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Spring Heat Spiced Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Spring Heat Spiced WheatSpring Heat Spiced Wheat

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BA SCORE
74
okay

108 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zjungleist on 03-11-2006)
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Reviews by oracle:
Photo of oracle
3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So many craft beer fans have been so disgusted and mad at AB for so long, for many it is hard to set aside feelings for the company and actually judge a beer on its merits. I am among those folks.

But for the sake of beer, I will do my best to put aside my feelings about AB and its marketing droids and judge this beer on its own merits.

And, suprisingly enough, this beer is not bad (which puts it light years ahead of ANYTHING else of AB that I've ever tried)

Beer arrived medim yellowish/orange, with minimal head that left little lacing.

Smell was very typical for an American style wheat, with mild notes of banana and bread.

Taste was smooth and mellow, leaning slightly toward the sweet side, again with strong notes of banana.

Other than the fact I had to argue with the bartender about getting a non-frozen glass to drink it out of, this was not a bad experience. Given a menu of all AB products, this is without a doubt the best of the bunch.

oracle, Apr 30, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a generous white, faom head that fades to a thin layer. It is opaque and dingy yellow in color. It has a weak, musty, citrus aroma. The taste leads with a biting astringency. This is way beyond wheat "zip", but it makes the way nicely for a forceful peppery character, big lemon rind, then musty light tobacco, some funk at the end, and a soapy aftertaste.

MF- the astringency and carbonation really attack the mouth here.

JudgeRoughneck, May 28, 2007
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

The Belgian White Ale has become popular enough to lead some of the biggest brewers to come up with their own. A-B sticks to a spring seasonal format, though they could easily sell this year-round, but for the pigeonholing name.

Cloudy pale yellow in color, with a thin layer of yeast that sticks around for awhile. Even after swirling the bottle, there is still some sediment left at the bottom.

A bucket-load of soft coriander with a twang of orange peel and mealy grain. Heavy crispness shows off a velutinous mouthfeel and moderate body. Citric tartness and thick coriander notes engulf the taste buds. Hint of black pepper is pursued by an ever-so-pungent orange peel blast. A bit watery in the finish, with a quick dropout of malt and a clean aftertaste.

Not a bad stab at the style, but it doesn't stand as tall as the rest within the Belgian White Ale style. A thin slab of aged goat cheddar with water crackers and orange marmalade made for a great pairing.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wouldnt consider this a witbier - really its more of a flavored american wheat beer. The color has some life to it, and it has a healthy head, so that's nice. Smells normal enough - lemon and star of annis (sp?). The body is thin and watery and the taste is of an average american wheat beer, with citrus flavoring. I had three of these (happy hour $1.25 each) so it is pretty drinkable, and cheap, since it is made by A-B. What I really wanted was an Ayinger Hefe, but I wanted to get the lower-quality stuff (this) out of the way first, so that I wouldnt spoil my taste buds.

chOAKbarrell, May 26, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This AB poduct was a pleasant surprise. It had a distinctive hazy yellow appearance, with a good white head and some lacing. A very tangy, fresh odor. The taste was mostly citrus, with a tiny bit of hops discernable. I think this would be a good beer for a hot summer day.

lordofthewiens, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, twist off, with "Born on" dating...label even gives direstions on swirling/rolling the bottle to get the yeast into your glass, nice touch, pours typical wit beer, light yellowy apricot, cloudy, minor, soft off white head, light lacing, fruity, citrus nose, lemony easy drinking brew. Typical and respectable wit characteristics, citrus, wiff of yeast and wheat malt. Some balancing hoppyness late, all in all a quite respectable summer offering. Fine with newbies and with a summer BBQ, enjoy!

Billolick, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Hugh37
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Hugh37, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed a bottle at the six pack shop in Moon the first week it came out appears a cloudy apricot golden orange with a large white head leaves uneven chunks of lace not bad, banana smoothie anyone? Aroma has soft mellow coridander evident citrus peel additions, vanilla creamy notes goin on very intriguing not overdone with spices plus the wheat charcter is much like some Chammomile tea. Flavor has a balanced yet tart witbier I give credit to AB with subtle spices a creamy vanilla marshmellow note with sharp acidic wheat notes in there combined with citrus peels topping it off a decent version of a traditional Belgian style wit. Mouthfeel has a light bodied lively carbonation going a bit unnatural and artificial not too much CO2 but enough to tickle the back of the throat can be unpleasant. Drinkability definitely a quaffable tasty wit from the Big brewer not bad...yep it's decent.

