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Michelob Golden Draft - Anheuser-Busch

Michelob Golden Draft
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 29.48%


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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Michelob Golden Draft is a premium, cold-filtered lager beer that is brewed using two-row barley malt, premium American hops and corn to achieve its smooth, full taste.

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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

2.66/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a light to medium yellow-gold in the glass. High clarity with about a 2 finger head that doesn't stick around very long at all. Little lacing.

S- Very light and grassy scent is primary and dominant. No hops detectable in the smell, and maybe a hint of skunky, light-struck scents. The scent does not linger and is very light.

T- Pretty much your standard AAL flavor right here. Very light malts up front, even though I hesitate to call them malts. Then there is a progression towards the lighter, grassy grain notes before moving quickly to a crisp finish that has very minimal hop flavors.

M- Very light and highly carbonated, this is the weight and feel of either a summer or college party pounder. Won't fill you up. Actually a little smoother than most AAL's, and I suspect that is the reason for the "draft" branding.

Overall, just a standard AAL. Not much to write home about here. What can I say? Drink these fast, get drunk, forget what you did the next day.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 01:32:04 | More by boilermakerbrew
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.13/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes:

Pours light clear yellow with a small white head which fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace. Has a grainy aroma and smells like it will be somewhat sweet.

I can taste sweet grain more than anything else. Not much flavor, or hop presence. I can't say that it tastes or smells like corn. Maybe rice?

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation and a bit of a sweet aftertaste. Fairly smooth. Not much to get excited about. Bland and generic.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:37:24 | More by hardy008
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RossPeterson

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Minnesotans really love this beer, and I'm obliged to agree.

A: True to the name, very golden. No head but it does have some retention. Healthy bit of carbonation.

S: Hint of hops, malts and cereal grains.

T: Relatively full-bodied in the realm of adjuncts; malty but with an aftertaste that was slightly bitter, at least, too bitter for my taste.

M: Smooth, almost silky, with a bitter end. Very carbonated.

Overall: Not bad. Good party beer, very satisfactory flavor for an adjunct but the bitter aftertaste was a little much. I can see why this is a popular one in the midwest.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 09:29:52 | More by RossPeterson
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BEERME528

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly above average macro beer all around. It has a very light color and I cannot comment on the foam content or smell as I drank from the bottle. The taste however wasn's out of this world, but was refreshing and not too bad. I would have no problem drinking this if I found it at family gatherings and what not.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 13:40:50 | More by BEERME528
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw golden with a tight fleeting white foam leaving nothing to indicate it was ever there.
Grain husk and cornmeal aroma with a dash of powdered sugar sweetness.
A brief graininess signals its entrance in the mouth. Here, it switches quickly to cornbread, with that same powdered sugar dusting. Fairly vapid through the middle with some residual sweetness. Hopping is nearly non-existent, but a dry grassiness adds phantom traces of late bitterness.
Not as fizzy or insubstancial as many American Macro lagers. The CO2 is geared down a notch, giving the body a tad bid more heft than most.
All in all, this is a solid version that a touch beefier and sweeter than the majority of its peers.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 02:14:31 | More by cokes
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a golden body with small white head with usual retention and some spots of lacing.

S: Typical adjunct, corn, cereal grain, slight hops and malt

T: Just the same as the taste. About average for the style, but I like this just a little bit better.

Overall: Good standard carbonation and highly drinkable seeing as how it is an adjunct.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 00:29:47 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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rye726

Colorado

1.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I think this deserves a healthy 2 acorss the board. It is a clear yellowish liquid and has a fizzy white head that quickly disappears. The nose is light and grainy. As is the taste. No real hop presence. Thin body goes down fine for the style. Nothing special here, but nothing too bad either.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 06:30:56 | More by rye726
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.17/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had a couple bottles of this stuff with my breakfast buffet at the Route 66 motel after running a 5k with a bunch of co-workers...and yes, they were drinking at breakfast too.

A - Prototypical macro lager gold with a prototypical macro lager flimsy sudsy head. Doesn't look any worse or better than any other (IB)MC crap.

S - Lagery generic "beer" smell. I don't know what that means since beer can smell like anything from tart fruit to pumpkins to dark chocolate, but this smells like what any red-blooded 'Merican would tell you beer smells like.

