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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch


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3,932 Ratings

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Ratings: 3932
Reviews: 1413
rAvg: 2.33
pDev: 33.05%

Brewed by:
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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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Photo of OogieBoogie3

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A Tale of Two Beers.

Budweiser is often criticized for having a bland and utterly watered down taste, and in the bottle and can, it is. But for whatever reason, Budweiser is a completely different beer on tap. Now granted almost every beer is a little bit better on draft, but very few taste as noticeably different (and far better at that) than Budweiser does on tap. It's almost staggering, because the draft Budweiser is very smooth, but not bland to even the slightest, and has a sweet, yet malty taste with an after taste you'd expect from a beer aged in wooden barrels. I often like ordering it and asking Bud haters (beer Hipsters) to try it, playing it off as something else, and they end up liking it a lot, shocked to find out that it's Budweiser. My guess is that they water down their canned and bottled counter parts to save money, because It's awful. But Budweiser is a damn good beer on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 07:17:48 | More by OogieBoogie3
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

2.36/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Sooner or later a beer ticker will get around to reviewing this classic icon of American macrobrewery homogenous mediocrity, and my opportunity as such arrived about an hour before midnight this New Years eve, wondering what the hell to have from a really limited tap selection. Why not watch the Flames continue to stink while drinking the flagship offering of the huge brewing empire that basically now owns the 'Dome? As expected, this one is ghostly pale, although maybe a tiny bit darker than some of its competitors, a light golden straw color speckled with white foam and full of bubbly geysers from top to bottom. Looks like someone dropped an Alka-Seltzer tablet into diluted apple juice. Smells of doughy old malt, corn sugar, a middling green apple ting, and wasted youth. Tastes like fizzy water, perhaps one of the least flavorful beers I've tried, although if you scrunch up your brow and focus you will get a little sweet white bread, the aforementioned green apple fruitiness, a stale earthy hop bitterness, some other sweet flavor that tastes decidedly artificial. To be fair, this tastes better than some of its competitors, the off-flavors are muted and clearly someone wanted this to taste palatable (or perhaps taste like as little as possible) ... I get a little plaster or starchy glue but no clear metal or plastic. The finish is remarkable in a way, you get a bit of that artificial sweetness for a moment, followed by a clean bitterness and then nothing at all, like a drop of water instantly evaporating: The aftertaste is there and then its gone. Poof. The massive carbonation scrubs the palate clean. Apparently the distinctive Czech pilsener this is (very) loosely based on, Budvar, includes a hint of vanilla flavor from the malt-hops combination used and lo and behold, I did notice this here although perhaps this is just the power of suggestion. There it is. Moving right along.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2014 23:08:39 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


3.45/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Perfect clarity with a soapy, foamy white head that dissipated into soapy lacing. Nose is sweet, somewhat cloying, canned vegetables, grain husk. Taste follows nose with a sweet, sour, tangy sharpness with some slight bitterness at the end. Grain husk, slightly grassy and vegetal. Extremely crisp due to high carbonation, and mouthfeel is on the thin end of medium. American Budweiser isn't nearly as bad as the pretentious beer snobs want to think it is, especially fresh on draft. Look at any of the reviews with low marks, how many people actually took the time out to review the beer and state why it "sucks"? It doesn't. At all. Budweiser isn't a microbrew, but it does take craft to brew something so ubiquitous yet satisfying. This beer will still be selling when the IPA fad goes the way of the dodo.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2013 01:12:34 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of ryanvonkressling

New Jersey

2.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a very light clear straw yellow with a small pure white head that goes down quickly. It's so clear that you can see right through a glass of it. It's also very noticeably carbonated.

Smell: Hardly any smell at all. Maybe a tiny hint of rice.

Taste: Very ricey. Budweiser is brewed with up to 30% rice and the taste really reflects that. The taste isn't very strong, but from what you can taste, you mostly taste the rice.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied. It goes down pretty easily and is very easy to drink.

Overall: Budweiser’s reputation is a bit flattering. It's far from the "King of Beers". It's just another American Adjunct Lager. It's alright if you just want something light and refreshing on a hot day, but there's no reason to seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2013 22:02:41 | More by ryanvonkressling
Photo of KingJason


5/5  rDev +114.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have given this adjunct lager a perfect score. This is because the Marine Corps must drink this overseas. Why the prejudice of an American Lager. Why does our military have a preference for Budweiser. Why does West Point have higher IQ'S than the NBA. Is the Pressure of America laid on this adjunct lager. Sometimes the commander in chief has to be straight. When I'm blazing the green I want a Bud.

What if your DNA was worth 500 billion. Would you always be so feminine?

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 17:43:56 | More by KingJason
Photo of Pyramid_Head


1.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

The very epitome of bland. Budweiser is a pale lager with only a trace grain flavor which while not entirely unpleasant just isn't what you want in beer. It doesn't even have the normal refreshing mouthfeel of a lager, really the only thing keeping it from having 1s across the board is that while bland, it's not completely disgusting. Only approach it if you're after a cheap buzz or if there's absolutely nothing else to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 11:44:40 | More by Pyramid_Head
Photo of fallenshadow


2.64/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Looks like a very typical lager, nice head but it settles down quickly.

