1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Michelob Golden Draft Light - Anheuser-Busch

Not Rated.
Michelob Golden Draft LightMichelob Golden Draft Light

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
57
awful

218 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 218 | Reviews: 92 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ramrod666
ramrod666

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

04-29-2014 19:05:33 | More by ramrod666
Photo of Fargrow
Fargrow

Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

03-12-2014 15:33:02 | More by Fargrow
Photo of RDW
RDW

Nebraska

1/5  rDev -57.1%

03-04-2012 05:32:14 | More by RDW
Photo of fuzzcherry
fuzzcherry

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -14.2%

12-03-2011 21:54:24 | More by fuzzcherry
Photo of OldhouseRecs
OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev +7.3%

08-18-2012 01:46:59 | More by OldhouseRecs
Photo of polopaul20
polopaul20

Maryland

2/5  rDev -14.2%

01-08-2014 18:24:33 | More by polopaul20
Photo of Mistofminn
Mistofminn

Minnesota

2.53/5  rDev +8.6%

Served in 12 oz clear bottle (the ridges are kinda cool?)

A - What you would expect from a macro light lager. Light golden color. Little head.

S - Also typical of a macro light lager. Not much too it.

T - Despite its bad rap, the taste isn't all that repulsive.

M - Heavy carbonation, very light and watery.

D - Once again, a very drinkable macro light lager. Enjoying it on the other hand is a different story.

Another cheap buzz. It is what it is.

12-10-2008 04:39:12 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of proc
proc

Michigan

2/5  rDev -14.2%

Very watery and somewhat bland. I liked the bottle shape it that counts for anything. Not much going on with this beer.

05-10-2002 11:07:59 | More by proc
Photo of KC9LDB
KC9LDB

Illinois

3/5  rDev +28.8%

11-21-2011 23:05:11 | More by KC9LDB
Photo of gmfessen
gmfessen

Michigan

2.85/5  rDev +22.3%

Poured from the bottle, beer is a clear, light golden color with a thin white effervescent head. Smell is pretty typical of a macro light lager, just a slight sweetness of grainy malt. Taste is also of corn malt and adjuncts. As a light beer, it has the mouthfeel of water as I had expected. This is a drinkable light beer, nothing special... so it fits the profile. I would however drink this beer over bud light if I had the choice.

03-01-2007 05:04:38 | More by gmfessen
Photo of LordAdmNelson
LordAdmNelson

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev +8.6%

A- Golden color typical of the adjuncts. Some white head, but fades rapidly.

S- Sweet, corny, not too metallic at all, which is a nice change from other macros. Nothing special.

T- It has more flavor than other light beers, IMO. Again sweet, corn flavors dominate. Just a hint of hops in the finish (or is it my imagination?).

M- Like a soda.

D- Definitely good for a kegger or drinking games. Do I really enjoy it though? Not a ton, but a little.

06-01-2009 20:08:56 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of Dapperticus
Dapperticus

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +50.2%

07-06-2012 03:30:20 | More by Dapperticus
Photo of happygnome
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
Photo of boilermakerbrew
boilermakerbrew

Missouri

2.6/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

07-11-2012 01:52:29 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of heytomcat
heytomcat

Minnesota

1/5  rDev -57.1%

08-22-2013 02:45:47 | More by heytomcat
Photo of TrojanWheels
TrojanWheels

California

4/5  rDev +71.7%

01-18-2012 22:34:18 | More by TrojanWheels
Photo of JamesMN
JamesMN

Minnesota

2.38/5  rDev +2.1%

Appearance: Transparent straw. Very light in color. Basically non-existant bright white head.

Aroma: Almost nothing. A little bit of bread.

Taste: Starts with a just a hint of pale malt but turns into corn by then end. No bitterness. Probably one of the least bitter 'pilseners' in the world. Any flavor potential this brew had was ruined by how watered down it is.

Mouthfeel: Super effervescent to the point of being annoyingly fizzy. Very thin. Above average drinkability but drinks like soda water. Basically the same experience as drinking a Coke.

Final Thoughts: While not the worst macro-lager, Michelob Golden Light is definitely low-class. It's the usual choice for frat parties and other mindless drinking activities but has absolutely no place in a now booming beer industry full of such better options.

08-06-2012 04:18:53 | More by JamesMN
Photo of Chaz
Chaz

Minnesota

2.13/5  rDev -8.6%

This one pours a brilliant, Textbook "straw" in color, topped with a shock white head (I poured the can into a large-than-average glass to allow for a nice-sized two-fingered head to develop). The head falls after a couple of minutes and leaves no real lace to speak of.

