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Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Bavarian Style WheatMichelob Bavarian Style Wheat

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BA SCORE
81
good

125 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 167
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-30-2006

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
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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 167
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent amber that only becomes (slightly) cloudy when the final finger of beer is added to the glass. The stiffly creamy beige cap may be the best looking lid that I've seen on an A-B product. It's semi-rocky as it melts and deposits a good bit of lace in the bargain.

Both of the major hefe weizen aromas (banana and clove) are present, but they're too laid back and too simplistic to truly impress. Still, credit must be given for style accuracy... as opposed to yet another American pale wheat passing itself off as a true German-style hefe.

The first several seconds of each mouthful are wonderful. They're filled with loads of sweet, ripe banana and zesty ground clove. The hefe weizen banan-o-meter score is an impressive, monkey-approved 4.0/5.0. The brewery has either used a tremendously estery yeast strain or they've perfected banana and clove extracts that mimic a tremendously estery yeast strain. After those first few seconds, however, cracks in the flavor facade begin to show.

The biggest problem with MBSW (and it isn't a deal breaker by any means) is a lack of good, quality wheat malt. Once the delicious top notes fade, it's obvious that there's very little of substance backing them up. As a result, the body/mouthfeel is too light. It's also too fizzy. Even a hint of creaminess would have done wonders. To be fair, a light creaminess arrives on the scene in the second half of the bottle.

Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat is not bad beer. In fact, it's one of my three favorites from A-B (Anheuser World Lager and Spring Heat Spiced Wheat are the others). Kudos to the brewery for taking a stab at a worthwhile style and for almost pulling it off. (1,685 characters)

Photo of McClungbrew2
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. The color is hazy, unfiltered golden, slightly more amber than straw. Nice bright white head that fell rather quickly to a thin layer of bubles.

The aroma was yeasty, with subtle hints of banana and clove.

The flavor was very subtle, somewhat yeasty, but the banana and clove came through at the end remained in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was lively, light and a little tangy in a good way.

This is a better than average beer, but not outstanding. (494 characters)

Photo of Stimack
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured to a nice yellow color, very clear with a small white head that had limited retention and left no lacing. No haze to this brew what so ever, crystal clear which is a little out of the norm. The aroma is quite pleasant, with a noticeable banana scent mixed with a slight clove. Very surprised by this as I was actually expecting is to miss the mark but so far quite good! The flavors are nice, pretty nice wheat malt flavors mixed in with normal wheat beer flavors. No nothing majority exciting is going on here but this is a nice easy, drinkable brew that I would not peg foe a AB product. The feel is adequate, a little on the watery side. This is a truly nice brew, nothing out of the ordinary going on here but IMO quite well done. (751 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium pour produces a hazey pale golden ale, topped with an off-white head of medium duration and average lacing. Big broad strokes of cloves, vanilla, and banana on the nose. Huge sweet bananas and spicey cloves on the first sip, with a bit of mellow marshmallow and vanilla in the middle of the palate. Fairly round and medium-full bodied. Juicy and sweet throughout, and only slightly offset by light citrus notes and the spicey clove contribution of the yeast. I'm usually not too fond of an overly sweet Hefe Weizen, but this one is somehow bucking that trend - is it because I wouldn't normally expect an A-B brew to taste this good? Maybe. Decent carbonation and rather good drinkability throughout, with a semi-sweet finish and minimal bitterness, as per the style. It even holds up nicely as it warms! If I didn't know this was an A-B product, if it were served to me in a flip-top German bottle at a local German bierhall I'd be convinced, and I'm equally convinced regardless of point of origin. If A-B were to rebrand this and reintroduce it (perhaps under the aegis of a Stone Mill or Redbribge) they just might be onto something - it might even eat into the sales of Blue Moon! But saddled with the Michelob name as it is, I just can't see it making much of an impression at retail? Sorry, but not even the new all-malt renderings and fancy contoured bottles can do much to bolster the once-prestigious Michelob brand name, it's a lame horse best known for its Golden Light iteration, which sells like crazy (for whatever reason) and tastes nothing like this one . . . this is a missed opportunity for A-B to prove to a wider audience that they can produce a tasty, to-style rendition.
Served chilled in a shaker pint.
Single purchased at Paradise Liquors in Plymouth, MN. (1,789 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes, this one was brought up to the cabin by my father in law in a mixed 12 pack of michelob brews. served cold and me and my brother in law kicked these back on the deck on night.

the pour was a nice light pale amber with a nice clear look to it and a small tight head that stuck to the sides rather nicely. aroma is hints of clove and light fruits, banana, pear and a nice moderate hop note. warming brings on a touch of lemon zest. clean, clear and concise flavor is well placed and the smooth and adequatly carbonated body really hit the spot. light dryness in the finish was not too overdone and the lasting flavor of grass and light spice on the tongue seemed rather fitting.

overall i think i might drink this one again, really did not come across too bad at all. (779 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super, super pale yellow. Off hand, one of the palest beers I can think of. Only that awful Argentinian beer (number one sold in their country ... I think it's quilmes) may be paler of all the beers I've ever reviewed.

