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Golden - Abita Brewing Co.


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190 Ratings

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.04%

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Golden is a crisp, clean continental lager. Just four ingredients are all it takes: American malt, Mt. Hood hops, German lager yeast and pure Abita Springs water. As the name implies, Abita Golden has a brilliant gold color. Its flavor makes this light lager the perfect match for Louisiana Creole food.

11 IBU

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 03-15-2002)
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Photo of Mike_Moe


2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very Light straw color with a white head.
Aroma: Clean malty aroma.
Flavor: Clean malty taste, with a non hoppy, slightly sweet toasty finish. Light bodied, slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall: A nice clean tasting beer. Light enough to drink all summer long. This is not your watered down TV light; has a decent flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 17:27:24 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of soju6


2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a pale straw color with a small head that fades quickly to no real lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, some malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste is quite bland with a bit of malt sweetness and grain. Light bitterness and a a clean finish.

F: Light body with no real flavor.

O: A non-offensive beer that reminds me of a dull Euro Lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 15:06:05 | More by soju6
Photo of rangerred


3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass out of a growler.

Pours a clear light gold with just a half finger white head. There is some wispy head on top but very little in the way of lacing or head retention for that matter.

Aroma is slightly sweet with lots of grain and hints of caramel and toast. A little bit of lemon and roasted malt and a yeasty note that is very typical of Abita.

Some sweetness up front in the flavor, more than i was expecting, along with quite a bit of grain. More bready malt along with lemon and toasted malt. Some grassy hops but they are buried far in the background along with a light bitterness. Moderately sticky mouthfeel with a little bit of lingering chalkyness.

Overall, I do like this beer but feel the sweetness could be toned down just a bit. Drinkability is somewhat limited by this but I could still put back a few of these.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2013 01:36:56 | More by rangerred
Photo of DrJay


3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear and a pale, yellowish colour with a creamy cap of white foam. Great head retention. Not one of my favourite hop aromas - really sulfury and floral, slight sweet and sour smell in the background. Taste is mild, slight hop flavour (again sort of floral) with a bit of malt, low bitterness, hint of citrus in the finish. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture for a light beer. Not bad overall, just not something I'm that into.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 22:58:47 | More by DrJay
Photo of EagleTalon


3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a 1 inch head that falls to a 1/8 inch layer. Minimal lacing. Pale gold-yellow color. Aroma is a clean hit of grass, lemon, and light graininess. Flavor is a muted mixture of clean, pale malt and noble hops with a slightly spicy and biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is super light and well carbonated. This beer is what most american "light" lagers should be, light, but with a decent malt and hop character and a clean crisp finish. The labeling now mentions it is brewed in the style of a Munich helles. It's not exactly there but close enough to draw such a comparison.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 00:03:15 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, golden-straw color, with a fat finger of frothy head that faded quickly

S: Malty grain, with some citrus notes.

T: Malt is bread-like, but short-lived up front. Hops bitterness quickly takes over, although the final notes are a mix of mild citrus and evergreen. Overall, the flavors taste a bit dilute, though.

M: Moist, but decently carbonated

O: Nothing bad about it, but not great either. I was rather disappointed in how watery it tasted.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 04:13:11 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of acevenom


3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours pale gold with a two-finger length white head. There are plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, indicating plentiful carbonation. The head dissipates slowly. There isn't much lacing. It has the classic pale lager smell. There are light bready malts aroma. It smells clean and grassy. The flavor is of pale malt. It's slightly sweet and bready. There isn't much hop bitterness to speak of. It's a very clean flavor. The body is light and there is adequate carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a good beer. It is a drinkable pale lager that is refreshing on a hot day. Abita accomplished what it set out to do with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 20:36:10 | More by acevenom
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Corona Extra pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a yellow color with a 3/4 inch head that bears little retention and fizzles away to a thin ring around the glass as well as light foam covering most of the surface.

S- A little on the malty side but has a substantial wet cardboard smell. Smells sweet and of green apple.

