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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob Hop Hound Amber WheatMichelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 17.06%

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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 ColForbinBC

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the hotel bar on a recent vacation, served in a pint glass

Poured a pale reddish amber with a slight haze and very little head. About one finger, off-white and didn't stick around for very long. Aroma was of bready malt and caramel. Very dry aroma. Taste is the same. Dry with a mild caramel flavor with wheat bread. Very bland and unimpressive. Light bodied, dry and lacking overall flavor. It doesn't do much well, but it also isn't terrible. Moderately drinkable mainly due to being devoid of any real flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 20:35:42 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of clayrock81


3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the "pleasure" of trying this at a sports bar that wasn't also a beer bar. Poured a somewhat cloudy orange body with a two finger head, so not so bad. The smell is nondecript; I pick minor citric hop notes and some darker fruits (amber/cherry) but no wheat, spices or malt. Taste is the same - this is a beginner's beer streamlined for mass consumption/production. There's very little hops or wheat, and I don't know where the amber/juice taste is supposed to come in. Does have a thin body that passes easily and this is not a repulsive macro. That's about as good as it gets.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2009 17:09:56 | More by clayrock81
Photo of JamesS


3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice semi-copper color, as promised in the name, with a bit of nice head and a bit of lacing. Nice wheat scent, if a little weak, very malty and sweet. Nice taste, good bit of wheat in there with a nice little bit of darker taste (bit of caramel). Goes down very smooth and clean. I was disappointed in the lack of hops, expected from the name, but overall it was a decent wheat ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 01:31:33 | More by JamesS
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2009 00:26:25 | More by dmamiano
Photo of OzarkElmo


3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the tap at the A-B St. Louis Headquarters after a fine, free tour. Well, you get two complimentary drinks, and this was my 2nd. Not too bad although I question why the name "Hop Head"? Cloudy, wheat beer but to me by no means a "hoppy" beer. I'd drink again but do not think I would buy. The other beer I really liked, it was called Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale (Michelob). I do not see any ratings, it is above average for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2009 02:28:44 | More by OzarkElmo
Photo of Durge


3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a beautiful hazey chestnut with a modest white fizzy head and fair lacing. The aroma brings on sweet toffee and minor peach-like overtones. Kind of nice. The flavor is a light citrus hop with wheat-rye base. Finely carbonated and quite drinkable considering the decent flavor. I liked it and would drink anytime, refreshing and tastey, a little different for that apricot family.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2009 04:50:32 | More by Durge
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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
Photo of Goliath


3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange color with a one inch off white head. Good retention and some nice soapy lace was left behind.

The aroma is weak, A bit of grain and a touch of citrus.

The taste is a bit lacking. A bit of a raw grain feel hit me up front with a touch of citrus and maybe even a slight hint of banana. It was slightly sweet as well.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a light and fine bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. It certainly is sessionable, but the flavor profile is weak and uninspiring. It's not a complete blunder, but a little lame. I do however have an issue with the name. Why would you call a wheat beer hop hound? There is quite obviously no real hop presence in the nose of taste of this beer. Hop Hound would indicate to me that it should be a Pale ale or an IPA. This will only cause more confusion to the masses as to what hops are. Now when people drink beers like Hop Hound, they'll say Oh wow, this is really hoppy. Lame.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2009 04:03:36 | More by Goliath
Photo of ghostmech007


3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Joe's Pizza and Subs (New York Style). Served in a mug glass.

Pours a clear light amber with a bubbly off-white/tannish-ish head. Left little lacing on the glass. Standard amber wheat look to it nothing too spectacular or too atrocious.

Not much to the nose unless you take a VERY deep breathe. You get some traces of grains, and some citrus notes. Also a light floral twang.

Very, very light body. Feels like there is nothing on your tongue at all. The wheats and grains you taste first, with a slight hop note to end it. I would've figure Anheuser would've skimped on the hops. Very malty flavor with not much balance. But it so light any hops probably would've overpowered the whole drink and spoiled the experience. I mean this is so light it's easy to drink and gulp at once. Reminds me somewhat of frat parties at college towns with beer bong competitions.

