Michelob HefeWeizen - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob HefeWeizenMichelob HefeWeizen

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-29-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 38
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.64/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Good hazy golden appearance. Very orderly. Aroma neutral.

Taste, slight bit of honey and lemon, not appalling. Light, refreshing to a degree. Minimal hoppiness, carbonation tamed down a bit. Minimal amounts of wheat detected. Like a half wheat beer and half iced tea. For $6 a 6er, I still expect more, I guess this just paid for the advertising or something.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.65/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Advice: That friend of yours that just turned 21; never let him go to the bar alone. This is the stuff that he brings back. As if American Wheat beers aren't bad enough, let's let a bastardized Macro brew it. It's a wheat beer that has little qualities of wheat. Smells nicely bananna-ey and bubble gum-ey, but has no hop, yeast, or barley character. Looks cloudy and yellow. Head retention is low for a wheat--disipates quickly. Tastes like low levels of wheat, with some copper pennies thrown in. Thin in texture only waters further through the sip. Finishes into a nothingness flavor. Slight astringent (grain husks) in the aftertaste. If you are looking for a wheat beer, try another...any other.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a mildly hazy translucent yellow with some golden notes. Some minimal particles floating about. Good one finger head is creamy and promising. It melts away all too soon though. No lace, no bonus.

Aroma - some basic yeast and trace amount of skunkiness. Not exactly what I'd hoped for but it could be worse. Unfortunately if you don't sniff this immediately after pouring, you'll be tasked to find much at all after about 30 seconds. Reduces to a vague sweet flowery smell that is very faint.

Taste - hmm. It's got a non-descript malt base, some light yeast influence, and some hop character at the end that ain't too bad, in fact that may be the most consistent flavor. There is an overriding metallic taste during the first several ounces that undercuts what little positives are there. After half the glass is gone, some fruitiness comes through, but barely. It's an okay beer but no better than average.

Mouthfeel - somewhat mellow and smooth, decent carbonation level.

Drinkability - this is a somewhat refreshing brew for the summer, it won't mistreat you or disappoint if you keep your sights in check with reality. Sub-par for the style in my opinion but reasonably drinkable just the same.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy banana yellow with a few larger suspended particles. The head is a half shade darker than pure white and actually looks like it will hang around a while; something that one doesn't often see from an A-B product. Surprisingly, the cap has some firmness to it, displays a little character as it falls and is leaving whisper thin sheets of lace just above the surface of the beer. Thereafter, both head and lace pretty much disappear. Initially decent, but ultimately disappointing.

The nose brings the beer back to below average beer land. It possesses that stale, sour, grain-like macro lager aroma, but not to the same degree as this brewery's flagship lagers and their light counterparts. There may be a faint whiff of lemon and of hops, but I could be imagining it.

On the palate... not good. I could identify Mich Hefe as a macro product with one small sip. The flavor is weak and is of stale grain (sour wheat) with a small amount of hop bitterness, though no actual hop flavor. It doesn't taste like any other wheat beer that I've ever had. The body/mouthfeel is thin and verges on watery. It just might become undrinkable if I let it warm any further.

Michelob Hefeweizen is disappointing, but then I really didn't expect much. Anyone interested in good beer should give this one a wide berth.

Photo of merlin48
2.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label says: "Unfiltered wheat ale brewed with the finest wheat malt, barley malt, hops, yeast, and water." No details are offered about these ingredients. Served at cellar temperature(my basement has probably been around 45 degrees lately), into an etched Michelob pilsner glass. Pours a hazy, yellow, gold, color with a white head that has minimal retention(better than other Michs) and maintained some ring lacing all the way down. Aroma is wheat grain and not much else. Taste has some hops, some wheat grain, and a metalic aftertaste. Drinkable, and worth buying the sampler box(two free glasses), just to see if the Big Boys are are trying to reach out to advocates of the many finely crafted microbrews on the North American market. Obviously, they are, but I won't buy any more Michelob unless they release another sampler box with better beers, and better glasses. Hats off to AB for making a half-ass effort.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.37/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an all-barley and wheat beer, and is unfiltered to add some slight classic wheat beer characteristics. Indeed, the color is hazy golden-orange and the beer has a slight hazy look to it, but it is not really cloudy like a true German Hefeweizen. The head was white and rather rocky - very nice looking. The aroma is also not like a German Hefeweizen, but does feature a nice blend of subtle spiciness, some estery fruitiness and malt. None are really strong - they do not hit you over the head - but they are quite pleasant. The flavor is also spicey with some very slight malty sweetness, nice hop flavor, and a clean bitter aftertaste. Overall this was much better than I expected, but I am not comparing it to a classic German Hefeweizen or a U.S. clone of the same - this is more in line with the "American" style of wheat beer, which is basically a kind of lighter craft beer without much of the yeast character of German-style wheat beers.

Photo of palma
2.13/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow body w a fizzy head that disappears in a matter of seconds leaving an OK lace. Nothing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very grainy and bready. Slightly malty and a little citrus aroma. Raw alcohol in the aroma as well.

