Spring Heat Spiced Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of jasrbrd
4.35/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has some nice spice flavors with a good aroma. I think it actually tastes close to a micro brew. Pretty good for an Anheuser-Busch commercial product. Nice fruit flavor that doesn't overpower the beer. Next time spring comes around it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of RBorsato
4.22/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy white-ish wheat color with a low white head (nicer after a swirl). Nice orange peel aroma with touches of coriander. A bit fruitier than spicy but nicely balanced and smooth. Medium bodied and creamy with a nice balanced wheat, citrus, and spice finish. Smooth !!

A very nice Wit from a big guy ! Much much better than Blue Moon !

Per label: "Belgian Style Wheat Ale brewed with spices" & "Brewed with Orange, Lemon and Lime Peels, and Coriander"

Per A-B website: Brewed with orange, lemon and lime peels; the spice of coriander; two-row barley and wheat malts; as well as a blend of domestic Cascade and Willamette hops and imported Hallertau hops.

Born On: 02/10/07
Tasted: 05/25/07

($1.49 / 12 oz.)

Photo of logansboat15
4.22/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real surprise from Anheuser-Busch. I tried this on tap with some good friends at a cafe in tiny Onekema, Michigan. One of them ordered "Spring Heat" and it looked so good, I needed a taste. It poured a thick hazy pale yellow and smelled of coriander and lemon peel. The taste was almost buttery with heavy coriander notes and a fruity finish. The mouthfeel was creamy smooth and delicious and is a highly drinkable warm weather brew. It was so good that I ordered a glass for myself, after I finished my Founder's Centennial IPA. It was a terrific night, capped off by excellent conversation paired with a Portabella mushroom grilled Panini sandwich and waffle fries.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of jeffjfindley
3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer a lot more than I wanted to. I stopped by the Circle K to grab some beers on my way to my sister's place, intending to get some Sierra and Fat Tire, which I of course did. Then this caught my eye. This ridiculous package with this silly looking sun man on it. I noticed it was from Anheuser, and then that it was professing to be a Belgian Wheat, for $5.99. Picked it up, paid, drove to my sister's house, drank a Sierra, then a Tire, then this.

Appearance is appropriately cloudy, pale, and heady with ample carbonation. Smell is just ok, and a little too lemony. The taste was in fact better, with a nice wheat flavor. The balance of the spices was much better than I expected, though the citrus was a bit too strong, and the coriander a bit too weak. Mouthfeel was refreshing, and the drinkability was, well let's just say that there are no more of them in my sister's fridge.

Nice one AB.

Photo of Lupin
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bomber
Born on date 2/22/07
Drank on date 4/10/07

Ballsy citrus aroma after cracking this one.. Not too much of a head with minor lacing, but I was gentle.. Looks good for a hef, with that typical watered down plasma feel to it. I really can't smell anything other than lemon here, although someone is cooking with fried leeks downstairs...

First taste is sharp, sweet, and refreshing. It's good--not to sweet, definitely not as hoppy and bitter as a widmer, hoeg, or blue moon, and the tart character of the lemon seems to be less evident than the presence of a less acidic, yet still citric fruitiness. The hop comment applies particularly to the finish which, while not watered down, seems a little reserved without being watery.

I had the bourbon cask this winter and enjoyed the first 8 ounces of it. It was just too sweet with too much vanilla. I don't think the same problems are present with this beer, even though the sweetness factor is very high with this one. I've had the longshot boysenberry wheat a few times recently, and this reminds me an awful lot of it without the bombastic berry aromas that make that one oh so special. Definitely the best A-B product I've ever had to date. A respectable effort allaround and something that I guarantee I will grab one of the next times I go out to a place without much a selection..

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle 'Born on 2/11/07' poured in a pint glass

A - hazy yellow color, poured as instructed to on bottle, tight white head that thins out, not leaving any lace.

S - mostly citrus aroma, some type of spice/floral mixed with the citrus.

