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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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125 Reviews
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Reviews: 125
Hads: 167
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 17.97%
Wants: 13
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 number1bum
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a only very slightly hazed golden color with about a finger of white head. It's a little too clear and retention is not great; keeps just a thin lace.

Smell consists of the obligatory banana and clove, with a lightly sweet wheat aroma. Not bad.

Like the smell, the taste doesn't knock your socks off but it's on target with banana, clove, some grass and wheat. It has a light sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel has a subtle creaminess to it and moderate carbonation. It's clean and pretty smooth.

While this is nothing special it's also nothing to complain about. Has some good flavor and goes down pretty easily. A decent hefe.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- I thought it was a little clear for wheat but other than that it was not bad. It has decent yellow body. The head and lace are now you see them now you don't.

Smell- The smell was beany, spiced and fruity malt like.

Taste- The taste starts off well it has a good initial wheat beer taste but the aftertaste is not quit right. The after has vegetable like feel.

Mouthfeel- Soupy.

Drinkability- Average.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew from the Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers 20-pack. 12 oz., "born on" 8/15/06, and served in a weizen glass. It pours an opaque peach/apricot after a lot (a LOT) of agitation to extract every last bit of yeast. It settles to a finger of off-white head that leaves little lacing and it is so opaque it is hard to judge the amount of carbonation. It smells of tangy wheat, banana pudding, and spicy yeast - very authentic. It is light on the palate with a tingly body and tastes of bananas, spicy cloves, green/spicy, almost grassy hops, and a spicy yeast background, all of which combine to leave a medium finish. Again, quite authentic. This is another great surprise from A-B and goes to show that, if they put their mind to it, they can make high-quality brews. Beers like this and their new porter let us know that they have acknowledged the microbrew revolution and don't want to be left behind. I would like to see six-packs of both of those, without a doubt the two best beers I've had from Anheuser-Busch.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a watery, boring looking slightly hazy golden colour with a minimal head that leaves virtually no markings on the glass. This one essentially looks like a hazy Budweiser to me. Not very impressive.

The aroma is wheaty, with a strong blend of banana and bubble gum coming through. There are hints of spice here as well but this one is far too sweet overall.

The flavour is in line with the aroma, which means it's not necessarily that great. Sweetness from bubble gum and banana notes is slightly subdued although still powerful, and the bubble gum notes actually give way to a more sugary, general candy flavour at times. Clove comes through at the finish, along wit ha quick blast of wheat flavour. Mouthfeel is light boded and just not hefeweizen-esque.

This was the first real disappointment from the Michelob specialty brews. It's too sweet and just too much like a below average Pale Wheat Ale rather than a hefeweizen. I'd say pass on this one...

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy golden orange, with medium off-white head that lingers well and then leaves good lacing. Aroma was a bit muted, but what was there was a doughy wheat smell. Flavor was some wheat and dough, with a slight hint of what tasted like bubblegum. Decent finish at first, though it turned a little stale toward the end of the glass. Not a great wheat beer by any menas, but not a bad BMC offering.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle bought (individually) from Florian's in Auburn. Murky yellow body with about an inch of white head. Smells like banana with hints of citrus and spice. Tastes like banana and corriander, with some yeast notes. Lighter-bodied as expected for the style. Fairly drinkable and refreshing. A little light-tasting IMO, making it hard for me to compare to German hefs, but definitely a decent hef and probably the best Michelob I've ever had.

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Photo of rowew
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz twist off longneck. As you would expect form AB, it has a born on date. It also has pouring instructions, telling you to mix in the sediment.

Appearance: Pours clear yellow until the sediment is mixed in, then it takes on a bit of an orangish cloud. Thin head fades very quickly.

Smell: Wheat and a bit of banana.

Taste: Not bad - a nice wheat flavor with some banana and hints of clove. There is a bit of a metallic bite to it that is the only unpleasant aspect.

