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Michelob Golden Draft Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Golden Draft LightMichelob Golden Draft Light

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 2.33
pDev: 35.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Michelob Golden Draft Light is a premium cold filtered light lager beer that is brewed using a blend of two-row and six-row barley malt, premium American hops and rice to create its smooth, refreshing taste. It also undergoes a longer brewing process to produce a lighter taste, and fewer calories.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-24-2002)
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

04-29-2014 19:05:33 | More by ramrod666
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Daffron24

Colorado

1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

08-03-2013 05:30:38 | More by Daffron24
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ggourde

Missouri

1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

05-17-2012 02:27:24 | More by ggourde
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Joeyroush

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

02-07-2013 02:43:53 | More by Joeyroush
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Chucker17

South Dakota

1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

11-28-2012 18:37:29 | More by Chucker17
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HugePlume

Washington

1.55/5  rDev -33.5%

Served after a tour of the AB brewery in St. Louis MO

On Tap

A- Pours with a thick satin white head. Dissipates slowly. Color is a brassy-wheat color.

S- Smells terrible. Reeks of adjunct malt. Smells like corn-whiskey mash. Truly, honestly in the awful category.

T- Terrible again, flirts with undrinkable. Sweet mashy funk lager flavor.

M- Mouthfeel is decent for light lager, actually has a little body.

O- Terrible. 2nd worst beer I have ever had. Don't even try it for kicks.

09-27-2011 04:35:19 | More by HugePlume
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jera1350

Minnesota

1.6/5  rDev -31.3%

Extremely pale yellow body with a fizzy white head that shrinks down quickly.

Cheap graininess, a bit earthy and a hint of banana at the end.

The taste is so bland and watered down that it's really hard to pick out any flavor whatsoever. Light grain, little sweetness and that's about it. I've had well water with more flavor.

Thin and watered down with light bubbly carbonation that is almost fuzzy feeling.

Nothing good to be had from this one. Not worth even a try.

10-26-2010 20:52:49 | More by jera1350
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.63/5  rDev -30%

in my never ending quest to try the best and worst, i stumple upon this one.

poured into my glass the lightest of pale yellow the fizzy white head quickly reaches two inches before settling back down. light touches of corn and grain are all the things you can find and they get old might, might quick. light feel, is almost absent of any kind of flavor in the finish

overall they are almost all the same and universally just ehh. ut what can you do.

03-05-2011 18:54:24 | More by mikesgroove
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rye726

Colorado

1.63/5  rDev -30%

Not too bad for a light macro. This pours a clear yellow with the average macro head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Nose and taste and very grainy with a bit of ricey hops. The body is also very light. Too much carbonation to enjoy. This stuff doesn't have much going on, but it is not too bad either.

10-31-2008 06:27:11 | More by rye726
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KBomb

Minnesota

1.65/5  rDev -29.2%

Is this the same thing as what the Minnesotans call "Mic Gold Ultra"? I hope so, cause that's what was served to me this weekend and that is what I'm reviewing.

Unnaturally bright yellow beer with minimal head. Smells of corn-- a big can of creamed corn. Tastes like nothing. I'm serious, it tastes as close to water as you can get without it being water. I can't tell you more than this about the taste. Dry mouthfeel. Fairly easy to drink except it made for the worst hangover in my life.

I hope to never touch this stuff again.

11-28-2008 05:25:08 | More by KBomb
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happygnome

Minnesota

1.68/5  rDev -27.9%

a: pale yellow with about a eigth inch of head that dissapears fast with no lacing
s: sweet grains very little hop character deffinate presence of adjuncts
t: similar to aroma
m: light to medium bodied

overall if your going to have this beer i would suggest having it on tap, its better than the bottled version, but still nothing to seek out

04-07-2007 17:31:49 | More by happygnome
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jimmah120

Minnesota

1.68/5  rDev -27.9%

pint on draft for $2

Look is clear pale gold yellow. Smell is faint... boiled/fermented corn, hint of freshly cut grass. Taste is clean, crisp, air. Really not much: grain, malts some cooked corn, hint of grass and a slight foul spoiled flavor. Very light feel; extremely carbonated.

I don't like to unfairly bash beers like this, but this just isn't enjoyable. Halfway decent at times, till the "garbage juice" flavor hits you. For some reason it's huge in the midwest and seems to be at almost every bar I go to. It's always cheap as dirt, but even at a good price it isn't worth it.

