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 therica
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A= darker yellow with a carbonated-fizz head.

S= Toasted Oats'n'Honey combined with Corn SugarPops and a whiff of something that seems like floral.

T= Overly sweet; lacking in hops, especially any sort of quality hops; toasted grains.

M= syrupy layer on tongue, slight flat bitterness.

D= anyone who actually enjoys this or is stuck at a party where it's the "best available" can make a night of it, I'm sure. I only bought it because I ran out of good stuff and at 01:00 the only thing open that sold beer was 7-11.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.99 for a 6'er. Only 2 reviews for Michelob Lager? What's with that? Brewed with 2 row pale malt, hopped with Hallertau, Strissel spalt and a few other hops. 21 IBU. OG=12.9, 5.0% ABV.

Pours to a clear pale straw golden, forming a large white head which quickly recedes and leaves no lace. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is rather nondescript. I read the ingredients and thought I was getting a pilsner, but this smells like a domestic macro-brew like bud/miller/coors. No hop nose worth mentioning with that kinda sweet corn smell of a macro. Mouthfeel is light and clean with a watery, very light body. It tastes like "beer". There is a little suggestion of hops somewhere in the middle. Cleanly fermented. I couldn't pick this out from coors/bud/miller, although there isn't any bad aftertastes like one sometimes gets in a domestic macro. The finish is very clean with an aftertaste of a very light black tea.

Not bad if you want an ice cold summer beer to slug after mowing the yard. For the price, I'd much rather drink the Michelob Porter or Dunkel Weizen. The Pale Ale is next to try on the list. Ho hum.

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Photo of Spikester
3.55/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear gold color with one finger of white head. Earthy hop aroma. Nice clean malty taste. Good amount of earthy euro hop fllavor. Clean crisp finish. One of the best regular American macros. Leaning toward the sweet side but not unusual for the style. If this is all that is available on tap at your favorite restaurant it will be O.K. with your meal.

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Photo of lanechaffin
5/5  rDev +77.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Michelob is one of my favorite beers. It is very smooth and at the same time crisp and bold enough to make for some good drinking. They explain on the label about the quality malt and imported hops. I like the bottles better than your standard longneck, but it seems like they don't hold as much, haha. Every time I pick it up it's nearly empty.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.4/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times. But I must admit that I like the curvy bottle more than the regular looking one.

It's a shade darker than most macros with pretty exuberant carbonation.
It smells a little grassy with a few hop notes.
It tastes like a solid all malt lager.
The feel is light and crisp.
I like this beer and drink it often.

If I only have five bucks and need a six pack, I hope this one's on sale.

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Photo of KatyRed1980
2.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not going to go into all the details like you have read previously but I will tell you to save your "I only had one" for something worth drinking; this would not be it.

It was flat, very small head.

Almost no aroma.

Weak in taste.

Drink it if you must have a brew and it is the only thing being given away.

I was tempted to try the "Original Lager" because the Michelob Hops Hound was a pretty decent brew. This one, however, was not worth the calories or the money spent.


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

All malt craft version.

12oz pry off top bottle pours a crystal clear straw yellow, with a bit of white head, even some lace rings to show off. Pretty good whiff of malt in the aroma, followed by a mostly malt quaff. No corn or grain aspect to it, just smooth lager malt, followed by a small hop bite in the finish.

A good pilsner, no standout qualities, just a easy drinking smooth sailer. I'll be happy to have another from my sixer, and if offered one.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pilsener glass eh? Poured into mug instead.

Appearance: Clear pale gold body with decent carbonation. Head is small, white, loose, and fizzy; quickly decays to a thin halo.

Smell: Sweet crystal malt and a touch of citrus. Also some bread and/or crackers, maybe a touch of alcohol. Pretty faint, but not too bad.

Taste: Sweet and grainy malt, honey, saltine crackers, and some mild hops for balance. Pretty good balance as a matter of fact. Slight alcohol twinge in the finish. Aftertaste is dry and kinda weird tasting, but still contains bits of the flavors mentioned above.