Overall impression: Certainly one of the better AB products I have had - this could be a good gateway beer or a savior in a macro bar.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer is a somewhat cloudy medium golden color. White head was about an inch thick when poured. Quickly settled to a very thin, almost non existent surface layer of foam with a decent white ring lining the inside of the glass and very little lacing. Some decent malty wheat and spice aromas, including a nice hint of clove, and a hint of banana were present. Has some sweet, malt upfront with the aforementioned clove along with a bit of orange and banana. No discernible hops whatsoever. Also has a bit of a metallic off-flavor, which is certainly a turn off. Has a somewhat crisp, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Drinkablity is pretty good due to the fact that this beer is somewhat light overall. Not drinkable in the way a truly well crafted beer is. Overall an ok beer here, nothing special nothing horrible. I guess it pretty good for something brewed by A-B.


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Photo of soulgrowl
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of riversider76
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow,thin white lead,with good retention,and lacing.Aroma,is of wheat,and bananna. Body is light with some carbionation. Taste is of fruit,and bubble gum. With a hint of a smoked flavor in the finish. Can't compete with the Hacker-Pschorr's of the world,but not bad. At least the macros are trying....

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Photo of Stimack
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of hero27
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Bottled date: 4/18/07

Slightly hazy straw color. Decent head of white foam sits on top.
A heavy load of spices are tasted right off the bat..makes quite the impression...bold banana & clove flavors take the yeasty aspects to another level. Some fruity qualities with the banana and a tad of lemon zest thrown in for good measure.
Carbonation is pretty well done. Quite refreshing and smooth.

Overall, I'm impressed. This is certainly one of the best Anheuser-Busch products I've had. I certainly wouldn't mind having a few more of these over the course of the summer.

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Photo of becktone
2.45/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From notes 1-25-10

Eye: Lemon square, or golden hay if you prefer, yellow in color. Once the yeast is poured into it becomes a wet oak color and is no longer hazy-clear, but cloudy. Head formation is very nice, retention is, well there is not. The head fell faster than peasants during the black plague. Could be my glass though.

Nose: Clove and banana in the aroma, also some real bready and yeasty aromas, kinda like bread yeast thats re-hydrating. Not really much more to it than that. Pretty standard, pretty average. There's also something that comes and goes in the aroma, can't quite put a finger on it or decide if its a flaw or if its supposed to be there...

Tongue: Wow, rather than be something akin to the aroma this is just watery. Flavor is way to light and is fleeting. I swear its much better out of the bottle. LIght banana and clove and then just too clean and watery. I was thinking before I drank this out of this Erdinger glass that this was one of the best crafted out of the four in the twelve pack. Soft wheat flavor...overall just way to clean, it tastes and feels lifeless. I'm gonna come back to this one next time a crack a bottle open.

Feel and Drinkability: Carbonation is almost vacant here, this beer feels lifeless. Again, it felt and made more sense out of the bottle. Feel is slick and too heavy, without higher levels of carbonation to spritz this up it just feels wrong in the mouth, too heavy and kinda like unfermented wort. As I said before the others were easier to drink, but this one, in this glass, well its dead. Definitely gonna come back to this.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this wierd beer from the bottle to a tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was slightly cloudy with a nice white head. The smell was slightly sour and so was the taste. I thought the beer was bad and poured it out, got another but it was the same taste. I will not buy again for sure.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into half liter Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw with a thick foamy head that doesn't seem to dissipate at all, leaving thick foam residue around the glass when it does.

Smell: Doughy bread with wheat, citrus spice, and hints of banana.

Taste: Starts with sweet citrus flavors, rounded out by bread. Spicy-sweet finish with touches of wheat throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and smooth, very refreshing

Drinkability: A great hefeweizen, a pleasant surprise from AB.

