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Budweiser American Ale - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 1,096
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.17%
Wants: 20
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KI9A on 06-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.8/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Budweiser as a sample before it rolls out nationwide on the 29th. I;ve had to come back and edit my scores because I'm honestly so prejudiced against Bud that I had to think, "what would I be rating this if it was a local micro?"

Pours a pretty amber with excellent clarity but severely lacking in head and head retention, despite the constant bubbling.
Nose is of sweet malt, like crystal 60 freshly sparged. A bit of caramel and a hint of cascade in the back that balances a bit, but the overall impression of the nose is quite malty and sweet.
Flavor is well-balanced between the sweet malts and cascade bitterness. There's also a hint of biscuit. though a bit underwhelming, it's not bad at all. The very finish is just a bit sour, the same sourness I've gotten in every single AB brew I've had to date. What is that?
Mouthfeel is good. Adequate carbonation, a smooth, robust character, and a clean finish with the slightest hint of dryness.
I could actually drink several of these. While I'm opposed to supporting AB in lieu of craft micros, this is certainly a quaffable brew that will probably find its way into the redneck bars where the greats in microbrewing have yet to infiltrate, making it an excellent stepping stone for those that know nothing besides BMC. Cheers!

Photo of JoeCeez
2.81/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been eagerly anticipating this beer after reading about it and seeing so many comercials but I must admit I was expecting something a little better.

App: Not a bad start, clear copper/amber, creamy off white 3 fingered head after a strong pour.

Smell: not much going on here, some grainy malts, and this beer is supposed to be dryhopped with cascades? my first thought was, where's the hops???

Taste: overly artificial tasting sweetness caramel syrup/malt, somewhat grassy, Supposed to be hopped with cascades but I couldn't really detect any citrus notes to speak of. Slightly minerally and sour, wish it had some bitterness

Mouthfeel: thin, fizzy, smooth kinda reminds of Budweiser Lager but with a little more viscosity, no noticable bitterness, I'd be surprised if there were any more than 20 IBUs here

Drinkability: This, along with the appearance, is the strongest attribute. This beer goes down easy, it's a little too sweet and could be much more bitter, you can detect some alcohol as it warms but I'm sure that InBud would recommend drinking Bud Ale ice cold. I would only drink this if I was at a ballgame, a concert, or some other venue where my only other choices were Bud and Bud light.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a crystal clear amber ale, with a creamy tan head.

S - Malt dominated with a hint of hops in the background.

T - Starts off malty, accented by slight hop flavor. Dried fruit flavors in the finish.

M - A little thin, but highly carbonated.

D - Very smooth and drinkable.

I admit, I was skeptical about this. But it's a darn nice beer.

Photo of dmamiano
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a medium copper color with a nice white head and lacing to boot.
Initial hit on the nose is hops....not huge but the presence of cascades is un mistakable. Malts also melding . Some breadiness detected in the nose and on the palate. Caramel and a bitter finish.
Also a kiss of metallic in the finish

Photo of BeenJammin
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber with pretty good creamy beige head. There was decent retention and pretty good lacing

S - Sweet malty aroma but not much hops to speak of.

T - Caramel malts with a bit of cascade hops. There is some kind of fruity taste that I can't put my finger on.

M - Kind of light and watery

D - This is very drinkable. It was better than I expected and I wouldn't mind having this as the cheap option on tap at some of the local bars.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper with a 2 finger head and a bit of carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel malts and a slight bit of fruits are present. Every once in a while you can get the spicy smell of the cascade to come out.

T: Pretty much just like the nose of the beer with a nice fruity bitterness. It's balanced and good, but the beer doesn't really do much.

M: Kind of watery

D: Yep

Photo of hustlesworth
3.71/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my AB rep Randy for the free samples.

nice to see the bottle has a new shape. and the word 'ale' is printed HUGE so anyone with even a shred of beer knowledge will notice that AB id capitalizing on this trend. bottled just over a month ago.

A- rather nice appearance. crystal clear reddish copper with golden highs and a nice light beige head that is definitely reminiscent of some of the finer english ales i've had. good retention and even better lace, in curls and patches that meld seamlessly into the vinyl-esque foam surface. plenty of sporadic rising bubbles, no surprise, and i'm left with a consistent chunky ring.

S- a bit odd, caramel malt and diacetyl, pretty diluted. not much hops in the aroma, only a touch of earthiness and some faint orange. i actually expected some noticeable cascades. smells very similar to an average english pale ale. some raisin, fig, melon, and toffee butterscotch. not bad, but not outstanding either.

