Spring Heat Spiced Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Spring Heat Spiced WheatSpring Heat Spiced Wheat

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Missouri, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zjungleist on 03-11-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.6/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

On tap at Westwood brewery near UCLA. The only reason I knew it was made by anheuser busch is from reading around on this website. Served with a lemon wedge propped on the edge of my pounder glass, it forms a lackluster head, no retention, cloudy and pale yellow.

First whiff is of strong bannana flavor. First drink has me thinking its so strong fruity that it must be an extract. Whether or not it is real or fiction its definately too strong on the fruity side with no balancer whatsoever.

Notes: The tap grabbed my attention. The beer didn't. Beer focused on the thing that maybe "chicks" might be more abt to like. A good Wit has so much more complexity than this sweet fruity bomb. Pass.

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Photo of DrunkPagan
1.66/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a cloudy pale-pale yellow.
Smelled like citric acid.
Tasted like sickeningly sweet citric acid.
I didn't want to keep it in my mouth for the mouthfeel, but I kept it long enough to be unable to find any spiciness to it.
Overall drinkability: Just don't!!
I knew it was Anheuser-Busch, but I still tried to give it a chance. I really tried to look past the sickeningly overpowering citrus. I searched in vain for any hint of hops. I prayed for a malt taste that was anything but weak pilsner and cheap wheat. I was disappointed.
This beer is just bad. This is a swing and a miss. Too much citrus, no spice, no balance, WAY too sweet. In short, don't bother with this, just drink a 7up in your Blue Moon. It will be quicker, and MUCH less painful.

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Photo of acarroll413
1.84/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

had at a bar on tap

A- wow, this is the ugliest looking beer ive ever seen. the color was a dull yellow, worse than any macro ive ever seen. the head was white and lasted mabe 10 seconds

S- the name says spiced wheat? well it smelled like every other bud ive ever smelled

T- eeeh! on the front end there was the taste of budweiser, which isnt great to begin with. on the back end there was this faint hint of nutmeg, but it was awful. nasty grossness.

M- thinner than a coked-up runway model. carbonation is the reason why this didnt get a 1. making nastiness much more bubbly is a trademark of macros. long live craft beer!

D- quite possibly the worst beer ive ever had.

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Photo of acrawf6
1.91/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a lightly hazy orange/yellow. White head. Smell is spiced with corriander and seems a bit off, but cant put my nose on it. I'm really not a fan of the taste either. I'm not a witbier fan, but i can tell if its a good one or not. This one is not. Corriander is present in the taste as well, it pretty much dominates over some cinnoman and peppery spices, as well as some infused orange citris to it. But again, not good.

Overall this is just a bad stab at the style. Dont want to finish it. I dont know what it is, i always want to try the newest macro's attempt knowing i'm almost always dissappointed.

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Photo of zeff80
2.02/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

A - Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a white, one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of lemon and lime. Also, a wheaty aroma.

T - It tasted of wheat and yeast. Then I picked up a bitter taste that reminded me of a bad European lager.

M - It was crisp and fairly light-bodied.

D - Not my favorite. It looked okay and smelled okay, but then it tasted like a below average Euro lager.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.03/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I tried this beer last night at my favorite watering hole (Summits in Sandy Springs). It pours into a barrel mug a very cloudy orange with about a 1/2 head that stays and produces good lacing. The color is very unusual that orange hue is unique for sure. The smell is of very tart and potent citrus, so strong that I can't detect anything else. The taste is nearly all citrus as well. The balance is off in this beer. I think they were trying for a Hefe or a Witbier but fell short. The taste (what I can taste beyond the citrus) comes off like wet cardboard. The wheat flavor just doesn't seem right. The mouthfeel isn't bad, it comes off as medium weight and very creamy. Overall this is not a very drinkable beer. I applaud AB for trying to branch out and try new things like Stouts, fruit beers, and the like but so far they just haven't measured up.

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Photo of barrelman
2.16/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First of all, I do not dig on wheat beers in general. This beer poured light orange and hazy with no head. The taste is weak with not a whole lot going on. It definitely features the wheat but with limited success.

As my friend says, "It tastes like a weak Blue Moon."


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Photo of pmcadamis
2.21/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Served this in a big weizen glass. Really cloudy lemon-yellow appearance capped by a two finger solid white head. Solid sheets of lace slide back into the glass after a swirl, and a few sparkling arcs stay put. Really nice basic wit appearance...the bottle art work is retarded (but I'm not counting that against the score).

S - Funky lemon aroma seems a bit stale and nasty, ans strangely enough I can smell ethanol even though this is only 5.2% abv. Smells like lemon shake-up mix that goes into those big clear lemonade dispensers at corndog stands. Lemonade with vodka. Better with warmth and the addition of all of the yeast sediment.

