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Aruba Red - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 14.71%


Brewed by:
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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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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 01:28:39 | More by johnnnniee
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice brownish red. Little head.
S: Not a lot here. Watery and malty which is a theme with this beer.
T: Actually does not taste that bad. Not a complex taste but very sweet and malty. For a lager it's a pretty good showing. It is also a little watery.
M: Pretty watery and a little too bubbly but certainly doable.

Overall not a terrible beer. Doesn't bring a lot to the table but it's definitely drinkable. I could see that some people might find it too sweet but I think this could appeal to beer lovers as well as the average person.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 17:03:29 | More by Jamesthebrit
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 23:59:47 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear, amber brown. Quarter finger head.

S: malt and sweet caramel notes

T: malt and lager yeast taste. Some caramel hop (not much here) and honey notes. A semisweet finish.

M: crisp and a little watery, light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: drinkable. Pretty much a standard red with not a lot to say about it. One of the better beer choices at the bahama breeze in jax.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 23:08:27 | More by kylehay2004
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 02:38:13 | More by NeroFiddled
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 02:29:23 | More by AgentZero
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beersensei305

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like everyone else, I had this beer at Bahama Breeze on tap. Pours an amber red, not cloudly. The smell is a little sweet and hoppy. The taste is a bit odd...kind of like Killians, which I am not a fan of. A like sourness in the flavor which could be from some toasted grains. But this is better, decent drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 22:20:10 | More by beersensei305
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CampusCrew

Florida

2.6/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Bahama Breeze. They claim is was made for them and only them and brewed by AB.

appearance: deep dark reddish brown with a loaded head and good retention.

smell: some caramel malty aroma but not much

taste: very low bitterness is any. some decent malty flavors.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: actually not a bad AB product. I would not go there just to drink this beer but a decent option while at Bahama Breeze.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 21:46:54 | More by CampusCrew
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bahama Breeze in Cherry Hill NJ..Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste both were mainly caramel malts.Refreshing smooth and tasty.I'm not sure why they say it's retired but I would recommend to try it if you are ever at a Bahama Breeze restaurant.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2010 01:46:11 | More by matty
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap at Bahama Breeze

Pours a clear amber red with small head. No real retention.

Smells like barley and mildly sweet grains.

Taste was barley with a bit of a coppery aftertaste. Subtle hops if any.

Moderate to thin with mild carbonation tingle.

So-so. Easy to drink a few. Nothing offensive but nothing to bring you back to it either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 20:54:19 | More by Cylinsier
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 06:02:26 | More by projectflam86
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nick76

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma has sweet biscuits and a small but detectable amount of hops. The appearance is deep amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma with a caramel element. The palate is smooth. I like this one pretty good but it has just a bit of an astringent taste to it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2008 08:37:05 | More by nick76
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2008 01:30:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The "house brew" at Bahama Breeze. Had a burnt red color with a small white head. Lots of bubbles floating around.

The smell was a bit offsetting. It had a thick, syrupy aroma with some metal in it. Fortunately, it didn't translate into the flavor.

Taste was pretty solid, if unremarkable. It had some thick, toasted grain flavors followed by sweet caramel. Not much in the hops department.

Felt smooth, though a bit heavy. Maybe it was the carbonation.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. I was surprised to see it was from AB.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2008 14:50:16 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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adamette

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Served in a 20 oz. Glass at bar at Bahama Breeze. Red Amber color with 1 finger head dissipates in 60 seconds

S Mild, Red ale

T Mild hoppiness, muffled with some barley, good balanced red.

M moderate, good.

D good. I could have 5 of these and if I didn't plan on driving 4 hours from now I would.

I was impressed by this beer when I first had it at Bahama Breeze a few years ago. I returned tonight and decided to review it directly for ba. I was not as impressed tonight as I recall being before. Despite this it is certainly my favorite offering from Anheuser Busch.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2008 04:54:41 | More by adamette
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BurnsTau

Alabama

3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2007 00:57:21 | More by BurnsTau
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KFaulkner

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Regardless of the retired designation, I also got this beer on-tap at Bahama Breeze in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Not an exciting beer, and I didn't even realize at the time it was AB but it was bland for a red. It was smooth and easy to drink though. Certainly the best offering on the beer list, and unique at least that it seems it's only served at this chain. If you're at Bahama Breeze, it's your only bet for something different, but not particularly original either. Overall not a bad beer though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 00:54:41 | More by KFaulkner
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2006 18:27:38 | More by WVbeergeek
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Kennesaw, GA Bahama Breeze.

Pours a bright copperish red with a thin but persistent tan head. Nice lacing all the way down the 20oz glass. Smell is a light fruity malt and not much else.

Taste is a decent maltiness, fruity and crisp. Some light caramel notes. Even a tinge of bitter hops in the finish especially as it warms. A slight tinny quality to the finish. Mouth is light to medium bodied, somewhere in the middle. Way overcarbonated, unpleasantly so, but this smooths out as it warms a bit too. Actually improves as it warms, not common for an AB product. Not too bad at all. A nice red lager.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2005 13:38:28 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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walleye

Michigan

2.17/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

at the troy, Mi. Bahama Breeze. from the tap 2.95 for a 20oz. and I got what I paid for.poured a nice amber with no head, aroma light malts and caramel thats all folks. flavor, some sweetness very weak on the malts and I did pick up some hops. But over all for the price and size not to bad. did go well with the Jamican chicken I had

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2005 13:30:03 | More by walleye
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2005 12:29:59 | More by weeare138
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jokelahoma

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2005 01:43:55 | More by jokelahoma
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Vancer

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like A.B. provides Aruba Red to the Bahama Breeze chain. Had this one at the St. Louis restaurant. Not too bad, like the Red Wolf version, but a little better. Still, pretty much a macro, deep red color, minimal aroma and quickly disappearing head – decent amber malt taste with just a small hop to it. Fairly thin, but drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2005 16:33:33 | More by Vancer
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Bahama Breeze in Cherry Hill, NJ

Pours a deep amber, clear as a bell, thick white head falling out quickly to light spotting of foam. Little real lacing.

The aroma is very mild, making it difficult to put specific characteristics in their places, but there's some malt and hops present. Just not much.

The flavor is pleasing and crisp, with malt present and hops leaving a bitterness on the tongue, a sensation that increases as the beer warms in the glass.

It's quite light bodied, passing by like water.

Overall, I'd have to say I enjoyed this beer, but when dining at the BB, there are better options available in bottle. Still, it went well with the dishes I tried, though was overpowered a bit by the Ropa Vieja I had for an entree. It's a good kick-back-and-sip beer, and was a pleasant surprise for an AB product. I'd seriously consider having it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2003 17:12:04 | More by Foxman
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John

New York

2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled this medicore brew at Bahama Breeze restaurant in Rochester. Light red color, minimal head. Fizzy, light body. Sub-par malt character beneath barely a shimmer of hops. A baby step above the usual fizzy yellow macro.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2002 12:37:57 | More by John
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Aruba Red from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.