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Budweiser & Clamato Chelada - Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser & Clamato CheladaBudweiser & Clamato Chelada

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51
awful

262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 2
pDev: 53.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of John_M
3.11/5  rDev +55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Graciously donated at a recent bottle share in Portland. Was told by the lucky owner that he'd had this particular can for a couple of years.

What struck me the most about the serving format for this beer, is that it came in a 25 ounce can. I didn't find this beer to be nearly as horrendous as I was expecting, but even so, I can't imagine any circumstance where I'd want to drink 25 ounces of this stuff.

The beer pours a pinkish red color with no head and no lacing. Frankly, it looks (and for that matters tastes) like a somewhat watered down glass of V8 juice. So yeah, the beer looks pretty bizarre, but I guess that's no surprise.

On the nose, this wasn't really all that bad. Once again, the beer smells like tomatoe/V8 juice, with some noticable light clam juice, celery salt and maybe some lime. Again, obviously these aren't aromas I normally associate with beer, but it wasn't awful.

The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and one thing I really liked about this beer, is that there was absolutely no sign of the base beer (not that I drink bud all that often, but there really wasn't much of an underlying beer flavor to this stuff). Otherwise, I got some V8, claim juice, more celery salt and even some light heat from what tasted like either chili peppers or horseradish. It really wasn't too bad. You can barely tell there's some alcohol in this beer, but it's pretty well disguised actually, and blends in quite well with the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the beer didn't seem to have much carbonation (not sure if that's on purpose, or if the two years in can had something to do with that). However, the finish is fairly smooth, and it wasn't too difficult to drink (though again, it's pretty hard to imagine drinking a whole lot of this).

The biggest criticism I would make of this stuff, is that it really doesn't taste like it has anything in common with beer. I'll take the manufacturers word for it that there is some bud in this stuff, but I sure didn't pick it up on nose or palate. Also, while I might not want to drink this stuff, I can think of a number of uses I could make of this stuff for cooking (would go great in chili or in a red pasta sauce I think).

Another example of why it's always good to keep an open mind when sampling something new or outside one's experience. I thought this would be flat out awful, but it really wasn't. Really enjoyed the opportunity to try this at long last.

John_M, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of BabaBeer
1.75/5  rDev -12.5%

BabaBeer, Yesterday at 08:46 PM
Photo of Beerasaurus
1/5  rDev -50%

Beerasaurus, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Professor_Yeesh
3/5  rDev +50%

Professor_Yeesh, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of josemo73
3.5/5  rDev +75%

This is not a beer but rather sort of a cocktail drink to all those not familiar with michelada or chelada drinks. Color is pinkish and not that pleasant to the eye, smell is weak for michelada original ingredients, I liked the taste thouh, don't get me wrong this is nothing close to preparing one yourself. Great for 100+ degrees summer days and have 1 or 2 at most.

josemo73, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of dagubna
1/5  rDev -50%

dagubna, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of 24garcia
1/5  rDev -50%

24garcia, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Pshore91
2/5  rDev 0%

The only use for this beer is to cure a hangover

Pshore91, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Basoos1
2.05/5  rDev +2.5%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Captain_Komamura
1.75/5  rDev -12.5%

Captain_Komamura, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Randygroves
5/5  rDev +150%

Tried Bud light and Modelo version too. Even tried making my own different ways. This one is just the best mix of THIS TYPE OF DRINK. I tried using chelada mix and tried with V8 juice but doesn't compare. I think we need a new phrase... "Konk! Wow! I could have hard a Chelada!". :)

Randygroves, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Hellpop65
1/5  rDev -50%

Hellpop65, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of mavrick
3.24/5  rDev +62%

mavrick, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Packard
2.75/5  rDev +37.5%

Packard, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of BeerWithMike
3/5  rDev +50%

Never had this one either and also sampled last night on 8/18/14. This one came in a 25 ounce can for $2.39. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "Budwesier' thumb print glass goblet that I bought for 59 cents about a mont ago at the local Salvation Army Store in 'like-new' condition.

Pours a pinkish-red in color with no head to speak of and no lacing to mention either. The aroma is would be expected and is of 'beer and tomato juice'. More going on with the taste as you can taste the lime and salt in the mix also. A little tangy on the tongue. Not as bad as i did except but not a great one either. It is different.

BeerWithMike, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of InsaneBeerLover
1.75/5  rDev -12.5%

InsaneBeerLover, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of AntG21
4.25/5  rDev +112.5%

AntG21, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of digitalflood
3.25/5  rDev +62.5%

digitalflood, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Jack_Frost79
3.5/5  rDev +75%

Jack_Frost79, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of zjohnson715
1.5/5  rDev -25%

zjohnson715, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +81.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I didn't want to see what this looked like in a glass, if I was actually going to drink it. Pinkish foam always puts me off. So I drank it out of the can. Coarse carbonation on the tongue and the appropriately zingy mouthfeel, can't hate that. The smell is metallic tomato, I agree with the haters on that.

This stuff is actually pretty good. It's an improvement over the Bud Light concoctions as it actually tastes somewhat beery. But it's also an improvement over unadlturated Budweiser. The flavor is mostly fizzy and quite spicy Clamato. Tangy and acidic with something not entirely unlike lime. Not bad at all if you like Clamato, and it was the ideal gulp with a day-old sandwich and the taste of sea water in my mouth.

From the 16 oz can purchased at the supermarket. I hated on a revered Crooked Stave sour "Saison," so I feel better praising this flavored beer-like substance.

mactrail, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of CraigTravor
1.25/5  rDev -37.5%

CraigTravor, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of WoodchuckBrrrap
3.86/5  rDev +93%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I am not Mexican, but sometimes I feel like one. Especially on those hot summer days when I'm dirty. Twenty five ounces of Labomba! Makes me feel classy drinking a cocktail with the king of beers. Don't take too much on for the first sip, if shaken let it have a siesta, it can hit the back of your mouth and you may have the taste of puked Clamato. After that...enjoy the journey. Despite it's contents, the taste is perfumy and not too heavy. To make it authentic, I suggest enjoying it in an ice filled glass with a splash of worecestshire sauce and a slice of lime. But, if you bought a can of this you probably drink it from it's container wrapped in the brown paper bag coozie.

WoodchuckBrrrap, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of jscheuf
1/5  rDev -50%

jscheuf, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of EZ_Peezy
2/5  rDev 0%

EZ_Peezy, Jul 07, 2014
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Budweiser & Clamato Chelada from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.