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Spring Heat Spiced Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

Spring Heat Spiced WheatSpring Heat Spiced Wheat

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.78%


Brewed by:
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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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:32:04 | More by BeerAdvocate
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Didn't know this one was retired... so I guess it was in my cellar for longer than I thought.

This beer produced a one finger head atop a yellow body. It was somewhat hazy, with visible floaters. The head was rather fizzy and dissipated quickly.

Aroma was pretty good. I got some spiciness, as expected. There was also a doughiness and some biscuity malt in there, along with some sweetness. Wheat was noticeable. It also smelled somewhat tangy... perhaps it was down there too long?

Taste started with some apples and pepperiness. Wheat malt quickly took over. However, whereas the small was nice, the flavor just did not deliver. It was quite bland.

Mouthfeel was thin and watery. I know wheat beers aren't supposed to be heavy, but this had no body to speak of.

Drinkability is average. Better than AB's regular fare, and I'm glad I got to try it (albeit late), but I am not disappointed that it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 04:26:42 | More by connecticutpoet
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Domingo

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this as part if a mixed sizer someone brought over. It's not Spring...but I figured I might as well try it.
Pours a pretty hazy creamy-orange color. I swirled the last little bit to get the yeast sediment, and it gave everything a pretty nice head to boot.
Smells of wheat malt and mild citrus.
I was surprised to actually taste a crackery malt characteristic in this. Mild citrus zest, crackery malt, and a little bit of coriander.
This isn't world class, but it's not that bad.
I'm sure the anti-AB crowd will rail on it, but as a pale wheat beer (it's closer to that than a wit), it's okay.
I don't think I'd seek it out, but at places like chain restaurants that will carry this rather than a true craft offering, I'd have no issue ordering this again and enjoying it.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 19:48:29 | More by Domingo
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

2.7/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely pale, soft-orange color. A little bit of head, but not much, and it leaves quickly.

I notice a few fruity notes and some souring astringents in the aroma.

Taste is quite bland. A few hints of oranges or something that points out that this is a wheat ale, but not many. More of a boring liquid corn starch or flour taste.

The mouthfeel is decent, a bit bigger than most a-b products, but definitly not the "belgain-style wheat ale" that the bottle claims it to be.

Drinkability is good. I could drink quite a few of these, and did, but I'm hoping that I never get stuck in that situation again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 05:50:31 | More by jasonpeckins32
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Atron67

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a foggy straw yellow with a little head, not much lasting power and it faded completely away

S- wheatiness, but not much

T- pretty flavorful from waht i was expecting. pretty good but not great

M- light body, with light carbonation

D- its better than i expected, but theres better witbeir.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 22:12:26 | More by Atron67
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Pegasus

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 02:30:30 | More by Pegasus
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chilidog

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Going off notes here for I bought thisone back in March, 07, when I first saw it. One of thoughs, oh ya, i'll get to that reviews.

It pours a hazy pale yellow. The head was full, lasting and laces pretty well. White in color.

The aroma was yeasty coriander

The taste shared that yeasty, citric and coriander purge. Other citric notes follow like orange peel and lime. A spiced malt background hinting of black-pepper.

The mouth finish is clean and crisp for this medium bodied brew though alittle watery toward the end, esp. if the beer warms of sets.

A good spring release, id most likely buy again, perhaps next March.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 13:28:45 | More by chilidog
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Orange/lemon nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is like unsweetened orange/lemonade. Good lawnmower beer. 12oz bottle dated 24FEB2007, $1.49 from Case N'Keg Laconia, NH.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 22:54:57 | More by jdhilt
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biggmike

Mississippi

3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with nice head that lasted for a while. I have to admit this was better than I thought it would be. I like witbiers and this wasnt to bad for an Anheuser-Busch product. Very cloudy appearance. Aroma was spicy wheat like Blue Moon. Mouthfeel was pretty decent. Not heinous like I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 20:45:45 | More by biggmike
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a lame duck yellow, slightly cloudy, with a good starting head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is a kind of funky mash of citrus, orange and lime mostly, some lemon too, some coriander. The lime is what gives it a neat twist. The taste started off good, but maybe I was expecting too little, or trying to be unbiased. Its just thin, weaker than the nose, the same characters coming in play, but watery in both feel and taste, and similarly the taste fades extremely quick. A good bit of carbonation is what saves the mouth feel, but it can't do anything with the taste, cause it needs work. Overall, pretty easy to drink, not bad tasting, but nothing all that serious.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 03:37:09 | More by objectivemonkey
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RBorsato

Virginia

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.)

