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Budweiser American Ale - Anheuser-Busch

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1,085 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,085
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.17%
Wants: 17
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Teke0611
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshly tapped keg into an Old Speckled Hen pint glass. Large, pillow-top head, a good inch and a half. Took quite some time to reduce. Strong red-amber color and extremely clean in appearance; the color reminds me of Fat Tire. The smell is okay; there just isn't a lot of it there. Similar with the taste - starts sorta weak, then there's some flavor finish but all and all just an average beer here. Good for what AB is trying to get at for the style, I suppose. Mouthfeel - starts and ends thin. Drinkability - Drinks rather light, and as it isn't too carbonated like most AB stuff IMHO, I would say it's rather good here.

Teke0611, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of gratefulbrewski
2.2/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

certainly not what I was expecting from a pale ale. This beer turned out to be more of a red lager.
A- actually looked nice after the pour. red in appearance,nice head retension
S- smell is where it really falls out. Slight burnt carmel with patten corn smell. No hop smell
T- light carmel, burnt corn, bad after taste
M- thin and watery
D- Lets say it wont touch my taste buds again...

gratefulbrewski, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep brown, with some amber and red highlights. Off white head that reduced from about an inch to roughly a film. Pretty fair lacing.

S: Very heavy on the malt side of the spectrum, caramel smells really dominate, a light hop scent is in there as well. Not too bad really.

T: Pretty thin in the flavor department, very malty, seems watered down. A slight honey taste as well. Pretty sweet, caramel smell carries over nicely, not much of a hop finish, very lightly hopped to say the least. There is a little hint of bitterness, but its not much. I guess I'd liken it to fat tire, in all reality. Maybe fat tire light.

M: Very thin and watery, i was expecting and hoping for a little more of a mouth full. Pretty wet, goes down very easily.

D: This is a fairly flavorful beer, and its really easy to drink. Part of it being really thin and not highly carbonated, part of it the low alcohol. I could easily drink a few of these, maybe even all night.

This is a good jumping off beer for people that are getting into craft brews. A nice change of pace from macro lagers, but not extreme. A good step in the right direction.

pokesbeerdude, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 09/17/08.

Pours a darkish honey color with a two finger head of large, sudsy bubbles. Many lazy bubbles slowly rise to the top of this crystal clear brew.

Aroma is green apples and butterscotch, with a hint of toasted caramel malt.

Flavor seems to be an approximation of Fat Tire, though with a bit of Bass flavor thrown in. Somewhat crisp and juicy up front with a fleeting green apple note, then light flavor of toasted caramel malts. Finish is very clean: no hop character to note. After a couple of swallows, a grainy toast aftertaste appears.

Drinkable, but boring. Bud has clawed its way out of the basement to produce an average beer. Will wonders never cease?

charlzm, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given a bottle from a rep. this week, to go mainstream next week or so I believe.

Pours a rather clear reddish amber with a thick yet airy head which lasts and lingers pretty well, leaving moderate clumpy lacing.

Caramel malts on the nose remind me of a 'red' beer yet aren't quite as pronounced as many ambers. But then I approached this beer expecting more of a Pale Ale in style.

Taste is slightly bitter, with a roasted smoky feel to the malts. Carbonation level works well for the brew and it finishes with a lightly sweet caramel which matches what might be expected from the smell. Touch of bitterness is balanced and consistent.

Feel/Drink are decent and that of a not too sweet Red Ale. A bit more drinkable than many sugar bombs within the style.

HalfFull, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber body with a light uniform head that stays around and leaves decent lacing.

Smells are Cascade hops with some malt imparting fruit qualities.

Taste is crisp hop character that has a decent malt backbone giving the light bitterness good support. Fruit flavors are citrus with some light bitter spice that stays around on the tongue for a good bit. The mouthfeel is light medium that is matched with a good bit of carbonation.

I could go back to this. At 2.50 a pint where I got it, it isn't a bad choice. We'll see how much a sixer is when it hits shelves.

American Ale certainly isn't the best or the worth for the style, which is a winner.

rtratzlaff, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of benmiliron
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Gift from a friend - thanks Burt!

