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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 | website

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
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125
Ratings:
167
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
17.97%
 
 
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Photo of Chaz
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium pour produces a hazey pale golden ale, topped with an off-white head of medium duration and average lacing. Big broad strokes of cloves, vanilla, and banana on the nose. Huge sweet bananas and spicey cloves on the first sip, with a bit of mellow marshmallow and vanilla in the middle of the palate. Fairly round and medium-full bodied. Juicy and sweet throughout, and only slightly offset by light citrus notes and the spicey clove contribution of the yeast. I'm usually not too fond of an overly sweet Hefe Weizen, but this one is somehow bucking that trend - is it because I wouldn't normally expect an A-B brew to taste this good? Maybe. Decent carbonation and rather good drinkability throughout, with a semi-sweet finish and minimal bitterness, as per the style. It even holds up nicely as it warms! If I didn't know this was an A-B product, if it were served to me in a flip-top German bottle at a local German bierhall I'd be convinced, and I'm equally convinced regardless of point of origin. If A-B were to rebrand this and reintroduce it (perhaps under the aegis of a Stone Mill or Redbribge) they just might be onto something - it might even eat into the sales of Blue Moon! But saddled with the Michelob name as it is, I just can't see it making much of an impression at retail? Sorry, but not even the new all-malt renderings and fancy contoured bottles can do much to bolster the once-prestigious Michelob brand name, it's a lame horse best known for its Golden Light iteration, which sells like crazy (for whatever reason) and tastes nothing like this one . . . this is a missed opportunity for A-B to prove to a wider audience that they can produce a tasty, to-style rendition.
Served chilled in a shaker pint.
Single purchased at Paradise Liquors in Plymouth, MN.

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Photo of budgood1
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
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".

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Photo of RespectTheBrew
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The standard I use for any Hefe Weizen is Hofbrau. We have a Hofbrauhaus here near where I live, and the best, freshest Weizen is brewed just a few miles from my house. However, a few local stores, like Kroger, carry the 1 liter bottles of Hofbrau Hefe Weizen, but it’s not nearly as good because it has a long journey from Germany, and sits the shelves a while here in the states. This leads me to my point. When I tried this Bavarian Style Wheat, it was closer to Hofbrau’s fresh draft Hefe Weizen than the imported bottled Hofbrau Hefe Weizen. I was shocked, and happy. I recently saw this in a 6 pack. Hopefully A-B will keep this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I beleive this is a fine beer. Though not special, it exceeded my expectations from the Michelob brand. The brew poured a moderate haze and a dirty straw color. Though fizzy carbonation overshadowed any softness, the head retention proved worth while. Aromas hinged on graininess and raw barley, but did exhibit a moderate maltiness, fruity esters, and a bready / yeasty scent. Flavors closely shadows the aromas, but fell a bit on a cereal grain note and with lesser emphasis on fruitiness, esters, and breadiness. The feel was a carbonation dominant scrubbing and proved to be the least enjoyable moment within the session; then later fell flat. Never showed the rich and smooth textures that separate the German Hefeweizens from the rest of the world's.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat was a hazy yellow color with a thick creamy white head. The head stuck around a while, leaving some lace behind. The aroma was nice, with wheat, banana, and clove. The taste was nice and fruity, a little sweet upfront with a balanced finish. The mouthfeel was good, a medium-light body with good carbonation. Drinkability was also good. Wow, this a Michelob? While it's not the best hefeweizen out there, it's definately one of the best beers by Anheuser-Busch that I've had.

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Photo of xav33
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat
12 oz bottle
Born on 04/07, liquidated 04/07
Medium pour in a weizen glass.

Poured a golden yellow with a large frothy somewhat lasting white head.

Smelt of moderate to strong bananas, dough, spices, flowers.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet banana and light bitter spices followed by a strong bitter dough and spices and light sweet floweriness on an average finish.

Palate was light bodied, watery to a semi dry finish, fizzy and lightly astringent.

Overall, this is a pleasant surprise. Some strong banana and wheat flavors here, for a reasonable price.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bditty for this bottle. Born on date of 06Apr07.

Pours a hazy pale yellow, with a one finger white head that actually took a good while for it to fade to a soapy cap. I like the fact that this doesn't seem to be overly filtered.

Smell; nice wheaty aroma, with hints of bananas and cloves. This doesn't have a really strong hefe-weizen smell to it, but it is pretty decent especially with this coming from A-B.

Taste; as with the smell, the flavor isn't strongly hefe-weizen, but it does have a decent wheat malt presence, with faint hints of bananas, cloves and just vague impression of bubblegum. I would have liked a bit more spiciness in there, and it comes off just a little bit watery.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but the drinkability is pretty darn good. This is by far the best beer that I've ever had from the big three. I wouldn't mind having a few of these on occasion.

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Photo of bditty187
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
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 -2.9%
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 +5.2%
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 +2.3%
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 +25.5%
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 +8.7%
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%
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 +11.6%
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 -2.9%
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 +7.2%
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 +14.2%
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 -8.4%
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 +6.4%
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 -15.4%
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 +18.8%
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 +14.5%
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 +10.1%
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 +7.8%
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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Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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