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Michelob Hop Hound Amber WheatMichelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat

Brewed by:
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 DoctorDog
2.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pours a very hazy golden/orange, loaded with sediment, which remain suspended as a well mixed solution. ~1 fingers of off white head, which fades quickly to a thin ring. No lacing noted.

S- Slightly citrusy and grainy. Not disgusting, but not pleasant.

T- Slight wheat and orange characteristics. Bit of maltly sweetness. Minimal orange peel bitterness on the finish.

M- Moderately carbonated, and fairly crisp.

D- OK. Not all that difficult to drink, but ever-so-slightly displeasing after-taste seems to cumulatively erode my desire to drink any more than what is in front of me.

Future outlook: This is not a disgusting or terrible beer, but nothing to write home about either. Considering I got this at ~1/2 price after rebate, there is really no room for tears in this beer, but also no reason to revisit once the discount has been obtained.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Last year I thought this one was awful, with a name that implies a stronger hops presence. And though they've kept the name, this year I found myself enjoying this much more. It's a nicely clouded golden ale, featuring a balanced blend of Northwest hops and sweet malts. It's an appealing combination with hints of citrus and caramel notes, but not as bitter or biting as the name suggests. Hop Hound is easygoing, and not too complex, but more than drinkable. A nice starting point for the inexperienced beer drinker.

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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 Michadelphia
1.87/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Neither Hop nor Wheat beer. Where the heck were they? I should report AB to the BBB for false advertising. The brains at AB wanted to call this Hop Hound... Really? Hound Piss is more like it.

Part of me feels embarrassed because my gut said "Do NOT Buy This!". And the other part of me wants my 8 dollars back to spend on a case of Black Label. Which I would find much more enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Strand
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Michelob Hop Hound is Michelob's new spring seasonal beer. It's a cloudy wheat ale, kinda light reddish in color.

The first couple sips I had of Hop Hound, I didn't like it. But it sneaks up on you, and by the time you finish your beer, it's not that bad. I expected it to have a more hoppy taste and smell (beings it's called Hop Hound), but it did not, and that was disappointing.

This beer is worth trying at least. If you don't like it from the bottle, try pouring it into a glass - it seems to taste better that way. I don't plan on buying more Hop Hound any time soon, but it wasn't so bad.

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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 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 FuzzyGuy84
2.38/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Caramel color, opaque. Minimal carbonation throughout but I did get a big, bluffy head. Medium lacing.

S - Very raw sugary smell, almost like cookie batter. A bit of grain and caramel as well.

T - Thin and watery. A little bit of orange peel up front, and a clean finish with a nice punch of hop bitterness. What flavors come through are enjoyable but it's such a challenge to detect anything.

Mf/D - Light bodied with an easy finish. Very drinkable, but in the same way water is very drinkable.

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Photo of Squelch
2.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance; cloudy amber colored with slight off white head. No lacing

Aroma: malty no hop aroma.

Taste: a little bland. Smooth. Finishes with a slight banana. Not very complex. Flavors are subdued

Mouthfeel: medium light bodied.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable but not sure you'd want to.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle as a freebie from Mike at Poplar Wine & Spirits.

This pours a cloudy orange with a 2 finger head of billowy foam. It loks to be highly carbonated. It's certainly a nice loking brew.

The smell starts off pretty hoppy for the style with light notes of clove and banana following.

The taste has some orange peel up front with very light banana, also light on the wheat flavour with some fruitiness that imparts some sweet tones and an overall bitterness that sometimes comes across as tart.

The mouthfeel is close to medium and the carbonation *is* brisk but not as much as I would have guessed from the appearance.

Drinkability? Decent. I wouldn't session on it because there's better out there of the style but it's not a chore to finish the bottle.

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Photo of Vancer
3.07/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Ok - it irks me right off the bat when AB tries to confuse the consumer by calling this a "Hop Hound" in bold letters - the amber wheat note smaller and underneath. Call it some other type of hound - don't imply this is full of hoppy goodness.

Nice hazy amber orange pour into the AB sampling glass, thin ivory head pops up and quickly dies.

Aroma also good with the clove, banana, and citrus. Quaff was a letdown - watery and bland mix of the previous ingredients. Another AB entry into craft, but trying for the mass market. Average beer, but on the cheaper side at $7 a sixer.

