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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 Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper in color, little bit of haze. The beer came off to me as being a little below average. The initial thought I had of this beer was that I would be nice and hoppy with a little wheat on the back side or the other way around. This was before I found out it was an Busch product. The whole idea changed at that point. I wasn't expecting anything great. It was drinkable but not the best.

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Photo of CMW
2.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a hazy copper color with a small head that fades quickly. Nothing special about the appearance.

S - Smells of sweet malt, candied sugar, and banana. Pleasant aroma.

T - The sweetness from the noise is huge in the flavor. Very sugary taste that does not have the best malt backbone. Little or no hop in the taste.

M - Light and watery. Rather surprising because by the appearance of the beer I would guess that the beer would not be this watered down.

D - The sugary taste really hurts the drinkability. Low abv helps.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

from notes, this one was brought up to the cabin by my father in law in a mixed 12 pack of michelob brews. served cold and me and my brother in law kicked these back on the deck on night.

the pour was not what i was expecting as this dark amber liquid comes forward quite nicely and really was clear and concise with a nice overall carbonation and head level. aroma is a disgrace though as wet hay mixed with rotten citrus and musky grain. the flavor was about the same with a dark grain note and musky and wet hay that had been sitting around and mixed with a ton of grass.

overall a mess of a beer that i am not sure what style it falls into, but it was not one that i really appreicated overall.

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Photo of philbertk
2.46/5  rDev -18%
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 DannyDan
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
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 a74gent
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A musty hop smell greets my nostrils. I'm not entirely sure what this smell is.

The color is a slightly darker bud light with a little bit of foam.

Like most AB product, very drinkable, pretty much flavorless, very balanced. It is like their goal is to make any style taste the same.

The taste evidences a slight bit of hops, but barely enough to know it is there and none of the high notes of a wheat beer either.

Mouthfeel is just thin and noneventful.

The drinkability is good ..I don't know how A?B does it, but goes down like water.

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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 Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a thin white head and not much lacing. Smell actually brings forward a small amount of hops alongside some doughy notes. Taste brings moderate bitterness and some bread flavors. Mouthfeel is light to moderate in body. Drinks okay and is fairly decent.

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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 puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 10026DD47. Sampled on September 16, 2010. The pour is a very clarified amber-copper with basically no head. For a beer that is called Hop Hound it seems to have a more caramel malt aroma. Appealing in a way but not what I would expect from something with the word Hop in its name. The taste is also very much akin to sweet maltiness with almost nothing in the way of wheat. There are light hops around the border. It is more like an ESB than a wheat or hoppy beer.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber golden with some head and some lace.

S: Pretty balanced. Some wheat, some hops, some grainy malts.

T: Follows the nose, but with more in the malty department. Grainy sweet caramelly malts on wheat base. American amber wheat. Not bad, but not amazing.

M: Slightly over-carbed commercial CO2 on medium body. Hint of sticky sweetness.

D: American amber ale as an easy drinking wheat beer. Another choice for the summer.

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Photo of tapman
3.39/5  rDev +13%
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 AlCaponeJunior
2.43/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured yellowish orangey, mostly cloudy, two finger jet white head that lasted a bit and left a fair amount of lacing.

Not a whole lot in the smell department. Slightly hoppy with obvious wheat and citrus.

Tastes more wheaty than hoppy, don't know where the hop hound came from. Some lemon and a little spice, but overall not too impressive.

Feels watery and bland. Not too impressive.

Drinkability low. It would be ok if only crapro big name beers were available, but not by a whole lot.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
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 jwinship83
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no freshness information picked up as part of a michelob all wheat mixed 12 pack. drank from a wiezen glass like the bottle suggests.

A- this one pours out a bright dark orange colored body with a small eggshell colored head on top. the head is quick to fade and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the nose on this one is very weak. hard to get much out of it. a little bit of caramel malt sweetness and a tiny bit of orange zest. maybe a little bit of grapefruit as well.

T- the taste is pretty bland also. faint notes of caramel malt and toasted bread. a little bit of citrus at the end. a small amount of grapefruit with a bit more orange zest.

M- light to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- this wasnt a terrible beer, but its nothing ill rush out to buy again either. i dont think that i was part of their target audience. this is something that could be used as a gateway for the typical bud/miller crowed.

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Photo of industrialswill
2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

All Show and NO go.
Cheesy, "slick" looking artwork on the label reflects the true soul of the liquid lurking within these bottles.

Very pretty "tawny hue", 2 finger head.
Not much of an odor.
The taste is almost non-descript, slightly malty. I'm not able to detect any hoppiness at all.If I had a choice between drinking this and regular Michelob, I'm afraid I'll take regular Michelob by default.
This beer reminds me of Hollywood's early attempts to cast hoodlums for their movies. They would hire a pretty boy with some acting experience, smear some grease on his face and try to pass him off as the real deal. That's what we got here with this feeble marketing attempt to present me with a craft beer.
This beer is pretty flat once the fizz burns off and as watery as water.
The saving graces are no sour after tastes and the 5.3% alky at least justifies the extra cost over regular Budweiser.
My intent it to rate this brew a C and I will juggle my category ratings to make sure that's what this beer gets.

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Photo of matjack85
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the discount bin at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.19. The born on date is 6/2/09 and today is 6/2/10, so the beer is exactly 1 year old today.

The beer poured an orange/amber color and was very hazy, which is typical for anything made with unfiltered wheat. The head was an impressive 3 fingers high with a foamy white top that stuck around for awhile. It also left a lot of nice lacing on the glass.

For a beer called Hop Hound there sure wasn't much hop smell to this. All I picked up was a bit if caramel malt and a little bit of fruit. It was a nice smell, but certainly not hoppy.