Nice presentation. Simple label design, nice bottle. Not even a twist off! Pours with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Good red color, just like on the commercial. Noticeable hop smell, but rather faint. Malt is the dominant player in the taste - almost scotch like in the malt heaviness. If those are cascades I can't pick them out.

Taste is very reminiscent of Newcastle Brown.

Mouthfeel is smooth gravity but the bubble is very sharp. Way too sharp, stinging. Good marks for drinkability.

benmiliron, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of budgood1
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from two bottles given me as a promtional from my local fave bottle shop.

pours out a deep amber colour, bronzed hued, with a touch of cloudiness. rich thick head appears and sticks, leaving very nice lace in its wake. very sweet nose of toasty, bready malts...and a dose of hoppiness, too. taste follows suit with the sugary maltiness in front, leaving hints of caramel and toffee; almost a oktoberfest type maltiness but with some fruity ale characteristics and back end hop flavour that fades much too quickly. there is a definite bitter hop bite that lingers, as well there should be to balance out the sweetness. body is medium, as per style, with a slick oily mouthfeel that is almost too much. finishes sweet and surprisingly dry, with a bitterness that fades to black. nice drinkability, flavourful enough and easy drinking.

for an "american ale", this sure seems inspired by the english varieties of ales. not sure if i totally dig it, but it's not bad coming from A-B, and i'm sure it's going to capture some attention from the tweener crowd looking to be adventurous in their drinking.

personally i find it a bit too cloying and without enough hop personality to balance the sweetness. would like to try on tap and will if the opportunity arises

budgood1, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I chose this over some nice brews at Beehive in Boston's South End. I had to be fair...
Looks legit, some suspended malt in the cloudy amber body. Decent 1/2 finger head that soon fades to a ring, but (get this) leave some islands of lace as a ceiling.
Wait, I smell hops! A bitter, cheap variety, but there's also a zesty lemon spritz, albeit faint. Malt is uninspiring in both scent and taste. In fact, the taste doesn't surpass my expectations by as far as the smell does. Malt is uncomplex; they cut a corner in the selection of barley. But there are bitter hops in the background and a bit of spice.
Very drinkable, a total upgrade from traditional BMCs for a long night at the bar! Begrudgingly, congrats to a former American macro.

tonytuffnuts, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap in the beer garden at Grapefest in Grapevine, Tx. Poured into clear Kona plastic glass.

A: Really nice appearance, deep amber coloring. High carbonation apparent. Nice head and lacing as well.

S: Nose is disappointing, slight hoppiness picked up but there just isn't much there.

T & M: I had very low expectations for this brew and was very pleasantly surprised. The beergarden which I had this was sponsored by AB and they were advertising this beer as a pale ale. The very low hop profile makes it taste more like an amber which is the style that BA has it under which I feel is proper. There is a slight inkling of the Cascade hops but it is not a dominant profile. Crisp and clean finish, mouthfeel not at all watery.

D: This is one highly drinkable brew. I am really hoping this is added in with places that only serve macros to give a solid alternative to the standard lagers. Well done AB.

elniko, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of japetus
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

off tap @ the AB Brewery in STL.

Darkish red hue apperance. Faint taste of hops, no real malt backbone evident. Tastes decent, I guess I could drink a few, but nothing remarkable or anything that stands out about it. I was hoping for something a little bit more agressive but was not impressed.

japetus, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of naproxen
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle out of shared morbid curiosity, was not surprised at the results.

A- It poured very carbonated, lots of bubbles, light amber coloring reminiscent of a slightly darker bud

S- honestly didn't smell horrid or skunked or anything, a little hoppy but I really must say nothing jumped out at me

T- metal? i had a flashback to the cricket hill hopnotic and shuddered. It left a definite metallic taste in the back of the throat

M- more carbonated than I would want in a pale ale, it was drinking a mildly hoppier and maltier Budweiser, or bad champagne (think, cold duck)

D- I guess if you like bud and wanted to branch out in baby steps you could find this drinkable, id have another over certain other beers I have discarded as it isnt entirely offensive, but not my mug of beer.

naproxen, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of RobH
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle.

