Spring Heat Spiced Wheat - Anheuser-Busch
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3.6/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
05-21-2007 11:56:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.25/5 rDev +3.2%
It's kinda neat how breweries name their beers for marketing purposes, whether it's honest to the style or not. I guess Witbiers are easy, just throw in some adjunct grains on a timid pilsner malt base, toss in some spices, a bit of wheat, sparge it to the original gravity of water, and whalla....it's a winner, right? That's basically what I get from this beer. A grainy, thin American Wheat with some bite-ey spices that decorate the aromas nicely, but offer no tangible benefit to the flavors or textures. Glad I tried the brew, but will likely not try again. It's probably not as good as Blue Moon.
03-26-2007 14:55:23 | More by BEERchitect
1.99/5 rDev -36.8%
A - Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a white, one-finger head. No lace.
S - It smelled of lemon and lime. Also, a wheaty aroma.
T - It tasted of wheat and yeast. Then I picked up a bitter taste that reminded me of a bad European lager.
M - It was crisp and fairly light-bodied.
D - Not my favorite. It looked okay and smelled okay, but then it tasted like a below average Euro lager.
04-26-2007 01:53:41 | More by zeff80
3.98/5 rDev +26.3%
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.
05-17-2007 03:05:21 | More by NeroFiddled
2.78/5 rDev -11.7%
On-tap at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI on 6/9/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright yellow color with a dense white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is very fruity with strong notes of lemon & orange, along with some spice, very little wheat and almost no hops.
T: Likewise the taste is very fruity and spicy, the wheat flavor comes out a little bit more in the taste than the smell would lead you to expect. The malt character is thin despite the sweetness that is present and the hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is sweet.
M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, somewhat clean finish.
D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, I could drink a lot of it, but its not even close to being good enough within the style or compared to most other beers that would be carried with it, for me to select it.
06-10-2007 23:48:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.1/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
05-05-2007 16:10:51 | More by WVbeergeek
3.53/5 rDev +12.1%
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
04-07-2007 02:13:02 | More by russpowell
3.18/5 rDev +1%
Goofy-ass tap handle, an orange with sunglasses and mohawk made of wheat(?), and a green shirt, holding wheat and a pint glass in his fruity limbs. At Bryant Lake Bowl, a surprise, but it came with some cash, so who can blame them...?
Hazed yellowy appearance, nice, lasting, slim bone white head.
Good aromatics, good spice, big citrus...fine for a wit, no quarrel here.
On tasting, though...it bottoms out. Lemon zest, orangey flavor, some spice still persists, but the flavor just disappears after first taste. It's as if they're targeting someone who likes Bud Light with a twist of lemon.
There's a very faint body here, that disappoints after the look and aroma suggest that a traditional wit may be in the offing, but any promise of further flavor fades with a quickness.
If they're trying to steal the Blue Moon crowd away, it's not going to happen. As lame as that obiquitous wit is, it's got much more character than this.
Drinkable, if watery is what you want, and faint flavor is your desire.
05-03-2006 01:53:44 | More by feloniousmonk
3.73/5 rDev +18.4%
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.
04-19-2007 19:46:37 | More by WesWes
2.68/5 rDev -14.9%
Appearance: a mildly hazy pale yellow color with a short 1/2" head that immediately fell to some surface spots. No lacing developed.
Smell: extremely strong lemon aroma which reminded me of those lemon-burst dish washing detergents. My nose found this to be unpleasant.
Taste: The lemon tones dominate throughout, as the wheat and other spices are behind and mild. If the lemon is toned, back this may be a decent beer.
Mouthfeel: nicely crisp and refreshing. Light-medium in body. Lemon lingers long into the aftertaste.
Drinkability: very average. Not a beer for me. I can see the witbier in this, but it is a little overboard on the citrus.
05-01-2006 11:57:21 | More by Gavage
3.75/5 rDev +19%
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 summers day.
05-24-2006 21:35:51 | More by woodychandler
3.9/5 rDev +23.8%
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!
07-09-2007 13:30:34 | More by Billolick
2.78/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
08-24-2007 22:54:57 | More by jdhilt
3.13/5 rDev -0.6%
In the glass this is a cloudy yellow-orange colored beer with a tall white head that lasts a while.
The smell is sweet and spicy with a slight sourness in the scent. Coriander is prominent in the spices along with less notable ones and a bit of lemon in the scent.
The taste begins much like the taste of Budweiser and crackers with a bit of fruity and banana in the taste. The taste of Budweiser is fairly prominent here and it cuts through the wheat malt and spices as if it were blended with a wheat beer to disguise it. Additional tastes of wheat malt and spices do eventually hide the Budweiser taste but I can't help but suspect corners were cut.
The mouthfeel is good.
An OK drinkable beer and probably a particularly good one to introduce Budweiser drinkers to the world of Belgian Witbier. Still this is inferior to Bluemoon and FAR from the taste of Hoegaarden!
05-05-2007 03:12:14 | More by Zorro
3.85/5 rDev +22.2%
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.
07-24-2007 00:55:41 | More by plaid75
3.58/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
03-17-2007 23:16:48 | More by bluejacket74
4.22/5 rDev +34%
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
($1.49 / 12 oz.)
08-03-2007 14:59:05 | More by RBorsato
3.3/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
04-23-2007 20:40:22 | More by cjgator3
2.9/5 rDev -7.9%
Seems to be A-B's answer to Coors' Blue Moon. An average body witbier with a load of coriander, citrus and orchard fruit spice - which sounds much more complex than the flavor really is. Borders on being too sweet, but manages to stop short of sticky. Some powdery astringency rescues the beer at the finish.
06-22-2006 13:54:51 | More by Brent
3.45/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
03-17-2006 12:59:33 | More by lordofthewiens
3.88/5 rDev +23.2%
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.
05-20-2007 20:40:42 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.33/5 rDev +5.7%
Another mass-market cross-over from AB into better beers. But, it does serve a purpose to get normal swill drinkers to try something else, at a cheap price.
Hazy yellow amber with nice white sheet lacing. Hints of soapy malted wheat in the aroma, followed by a decent quaff of citrus laced wheat. Nice pop of coriander firms up the wheat backbone. Just a bit on the cloying sweet side, but still a good summer wheat for drinkin in the heat.
05-16-2007 12:56:53 | More by Vancer
Spring Heat Spiced Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
74 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.