Abita Brewing Co.

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Lager - American
Ranked #433
Ranked #49,566
3.2 | pDev: 17.19%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Notes: Golden is a crisp, clean continental lager. Just four ingredients are all it takes: American malt, Mt. Hood hops, German lager yeast and pure Abita Springs water. As the name implies, Abita Golden has a brilliant gold color. Its flavor makes this light lager the perfect match for Louisiana Creole food.

11 IBU
Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 231 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jasadewi from Tennessee

3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a medium hued yellow color, with a small lacy head that ever so thinly lines the glass as you drink. Smells faintly sweet with an aroma of hops. The feel is average in every way of American Lagers. The taste reminds me heavily of a Modelo. I think it would go well with many different foods, but I can easily taste how excellent it would pair with Cajun food, especially some shrimp. It tastes kind of flat and dilute, and perhaps for that reason, it could pair so well with certain foods. It tastes somewhat grassy, and very average. Overall, this seems like a perfect beer for a Cajun meal on a hot southern night.

Mar 27, 2016
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This American Pale Lager by Abita brewing has a mere 4.2% ABV and 11 IBUs.

Look-It pours a nearly crystal clear light golden yellow with a frothy foamy white head which dissipates into a thin film after a while.

Smell-It has a subtle aroma of corn, hay, and German yeast.

Taste-It has a very crisp and refreshing taste, but not much variety, of course, but I guess that’s part of the fun. I get corn and hay-like malts and essentially zero hop bitterness. The hops only manifest themselves through a mild fruitiness that’s tough to place. This is definitely a light-bodied brew if I ever saw one.

Overall-It isn’t a very complex beer, but sometimes it is called for a simple refreshing beer like on a hot summer day. This variety would pair very well with spicy Creole foods. I want to try that!

Mar 03, 2016
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ALEXJMZ from Mexico

3.34/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a yellow and the foam cling fizzles away to a thin ring around the glass as well as light foam covering most of the surface.

S- Smells like green apple, and fresh grains.

T- A hint of wet cardboard. Definitely leans more toward the malts since there are barely any hops to be found.

AT - Good balance at the end.

Mar 14, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bright golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Predominant initial grainy malt aroma followed by lemon sourness.
Similarly, malty flavor with lemony notes and mild spices.
Hints of sulfur and spices.
Light body with mild carbonation.
As usual Abita brews very refreshing with high drinkability, I guess that reflects what the local staggering hot climate demands. But this is way too bland, which is fine they want to get a piece of the mass brews with something better.

Sep 22, 2014
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow pour with a small head and light carbonation. Taste is basic grainy lager. A bit of grain and malt with a slight touch of hops of the back end.

Mar 07, 2014
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Mike_Moe from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very Light straw color with a white head.
Aroma: Clean malty aroma.
Flavor: Clean malty taste, with a non hoppy, slightly sweet toasty finish. Light bodied, slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall: A nice clean tasting beer. Light enough to drink all summer long. This is not your watered down TV light; has a decent flavor.

Dec 31, 2013
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soju6 from Missouri

2.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a pale straw color with a small head that fades quickly to no real lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, some malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste is quite bland with a bit of malt sweetness and grain. Light bitterness and a a clean finish.

F: Light body with no real flavor.

O: A non-offensive beer that reminds me of a dull Euro Lager.

Jul 25, 2013
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass out of a growler.

Pours a clear light gold with just a half finger white head. There is some wispy head on top but very little in the way of lacing or head retention for that matter.

Aroma is slightly sweet with lots of grain and hints of caramel and toast. A little bit of lemon and roasted malt and a yeasty note that is very typical of Abita.

Some sweetness up front in the flavor, more than i was expecting, along with quite a bit of grain. More bready malt along with lemon and toasted malt. Some grassy hops but they are buried far in the background along with a light bitterness. Moderately sticky mouthfeel with a little bit of lingering chalkyness.

Overall, I do like this beer but feel the sweetness could be toned down just a bit. Drinkability is somewhat limited by this but I could still put back a few of these.

