Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat

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American Pale Wheat Ale
3.02 | pDev: 16.56%
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Michelob Hop Hound Amber WheatMichelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat
Notes: 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
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Reviews by acrawf6:
Photo of acrawf6
3.77/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ALC82
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jdhilt
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Hazy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet piney nose. Flavor is some hops some wheat, expected the hops to be in my face with a name like Hop Hound but they are muted, good lawn mower beer. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of ZAP
1.83/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A-Orange/tan color...cloudy..

S-Not much here...some apple like fruitiness and a hint of caramel.

T-Again, not much here...more of the caramel in front...a little earthy hop feel...

M-Light to medium bodied...jazzed up seltzer like carbonation that is very unimpressive to me...

D-Pretty much a "nothing" beer...bland...very few redeeming qualities. I realize this is a basic american wheat ale so I'm not expecting a ton of esters and the such but it should have more character than it does. Not recommended..

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Photo of budgood1
2.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours out a cloudy orange tinted bronze colour with a huge collar of head and lots of lace. looks appropriate. slight estery aroma with some fruit and wheat notes, slightly artificial, but nonetheless not too bad. the taste is a strange combination of herbal grassiness, some fruit loop type malt flavours, a bit of wheat and a backend bitterness that seems out of place. doesn't really taste good to be honest. not offensive but not impressive. the mouthfeel is a bit crisp and slightly mineral tasting. a bit watery. the overall body is light without providing a sense of quenching or refreshment. drinkability suffers because i just don't find this "amber wheat" enjoyable. it might be a good beginner beer for those interested in craft offerings but i don't really find anything redeeming in this concoction.

not recommended.

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Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev +11.3%
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 BrewAskew
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thin white head and cloudy orange color. Smells grainy and slightly hoppy--rather nondescript. Flavor is a mild blend of pale malt, sharp wheat and a balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium. Finishes tangy and slightly hoppy.
Reminds me a bit of the Choc Beer (a.k.a. 1919) from Oklahoma. I would not be surprised if Michelob had that recipe in mind. Pretty decent.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured, the color was hazy deep golden yellow with a reddish hue, with very little foam and no lace. The smell is a very light aroma of fruit and a hint of candy. The taste had a very light caramel, orange and a hint of a bitter wheat flavor. Overall, this Wheat Ale is not that bad for an Anheuser-Busch beer. I was really suprised with this beer. This and Michelob "Bock" are there best beers.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.31/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with some brown hues and off-white head. Nose is very, very weak/light with a trace of sweet malts, caramel, perhaps a touch of biscuits.

Palate offers a light bodied ale that is caramelly sweet, but almost as if it has been artificially sweetened (not sickly sweet though, just basically a light amber with sugar added). Hops make an attempt to balance but are beaten out by the sweetness.

Is this a pale ale or a wheat beer, or both? Make up your mind A-B.

For a pseudo-craft it isn't horrible, but in the larger scheme of things where craft beer is available, this one fails miserably.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +22.5%
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 Bitterbill
3.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle as a freebie from Mike at Poplar Wine & Spirits.

This pours a cloudy orange with a 2 finger head of billowy foam. It loks to be highly carbonated. It's certainly a nice loking brew.

The smell starts off pretty hoppy for the style with light notes of clove and banana following.

The taste has some orange peel up front with very light banana, also light on the wheat flavour with some fruitiness that imparts some sweet tones and an overall bitterness that sometimes comes across as tart.

The mouthfeel is close to medium and the carbonation *is* brisk but not as much as I would have guessed from the appearance.

Drinkability? Decent. I wouldn't session on it because there's better out there of the style but it's not a chore to finish the bottle.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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 philbertk
2.46/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark gold with a small head and no cloudiness
Nose is rather bad at first but air helped it quite a bit. Then I noticed grain and yeast with a little citrus

Taste is malty with orange, spice and yeast. Comes across a little sour to me. The mouth feel is medium carbonation and not bad.
Drinkability is OK but this is just not a standout. Not good not bad.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Very hazy amber glass that builds a good head that lasts and laces.

