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 mschofield
2.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A crisp, clear highly carbonated gold, short stark white head, no retention or lacing.
Light malt, and weird honeyish note, something I find in all Michelob products (the yeast? couldn't be with the filtration it goes through). Clean aroma, light sulfur.
A sort of pilsner impersonation, light lemon, something that may have been a saaz hop.
Light feel, clean and crisp. Not good, way too light but not a horrible macro.

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Photo of palma
2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light yellow body with a quick fading white head. As the head disappeared, it left a decent lace and rings around the glass.
Smell was lots of corn and some malt. Flavor was bready with some more of that corn. All that corn isn't so bad - it’s actually OK tasting with the slight malt and bready flavors that are also in the beer. The big prob is that it keeps reminding you that you’re drinking cheap ass beer. This is one of those beers that the common macro drinker brings to a party in order to be different (they don't bring bud or coors light, etc...) and every time you take a sip of it you ask yourself " who's the idiot that tried to be cool by bringing this crap!"

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

Drunk straight from the bottle. A golden coloured brew. Aromas are of sweet malts, and decent german(?) hops. The taste is quite well balanced and light. This tastes like "beer" but it is much better than a Bud. The mouthfeel is MOR and the drinkability is decent. Not bad for an AB brew.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap in St. Louis. Often it is the best available in those parts...

This beer poured a clear, fizzy yellow with a thin white foam head that settled. The smell was minimal with hints of malt and hops. The taste was on the sweet side but very thin. Some malt flavors, but low on hops. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth and thin, with medium light body and medium carbonation. Overall not really offensive, but not big on flavor or body.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stopped for a slice, and this was the best beer choice available (!) The waitress actually brought me a plastic cup!!! I asked for a glass, and she told me they don't have any! I drank it from the bottle. Years ago, when I only drank macros, this was my favorite. It is still better than most of them, with some taste and mouthfeel (albeit not much). I would only drink this under circumstances like tonight, but it is better than Bud, Corona, and many other swill lagers.

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Photo of jwilli7122
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark yellow with a snow-white fiz head. lots of carbonation.

smells like stale piss/aluminum

taste is light, crisp, and nothingness. leaves a pleasant malt/bread taste in mouth.

does not warm well. better straight out of the can than in a glass.
need to drink pretty fast as this is shit once it loses its carbonation.

when cold and straight out of the can, mouthfeel is right for this type of beer. I seem to remember this being better than it tastes right now. who knows.

not worthy of beer drinker's attention. might be good for a kids' drinking game?

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light gold color with a lacey white head. The aroma is weak with that tradtional clean pale malt lager scent. The taste is good. It is a clean tasting macro with decent flavor. It isn't complex, but the masses will enjoy it. The mouthfeel is excellent. Like most macros, it is low bodied and highly carbonated. If this is cold enough, it is highly drinkable and rather enjoyable for those large party crowds.

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Photo of winomark
2.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale gold with a soft white head and vigorous bubbles.

Aroma: Sweet malt and grain dominate. Slight hop aroma. Fairly muted.

Taste: Grainy palate with sweetness in the back. Dry finish. Oddly pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light, dry and crisp. Sweetness gives weight, but not enough to help give body.

Drinkability: A surprisingly pleasant brew. One of the better offerings from Anheuser-Busch. Good to have around for guests.

Can you tell that I have a Michelob Sampler Pack in my fridge right now? :)

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Average. That is it. Better than extremely cheap beers, worse than expensive ones. A non-offensive beer that doesn't take any chances. This is supposed to be AB's premium line of beers, i wonder where all that money went? If you don't want anything interesting to drink, grab a Michelob.

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Photo of Rootdog316
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Surprisingly enough I have actually found an Anheuiser Busch product I actually like (other then Michelob Ultra). This beer was much better then I had expected. It really did not have that much of a bite, and it went down very smoothly as well. I drank this right before I had my first ever Sam Adams, and I have to admit, I like Michelob a heckuva lot better then I like Sammy.

