Busch Signature Copper Lager - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 195
Avg: 3.1
pDev: 32.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: boilermakerbrew on 01-30-2014

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Photo of WillWillows
1.41/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I had high hopes for this beer. Finally a decent Amber from one of the giants. The color on the pour was great and the head wasn't half bad. After that it went downhill. The taste was fizzy, like someone took a good beer and put seltzer water in it. No back taste, nothing. I would like for the Internationals to brew a decent beer here in the states instead of trying to keep an "American flavor", which is drink it ice cold so you can't taste it. I bought six and gave five away. Fageddaboudit.

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Photo of emerge077
1.76/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Born on" 09FEB14, so this is pretty fresh.

Pours a clear brownish copper color about a 1/2" of foam that recedes quickly after the first sip. Broken scabby skim on the surface.

Smells like stewed grain silage. Rotting vegetation. Mmm.

Weird taste, hard to put a finger on, but it doesn't taste like toasted malt. Grain husks and odd vegetal notes. Overly carbonated and gaseous, thin watery feel with a flabby middle. Astringent and hollow. This is no better than any other cheap swill out there. Are people really rating this compared to Busch Light?

When I rinsed out the can with hot water for recycling, it smelled like burning plastic...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.84/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

25 ounce cans, that bring this WV boy some nostalgia competing with fellow high school friends to who can finish their 30 pack of Busch first (tag team edition of course)...that will hurt you the next day...my digestive tract has never been right since. It has that amber caramel coloring added with a fizzy off white head, just barely has specks of lacing holding on. Busch Signature Copper Lager...I'm sniffing on it trying to get a feel before I attack. What the hell is this, it's an upper class lager for the Busch crowd, I think that's an oxymoron. It smells like a Michelob Amber Bock, just barely more malt presence than your average BMC product, a bit of caramelized sugar notes noticeable no real hop profile to speak of. Horrible flavor almost a caramelized nutty character that hits with a cooked veggie adjunct sweetness, almost like vomit coming up in the back of the gullet hard to stomach each sip...wonderfully horrible. It's cloying the mouthfeel is pretty overcarbonated completely off putting in every sense of the word beer. I can't go on, not even a beer I would ever think of buying again, it's approachable for someone who wants a copper colored lager with food coloring but the label states "proudly brewed with grains from America's heartland and toasted malt for a smooth , signature taste. Alcohol 5.7% abv higher than the BMC crowd is used packed into 25 ounce cans for next to nothing...they're going to love it.

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Photo of Fosh
2.31/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This is, at least in my neck of the woods, a cheap beer. It has a high alcohol content and great for a cheap buzz, or drunk if you drink the whole 6-pack. Poured in a Weizen Glass it produces a large head but provides little to no retention of the carbonation in the brew. Meaning this sucker goes flat faster than you can drink it. Lines of froth on on the glass do not stick as with other lagers. In my honest opinion, this beer is meant to be consumed from the can and, while tastes good for the first sip when poured, does not live long outside of it.

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Photo of Lahoi
2.36/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A nice amber, copper color. Small head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Smells and tastes like a lager. Maybe slightly better.

A little more body than the typical AAL.

This is not a bad beer. I could drink it regularly. It wouldn't be my first choice, but it wouldn't be my last either. If the price is right, I much prefer this to most macro lagers. But if for some reason it gets priced close to craft beer then I'm spending the extra dough for a micro.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.42/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This drinks with evident adjuncts like a corn sweetness, and crisp rice but it has an additional caramel malt flavor. The finish is rather bitter and tinny and there's an overwhelming metallic bubblegum taste.

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Photo of Ohiolager
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Busch signature american copper lager 12pk bottles $8.49(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. A-B born on date clearly marked.

pours almost a copper color, maybe more burnt orange, deep amber. a one finger head that quickly fizzles away leaving a thin layer on the surface. an endless stream of bubbles rise to the surface, showing signs of over carbonation. as you drink it, rings of lacing quickly disappear. over carbonated and too thin bodied to leave any real lacing.

it smells like the label suggests. like original Busch but toasted. smells of corn, carmel, toasted malts, and maybe molasses.

it tastes great! for an A-B injuncted brew i find it amazing, for what it is. at first it tastes like original Busch, but much more robust. a smooth coppery feel fills your mouth followed by a smooth yet slightly warm finish. you can taste the abv compared to original Busch, but its not like 5.7 abv is a lot anyway.

mouth feel is rather light, but that's what i was expecting. very smooth and inviting. a very drinkable session beer. good from start to finish no bad or bitter aftertaste.

overall for an A-B brew i am impressed! better than bud/light and for cheaper. better than original Busch and for the same price, and higher abv. Busch was already my favorite cheap beer. now i think i found a new cheap favorite. as long as A-B doesn't discontinue the best brew they have ever made.