I think A-B has a winner here. This isn't a beer geek's first choice when given a choice of true craft brews, however as others have pointed out, this one will rise to the top in a convenience store environment full of Bud/Miller/Coors.

Nothing to be ashamed of here. I also think this makes for a terrific party beer when hosting a party and buying lots of beer where you don't want to break the bank with all top-end brews. This is many steps above regular Budweiser in packaging as well as the appearance and taste of the product.

The appearance is a very nice amber. The aroma is not huge but you do smell a balanced malt/hops note.

The flavor is of a quality, all-malt session beer that most will consider highly drinkable. Hop heads probably need not apply, but for the rest who seek more balance, this is a solid choice for what should end up being widely available, even in a pinch. It'll command a higher price than Bud and Bud Light, but it deserves to in many ways.

RobH, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of TheBishop
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haven't touched a Bud product in some time, thought I would give this one a whirl sounded promising.

It was surprisingly above average, bordering on good. A definite step in the right direction for Budweiser. I would have this one again, especially at the price, well below craft beers. Definitely would be top of the pick at the local gas station.

TheBishop, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of daythree16
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Wow! Looks like a real beer! Pretty amber color with a big 2 finger head that leaves really great lace as it fades.

Smell is mostly caramel with bready/biscuity quality. Taste is sweet caramel with again some biscuit flavors and just the slightest touch of citrus in the finish. The sweetness is fine at first, but gets to be a little out of balance.

Medium body with a slick mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good, but it lacks much of a hop presence to counteract the sweetness, so I doubt I would drink a whole lot of it.

daythree16, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The most impressive thing about this beer is the appearance. It has a nice copper appearance and some good head retention.

The smell is a bit disappointing. There is an abundance of caramel malts with a little bit of cascade (but just barely). Even though I say that there is an abundance of caramel malt, I mean that is in comparison to everything else in the beer. The smell itself is very faint.

The beer has a lot of caramel malting to it. The hop bitterness is very low and doesn't balance out the caramel malt sweetness well enough. If there is some caramel malting, I want some toastiness or biscuityness to balance.

The malts cling to the palate decently well. Biscuity malts would lend themselves well to this one's mouthfeel.

I understand what budweiser is doing with this beer. I think they assume many beer geeks will try it. I think they assume many bud fans will try it as well. I just don't think it will have much staying power.

jasonjlewis, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice 2 finger head over an amber body with no sediment. Decent lacing is present.

S- Surprisingly, there is hops in my bud. I get a very nice cinnamon, caramel, and hops. Seriously impressive.

T- Starts off very dry and then just gets dryer for me. Beechwood? I get notes of light cherry, caramel, and then a touch of pepper in the dry finish. Interesting...

M- light to medium carbonation and a dry, slightly fruity finish.

D- I could and probably will drink this again, but only if it's the only thing decent on tap.

Greggy, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark amber color. Poured a one finger off white color head that dissipated very quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Light, sweet malt aroma. Hint of pine and something else sweet I couldn't pinpoint.

T: Mild toasted malts and grassy hops. Didn't taste nearly as good as it smelled.

M: Medium light body with a pleasnat coating. Finish is light and dry.

D: Decent amber ale more mindful of a lager.

Haybeerman, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually sought this one out while at my local store.

This one pours a dark amber color with good clarity. About an inch of light khaki colored head that leaves a little lacing behind. Looks good in the glass.

The aroma is fairly light. Some sweet caramel malts with a touch of biscuit and very faint hops.

The flavor is on the sweeter side. Doughy, caramel malt is at the forefront. Hint of bitterness from the hops. The flavor in the finish is almost non-existent. Weird. Not a bad amber ale...a little sweet, though.

Thinner medium body with bubbly carbonation. The aftertaste is sweet and a tad drying. I could see this being a go to brew if you have no choice but to shop at the local macro only gas station. I am kinda impressed by this one...good step in the right direction for A-B.

Imstillthegman, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle that I got from Mike at Poplar Wine & Spirits as a free sample!

This is not a twist off bottle..