09-27-2012 11:05:11 | More by jimmah120
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

1.68/5  rDev -27.9%

Macro Smackdown XVIII is yet another contest pitting the overdog (Michelob Golden Draft Light from Anheuser-Busch) against the underdog (Old Style Light from Pabst Brewing Company). Of course, given the fact that these are light beers, I don't expect them to have much bark or much bite. On to the show...

Medium amber, perhaps a half shade darker than OSL. The ivory colored cap is pretty impressive for the style and is a nice surprise. Not only that, but it looks like some foam will actually stick to the glass.

There isn't a bit of difference in the aromas. In fact, it's as if I'm smelling the same beer in two different glasses. Weak grain juice is about it. Maybe a whiff of noble hops, but that's probably pushing it.

Michelob Golden Draft Light is one of the least flavorful 'beers' that I've ever had. In fact, Michelob Ultra isn't too far down the scale. Light lagers are supposed to be light on flavor, but this is ridiculous. Each upending of the glass results in a mouthful of liquid that tastes like two parts sparkling water to one part macro lager. I'm sorry, but there's nothing to describe unless I start making shit up.

Although it's almost impossible to distinguish between two such watery beverages, I'm convinced that this beer's mouthfeel is at least one notch closer to water than Old Style Light's mouthfeel. Neither one seems aggressively carbonated, yet the burps are coming fast and furious. I don't really want to taste this stuff twice.

It seems to me that A-B products are only victorious in any given Macro Smackdown when they go up against Coors products. I like the corrugated-like cans that Michelob Golden Draft Light comes in, and the can's graphics are pretty cool, but the beer itself sucks like there's no tomorrow.

07-15-2007 12:40:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

1.7/5  rDev -27%

A: Light yellow color as to be expected of this style though not as drab or depressing as some.

S: Nothing but light grain.

T: Slight banana. Non-descript grain (corn, wheat, rice). A strange tang I assume is supposed to be hops?

M: Light and refreshing. Not much to note. Medium carbonation.

D: Like most light macro-brews this drinks like unflavored mineral water. I only review it because it is technically a beer.

12-28-2010 16:59:29 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

1.7/5  rDev -27%

Michelob Golden Light
A: Poured into a pint glass a lemon yellow colour with a 1/2" bright white head after a vigourous pour. Lively cabonation bubbles from the bottom as the head disintegrates. Looks very crisp, not off-putting.

S: Lightly fruity lager yeast and corn. Perhaps a bit of lighter pale malt, but that's about it.

T: Tastes liked carbonated water infused with corn-sugar extract. Odd fake-sugar sweetness upfront which morphs into the corny, excessively carbonated watery finish. Twangy/aluminium taste comes about as it warms a bit. The corn becomes increasingly grainy as it warms a bit as well. Odd mild sourness permeates the character of this beer.

M: Lively carbonation, and extremely light body.

D: Really--although perhaps as a newly initiated college student I may have thought this palatable--it is absolutely horrible. Adjuncts combined with a few other unidentified ingredients make an attempt to make this tasteless, but end up making it taste like watered-down corn and grain. Not my finest beer tasting moment.

01-24-2010 09:53:12 | More by darklordlager
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bsp77

Minnesota

1.73/5  rDev -25.8%

Serving glass: Poured from can into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden with a surprisingly sustained stark white bubbly head. That said, the strange neon cast to the color is distracting.

Smell: Muted grainy malts with lots of corn. Slight hay and spice.

Taste: Very little, mostly sweet grains (corn) with a small hay-like balance. virtually no hops.

Feel: High carbonation, very light body. Too much like carbonated water.

Drinkability: Not worth it.

06-29-2010 18:04:03 | More by bsp77
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

09-22-2013 18:11:05 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

08-17-2013 02:21:35 | More by MinorThreat
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sethmcconkey

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

09-07-2012 03:20:43 | More by sethmcconkey
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Fargrow

Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

03-12-2014 15:33:02 | More by Fargrow
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

10-24-2013 18:17:29 | More by Goosehunter75
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nibbish

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

04-12-2014 21:31:05 | More by nibbish
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Herky21

Iowa

1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

03-22-2013 22:41:33 | More by Herky21
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antichuckmoore

Iowa

1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

07-07-2014 07:56:45 | More by antichuckmoore
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Djsaturn1

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

02-27-2014 01:44:56 | More by Djsaturn1
Michelob Golden Draft Light from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.