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

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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 228
Photo of jasonjlewis
1.18/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

LAST AND FINAL CHANCE FOR THIS BREWERY TO IMPRESS ME. Yet another soda water fucking beer. I do not get the appeal of this brewery. Their beers taste like water and alcohol with some artificial flavorings and soda water type carbonation. Do they brew with carbonated water? The last beer I will ever try from them. I have given this brewery chance after chance. The turbo dog was decent, but this brewery produces beers that are offensive to my taste buds. Maybe you will like them. Maybe they just hit me the wrong way, but damn dude.

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Photo of xav33
1.49/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Abita Golden Lager
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, quaffed 08/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured bright yellow with a quickly diminishing 1/8 inch white head.

Smelt of cornmeal with no hoppiness.

Taste was all corn with a bit of sweetness quickly retreating into a watery finish. Mouthfeel was carbonated and light.

Overall, a light golden that fails on all aspects except for its watery quenching abilities.

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Photo of drpimento
1.7/5  rDev -45.7%
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.

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Photo of 1fastz28
1.85/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a nearly clear piss yellow color, has hardly any color at all, i think natty light has more color and carbonation. smell is barely tangible, and what little smell there is, is just corn and water. taste is also non existant, i'm trying hard not to bash this beer, but there isn't much to even bash about its basically boring without hardly any substance, i'd avoid.

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Photo of jt31914
1.96/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: 1 1/2 head - golden beer color.

S: Honestly smells like urine - not very pleasant.

T: No real taste it is very watery - I might as well have bought a bud light.

D/M: Good mouthfeel and drinkability but it was the expense of any flavor in the brew.

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Photo of hopdog
2/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle.

Poured a medim and lighlty hazy yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of corn and grains. Tastes of the same corn and graininess. This one was easy to drink only because there really wasn't much to it.

Notes from 7/25/08

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.08/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy, dull gold, faint hops and some grassy notes on the nose, blah. Grainy malts, some earthy tones, slightly watered down factor here. The taste of day old biscuits, even some adjuncts, very thin and chalky. Finishes with a carbonated, just sipped champagne feel; wet cardboard left on the palate. Next time, punt.

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Photo of walleye
2.1/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

thanks goes to biglove . from the bottle. poured a golden color with a small white head. aroma got some malt and hops, grainsand hints of corn. flavor, the corn comes out a little bit stronger than in the aroma, than came hints of malts and hops. this is a decent summer beer to drink after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of jp32
2.15/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was definitly not one of my favorite beers. I was left somewhat let down by this one. I suppose maybe it was a little old, the six-pack of bottles had a little dust on them when I picked it up at the party store from the 50% off rack, so maybe that was the problem and I shouldnt be so harsh on this one.

Nevertheless, when I first cracked open the bottle, The smell was not that bad, but nothing hardly notable about it. The taste was just like any golden beer, but there was almost no carbonation to speak of. Very thin and watery, beginning to leave a very bad aftertaste as I desperatly searched for some type of flavor or fizz or anything at all. This beer reminded me of a flat Coors Original from a can. Nothing special at all. Not recommended (unless its dirt cheap).

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Photo of MadTown1000
2.17/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.2/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Insanely light and clear. I think this is lighter than their light The smell is weak malt and grain. Corny too. This is really grainey in taste but there is obnoxious sweetnes in here that is just plain weird. I would prefer their light beer to this. The taste plain sucks. Medium body here. Ehh, kinda drinkable but this is too weird for me.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.44/5  rDev -22%
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


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Photo of Moxley
2.47/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured a hazy gold with a bubbly 1 inch head that settled quickly leaving a watery sheen.

S - I picked up on the corn right away that everyone keeps mentioning in their reviews of this beer. I was pretty excited about it too cause I was kinda hoping it was going to taste somewhat corny...

T - ...and corny it was...well, corny in the sense that it tasted like licking the lid of a can of corn - gross. It was like pocket change, nuts and bolts my friends...with a faint sense of Abita's attempt to incorporate hops.

M&D - It was a light and crisp beer with a somewhat dry finish and heavily carbonated.

This was not a good beer, unless you like sucking on nickels...otherwise, you might as well just have a bud lite.

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Photo of tmoneyba
2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle as part of party pack on 02/28/2005.

Poured an amber color with medium white rocky head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Small hoppy aroma. Flavor was light to moderate bitter with light sweet finish of short duration.

