What Does Michelob Ultra Taste Like? (Flavors and Tasting Notes)

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Michelob Ultra is a light American lager made from barley, rice, Herkules hops, water, and yeast. It has a mild malt taste and light citrus aroma with a crisp, refreshing finish. 

It’s a great low-carb and low-calorie light beer if you’re trying to lead a healthier lifestyle while still enjoying a few beers now and then. 

Tasting notes and flavors for Michelob Ultra

“Lose the carbs. Not the taste” was the original tagline aimed at dieting baby boomers at the height of the Atkins diet craze when Michelob Ultra was introduced in 2002. 


Michelob Ultra’s taste is very neutral in flavor with a slight malty corn-like flavor. It has a low hop presence that is slightly citrusy with a highly carbonated, dry finish. 


It has a slight biscuit aroma with a bit of light citrus, but no strong discernable smell. 


Michelob Ultra pours a light straw yellow color with a thick, white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. It leaves no lacing on the glass. 


Many reviewers describe the mouthfeel of Michelob Ultra as thin, almost watery with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. 

How to drink Michelob Ultra for the best flavor

Bartenders have suggested that adding lime to Michelob Ultra gives it a bit more flavor. Much like adding lime to a Corona Light, it masks the lack of depth and adds a splash of citrus in an otherwise barren flavor landscape. 


The ideal temperature for Michelob Ultra, like all other light lagers, is between 36°F and 38°F degrees. The refreshing quality is what you’re going for when drinking this beer. 

Bottle, can, or draft?

For Michelob Ultra there really is no “best” option. With the weak flavor profile, it really comes down to where you are and what’s available. The best option is the one you can get that is the coldest. 

What kind of foods pair best with Michelob Ultra

With Michelob Ultra’s light and refreshing flavor, it’s best to pair it with foods that are mildly flavored and healthy as a meal option such as light salads, grilled chicken, or fish. 

Is Michelob Ultra a good beer to drink?

It’s a refreshing beer after mowing the lawn or to drink at a friend’s super bowl party, but only rates as a first choice beer for people who are intentionally dieting. It’s also recommended for those with diabetes since it is so low in carbs. 

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