Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Hop Hound Amber WheatMichelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat
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Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States | website

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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198
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248
Avg:
3
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 248
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 BEERchitect
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer fares much better than most other Anheuser-Busch craft beer attempts. Although it's caught between styles, it borrows the more favorable attribues from both. The pour delivers a brightly colored amber-golden color with sparkling carbonation, good head formation and retention. Aromas are mild but display a blend of wheat malt, barley, and cereal grains. Low ester profile and weak hop additions give no real complexity to the nose. Flavors fare about as well-- sweet malts and grains give way to mild hop bittering and light astringency, but becomming crisp before the finish. The wheat helps the mouthfeel considerably and helps to keep the adjuncts at bay, but crispness overtakes any creaminess. Finishes crisp, moderately clean, and with a light grain astringency. I feel that this beer will do well this summer with the pseudo-beer geek, but I'll prefer an amber with a firmer malt base and better hopping rates.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a orange/red color.. small head to it, small amount of lacing as well. Aroma has a tad bit of hop smell to it, just barely noticeable. Slightly light to medium bodied, nice little bitterness in there but just not great taste at all. Just way too watery and bland.. its like a watered down pale ale. Pretty drinkable but for a Macro interpretation this one isn't holding up too well... I'd have one if given to me but other than that probably wouldn't have this again in my life.

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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 zeff80
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, tan, bubbly head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of toasted malts and caramel. No wheat-like aromas at all.

T - It tasted very malty and of sweet caramel. Again, no wheat presence.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This beer tastes okay, but they need to cut wheat from the title because there is none present. It tastes like an amber ale.

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Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev +12%
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 nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev +18.7%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
2.43/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clearish, orange body with a small, white head.

Smell: Mild aroma of wheat, toasted malt, and spice.

Taste: Wheaty maltiness, light taste of toasted malt. Mild sweetness. A few flecks of lemon peel half-heartedly tossed in. Spicy hops, mildly bitter. Touch of yeast. Metallic hint to the otherwise crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bland, vapid product slathered in slick marketing and frisbee-loving mascot dogs. Thanks, but no thanks, AB.

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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 TheManiacalOne
2.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts, and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready with a strong wheat flavor. There are mildly sweet background flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild hops presence, but it's not all that balanced. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there's nothing really bad about this beer that stands out but there isn't anything good either, yet another lackluster AB beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev +6%
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 jwc215
3.46/5  rDev +15.3%
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 tempest
3.57/5  rDev +19%
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 WesWes
2.7/5  rDev -10%
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 Tone
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color. 1 inch head with decent retention and no lacing. Smells slightly of citrus, slight hops, and lager. Has a crisp and slightly chewy mouth feel. High carbonation level present. Tastes of citrus, some hop bitterness is noticeable, and a sweet malt background. Overall, it relies too much on the citrus flavoring and not enough on the malt. Too watery and therefore lacking in body. Not real bad, but I'm not going out of my way to try again.

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Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is crisp, some fruitiness and a bit of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew.

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Photo of plaid75
3.41/5  rDev +13.7%
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 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 weeare138
2.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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 jdhilt
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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 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 beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An amber wheat that poured a bright pumpkin orange when held against the light. A spongey, beige capping sits atop about a finger high displaying a moderate sense of retention but with a generous show of lacing that sticks rather well. A steady and uniform rising of micro-bubbles compose the visible effervesce portion.

S: The nose initially showed some promise at first with the wet pacific hops coming through in the way of orange-citrus notes of light strength but quickly faded thereafter. Im guessing they got the name of the drink because you'd have to be a blood hound to pick up any sense of hops.

T: For flavor some bright orangey-citrus hops come through, wet and juicy with notes of sour tropical fruitiness. The malting appears rather light here, a bit watery and thin, contributing little to the overall experience. A slight sour yeasty twang along with a drying of orange peels is picked upon the swallow. Overall this beer shows its macro roots but does get credit for trying to display a sense of hops, but is perhaps a bit underwhelming considering the name, or maybe its just my stringent standards. I decided to be generous and give this a 3.5 for the pure effort of trying to use hops though it didn't exactly come together all that well.

M: The mouthful was creamy with a foaming nature in the mouth. A good deal of carbonation gives this a bubbly sensation in the mouth.

D: Drinkability was ok, but not high on enjoyability. A light, albeit maybe watery body with some wet, orange-citrus juice will be easy to down, but lacks a crispness of either a amber or a wheat. Halfway through I became uninterested in finishing trying to be distracted from what lied before me. I don't know what the target audience for this would be, unimpressive by the average craft beer drinker, and probably a bit to much hop juice for the average macro-drinker. A one time by for the curious, don't waste your money on a sixer here. Maybe BMC should focus on trying to nail a single craft style first instead of trying to tackle a hybrid mish-moshing and ruining the reputation of two good styles.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the "pleasure" of trying this at a sports bar that wasn't also a beer bar. Poured a somewhat cloudy orange body with a two finger head, so not so bad. The smell is nondecript; I pick minor citric hop notes and some darker fruits (amber/cherry) but no wheat, spices or malt. Taste is the same - this is a beginner's beer streamlined for mass consumption/production. There's very little hops or wheat, and I don't know where the amber/juice taste is supposed to come in. Does have a thin body that passes easily and this is not a repulsive macro. That's about as good as it gets.

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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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