Mouthfeel: Not sure if it's the carbonation or just the contents of the beer, but I've got a weird, fuzzy film coating the inside of my mouth. Pretty gross. Spritzy, very light, crisp, and active. Finishes dry and... fuzzy.

Drinkability: Better than I expected. I'd drink this again, and even choose it given the typical college scene selection. Really not bad! Disappeared from my mug quick enough.

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

Presentation: New bottle with label that reads: Michelob Original Lager. I think this is just classic Michelob... right?

Appearance- Gold-straw body, white head with various bubble sizes, low head retention, moderate lacing.

Smell- Fairly classic adjunct smell, with a light grainy sweetness. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any hop-presence.

Taste- Pretty clean flavors, slight corny sweetness. Nothing off, but not impressive either.

Mouthfeel- light mouthfeel, high carbonation is kind of nice.

Drinkability- fairly high. I had a hard time being ultra critical, and with an open mind came a pretty reasonable beer.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
2.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From bottle February 14 2009

Pours a pale, clear golden color with decent white head. Moderate lacing diminishing through finish. Smell - just pretty sour to me like most other A-B beers. Just not a very good aroma. Not sure where the hops and malts are. To me a glorified Bud Light. Not as distinct a taste as Budweiser. Not much there for me, and not worth a premium price. Less than average in its price.

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Photo of Dirty1
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a recipe that called for a bottle of lager which is generally not one of my favorite style beers. Since I was cooking with it I didn't want to spend a lot of cash. The grocery I went to had a crapy selection so I bought the Michelob because it was on sale! I remember drinking this in college and thought it was o.k. and haven't had it in probaly 10 years. I poured one into a pint glass while cooking.

A- Very clear straw yellow with about a 1/2" white head that went away pretty fast with no lace.

S- Very mild hops and not much else! It had the faintest hint of grains and a slight sour twang to it. The smell was very underwhelming.

T- Starts with a slightly sweet malty grainy taste then comes the slightly stale and grassy hops. It had a slight sour tangy after taste. It reminded me of a good beer that had been watered down a bit to a mediocre beer.

M- Very light and crisp with a nice dry finish that seemed a touch over carbonated. To me the mouthfeel was probaly the best asspect of this beer.

D- It had a nice refreshing feel that made it very drinkable, but not really my type of beer. I found the flavor to be rather flat and pedestrain. Lagers aren't really my thing but I have definatly had better ones. It's also definatly not the worst beer I have ever had. I would drink again at a cook out or something but probaly won't buy again. Cheers!

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Orange yellow color with a light white head. Bubbles come off the bottom and side like champagne.

S - Very faint. A little malt is all I can make out.

T - Light flavor. A little malt with a slight bite at the finish.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - I'm a snob so I really didn't like this. That said it wasn't that bad it just didn't have anything to make it any different than most beers.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This lager pours a clear yellow color with a thin, fizzy white head. The aroma is faintly hoppy with some malty, grainy notes. Up front, it has a smooth body with crisp carbonation and a mildly malty flavor with some graininess. The finish is crisp and slightly malty. Drinkable and not bad for an American standard lager.

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

Bought this one on my trip out of town, as it was pretty much the only thing that the gas station had worth purchasing.

Cool bottles, nice mid section that is easy to grasp, if drinking out of the bottle is your kind of thing.

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow.

Crisp clean sugary malt waffer aroma.

Very clean on the palate, crisp assertive malt hits the palate immediately, and then the flavors are then wiped clean - almost no flavor on the finish. Just an overall light body and crisp malt. The only way to describe this one is clean, and non offensive.

This one does wonders when poured out into a glass, as some have pointed out. It's sugary and syrupy finish are very apparent when drinking out of the bottle. Yet, in a glass this is just an easy to drink, crisp, palatable macro Lager.

Not bad, and for the style it's quite decent. Just make sure to pour this one into a glass, as it does wonders.

