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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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593 Ratings

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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 26.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | 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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1/5  rDev -62.5%

11-14-2011 14:31:36 | More by justintcoons
Photo of HockeytownBrew


3.95/5  rDev +47.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber color. Nice two finger width head that fades before too long, leaving behind pretty minimal lacing.

S: A pleasant grainy scent with hints of citrus and coriander with hints of wheat.

T: Very similar to the scent. Flavors of grain and wheat with citrus. A nice hint of spice as well. Pretty similar to Blue Moon.

M: Light body. Pretty moderate carbonation.

D: This is an easy one to drink. A step above Bud Light.

Pretty good choice. Better than what I was expecting.

10-30-2011 02:06:32 | More by HockeytownBrew


2.53/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

08-18-2011 20:23:40 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of paxchristi


2.78/5  rDev +4.1%

to tlel you the truth, this is my favorite of the products that have the name "Bud" or "Budweiser" in their name. This is one in the recent fad of more trendy flavored beers. AB is trying to be craft without actually having to make the financial commitment to making excellence. Which is why this beer is far better than most AB products, but its still not better than mediocre to slightly decent. It has a high drinkability, but its not the type of drinkability that I respect; the type where you drink it because it assembles a complex variety of flavors that carmelize into something unique. It is drinkable because it takes few risks, because taking those risks is something that AB cannot do because they make beer for the non-connoisseur.

Smell: Generic, unrisky notes of citrus and coriander. I expect way more risk from a spiced wheat beer. It should take over my head.

Taste: Cordiander is fairly obvious and its the feature of the body of this beer. It complements the citrus flavors, but that seems to be about it. You can't expect much more from a company like AB. High/moderate carbonation.

Overall: Eh...its a Bud Light with some improvements. Its still much better than almost any of the other AB products, but I think if you're a beer connoisseur than you aren't wasting your time or your money on something like this. The only time I would ever drink this again is if it were around at a party or if I needed some beer that would not offend anyone but to where I could still have the slightest bit of substance to my beer.

08-15-2011 13:28:27 | More by paxchristi
Photo of Spikester


3.7/5  rDev +38.6%

Pours amber with a tall white head that leaves rather quickly. Some spotty lacing. Smell is quite nice citrus and grains. Taste is a bit of a surprise. Some spicy wheat, citrus, and a bit of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is good for a light beer. As long as this beer is served very cold and consumed fairly soon it is quite good on a hot day. As it warms you can begin to detect the Bud Light underneath the special flavors. Unfortunately this beer will probably not please regular BL drinkers and craft drinkers will avoid it. A good choice when options are limited or for those required to reduce their alcohol consumption.

08-15-2011 02:37:01 | More by Spikester
Photo of BEERME528


4/5  rDev +49.8%

I have never really had a desire to try this, but I saw it on tap at a bar, and gave it a shot. The appearance was not too shabby. A nice little head of foam that stuck around for a while, and a pretty orange-ish color. I took my first sip and was stunned, "is this really a bud light brand?" After not caring too much for Bud Light Lime, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had no idea that it would offer the orange/citrus flavor. The golden wheat name and bottle do not really hint at these flavors. I think it tastes great and I plan to keep some in my fridge at all times. The flavor actually reminded me of another AB product, that being Shock Top. It smelled fresh and went down smooth.

08-08-2011 15:00:38 | More by BEERME528
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -4.5%

I was originally surprised that AB would offer a version of Bud Light made with "golden wheat" and be flavored with coriander and citrus peels. It seemed to me that they were trying to make a version of Bud Light that would somewhat appeal to more craft beer drinkers. Then it occurred to me that with beers like Blue Moon straddling the line between craft and macro, Anheuser Busch was probably just trying to play their hand into getting into that type of market.

Bud Light Golden Wheat pours a nice golden color with a decent foam head that lasts for around 2 minutes. The aroma was light and originally I was not detected much, but the light aroma contained some generic wheat and citrus notes, and actually was a bit musty too. The beer felt thin on the palette, and had a high/moderate amount of carbonation. After taking a few sips, there was no mistaking that this was still indeed a light beer. The overall flavor was a generic grainy taste, with some light orange-like citrus notes. There is a reasonable amount of bitterness in the finish, but I wonder how much of that can be attributed to the coriander instead of the hops. The light bitterness and grainy flavors linger on in the aftertaste and there is no alcoholic warmth.

