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Spring Heat Spiced Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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72
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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:
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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Photo of mooseisloose
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle smell is a nice aroma with hints of nutmeg and caramel. Pours to a neon cloudy yellow with a decent head. Taste seems to start with potential but is very thin and highly carbonated. There is no pronouned change from sweet to bitter like a typical ale. Lacking more spice in the taste to be a Belgian. Not much body to this beer. Kinda tatses like a decent Belgian watered down with selzer water. Would be good for somebody looking for a light belgian ale refresher on a hot summer day, aka lawnmower beer. Looks like AB sucked me in again with a catchy name and fancy packaging. Getting closer, but once a macro always a macro.

mooseisloose, May 05, 2007
Photo of fezzman
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden with a 1" head that quickly faded into a fine ring.

S - Mild citrus notes and possibly the coriander.

T - I can definitely taste the citrus and it adds a nice touch.

M - A nice prickly feel up front with a somewhat watery finish.

D - Not too bad of an attempt. Today was a long, hot day and this is hitting the spot quite well. I can easily see myself laying around the pool with a small cooler of these next to me. :)

fezzman, Apr 30, 2007
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 GuinnessHero
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy yellow, lots of carbonation and a one-finger head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Very weak, a hint of coriander and lemon arise if you really try.

Taste - Not anything special, subtle spices are there, but hard to detect. Good clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Refreshing and clean. This is the best aspect of the beer.

Drinkability - Since it is so clean and easy to drink, you could have a few of these; however, I would rather have some Hoegaarden white ale if I want this style.

Notes: Good effort from AB, but I think I will stick with the breweries known for their white ales.

GuinnessHero, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of zeff80
1.99/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

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.

zeff80, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More of a Hefe with a nice spice profile than true wit really, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. A pleasant level of sweetness with a good amount of yeasty character and, like I said, a really nice lemony coriander spiciness. Not the best or most authentic wit out there, but pretty tasty and quite drinkable.

arguemaniac, Apr 23, 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 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.

WesWes, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of jkaufman
2.53/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a 12oz. bottle ("born on" 2007-02-23) into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours cloudy, golden-orange, with lots of visible carbonation and a very fluffy and foamy white head. Good lacing.

S: Citrus and apricots.

T and M: Starts out pretty citrusy and bubbly, but finishes smooth and wheaty. Oranges linger on the palette. Interesting presentation, but is a bit too sweet and has a weird, unidentifiable aftertaste.

D: I was left with a mild headache after drinking one.

I probably wouldn't drink this again.

jkaufman, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Frosty yellow color, very hazy presentation. Large head of white foam, and a medium level of carbonation. Some lacing inside the glass.

S: Definitive notes of belgian-esque wheat and yeast. Some light fruitiness. Mild note of malt and biscuit.

T: Hollow; some notes of spice and lemon over wheat and mild bready notes. It's like the flavor WAS there, but has since been scooped out and only traces remain.

M: Light and mellow. Lacking crispness, it's still do-able, as it goes down smooth and has light carbonation on the tongue.

D: A half-hearted attempt at the micro market by A-B. Nothing more, nothing less.

Frozensoul327, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the bottle a cloudy (with sediment) yellow colour, thin tight head that sticks. nice lacing. citusy aroma...lemon and orange mostly with hints of spice. the taste is of light airy citrusy spiciness...mostly subdued and understated. a hint of spice from the coriander and and low dose of wheat and not much else. i wasn't expecting a genuine belgian wit so i'm not disappointed. it's fruity, it's refreshing and it's A-B. at least they are trying. the body is slightly below medium and the mouthfeel is smooth although a bit watery. drinkability is good for what its worth.

this is an attempt to appeal to the masses and not beer geeks, and i would think that this would be a great crossover ale. there is nothing NOT to like about it. uninspired yet still drinkable. and i bet the chics would find this tasty. have the wife or girlfriend try it, i bet they would like it.

budgood1, Apr 13, 2007
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..

