Budweiser American Ale - Anheuser-Busch
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3.4/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.
Appearance: Poured a very clear and transparent amber color, very close to an Irish Red with slight hints of orange and gold when held to light. Medium carbonation bubbles float to the top of the body and produce a rocky two-finger white head, which leaves behind some respectable chunks of lacing and rings down the glass and settles down to a think cap of foam on top of the body. About average for an amber ale, but definitely the best from a brewery like Budweiser.
Smell: Again, fairly standard in terms of category, but definitely not bad overall. The advertised citrus aromas from the hops are present, but there's also a nice backbone of bread-like malts, caramel, and a slightly earthy note overall. Very sweet and inviting, kind of reminds me of some dark lagers. Pretty solid.
Taste: A nice sweep of caramel and bready malt sweetness settles on the tongue at first, followed by some moderately bitter - but not overwhelming or assertive by any means - citric hops in the finish along with some earthy/musty notes. Pretty standard amber ale, but the bite from the hops is what sort of enhances the overall flavor of this beer. Maybe it's a little too sweet, but it's solid overall.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body overall, medium carbonation enforces the slight hop bite in the finish. Very slick and smooth in the finish, not grainy or off-putting at all. Virtually no aftertaste except for some lingering citrus notes.
Drinkability: I definitely wouldn't go after this as a staple beer, but if I was in a pinch and this was the only thing offered, I wouldn't turn it down. If AB made beers like this their flagship and focus, maybe they could change their reputation as a brewery. This brew, of course, pales in comparison to others, but on its own, it's not bad at all. Solid and enjoyable, very consistent in flavor. And let's face it, at $7 for a six-pack (in my area anyway), this is reasonably priced compared to similar craft beers.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2011 05:45:02 | More by Groomsy
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