Saturday, November 10, 2012

Michelob Ultra

I used to think those other light beers were bland, but Michelob Ultra makes them seem as robust as a Belgian beer. Not that it’s absolutely God awful, but just that the blandness is so overt it’s a bit insulting to drink.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (753) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2012
I poured a 12oz can into a lager glass (thanks to my brother-in-law for the donation).

Appearance: As "white" as a witbier. The palest straw yellow body I’ve ever seen. Crystal clear. Forms an average size, bright white, foamy head when it’s poured but it quickly evaporates and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Virtually the same as any other macro lager, but somehow even more muted. More clean than offensive.

Taste: Reviewing a beer like this, especially by the same standards you review any other beer, is a challenge. Trying to describe what Michelob Ultra actually "tastes" like it’s quite difficult. Obviously two descriptors immediately come to mind: watery and bland. Whereas other brews of the style tend to have distinctive, generic "grainy" flavors that often have off-flavors of corn and rice, this one is virtually flavorless.

For what it’s worth the palate is at least clean and inoffensive. For a brief moment there’s a hint of sweetness just before the swig finishes, but that’s about it. Still, I have to rate this beer low because it seems so pointless. You’re essentially paying for carbonated alcoholic water.

Drinkability: To call Michelob Ultra "highly drinkable" would be an understatement. As watery as it tastes, it drinks about as easily as water. Not quite as highly spastic in its carbonation as other "fizzy yellow beers", it’s more tepid than it is crisp. The mouthfeel is of course thin, there is no aftertaste at all, and for a moment there it’s refreshing. At 4.2% ABV and only 95 calories, no one is going to have any problem sucking down a can (but why you would want to I can’t explain).
 Grade: 3/10