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 14:59:05 | More by RBorsato
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plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 00:55:41 | More by plaid75
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jasrbrd

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 22:45:21 | More by jasrbrd
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Billolick

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 13:30:34 | More by Billolick
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hero27

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.
5.2% abv
Bottled Feb. 24, 2007.

Pours a hazy orang-ish/yellow color. Bright white head of foam tops it off.
Subtle aroma of lemon zest, orange, and spices.
Plenty of orange & lemon in the taste..quite sweet & tart. Spices are nothing incredible, but add another element to the brew.
The texture is somewhat grainy and overall the beer is a little too sweet in my book.

While it's a pretty decent refreshing beer, I don't think I'd want to have more than a couple of them in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 00:03:32 | More by hero27
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Procrastinator

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a six-pack I purchased out of curiousity. I drank the first five bottles over a weeklong span and I'm reviewing the sixth bottle. Poured into a pilsner glass. Born on date 24Feb07 on bottle label.

Appearance: After swirling the final ounces in the bottle, I finish pouring this straw colored, cloudy brew into my glass. A white creamy head quickly dwindles into a 1/8" layer of foam. Swirling of the glass entices mild layers of lacing.

Smell: Light scents of wheat and citrus, mostly orange and lemon zest. Very faint aroma of coriander and other spices.

Taste: Upfront wheat and mild sweetness offset by slightly sour lemon with nice subtle dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing and light body with very agreeeable carbonation seems just right for this style. A bit dry on the tongue with citrus tanginess.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable at 5.2% ABV and quite satisfying on a hot spring or summer afternoon. I'll definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 18:00:33 | More by Procrastinator
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gmfessen

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy yellow color with no head and lots of bubbles rising to the top. Smell is that of a wheat beer and it's spiced with orange peel and coriander. The taste is not very good... it has a poor start with a malt-liquor like taste and eventually you get some of the spiced notes. The mouthfeel isn't bad, a light medium bodied beer with a slight creamy viscosity. This beer is drinkable although not "good"... I would much prefer Blue Moon or Leine's Sunset.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 02:45:53 | More by gmfessen
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a straw gold color with spotty traces of lacing. Appearance is nothing special. I had never heard of this beer and grabbed the last six-pack they had. When I got to the register I noticed it was made by Anheuser-Busch and was already disappointed. After my horrible experiecne with their Winter Cask Ale I was reluctant to buy another "offering" from them. I said screw it and gave it a try. The taste is mediocre at best. It claims all sorts of spices and citrus peels, and fruits. They also claim it's a Belgian Style. Just because you add a few spices to a wheat beer doesnt make it anything like a Belgian. It has a very dry finish and isnt really refreshing. Not what I am looking for when Its hot out. Hints of lemon and citrus are noted along with strong phenol notes. The aroma is of all light sweet malts. The drinkability isnt that bad. The malts and carbonation arent balanced, and no hops are tasted. It does have a dry lingering bitterness. I followed the pouring instructions on the back of the bottle ,but couldnt match the "thick collar of foam" they promised. It has no real wheat taste with overpowering phenols. Once again A.B should stick to producing mass-produced macros and leave the craft beer to the pros.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 14:54:21 | More by kelticblood
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BitteBier

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 01:26:51 | More by BitteBier
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 11:56:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 20:40:42 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 03:05:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered beer. Hazy to cloudy that was true to style.
Very faint citrus in the nose. Notably from orange or spices and not from the hops.
Very thin on the mouthfeel with no malt background.
Nice smooth taste though with a decent spice and orange character. Pretty solid wit beer.
I was not a huge fan, but something I know the wife would enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 01:46:59 | More by dmamiano
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afinepilsner

Iowa

3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Spring Heat Spiced Wheat was a cloudy yellow color with a white head. The head soon settled to a thin layer, leaving a little lace. The aroma was nice, with coriander, citrus and wheat. The taste was coriander and citrus as well. It was light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall it was a decent beer, light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 21:25:19 | More by afinepilsner
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riversider76

New York

3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I proably would not have bought this if I had noticed it was an AB product! Pours a hazy pale yellow. Fluffy white head, with not much retention,and just a bit of lacing. Smell is of spiced citrus. Smell is good but a little weak. Body is light and bubbley. Taste is light,and refreshing. Spice up front,citrus through out,and a sweet finish. Good stuff. Did AB really brew this??

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 23:39:27 | More by riversider76
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Spring Heat Spiced Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
74 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.