Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat - Anheuser-Busch
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1.93/5 rDev -44.7%
Appearance- Served from a bottle from the michelob sampler pack. The bottle doesn't look that great but it does have a nice pour instruction on the neck for those who aren't sure of the correct pour. My pour, although done correctly, gave a very low amount of head which really let me down.
Smell- This is where the beer started it's downward decent. I couldn't get over the overpowering banana smell from this brew that permeated every sense I could throw at it.
Taste- Similarly to smell, this brew was beer bananas for me and nothing else complex. I wouldn't mind to see a hint of banana but it was all upfront for me.
Mouthfeel- The carbonation on mine was a little lower than I would have liked to see. I feel a bit more would have helped even out the banana.
Drinkability- I have to give this one a major pass as I plan to never drink one again. I respect those who enjoy this beer, but for me, it wasn't my cup of tea.
12-24-2007 04:45:20 | More by Greggy
3.08/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
08-06-2007 14:33:42 | More by biggmike
3.95/5 rDev +13.2%
This was poured into a weizen glass from the bottle. The beer pours out clear with a nice head. After swirling and adding the yeast it clouds up like a normal hefeweizen with a large head that is very well retained. The aroma is malty with hints of clove and subtle banana from the yeast. The flavor delivers all that's in the aroma except the banana is more pronounced. There's a very slight hop flavor as well. It has a creamy light/medium body with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall, I am very impressed with this offering of the style from AB. I was a bit skeptical because of the initial 'hype' I had been exposed to, but it really does live up to it. I would not be disappointed to find this in every bar in the US.
12-15-2006 17:53:05 | More by scoobybrew
2.15/5 rDev -38.4%
Starts a little cloudy, yellow with carbonation like a sparkling apple cider with little head and almost no lace. Smells a little like juicy fruit with an artifical sweet scent closer to the actual gum. Mouth is thin, washed a little bitter and left a soda water like twinge and old corn pop flavor. Bleah.
Well, this is a little HEFE, and a little wheat. It seems like the fruitiness is artifical and a corn pop like after effect that is a little off. The bitter taste here is again of soda water, and it just doesn't blend properly.
This is not for me. I want a smoother taste with a thicker texture like the better Hefes and the bolder wheat and pleasent aftertaste of a better wheat. This is neither. It's a macro stab that misses for me.
10-19-2007 10:56:58 | More by Ricochet
3.58/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-14-2007 20:53:40 | More by Chaz
3.7/5 rDev +6%
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.
12-08-2009 21:45:45 | More by wahhmaster
3.68/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-04-2007 15:11:07 | More by PhageLab
3.7/5 rDev +6%
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.
05-15-2007 00:13:19 | More by afinepilsner
3.35/5 rDev -4%
Part of a Michelob combo pack. Pale yellow in the glass with a hazy, bubbly mix of sediment. Decent head that disappeared quickly. Malty spice in the nose, but the body is a bit thin and spritzy. Taste is wheat and hops spice with a bit more water than many craft hefeweizens. As a refreshing beverage with food on the deck in the summer, it's a winner. A step up from the usual macro. But nothing more special.
08-16-2008 02:04:29 | More by tugdriver7
3.75/5 rDev +7.4%
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
11-11-2006 02:16:14 | More by 1fastz28
3.45/5 rDev -1.1%
Got a Michelob sampler with "craft" beers and a tasting chart for each. This was my first brew from the pack. Poured into a long neck glass this brew has a light golden yellow color with a thick and light 3 finger white head. Immediately the banana and clove aromas hit me. The brew was hazing, typical for the unfiltered style. The taste was very sweet with a lot of banana and clove with a minimal amount of spice to balance the sweetness. This was a decent brew to drink, but nothing compared to the real deal from the Bavarian region.
03-21-2010 00:20:12 | More by WJVII
3.8/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured typical haze, with small head, didn't last long at all. No lacing.
To be honest, I didn't really know what to expect. AB has done a real nice job with it's seasonals, not great, but good.
Smell of banannas, wheat bread, and even a sniff of clove! WOW! Had to look at the label again & remind myself it was a macro.
Taste: Sweet, bananna, wheat, clove. It's all there, and, it does indeed stack up to most any domestic wheat beers I have had. I think the only thing that hurt it, for me, was a real "watery" finish.
I like the Michelob "craft" series, the Porter, Hefe, Marzen, and even the Pale Ale are decent takes, that go a long way to being a decent beer.
02-09-2008 01:30:04 | More by KI9A
3.18/5 rDev -8.9%
So far, I've been moderately pleased with the various Michelob attempts at craft beers. Their hefeweizen falls short, I'm afraid.
A: Color is on target, pale and yellow. Yeast was present, but hard to stir up. I did manage to get enough in play to introduce some haze to the beer. Carbonation was low for style.
S: Aroma of clove and banana (more clove) is present, but could be more strongly presented.
T: Here is where the let down begins. There is a grainy maltiness to it up front, but it finishes watery.
M:Too thin, perhaps due to watery perception, perhaps due to low carbonation.
D: It's still a likeable enough beer. Some family members stock these Michelob brands because they know I like beer. There are much worse things. But if I'm comparing to a German weizen or even one of my homebrews, this falls short.
08-27-2010 01:10:54 | More by pweis909
2.73/5 rDev -21.8%
Came from a sampler pack Poured out a crystal clear light golden color with plenty of carbonation and a short lasting but thick head that thinned out into an even layer with no lacing at all. It has a very sweet and fruity aroma: oranges, some peach, a little banana and very little malt. It has a crisp but not refreshing feel to it and it seems a bit too watery. Its slightly tart and has some mild hints of banana in its aftertaste, but its not dry and doesnt have any alcohol taste in it. Over all not bad and its a pretty smooth drinker.
01-06-2008 01:50:31 | More by vickersspitfire
4/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
10-05-2006 01:37:41 | More by hckyfn9999
3.9/5 rDev +11.7%
Poured from bottle into weizen glass.
A: Wow, pretty nice looking pour and brew. Huge pillowy head and lacing. Not as hazy as I would expect, carbonation quite apparent.
S: Nice hef tones, this is definitely a German style vs American wheat. Not much banana but spices quite apparent. Again very solid.
T & M: Taste was a bit of letdown after the appearance and nose. Pretty thin bodied. Although banana tones were not apparent in the nose I felt that it was the dominant tone in the taste.
D: Pretty darn drinkable, this beer was a pleasant surprise for me. As far as American hefs go really solid, not as good as the Kellerweis but not too far behind.
11-08-2009 18:08:29 | More by elniko
3.8/5 rDev +8.9%
Thanks to Mick & Holly for the 20 pack sampler! Sampled 2/6/2008. Poured into my Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen Glass (HERESY!) from the 12 oz brown bottle (Born on 08SEP07). The pour produced a hefty white head of 2" that quickly fell to a thin cap leaving no lace. I dutifully swirled the last bit of beer in the bottle to pick up the spent yeast and poured it into the glass to yield that hefeweizen haze. Cloudy, yellow beer.
The nose is weak but the tell-tale hints of fruity and yeasty smells are there.
Taste: Not bad! A lighter bodied Hefeweizen... refreshing. Slight taste of banana. Also apple. Tiny bit of hops at the end.
MF: A bit too thin for my taste. Good carbonation.
Drinkability: Good, refreshing hefeweisen. nothing objectionable.
02-06-2008 20:26:43 | More by TheBierBand
3.5/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-01-2007 05:46:00 | More by xav33
Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
80 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.