WVbeergeek, May 05, 2007
Photo of zjungleist
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer appeared very bright yellow with a small white head. There was something about the color looked very un-natural. The smell was basicaly just citrus. The taste was very citrus-ish, with bit wheat flavor, and a bitter orangle peel aftertaste. The mouthfeel was more or less average, with moderate carbonation and low body. Overall this beer was easy to drink, but not a winner in my book.

zjungleist, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of asabreed
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Corner Cafe in Richmond. They took out Magic Hat HI.P.A. and put this in. Let's see if it was worth it.

Appearance: Cloudy and hazy bright yellow body. Foamy white head that dissipates very quickly. Not much lacing as I drink.

Smell: A bit astringent with lots of lemon and yeast. A bit of spices all over the place but it's fairly weak in the nose. Not bad mind you, especially for summer, but I was hoping for more complexity for the style.

Taste: A bit astringent and watery with some spices in the background, but this is pretty standard. Nothing stands out. There's a lot of citrus, but it's pretty watered down, and the yeast and spices are also faintly present, but that's about.

Mouthfeel: Pretty watery, lots of carbonation, and an astringency that gets a tad too much when it warms.

Drinkability: Not too impressed with this one. It seems like it was rushed or they're almost taking advantage of people who don't know the style. I would drink it again I suppose, but there are certainly many better representations of the style.

asabreed, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
2.17/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Served this in a big weizen glass. Really cloudy lemon-yellow appearance capped by a two finger solid white head. Solid sheets of lace slide back into the glass after a swirl, and a few sparkling arcs stay put. Really nice basic wit appearance...the bottle art work is retarded (but I'm not counting that against the score).

S - Funky lemon aroma seems a bit stale and nasty, ans strangely enough I can smell ethanol even though this is only 5.2% abv. Smells like lemon shake-up mix that goes into those big clear lemonade dispensers at corndog stands. Lemonade with vodka. Better with warmth and the addition of all of the yeast sediment.

T - Initially sweet with loads of coriander and citrus fruit, then working towards a big acidic lemon-lime punch. Way to citric, and not yeasty, dusty, and dry as a wit should be. Lime and sugar dominate as it warms and the coriander / sugary sweetness combo becomes downright foul. Way, way, too citric and twangy.

M - Light bodied with some heft in the mouth. Lemon meringue creaminess with some nice carbonation. Feels much thinner as it warms and the carbonation goes flat...drink this quickly, it goes downhill as fast as a Norwegian bobsled team and feels just as nauseous a the bottom.

D - Very thirst quenching, but not very interesting. The citrus fruit is overdone, and it really reminds me of corona with a lime....but even this isn't that horrible. I could session this on a really hot day if nothing else is available...has potential as a "lawnmower beer" even though I don't have a lawn.

pmcadamis, May 09, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Until I'd seen the bottle I had no idea that this beer was part of a seasonal series - now I know. I've enjoyed the Winter's Bourbon and Jack's Pumpkin, and I'm quite sure that this is my favorite so far! ...still need to try the Beach Bum Blonde.

With the yeast roused it's a cloudy yellow beneath a creamy dollop of white froth. The head retention is quite good, but it leaves little lacing about the glass.

The aroma welcomes you with bright-but-soft coriander, and notes of citrus rind (more lime than lemon or orange) and dried-apples over a sweet wheat base. It puts Blue Moon to shame!

The flavor follows suit, and although it is a tad sweet it never becomes cloying - probably as the gentle spices and citrus-acidity help to dry it in the finish. The lime flavor is also fairly distinct, and lingers, but in a good way. The bitterness is, of course, subdued, but it's there. It's soft and sweet and subtly tart and spicy - all in perfect balance, and with an unusual and noteworthy twist of lime.

The perfect backyard BBQ beer! I don't think anyone could turn this down, and even the seasoned veteran would have to give in to the refreshing "summer" character of this sweetly citrusy and spicy brew.

NeroFiddled, May 17, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with born on date 32FEB07. Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with a nice white head that leaves pretty good lacing. The aroma is wheat, faint lemon zest, citrus, a little spice and yeast. The taste is lemony with some faint spices in the background. Overall, this is a respectable American Wit that lacks a little in the flavor department but is certainly not too bad. This brew is highly drinkable. This one falls a little short, but I still give props to A-B for at least trying to make a decent brew.

cjgator3, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -4.8%

cliff1066, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lemon/straw color with slight haze, effervescence & 4+ fingers of white fluffy head. Stays effervescent throughout the beer. Great lacing & fair head retention

S: Lemons & white pepper & some wheat malt as this warms

T: Lemony tastes with hints of pepper & coriander up front. Picking up juicy fruit & lemons & some pineapple?? as this warms. Finishes with a little orange peel, a hint of dryness & juicyness

MF: Light, effervescent & a little juicy

Drinks easy, a nice american-slanted begginer wit. Will go down good in the heat, nothing mind-blowing here, but not bad. Even though they scored thet same, i think I'd take this over bluemoon

russpowell, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Backer2004
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The owner of a local beer bar gave this one to me. Labeled not for sale as a promotional item. I mean, it could be an okay step for those looking to make the transition to craft beers but this one was not a good Witbier. Cloudy and orangish, a bit grassy on the tongue and no spices that I recall.

