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Michelob HefeWeizen - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob HefeWeizenMichelob HefeWeizen

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BA SCORE
64
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52 Ratings
THE BROS
65
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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%

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.

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

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev +6.8%

Of all the nasty Ab products out there,this one offends me the least(wich isnt saying much).Kind of a gold/orange color,not hazy with big head.Smell had a little citruis to it but not much.I did pick up some banana in the taste but not much in any other taste category for a real hefe weizen.Put a lemon in there and its somewhat...somewhat drinkable.Iam ashamed to see AB get away with what they do,the American public is easily duped by the big beer companies sad to say.

04-06-2003 16:10:19 | More by oberon
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

12-12-2003 03:17:45 | More by Jason
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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -4.4%

This pours light amber with little action. Taste is of played out grains. Any hops present are so watered down they are hard to detect. A very dry beer. Finish is a bit rough, burning going down. This is not something I will try again. I might even be ready to say that about the whole Michelob family.

03-23-2003 12:19:23 | More by Rifrafboy
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merlin48

Kentucky

3/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

01-24-2004 01:49:37 | More by merlin48
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jefftuck47

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

03-24-2012 02:44:35 | More by jefftuck47
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.61/5  rDev +4%

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.

08-21-2010 19:02:23 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +24.7%

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.

10-28-2003 16:46:15 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.3/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

11-18-2003 03:50:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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crawfow

Florida

1.58/5  rDev -37.1%

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.

09-19-2003 00:59:28 | More by crawfow
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

12-07-2012 14:52:15 | More by Damian74Shensky
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benmiliron

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

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

Kentucky

2.2/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

09-14-2003 16:20:16 | More by Brent
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Gusler

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev +17.5%

The beer pours a nicely "Chill Hazed" golden amber color with a modest and frothy head, the lace adequate to cover the glass. Nose a bit "soapy", crisp and fresh at any rate, but little of the “Wheat” earthiness that I like in my "Hefeweizen". Front is sweet, the top skinny the finish is bitingly acidic with a pleasant hop spiciness, droughty aftertaste, and a drinkable beer to fair and honest, but only average in truth.

12-28-2002 08:12:29 | More by Gusler
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Shafaegalo

Texas

3/5  rDev +19.5%

01-13-2014 01:47:00 | More by Shafaegalo
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Stoffel

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

12-31-2011 22:56:43 | More by Stoffel
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Pegasus

Texas

2.53/5  rDev +0.8%

Cloudy medium golden color, although there is no sediment whatsoever. The absence of the sediment is no surprise, being that this beer is from Michelob, although it is expected for the style. The carbonation is moderate with a small white head which fades to a paper-thin layer fairly quickly; the lace is quite good. The aroma offers quite pronounced wheat notes, although the prototypical ripe bananas and cloves seem to be totally absent. Upon tasting, there are faint hints of the cloves and bananas and a bit of soft carbonation. The flavor is dominated by the wheat backbone, which provides a bready quality throughout with a slightly tart and spicy hop finish. For a Michelob product, this is not that bad, it beats most of the other Anheuser-Busch products hand down. That being said, its a rather poor Hefeweizen and is hardly representative of the style.

02-16-2003 07:13:19 | More by Pegasus
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marc77

California

2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

Dense white head that settles quickly tops a hazy yellow brew. Light tart wheat notes & a tinge of a metallic aroma. Not at all appetizing aromawise. The mouthfeel is watery, w/ an extremly light and thin body for style. Very bland alll around in flavor-- slightly grainy malt notes & faint hop bitterness are barely perceptible. Finishes very dry, w/ no lingering flavors. Michelob Hefeweizen is a subpar example of already insipid style. It's a very weak beer.

06-04-2002 18:13:31 | More by marc77
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Thunder

Georgia

1.25/5  rDev -50.2%

02-08-2013 23:58:39 | More by Thunder
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jlervine

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

10-09-2003 00:24:00 | More by jlervine
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev +28.7%

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.

08-24-2003 05:10:11 | More by Reidrover
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Doyle

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

08-05-2012 03:05:37 | More by Doyle
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Jimboe


1.75/5  rDev -30.3%

10-03-2012 18:05:36 | More by Jimboe
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +46.6%

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)

04-25-2003 10:28:40 | More by RBorsato
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

11-05-2003 14:53:18 | More by TastyTaste
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Michelob HefeWeizen from Anheuser-Busch
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