I would not recommend this to a freind.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a pale fizzy golden only a few shades lighter than the Abita Light, a standard crystal clear pale Helles style lager look with a bit more fizzy carbonation that a German version. Lacing is sporadic and light as the thick bright white head quickly dwindles down to a collar. Aroma light two row bring out cereal grains with a touch of honey sweetness, more biscuit pale malts really are nice here with a touch of Hallertau herbal hop bouquet. Flavor is creamy smooth and crisp with those biscuit malts really coming out in liquid cereal nature with a smidge of finishing herbal hops to add in that signature hop burp. I'm sure they sell a ton of this around the brewery, but I see why it doesn't get much attention up this away. It's only incrementally better than your standard BMC, mouthfeel is still light syrup with tickling carbonation that really effects the back of the throat. Drinkability is downright effortless yet not complex enough in flavor to keep me coming back again and again, pretty damn boring.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.51/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale, pastel amber with a sprinking of fine yeast. The cap of foam is cotton white and has enough substance to persist for more than a few minutes. It retains an elevated mesa at its center with a wavy collar around its circumference. No lace sticks north of the short collar.

Even though the good folks at Abita state that no adjuncts are used in the brewing of their beer (I believe them), Golden doesn't smell a whole lot different from an adjunct-riddled macro lager. Okay, maybe it's not quite that bad. Muted, grassy, grainy. Ho-hum.

I keep checking the label to see if it says "brewed by Anheuser-Busch". Like the nose, the flavor is muted, although not quite to the same extent. Too bad, since what flavor is present isn't that good. Drinkable? I guess. But there'd have to be very little else available.

The body is ultra-light, which is a kind way of saying watery. It doesn't degrade as the mouthful progresses since there's virtually nothing present to degrade from. I have no problems with the carbonation, but that alone isn't enough to save a lackluster (being kind again) mouthfeel.

Abita Golden may be an acceptable thirst quencher in the Big Easy and it may be a decent, inexpensive accompaniment to some a' that fine 'Nawlins spicy food (that I remember with such fondness). Solo though, it's little better than its more popular cousins from up North.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is, as described in the name, golden. Fluffy white head with a little plateau in the center until it eventually fades away. Spotty lacing. Smells is sweet, grainy, and there is somewhat of a smell of solvent and burnt toast. Faint spicy hops is the only thing keeping the nose from being awful. The flavor is rather boring. Just grainy, malty and thin. Again, the slight hop presence saves this from being totally mediocre. Mouthfeel is so (too) light that it barely feels like you're drinking anything. Despite its shortcomings, Abita Golden went down like a champ.

Wouldn't buy it again, though.

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Photo of putnam
2.59/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Best if consumed before 7-14" appears on the back. My question is: what year? Do these beers have a shelf-life of only a few months?
Good, healthy pee-yellow color. And there's that sour peanut smell again. Like a pile of dusty peanut shells. Seems inappropriate. The taste is manageable with dry, slick flavors of water, shredded wheat and yogurt. Dusty mouthfeel. Drink if you must.

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Photo of scurvy311
2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is better than all the very large macro beers. Saying this, there are many other micros that are more refreshing and crisp in the golden lager section. This is an average beer, however it becomes well above average when compared to the one from the mountains, the one brewed in South Africa, or any of the ones from St. Louis.

I enjoyed the nice slightly tart and crisp carbonation lifted malt hop team. Adjuncts seem to be kept low in the grain bill. I could almost taste hop bitterness and malt sweetness in the last swallow.

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Photo of oscplayr25
2.64/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Has a nice golden color. It is also a little hazy and does not have much head after i poured it into a glass.

S- I tried to smell this beer and i got nothing. I stuck my nose all the way into the beer pretty much and came up with almost nothing as far as the smell. It reminds me of the smell of a pilsner though from what i can smell.

T- This beer does well with balancing hops and malts. You can taste some of the hops but then the malts come along and stop the hops from over powering.

M- Nice carbonation in my mouth not a bad feel.

D- This beer is easy to drink. you could definetly drink more then one because the taste is not to heavy. Id say buy a six it is worth it.

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Photo of Drew966
2.64/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Abita Golden pours a golden color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is almost non-existent, just a slight grainy smell. The flavor is also grainy with kind of an off flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Almost like stale cigarette smoke. I'd pass on this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light aroma with slight hints of U.S. barley and European hops. Clean and sensable medium golden apearance. Low bodied, yet refreshing. Well carbinated for nice efforvescence. Head retention is surprisingly well formed. Flavors and aromas weaken toward the finish. Dry finish.

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Photo of zeff80
2.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with a white, bubbly, one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of corn, grains and was very sweet smelling.

T - It taste of corn and grains. Not much else.

M - It was somewhat crisp and sharp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This beer really lacked much flavor. It didn't taste like most All-Malt Lagers.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one is a hazy orangish-yellow in color with a monster, pure white foaming head.

Smell – The grain here is light and seems to be mixed with a bit of yeast, which in and of itself is not so bad but it’s rather big. There are also some pretty big corn notes to this one.

Taste – This is predominantly heavy malt that tastes like creamed corn There’s a light sweetness at the end, too.

Mouthfeel – This is almost medium-bodied with light carbonation and no dryness or refreshingness.

Drinkability – Sorry, this just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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