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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Hop Hound Amber WheatMichelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat

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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 17.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An unfiltered amber wheat ale with a slight caramel sweetness and refreshing citrus note. Brewed with Cascade and Willamette hops from the Pacific Northwest and Hallertau hops from Southern Germany, Hop Hound certainly lives up to its name. The amber hue results from the blend of caramel, wheat and pale barley malts.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: Tone on 01-15-2009)
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Photo of zbs
1.35/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bought for $4 / six pack in Brooklyn at 4 am. Did not catch "Michelob" in the aisle, which would have given me pause. (But that price is highly unusual for New York, so no telling.) Despite the corniness of the name, was encouraged by the presence of "hop." Anyway, wrong decision. Should have stuck with High Life.

HHAW: chemical sweetener, one-dimensional brownness, overweight body for the profile.

Avoid.

zbs, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of Kahlerbock
1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

Kahlerbock, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of jophish17
1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of captainbearcat
1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

captainbearcat, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of brdc
1.53/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

This is hard to describe, and to be honest, I did not notice it was a Michelob before opening it and having a sip. Nice amber color, but the white head lasts just one minute or so, and there is no lacing to be mentioned.
Aroma is essentially not there, maybe some breadiness. Flavor is slight caramel, minimal bread, no hops.
The hound obviously found no hops, it is indeed amber, no wheat notes anywhere. A misnomer to say the least.

brdc, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of mempath
1.75/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

yep, i admit, the words HOP made me buy this SINGLE (not a big gamble)...maybe that is what A-B was counting on. hope it isn't false advertising...

looks nice, cloudy orange as expected and decent head that has some stayin power...but little to no lacing...except a small 'anomaly' area... (?)

hmmm...my first impression of the nose is....HARD BOILED EGGS...i love hard boiled eggs...i love eating them with beer/ale! but i don't want the beer or ale to SMELL like them. another brave sniff and i sense some sort of wheatiness....but where are the hops? i meant to say WHERE ARE THE HOPS? by this time, the head has gone flimsy.

taste: it tastes like an NA hefeweizen...i think a lemon or key lime juice actually IS in order...

mouthfeel is ok, decent, perhaps only because it seems (not BETTER but) not so bad as the other elements at play.

it's drinkable if you have scruples and hold your nose and don't try to look at it or smell it...and make sure you are eating something spicy and with alot of people and talking and just not paying attention to this brew. sure, it's better than water in some cases.

again, A-Busch spies, if you are reading, please drop the HOP scotching about. and to think, i gave decent kudos to your pale ale.

again, i feel I'VE BEEN HAD by A-Busch...no more. there are millions like me who aren't spending anything on your swill. copying sam adams is not a way into our hearts either...

NOT RECOMMENDED. DON'T LET THE "HOPS" labeling fool you!!!

flat, demi-uni-dimensional beer. what a travesty.

mempath, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of dmamiano
1.78/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap at a local bar in Morgantown, WV.
Poured an orange, cloudy color with absolutely no head. Poor looking beer.
Smelled of grainy corn, husky and some metallic notes.
Taste was plain awefull. I actually didnt/couldnt even drink it.
It was very bad.

dmamiano, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Michadelphia
1.83/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Neither Hop nor Wheat beer. Where the heck were they? I should report AB to the BBB for false advertising. The brains at AB wanted to call this Hop Hound... Really? Hound Piss is more like it.

Part of me feels embarrassed because my gut said "Do NOT Buy This!". And the other part of me wants my 8 dollars back to spend on a case of Black Label. Which I would find much more enjoyable.

Michadelphia, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of nlmartin
1.83/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer was served cold in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a scuzzy orange coloration. The head needs some viagra. Simply put its limp.

Smell: Not really getting much in the way of aroma no real hop notes. It does have a very weak carmel apple sort of smell and not in a good way.

Taste: The beer has a sweet caramel corn type flavor. Nothing in the way of what I would call hops.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer is watery thin. Some carbonation might have helped things along but the beer is limp. The Drinkability is pretty bad. It wasnt a drain pour but I wont drink another. Wheres the Hops?

nlmartin, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of ZAP
1.83/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A-Orange/tan color...cloudy..

S-Not much here...some apple like fruitiness and a hint of caramel.

T-Again, not much here...more of the caramel in front...a little earthy hop feel...

M-Light to medium bodied...jazzed up seltzer like carbonation that is very unimpressive to me...

D-Pretty much a "nothing" beer...bland...very few redeeming qualities. I realize this is a basic american wheat ale so I'm not expecting a ton of esters and the such but it should have more character than it does. Not recommended..

ZAP, May 30, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
1.88/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a semi-hazy lighter amber color. Little 1/2 finger white head that dies almost right away. No real lacing to speak of...everything just slides back into the glass.

S- Sweet smell right off the bat. I would even throw out some apricot off scents in there. There was a sweet malt smell coming from this beer as well. No real Hop or Wheat scents with this in the nose. This kind of threw me off.

T- Very malty tasting right from the get go. There is no wheat or hop taste in this beer at all. There is a light bready note floating around this big caramel sweet body. No real hops until a light dash in the tail end of this beer. Not really bitter but more earthy than anything. The apricot smell turned into a light taste in the middle of this beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Sickly sweet malts left on the palate and in the aftertaste. The end of this beer gets a little tough and chewy to me. It could be because I didn't want to finish it.

