Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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79
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166 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 17.73%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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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.

Photo of jsh420
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
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

Photo of Vancer
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of Morey
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
4.82/5  rDev +40.1%
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!

Photo of Todd
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of bditty187
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
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?

Photo of HardTarget
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of budgood1
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
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".

Photo of Drew966
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Phatz
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is nice!
I worked up a sweat in the garden today and decided to take a break with a light beer
Pours a soft golden yellow with a nice two finger white head.

Aromas of banana, white pepper and a touch of lemon.

Taste is everything a bavarian wheat should be. Clean, crisp, refreshing with that bavarian banana wheat profile and a soft peppery finish.

Leaves the mouth nicely clean and dry.
Wonderful.

Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tall Pilsner glass. There appears to be no freshness date only an odd bottle number. (09232 VB49)

Appearance: This beer has a hazy and bright straw yellow colored body with a nice two to three finger white head. The head fades slowly and its lacing is slick.

Smell: The aroma is full of nice banana and some light clove notes from the yeast which also adds nice bready notes to the sweet wheat maltiness in the aroma.

Taste/Palate: There is a tasty sweet bready/wheaty malt base with a nice fruity yeast character that adds to the base maltiness. The banana notes are sweet up front then dry out a touch towards the finish. The body and texture have an average medium feel with average carbonation.

Notes: This is an all-around solid beer in my opinion and one that I would like to see it by itself in 6 packs.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of the beers in the mixed 12pack I purchased, this is easily the best one of the bunch. Pours a very light golden color with crystal clear clarity. Not sure if that is really wanted in an "unfiltered beer". Certainly looks filtered to me. A huge two finger head tops the clear beer.

Aroma is very nice. Lots of corriander and spice. Sweetness from some belgian candi possibly. Bananas as well. Unlike most other macros that attempt the style, no rice or other adjuncts are noticeable in the aroma. Smells like a quality beer.

Taste is sweet and spicy. Coriander and lemon. Peppery spice. Orange peel as well. Big time banana flavors.

In a blind taste test, I would not be able to tell a difference in other micro version and this. A very nice brew. Great for summer and even on a summer like day in the middle of December here in NC. A delicious beer with unbelievable drinkability.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
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?

Photo of mntlover
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color, darker in the middle as always. Sporting a smaller whitish head then would be normal for a hefe even with aggressive pour not much lace left either considering the style.

Aroma is bready malts, lemon grass right after pour that fades to hints. Lightly spicy earthy yeasts with light cloves present. No real banana presence more citrusy in nature.

Taste is bready malts and wheat, some banana does show up in the flavor but still more citrusy in flavor. Has nice earthy/grass yeasty flavors in the finish with hints of clove showing up long after the swallow. Taste is much nicer then the aroma more like a hefe nicer flavors then the smell indicated.

Mouthfeel is medium leaning to the light side carbonation little lighter then most hefes but good none the less.

Drinkability is good flavor is good nice malty wheaty a decent try for Bud I have had worse.

Photo of jwinship83
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle that was part of the mixed pack. drank from a wizen glass.

A- this one pours a cloudy golden yellow colored body with a small white head. the head vanishes after a minute and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- strong yeasty smell, as expected. lots of spices like banana and clove. a bit of bubblegum.

T- the taste is very similar to the nose. lots of the bubblegum and spices that i could smell. very yeasty.

M- medium to full bodied with ample carbonation.

D- easy drinking session beer. i was surprised by this one. if it came in six packs i would consider buying it again.

Photo of Proteus93
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Head in a weizen glass tends to be something I expect from a hefe, and it's a little weak there. Nonetheless, there is a little and it sticks around for at least a little while. Beer itself is a lighter blonde, slightly hazy, but does appear to be a little more clear than I might expect.

S + T: The standard banana/clove aromas are present, both in the aroma and flavour. The bottle makes a statement about the presence of citrus, which I don't really pick up on, honestly. It is a little mild, as well, though it is appropriate for the style and for what I suspect they are aiming for.

M + D: Moderate carbonation and body, smooth and easy drinking. While there are other hefeweizens that have been more enjoyable, this still serves as a good brew and I have had no problem with enjoying the six-pack that came in a variety pack. Not too bad at all.

Photo of peabody
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from bottle to a glass cold. Part of large sampler pack.

A - Orange/yellowish tint with 1 finger of foam at the end.

S - strong citrus smell with hops and wheat mixed in.

T - over powering hop/wheat mixed with citrus juice spiced after taste.

M - light bodied with a slight grainy feel going down.

D - Enjoyed trying the beer but not for me to drink on a regular basis. Anyone to enjoy with others but the sampler pack will be fine with me. Will try others in this class to compare.

Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
79 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.