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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 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 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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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 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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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 Billolick
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 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 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 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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Photo of Immortale25
3.16/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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 DrJay
3.14/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 ZAP
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden colored...very slight haze but relatively clear..

S-Pilsner malt is evident...bready....malty smelling for the style...some mild herbal hop aroma is there too.

T-Bready and malty....finishes with a slight spicy note..more complex than I expected..

M-Body on this one is about right....medium to light bodied...doesn't feel watery at all though....

D-Overall not a bad beer at all...The aroma is pretty inviting and the taste and feel doesn't let me down from there. Not an all-time great but I could see drinking a few of these with some cajun food....

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Photo of FLima
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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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 Dogbrick
2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light gold color with a thin white head. Somewhat bubbly with thin lacing. Aroma is light hops, just a tad floral. Light, crisp and refreshing with notes of hops and citrus, and even a little malt. Finish is a little hoppy and a little fruity, and fairly clean. I have had lots of worse Lagers than this to be sure.

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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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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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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 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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