Thin white head. The bottom of the bottle brought some hazy cloudiness, which helped the coloring.

Smells like cloves, bananas, and a hint of yeast. No real white I can detect. Smells like a dunkelweisse.

Tastes like a dunkelweisse. Cloves. Bananas. Bit of yeast. Straight-forward, solid. (520 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy (unfiltered) yellow-orange color with a head that stands up about 3/4 of an inch tall. Head quickly reduced to a ring of foam that only covered the outer ring of the glass. Smells of bready/wheaty malts and spices. Taste is similar to others in this style, but I found this beer to have a slight metallic taste towards the finish.

Morey's Bottom Line: As I've said before, this is not my favorite style of beer, however aside from the metallic taste that I mentioned, this beer goes down pretty easy. (517 characters)

Photo of chiefydawg
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a variety 20-pack

Clear until I swirled and poured the dreg to get the proper haze. Actually had a bit of a head to it, but it faded rather quickly. No lace of course.

I can smell the banana in here. Did the brewmasters at Anheuser swipe some yeast and recipes from one of the companies it bought?

Shockingly good taste for a micro. Ignore the label on the bottle - I think that this can compare to many other decent micro Heffies. Doesn't have the body or clove that I like, but there's ligit banana and some wheat crispness that I dig. Watery at the finish but still sweet, I'd have no problem snagging a sixer of these some time (640 characters)

Photo of heissebier
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass and paired with wheat thins, which was a surprisingly good combo.

Appearance- Pours a cloudy straw colored yellow with moderate head that dissapates relatively quickly.

Smell- Crazy banana and clove aromas, along with a healthy dose of yeast.

Taste- Not bad at all! Follows the smell very closely with a smooth fruitiness and spicy character. Pretty close to the German style as I remember it, although not really on the same level as say a Franziskaner Hefe-Weissen. It just doesn't have the same depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and slightly creamy. All in all a very pleasant.

Drinkability- Good drinkability for sure. I'd drink it again, but only if there wasn't anything too exciting available. (733 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bditty for this bottle. Born on date of 06Apr07.

Pours a hazy pale yellow, with a one finger white head that actually took a good while for it to fade to a soapy cap. I like the fact that this doesn't seem to be overly filtered.

Smell; nice wheaty aroma, with hints of bananas and cloves. This doesn't have a really strong hefe-weizen smell to it, but it is pretty decent especially with this coming from A-B.

Taste; as with the smell, the flavor isn't strongly hefe-weizen, but it does have a decent wheat malt presence, with faint hints of bananas, cloves and just vague impression of bubblegum. I would have liked a bit more spiciness in there, and it comes off just a little bit watery.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but the drinkability is pretty darn good. This is by far the best beer that I've ever had from the big three. I wouldn't mind having a few of these on occasion. (904 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got 4 of these in the 2006 Michelob Variety 20 pack.

pours a nice cloudy golden color with a foamy white head that hung around for a while and left a fine lacing.

It smells like a hefe, wheat, yeast, and mildew.

It is slightly above average tasting, considering it is from a macro brewery the size of A/B.

Mouthfeel ain't half bad either, I put a piece of lemon in my 2nd one and it deffinitely helped this beer out.

I could have a few of these in a sitting and I think if you can have 3 to 4 hefe's in a sitting, it's got 'good' drinkability. (558 characters)

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
The beer poured a hazy straw gold, with a big, creamy white head. The head lingered for a minute and then receded. Minimal lacing noted.
The aroma was typical hefeweizen, but lighter. A decent banana nose was apparent, but very little in the way of clove and bubblegum. Sweet wheat and malt with a light fruitiness rounded out the package.
The taste was straightforward hefeweizen. No surprises and rather pleasant. Sweet flavors to the front, fresh wheat, banana, light clove, and some bready yeast. Decent mouthfeel and a good level of carbonation.
Overall, a very drinkable brew. I'd have this again. (651 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Pulled from the Michelob Lagers and Ales seasonal pack.