Hmm - very little hop bitterness in the taste either. I wonder who decided to name this Hop Hound? I went to the web site and found out the beer only had a 25 IBU rating in the first place, which is nothing, so if you picked this up expecting an IPA-like amber wheat, you'll not get it with this. All that said, the beer doesn't taste that bad. It's mostly caramel malt with some wheat flavor in the background, mixed in with some tart and citrus fruits.

As for mouthfeel the beer falls somewhere between light to medium in body and is a little under carbonated for my taste.

The beer is drinkable as long as you don't mind the fact that its name is very misleading. Just one warning - Don't let this beer warm up. I let some of it sit awhile to see if any hop flavor would come thru as it warmed, but all that did was make the beer terrible - so drink it cold and chug it down quick.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Murky honey, near white, large head. Lots of lace. Nice looking beer!

S - Weak. Hardly discernable. Some malt, some straw, and a little bit of a bitter whiff.

T - Light malt, little heavier hops. Pretty straight forward. Drinkable.

M - Light bodied, good carb, a little watery in the finish.

D - Hot summer daze! Totally doable!

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Photo of mynie
2.19/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange and hazy with a respectable head.

Smells like pretty much nothing. Very light fruit. No hops, that's for sure.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells. Light caramel, light generic juicy fruit, and, really, there are hops there. But I only know the hops are there because their absence isn't conspicuous. The hop profile here, whatever it may consist of, is like the paintings inside a motel room--it's *there*, yeah, but good luck describing it even a second after you saw it.

Well, I opened up two of these so as to fill up an imperial pint. That might have been the worst decision I've made all day. Not that this is especially awful, but, man, there is so much else in my fridge right now.

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Photo of sudz42
3.47/5  rDev +15.7%
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 Haybeerman
2.87/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 1.5 finger foamy head with good that settled to a thick skim. Thin, wide rings of lacing.

S: Sweet malt with wet grain andhay. A medley of citrus and fruit aromas. Little hop character.

T: Sweet bready malt and fruit; lemon rind, peach and banana. Very light hop bitterness. Not real appealing, but nothing was seriously wrong either.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Crisp and dry without an aftertaste even while bitter hopping is very mild.

D: Not real good, but nothing wrong with it either. When its hot, you coiuld drink a few of these.

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Photo of bkbrews
2.79/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought the (new?) Michelob Wheat variety pack.

Poured this guy right out of the fridge into a 16oz pint glass.

Head is really something, probably the best I've seen on a beer in a while. Doesn't stay for too long, but it's thick, creamy, off-white, and laces like none other.

Color is a dark straw/amber on top down to a light off-orange color at the bottom. Very hazy, much like your typical wheat beer. Looks good.

Smell is virtually non-existant. It doesn't smell bad, but it just doesn't really smell at all. Maybe a bit of hops in there? It's almost as if it doesn't give off any aroma at all.

The mouth is definitely the best part, and it's really pretty good. Medium body, maybe leaning a bit towards medium-light. Creamy somehow, and pretty decent carbonation, but it could use with a bit more of that. Maybe a bit watery, but if so, only a smidge.

The taste, well, that leave something to be desired. It's called a 'wheat' beer, but it doesn't taste like one, or at least it's very hard to find and pick out. Much more of an amber ale, but kind of thicker, creamier. There's a bit of hops in there, but it goes away quickly, and there's no bite at the end. It just kind of fades away to nothing.

All in all, it's not bad, but not good, either. For a wheat beer, it's really bland and weak, but for an amber ale, it's not half bad. I guess the real issue I have is that it just doesn't taste like anything. It's not missing a flavor or two (i.e. feels like there's a hole in the beer itself), but more that it doesn't taste like anything at all. From the mouthfeel, I want it to taste like a decent wheat beer so bad, but it just doesn't cut it.

I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't buy it. Like so many of the new 'Craft-style' offerings of AB.

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Photo of CBlack85
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a cloudy amber color with a generous off white head. Head retention is fairly good and there is a decent amount of lacing.

Toasted malts and wheat are the most dominant aromas, although there is an odd metallic note lingering in there as well. No real citrus notes from the american hops, I do get some slight hints of spicy hops.

Taste is definately heavy on the wheat side. I am actually getting some of the citrusy hop notes in the taste that were missing in the nose. That odd metallic charicteristic is present in the taste as well as in the nose. Not a bad beer, just not a great beer. A bit bland in my opinion.

I got this beer in a variety pack, and unfortunately I am disappointed by this offering. This is probably the least enjoyable beer in the variety pack (Ginger Wheat, Hop Hound, DukelWeisse, & Shock Top)

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Photo of wolfpack87
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decent beer from Anheuser Busch, but probably not quite as good as some other wheat ales. Nice smooth pour of a dark orange color. Smell is average, but has a fairly sweet smell to it. Taste is pretty decent, again not as good as something like Shocktop or something like that. Not as good as I had hoped in general, but would drink another one of them if it were available. Have not found any more of them for a few months now.

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Photo of lester619
3.27/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish amber brown. Thin white head that does not last. Mediocre lacing at best. No smell to speak of. Taste is bready and sweet with a little bit of a tangy aftertaste. The hop bitterness is there in the finish. I think I like this beer more than most people do. It's the best of the Michelob seasonal "craft" offerings. I'm not saying it belongs in the discussion of great beers, but it's certainly not awful. Some of the reviews make it sound like the worst stuff ever. I really don't get that. It's a middle of the road thirst quencher that would go nicely with some spicy chicken or ribs. Nothing here to hate.

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