Anheuser- Busch commands a large market share among American breweries. Products such as Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob, and others rank among the top- selling beers in the nation and have held a steady share of the market for more than twenty years. Still, Anheuser- Busch needs to create new products from time to time and one of their latest creations is Bud Light Golden Wheat, a refreshing wheat beer product.
Style: Spiced Wheat Beer
Alcohol Level: 4.1 Percent by Volume
Calories: 118 per 12 oz. serving
Carbs: 8 grams per 12 oz. serving
Bud Light Golden Wheat offers a nice appearance and makes a positive first impression. The beer is golden in color and features a cloudy body. The head of foam is better than that of regular Bud Light and it maintains a thin layer of bubbles as you consume. The nose on Bud Light Golden Wheat combines malted wheat and citrus.
Taste- wise, Bud Light Golden Wheat has a flavor that reflects its aroma and name. The flavor that stands out is citrus, followed by light pale and wheat malts, and a touch of coriander. The beer is light in body and leaves a citrus- like flavor in the mouth that lingers after each sip.
Anheuser- Busch has introduced several new products in the past few years and the company has had its share of hits and misses. Because of its inconsistencies with its new products, I usually don’t set my expectations very high when I sample a new Anheuser- Busch product for the first time. However, when I first heard about Bud Light Golden Wheat, I felt a strong sense of curiosity and my expectations were higher than usual. This might seem surprising, given my disdain for that other Bud Light spinoff, Bud Light with Lime. However, Bud Light Golden Wheat sounded like a beer with some promise and I was anxious to track down a six- pack and give it a try.
Sampling Bud Light Golden Wheat for the first time, I noticed a few important features in this beer’s appearance that distinguish this product from its namesake. Some of these differences are surprising, like thr fact that Bud Light Golden Wheat is unfiltered and a little cloudy. There is even a little bit of sediment that settles on the bottom of each bottle. These are two traits you would normally not associate with something from Anheuser- Busch brew and these atypical qualities are part of the beer’s appeal.
Appearance is a nice start to any drinking experience, but what about the flavor? Well, Bud Light Golden Wheat is actually a decent malt beverage product. As I described above, the flavor of Bud Light Golden Wheat combines citrus, wheat, pale malt, and a dab of coriander. The most dominate of these flavors is the citrus and it is the taste that sticks with you the longest. The flavors of malt and coriander in Bud Light Golden Wheat are less pronounced, and the taste is generally sweet, making the beer very easy to drink.
Bud Light Golden Wheat is a little lighter than I prefer and it lacks the malt backbone that is essential for a great beer. Still, in spite of these shortcomings, Bud Light is- dare I say it- a good beer product. It has some very good refreshment qualities and lower than average calories and carbs. I like it better than Bud Light with Lime and while it isn’t good enough to rank as a world- class product, it is still a decent beer that offers some easy drinking qualities.
Rating: 6 Cheers out of 10