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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Photo of Sylf
3.42/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle, stored in our fridge.

Appearance - Didn't see anything special, simple average beer.

Smell - Nice caramel smell with a slight citrus.

Taste - Not great, not horrible. Slightly surprising at first, which was nice. However, as the bottle goes down, gets a little repetative.

Mouthfeel - Clean, cant complain

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Could easily enjoy this beer for a full night. Starts to leave only a slight aftertaste, but it is not overwhelming.

I personally wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone as anything special, but may pick it up again some day.

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Photo of berserker256
3.37/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color. not much head. Thin head. Smells malty sweet and a little hoppy and not overpowering at all. There's a pleasant hop note with a touch of citrus in the flavor. Kind of thin and a little watery. Easy drinking. Much better than Budweiser or Busch. The company CAN produce pretty good beers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev +19.1%
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 slyke
2.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sun Dog Amber Wheat pours a copper color with a finger of tan head that falls to a cap after a few minutes, but laces decently.

The aroma of this beer has wheat and a bit of malty sweetness.

The taste incorporates the wheat and sweet malt notes, but adds a biscuit-like quality.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body with a crisp and clean finish.

Drinkability is alright for this beer. Nothing to write home about, but nothing objectionable.

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Photo of almychristopher
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a terrible wheat beer, but thead faded a bit quickly, and while there was a bit of a haze... not enough for me. The smell isn't the best but there is a bit of malty sweetness there, which leaves the tast which while it isn't great for a wheat ale is still fairly drinkable. uhm oh yeah the mouth feel? not really a fan.

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Photo of plaid75
3.41/5  rDev +14%
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 Stimack
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Normally I would not have tried this brew based on a number of factors but it was brought to a Memorial day bash and went home in my cooler. Being interested I thought I would give it a try. The brew pours to a cloudy amber color, a lot of residue left in the bottle which was unexpected, I guess yeast? Has a medium sized white head that did leave a slight amount of lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma of this brew is not bad, actually pretty good but to me it did not seem to have a wheat aroma to it, pale malts? Also some citrus aroma comes through. While the aroma seems to be pretty good it is nothing overly exciting which I suppose can be a good thing. The taste is similar to the taste, quite malty but again no wheat. The citrus flavor comes out pretty nicely but not sure what that is a product of as it seems different than a hop citrus flavor but I could be wrong. Overall this brew is quite easy drinking and fairly tasty, but based on a number of things is not one I would probably get again. The price tag I saw on this bottle I tried was surprising based on a number of other brews which I feel are better and cheaper.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sun Dog Amber Wheat pours to an orange/gold color with a good deal of carbonation and it offers a pretty good head of foam for a summer beer product. The appearance is slightly hazy and the aroma that is grainy and a little bit fruity.

Sun Dog Amber Wheat offers a good flavor that alternates between wheat/grains, citrus hops, and light spice. Caramel notes are tasted up front, followed by the flavor of toasted malt and a touch of light citrus. There is a slight bite in the finish, the result of the crispness of the hops and the carbonation, followed by an aftertaste of lightly spiced hops.

Sun Dog Amber Wheat is a good tasting summer brew from brewing giant Anheuser- Busch. A-B already produces a few seasonal brews, but Sun Dog is a little better than the rest, with a body that is light but a taste that offers some distinct refreshment that is great for a hot summer day. The most memorable aspect of the taste is the contributions from the hops. Cascade, Willamette, and Hallertau hops combine for a nicely spiced, fruity, tangy combination. Not only do the hops give the beer character, they make it seem a little fuller- bodied than it really is. It makes Sub Dog Amber Wheat a pleasant malt beverage surprise from Anheuser- Busch.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.22/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a golden, clear orange with a respectable head of white foam that seems to stick around awhile.

Aroma is more a sweet, malty lager than an ale. Don't notice wheat in the aroma at all...just very sweet malt.

Taste follows aroma even more so. Very sweet amber malt with just a bit of wheat drying towards the end and what seems to be an unbalanced hop finish.

Sorry to say, I didn't enjoy this one at all.
Not terrible, but not to be bought again.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.92/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance has a golden yellow color with a decent head to it. Smell of light malt and citrus. Taste is grainy with a slight sweetness from the malt with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is light, kind of watered down and lots of fizz. It could be better of course, but what do you expect from a macro.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev +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 bort11
2.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Tall light tan head that quickly recedes and leaves no lacing. Color is a slightly hazy orange/amber.

Smell is mostly a caramel malt with a hint or burnt oranges. Taste is pretty much the same. Pretty tannic.

Mouthfeel is light and almost watery. This gets a big "meh" from me.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Playwright in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a hazy dark gold/orange amber color with a one finger head of frothy foam which left some lacing until halfway through the brew.

S: Smell is a tad grainy, with some citrus fruit, wheaty banana esters and no real hop presence.

T: Taste is sweet and dry, which can be characteristic of a wheat ale, but this is too sweet and caramel-like for the drying effect. There is some sweet fruity candy taste that I can't put my finger on.

M: Mouthfeel is heavier than I'd like for a wheat ale most likely being marketed for summer.

D: It's not all that bad, but I'd find it hard to stick with as the lackluster taste and befuddling chemistry turn me off a bit. Certainly sessionable to some, I'd venture.

