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Busch Signature Copper Lager - Anheuser-Busch

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: boilermakerbrew on 01-30-2014)
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Photo of emerge077
1.8/5  rDev -42.5%
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...

emerge077, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of zeff80
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

zeff80, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.84/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Tone
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Tone, May 02, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -4.2%

WoodBrew, May 04, 2014
Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

ZAP, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Inch tall white, fizzy head...fizzes down to a quarter inch and retains a cap and collar throughout. Body color is about as copper as you can get. Clumpy lacing is apparent.

S- Corn, bread/biscuit, caramel malts. Hints of a cola-like sweetness.

T- Slight caramel taste blends in with corn sweetness near flawlessly. Damn smooth, no harshness like you would find in most "higher ABV" macros. Would guess 5%abv.

M- Carbonation stays on the lower end until later on in each sip where it "catches up" to closer to what you would expect. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Taken for what it is, classified as an "American Amber/Red Lager", Busch Signature really blew away my expectations. I thought ABInBev was going out on a limb by dramatically upping the SRM color for one of it's flagship brands but this is a pleasant surprise and one that both I can see myself drinking in the future and one that will stick around and not be a "flash-in-the-pan".

Duff27, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Brenden, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
2/5  rDev -36.1%

sweemzander, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of mynie
3.11/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One fine Christmas morn, I was working at a shitty little gas station. We were horrible busy since every other store was run by decent people who gave their employees the day off. But everyone was in high spirits--cheer and all that.

A man who was usually very surly came in around noon, sloshed off his ass and wearing a Santa cap. He cut the line and slammed a sixer of Busch down on the counter.

"You know what Busch stands for?" He asked, his voice all full of timbre. He was performing a bit so as to avoid getting in trouble for cutting the line.

"What?"

"Brewed Under Six Clydesdale Horses. Cus when you drink Bud, this is what you pee out!"

The crowd was mildly amused. I was amused enough to remember it 14 years later, when I noticed that AB had finally expanded Busch's product line. It's been over a decade since I last tried a Busch. When I was younger, I agreed with the drunken Santa-man--Busch tasted cheap, like they spent less money making it. Now I realize that's untrue, they only spend less money in marketing it. But still, the way the beer tastes reminds me of poverty, because empty semiotics affect my perceptions much more strongly than logic ever could.

So up front you got a really decent amber malt profile, and that gives way to a graininess that's distinct to Busch and that's objectively not bad, only it tastes like Busch and I dumbly associate that with a lack of quality. Medium bodied and very easy drinking, even in spite of my stupid prejudices.

mynie, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Gagnonsux, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of tommy5
3/5  rDev -4.2%

tommy5, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of garymuchow
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

garymuchow, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of egrace84
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

egrace84, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Pegasus
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, deep amber red with a large, almost massive dense off-white head, which retains quite well. The carbonation is profuse, fine, and fast-rising. The lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Dark toasted malt dominates the aroma, nothing like, say a well-made craft beer, but substantial for a macro lager. There are some biscuit notes as well, a whiff of alcohol, and faint herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with toasted malts, and a bit of warming alcohol. As the taste progresses, there are some corn and vegetable flavors. Late in the taste, some moderate herbal and grassy hops appear, these carry the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: Fairly smooth with a bit of stinging carbonation, a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: I suspect this is intended as a competitor to Miller Fortune, which is a far and away better beer, in my opinion. For confirmed macro drinkers, this is probably "a walk on the wild side". Still, its cheap and available, and is far and away better than Busch, and most especially, Budweiser.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, May 20, 2014
Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -4.2%

jsh420, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is damn near copper in color. I would call it more of a burnt orange, but as the great Dalton said in the classic movie Roadhouse "Opinions vary." It is capped with an inch of off-white head. A constant flow of bubbles rise from nucleation sites etched into the bottom of the glass.

S - It has a cooked corn and caramel malt thing going on.

T - I taste a little toasted caramel. It doesn't have the corn taste that Busch has. It finishes dry.

M - Moderate

O - It is a pleasant surprise. It has some decent flavor, and I'm a homer for Busch. Hey, my mom named me buschbeer, so I have some sentimentality for it.

buschbeer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Busch Signature Copper Lager has a thick, foamy, egg shell-colored head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, copper appearance, and a decent amount of lacing sheen left behind. The aroma is of faint sweetness and a typical American-style lager note. Taste is of sweet, toasted malt, brown bread crust, and only the slightest hop bitterness to round it out. No alcohol pickup with this. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Busch Signature Copper Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and highly drinkable. For a value-priced beer, they did a good job with it.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of krome
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

krome, May 13, 2014
Photo of Jame515
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Jame515, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Lukass
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Lukass, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of WeisGuy
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

WeisGuy, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -4.2%

richkrull, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of budgood1
2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

budgood1, Jun 21, 2014
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Busch Signature Copper Lager from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.