D- The way this beer is now...I would not want another one. Maybe if this comes back out this next year I will retry it. As far as right now goes though...this is crap and should not be drank as is. Oh and change the name A-B...it can be confusing for people thinking they are buying a hoppy beer.

alleykatking, Dec 27, 2009
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2/5  rDev -33.1%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of JDV
2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice attractive orange to amber color with a big lasting white head in a weizen glass. Enough to fool you that it would taste great. Smell however, is bland, metal and stale grain. Taste is equally as unappealing with watered down, very thin stale and metallic wheat malt. Well below average for the style, and not particularly enjoyable. Extremely thin flavored, but perhaps a step up from some other mainstream beers...Who knows.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
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2/5  rDev -33.1%

RedWeizen83, May 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -33.1%

Brew33, Nov 18, 2011
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2/5  rDev -33.1%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of IntriqKen
2.2/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a golden, clear orange with a respectable head of white foam that seems to stick around awhile.

Aroma is more a sweet, malty lager than an ale. Don't notice wheat in the aroma at all...just very sweet malt.

Taste follows aroma even more so. Very sweet amber malt with just a bit of wheat drying towards the end and what seems to be an unbalanced hop finish.

Sorry to say, I didn't enjoy this one at all.
Not terrible, but not to be bought again.

IntriqKen, May 24, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
2.2/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - This one is murky and dank looking, and the color is very much the same as the label. That is to say, this is an amber-peach hue that looks really nice in the glass. The head is initially about two and half fingers in my imperial pint glass, but retention leaves something to be desired.

S - Super malty. Carrot cake, caramel, and vanilla taffy. Where do they get off calling this "Hop Hound" when its very clearly a malt bomb? In a blind smelling test, I would have guessed that this is an Oktoberfest malt-focused lager. This actually smells pretty good, but I can't pick up any hops.

T - Ugh. This is not so good. What smells nicely sweet and malty in the nose comes off as artificial and cloying on the tongue: like cheap Halloween candy. There are unpleasant chemical notes that add to the "fake" feeling, and what is being passed off as hoppiness is actually a sour, acidic, and acrid feeling on the back of the tongue that is more akin to a lemonhead than a hop leaf.

M - Light bodied and uber-carbonated. This is like sweet Jone's Soda pop or something. Super-super sweet and WAY to fizzy.

D - I got five of these from my neighbor. Apparently he didn't care for it either and decided to pawn the rest off on the neighborhood beer geek. Well, this is definitely better than a drain pour, so I will drink them eventually. Could be a halfway decent lawnmower beer, but I wouldn't buy this for myself.

pmcadamis, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of mynie
2.2/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange and hazy with a respectable head.

Smells like pretty much nothing. Very light fruit. No hops, that's for sure.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells. Light caramel, light generic juicy fruit, and, really, there are hops there. But I only know the hops are there because their absence isn't conspicuous. The hop profile here, whatever it may consist of, is like the paintings inside a motel room--it's *there*, yeah, but good luck describing it even a second after you saw it.

Well, I opened up two of these so as to fill up an imperial pint. That might have been the worst decision I've made all day. Not that this is especially awful, but, man, there is so much else in my fridge right now.

mynie, May 20, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
2.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

from notes, this one was brought up to the cabin by my father in law in a mixed 12 pack of michelob brews. served cold and me and my brother in law kicked these back on the deck on night.

the pour was not what i was expecting as this dark amber liquid comes forward quite nicely and really was clear and concise with a nice overall carbonation and head level. aroma is a disgrace though as wet hay mixed with rotten citrus and musky grain. the flavor was about the same with a dark grain note and musky and wet hay that had been sitting around and mixed with a ton of grass.

overall a mess of a beer that i am not sure what style it falls into, but it was not one that i really appreicated overall.

mikesgroove, Jan 11, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

wrightst, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of APNumber3
2.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle was a gift from a neighbor.

Appearance: Agressively poured into pint glass. Beer is pale orange is color with a 1/2 inch off white head that dissipated rapidly.

Aroma: Faint hints of orange, couldn't pick up much else.

Taste: Light malty sweetness up front, then some slight lemony bitterness that fades quickly. At the end I detect some sweet marmalade.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, light carbonation.

Overall: I would definitely take one of these over a Bud or Coors light. However, it isn't something I would buy.

APNumber3, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of JMBSH
2.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours about four fingers of head with a hard pour. Head shrinks to a decent coating but leaves no lacing on sides of glass. Lazy light orange in color. A fair amount of carbonation can be seen at first. When I reached the half way point, there was some but very little on the glass and only on the side opposite of where I was drinking from.

S - Very faint citrus scent. Almost unnoticable.

T - Very mild. "Hop Hound".... No really noticable hop bitterness. I can taste so spice that was added but no hoppiness.

M - I'm surpriced by the beer tasting almost flat even though I can see the carbonation in the glass. No aftertaste since the flavor leaves the mouth after swallowing the beer.

D - For a lot of people who drink macro beers this style will do them nicely. Smooth and light. Nothing that will shock they taste buds. For someone looking for hops, they will do go looking elsewhere.

JMBSH, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with some brown hues and off-white head. Nose is very, very weak/light with a trace of sweet malts, caramel, perhaps a touch of biscuits.

Palate offers a light bodied ale that is caramelly sweet, but almost as if it has been artificially sweetened (not sickly sweet though, just basically a light amber with sugar added). Hops make an attempt to balance but are beaten out by the sweetness.

Is this a pale ale or a wheat beer, or both? Make up your mind A-B.

For a pseudo-craft it isn't horrible, but in the larger scheme of things where craft beer is available, this one fails miserably.

yemenmocha, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of bort11
2.33/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Tall light tan head that quickly recedes and leaves no lacing. Color is a slightly hazy orange/amber.

Smell is mostly a caramel malt with a hint or burnt oranges. Taste is pretty much the same. Pretty tannic.

Mouthfeel is light and almost watery. This gets a big "meh" from me.

bort11, May 16, 2008
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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
70 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.