S) A strong candy element, like Sweettarts, with a yeasty edge.

T) Not much wheat flavor, but some clove and bubblegum elements like a Hefe. Again, an odd sweet candy aspect to the total package.

M) Medium body and carbonation, but I don't get the rough texture I expect from a wheat beer.

O) Nothing wrong, nothing right: standard Michelob product. It was a bit too sweet for me, I wouldn't be surprised if it had High Fructose Corn Syrup in it.

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Photo of weeare138
2.92/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Capones for the opportunity...
Appears a hazy, light orange toned amber with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of crisp, tart wheat, light caramel, mild hops, and citrus.
Taste is of the same aromas with some tart wheat that is just a shade on the bland side. Seems like an American Dark Wheat gone awry.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, light bananas, and vanilla lingers.

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Photo of whynot44
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat hazy orange amber color with minimal white head that vanishes quickly.

The aroma is so light it's hard to describe, a hint of bread and caramel, maybe just a touch of lemon.

The taste is also mild, contrary to what you might expect from the name, slightly sweet, a little fruitiness, some vague citrus and a bit of herbal hoppiness and some carbonic notes at the end. Only A-B would call this "Hop Hound".

Ligtht bodied, easy to drink, A-B does that well. Altogether, nothing really special, but a decent enough brew for a Bud man looking for something a little different.

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Photo of WesWes
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a crisp, dry caramel malt and wheat scent along with a low to moderate citrus hop nose. The taste isn't that great. It has a crisp and refreshing pale, crystal, and wheat malt taste with bit of hops and a stale finish. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a poor excuse for a wanna be craft beer. Put it back on the shelf please.

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Photo of merlin48
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Foxman
2.83/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of slyke
2.91/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


Pours with a tawny peach hue topped with a settled khaki dense cap skedaddled to a layer.

Sweet sugar cookie nose with light fruit of melon, grapes and light berry.

First swigs: Focused light grain and narrow grassy tartness. Delicate rock candy center and soft cushy leafy finish. Not really sure what the A-B boys are up to here but it is light and airy.

Feel is brisk and dry with a quick dry finish.

Last swigs: This is Wonder Bread white bread beer. Bland start that finishes with a mystery dryness. Where's the flavor? Even if this were not from A-B, the less than average rating would still apply. That has nothing to do with it. Goes back more of a pilsner than anything else.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clouded amber colored ale with a 1/2 inch off-white colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a soda cracker toasted wheat aroma. Caramel scent with a slight grapefruit rind aroma but it is really more herbal and malty.

The taste starts out malty with a caramel aftertaste. Tastes quite a bit like a cracker with a little caramel syrup on it, lots of caramelized sugar flavors here. Mildly citrus in the aftertaste but this is hardly a "Hop Hound" whatever that is. Someone have a copyright on the term "Hop Head" or something?

Good mouthfeel.

I tend to not expect too much from AB beers but they can and do on occasion make a decent beer, this is one of them. Not going to make me stop drinking German Hefeweizens but this is a decent beer.

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Photo of Stimack
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Normally I would not have tried this brew based on a number of factors but it was brought to a Memorial day bash and went home in my cooler. Being interested I thought I would give it a try. The brew pours to a cloudy amber color, a lot of residue left in the bottle which was unexpected, I guess yeast? Has a medium sized white head that did leave a slight amount of lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma of this brew is not bad, actually pretty good but to me it did not seem to have a wheat aroma to it, pale malts? Also some citrus aroma comes through. While the aroma seems to be pretty good it is nothing overly exciting which I suppose can be a good thing. The taste is similar to the taste, quite malty but again no wheat. The citrus flavor comes out pretty nicely but not sure what that is a product of as it seems different than a hop citrus flavor but I could be wrong. Overall this brew is quite easy drinking and fairly tasty, but based on a number of things is not one I would probably get again. The price tag I saw on this bottle I tried was surprising based on a number of other brews which I feel are better and cheaper.

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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 71 out of 100 with 248 ratings