T - Not bad in any way, but not good in any other way. Corn, cereal grain, and clean rice.

M - High carbonation is typical for the style, and the clean crisp finish is what we Americans want in a beer right? No lingering taste = good. IMO, no aftertaste or finish = bad.

D - If I'm at a joint like the Route 66 Motel where the beer "selection" consists of MGD, Miller Light, Bud, Bud Light, Coors, and Coors Light (what DIVERSITY!) I'll pick this since it at least has more calories and hopefully that equates to more flavor than the other swill-beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 22:40:26 | More by pmcadamis
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Golden pale color with thin white head

Smell- Smelled musty with hint of hops, very bready

Taste- Not very good. A bit of hops with a fruity taste.

Mouthfeel- Highly carbonated.

Drinkability- None. This was not a very good beer. I would not recommend this to friends at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 22:14:23 | More by Beerbuddha
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badbeer

Iowa

3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, straw like color with a finger width white head that ran away and left no lacing. Creamed corn smell, hint of alcohol or boozy smell. Creamed corn perceived again, straw, a bit of graininess, no hop presence. Light bodied, highly carbonated. Pretty drinkable I suppose, it goes down pretty easy, but it's just not that great.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 00:32:08 | More by badbeer
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.23/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Despite the fact that this beer was first brewed in 1991, I never knew it existed until a few minutes ago. When I plucked it off the singles shelf at John's Grocery last month, I thought I was buying Miller Genuine Draft, the original MGD, released in 1986. In any case, this lesser known A-B product is one half of Macro Smackdown IX, my periodic 'mano a mano' between macros both foreign and domestic. Schlitz is its venerable competitor.

Michelob Golden Draft is the more golden of the two and is more clear (due to 'cold filtering' no doubt). I'm happy to see fine-bubbled carbonation rather than large, soda-like bubbles, although it isn't helping the head in the least. The cap is dirty gray, mealy, featureless and is fading away quickly as if embarrassed to be seen. I would be too if I looked like it does.

The noses are definitely different. This one is sweeter and cornier with a whiff of muskiness (hops?). It isn't pathetically weak, nor does it jump out of the glass. Given what it smells like, I'd say the intensity is about right.

There isn't much flavor to be had. The more I drink, the more I realize that that's a good thing. The beer isn't as sweet as it smells and I'm now questioning whether corn is the adjunct being utilized or whether (A-B's signature adjunct) rice is. There's little, if any, hoppiness. Bottom line: bland, making a quick turn toward nasty as it warms.

The mouthfeels are pretty close to identical. Both are light without being aqueous and are well-carbonated without being fizzy. That puts them ahead of the game compared to most members of this style.

When I woke up this morning, I didn't know that Michelob Golden Draft existed. I could have gone another few decades without that knowledge. It isn't horrible beer, and is a damn sight better than most A-B beer, but it's the clear loser of Macro Smackdown IX. When will A-B brew something that appeals to me? I'm not holding my breath.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 13:24:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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BeerBob

Nebraska

3.05/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Michelob Golden Draft pours a light clear amber from a 12oz clear glass bottle with a twistoff cap. Head of white foam with fine bubbles went to over two fingers before going down to a firm ring of foam with a broken cap of very fine foam. Lacing is is in a good amount and clings well to the sides of my beer glass.

Nose is of damp sweet grains and a few whiffs of alcohol, not a lot, but in small amounts. Palate is an up front sweet grain that is immediately overcome with the bittering of hops and reinforced with the bight of carbonation.

A clean and clear “Draft Beer” that is well suited for a new place in the global macro beer market.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 23:45:20 | More by BeerBob
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

2.88/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess this is a step up for the AB family of brewing. Poured out to a decent golden color with a weak head and higher carbonation. Go figure, how'd they pull that off? Odors of malt and hops. Flavor was slightly sweet, with strong indications of grain and grass. Finished slightly bitter. A pretty good macro. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 00:50:23 | More by Frozensoul327
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Vancer

Illinois

1.8/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Went by a buddy’s’ house after golf, and he had a case of this crap. Sure wasn’t gonna turn down a free beer, but jeez, this stuff was awful. An immediate skunk smell (freakin clear bottle) followed by a corn adjunct quaff. No malt. I had my buddy throw a lime in it just to make it manageable. AB made this shit to compete with Miller in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 12:37:37 | More by Vancer
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mynie

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty darn good Macro, easily the best AB beer around.