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Photo of jlervine
2.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured in the typical fizzy yellow beer profile. Head was nonexistent within 15 seconds - I counted. Light smell of malt and hops can be barely discerned above the smell of air surrounding the top of the beer. Good hop character for a FYB, but nothing at all amazing. Mouthfeel is thin - par for the course. Not a bad rendition, but no reason to rush out and try it. I bought the sampler case because it had two free glasses in it. I'm a sucker for free glasses, even if it means drinking my way through 18 mediocre brews.

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Photo of aracauna
2.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's got a nuttier, fuller flavor than most of the cheap American macrobrews. I still have trouble drinking the stuff. If I'm going for a cheap beer, I'll usually just grab something that has no flavor instead of one that's a little more expensive with mediocre flavor.

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Photo of Boto
2.47/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ahhh..another fine selection of beers on the golf course.

The first thing that I noted was the can said that it contained "All Imported Hops". I thought that AB grew most of their own hops in Washington at Elk Mountain (Remember the short-lived brews by that name?). Anyway, it could have used some of those hops. Not very aromatic. The color is a shade darker than the typical macro yellow (almost golden). Big white head. The taste is a malty sweet, with a lighter body. It has the signature Michelob sweet aftertaste that is typical in all of its beers. At least it was cold!

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Photo of Ellbert
2.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I was not expecting much out of this beer but it did show me that it's taste wasn't half bad and that it was drinkable. It didn't look or smell any different than the other macros but it did taste ok. This is probably because it wasn't the light version. Not a great brew or even one I would rely on. Just a decent macro.

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Photo of Jarod
2.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Born on date of 8/22/03

This beer poured into the glass a crystal clear golden color, and good carbonation bubbles present. The head that was produced was fluffy and white in color. Some last (a few seconds) then fell to nothing. There was no lace present. The aroma was very-very light. I did manage to get some sweet malt and grains from it. But that was it. The flavors were also fairly weak in nature. I tasted some light malt, and grains that was it. No hops detected even though it states that they were imported. No aftertaste. This beer is crisp and light, it managed to quench my thirst, and that was all I was looking for at the moment. Over all impression, OK, I guess. A little pricey for a macro six pack, but when you have limited choices this is the one to chose.

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

Average....pours a clean golden tone with a nice medium white head, some carbonation and little to no lacing. Weak wheaty/malty smell with perhaps a bit of hops. A decent taste, with full bodied robust maltyness with some carbonation enhancing it, while the end is complimented with a nice and easy going bitterness (it preaches all imported hops). This all provides for a nice mouthfeel, and the easy it is to drink gives room for a second. That makes it a nice lager all-in-all.

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Photo of putnam
1.03/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pale, dull yellow
The smell is an atrocity. Cotton candy, nail polish, masking tape, weeds, dried pet food...as it warms up a strawberry shortcake perfume emerges to complicate things.
The taste is of creamed metal. Dusty-textured (I presume from the "all imported hops") and absolutely neutral in flavor. Beer for neurotic wannabees who hate and fear life.

"born" on June 23, 2003

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Photo of RoyalT
2.2/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – A heavier shade of yellow than most of the other macros. The head came up nicely then receded quickly, which is typical of the style.

Smell – Again, there’s a little more there than the other macros. There seems to be a mix of malts and hops along with a tinge of sweetness that may actually resemble a fruit of some kind (as opposed to candy like most of the other AB line).

Taste – Ouch. What the hell? It looks better than The King, smells better than The King, but tastes flat and uninspiring (worse than The King). Something was lost in the translation here. Some cheap sweetness was the highlight, but the malts failed to deliver and the banner at the top of the label should be changed from, “All Imported Hops,” to, “Exported All Hops.”

Mouthfeel – A little carbonation plays on the tongue, but the body is kind of flat overall.

Sinkability – The smellability was not bad, but I couldn’t see trying to get through a six-pack of this stuff.

