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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Photo of Knapp85
2.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the next best beer that Michelob puts out beside there amber bock. This beer has a little bit of good flavor in it. It's still the boring yellow pale color but its at least drinkable. I still can't pick up on too many hops here which still is a bummer.

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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 oriolesfan4
2.89/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For the price, this is a pretty good option when you want a decent beer and are light in the wallet. Leaps and bounds ahead of Coors/Miller/Bud in terms of being widely available and cheap. Still too light bodied, but it has some flavor and is very smooth.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Does 'all-malt' beers deserve better praise that their adjunct ladden counterparts? Anheuser Busch thinks so with their Michelob brand. The beer begins with a malt profile that hits on light bread / toast / caramel character, and does a better job of balancing out the sulfer compounds and tart astringencies that hinder the Busch and Bud brands. However the weak malts come across a bit raw with a touch of cola and bread dough character. Hops may balance the sweetness, but don't offer much in the way of bitterness, flavor or aroma. Though all malt, an over sparged-type astringency comes through as the sweetness fades in the finish. Perhaps a better beer than the more pale Light Lagers, but only marginally.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the American standards, for better or for worse, only available to us cross-border shoppers...

This beer pours a very clear pale golden hue, with two fingers of soapy white head, which leaves a simple ring of lace around the glass as it quickly recesses. It smells of watery mild grain, and subdued greenery. The taste is sweet corn grain grist, and some faint weedy hops, seemingly just there to tease one into caring. The carbonation is as average as they come, the body light, auditioning hard for cloying, and it finishes mostly clean, the residual corn sweetness doing its best to show.

Surprisingly sweet, even with expectations well in check. I can see why this is not in the same style as Bud, but, really we're splitting tongue-scraping hairs here, folks...

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Photo of zeff80
2.93/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear, fizzy, golden yellow color with a white, foamy head. No laing.

S - It smelled of grains, corn and some sweet fruit-like aroma.

T - It tasted of bittersweet caramel malt with a grainy flavor.

M - It was a little thin but smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is easy drinking and is worth a try when given limited options (Ex. at a wedding or other function with free beer).

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a white head that doesn't recede too quickly and brings a tad bit of lacing. Smell brings forward a bit of grain without too much husk. Taste brings the same and isn't too offputting. Merely a bit. Mouthfeel is light with low carbonation. Drinks okay and is better than many in this style.

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Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden body topped by a small, white head with little retention and no lace.

S - Malty, slightly grainy aroma. Very clean overall.

T - Clean, malty flavor with just a hint of hops. Slight honey sweetness in the finish.

M - Medium to light body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Very light and easy to drink with a malt character that is a distinct improvement over that of the standard light macro lager. This is really a pretty decent beer, for what it is.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this hasn't gotten better reviews, it's a really solid beer. Good malt, good hops, good bitterness. I'd imagine that this is what beer in the United States tasted like at the turn of the last century. Now, admittedly, it is a little out of balance for my taste, but what do I know. I just think the kind of raspy, spicy hops are a bit much. I'd prefer them to be a bit more floral, but that's just me. And I can't fault it anywhere, really. It looks great, nice and clear and golden; and the frothy bright white head holds pretty well and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. I get some nice malt and hops out of the nose, and the same follow in the flavor. It's a Munich-style helles, and a pretty good one at that. I'll agree that it's maybe a bit fuller than some of the softer, sweeter versions out there now, but that doesn't mean that that's the style. If that was the case, who knows what Oktoberfests would taste like in a few years, they seemed to get a little bit more watered down every year. Good beer. I certainly like it a whole hell of a lot better than Yuengling Traditional Lager. Cheers!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.62/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma grain, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a light malt sweetness that dominates, followed by some grain and lager yeast breadiness. The hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is likewise sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A bit of flavor to it, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, standard representation of style, it’s got a little more substance than your typical A-B product but it’s still another fizzy yellow beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: ?

Better than Bud, I suppose. And that ain't saying much. Pours a pale straw color, very carbonated, with a thin head of quickly dissipating bubbles. Light aroma of pale malts, skunk, and old corn. More of the same in the taste; skunky with rotten hay and stale grains, leaving an acrid aftertaste. To be avoided.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright, deep golden body with a medium white head.

