Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Hop Hound Amber WheatMichelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat

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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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Photo of dantose
4.2/5  rDev +40%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The third of three Michelobs I tried tonight. The other two being Dunkelweisse and Ginger Wheat.

Served 55 degrees in glass shortly after pour.

After two phenomenally uninspiring brews, I came across a surprising winner form the big breweries. Solid across the board with none of the chemical tastes the other two suffered from, simple, straightforward hops profile with a fairly standard carbonation and presentation. Poured well with a small head lingering for about 3 minutes. (actually, both the smallest and longest lasting of the three). Moderate sedimentation at the bottom.

There was little that stood out about the brew, but it was a solid presentation none the less. Neither overly malty nor especially bitter, moderate carbonation, mouthfeel held up without being overpowering. Taste began crisp, followed with a moderate hoppiness, pleasant hops profile (Challenger hops possibly?) and a clean finish.

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Photo of billybob
4.01/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger off white head that holds fairly well nice sheets of sticky lace. smell a little weak with wheat malt and some orange citrus. taste is bready, wheat malt and yeast with orange, and a little lemon in the finish. not bad at all would make a good summer session beer.

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Photo of CheckMate
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle obtained at Hannaford's Supermarket in Derry, NH. Amber in color with 1/4 inch off white head that didn't last very long and didn't leave any lacing behind. slightly sweet smell of caramel and toffee with a hint of nuttiness, reminds me of peanut brittle. tastes of caramel, toffee, peanut and an underlying taste of banana and a biscuity taste from the malt. moderately carbonated, medium body, cold and crisp. i find it to be a very drinkable beer, it's a nice crisp beer and very palatable.

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Photo of skrib09
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out an amber hazy with a really foamy head, white in color.

smells of banana esters, wheaty and the slightest hint of hops.

tastes creamy wheat. bananas balanced by a crispness in the brew make it a not bad selection.

drinkability and mouthfeel are both good with this selection from ab.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.82/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty darn good for an Anhieser Busch beer, not typically a fan of the beers. But this one really impressed me. Had it with a baked potato at an arts festival. Overall it was smooth and pretty tasty not what I would expect from the AB family of beers. Overall I think I could drink this one again.

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Photo of nms1987
3.81/5  rDev +27%
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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Photo of DookDrinkyCrow
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy caramel/copper color. Medium carbonation

S: Wheat, faint malt and hops

T: sweet creamy malt flavor

M: Light but a hoppy finish.

D: Medium bodied and flavorful.

This beer had me expecting a bitter hoppy almost IPA taste, suggested by the name Hop Hound. After ingesting I was first dissapointed at the absence but then delighted at the one of a kind character. A good beer worth trying.

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Photo of cgstarry
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bought at Cub foods while looking for a good cooking beer. Picked up some Milwaukee's Beast for brazing my brats on the grill and some of this because I love wheat beer and was eager to try an A-B offering.

Not too bad! Pours with a nice white head on top of a nice copper colored brew with medium carbonation. Each drink leaves some nice Belgian lace.

Taste starts a little brassy and fades into a mellow hop bitterness then finishes sweet. The body / mouthfeel is a little light for my taste but would probably be perfect on a hot day when I am looking to have a cold one and not need a nap!

I'd buy it again and keep it around for a good quality hot weather beer.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.77/5  rDev +25.7%
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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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle (points to A-B and Michelob for making me use a bottle opener on the cap) into a Michelob Specialty Ales and Lagers glass.

Appearance is a hazed reddish-orange-amber hue with a small half-finger of light tan foam, which sticks around for but a brief period and leaves only touches of stick on the glass.

Aromas of lightly herbal, citrus hops enter the nose, with a trace of toffee malt and faint esters.

Body is fairly light with a rather thin mouthfeel and sprightly carbonation. Palate consists of sweet caramel and lightly burnt sugar up front, with a middle of mildly citrus hop notes and slight yeasty spiciness with just a suggestion of clove. Finishes a little sweet but mostly clean.

A very drinkable beer, and not bad in the flavor area either, though A-B/Michelob's decision to change the name from Sun Dog to Hop Hound may have been pretentious, as hops are not the mainstay of this ale. An excellent Spring seasonal, and perhaps an even better Summer brew, this would make a perfect thirst quencher on a sweltering Georgia day, and therefore Sun Dog would be more appropriate for those dog days of summer.

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Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a beautiful hazey chestnut with a modest white fizzy head and fair lacing. The aroma brings on sweet toffee and minor peach-like overtones. Kind of nice. The flavor is a light citrus hop with wheat-rye base. Finely carbonated and quite drinkable considering the decent flavor. I liked it and would drink anytime, refreshing and tastey, a little different for that apricot family.

