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Brew Masters Private Reserve - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
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104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 118
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yen157 on 11-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Decades ago, Budweiser brewmasters started a tradition. During the holidays, they'd collect the purest liquid from the brewing kettles; pre-sparged, first wort. This first stock - unusually smooth and rich despite its robust alcohol - was reserved for A-B friends and family, until now. Note from the brewers: this an all-malt beer; NO rice or corn. Imported hops. 20 Plato. It's also a completely different recipe than Budweiser.
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Photo of cjgator3
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 Brew Masters Private Reserve

Born on date: 21Sep06

Pours a golden amber color with a rich white head that does leaves a decent amount of lacing around the side of the glass. Aroma is much like a Budweiser but more profound and much maltier. Taste has a really nice clean maltiness to it that finishes with a quick dose of hops and a soothing warming feeling from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with some creaminess to it. Overall, certainly not a bad brew from Anheuser-Busch. In fact, I will likely pick up a bottle next year. (553 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one quart 14.5 oz bottle was given to me as an x-mas present.
I must note the bottle itself looks very nice and eye catching.

Appearance- Pours a quick fading bright white head. No film left on the beers surface or the inside of the glass. The color was a clear, medium amber to tan color mixed with some sparse lacing.

Smell- Reminds me of the bronze rods we sell at work, mixed with some America rye bread and alcohol.

Taste- Starts out a smooth barley, but then bakes itself into a kaiser roll bread and water flavor. You are then subjected to a hint of metal and alcohol. The alcohol is not repelling, but more than I wanted. But at the same time, not surprised I could taste it so well.

Mouthfeel- The palate is warmed with the alcohol flavor. Their is the easily recognizable macro carbonation that would be more refreshing if not for the taste. (872 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Born on date" of November 1, 2005. The beer pours a yellow/orange color with a good sized white head. The aroma is sweet, mainly malt and yeast with a little grassy smell too. This beer is very sweet tasting, mainly like malt and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium, almost kinda creamy how it coats my mouth. The drinkability is average to good. I think it might have been better if I wouldn't have waited so long to drink this one. Overall, it's better than normal Budweiser products, but it's just an average/good beer, nothing great at all. (542 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very filtered, is all I can say. Very dark, yes, but very filtered. And almost no head.

Smells pretty nice. Deep molasses grain, a little bit of alcohol, and a light, dry hop hint. A lot like Dogfish Head's malt liquor, only without the fruit complexities.

Taste is a total letdown. The molasses is huge, overpowering almost, and it leaves no room for any sort of complexities. It's not bad, but all of the promise of the smell is nowhere to be found.

This is a bit overpriced for a beer that's merely decent. It's not that I can't behid macros, or anything, and I'm not just giving this a MOR score because it's made be AB. It's just not that good. (658 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Funky large cardboard box, heavy on black and cream with gold and red highlights, inside which hides a rather cool looking bottle. A large 46.5 fluid ounce white swing top bottle which has a vertical neck label covering the steel swing mechanism. I have to say that the main label is a very attractive and colorful Victorian style affair. Nice packaging, a little over the top if anything.

Appearance: Filtered Tripel looks, shining golden body with an unblemished thick white head that settles neatly with some minor dimples. Streamer laden at first but that soon fades. Lovely scattered lacing had an organized randomness about it. Good looks but the head faded a little too quickly.

Nose: Weird how the nose simply did not exist at first, it took a while but after the first few sips and the broken head the nose relished a soft caramel and sweet toasted malts, fruity in the middle with a light ester like finish that had an acetone soaked Pear Drop aspect to it. Nice but strange.

Taste: Nice hoppy entrance, now that’s a surprise for an AB product!! Hints of Banana and fruits but they are low key and background support to the gently toasted malts and sweet caramel feel. I still get the fruity hoppy feel, but the hops are sweet in a fruity way. Ending was dry and short lived. Delivers a nice change of pace.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a fading carbonation, I noted that as I worked through this sample that the conditioning dropped pretty quickly though which made the last part exhibit the 8.5% to a greater warming degree.