A decent beer that is, I admit, very refreshing but I'll pass next time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2008 20:38:52 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of slyke


2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sun Dog Amber Wheat pours a copper color with a finger of tan head that falls to a cap after a few minutes, but laces decently.

The aroma of this beer has wheat and a bit of malty sweetness.

The taste incorporates the wheat and sweet malt notes, but adds a biscuit-like quality.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body with a crisp and clean finish.

Drinkability is alright for this beer. Nothing to write home about, but nothing objectionable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2008 21:18:07 | More by slyke
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Playwright in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a hazy dark gold/orange amber color with a one finger head of frothy foam which left some lacing until halfway through the brew.

S: Smell is a tad grainy, with some citrus fruit, wheaty banana esters and no real hop presence.

T: Taste is sweet and dry, which can be characteristic of a wheat ale, but this is too sweet and caramel-like for the drying effect. There is some sweet fruity candy taste that I can't put my finger on.

M: Mouthfeel is heavier than I'd like for a wheat ale most likely being marketed for summer.

D: It's not all that bad, but I'd find it hard to stick with as the lackluster taste and befuddling chemistry turn me off a bit. Certainly sessionable to some, I'd venture.

I really wish Anheuser would stop trying to trick the beer consuming public with gimmicky and "microbrewish" looking labels and taps. I tried it because it looked new, but I'll be wiser in the future. Hey AB, what happened to In Heat Summer Wheat? New Halloween, new costume, I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 05:55:48 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of acrawf6


3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a slightly cloudy orange amber with a foamy white head.

Smell. Sweet and malty with a little citrus and a touch of banana.

Taste. Not too shabby. For an american wheat ale, i think this has some good notes as it has a nice sweet fruitness accompanied with a slight bitterness with the hops. Finishes on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel. Body is crisp and on the lighter side, but appropriate for the style as well as the carbonation.

Overall, a nice one that they made. Good flavors that dont dominate or overwhelm, and nothing that is offensive. I say it's pretty decent, and for the price, a good deal at the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2008 06:38:14 | More by acrawf6
Photo of Natural510


3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap with minimal head by bartender; no visible lacing on the glass. Pale copper-amber in color.
Smells faintly of lemon-like citrus and wheat.
Tastes mildly of wheat & malt, with a visible but subtle hop presence. Lemon & orange citrus also apparent.
It is a fairly tart brew, leaving a slight puckering and overall tangyness.
A little thin for a craft beer, but fairly drinkable nonetheless. I drank it with a battered fish dish and it complemented well without having to resort to a pilsner. Good call if other AB products are your only options.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2008 04:05:14 | More by Natural510
Photo of osi


3.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful cloudy golden amber.

S - Smelled of hops more so than malts with accents of light fruits.

T - Nice and hoppy but not overwhelming with a slighly sweet then bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a crisp finish.

D - This is a good late spring/summer brew. Makes me want to hit the beach. Good seasonal brew and I would drink this regularly.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2008 22:21:17 | More by osi
Photo of Knapp85


3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper in color, little bit of haze. The beer came off to me as being a little below average. The initial thought I had of this beer was that I would be nice and hoppy with a little wheat on the back side or the other way around. This was before I found out it was an Busch product. The whole idea changed at that point. I wasn't expecting anything great. It was drinkable but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 01:18:40 | More by Knapp85
Photo of CMW


2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a hazy copper color with a small head that fades quickly. Nothing special about the appearance.

S - Smells of sweet malt, candied sugar, and banana. Pleasant aroma.

T - The sweetness from the noise is huge in the flavor. Very sugary taste that does not have the best malt backbone. Little or no hop in the taste.

M - Light and watery. Rather surprising because by the appearance of the beer I would guess that the beer would not be this watered down.

D - The sugary taste really hurts the drinkability. Low abv helps.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 00:49:24 | More by CMW
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:05:16 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of philbertk


2.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Sun Dog Amber Wheat--American Amber Wheat Ale--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 12 IBU's.? (3.75 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Amber. Fizzy thin white head. Mild lace. Clear thin bright pale amber color. Mild wheat hop front. Mild sweet fruit thin caramel wheat fizzy mild orange citrus body. Smooth refreshing mild hop spice citrus fruit mild wheat spice end. OK but thin. Sampled 5/5/2008. 6-Pack $6.99.

