The Bottom Line
The label and the name of this beer puts an emphasis on hops. For beer lovers familiar with wheat beers this may seem a little curious and more than a little contradictory. It is.
- Very little hoppiness; just a touch at the end.
- Interesting blend of amber and American wheat ale
- No hop hound
Guide Review - Beer Tasting Notes and Review for Hop Hound Amber Wheat
I was expecting a healthy serving of hops with this beer but I was disappointed. The nose carries a healthy dose of sweetness with some bread-like graininess but not a hint of hops. The body is cloudy and amber with a dense, medium head. Its flavor is very sweet and reminiscent of standard amber ales with notes of caramel. The very end of the taste carries a touch of hops bitterness.
I would not harp on the lack of hops so much except that the label and name trumpets hoppiness. This beer is really an interesting blend of American wheat ale and amber ale and, when approached with that in mind, interesting. But it is certainly no hop hound.