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Spring Heat Spiced Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Spring Heat Spiced WheatSpring Heat Spiced Wheat

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zjungleist on 03-11-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Chaz
3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cold in a shaker. Pours a hazey, pale orange-gold in color, topped with a white head and minimal lacing. Wheat malt, light biscuity malt notes and fairly light spicing on the nose, aroma improves as it warms. Wheat malt along with coriander and cardamon stand out on the first sip, and light notes of vanilla and marshmallow follow behind. A fairly nice, dry bitterness here, and pleasant citrus notes (orange rind) toward the end. This is a little rounder than some Wits I've enjoyed, and with a bit of diacetyl, but nothing truly awful. Medium bodied, with a fairly even mouthfeel and nice semi-brisk carbonation. Really opens up as it warms. Not bad at all, and while it's hardly a St. Bernardus Wit, it's lively than Blue Moon. I'll try it again sometime.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.66/5  rDev -15.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly foggy cornmeal yellow that becomes lightly turbid when the bottom of the bottle beer is added. The alabaster cap is a quality affair, resembling whipped egg whites or whipped marshmallow. Unfortunately, it doesn't look quite as good as it melts. Arching streamers of sudsy lace decorate the glass.

The nose favors citrus fruit peel over coriander. Even though it may not be traditional, I think it's a stroke of brilliance to use orange, lemon and lime peel in a wit. I can definitely appreciate the first and third, but not the second. If the flavor is this good, I'll be onboard in a big way.

Close, but no cigar. When beer first hits taste buds, I'm impressed by how much Spring Heat Spiced Wheat tastes like it smells. Citrus zest, especially orange, is the dominant member of the flavor profile and carries a suggestion of coriander along in its wake. The second half of the mouthful and the finish is where things take a turn for the worse. To the beer's credit, it doesn't degrade too precipitously.

Once the fruit peel has faded, the base beer rushes in to take its place. The only problem is, the base beer has a graininess that reminds me of Budweiser; or at least a macro lager that lacks a certain amount of... how can I put this... refinement. If it tastes like this when chilled, I don't want to be around when it warms.

Since the above is merely the suggestion of nastiness rather than nastiness personified... and since the citrus zest does a remarkable job of running interference... and since I don't plan to let the beer warm... I've decided to go with my first impression when granting a taste score. I think that's only fair.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light-medium with a quasi-creaminess that is praiseworthy. It might be a bit fizzy initially, but that borders on nitpicking.

Spring Heat Spiced Wheat is the third of the Limited Edition Seasonal Brews to have entered my glass. It isn't quite as good as Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale (although it's close) and we won't even discuss the abomination that is Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale. This isn't a world-class wit, but at least it proves that A-B could brew decent beer if they really wanted to.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle 'Born on 2/11/07' poured in a pint glass

A - hazy yellow color, poured as instructed to on bottle, tight white head that thins out, not leaving any lace.

S - mostly citrus aroma, some type of spice/floral mixed with the citrus.

T - refreshingly good beer, nice tasting wheat beer from A/B... surprise, surprise.

M - light bodied, mildly carbonated, crisp, clean finish.

D - good drinkability. worth a try.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Until I'd seen the bottle I had no idea that this beer was part of a seasonal series - now I know. I've enjoyed the Winter's Bourbon and Jack's Pumpkin, and I'm quite sure that this is my favorite so far! ...still need to try the Beach Bum Blonde.

With the yeast roused it's a cloudy yellow beneath a creamy dollop of white froth. The head retention is quite good, but it leaves little lacing about the glass.

The aroma welcomes you with bright-but-soft coriander, and notes of citrus rind (more lime than lemon or orange) and dried-apples over a sweet wheat base. It puts Blue Moon to shame!

The flavor follows suit, and although it is a tad sweet it never becomes cloying - probably as the gentle spices and citrus-acidity help to dry it in the finish. The lime flavor is also fairly distinct, and lingers, but in a good way. The bitterness is, of course, subdued, but it's there. It's soft and sweet and subtly tart and spicy - all in perfect balance, and with an unusual and noteworthy twist of lime.

The perfect backyard BBQ beer! I don't think anyone could turn this down, and even the seasoned veteran would have to give in to the refreshing "summer" character of this sweetly citrusy and spicy brew.

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Photo of Vancer
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another mass-market cross-over from AB into better beers. But, it does serve a purpose to get normal swill drinkers to try something else, at a cheap price.

