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 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 Frozensoul327
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Frosty yellow color, very hazy presentation. Large head of white foam, and a medium level of carbonation. Some lacing inside the glass.

S: Definitive notes of belgian-esque wheat and yeast. Some light fruitiness. Mild note of malt and biscuit.

T: Hollow; some notes of spice and lemon over wheat and mild bready notes. It's like the flavor WAS there, but has since been scooped out and only traces remain.

M: Light and mellow. Lacking crispness, it's still do-able, as it goes down smooth and has light carbonation on the tongue.

D: A half-hearted attempt at the micro market by A-B. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the bottle a cloudy (with sediment) yellow colour, thin tight head that sticks. nice lacing. citusy aroma...lemon and orange mostly with hints of spice. the taste is of light airy citrusy spiciness...mostly subdued and understated. a hint of spice from the coriander and and low dose of wheat and not much else. i wasn't expecting a genuine belgian wit so i'm not disappointed. it's fruity, it's refreshing and it's A-B. at least they are trying. the body is slightly below medium and the mouthfeel is smooth although a bit watery. drinkability is good for what its worth.

this is an attempt to appeal to the masses and not beer geeks, and i would think that this would be a great crossover ale. there is nothing NOT to like about it. uninspired yet still drinkable. and i bet the chics would find this tasty. have the wife or girlfriend try it, i bet they would like it.

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Photo of Lupin
3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bomber
Born on date 2/22/07
Drank on date 4/10/07

Ballsy citrus aroma after cracking this one.. Not too much of a head with minor lacing, but I was gentle.. Looks good for a hef, with that typical watered down plasma feel to it. I really can't smell anything other than lemon here, although someone is cooking with fried leeks downstairs...

First taste is sharp, sweet, and refreshing. It's good--not to sweet, definitely not as hoppy and bitter as a widmer, hoeg, or blue moon, and the tart character of the lemon seems to be less evident than the presence of a less acidic, yet still citric fruitiness. The hop comment applies particularly to the finish which, while not watered down, seems a little reserved without being watery.

I had the bourbon cask this winter and enjoyed the first 8 ounces of it. It was just too sweet with too much vanilla. I don't think the same problems are present with this beer, even though the sweetness factor is very high with this one. I've had the longshot boysenberry wheat a few times recently, and this reminds me an awful lot of it without the bombastic berry aromas that make that one oh so special. Definitely the best A-B product I've ever had to date. A respectable effort allaround and something that I guarantee I will grab one of the next times I go out to a place without much a selection..

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle from Lou's. Murky, virtually opaque yellow body with a half an inch of white head. Leaves pretty good lacing. Smells like orange and lemon, as well as corriander and possibly other spices. Tastes citrusy, spicy (corriander), with some yeast and hints of caramel and maybe diacetyl? An interesting beer. Not the best witbier I've had, but better than Blue Moon and not quite as good as Hoegarden. Decent.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lemon/straw color with slight haze, effervescence & 4+ fingers of white fluffy head. Stays effervescent throughout the beer. Great lacing & fair head retention

S: Lemons & white pepper & some wheat malt as this warms

T: Lemony tastes with hints of pepper & coriander up front. Picking up juicy fruit & lemons & some pineapple?? as this warms. Finishes with a little orange peel, a hint of dryness & juicyness

MF: Light, effervescent & a little juicy

Drinks easy, a nice american-slanted begginer wit. Will go down good in the heat, nothing mind-blowing here, but not bad. Even though they scored thet same, i think I'd take this over bluemoon

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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 allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 30cl aventinus-type glass, this beer is a muted cloudy, pale yellow color with a soft, creamy head. Lacing is decent. They've got the look down pat. Soft, fruity vanilla nose with noticible coriander. The coriander is less evident in the taste but still present. There's a pleasant but light citrusy fruit character, with moderate wheat-grain flavor. Finishes slightly tart.

This is a surprisingly good interpretation of wit. I've had Belgian versions that were much worse.

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Photo of peabody
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy yellow with an orange tint with one finger of suds in the Michelob pilsner glass.
Smell is wheat and lemon peel with mabey a slight cloveyness.
Taste is orange/sugar and wheat with lots of carbonation.
Not really a bad taste.
Mouthfeel is very good cold here . Refreshing and bubbly with a pretty clean taste and almost no aftertaste(not a good thing)
I could drink a 6-er of these boys in nothing flat on a hot day sitting in the sun at a blues concert.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.59/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing I notice about this beer is how hazy it is -- on tap. It smells pretty good; the most identifiable scent/spice is orange followed by a strong wheat aroma. The complexity is nice although it seemed a touch sweet; still very quaffable with just enough going on to keep my interest. This actually reminds me a bit of Bell's Oberon if I dare say so. Overall, a drinkable spiced wheat that relies a bit too much on it's flavorings to make itself interesting.

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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 beeragent
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saw this in the local grocery store (which has a slim to none beer selection), so I thought I would give it a try. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a hazy light yellow, forming a 1 inch thin head, leaving lights rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is a light sweet citrus, along with the usual grainy smell associated with most of Anheuser-Busch products. The taste is basically the same as the smell. Sweet citric flavor, some mild hops, with an even lesser amount of malt, finished off with a full grainy aftertaste. A not too thin mouthfeel. Overall, not a bad beer, but Anheuser-Busch still has a way to go, before they can compete with the real craft brewers.

