Bud Light Golden Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Bud Light Golden WheatBud Light Golden Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 07-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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640
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303
Avg:
2.82
pDev:
25.89%
 
 
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Photo of sgtpepper420
2.6/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This tastes so much like a bud light you can barely taste the wheat/orange flavors. If i was blindfolded and given this beer I would automatically think it was bud light. I'm not even going to bother trying to explain the 5 aspects of this beer. It's bud light, with a higher price tag. Don't bother, if you think bud light is shit, this is shit +1.

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Photo of matjack85
2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just when you think you've tried every BA product out there, they come out with new stuff. This Bud Light Golden Wheat offering comes in 12 oz. brown, long neck bottles and ran $5.49 a 6 pack at Spring Wine & Spirits in Bloomingdale, IL. As with most AB products, there is a born on date on the back label. This one was marked 9/24/09, making this a pretty fresh 40 day old beer when I tried it.

The beer poured a cloudy golden orange color and made a 1½ finger fizzy white head, but that head completely disappeared before I even had the chance to set the glass down. There was also no lacing.

There's not much of a smell to this. Faint wheat and a little bit of corriander spice is all I get.

The flavor is OK, there's just not enough of it. I wish oerhaps they tried making a full strength golden wheat instead of a light golden wheat. The wheat maltiness and coriander spiciness compete for dominance but there really isn't enough of either. The orange peel bitterness that I couldn't pick up in the smell can certainly be detected in the flavor as the next main ingredient and is used to help balance out the sweet and spicy flavors. Not a bad effort by Bud but not a great wheat beer either.

Just give me more flavor. The only thing high in here is the carbonation. That is over the top, giving the beer a light but spritzy mouthfeel. There is also no hint of any alcohol. It's easy to drink, but then again, so is water. I would have preferred more calories if that would have given it more flavor.

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Photo of kopper65
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Once more AB-InBev is attempting to tap into the craft brew market, but I must admit that this might be their best crack at it yet. Honestly, I actually enjoyed this beer and even went out and bought a second 6-pack. I agree with someone else here who wrote that it has a better appearance and flavor than some microbrewery wheat beers I've had, and to do it as a "light" beer with fewer calories is truly a statement, and seeing as how my belly isn't getting any smaller, I might just buy this beer more from time to time to balance things out. The head was definitely lacking which does negatively impact mouthfeel, but the wheaty taste makes up for it which also adds greatly to its drinkability. And while I wouldn't say it's the best wheat beer I've ever had, I have to admit that I'm impressed that they were able to mass-produce a micro-style beer for the price, and if they can keep this up then I see a bright future ahead for Budweiser.

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Photo of burnerfinger
2.28/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

bought this mostly due to the marketing: one night SNL was "brought to you by bud light golden wheat" so I went ahead and bought a six pack since I couldn't find individual bottles.
I DID roll the bottle to stit up the trub a bit and didn't avoid pouring it into the glassware.

A: poured from the 12 oz long neck bottle into my goblet. Very thin eggshell white head dissipated almost instantly as if it were ginger ale. This is an orangey beer and a bit cloudy.

S: smells a bit like malty bread dough that's been left out just a bit too long. NO hops come thru at all and no alcohol at all either.

T: not much here: no hops at all. kind of a malt soda.

M: very fizzy. no alcohol to note, really I cant get much of anything here.

D: this had no draw to bring me back...I'll most likely finsh the 6 pack only becuase I'm compulsive.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bud Light Golden Wheat...

Appearance-dark gold color, large head that's quite fizzy, sizzles down.

Smell-light sweet fruit and malt, some light spice (coriander) orange peel, light alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light fuse of wheat and fruit flavor and alcohol, actually well balanced and it works though it is indeed very light and subdued.

Drinkability-certainly light and refreshing on a hot day, perhaps too subdued though.

Overall-I give some credit on this beer, it has some flavor that I enjoyed, still too subdued compared to better versions but I'll give credit on the flavor.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.63/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So here it is... the much-anticipated BL Golden Wheat. To preface this review I will say that I'm not one of these people who thinks just because AB brewed it, it MUST suck. I somewhat enjoy Bud and Bud Light for what they are, and a few of AB's "craft" attempts are enjoyable as well. But, I digress...

This one pours hazy gold; just a touch more robust in color than regular BL. Not much of a head, and what there was disappeared quick. So far its definitely a Bud Light.

Has a decent, if faint, aroma of spice, wheat and coriander. A little citrus zest.

