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Michelob Hop Hound Amber WheatMichelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Tone on 01-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright tangerine with bright amber borders. The attractive cap is the color of very slightly toasted marshmallow and may be the best looking chunk of foam that I've ever seen on an A-B beer. It has a wonderful texture and is leaving lace like nobody's business.

On a good note, the aroma contains no trace of nastiness. On a not-so-good note, there isn't much of anything emanating from the glass. Just a whiff of lightly toasted grain with (perhaps) a few shavings of citrus zest.

SDAW is fairly bland beer, but then I'm sure that's the target the brewers were shooting for. There's no need to challenge the palates of those used to 'The King of Beers', now is there? Having said that, this stuff is better than most of what they foist off on the beer drinking public. Let's just say that it straddles the divide between macro and craft.

The 'Amber Wheat' of the name is appropriate. Sun Dog (now Hop Hound) tastes like half amber ale and half wheat ale. Specific flavors include toasted barley, a modest amount of caramel maltiness, and a passing glance of citrus peel zestiness. Not bad at all.

The mouthfeel is another pleasant surprise. It's closer to medium than light and has a smooth creaminess that is probably the beer's best feature. I wish this company would apply some of their skill to their more popular offerings. You know, the ones that are almost undrinkable.

Sun Dog Amber Wheat/Hop Hound is successful beer no matter how you slice it. It would be great if Bud and Bud Light drinkers would give it a chance because it has the potential to open their tightly sealed minds to the possibility of better beer (and they wouldn't even have to change brand loyalty). Nah, it'll never happen.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of this for something me and my wife can drink not expecting much,it was a little better than expected.First off a nice pour into a weizen glass,a slight hazed lighter shade of amber with a tight frothy well defined head that left broken lace as it settled pretty slowly.Aromas of toasted wheat and iron mixed with some clove-like spice and banana,pretty much weizen like,the American hops used dont really show thru.I gave the flavors a slight above average score because there is some true defined flavor albeit a bit watered down from a thin mouthfeel,still it has some light citrus and clove components with a decent aftertaste.This isnt a hop hound but honestly its not a bad stab at being something like a darker German style wheat,I wouldnt pass it up if offered.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.71/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just another example why I don't like macros. Part of a wheat sampler pack, one of the lesser choices. Hazy orange color with a small white head. Minimal aroma, just something sweet. Sweet orange taste. Medium bodied, but way too sweet. Don't bother.

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Photo of merlin48
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a hazy amber body with a small offwhite head. Some island chain lacing is left on the glass. Subdued aroma has hints of caramel, wheat, and lemon. Light medium body is well carbonated. Tastes like an average micro pale wheat ale, no better, no worse. My least favorite style. That said, the taste is nicely balanced, with a wheat twang, some lemon zest, and caramel maltiness. Some hops contribute a noticeable bitterness. I wouldn't buy it again because of style but it's pretty well put together for what it is.

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Photo of nem2006
3.72/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank the beer from a bottle in a nonic glass. Poured a hazy amber gold with a thick white head.

The nose is a little malty, but also with a fruity, citrusy note which is stronger than the amber malts. Interesting depth to it.

The taste is a nice balanced combination of citrusy fruit start a ever so slight malt middle and then a hop finish. The hop finish was surprisingly not as strong as I thought it would be since it was named hop hound. I was actually impressed by the depth of the beer.

I know it hasn't scored very well with others on the site, but I am actually a fan of this one.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nice muddy yellow, and had a nice head which was fairly present throughout the drink allowing for some very good lacing.

S: Smelled like your average wheat beer.

T: The taste was very bland, and didn't have any interesting notes about it.

M: Felt fairly watery... not what I was expecting.

D: I'd rate this higher if it had a bit more of a taste.

Overall, really unimpressed, and thought that it could use something more. Very half hearted attempt by Michelob.


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Photo of wattoclone
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a clouded orange hue with a nicely formed white head. Head forms nicely and evenly with each sip. Aromatics offer up mild fruit notes a touch of citrus with some banana starchiness. Flavor has biscuit malt sweetness with some twang of mild citrus peel and banana smoothie edge not heavy on those yeast characterisitics but they're evident. Mouthfeel is a lighter bodied but carbonation does not overwhelm this brew nice effervescent creaminess goes down easily. Drinkability is solid really can't complain about this craft wannabe, solid sipping summer brew.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.22/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of mempath
1.71/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Last year I thought this one was awful, with a name that implies a stronger hops presence. And though they've kept the name, this year I found myself enjoying this much more. It's a nicely clouded golden ale, featuring a balanced blend of Northwest hops and sweet malts. It's an appealing combination with hints of citrus and caramel notes, but not as bitter or biting as the name suggests. Hop Hound is easygoing, and not too complex, but more than drinkable. A nice starting point for the inexperienced beer drinker.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Hop Hound pours a hazy golden-amber body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam that holds quite well and leaves short walls of sticky lace surrounding it.

