Golden - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 03-15-2002

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
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Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one is a hazy orangish-yellow in color with a monster, pure white foaming head.

Smell – The grain here is light and seems to be mixed with a bit of yeast, which in and of itself is not so bad but it’s rather big. There are also some pretty big corn notes to this one.

Taste – This is predominantly heavy malt that tastes like creamed corn There’s a light sweetness at the end, too.

Mouthfeel – This is almost medium-bodied with light carbonation and no dryness or refreshingness.

Drinkability – Sorry, this just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Photo of shapudding
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow and clear, low carbination. Poured with alot of head that mellowed out to a very thin, almost non-existant coating. Not too much scent, you can catch a drift of lemon... Taste is not strong in any flavor, a very light flavored beer. Good session beer. Slight taste of citrus, taste of water, nothing really jumps at you. The body is very light with good drinkability.

Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Crystal clear light golden in colour with a thin white lace.

Smell: Faint malt and grain ... very clean.

Taste: Light to medium in body with a smooth crisp grain that goes a bit bready with some malty flavour. Hop bitterness is there to balance off the sweetness and adds a light spicy bite to the brew. Lingering residual sweetness fades into the after taste as well as some grain.

Notes: Just some down right easy drinking here, an excellent brew to pair with spicy Szechwan or some Creole that has been kicked up a notch. None the less your all around dependable beer to drink without thinking about what you are drinking.

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed, golden amber body that exhibits lively carbonation in the glass. Impressive, snow-white head is two fingers tall and drapes the body like a blanket. Head retains well, and deposits plenty of island chain lace on the sides of the pint glass.
Aroma is grainy malt and a pleasant note of floral hops.
Mouthfeel is light to light medium, and the carbonation is playfully high.
Taste has a crisp, biscuity maltiness, that becomes bready as it warms. Some noble hops add a welcome floral hops bittering balance. Well balanced, overall. Finishes clean and even.
Very attractive beer that is clean, crisp, and very drinkable. One of the better Abita brews to my taste. A nice session beer. Thanks to BigLove for the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of Billolick
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer sampled, does have best before dating but good luck trying to figure it out. Pours very light amber, moderate bubble whie head. Cabadgy nose. This one, I found to be thin and watery and lacking in most departments. Limited in complexity and interest in general, expensive, lawn mower libation at best

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of jakester
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was from a sampler case I got at Shangy's. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date clearly notched on the label. No date on the case.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger head of white foam. The head quickly drops to islands and a ring, but decent lacing observed.

Aroma is clean, bready pilsner malts and a hint of spicy hops to boot. At first there is a smell of DMS, but that eventually disapates.

The first flavor is light, bready malt sweetness, then a light hop bitterness, followed by a faint peppery hop flavor. The aftertaste is clean pils malt. The flavors in this are delicate, but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with a proper level of residual sugar for the style. Carbonation is low to medium. Finish is crisp and clean.

This is a worthy example of the style. Crisp, refreshing, wqith a nice light malt base. Tasty beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a pale fizzy golden only a few shades lighter than the Abita Light, a standard crystal clear pale Helles style lager look with a bit more fizzy carbonation that a German version. Lacing is sporadic and light as the thick bright white head quickly dwindles down to a collar. Aroma light two row bring out cereal grains with a touch of honey sweetness, more biscuit pale malts really are nice here with a touch of Hallertau herbal hop bouquet. Flavor is creamy smooth and crisp with those biscuit malts really coming out in liquid cereal nature with a smidge of finishing herbal hops to add in that signature hop burp. I'm sure they sell a ton of this around the brewery, but I see why it doesn't get much attention up this away. It's only incrementally better than your standard BMC, mouthfeel is still light syrup with tickling carbonation that really effects the back of the throat. Drinkability is downright effortless yet not complex enough in flavor to keep me coming back again and again, pretty damn boring.

Photo of dacrza1
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow transparent pilsner body; head is swift in its descent and thins to a partial white... Hallertau hops noticeable and metallic malt is present,...predicatble, but not annoying...slow, effervescent bubbles... creamy, soft palate with a late malt kick... crisp, soft rather unobtrusive flavor... golden, yes--consistent in its modesty and a true member of its style...

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden body topped by a quick to dissipate white head. It keeps an alright collar but maintains very little surface covering and leaves no lace. The aroma is minimal with just some light maltiness. The body is light with a very fine bubbled, moderate carbonation that leaves it quite smooth in the mouth. The flavor is a lightly sweet, somewhat husky, and mildly tangy malt that's well balanced with hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a gently lingering maltiness. This is a light, minimally flavored, crisp and clean, easy drinking beer that would fit in nicely at tailgate parties and BBQ's. It's certainly not a Munich-style Helles as suggested in the listing here.

