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Budweiser American Ale - Anheuser-Busch

Budweiser American AleBudweiser American Ale

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1,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 1042
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.11%

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KI9A on 06-08-2008)
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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA


2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Anheuser-Busch's attempt make a better beer, it has better quality than it's large scale production brethren. It pours clear golden, light foamy head, with lacings, and average carbonation. It lacks aroma, has an average ale taste with the major taste being hops. It has no edge, is refreshing, and leaves a hops aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 21:42:14 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Photo of nicholas2121


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

I remember when Budweiser American Ale came out on the market. This was one of the only Anheuser Busch beers with a pull cap not a twist off. This was a drak beer with a bold taste. It is a shame they do not brew this beer anymore. I would get it time after time it was something different from the Budweiser or Michelob. Overall I gave this beer a 3.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 22:10:30 | More by nicholas2121
Photo of Carl_R


1.54/5  rDev -51%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

It smelled ok, but this beer had nothing at all on the back end. It was absolutely horrible. I bought a six pack and tried one and thought it sucked. I waited until another day to try the second one just in case there was something wrong with my taste buds. The second was just as bad as the first and it confirmed my belief that this beer was undrinkable. Pass on this one, it was the only beer I have ever poured down the sink to get rid of.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 04:31:58 | More by Carl_R
Photo of GossageBrewery


2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this American Amber ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a amber color, produced a thin white head, poor retention and left minimal lacing on my pint glass. The aroma of this ale is toasted cereal grain, some caramel- Overall not a bad aroma. Light in body, this ale features flavors of toasted bread, toffee and caramel, I also detect some pear flavor, probably from the yeast strain. There really is not much of a hop profile to talk about. Honestly, this is not the worst beer that I have had from AB- but it also leaves much to be desired. They tried to get into the "Craft Beer" niche with this brew, while its a step in the right direction, you still can hide from the subpar ingredients used. Nice try. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 18:08:08 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of Boto


3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught @ CT Whale game: This one was sold at the game as "Whale Ale" I got them to show me the cap for the keg to find out what it really was. The color is a clear amber color. Some tan head to it with a little lacing. Milder nose. Mainly caramel malts, but no sweetness and has some earthiness. Taste is OK. Malty, and a touch bitter with some of the earthiness and no sweetness. Acceptable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 18:57:53 | More by Boto
Photo of JamesHenjum


3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The appearance is beautiful. A dark see though amber. Very filtered, but nice. Creamy delicious looking head.

S: Hops, caramel malts, and sweet almost citrus flavor. Pretty good smell overall.

T: First is a nice hit of sweet citrus which has a drop of roasted malts. Big hop finish, but not too much. And that means a lot from me since I am not a big hop lover. Alcohol and hops are strong but non offensive on the finish.

M: Wet. Strong flavors, yet somehow slightly watery to keep it from being offensive.

O: I like this beer and would have it again. It's a little watered down, but it has enough flavor to keep you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 20:00:05 | More by JamesHenjum
Photo of wages


3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - 5/5 - Pours with a 3 finger head and leaves bits of Belgian lace. The color is a rich red.

smell - 3/5 - Smells malty, but there's also an odd flavor in there I can't place.

taste - 3.5/5 - Truly better than I expected. It's got a full body that somehow seems more a flavor component than the hops do. The hop bitterness is perhaps floral, but it's hard to pick out. Definitely some malty flavor.

mouthfeel - 4/5 - Full bodied and high carbonation. It leaves a sort of coating in the mouth.

overall - 4/5 - Going in because of my personal feeling about the producer of this beer, I had low expectations but I was a bit surprised that it's not a bad beer. I would have no problem drinking this one were an IPA not handy.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 03:10:02 | More by wages
Photo of HopHustler8696

4.7/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion one of the most under rated beers available. I think most people forget how amazing beers are that are produced by AB. Especially on this highly skewed website. I think if blind taste tested more this beer would score a lot higher. It's really too bad because I know in a few years, we won't be able to find this one on tap.

Ok... first off, I had the bar tender pour into a room temperature pint glass. It formed a very nice head and really nice dark amber color. I really wanted to give this beer a fair shot because I know how hard people are on AB brand beers. I let the beer sit for a few minutes so I could really taste it... Wow! Could this be? A brewery that is known for consistantly brewing filtered easy to drink lagers actually knows how to brew an amazing ale???

I love the taste and although not highly hopped, there is a lot of flavor. I actually prefer a lighly hopped, more roasted malt flavor so maybe this is just more my style. This beer seems to have a light mouthfeel but amazing clean and crisp finish kind of like AB's flagship beer.

I really wanted to hate this beer, but just don't have anything bad to say!!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 20:49:06 | More by HopHustler8696
Photo of JohnnyMc


1.43/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Much better than regular Budweiser. It actually has a nice balanced taste with an amber overtone that is more flavorful than regular Budweiser.

Nowhere near the best tasting beer, but an improvement and for being a cheaper beer there are far worse to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 16:54:55 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-this beer looks great. Nice copper color showed promise. One finger head that faded fast.