T - refreshingly good beer, nice tasting wheat beer from A/B... surprise, surprise.

M - light bodied, mildly carbonated, crisp, clean finish.

D - good drinkability. worth a try.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle from Lou's. Murky, virtually opaque yellow body with a half an inch of white head. Leaves pretty good lacing. Smells like orange and lemon, as well as corriander and possibly other spices. Tastes citrusy, spicy (corriander), with some yeast and hints of caramel and maybe diacetyl? An interesting beer. Not the best witbier I've had, but better than Blue Moon and not quite as good as Hoegarden. Decent.

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy deep straw hue with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured an estery yeast with elements of orange and coriander. Nice wheat spice as well. It actually had a Fruit Loops like aroma.

The taste consisted of a spice wheat malt with a solid yeast presence. Varied citrus fruit flavors as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with some good chewiness. There was a linering spiciness but a strange off aftertaste.

Overall a very impressive wit. I wish they would make this a year round offering. I would place this beer above Blue Moon and on slightly below Leine's Sunset Wheat. Very well done. Congratulations A-B.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

as soon as i crack the bottle open i can smell citrus, it smells really good. pours a light yellow haze with some chunks in it, almost looks like lemonade. Smells citrusy above all, its hard to pick out other scents, but it is pleasant. The taste is not nearly as citrusy as the smell, but it is still good, a TINY bit too watery but thats understandable, it is A-B. Its a warm day here in St.Louis and this beer really hits the mark, this sixer wont last long, i'm really diggin this beer, one of the best of the A-B beers i've had, i really think they are trying to expand their beer horizons =)

Photo of csteeves
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I very much enjoyed the bourbon cask ale that AB put out, and this is similar. It is not the best wit you will ever have, but for the price, it is very worth it. The citrus taste is very good, and not as overbearing as Blue Moon, and the aftertaste is not bad at all. I picked up a 6-pack for 6.39, and for the price, an amazing deal.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had a frothy, bone-white head above an extremely cloudy, lemon-yellow beer. The nose had a citrusy-sweetness accompanied by a wheat-driven scent underlying the initial smell. The mouthfeel was light to medium and fully appropriate for the style. The taste on the palate revealed both orange and lemon flavors, each fighting for supremacy. The finish was crisp, dry, and refreshing, with a little bit of an apricot fruitiness. This would be a good beer for a hot summer’s day.

Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice orange/lime peel scent with a bit of coriander as well. It's refreshing with loads of citrousy zest. The taste is decent. It has a light wheat/pale malt flavor with a nice orange peel finish. It's a bit watery although it goes down real easy. Blue Moon seems a bit more balanced and full flavored compared to this, but it's a solid brew. They really seem to be hammering home the whole citrus appeal. For those who enjoy that sort of thing, this will be a fun beer for the warmer months. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It's a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking brew from AB. It's not a favorite, but I might be inspired to buy one for a non beer drinking female friend sometime.

Photo of Chaz
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cold in a shaker. Pours a hazey, pale orange-gold in color, topped with a white head and minimal lacing. Wheat malt, light biscuity malt notes and fairly light spicing on the nose, aroma improves as it warms. Wheat malt along with coriander and cardamon stand out on the first sip, and light notes of vanilla and marshmallow follow behind. A fairly nice, dry bitterness here, and pleasant citrus notes (orange rind) toward the end. This is a little rounder than some Wits I've enjoyed, and with a bit of diacetyl, but nothing truly awful. Medium bodied, with a fairly even mouthfeel and nice semi-brisk carbonation. Really opens up as it warms. Not bad at all, and while it's hardly a St. Bernardus Wit, it's lively than Blue Moon. I'll try it again sometime.

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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow brown, with a massive, persistent white head, a few fat, fast-rising bubbles, and scattered, broken lace.

Aroma: Mild aroma of coriander, bready yeast notes, and citrus peel.