T - Initially sweet with loads of coriander and citrus fruit, then working towards a big acidic lemon-lime punch. Way to citric, and not yeasty, dusty, and dry as a wit should be. Lime and sugar dominate as it warms and the coriander / sugary sweetness combo becomes downright foul. Way, way, too citric and twangy.

M - Light bodied with some heft in the mouth. Lemon meringue creaminess with some nice carbonation. Feels much thinner as it warms and the carbonation goes flat...drink this quickly, it goes downhill as fast as a Norwegian bobsled team and feels just as nauseous a the bottom.

D - Very thirst quenching, but not very interesting. The citrus fruit is overdone, and it really reminds me of corona with a lime....but even this isn't that horrible. I could session this on a really hot day if nothing else is available...has potential as a "lawnmower beer" even though I don't have a lawn.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.37/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a glass of this when I was staying in Joliet, Ill.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with minimal lacing. No head or retention of significance.

S: Slight hints of citrus in the smell, but nothing of great significance.

T: Hints of a citrus taste. More of an orange taste in the beginning with a grapefruit/lemony aftertaste. Reminded me of Blue Moon, but more watered down.

M: As noted above, this beer proved to be pretty watery. Also, seemed a little flat with the low carbonation.

D: A pretty drinkable beer, but that is mostly because I feel this beer lacks a little substance. A thicker mouthfeel and a better taste would have made it more drinkable overall, in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Hazy pale orange hue with a thin white head that doesn't last long.

Light wheat with obvious spicy notes. Sugary fruit aromas, like processed fruit flavored cereal (fruit loops or fruity pebels).

The sugary fruit characteristic is repeated in the flavor. A light spice comes in here and there. Thin bodied and watery with a fizzy feel. The finish is clean with a little bit of lingering spice.

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Photo of rowew
2.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist. Born on date clearly marked. Label continues the AB seasonal tradition of horrible cheesy cartoons. Pouring instructions on the back include mixing up the sediment and pouring it in.

Appearance: Pours hazy yellow with a bit of orange to it. Medium head fades pretty quickly.

Smell: Lots of citrus and wheat aroma. A bit astringent.

Taste: All citrus and no beer. Body is thin, carbonation is high.

Overall impression: It is drinkable, but not interesting enough to keep me coming back. No depth of flavor at all, and a bit watery. I assume this is meant to steal some of the Blue Moon market, but BM seems to be pretty far superior.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.48/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy light gold with a big white head that dissipates quickly into just a collar. Smells like dish soap: fakish lemon and yeast, coriander. Not much there, but the quality of the lemon note is pretty bad. On the palate, a quick flash of sour lemon, then some pale malts, then things fall apart. The back end of this beer takes on an herbal, chemicalesque character that's pretty gross. It sticks to the palate tenaciously. The finish contains some plastic and diacetyl edges. Not good. Mouthfeel isn't the problem: the carbonation level is fine, the thickness of the beer is fine. The problem is the flavors. They seem slapped together, unintegrated, and not borne of natural ingredients, perhaps. Avoid.

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Photo of jkaufman
2.56/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a 12oz. bottle ("born on" 2007-02-23) into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours cloudy, golden-orange, with lots of visible carbonation and a very fluffy and foamy white head. Good lacing.

S: Citrus and apricots.

T and M: Starts out pretty citrusy and bubbly, but finishes smooth and wheaty. Oranges linger on the palette. Interesting presentation, but is a bit too sweet and has a weird, unidentifiable aftertaste.

D: I was left with a mild headache after drinking one.

I probably wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of Higravity
2.56/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No lemon needed for this beer, not that I would let someone foul my beer like that. Looks fine if a bit thin with a limp head but that could be the keg. Smells very much like a wheat beer but there is an underlying fake citrus too. The taste would be ok if they would get the fake citic flavoring out of there. A thin wheat beer but there is a lemon jolly ranch fake taste, use some real corriander or citric acid. This is thin for a wheat beer, but it is mildly drinkable in that I only have to finish this one.

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Photo of zjungleist
2.62/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer appeared very bright yellow with a small white head. There was something about the color looked very un-natural. The smell was basicaly just citrus. The taste was very citrus-ish, with bit wheat flavor, and a bitter orangle peel aftertaste. The mouthfeel was more or less average, with moderate carbonation and low body. Overall this beer was easy to drink, but not a winner in my book.

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Photo of nmyers
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anheuser-Busch's attempt at wheat ale is a valiant effort. This light bodied cloudy yellow concoction of coriander and orange is not quite what I expected. The only exciting thing about this beer is the tap handle. It looks like an orange with a wheat Mohawk. Someone tried to tell me this was close to Bell's Oberon, boy where they off target.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.66/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a generous white, faom head that fades to a thin layer. It is opaque and dingy yellow in color. It has a weak, musty, citrus aroma. The taste leads with a biting astringency. This is way beyond wheat "zip", but it makes the way nicely for a forceful peppery character, big lemon rind, then musty light tobacco, some funk at the end, and a soapy aftertaste.