T- Has a decently refined taste at first but then immediately degrades and has that hard-to-describe "give" in flavor. A hint of wet cardboard isn't as bad as expected. Definitely leans more toward the malts since there are barely any hops to be found.

M- Not as watery as some poorly-made lagers. Medium carbonation.

O- This is what I'd tell the people who prefer BMC to drink if they happen to be looking for craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 00:13:21 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Arithmeticus


2.42/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured chilled in large glass stein.

A: cloudy golden yellow; very think head; light carbonation; no lacing
S: honey, malt, rather light
T: it started off as ho-hum, grew in flavor and complexity (the yeast coming out) and then subsided to ho-hum (lifeless, simple lager with little flavor)
M: watery


Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:20:59 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of bnes09


3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Descent clarity in this pale golden lager. Absolutely zero head even after a relatively violent pour. Can't really see any bubbles either.

Aroma is crisp and sweet with some tart lemons in the mix.

Mild, yet fitting, malt character is smooth hinting at lightly toasted bread. Subtle hop character with citrus, tangerine and grassy flavors. Well balanced.

Light bodied. Weakly carbonated. Slides down easy leaving a slick, wet texture on the tongue.

Just ok. Descent flavor but most of the other characteristics could use much improvement.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:24:31 | More by bnes09
Photo of match1112


3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours clear golden with a small white ring for a head that disappears as quick as it showed up. smell and taste is your typical adjunct beer. mouthfeel is thin and watery. overall i dont think i was expecting much but this is a disappointment. this might be worse than coors light. not worth seeeking out. guess i had high hopes because i liked turbo dog.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 23:48:57 | More by match1112
Photo of curasowa

New York

2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straw yellow with 1 finger of head that fades to a thin cap.

Aroma: Sweet, slightly grainy malt with just a hint of lemon in the background.

Taste: Caramel malt up front then a rush of carbonation that thins it out to a pretty non-descript middle and then just a tough of bitterness showing up in the finish, which is otherwise pretty fast and clean.

The Rest: This beer is just so-so. Not a lot of flavor and a pretty thin body make this an unremarkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 02:01:34 | More by curasowa
Photo of B967ierhunter177


2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, yellow with minimal head and no lace. The aroma is of citrus, dough, and vanilla. It's flavor has lemon and banana notes with a faint hint of lime. It has a light mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation. Like beer flavored champagne. Abita Golden is a decent beer, crisp and very refreshing. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 03:13:33 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of tigg924


3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: grass and toasted malt

Taste: grass, light hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: light body, moderately sweet, high carbonation

Overall: My first beer in New Orleans post Katrina had to be from Abita, the brewery I have drunk so often when rooting on the Saints. This version is a very sessionable lager that is borderline pils. Nothing too fancy, but a good light beer that I could have a six of.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 04:19:05 | More by tigg924
Photo of MrMcGibblets


2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: clear gold, minimal head and lacing.
S: subdued. maybe some bready notes. thought i got corn but the bottle indicates no adjuncts, just pale pils malts.
T: pale doughy/biscuity malts, lightly sweet like light corn syrup, maybe just a touch of smooth hop bitterness underneath but not much.
M: undercarbonated for the style, should've been livelier/frothier. as such was rounded and slick. light body.
D: more co2 and more of a hop presence woulda vastly improved this beer. not bad, but meh.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 16:34:03 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of mralphabet


3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a straw yellow color with 1/2 a fingers worth of head that faded to ring with no lacing. Pretty average looking beer.

S: Grainy and malty with a hint of corn.. Very sweet smelling.

T: Just like the smell, malt and corn.. Sweet and grainy. Little aftertaste...

M: Crisp sharp light bodied. Pretty good carbonation.

D: Low ABV and very easy to drink... Not a great deal of flavors here.... just your normal APL....

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 03:55:39 | More by mralphabet
Photo of charlesbyrd


3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a bright straw color, completely clean and clear. The aggressive carbonation doesn't make for much of a head--I got about 1/4 inch of foam that quickly became a hazy film. In all, looks like your classic lager.