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Photo of dhannes
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bought a 12-pack for $5.99, hoping for the best. After having two of them, I decided they weren't going to get any better.

A=Well, a nice caramel color with eggshell head...it LOOKS like a good beer.

S=Hint of caramel and apples and biscuits...it sort of SMELLS like it might be a good beer.

T=Right out of the fridge, it tastes like flat cola...only watered down. Maybe with a splash of apple juice. Thankfully, the bad taste was so mild and unnoticeable. I had hoped that this would be close to Miller's Third Shift...not even close. Third Shift is a much, much tastier beer than this.

M=Extremely watery. Extremely. A-B needs to cut about half the water out of the brewing process.

O=This might have been considered a breakthrough beer by a big brewery 30 years ago (hell, I think even Killian's is better), but not today. There is no need for this beer in the marketplace. I like Busch as AAL's go, but this doesn't even live up to the Busch name. It does not taste awful...well, what little taste there is is akin to flat cola. Will not buy nor drink this again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.67/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

25 fl oz aluminum can purchased at a 7-11 petrol station in Lubbock, TX and served at fridge temp into a paper cup in my hotel room (which I'd argue is apt). 5.70% ABV. Born 06AUG14. Side-poured gently as overcarbonation is anticipated.

HEAD: White and foamy. Fluffy. Fairly soft-looking. Decent thickness. 3+ minute retention. No lacing.

BODY: N/A (not visible).

AROMA: Helles malts, floral hop notes, and dirty stale barley. An inoffensive aroma of light strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, off-notes, or spices are detectable.

TASTE: Helles malts. Pils malts. Barley. Feels stale and cheap throughout.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Poor flavour amplitude.

Lacks balance. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. Not a gestalt or very cohesive build. There's really nothing going on here, but to its credit, it's not watery. Too sweet.­­­

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light-bodied, and slightly refreshing. Overcarbonated. Crisp. Too thick and hefty on the palate given the lack of deep and diverse flavours.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: A drinkable lager with some enjoyable characteristics. In its defense, unlike many shitty beers in the style, it isn't watery. And it could be blander. Ultimately, I reckon it's on the low side of average. I wouldn't trifle with it again, but I'll quaff the whole can without much issue. We've all had worse.

C- (2.67)

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Photo of hophead723
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got six pint cans of this for only $5.99 so I figured I would give it a try to give it a real rating. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: I was initially astounded by the deep copper-amber color this beer has! It was beautiful in the glass but the soft white head it sported diminished quickly and left no lacing. It does have an undeniable brilliance to the color I must say.

Smell: Mild grain, a touch of corn, and a nuance of yeast. Very simple aroma and I can only imagine the taste will follow suit.

Taste: Malty sweetness, a bit of grains such as corn and barley, and a bit watery. Not a full flavor like what you get from a real brewery but it isn't awful nor does it taste as cheaply as I suspected.

Feel: Crisp and clean. Actually pretty refreshing.

Overall: This is a mass produced enemy of good, craft beer but nonetheless I drank all six pints without a care after mowing the lawn. It is what it is.

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2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not getting much corn for an adjunct lager. Pretty good for what it claims to be. Tastes better than most at its low price point. The malt balances the taste out fairly well. I will purchase again.

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Photo of c014572
2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Let's put this in perspective. This ain't no micro-brew lager. Drank from a 25 ounce can. Nice copper color, as the label says.. Smells of corn, tastes of barley and corn. It's definitely an adjunct beer. That said, it has a nice malt body, is very drinkable, the price point is low, can't ask for more when I've done a hard-days work and I need to catch a buzz for $4. Serves it purpose very well.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer review in about two and half years. I'd like to get back to it on a limited basis.

L - Pours amber with a two finger head that quick;y fades to nothing more than lace remnants.

S - this department was fairly dull. A bit of the caramel comes through but for the most part smells like any other adjunct.

t - A large dose of the typical lower end adjunct party lager at first, which gradually gets better as it goes down, turning into a decent balanced mix of caramel malt and adjunct.

F - What you'd expect for the style. Carbonated to high hell, but smooth.

O - Not the worst adjunct out there. A bit better than the average, but nothing to write home about. At least they tried.