Taste: Grainy and bready just like the smell indicates. Try real hard and you might taste some citrus fruit notes - they are just barely detectable. Not dry at all, though there is a strong bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Simply weak in this category. Thin mouthfeel and high carbonation leads to... blah.

Drinkablity: Pretty bad. About half way into the beer, Michelob's attempt to create a good unfiltered wheat ale starts to gets to you

Photo of mschofield
1.58/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hazy orange, two finger white head, leaves clumpy lace.
Orange, lemon and banana aroma.
Spicy taste, lemon in there, not much of a wheat character, some bubblegum. Very harsh toffee and butterscotch, not refreshing at all. Unripened plum bitterness.
A light to medium body, just about undrinkable.

Photo of benmiliron
2.06/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bleh. Michelob's pseudo-micro brews get worse every year. This year the Hef took a dive. Light orange yellow color, clearer than most hefeweizens. Not much scent of any kind. Taste was awful, like a macro with a heavy dose of metal and stale hops and way too much water. Very watery texture. If it didn't taste so shitty you could probably drink a lot of this, but it doesn't, so you can't.

Photo of Jason
2.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a born on date on the neck label.

Appearance: Hazy golden beige from the yeast being poured into the glass, quick to foam with a decent head retention.

Smell: Clean aroma of fermented wheat, neutral yeast and a husky grain.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very smooth and a bit creamy, ample carbonation in the moderate body. Bland malt character drops some graininess on the palate; little hop bitterness to be tasted. Suggestion of lemon rind in the back with a drying chalky yeast flavour in the finish.

Notes: Sub-par to most wheat beers and not even close to a true hefeweizen, you really have to wonder what this brew would taste like if they did use a true German hefeweizen yeast strain … I am sure it would not be half bad, sadly this one just does not make the cut.

Photo of WesWes
3.24/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is weak, but distinctly wheat smelling. It has that trademark fruity sweet aroma. The taste is also weak. This is not at all as tasty as most hefes, but it isn't all that bad either. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It is a good drinking beer. It just isn't a good replica of a traditional hefe.

Photo of winomark
2.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale gold with a frothy, off-white head.

Aroma: Lemon zest and some malt, but both quite subdued.

Taste: Fairly bland palate. Some malt and citrus sourness, with a slightly acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry, with a non-existent finish. Little flavor at all.

Drinkability: Pretty unimpressive. Limited wheat flavors, and a mediocre example of the style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Quite surprising cloudy golden tone with a nice fluffy white huge head decent if not good head retention, lacing decently thick and spread nicely. Aroma: Citrus based scent with mellow banana and clove notes, sharp sweetness arises from the wheat overall just mellow. Taste: It's kinda funny only AB would put on their label that a slice of lemon enhances the flavor of the beer, this one is lacking has a Michelob funk in the finish and some soft banana tones but overall not that refreshing or tasty like most of my favorite Hefes are to me. This does show however that the brewer's at AB are capable of making a diverse product, but the flavor just can't pull it together has a milky grotesque quality about it. Mouthfeel: Carbonation almost as spritzy as a German hefe, but this one lacks the fluffy creamy textured body I am looking for. Drinkability: Due to the flavor I say ney, this is not a good beer it holds up but falls pretty damn short on the flavor.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.93/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was the second best beer out of the Michelob Sampler pack. I compared this to my experiences vs. other Hefe Weizen's and honestly it beats a lot of them. Hefe's are usually, to me, foul tasting skunky beers. This Beer was a lot closer to the main stream, AB's influence, I'm sure. Didn't have a foul aftertate at all, and was ok overall.

Photo of ADR
3.13/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a sampler pack...

Hazy yellow gold appearance, decent white head and ropey ring laces. Aroma is extremely slight for a Hefe, lightly fruity in a pear-like sense. Flavor is medium full (as is body), sweet and slightly buttery but without any estery sense. The astringent finish of many of these Michelob products balances this brew better, the ber has an overall drinkable quality to it. But as a Hefeweizen, no, not really -- it has no yeasty or estery cloviness and only looks the part overall.

Photo of jlervine
2.71/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that actually stuck around for a while. Not too long though, but when comparing one Michelob to another, this one was pretty impressive. Smell is very citrusy. I was hoping for banana/clove smells, but they were not to be found. The taste is sharp and very un-hefe-like. There was a pronounced hop bitterness to this beer, and it had a very dry finish. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, and I could probably drink a few of these, but this is far from a good choice for a hefeweizen.

Photo of yen157
2.93/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange-yellow body with a fluffy white, medium-fine homogenous head that hung around for a minute or two before it receded and formed a creamy 1/3” collar. Slightly citrus nose, but as expected, there were no other typical hefe characteristics to be found. On tasting, I noticed a surprisingly ample building finely structured bitterness. This wasn’t a hefe, but it wasn’t too bad. Pale malt flavor and a moderate candy-like sweetness that probably came from some type of pale malt. The flavor profile is reminiscent of a more bitter version of Cooper’s Sparkling Ale.