A - Bronze coloration with a golden-orange hue. Produced a nice frothy head which displayed good retention. There was even noticeable lacing! Unexpected yet pleasant.

S - Pretty nice aroma of banana and clove. I swear there are even slight hints of vanilla in there. Slight bit of grain finishes it off. Not bad at all.

T - Nice blend of sweetness and spices. Clove, banana, lemon, and even a bit of malt shine through. Wheat accents finish what seems to be a pretty authentic rendition of a traditional hefe. I am impressed.

M - Here is the low point of the brew I must say, it contains far too much carbonation. Thin bodied and a bit watery as well. A hint of spice remains in the aftertaste.

D - Pretty decent, I enjoyed this one and wouldn't have any quarrels with having another. Definitely worth a try, especially for those who don't believe the big boys can make good brews. (982 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy whitish-gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. Pretty decent looking for the style. Seems right on there.

Aroma is full of wheat and clove in the nose with a hint of banana as well. Seems about right for a hefeweizen.

Taste is full of clove, a bit of banana and wheat. Decent and very tasty.

Just a bit of tang lingers in the mouth, likely from the yeast used. A bit more sweet than warranted. Otherwise, seems to finish well for the example.

Not bad and perhaps someone may be inclined to try this being that it's a Michelob product. Then again, who knows? (587 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy straw color with a fizzy white head that diminishes to a ring. I has a pretty steady, heavy flow of carbonation. The aroma is a grainy with a light clove and banana scent way in the back.

The flavor is yeasty with a pleasant banana and clove taste throughout. It is a bit grainy in the flavor too. Not a bad flavor to this one.

It is easy drinking and a bit dry and chalky. Not too bad at all. (416 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Paulaner-branded weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale orange-ish color with a thick, foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells wheaty with hints of cloves and lemons.

Taste: Hits you up front with fruity notes of banana and lemon. Finishes with a bit of wheaty-tasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, like a hefeweizen should be.

Drinkability: I have to give A-B credit, they created something that, for all intents and purposes, tastes like a Bavarian wheat beer. It tastes like a sub-par Bavarian wheat beer but I'll give credit where credit's due. (658 characters)

Photo of almychristopher
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, not a damn thing wrong with this hefe – shows that AB can produce a sold beer if pushed.

Poured an orange / amber, head was a bit wimpy – the only drawback to the brew.

Nice aroma of clove banana and nutmeg, which comes through in the quaff smoothly. And a pop of bubblegum in the finish further fortify this brew.

Sharp, crisp and tasty, a solid hefe – I could go for more quite easily. (398 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy lemon yellow with a modest white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell is bready with nice bannana notes. Light fruity sweetness and a touch of yeasty spice.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Nice bready flavor, bananna is subdued compared to the nose but still has a presense. Decent malt base makes an appearance and melds well with the sweet fruitiness. Finish retains yeasty spices and a mild hop bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and a little prickly.

If I didn't know better I would never have guessed that this is an AB product. Completely lacks the corn sweetness that is present in their other offerings. Surprisingly good. (658 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of afinepilsner
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat was a hazy yellow color with a thick creamy white head. The head stuck around a while, leaving some lace behind. The aroma was nice, with wheat, banana, and clove. The taste was nice and fruity, a little sweet upfront with a balanced finish. The mouthfeel was good, a medium-light body with good carbonation. Drinkability was also good. Wow, this a Michelob? While it's not the best hefeweizen out there, it's definately one of the best beers by Anheuser-Busch that I've had. (526 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractively hazed sunflower beer, but it is very fizzy, inappropriately so, and the head barely forms before it disappears. The aroma is much more appealing, ripe with banana and clove and an unexpected edge of parsley. Mild and soft on the palate, and though it is pleasantly tangy, yeasty and wheaty and fruity, it is not particularly interesting or robust. The mouthfeel, however, is spot-on, very soft and light and dry. Finish brings forth starchy notes of bread and brown sugar. This is not the best Hefe out there, but it's far from the worst - highly drinkable and recommended, especially for the price! (612 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Lightly hazed yellow color with medium high carbonation. Smaller head of white foam. Streams of bubbles race to the top of the beer.

S: Nice estery aromas of bananas and yeast. Mild malt character and some sweet peppery notes.

T: Mild maltiness is overshadowed by banana, light clove and a yeasty sweetness. Some traces of granny smith apples and grain. Quite impressive.

M: Light carbonation, goes down smooth and easy. Appropriate for the style.

D: I'd like this again. I could easily revisit this without hesitation.

Notes: An excellent beer to introduce macro drinkers to. Why can't AB make beer like this all the time? (643 characters)

Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
81 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.