Flavor is light and fruity. Coriander and citrus are assertive, but don't taste artificial or overdone. Maybe just slightly too sweet overall, but not bad. Could use a nice earthy hop presence to lend balance, but alas, none is to be found (and none was expected).

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with just enough carbonation.

Overall I kinda like it. It's really not bad. It's flavorful, crisp, and refreshing. I'm a little baffled as to why this wasn't a Spring/Summer release though. This is a beer for hot weather without a doubt. Not suited for cold NY winter months.

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Photo of gpogo
2.86/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Cloudy golden orange colored body. Large white head with no head retention, quickly turned to a cidery looking head. Very lively carbonation.

A- Smells like a citrusy pale wheat. Some very faint coriander notes.

T- Sweet pale wheat taste. Surprisingly bland for something brewed with citrus and coriander. There are some light citrus notes. Macro-beer aftertaste, but finishes pretty clean.

M- Light body. Very high carbonation. Not much going on here. I'd like something a tad bit creamier.

D- I almost refuse to even talk about drinkability as it is now a marketing term used by inbev-busch. I would not purchase this beer, it costs about as much as a good quality craft beer. I'd only slightly consider it in a bar of all busch beers. I had high hopes and was rather disappointed.

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Photo of BierFan
2.69/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce twist off bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Light tan head. Hazy golden amber body. Doesn't have good head retention.

Smell: Like a bad witbier. Did they just market Shocktop under a new name? Don't care for the smell one bit.

Taste: The taste is okay. Coriander and citrus masks the shortcomings of the Bud Light.

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Photo of whynot44
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a substantial foamy white head, that doesn't stay around long, lots of carbonation, but no real lacing.

The aroma is not bad, hints of wheat, citrus and coriander.

The taste is somewhat similar, light biscuity wheat flavor with a slightly sweet citrus flavor and hints of coriander at the finish.
A bit watery, but actually not bad by light beer standards.

Very light bodied, very easy to drink as long as it's ice cold.

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Photo of vacax
3.43/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle with a twist-off cap. Well, at least the bottle isn't clear. Personally I am going to review this as a "light beer" and not an "herbed/spiced" beer.

Pours what is actually a lovely color, rich golden with hints of orange and a mild cloudiness. Ample two finger head is white and fizzy, fizzles down to a very thin layer on top the beer (which is better than nothing). Looks great for a light beer, though the head would be a bit lame for a wheat beer.

The aroma comes with a citrus, almost peachy smell with a twist of spicy coriander. These scents are not bad, but they are masking the harsher elements of the beer and it comes off as catty with some plastic to it. Interesting flavor. Initially, it seems like a tasty brew, but negative elements pop up quickly on the midpalate. There is a light, crisp sweetness that the citrus/coriander enhances which is appealing until the full flavor of the beer comes along. Instead of being a good beer, this beer just covers up weaker elements of a mediocre beer. It is kind of like spraying perfume on instead of talking a shower. On the midpalate this beer brings a plastic quality that reminds me I am drinking a Bud Light.

I have to respect the change from metallic aftertaste to a plastic aftertaste that the big beer industry has strived to achieve over the last years. Light bodied, but not as watery as most light beers. Over carbonated and fizzy. Interesting development in industrialized beer, but little more than another twist on a tired formula.

Note: This review is based on the style of light industrial beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Another try by the big guys at a mass produced 'craft' beer, and I must say I really enjoyed this one.. to be honest it had a better appearance and flavor than some microbrewery wheat beers I've had. The lack of any head is disappointing and kind of hurts the mouthfeel but there's a decent amount of wheaty taste to this one and it's highly drinkable. Don't get me wrong, I've had some much better wheats in the past, but to make a large quantity of a micro-type style beer for under $1 a beer, I'd say Budweiser hit a home run with this one. Will definitely be purchasing more of this on nights where I'm feeling cheap.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bud light Golden Wheat pours a murky light brown, with a small head that recedes to nothing.

Aroma is of Budweiser yeast, light spice and thats about all.

Let me guide you through my watered down experience; hay like wheat grains coupled with a vague spiciness. Tries to resemble a "macro craft" like Blue Moon but this falls very flat in the long run.

Mouthfeel is of course light and fairly crisp.

