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Aruba Red - Anheuser-Busch

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Aruba Red
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed exclusively for the Bahama Breeze Caribbean style restaurant chain.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Red-amber body with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Highly effervescent. Why so gosh-darned fizzy, Aruba Red?

Smell: Unimpressive, mild aroma smelling of toasted grains.

Taste: Lightly toasted maltiness with a fair amount of sweetness. Very faint spicy hops with an almost imperceptible bitterness. Finishes with a lingering taste of shabby, flabby grains.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Fizzy, biting carbonation. Too fizzy, in fact, this thing is like a beer-flavored soda.

Drinkability: Overall, it's a bit reminiscent of Killian's. Easy drinking, but the high level of carbonation leaves you belching into tomorrow. Come to Bahama Breeze for the food, not for the beer.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 16, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker red amber color with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Mild malts and hops, maybe a little nutty??

Overall: Ok beer. Went to the Bahama Breeze in Orlando, so had to try it out.

Cavanaghty, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I see this beer has been retired but it's still flowing at Bahama Breeze Robinson Township, PA (Pittsburgh). Appearance: Amber red large clean white head leaves specks of lacing down my pint. Aroma: Slightly metallic tone malty clean sweetness light hop character evident. Taste: Sweet clean semi-caramel note in the malts not bad low hop bitterness of course unoffensive but somewhat drinkable for an AB product. Mouthfeel: Lighter body solid carbonation smooth. Drinkability: Best available option in my opinion at Bahama Breeze, it's a shame big chain restaurants won't carry micros but this is the closest thing to something different.

WVbeergeek, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of dmorley21
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

dmorley21, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's really not much to be said about this beer. I sometimes have it when I go to Bahama Breeze because it's less expensive than their other draft offerings. It's a basic amber lager that's a touch sweet but still well-balanced. The malt is bready, slightly toasty, and sweetish. There aren't many hops in there, but they do have a kind of behind-the-scenes presence. I'd equate it with a Yuengling Lager, but I think it's better than that. So, overall, it's an average, drinkable lager that's not really worth seeking out but might be worth trying if you've never had one.

NeroFiddled, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

fiedler84, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ironwill54
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

ironwill54, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Fusion7777
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Fusion7777, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of devilben02
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

devilben02, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of weeare138
2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is reddish amber with a nice 2 inch fluffy white head with scattered lacings. Medium carbonation coming up.
Smell is of crystal malt with a hint of butterscotch and a vegetable smell reminding me of carrot juice.
Taste is thin and not well balanced. There is a slight good taste of malt upon entering the mouth but it quickly washes away with the carrot juice taste and a foul alkaline like acidic taste.
Mouthfeel starts off good like the taste, hitting somewhere between the front and middle of the tongue with a light maltiness. This is soon destroyed by a slick vegetable and metallic taste that doesn't make me want to take too many more sips.
I honestly did not finish this one. I drank half of it and I don't like to let beer go to waste, no matter the maker. It wasn't getting better as it warmed, even after a few swirls.

Not so good, Al.

weeare138, May 19, 2005
Photo of ssimpson89
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

ssimpson89, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of CMOrak
3/5  rDev -2.6%

CMOrak, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Drk93TT
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Drk93TT, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of AgentZero
2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Bahama Breeze in Orlando.

A - Very nice red amber color beer with two fingers of white head that didn't stay for long. Sides of glass left surprisingly clean.

S - Sweet caramel malts, some light hopping aroma, and that's really about it. Smells very and overly sweet.

T - Much too sweet, tasting like a lot of caramel malts and a little bit of honey. Some artificial fruit flavor, kind of like banana, is an interesting but not good addition. Turns a touch soapy on before a super grainy aftertaste. It's much too sweet.

M - A little watery, moderate carbonation, light bodied.

O - It's really not that good, and was hard to get through my 20 oz. pour for such a light beer. Too sweet, will pass.

