Mich Ultra offers twelve ounces for $2.75, or 22.9 cents per ounce. Guinness Draught in a Bottle costs $3.50 for 11.2 ounces, or 31.25 cents per ounce. The former contains 2.6 grams of carbohydrates; the latter, 9.6 grams. Mich Ultra, however, is packed with 0.6 grams of protein, while Guinness contains only 0.3 grams. The former's innovation: "Low Carbohydrate Light Beer." The low-carb thing is sweeping the nation, and the fit wealthies are lapping it up. Guinness' innovation, not so much, but it's pretty cool: in the bottle, a clever little invention called the Rocket Widget. When the brew is uncapped, the Widget creates a surge that forms Guinness' famed creamy head right inside the bottle. Every time you swig, the Widget refreshes the surge.
Low-carb beer is a funny concept, considering beer is made from grain, and grain makes bread and pasta, which, according to Dr. Atkins, makes you puffy. Mich Ultra has a born-on date, which is dumb; Guinness doesn't, which isn't.
Ultra's Web site attempts to equate consumption of the light beer with meditation, which is insulting. Guinness Draught in a Bottle is an insult to anyone who has ever enjoyed a pint of true-blue Guinness draught at a pub.
One tastes like beer-flavored Sprite; the other tastes like flat, watered-down molasses, chocolate and tar. Guess which is which.
You are correct.
Guinness is pasteurized stout; Michelob is probably pasteurized, too, but it doesn't swagger about it. Mich Ultra is a much better-tasting product than we imagined; Guinness Draught in a Bottle is a less better-tasting product than we imagined. Ultra washes down a slice of spinach pizza at Racanelli's quite well and aids in the removal of excess internal mouth crumbs. Guinness Draught in a Bottle's foam is apt to gather at the corners of your mouth, which will make you look like a sickly lush. So be careful. Guinness is, however, still Guinness -- yummy; and Michelob Ultra is, alas, still Michelob -- not so much.