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Michelob Golden Draft - Anheuser-Busch

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 32.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

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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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.24/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of tempest
2.88/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass like you might see in the old-school PBR commercials.

Looks golden-yellow as opposed to the lighter straw-yellow of many macros. Smell and taste are just a simple, sweet bready flavor that's not entirely unpleasant. Most of the off-flavors and harsh mouthfeels of most bad macros is masked or just non-existent, so while this beer doesn't qualify as tasty, it's not bad either. In fact, I suppose for the style, it's pretty decent and I'd liken it to a lighter Yuengling Lager.

Photo of Bighuge
3.42/5  rDev +39%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale clear yellow. Slight off white head. Lace is negligible. Aroma is soft maltiness and barley. Pretty decent. On the palate, the malts are clean, sweet and grainy and the overall taste is balanced. The mouthfeel is not as fizzy as some macros, which is good. And the body is pushing above medium slightly. Good macro.

Photo of Haybeerman
3/5  rDev +22%

Photo of ZAP
3.35/5  rDev +36.2%
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

Photo of cokes
3.45/5  rDev +40.2%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.37/5  rDev +37%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +42.3%
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'.

Photo of Vancer
1.78/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Photo of TX-Badger
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of garymuchow
2.98/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My impression of this beer was the mouthfeel, as there seemed little overall flavor. There was a softness and fluffiness to the feel that was unusually obvious, leading almost to a sense of creaminess. Other characteristics seemed pretty typical for style.

Photo of ADR
2.79/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Head lasts longer than many macros, but has no body. Clear golden-yellow color. Smell is like a combo of slightest yeast and root beer extract. There is a smoothness, brought on by less-than-expected carbonation and some of the most distinctively sweet malt I have ever tasted in the last five years. Flavor is cleared before the swallow. I think this has less hop than MGD, but I don't prefer either. A beer for those who choose vanilla soft serve at the ice cream stand. Very distinct smoothness and sweetness. One of the surviving "Goldens" that were big in the 1980s...

Photo of CraigTravor
1.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of bumchilly25
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +61.4%
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

Photo of richkrull
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of rye726
1.8/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Photo of MinorThreat
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of bigbeers84
2/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Chucker17
1.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of budgood1
2.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours out of the 12 oz. can a clear golden colour. thin head and lace, rather fizzy and not very sustaining. adjunct sweetness in the nose, a bit more than than you normally get from A-B. taste is light on the barley malt, more adjunct sweetness and very little hopping, if at all. light bodied, pretty smooth mouthfeel with some crispness in the end. albeit drinkable and good enough to quench the thirst after work or play, i much prefer budweiser or regular michelob to this marketing gimmick of a beer.

Photo of hardy008
2.13/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.17/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of tbeq00
2/5  rDev -18.7%

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Michelob Golden Draft from Anheuser-Busch
61 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.