Drinkability: For a malt liquor I found this one to be surprisingly quaffable in a polymorphic way - not exactly a session brew, it started great but died a little towards the end when it became a sipper, best of both Worlds I guess.

Overall: Well I managed to pick this sample up at my local Ralph’s for just $6 high up and actually on top of the beer cabinet. The “Sale” price was stuck next to the original price tag of $14.95……fecking how much!?!? I have no idea where this came from, maybe the Supermarket had a couple of these with their regular AB delivery and I just happened to drop by the last one which simply wasn’t selling…..at nearly $15 that is no surprise, so they stuck a Sale ticket on it to shift it.

A decent enough brew, interesting for a Malt Liquor and far better than the laughably disgusting Michelob Celebrate. Nothing here warrants a slamming because of its industrial source. However, I cannot help but feel that at the original sticker price of nearly $15, I would have popped for a Cantillon any day, even at $6 I only picked it up because I fancied having a full bottle sample to review (previously I had tried a small sample at Naja’s and enjoyed it).

A good effort, but definitely *not* worth the money. (2,822 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

This is A-B's take on the brewmaster's holiday tradition, where they take the fi rst runnings of sweet wort and ferment a big, bold beer out of it. Speaking of big, the bottle is enormous!

Beer pours a shimmering, clear, golden color, a good white head from the start, and a semi-stick lace for the rest. Suggestions of honey, whole-grain bread, grainy animal feed and a clean perfume-like alcohol and hop collaboration make up the aroma. Very smooth mouth feel, a touch creamy in the fluffy body. Flavors of Portuguese sweetbread and a barleymalt syrup, not condensed wort, hone in on the taste buds. Alcohol warms a bit more after each sip, lending a strawberry-like flavor. The hop bitterness is enough to balance, but the herbal flavor is more interesting. Aftertaste lands semi-sweet, with a rough grain, herbal hop and the complexities from the alcohol.

So with 46.5 ounces of high-alcohol brew on our hands, what else is there to do but drink it? Actually several brats were steamed in this brew--a good pairing, no doubt. It's not a malt liquor, not an over-hopped Double Pilsner, and certainly not the bigger brother of Budweiser. It's a tasty, big-ass American All-Malt Lager in a big-ass bottle. Enough said. (1,302 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seeing this one in the beer store, I thought, ‘what the hell’. It pours a crystal-clear golden color with considerable head. There’s genuine lace, and the brew is notably attractive. The aroma is grain and alcohol in prominence, followed by continental hoppiness and bread-like notes. The taste is alcohol and a little sweetness. There’s a nice malt undertone and considerable slickness. The finish has an attractive hop bitterness that provides some balance. Alcohol isn’t hidden, however, and affects the finish. All in all, this is a drinkable and quite enjoyable brew. It’s a lot better than I’d expected. Kudos to (I can’t believe I’m writing this) A-B for this one. I really enjoyed it. (701 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: In a standard pint, gives a low off white head of which a stubborn layer persists for a minute or so...light ring after. The beer is a clear, rich apricot-golden in color.

s: Nice blend of pale, sweet malts and papery hops. Various fruits including melon and apricot. Leans towards the sweet side.

m: Medium carbonation and a body on the lighter side of medium.

t: Richer than Bud for sure, but not a whole lot more complex. Clean light barleys and maybe some corn give a moderate sweetness somewhat unchecked by the light, nondescript hops. More hops would make this much better.

d: ok, ABV hidden but a little too sweet for an easy drinking lager

Closely resembles what one would expect from an Imperial Bud. Huge bottle to the face gets blackie a bit disoriented. Review entered from notes taken a couple months ago in the forest. Had been "cellared" awhile since Christmastime. (889 characters)

Photo of hopdog
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Huge flip top bottle.