T- where's the F'ing hops? they told me it was dry hopped. i'm sure it was, but not generously. very subdued flavor, there's alot of diacetyl up front that pushes through most of the flavor profile. near the end i get a just little bit of orange citrus and a clean (although mild) saaz-like bitterness. significantly more bitter than any other AB product to date, this will probably end up as a good crossover or 'gateway' beer into the realm of craft brews. i can't bust it for what it is, because it HAS to appeal to the palate of masses and if any ale, pale or red, would be acceptable to the general public, it would be this. as for attempts on a different style, it kicks the shit out of amber bock for sure. it's caramelly and butterscotchy and a little trail-mixy with the fruity yeast flavor and that's about it except for the minor hop touch at the end. and what a light touch it is. my score is reflecting the business aspect of this endeavor because right now it would be truly impractical for AB to take a stab at real craft brewing. that gets them 1 1/2 points.

MF- thin but with a slick feel. take a nice medium bodied english bitter then add 1/3 water and this is what you get. carbonation is on the low side of medium, my guess is that the top dogs figured this would make it feel more ale-like, considering the stereotypical british beer is "warm and not fizzy".

D- highly drinkable, and that, i believe along with appearance, is what this beer is focused on. superficial things. my call for depth is unanswered. this will be less popular than bud select and about the same as amber bock. i hope i'm wrong because i'd love to see everyone drinking this stuff right out the bottle but i don't know. it will be tough for a major company to delve into this market knowing that they made their fortune in a different one. that's why pizza hut doesn't have feta cheese and artichokes. but i will drink it, at a bar, all night.

Photo of matty
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a head that slowly fades.Aroma is faint caramel.Taste is caramel with a metallic aftertaste.This ale is smooth with good drinkability.This is not bad by any means I think I was hoping for more.Otherwise recommended and something I'm sure I'd try again.

Photo of KeefD
3.66/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this today from our local distributor, one week in advance. I must say, AB is doing a good job of marketing this beer, as I've had a thousand (ok, exaggerating a bit) customers ask for it already. Let's see what we've got:

Upon a sturdy pour, a large three finger head pops up in the imperial pint glass which recedes rather slowly leaving behind some nice fluffy foam and good chunky lacing. Dark amber/red color with an off-white head that fades into a nice cap that stays around. Looks great so far. If it were unfiltered, it would be perfect.

I'm getting a lot of maltiness in the nose. Not much in the way of citric hop aroma, which is surprising considering it's supposed to be dry hopped. I was hoping for a little more in the aroma, but hey, it's AB so I'll take what I can get. More hop notes comes out as it warms, not bad.

There's not an overly-complex flavor going on here. There's some caramel malt flavors, a bit of biscuit like quality, just subtle hints of hop bitterness. I'm assuming the IBU rating on this isn't too high, but there's a slight presence of hops which makes itself known as it warms. Upon warming, a decent citrus hop flavor shows up. Bright? I dunno about that. But not bad. A little thin and watery, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Not much carbonation from this bottle which could have been a result of the hard pour. Thin, more on the watery side than the full-bodied side. Goes down very easy however, and is quite drinkable.

There's nothing offensive about this beer. It is what it is. I didn't expect much more from this beer, as I never got my hopes up too high. It met it's expectations, but hardly exceeded them. It's drinkable as hell and quite sessionable. Definitely a great gateway beer into crafts, which is quite ironic methinks.

Photo of Brad007
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with a one-finger head that leaves some lacing in the glass. Carbonation appears to be abundant.

Aroma is mainly malty and sweet. I do not smell the cascade hops that they claim to use. There is some hop bitterness on the nose though. As it warms up, a subtle note of caramel sticks out.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront with a hint of caramel. There is some hop bitterness in the middle but it seems muted by the malt.

Mouthfeel is somewhat fizzy and still finishes smooth but with very little bitterness. It also feels a bit metallic at the back of the throat.

Drinkability is ok here. It's not very impressive for the style but it does manage to show A-B's hallmarks, which usually means a focus on malts and making the beer as smooth as possible.

The only reason I mention the inability to detect the hops is because the packaging prominently displays that they used Cascade hops and dry-hopped it. However, it's not translating to my taste buds. I will have to try it on tap. Until then, mediocre but still more drinkable. A good session ale.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up today at the Coop for $1.10.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

Descent 2 finger head... little lacing.. but a persistent cap... the brew is polished amber.

toasted malt and subtle caramel.. low citrus hops.. a little yeasty fruitines.. certainly not bad.. just uninspiring... could use more of everything.

flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma.. just a little more toasted malt.. descent bitterness and hop flavor for the style.. but still could stand to be amped up a slug or two... body is a sticking point for me... seems watery... but again.. not bad.. carbonation is soft but everpresent.

If I didn't know this was a AB product I never would have guessed it.... a little fizzy (I couldn't resist) .. but all and all.. not bad... just could use a shot in the arm across all fronts.


Photo of Teke0611
3.38/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of gratefulbrewski
2.22/5  rDev -29.1%
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...

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.

Photo of charlzm
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
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?

Photo of HalfFull
3.51/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of benmiliron
3.38/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of budgood1
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of elniko
3.61/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of japetus
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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.

Photo of RobH
3.61/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of TheBishop
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Budweiser American Ale from Anheuser-Busch
72 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.