Smell: Toasted grains and very light caramel with soft musty, floral notes.

Taste: Exceedingly mild malt flavor and sweetness. Barely a dash of Noble-esque hops. Finishes relatively sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Refreshing, inexpensive, and not nearly as bothersome as the vast majority of the other macro beers, so really I can't complain.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.83/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Today is a fine day for Macro Smackdown VI. This will be yet another slugfest between Anheuser-Busch (Michelob) and Miller (Red Dog). This beer comes in the fancy new bottle-shaped can, while its competitor will be disgorged from the standard aluminum can; and a great looking, boldly colored can it is. Points right off the bat to Red Dog for the superior container, although it won't be reflected in the final score. And there's the opening bell...

Bright yellow-gold, accent on yellow. While Michelob is more pale than Red Dog, it isn't a bad hue given the style. The cap is brilliant white, displays pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface and is acceptably persistent. It looks a hell of a lot better than its competitor's head, that's for sure. There's no lace other than a stunted collar that follows the beer down the glass.

The nose, while semi-nasty, is tolerable. It smells like husky grain with a mild whiff of flowery hops. Thankfully, it isn't very powerful. Another win for Michelob.

This isn't good beer. The graininess is rampant and is too harsh and unrefined to score any points with me. I can't detect even a hint of hops, which makes me wonder if I smelled them. Michelob falls on the dry side of the sweet-dry continuum (as do quite a few A-B beers), which hurts it in my eyes.

The mouthfeel is light, lighter, (not quite) lightest. There are no differences between the two beers other than the fact that this one is mildly carbonated and Red Dog is slightly more vigorously carbonated. I prefer more carbonation in this particular case, but not enough for the scores to be different.

Michelob strikes me as lousy beer, even for a macro lager. I remember drinking this stuff in my late teens (okay, mid-teens) when I thought it was a special treat, a step or two above the usual. Well it isn't. In fact, I can't even pick it over a lesser known macro with a big red bulldog on the can. I'm beginning to realize that I prefer Miller products over A-B products. However, it's only in a 'lesser of two evils' kind of way.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

took the kids out to dinner at hooters tonight. now normally i do not order beers when i am there, but this new bottom of the barrel project actually has me ordering things at these places now. three new ones to tick off on the tap lines tonight. served cold in a frosty mug, this one was consumed on 08/21/2010.

pours out the classic golden hay color that you would expect to find. lots of carbonation here leads me to a thin fizzy head that quickly dissipates though the carbonation stays active throughout.

aroma is barely there. light rice and corn, hints of grains and maybe a light hop note? crisp and clean taste left little to no aftertaste on the palate. light grains, an bready notes, a touch of rice and light caramel floating around, but again too light for me to really get a handle on anything.

overall a classic lager apparently, but the lack of depth was alarming, still though i have had worse.

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Photo of Jason
2.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a "Born On Date" freshness date on the label.

A- Sizable head off of a hard pouring, the head seems to stay around for a while. Bright straw hue shimmers in the light.

S- Not much off of the aroma, a little grain ... that is about it.

T&M- Thin maltiness, light body with a feigned dextrin mouth feel. Semi-crisp with an odd bitty slickness on the mouth. A trained hop bitterness barks out only a small yet balancing bite. Odd finish as it wanted to be sweet but it really ended up very dry.

D- Not a horrible premium American lager it missed its mark totally for any kind of substantial flavor. But that is what a macro-lager is right? It does not live up to its manly advertisements in Playboy back in the 1970's.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of those major company beers that happens to be a step up from your typical Coors or Miller beers. With that said they're not too bad for beer on a budget. Michelob doesn't have too strong of a taste for better or worse and comes off as about average. For me the number one thing about Michelob is the price combined with drinkability.

