Bud Light Golden Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud Light Golden WheatBud Light Golden Wheat

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BA SCORE
63
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625 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 26.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 07-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 625 | Reviews: 302
Reviews by SimplySinister:
Photo of SimplySinister
3.73/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Translucent sunburst with a nice, though quickly dissapating, snowy 2 finger head. Somewhat heavy carbonation. Practally no lacing.

S - Subdued. Though, Citrus and coriander come through the stongest.

T - Very good- which is so odd for me to say for this brand. In fact, I'm actually surprised by the quality of this beer. For the most part, I dispise macro brews, but this one is well done. Nothing tastes synthetic. It is very simplistic. This light wheat style brew is what it says- and, given it's cost, it delivers. Minus the clove and bananna bomb of course.

M - Clean, crisp, and dry. This is a very neat brew, with little aftertaste.

D - Amazing drinkability. The alcohol content on this one is quite low though.

To sum up, there are alot of negative reviews on this brew. To a certain degree, I can empathise with the disdain other advocates display regarding an offering such as this. However, I must judge this offering on what it is, not what it appears to be, nor to gain the acceptance of my collegues. My apologies.

Lets cut to the chase. Forget the politics; this isn't Duvel folks. Its not supposed to be and it isn't trying to be. Its not in the same catagory, nor is it in the same leauge. Therefore, one must judge this beer on its own merit. For what it is, this is not in any way, shape, or form a bad beer. Additionaly, if you factor in the price, this one is right on the money. Its not an A beer. Its not really even a B beer. However, it is a drinkable beer and probaly the one of the best of the cheaper macro brews.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a beautiful golden wheat in color with a nice head that actually showed some good retention. Best Bud I've seen to date.

Smell - There's an ample wheat aroma here. It's not like a weizen but also not like that nasty American pale wheat ale crap that seems to be all the rage lately. It's raw but very smooth with just a hint of that famous Bud sweetness at the end.

Taste - This has a hearty flavor for a light beer. The wheat is full and again smoothed out like you'd find in a casked ale. I really don't get any spice or even herb flavors but this is good nevertheless.

Mouthfeel - I really enjoyed this aspect of the beer. It's big-bodied for a light beer, not quite medium but hearty for sure. It is incredibly smooth in the cheeks with a modest but velvety carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a great light beer for a cool night. It drinks amazingly well. It's not a hot day thirst-quencher like say the regular Bud Light but more of an easy sipping ale and definitely a good one to pop open when your non-craft beer friends come over.

Photo of brownbeer
2.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Exactly what it says it is: but light wheat with citrus peel and coriander.

Not much nose, a little spice. The flavor is the same, not offensive but hard to taste.

The finish is over before it starts.

I'm not really sure if this is Shock-tops nephew or what but I could see some Bud light drinkers getting used to it. It makes Blue Moon seem ballsy.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.03/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Times are a-changing ... the sacred Bud Light has been spun off, again, with a wheat and spiced theme similar to a Witbier, but really this is a Spiced Lager with coriander and citrus peel. Putting all skepticism aside ...

A lot darker than anticipated completely hazed, pale orange amber color with a good two fingers of head. Citrus peel and coriander in the nose, a hint of lemony wheat as well but still all a little faint. Very crisp and smooth with more body that a regular Bud Light--still light, though. Pleasing citrus and coriander with a quick snap of wheat, though the malt is thin throughout. Hops? With the addition of coriander, and the bitterness potential from it, we wouldn't be surprised if there were no hops--or, at the very least, single digit IBUs--but this isn't a hop-centric brew, so it doesn't matter. Exceptionally clean finish, with citric and coriander, that eventually faded away.

Not too shabby, but definitely marketed toward the non-beer drinker, or the light beer drinker, looking for just a bit more than Bud Light. Time will tell if this brand survives in the sea of trendy flavored beers.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After carefully rolling my bottle on the countertop, as shown in the TV ad, I poured the beer into a pint glass. It was a hazy orange color with a small white head. Vaguely sweet aroma. I swear, every Budweiser product I've tried has the same aroma. Mild orange taste, a bit of spice (maybe coriander). Just kind of a bland, ho-hum beer.

