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 gonger
3.11/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to give AB credit for making the effort to produce an adjunct-free beer.

Hard pour into pint glass produced a 1-inch head that dissipated quickly into nothing. Not even a pancake of head on the top. No lacing. Looks thin and pale in the glass.

Taste is a cut above the average mega-brew though, because it actually has some. Ice cold, it's not bad. I wonder why American mega-brewers are afraid to add enough hops to actually taste.

A higher gravity brew and the addition of a few more hops might make this a pretty drinkable brew.

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Photo of kflorence
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - JAN 18, 2008

Not much aroma or flavor, typical of American-style pale lagers. Tastes and smells grainy with faint metallic hop tinge. Heavier than other pale lagers, smooth and drinkable but nothing special. Preferred over Bud and others, but it’s usually more expensive and not worth the extra money.

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

L: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a short and light white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, a hint of hops, and that's pretty much it.
T: Tastes as it smells with a light malt aroma followed by a light hoppy aroma; pretty light tasting .
M: Light feeling, perfect amount of carbonation, refreshing at least.
D: Overall it was very light flavored, very light bodied, a mediocre lager at best, but not bad for being mass produced.

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Photo of tjsmith910
3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer that started it all for me. Smooth to drink. Good enough balance of taste so long as it is cold. Does not warm quickly and is easy to forget how many of these you have had. Easy drink to have regularly. Nothing special, but then again, you never forget your first.

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

Served in pilsner glass. Poured a clean, clear golden straw color with just over a half-inch of bright white head that had decent retention and a nice, light lace.

The aroma was surprisingly grainy, with gentle hops and was a bit on the sweet side. The taste was pretty similar, typical for the style, a bit of grains, gentle hops and some sweetness.

The body was OK, a touch fuller than I expected, and was smooth and even. Drinkability was surprisingly good, it went down smoothly and easily, and except for the sweetness, was pleasant and repeatable. Overall, this beer was better than I was expected. A local restaurant sells these for $2 during happy hour. I think I'll keep that in mind during budget crunch days.

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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 JednoPivoProsim
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a semi-decent white head that hangs around for awhile. Color is light golden, very thin body with a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Somewhat sweet and malty. Not great, not bad either.

Taste: Not bad, definitely some flavor. The flavor tastes recognizably Bud-like, but better. A malty, sweet tasting brew, I'd accept the claims on the bottle that this is heading in the direction of a "Munich-style lager." My one gripe would be that the flavor does not linger long enough, a la a lot of Bud products - I guess AB is not used to people actually wanting to enjoy their beers.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately carbonated, light on the palate and refreshing. Not too light, however, it is arguably full-bodied at the same time.

Overall: For all of the BMC-bashing that goes on, you have to figure AB does something right. In this beer, I'd say they are doing something headed in the right direction and something that, at the least, can start to compete with the craft beer world in terms of flavor.

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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 forsakenpariah
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking this one as I review. Got a sixer at a gas station in the middle of nowhere with a crap beer selection -- it looked like about the best beer there.

ice cold bottle -> pint glass

A - Light gold, about a shade darker than Bud. An impressive half-inch head that chilled for about half the beer and left some nice lacing on the way down.

S - I picked up a faint woody and earthy noble hop aroma, and not much else. Pretty straightforward but not bad for a pale lager.

T - A slight pinch of hops, and a tiny little bit of caramel malt. Surprisingly malty; light, crisp, and refreshing in a generic sort of way.

M - Moderately thin body and lots of fizz.

I must admit, while I won't be buying this again any time soon, it's really not too bad for what it is. I certainly wouldn't call this "a distinctive, high-quality beer for connoisseurs," but in a tight pinch like the one I was in when I bought it, this will be my go-to BMC beer.

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Photo of DCon
3.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack of this @ Mobil- On the Run in Ellisville, MO. Enjoyed all but one on another night and now reviewing this last one... Poured into my Schlafly Pint Glass and reviewed before dinner. Has a Bottle On Date of 1 10 10.

Appearance- Pours Golden Yellow color with 2 fingers of White semi-frothy head. Leaves minimal lace and the head retention went very fast which sucked...

Smell- Smelling a ton of grains and mild citrus hops. There may be some floral notes as well.

Taste- Very mild pale lager and has a great amount of malt. Has a somewhat sweet finish also.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, with a TON of carbonation. Leaves nothing special on the palate but enjoyable and smooth.

Overall- Very refreshing and could be one of my favorite Michelob products. I have never seen this Lager available and especially at a gas station?!?! Very cool! Drinkability was exceeded my expectations as well.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.11/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to DFH/Whole Foods glass on 3/31/11
*Had this one in honor of baseball's Opening Day - Go Nats!

