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Budweiser & Clamato Chelada - Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser & Clamato CheladaBudweiser & Clamato Chelada

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240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 1.96
pDev: 53.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Budweiser & Clamato Chelada and Bud Light & Clamato Chelada are a combination of our classic American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, and the rich, spicy taste of Clamato Tomato Cocktail. We follow the traditional brewing process for Budweiser and Bud Light. Clamato is carefully blended with the beer to create the proper balance of the crisp finish of Budweiser or Bud Light and the signature taste of Clamato.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 06-24-2007)
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +53.1%

04-28-2013 22:25:22 | More by tyleeis
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valkyre65

Texas

3/5  rDev +53.1%

12-11-2011 12:23:32 | More by valkyre65
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3/5  rDev +53.1%

05-04-2014 23:19:02 | More by thatoneguymike
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Glopez

California

3/5  rDev +53.1%

01-06-2013 07:47:17 | More by Glopez
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SuperMario

California

3/5  rDev +53.1%

01-04-2014 07:28:46 | More by SuperMario
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GennyCreamAle

New York

3/5  rDev +53.1%

09-21-2012 00:23:53 | More by GennyCreamAle
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3/5  rDev +53.1%

07-27-2013 22:25:32 | More by Gagnonsux
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TDintino

Virginia

3/5  rDev +53.1%

05-30-2012 22:04:09 | More by TDintino
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange/pink like watered down tomato juice.

S - Mostly tomato. Some clams I guess.

T - Salty, a bit sweet. Fizzy tomato juice... A bit tart and a light, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Some tomato.

M - Fizzy and pop/seltzer like.

D - Not bad actually, if you like this sort of thing. Obviously not especially beery. Good choice to use something relatively flavourless to mix with the tomato maybe... I probably won't be able to finish this 24 ouncer though. Classic case of it is what it is.

Serving type: can

05-19-2008 05:30:19 | More by allergictomacros
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.99/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pinkish orange with a ton of carbonation bubbles and an extremely fizzy, short lived head

S - tomato soup, faint lime, grains

T - tomato soup, faint lime, a bit salty in the finish

M - very crisp, light to medium bodied

This is similar to what I had to say about the picante version just the other day. This definitely won't satisfy any beer purists, but I could see where this beer has a purpose. I can see it as a beer for anyone who enjoys a bloody mary or needs a little hair of the dog. Though this isn't a great beer by any means it definitely achieves its goals.

Serving type: can

07-10-2013 12:20:08 | More by tdm168
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SargeC

Japan

2.98/5  rDev +52%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Rhubarb sauce colored liquid with a short-lived, fizzy pink head.

Smell: Hint of beer, tomatoes and a strange fishy smell.

Taste: Not totally bad. This would be good with breakfast. The beer flavors linger underneath the taste of vegetable juice. Slightly spicy finish with hints of lime.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very chunky.

Drinkablity: I had to give it a try. Not too bad, but not a classic either.

Serving type: can

03-21-2008 04:02:03 | More by SargeC
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khiasmus

South Carolina

2.88/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A Bloody Mary in beer form.
Not what I expected. There was a lot of apprehension before popping this one open, and I ended up with far less chagrin than anticipated. Bright pink and sludgy, not clear. Light pink, dirty-looking soapy head drops quickly as expected and leaves nothing behind. Aroma consists of tomato juice mostly, a distinct ocean-saltiness, and very faint fishiness, but not nearly the fish oil I expected.
Flavor is dominated by salty tomato, just a hint of seafood in the finish, and a good bit of salt... maybe some lime, like those tortilla with a "hint of lime" that are overwhelmed with the stuff. Some of the adjunct notes become evident as it warms.
Mouthfeel is sludgy, a light spiciness in the finish, low carbonation.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. I'm sure I won't buy it again, but if you're craving a Bloody Mary, it's cheap and really not bad. For what they tried to do, I think they've accomplished it. Now, as rated against most other beers, it's subpar. But rated as it is, as the thing they set out to accomplish... Don't be so afraid of the reviews of this beer, try it for yourself.

I NEVER thought I would actually give a fairly positive review of this stuff... But I'd certainly rather drink it than plain Budweiser.

Serving type: can

01-16-2009 18:04:21 | More by khiasmus
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Allow me to start by saying that I have two friends who have enjoyed a variation of this for years. One used Straub and clamato and the other used Rolling Rock. I have had bloody beer before so this is not a real style shock for me.

I poured into a pint glass to a pinkish head. It looks like watered down tomato juice. It smells kind of like a bloody Mary. I did gently turn the cans a few times to mix the contents. The taste is as expected, mostly clamato. I prefer a generous addition of Tabasco. I enjoy it as an eye opener, but that's about it. It's an alternative to the blood Mary.

Serving type: can

09-12-2009 15:39:47 | More by buschbeer
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Zorro

California

2.75/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Something new and apparently ANOTHER beer made for the Latin market, Born on Date is 05 June. The beer says on the can "Budweiser & Clamato Con Sal Y Limon La Combination Perfecta" Translates as Bud with Clamato juice and salt and lemon the perfect combination.

Before I get to a serious review of this beer let me state that I have no expectations that this will in fact be anything good.

The can states that do not shake and slowly rotate the can in Spanish then in English.

In the glass this is a cloudy dark pink to cloudy red colored beer as in tomato juice red. Head doesn't form much at all, guess clams are a form preventative agent or is it the tomato juice?

The smell is very much muted. Smells vaguely like salsa but there simply isn't much scent here to detect at all. The scent of Budweiser is completely masked.