Photo of Billolick
2.96/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle
Pours medium apricot amber, off white head that tightly knit, decent looking and leaves light scattered lace. Decent enough looking offering brew A.B. Just a hint of fruit and wheat on the nose. Watery brew with a hint of orange, wheat malts. Lawn mower brew, easy drinking, water, lawn mower brew

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange/yellow in color, minimal head, medium carbonation, hazy

Smell: citrus with high lemon and some wheat

Taste: orange is the dominant flavor- lemon and wheat are also present

Mouthfeel: smooth, semi-sweet, medium carbonation, light body, very clean

Drinkability:This is a very clean version of a wheat beer and I can see how it would appeal to the masses. Due to its cleaness It is missing a little punch I like to have with this style. Still it is drinkable and I could have three. Not a bad effort, not great either.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is wheat and lemon with some coriander and orange notes. The flavor is wheat and coriander with a tad bit of orange. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is certainly not a great wheat beer, but it is not too bad and certainly much better than regular Bud Light.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with no head at all. Nose is a bit fruity and spicy, similar to some belgians.

Pretty impressed here, much less carbonation that other BMC beers, and certainly more flavor. I'm not totally in love with it but it's a good step in the right direction. Much fuller body and warmer mouthfeel than other BMC lagers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off not a bad looking brew we've got on our hands, I have to try everything from the big boys to either keep a healthy level of hate going or appreciate the fact that every once in awhile they can make some decent beer. Pours a beautifully hazed golden orange burst of sunshine with a nice thick off whtie head arising above the rim of my conical shaped glass. Unfiltered wheat beer with decent head retention with Bud Light in the name wow. Aroma is heavy on the citrus peel and takes it pretty easy with the coriander. A nice floral grassiness with the well rounded juicy citrus peel oils flowing, as well as some soft bready yeast notes and sharp citrus sweetness. Flavor is pretty balanced but heavy on the yeast nutty/bready flavor, minimal spices a bit of coriander, with citrus peel and grassy finish. Really not bad a bit of a Blue Moon light. I'm sure this will do okay out there. I can tell there's not actually orange juice in it like Blue Moon this has always been a turn off for me. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a bit more girth due to the yeast sediment, carbonation feels like a bud light some carbonated water with some balls. Drinkability overall is decent very refreshing not something I'd care to keep going back to but I'm glad I didn't pass it by.

Photo of frankiepop
2.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The only beer budweiser served that didn't taste like shit. It was all that I could get at the hockey game. I had to drink it out of a paper or plastic cup. I tell you some vendors have no respect for beer. However, the taste was not bitter and refreshing. It had a decent flavor. Mild.

As for music to complement this brew, I suggest ABBA or some disco shit like that. Gettin' caught drinkin' bud is like doing the ugly girl cuz your so horny and your roommate walks in.

I can't remember if they poured the beer from a tap, bottle or can. i doubt it matters.

Photo of richkrull
3.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on sale for $6 for a 12 pack.

Pours a bit of a hazy straw color. Not much head at all. Smells like wheat with some citrus notes. Taste is pretty much how it smells. Not bad, but leaves a bit be desired. Very easy drinking beer as it's very light-bodied. This beer is alright if the price is right, but there's not a lot to it.

Photo of CamuMahubah
2.76/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

You know how tv dinner meatloaf kinda tastes like meatloaf...well this don't even really kinda taste like a wit...

I dunno maybe it ain't supposed to but...dang if it ain't refreshing on a hot day though...

It's got a fake chemical citrus taste or something...I dunno...I should have never expected this to be anything like a wit and I might maybe could have understood it better...

I'd rather have Shock Top over this beer any day...

That said it is purty! Refreshing! Light! And not much else...

Photo of Brenden
2.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is just one to try. From what I've heard, A-B put out a reasonable effort with the American Ale, but they make no real effort with their light beers. I was hoping this could be something, but I expected little going in.

This one pours goes just a bit further than regular BL as far as the head. Still, mediocrity is not quality except for the big companies.
The smell is way overboard with the orange. Cheap, artificially sweet and mild funky aromas follow with a hint of grains.
There's a light spice underneath (coriander) the extremely overdone fake orange. Lame grains flavors are ever-present. There's no real beer flavor in here. It's BL with artificial sweeteners, and that doesn't make it better.
There's the typically bland watery mouthfeel that does have a crispness to it.
This is a poor effort to jump on the bandwagon from a company that doesn't know much about beer and sells more than any other company in the world because, hey, nobody else really knows much about beer either.

