Budweiser American Ale - Anheuser-Busch
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3.43/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A darkish amber ale doesn't get much clearer than this, no doubt a filtering concession to the hoped-for macro converts. A finger of pithy khaki head sinks to an even froth. Platelets of lacing circulate along the inside of the glass.
In the aroma, a toasted malt note brings caramel and light molasses to the fore. The hops are distantly piney but more notably and generally spicy, and very crisp indeed.
Upon tasting, a liberal sprinkle of toasted malt is fairly sweet, touched by caramel and fruity in a muted way. The hops are present with a vague spicy character. The second wind of malt is more clearly fruity with a hint of cherry and a homey berry hue. The finish is roundly bitter, quite crisp, and especially clean, pretty much as expected. It's not bold, involved, or crafty, but it's a worthy and surprising effort.
Light bodied, it has a lasting coating effect that imparts a measure of genuine texture.
The fact that I had limited expectations allowed this to come in under the hope-radar enough to be a pleasant discovery. It's quite simple, but it's nonetheless a valid and above average offering overall. The kicker is the very crisp and sparklingly clean attitude that makes it pretty drinkable, really. My hope is that it won't be the laxative that regular Bud seems to be for me (note: it wasn't), because you know, god knows I've had worse, and entirely too often.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2008 17:09:01 | More by Foxman
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