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.--Michelob Brewing Company--Hop Hound Amber Wheat Ale--Spring Seasonal--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 25 IBU's. (2.5 / 5.0) Dense pillowy lacy off white head. Cloudy bright dark orange color. Dense dark sediment. Mild hop sweet wheat ester front. Aged stank hint. Slightly cloying sweet wheat mild fruity thin textured creamy hint amber ale body. Mild hop easy fruit end. Bland-Old. Unfair rating as Brew has Aged Poorly. Sampled 12/25/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $7.49 @ Safeway, Astoria, Oregon April 2009.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 21:41:28 | More by philbertk
Photo of DannyDan


3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer when pouring is an orangy like color in which when pouring has a decent head with some retention and a little lacing.
It has some carbonation and the smell is of a slight caramel and hop smell. When drinking this I can taste some citrus with a hint of caramel and wheat. The after taste is of a wheat with a hint of cirtus. The mouthfeel is a medium body that has a cling to the tongue and it is very drinkable. I do like this beer, but I do like the ginger wheat better from Michelob.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 04:32:13 | More by DannyDan
Photo of a74gent


3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A musty hop smell greets my nostrils. I'm not entirely sure what this smell is.

The color is a slightly darker bud light with a little bit of foam.

Like most AB product, very drinkable, pretty much flavorless, very balanced. It is like their goal is to make any style taste the same.

The taste evidences a slight bit of hops, but barely enough to know it is there and none of the high notes of a wheat beer either.

Mouthfeel is just thin and noneventful.

The drinkability is good ..I don't know how A?B does it, but goes down like water.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 20:27:21 | More by a74gent
Photo of dantose


4.2/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The third of three Michelobs I tried tonight. The other two being Dunkelweisse and Ginger Wheat.

Served 55 degrees in glass shortly after pour.

After two phenomenally uninspiring brews, I came across a surprising winner form the big breweries. Solid across the board with none of the chemical tastes the other two suffered from, simple, straightforward hops profile with a fairly standard carbonation and presentation. Poured well with a small head lingering for about 3 minutes. (actually, both the smallest and longest lasting of the three). Moderate sedimentation at the bottom.

There was little that stood out about the brew, but it was a solid presentation none the less. Neither overly malty nor especially bitter, moderate carbonation, mouthfeel held up without being overpowering. Taste began crisp, followed with a moderate hoppiness, pleasant hops profile (Challenger hops possibly?) and a clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 03:16:33 | More by dantose
Photo of Thorpe429


2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a thin white head and not much lacing. Smell actually brings forward a small amount of hops alongside some doughy notes. Taste brings moderate bitterness and some bread flavors. Mouthfeel is light to moderate in body. Drinks okay and is fairly decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:07:10 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of king75


3.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- amber yellow, not much head retention

S- can smell the hops, wheat, and possibly a little citrus

T- pretty hoppy, not a great wheat flavor, almost seems a bit watery.

D- drinkability is not bad and overall not a bad beer, but not a proper representation of an American Pale wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 22:23:20 | More by king75
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 10026DD47. Sampled on September 16, 2010. The pour is a very clarified amber-copper with basically no head. For a beer that is called Hop Hound it seems to have a more caramel malt aroma. Appealing in a way but not what I would expect from something with the word Hop in its name. The taste is also very much akin to sweet maltiness with almost nothing in the way of wheat. There are light hops around the border. It is more like an ESB than a wheat or hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 00:09:33 | More by puboflyons
Photo of SickGnar


3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber golden with some head and some lace.

S: Pretty balanced. Some wheat, some hops, some grainy malts.

T: Follows the nose, but with more in the malty department. Grainy sweet caramelly malts on wheat base. American amber wheat. Not bad, but not amazing.

M: Slightly over-carbed commercial CO2 on medium body. Hint of sticky sweetness.

D: American amber ale as an easy drinking wheat beer. Another choice for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 02:12:55 | More by SickGnar
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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
70 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.