Comments – Sorry to diss this one. I was well-intentioned at the onset after looking and sniffing, but I hate being lied to. I tossed this in the freezer for half an hour before tasting, too. How disappointing.

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Photo of proc
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

To be honest, this is a very drinkable beer. It pours out to the standard, golden color of its style. Slightly sweet with a non-offensive, even lightly hopped taste. Acceptable, but not remarkable. Better than most of the AB offerings. I'd take it over a Heineken.

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Photo of IronDjinn
1.61/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A friend of mine gave me a bottle of this to try (wouldn't buy it on my own), she seems to like it a fair bit, but also drinks it from the bottles. I however can smell a rat the moment I pop off the bottle cap. Pale clear straw colour, leaning more towards the anemic end of the spectrum. Small ring after head quickly fades. Aroma is a bit caustic, grainy but not much else. Flavour rips a grainy strip across the tongue, leaving an unwelcome aftertaste in its wake. Corn adjuncts abound. Pehaps I should have stuck it in the freezer for half an hour and drank it straight out of the bottle. Nope, I wouldn't even accept this for free next time.

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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 Beastdog75
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Another re-rate because the original review mysteriously disappeared. This is a cut-and-paste from my original review posted on Sept. 9, 2002).

Most people are probably comparing this beer to other, far more superior beers. I'll mostly be comparing it to it's cousin, Budweiser, so that's why it's getting a pretty positive review from me.

Basically, Michelob is a "premium" beer by AB. What does that extra dollar a six-pack get you? A beer with suposedly less adjuncts than Bud, some two-row barley (I'm guessing Bud has all 6-row), and "all imported hops" (which is supposed to impress us).

It pours a nice light golden color with a coppery touch, and the decent foamy head is slightly golden too (it disappears in about a minute). The smell is unremarkable. Other than some mild grain and alcohol, it isn't very strong. As for the taste, there is some malt taste there but not much, and there is some hop bitterness in the back of the mouth. Kind of weak on the normal taste front, but somehow I enjoyed the aftertaste. Although the light taste of the beer lingers, I seem to notice a kind of sweet floral taste that I think is appealing. As for the mouthfeel, it is very smooth. Not too heavily carbonated, but it feels good on the tastebuds.

In conclusion, a decent AB beer that I'm not ashamed to buy, and it probably goes well with a burger or steak.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.74/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this at the beer store, and said what the heck. I am entering a phase of "what the heck, if I haven't it before", etc. The clerk at the checkout shook his head, as it didn't 'go' with our other purchases of micros and imports, but I didn't care.

On to the beer:

Actually golden color. Big old head when poured, but that's disappeared now, just a slight white layer in my glass. Smell is sweet and slightly grainy/bready.

Taste is sweet, aftertaste even sweeter. The carbonation is very good, almost a bit undercarbonated. There's not a ton to talk about flavor wise, not sure where the 'imported hops' went that are listed on the label.

I won't be getting this again, but if you see it, and that's your only beer choice, it won't be the worst beer ever. I would think it would make a decent session beer, or a beer to have when among non BA-ers...it would give them a familiar name, and a slightly more interesting beer. Basically inofensive, no off-tastes that I could pick up on. Pat

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Photo of Winter
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden in color with a white head. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Bland and uninspired taste consisted mainly of watered down malt and some mild hop bitterness. With all the hoopla on the label about the "Imported Hops", I would have thought this beer might have been a little more inspired. Oh well, the choice at where I was was at was either this or Miller High Life Light, so I went with the Michelob. For the uninitiated, this functions as a pretty non-offensive beer. Nothing special here.

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Photo of bditty187
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ultra translucent, no animation, dull. Smallish white head, fair retention, minimal. Sweet malt/adjunct nose, it’s a mess. The flavors on the palate are light, slightly sweet but not completely offensive… some graininess. Lacks any influence of the “all imported hops.” The malt backbone is fragile. Quick finish. Medium-light body with minimal carbonation. All in all, this isn’t half bad but it still induced a headache.

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Michelob (Original Lager) from Anheuser-Busch
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