Budweiser American Ale - Anheuser-Busch
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2.13/5 rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
This is an edit of my review of 10/11/08. I bought a six-pack in the Boston area, and the review found below is what resulted, and my net score was a 4.0.
WELL!!!! I bought another six-pack, around Christmas time, in Chicago, and the beer was effing horrible. No hint of hop aroma, not a TRACE of bitterness, like sub-10 IBU. It was Bud Lite with caramel flavor as far as I could tell.
I don't know whether Boston gets a different recipe than Chicago, or if they've toned down the recipe everywhere to taste more like a brown-colored macro lager; but the new version sucks, and so I've got to change all my scores.
Honestly, mind you, I'm not motivated by AB bashing, but I'm really offended by dreadful tasting American Ale as sold in the Chicago area in December 2008.
Old and new scores for the below review:
Appearance: 4.5 NOW: 4.5 (no change)
Smell: BEFORE 3.5 NOW: 3.0
Taste: BEFORE 4.0 NOW: 2.0
Mouthfeel: BEFORE: 3.5 NOW 2.0
Drinkability: BEFORE: 4.5 NOW 1.0 <--holy crap! It sucks!
Current review for December 2008 Budweiser American Ale bought in Chicago IL:
Bitterness-free, hop-free macro swill with artificial caramel flavor. Avoid.
Below is my old review is for October 2008 Budweiser American Ale bought in Waltham MA, which was particularly good:
Almost scared off by A-B advertising claiming that this was like Bud, but an ale. I find Bud undrinkable, but dared to sample their American Ale anyway.
Served cold in a Boston Lager glass from a 12 oz brown non-twist off bottle.
Appearance is crystal clear medium copper with a coarse sudsy off-white head an inch high.
Aroma is modest, some cattiness.
Flavor is dominated by the Cascade hops, only a hint of caramel. Completely missing the heavy sweetness and toffee or caramel of the usual American amber. This is much more like a pale ale.
Notably hoppy in flavor, and nicely bittered.
Overall a very nice, balanced beer, no defects except the lack of body. An amber essentially only in appearance with only subtle caramel flavor, no residual sweetness, a bit watery and pretty catty. The nose is lacking that citrus and/or pine punch, but still has plenty of hop aroma and flavor in the glass, and nice bitterness. I've never liked Cascade much, too bad they didn't pick Centennial or Simcoe as the showcase hop.
Notably better than its cousin Mic Pale. Not sure why they hide it at the beer store, far away from the other Bud products. Not sorry that I bought a sixxer, had two tonight. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2009 02:13:54 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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