Hazy yellow amber with nice white sheet lacing. Hints of soapy malted wheat in the aroma, followed by a decent quaff of citrus laced wheat. Nice pop of coriander firms up the wheat backbone. Just a bit on the cloying sweet side, but still a good summer wheat for drinkinÂ’ in the heat.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered beer. Hazy to cloudy that was true to style.
Very faint citrus in the nose. Notably from orange or spices and not from the hops.
Very thin on the mouthfeel with no malt background.
Nice smooth taste though with a decent spice and orange character. Pretty solid wit beer.
I was not a huge fan, but something I know the wife would enjoy.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Spring Heat Spiced Wheat was a cloudy yellow color with a white head. The head soon settled to a thin layer, leaving a little lace. The aroma was nice, with coriander, citrus and wheat. The taste was coriander and citrus as well. It was light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall it was a decent beer, light and refreshing.

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Photo of riversider76
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I proably would not have bought this if I had noticed it was an AB product! Pours a hazy pale yellow. Fluffy white head, with not much retention,and just a bit of lacing. Smell is of spiced citrus. Smell is good but a little weak. Body is light and bubbley. Taste is light,and refreshing. Spice up front,citrus through out,and a sweet finish. Good stuff. Did AB really brew this??

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Photo of csteeves
3.76/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I very much enjoyed the bourbon cask ale that AB put out, and this is similar. It is not the best wit you will ever have, but for the price, it is very worth it. The citrus taste is very good, and not as overbearing as Blue Moon, and the aftertaste is not bad at all. I picked up a 6-pack for 6.39, and for the price, an amazing deal.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.21/5  rDev -29.6%
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 theopholis
3.94/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy yellow, effervencneance and a one-finger head that quickly dissipates. No lacing at all.

Aroma- Typical what with hints of coriander and lemon. Smells clean and crisp and very inviting.

Taste- This is an AB product? Amazing. Nice, clean, crisp tasting what with just enough spices to make it interesting. Very subtle.

Mouthfeel- Medium body (for the style) and the carbonation is spot-on. Refreshing and clean.

Drinkability - Very sessionable. A nice, easy-drinking beer. Suitable for after work or on the weekend doing yard work. I'll be trying this again.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
3.88/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer a lot more than I wanted to. I stopped by the Circle K to grab some beers on my way to my sister's place, intending to get some Sierra and Fat Tire, which I of course did. Then this caught my eye. This ridiculous package with this silly looking sun man on it. I noticed it was from Anheuser, and then that it was professing to be a Belgian Wheat, for $5.99. Picked it up, paid, drove to my sister's house, drank a Sierra, then a Tire, then this.

Appearance is appropriately cloudy, pale, and heady with ample carbonation. Smell is just ok, and a little too lemony. The taste was in fact better, with a nice wheat flavor. The balance of the spices was much better than I expected, though the citrus was a bit too strong, and the coriander a bit too weak. Mouthfeel was refreshing, and the drinkability was, well let's just say that there are no more of them in my sister's fridge.

Nice one AB.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, "born on" 2/10/07, brewed with orange, lemon, and lime peel, coriander, 2-row and wheat malt, Cascade, Willamette, and Hallertau hops. It pours an opaque, dark grapefruit juice color, with a big finger of frothy, off-white head that reduces to a collar. The aroma consists of coriander and tangy citrus, mostly lemon/lime, but also hints of orange, and there is a light background of wheat. It tastes light on the palate, with a tangy wheat base, combined with peppery coriander, orange zest, maybe some grassy hops, and a late lemon/lime twang on top of a light, fairly carbonated body that leaves a short finish. Overall it's not too bad, but it's a bit overspiced and needs more robust wheat and hop flavors.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

as soon as i crack the bottle open i can smell citrus, it smells really good. pours a light yellow haze with some chunks in it, almost looks like lemonade. Smells citrusy above all, its hard to pick out other scents, but it is pleasant. The taste is not nearly as citrusy as the smell, but it is still good, a TINY bit too watery but thats understandable, it is A-B. Its a warm day here in St.Louis and this beer really hits the mark, this sixer wont last long, i'm really diggin this beer, one of the best of the A-B beers i've had, i really think they are trying to expand their beer horizons =)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed a bottle at the six pack shop in Moon the first week it came out appears a cloudy apricot golden orange with a large white head leaves uneven chunks of lace not bad, banana smoothie anyone? Aroma has soft mellow coridander evident citrus peel additions, vanilla creamy notes goin on very intriguing not overdone with spices plus the wheat charcter is much like some Chammomile tea. Flavor has a balanced yet tart witbier I give credit to AB with subtle spices a creamy vanilla marshmellow note with sharp acidic wheat notes in there combined with citrus peels topping it off a decent version of a traditional Belgian style wit. Mouthfeel has a light bodied lively carbonation going a bit unnatural and artificial not too much CO2 but enough to tickle the back of the throat can be unpleasant. Drinkability definitely a quaffable tasty wit from the Big brewer not bad...yep it's decent.