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Photo of Tone
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, copper/golden color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of slight hops, slight sweet malt, pale malt, corn, and slight metallic. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, slight corn, and hint of metallic. Overall, better than regular Busch, but still not much to rave about here.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks like a very solid beer, with a deep color and decent head (though it's not retained at all, and lacing is impossible to detect) but the letdown begins from the first sniff. Skunky nose, although that doesn't carry on at full strength to the taste. Starts with a touch of rich maltiness before fading back into macro mediocrity.

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Photo of workingclassbrew
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not a Anheuser-Busch man, but this looked inviting. Thought it might be Buschs version of Budweiser Black Crown.

Poured from a 16oz. Nice color, dark copper. Lots of carbonation. Head left quickly.

Smell, like most big name beers, nothing much, a little sour.

Easy drinking, carbonation upfront, then some nice malt. Little to no hops. The beer starts bubbly, then has flat finish. As the beer warms it takes on a more flat, less peppy way. Uninteresting beer, though I wouldnt turn it down. It has a kick after only half the can. Good for huntin, and fishin.

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Photo of budgood1
2.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

pours out of the 16 oz. can a deep amber colour with a rather robust foamy head. reduces to sparse lace. malt and adjunct aroma with sugary undertones. taste wise, it brings some toasty malt notes, and supporting adjunct. heavy carbonation makes it seem dense and meaty for a lager. a bit of straight up, no nonsense bitterness rounds things out. souped up body and dense mouthfeel. while intriguing and with character, not really too drinkable.

overall this seems like an amber bock on steroids. a beefy, cool weather lager. it's pretty flawless but also sort of dull. never was a fan of A-B's malt liqour lineup, but this is ok.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper/amber color with a foamy head that very quickly subsides to barely a thin lace. The smell/taste have some maltiness with no noticeable adjuncts present. I sensed just the slightest amount of alcohol heat but not enough to detract from the overall flavor. Mouth feel is a little thin and the finish is very neutral. The carbonation level is quite low. Overall an OK beer but nothing worth going out of your way to get.

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Photo of Pantalones
2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Second bottle from the 12-pack. "Born on" date is June 11th, 2015. Yep, this beer is less than a month old, despite being the last 12-pack on the shelf at my local Food Lion. Must be selling pretty well around here.

Looks darker than expected, and not as bright as "copper lager" made me expect. I suppose the color can still qualify as "copper," but it's more dirty-brown-penny copper than shiny-red-orange copper. Kind of an oddly dull and murky look to it even though it's mostly clear. A bit of an off-white head of foam at first, but this quickly shrinks into a barely-there coating and then starts to fade away entirely, leaving just a little ring around the edge and "islands" inside. Bottle labeling seems all kinds of cheap (the neck label's off-center, even!), but considering this is a beer that apparently only comes in 12-packs that cost as much as a six-pack, that's not much of a surprise.

Smell is "standard beer smell" right off, shifting to a slight toasty and very faintly leafy sort of thing once the foam on top has started to fade. Not too bad. Do not allow this beer to warm up much, though -- the smell definitely becomes less pleasant as it rises beyond the "fridge temperature" range, with a somewhat gross mustiness coming out strong.

Taste is a little bit of a weird, almost artificial-seeming sweetness right off, then shifting to more of a grain/bread malty flavor which actually is pretty nice. A bit of a white bread/sweet corn sort of flavor on the aftertaste (it almost comes across as very slightly bubblegum-like sometimes, weirdly enough), with an occasional bit of weird mustiness mixed in. However, as I mentioned with the smell, allowing the beer to warm is a very bad idea. The nice malty flavors all but vanish as the weird sweetness gets much stronger and overpowers them. If there was ever a beer where the frosted pint glass is "proper glassware," this is it -- those icy mountains on the bottle aren't just decoration, they're a serving suggestion.

Feel is pretty average. Light but not to the point of being watery, and pretty fizzy, probably a little more so than I'd like. Feel seems a bit harsher at cold temperatures (or maybe it's just my teeth not liking the cold), but the smell and flavor are so much better at cold temperatures that losing the nicer "slightly warmed" mouthfeel is a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

Overall, I was a little too quick to judge this one when I had my first bottle yesterday -- it's actually not *that* bad if you serve it very cold. I've heard that beer being very cold mutes flavors, but in this case it only seemed to mute the one flavor I really didn't like -- allowing the nicer flavors to come through a bit more and overall saving this beer from being ranked as the second-worst I've ever tried. It's still not anything outstanding, I'd take a Yuengling Lager over this every time, but as far as beers that cost $8.99 for a 12-pack it's probably far from the worst. Just remember: drink it COLD, do not under any circumstances allow it to sit around and warm up!