A pretty darn decent beer, but definitely not a decent hefeweizen. I would drink this again if noting better was around.

Photo of crawfow
1.63/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance is cloudy, which is a characteristic of a Hefe. No residual yeast...Hefe means Yeast, Weizen means wheat...WHERE'S THE YEAST?!?!
Smell is hoppy with no banana or clove aroma...Just hops...not at all close to a traditional Hefe.
Taste is WAY TOO HOPPY. Hefe's traditionally have a low hop flavor.
Mouthfeel is actually not too bad, this beer actually has body. They must have used about 10% wheat malt. Let's review; Hefe means Yeast, Weizen means wheat...WHERES THE WHEAT!?!?!We are deviating further away from a traditional Hefe.
Drinkability is decent at best. Pound a couple of these back with your buddies and pretend that you actually know other styles of beer exist besides Mich and Mich Light.
Overall a poor attempt at a HefeWeizen. Just another extention of a brand from a marketing giant...err...brewery.

Photo of Brent
2.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

How can a hefe have yeasty cloudyness, without the yeast having any flavor at all? This is the question I pondered as I worked through the beer. Sort of a blah pale wheat, with "artificial cloudyness added" I could only conclude. A little sweet, a bit of wheat malt lending a little acidity, but that is pretty much it. I would hate for someone to try this as a "transition" beer into the world of hefes and think this is all they have to offer.

Photo of TinusTime
2.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at Kingsmill which is a resort owned by A-B so all they served was A-B products-- talk about a butal couple of days. This beer poured a wheat colour, with the usual cloudyness, although not as cloudy as some hefes. Smell was kinda week and vegetal nothing to write home about. Taste was well.... it just was not what one would look for in a hefe, no banana clove wholesome goodness.. It was just kinda bland. It wasnt horrid, and it ws better than bud, but it just wasnt a hefe, they should call it a wheat. Drinkability is Ok, but its not something i would want to sit down and enjoy time and time again.

Photo of alexgash
2.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Have to admit that my expectations were not exceptionally high for this beer. So we got a pitcher of it last night to accompany a night of free pool at Sultan's. Nice look to it--hazy orangey-gold with a nice sized white head. Smell was more pronounced than your average macrobeer--slight esters and mild banana present. Upon tasting I was a little surprised by a relatively strong flavor. Hmmm... Unfortunately, I didn't much like it. It resembled a good hefe at first, but it soon turned into an adjunct-y carrot juice flavor. Yep, carrot juice. It wasn't terrible, but it's not what I want from a hefe. Still better swill than most AB products though.

Photo of Reidrover
3.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok hadn't seen this one for a while..but then hadn't been looking for it.
Comes in the new style Michelob bottle..brown 12 ozer.
This is actually a pretty nice beer to look at..its a nice hazy orange with a smallish pure white head..the head actually sticks around for a long while.
Smell too is pretty fresh and pleasant..nice for an American Wheat..nothing compared to the german hefes of course...there is some banana and wheat aromas though..but subdued.
Taste isnt bad but it isnt good its just blah..middle of the road,,..its like a good hefe watered down..average.
Average on the mouth.
I was surprised this is a quite drinkable beer from A-B..its not good by any means..but its one of the best beers I have had from A-B.

Photo of budgood1
3.03/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a hazy bright golden colour. nice white head and rings of lace. light lemony and malt aroma...very vague true wheat character. not too bad so far. taste is light and refreshing. lots of lemony twangs coming through...somewhat tart and tasty. none of the huge clove and banana notes i really love in true hefe's. the mouthfeel is too puckering for a hefe...if they would market this as a summer seasonal or american wheat, it would be more true to style. the finish is ok...with a somewhat questionable aftertaste. overall...this is an average wheat beer, but not to bad for an AB product. i'd drink this in the sultry summer heat, but there are better and much more satisfying examples of the style for the same price. nice try AB.

Photo of edcoche
1.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

i am deeply dissapointed by michelob's attempt at creating this wheat beer. it's even semi transparent, which is NOT a characteristic of a PROPER wheat beer. the aftertaste left in your mouth on not a pleasent ont either. i had high hopes for this beer as it was 4.69 a six pack. when blvd. wheat if usually a tad over 7.00 bucks for a sixer. i would much rather drink blvd wheat and pay the extra money for a higher quality wheat beer. this is not what god intended wheat beer to be.

Photo of RBorsato
3.68/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, it's a Michelob and no it's not a true Bavarian hefe-weizen but it was a nice suprise and is very drinkable. Every beer has it's place and this is a good lawnmower beer. Probably the best A-B product I've had.

Note: This is an American Wheat Beer ! Please do not confuse with a Hefe-weizen.

Light golden color with a nice white head and good carbonation. Cloudy with sediment poured in. Light grainy and fruity aroma. Light grainy flavor - may be a bit buttery. Medium bodied and smooth.

Label states: "Unfiltered Wheat Ale" & "Wheat and Barley malt"

Born On: 11/25/02
Tasted: 04/16/03

($4.99 / 6-pack)

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Michelob HefeWeizen from Anheuser-Busch
63 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.