Michelob (Original Lager) | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob (Original Lager)Michelob (Original Lager)

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Michelob Original Lager is brewed with pale, kilned two-row barley malt and noble European hops.

Added by Shiloh on 11-28-2001

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Reviews: 366 | Ratings: 1,047
Photo of NastyNorseman
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours pale, lemonade yellow with decent head that leaves quickly huddling around the rim. Aroma notes is hard to distinguish. Tastes okay for an American pale. Finishes light. Ultra-light bodied. Warm weather beer.

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Photo of beerguy04
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a Budweiser. However, has more of a malt and hoppy taste. Better and crispier mouthfeel. Overall, it's an improved version of Budweiser. However, only just. Compared to other beers it's mid road.

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.41/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a more expensive Budweiser, it is neither good nor bad. It is pale yellow in color, with some head that resembles soap suds. This is the better of the Anheauser-Busch products, and that isn't saying much.

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Photo of plawrence
3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz. glass bottle poured into a Libbey's Plisner glass.

A - highly carbonated, very foamy head lingers for a while before settling down with lacing clinging to the side of the glass. Golden green in color, lots of fine small carbonation bubbles that linger.

S - Hint of citrus when first poured but the scent fades quickly.

F - Pleasant and clean mouth feel. No bad aftertaste.

T - Light body, malty American lager flavor, pleasant but not really remarkable in anyway. Clean aftertaste but a bit light on flavor for the super premium American industrial lager from AB.

Overall: One should export more from AB's flagship lager beer, especially one that styles itself as a "Munich-style lager". Its taste is pleasant and okay, but only really okay and that's the problem. If it was bargain-priced, it would be a fine beer to get, but it's not priced low. With so many other better beers available at the same price point as a Michelob Original Lager, it's hard to justify purchasing it on any regular basis.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.04/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle, it pours a golden amber with a small, quickly dissipating head. A bit of malt in the nose. The mouth enjoys the feel of the lager and it leaves a nice feeling when swallowed...Not bad.

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Photo of Squire123
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

See, they can do it.

Michelob should be an all malt top of the line brew. There, I said it and I meant it. My words don't mean much in the great scheme of things but I feel better. Not a World class Lager but my pick of the Bud litter. All malt, more hops, texture and taste, doesn't reach German standards but certainly trumps AALs. I think I like it more in concept than execution because I leave it on the shelves. Still, I wish this brand success if for no other reason that might encourage others like it.

I prefer the cans.

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Photo of Rumpole
3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best macro-swill lagers on the market. A light gold lager with a white head that fades relatively fast. Faint lager aroma, good if unchallenging flavor, and a clean finish. No adjunct wonkiness here, not even after it has warmed up. When it's really on it's game it has a fine zippy tang about midway across the palate. It will more than hold its own against more expensive and better-selling imported macros. And indeed sales is the hitch , because this lager is beginning to show signs of getting seriously scaled down if not yet phased out; the most telling sign being the disappearance of the bottled 12-pack, at least in my neck of the woods. Now only available in 6-packs, where it's overpriced, or in 18-pack cans, which is the the way to fly financially but one wishes the bottles were still around at better cost. Alas A-B seems to have lost interest in this one, which is a shame, since it's one of their best. Give this underrated brew a chance before it quietly vanishes off the shelves altogether.

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Photo of Mardukk
3.14/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with almost no head or lacing.

The smell is malty, with a hint of grassy hops.

The taste is mostly malty a bit honey providing the sweetness with a small bit of grassy hops. High carbonation with a surprisingly heavy mouthfeel for the style. A residual slick sweetness is left in the mouth.

Overall a good pale lager that isn't going to win any awards for smoothness due to the high carbonation which contributes to a heavier than normal mouthfeel. Good mid to low priced pale lager. Not something I would drink too often but a bit better than many would expect.

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Photo of transitionbikes93
5/5  rDev +77.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely not what I thought it was gonna be. Since Budweiser and Busch are its siblings, I expected a beer very similar. And while I dont mind a Bud or Busch, this beer blew me away. A macro that tastes more like a high end beer than a macro.

Look-a nice deep gold, moderate carbonation, white fluffy head. One of the better looking macros

Smell-sweet, malty, grassy hops with a slightly floral hop

Taste-follows suit with the smell, sweet malts and a surprising amount of grassy hops with a tad bit of floral hops with a slightly sweet finish

Mouthfeel-moderate carbonation, smooth, drinkable, and extremely refreshing

Overall-for a beer in this class, its excellent. Sure, a Devils Backbone Vienna or Sam Adams Boston Lager is better. But for cheap beer, this is mind blowing. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of McStagger
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My dad's favorite. Why not? Poured into a pilsner glass. Some smarmy ass Julian code.

