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Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob Bavarian Style WheatMichelob Bavarian Style Wheat

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BA SCORE
80
good

156 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.33%


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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Enola

North Carolina

1.1/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer is not my idea of a joke. The style for one is not my favorite but the beer itself is a really bad version of the style. Molded grass and rotton hay dominate all aspects of this beer. Even if this style is your preference, I would still shy away from this.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 21:35:12 | More by Enola
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 00:31:24 | More by NeroFiddled
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Pegasus

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 19:52:12 | More by Pegasus
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jdoolin

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers Sampler pack.

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into a weizen glass. Yes, there is actually yeast in the bottle of a Michelob branded beer.

Appearance: A hazy, pale orange tinted yellow with a big, white fluffy head that wasn't quite as spectacular or long lasting as other hefeweizens I've had.

Aroma: Ok, the moment of truth. Is it a true hefeweizen? Yes! Banana and clove aromas are there! A nice wheat malt aroma as well, and only a bare hint of hop.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a nice carbonation. Has a nice, grainy, tangy wheat malt flavor with prominent banana and clove as well. Earthy yeast flavors contribute that requisite flavor to this style. Finishes a bit dry.

Notes: Well how about that. The big boys produced a more authentic hefeweizen than Sam Adams. The flavor is quite good and authentic to the style, even down to the yeast. It's also a really drinkable beer. Maybe just a bit too light bodied. But it would be a great crossover beer. In fact, most of the beers in this pack would be.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 03:29:13 | More by jdoolin
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 00:41:11 | More by Frozensoul327
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy dim gold with a huge sudsy head in my Weizen Glass.

Smell: Very banana. Orange cream pineapple yeast vanilla, nuts and a splash of lemon as well.

Taste: easy and smooth. Gentle yeast banana and Bavarian Malt flavors, bread cloves - makes this a simple but refreshing representation of the style. The aftertaste is sweet and fruity and quite pleasant as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body and very smooth with a little bit of malt texture and light carbonation (for the style). nice.

Drinkability: This is certainly an approachable friendly drinking beer for thirsty days.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 07:58:55 | More by Phatz
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1fastz28

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

smells hoppy, i can't smell any malt at all, citrusy hints also prevelant. pours a cloudy golden hue like all hefe's taste is very spicy, more spicy than any beer i've ever had, wish i knew what variety of hop they used so i can use it in my home brewing, all around decent beer, not something i think i could drink more than a 6 pack of

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 02:16:14 | More by 1fastz28
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 00:58:34 | More by ZimZamZoom
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guinnessfan

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Ales & Lagers variety pack poured into mason jar mug.

A: Cloudy with golden color with large pure white head. Big bubbles, decent retention but no lacing.

S: Nice punch of clove, definately reminds me of a hefe.

T: Mild spicy clove taste, with a hint of banana, very mild.

M: Bubbly carbonation is about it

D: Much better than expected, making it an enjoyable hefe-typ beer.

Nice little beer from AB that is surprisingly enjoyable. One of my favorites in the variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 14:09:17 | More by guinnessfan
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Drew966

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat pours a golden yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I'm extremely surprised by the aroma, in that it actually smells like a hefe. Cloves and maybe even some banana are evident in the aroma. Very spritzy carbonation, lots of it. The flavors are right if a bit muted, clove being most noticeable, a good amount of banana, and some citrus at the end. It doesn't taste as good as it smells, but overall better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 00:54:59 | More by Drew966
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chilidog

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 00:15:03 | More by chilidog
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acrawf6

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice hazy orange with a white head.

Smell. Lots of bananas, natural and candy. Cloves are also nice and present. A bit strong with the banana, which though i like, can see it being a bit too much sometimes

Taste. Bananas continue to come with sweet bananas and cloves with a bit of cinnoman. Has a nice slight tartness. Finishes with the candy banana sweetness. I am pleasantly surprised with this taste.

Mouthfeel. Body is a touch thicker than many others in it's style and is nice and creamy. Carbonation is moderate. quite nice.

Overall, i am extremely impressed with their hefe, not expecting it to be so good. I love a hefe full of the banana and spice flavors, and this one delivers quite nicely. Has a nice rich and creamy mouthfeel (not so crisp), and i really enjoy that as well. If they sold this in six packs around here, it would be very hard for me not to pick it up often. One of the best wheats made in america.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 00:22:53 | More by acrawf6
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a well defined banana yeat aroma with a mild clove spiciness.

The taste consisted of solid yeast and wheat flavors with a mild spiciness and a trace lemony flavor.

The mouthfeel was good and chewy.

Overall a very good attempt at the style. As good as most American hefes. I am very impressed with this AB offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 02:17:02 | More by plaid75
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HardTarget

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 00:04:53 | More by HardTarget
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 21:06:14 | More by mmmbeer
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Billolick

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 02:43:49 | More by Billolick
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 03:52:28 | More by barefootbrewer
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peabody

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a straw to amber color with lots of suds leaving lots of nice white lacing around the pilsner.
Smell is Clove cinamon and yeast with a hint of caramel.
Taste is a watery clove and banana with a hint of lemon/orange peel.
Mouthfeel is kinda boring with little going on except for the hop bitterness.
While, for budweiser, this is a pretty good brew, it still pales in comparison to the better wheat brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 01:52:52 | More by peabody
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 00:00:06 | More by chOAKbarrell
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Fuller

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw colored body with a big white fluffy head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is of banana, some other fruit and spice. Tastes are of banana and spice along with some orange peel and bready malt. It is light bodied, very smooth and creamy with a clean dry finish. This beer's drinkability is high in my opinion. I could easily down quite a few of these.

I was really surprised with just how good this AB brew is. I hope it becomes available in 6packs in my area in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 21:21:18 | More by Fuller
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with hues of orange and a nice two finger head that disappears fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is spicy. There is a strong clove pressence as well as some banana bread.

Taste is of sweet banana bread followed quickly by some of the clove spiciness. Pretty good. There is a little bite from the wheat in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good.

If this beer was available all of the time I would definitely pick this up on occasion. Very solid brew by AB. I'll be looking forward to the remainders of these from my sampler.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 01:37:41 | More by hckyfn9999
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ghostmech007

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this on BA a few days ago got the sample pack and tried this one first lets review.

12oz. Bottle poured into a frosted pint.

Pale yellow in color. Unfiltered, you can see the yeast just float in there. Snow white head hugs the glass all the way down.

Spices are present in the smell, turns into a malty grainish smell, fruits as well.

Light body and very smooth. More fruits when you sip. Cloves are present and a light touch of caramel. A big wheat bite gives you a new perspective on this brew. Not a lot of bitterness as the hops are subdued by the fruits. Dry finish of wheat and malts.

Awesome brew. And as the Bros. say below make sure you get every last drop out of the bottle it adds alot to the character.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 02:18:12 | More by ghostmech007
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Todd

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 16:12:35 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 02:10:20 | More by Jason
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karst

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 21:29:07 | More by karst
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Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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