A nice deep amber colour with a 1 finger head of billowy foam.

The smell is kind of light with some caramel, some hops, and some roasted malt sneeking through but it was a chore to draw them out.

The taste has some caramel malt and some roastiness to it up front with just a slight hop bitterness peeking through just before and through the finish and that's fine by me as I don't expect Red/Amber Ales to be overly hoppy until they are "souped up" examples of the style.
Ok, the flavour *does* become more bitter as the session progresses but it's still at levels acceptable for the style, me thinks.

This one also has a pretty good mouthfeel, close to medium, and carbonation is medium. Head retention isn't bad as there's still a broken layer here with half the beer gone and lacing is also decent. The drinkability is good. I'd buy this agai....err...when it hits the shelves. I've tasted Reds that weren't done as well as this one..

Bitterbill, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of mightyhef
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tried a bottle dropped off by our AB rep...
poured in a basic tumbler pint glass...a deep red hue with little lacing. Nose had a mild citrus and an even milder hop profile...if they hadn't put cascade hops on the label I never would have known. Taste started with a citrus hop flavor that quickly moved on with a strong malt backbone...which then too dropped off to a clean finish. To AB's credit they played an amber ale right down the middle of the road...not too hoppy, not too malty but not exactly lacking any characteristic of an amber...just not one that stands out. My own preference is to have some aftertaste in an amber..this one didn't have much, but that was by design so as not to offend. If it gets more people into craft, i'm a fan..but taking this one and judging it without a label on it,I wouldn't be stocking it in my fridge.

mightyhef, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of jackdoherty
3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle dropped of by my local AB rep and was interested in trying it. Shared with another beer rep from another company, we poured it into your basic pint glasses and was struck but the color, nice deep red hue. There is actually a nice faint hop smell that cuts through the malts and I believe that is a first for AB. Mouth feel was a little week, but you can taste the hops up front and in the finishes with a well balanced malt middle. Finishes clean and rather crisp. Overall I think its an avg beer but a big step forward for AB. This beer will only help the craft beer scene. Many people who have never had a craft beer will try it and that's always a good thing.

jackdoherty, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Crosling
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a bright red, autumn colored beer with a small white head. Very light aromas, mainly consisting of tropical fruit like hops, pine and citrus, with a touch of manure and light malts. Flavor is clean and fairly well balanced. Hops are not bright, but are well pronounced, with spiciness and fruits. A clean maltiness with light hints of toffee and caramel. It's not a bad beer. I would drink this over Fat Tire any day.

Crosling, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of bonbright7
3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was given a bottle by my local A-B rep to test out, which I took with some interest as the previous release of Bud Light Lime was a hit with my customers (I thought it was a marginal improvement on Bud Light). Slightly chilled, it poured well into my tasting glass and a slight fruit aroma erupted from the confines. I couldn't help to look around and wonder if I had stumbled upon something odd for an A-B product. The first taste reminded me of a basic version of a well known Colorado brewery's pale ale as I was trying to decipher the malts used in the process. Faint to lucky-I'm-there hops appeared upfront and in the aftertaste. Then I decided to give it the same test I do Belgian giants in 11.2 bottles: I let it sit for 15 minutes...

I was somewhat impressed that it passed as the flavor came alive with a basic craft appeal. It made me wonder what a tap version is like...

bonbright7, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish mahogany with an initially thick frothy head, that quickly disappears.

Aroma is pale malt with a touch of caramel. A slight earthy nuttiness and a surprisingly strong metallic accent.

Taste is very similar to the nose. However, malt profile is more pronounced with a stronger caramel touch. Retains an earthy, nuttiness. Finish holds a slight hop bitterness and a strong metallic sourness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

At best, an average red. Nothing to get excited about and no reason to pick this up again now that my curiosity is satisfied. Flavor and aroma are on the thin side. I don't have any problem at all with Budweiser creating 'craft' beer. It's just that this beer simply isn't flavorful when compared to the competition.

Blakaeris, Aug 25, 2008
Budweiser American Ale from Anheuser-Busch
72 out of 100 based on 1,085 ratings.