S- Sweet cinnamon raison bread type aroma, complete with the icing.

T-very sweet malty bread taste. Sweet.

M-thin and watery, yet thickly sweet. How can that be?

O- It couldda been a contender but it dissappointed. They tried to make an ale for everyone but insread made an ale for noone.
All looks, no substance.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:56:17 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As usual, Budweiser knows how to make a professional looking beer, nice amber appearance, good off white head on it, with pretty impressive retention. Is that? No, can't be. . . it, is. . . I smell hops, and maybe even Cascade hops? In a discernable quantity? Not bad, in fact, dare I say. . .good, or at least average for a style dominated by craft breweries?

Taste of caramel and crystal malt, more hops, not going to blow anyone away with the hop level, except for maybe dedicated BL drinkers. Not a huge mouthfeel, this really is a great gateway beer to better things for a lot of people.

Sure, some of the reviewers will automatically poo poo this beer. But its undeserved. They made a good thing, this tastes very similar to Bud's Pacific Ridge Pale Ale a decade or so back that was made at the Fairfield, CA brewery, a blatant attempt to do something like SNPA. Hey, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 22:10:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of gusdabrew


1.15/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This product has the qualities of being engineered in a lab to take market share from Sierra Nevada, Alpha King and Dogfish. I can qualify this beer by the Monty Python joke - why is this beer like sex in a canoe - it's f..in' close to water. Its not offensive but it has no character. My advice to BUD is to divert the capital used for marketing into product development.

I wanted so much to give BUD the benefit of the doubt but I have buyers remorse. I am returning this to the store and complaining to the store manager. I am not slamming the beer so much as I am tired of inferior beer from Bud. They monopolize shelf space with, INHO, an inferior product.

Thank you Beer Advocate and all those that look to this web site for the truth about beer.
I raise my glass for great American upstarts and 3 cheers for better beer.

To anyone considering this beer, spend a couple of more greenbacks and try a real craft American Ale. I promise you your life will change for the better. Keep it simple BUD = DUD. Look at it this way - you work hard for your beer budget - why not try better beer. Bud and the INBEV corporation do not care about better beer - they simply care about better margins. Bud is the Walmart of beer. Low prices, low quality, bad experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 11:02:36 | More by gusdabrew
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with small white head that vanishes completely within seconds.

Smell- sweet, grainy, and malty. A bit of citrus note from the hops. Nothing really stands out.

Taste- sweet malts, bready, slight kick of hops on the back end. Not much of a finish and pretty light on the mouth feel, a little too watery.

Overall pretty decent, better than most products that Anheuser-Busch has put out. Pretty good with pizza too.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 00:28:53 | More by Treyliff
Photo of seesnow3


2.45/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shot glass (flight), reviewed 10/20/11
Pour-Translucent amber. Steady, moderate amount of tiny bubbles. Fades to a film of a head with fizzy lacing.

Nose-Slightly over-ripe fruit, some malt. This smells just like tutti-frutti flavoring to me.

Palate-Pretty sweet, some sour, a tiny bit of bitter. Again the tutti-frutti kicks in for me, tastes slightly artificial.

Body-Light, slightly watery, ample effervescence. I don’t really like this one too much, though it is something more than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:06:48 | More by seesnow3
Photo of Brenden


3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is about what I'd expect, not quite red but a fairly dark amber-orange. A small off-white head retains itself fairly well and manages to leaves some spotty lacing here and there after it fades to a decently sturdy ring.
The aroma is pretty light, with some barley-like grains notes prominent. There's a touch of smokiness to it that leans just slightly on the charred/acrid side, but it's almost (almost) overcome by a pretty sturdy addition of hops that impart a floral and citrus bitterness combined with the light sweetness of caramel malts.
The flavor come out a bit better, with the acrid note in the smell fading out. A decently sturdy dose of hops and malts makes for pretty good balance and flavor, with malts providing some toasty and caramel flavors to complement the citrus and floral hops notes. There's a bit of grassiness as well and, of course, grains linger underneath and into the finish.
The mouthfeel is too thin, and it doesn't surprise me. It's not terrible, and it's not heinously watery, but it doesn't have any real support or depth to it. It is crisp and fairly lively without being over-carbonated, which helps it at least not to be less than average.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 13:39:20 | More by Brenden
Photo of Hunterbrewhaha


2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A surprisingly decent Bud. I can't down a Bud Light to save my life but I gave it a blind try. I decided this would go well with a T-Bone steak and was right. This and their BL golden wheat are pretty on point compared to their other offerings.

