Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

Michelob Bavarian Style WheatMichelob Bavarian Style Wheat
BA SCORE
3.43/5
168 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#40,989
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
168
pDev:
18.08%
Bros Score:
3.84
 
 
Wants:
18
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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.67/5  rDev +7%
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 Beeradelphia
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of karst
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A few sixers of Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat were delivered to last nights St. Louis Brews homebrew club by A-B's brewmaster Florian Kuplent who with the rest of us tasted a dozen or more homebrewed porters and stouts before commenting on this fine wheat that features an unbelievable nose and clean well brew taste. We all were hinting that we wanted the yeast for our homebrewed versions. This will be packaged with a variety of other beers including the fine porter that I have also reviewed. Although the clove takes a backseat to the big bananna the beer deserves the name Bavarian. Last nights long line of porters and stouts that preceeded my tasting of this wheat keep me from going into a lot of details. I will return to it again.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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 afinepilsner
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
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 barefootbrewer
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy straw color. The smell is sweet and a bit hoppy. The taste is hoppy and spicy. The aftertaste is almost like a sweet cereal. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well balanced. I must say I was surprised at this and would consider it a drinkable brew.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Came from a sampler pack… Poured out a crystal clear light golden color with plenty of carbonation and a short lasting but thick head that thinned out into an even layer with no lacing at all. It has a very sweet and fruity aroma: oranges, some peach, a little banana and very little malt. It has a crisp but not refreshing feel to it and it seems a bit too watery. It’s slightly tart and has some mild hints of banana in its aftertaste, but it’s not dry and doesn’t have any alcohol taste in it. Over all not bad and its a pretty smooth drinker.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a "Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers" pilsner/weizen glass.

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden hue; the foamy white head is disappointing for a Hefeweizen, raising itself to a paltry stature and falling away a bit too quickly. Some light stick remains as it fades away.

Aroma is patently Bavarian, with banana-like fruity esters dominating; a bit of clove-like spiciness shows itself underneath with a hint of bubblegum, but the esters take hold.

A light and effervescent mouthfeel brings to the table spicy flavors of clove and nutmeg and lots of fruity esters showing themselves through banana and apricot notes, though well-balanced by the Bavarian yeast byproducts and overlaid upon a base of slightly sweet, slightly grainy wheat-and-barley malt. Finishes long and somewhat fruity-malty-sweet.

Drinkable and fairly authentic, though a bit more evident spiciness would be preferred and certainly more head retention; increasing the amount of wheat in the grist would undoubtedly solve that problem, but what can one expect from a company that works more than anything else to decrease the costs of production? More wheat in a wheat beer would probably be a bit too much to ask for.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up the sample 20-pack for a get-together at my house with some folks who were at least mildly interested in branching out.

Poured from a 12 oz. twisty into a tulip glass. Born on date was 03Oct06, sampled on 07Nov06. Followed the pouring instructions on the bottle, swirling the last inch or so and finishing the pour. I am beholding a cloudy yellow-gold beer with about a finger's worth of pure white head. The head leaves a fantastic lacing when swirled gently in the glass.

The aroma is of banana with hints of citrus and clove. Fairly traditional for the style in my opinion. Not much if any malts in the nose. Yeast and hops are forefront.

Taste is a repeat of the aroma. Banana upfront with hints of citrusy hops, and then a bit of a bold malty finish with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is tangy and carbonated.

All in all this is a drinkable beer that is a decent example of the style. Nothing to write home about but definitely in the ballpark. As with all the other beers in this sample pack, a great session brew for those who want to take it up a notch without getting too much out of the mainstream.

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Photo of Enola
1.11/5  rDev -67.6%
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 gmfessen
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy yellow color with a thin, effervescent head. The smell is very much of banana, slightly clovey and a bit of spice. The taste is similar to the smell, with a hint of budwiserish malt. The mouthfeel is pretty light in body with not too much carbonation. Very drinkable, goes down easy and smooth. I'm very impressed with this beer, cheers to AB for this one!

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Photo of acrawf6
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice hazy orange with a white head.

Smell. Lots of bananas, natural and candy. Cloves are also nice and present. A bit strong with the banana, which though i like, can see it being a bit too much sometimes

Taste. Bananas continue to come with sweet bananas and cloves with a bit of cinnoman. Has a nice slight tartness. Finishes with the candy banana sweetness. I am pleasantly surprised with this taste.

Mouthfeel. Body is a touch thicker than many others in it's style and is nice and creamy. Carbonation is moderate. quite nice.

Overall, i am extremely impressed with their hefe, not expecting it to be so good. I love a hefe full of the banana and spice flavors, and this one delivers quite nicely. Has a nice rich and creamy mouthfeel (not so crisp), and i really enjoy that as well. If they sold this in six packs around here, it would be very hard for me not to pick it up often. One of the best wheats made in america.