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Photo of Jarod_Florence
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First of all, this is "cheap beer" rating. It will never hold its own against most beers reviewed here. Because of this, a 3.5 rating in any category equates to a perfect 5 rating for beers worthy of a proper review. Call it party beer, lawnmower beer, or whatever your term is.

That said, lets carry on. I've only seen these sold in 6-packs of 16oz cans for about a buck a can. The price is hard to beat. Poured from the can into a standard pint glass, chilled in a refrigerator. Being that its a pint of beer into a pint glass i stopped pouring when the foam reached the top.

A- Pretty darn good for a can beer. Amber in color with a tall head of foam that disappears faster than my money at the roulette wheel.

S- Nothing special here. Smells like cheap beer, with an ever-so-slight hint of roasted malt.

T- Again, pretty darn good for can beer. I personally like it better than any of the "big 3" canned beers. Slightly sweet, more or less balanced. You can tell its not all barley in there. Corn, rice, etc. come through like any other big co. canned beer.

M- Not overly carbonated, smooth and easy to drink, but hey, its gotta be easy to drink if it taste like this.

O- For the price, I may have found my new "cheap beer." Since i usually grab a case of High Life Light as my cheap beer choice I'll try em side by side before the final verdict. Nothing to complain about but also nothing to brag about. Much better than Miller Fortune or Bud Black.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

25oz can poured into "Old Style" glass able to hold it all. From the Bud website, "Smooth, full-bodied copper lager that offers bold flavor
without sacrificing affordability. Features a sweet aroma,
signature smooth taste, clean finish and distinctive copper
color". I'm afraid this one may have a bit of age on it with a date on bottom of can of "23JAN14"
So, here we go. Definitely a red lager with a red/gold hue and a tannish head which seems to fizzle it's way out of existence pretty darn quickly. Hard to pick up much of the advertised sweetness in the aroma, but I guess it's there in time. Initially pretty much a lager character with slight sulfur and zesty carbonation hitting the nose.
Certainly a little more flavor, but not a lot. A bit of malt character and a touch of sweetness that may grow old as I work through this. The can notes some toasted flavor and I get some of that too. Dries out quiet a bit and leaves the dryness hanging for a long while. Takes on some caramel sweetness as it warms.
Full, full and more full from carbonation. It fills the whole mouth and makes it hard to take a big hard pull on it. It stimulates the tongue though. I'm getting full quickly.
This is okay. I think I might like it better if it was warmer out and I was more thirsty as it falls closest to a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a 25 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- very non-descript. maybe a hint of barley
Appearance- a nice golden copper color with a minimal head
Taste- has a nice mild flavor, not overpowering or overtly strong. a good basic beer
Palate- A mild bodied brew with mild carbonation
Overall- not a terrible beer, A-B has attempted to make an upgrade to their Busch beer and it is not bad. Won't be confused with many craft beers but it is not a bad beer to drink.

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Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I find this to be a nice lawnmower type beer with a little more character than some.

It has some toasty malt characteristics and the aroma and taste and finishes with a nice toasty sweetness.

Drinks easy and smooth. Kind of a hybrid AAL/Killians Red type of beer.

I've used this to boil brats in and it works great for that. Would be a decent tailgate beer for someone who wants something uncomplicated but with a little more flavor than a keystone light.

Certainly not a great beer but it has its place. Price seemed on the cheaper side. I'll be curious to see if this is still being made a year from now. My hunch is it won't.

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Photo of Brenden
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The pour actually brings out a pretty nice-looking beer. It's a clean, clear bronze-like red-brown with a creamy and bubbly pale red-tinted head that doesn't quite keep up the finger and a half it starts with but has pretty good retention overall and leaves good deposits of mostly patchy lacing on the glass.
The smell isn't lacking as much as might be expected. Generic sweetness as well as a bit of caramel, a touch of grains and some nut as well as a biscuit note to the malts and some additional estery fruit sweetness sum it up.
I don't know that this is brewed with adjuncts or not, but that it has a bare hint of a note of corn in the flavor is a problem when it's being put up against any kind of competition. It's a little bit earthy along with the caramel, and the malts also add a toasty note. Surprisingly, though, it's not so thin and watery in the flavor as one might think. Fruity esters ride through the entire way.
The feel is not so much one of Busch's classic AALs rather than an amber ale as one might expect. True, the body leans light but isn't terribly thin, though it comes along with a slight graininess in the feel. True, one could have any one of the numerous superior beers in the style, but this fits right in the middle of the pack.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I was pleasantly surprised by this. It poured a dark amber hue with a decent amount of head. I didn't notice much smell wise. Taste was smooth with a hint of grain.

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Busch Signature Copper Lager from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.