A: Brilliant, sunny gold. A forceful pour yields a two finger head that dissipates in a flash.

S: Sweet white summer corn. It's really quite odorless.

T: This is about as inoffensive as you can get. It's sweet, with faint hints of grain and quite a bit of mild malt. It finishes without any fanfare.

M: Light and bubbly. It's prickly carbonation is a bit much, though the light body really allows the drinker to down these with ease.

O: If I'm drinking a BMC/Pale Lager, Michelob Original is what I reach for. Do I drink it often? No - but for the style, this one is spot-on. Great for hot afternoons in the yard, or at the ballpark with a dog in the other hand. This all-malt brew accomplishes what it sets out to. Well done Anheuser-Busch!

*Paired with chedder brats

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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 HalfFull
3.21/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pils glass from a brown pry off bottle, pouring a clear and deep straw. Half an inch of bright white foam shows light to moderate retention, keeping a light cap and dropping off some lace.

Sweet grain on the nose with a bit of lemon oil. Gains a bit of texture with some warming, but subtle overall.

Light bodied flavor with some lightly sweet husky grain notes. Touch of lemon bread from the hops and with a nice subtle carbonation to lend a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel. Finishes a bit sweet and simple, decent and straightforward yet without much character.

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

Despite some bad reviews and I am not saying this is a great beer my any means it better than a lot of beers that have great ratings on this site. I just think there is a stigma about this beer. It is not bad looking. The body was nice gold color that was clear with tight lace and rocky foam. It has sweet malty and corny flavor with very mild hop tones. The mouthfeel is average with some tickling carbonation. The aroma is average for this style.

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Photo of ELN
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've only had this once before and I had to buy a 12 pack because that's all they had. I found a 6 pack today so I bought it. $5.98 at Wal-Mart. I also bought it because there's a documentary video on YouTube of Charles Bukowski drinking it in San Francisco in the morning after one of his readings. It he drank it I want to too!

serving type: bottle. They don't sell this stuff in a can that I'm aware of.
appearance: drinking from bottle 'cause glasses suck. I can see through the bottle and there's a good inch of head and I'm half-way through!
smell: honey, malt, bread, raspberries.
taste: honey and malt.
mouthfeel: pretty good, nice slickness. not watery like pabst.
drinkability: I'm not crazy about the flavor but it's not bad. I think the most I would want to drink of Michelob Lager would be 2. It's certainly different and seems like it would take awhile to get used to drinking it on a regular basis. I'll probably buy this again in another year or so.

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Photo of mklinger
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a beer a friend left in my beer fridge. Poured into a pilsner glass. Extremely lively carbonation -- hard to get it into the glass, but it built up a surprisingly thick, creamy white head that stiffly stuck up 3/4 of an inch above the top of the glass. Lasted quite a while too & left decent lacing. Brilliantly clear, pale gold color.

Not much for aroma. Bit of bready, corny scent. Nothing going on hops-wise.

Slight creamy sweetness with little bit of herbal, earthy hops. Otherwise, very clean -- bit like water, but not like piss. Crisp & clean.

Very, very light bodied but with lots of mouth filling carbonation makes it feel a bit fuller than it probably is. This is a surprisingly drinkable beer. It's been many a year since I had one. It was better than I thought it would be.

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

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat glass.

A: clear, bright pale golden color, abundant head dies down into a scant cap with adequate lacing.

S: the crisp, heavily carbonated backbone mixes with soft grain and a bit of an herbal hop punch. Not offensive, unlike many of Michelob's cousins (though I guess Michelob has graduated to adjunct-free).

T: crisp throughout, with a light malt presence and a respectable herbal hop bite. Not too shabby.

M: light-bodied, crisp, palate-cleansing.

D: I might have to put Michelob on the top of my American mass produced lager list.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very average and boring beer.

A- Pale straw yellow that retains a thin white head nicely. Creamy lace.

S- Faint sweet grains, corn, metallic notes, and hints of skunk.

T- Faint hints of toast, corn, and bready funk.

M- Medium body, slightly creamy

D- Easy and smooth to drink, very boring.

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

A: Straw yellow with 1.5 fingers of white foam and few streams of steady rising bubbles. Retention is rather poor, but it does have reasonable lacing despite that it keeps sliding down the glass back into the beer.

S: Rather clean lager nose with faint bit of lightly floral esters. Some grainy malts are poking around too, with a slight edge of sweetness. It gets a little more sweet and floral as it warms, and is reasonably pleasant.

