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 Sallerj
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There's nothing offensive about this beer, but neither is there anything particularly awesome. It's refreshing, grainy and lemony, without much hops. It's got a haze that isn't all that attractive. Overall, this feels like cheap beer at expensive beer prices.

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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 theboozecruise
2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Very clear, no haziness to it at all, golden color befitting the name with a bubbly white head. Actually surprising head retention on this one.

Not much on the nose... straw mostly, a bit earthy but none of it really stands out.

More of the straw on the taste, but also crisp. A little corn at the end maybe? Subtle sweet hints in the flavor as well. Good for a lager for sure, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel gets higher marks, very clean taste, hardly any aftertaste, certainly nothing bad.

And high marks for drinkability as well. This is far from my favorite Abita beer but I could still kick back a few while watching LSU play or destroying a crawfish boil.

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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 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 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 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 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 bmwats
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Straw color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 3 finger foamy white head. Slowly settles into a heavy layer of craterous bubbly carbonation on the surface, leaving lacing as it does. Substantial carbonation continues to rise throughout. Further spider web lacing remains as you drink.

S: Wheat, yeast, baked bread, and a hint of freshly cut grass.

T: Light malty flavor, a wheaty character, and subdued hops. Also a touch of honey.

M: Carbonated and a bit diluted. Flavor is mild, and not much in terms of an aftertaste.

D: Pretty solid drinkability. Again, flavor is mild. . . not bad.

Really nice atmosphere. Solid appearance, a really strong head and substantial lacing; plus a fairly complex nose. Flavor is not bad, but also not much there. This leaves the feel a little flat as well, of course. Does have good drinkability. Because it's so mild and light, it has a certain refreshing quality. If you're looking for something serviceable to just power through a few of, this is a good candidate. Nice quaff.

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Photo of cvfish
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a light golden color, crystal clear, that produced a foamy white head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing on the glass, not surprised

S - The only notes on the nose where malts and lager yeasts

T - This beer had a one dimensional taste to it, as one would expect from a regular Lager, not a harshness I get from Adjunct Lagers, but still pretty lame

M - This beer had a very thin watery body, and was loaded with carbonation

D - This beer would be a very drinkable beer in the summertime to quench the thirst, if not for the high amounts of carbonation, which seems to accompany most Abitas.

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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 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 nick76
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As American lagers go, this one is better than most. It has a grassy hop aroma with plenty of malt. The appearance is pale gold and the head is small. The flavor is evenly balanced between bitter and sweet. The malt is bread like and there is a hay like quality to it. The palate is average for the style and there is a little bit of a corn taste in the finish but I have to say this is a good lager. It doesn't have the metallic or garbage taste so common to macro lagers.

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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 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 changeup45
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

3/12/2008. Well this is your typical slug in the sun kind of beer with a fancy name (at least I've never heard of them). Golden colored, small head, some lacing. It looks slightly better than a Bud, Coors or Miller. Somewhat grassy tasting with a touch of hops and lemon but overall it's watery. It's important to note that there is no skunk or foul taste to this. It's very easy drinking but there's just not much to it. I won't buy it again as I'll just buy the cheap stuff to suit this purpose but I'll drink one if someone gives it to me.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-ounce stubby poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear pale golden body with plenty of active carbonation supporting a thick white crown of foam that recedes to a soapy sheet that leaves wide, sloppy bands of lacing on the glass.

Smell is faintly malty with a zip of citrus.

Taste is a bit malty with husky, tangy grainy notes and just enough bitterness to say that there is some. Toasty grain lingers in the finish.

Thin-bodied and watery, the drink is refreshing and easy on the palate.

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Photo of Getinthevan
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my glass straight from the bottle.

Appearance was a dull yellow with a decent amount of head that quickly faded. Nothing truly eye-popping, but does look quite drinkable.

Smell was high in corn and bread. It was a very grainy beer and had strong scents.

Taste was pretty good with dinner. As mentioned before, it primarily tasted like a loaf of white bread and grains. A pretty filling beer, but nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel was pretty watery for this lager and the grain taste still lingered, but quickly faded.

Drinkability is pretty good, especially on a cool, summer day. Not a bad beer from Abita at all, and it's pretty tasty for a lager. It just needs a little more to it.

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

Poured a very light golden color, almost a pale yellow. About a finger of white head with plenty of fizzy bubbles.

Smelled grainy, perhaps corn? Not unpleasant, but not something that got me excited either.

Tastes like it smells. Grainy, but pleasant enough. Light body and medium carbonation. Light on the tongue, a little taste of bread on the finish.

Very drinkable due to the lightness of the drink. It would be easy to drink several of these on a warm afternoon.

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