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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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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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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 248
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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Photo of Rayek
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale amber, with nice clarity and active carbonation. A dense beige tinged head has very nice retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Slightly fruity, with bits of lemon and apple. A bit of straw and white bread rounds things out.

T: Cracker-like malts and bit of toffee make up most of it. Bitterness is light, but does have a nice lemon taste to it. Finishes quite clean and a bit watery.

M: The light body is somewhat grainy and has high, yet fine feeling carbonation.

D: For one thing, this is a badly named beer. But the name doesn't really matter. The light body and mild flavors certainly make it easy to quaff.

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

A - Poured a hazed orangish color with a white head that fades in the blink of an eye

S - Is of wheat and the slightest bit of hops

T - Not all that much going on sweet wheat taste with a hint of hop flavoring

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - For what it is this is a pretty decent beer so what if AB-Inbev makes its thats no reason to give it anything less than an average score of 3 hell this stuff is better than most micros that make so called hefes lets rate to style people not by brand.

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Photo of zbs
1.38/5  rDev -54%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bought for $4 / six pack in Brooklyn at 4 am. Did not catch "Michelob" in the aisle, which would have given me pause. (But that price is highly unusual for New York, so no telling.) Despite the corniness of the name, was encouraged by the presence of "hop." Anyway, wrong decision. Should have stuck with High Life.

HHAW: chemical sweetener, one-dimensional brownness, overweight body for the profile.


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

Just another example why I don't like macros. Part of a wheat sampler pack, one of the lesser choices. Hazy orange color with a small white head. Minimal aroma, just something sweet. Sweet orange taste. Medium bodied, but way too sweet. Don't bother.

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

A: Pours a hazy, almost murky orange-amber color. The head has a similar murky orange tint and a moderately dense, somewhat creamy texture. Retention is average, with some irregular lacing.

S: Some sweet wheatiness in the nose, as expected. A touch of caramel aroma, which is unusual. Some toasty and fruity notes. I pick up a moderate (for the style) leafy/herbal hop presence.

T: A middling malt presence up front: some crisp, sweet wheat flavor along with a bland caramel note. Some fruitiness - light notes of banana and apple peel. A leafy/herbal hop profile is detectable, but it falls flat, especially for a "hop hound".

M: I'm somewhat certain that the poor mouthfeel here really damages what could otherwise be an interesting beer.Medium bodied with lightish carbonation, yet overall the mouthfeel falls falt and is a bit cumbersome. It needs to either be creamy and smooth or crisp and refreshing; this beer is neither, and it suffers for it.

D: I tried to suppress my cynical response to calling an American Pale Wheat Ale a "Hop Hound", but now I can't help but scoff a little. It's not a bad beer, but in general this could just stand to be more refreshing.

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Photo of biggred1
3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed amber with blonde highlights and a foamy cream colored head that leaves some lace on the glass. the nose is light caramel and toast with a touch of mild lemony hops. The flavors mirror the nose, lots of caramel slathered toast and light citric hops to balance. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. This beer is okay but it should change it's name to "malt hound".

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Photo of JerseySlim
2.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought this as part of a $5.99 twelve pack of Michelob "craft" wheat beers. 12-ounce bottle.

Appearance - Copper colored, decent head that quickly dissipated and left nothing in the way of lacing.

Smell - Not distinguished, expected it to have a strong hop aroma, and was disappointed

Taste - A little wheaty, but no dominating flavors

Mouthfeel - Thin, a little grainy.

Drinkability - Didn't expect much for six bucks, and was not surprised.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.22/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a copper/amber color with one finger of slightly beige head. The retention was less than impressive and the lacing also thin. The aroma was of toasted malt, caramel malt, a little macro grains and floral hops. The flavors were quite milk toast and there was very little hop presence for the name. It was quite middle-of-the-road and consequently sessionable but it was also ill-defined aside from wheat, hints of citrus hops and a generic malty sweetness. Didn't care much for the finish either. The body was medium/light, the mouthfeel average and the carbonation good.

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Photo of DookDrinkyCrow
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy caramel/copper color. Medium carbonation

S: Wheat, faint malt and hops

T: sweet creamy malt flavor

M: Light but a hoppy finish.

D: Medium bodied and flavorful.

This beer had me expecting a bitter hoppy almost IPA taste, suggested by the name Hop Hound. After ingesting I was first dissapointed at the absence but then delighted at the one of a kind character. A good beer worth trying.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness date. Corny cartoon of a dog on the label.

Pours an attractive, lightly cloudy amber with the occasional brassy highlights. The head starts a fizzy white with 1/2 cap and quickly fades to a 1/8 inch skimming.

Smells of light, earthy malts and faint hints of citrus hops. Overall, the nose is mild, but mildly inviting.

Medium to high carbonation in the mouthfeel with light, watery malts taking up the majority of this beer. The malt bill is larger then I was expecting, but I'm not getting much of the advertised wheat and amber aspects. I get a tasty apricot and light caramel sweetness.

Not bad for a macro micro...

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