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Aruba Red - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 14.29%
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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

kylehay2004, Aug 27, 2011
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
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 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 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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -2.6%

ejimhof, May 08, 2013
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 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 Vancer
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Vancer, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of CampusCrew
2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

CampusCrew, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

adamette, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of ssimpson89
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

ssimpson89, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Cylinsier, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bigbluebeerguy, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Foxman
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Foxman, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of JimGlonke
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

JimGlonke, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of John
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

John, Sep 17, 2002
Photo of BRYeleJR
3/5  rDev -2.6%

BRYeleJR, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Drk93TT
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Drk93TT, Feb 15, 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 walleye
2.17/5  rDev -29.5%
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

walleye, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of nick76
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

nick76, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of matty
3.88/5  rDev +26%
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.

matty, Apr 26, 2010
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
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Aruba Red from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.