A bold attempt that comes up a bit short. Not overly enjoyable or memorable. Could be considered a gateway beer but this would probably lead macro drinkers to try real craft beer less.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.15/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Hazy golden color with a white head that thinned in a few minutes.
Grainy aroma with some citrus smells.
Sweet citrus flavor, light malt/grain taste.
Light bodied, crisp feel.
Pretty refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of billybob
3.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

now i would not drink a bud lite i do love wheat beer so what the heck, thought i would give this new bud lite wheat a try. i was pleasantly surprised. pours a cloudy golden color with a one finger head and slightly fruity aroma. can't really pick out the coriander but it did have a pleasant wheat and orange citrus taste and a light mouthfeel and very easy to drink. not to bad for a lite beer.

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Photo of berserker256
3.34/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice effort by Bud to try to create a more drinkable light beer than their normal Bud Light. It's got the color of tarnished brass with a head that's gone in sixty seconds. Now it kind of looks like a glass of apple cider sitting there. I like the smell. The label says coriander and citrus peels. I detect faint coriander and a sugary lemon kind of scent. It smells like Fruity Pebbles cereal... Or maybe Fruit Loops. It smells like it's going to taste sweet. Although it tastes nothing like a wheat beer it's really pretty decent. Watery texture due to it being a light beer, I suppose, but the actual flavor has a sweet citrusy charcter with no bitterness at all. It's extremely easy to drink. This has to be one of the best American macro brewed light beers. Now don't get me wrong... This beer sucks compared to real wheat beers, but I'm trying to rate it for what it is and compare it to other beers in its class. It's a better cheap mass-produced gimmick light beer
than other cheap mass-produced gimmick light beers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A very fruity (orange and approicot) flavored timid wheat beer that, in true Bud Light fashion, lacks body. Draws comparisons to Blue Moon, just lighter in body.

A very hazy orange colored beer brings on a spritzy and short lived head. All carbonation disipates very soon into the session. Has a liquified cream sicle appearance.

A lof of orange peel and appricot flavor and aroma with little else. Quite overdone, the fruitiness takes over with an unbalanced and unsupported sweetness. As with other Bud Light products, the flavors are somehwat void and empty without any meanigful maltiness, complexity, or balance.

The beer is a bit more full, sweet, and rich upfront than I expected. But once the intense flavor of appricot and orange begin to fade, the body dies as well. The beer gives very little character from mid palate on.

Fans of Coors Blue Moon will be able to tolerate this beer fine, but might find it lackluster in comparison.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bud Light sucks but this has a C+ on this site so i had to give it a shot Pours a murky straw gold color with an airy white head that instantly dissipated. Aroma is sweet and mostly of oranges. There isn't much going on here. It tastes like a bud light but with a diet orange soda added to it. There is a very minerally aftertaste to this and it reminds me of tonic water. Feel is light. Even though this was a light beer i didn't find it all that drinkable due to the diet orange soda flavor. Not wheaty at all.

I prefer regular bud light. It tastes more like water.

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Photo of erosier
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L: Pours an orange color a bit darker than regular bud light. Has a tall off white colored head and laces the glass a little on the way down.
S: Smells of orange and coriander on top of slight malt from the bud light.
T: Tastes like it smells, orange and coriander with a hint of wheat in the malt bill.
M: Light feeling, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: It's pretty drinkable if you're into this sort of thing, but overall I didn't really like it that much. Seems too much like Bud Light behind a mask.

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Photo of zeff80
2.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer looked pretty good, a golden amber color with a thick, bubbly head. It actually left some lace behind. The smell was bad either. The coriander and spice aromas were nice. However, not much of a wheat presence. The taste was a disappointment. No wheat flavor at all. It really just tasted like a lager with spices "forced" into it. It just didn't taste right. It had a clean, crisp mouthfeel, but the odd taste makes it undrinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $4.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, darkish amber body with a thin, fizzy-looking, white head that quickly peters out into a slender white ring around the glass interior.

Smell: Relatively light in the nose, with mild notes of wheat, spice, and basic lemon. Again, it is mild, but, thankfully, not totally vacant.

Taste: All the sweet tanginess you've come to expect from wheat, although taken down a few notches. Very small, very clean hint of grain. Nominal spiciness from the small hop character, but, then again, that could also be contributed by the addition of coriander. As it warms up, a lemony citrus character begins to emerge. Drying, effervescent finish with final touches of wheat and spice.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Sure, it's a tad fizzy on the tongue.

