Bud Light Golden Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Bud Light Golden WheatBud Light Golden Wheat

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Missouri, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 07-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of zeff80
2.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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 +27.3%
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 +12.9%
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 -51.9%
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 +20.5%
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 +3.4%
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 +8.3%
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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Photo of NicholasMiller
1.76/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

when I first heard of this beer I was skeptical, but I said what the hay and bought a six pack. upon first taste when it first struck my tounge I thought it tasted bit like a blue moon light. Quickly though the flavor diminished leaving a strange flavor in my mouth. I muscled down about 3 and half but I coulden't do it. I am not a man who wastes a beer or even not finish a six pack but the weak body and very little if not any smell or flavor was just terrible. Nice try bud lite but I see this beer to popular only with women or people who just dont know or drink good beer.

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Photo of Kromes
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A hazy organge with a thin white head

S: There is a huge orange peel aroma and maybe a little bit of a bready wheat smell. The orange is a little bit overpowering.

T: The orange peel flavor is absurdly strong....that is pretty much all I can taste. All the other flavors are killed by the orange. Not necessarily a bad flavor though. I take that back, as it warms up, there is some really awful flavors, kind of sweet, skunky and really off....so drink it quick!

M: It has an ok mouthfeel. Carbonation adds a nice feels to it....a little spice, but it's on the watery side.

D: The flavor is all one dimensional, but it might be a little better than a regular bud light on a hot day as long as you are really thirsty and drink it quickly.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Hazy golden color with a nice white head.

S-coriander, orange, typical nose for a wheat style beer. Nothing overwhelming however.

T- The first sip impressed me, it had a nutty note with a touch of coriander. It has a good flavor but nothing overpowering. It is essentially what the name says, Bud light, but a wheat version.

M-Carbonated and thin.

D-Highly drinkable given the smoothness, flavor, and low alcohol content.

Overall, I think Anheuser-Busch should be given some credit for this product. Its nothing amazing, but was anyone expecting it to be? I doubt it. I think it serves its purpose pretty well, to introduce macro drinkers to a more micro style.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2.82/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's bud light with some extra spice thrown in and some coloring. This said, I like bud light. This beer is refreshing and has an interesting aftertaste going on with the spices. A bit on the fruity side and sort of sweet, but hey in this way its actually rather good! I might just buy this one agian...

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Pours a golden color that is somewhat clear. Had a nice head and looked pretty decent for a wheat beer.

Smell: Has a faint wheat smell, but it's almost as if it is cut with something, leaving it more bland than other wheat beers.

Taste: Has a somewhat sweet and mild citrus flavor. As with the smell, though, it seems as if it's cut with something that leaves it relatively bland.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty thin and watery.

Drinkability: There are certainly better beers in this style, but it's not awful. I don't know if I would buy one again, but if it were at a bbq or something, I could have it again.

Side: I know this is a subject of controversy, but I am glad that AB is trying new things. With this beer and their American Ale, they seem to be taking notice that people's tastes are beginning to change. I like that they are putting new products like this out there to provide different options to the masses. That's my two cents.

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Photo of katan
3.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Light golden color. Very hazy, unfiltered, lots of suspended yeast. Very carbonated - bubbling like crazy plus a strong 2mm white head formation.

S - Very light nose - a light orange peel scent is barely perceptible, while some yeast notes are even lighter.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness. No wheat notes. Bitterness almost zero. Hopping non-existent. Finished with a stronger orange peel note, fruity. Spicy Belgian yeast notes are tied to some coriander notes as well.

M - Thin bodied - carbonation bite is strong however. Leaves behind a light clinging sugar notes.

D - Easily drinkable. ABV is well within session range. Very refreshing.

An interesting choice to release this beer in the fall, because it just doesn't fit the season. I would have no problem adding this as a cheap beer in a summer rotation.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, BL Golden Wheat is a slightly hazy yellow-golden color with a thin, bubbly yellow-white head. I was very surprised that this is not a filtered wheat beer and there was a small amount of yeast sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. Right off the bat, coriander is perceivable and maybe... maybe just a faint whiff of wheat, but that's about it. The taste is like that of a watered down Blue Moon - coriander, a little touch of citrus and a hint of wheat. Nothing impressive but non-offensive too. Mouthfeel is light (duh) with a slightly reserved carbonation compared to regular bud light. Drinkability of this one is pretty high due to the nature of the beast. Overall I think this was an excellent marketing scheme by AB in that they can take the mass marketability of bud light and combine it with a semi "craft" beer like blue moon to make millions. If I went to a hole in the wall bar that only had BMC beers, I might actually ask for one of these. Again, not impressive but it fills its niche.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting move by A-B. And they've used the "Bud" name with it, so they must be pretty sure of it. They know that Blue Moon is doing well, so I guess this makes sense. But the name "Golden Wheat" doesn't imply that it's a kind of Belgian-style witbier - which I guess is brilliant too, in that people who might be scared to try anything "Belgian" will probably not be afraid of "wheat".