Photo of wmtxbb
3.15/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear with a amber brown color. Head dissipates quickly to leave no lacing or head.

Smell: Very little smell present. Very light lemon orange scent, it's hardly noticeable.

Taste: Slight wheat malt taste followed by a lemon/orange flavor. Very light and not bad, but not entirely good. Could use a more present wheat malt flavor. Considering that this is a bud light I'm not surprised that this is what they consider a light wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: average, nothing special. Better than Bud light, but that's like saying a beer is better than a turd.

Drinkability: I'd get really tired of this beer really quick. It has flavor so I'd drink one, if it were free (this was a free beer), but I wouldn't drink more than two.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.63/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally decided to try Bud's wheat offering.
Interesting.
Pours milky golden with a decent head in a hef glass.
Tiny bubbles continue to rise for a long, long time.
Carbonation is tingly but weak. The tiny bubbles give it a creamy feel that doesn't really come from the brew's body.
Distinctive citrus and bready yeast aroma. I was pleasantly surprised.
Flavor is initially very 'Bud-like' which was a bit disappointing but as I drank it I was able to pick up on the wheat and citrus.
Very non-offensive and a bit too 'macro' tasting in that Bud went middle of the road in their offering of a wheat beer but at the same time, very refreshing and a very flavorful and satisfying change from the usual

Photo of biboergosum
2.81/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden orange colour, with one finger of dense sudsy white head, which disperses quickly, leaving a thin band of painted lace around the glass. There is also a bit of sediment being eddied about by the rising effervescence. It smells of coriander and orange peel, and a light generic graininess - wow, truth in advertising. The taste is more coriander, and bitter orange, with a diluted wheat chaff character. The carbonation is a wee bit too high, the body medium weight (!), clean, and crisp. It finishes with diminishing returns, the spice and fruit fading abruptly, leaving a watery memory.

Well, I can't complain about any marketing sleight of hand here - you get coriander, orange, and Bud Light, mixed together. While the fruit and spice hold up their end of the deal, in the end it's still Bud Light underneath, and that contributes immensely to the very tenuous hold on my palate when it's gone.

Photo of asabreed
3.18/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: With the swirl / roll / however you get the yeast going before the pour, the brew is more of a hazy orange color, rather than the seemingly usual yellow or golden. But the haze is nice, and not as over-the-top dirty as something like Widmer's. Head's a dirty white that does some sticking to the glass.

Smell: Many folks have said this is kind of a light Blue Moon, and to a certain extent I'd agree. Whiffs of wheat, some spicy orange, and yes, coriander, but if anything this seems more watered-down than over-spiced, and I think here that's a good thing. After all, this IS basically Bud Light masquerading as a Hefe. That said, it's not too bad, just a light Hefe on training wheels.

Taste: Things go hand-in-hand here, as the wheat flavors, the orange, and the coriander spice, along with maybe some vanilla and nutmeg flavors, come through nicely, then fade away. But I'd rather have it, like the aroma, as it stands. Too much spice, like a lot of Pumpkin Ales brewed these days, have are just bogged down with spices, which become headache-inducing after one. Average all the way, but in the summer, I could certainly slug these down playing ladder ball and have no complaints. Come to think of it, that may happen once April hits, which is unfortunately a long way away.

Mouthfeel: Still a bit watery, but a bit fuller and more medium-bodied than But Lights, where overcarbonation doesn't necessarily mask thinness. Here there's a bit of creaminess, which makes it decently medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Again, basically Bud Light as a Hefe, so don't expect anything great. But if you're at a party and everyone's drinking light beer and whatnot, this really isn't too bad, and has enough flavor and balance to keep me interested.

Photo of emsroth
3.33/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

App: Dark gold with a moderate haze. Fluffy white head that falls to a nice crown.

Smell: Sweet wheat. Smells like a witbier. Some orangey citrus. Once swallowed the flavor turns a bit savory then to a slight crisp.

Medium body with medium carbonation. A slight film in the mouthfeel.

