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 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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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.17/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow straw color with a thick white head and little lacing. Smells of grain, corn, rice, some sweetness and a little hop aroma. Tastes a little bitter from a little hops, grainy and sweet from a little malts. Mouthfeel is not bad. And drinkability is as well

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.76/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Michelob has a thick, white head and a very clear, straw appearance. Carbonation is high. The aroma is quite faint, but a trace beer smell can be detected. A good barley-to-hops balance characterizes the taste, and there is a relatively higher hop bitterness than other regular beers, but no particular flavors shine through. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Michelob finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. Although this is a good, solid beer, it does not quite justify its elevated price.


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Deep golden color. Medium carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles and deteriorates quickly. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Pungent malty baked bread nose with a little hop and a hint of sweetness.

T: Nice grainy flavor with a slight hop. A little pungent.

M: Light body with a bit of a peaty, pungent, rubbery aftertaste.

D: Light and refreshing.

Atmosphere is okay. Appearance is pretty nondescript, as is the nose. Flavor, again nothing special, but nothing off-putting either. Overall, this is a pretty middle of the road quaff.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on 10/10/10 while watching NFL Football on TV. This is the kind of beer you drink for football games. It pours a well-carbonated pale yellow with a fizzy head the bursts forth and settles down. The aroma has a touch of malts and adjuncts in it. And yes it has that famous American pale lager taste with adjuncts, light hops, and a slightly tart ending. Very typical but great with peanuts and football.

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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 Nerudamann
3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - Pale golden color, with 2 fingers of head. Slow carbonation.

Smell - typical "basic" lager smell, with a hint of spiciness. Hoppiness too.

Taste - Just like the smell. Pretty basic American lager taste, with a slight hint of spices. Somewhat hoppier in taste.

Mouthfeel - basically watery in texture.

Drinkability - not a lot of complexity to this one, so not a lot to keep you thinking. But decent enough in taste to keep you drinking.

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

A - Amber/golden, rather unremarkable, but not unappetizing.

S - Had a pleasant hoppy and sweet smell.

T - Nice light nutty flavor throughout with a slightly sweet flavor, although the more I drank of it it began to develop a bit of a burnt taste toward the end.

M - Low carbonation with a nice smooth taste, had this with beer battered veggies and it was a fantastic pairing.

D - Wouldn't mind drinking this again, not nearly as flavorful as some beers that I've had, but if I wanted a domestic to drink I'd probably choose this again.

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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 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 jsprain1
3.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A nice thick head on a bright straw with a large number of rising carbonation bubbles.
S- I just couldn't pull any smell off of this one. A bit of grain... I guess.
T- The taste was interesting because it had some sweetness but tried to play a bit of hops in there but it just seemed to lose direction. A strange sweet finish to it.
M- Light body, a bit of sweet slickness throughout.
D- As far as mass produced lagers go, this is a decent enough beer. It has a good deal going for it, but it just seems to lack a flavor profile direction.

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Michelob (Original Lager) from Anheuser-Busch
2.81 out of 5 based on 1,055 ratings.
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