The taste begins salty with a big hit of celery and salt. This tastes EXACTLY like a Bloody Mary made from lager beer. Fairly salty I could almost call this salsa-flavored soda. It in no way tastes like beer but I also can not say that it tastes bad in anyway. The Clamato juice completely obliterates the taste of Budweiser, what little there was in the first place.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick, must be the Clamato juice!

Drinkability is probably about a one as a beer. As a beverage I have to admit that this is pretty tasty and if I HAD to guess this is pretty much intended as a Bloody Mary replacement for fighting off hangovers. I must say that if I had to choose to drink this or Budweiser I would pick this. There is also a version made from Bud Light, I will review that one tomorrow.

Serving type: can

06-24-2007 03:55:06 | More by Zorro
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MichaelProcton

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev +40.3%

01-19-2013 22:30:44 | More by MichaelProcton
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MickeyBeer

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

24 oz can poured into an imperial pilsener glass

A- Pours a ruby red color with with a pinkish white head that dissipated almost immediately. Carbonation is very active.

S- Smells like tomato juice, salty, with a hint of lime citrus. Picking up a little bit on the corny Budweiser smell.

T- Taste just like a beer mixed with tomato juice. The tomato juice flavor is dominant, pretty salty, and beer flavor does not really stand out. Not really surprising because it is Budweiser.

M- The tomato gives it a medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is crisp and I enjoyed it.

O- Hardly a beer in my opinion, but I did enjoy it. I have always liked red beers (beer with tomato juice) so I enjoyed this. It goes nicely with an olive garnish and is an excellent hangover cure.

Serving type: can

02-01-2013 01:10:42 | More by MickeyBeer
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MammothTarantula

Oklahoma

2.75/5  rDev +40.3%

03-09-2012 21:53:27 | More by MammothTarantula
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aLenwell

Florida

2.75/5  rDev +40.3%

05-14-2013 00:25:39 | More by aLenwell
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dalehihn

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +40.3%

09-20-2013 17:14:44 | More by dalehihn
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mattster

Texas

2.7/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I was in the grocery buying some better beer, saw this and thought I would try it as to see how it was.

The color was a muddy red, like Clamato. The smell was overly Clamato as well.

Quite a heavy mouth feel due to the higher density of the beer.

Poured it into a standard pint glass. The taste was more Clamato than beer. This was the first time that I've had BUD that I didn't get sick about an hour after drinking it, but it still has that Bud lack of flavor that keeps me from buying the brand.

Serving type: can

09-09-2007 12:02:32 | More by mattster
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peabody

Kentucky

2.68/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a pinkish red that has just a touch of suds which dissapate quickly leaving a lacing of tomato around the rim of the glass.
Smell is clamato and celery without a hint of a lime.
Taste is tomato/clamato with other veggies like celery and potato. Can taste a little hot sauce.
Mouthfeel is not too bad. There is a little heat from the hot sauce.
This is a beer that I suppose you are to drink after a heavy drinking night to cure the hangoover but you are again drinking Bud so why not skip the tomato crap and head right for the budweiser!

Serving type: can

02-08-2008 22:23:09 | More by peabody
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flagmantho

Washington

2.65/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 16oz pounder into a pint glass.

Appearance: salmon pink hue with a little bit of a fizzy head when first poured which dissipated immediately. Not particularly attractive, but we're talking about clamato in Bud, here.

Smell: lightly tomato-ey V8-type aroma with a little bit of sweetness. The lime is also noticeable. For what it is, it could be a lot worse; still, it's not my favorite beer aroma, to say the least.

Taste: it tastes a bit like a very lightly sweetened bloody mary, but not as thick. I would not call this a good beer, but for what it is, you could do a lot worse.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light and uninteresting carbonation. Not great.

Overall: I can't say I will be recommending this as a beer anytime soon. However, if what you are looking for is a lightly alcoholic bloody mary in a can, I'm not sure I could recommend anything else. This beer may not be great, but it is exactly as advertised -- there are no surprises here whatsoever.

Serving type: can

02-11-2013 19:10:22 | More by flagmantho
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metter98

New York

2.63/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is rather hazy orange yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that rapidly dissipated and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tomato and clam juice are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and seems like a Clamato drink that's been watered down a bit with added carbonation and a slight amount of bitterness. Notes of salty clams linger through the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I didn't have much in the way of expectations for this "beer" but it's definitely a lot better than the Bud Light version of the Clamato Chelada and surprisingly seems to work well with the Budweiser. The carbonation and light amount of bitterness seemed to make the Clamato a little easier to drink whereas the Clamato flavors kept the Budweiser from being bland. I doubt that I would purchase this again, but I wouldn't have a problem drinking all 24 ounces of this beer if I had to (the Bud Light version was a different story and mostly got poured down the drain).

Serving type: can

11-08-2013 00:55:57 | More by metter98
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splunge

Kansas

2.55/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is an odd beer... if you would call it that, I dont think there is any way you are going to make heads or tails of the appearance
I was instantly reminded of the smell of beer and pizza vomit and it took a couple of gags to get the first few sips down, but as my palate broke down and figured out a lot of competing flavors, I found myself compelled to drink more. Kinda like sniffing at a dead skunk I guess. I would buy more, but only to make other people unwittingly suffer.

Serving type: can

09-11-2007 02:39:43 | More by splunge
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev +27.6%

09-22-2013 20:53:32 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
Budweiser & Clamato Chelada from Anheuser-Busch
50 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.