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Michelob HefeWeizen - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob HefeWeizenMichelob HefeWeizen

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BA SCORE
64
poor

52 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 22.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-29-2001)
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Reviews by 49degrees:
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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Michelob's Hefeweizen is an exceptionally deceptive beer whose great appearance, huge frothy head and striking clouded, golden rod color is hugely deceiving. This one is sadly all looks with little else to deliver.

A member of the Budweiser family (Anheuser-Busch) this brew is, at the moment, the best tasting of the premium Michelob brand, but it really doesn't live up to its potential (or selling). While its appearance is up their with some of the great German Heffeweizen's, its somewhat skunky aroma and flat, boring taste is a sad result.

Interestingly, I've seen this one included on many well know beer writer's lists as an exceptional beer, but I beg to differ. It doesn't have much of the traditional aroma or flavor characteristics that one would expect. Worst of all, the salvagable flavors one can harness from this brew are only brought to the surface when you dunk a slab of fresh lemon into the mug. UGH. Not something I'd recommend one doing with a good Hefeweizer, but in this case, (and with other North American Hefeweizen's) this beer gets its passing grade when paired with the right cut of lemon.

A little disappointing, however, if you're looking for a cheap beer, I've found this and other Michelob specialties (Honey Lager and Amber Bock) regularly on grocery store shelves for less than $5 a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 21:35:40 | More by 49degrees
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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.

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BuckeyeNation

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2.2/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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palma

New York

2.15/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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01-21-2004 06:49:22 | More by palma
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mschofield

Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

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01-16-2004 18:55:31 | More by mschofield
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benmiliron

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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01-12-2004 02:22:21 | More by benmiliron
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 03:17:45 | More by Jason
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