Michelob Porter

Michelob PorterThis is the final of the four beers from Michelob‘s Specialty Sampler pack, and overall, the one I like best of the four. At 5.9% alcohol, it’s also the strongest of the bunch (though not by much). It’s a pretty straightforward porter.

Appearance: Pretty dark—black brown (dirty motor oil) with the barest tinge of ruby at the edges. Tan head, faintly cocoa-y.

Smell: Dark roast coffee and chocolate; smoky astringent aromas. A little rye bread, maybe. Nice smells here.

Taste: Dry with roasted (slightly burnt) grains. Dryness is the big characteristic here. Bit of sourness from this as well. Some deep bitter cocoa flavors and dark coffee in the background.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery, lighter than medium-bodied. Dry and clean.

Overall: Good, a bit lighter than I’d like for a porter, but still very passable.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores 82 out of 100, with 86% approval—a good score, higher than their score for the Bavarian Wheat (which I commented was—until now—the highest I’d seen for a macro brew from them). On RateBeer, it scores 2.78 out of 5, and is in their 28th percentile.


  1. I don’t know what this beer is, but its not a porter. It’s light and carbonated. A bad attempt at a porter.

  2. It’s not the best porter I’ve had but it’s still good. It’s nice to see that the big boys are finnally realzing that average American piss beer just ain’t cutting it anymore. Once you get the taste for a quality beer you just can’t go back to the weak brews anymore. I love their Bavarian wheat.

  3. This is a very good beer, and lettece rejoice that a reasonable porter can now be found at most corner stores. Unfortunately, it too soon will pass from the scene, as do all such things in the current version of America.

  4. not a bad beer at all considering it’s less than 6 bucks far a sixer. I will go as far as saying it’s the best porter for the money. Way to go AB thanks for making this St. Louis boy proud!

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