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

From the 20-bottle sampler pack, 12 oz bottle “born on 07 SEP 07” into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), this one features a thick fluffy white head that quickly fades to a wispy cap and slight color. Body is slightly hazed yellow-orange with minor carbonation streams. On the nose, banana and clove is prominent; shaping up OK so far. Tastes clean and crisp with firm banana and light clove, slightly bready. No real hops character, leaning toward overly sweet. Spicy-clove finish. Mouth is nicely semi-viscous and crisply carbonated good representation of style. Drinkability is OK; it’s a bit oversweet and perhaps a bit too tweaked, losing a hefe’s traditional subtlety. It’s certainly thirst quenching.

Overall: A decent hefe, a bit oversweet and with a lackluster head. Worth a try.

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Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice AB wheat indeed. I was most impressed.

It poured a cloudy, hazy pale straw with a nice looking white head that maintained and laced well all glass long.
The aroma was citric, sour dough and spice.
The taste was a slight citric hop with a nice spice background that peppers the mouthfeel aftertaste. You also get hints of fruit like mango and banana. The mouth is also left with a slight citric lemon tart.

An awesome beer from an AB standpoint. Im glad we picked up the sample pack for thisone and the Porter.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of karst
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A few sixers of Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat were delivered to last nights St. Louis Brews homebrew club by A-B's brewmaster Florian Kuplent who with the rest of us tasted a dozen or more homebrewed porters and stouts before commenting on this fine wheat that features an unbelievable nose and clean well brew taste. We all were hinting that we wanted the yeast for our homebrewed versions. This will be packaged with a variety of other beers including the fine porter that I have also reviewed. Although the clove takes a backseat to the big bananna the beer deserves the name Bavarian. Last nights long line of porters and stouts that preceeded my tasting of this wheat keep me from going into a lot of details. I will return to it again.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy straw color. The smell is sweet and a bit hoppy. The taste is hoppy and spicy. The aftertaste is almost like a sweet cereal. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well balanced. I must say I was surprised at this and would consider it a drinkable brew.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a "Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers" pilsner/weizen glass.

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden hue; the foamy white head is disappointing for a Hefeweizen, raising itself to a paltry stature and falling away a bit too quickly. Some light stick remains as it fades away.

Aroma is patently Bavarian, with banana-like fruity esters dominating; a bit of clove-like spiciness shows itself underneath with a hint of bubblegum, but the esters take hold.

A light and effervescent mouthfeel brings to the table spicy flavors of clove and nutmeg and lots of fruity esters showing themselves through banana and apricot notes, though well-balanced by the Bavarian yeast byproducts and overlaid upon a base of slightly sweet, slightly grainy wheat-and-barley malt. Finishes long and somewhat fruity-malty-sweet.

Drinkable and fairly authentic, though a bit more evident spiciness would be preferred and certainly more head retention; increasing the amount of wheat in the grist would undoubtedly solve that problem, but what can one expect from a company that works more than anything else to decrease the costs of production? More wheat in a wheat beer would probably be a bit too much to ask for.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up the sample 20-pack for a get-together at my house with some folks who were at least mildly interested in branching out.

Poured from a 12 oz. twisty into a tulip glass. Born on date was 03Oct06, sampled on 07Nov06. Followed the pouring instructions on the bottle, swirling the last inch or so and finishing the pour. I am beholding a cloudy yellow-gold beer with about a finger's worth of pure white head. The head leaves a fantastic lacing when swirled gently in the glass.

The aroma is of banana with hints of citrus and clove. Fairly traditional for the style in my opinion. Not much if any malts in the nose. Yeast and hops are forefront.

Taste is a repeat of the aroma. Banana upfront with hints of citrusy hops, and then a bit of a bold malty finish with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is tangy and carbonated.

All in all this is a drinkable beer that is a decent example of the style. Nothing to write home about but definitely in the ballpark. As with all the other beers in this sample pack, a great session brew for those who want to take it up a notch without getting too much out of the mainstream.

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Photo of Chaz
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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