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Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
79
okay

163 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 17.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A crisp, delicious wheat beer, Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat is brewed as a traditional, unfiltered hefeweizen. Natural cloudiness and a light, bright yellow color characterize this refreshing beer. You'll notice a pronounced spicy aroma and refreshing finish.

13 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-30-2006)
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Reviews by almychristopher:
Photo of almychristopher
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a cloudy golden color with a nice compact white head. the aroma brings a nice hefe aroma. the taste follows through with the yeasty esters and the wheat malt taste, not a paulaner by any means but a solid hefe. the medium body and aggressive cabonation make this a easy drinker.

almychristopher, Nov 22, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure that Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat is the same beer as Budweiser's "Spring Heat Spiced Wheat" that they released earlier this year. I drank a good bit of that at happy hour(s) and this beer, although bottled, is very familiar. Unfiltered but not too hazy. Sweet honey scent. Sweetish taste evened out by the yeast. A slight sting in the mouthfeel that quickly evens out. I drank a lot of it then, and as long as its still $1.25 at happy hour, I would still drink a lot of this.

chOAKbarrell, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Todd
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat, an authentic German-style Hefeweizen brewed with wheat malt. Not to be confused with the discontinued Michelob Hefeweizen (American-style wheat), this brew is fermented with a southern German Hefeweizen yeast strain. And true to style, it’s also an all-malt and unfiltered offering.

As expected, the 12-ounce bottle releases a cloudy, pale, straw-colored beer with plenty of yeast in suspension. Head is pure white, with a tight, creamy lace and plenty of healthy-looking stick and stay on the glass. A soft clove spiciness in the nose goes deep with sweet grain suggestions, followed by unripe banana, a hint of fruitiness and notes of lemon oil.

Body is light, and the mouthfeel smooth. The palate gathers apple peel, light clove notes and a thin sweetness that’s touched with caramel. In the middle, ripe and juicy fresh wheat malt with pear edge, while a husky, grainy, wheat twang livens things up. Suggestions of bubblegum are noted. There’s very little bitterness, but a slight lemony sourness, banana pith and light hop leaf character that, combined, increase the perceived bitterness. Yeast is rather neutral, a bit chalky. Some medicinal phenols show through toward the finish. Finish dries the palate, with a lingering wheat and barley husk.

Putting brewery politics and unforgiving palates aside, I dig this beer. It’s authentic, highly drinkable and tasty, and the yeast byproducts created by AB’s particular yeast strain create a much more subtle beer, especially compared to other examples that tend to be overpowered with strong banana and clove notes.

Serve cool in a traditional wheat beer glass, and ensure that you get every last drop of yeast in there. It’s part of the experience, as the yeast lends much to the aroma and taste. You’ll want to pour the beer, leave around a half an inch in the bottle, gently swirl it and pour the rest into the glass. AB actually has serving instructions on the back label, which is pretty awesome for the uninitiated. And for those wondering, “Hefe” means “yeast” and “weizen” means “wheat” in German.

The beer will be available nationally in AB’s Michelob Specialty Sampler Collection beginning September 25, 2006; the 20-pack will also include Michelob Porter, Pale Ale, Märzen and AmberBock. A 12-pack will also be available, with the same lineup sans AmberBock.

Todd, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tall Pilsner glass. There appears to be no freshness date only an odd bottle number. (09232 VB49)

Appearance: This beer has a hazy and bright straw yellow colored body with a nice two to three finger white head. The head fades slowly and its lacing is slick.

Smell: The aroma is full of nice banana and some light clove notes from the yeast which also adds nice bready notes to the sweet wheat maltiness in the aroma.

Taste/Palate: There is a tasty sweet bready/wheaty malt base with a nice fruity yeast character that adds to the base maltiness. The banana notes are sweet up front then dry out a touch towards the finish. The body and texture have an average medium feel with average carbonation.

Notes: This is an all-around solid beer in my opinion and one that I would like to see it by itself in 6 packs.

generallee, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a "Born On Date" freshness date on the label.

A- Hazed from the yeast that was poured into the glass, two fingers of froth stand steady after a hard pour.

S- Aromas of light ripe banana, powdered clove and a nutty yeast with some breadiness from the malt in the back.

T&M- Crisp with a creamy medium body, nice sharpness of clove and grain. Mild fruitiness that boarders banana. Long lingering cracker-like maltiness with some faded clove.