A: Just a shade or two darker than the macro monsters. Big macro bubbles. Rapidly dissipating macro head. Straw, clear. Vigorous carbonation. No retention.

S: Malt forward. Crackery, slightly bready, with light heather honey and toasted cereal notes. Hops are in there, but it's pretty delicate. Light, slightly flowery. Touch of woodsy and green grape.

T: Not much to report. Green grape sweetness on the end was the first descript flavor. Starts with the same heather honey sweetness. Pop of floral hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Not quite as carbonated as the appearance would have you believe. Solid enough malt structure on the backbone to keep this one from feeling thin or seltzer like.

O: Not bad. Simple, easy drinking and without much flavor. There are better alternatives out there, but this was literally .50 more than Budweiser at my local Bevmo. Consider this one a kind of "mindless" beer. When you just want beer and don't want to fuss. Clean and without any off flavors. Wish it was a little crisper, though.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.27/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled yesterday on 6/6/15 but had this before when it used to come in the classic Michelob bottle years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "MICHELOB" thumb-print glass goblet.

Brew pours a straw-yellow in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is mostly of grainy malts. The taste pretty much follows the nose with some sweetness also. Pretty easy to drink and really no harsh aftertaste is noted. Overall it was just OK if you like this style of brew. Lighter-bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of snowman4440
3.9/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a solid lager. I bought a 12 at total wines they have a great assortment of beers as well. I really like the flavor not over powering but very tasty. A slight nutty taste for me but I really enjoy that. I let mine chill for 24 hours before drinking very nice. This is a good beer for a Saturday at the house, will drink again.

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Photo of metter98
2.74/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a little sweet, having notes of grainy and pale malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied (but not that watery) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad for a macro lager; it is drinkable but not that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Pantalones
2.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a couple of these tonight at the local Italian place. First one poured into a frosted glass mug after it had sat a bit to warm up slightly, and the second into the same mug after my meal.

Pours very pale yellow, almost clear. Once in the glass it's a good bit darker; still yellow but on the darker end of yellow. Nice little bubbles rising up from the bottom. Little bit of white foam on top at first, but it fades incredibly fast and is pretty much gone before you've even drank half the glass--though it does leave a few whitish rings behind on the inside of the glass as it goes. Pretty much what you expect a standard beer to look like, really; the head fading so fast is probably the only weak point here.

Smell is pretty faint. Not so much that I can't pick up anything, but definitely not a strong smell; it's just kind of generally "beer-y" when very cold, becomes mostly sweet with hints of raisin and alcohol when at "fridge temperature." Nothing impressive but nothing offensive either.

Taste was very faintly bready, a little raisiny when very cold. Sort of reminded me of a less-flavorful version of Pilsner Urquell, actually--kind of like what I imagine a "Pilsner Urquell Light" might taste like--except that beer has a much richer biscuit-like malt flavor going on rather than just the faint generic-breadiness that was here, and Michelob seemed sweeter, with the raisiny taste definitely reminding me more of raisins rather than the "slightly grapey champagne-esque" thing going on in Urquell. That almost-sweet raisiny flavor was the primary flavor in the warmer glass--the sweetness and raisiny-ness seemed to be much more noticeable in the fridge-temperature glass than when it was poured into a near-ice-cold mug, and unfortunately the "bready" aspect almost vanished at this point. Went nicely with the Italian sub and chips I had, I think this was actually a decent bit better with food than it was on its own.

Goes down very easy. Definitely a drinkable lager, smooth and fizzy enough to feel like it isn't water (while at the same time not feeling harsh due to carbonation.) As said above, I ended up having two of them and though I liked it more when it was accompanied by food than on its own, it still wasn't difficult to finish the glass by any means.

Overall--a little on the light side flavor-wise but certainly drinkable, and actually pretty nice alongside a good meal. While I wouldn't run out and buy a pack of it at the store or anything, Michelob's not a bad choice at all if you're in the mood for a beer or two but you're at a restaurant that doesn't have anything really amazing on the menu, especially if the imports (and even Yuengling!) are priced a dollar or more higher.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Piss-poor beer at double the price.

I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now. This sure ain’t poetry.
Beer reviews can be like that sometimes.

