Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Bavarian Style WheatMichelob Bavarian Style Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Todd on 08-30-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
168
Reviews:
125
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
17.92%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of bditty187
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
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?

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Photo of Beeryce
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head is ample and dense, crowning the hazy and effervescent straw gold brew. Large amounts of sediment, needed a good swirl to release all their goodness.

Great nose of clove, citrus, banana and wheat.

The taste is nicely balanced between the spice and fuitness, provided by the unique yeast strain, and the wonderful wheat malt flavor. The combination of spice and bitterness of yeast and hops give way to the clean wheat malt taste accented with a lemony tang. The finish is slightly sour with a little green banana in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel very pleasant; light and crisp, matching style and taste.

Drinkability is very high, would be great in the summer at a BBQ, or anytime with some German food.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of McClungbrew2
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. The color is hazy, unfiltered golden, slightly more amber than straw. Nice bright white head that fell rather quickly to a thin layer of bubles.

The aroma was yeasty, with subtle hints of banana and clove.

The flavor was very subtle, somewhat yeasty, but the banana and clove came through at the end remained in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was lively, light and a little tangy in a good way.

This is a better than average beer, but not outstanding.

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Photo of fizzy
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came from a sampler case, @$10.99 just a day out of date. Tomorrow I will buy a couple more 20 bottle cases. I like all kinds of beer, I would still buy the 3 cases for $7.50 if there were available.Yikes, I am living 30 years in the past. First thing I noticed was that clove flavor everybody likes to mention, then, after a moment that banana Popsicle flavor came though. In a pilsner glass the faint haze looks great. Not much head after sitting 5 minutes- what's a head for anyway? Geeze, I like this stuff, and no lemon either. Like I say, tomorrow I buy 2 or 3 more cases, hope it's still there. By the way, the Porter is great too. I am a Hamm's man, so give me a break!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle bought (individually) from Florian's in Auburn. Murky yellow body with about an inch of white head. Smells like banana with hints of citrus and spice. Tastes like banana and corriander, with some yeast notes. Lighter-bodied as expected for the style. Fairly drinkable and refreshing. A little light-tasting IMO, making it hard for me to compare to German hefs, but definitely a decent hef and probably the best Michelob I've ever had.

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Photo of CU570M
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Foggy pale yellow, little to no head. Disapears very quickly. This brew smells like rubbing alcohol and pineapple bananas. Very unusual but i kind of enjoyed it. Mouthfeel on this brew was dry with a medium carbonation. Drinkability is average to a little less. I like the banana flavor alright, but a lot of people will find it a little too different.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from 20-pack sampler bought around Christmas. Born on date of 15 Aug 06. Poured into Nonic pint glass after swirling final two ounces of bottle to receive bottle conditioned yeast.

Appearance: the swirl of final two ounces within bottle causes towering 2" creamy head which slowly recedes into extremely sticky lacing. Yeast hangs in oddly shaped clouds within honey colored, cloudy brew.

Smell: soft wheat bread, mild aroma of bananas and cloves and bubblegum. Other spices, maybe coriander. Little, if any, hops can be indicated.

Taste: definite wheat malt, bananas and gum sweetness balanced by mild hop bitterness. Nice short lived aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: very enjoyable carbonation, medium bodied and easy to drink.

Drinkability: very refreshing beer. Would look forward to drinking several at any one session. Surprisingly good, knowing it's an A-B product, which normally equates to tasteless.

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Photo of mntlover
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy lemon yellow with a modest white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell is bready with nice bannana notes. Light fruity sweetness and a touch of yeasty spice.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Nice bready flavor, bananna is subdued compared to the nose but still has a presense. Decent malt base makes an appearance and melds well with the sweet fruitiness. Finish retains yeasty spices and a mild hop bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and a little prickly.

If I didn't know better I would never have guessed that this is an AB product. Completely lacks the corn sweetness that is present in their other offerings. Surprisingly good.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks dad for letting me mooch off of your Michelob Mixed 20-pack.