I really wish Anheuser would stop trying to trick the beer consuming public with gimmicky and "microbrewish" looking labels and taps. I tried it because it looked new, but I'll be wiser in the future. Hey AB, what happened to In Heat Summer Wheat? New Halloween, new costume, I guess.

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Photo of Onslow
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a surprise from Anheuser ... colour is of dark hazy orange .. decent american wheat smell ... lacing is decent for a mass amer wheat, some constent head .. taste is half way alright, a bit muddled but does the job on a hot day ... a good Busch product..

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.32/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, born on date 07Mar08. Pours a hazy light copper color with a 2 finger head which settles into a fairly thick collar. Medium but active carbonation, quite a few bubbles constantly rising, but it's a little ways from being "fizzy". I'm picking up an aroma of malt & banana. There's a hint of citrus peel on the first sip, with a slight hops/citrus/pepper bitterness on the finish. There's a sparkly-ness on the tongue. Flavor is a tad too subdued for my tastes. It's not a bad beer, it's just a little too bland. It's ok, but it could be a lot better if the A-B brewmasters would just go all-out & make a full-bodied, full-flavored beer instead of something like this. It seems to me that Anheuser-Busch is trying to play to both sides here & winning neither. Your average beer geek is gonna dismiss it as too bland & gimmicky, and your average Bud drinker (who probably wouldn't touch something catergorized as an "Amber Wheat Ale" anyway!) would dismiss it as too "weird" & gimmicky. Stop half-stepping, A-B, & let's see what you're REALLY capable of!!!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "born on" 2/8/2008. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a golden amber color with a half inch off white head. Head retention and lacing are below average. Not much to the aroma as it's a bit weak, but I can smell some wheat and caramel malt. Doesn't smell bad or offensive, though. The taste is better, it tastes like wheat/grain, caramel malt, and some citrusy hops. Mouthfeel/body is light, with slightly above average carbonation. Finish is dry and crisp. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. It's a step up from most A/B products. It's a decent, sessionable beer that would be good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of cgstarry
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bought at Cub foods while looking for a good cooking beer. Picked up some Milwaukee's Beast for brazing my brats on the grill and some of this because I love wheat beer and was eager to try an A-B offering.

Not too bad! Pours with a nice white head on top of a nice copper colored brew with medium carbonation. Each drink leaves some nice Belgian lace.

Taste starts a little brassy and fades into a mellow hop bitterness then finishes sweet. The body / mouthfeel is a little light for my taste but would probably be perfect on a hot day when I am looking to have a cold one and not need a nap!

I'd buy it again and keep it around for a good quality hot weather beer.

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Photo of Portertime
2.44/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A new brew from Anheuser-Busch. Had this well chilled in my Samuel Smith pub glass. Poured a cloudy honey color with a pathetic head and lots of mini bubbles rising from the bottom. Smell was barely there with a touch of hops. Taste was all right, a little citrus hops, some caramel malt. What turned me off was the stinging on the tongue, too much for a sipping beer.

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Photo of weeare138
2.92/5  rDev -2.3%
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 bashiba
2.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy brownish copper with a light creamy white head.

Smell is light and semi grainy.

Has a lightly sweet caramel malt body with just a touch of lemony hops. Fairly bland.

Mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty average, just a slight notch above the boring macro lagers ab is known for. pretty bland.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.62/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice caramel colored body with lots of bubbles. The head is an extremely pale tan and stands at two inches tall. The head is frothy and light.

S - Very mild hop aroma that smells smooth. Nothing like other wheat brews I've sampled before.

T - The start is a very sublte malt taste. It moves to finish with a light, (very light) hop flavor.

M - Watery feel to it with the flavor felt towards the back of my tongue and even the top of my mouth.

~ From the look of this brew I was really expecting more. I'm not impressed with the mild flavor. For a brew from AB that boasts 5.3% ABV I figured there would have been more put into it as opposed to another watered down beer from St. Louis.

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Photo of jwc215
3.46/5  rDev +15.7%
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 williamherbert
3.19/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light orange color with a decent puffy head. Thick as a lava lamp. Really looks good.

Smell is a mix of wheat and corn. Not bad but gets more and more average by the second. The tiniest hint of amber malt, but mostly metallic adjuncts in the nose.

The taste has a slightly bitter first bite. Actually a decent hop. Malt is clearly not all-malt. Because of this unearned bitterness its' just barely above average. Slightly sweet.

Feels a little thick and milky. Has a small bite. Really not bad. It's better than most Anheuser products, but still just an average beer. However it is a decent change of pace brew.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass hazy deeper yellow/gold color. Smell, I think something is wrong with my noise today. Taste - on first drink noticed the malts hit the side and back, with minimal hop. Drinkable summer wheat beer. A little surprised its from AB.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a decent amber-golden with relatively little haze for a wheat. The head developed quickly, but collapsed again just as fast, with poor lacing (in a glass I know was not soaped, so it was a flaw in the beer). The Aroma was not unpleasant, but not distinctively wheaty either. It has a decent wheat flavor, though it lacks any of the usual overtones of an American style wheat. Again, not unpleasant, but not distinctive. The mouthfeel was smooth. But both the flavor and the mouthfeel evaporated as quickly as the head, leaving absolutely nothing in terms of flavor or texture on the finish. This isn't a beer I hate, but neither is it one I like. I think it will satisfy a diverse, non-beer geek crowd, but it will disappoint anyone looking for depth or complexity.

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Michelob Hop Hound Amber Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.99 out of 5 with 248 ratings