Welcome to The Mouthy Housewives Review of Michelob ULTRA Light Cider! (This is a sponsored post. Please visit the Michelob ULTRA Light Cider page on BlogHer.com or visit the Sponsor’s Site for more information.)
The first thing you need to know about this new drink from Anheuser-Busch is that it’s called “Light Cider,” but it’s actually “Hard Cider.” Which confused me for quite some time until I realized that the type of drink it is is hard cider, but it’s a light version of hard cider. So I guess it could really be called Light Hard Cider, but that probably wouldn’t fit on the crisply designed bottle and also, it sounds way too much like the Electric Light Orchestra and would therefore confuse disco-era drinkers like myself. Smart thinking, Michelob!
My husband picked up a six-pack of Michelob ULTRA Light Cider at the grocery store yesterday and brought it out to our patio where we were in the midst of a wild pool party. (By “wild,” I mean there were three grade-schoolers attacking me with SuperSoakers.) I immediately picked up a bottle and couldn’t wait to take a long sip because it just looked like summer refreshment. Seriously, wouldn’t this look inviting at a party?
I admit that the “Naturally Gluten Free” line on the label threw me a bit because I then started thinking, “Huh, does cider usually have gluten? Gluten is wheat and beer is made out of wheat and also something called ‘hops,’ which might be a rabbit by-product, but maybe I’m wrong on that one, too. Seriously, just because I’m related to farmers doesn’t mean I know this stuff, but—I guess since gluten’s in beer, if you’re allergic to gluten, then this is a good choice for you!” And then I had to sit down for a few minutes and let the kids spray me with pool water because using your brain in the sun hurts.
Then I grabbed an ice-cold bottle of ULTRA Light Cider and took a sip. It has a very strong green apple flavor—similar to Jolly Ranchers—with an underlying taste I can’t quite put my finger on. But it’s very sweet and I’m sure lovers of cider will be pleased with this new drink option. Michelob ULTRA Light Cider is 4% alcohol by volume, only 120 calories and just six grams of sugar, so it’s probably a good choice for people who are watching their weight and/or don’t want a heavy drink in the summer. Plus it contains apple juice, so you can count it as a fruit. Happy cider summer!