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Golden | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Mitchster on 03-15-2002

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Photo of tgbljb
3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

last beer from my sampler pack
Poured a light amber color with moderate white head. Smell is slightly hoppy with a bread-like background. Taste is excellent and pleasantly suprising. Very refreshing with a bite at the finish. First class beer. My favorite from the sampler pack. glad I saved it until last.

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Photo of justincolts
3.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very golden beer which pours a nice head that soon dissipates. It may be just this particular beer I got, but it has somewhat of a flat taste, needs more bite. I thought the smell was pretty desirable, enough of an aroma to give you something to like, smells like some citrus. I'll have to try another one to see if maybe just this particular beer is a bit flat, and not the beer overall. If not, the score could be lowered considerably. I typically have like what I've had from Abita though.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.86/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out to a very pale golden with a milky chill haze, forming a small white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is spot-on for the style. Aroma of crisp, clean water, a clean lager ferment, adjuncty corn smell, dry pale malts, and Saaz hops. Mouthfeel is fizzy and watery with a very light body.Taste begins with some very delicately spicy hops, fades into a very mild sweetness barely noticeable from the pale malts, then a very mild floral bitterness. VERY easy to drink, because it's like water. No off-flavors, other than the slight adjunct aroma. Absolutely no aftertaste.

This beer is very mild, but it's a step up from any American macro. The quintessential lawnmower beer, this could be chugged in pints back to back, ice-cold. Refreshing and light. Probably the easiest drinking beer I've ever had. An EXCELLENT CROSSOVER for your macro-lovin' picnic attending co-workers.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Golden....

Appearance-gold color, large fizzy white head, looks almost like a pilsner but regardless a nice looking fully carbonated beer.

Smell-grassy and grainy, hops and alcohol as well, pleasant aroma, not too strong.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light, crisp flavor, lager-like with buttery notes. Enjoyable flavor throughout.

Drinkability-light and smooth, really enjoyable.

Overall-solid beer, I have no problems with it, definitely get yourself a sample.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a cloudy golden yellow with a proud finger of head. Looks more thick and chunky than a typical lager.

Dry lager/pilsnery malt smell. Light but clearly all-malt. Bitter but mild (Hallertauer?) hops. The malt is of a very German-lagery variety.

Sweetness to the bitter malt taste. The hops are an accent but they are strong. The taste matches the smell very well. It's a nice lager, but much better than the typical pale macro fare.

Feels light and bubbly; actually has the feel of a nice Belgian ale. A little spiky. It's a light and easy drinking lager with some nice flavor. A good alternative to the stuff you might otherwise be drinking this summer.


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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.81/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with clearly marked freshness date
So it's hot as hell here in FL today so I figured I would pick something up that just might keep me from overheating.
Abita Golden won out.
Pours a nice straw golden color (not unlike a budweiser but with a lot more depth in color). A small ivory head sits atop. This is a very bubbly beer, the carbonation just keeps coming.
Smell is okay a little bready and just a hit of hops.
Taste, this is a fine lager, I've had better and worse. The breadiness is strong but the hops that are added nicely balance it out. There's a little residual sweetness in there as well. Very nice.
This is a very refreshing brew. Certainly better than the macro lagers and a fine thing to drink on a hot day in Florida.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.79/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden yellow, decent head, and lacing. Retains good as well.

S - Profuse malt/yeast/hops. Strong smell, that wasn't expected.

T - Light-bodied. Initial hop bitterness, just a single wave and doesn't reside long. Fades to a nice malty sweetness. Simple, yet delicious. Finishes crisp and smooth.

An excellent lager, and one of my favorites on the Abita lineup.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.77/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy, small, white head. Clear, dirty yellow beer. Nuts and fruit in the nose: almost candy. Lemony fresh, nutty front; tingly, light fruity middle; very fresh, nutty, dry finish. This is actually pretty good. Nice, citrusy, fresh and nutty. This style turns out to be a nice base for Abita's peanuttiness.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.77/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I read a few other comments that said this might be lighter than their Light beer, and I think they're right. Smelled pretty light, too...gave off a decent head, though. I did end up liking the taste - very creamy in my mouth and going down was pretty smooth. Overall, a pretty good beer from Abita...ya just have to give it a chance.

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Photo of ski271
3.77/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale gold with a small, white, foamy, rapidly diminishing head. Smell is of sweet grain & orange. Smells light but refreshing . Taste is more of the same. Juicy orange and light bready malt. Crisp, short finish. It has a medium-light body, lightly crisp texture and moderate carbonation. Nothing great, but it made a very good grilling beer.

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Photo of Buggies
3.76/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear gold. Overall a nice tasty brew. Very light with medium carbonation. A very nice representative of the style. I would buy a case of this. It's just nice. Nothing really exciting going on with this brew. It's just generally an all around tasty brew that would be good for sitting around with some friends.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a light golden yellow with a fluffy white head.