Dark gold with a nice head that doesn't stick around very long. Rich smell of deep malt. Nice but not complex in the least.

Tastes incredibly smooth. Very malty. Strong taste of wheat (not wheatmalt, just wheat...like bread) followed up by a surprising dose of hops in the back.

Goes down very smooth. Solid body. Not way too carbonated like most AB beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 23:32:22 | More by mynie
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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light and bubbly. Aroma is of grains (corn?). Decent hoppiness. Taste is light bodied and refreshing, a little on the dry side, which is typical for a "draft" served in the bottle. Overall, tasted like a cheap beer, almost like crap.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 12:16:15 | More by Rifrafboy
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Mick

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An average macrobrew, nothing outstanding. Typical clear yellowish translucent color. No notable aroma, nothing outstanding. The tastes, body, and after glow is what you would expect from the macro line. Although, better than a Budweiser

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2002 11:16:37 | More by Mick
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While I am not the biggest fan of American lagers, this is not a bad beer. Well balanced so it can go with just about any kind of food...or no food at all. Worth a try and, if nothing else, econimical. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2002 14:42:51 | More by goindownsouth
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proc

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent, but not inspiring. There is just nothing very
distinguishing about it. Very similar to Miller Genuine Draft. Must be the infamous "cold filtered" myth and mystique...Very Average and slightly watery. I've had a few of these at Tiger games at Comerica Park. Not bad on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2002 11:06:17 | More by proc
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It might just be me, but I don't think this is bad at all. it tastes on the sweeter side to me when compared to the other american lagers..almost a little syrupy feel to it. If someone else was buying I'd drink these...if you like sweeter style beers this might be the Macro of choice for you

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2002 21:43:41 | More by ZAP
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John

New York

2.4/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I probably wouldn't have tried this if it hadn't been for a weekend pig roast where it was the kegged swill of the day. True to the label claim with it's golden color. No head or aroma to speak of. Fairly smooth and more flavorful than many macros. My expectations were nil, but this stuff somehow exceeded them and as it turned out, really wasn't all that bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2002 08:10:30 | More by John
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite cheap lagers... ever.

Look is classic beer commercial yellow, small foamy head with some lacing. Smell is light slightly bitter with grain and cornmeal being the most prominent. Taste is crisp, smooth, refreshing (slightly) malty grain, just a hint of corn, with some skunky hops in the background.

Good "beer" beer. And cheap, too! Plus this stuff, unlike most other cheap lagers, doesn't give me the "cheap beer headaches".

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 11:10:29 | More by jimmah120
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

2.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served this American Adjunct Lager on tap, in a pint glass. Poured a golden yellow color, produced a thin white head, poor retention and poor amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this lager is plain, sweet and bready- no trace of hops. Light in body, this lager has a decent mouthfeel, clean simple beer. There is a slight flavor of sweet malted grain but not much beyond that. Not much to think about here, it is what it is, another macro brewed Adjunct Lager with little flavor and little to set it apart from the dozens of others. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 01:16:43 | More by GossageBrewery
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.53/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally got to try this beer courtesy of a trade with arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

12oz can served in a Michelob pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that totally vanished in a minute or less.

S - grainy malt

T - the taste is grainy, mostly corn but it does have a slight bitterness to it before finishing grainy sweet.

F - light bodied with a crisp, refreshing feel.

D - a real easy drinking beer for when you just want 'a beer'.

Serving type: can

02-20-2011 05:07:29 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is not available in Louisiana, so I had never tried it until 2010 on a trip in Minnesota. I drank this poured from a 12 oz. can. It has a thick, white head and a clear, golden appearance. Carbonation is very high. The aroma is sharp, with a heavy grain/grass aspect. The taste is good, and a good amount of corn(?) can be detected. I noticed a nice hop appeal here, but nothing heavy, of course. Mouth-feel was light and watery, and Michelob Golden Draft finished crisp and refreshing. All in all, I really liked it and wish it was more widely available. NOTE: I'd avoid drinking this in the clear glass bottle as that could allow for spoilage. The can or draft is a safer bet.

RJT

Serving type: can

06-29-2010 22:55:08 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Michelob Golden Draft from Anheuser-Busch
62 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.