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Michelob Golden Draft Light - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob Golden Draft LightMichelob Golden Draft Light

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 2.31
pDev: 34.63%


Brewed by:
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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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badbeer

Iowa

2.08/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Free can obtained from friend. Thanks for sample.

Poured a pale yellow color with a foamy head, leaves no lace around glass. Smell was pretty water but with hints of grain and a bit of corn. Taste emulates the smell for the most part. Light bodied, with a moderate carbonation, wasn't overcarbonated like most macros. Given a choice, I probably wouldn't have another.

Serving type: can

02-12-2006 15:05:30 | More by badbeer
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Redrover

Illinois

1.83/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sampled at the International Falls, MN Country Club.

The beer pours a very pale yellow with a large chemically looking head. No lacing.

Hardly any aroma at all, if you strain you may bet a bit of grass or hay.

Taste is slightly better. A bit of sweetness and the faintest whisper of grains. Hops are virtually nonexistent.

Thin mouth that the carbonation can not over come. Drinkable in a pinch., but there must be something better on about any beer list.

Serving type: can

08-01-2005 18:23:15 | More by Redrover
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is pale and clear. Almost as pale as white grape juice. A decent sized dirty white head is erected, but falls just as quickly. The carbonation looks lifeless. Smells tinny, corny and veggie like. Nothing appealing at all on the nose. The taste is like corn as well. And grainy. Quite bland and uninteresting. Mouthfeel is carbonated, but weak. Fizzy and unappealing. All in all, I'll pass on this next time. Unless there is absolutely no other option.

Thanks for letting me raid your macro selection ZAP.

Serving type: can

06-09-2004 04:23:18 | More by Bighuge
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Tballz420

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The only reason i give this beer a 2 is because it is my favorite light beer, if there is such a thing. Its good for young folks drinking it out of a keg. For some reason this isnt sold many places, i was always under the impression it was only in MN, anyways you cant find it very often out of that state. Nothing special by any means.

Serving type: can

04-05-2003 22:20:20 | More by Tballz420
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budgood1

Minnesota

1.13/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

had this over the weekend too.....probably the worst beer ever made....maybe even worse than coors light. it's like drinking bad tasting seltzer water. i imagine the only redeeeming quality of this beer is..........um..........well i can't think of one right now, but it was free anyway.

Serving type: can

03-25-2002 00:55:45 | More by budgood1
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +73.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 3/5/14. Had this one a few times before. It's a Mid-West brew and never seen it back in Florida. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a lighter-yellow in color with a small fizzy white head that settles down to mostly the sides of the glass.. Not much of a aroma actually, just some grain with light hops. Carbonation is above normal but not bad. Taste was about the same but is a little on the watery side but I like this one and not a fan overall for Bud products.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 23:00:01 | More by BeerWithMike
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mcrow24

Minnesota

2.49/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As far as commercial light lagers go this isn't a bad one but it is what it is. Unfortunately for me this is the wife's prefered brew so I have to drink it sometimes. I've become used to drinking this on a hot day where is more of something to keep the throat from getting dry than it is to enjoy drinkning.

On a really hot day and if it is very cold it can be tolerated and even can be refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 17:12:30 | More by mcrow24
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kylehay2004

Florida

2.08/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed at the brewery in st Louis. 1.5 finger head with poor retention on a clear bright golden body. This beer is pretty much odorless. Flavor Is also really mild with mostly light grain and rice. No hop or supporting flavors but also not bitter or off putting. Light body ad high carbonation. Incredibly boring beer. Obviously easy to drink but also it's lack of flavor will bore you into not wanting another.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 20:15:52 | More by kylehay2004
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jimmah120

Minnesota

1.68/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.88/5  rDev +68%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is light beer so I will compare it to other light beers. It does not compare to more roboust beers as it is not meant to be. The flavor was decent and it went down easy. If there was a drinkability rating it would get a 4.5. The color was as expected for its style light golden transparent. It was priced right at $3 for a 20oz draft on happy hour. The flavor was mild but still decent for its style. I did not feel like I ate a meal after a couple. If you like like light beer I would recommend trying this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 07:02:21 | More by pheasantpete
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

2.6/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a translucent yellow with a big, foamy head. No retention or lacing. Smells like you typical AAL, except lighter, with the usual cereal grains, and a touch more corn sweetness. Tastes the same as the scent. Corn sweetness is the biggest flavor here, and helps detract from the otherwise fairly bad taste. Very light, not quite as carbonated as other cheap lagers, and easy to drink.

Overall, a regional beer that I think might have success elsewhere outside of the midwest.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 01:52:29 | More by boilermakerbrew
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty boring... pale straw gold with a wisp of carbonation on top.

Creamed corn, muted grassy hops, a bit stale but certainly approachable. It smells rather nice actually.