Jul 20, 2013
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DrJay from Texas

3.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear and a pale, yellowish colour with a creamy cap of white foam. Great head retention. Not one of my favourite hop aromas - really sulfury and floral, slight sweet and sour smell in the background. Taste is mild, slight hop flavour (again sort of floral) with a bit of malt, low bitterness, hint of citrus in the finish. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture for a light beer. Not bad overall, just not something I'm that into.

May 10, 2013
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Skywave from Oklahoma

3.62/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a 1 inch head that falls to a 1/8 inch layer. Minimal lacing. Pale gold-yellow color. Aroma is a clean hit of grass, lemon, and light graininess. Flavor is a muted mixture of clean, pale malt and noble hops with a slightly spicy and biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is super light and well carbonated. This beer is what most american "light" lagers should be, light, but with a decent malt and hop character and a clean crisp finish. The labeling now mentions it is brewed in the style of a Munich helles. It's not exactly there but close enough to draw such a comparison.

Nov 22, 2012
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, golden-straw color, with a fat finger of frothy head that faded quickly

S: Malty grain, with some citrus notes.

T: Malt is bread-like, but short-lived up front. Hops bitterness quickly takes over, although the final notes are a mix of mild citrus and evergreen. Overall, the flavors taste a bit dilute, though.

M: Moist, but decently carbonated

O: Nothing bad about it, but not great either. I was rather disappointed in how watery it tasted.

Jul 31, 2012
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acevenom from Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours pale gold with a two-finger length white head. There are plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, indicating plentiful carbonation. The head dissipates slowly. There isn't much lacing. It has the classic pale lager smell. There are light bready malts aroma. It smells clean and grassy. The flavor is of pale malt. It's slightly sweet and bready. There isn't much hop bitterness to speak of. It's a very clean flavor. The body is light and there is adequate carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a good beer. It is a drinkable pale lager that is refreshing on a hot day. Abita accomplished what it set out to do with this beer.

May 01, 2012
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Corona Extra pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a yellow color with a 3/4 inch head that bears little retention and fizzles away to a thin ring around the glass as well as light foam covering most of the surface.

S- A little on the malty side but has a substantial wet cardboard smell. Smells sweet and of green apple.

T- Has a decently refined taste at first but then immediately degrades and has that hard-to-describe "give" in flavor. A hint of wet cardboard isn't as bad as expected. Definitely leans more toward the malts since there are barely any hops to be found.

M- Not as watery as some poorly-made lagers. Medium carbonation.

O- This is what I'd tell the people who prefer BMC to drink if they happen to be looking for craft beer.

Jan 27, 2012
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Arithmeticus from Maryland

2.44/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured chilled in large glass stein.

A: cloudy golden yellow; very think head; light carbonation; no lacing
S: honey, malt, rather light
T: it started off as ho-hum, grew in flavor and complexity (the yeast coming out) and then subsided to ho-hum (lifeless, simple lager with little flavor)
M: watery


Nov 03, 2011
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Descent clarity in this pale golden lager. Absolutely zero head even after a relatively violent pour. Can't really see any bubbles either.

Aroma is crisp and sweet with some tart lemons in the mix.

Mild, yet fitting, malt character is smooth hinting at lightly toasted bread. Subtle hop character with citrus, tangerine and grassy flavors. Well balanced.

Light bodied. Weakly carbonated. Slides down easy leaving a slick, wet texture on the tongue.

Just ok. Descent flavor but most of the other characteristics could use much improvement.

Sep 28, 2011
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match1112 from Illinois

3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours clear golden with a small white ring for a head that disappears as quick as it showed up. smell and taste is your typical adjunct beer. mouthfeel is thin and watery. overall i dont think i was expecting much but this is a disappointment. this might be worse than coors light. not worth seeeking out. guess i had high hopes because i liked turbo dog.

Aug 13, 2011
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curasowa from New York

2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straw yellow with 1 finger of head that fades to a thin cap.

Aroma: Sweet, slightly grainy malt with just a hint of lemon in the background.

Taste: Caramel malt up front then a rush of carbonation that thins it out to a pretty non-descript middle and then just a tough of bitterness showing up in the finish, which is otherwise pretty fast and clean.