Drinkability: Truth be told, I didn't mind it one bit. While it may be dialed down a tad on flavor, but it's still reasonably tasty, and it makes for a fine thirst-quencher.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. 09254 (Aug 23rd) Julian Date "Roll gently to mix" on back - due to sediment.

A - It certainly is golden! A bit dark for a wit-style-type-thingie. Golden orange and totally hazed with a fast-forming but fast-leaving white head. Low retention and no lacing left on the glass.

S - The citrusy orange peel is immediately evident if not a bit too strong. The coriander is there too behind the lopsided orangey-ness of it but is still prominent. The wheat is pushed far back as this beer relies heavily on the orange peel carrying it. Not bad but a bit unbalanced.

T - Thankfully the orange peel isn't as intense in flavor as it is in aroma. It's much more balanced with the wheat (and other adjuncts) playing a bigger role and the coriander spicing and orange peel giving mellow attributions. Not bad.

M - Smooth and soft. Not as thin as one would imagine. It's got a crisp finish that makes it refreshing too but the spiciness may get a bit cloying if...

D - ...you're going for drinkability. It's good (for a Bud Light) but it seems geared towards women (no offense). It's a bit fruity...in comparison to it's rival Blue Moon. Not bad overall but the one bottle will be enough for me. Forever.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.27/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into moderate lacing. The aroma is of coriander and way too much cardamom. Wow, I never thought get too much aroma from an AB beer. My guess is that there is only a moderate amount of coriander/cardamom in this beer, and there just isn't enough beer character to cover it up. The taste has more beeriness to it, and it covers up the sipce but not is a good way. It is really a nasty adjunct taste. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall, I think I can best describe this beer as being a watered down adjunct witbier, and a beer like that is utterly nasty. This is a true drain pour.

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Photo of asabreed
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: With the swirl / roll / however you get the yeast going before the pour, the brew is more of a hazy orange color, rather than the seemingly usual yellow or golden. But the haze is nice, and not as over-the-top dirty as something like Widmer's. Head's a dirty white that does some sticking to the glass.

Smell: Many folks have said this is kind of a light Blue Moon, and to a certain extent I'd agree. Whiffs of wheat, some spicy orange, and yes, coriander, but if anything this seems more watered-down than over-spiced, and I think here that's a good thing. After all, this IS basically Bud Light masquerading as a Hefe. That said, it's not too bad, just a light Hefe on training wheels.

Taste: Things go hand-in-hand here, as the wheat flavors, the orange, and the coriander spice, along with maybe some vanilla and nutmeg flavors, come through nicely, then fade away. But I'd rather have it, like the aroma, as it stands. Too much spice, like a lot of Pumpkin Ales brewed these days, have are just bogged down with spices, which become headache-inducing after one. Average all the way, but in the summer, I could certainly slug these down playing ladder ball and have no complaints. Come to think of it, that may happen once April hits, which is unfortunately a long way away.

Mouthfeel: Still a bit watery, but a bit fuller and more medium-bodied than But Lights, where overcarbonation doesn't necessarily mask thinness. Here there's a bit of creaminess, which makes it decently medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Again, basically Bud Light as a Hefe, so don't expect anything great. But if you're at a party and everyone's drinking light beer and whatnot, this really isn't too bad, and has enough flavor and balance to keep me interested.

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Photo of Brenden
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is just one to try. From what I've heard, A-B put out a reasonable effort with the American Ale, but they make no real effort with their light beers. I was hoping this could be something, but I expected little going in.

This one pours goes just a bit further than regular BL as far as the head. Still, mediocrity is not quality except for the big companies.
The smell is way overboard with the orange. Cheap, artificially sweet and mild funky aromas follow with a hint of grains.
There's a light spice underneath (coriander) the extremely overdone fake orange. Lame grains flavors are ever-present. There's no real beer flavor in here. It's BL with artificial sweeteners, and that doesn't make it better.
There's the typically bland watery mouthfeel that does have a crispness to it.
This is a poor effort to jump on the bandwagon from a company that doesn't know much about beer and sells more than any other company in the world because, hey, nobody else really knows much about beer either.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.86/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden color with generous white head. Appearance wise, it's off to a good start. Nose is lacking complexity and seems to focus mostly on the orange aspect. On the palate the orange/coriander focus is dominant as well. It also has a bland, cereal-grainy macro lager flavor (even though it is an ale). Easy drinking, but lacking in genuine wheat beer character. At least Coors Blue Moon is actually close to the style that that faux-craft is trying to imitate.

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Bud Light Golden Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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