There’s been a decent amount of buzz surrounding the newly released Bud Light Golden Wheat from Anheuser-Busch, and so we decided that The Brew Club should check it out – so you don’t have to! Make sure you get to the bottom of this review where you can take our poll. Will you buy this beer?
Also, according to The Brew Club charter, we don’t necessarily shun beers from macro-brewers unless they deserved to be shunned as a result of a sucky review. (We do like shunning in general though.) So, we try to give all beers, even Bud Light Golden Wheat, a fair shake. Besides, its been more than a year since we reviewed Bud Lite Lime!
Where to begin? Lets start with the facts. BL Golden Wheat weighs in at 4.1%ABV, and for those counting their calories, a bottle of BL Golden Wheat has 118 calories. Now for the opinions!
As you can see in the picture, the beer created a decently sized fizzy head. The head quickly left the scene, and not long after the picture was taken it was completely gone. Gone without a trace, and leaving me with a rather flat looking beer.
The beer, as is typical for the style, is unfiltered, so there was a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle and the beer itself was cloudy. The color was on the orange side – I think they’re trying to get people to think ‘orange’ and perhaps stick an orange slice on the glass like a lot of Blue Moon drinkers might. The packaging is going for that orange look too if you ever see the box you’ll know what I mean.
Looking at the BL Golden Wheat, it actually reminded me of what I think is my favorite beer of 2009, the Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse. Very orange looking.
However, that’s where the similarities between those two wheat beers end!
BL Golden Wheat has the coriander and citrus peels and yes you can smell it in the beer, although it is on the very mild side. I suppose they don’t want to freak out regular Bud Light drinkers by making it too spicy and citrusy.
Getting on to the taste is where this beer lost all hope. Sorry.
The flavor, much like in the smell, you can get some of the citrus and coriander, but not that much. The flavor actually isn’t horrible, but I think what makes this beer very hard for me to enjoy personally is the body. It is really thin – like water thin. This should not come as a shock actually, it is a lite beer! I’m just saying that for my taste, Bud Light Golden Wheat is way too thin, un-robust and watery. (It might make for tasty water though!)
Here’s my conclusion. If you are counting calories, and a 118 calorie beer appeals to you, you might want to try the BL Golden Wheat. Its been a loooooong time since I’ve had a regular Bud Lite, but I’m pretty sure this is going to have some more flavor than that does, but they are also different styles. Its hard to compare apples to apples that way.
If you are not interested in a low calorie beer, but are curious about trying some ‘fancy’ wheat beer like this BL Golden Wheat, then I’ll tell you that you can do better. If you want to check out this beer style, go with Blue Moon and if its your thing, stick an orange peel on your glass of that instead. Blue Moon is much better than BL Golden Wheat and it’s made by the Coors people.
If you’re a die-hard Anheuser Busch drinker, then give Shock Top a try. AB makes it, and while I wasn’t crazy about it, its a wheat beer with more flavor and body than the BL Golden Wheat.
If you’re feeling nutty and want to try one of those ‘craft wheat beers’, you might want to look for the above mentioned Hopfen Weisse, the Long Trail Belgian White, or the Ommegang Witte. All very nice. You can also check out all the Belgian White beers we’ve reviewed in the past to see if any of them capture your interest. I like the style, I just don’t think BL Golden Wheat is a good example of it.
The Bud Light Golden Wheat just seemed to me like someone took one of the beers mentioned above, dumped out half the beer and replaced it with water. Like I said, unless you’re counting calories, there are better choices out there.
Will you try Bud Light Golden Wheat?
- Hell Yes! (67%, 52 Votes)
- Hell No! (33%, 26 Votes)
Total Voters: 78
Have you tried the Bud Light Golden Wheat? What did you think of it? Take the poll and let us know if you’re buying it or not!