Michelob (Original Lager)
Anheuser-Busch

Michelob (Original Lager)Michelob (Original Lager)
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From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #315
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
64
Ranked #29,884
Avg:
2.71 | pDev: 26.94%
Ratings:
1,152
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 23, 2022
Added:
Nov 28, 2001
Wants:
  25
Gots:
  150
SCORE
64
Poor
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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3.19 by TP2MSU from Michigan on Apr 23, 2022
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3.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

Pours a clear golden straw color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade; retention is pretty damn poor. The aroma offers a nice (yet subtle) hit of grassy hops, backed by the sweet malt backbone. Simple, yet effective. It seems to taste a little sweeter than the nose indicated, but only just a little bit. There's a touch of darker malt character to this beyond the classic white bread and cracker notes coming from pale malts; touches of toasted bread and nut comes through. The finish has enough hoppiness to cleanse the palate, no more and no less. It also seems to be a little buttery on the back end, maybe even a touch grainy. This is one of the few beers I've sampled that I can truly call bone dry. It manages this without being ridiculously over-carbonated. The dryness helps counteract the decently full body, though it does seem slightly astringent at times. Ehh, I wanted a little more from this, but it's not BAD. It just isn't all that great. But hey, it's cheap, and better than Budweiser (and FAR better than Michelob Ultra). In the right place and right time, that's all that matters. There are other cheaper lagers I'd take over this, but it'll get the job done in a pinch.

Apr 18, 2022
 
2.79 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 14, 2022
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1/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by lagrluvr

beginner beer for the mindless sheep who thought it was cool because of the higher price and different bottle in 1979.
No where near a German lager, and laughable when compared to real malt lagers in the craft scene. old fogies

Jan 20, 2022
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3.27/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by AccipiterofBeer from New York

Poured into a pilsner glass

L; 3.25. Nice coloration but the carbonation leaves much to be desired. Thin head.
S: 3.75. Barley. Spicy German hops. Light on adjuncts, Corn.
T: 3. Quite malty. Barley. Corn. Light bitterness from hops.
F: 3.25. Medium bodied. A bit heavy for a lager.
O: 3.25. This is a go-to. Not too expensive and the quality is pretty good. One of the better American lagers.

Jan 08, 2022
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3.34/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by JZH1000 from Colorado

Found some 6 packs of 12 oz bottles with twist offs
The pour revealed a crystal clear american lager whaddaya know. Head isnt all that fine and dissapeared as quick as it was poured. Visually cant differentiate between any other macros, except that its darker than light beers.

The smell has a strong corn aroma but hops do shine through unlike other macros which is a nice surprise. My sense of smell still isnt 100% here though. Almost smells like a grainy pils.

Flavor is even better than the smell. Bitterness from noble hops is obvious and appreciated with much of the grain covered by them while cold. Surprisingly dry for a macro full flavor. Quite nice for when you dont want something heavy but also not grossly sweet and grainy, but also dont want to shell out for a german import.

Feel is actually very refreshing the strong carbonation combines with the bitterness of the hops to create a refreshing experience with just enough grain sweetness to balance it out but not weigh it down.

Overall, one of the best cheap beers ice had, idk why irs rated so low here, for the style and brewery it's actually quite good. If you see it and havent tried it but like lagers, I'd pick it up, maybe if enough people buy it we can give it a new lease on life.

Dec 27, 2021
 
2.77 by swierczt from Connecticut on Dec 13, 2021
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2.81/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
by tolar111 from New York

A vigorous pour produces a tightly packed white head that quickly recedes to nothingness, no lacing is left on the glass. Some bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass, but otherwise it looks like apple juice. The smell is of malts with some bittering hops. The taste is ok, there are no off flavors and the balance of malt and hops produces a decent bitterness that's correct for the style and the beer, but it's nothing special. The mouthfeel is not good, there is a prickly carbonation that can be a bit much especially if you have more than one.

Nov 26, 2021
 
2.32 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 18, 2021
 
2.54 by icemanexit from Indiana on Nov 13, 2021
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4/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bluestringer from Georgia

Another great beer for a hot summer day. Drink it cold, it's refreshing and good.

Oct 08, 2021
 
2.54 by Danzifer from Ohio on Sep 06, 2021
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3.61/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75
by Taxi_Rob

Haven't had one since the ABInBev buyout. It's got that sour finish you'd associate with Bud or Coors, but at this point it's somewhere in between. It used to be smoother. Sad ending for what used to be a great lager, but glad there's still a lager coming from AB that's not brewed from rice. Bring back the old recipe and the old bottles, and I'll gladly pay more for it.