I'm pretty impressed by the amount of flavor displayed here... there's nothing very impressive but it's cornbread, dried herbs and fresh cut grass.

This is much better than I remember.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 07:08:05 | More by yamar68
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HugePlume

Washington

1.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 04:35:19 | More by HugePlume
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jsprain1

Minnesota

2.35/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Sadly this is just a terrible looking beer. Pale golden. The head was super thick but by the time I raised it to my lips it was gone.
S- Light grains and a weak lightly sweet cracker aroma.
T- The flavor is very mild. It tastes mildly crackery, lightly sweet.
M- Body isn't altogether bad compared to the alternatives in the style. More moderate carbonation than many light lager.
O- Meh. It's about on par with most light lagers. Neither better nor worse than the common conception of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 01:26:23 | More by jsprain1
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, grain, adjuncts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some mildly bready flavors of grain and adjuncts. Then a light malt sweetness comes in. The malt character isn’t very faint as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down very easily and not filling at all since there isn’t much to the beer, very mild kick, good representation of style at least, typical fizzy yellow light beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 02:35:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.95/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Remember those ribbed bottles from about a decade ago? High-larious, although I guess they saved a few bottles from being dropped.

One of the weakest 'beer'pearances I've ever seen, at least before the low calorie craze. Super light yellow, no head, lace or retention. Zilch aroma.

Taste, as you'd expect, no malt or hop quality to speak of. Nothing tastes 'bad', just nothing tastes. So it's a good palate cleanser if you think drinking water is for pussies. There's just not much to speak of here, when water is the predominant 'quality' in a beer. I've had worse, this isn't painful to drink or anything, unless you're jonesing for some beer or a buzz.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 17:04:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Illtryit

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For some reason, this beer isn't available in St. Louis, so it has gained an almost 'urban leagend' appeal in my neck of the woods. Old loyalties to AB die hard sometimes.

Anyway....

Appearance - yellow to gold, clear as hell, Quickly disappearing foam with no lacing.

Smell like sweet water and corn.

Taste pretty good for what it is. Light grains, subtle aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery.

Overall, this is probably AB best brew. Buy some and serve to your freeloading freinds.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 23:34:40 | More by Illtryit
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mrseano

Minnesota

2.35/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Very light straw golden color

S: Not much here. Straw, grain.

T: Refreshing but too bland. Little grain and grass.

M: Very light and watery. Felt like drinking fizzy carbonated, lightly flavored water.

O: Cheap, easy-to-consume but not fun to taste beer. Such low alcohol and taste content that it finishes quickly before you realize it. Did taste better than Bud, however, as I tasted the two alongside each other to compare.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 04:53:43 | More by mrseano
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Wasatch

Utah

1.95/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice clean/clear yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly malty, grainy, and ricy. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with too much grains/rice. Light Body. A thirst quencher only.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:42:11 | More by Wasatch
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arvjunk

Minnesota

1.05/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance - poured in a pint glass, light golden yellow, thick fluffy white head. Goes away almost as fast as it came

Smell - muted, grassy, boring. Nothing special about and about what you expect

Taste - it has that weird quality that comes from the corn being a major part of the recipe. It's a little funky, kind of buttery and really weird (for me at least). There isn't anything in the taste that is appealing to me

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy. Carbonation is prickly on the tongue

Overall - there is absolutely nothing about this beer that is enjoyable for me. I don't judge those that enjoy it, but it is not for me

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 09:23:13 | More by arvjunk
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.63/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

1.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 16:59:29 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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jera1350

Minnesota

1.6/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the clear bottle into a clear pint glass. Bears the "Born on date" of May 18, 2010.

A - Poured a clear, very light straw in color. An aggressive pour yielded a thinnish white head. Head retention was not very good and it left very little in terms of lacing.

S - Doesn't smell particularly appealing...a little bit of weak cooked corn, not much going on here (and I had to strain to get that).

T & M - Well, it certainly feels like I'm hydrating as I drink this. I have to go back and review a macro like this every now and again to really appreciate the craft beer scene I think. Maybe a little corn, maybe a little grain, certainly a lot of water! Mouthfeel is thin and watery, highly carbonated and thus a bit abrasive.

D - The only reason I had this in my fridge was because I was entertaining a girl that can't drink the "thick and gross" craft beer I drink. I would not recommend this to anybody and feel like I've insulted my taste buds by even pouring this in my mouth. Call me a "beer snob" if you will, I just enjoy more flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:40:44 | More by drizzam
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JackieTH

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow and bubbly with a briefly appearing soapy head.

Smell: Muted grain.

Taste: Watery, with hints of grain and a muted background sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and carbonated.

Drinkability: This beer is not offensive and you can't spend the whole day & night drinking Russian Imperial Stouts can you? Also a perfect compliment to a Bloody Mary. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2010 14:10:49 | More by JackieTH
Michelob Golden Draft Light from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.