This will be nice come summer.

Taste: Sweet while in the mouth.

Photo of tweeder263
3.78/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a gold hazy brew, white 2 finger head.Fairly high carbonation. Sweet smells with spices. Mild taste, semi sweet, spices linger slightly at the end. of course its a dumbed down model of a wheat beer, but its enjoyable as a light brew.Mouthfeel= nothing special. Drinkablity is good. Ive seen this beer in bars recently and without a broad choice of beer, i wouldnt hesitate to order one.

Photo of secondtooth
1.95/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A certain pizza company is wise to proclaim the benefits of "better ingredients", and I believe that applies to beer, as well. This one has a decent cloudy wheat appearance, but first taste reveals a soft, fuzzy, fizzy mix of coriander, citrus, and...something artificial? Maybe metallic. I dunno. I do know that this one tastes one-dimensional and cheap. Absolutely horrid.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.48/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bit thinner (less cloudy) and possibly a tad darker than Blue Moon, but that's about the only difference. Everything else says, "Blue Moon."

Smell: Not much smell. Some orange and spice, but again, not as much in Blue Moon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I was actually pleasantly surprised with this taste. To me it does not taste like spiced Bud Light. Nice orange taste and a ton of spice. Nice job Anheuser-Busch!

Drinkability: More drinkable than Bud Light...a welcome change.

Overall: This is a cheap alternative to Blue Moon...albeit a good one. I commend Anheuser-Busch on marketing this in an accessible way. At the end of the day, it's not as good as the more popular version, but like i said, the differences are negligible. Next time you want Blue Moon, give this a chance.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting move by A-B. And they've used the "Bud" name with it, so they must be pretty sure of it. They know that Blue Moon is doing well, so I guess this makes sense. But the name "Golden Wheat" doesn't imply that it's a kind of Belgian-style witbier - which I guess is brilliant too, in that people who might be scared to try anything "Belgian" will probably not be afraid of "wheat".

As to the flavor, well that's actually quite smart too - just the yeast character lends it flavor, so no extra malt (and the calories that come with is) is needed.

But how to judge this beer? As a Beglain-style witbier? No, I don't think so. If anything, it's almost a new beer style in itself. So, "herbed/spiced beer", I can agree with that. That's a pretty open category though.

Basically, it looks pretty good. Head retention and lacing could be better, but it is a light beer. And it smells OK. The taste is decent, keeping in mind that it is a light beer (118 calories); and there's nothing objectionable about it. It's got a good mouthfeel for a light beer; and although it's not great, it is pretty drinkable, and it's got enough character to it that you're not immediately bored with it. I'll drink Bud Light with Lime over Coors Light at the ballpark any day, so why not this? I've still got 4 more bottles to go out of my first 6-pack, so I'll add a little more to this later on.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.52/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into tasting glass. Open beer, open mind...

A: With a gentle roll as directed, the body holds a slight haze, which is light orange, a very pale straw color. The one finger head is fed by a heavy level of carbonation and have fairly good retention.

S: The aroma is light and has a faint note of clove and orange. The aroma is overall on the weak side. Very artificial elements.

T/M: The body is a bit low in carbonation levels and is quick off the palate. The wheat element is found but very subtle. Coriander is shown, but again low in flavor intensity. A light beer by taste, but not balanced with fuller flavors as to promote sessioning. Lingering taste has that classic Bud Lightish finish that is very much like washing down water.

O: Overall, I think that this beer is not all that bad, for a light wheat, it does represent the light character in the flavor profile. This could be doing a good thing for craft beer, as Macro drinkers could find this as a gateway into other wheat styles and from there in to the realm of experimental drinking.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Better than most light beers, but not as good as the Wheat beers I have had in the past.

Considering this is a Bud Light product, it is actually pretty good.

It has a slightly hazy orange color. The head faded away to nothing very quickly and left no lacing.

Not much of a smell, I had a hard time smelling anything.

For a light beer, it has a little flavor. Some orange comes through.

It is lightly carbonated, and has a watery mouthfeel.

I just had another one of these and need to re-evaluate my review.

This is one damn refreshing brew. Goes great with spicey food. I know there are better beers out there than this, but what a step up from the regular Bud Light.

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Bud Light Golden Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
63 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.