Poured a medium amber color with a small sized white head. Aromas and tastes of corn and graininess. Generic tasting, malt liquorish (is that a word?).

I wrote down; it takes some balls to label this as your premier, Brew Master Private Reserve beer. (276 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

As the story goes, Budweiser has a tradition of tapping the richest part of the brew to toast the winter season.
Now we can all try a batch.
Pop the stopper (some smoke escapes), give it a pour and you'll see an amber beer with fine white lacing.
It does not look or taste anything like the usual light watery lager associated with Anheuser-Busch.
Every element is upped a notch: It is darker, thicker, maltier -- sweet and yeasty -- and finishes with a lingering bitterness.
At 8.5% alcohol by volume, it is also strong for a beer, though it doesn't taste especially potent.
Who knew Bud could have such complexity? (628 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - a slghtly hazed pour with a honey/straw color. A brief build-up of head reduces to a stray swirl of bubbles within a minute.

Aroma - strong grain with a cereal bend, heavy aroma of something tropical but not hops. Coconut? Has a malt liquor nose.

Taste - sweet, grainy, Budweiser cereal flavor, basically a Bud on 'roids. The alcohol is kinda out there on its own without much to enhance. Hmm, an Imperial American Macro Lager. Not very pleasant to me, about as much as any malt liquor. The swallow has the briefest bit of bite, then this aftertaste that is wet, grainy, bleh.

Mouthfeel - moderate to slightly thin body, decent carbonation even after popping and resealing a few times.

Drinkability - to each their own, I didn't like this one. Props to A-B for hitting the bigger beer scene, but this just tastes like amplified rice to me. (856 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2006)

Thanks for opening this with me, UCLABrewN84!

(Aged for 6 years)

Clear light amber with some carbonation and a small white head that leaves dots of lace down the glass.

Sweet, fruity aroma of apple juice and bready malt.

The sweet flavors are similar to the aroma, with an earthy and sweet apple juice flavor playing the largest role along with bread and simple grain. Low bitterness.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Good enough, and far better than I anticipated. (489 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear light golden with an off-white, tall and moussy head which fell very slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong banana ester when first opened that faded to a more refined note, thought still full of esters and a nice malt backbone that came off as slightly sweet.

The flavor was malty with a light estery flavor of banana, as was present in the aroma. The beer contained a light bit of hop flavor and was malty with a light caramel malt flavor.

The finish was just working toward dry with a bit of hop bittering as the flavor drifted off to dreamland. The body was medium and the carbonation was a bit on the low side for an AB product. This was the most drinkable malt liquor ever. Not being devoid of flavor was a real plus. The alcohol in the beer was present in the warming after consumption.

1.5 liter mamouth size flip top bottle (1 quart 14.5 oz). 05OCT06 on bottle. $12 at Sams in Durham. (972 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear medium golden in color, with a moderate white head, abundant broken lace, and mild carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet alcohol, honey, and light caramel, very sweet, with little hop presence.

Taste: Mild hops at the open, with a moderate alcohol presence, and caramel and honey malt, midway through the taste, there are some restrained fruity esters. Finishes clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, quite soft on the palate, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, really, like a refined example of a malt liquor. At $15 for a rather large, decorative bottle, it seems overpriced for what it offers. (620 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze-ish-gold color, nice mousse-like head of almost an inch in height (a big contrast to Michelob Celebrate). Admirable lacing, good patterns on the glass. Light caramel aroma, slightly detergent notes. Medium mouthfeel -- a feel of slickness with light coating qualities, carbonation is subtle, not too gassy, pretty well-done. Subtle malt flavors, some maple, sugary with light aspects of caramel and a slight tobacco bittering. Clean presentation from the beginning to the end. Alcohol is fairly well-hidden. Just a dusting of dried hops, but I wouldn't ask for a large hop impression in a beer that's leaning in an attenuated pale malt Bock direction. This beer is attractive, interesting, and quite drinkable, it doesn't deserve any derision based on its brewer. Better than Michelob Celebrate in many ways. (821 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Brew Masters Private Reserve 2005 By Budweiser; 1 quart 14.5 fluid ounces black as night dark brown glass bottle with a plastic plug swing top. Many thanks to Pegasus for providing the sample.

