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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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4,813 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,813
Reviews: 1,460
rAvg: 2.33
pDev: 33.48%
Wants: 27
Gots: 449 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed using a blend of imported and classic American aroma hops, and a blend of barley malts and rice. Budweiser is brewed with time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-21-2000)
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Ratings: 4,813 | Reviews: 1,460 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
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.

IronDjinn, Oct 03, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow in the body with nice-looking carbonation. I was able to work a little head out of the can with some good arm action on the pour.

Smell – Classic American graininess. I thought for a second that I could smell some hops, but I was wrong.

Taste – More grain in the flavor with a touch of gummi-bear sweetness at the finish.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is just right and it went down pretty smooth for me. No bad surprises here, which is important when striving for mediocrity.

Drinkability – Ice cold, can-fermented, and skunk free make this beer a winner.

Comments – The King is a good standard for American piss beers. It’s smooth, well carbonated, and refreshing. Of course, it’s mostly water with little to no body, but it goes good with pretzels, pizza, or a four pound salt lick.

RoyalT, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear. Very light yellowish color topped by a full and foamy bright white head that holds very well. The carbonation is quite fine, leaving thin steady streams of tiny bubbles rising steadily to the surface. Nice appearance! The aroma is quite limited with just vaugue indications of malt, hops, fermentation esters and alcohol. The body is light with a gentle carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is quite one-sided, however, with only a very light malt character ever so gently buoyed by hop bitterness and a light "apple" character from fermentation. The finish is "short and sweet" with only a residual malt and next to non-existant bitterness. Refreshing! This is the best selling beer in the world for a reason. Although limited in character, it displays no flaws whatsoever. There is nothing even remotely objectable about it - a true "beer for the masses".

NeroFiddled, Aug 22, 2002
Photo of davemarc87
2.5/5  rDev +7.3%

davemarc87, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of cam477
2/5  rDev -14.2%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Budweiser is running all sorts of specials for the World Cup, so I find myself drinking it during an Ecuador in order to get some free calamari and garlic bread at an Italian Restaurant. Might as well review.

A/N/T: 5% ABV carbonated water. Completely nonoffensive. Completely lacking in anything.

MF: Crisp, wet, light bodied.

D: Decent but not as high as PBR or High Life. I'll stick with them in the future when free squid isn't a factor.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of beerhunter13
1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

beerhunter13, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Turbo
1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Turbo, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
1.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Buuuhhh.... What to say about Budweiser that hasn't been said already? Had on tap, bottle, can - take your pick. The beer is a pale straw color, slightly golden with remarkable clarity (hey, at least it has something going for it). Fizzy white head disappears so quickly that you can't even really call it a head. The aroma is almost non-existent - metallic hints, corns, grains, sulfur, maybe some leafiness but nothing that really resembles a hop. Taste is basically the same - corns, pale malts, and some graininess. No really hop flavor or even bitterness for that matter. Astringency and over-carbonation are king of the hill here. Thin, thin body with a super-dry, super crispy finish. Aftertaste has a thin, grain flavor but not much else.

Budweiser is slightly better than Bud Light. But really, what is that saying? I remember after years of drinking Bud Light, I finally had a Budweiser and thought it had so much flavor. Heh, how the times have changed.

tectactoe, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Hoppin_mad
1/5  rDev -57.1%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
2/5  rDev -14.2%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of eduque14
1.6/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not one to brag about by any means. It is way over carbonated and the taste is something that I personally can hardly bare at times. I always finish my beer but, with this beer I find it a challenge to do so. I even at times suffer from headaches resulting from this brew. However, it is a cheap beer and people find it somewhat "American" to drink it. But I, as a beer drinker, prefer a beer with much more character. You get what you pay for. But I will not pay for a Bud.

eduque14, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Mac19872
2/5  rDev -14.2%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tohe9384
2.25/5  rDev -3.4%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
2.25/5  rDev -3.4%

tbryan5, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of ajkiser12
1.25/5  rDev -46.4%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
1/5  rDev -57.1%

SkiBum22, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of joemetric
2.5/5  rDev +7.3%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
1/5  rDev -57.1%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Kcastr01
1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Kcastr01, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Dmann
2.88/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

I was recently at a wedding reception and I had Bud for the first time in about 3 years. Although the pour was pretty weak and the smell was of your typifal grain and rice, the taste was pretty smoothe if your goal is just toi get fucked up! It had a decent sweet malfy flavor with almost no hint of hops in the taste. If you are looking for a beer to go down smoothly then this is to one!

Dmann, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of SuomiHobbit
1/5  rDev -57.1%

SuomiHobbit, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of MikeC144
1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +82.4%

markallmon, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of newcastleme
3/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel that this beer is worthy of respect but it is repellingly boring. When most individuals think of beer they think of Bud. This is the original and any beer drinker should have a sip of Budweiser. You won't be that impressed but you'll be happy to know that your beer tasting can only get better.

newcastleme, Jul 22, 2010
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Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
56 out of 100 based on 4,813 ratings.