D- Wow! Not bad at all, a different take on the style. I think there is only 35% wheat malt which make for a slightly different malt character. Very drinkable but this was far better on draft when I tried it back in August.

Jason, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew came as a box of 20 variety pack, (only $14.99 @ BJs, not a bad deal) Comes with "born on dating" (nice) and says its
"all malt", which I guess means no adjuncts, another good thing. This one pours lite, yellowy almond, cloudy, with a longlasting white head. Bubbles rising and moderate lacing left on the glass. Nose of ripe bananas and some powdered sugar. initially this was tasting a wee bit sharp and soapy, however a few minutes out of the bottle seemed to smooth and calm things down. What we are left with is a moderatly tasty hefe', sweet and fruity, with notes of more bananas, light clove, and nutty yeastyness. Not a bad effort, this is a drinkable and easily approachable little wheat.

Billolick, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy (yeast) golden sunburst with a decent sized white head that quickly dwindles leaving behind light lacing that doesn't seem to cling that well to my chalice. Aroma has evident tart citrus with soft banana and mild clove tones a somewhat auththentic yeast strain I'm impressed dammit with an even noticeable mild herbal hop finish. Flavor let's see if it stands up to the nose...has some good things going on with light banana and citrus and heavy clove bitterness and something that sticks on the palate for quite awhile that doesn't do the beer any justice not off in anyway just different than the typical hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is light bodied with smooth carbonation and it does tickle the throat a bit. Drinkability is decent definitely better than the Harpoon UFO that they call a hefeweizen this is true to the Bavarian roots in the yeast department, I like an AB product.

WVbeergeek, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of lcdawg
3/5  rDev -13%

lcdawg, May 01, 2012
Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is nice!
I worked up a sweat in the garden today and decided to take a break with a light beer
Pours a soft golden yellow with a nice two finger white head.

Aromas of banana, white pepper and a touch of lemon.

Taste is everything a bavarian wheat should be. Clean, crisp, refreshing with that bavarian banana wheat profile and a soft peppery finish.

Leaves the mouth nicely clean and dry.
Wonderful.

IntriqKen, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a rouse of the yeast left at the base of the bottle, Michelob Bavarian Stye Wheat pours a hazy (not quite cloudy) golden-orange body beneath a creamy head of bright-white froth. The head retention is average, and the lacing is limited (particularly for the style).

The nose is quite phenolic with notes of plastic and powdered-sugar covered bubblegum (sugar, clove, a hint of vanilla). Little maltiness makes its way through.

In the mouth it's appropriately yeasty and medium-light bodied, but the crisp bristle of carbonation the style demands seems to be missing.

The flavor is not too unlike what the flavor suggests it might be, although there is more malt - and more wheatish malt at that! It's clean, disregarding the phenolic of the yeast, and a bit acidic and chalky-dry. The bitterness is limited, but it seems to me that it could be a tad sweeter.

Bright, yeasty, delicately malty... might make an interesting beer to pair with pulled pork, BBQ, or Thai foods; and I don't doubt that it's quite quaffable during the belching heat of summer.

NeroFiddled, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a small white head. Where's the yeast at the bottom of the bottle? Anyway, the aroma features wheat and a lot of banana and clove aromas (right on style). The taste features much of the same banana and clove flavors that were present in the nose with some wheat and yeast flavors. Overall, this is a very good domestic rendition of a great Bavarian style beer. I knew A-B had it in them to finally release a good beer! Props to them.

cjgator3, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

cliff1066, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of mdvatab
4/5  rDev +15.9%

mdvatab, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to InterKen (sic) for his reccomendation on the 20 pack. I've been scared to try this the last few years...

Pours an effervescent golden with 4 fingers of eggshell white head. Average lacing & below average head retention

S: Phenols, lemons & grass

T: Bubblegum, lemons, & appleskin up front. Some grassy notes as this warms. Finishes crisp, citrussy & fruitty & a little dry

MF: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation

Drank real easy. I knew AB could do a solid hefe product again if they put their minds to it

russpowell, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of bditty187
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, pale-gold in hue, minimal animation; white head, at the apex the foam was only a finger tall. Head retention was tolerable, the bubbles steadily faded to a soapy cap before turning naked in the middle. Wheat beers should have much better head qualities, IMO. There is minimal lacing; hardly noteworthy. The appearance falls on the low end of standard.