As to the flavor, well that's actually quite smart too - just the yeast character lends it flavor, so no extra malt (and the calories that come with is) is needed.

But how to judge this beer? As a Beglain-style witbier? No, I don't think so. If anything, it's almost a new beer style in itself. So, "herbed/spiced beer", I can agree with that. That's a pretty open category though.

Basically, it looks pretty good. Head retention and lacing could be better, but it is a light beer. And it smells OK. The taste is decent, keeping in mind that it is a light beer (118 calories); and there's nothing objectionable about it. It's got a good mouthfeel for a light beer; and although it's not great, it is pretty drinkable, and it's got enough character to it that you're not immediately bored with it. I'll drink Bud Light with Lime over Coors Light at the ballpark any day, so why not this? I've still got 4 more bottles to go out of my first 6-pack, so I'll add a little more to this later on.

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Photo of jwc215
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clouded golden with a nice white head that seems as if it might hold up, but collapses to a thin cover. Not much lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang with very mild coriande and orange peel.

Well, it's an attempt at a light wheat that has some wit character... Wheat with hint of orange and coriander. It has a "Bud Light" character in the taste, esp. in the finish.

It is light-bodied. Not quite as fizzy as a typical light beer.

Inoffensive enough to try, but wouldn't get again. A Bud Light with some wheat and light spicing, as expected.

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Photo of MrDanno96
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This should be interesting...

A: Cloudy golden color with very little head. I can see the carbonation steaming to the top, but it doesn't look like too much.

S: A lot of wheat is prominent here, along with some subtle hops and maybe just a hint of citrus? The smell isn't really anything special, but it's better than regular bud light!

T: I was pleasantly surprised here. Once again it's nothing special, but for a beer whose name starts with "Bud" it's not bad. Lots of wheat in the taste, just like the nose. Also some other grains and just a hint of sweetness. I was just glad that it had any sort of "reviewable" taste. Definitely a step up from regular Bud Light.

M: Not bad. It's fairly watery, as you would expect from a macro light beer, but the big wheat flavor also adds some decent texture. The wheat flavor also balanced out nicely with the amount of carbonation.

D: I have to say it went down pretty easy. This is definitely a step or two above most of the normal cheap "light beers" out there. I could drink more than one and not be too upset about it. The next time I have to buy some cheap beer from a gas station I might seek this out.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.9/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had to get a bottle of this so I could see why it was so terrible. I kid! Here comes a review with the open-est mind I can muster...

Looks to be an orange, apricot color with a light, chilly haze that makes me try to wipe condensation off my pint that isn't there. The head is an irregular film of tiny bubbles, sustained by a fleet of little bubbles rushing up in columns from the bottom.

Smell is non-existent! After a few sniffs, I began to wonder if I had a head cold. Upon further review and a little beer on/up my nose, I detect musky old basement and corn chips mixed with ambiguous citrus zest and cheap triple sec. Even if this was prominent, it would still be repulsive.

The flavor definitely reminds me of bud, with old corn chips and mold, but this has a more prominent slick graininess, that reminds me a bit of a hefe. Sadly, the "spices" taste very artificial, like cheap, fake, orange candy and orange zest followed by a hint of... maybe nutmeg. It's some indistinct spice (that probably isn't real).

Feels bold and silky with a gentle swarm of carbonation that is really quite well done. But, this leaves an odd film in my mouth.

This isn't really too bad and definitely a step up from Bud light regular. I don't think I'll ever try this again, but it was worth the experience.

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Photo of zms101
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer has to be designed for female drinkers in areas where Busch Lt and PBR are common in the fridge. So it may sell.
I had it after a long day of work and was looking forward to trying a new beer - even a Bud Light product. I was genuinely surprised that I could not finish the bottle. Bud Light itself has a better finish. Although it does have a soft, respectable aroma, the carbonation makes the "mouthfeel" a joke, and at the end it's pure Natural Light. Maybe it has its place at a summer fraternity bash, too.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Actually doesn't look half bad. Pours a hazy golden color with lots of carbonation bubbles. The large fizzy head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Smells wheaty with slight hints of spices and citrus fruits.

