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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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of Portertime
3.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's funny to see microbrew references in movies. An Abita Purple Haze sign is seen in the background of Larry the Cable Guy's Health Inspector. They also drink Dogfish Head a lot in Reno 911. But anyway, I enjoyed Purple Haze so I decided to try the golden ale. Served it well chilled in a pint glass. Poured a wan golden color with a decent head. The smell was corny, sweet like a cup of Kelloggs Corn Flakes. Taste was similar bt not as sweet, mild hop background. I would stick with Purple Haze.

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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 Pleepleus
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle that was in an Abita Party Pack into a Sam Adams pint glass. Had a clear Golden color, hence the name with a white 1" head that reduced to minimal lacing. No sheen, no Charlie Sheen and no Emilio Estevez. Smells like clean water and sweet corn. Had a well balanced crisp taste, the colder the better. Good carbonation and very drinkable. Similar to most mass produced American beers with a less watery feel. I could throw back an icecold 6 pack at a BBQ or ballgame very easily.

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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 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 callmemickey
3.37/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Thin straw yellow color with a non existant head...

S: Faint malt aroma with a passing hop highlight

T: The taste matches the aroma exactly... not terribly complex... but pleasant malt flavors nonetheless

M: Smooth and refreshing... light-medium body.. medium carbonation

O: An ok session 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 dgherm
3.24/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pured a golden color. So I guess the name is appropriate. Formed a tight bubbled half inch heead. Smelled sweet and corny. The odor was a little offputting. the taaste was good however. Not very sweet, good grainy taste. Nicely carbonated. No problem knocking back a few of these. Beats a BMC.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: thin white head, clear golden color
S: watery corn and malt
T: corn, malt, wheaty, great balance
M: great overall, smooth, solid, crisp
D: decent, went down well

This beer is comparable to a Budweiser, but better everything.
It was a great beer, something I'd have again.

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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 dacrza1
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow transparent pilsner body; head is swift in its descent and thins to a partial white... Hallertau hops noticeable and metallic malt is present,...predicatble, but not annoying...slow, effervescent bubbles... creamy, soft palate with a late malt kick... crisp, soft rather unobtrusive flavor... golden, yes--consistent in its modesty and a true member of its style...

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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 objectivemonkey
2.91/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a light straw yellow with a respectable white head, a little bit of lacing but not much. The aroma is light on malt and has a slight grassy hop in there. The taste is also light-weight, a slight bit of tangy spicy something, a malt somewhere between cardboard and stale crackers, a decent hop bittering, rather bland but drinkable. The body is light to medium, but the saving grace is a nice effervescent carbonation that activates any slight flavor. In all, drinkable, but enjoyable? Eh.

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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 usmittymc
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a frosted pub glass.

Appearance- Clear light golden straw color. Very light pure white head that quickly dissipates to a light lacing.

Smell- Faint malt aromas.

Taste- Very light maltiness, followed by subtle hoppiness in the finish. Crisp, clean tasting.

Mouthfeel- Watery and very light. Signature "Abita Spring Water" aroma.

Drinkability- This is a good beer for tailgating at Southern Miss games. It's easy to drink, is flavorful, yet light enough to drink in quantity.

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

Pours a very light yellow color, with a good head, decent retention and a some slight lacing (poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass). Has a slight aroma, which is very crisp and malty. The taste matches the aroma, crisp and malty. Grainy. Has a very light feel on the palate. Crisp, easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, if you're willing to drink this style (many aren't) check this beer out, otherwise it's not very impressive.
If you consider the style, it's not too bad; it has more taste than the standard macro lager, but otherwise, not too much better than the macro lager.

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Photo of gonzoflick
2.84/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz into pint glass. Aroma is nasty and wont be missed. The head was crisp with tony bubbles and disappeared rather quickly. Poured a straw color. There is a good malty flavor with biscuit hints and a sweet aftertaste. An average golden ale and for $7 a six pack wasn't a bad deal. Wont buy again however because it really takes a special golden ale for me to be a repeat buyer. This one was not that.

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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 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 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 beeragent
3.17/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a freshness date on the label, into a pint glass. The beer pours a very light clear gold, forming a very thin white head, and leaving no lacing. Very little carbonation. Aroma is malt and grain. Nothing exciting or complex in the aroma. The taste is thick malts, a semi-sweet caramel flavoring, and ending with the not-so-harsh grainy finish. Medium mouthfeel. An easy enough beer to drink, but the lack of flavor keeps this from being a sessionable beer. Overall, tastes a little better than Olde English 800. Worth a try.

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

Got in a sampler. Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date on back label. Had a clear golden color with a good head that quickly dissipated to trace of foam and no lacing. The smell was not that pleasant and was straight malt - no sweetness or hops. The taste was bland and just north of a Miller Lite. Only worth drinking if nothing better around or if you just want to drink a bunch of beer and don't care about taste. (3, NA, Tie, N)

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Photo of tbone53
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the third beer in tha abita party patience is begining to wear thin with them. poured a nice one finger head that lasted about a lacing and the taste was weak.this could actually be a light beer.clear and light haze in the glass.well three more to go i hope it gets better.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.24/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this 12 ounze bottle from an Abita Party Pack at Kunda Bev. I poured into a large 20 ounze glass. There was less than a finger of head. The head had decent retention but produced no lace at all, absolutly none. The color was the clearest gold I have ever seen. There was a complete absence of smell. The taste was pretty good and wellblended. The mouthfeel was decent. A fair beer. Don't drink and review.

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