The nose smells wheaty with barley malt undercurrents; hints of bubblegum, suggestions of banana… faint notions of clove can be detected. IMO, the yeast does a good job adding the needed “Hefe” aromas. I’d like some more wheat aromas (but that is nitpicking); maybe some peppery notes would be nice (again, nitpicking). Moderate-low potency; the bouquet says what I want a Hefeweizen to say. I’d like more pizzazz but the nose is still inviting.

The palate is tastier than expected! Wheat flavors upfront and lingers throughout; the ideal amount of banana flavors shine with hints of clove. The bubblegum arrives towards the finish, I like it. Sweet, candy-ish ending with a smattering of malt; I can’t complain… I like this Hefe. While it is not world class it is pretty damn tasty! I like the soft, pliable nature of the flavors. Impressive.

Around medium in body, moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel fits the style nicely. Maybe a tad more effervesces would be nice but I can live with it as is.

I could happily kickback and drink a six-pack of this beer. It is good. Ignore the AB label. Call me stupid but this is as well-made as any American Hefe I’ve tried (Granted, I haven’t tried all the heavy hitters, i.e., Live Oak). Still, if I had another bottle I’d drink it right now. No complaints. Delicious. Given to me by an AB rep; this comes in six-packs, right?

bditty187, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +15.9%

PaBeerLover, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a very slight haze to it, almost clear. Decent white head with tight carbonation bubbles, dissipated into a slight cap. The smell is of a true hefe; some banana, clove, and bubblegum. The taste is of banana and clove that is followed by a crisp and dry wheat malt. Good hefe flavors but not very strong, perhaps a bit watery. The feel is light and almost watery, finishes slightly astringent. I was very surprised by this brew; this actually tastes like a hefe. Not the best by far but it is on the fairway. Quite a drinkable brew.

Gmann, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of RespectTheBrew
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The standard I use for any Hefe Weizen is Hofbrau. We have a Hofbrauhaus here near where I live, and the best, freshest Weizen is brewed just a few miles from my house. However, a few local stores, like Kroger, carry the 1 liter bottles of Hofbrau Hefe Weizen, but it’s not nearly as good because it has a long journey from Germany, and sits the shelves a while here in the states. This leads me to my point. When I tried this Bavarian Style Wheat, it was closer to Hofbrau’s fresh draft Hefe Weizen than the imported bottled Hofbrau Hefe Weizen. I was shocked, and happy. I recently saw this in a 6 pack. Hopefully A-B will keep this one.

RespectTheBrew, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, notes of citrus and honey. Taste is good, wheat, citrus, spices, somewhat sweet, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall thia is a fine quality beer.

tone77, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -13%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, "Born on date" of 9/7/07. The beer pours a little bit hazy gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention is low, lacing is OK. It smells like cloves, wheat, bananas and yeast. It tastes pretty much the same way it smells, except there's a noticable bubblegum flavor too. Body/mouthfeel is light/medium, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all and it's refreshing. There are better hefes out there, but this one isn't bad at all. Overall a decent effort from AB with this beer.

bluejacket74, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of jsh420
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

pours cloudy golden yellow with a big foamy 3+ finger head that fades and leaves no lacing

smells like a hefe should wheat banana spice clove

taste is great - i think people just hate on it because its from AB - big flavors of banana bread clove ample spice and wheat

mouthfeel was just thin which was very odd since the flavors are there this leads into ->>

drinkability - maybe AB does know something about drinkability - this beer is light and oh so tasty - while looks and mouthfeel play into a beers rating but mean very little to me when i want a flavorful brew to drink with friends

which is why this hefe is one of the better ones i have had

jsh420, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Taipans
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light Yellow, touch of cloudyness, white head with light lacing.

S - Fruity scent, I can't pick up much else.

T - Pretty light on flavor, seems close to a standard Hefe that doesn't break any boundries. Hint of fruit possibly, but only upfront.

M - Light and has a carb bite to it.

D - I had this last weekend, on a day around 45 degrees. I could see myself putting back a few of these during the hot summer months as this style becomes my favorite in July.

I liked this, I was suprised really. Although out of all BMC beers the Michelob line seems to offer some of the more interesting offerings.

Taipans, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of tugdriver7
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Michelob combo pack. Pale yellow in the glass with a hazy, bubbly mix of sediment. Decent head that disappeared quickly. Malty spice in the nose, but the body is a bit thin and spritzy. Taste is wheat and hops spice with a bit more water than many craft hefeweizens. As a refreshing beverage with food on the deck in the summer, it's a winner. A step up from the usual macro. But nothing more special.

tugdriver7, Aug 16, 2008
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Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
79 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.