Overall 6/10

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To mis-quote a C/S friend of mine, April, I am super-duper glad to have found this in a CAN! I have some early memories of my introduction to beer, one of which was some sips out of my Pops' CAN of Black Label during a union meeting at our house in 1969 or 1970 and then in the late-'70's or early-'80's as a teenager having a Michelob with my uncle, home for the summer from SF. My mother would be displeased with these memories as she thinks I am an inveterate drunk and to know that her husband and brother led me down the primrose path would initiate an anger that I do not feel like experiencing. I just know that both of these memories are pleasant ones for me and I drank a LOT of Michelob while on active duty until Rolling Rock gained national distribution. I always drank bottled Mich. and thought that it was pretty good. I remember really liking Mich. Dark and being disappointed by Mich. Dry. No comment on Mich. Ultra.

CAN we please have a review? Sure. Here goes. My pour created two fingers' worth of foamy, bubbly, fluffy bone-white head with decent retention. The color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was very lager-like, sweet with a slight hoppiness that was a welcome change from the adjunct lagers to which the CANQuest has exposed me. Mouthfeel ws medium with a clean lager sweetness on the tongue. Clean, free of adjuncts, welcome by yours truly. It strikes me that there might have been a real reason that I like this as a younger man. It is actually half-decent. Finish was likewise clean, semi-dry and very refreshing. It may not supplant Stoudt's Gold Lager in my reefer, but it will do in a pinch.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yellow fizzy in appearance white thin head quickly dissipates into nothing not much of anything going on here just "American" beer with as the label reads "All Imported Hops". Aromatics well has some detectable hops going on here just a touch with the corn and rice adjuncts also coming through with sweetness overall unoffensive to passive for me. Flavor consists of a sharp sweet adjunct ridden tone with the hop bitterness coming in to create a mediocre American light lager that should be the flagship beer of Anheuser Busch when compared to Budweiser. Not bad for AB but let's just say in the realm of lagers this is on the bottom of the pile but it's available everywhere and more drinkable then most macro products. Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied no texture extreme carbonation like a soda. Drinkability give me something worth my time glad I didn't purchase this one.

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Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - golden yellow with a faint layer of bubbly, white head that fades quickly

S - sweet and grainy

T - faintly bready, grainy, sweet corn, mildly bitter finish

M - light bodied, crisp, a bit over carbonated

Not an awful beer. As far as macros goes this is better than most. It is grainy and sweet but it does have a bit of hop character in the finish. Overall, it's definitely one of the better macros.

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Photo of jwc215
2.22/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light gold with a thin head that immediately disappears to a thin ring.

The smell is of some husky grains with a touch of sweetness.

There's watery nothing in the nose. Hints of thin adjuncts emerge, but with no particular flavors.

The feel is of water with a slight lingering sweetness.

This is so thin that I would have thought it to be a macro light if I didn't know better. It's not completely undrinkable, but is ridiculously thin and almost tasteless.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12/20/04- Consumed at a relatives house over the weekend.

Appearance- Average foam head. dark yellow pour and zippo lacing.

Smell- Smells like bud. Is this rice or corn or what? Grain? Not sure, but it's not that good.

Taste- Thought someone replaced the label with bud. Has that sickly grain or corn or whatever it is macro taste. It would be fine if I was a six pack in, but unfortunately this was the first beer of the night.

Mouthfeel- Very waterey and carbonated at the same time. Getting a gas attack.

Drinkability- Wish I would have brought my own beer. Hey at leastI get to rate it! Trying to figure out if that's bad or good though in this case.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of tempest
3.27/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feeling thirsty, so I ordered a bottle at the Tally Ho in Bethlehem.

Not bad, not bad at all. It's pretty plain overall, but there's a nice balance of very light caramel malts with small amount of hops that make this a decent beer - maybe A-B's best mass-brewed beer. There's no stinging mouthfeel like a lot of macro's, just a light bitterness in the finish. I'd order this in a pinch.

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Photo of tone77
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is crisp With some notes of malts and hops. Not a whole lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As a macro brew this isn't too bad. Something of a light brown, amber color with thin head, which didn't stay long.
Smell of malt and biscuit, some hops but just barely.
Taste wasn't too bad, but nothing to write home about. More rye or grain tasting, little hops and some malt.
If you drink macros try this one.
Definitely drink this cold, as it tastes better that way. I

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