Taste: A little flat on taste. This is definitely a light beer. However, it does have some semblance of wheatiness. A very faint taste of citrus fruit comes out as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and WAY too over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Better than I expected, but still nothing great. Props to AB for trying but this is still a miss. Maybe if they made just a "Golden Wheat" and not a "Bud Light Golden Wheat," it would come out better.

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Photo of hockeyhead
4.1/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

bought for 5.99 cant go wrong new here we go
poured into standard pint glass
A: pours copper orange hazy hugh with a fasti dissipating large bubbly head
S: lots or corriander and orange come through maybe little bit of wheat malt but not much not bad smell though
T: not bad stats off little bit of orange than strong corriander taste and finishes like budlight with a lingering wheaty taste not bad for A.B. though
M: besides the taste the mouthfeel is the same as regular budlight very watery and carbinated
D: this is good for the macro and unique cause i can pound alot of these and not get full and thats why im going to get these instead of regular budlight

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Photo of Brad007
3.28/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah, so the big boys want to try again in regards to craft? Should be something to laugh at.

Pours a light-amber golden hue with a one-finger head into my fluted glass. Carbonation appears mild.

Aroma is full of a light hint of coriander and wheat upfront. Not a bad way to start. There's also a hint of adjunct as well but not as pervasive as I thought it would be.

Taste starts out with a hint of clove, coriander and wheat but it gets kind of odd in the middle with that adjunct-y Bud Light feel to it. It doesn't overpower though but it's mildly sweet.

Mouthfeel is another story. It wants to be Bud Light but the wheat is just barely enough to stop it from being Bud Light. It offers a bit more flavor but not by much.

Not horrible but I feel it's too light-bodied and there are better examples out there with coriander and wheat. Hopefully, someone who tries this will be interested in other wheat beers.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.24/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a one finger off-white head that dissipated after a couple of minutes. When I initially poured it I was a bit set back, thinking "is this really a Budweiser product?" Looks pretty decent.

S - Smells of nectarine more than orange to me. Wheat aromas as well. Not very aromatic.

T - Not bad for a Budweiser product really. Tastes like a watered down Blue Moon with less wheat flavor. Wheat and citrus, it initially tastes very good. I can definitely taste the coriander here as well. Has a very Bud Light aftertaste however, which isn't that great.

M - Watery, but the appropriate amount of carbonation. Not overcarbonated like Bud Light.

D - Pretty good session beer. Very light and crisp, would make a good summer brew.

My dad likes this and he isn't into the whole craft beer thing like I am. He is a big fan of Blue Moon. Maybe slowly with more offerings like this from the bigger companies he will begin liking more micro styles.

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Photo of brewshakes
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was curious when I saw commercials for this beer and while grocery shopping today I picked up a 6 pack. I didn't really have any expectations so I was sort of surprised. It's not great but it is decent for an AB product and it's nice to see a macro branch out and get their masses to follow something new. It poured a cloudy orange with about an inch of white foam that faded quickly. The nose was a citrusy one, not overwhelming but definitely there. The taste was the same, a citus hint but with a bud light after taste. Like I said, it's not great but it'll get the job done, could definitely see pounding quite a few of these.

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Found this in the singles section at HEB and figured, why the hell not?

A - Pours a cloudy golden copper with a modest off-white head that dissipates slowly into a thin layer of foam, leaving a small amount of lacing.

S - Lots of orange and coriander. Plenty of earthy wheat aromas in there as well. And are those hop notes (citrus) I'm smelling? In a product labeled Bud Lite??? Weird, but I'm not complaining.

T - Some grainy sweetness dominates up front with subdued notes of citrus and spice coming through in the finish. Overall, it's a bit of a lackluster in the flavor department.

M - Definitely on the light side. Finishes dry and clean.

D - This beer is exactly what A-B was going for, a light wheat beer. That said, it wasn't as disappointing as I thought it would be. The flavors are subtle, but they're there. There are better wheats out there for your money, but this one certainly isn't bad. This would be a great beer to drink on a hot summer day, which makes me wonder why they waited until Fall to release it.

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Bud Light Golden Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.64 out of 5 with 647 ratings