Sweetish malt and fruity yeastiness greet you in the nose along with a bit of leafy/minty hoppiness..

The flavor delivers a combination of soft caramel, wheat, toasty bread, yeasty fruitiness (lots of apple), and some floral and spicy hops. It seems to build from start to finish, developing its fullest flavor after crossing midway and into the swallow. It lingers with a firm bitterness, spicy and perhaps piney hops, and some sticky malt. It's also a bit peppery as well. There's also a mild bit of acidity, but it's not really tart. It's solid and flavorful, but also a bit cloying. The malt appears sweet at first, but then it finishes with a bit of blunt bitterness, as if the bitterness was bolstered to support the maltiness but the maltiness never really came... it is there, of course, but it seems dull. I'm not sure what it is exactly, but it feels a bit heavy and out of balance to me - blocky, obtuse - and that hurts its drinkability.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white colored head.

S- The aroma features some wheat, toasted malt, caramel along with some clove and bananas as well. There is also a touch of hops in the smell as well.

T- The taste starts out with some wheat flavor and some citrus and clove as well. There is some sweetness along with hints of spices and an earthy hop finish. Not bad, not bad at all.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This one is pretty drinkable, definitely something I wouldn't mind having more than one of in a sitting. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
3.57/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 08

Slightly hazy gold appearance. No head, but there's thin lacing at first. There's an immediate macro off-note but that gives way to a wheat and bready aroma. The flavor has impressive (for A-B) banana esters with a slight toasted note and bready malts. There are actually some nice flavors going on here. I'd say it's on par with Blue Moon. Fairly tasty, but not a standout. Bud can make decent beer.

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Photo of cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of mdvatab
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of APNumber3
2.29/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of a 'Spring' variety pack, the Hop Hound is poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy and a lemon-orange on the pour, yielding a one finger cap of shell white foam. Standard retention and lacing follow.

Nose is subtle with wheat prominent. Hops are lighter than the name might suggest, yet this isn't a surprise by any means. A bit of hop spice perhaps and a subtle lemon background.

Spice notes carry forward to the taste, accompanied by a moderate wheat presence and a bit of bitter orange. A hint of sweetness up front with a lingering and slightly drying finish.

Like the other wheat beers from this sampler pack, the Hop Hound stays low on the radar, doesn't offend and yet offers some intriguing subtleties. No home runs, yet no strike outs either.

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Photo of beveritt
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Thanks to DocotrDog for getting me in on splitting a few six packs of some new offerings from Michelob. Label depicts a sunglasses sporting dog holding s red frisbee. Code is stamped on the neck label but it is not easily translatable to a date.

Appearance: Pours with 2 finger of light tan head. This settles to a thin ring around the glass and a small island of foam. The beer itself is amber orange and cloudy. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt with hints of fruity esters. Orange and citrus.

Taste: Ever so slightly sweet malt with a slight wheat tanginess. Slight caramel in the finish and maybe a little hop bitterness, if you really search for it.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation, but big, fake bubbles. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Meh, what can I say? Michelob is venturing into the craft beer realm, but not very far. They are still firmly planted on the macro side.

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Photo of bashiba
2.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy brownish copper with a light creamy white head.

Smell is light and semi grainy.

Has a lightly sweet caramel malt body with just a touch of lemony hops. Fairly bland.

Mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty average, just a slight notch above the boring macro lagers ab is known for. pretty bland.

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Photo of hdofu
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not great but not terrible. Has a volatile explosive white head, reddish color. Smell reminded me of sweer wheat, the taste was a little sweet followed by bitter. Mouthfeel was sudsy. Overall it was good for one beer, but I can't imagine having more then one bottle of this.

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Photo of nms1987
3.81/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Good looking beer. Amber gold and hazy. Looks somewhat like an IPA. Good foamy head but it doesn't stick around too long.

Not an intense nose but what there is is pleasant and somewhat citrusy. A little bit of malt sweetness and floral notes if you look for em.

Nice taste. It isn't what a hophead would call "hoppy" but the hops are there and well used. They give the beer a clean, crisp bite on the way down. Theres a definate tang to this stuff too, plus a wee bit o' bit of caramel malt sweetness.
Tastes real good. Definately a refreshing beer. I'd like to see this stuff as a summer seasonal.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Eminently drinkable. Great session summer beer.

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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.99 out of 5 with 248 ratings