Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch
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2.1/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
I've had enough Budweisers in my life, mostly offered to me, that there was a reason I tended to steer clear of them, it just wasn't what I was looking for in my beer drinking. Never occurred to me to review it until a recent thread got a little out of hand getting the consistency of the stuff confused with the quality of the stuff. Apropos to that, I thought I'd finally come to my own official opinion and review the stuff.
Went all out for this one, skipped over the 24 pack with free t-shirt, and grabbed a 950ml tallboy can instead. No freshness date to be found on the can, but there is some sort of cryptic stamp on the bottom of it. Pours out of the can a pale uninspiring clear yellow, but with an impressive 2-finger snow white head. It was a nice show while it lasted, as retention leaves a great deal to be desired.
Faint aroma, not much to pick up except some thin malt and a hint of sour grains. After a while that mild sourness is all I can pick up, not that it is very overpowering, but there really isn't anything else on the radar.
Flavour? What flavour? This stuff is bland, honestly, honestly bland, almost as if flour were used as an adjunct instead of rice. It's not a bad flavour per se (until it warms up a bit), but the fault of this lager is the near complete and utter lack of flavour. As a regular Budweiser drinker, and there are many many of you out there, you're obviously not drinking this alcoholic beverage for the sake of the taste--perhaps the lack of taste--, so are the vast hordes of Bud drinkers out there just drinking Bud to get drunk? A little tipsy watching the game? A faint buzz after work? All the hype must surround the consistency of how bland and unthreatening this beer is, a beer for people who don't like the taste of beer. Or is that Bud Light?
As the realm of most macro produced lagers lies within the fizzy watery texture, I have to admit this Bud I'm sampling has a decent mouthfeel for the style, all things considered. Hell, I've tried pale ales and ambers more watery than this stuff. Bud, you get a straight C for average for mouthfeel, which is better than most of your cousins can do. No caustic burn across the palate and down the throat with poorly mismanaged adjuncts, you keep your additives and preservatives in line, and I will salute that at least.
Overall I can't see myself ever buying another Budweiser again, I paid my ticket for the ride, took the trip, and walked away with no thrills, and yet no spills. Mediocre to the extreme, the wishy-washy middle road. The Charlie Brown of beers in fact, always talks a good game but continually fails to kick that football in the end. I have no doubt in my mind that they spend unfathomable amounts of money to produce this beer, to use quality ingredients, to maintain state-of-the-art sanitized production facilities. And yet in the end they waste all of that producing this wallflower of a beer, which requires countless amounts of clever advertising dollars to market. After all, without the help of a well-paid PR department, you wouldn't approach this easily overlooked kid at the high school dance either. It's all about hype, not substance.
Serving type: can
10-03-2005 19:31:06 | More by IronDjinn
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