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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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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 NeroFiddled
3.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden body topped by a quick to dissipate white head. It keeps an alright collar but maintains very little surface covering and leaves no lace. The aroma is minimal with just some light maltiness. The body is light with a very fine bubbled, moderate carbonation that leaves it quite smooth in the mouth. The flavor is a lightly sweet, somewhat husky, and mildly tangy malt that's well balanced with hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a gently lingering maltiness. This is a light, minimally flavored, crisp and clean, easy drinking beer that would fit in nicely at tailgate parties and BBQ's. It's certainly not a Munich-style Helles as suggested in the listing here.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

True to it's name Abita Golden pours a bright golden color with average head size. Smell is standard grain smell, clean, but nothing special. Taste is crisp, with a touch of sweetness in the finish. This is probably what macros would taste like if the used quality ingredients and took time with their beer. This is a standard American lager that works best in sessions or as a lawnmower beer. I enjoyed Abita Golden, but I would recommend most of their other beers before this one.

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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 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 woodychandler
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Holy head, Batman! The two-plus fingers of foamy, bone-white head could have been used in advertising, what with its great retention. The nose had a slight Saaz quality. Color was a slightly hazy lemon yellow. Taste was more Pilsner-ish than Lager. Mouthfeel was medium. Finish was slightly dry. This was a table beer if i ever had one.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

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2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer sampled, does have best before dating but good luck trying to figure it out. Pours very light amber, moderate bubble whie head. Cabadgy nose. This one, I found to be thin and watery and lacking in most departments. Limited in complexity and interest in general, expensive, lawn mower libation at best

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours as is expected: clear straw. No head. Nose smells like a skunks ass. Is this a bad beer. Or is it...just a bad beer overall? Flavor is okay. Kind of grainy and metallic with a very slight sweet tone to it. Leaves a pretty decent sweet aftertaste. Feel is thin on the liquid and pretty good with the carbonation. Overall it has a decent drinkability factor. I mean it is a malt lager and doesn't really have a strong quality to it. If this is your thing, go for it. If not, I'd say consider passing.

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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 WesWes
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a white lace head. The aroma is weak and watery. There is a slight pale malt scent, but not much else. The taste is less than average. It is of pale malts and nothing more. It is watery and clean. This hardly tastes like beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a very low bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks well, but who would want it.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of cjgator3
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden yellow color with a fizzy white head. The aroma is pale grainy malt and a touch of spicy hallertauer hops. The taste is clean and crisp with the typical light lager flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied and prickly from the carbonation. Overall, this is a decent lager that is very refreshing but nothing special.

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Golden from Abita Brewing Co.
3.13 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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