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Bud Light Golden Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud Light Golden WheatBud Light Golden Wheat

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BA SCORE
64
poor

622 Ratings
THE BROS
71
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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 26.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 46 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 07-28-2009)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.48/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a faint orange that is somewhat hazy with an off white head. Nose brings forth faint citrus and a bit of grain. Taste brings a decent amount of citrus flavor and some bread. Mouthfeel is on the moderate side of light but is a bit too creamy. Drinks better than its name sake, but isn't terribly good in any respect

Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.35/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A very fruity (orange and approicot) flavored timid wheat beer that, in true Bud Light fashion, lacks body. Draws comparisons to Blue Moon, just lighter in body.

A very hazy orange colored beer brings on a spritzy and short lived head. All carbonation disipates very soon into the session. Has a liquified cream sicle appearance.

A lof of orange peel and appricot flavor and aroma with little else. Quite overdone, the fruitiness takes over with an unbalanced and unsupported sweetness. As with other Bud Light products, the flavors are somehwat void and empty without any meanigful maltiness, complexity, or balance.

The beer is a bit more full, sweet, and rich upfront than I expected. But once the intense flavor of appricot and orange begin to fade, the body dies as well. The beer gives very little character from mid palate on.

Fans of Coors Blue Moon will be able to tolerate this beer fine, but might find it lackluster in comparison.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.17/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rich honey gold with bright yellow accents and an attractive crown of ecru colored froth. Call me a skeptic, but how does a light beer get to be this hue without the use of artificial color? Despite a good look while melting, very little foam ends up on the glass.

One could be forgiven for thinking that a beer using coriander and citrus peel would smell like either coriander or citrus peel. BLGW smells like... nothing at all. Seriously, this is the most aroma-deficient beer of 2010 so far. No nastiness keeps the score from the bottom rung of the ladder. Edit: warming unleashes the semi-interesting scent of honey-lemon cough drops without the eucalyptus. On the other hand, most will drink it cold and from the bottle.

My expectations were that Bud Light Golden Wheat would taste like a dumbed-down, less than well-brewed light witbier. That's pretty much what it is, but there's even less flavor than anticipated. Did A-B really spend 'nearly two years' on this watery dreck? It tastes like it was whipped up in some amateur brewer's basement in a few hours.

Flavors (and I use that term loosely) include a pale wheatiness with a hint of lemon zest, along with the slightest blip of coriander imaginable. It's hard to be too critical of a beer that delivers almost nothing on the palate. No guts, no soul, no thanks.

The mouthfeel is predictably thin and makes it all the way to watery on the finish. A laid back amount of fine-bubbled carbonation keeps drinkability on the high side, but only in the 'ease of' sense. In the 'desirability of' sense, it's severely lacking.

Two quotes from Anheuser-Busch's vice president of marketing tell you pretty much all you need to know about Golden Wheat. The first... 'the trick will be to attract new fans without alienating Bud Light's core consumers'. Sorry, but that is not the recipe for success. The second... 'this will not be craft beer'. No shit. It isn't even close.

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

And the bottom of the barrel takes a beating again today, got off early and hit up greens and bilo and grabbed what I could, this should be a fun night. Served cold and poured into my pint glass, consumed on 08/23/2010.

so for some strange reason i actually though this was going to be good, and suprisingly it was not terrible. pours out a golden amber with a head of about two inches of white foam that settles down rather quickly into a thin film of lace.

aroma is loaded with grain and wheat, lots of light bready notes, hints of wet hay, and a light citrus touch. very clean, crisp, with little to know aftertaste here at all, not a terrible beer by any means and really quite sessionable.

this may be the one and only beer from the last couple weeks of going through the bottom i could stomach again.

Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a very lightly hazy golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off some bright citrus aromas along with a hint of the wheat in there too. The taste of the beer is watered down, but has elements of the fruits and wheat in there. The mouthfeel is thin. Overall this isn't something I'd ever buy. I tried it because it was free.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $4.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, darkish amber body with a thin, fizzy-looking, white head that quickly peters out into a slender white ring around the glass interior.

Smell: Relatively light in the nose, with mild notes of wheat, spice, and basic lemon. Again, it is mild, but, thankfully, not totally vacant.

Taste: All the sweet tanginess you've come to expect from wheat, although taken down a few notches. Very small, very clean hint of grain. Nominal spiciness from the small hop character, but, then again, that could also be contributed by the addition of coriander. As it warms up, a lemony citrus character begins to emerge. Drying, effervescent finish with final touches of wheat and spice.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Sure, it's a tad fizzy on the tongue.

Drinkability: Truth be told, I didn't mind it one bit. While it may be dialed down a tad on flavor, but it's still reasonably tasty, and it makes for a fine thirst-quencher.

Photo of biboergosum
2.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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 TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Stop #4 on the Swill Tour 2010 Express. It pours a semi-cloudy orange juice topped by nearly a finger of white foam. The nose is a rubbery coriander, as though the seeds came from a fake plant. Seriously. The taste is wheaty, rubbery coriander, just like the smell. Unfortunately, it's more pronounced than in the smell. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a weak beer, but nothing too bad, especially considering the company we've sampled it in.

