Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat - Anheuser-Busch
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2.8/5 rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
It pours a rather clear and fairly carbonated amber. A finger of very light tan head swells and settles in a prompt cycle. Lines of lacing plumb the inside of the glass.
The aroma is very fruity, with a slight wheat bite and a very distant caramel note. There are floral intimations of hops, and a muted spice component as well.
Upon tasting, the grain is unexpectedly sweet and tangy with a red cherry fruitiness that adds to the stutter. The hops do little to crisp the sugary blend at first, though after a bit they turn ever so slightly spicy and moderately crisp. The finish is abrupt and short, with a drop from residual grain sweetness to a blunt dryness that blinks off. It's neither true to the style nor its name, I think.
Light bodied, it's a bit carbonated and flows well enough, but there's not a whole lot left behind.
First, for what would likely be a session beer, it is just too damned sweet. Second, the name is not only misleading, it borders on bait and switch. Now, to be fair, the style doesn't lend itself to the high hop heft the name would imply, but still, why call it Hop Hound when it's more like Sugar Shepherd, or Wheat Westie? OK, it does go down, but I'm just not especially fond of what it does to the palate on the way. Mich might want to try to wedge its way into the craft segment of the market, but this is no way to gain any credibility with those who drink the beer.
Serving type: on-tap
02-17-2009 14:43:18 | More by Foxman
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