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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Hop Hound Amber WheatMichelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
198
Ratings:
248
pDev:
16.72%
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Photo of Drew966
3.38/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat pours a hazy copper with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There's lots of caramel malt in the aroma and some hops too. The flavor is hoppier than the aroma. A bit tart when it's cold. This beer tastes okay, but it's nothing special. Decent everyday drinker.

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Photo of tapman
3.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange hued and appears unfiltered. Foamy white head of super dense bubbles that sticks around for a great lacing. No sediment so I would assume some kind of filtering and/or pasteurization, but is the haze artificial or natural? Without this info I would say that the brew looks pretty good. A bit dark for a pale wheat.

Kind of mineral in the nose with not a lot of hop or malt aroma. No off smells, just not a lot going on. As it warms the sweet, caramel malt comes through. Not unpleasant. Some bready hops come out as it warms further. No yeast aroma.

Wheat and caramel malt come through very well with a very slight bready, fruity hop coming out in the finish. A little warm alcohol comes out as it warms, which is only slightly distracting for the style. Very sweet and, while balanced well, too sweet for the style for my taste.

Quite dry and not as sticky as the taste would make you believe. Dries out the palate a lot.

Not bad. Kudos for Michelob for potentially bringing some flavor to the non-craft beer world. Honestly, perhaps the best macro-craft that I have tried yet. Plus on sale for 2.99! Worth a try at the price indeed.

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Photo of youngleo
3.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a one inch head. Head was slightly orangeish in color. Head didnt last a long time. Minimal lacing at best. Brew was very cloudy and yellowish brown in color. A lot of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Even after following directions to give this one a little roll to get the sediment out of the bottle. I didnt think there was a lot of smell there. But as I was writing the review, I could pick up some citrus, malt and floral going on. The smell was coming from the beer. And the beer was about one foot away from me. Smelled pretty good. Tasted of malt, citrus, and had a sweet taste. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. Good session beer. I enjoyed this brew and thought Michelob finally had a beer I enjoyed.

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Photo of plaid75
3.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured some light caramel malts, but not much on the wheat front.

The taste was light with a slight sweet malt. Some mouthy wheat detected.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent and easy enough to drink beer. A another step in the right direction for A-B.

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Photo of bmwats
3.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped open a couple and poured into my trusty half-yard. . . just because it was there.

A: Hazy copper color. Medium-low carbonation pours into a sizable, craterous, foamy, white head. Slowly settles leaving a layer of foam on the surface for your pleasure. Spotty lacing remains as it settles, and as you drink.

S: Wheat, yeast, and a little nutty-ness (maybe walnut).

T: Wheat with a soft hoppy flavor.

M: Light but hearty. Does not feel watered down or anything of that nature. Starts like an autumn wheat beer, but a hoppy finish.

D: Solid. Light and flavorful.

This has a fairly distinctive taste. . . just something a little different. Good flavor, light feel, and good solid atmosphere on this one. Makes for a good drinkable brew. Nice quaff.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into half-liter Pilsner Urquell branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a very large, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Almost all floral hop aromas with a hint of sweet and caramel malt. Not a very strong smell.

Taste: Starts with a sweet caramel flavor with touches of apple and citrus, finishing with a light hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing, with balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty good beer, but doesn't have a very strong aroma or flavor. Still worth a try and would make a great starting point for those without refined palates.

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Photo of lionking
3.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a bottle at the Anheuser Busch brewery in Fairfield, CA. This was one of my two samples after the tour. Tour was very limited compared to the one at the Merrimack, NH brewery.

Nice copper color with a nice head. Looked nice in the glass. Smell was a mix of sweet and spice as I recall. Very nice lacing on the glass as I drank it down. The beer looked very good, like a micro. Malty sweet taste. I remember thinking at the time how much I liked this beer. I have never seen it in any of the distributors I go to in PA,MD or DE though.

The dog on the bottle looks like Poochie from an episode of the Simpsons

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Photo of Sylf
3.42/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle, stored in our fridge.

Appearance - Didn't see anything special, simple average beer.

Smell - Nice caramel smell with a slight citrus.

Taste - Not great, not horrible. Slightly surprising at first, which was nice. However, as the bottle goes down, gets a little repetative.

Mouthfeel - Clean, cant complain

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Could easily enjoy this beer for a full night. Starts to leave only a slight aftertaste, but it is not overwhelming.

I personally wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone as anything special, but may pick it up again some day.

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Photo of JamesS
3.43/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice semi-copper color, as promised in the name, with a bit of nice head and a bit of lacing. Nice wheat scent, if a little weak, very malty and sweet. Nice taste, good bit of wheat in there with a nice little bit of darker taste (bit of caramel). Goes down very smooth and clean. I was disappointed in the lack of hops, expected from the name, but overall it was a decent wheat ale.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold and slightly hazy (not so amber). Thin white head reduces in no time.