Smell. clean malts with a touch of a nutty oat characteristic to it. Nothing great, but nothing offensive about it.

Taste is decent. Nothing too special. sweet maltiness tastes at first, then a little bit of creaminess. just i bit of hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. Decent carbonation and creaminess. balanced alright.

Overall a pretty good session beer when in the mood for a simple tasting craft lager to quench your thirst, but nothing to go ranting and raving about.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with 1/2 inch head. Aroma is mild, slightly grainy. Taste is crisp and refreshing. Some maltiness but not very strong flavor. Feels good in mouth and is a very drinkable warm weather beer. Overall this is a quality brew.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of a seris of Abita beers I picked up at Cuban Liquor in Shrevepot, LA. in July 2006 for approximately $1.25 each. Label sez Best if consumed by 9/1/year? Hopefully 2006, but not for sure. A light lager made only with Hallertau hops.

Pours a pale light yellow with a pretty white head hat lasts about 2 minutes. A steady stream of carbonation keeps a semblance of head for a while. Aroma is predominantly hops (sharp, astringent cut grass) with a light malt undertow. Flavor is that of a basic lager, decent, celan and refreshing. Mouthfeel has solid carbonation that keeps it nice.

Overall good for the style, but it's pretty plain.

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Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed, golden amber body that exhibits lively carbonation in the glass. Impressive, snow-white head is two fingers tall and drapes the body like a blanket. Head retains well, and deposits plenty of island chain lace on the sides of the pint glass.
Aroma is grainy malt and a pleasant note of floral hops.
Mouthfeel is light to light medium, and the carbonation is playfully high.
Taste has a crisp, biscuity maltiness, that becomes bready as it warms. Some noble hops add a welcome floral hops bittering balance. Well balanced, overall. Finishes clean and even.
Very attractive beer that is clean, crisp, and very drinkable. One of the better Abita brews to my taste. A nice session beer. Thanks to BigLove for the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a pint glass. Pours a light golden color with large bubbled off-white head that is nice and fluffy, but fades away all too quickly.

Smells like German malts. Very clean and fresh nose, but is quite one dimensional.

Malt bomb, if ever a lager could be considered as such. A bit of grain husk in the flavor. Has more flavor than the macros and tastes fresher. This is a very easy to drink beer with more flavor and body than your typical lager.

I will buy this again, a solid summertime quencher from Abita.

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Crystal clear light golden in colour with a thin white lace.

Smell: Faint malt and grain ... very clean.

Taste: Light to medium in body with a smooth crisp grain that goes a bit bready with some malty flavour. Hop bitterness is there to balance off the sweetness and adds a light spicy bite to the brew. Lingering residual sweetness fades into the after taste as well as some grain.

Notes: Just some down right easy drinking here, an excellent brew to pair with spicy Szechwan or some Creole that has been kicked up a notch. None the less your all around dependable beer to drink without thinking about what you are drinking.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abita Golden has a thick, creamy head, moderate to high carbonation, sloppy lacing, and a cloudy, golden appearance. Fine particulate matter is floating throughout. Aroma is very slight, with a sour mash smell barely detectable. Taste is good, and could be described as sour dough and somewhat roasted. Mouthfeel is heavy. Overall, this is a good beer and has much more taste and character than Abita Bock or Amber.


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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice clear golden color into my mug. Nice head.

S: Light grainy sweetness. Oh so faint hop notes.

T: Sweet malty flavor. Very clean tasting. Low hoppy bite.

M: Light in body. Low/moderate carbonation. Alcohol is hardly detectable.

D&N: Crisp and clean, very refreshing and oh so easy to drink a few of. This is a great summer beer. Pairs well with a nice breakfast plate ( I just finished working the night shift, so bacon and eggs and beer at 8AM isn't so strange.) Not a beer that is going to rewrite the book on beer, but this is a damn solid brew that is very enjoyable and fits in well to the summer beer niche.

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Photo of rangerred
3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of jakester
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was from a sampler case I got at Shangy's. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date clearly notched on the label. No date on the case.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger head of white foam. The head quickly drops to islands and a ring, but decent lacing observed.

Aroma is clean, bready pilsner malts and a hint of spicy hops to boot. At first there is a smell of DMS, but that eventually disapates.

The first flavor is light, bready malt sweetness, then a light hop bitterness, followed by a faint peppery hop flavor. The aftertaste is clean pils malt. The flavors in this are delicate, but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with a proper level of residual sugar for the style. Carbonation is low to medium. Finish is crisp and clean.

This is a worthy example of the style. Crisp, refreshing, wqith a nice light malt base. Tasty beer.

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Photo of biggmike
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden/yellow color with small white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma was not real prominent, but a bit malty. Flavor was malty without any real hop presence. Very easy drinking and smooth. Drinkability is very high on this one. Not very complex and not meant to be. Good sessionable lager.

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Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.62/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
3.59/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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