The Rest: This beer is just so-so. Not a lot of flavor and a pretty thin body make this an unremarkable beer.

Aug 11, 2011
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B967ierhunter177 from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, yellow with minimal head and no lace. The aroma is of citrus, dough, and vanilla. It's flavor has lemon and banana notes with a faint hint of lime. It has a light mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation. Like beer flavored champagne. Abita Golden is a decent beer, crisp and very refreshing. Recommended.

Jul 13, 2011
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: grass and toasted malt

Taste: grass, light hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: light body, moderately sweet, high carbonation

Overall: My first beer in New Orleans post Katrina had to be from Abita, the brewery I have drunk so often when rooting on the Saints. This version is a very sessionable lager that is borderline pils. Nothing too fancy, but a good light beer that I could have a six of.

Mar 27, 2011
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MrMcGibblets from Illinois

2.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: clear gold, minimal head and lacing.
S: subdued. maybe some bready notes. thought i got corn but the bottle indicates no adjuncts, just pale pils malts.
T: pale doughy/biscuity malts, lightly sweet like light corn syrup, maybe just a touch of smooth hop bitterness underneath but not much.
M: undercarbonated for the style, should've been livelier/frothier. as such was rounded and slick. light body.
D: more co2 and more of a hop presence woulda vastly improved this beer. not bad, but meh.

Nov 07, 2010
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mralphabet from Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a straw yellow color with 1/2 a fingers worth of head that faded to ring with no lacing. Pretty average looking beer.

S: Grainy and malty with a hint of corn.. Very sweet smelling.

T: Just like the smell, malt and corn.. Sweet and grainy. Little aftertaste...

M: Crisp sharp light bodied. Pretty good carbonation.

D: Low ABV and very easy to drink... Not a great deal of flavors here.... just your normal APL....

Sep 27, 2010
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charlesbyrd from Mississippi

3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a bright straw color, completely clean and clear. The aggressive carbonation doesn't make for much of a head--I got about 1/4 inch of foam that quickly became a hazy film. In all, looks like your classic lager.

S: The most prevalent aroma in this beer is that of minerals from spring water. There's just not much going on here. With some heavy whiffing, I can get faint hints of lemon zest and grain.

T: The first word that comes to mind is clean. It's watery at first, then gives forth some grainy and then light bready flavors. The hellertau hops are just present, though it doesn't provide much of a bitter edge. It comes and goes very smoothly.

M: It sits on the high side of light bodied, with spot-on carbonation. Again, it enters and exits quickly and inoffensively.

D: This is a great alternative to your generic macro lager, but not much more. It doesn't offer anything in the way of exciting flavors or complexities, but it's one of the easiest drinking beers I know. I have a soft spot for Abita beers, even if this isn't the best example.

Aug 05, 2010
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden with just head that reduces down to a ring.
S- Smell is clean. Very little aroma, but there is some grain notes.
T- Grainy, with some corn and faint hop. Very little going on.
M- Clean and inoffensive. Spot on carbonation.
D- Very drinkable. While there is nothing truly outstanding about this beer, it is, at the very least, easy to drink.

Jul 26, 2010
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MadTown1000 from Virginia

2.17/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours into a pint glass a very, very pale yellow with just a little bit of foam. Weak smell is mostly grain - reminds me of a macro light beer. Flavor is... strange. Is it skunked? Still has a light beer flavor, but with a slightly bitter, oily body behind it. It's hard to get through even one glass, let alone have it in any quantity. I'm starting to gather that Abita has a certain characteristic body, and this is another example. I can't find anything to recommend this, but you might like it if you like Turbodog.

Jul 08, 2010
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drpimento from Wisconsin

1.7/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Geez, these guys can make great beer when they want to. Why o why do they put stuff like this out there? Poured with a small white head and no lace. Color is a hazy gold. Aroma is a bit skunky malt cereal. Flavor is like aroma plus a generous dash of kerosene. Body is not bad, but carbonation is razor sharp.Finish is like flavor and best forgotton. Which is easy to do in this case.

May 29, 2010
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