Product Review: Michelob ULTRA Light Cider

by Nicole on June 4, 2012

As the temperatures rise my taste buds begin to crave adult beverages that are refreshing, and while I long to sip on something cold, it’s not that simple. (Is anything ever that simple??)  Here’s my problem: I don’t care for white wine (red wine 4 life) and I never “acquired” that taste for beer those frat boys promised. When it comes to mixed drinks, I can only enjoy a select few without memories of college parties flooding my brain and activating my gag reflex. My taste buds clearly hate me since they want to sip something cool and yet, hate everything alcoholic except red wine. I began to accept that I’d always be the weirdo ordering a glass of wine at the casual, outdoor bar until I discovered hard cider. Hard cider is more casual than a glass of cabernet, it comes in a bottle, and is a cool beverage that is lovely on hot days, but there are few brands on the shelf and it’s rare to see hard cider on the menu in bars/restaurants. But it seems like times may be changing! Just as the temperatures and humidity in Charlotte began to rise, I heard about Michelob ULTRA Light Cider, a brand new product, and was excited for the opportunity to do a taste test.


Testing something like wine, beer, or cider is always more fun in groups so I checked the calendar for upcoming social events. Ironically, the only thing I had planned this weekend was a get-together with three very pregnant friends. Remember how I said tastings are more fun with a group? Turns out that tastings are a blast when you are the only person in the group who can do more than have a sniff. Just kidding—I did drink one Michelob ULTRA Light Cider, but decided to really test ‘er out with someone else who could consume alcohol. However, I will say that the pregnant ladies enjoyed the crisp and fruity aroma of the Light Cider and look forward to the tasting part in a few weeks. We will have to schedule a do-over!


The next afternoon, my husband (Isaac) and I spent hours cleaning out our junk/guest/soon-to-be media room before rewarding ourselves with taste test, take-two. Right off we both enjoyed how the Michelob ULTRA Light Cider tasted—it has a very crisp, refreshing flavor that is lighter than most hard ciders with the perfect amount of sweet. Michelob ULTRA Light Cider is made from handpicked apples which I can distinctly taste, and the slight malty beer flavor creates a perfect balance. We were also very pleased to see that the Light Cider is lower in calories than most hard ciders and is gluten-free. Handpicked fruit, low in calories, and gluten-free?!? This stuff is practically healthy! Winking smile


Honestly, I am glad I had the chance to review Michelob ULTRA Light Cider; it is delicious. And as an Anheuser-Busch product I’m sure it will be available in bars and restaurants soon, but for the time being, I can grab a six-pack from the store and have a go-to summertime drink for cookouts and beach trips, just like everyone else!


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