Taste: Opens with a mild citrus peel note, followed by a wave of coriander, as the taste progresses, the mildly tart wheat malt comes into its own, towards the end of the taste, a restrained herbal hop bitterness appears. Finishes with just a hint of lingering bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Considering that this is an Anheuser-Busch product, I was prepared to dislike it. All in all, though, it is pretty good. Clearly, A-B has the ability to make better beer when they choose to, its just not often that they do, alas.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off cap, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of BitteBier
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A heavily-hazed pale yellow color with a bit of gold at the edges. Topped with a finger-and-a-half worth of tight, nearly white foam that quickly collapses into just a minimal ring. A pleasant though subdued nose with sweet grains overlaid with a nice whiff of orange peel. Taste is grainy in a way that helps cut the fruity-spicy sweetness. Despite that sweetness, the mouthfeel is clean with a pleasantly lingering crispness. This is a fine summer beer.

Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 30cl aventinus-type glass, this beer is a muted cloudy, pale yellow color with a soft, creamy head. Lacing is decent. They've got the look down pat. Soft, fruity vanilla nose with noticible coriander. The coriander is less evident in the taste but still present. There's a pleasant but light citrusy fruit character, with moderate wheat-grain flavor. Finishes slightly tart.

This is a surprisingly good interpretation of wit. I've had Belgian versions that were much worse.

Photo of RJLarse
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Spring Heat Spiced Wheat Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale gold color and is hazy. It looks like pineapple juice in the glass. A fizzy white head forms, but dissipates quickly.

The smell is sweet and fruity. There are sweet citrus notes, orange blossoms, and some spices I can't quite place.

The taste is pretty good, a heavy bread grain flavor up front, with some citrus, orange and sweetened lemon, and a little coriander flavor (according to the label).

Mouthfeel is OK. A lot of carbonation, which stings the tongue a bit.

This is a very drinkable beer, and would appeal, or at least be acceptable to a lot of folks. There is nothing unusual about the beer, it's very average, but very drinkable. It would be good on a hot day. Great thirst quencher.

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly foggy cornmeal yellow that becomes lightly turbid when the bottom of the bottle beer is added. The alabaster cap is a quality affair, resembling whipped egg whites or whipped marshmallow. Unfortunately, it doesn't look quite as good as it melts. Arching streamers of sudsy lace decorate the glass.

The nose favors citrus fruit peel over coriander. Even though it may not be traditional, I think it's a stroke of brilliance to use orange, lemon and lime peel in a wit. I can definitely appreciate the first and third, but not the second. If the flavor is this good, I'll be onboard in a big way.

Close, but no cigar. When beer first hits taste buds, I'm impressed by how much Spring Heat Spiced Wheat tastes like it smells. Citrus zest, especially orange, is the dominant member of the flavor profile and carries a suggestion of coriander along in its wake. The second half of the mouthful and the finish is where things take a turn for the worse. To the beer's credit, it doesn't degrade too precipitously.

Once the fruit peel has faded, the base beer rushes in to take its place. The only problem is, the base beer has a graininess that reminds me of Budweiser; or at least a macro lager that lacks a certain amount of... how can I put this... refinement. If it tastes like this when chilled, I don't want to be around when it warms.

Since the above is merely the suggestion of nastiness rather than nastiness personified... and since the citrus zest does a remarkable job of running interference... and since I don't plan to let the beer warm... I've decided to go with my first impression when granting a taste score. I think that's only fair.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light-medium with a quasi-creaminess that is praiseworthy. It might be a bit fizzy initially, but that borders on nitpicking.

Spring Heat Spiced Wheat is the third of the Limited Edition Seasonal Brews to have entered my glass. It isn't quite as good as Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale (although it's close) and we won't even discuss the abomination that is Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale. This isn't a world-class wit, but at least it proves that A-B could brew decent beer if they really wanted to.

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.

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.

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Spring Heat Spiced Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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