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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 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 BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's kinda neat how breweries name their beers for marketing purposes, whether it's honest to the style or not. I guess Witbiers are easy, just throw in some adjunct grains on a timid pilsner malt base, toss in some spices, a bit of wheat, sparge it to the original gravity of water, and whalla....it's a winner, right? That's basically what I get from this beer. A grainy, thin American Wheat with some bite-ey spices that decorate the aromas nicely, but offer no tangible benefit to the flavors or textures. Glad I tried the brew, but will likely not try again. It's probably not as good as Blue Moon.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow with thin, very smooth white head. I stuck my nose in the glass and could still barely smell this. What I could gather is a very faint wheat smell. Taste at first is somewhat bland-maybe hints of citrus. The aftertaste is great-sweet wheat and yeast. What AB did a good job with is the mouthfeel. It is lightly carbonated and VERY smooth with a nice light body. This is a inoffensive and highly drinkable beer. Would be easy to session.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Spring Heat Spiced Wheat Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale gold color and is hazy. It looks like pineapple juice in the glass. A fizzy white head forms, but dissipates quickly.

The smell is sweet and fruity. There are sweet citrus notes, orange blossoms, and some spices I can't quite place.

The taste is pretty good, a heavy bread grain flavor up front, with some citrus, orange and sweetened lemon, and a little coriander flavor (according to the label).

Mouthfeel is OK. A lot of carbonation, which stings the tongue a bit.

This is a very drinkable beer, and would appeal, or at least be acceptable to a lot of folks. There is nothing unusual about the beer, it's very average, but very drinkable. It would be good on a hot day. Great thirst quencher.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy, fizzy with good head and a thick chewy lace, looked like cloudy OJ and water, more lively than Blue Moon. A plus. Smelled of orange peel, there was a Trix cereal smell too which made the overall scent average at best. Mouth was creamy, rich with a nice citrus aftertaste but the taste? Trix are for kids. This missed Blue Moon for balance, tasted raw, like a wheat beer with lemon and orange, but as a hot weather beverage, it hit for me. Maybe above average.

At $7 a sixer, there are plenty other choices in this style that are more refreshing, at $5 this would be a decent sixer. Worth a try, but then go for the Great Lakes if you'd really like a good example.

Still, bravo AB, this and the Winter are very drinkable. You're finally seeing what would a decent beer should be!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a "born on date" of 2/10/07. The beer pours a hazy light yellow color, with a half inch white head which disappears pretty fast. It smells like orange, wheat, and some coriander. It tastes malty and citrusy, mostly like orange but with a bit of lemon too. The orange/spicy/wheat taste is stronger in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and a bit creamy. Drinkability is good, I could drink quite a few of these on a hot day. It's not a bad beer at all, it's better than I expected it to be.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single: hazy yellow beer, with a smallish pure white bubbly head. Quite a nice citrus fruit aroma, mainlly orange, hints of coriander. Flavour is strange, at first it reminded me a lot of a powder based soft drink I used to get as a kid in Scotland called "Creamola" its soft orange and vanilla, light spice. Light ,soft carbonation anda n almost creamy mouthfeel make this a pleasant if not strange drink. Actually not that bad a expierience.

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Photo of whynot44
3.07/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A hazy pale yellow color, almost like grapefruit juice, with a modest white head that retreats immediately to just a thin rim of lace which also disappears quickly.

The aroma is wheat, lemon and coriander, not bad.

The taste starts out with lemon drops, slightly sweet, but not too bad, just a bit artificial. Then a bready wheat taste creeps in along with the yeast and coriander. Finishes citrusy, spicy and slightly tart.

Light bodied, easy enough to drink, should make an adequate hot weather cooler. Drink ice cold. Worth a try.

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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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Photo of ahking
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since when does AB get off telling me how to pour a beer??? Okay, I admit I am a beer snob and reading the description of how to pour the beer was a bit offensive coming from the Bud Light company. However, this brew is not all that bad. Pours a pale yellow, almost flourescent when you hold to the light. Slight head that retreats quickly to the edges.Aroma is fresh, grassy, citrusy; not bad. Flavor is smooth, a slight bit creamy in the finish. A little cloying, but the spices are evident (maybe a little over the top actually if you have ever had Hoegarrden. Carbonation is medium-high. A little too cloying for me to be a session beer. AB's attack on Coors' Blue Moon market share w/o a doubt.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I agree with the others here. This isn't really a witbier. It is a decent flavored wheat beer though. The body was a slightly hazy yellow with a small white head. The aroma was lemony and lightly spicey. The spices come through more in the taste, some nice citric flavor. Overall the spice is a tad too much, pleasant but too much. The mouthfeel was quite thin. I had to try it just because it was something new, but its obviously not something i need to get again. Not bad considering its bud.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In a bottle marked "Sample Ale, Not For Resale". Pours a light hazy golden color. Head is present for about a second then quickly drops to a light ring of lace. Smells fit the belgian wit profile. Has some hints of coriander around lemon peel. Taste is not bad. Lemon peel dominates, while there is a wheaty finish and some yeastiness as well. Light and simple. Not a bad attempt from Anheuser-Busch. It may well be a suitable replacement for Coors' Blue Moon, but not going to win any awards in the style that's for sure.

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Spring Heat Spiced Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
3.15 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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