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Photo of RockinRob925
3.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of nem2006
3.72/5  rDev +24%
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 NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
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 biggred1
3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed amber with blonde highlights and a foamy cream colored head that leaves some lace on the glass. the nose is light caramel and toast with a touch of mild lemony hops. The flavors mirror the nose, lots of caramel slathered toast and light citric hops to balance. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. This beer is okay but it should change it's name to "malt hound".

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Shaw's. Pours a hazy amber (as the name would seem to indicate) with nearly an inch of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Smells fruity, with nutty banana esters and hints of citrus. Tastes like banana and nut, with some apple, lemon, and husk. Light but not too light on the mouthfeel with ample carbonation. An interesting example of the style I think. Not sure I'd buy it again, as the flavors weren't quite as pronounced as I'd like and they didn't mesh in the beer quite as well as they should have in my opinion. Worth a try though, and at least as good if not a bit better than many of its style.

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Photo of 1whiskey
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twisty longneck poured into a pint glass.

True to it's name, this is a hazy amber color with a nice frothy head.

Smells mostly of sweet grain...maybe honey as well?

A little bit tart upfront, but basically this is a nice wheat ale. Citrus and mild sweet grain (and still..a hint of honey) are the dominant players, but nothing overwhelms here. Finishes a little sweet for my taste, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is nice and soft, typical of a wheat beer. Drinkability is high. This is sessionable, for sure.

This is a huge improvement over AB's other seasonal beers. Although this seems like it belongs as a summer beer, rather than spring, this is a nice, enjoyable beer. I'm surprised at this.

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Photo of bgjohnston
3.63/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If you are looking for a hop experience based on the name, don't bother. This is a light, easy to drink, wheat beer with a pale ale level of hoppiness and no more.

Pours a cloudy amber with a small off-white head that quickly dissipates. Good carbonation. Is there a lot of citrusy flavor? No, not a lot, but it is there and is enough for what I would consider to be a good thirst quencher. It has a light, grapefruit-like taste that is easy to drink and would be great at a BBQ.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.63/5  rDev +21%
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 jsimmons
3.61/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy orange-amber. Actually quite an appealing color - deep and with plenty of character. Even with the classic wheat beer pour, there's hardly any head, and what was there dissipated quickly.

S - There is hardly any scent at all off the beer. Sticking my nose way down in the glass gets a slight whiff of orange and the vaguest hint of alcohol, but honestly it's hardly noticeable without a really concerted effort to find it.

T - On par for the style - plenty of citrus and some coriander. Not a lot of hoppiness at all - there's an underlying bitterness, but nothing overwhelming and I suspect a lot of the hop flavor is hidden by the citrus. Just a hint of hidden sugary maltiness at the end, but nothing that hung around.

M - The mouthfeel was quite fantastic. Carbonation was spot on for a wheat ale, and went down smooth, just like a good wheat ale should.

D - Any good wheat ale is *very* drinkable, and this one does not disappoint. I could happily drink three or four of these in a row.

This is a terrific beer if you're not looking for a great amount of depth and just want something mildly flavorful and drinkable. The lack of smell drags it down as a rating, but it's really not as bad as the numbers. I think I'll have another...

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Photo of king75
3.6/5  rDev +20%
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 osi
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful cloudy golden amber.

S - Smelled of hops more so than malts with accents of light fruits.

T - Nice and hoppy but not overwhelming with a slighly sweet then bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a crisp finish.

D - This is a good late spring/summer brew. Makes me want to hit the beach. Good seasonal brew and I would drink this regularly.

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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev +20%
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 Ricochet
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Lots of head and lace, cloudy, amber, clean as any AB beer.

S: Just an average malt smell, nothing makes this stand out.

M: Creamy at the end leaving a nice slightly bitter aftertaste with about average wash.

T: Buy the beer for the label? That's what I did. Well, my local had them in and I could have gotten a sampler but bought the sixer. Not disappointed at all. Lets start with Yuengling Amber, because this tastes similar. Now, take out the corn, add a strong wheat note and balance it with a bit more hops bite and add a sweet finish. This was very good.

D: Yeah, it's a drinker in an AB way, as their craft beers that I've had have that same clean filtered wash. Could it be unoffensive is the word I'm looking for? All I know it the brew masters at AB are likely chomping at the bit to make better products and see if they sell. This would be the best of those I've tried and I'd like to see it again.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy light copper color with a big white head, looks pretty good. smell is of a light biscuity malt and some citrus aromas too. taste has a pleasant malty flavor at first, then a very slight hop presence. not a bad beer, considering the brewer. AB certainly is starting to get some good beers on the market, luckily with me being close to STL i get to try alot of them before they are widely distributed.

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