.

Completely unlike its watery thin brethren, this boasts real body and presence on the palate. Smooth, wet, and refreshing without compromising in terms of flavour.

No off-notes, adjunct, or booze is detectable.

Highly drinkable. A beer that compares favorably to Yuengling instead of slumming it trying to be marginally better than Budweiser, MGD, Keystone, Coors Banquet, et al. I don't know that I prefer this to Budweiser Freedom Reserve in terms of the best marketed-as-macro macrobrew lagers from Anheuser-Busch, but those with an open mind will find this pleasant and enjoyable. Slap a craft label on it and I bet most drinkers would rate it higher than its current average rating on this website. Let's give credit where it's due, lads...this is a damn solid all malt lager that few to no craft breweries could hope to brew on this scale consistently.


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kojevergas from Colorado, Mar 27, 2019
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4/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AB knows how to brew a good beer when they want to. Actually, Michelob was their first beer in 1896 and remains one of the best in their line today, if you can find it. They lost to Pabst Blue Ribbon at the 1898 World Fair. I consider Michelob much better than PBR. All malt, no adjuncts that I can detect. A very good American Lager.

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3.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking alot of Macro's while on vacation in Fl this week. This is a premium macrro and pours a rich golden color. Malts and hops blend well together ,its highly carbonated and crisp. Hops are subtle as are the malts very refreshing.

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gatornation from Minnesota, Oct 31, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had never tried this before because 1. I have only seen it maybe two or three times in stores around me, and 2. I figured it would be terrible like it's younger bro, Michelob Ultra. Well, someone gave me a bottle for free and to my surprise it's one of the better American macro lagers. It has a sweet malty flavor that reminds me of a vienna lager, and tastes like probably the "cleanest" AB beer I've ever had. If it's the same price as Yuengling or something, and if I can actually find it in a store, I might actually start buying this. Who knows, maybe Michelob will come roaring back in popularity the same way PBR and High Life did?

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Kubishark from Maryland, Aug 19, 2018
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2.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bought at Liquor Shed. Part of a mixed 6pack.

Twist off cap, it pours a clear light gold, actually attractive, small but sustaining head of foam. Lacing is decent.

It has a fruity adjunct smell, sweet with a mild bitterness.

The taste is a mixture of malty sweetness, grain and very little bitterness. I remember it being much more malt forward in the past. Another recipe adjustment to simplify and grab drinkers of mass brewed beers? I reckon that it still has too much flavour to appease their palates.

The mouthfeel is spot on for beers of similar ilk.

The negatives outweigh the positives in this current rendition. Too bad.

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Bitterbill from Wyoming, Aug 14, 2018
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3.35/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had a yellow color that is darker than your average lager, and that is likely because Michelob is all barley, no corn or other adjunct to save cost and make a lighter/weaker beer. Great clarity, solid 3/4" white head that doesn't have the best retention, but ultimately, it makes for a sexy professional made beer. The aroma is almost all barley with the slightest noble hop contribution.

The taste is a light bodied, highly carbonated, decently appropriate traditional noble hop thing. Its pretty much Budweiser, but without the corn and rice. Or I wish a bitchwould aging. Its a decent palate cleansing beer that is better than its rating here, but you know how ratings go, rare = elevated, macro = diminished standing.

If you know what you're looking for on a hot sticky day, you might grab one of these and be better for it.

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2.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if this the same recipe that was used in that tear-drop brown bottle with that gold paper that was wrapped around the cap that one needed to peel off with the lid to get to the juice. Don't taste like it is, when it was just good ol' plain 'ol Michelob, this one's not at all bad, though. Drinkable. Enjoyable.

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odannyob from Colorado, Jun 26, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +53.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hands down, the best domestic lager ever created. I don’t understand all the bad reviews... it absolutely blows yuengling traditional out of the water. It’s well bodied, very refreshing, drinkable flavor, with just enough malty sweetness that’s friendly for multiple rounds. In fact, this is my “go to” around the house session beer. I buy very little other domestic beers for personal consumption.

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2.98/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Yes I get it is a macro brew by AB Inbev but it is better than most of their stuff. Nothing stands out as good but nothing stands out as terrible.

I keep it in the refrigerator for inlaws.

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Scottsbeer from Florida, Jun 02, 2018
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5/5  rDev +85.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes like beer would taste when your dad gave you a sip when you were younger. That’s how I remember it. Not a bad beer at all. Finishes dry and refreshing. Wish the price point was a little lower. Cheers.

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choll from New Jersey, Jun 01, 2018
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2.45/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I used to like regular Michelob about 30 years ago, but it faded away from my tastes and I have never taken another sip of it. It was a smooth, easy drinking beer and not nearly as nasty as Bud, but there are other beers in its price range today that are definitely better. They used to make a Michelob "Special Dark," that was very good in the time long before today's premium craft beers.

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Markpalmer from Pennsylvania, Apr 09, 2018
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2.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like a malt forward type of mild lager.Looks like bud sort of. Smells like malts, corn? Tastes well carbonated. Feels like a carbonated malty brew. Not a big beer by any standards. Low ABV, low taste, although not entirely offensive. It at one time was considered "top shelf". How times have changed.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Apr 04, 2018
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2.9/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bought a 12-pack $13.88 Times Supermarket
Clear golden color
Light -medium mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Malt flavors with a slight bitterness finish
Overall one of the better beers for a macrobrew.

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3.83/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love this beer. Loved it in the old, hourglass-shaped bottles, which used to be available in quarts, back in the day. Nothing exciting, but according to my 1993 standards, which I hold onto with tenacity, it is a classic that deserves respect.

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OldSchoolMike from North Carolina, Dec 13, 2017
Michelob (Original Lager) from Anheuser-Busch
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