The look is off light banana peel with some golden hay and good bubbling. I was hoping for a better head though. The aroma was like a good wheat beer should smell. Bananas and cloves with some light bitterness lingering neither here nor there. The taste was just like the aroma. Bananas, cloves and even some light red apples. Just a touch of tartness at the finish. Smooth and well carbonated palate for this particular beer. Just awesome. Blown away by this beer from such a brewery.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy golden orange, with medium off-white head that lingers well and then leaves good lacing. Aroma was a bit muted, but what was there was a doughy wheat smell. Flavor was some wheat and dough, with a slight hint of what tasted like bubblegum. Decent finish at first, though it turned a little stale toward the end of the glass. Not a great wheat beer by any menas, but not a bad BMC offering.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy straw color with a fizzy white head that diminishes to a ring. I has a pretty steady, heavy flow of carbonation. The aroma is a grainy with a light clove and banana scent way in the back.

The flavor is yeasty with a pleasant banana and clove taste throughout. It is a bit grainy in the flavor too. Not a bad flavor to this one.

It is easy drinking and a bit dry and chalky. Not too bad at all.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a murky, not quite cloudy, pale orange color. The head is large, and fluffy, and recedes slowly. The aroma is of bubblegum with a hint of cloves. The taste is like the aroma, but thinner. The mouthfeel is very light for a hefe. Overall, this is a inoffensive, but not very good.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy (yeast) golden sunburst with a decent sized white head that quickly dwindles leaving behind light lacing that doesn't seem to cling that well to my chalice. Aroma has evident tart citrus with soft banana and mild clove tones a somewhat auththentic yeast strain I'm impressed dammit with an even noticeable mild herbal hop finish. Flavor let's see if it stands up to the nose...has some good things going on with light banana and citrus and heavy clove bitterness and something that sticks on the palate for quite awhile that doesn't do the beer any justice not off in anyway just different than the typical hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is light bodied with smooth carbonation and it does tickle the throat a bit. Drinkability is decent definitely better than the Harpoon UFO that they call a hefeweizen this is true to the Bavarian roots in the yeast department, I like an AB product.

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Photo of Enola
1.11/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer is not my idea of a joke. The style for one is not my favorite but the beer itself is a really bad version of the style. Molded grass and rotton hay dominate all aspects of this beer. Even if this style is your preference, I would still shy away from this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a rouse of the yeast left at the base of the bottle, Michelob Bavarian Stye Wheat pours a hazy (not quite cloudy) golden-orange body beneath a creamy head of bright-white froth. The head retention is average, and the lacing is limited (particularly for the style).

The nose is quite phenolic with notes of plastic and powdered-sugar covered bubblegum (sugar, clove, a hint of vanilla). Little maltiness makes its way through.

In the mouth it's appropriately yeasty and medium-light bodied, but the crisp bristle of carbonation the style demands seems to be missing.

The flavor is not too unlike what the flavor suggests it might be, although there is more malt - and more wheatish malt at that! It's clean, disregarding the phenolic of the yeast, and a bit acidic and chalky-dry. The bitterness is limited, but it seems to me that it could be a tad sweeter.

Bright, yeasty, delicately malty... might make an interesting beer to pair with pulled pork, BBQ, or Thai foods; and I don't doubt that it's quite quaffable during the belching heat of summer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of jdoolin
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers Sampler pack.

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into a weizen glass. Yes, there is actually yeast in the bottle of a Michelob branded beer.

Appearance: A hazy, pale orange tinted yellow with a big, white fluffy head that wasn't quite as spectacular or long lasting as other hefeweizens I've had.

Aroma: Ok, the moment of truth. Is it a true hefeweizen? Yes! Banana and clove aromas are there! A nice wheat malt aroma as well, and only a bare hint of hop.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a nice carbonation. Has a nice, grainy, tangy wheat malt flavor with prominent banana and clove as well. Earthy yeast flavors contribute that requisite flavor to this style. Finishes a bit dry.

Notes: Well how about that. The big boys produced a more authentic hefeweizen than Sam Adams. The flavor is quite good and authentic to the style, even down to the yeast. It's also a really drinkable beer. Maybe just a bit too light bodied. But it would be a great crossover beer. In fact, most of the beers in this pack would be.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
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?

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Photo of Phatz
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
3.46 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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