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Photo of MickeyTheHead
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great, but not a lot of taste but very drinkable and pretty much everyone will drink it. I like this one more than I like most american lagers.

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Photo of AlfredoMoreno
4.25/5  rDev +51.2%

Well, this is obvioulsy not an amazing beer, and my opinion might be a little biased, but I'm giving a high rate because I think this beer is an awesome choice if you're just looking for a beer to drink while watching sports, a movie, or even to drink with some friend.

Maybe it's not the most common choice for that, but it's absolutely my favourite as it's good enough for me to feel that I am not wasting or drinking garbage, and its price is still good enough for a beer to buy often.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.74/5  rDev +33.1%

Appearance (3.25) : pours a 2 finger head that quickly recedes to a 1 finger height and then a ring. Draught it is not. Body is transparent gold straw, champagne-like in appearance.

Aroma (3.75) : A sweet aroma, with sweet grains, malt, corn, barley, and a little hop. Just a lot of fresh, pleasant sweetness.

Taste (3.75) : This beer tastes like a much more prestigious beer. This is not a typical B/M/C beer. The hop comes out right away, enveloped by a subtle malty sweetness that compliments the hop nicely. Dare I say there's a pinch too much hop? Just barely. Impressive. A hoppy, dry finish with some dark and murky rye notes.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : creamy, a subtle carbonation - with a dry, musky finish.

Overall (3.74) : I was really impressed here. I wish I would have bought more. I like it a lot and can't wait to try their "light" offering. Much better than youd expect. Almost German-esque.

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Photo of RickW574
4.25/5  rDev +51.2%

I took a trip to Las Vegas recently and one of the Casinos on the strip, Casino Royal had these for 1.00. Haven't had a Michelob for years and to my surprise it had a nice smooth malty taste, much fuller than I expected with just the right amount of hops. I was in complete disbelief that a domestic beer could taste this good. I generally have to pay 9.99-10.99 a six pack for the really tasty stuff but this is a nice brew to pack your fridge with if you like to pound down a six pack or two during a football game with the boys. Give it a try.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a macro lager, this is one of the nicer ones out there. This is not an adjunct, so get it straight. Crisp, clean, extremely drinkable. As far as affordable go to are concerned, you couldn't go wrong here.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden yellow color with a light head. Has a mild flavor (it is an Anheuser -Busch product) that is not bad, a refreshing summer beer. Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass, slightly hoppy little aftertaste.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.12/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden amber color with a two finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades very fast, leaving a good level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer consists mainly of a slightly grainy and grassy smell with a little bit of a skunky aroma mixed within. Some other light aromas of a lemon citrus and a little bit of caramel are there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and bready taste with a hint of a citrus orange flavor. While the nose suggested a skunky and grassy taste, not much of this was on the tongue, instead the sweet caramel remains strong and is nicely complemented by a bit of lemon and some grainy flavors. Toward the very end, a light herbal and floral hop flavor joins the profile, creating a rather pleasant but somewhat thicker lager flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a lager of only 4.8 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thicker body did accentuate the caramel and grainy flavors rather well, but made the body a little too heavy which took away from the more refreshing characteristics traditionally associated with a lager.

Overall – The taste on this one really surprised me as it was much more robust and flavorful then I was expecting; a nice unexpected find. The mouthfeel and smell took away from the brew overall however, making it an only OK brew overall.

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Photo of GregHoward1966
5/5  rDev +77.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Michelob original Lager
It's the full body American Pale Ale that set the bar and standard for all American domestic beers. It provides a beer that from the gold clear look to the beautiful aroma and refreshing taste makes Michelob the Lager to emulate.

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Photo of Foyle
3.94/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, frothy white head the quickly recedes with little to no lacing. Color is clear light golden with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: bready malts, a definite hop presence.

Mouthfeel: light, watery, crisp with a dry refreshing finish.

Flavor: lightly toasted barley, caramel, nicely balanced with pleasant grassy/herbal hop finish.

Overall: a delicious beer. By far the best AB product I have tried.

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Photo of Mattsoddtaste
4.26/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow my first beer review ever! This one is a roast-y/dry brew in my opinion. The almost watery yet frothy mouthfeel gives me something akin to Guinness, while the overall body has an uplifting cirtus feel. Bready, zesty and full Michelob lager, while being a full flavored lager, is just missing that...something. Mellow and likeable, this might even make a decent session beer. Cheers!
P.s You Sam Adams guys will LOVE this one!

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