Saturday, February 21, 2009

Michelob Light

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (742) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2010
The fact this beer even exists at all is quite surprising. Michelob is Anheuser-Busch’s quasi craft beer line, but even their beers are not all that high in quality - so why bother with a light? Surely, a Michelob drinker who wants a light would opt for Bud, Miller or Coors light, eh? Not that this beer is any better than those generic mainstream brews, in fact, it’s actually worse. Considering the price, this is one of biggest rip-offs of the beer drinking masses.


Michelob Light pours smoothly to a clear, white gold body with plenty of carbonation present. The head is bright white, small and fizzy and peters out after just a few moments (as does the carbonation in the body). The aroma is extremely grainy and watery and actually a little foul. Even a fresh bottle of this beer smells old.


Criticizing a light beer for being bland and watery is stating the obvious. I don’t know too many people who drink a light mass-market brew for the delectable palate. However, at the very least, such beers shouldn’t be off-putting. But Michelob Light actually goes beyond the typical plain, watery light lager to the point of actually tasting bad.

This beer has one of the strongest metallic tastes I’ve ever encountered. It also has what my friend Jay calls a “dirty” taste - as if it were poured from a tap that hasn’t been cleaned in a while. It’s so bad that it actually makes it feel as if I have a canker sore in my mouth. What’s worse is that if this beer is not drunk immediately, it takes on an even dirtier, bitterer taste.


There isn’t much to say about the finish here. This is a light lager, after all, so of course it’s smooth due to its thin, watery complexion. It also has the shortest mortality rate for carbonation I’ve ever seen in a beer. Not only does it taste like water, it also feels like water in your mouth. And if allowed to warm just a few degrees a noticeable oily texture begins to form on the tongue.


For a “light” beer, Michelob Light is actually quite heavy weighing in at 123 calories, and 8.8 grams of carbs per 12oz serving. Theses are stats more commonly associated with a generic lager rather than a light brew. It’s also 4.3% ABV, which is just slightly higher than most lights, but nothing the lightest lightweight can’t handle. Still – if you’re going to drink light beer, why not go the whole nine yards and drink something even lighter?


Don’t be fooled by Anheuser-Busch’s marketing of the Michelob line. Despite the fact they are made from imported European ingredients, a cheap ingredient is still a cheap ingredient no matter where it comes from. I just don’t know who would want to pay upwards of $7 for a six-pack of Michelob Light when you could probably purchase a 12-pack of a slightly better light for about the same price (or, just be an adult, and drink a quality beer to begin with!).

Grade: 4/10

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