Michelob (Original Lager) | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob (Original Lager)Michelob (Original Lager)

Brewed by:
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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3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.64/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Neck label stamped 11272; not sure if that's a date.

Appearance - Clear ultra pale body. Pours 1 1/2 finger head. Loose and white with low retention and no stick.

Smell - Faint corn. Almost nothing. I'm getting some faint citrus which may indicate a dirty bar glass. Or maybe not. Inoffensive and non-existent smell, basically.

Taste - Corn. Candy sweet malt. Sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Some frothiness when agitated in the mouth. Otherwise somewhat effervescent and light bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Comparable to Budweiser. Perhaps not as complex and flavorful. Which, in this style, isn't saying much. Easy drink. Decent in style.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.82/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow not much head, despite fizzy body!Tastes malty, slightly sweet, a barest touch of hops perhaps, but no corn or rice flavours. It does not seem to be as I remember it 30 years ago, it may have been more bitter then. Overall nice for a mass market macro!

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Photo of BeerDocT
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Poured out a deep golden color with a very small head. Large carbonation bubbles all over the beer. Looks good, nothing special but nothing bad.

-Smell 3.0: Nice bouquet, but very subdued and very average. I smell malt and lots of it. No hops or other scents that I could pick up. Again, standard.

-Taste 3.5: Nice, big, malted barley flavor that is enhanced by a slight sweetness. No discernible hops, but no discernible adjuncts, either. Aftertaste is present and I taste malt again and subtle dryness. Refreshing and surprisingly good.

-Mouthfeel 1.0: Too much carbonation. WAY too much carbonation. I have seldom sampled a beer so carbonated that it burned my mouth when I was drinking it and burned my throat when I swallowed. Ridiculous.

-Overall 3.0: In spite of my negative feelings about the carbonation, this beer TASTES good. An average lager and one that you could depend on. I don't understand why they are going for over $6 for a 6 pack in Georgia, but there you go.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It has been decades since I have had a Michelob. It has been so long I can not remember if this version is anything like what I used to drink.

Anyway, on to the review.
For an American Macro Lager, it is pretty darn good. It is your typical golden yellow clear fizzy beer.

Upfront, it is crisp, has some sweetness,and goes down smooth. It finishes off with a little hop bitterness. It is a nice beer.

This is exactly what you want in an American Macro Lager.

I have been pleasantly surprised with some of Michelob's recent offerings.

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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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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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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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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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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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Michelob (Original Lager) from Anheuser-Busch
2.81 out of 5 based on 1,056 ratings.
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