This will probably not be a favorite A-B product based on the fact it won't entice macro fans or those who appreciate this style.

Backer2004, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of nmyers
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anheuser-Busch's attempt at wheat ale is a valiant effort. This light bodied cloudy yellow concoction of coriander and orange is not quite what I expected. The only exciting thing about this beer is the tap handle. It looks like an orange with a wheat Mohawk. Someone tried to tell me this was close to Bell's Oberon, boy where they off target.

nmyers, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of marcobrau
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing I notice about this beer is how hazy it is -- on tap. It smells pretty good; the most identifiable scent/spice is orange followed by a strong wheat aroma. The complexity is nice although it seemed a touch sweet; still very quaffable with just enough going on to keep my interest. This actually reminds me a bit of Bell's Oberon if I dare say so. Overall, a drinkable spiced wheat that relies a bit too much on it's flavorings to make itself interesting.

marcobrau, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of harpo111
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

when i saw the tap handle i figured it was an AB product. Figured i would give a try...thought the winter warmer was ok...and i like wheats...
appreaance: looked pretty good...moderate head, nice golden yellow
smell: citris, vanilla/lemon
taste: domonted by the vanilla/lemon...not enough bit though...wanted it to have more of an acidic kick or hops or something...was almost too smooth...and it had a nice head on it to begin with...
moughfeel: ok...almost too smooth..not a lot of body
drinkablility: average...you could put down one of these in a minute flat...very smooth...aimed at the "i don't like a beer with a lot of weight to it crowd"...even Blue Moon...which is a cheaper macro wheat..has more to it...just less vanilla/lemon..since it is a spiced beer
would like to see what this one tastes like without the spice....kick up the hops some and you might have a winner.

harpo111, May 20, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The shades are back.

Pours out a light tangerine. Cloudy. Fluffy head and lacing. Not too bad. Nos is too clean in terms of yeast, but the spicing is definitely there. This reminds me a lot of Blue Moon but with more spicing. Yeast is just as clean in the flavor as in the nose. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy sweet and the carbonation needs more presence. I have no problem drinking this, but as it warms it gets a little too sweet. Drink cold. I'd pick this over Blue Moon for sure.

goochpunch, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a "born on date" of 2/10/07. The beer pours a hazy light yellow color, with a half inch white head which disappears pretty fast. It smells like orange, wheat, and some coriander. It tastes malty and citrusy, mostly like orange but with a bit of lemon too. The orange/spicy/wheat taste is stronger in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and a bit creamy. Drinkability is good, I could drink quite a few of these on a hot day. It's not a bad beer at all, it's better than I expected it to be.

bluejacket74, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Jredner
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at MJ Barleyhopper’s, Tampa.

Aroma held bannana, citrus and lots of spice. Cloudy yellow in color with a thumb thick white head that is mostly diminishing. Very smooth wheat malt in the fore...bannana followed by coriander and other spicy notes. Citrusy even without an orange added to it. Nice feel to it overall, but a tad thinner than most Witbiers. A decent attempt really.

Jredner, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
2.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Hazy pale orange hue with a thin white head that doesn't last long.

Light wheat with obvious spicy notes. Sugary fruit aromas, like processed fruit flavored cereal (fruit loops or fruity pebels).

The sugary fruit characteristic is repeated in the flavor. A light spice comes in here and there. Thin bodied and watery with a fizzy feel. The finish is clean with a little bit of lingering spice.

BeerSox, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy yellow, effervencneance and a one-finger head that quickly dissipates. No lacing at all.

Aroma- Typical what with hints of coriander and lemon. Smells clean and crisp and very inviting.

Taste- This is an AB product? Amazing. Nice, clean, crisp tasting what with just enough spices to make it interesting. Very subtle.

Mouthfeel- Medium body (for the style) and the carbonation is spot-on. Refreshing and clean.

Drinkability - Very sessionable. A nice, easy-drinking beer. Suitable for after work or on the weekend doing yard work. I'll be trying this again.

theopholis, May 09, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -4.8%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
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Spring Heat Spiced Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
74 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.