Smells grainy and grassy; macro-like, which doesn't leave me hopeful.

Ok, so this one is strange. It doesn't taste bad, but everything stated on the packaging is misleading. It's not amber, there's very little wheat beer character (maybe a hint of fruitiness), and there's nary a trace of hops noticeable to the naked tongue! What the...?! It's a little malty, a touch wheaty, a bit earthy, and that's about all.

Whatever then.

Feel is crisp and medium bodied.

If I'm outside mowing the lawn or hanging out on a hot day, this isn't a bad choice. Its drinkable as hell and goes down easy enough, but if I bought this because of what I read on the label I'm surely disappointed.

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Photo of jwc215
3.46/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Born on" 08 Feb 08:

Pours light orange, goldenish copper with a thick white head that leaves frothy lacing on the glass.

The smell is of lightly roasted wheat, grainy with a general fruitiness.

The taste is of lightly roasted wheat, some candy-like sweetness and a mild caramelish tone. A bit of nearly flavorless hop bitterness balances out the sweetness. Blandish, but not "bad" flavor overall. Dryish, crisp finish.

Light-bodied, crisp and smooth enough to have a few on a hot, summer day.

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Photo of sudz42
3.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm giving this a "good" drinkability rating because, despite its heavy-handed malt character, it does not have the saccharin sweetness of, say, Heineken. I don't pick up the wheat, but caramel malt, with no adjunct, is a good thing. However, "HOP" HOUND IS MISLEADING. DO YOU READ THESE REVIEWS, A.B.?

MALT HOUND is more fitting, as this is a Bock beer in disguise. While it might not taste good after dinner, as an 11 a.m. snack it nourishes well. At 5.3% ABV it gives more buzz per calorie than Sam Adams, which tastes great but fills you up before issuing sufficient buzz.

10.99 for a case, why not? Gives me a reason to drink before noon.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, golden-orange beer with a thick, glistening head. Nose is not overwhelming, but I think I can smell a hint of hops, some wheat and a bit of graininess. The taste starts out slightly sweet, transitions to a mild bitterness and finishes wheaty. Not bad for an AB product! The mouthfeel is medium in body with a viscous carbonation. Overall drinkability is decent too, I could drink a few of these. I always have mixed emotions when I see a new AB product; one - I wonder why they've decided to bastardize another style of beer, and two - I hope that this one takes them another step away from their typical fizzy lagers. This one was actually pretty decent. My favorite thus far from them has been their Mich. Bavarian Wheat - that was borderline good! I hope they continue in this direction and perhaps they can help educate the masses.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours a tan-golden color. Has a thick head which dissipates very slowly leaving a little lacing.

Smell: Smells wheaty with some definite malt notes. A hint of citrus fruit is there as well.

Taste: Has a strong taste upfront of cloves, bananas, and citrus fruits. There is a hint of caramel malts in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin and watery side. Over-carbonated as well.

Drinkability: A decent wheat beer. There are certainly better ones out there but this one isn't bad either.

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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 RAFH
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of DannyDan
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer when pouring is an orangy like color in which when pouring has a decent head with some retention and a little lacing.
It has some carbonation and the smell is of a slight caramel and hop smell. When drinking this I can taste some citrus with a hint of caramel and wheat. The after taste is of a wheat with a hint of cirtus. The mouthfeel is a medium body that has a cling to the tongue and it is very drinkable. I do like this beer, but I do like the ginger wheat better from Michelob.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white head that sticks around pretty well. The body is a slightly hazy, golden amber color.

S - Slight banana with lots of sweet caramel. Minor earthy hop presence as well.

T - Malty sweetness and mild caramel flavors up front along with a strong toasted malt character. Weak fruity flavors in the middle transitions to moderate bitterness and an earthy hop note in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad... probably the best faux craft beer that I have had from AB. The malt flavor is its best quality, especially the caramel, but the toasted notes are a little too strong.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.54/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/31/2009 (bottle):

Pours a semi-cloudy amber orange colored body. Big creamy white head, liquidy. Wheaty malty sweet aroma. Toasted something. Citrusy nose. Clean nutty taste, hazelnut maybe. Some light fruitiness too. Some carbonation, with that hazelnutty aftertaste. Somewhat gritty body.Lemony taste. Carbonated. Light taste but also a little light on flavor.

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Photo of Jimbo87
3.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

in weizen glass

hazy amber copper. off-white head.

smell: tangy wheat and barley.

taste: tangy grain, slight cardboard, slight lemon. More malt taste than some other pale wheat ales I've had. Maybe a little caramel. little hops. I expected more hops from something called "hop hound." But maybe its hoppier than the last few pale wheat ales I had (pyramid, sierra nevada). I may have gotten trace amounts of banana as I finished the glass off, but I may be mistaken.

MF is good.

Drinkability is good. A good beer.

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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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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 1fastz28
3.58/5  rDev +19.7%
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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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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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.99 out of 5 with 248 ratings
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