This is far more interesting than the beer it was spun-off from. It is a refreshing beer, and is good for the dog days of summer. If made into a full flavored beer I could see it working as a decent American hefeweizen or wit type brew, but I have to subtract points because it is very much dumbed down for the light beer drinking crowd.

08-07-2011 04:12:01 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

08-02-2011 01:57:58 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of DUBinMIA


2.93/5  rDev +9.7%

Served in a pub glass from a bottle.

Very pale straw yellow color, hazy but filtered look

no aroma noted

water like very light bodied

taste and looks like water.... however better than most would give credit to seeing how its bud. no head... i hear its very hard to make though and they get it the same every time... i guess that is one positive... oh and they do have good commercials!!!

08-01-2011 00:07:45 | More by DUBinMIA
Photo of tjsmith910


2.48/5  rDev -7.1%

A lot better than just Bud light but still lacking the rest of the competition for this style of product. The mouthfeel was a bit on the refreshing side but not the smoothest wheat beer Ive had. The taste was only a small hint of orange. The apperance was a golden wheat in color with a quick releasing head and no real lacing.

07-08-2011 21:08:33 | More by tjsmith910
Photo of CamuMahubah


2.73/5  rDev +2.2%

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...

06-22-2011 03:22:02 | More by CamuMahubah
Photo of champ103


3.1/5  rDev +16.1%

All right, had a bottle left over from a BBQ at my place. Lets see how this goes...

A: Pours a transparent golden/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms and recedes in a second. Some very light lace is left behind.
S: Not bad at all, actually. Lots of honey sweetness up front. Some earthy wheat aromas. Grassy as well.
A: Follows the nose. Lots of sweetness. Honey and sugar. A bit of sourness as well. One dimensional, but not bad.
M/D: This is the bad part. Just way to thin, watery and even under carbonated. Not hard to drink at all. An easy quaffing outdoor beer.

Give this a little more body and some more carbonation, and this will be a decent beer. Nothing wrong with this as a good summer beer, and kind of surprised me. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of other wheat beers that blow this away, but at least as good as Blue Moon.

05-29-2011 22:45:05 | More by champ103
Photo of Natural510


2.38/5  rDev -10.9%

12oz bottle, no freshness dating.

Pours a light copper color with bone-white head which dissipates to a fairly residual lacing on the glass.

Scent composed mostly of a faint wheat and sweet orange citrus aroma.

Flavor is a weak wheat with coriander spice. There is a very, very mild sweet citrus in the background before everything completely fades to oblivion.

Body is thin and watery, nothing I would expect from a quality wit/wheat beer.

Purchased as a single on a whim, I wanted to like this AB offering going in. It did not exceed my already lowered expectations.

05-28-2011 16:29:59 | More by Natural510
Photo of Wasatch


2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a hazy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is grainy, kinda ricy, with some coriander, grassy, slight bananna. The taste is kinda malty, sweet, with some grassy, coriander, bananna notes. Light Body. Not too bad, but still would not buy again.

05-05-2011 23:54:20 | More by Wasatch
Photo of drpimento


2.15/5  rDev -19.5%

Odd duck. Poured with a large, sudsy, off white to cream colored head that quickly faded to almost none and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a slightly hazy orange hued amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma is kind of bitter, yeast,spice and a bit of grain. Flavor is orange, grain and a bit of spice. Body is thin and carbonation is ok. Finish is short to medium in length and like the flavor. Won't finish this.

03-09-2011 03:09:28 | More by drpimento
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3.58/5  rDev +34.1%

This to me was rather bland but decent. The appearance was an orange gold but nice head. Smell was almost not there nothing really to say. Taste was very average the late flavor had a citrus taste to it. Mouthfeel was very clean there was no linger, almost a there and gone way about it. You can drink a hundred of these as there is little alcohol and lite.

03-09-2011 00:13:13 | More by derekmorris7
Photo of aasher


2/5  rDev -25.1%

This is probably the worst wheat beer I've ever had. It pours this strange murky orange that makes me thing of Tang. The smell is of light, light yeast, coriander, and oranges. It's overly generic. The taste is of light yeast, coriander, and citrus. This drinks between light and medium in body but it's not in a good way whatsoever. This is an awful wheat and not worthy anyone's time. It's just a Budweiser gimmick.

02-20-2011 16:55:03 | More by aasher
Photo of richkrull


3.28/5  rDev +22.8%

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.