AgentZero, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of jokelahoma
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in an imperial pint at Bahama Breeze in Livonia, MI. I had no idea it was an A/B product (much as other reviewers here) until I logged in to post this review.

The beer pours a deep copper/red color. Decent, but not huge head, which dissipates quickly. This could be the way it's brewed, or could be the result of a not-completely-clean glass, which had several nucleation points causing a steady stream of bubbles up the inside. Either way, a thin layer of a head did stay, and the lacing down the side of the glass was pretty substantial.

The nose was surprisingly butterscotchy. I wasn't able to detect any roasted grains (which I expected from a red, even a red lager), no hops, no base malts... nothing but diacetyl. Almost smelled of butterscotch candy. I'm not sure that's what they were going for in this. It wasn't off-putting, by any means, but not what I was expecting to smell.

The smell didn't bode well for the taste, but again, I was surprised. Fortunately there was a tad more to it than just butterscotch candy. It was smooth and mellow, with a very mild malt flavor. My notes say "just a hint of bitterness, along the lines of many standard American lagers", so maybe I DID know it was an A/B product, I just didn't know I knew. Either way, you're not going to be overwhelmed by hops in this one. They're there at just detectable levels, but you don't really want to have your tounged ripped off by hops in a red anyway, so that seems appropriate to me. That slight bitterness fades quickly, and was finally replaced with the butterscotch I was expecting to taste all along. That diacetyl is what lingers after each sip.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, but oily, again likely from the diacetyl. This oilyness almost makes the beer seem to have more body than it truly does, but not quite.

Overall, this isn't really a bad beer. I would drink it again, especially at $2.50 an imperial. But I would likely try other beers first. More roastiness and less diacetyl would increase this score, in my opinion. Give one a try, though. You may be as surprised as I was.

jokelahoma, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of bcoutu
3/5  rDev -2.6%

bcoutu, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of billyrenfroe
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

billyrenfroe, May 28, 2014
Photo of projectflam86
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The house brew at Bahama Breeze in Duluth Georgia...

A- Pours a clear light amber color with a thin white foam head that leaves the slightest bit of lace.

S- A tiny bit of hoppy resin and citrus scents. A bit of a 'rye' like sourness that isn't offensive, but definitely unexpected.

T- A bright hoppy taste with hints of orange peel and sour rye. A sweet finish that was pretty strong.

M- Crisp and easy with an ok finish and a decent amount of carbonation.

D- Worth trying. I don't know if this beer was attempting to by 'rye like' but it did have a bit of sourness to it. Not off-putting just not what I was expecting.

projectflam86, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bigbluebeerguy, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap tonight at Bahama Breeze in Tyngsboro.
Comes to the table a deep amber color without much of a head at all. The aroma is very malty and sweet with a bit of brown sugar and caramel. Little to no hop aroma. The flavor follows the nose; a sweet sugary caramel and burnt sugar concoction with little to no hop flavor or bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. One glass was enough for me. There's really nothing objectionable here in fact its not bad for an InBev brew, it just held nothing inspiring either.

johnnnniee, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of BurnsTau
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Bahama Breeze, nice dark amber and white head.

Smell and aroma are mostly malty, a bit doughy and sweet. Taste is sweet maltiness up front, slight hops notes are evident and maybe a little bit of a fruity taste. Nice carbonation, a bit light on the mouthfeel. Overall a pretty refreshing beer, not terrible, not great, but for the price and atmosphere you get a good deal.

BurnsTau, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of jski
4.25/5  rDev +38%

jski, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -2.6%

ejimhof, May 08, 2013
Photo of BFCarr
3/5  rDev -2.6%

BFCarr, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color with thin off-white head. Pretty good bit of lacing along sides of glass.

Smell is malty. Little sweet bready smell.

Taste is sweet malt with a little bit of fruit to it as well. No bitterness.

Light to medium bodied with good bit of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall this was better than expected. Definitely worth getting if you are at a Bahama Breeze. Would'nt go out of my way for it, though.

TrappistJohnMD, Mar 11, 2012
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Aruba Red from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.