Aroma: Very mild, almost non-existent nose. What I got was sweet, but that’s really all.

Appearance: Slightly more golden than average macro-lagers, fine carbonation bubbles gave a nice Champaign appearance. Good half finger of head, but no lace.

Flavor: Slight corn and apple notes in a clean lager flavor. Alcohol peeks through fairly prominently.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture, very nice thickness and good firm carbonation level. The highlight of the beer in my opinion.

Overall Impression: Not bad, but not great. The alcohol is the most noted taste. As a malt liquor it’s not bad, but it’s no celebration in my book. (850 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The cream of the crop according to the label. This is the top of the barrel. I had to give this huge magnum bottle a try even if it is a pretty penny. Highly filtered golden color, although this is quite a few shades darker than a typical bud.

Head forms quite a fizzy layer but fades to a thin lace in no time. Tons of carbonation in all sizes. Malted taste adds a nice twist to this brew that I've never noticed before. Grain and rice are still evident and there is a large fruity backbone. Some sweetness, maybe its just plain ol' sugar but it does have a touch of a candied background. Finishes very clean. All spice on the backside of every swig.

Notes: I liked it. It is basically the grand cru of budweiser. I'd be a happy employee if I could get this often. (773 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Anheiser-Busch for the opportunity. Pours a thin, yet sticky, tan-stained white head over a partly cloudy thin orange-colored liquid. Smells Pils malt with czech hop character. Vanilla and banana. Yummy. Cookie dough and oranges. Not a winter ale smell but nice and fresh. A bit of DMS and cabbage. Some caramel and a minor contribution of iron.

Tastes complex. DMS and wet malty sweet with strong czech hop character. Oranges with light esters (pear syrups, mostly). Burnt almonds come through due to the cohumulone hoppy presence. Drying over carb finish with iron and apricot. My mouth is watering. Phenolic is mild, but present to counter the malt sweet. A Hefe- yeast to contribute to this beer? Banana without the yeasty contributions of phenols.

Mouthfeel is thick, but just nudging into thick. Carbonation is Md, bordering on heavy, and works well with the flavor profile and intensity. Judged to style, not my personal preferences. (1,070 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 brewmasters private reserve.

again...pours out of the big ass bottle a crystal clear perfect gold colour, with an impressive head that is supported by some festive carbonation. pale malt aroma. light and a bit caramely. the taste is all malt, thick and chewy for a lager, with some maibock hints as well. alcohol notes; very peppery and spicy and rather tasty. the hopping is hard to pin down...there is a vague bitterness present, but no appreciable hop flavour comes through. i still think this brew could stand a bit more hop character to balance the heat and malt profile. the body of this lager is full, and the mouthfeel is smooth as can be for the style. seems like this is the same beer i had last year otherwise...no discernible differences. it's nice to taste a totally high end all-malt malt liquor. a definite treat compared to the other disgusting malt liquors A-B brews. there is no other beverage that i've tasted that really compares to this in its category. pretty drinkable in my opinion. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew Masters Private Reserve pours a golden color from a brown swingtop quart bottle. The aroma is strongly sweet malt. The taste is also dominated by sweet malt, although there is a nice hop balance to it. Better than I expected from AB. They could really make some great beer if they put there mind to it. This is definintely worth a try if you like lagers. (359 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with copper tinges throughout. Nice foamy white head reduces to a thin lacing above the liquid. Aroma has notes of grain malts and a clean yeasty note. I'm getting a bit of citric flavors in there and maybe a bit of honey. Flavor is similar to Budweiser but just more intense and full bodied with malts. And it doesn't leave you with that rice taste on the finish. Really thick in body but more effervescent than I thought. No adjunct flavor in there and really clean. But after a glass I became rather bored with the offering and the beer itself doesn't have any truly appealing qualities. Not really sessionable but not a sipper either, it kind of lies in some gray zone of beerdom. Decent but nothing great. (729 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a hazy yellow color with a dense head of white foam. Higher levels of carbonation. Aromas of malts and bread, with hints of yeasty dough. Not bad. I'm impressed so far. Taste is a step up from anything AB has ever done. Rich malts blend with mild yet notible hops to form a basis for a very Belgian like attempt at the craft brew market. Mouthfeel is bubbly and mild, yet retains some qualities of a denser, more full-bodied beer. Drinkability is above average. If AB was to enter the craft beer market, this would like appeal only to those who are currently devoted to their other products (I likely wouldn't buy it again). (637 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Born on: 10/1/06 consumed on 11/28/06
1 qt. 14.5oz bottle>Giant mug