A- brownish, not much life or carbonation, color is dull

S- not a very prominent scent, i smell a little burnt caramel

T- flavors are dull, not much of a hops or malt flavor to it, just an universal ale taste

M- goes down well, pairs with food like red meat perfectly

O- May be a great beer for a pool party or tail-gate but not a fridge staple.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 06:44:16 | More by Hunterbrewhaha
Photo of rowingbrewer


3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a light reddish amber color with a decent off white head. the smell is bready malt with not a lot of sweetness to it, and a small earthy hop presence. the flavor is a fairly bland melding of the smell but nothing bad about it. the mouthfeel is well carbed with a light to medium body. overall a solid beer

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 19:18:29 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of johnnyb93


3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this offering from AB mainly because my local market had it on sale at half price. It looks good. It smells OK. It tastes like AB wanted to make a good ale. They tried to make a good ale. I think they tried very hard to make a good ale. But they ended up making an ale that was reminiscent of Budweiser. I think they put good ingredients in there. The problem is that the brewers seemed constrained to make an ale that was noticeably an ale by Bud. It is drinkable but that is as far as it goes.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 16:11:00 | More by johnnyb93
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" off-white head with holding power. Clear iced tea body with a slight amber touch to the coloring. Smell has a mild hint of caramel and malt. Taste has the mild malt in a smooth light feel. Hey, I could see drinking this regularly as an everyday workhorse beer. It's one small step up from regular Bud, one giant leap for Bud-kind. Hee hee.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 12:39:32 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Couple-week old 12 oz bottle into tulip

A - Pours a lovely ruby-copper with almost two fingers of frothy white head. Nice retention

S - Very muted aroma. Grainy, but no adjunct smell. A bit of sweet maltiness, but overall pretty boring.

T - The hops that were present when I bought this are entirely gone now. Consider this to be a beer with a short shelf life. I am reminded strongly of cherry twizzlers. Sweetly malty and fairly clean. This beer was MUCH better when I drank it the day I bought it. Will have to re-review later.

M - Light to medium body with above average carbonation. Finishes smooth and clean.

O - Overall, this bottle could almost be considered "bad." I greatly enjoyed this beer when I bought and drank it fresh, but this bottle has sat in my fridge for a month and is clearly well past its prime. Generally I consider this to be perhaps the best bang for your buck in the beer world, considering it is so so cheap.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 21:40:11 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of Jerone


2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear brown with a shade of brown in it, an off white head that sticks around and medium carbonation.

The smell is of sweet malts and caramel.

The taste is a bit cloyingly sweet of malts and brown sugar. A weird sweet finish that I don't like. The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Not my type of beer, some people seem to like it though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 14:13:14 | More by Jerone
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser American Ale was a surprise. It might not be the most complex beer around, but Anheuser-Busch actually put a solid brew together that could please the beer drinking masses and also wouldn't totally offend a beer affectionado.

American Ale pours a rather nice dark coppery-amber color with a decent foam that lasts for almost 2 minutes. The aroma could almost be considered "standard" but it is fragrant, with some light but sweet malts and a fruity hoppiness present. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and is reasonably smooth. There is some sweet caramel maltiness present, but the overall flavor seems mostly fruity to me, with hops being only slightly bitter in the finish. The fruitiness lingers on in the aftertaste along with some toasty flavors, and it finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This beer could actually keep up with some of the Sam Adams offerings in my opinion. I would suggest buying a single first if available, but it is certainly worth a try if you can get past the Budweiser name.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 07:18:46 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of kflorence


3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a deep amber color with carbonated beige head that dissipates rather quickly with caramel and malts on the nose. The taste is of malts and caramel with slight hop presence in the finish. This is a very light, carbonated and smooth ale with a clean finish. This beer offers no complexity, but it is very drinkable and much better than Budweiser’s other offerings. However, for the price ($7.99 for a 6-pack), I would rather have something more flavorful. Though I suppose this would make for a decent session beer at the local pub.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:33:57 | More by kflorence
Photo of JoLight


4.15/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just doing a re-review...

Appearance is definitely amber, with a frothy [and quite a retention for the] head, with a good bit of lacing.

The smell is hoppy, nutty, maybe a little bit of fruits? I haven't smelled anything like it, but it's very nice.

The appearance is a beautiful amber color.

As far as taste goes, the first few I had tasted like a Killians. However, as I acquired a taste for it, it became smoother overall, even though it still gets much smoother towards the end. It tastes of dried fruits, hops, and something else I can't put my finger on.... There's a smidge of carbonation, and tastes best when it's super ice-cold, in my opinion. It tastes a lot like it smells- very pleasant.

I'll admit...it took me a while to get used to. I'm used to much smoother, wheatier, lighter ales. But after drinking a few, the taste grew on me very much.

This is most certainly another beer to keep in stock. It's well-priced, and goes go with or without food. This would even make a good party beer, though it is a little heavy.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:59:19 | More by JoLight
Photo of Knapp85


3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I kept telling myself that this beer would be garbage much like everything else Bud puts out on the shelves and spoon feeds the masses. I have to admit that I kind of enjoyed this beer. Surprisingly enough the American Ale has a damn good color to it. The head leaves a hint of lacing but much. The smell is of typical corn and sweet malts but has the addition of some caramel and toast. The taste was a bit light which doesn't shock me. The mouthfeel could have been a little bit more heavy but overall this brew isn't all that bad. Still doesn't make me want to convert to Macros though.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:21:32 | More by Knapp85
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Budweiser American Ale from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.