Lupin, Apr 11, 2007
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 09, 2007
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 geexploitation
2.42/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy light gold with a big white head that dissipates quickly into just a collar. Smells like dish soap: fakish lemon and yeast, coriander. Not much there, but the quality of the lemon note is pretty bad. On the palate, a quick flash of sour lemon, then some pale malts, then things fall apart. The back end of this beer takes on an herbal, chemicalesque character that's pretty gross. It sticks to the palate tenaciously. The finish contains some plastic and diacetyl edges. Not good. Mouthfeel isn't the problem: the carbonation level is fine, the thickness of the beer is fine. The problem is the flavors. They seem slapped together, unintegrated, and not borne of natural ingredients, perhaps. Avoid.

geexploitation, Apr 07, 2007
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.

allengarvin, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy yellow with an orange tint with one finger of suds in the Michelob pilsner glass.
Smell is wheat and lemon peel with mabey a slight cloveyness.
Taste is orange/sugar and wheat with lots of carbonation.
Not really a bad taste.
Mouthfeel is very good cold here . Refreshing and bubbly with a pretty clean taste and almost no aftertaste(not a good thing)
I could drink a 6-er of these boys in nothing flat on a hot day sitting in the sun at a blues concert.

peabody, Apr 01, 2007
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 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 beeragent
3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saw this in the local grocery store (which has a slim to none beer selection), so I thought I would give it a try. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a hazy light yellow, forming a 1 inch thin head, leaving lights rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is a light sweet citrus, along with the usual grainy smell associated with most of Anheuser-Busch products. The taste is basically the same as the smell. Sweet citric flavor, some mild hops, with an even lesser amount of malt, finished off with a full grainy aftertaste. A not too thin mouthfeel. Overall, not a bad beer, but Anheuser-Busch still has a way to go, before they can compete with the real craft brewers.

beeragent, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of rowew
2.35/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist. Born on date clearly marked. Label continues the AB seasonal tradition of horrible cheesy cartoons. Pouring instructions on the back include mixing up the sediment and pouring it in.

Appearance: Pours hazy yellow with a bit of orange to it. Medium head fades pretty quickly.

Smell: Lots of citrus and wheat aroma. A bit astringent.

Taste: All citrus and no beer. Body is thin, carbonation is high.

Overall impression: It is drinkable, but not interesting enough to keep me coming back. No depth of flavor at all, and a bit watery. I assume this is meant to steal some of the Blue Moon market, but BM seems to be pretty far superior.

rowew, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of DrunkPagan
1.6/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a cloudy pale-pale yellow.
Smelled like citric acid.
Tasted like sickeningly sweet citric acid.
I didn't want to keep it in my mouth for the mouthfeel, but I kept it long enough to be unable to find any spiciness to it.
Overall drinkability: Just don't!!
I knew it was Anheuser-Busch, but I still tried to give it a chance. I really tried to look past the sickeningly overpowering citrus. I searched in vain for any hint of hops. I prayed for a malt taste that was anything but weak pilsner and cheap wheat. I was disappointed.
This beer is just bad. This is a swing and a miss. Too much citrus, no spice, no balance, WAY too sweet. In short, don't bother with this, just drink a 7up in your Blue Moon. It will be quicker, and MUCH less painful.

DrunkPagan, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BEERchitect, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow with thin, very smooth white head. I stuck my nose in the glass and could still barely smell this. What I could gather is a very faint wheat smell. Taste at first is somewhat bland-maybe hints of citrus. The aftertaste is great-sweet wheat and yeast. What AB did a good job with is the mouthfeel. It is lightly carbonated and VERY smooth with a nice light body. This is a inoffensive and highly drinkable beer. Would be easy to session.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 21, 2007
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.

RJLarse, Mar 18, 2007
Spring Heat Spiced Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
72 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.