Aug 13, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75
by pkalix from California

lost carbonation with the twist-off cap, otherwise this is damned tasty! i havent seen one of these in over ten years or more! low scores due to the weak carbonation. but it tastes great!

Aug 07, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

12oz gold can - review from notes

I actually really like this one... well, it's alright. Sorta skunky, but with a great beer hiding in there. I wish I had this 30 years ago before the recipe changed, I bet it was amazing. As it stands, this is still above average for an American adjunct

Solid stuff

Jul 31, 2021
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3.47/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by johnbauer

Good classic beer,

Jun 30, 2021
 
3.6 by Hazey92 from New York on May 05, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by joe12pk from Michigan

I heard that this lager had18 IBUs. I couldn't taste them. Very disappointing. It is better than most adjuncts. B+

Apr 18, 2021
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4.85/5  rDev +79%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by lyonsd from Florida

I first began drinking Michelob in high school. It was usually Busch and Budweiser, but we got Michelob for special occasions, such a dates. I like IPAs, Scotch Ales, Doppelbocks, and Belgian ales. But I have no problem drinking pale lagers. And as far as American pale lagers go, this is just great. I'm amused at the low scores and critical reviews saying there's no flavor, or it's like drinking water. These reviews are just beer snobs and their bias against "big beer", especially Anheuser-Busch. I did a blind tasted test involving Michelob, Hofbrau, and some others pale lagers. Michelob was not more watery than any of the others. And I could barely tell the difference between Michelob and the Munich helles lagers I tried.

Apr 13, 2021
 
2.94 by Wilderness805 from California on Feb 10, 2021
 
3.25 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 02, 2021
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4.71/5  rDev +73.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by ArthurFrayn from Kentucky

This might be the best american lager i've tried. A truly hidden gem. Just the right amount of maltyness and hop balance. One of the cleanest tasting beers i've had period. This is pretty much my go-to everyday beer now. You owe it to yourself to seek this out and try it at least once.

Jan 02, 2021
 
3.16 by Mulechops from Kentucky on Dec 12, 2020
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2.81/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by datstankadank from New Jersey

Still readily available in my area. 12 oz bottle, aggressive pour leaves 4 finger head. Not much lacing, but some. Smells a bit sour, maybe the yeast is imparting that. It is what it is. Best compliment i would give it is that its clean. Thats about it.

Nov 23, 2020
 
4.28 by superwho24 from Arkansas on Aug 30, 2020
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2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

Neutered of most taste, Michelob is essentially like drinking water from your tap in a large metro area. Slightly acidic, and boring. There are better macro American Lagers for sure.

Aug 25, 2020
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4.96/5  rDev +83%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by JohnT_1980 from Michigan

Remember my dad’s fridge being stocked with michelob teardrop bottles in the mid 80’s . Stands toe to toe with any of the German lagers out there. AB needs to market this and bring back those shorty teardrop bottles with the gold top. If you enjoy a craft lager look no further. Great maltiness with grassy hop note on the finish . Pleasant lingering taste keeps you coming back for more . AB’s hidden gem .

Aug 24, 2020
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4.76/5  rDev +75.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by Rockflite from Florida

Since Michelob Lager may not be around much longer, (May already be discontinued) does anyone have a recommendation that tastes similar to the great beer? This has been my beer since 1979. I drink other beers with meals or at gatherings. My beer for the taste and aroma alone has been Michelob Lager. Nothing tastes better and goes down smoother with just the right lingering after taste. I’m gonna miss this beer and Budweiser is not even close.

Aug 22, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Brook82 from Ohio

Yellow colored, with hint of gold hue. Aroma was, pleasant, bit of bread/malt mix. Taste was better than I remembered from 20 years ago. Just a slight metalic aftertaste. Pleasantly enjoyable. Not wide!y available but found a 12 pk bottles for $14.99 + tax.

Jun 11, 2020
 
3.68 by smi69 from New York on May 25, 2020
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3.62/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

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.

May 09, 2020
 
3.66 by Babydave from New York on May 01, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +65.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Richicago

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.

Apr 25, 2020
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4.7/5  rDev +73.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Grillinchillinanspillin

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.

Apr 03, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +63.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MildlyDrunk from Minnesota

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

Mar 30, 2020
 
3.93 by beertaker from Georgia on Mar 09, 2020
 
4.74 by Fizzer from Michigan on Jan 16, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

The best Macro out there.
Period.
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.

Dec 27, 2019
 
2.1 by SFC21 from Florida on Oct 26, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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)

Oct 10, 2019
Michelob (Original Lager) from Anheuser-Busch
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