Photo of zeff80
2.28/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer looked pretty good, a golden amber color with a thick, bubbly head. It actually left some lace behind. The smell was bad either. The coriander and spice aromas were nice. However, not much of a wheat presence. The taste was a disappointment. No wheat flavor at all. It really just tasted like a lager with spices "forced" into it. It just didn't taste right. It had a clean, crisp mouthfeel, but the odd taste makes it undrinkable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +42.1%
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 WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev +17.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 12/13/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of oranges, along with light malts, a little bit of wheat and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise is full of oranges with very little wheat and very little hops. The lack of hops isn't surprising, but the lack of wheat is given the beer's name. The malt character is thin. The after-taste is slightly sweet and fruity.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty especially if you like the strong orange flavor, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, it's not too bad but it just isn't me kind of beer.

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a golden-copper colored body with a slight haze. The head settles quickly and leaves minor lace.

S - A light, spicy aroma of wheat and clove. Slightly spicy hops and little else.

T - Some spicy wheat up front with a bit of malt sweetness. Light clove in the middle, it finishes spicy with a hint of herbal hop character and light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Surprisingly, this is not too bad. There isn't a great deal going on, but for something with both Bud and Light in the name it is pretty full-flavored. Inoffensive, light, and much more drinkable than other AB products, this seems like a success to me.

Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a chance to pick this up as part pf mixed 6-er, so I thought WTF?

Pours an effervescent & semi-hazed bronze with a thumb of tight cream colored head. Above average head retention& average lacing, clears up pretty quickly

S: Fruittyness, grassyness, plus some rubber band scent

T: Hints of juicy fruit up front, a little bit of lemon, plus a kiss of coriander. Crackery notes mingle with the over sweet juicy fruit as this warms, plus a touch of grainyness. Finishes with too much juicy fruit seetness & a bit of coriander, lack of complementing flavors holds this one back

MF: Light bodied with low carbonation

Drinks alright, lacks the flavor to make me want to stick around, but one or 2 would cut the thirst nicely on a warm day. I've had worse in this genre

Photo of drabmuh
2.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bud light golden wheat shaker pint at a bar. The beer was free. Beer is yellow and hazy, kind of an orangish hue to it. Carbonation appears low and there isn't much of a head and no lacing. Looks OK I guess.

Aroma is weak overall but there are some esters in there but there is also this overall lagerish aroma that is a little offputting.

I'll hand it to budweiser, they are consistent whether they mean to be or not. There is a faint second in which I feel I can taste some hefeweizen flavors but its eclipsed by this doom of an aftertaste and grainy bitterness at the back end of the beer. Best served very cold as the beer got worse the longer I held it. Not the worst budweiser product I've ever had but its not a good wheat beer at all. At all.

Photo of mdfb79
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 11/25/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a ligh,t murky, pale orange yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, orange peels, coriander, wheat, pepper, and spices.

t - Tastes of citrus, orange, wheat, and spice/coriander.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation.

d - Surprisingly not awful. I was apprehensive when I saw this at my Uncle's house but out of the normal BMC beers, Bud Light is actually my favorite, so figured I'd give it a try. Definitely a light beer that is dominated by the orange/citrus and coriander in the nose and taste. I think I would personally not be able to drink too many of them, but if you're looking for a light BMC beer and enjoy Bud Light, worth trying one of.

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

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry pale and wheat malt scent along with a light coriander and orange peel spice. The spice aroma is faint, but noticeable. The taste is decent. It's has a dry, pale and wheat malt flavor. It's light and easy drinking with a touch of spice. It's a bastardized American version of a wheat beer, but's it's a nice summer brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. Again, this is a quaffable summer brew, but not a beer for someone looking for a traditional wheat beer.

Photo of jwc215
2.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clouded golden with a nice white head that seems as if it might hold up, but collapses to a thin cover. Not much lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang with very mild coriande and orange peel.

Well, it's an attempt at a light wheat that has some wit character... Wheat with hint of orange and coriander. It has a "Bud Light" character in the taste, esp. in the finish.

It is light-bodied. Not quite as fizzy as a typical light beer.

Inoffensive enough to try, but wouldn't get again. A Bud Light with some wheat and light spicing, as expected.

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 oriolesfan4
3.11/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Another try by the big guys at a mass produced 'craft' beer, and I must say I really enjoyed this one.. to be honest it had a better appearance and flavor than some microbrewery wheat beers I've had. The lack of any head is disappointing and kind of hurts the mouthfeel but there's a decent amount of wheaty taste to this one and it's highly drinkable. Don't get me wrong, I've had some much better wheats in the past, but to make a large quantity of a micro-type style beer for under $1 a beer, I'd say Budweiser hit a home run with this one. Will definitely be purchasing more of this on nights where I'm feeling cheap.

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Bud Light Golden Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
64 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.