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Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In the glass this is a cloudy yellow-orange colored beer with a tall white head that lasts a while.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a slight sourness in the scent. Coriander is prominent in the spices along with less notable ones and a bit of lemon in the scent.

The taste begins much like the taste of Budweiser and crackers with a bit of fruity and banana in the taste. The taste of Budweiser is fairly prominent here and it cuts through the wheat malt and spices as if it were blended with a wheat beer to disguise it. Additional tastes of wheat malt and spices do eventually hide the Budweiser taste but I can't help but suspect corners were cut.

The mouthfeel is good.

An OK drinkable beer and probably a particularly good one to introduce Budweiser drinkers to the world of Belgian Witbier. Still this is inferior to Bluemoon and FAR from the taste of Hoegaarden!

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle smell is a nice aroma with hints of nutmeg and caramel. Pours to a neon cloudy yellow with a decent head. Taste seems to start with potential but is very thin and highly carbonated. There is no pronouned change from sweet to bitter like a typical ale. Lacking more spice in the taste to be a Belgian. Not much body to this beer. Kinda tatses like a decent Belgian watered down with selzer water. Would be good for somebody looking for a light belgian ale refresher on a hot summer day, aka lawnmower beer. Looks like AB sucked me in again with a catchy name and fancy packaging. Getting closer, but once a macro always a macro.

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Photo of fezzman
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden with a 1" head that quickly faded into a fine ring.

S - Mild citrus notes and possibly the coriander.

T - I can definitely taste the citrus and it adds a nice touch.

M - A nice prickly feel up front with a somewhat watery finish.

D - Not too bad of an attempt. Today was a long, hot day and this is hitting the spot quite well. I can easily see myself laying around the pool with a small cooler of these next to me. :)

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Photo of goochpunch
2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The shades are back.

Pours out a light tangerine. Cloudy. Fluffy head and lacing. Not too bad. Nos is too clean in terms of yeast, but the spicing is definitely there. This reminds me a lot of Blue Moon but with more spicing. Yeast is just as clean in the flavor as in the nose. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy sweet and the carbonation needs more presence. I have no problem drinking this, but as it warms it gets a little too sweet. Drink cold. I'd pick this over Blue Moon for sure.

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Photo of GuinnessHero
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy yellow, lots of carbonation and a one-finger head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Very weak, a hint of coriander and lemon arise if you really try.

Taste - Not anything special, subtle spices are there, but hard to detect. Good clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Refreshing and clean. This is the best aspect of the beer.

Drinkability - Since it is so clean and easy to drink, you could have a few of these; however, I would rather have some Hoegaarden white ale if I want this style.

Notes: Good effort from AB, but I think I will stick with the breweries known for their white ales.

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Photo of zeff80
2.02/5  rDev -35.7%
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 arguemaniac
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More of a Hefe with a nice spice profile than true wit really, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. A pleasant level of sweetness with a good amount of yeasty character and, like I said, a really nice lemony coriander spiciness. Not the best or most authentic wit out there, but pretty tasty and quite drinkable.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with born on date 32FEB07. Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with a nice white head that leaves pretty good lacing. The aroma is wheat, faint lemon zest, citrus, a little spice and yeast. The taste is lemony with some faint spices in the background. Overall, this is a respectable American Wit that lacks a little in the flavor department but is certainly not too bad. This brew is highly drinkable. This one falls a little short, but I still give props to A-B for at least trying to make a decent brew.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice orange/lime peel scent with a bit of coriander as well. It's refreshing with loads of citrousy zest. The taste is decent. It has a light wheat/pale malt flavor with a nice orange peel finish. It's a bit watery although it goes down real easy. Blue Moon seems a bit more balanced and full flavored compared to this, but it's a solid brew. They really seem to be hammering home the whole citrus appeal. For those who enjoy that sort of thing, this will be a fun beer for the warmer months. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It's a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking brew from AB. It's not a favorite, but I might be inspired to buy one for a non beer drinking female friend sometime.

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