MF- the astringency and carbonation really attack the mouth here.

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Photo of Gavage
2.66/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: a mildly hazy pale yellow color with a short 1/2" head that immediately fell to some surface spots. No lacing developed.

Smell: extremely strong lemon aroma which reminded me of those lemon-burst dish washing detergents. My nose found this to be unpleasant.

Taste: The lemon tones dominate throughout, as the wheat and other spices are behind and mild. If the lemon is toned, back this may be a decent beer.

Mouthfeel: nicely crisp and refreshing. Light-medium in body. Lemon lingers long into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: very average. Not a beer for me. I can see the witbier in this, but it is a little overboard on the citrus.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely pale, soft-orange color. A little bit of head, but not much, and it leaves quickly.

I notice a few fruity notes and some souring astringents in the aroma.

Taste is quite bland. A few hints of oranges or something that points out that this is a wheat ale, but not many. More of a boring liquid corn starch or flour taste.

The mouthfeel is decent, a bit bigger than most a-b products, but definitly not the "belgain-style wheat ale" that the bottle claims it to be.

Drinkability is good. I could drink quite a few of these, and did, but I'm hoping that I never get stuck in that situation again.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy yellow color with no head and lots of bubbles rising to the top. Smell is that of a wheat beer and it's spiced with orange peel and coriander. The taste is not very good... it has a poor start with a malt-liquor like taste and eventually you get some of the spiced notes. The mouthfeel isn't bad, a light medium bodied beer with a slight creamy viscosity. This beer is drinkable although not "good"... I would much prefer Blue Moon or Leine's Sunset.

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Photo of harpo111
2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

when i saw the tap handle i figured it was an AB product. Figured i would give a try...thought the winter warmer was ok...and i like wheats...
appreaance: looked pretty good...moderate head, nice golden yellow
smell: citris, vanilla/lemon
taste: domonted by the vanilla/lemon...not enough bit though...wanted it to have more of an acidic kick or hops or something...was almost too smooth...and it had a nice head on it to begin with...
moughfeel: ok...almost too smooth..not a lot of body
drinkablility: average...you could put down one of these in a minute flat...very smooth...aimed at the "i don't like a beer with a lot of weight to it crowd"...even Blue Moon...which is a cheaper macro wheat..has more to it...just less vanilla/lemon..since it is a spiced beer
would like to see what this one tastes like without the spice....kick up the hops some and you might have a winner.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Orange/lemon nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is like unsweetened orange/lemonade. Good lawnmower beer. 12oz bottle dated 24FEB2007, $1.49 from Case N'Keg Laconia, NH.

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Photo of Backer2004
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The owner of a local beer bar gave this one to me. Labeled not for sale as a promotional item. I mean, it could be an okay step for those looking to make the transition to craft beers but this one was not a good Witbier. Cloudy and orangish, a bit grassy on the tongue and no spices that I recall.

This will probably not be a favorite A-B product based on the fact it won't entice macro fans or those who appreciate this style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI on 6/9/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color with a dense white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with strong notes of lemon & orange, along with some spice, very little wheat and almost no hops.

T: Likewise the taste is very fruity and spicy, the wheat flavor comes out a little bit more in the taste than the smell would lead you to expect. The malt character is thin despite the sweetness that is present and the hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, somewhat clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, I could drink a lot of it, but itÂ’s not even close to being good enough within the style or compared to most other beers that would be carried with it, for me to select it.

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Photo of RedneckChemist
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ran across this at my local grocer and thought what the hell. Reading the description on the cardboard carrier, I couldn't help but think of a certain other wit brewed by the gents at Coors. I had this sample from a brown glass bottle with a born on date stamped on the side of the neck label. (Only 17 days old)

Appearance: I followed the pouring directions located on the label to find my pint glass filled with a very yellow, murky beer that had a small, slightly off white head that faded to a ring of foam. Little to no lacing.

Smell: This beer is very citrusy in the nose. Lemon mostly. Maybe a hint of coriander. I am straining to gather these scents because there is not much to smell here. Did someone put lemonheads in a BL?

Taste: There comes the lemon again. Really dominates everything else they were trying to do with this beer. Where is the wheat? There is a faint orange in the aftertaste. Maybe a hint of the coriander coming through, but there is a lot of lemon zest in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin for a wit. Don't really know how to go into much more detail than that. Good balance to the carbonation. I guess they were going for a refreshing beer on an increasingly hot day.

Drinkability: I would not say this is a bad beer. Not what I expected from either a wit or from the description by the brewer, but it really is a decent beer with too much lemon. The flavors do at least remind you that the winter has gone and your gonna need a few refreshing beers to enjoy after mowing the lawn. The guys at AB have given us what we have come to expect from them: a beer with a decent flavor that lacks any real complexity or depth.

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