02-18-2011 23:13:22 | More by richkrull
Photo of Rayek


3/5  rDev +12.4%

Bought for me by a friend at a biker bar. On-tap and served in the ubiquitous shaker pint glass.

A: Cloudy straw with a hint of gold. A foamy eggshell head sticks around longer than I was expecting. Leaves no lace.

S: Smells like a light beer that's had the usual corn and/or rice adjuncts replaced with wheat. The wheat gives the nose a touch of interest, but other traditional wheat beer aromas of banana and clove are absent. A light sweetness rounds things out.

T: More flavorful than normal light beer fare. The wheat adds a light dry bread flavor out of the gate. A light malt sweetness is hanging out too. Bitterness is very light and completely tasteless. Finishes quite clean.

M: The light body is grainy and could stand a bit more fizz.

D: I'll admit that I didn't go into this with high hopes. If I had to drink a Light Beer, I would actually choose this.

02-14-2011 02:18:03 | More by Rayek
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +46.1%

if you gotta go bud- golden wheat is the way to go. it is clearly a knockoff of bluemoon. i love wheat beers, i was surprised to see bud come out with a beer that has a unique taste(for bud) such as this. all in all i dont mind the golden wheat at all. i mean im not gonna be knockin anyone over to get to this, but im not gonna kick it out of bed either. its a ok effort from a big box.

02-13-2011 14:52:15 | More by mattkoon
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Ontario (Canada)

2.17/5  rDev -18.7%

Had this on tap in New York City, mostly as a dare. Pours a pale orange colour with thin white head. Head retention isn't bad, traces of lace on the glass. Smells of mild wheat malt, with some grains. Very mild flavour. This is pretty much like a typical light beer, with some added wheat. I guess that makes this better than a light beer though. Really big carbonation made this harder to drink, but this wasn't awful or anything. I certainly don't plan to have another though.

01-10-2011 03:08:28 | More by kwjd
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2.63/5  rDev -1.5%

A- cloudy, grainy orange amber color with frothy foam that fades quickly and leaves minimal lace.

S- Faint hints of wheat, coriander, citrus, lemon peel, and muted spices

T- Watered down. Again the wheat profile is lacking, the spice is muted, but orange and citrus tastes do stand through.

M- Watery and grainy, highly carbonated

D- Its ok, but watery, lacking flavor, and boring.

01-03-2011 17:47:41 | More by JayS2629
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2.95/5  rDev +10.5%

A - Light amber color with an orange hue. Average sized, foamy, light, bubbly white head. Average retention leaving almost no lace.

S - Slightly grainy aroma with a hint of coriander and citrus. Very subtle lemony aroma. Vague wheat aroma. Overall it is a little lacking.

T - Like the aroma there is some grainy and wheaty flavors along with a subtle spice kick. Not overly spiced or bitter, but the wheat does not take over nor is it very strong.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Thin feel with a more crisp feel.

D - Easy to drink. Since the spiced flavors are pretty subtle it won't kill your taste buds. Not really inspiring me to get another though.

Notes: Not a bad beer for just grabbing a macro beer. This is a little too watered down for my taste though. It's essentially Bud Light with a slight spice and wheat kick for flavor.

12-18-2010 21:12:42 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of HammsRocks


3.73/5  rDev +39.7%

Poured from the bottle into a beer glass.

A-had a murky appearance from the added orange peel, but was a nice golden color.

S-smelled a lot like Blue Moon and other Belgian Wheat style beers. Had a notably citrus aroma. Very pleasant mixed with the spices in it.

T-a very citrus taste to it. Could definitely pick out the orange and coriander flavors in it. Tasted a lot like Blue Moon, which was perfectly fine with me. No unpleasant aftertastes

M-a good mix between the carbonation and the flavor. Felt very crisp and refreshing to me.

D- For me it was a very drinkable beer. I had 3 of these in a row and wasn't left feeling full.

12-10-2010 14:56:22 | More by HammsRocks
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3.68/5  rDev +37.8%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Hazy and amber appearance. Nice 1/2 inch head that quickly disappeared. Citrus orange aroma. Fizzy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Pretty dry but more flavor than i had expected. No real bitterness. My wife LOVED it when she had a sip. Not a bad offering. I'd put this in the same boat with blue moon. I think I've averaged a couple per year since it was released.

12-08-2010 21:07:44 | More by nniicckkww
Bud Light Golden Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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