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Photo of ski271
2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear unfiltered wheat beer from A-B? OK, I'll give anything a shot once.
A: Medium gold with a small, white, fizzy head that quickly and fully diminishes
S: Actually not bad at all. Spicy wheat & yeast like a hefe should have
T: Taste follows the aroma. It’s characteristics are true to style… but it’s just watered down and weak, especially on the finish.
M: Thin body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
D: When I first smelled it, I was impressed for a second, but no. It’s a typical A-B lackluster beer.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.18/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Starts a little cloudy, yellow with carbonation like a sparkling apple cider with little head and almost no lace. Smells a little like juicy fruit with an artifical sweet scent closer to the actual gum. Mouth is thin, washed a little bitter and left a soda water like twinge and old corn pop flavor. Bleah.

Well, this is a little HEFE, and a little wheat. It seems like the fruitiness is artifical and a corn pop like after effect that is a little off. The bitter taste here is again of soda water, and it just doesn't blend properly.

This is not for me. I want a smoother taste with a thicker texture like the better Hefes and the bolder wheat and pleasent aftertaste of a better wheat. This is neither. It's a macro stab that misses for me.

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Photo of Greggy
1.91/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Served from a bottle from the michelob sampler pack. The bottle doesn't look that great but it does have a nice pour instruction on the neck for those who aren't sure of the correct pour. My pour, although done correctly, gave a very low amount of head which really let me down.

Smell- This is where the beer started it's downward decent. I couldn't get over the overpowering banana smell from this brew that permeated every sense I could throw at it.

Taste- Similarly to smell, this brew was beer bananas for me and nothing else complex. I wouldn't mind to see a hint of banana but it was all upfront for me.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation on mine was a little lower than I would have liked to see. I feel a bit more would have helped even out the banana.

Drinkability- I have to give this one a major pass as I plan to never drink one again. I respect those who enjoy this beer, but for me, it wasn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Medium yellow, maybe with a little orange. Slightly hazy. Thin, quickly dissipating white head.

Smell - Moderately strong banana odor without even putting my nose near the glass. Closer observation also reveals nice wheaty scent.

Taste - Nice sweet wheat flavor. Somewhat more than a hint of banana. Blends well though. Hops very light, unobtrusive. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Pretty crisp.

Drinkability - I've never associated Michelob with good beer. This beer, however, has a very pleasant taste. A nice surprise.

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Photo of biggmike
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy yellow with big fluffy white head that lasted until the end. Aroma of banana is very evident right up front along with spice. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for a Hefeweizen, much thinner than say a Franziskaner. Flavor is banana and spice as well. Pleasing up front, but the finish is disappointing and a bit phenolic. They came close with this one, but just missed the mark. By the way, I had this once before, and I thought it sucked. For whatever reason, much better this time around. Born on date-05/03/2007. Said it was best before 110 days, I had it on its 95th day.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
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 tugdriver7
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Michelob combo pack. Pale yellow in the glass with a hazy, bubbly mix of sediment. Decent head that disappeared quickly. Malty spice in the nose, but the body is a bit thin and spritzy. Taste is wheat and hops spice with a bit more water than many craft hefeweizens. As a refreshing beverage with food on the deck in the summer, it's a winner. A step up from the usual macro. But nothing more special.

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Photo of IPA1978
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They can do it if they try!

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Paulaner-branded weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale orange-ish color with a thick, foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells wheaty with hints of cloves and lemons.

Taste: Hits you up front with fruity notes of banana and lemon. Finishes with a bit of wheaty-tasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, like a hefeweizen should be.

Drinkability: I have to give A-B credit, they created something that, for all intents and purposes, tastes like a Bavarian wheat beer. It tastes like a sub-par Bavarian wheat beer but I'll give credit where credit's due.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Pulled from the Michelob Lagers and Ales seasonal pack.

A - Bronze coloration with a golden-orange hue. Produced a nice frothy head which displayed good retention. There was even noticeable lacing! Unexpected yet pleasant.

S - Pretty nice aroma of banana and clove. I swear there are even slight hints of vanilla in there. Slight bit of grain finishes it off. Not bad at all.

T - Nice blend of sweetness and spices. Clove, banana, lemon, and even a bit of malt shine through. Wheat accents finish what seems to be a pretty authentic rendition of a traditional hefe. I am impressed.

M - Here is the low point of the brew I must say, it contains far too much carbonation. Thin bodied and a bit watery as well. A hint of spice remains in the aftertaste.

D - Pretty decent, I enjoyed this one and wouldn't have any quarrels with having another. Definitely worth a try, especially for those who don't believe the big boys can make good brews.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of buzzedup
1.75/5  rDev -49%

Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 168 ratings
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