S: The most prevalent aroma in this beer is that of minerals from spring water. There's just not much going on here. With some heavy whiffing, I can get faint hints of lemon zest and grain.

T: The first word that comes to mind is clean. It's watery at first, then gives forth some grainy and then light bready flavors. The hellertau hops are just present, though it doesn't provide much of a bitter edge. It comes and goes very smoothly.

M: It sits on the high side of light bodied, with spot-on carbonation. Again, it enters and exits quickly and inoffensively.

D: This is a great alternative to your generic macro lager, but not much more. It doesn't offer anything in the way of exciting flavors or complexities, but it's one of the easiest drinking beers I know. I have a soft spot for Abita beers, even if this isn't the best example.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 02:36:22 | More by charlesbyrd
Photo of jsprain1


3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden with just head that reduces down to a ring.
S- Smell is clean. Very little aroma, but there is some grain notes.
T- Grainy, with some corn and faint hop. Very little going on.
M- Clean and inoffensive. Spot on carbonation.
D- Very drinkable. While there is nothing truly outstanding about this beer, it is, at the very least, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 06:28:01 | More by jsprain1
Photo of MadTown1000


2.15/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours into a pint glass a very, very pale yellow with just a little bit of foam. Weak smell is mostly grain - reminds me of a macro light beer. Flavor is... strange. Is it skunked? Still has a light beer flavor, but with a slightly bitter, oily body behind it. It's hard to get through even one glass, let alone have it in any quantity. I'm starting to gather that Abita has a certain characteristic body, and this is another example. I can't find anything to recommend this, but you might like it if you like Turbodog.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 03:21:14 | More by MadTown1000
Photo of drpimento


1.68/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Geez, these guys can make great beer when they want to. Why o why do they put stuff like this out there? Poured with a small white head and no lace. Color is a hazy gold. Aroma is a bit skunky malt cereal. Flavor is like aroma plus a generous dash of kerosene. Body is not bad, but carbonation is razor sharp.Finish is like flavor and best forgotton. Which is easy to do in this case.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 03:43:53 | More by drpimento
Photo of Sallerj


3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There's nothing offensive about this beer, but neither is there anything particularly awesome. It's refreshing, grainy and lemony, without much hops. It's got a haze that isn't all that attractive. Overall, this feels like cheap beer at expensive beer prices.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 23:51:27 | More by Sallerj
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abita Golden has a thick, creamy head, moderate to high carbonation, sloppy lacing, and a cloudy, golden appearance. Fine particulate matter is floating throughout. Aroma is very slight, with a sour mash smell barely detectable. Taste is good, and could be described as sour dough and somewhat roasted. Mouthfeel is heavy. Overall, this is a good beer and has much more taste and character than Abita Bock or Amber.


Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 22:14:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of theboozecruise


2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Very clear, no haziness to it at all, golden color befitting the name with a bubbly white head. Actually surprising head retention on this one.

Not much on the nose... straw mostly, a bit earthy but none of it really stands out.

More of the straw on the taste, but also crisp. A little corn at the end maybe? Subtle sweet hints in the flavor as well. Good for a lager for sure, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel gets higher marks, very clean taste, hardly any aftertaste, certainly nothing bad.

And high marks for drinkability as well. This is far from my favorite Abita beer but I could still kick back a few while watching LSU play or destroying a crawfish boil.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 19:19:05 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of jt31914


1.95/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: 1 1/2 head - golden beer color.

S: Honestly smells like urine - not very pleasant.

T: No real taste it is very watery - I might as well have bought a bud light.

D/M: Good mouthfeel and drinkability but it was the expense of any flavor in the brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 18:14:10 | More by jt31914
Photo of tone77


3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with 1/2 inch head. Aroma is mild, slightly grainy. Taste is crisp and refreshing. Some maltiness but not very strong flavor. Feels good in mouth and is a very drinkable warm weather beer. Overall this is a quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 22:09:02 | More by tone77
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