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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
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108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

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 it’s 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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2007 23:48:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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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logansboat15

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2007 18:14:40 | More by logansboat15
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Chaz

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2007 15:36:06 | More by Chaz
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2007 15:15:30 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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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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Vancer

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2007 12:56:53 | More by Vancer
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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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csteeves

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 20:40:05 | More by csteeves
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pmcadamis

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 15:22:02 | More by pmcadamis
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theopholis

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 07:01:11 | More by theopholis
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jeffjfindley

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 23:09:50 | More by jeffjfindley
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, "born on" 2/10/07, brewed with orange, lemon, and lime peel, coriander, 2-row and wheat malt, Cascade, Willamette, and Hallertau hops. It pours an opaque, dark grapefruit juice color, with a big finger of frothy, off-white head that reduces to a collar. The aroma consists of coriander and tangy citrus, mostly lemon/lime, but also hints of orange, and there is a light background of wheat. It tastes light on the palate, with a tangy wheat base, combined with peppery coriander, orange zest, maybe some grassy hops, and a late lemon/lime twang on top of a light, fairly carbonated body that leaves a short finish. Overall it's not too bad, but it's a bit overspiced and needs more robust wheat and hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 00:13:55 | More by mmmbeer
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1fastz28

Illinois

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 =)

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 20:28:14 | More by 1fastz28
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 16:10:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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Zorro

California

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

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 03:12:14 | More by Zorro
Spring Heat Spiced Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
74 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.