Good for a mixed party when the gals need something "light" and refreshing.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.31/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a windowpane painted golden-amber color, many bubbles rising to the surface in an erratic fashion. The smell is expected - one of slight citrus, many hops, and mahogany afterscent.

Tastes very hoppy with a bit of carmel thrown in. Pretty decent! Better than expected from my least favorite brewing company in the world. Mouthfeel is the best it can possibly be - extremely solid and creamy and doesn't leave any sort of bad aftertaste whatsoever. Drinkability is as high as can go as well.

Overall, this is probably my favorite beer in the entire Michelob catalog. Props for this one.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev +23.1%
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 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 nem2006
3.72/5  rDev +24.4%
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 dmamiano
1.8/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap at a local bar in Morgantown, WV.
Poured an orange, cloudy color with absolutely no head. Poor looking beer.
Smelled of grainy corn, husky and some metallic notes.
Taste was plain awefull. I actually didnt/couldnt even drink it.
It was very bad.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.11/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a small weiss glass.

Pours a dark honey color with a reasonable cloud. Nice fluffy two finger head with decent staying power.

Aroma is of creamy, light roasted crystal malt, yeast and estery butter. Caramel aroma is weak but there.

Taste is creamy caramel malt, sour notes, citric almost like a saison with a tannic acid, iced tea type flavor. Hops are barely present. Weet honey on the middle with crackery bready notes. Finishes moderately dry and slightly boozey.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, carbonation is harsh and feels forced, but is within style. A very light bodied beer for a wheat.

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Photo of christopherharm
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice amber/chestnut color with a nice lace head; however, the head disappears with in the minute I poured it. Like many others have posted: where's the hops? I know the Michelob has gone to discribing their beers on the side with indicators, but I was puzzled by this one.

No distinct taste other than some orange or other citris. No bitterness from a "hoppy" beer.

Drinkability is average, but I would not tell a friend to drink this. Not even a strong wheat beer by wheat standards.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the tap at the A-B St. Louis Headquarters after a fine, free tour. Well, you get two complimentary drinks, and this was my 2nd. Not too bad although I question why the name "Hop Head"? Cloudy, wheat beer but to me by no means a "hoppy" beer. I'd drink again but do not think I would buy. The other beer I really liked, it was called Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale (Michelob). I do not see any ratings, it is above average for me.

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Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%
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 mjw06
3.11/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very cloud, dark golden color, slightly lighter than a non-alcoholic apple cider, nice one finger size head that leaves a descent lacing

wheat, wheat, wheat. with just a little hop and caramel to it.

not to much complexity or body in the flavor here. a malty wheat taste, that finishes not so pleasantly. confused as to why this is called hop hound, cuz im definitely not getting much hop here.

a nice soft medium body, carbonation is medium as well.

drinkable, but im confused as to where this beer is supposed to be taking me. definitely not a "hop hound", and has a nice body but definitely not something thats remotely full of flavor. how this is considered a spring brew? not sure of that either. this beer is kind of just there.

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Photo of JMBSH
2.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours about four fingers of head with a hard pour. Head shrinks to a decent coating but leaves no lacing on sides of glass. Lazy light orange in color. A fair amount of carbonation can be seen at first. When I reached the half way point, there was some but very little on the glass and only on the side opposite of where I was drinking from.

S - Very faint citrus scent. Almost unnoticable.

T - Very mild. "Hop Hound".... No really noticable hop bitterness. I can taste so spice that was added but no hoppiness.

M - I'm surpriced by the beer tasting almost flat even though I can see the carbonation in the glass. No aftertaste since the flavor leaves the mouth after swallowing the beer.

D - For a lot of people who drink macro beers this style will do them nicely. Smooth and light. Nothing that will shock they taste buds. For someone looking for hops, they will do go looking elsewhere.

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Photo of whynot44
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat hazy orange amber color with minimal white head that vanishes quickly.

The aroma is so light it's hard to describe, a hint of bread and caramel, maybe just a touch of lemon.

The taste is also mild, contrary to what you might expect from the name, slightly sweet, a little fruitiness, some vague citrus and a bit of herbal hoppiness and some carbonic notes at the end. Only A-B would call this "Hop Hound".

Ligtht bodied, easy to drink, A-B does that well. Altogether, nothing really special, but a decent enough brew for a Bud man looking for something a little different.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.43/5  rDev -18.7%
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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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.99 out of 5 with 248 ratings