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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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a Halloween party. It pours a hazy amber with a fairly thick but not too persistent off-white head. Aroma is wheaty and yeasty, about average. Flavor is strong and wheaty, typical but at least it is quite firm. Texture is fizzy and fairly smooth. OK, but craft brews are better.

Cyberkedi, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +15.9%

RBorsato, Nov 06, 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 jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow with a solid if quickly dying head. Nothing exceptional, but nice enough.

Smells of cloves, light white pepper, and strongly of spicy belgian yeast. Nothing Bavarian about this--but it's darn good.

Tastes very much like it smells. A good kick of spice followed by a smooth, lightly burny Belgiany yeast. Very nice. Wow

What the hell? This is a very solid example of the style--and from AB that's a damn shock.

mynie, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a murky, not quite cloudy, pale orange color. The head is large, and fluffy, and recedes slowly. The aroma is of bubblegum with a hint of cloves. The taste is like the aroma, but thinner. The mouthfeel is very light for a hefe. Overall, this is a inoffensive, but not very good.

KarlHungus, Dec 16, 2006
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Vancer, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy bright amber color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is a nice mixture of bubble gum, bananas, citrus fruit and spice.
Taste also has bananas in the forefront, with a bit of spice also present.
Finish is a bit thin with little taste retanetion.
Easy to drink on a hot autumn afternoon. Good example of the style.

tgbljb, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass hazy pale yellow with a nice frothy head which was just off-white and rose well, but retreated quickly.

The aroma was mostly banana with just a hint of clove spice. Wheat was definitely present and a fruity and estery sweetness which was nice.

The flavor was light wheat with banana esters and a light clove. The fruitiness worked well with the wheat and clove to make an interesting, yet not overly complex brew. The flavor was also a bit bready and slightly sweet on the palate.

The finish was dry at the end with lasting light clove spice and banana impressions into the aftertaste. The body was medium and had a nice creamy texture to the mouthfeel. A nice Bavarian Wheat, better than some that come from that area. Give this one a whirl.

12 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.85/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Premium Heritage", "All Natural Ale", "Rich and Smooth", so adorn the words on this 12oz bottle. Leave it up to Michelob to convince my skeptical beer enthusiasm otherwise. Born on date of May 03, 2007. This poured out crystal clear, but then I did actually see a small slurry of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, so I swirled and added it. Lightly cloudy pale golden with peach accents, moderate carbonation with an average-sized rocky white head. Average retention and sparse lacing. Surprise, surprise....we do have a Bavarian Hefe-Weizen in our midsts! The nose is actually pretty dang good with the requisite cloves and green bananas..touch of crackery wheat and rubber. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a medium-light body. Dang! This is a damn good beer! Probably the first authentic ale I've ever had from a macrobrewer! No corn, no rice, no cheap domestic lager taste. This is the real deal! The taste is spicy and full flavored with a complimentary breadiness, a little bit of burnt rubber which I find appetizing if restrained (unlike Bell's wheat series), green bananas...nice! The bitterness is perfectly balanced...delicate yet sharp and distinct at the same time.

Dude, seriously...this is a damn fine tasty brew, and believe it or not, one of the best Hefe-Weizens I've ever had! Forget the Michlelob label...Now I can say that I have actually been impressed by a macrobrew! Damn, this is tasty. I will be definitely picking up more of this. I could put away of 6'er of this no prob. An amazing beer. Highly recommended!

Mitchster, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of buckyp
3/5  rDev -13%

buckyp, Dec 31, 2011
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 Overlord
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Overlord, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Morey
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Morey, Feb 10, 2008
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 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 cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

cliff1066, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden in color with a slight cast of haze, a bit clearer than typical for the style, with a robust inch-tall finely beaded head, which retains very well. There are a few streams of small, slow-rising bubbles, and a profusion of thick, sticky lace.

Aroma: Cloves figure prominently in the aroma, with some earthy yeast notes, and a mild bread characteristic. The ripe banana note, ubiquitous for the Hefe Weizen style, is a bit subdued.

Taste: The spicy clove character of the aroma carries through strongly in the taste. The wheat malt presence is quite solid, both bready, and tart. There are notes of lemon and apple peel, and mild pepper as well. The yeast contributes a plesan earthy, nutty note. Finishes with a lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Decently full and soft, although seems a touch thinner than typical for the style.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and drinkable example of the style, far better than most of Anheuser-Busch's ventures into craft brewing. Not quite as good as a German-brewed Hefe Weizen, but then, what is? Perhaps beers like this will raise awareness of craft brewing.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown. The "born on date" is 29 August 2006. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -13%

Brew33, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of HardTarget
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Brown twisty 12 oz bottle give a born on date: 29Aug06 (sampled 23OCT06), pouring instructions tell you to swirl out the yeast and speak to a natural cloudiness.

Aroma: Rich banana and bubblegum, mild spiciness includes clove.

Appearance: Hazy golden glass holds a respectable thin white cover that fails to give lace and dropped off pretty early in the glass.

Flavor: Wet grain base has a fairly sharp pepper note. Some of the banana flavor comes back in but not nearly as much as in the aroma. Some mild bubblegum comes out in the finish, but there is a lingering mild medicinal and apple aspect to the finish as well that didn’t sit well with me.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation turns a bit fizzy at the swallow, medium heavy mouth feel, and a residual slickness remains after the swallow.

Overall Impression: I don’t know about swirling the bottle, but I found myself swirling the glass to bleed off some of the carbonation and cut back on the burps, but that very effectively killed the rest of the head. There seems to be something missing, some characteristic that I’m having trouble putting my finger on. I’m thinking it’s something with the yeast as swirling and adding it later in the glass helped a bit.
A fairly good beer, but I won’t be buying any more as there are plenty of better Hefes out there.

HardTarget, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -13%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +15.9%

AndrewMichael, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard weizen.

A: Yellow golden color. Pours into a 4 finger bubbly, white head. Deteriorates quickly leaving just a bit of bubbles on the surface. Heavy carbonation continues to rise. No lacing to speak of.

S: Wheat, a little freshly cut grass, and a strong lemon citrus nose.

T: Wheaty, grainy, tastes a little like hay smells. Lemon, but kind of a pungent citrus taste with an indistinguishable spice.

M: Light and carbonated. Citrus remains.

D: A light and refreshing brew.

Decent atmosphere. Appearance is okay, and the nose is full (almost over-powering really on initial pour) but typical of the style. Flavor is also pretty typical. . . wheat, citrus, and a graininess. Overall, this is pretty decent quaff.

bmwats, Oct 11, 2009
Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
79 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.