A Mainstream Beer that Tastes Good!
Dec 8, 2000 (Updated Dec 14, 2006)
Review by Bryan Carey
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Cons:They Add Rice
The Bottom Line: With a slightly higher malt to rice ratio than other A-B products, Michelob is a good tasting mainstream beer.
As most beer drinkers know, American style lagers are generally inexpensive, weak- tasting, and forgettable. They all have similar taste characteristics; similar color; similar complexity; and similar price. There is one exception to the blandness of American style lager: Michelob, by Anheuser- Busch.
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Michelob beer has a light golden color and an aroma of barley, with a small amount of yeast. One of the striking things about Michelob is its clarity. I don't know if the brewers at Anheuser- Busch just filter, filter, and re- filter this beer, or if they have some other hidden secret to their brewing methods. But whatever the reason, Michelob beer is crystal clear.
Lack of foaminess is one of Michelob's downfalls. Even when the beer is splashed into the center of a glass, the foaminess is still too low. And what little you get is gone in less than one minute, leaving the drinker with a golden mug of beer, with no foamy head at all.
The ingredients used in Michelob are identical to other A-B products. They use two- row barley malt, imported hops, yeast, and, of course, rice. This beer (and the rest of the A-B beers) would be much better without the rice. But what makes Michelob much better than its other A-B cousins is the fact that it's brewed with a a little more malt. This makes it fractionally fuller- bodied than the other A-B lager beers.
Anheuser- Busch likes to promote Michelob as its "super- premium" beer product. I'm sure that this is part of the reason for the fancier design of the bottle and the more sophisticated- feel of the advertisements. Although it can't compare to the best craft- beers that are available on the market, it easily out- performs the other beers in the A-B lineup.
The flavor of Michelob is mostly sweet, with little hop flavor to speak of at all. You can also taste the rice and yeast. The overall drinking experience is smooth and clean, with little aftertaste. The alcohol level of Michelob is 4.9 percent by volume and there are 155 calories per 12 oz. serving.
This is one area where Michelob really shines! It's one of the most versatile beers in the marketplace. You can drink it with snacks, like peanuts, potato chips, and pretzels. You can drink it with meals like beef stew, hamburgers, or chicken. And you can drink it with gourmet dinner food like prime rib or steak. In addition to the food compatibility, Michelob also goes well with most any occasion. It fits in well at a casual event, like a baseball or football game. And it could also be served at a formal event, like a wedding reception or an awards ceremony.
I'm not usually someone who praises mainstream beer. Most of them are weak, watered down concoctions that are intentionally brewed the way they are to reduce costs and enhance profits. But Michelob is different. It's a medium bodied beer, smooth in taste and texture, easy to drink, and acceptable to most palates. A six- pack of Michelob only costs about 75 cents more than a six- pack of Budweiser, and it's easily worth the additional money. It can't compare to our best craft- beers, and it may not be worthy of a title like "super- premium". But for a mainstream beer, it's very good. Michelob is easily the best lager in the Anheuser- Busch family and it's the only mainstream product that I like enough to drink frequently. I'm not saying that I would choose Michelob over my favorite stout, but it's much better than the other popular lagers out there on the market. If you're looking for a popular- priced beer product, forget Budweiser....choose Michelob!
Be sure to Click the Links Below to Read Reviews of Other Anheuser- Busch Products:
Bud Ice Light
Michelob Amber Bock
Michelob Black & Tan
Michelob Honey Lager
Michelob Pale Ale
Michelob Pumpkin Spice
Other Anheuser- Busch Beers:
Winters Bourbon Cask Ale
Anheuser World Select
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