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Photo of Rayek
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This used to be my mom's favorite beer because she could get it in 7oz bottles at one point. The bottles were certainly cute, but the beer isn't that great.

A: Straw color with a soapy white head that sticks for a bit. Excellent clarity.

S: Like Bud without the adjuncts. Very mild and inoffensive, with a a bit of sweet malt being the only discernible aroma.

T: Clean crisp and relatively tasteless. Slim malt profile with a tasteless bitterness. Finishes clean.

M: Light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Not worth the premium over Bud, even if it is an all malt brew. Bland and unexciting.

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Photo of 1fastz28
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a crystal clear golden color with a white frothy head, looks a bit darker than say budweiser, or any other macro-lager. smell is dominated by water and corn, little hop or malt at all. taste is pretty bland, like most macro-lagers, i'd be hard pressed to tell the differnce between this and budweiser. mouthfeel is watery and not that great, its drinkability is ok, just depends on the event

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Photo of flexabull
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always loved the shape of the Michelob bottle.

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a decent white head.

Aromas are grassy, yeast like, and with some sweet corn.

Taste is really crisp, very clean, and slightly sweet. There is a malty creaminess, with nice carbonation. Finish is very crisp with a tiny bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is not bad. Nice full feel with good carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. For an American Macro lager this isn't so bad. This is easy to drink, it's pretty basic, and not all the interesting, but it goes down easy and is pretty refreshing.

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

Solid rock steady Michelob Lager. Not a bad choice. There are better beers on the market but this is a decent choice when the beer selection is bad.

appearance: amberish

smell: some hops smell

taste: Full flavor and malty lager

mouthfeel: pleasant

drinkability: smooth and east to drink

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I would have to say that the best characteristic of this beer is color. It pours a nice darker than average color and that really adds to the overall experience of the beer. Smell is decent, better than regular Budweiser but still not a stand-out feature in this brew. Most of the time I just have this one right out of the bottle with cook-out foods. Other than a cook-out, this beer doesn't have to much else to offer.

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Photo of srrn
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. There are beers with adjunct I like better and I kind of like the misnamed Amber Bock so I was hoping this would be decent.

It's a good looking amber/yellow brew with a fading white and and does have a bit of lace. Smell is like many macros, light maybe a bit of spicey hops.

Taste is a bit off, a bit metallic, It's a simple beer, should be more drinkable but I'm really not wanting another. If I'm buying another Micholob product it'll be the Amber Bock, or Porter.

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Photo of beerfairy
3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a sweet light fruity smell.

This beer is highly carbonated and has a dry taste. It has a light gold color. Average everyday American Lager.

They said I need more characters, there's not much to this beer to really say except that it's what Americans were used to drinking before the craft beer movement.

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Photo of Cresant
3.19/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. classic shaped brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Born on date: 8/18/08. The body was light yellow gold. White head was 2+ fingers and it had some retention.

Smell was clean and somewhat sour (in a good way). Non-offensive.

Taste was lightly bitter balanced with light grainy sweetness. Some lemon flavor. Non-offensive.

Mouthfeel was medium/light in body and pleasantly not over-carbonated.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
2.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a dimpled mug. Not expecting a lot here. Grabbed it to have something easy to drink with some eggplant parm.

Clear golden straw color, decent looking with a modest head, medium-poor retention, pretty nice lacing.

Smell is grainy, a little hoppy, mostly weak.

Taste is similar, there is some bitterness and hop flavor but it seems watered down. This one is all malt so it is, luckily, without any corny flavors. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is light, not overcarbonated but seems a bit slick. Kind of dry and sticky at the same time, too. hmm.

Drinkability is average. It doesn't push you away or draw you back for another. If you know what to expect, this can be an okay beer.

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

Light golden color with monster white head and surprisingly decent lacing. Smell: almost nothing - a little bit of grain, a little bit of noble hops. Taste: pale malts, slightly grainy, ever so slight noble hop grassiness/spiciness. Semi-dry, semi-sticky finish. If they put a bunch more hops in this it would be a decent session beer. As it is, just kind of boring.

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