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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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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 248
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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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nice muddy yellow, and had a nice head which was fairly present throughout the drink allowing for some very good lacing.

S: Smelled like your average wheat beer.

T: The taste was very bland, and didn't have any interesting notes about it.

M: Felt fairly watery... not what I was expecting.

D: I'd rate this higher if it had a bit more of a taste.

Overall, really unimpressed, and thought that it could use something more. Very half hearted attempt by Michelob.


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

A- Pours with a thick foamy collar that retains very well, eventually settling down to a layer of foam over the brew. The color is orange/amber that is crystal clear at first, until you mix the final bit of beer with the rested yeast in the bottle, then it becomes very hazy. Good sticky lacing clings to the glass. Impressive look.

S- The aroma is fairly mild, but it does have smells of sweet malt and is fruity....primarily of citrus but there is some richer aromas of peaches or possibly apricot/unripened bananas. The apricot smell to me is more of the bitter/nutty pit in the middle. I don't smell much in terms of hop bitterness.

T- It is sweet from the malts, but also fruity....similar to the aroma, as in lemony, peach/apricot pit and some banana. It is quite clean tasting, and finishes with a very modest hop bitterness. Not as pronounced a flavor as I would have expected from this style.

M- This beer is classified as a spring seasonal, and I think it does the job here. The body is light, and it is crisp and refreshing. The carbonation isn't overpowering but does provide a bit of a zing on the palate.

D- I don't think I'd go out of my way to buy this one again, but wouldn't avoid it either. I think it's a good warm weather beer and think it would be best on it's own. I think it would be a good starter to someone who hasn't tried a wheat beer before as the fruitiness is mild and overall flavor isn't rich. I will probably try this again if given the chance when the weather is warmer.

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Photo of alleykatking
1.91/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a semi-hazy lighter amber color. Little 1/2 finger white head that dies almost right away. No real lacing to speak of...everything just slides back into the glass.

S- Sweet smell right off the bat. I would even throw out some apricot off scents in there. There was a sweet malt smell coming from this beer as well. No real Hop or Wheat scents with this in the nose. This kind of threw me off.

T- Very malty tasting right from the get go. There is no wheat or hop taste in this beer at all. There is a light bready note floating around this big caramel sweet body. No real hops until a light dash in the tail end of this beer. Not really bitter but more earthy than anything. The apricot smell turned into a light taste in the middle of this beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Sickly sweet malts left on the palate and in the aftertaste. The end of this beer gets a little tough and chewy to me. It could be because I didn't want to finish it.

D- The way this beer is now...I would not want another one. Maybe if this comes back out this next year I will retry it. As far as right now goes though...this is crap and should not be drank as is. Oh and change the name A-B...it can be confusing for people thinking they are buying a hoppy beer.

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Photo of bob3701
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. Nice cloudy amber color with a bubbly off wite head. OK lacing. The name confussed me was expecting some hoppy wheat hybrid. Though it is wheat it was not hoppy at all. Enjoyed the orange after taste. Went down easy on a very hot day. Enjoyed it, I guess the name just bothers me.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy, light amber with about a half inch of white foam. Retention is short and the head settles to a moderate collar. No lacing.

S - Lightly toasted malt with a touch of vanilla. Small hints of lemon and earth are present, likely from the hops. A bit more sweet smelling than I'd expect from something with both "hop" and "wheat" in the name.

T - Bready flavors kick things off followed by a huge caramel/brown sugar sweetness. The sweetness lingers for most of the sip, developing into a sort of artificial/candy-like flavor. Whatever hops are in here try to push through late palate with hints of earth, flowers, and grass, but these flavors can't quite push through the big sweetness present up until this point. No discernable wheat flavor as far as I can tell.

M - Hop Hound Amber Wheat starts off with a medium light body, gets almost chewy (for an amber or APWA) in the middle with the saccharin sweetness, and fades out with wateriness by the end. Strange and unappealing; maybe it would work with different/stronger flavors. Carbonation is moderate and tolerable; the only reason I gave mouthfeel a 2.5 instead of a 2.

D - Meh, the beer isn't terrible but it isn't something I care to drink much of. The overwhelming sweetness is out of place and there just aren't enough noticable hops to balance the equation. Parts of this brew are appealing, but when slapped together it seems messy.

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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 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 wahhmaster
3.48/5  rDev +16%
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 Mosstrooper
3.41/5  rDev +13.7%
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 rfgetz
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-on the lighter side of copper in color, thin fluffy head with no retention or lacing

S- faint hints of apples and carmel amongst a danky, earthy moldy scent in the rear

T- follows the scent... faint hints of carmel and sweet, light fruit (apple)... almost bitter, dank taste associated with skunked beer.

M- light to medium bodied, dry, bitter aftertaste

D- bland, dry and skunky... had from multiple cases of the sampler pack, so its not just a random occurance

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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
3 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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