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Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
79
okay

165 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 10
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 ski271
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear unfiltered wheat beer from A-B? OK, I'll give anything a shot once.
A: Medium gold with a small, white, fizzy head that quickly and fully diminishes
S: Actually not bad at all. Spicy wheat & yeast like a hefe should have
T: Taste follows the aroma. It’s characteristics are true to style… but it’s just watered down and weak, especially on the finish.
M: Thin body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
D: When I first smelled it, I was impressed for a second, but no. It’s a typical A-B lackluster beer.

ski271, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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 zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden yellow color with a small, white head that quickly dissipates. It was highly carbonated and left a little lace.

S - It smelled of lots of clove. There was also a wheat and yeast aroma.

T - It tasted of wheat and spices. It had a nice touch of clove, too.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer from A-B.

zeff80, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.3/5  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....

riversider76, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of rowew
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

rowew, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of jasrbrd
1.5/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I hate to say this, but as a big Anheuser-Busch fan (sorry to admit that to some folks), this beer totally disappointed me.
I would like to say it may have been a pack that was cooled, warmed, cooled then warmed again, but it still couldn't be this bad.
In reading past reviews, it seems there may have been a bad batch. I see it goes from a good call to low 2's in ratings.
I'll give this another shot, but I did not like this a bit.

jasrbrd, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of berserker256
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the light bronzed colored beer into my pint glass. Little white head disappeared quickly. It smells like pumpkins and/or bananas. It tastes OK. It's a bit thin just like a regular Budweiser or something. Not like a normal wheat beer. Easy to drink, however. I would best describe this beer this way; It seems like a normal American mass-brewed beer with artificial flavoring. It's decent. I'd buy it again but mostly because of the cheap price.

berserker256, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy yellow with big fluffy white head that lasted until the end. Aroma of banana is very evident right up front along with spice. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for a Hefeweizen, much thinner than say a Franziskaner. Flavor is banana and spice as well. Pleasing up front, but the finish is disappointing and a bit phenolic. They came close with this one, but just missed the mark. By the way, I had this once before, and I thought it sucked. For whatever reason, much better this time around. Born on date-05/03/2007. Said it was best before 110 days, I had it on its 95th day.

biggmike, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy yellow to light orange color. An aggressive pour yielded a thick head but it quickly regressed to a film, thicker around the edges, then almost nothing. No lace to speak of.

S - Nice smell, sweet banana and bubblegum yeastiness complimented with an earthy grassy dirt like smell.

T/M - Starts out a bit thin, then quickly a sweet hint of sugary banana. It gets a bit thicker in the middle, then a good carbonation bite all with characteristic Weizen tastes. Finishes pretty good, leaving nice tastes of yeast and wheat.

D - Overall this is not a terrible drink and I can't really tell that it was mass produced. Flavors are there, but I would have liked to have seen more depth and complexity. On the other hand, it came from Anheuser Busch and only cost me $5 for the six pack.

umustdrink, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of witster18
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with about an .25" head....dissapates like mist like Fla. Nose is lemon and banana. Taste is similiar but add a touch of not so impressive clove. Not terrible but the is just what I expected....a cross between Mich Lt and a good hefe. Taste isn't bad...drinkability isn't either...but in the large scope of things....especially for genre consistancy...NAH...leave the Hefe's to the German's...we keep screwing it up. Won't revisit....I like the rest of their seasonal picks better....

witster18, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy yellow color with a thin, effervescent head. The smell is very much of banana, slightly clovey and a bit of spice. The taste is similar to the smell, with a hint of budwiserish malt. The mouthfeel is pretty light in body with not too much carbonation. Very drinkable, goes down easy and smooth. I'm very impressed with this beer, cheers to AB for this one!

gmfessen, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Minkybut, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Mitchster
4.85/5  rDev +41%
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 hero27
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

hero27, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Chaz
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Chaz, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of budgood1
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours into my weizen glass a cloudy and very effervescent dirty gold colour. foamy head dies down quickly, but lots of lively carbonation supports what head is left for awhile. little lacing. nice spicy clove and banana aroma. the taste is another pleasant and traditional wallop of clove and spice, wheat notes with a dose of ripe bananas. the addition of the dregs in the bottom of the bottle of course makes all the difference in the taste profile. it settles down the carbonation and adds a nice yeast element that makes it seem authentic to the style. vanilla and bubblegum appear loudly and there is a nice floral hop attitude, too, which makes it seem all the more interesting. this is a nice tasting hefeweizen. very impressive. it's got all nuances of a good hefe nailed. the body is nice and roundish; the mouthfeel creamy after all the carbonation has settled down. finishes beautifully...lots of residual hefe flavours to savor .

ok...i was taken aback by this offering, not expecting at all the true to style "bavarian style wheat". it's a hefe and it's good. i only bought a sixer expecting to be disappointed, but i will go back for more due to the fact i'm short on hefe examples this year. a fine job from the "evil A-B".

budgood1, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of RespectTheBrew
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
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 BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I beleive this is a fine beer. Though not special, it exceeded my expectations from the Michelob brand. The brew poured a moderate haze and a dirty straw color. Though fizzy carbonation overshadowed any softness, the head retention proved worth while. Aromas hinged on graininess and raw barley, but did exhibit a moderate maltiness, fruity esters, and a bready / yeasty scent. Flavors closely shadows the aromas, but fell a bit on a cereal grain note and with lesser emphasis on fruitiness, esters, and breadiness. The feel was a carbonation dominant scrubbing and proved to be the least enjoyable moment within the session; then later fell flat. Never showed the rich and smooth textures that separate the German Hefeweizens from the rest of the world's.

BEERchitect, May 16, 2007
Photo of afinepilsner
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

afinepilsner, May 15, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat
12 oz bottle
Born on 04/07, liquidated 04/07
Medium pour in a weizen glass.

Poured a golden yellow with a large frothy somewhat lasting white head.

Smelt of moderate to strong bananas, dough, spices, flowers.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet banana and light bitter spices followed by a strong bitter dough and spices and light sweet floweriness on an average finish.

Palate was light bodied, watery to a semi dry finish, fizzy and lightly astringent.

Overall, this is a pleasant surprise. Some strong banana and wheat flavors here, for a reasonable price.

xav33, May 01, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

RedHaze, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of bditty187
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
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 Beeryce
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head is ample and dense, crowning the hazy and effervescent straw gold brew. Large amounts of sediment, needed a good swirl to release all their goodness.

Great nose of clove, citrus, banana and wheat.

The taste is nicely balanced between the spice and fuitness, provided by the unique yeast strain, and the wonderful wheat malt flavor. The combination of spice and bitterness of yeast and hops give way to the clean wheat malt taste accented with a lemony tang. The finish is slightly sour with a little green banana in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel very pleasant; light and crisp, matching style and taste.

Drinkability is very high, would be great in the summer at a BBQ, or anytime with some German food.

Beeryce, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 28, 2007
Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
79 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.