Photo of cjgator3
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden yellow color with a fizzy white head. The aroma is pale grainy malt and a touch of spicy hallertauer hops. The taste is clean and crisp with the typical light lager flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied and prickly from the carbonation. Overall, this is a decent lager that is very refreshing but nothing special.

Photo of bditty187
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale, sickly yellow in hue, dull and the lack of animation only amplifies this notion. The white head was a slight half finger in height at the zenith but it quickly faded to a soapy cap. The appearance is completely unimpressive, an adjunct free lager of this nature, IMO, should have a richer color. The subsequent lacing was almost nonexistent. The nose is distinctly Abita (or Iowa’s Millstream as both breweries’ beers smell identical to me). The yeast strain these two brewers use is obviously German. This beer has soft notes of grain, malty like a typical but decent macro lager. Luckily the hints of lemon, flowers, and hay increase the likeability of the bouquet. Moderate potency. Decent. The palate is very well crafted; it is much tastier than the nose indicated. The appearance screams, macro lager, but my tongue detected a good amount of hops (for the style). Lemon, hay, and grass upfront. The bitterness is moderate but firm enough to balance the malt profile ideally. The malt adds some sweetness, its bready as well. Clean finish. Simple tasting but very pleasant; I liked it. Medium in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is pleasant. The beer is very drinkable and I am sure it would be a hit the with B/M/C crowd. It is nothing I need to seek out again in the future. Still, thank you Morris729 for the bottle!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.08/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy, dull gold, faint hops and some grassy notes on the nose, blah. Grainy malts, some earthy tones, slightly watered down factor here. The taste of day old biscuits, even some adjuncts, very thin and chalky. Finishes with a carbonated, just sipped champagne feel; wet cardboard left on the palate. Next time, punt.

Photo of bierman2000
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light straw colored ale that is thin in body and no lasting head after initial pour taste is flat and not impressive and on the hoppy side. Drinkable only in the sense of being low in alcohol content and not very refreshing. Worth a try at a beer festival but otherwise not a great overall impression.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
2.55/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is, as described in the name, golden. Fluffy white head with a little plateau in the center until it eventually fades away. Spotty lacing. Smells is sweet, grainy, and there is somewhat of a smell of solvent and burnt toast. Faint spicy hops is the only thing keeping the nose from being awful. The flavor is rather boring. Just grainy, malty and thin. Again, the slight hop presence saves this from being totally mediocre. Mouthfeel is so (too) light that it barely feels like you're drinking anything. Despite its shortcomings, Abita Golden went down like a champ.

Wouldn't buy it again, though.

Photo of Jredner
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grassy aroma with malts that smell vaguely of cornbread. Bright golden color with a quickly diminishing two finger thick head. Light and sweet fore tastes a bit of cornbread and karo syrup. Has a decent feel to it. Very low hop profile. This is a lager I could drink a few of.

Photo of charlesw
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's a light lager. There's nothing at all wrong with it. There's nothing that really stands out for me. It's easy to drink and goes down well on a hot summer day! It's almost yellow, has little head, very little nose, not much going on for flavor, a fairly light body, little in the way of aftertaste.

Photo of TexIndy
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got in a sampler. Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date on back label. Had a clear golden color with a good head that quickly dissipated to trace of foam and no lacing. The smell was not that pleasant and was straight malt - no sweetness or hops. The taste was bland and just north of a Miller Lite. Only worth drinking if nothing better around or if you just want to drink a bunch of beer and don't care about taste. (3, NA, Tie, N)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of a seris of Abita beers I picked up at Cuban Liquor in Shrevepot, LA. in July 2006 for approximately $1.25 each. Label sez Best if consumed by 9/1/year? Hopefully 2006, but not for sure. A light lager made only with Hallertau hops.

Pours a pale light yellow with a pretty white head hat lasts about 2 minutes. A steady stream of carbonation keeps a semblance of head for a while. Aroma is predominantly hops (sharp, astringent cut grass) with a light malt undertow. Flavor is that of a basic lager, decent, celan and refreshing. Mouthfeel has solid carbonation that keeps it nice.

Overall good for the style, but it's pretty plain.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of ALEXJMZ
3.34/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a yellow and the foam cling fizzles away to a thin ring around the glass as well as light foam covering most of the surface.

S- Smells like green apple, and fresh grains.

T- A hint of wet cardboard. Definitely leans more toward the malts since there are barely any hops to be found.

AT - Good balance at the end.

Photo of Immortale25
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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.


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Golden from Abita Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.