AP: Golden amber, clear with plenty of carbonation (to start with) that produces a 2" deep bone-white head that dissiaptes fast and leaves some scattered lacing behind. Seems to lose it's lively look rather quickly though.

Nose: Mildly sweet malt>wheat>yeast>grains

Taste: This is essentially a classic Bud with a bigger, sweeter malt flavor and a mild alcohol kick. Overall wheatie and yeastie tasting with a bigger herbal and leafy hop finish that is a bit more pleasing than the traditional brew.

MF: light to medium body overall and the bubbles in the beginning make it feel lively and also very substantial but without a real bite and much more subtle on the palate than you would expect.

DA: This purchase was pure curiousity as I was paying for gas at 7-11. Easily the best AB product I've had, but I will not be going back for seconds. The 8.5% ABV is kinda creeper, so watch it! (983 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a light straw color and very clear. Lots of carbonation. Evident when you pop the top open.
Smell is slightly yeasty and if the malt is here I can't smell it very well. Lemon rind and slight grapfruit.
Taste is kinda sweet. Caramel maltiness followed by just a slight hop flavor then the alcohol warms the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel is very clean and that is too bad cause there is nothing memorable to retain in the mouth. Very bland.
Being a bud drinker this is a little better but not much..
This Quart will be a hard swallow. I can't believe this will taste any better if it were cellared for the 365 days. (628 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As previously stated, it came well packaged.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep golden color with a half-inch head of thick creamy white bubbles. There are quite a few bubbles rising in an effort to maintain the head. It seems to be working as there is still a layer of foam on top of the beer over a minute after the pour.

Aroma: There is more of a floral aroma to this beer than I have experienced with other AB products. It has a defined fruity component to the aromatic profile as well. As the beer warms a tad and I get deeper into it, there seems to be a bit of a dry grainy almost wheat-like aroma coming out. The 8.5%ABV is not noticeable in the nose at all.

Taste: The flavor is malt driven, but there is enough hops to keep it from being cloying...but that is about it. There is some floral hops noticeable in the first part of the flavor, but that is when the malts take over and run the show. There is a noticeable medium weight edge to the flavor that hints to the strength, but the actual content is pretty well hidden for the most part. The finish is pretty sweet, and ends with a slightly syrupy slickness that coats the throat to protect it from noticing the alcohol.

Opinion: Well, this is no doubt the best offering I have tried from AB. I tried their nasty high ABV Michelob concoction that tastes like cream soda with alcohol in it. I got to sample this from Jimmy Paige's bottle at a home-brewers get-together, so I knew that it didn't suck. I was already feeling pretty good by the time this came around, so I wanted to go back and try it again with a fresh perspective. I still don't think that it sucks, but it isn't the greatest either. If I were to drink a high ABV light lager, it would probably be Avery's Kaiser. This beer is OK, and one that I wouldn't toss away if it came my way again, but I seriously doubt that I will ever buy another bottle unless it is for a gift or special occasion. (1,929 characters)

Brew Masters Private Reserve from Anheuser-Busch
79 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.