Nose offers just a hint of pale malt, some faint cracker and/or bread-like character, and a semi-sour/tangy character (somewhere between citrus zest and 'fermented fruit'). Not much going on here in the nose, at best it is inoffensive or "neutral".

There's very little flavor here. The semi-tangy character in the nose seems to dominate the latter portion of the palate, with a lightly-sweet, "malty" character driving the former. As this warms (and do yourself a favor *DON'T* let it warm!) it loses drinkability considerably, as the aforementioned tangy-sour aspect comes into full prominence. Considering the style and the beer in-total, the mouthfeel is actually better than most, and I've remarked as such on prior run-ins with this beverage. Overall this is a light, fizzy, in-offensive Barley Pop, and, as I'm often told: "You can drink a lot of 'em without them causing you to get a beer gut!".

Fact is, I'm long-since been accustomed to people (co-workers, barkeeps, random strangers) offering me this very beer for free, and I (almost) always oblige: at best it is a way to bond with the people around me while beating the heat and/or slaking a thirst, maybe even wash-down a plate of greasy appetizers. At worst, of course, Michelob Golden Draft Light is an offense to a palate which has grown accustomed to all-malt brews with complex hop profiles...

Whenever I've "enjoyed" this beer in the past there's always been something about it that I can't quite quantify, and I can only -vaguely- describe it here as being an Inverse Taste Ratio, in that for each of these I drink, the less beer I feel like drinking in any given sitting. Granted, I've had enough of these in my time (draught, cans, bottles out of the back of some geezer's trunk on the way to a show...), but for whatever reason this beer puts me off drinking! It's not as bad as "Mich Ultra", but it is almost a negative beer, making up for all the calories your get from drinking anything with more calories than Bud Heavy.

I've tasted more flavorful "Diet Beers" in my time, and I'm endlessly impressed with the popularity of this particular diet beer. To be honest, I'd only ever recommend Mich GL to people who -do not- in fact, generally enjoy the flavor profiles exhibited by textbook renditions of classic ale and lager styles.

EDIT: edited "taste" section to account for the factor of environmental temperature fluctuation: summertime in a clear glass does nothing for the flavor of this beer (I'd have been much better served by drinking it straight from the can). I'm also reminded by the annoying aftertaste that this particular beer leaves behind, which reminds me very much of the aftertaste which always made me dislike diet soda pop in general. I had to crack the nearest can of "Leinie's Original" just to get the taste out of my mouth...

07-25-2011 21:36:56 | More by Chaz
Photo of afinepilsner
afinepilsner

Iowa

2.1/5  rDev -9.9%

12oz clear bottle

Michelob Golden Light was pale golden in color with a thin white head. The head was quick disappear, leaving very little lace. The aroma was light with a little of malt and grain. The taste was very light as well, rather crisp and about the same as the aroma with a dry finish. The mouthfeel was light and highly carbonated. The drinkability was below average. It's just another nearly tastless light lager.

10-19-2006 22:36:55 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of badbeer
badbeer

Iowa

2.08/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

02-12-2006 15:05:30 | More by badbeer
Photo of cmwilliq
cmwilliq

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-23-2014 03:29:32 | More by cmwilliq
Photo of AKuehn47
AKuehn47

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -3.4%

08-01-2013 20:28:22 | More by AKuehn47
Photo of Erdinger2003
Erdinger2003

Iowa

1/5  rDev -57.1%

The head doesn't really exist and there is also no lacing. The color is golden and clear...almost like water. Smell is like urine. Taste is bad, doesn't taste anything but funky. Really carbonated and not very enjoyable. I will never have this beer again.

08-22-2006 05:54:36 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of 1fastz28
1fastz28

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev +30.9%

pours a light golden color (duh) without hardly any head at all. has a cool faceted can. smell is non existent, i really can't smell anything at all. the taste is ok, as long as its cold, when i was first getting into beer, this was one of my favorites, but it was one that i could never get around where i live, so whenever i got to have some it was a big treat. now it isn't a big deal, but i tell you what i could drink about 11ty of these and still be ok. i still enjoy it every now and then, atleast for nostalgics

03-16-2008 04:36:15 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of GreyGhost4
GreyGhost4

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev +7.3%

04-14-2013 03:16:22 | More by GreyGhost4
Michelob Golden Draft Light from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.