Not bad, actually. The kind of beer my parents always drank. The best is Michelob Dark, one of the first dark beers marketed in America (remember Martin Mull, and his line about Darks being for thick-necked men named Guenther?). Nice flavor.
Okey doke. So I've been hearing all this buzz about how Michelob is going to be brewed without adjuncts. No rice, just malted barley, hops, and water. So I encountered the "new" Mich today and coughed up the nearly six bucks for the sixer. Keep in mind now, this is a week after ponying up nearly EIGHT clams for that ghastly Miller Chill, so here I am dropping not insignificant amounts of dough on iffy products at best. Well...sigh...I think you can guess where this is going to go. Pours...yawn...anemic yellow...yawn...musty scent, no hops presence whatsoever. Yaaawwnnnn...sorry. Flavor is boring and insipid, just as before. I suspect the pure malted barley only added calories, because I doubt they changed the hops profile; it tastes exactly as it had before. So there you have it. I offered a sip to my wife, known for her laconic wit. She forced down a swallow, squinted and shuddered a bit, then after just the right amount of pause looked at me and said, "Do you realize how much this website is costing us?"
Reviewed: March 17, 2007