T: Grainy light malt. Although they call it a Munich style, it only has the barest hints of anything toasty or remotely rich. No adjunct either. Touch of sugary sweetness that points to pils malt, but some husky grain too. Reasonably bitter in an earthy and herbal way. A light floral hint and a touch of sulfur are sneaking around as well. Not bad, but some more maltyness and perhaps a touch more sweetness would take it to the next level.

M: Just under medium body with carbonation a touch on the firm side - but in a softly expansive way that makes for an almost creamy mouthfeel but ends rather dry. Seems quite attenuated.

D: An American macro take on Helles? Pretty good for the price point. I like the background floral note in this one. And it has a decent dose of hop character and flavor. But it is a bit too well attenuated when combined with relatively high CO2 level. Goes a bit harsh rather than being refreshing, and lets the grainy husk character through to much. If AB would mute the bean counters and dial back the efficiency, then this brew (and probably others) would benefit qualitatively.

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Photo of bnes09
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Light lemon yellow and completely transparent. Pours a thick white head. Recedes quickly with minimal lacing.

Clean and crisp grain aroma. A bit of skunk and yeast.

Flavors are mostly white bready grains. Touch of honey sweetness with lemon. Dim to indectable grassy hop. Crisp and clean flavor.

Light feel and overly carbonated. Crisp and clean once again.

Its not the worst beer I've ever had but its not winning any awards if I'm the judge. Pretty simple and standard. Exactly what I expect from Michelob.

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

I have to say, even if this beer has nothing else going going for it, the label on this bottle looked fantastic. Unfortunately, that's where the positives stop. This tastes veryyy fake and pretty much like a hoppier Budweiser in my opinion, but in an artificial way that's drinkable but not enjoyable. It's not something I'd go for again.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

This conjures up memories of the late '70s, like sneak- ing peeks at Playboy and spotting those swanky Mich- elob ads. A man's man's beer! A beer for the men who have arrived! Of course, things are much different now, and lately, so is Michelob Lager. It's an all-malt lager now--no more adjuncts.

Sparkling clear with lots of bubbles racing to the top, all trying to hold together a thin white lace. Golden color is a shade darker than the old Michelob. Sweet dextrin malt aroma contrib-
utes to a thin, grainy and faintly herbal nose. Super-crisp right up front, wet and light-bodied, sort of feigning something more moderate. Immaculate malt flavor, refined but tasty. Quick prickle of hop bitterness that rolls with the grain and carbonation. Touch of clean herbal flavor, light dextrin chewiness, dropping a small dollop of sweetness on the palate. Clean, semi-dry, beery finish.

Interesting move to make this beer all-malt. Obviously a sign of the times, meaning most palates are tired of being dumbed down. Either way, not half bad--refreshingly clean and tasty. Pair it with a plate of Colombian-style steak soft tacos with rice and beans.

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Photo of gopens44
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty plain in color, being a basic yellow. Clear with a moment of fizzy head that relaxes soon after the pour

S - Sweet, malty, not much else.

T - Malty like the nose and biscuity. Sweet with a faint fruity thing happening.

M - Heavier than I would have suspected and more silky than not. Pretty carbonated. Not a ton of aftertaste, but what is there reminds me of the biscuity quality in the taste.

I am drinking this at my Moose lodge because it is on special for a dollar. Little do they know that this is probably the best beer they have in this BMC haven. Shhhh! Don't tell them! I won't mind drinking this here at all since Bud Light is probably my only other alternative. This beer actually isn't too bad, given its creator. If faced with no other option, this one won't disappoint.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good initial head during the pour and as it settled there was some great lace, but it quickly slid down the glass. Color is a light amber, rating a 6 on the SRM chart. Smells like damp straw and corn husks. Taste is mild with hints of wheat, corn, and malt. Seems to have a little going for it in mouthfeel, some body and frothiness, but leaves my tongue dry. Not really to my liking as far as drinking more than this one. Not bad, but I will not search for it the next time I am out for some tasty brew.

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Photo of Yesac
3.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale yellow color, decent sized white head that sticks around for a while.. what a rare sight in macro's.

S- Straw and grain malt

T- Medium malt, some faint attempt at a hop profile but it is enough to be noticeable, bready malt finish

M- Light body, medium carbonation, decent covering on the palate.. slightly dry finish

D- I'm pleasantly surprised by this, I was expecting much worse. I could kick back a few of these without having to choke them down. This is a decent pale lager/lager with enough of a refreshing taste and experience to be a good drinking brew. It doesn't taste like stale corn like its competitors.

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Michelob (Original Lager) from Anheuser-Busch
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