S - Malty slightly sweet smell, nothing else going on here.

T - Doesn't taste like much of anything except maybe malt. Very slight grainy aftertaste.

M - Easy to drink, not offensive at all.

O - Better than some other common lagers but that isn't saying much either. Not the worst to drink but pretty average at best.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 13:08:04 | More by fallenshadow
Photo of bondjedi


3.04/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holding Budweiser to the standards of heavier, hoppier brews betrays a mule-headedness and naïveté that exposes the run-of-the-mill Beer Advocates here as poseurs, more transparent than the brave American brew they slander and slur.

America is the land of working-class fellows who want a beer with their burger lunch, but don't want to worry about a DUI on the way back to the office or the job site. America is made up of cities like Tucson and El Paso and Little Rock, burgs with warm climes that demand a crisp, cold brew. There are few Euro brews or American micros that can deliver what the hard-charging Bud drinker demands.

The above numbers represent a review that is as honest and straight-forward as the beer it evaluates. For the Beer Advocates who get it, this Bud's for you.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 01:51:15 | More by bondjedi
Photo of SDbrewerJake


2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Only 1700 people have reviewd this beer and that is amazing considering I bet every single person on here has tried it at least one time. Nobody picks up the louisville wooden bat and jumps into the bigs... They start with a Tee. Which in this symbolic move is a mega brewers lager. The only good thing about this beer is it is extremely clear. Other than that.. the taste, head retention, fizzyness, and smell are all below par.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 20:50:40 | More by SDbrewerJake
Photo of KYGunner


2.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Very pale yellow to an almost watery appearance the head is very thin and very weak.

The scent was virtually nondescript. Tinny, metallic barley like malts. No hops or even a corny adjunct aroma.

The taste followed the nose with a strong metal or tin malt flavor. I tend to enjoy a light crisp corn adjunct flavor once in a while but this actually possessed none of that. The tinnieness follows on the tongue as the feel never lives up to clean crispness that should be there.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 23:33:30 | More by KYGunner
Photo of rangerred


2.3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Surprised I have never reviewed this although this is the first Bud I have had in a very long time. Had on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale yellow with a one finger white head that fades to a thin cap over the beer. Ok lacing.

Aroma has tons of cooked vegetable/DMS and stale malt/corn. I can barely detect a little cut grass from the hops coming through.

Flavor is much the same. Stale cooked vegetables along with a light touch of grass. Mouthfeel is fairly full but at the same time is slightly sticky and sweet. Not as refreshing as I remebered.

Overall, this is a pretty crappy beer. Bad flavor and too sticky a mouthfeel. There are many cheaper AAL's out there that taste much better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 02:17:23 | More by rangerred
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

1.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Served in a branded pint glass at Chenoy's in Gatineau QC a couple days ago.

A - A very clear yellow gold with a thin head that was quickly gone. No lacing.

S - Hint of grain.

T - There's a hint of sweetness followed by adjuncts of some kind. Whatever I'm tasting It isn't beer.

M - Average carbonation, medium-light body, bland finish.

O - I find most beers are better on-tap but not Bud. The cans are way better then this crap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 02:48:52 | More by decimator
Photo of hoppytobehere


3.44/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at home with their Draftmark tap system.

A: Pale gold body with no haze. 2 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Corn, typical of the style. Some rice as well.

T: Crisp, smooth american adjunct. Well-balanced. Great for hot summer days.

M: Decent carbonation bite. For an AAL, this one is at the top of its game.

O: It's Budweiser. If I had to stick with one AAL the rest of my life, it would probably be this. And they date their bottles. A lot of craft breweries need to learn a lesson from Bud.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 20:01:16 | More by hoppytobehere
Photo of OregonDuckinTexas


3.3/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a reason they call it the king of beers. There's also a reason it's the number one selling import, non-European beer in Europe, and the fastest growing beer in the world by volume. Despite what beer snobs may think, the vast majority of beer drinkers like a light, American-style lager beer. Bud is the quintessential model of that style. Their quality control is absolutely second to none. I've met with the management a number of times and their penchant for quality is amazing. So, Bud? It delivers exactly what it promises, a light, refreshing beer that is right down the middle of the road; not hoppy and not malty. If you want a smooth, easy-going beer, Bud is, well,... the king of beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 17:18:22 | More by OregonDuckinTexas
Photo of elNopalero


1.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I had a Budweiser one warm spring night after a couple of Dale’s Pale ales. I was outdoors, listening to some amazing conjunto bands play at a festival, and for some reason that Bud hit the spot. But that was the first and probably last time in a long while where I felt that way about this beer. It was ice cold and at that point I probably needed some water, so this fit the bill. For the most part, I’ll go without drinking than drink one of these. I had one after helping a friend move about a year ago, and I had one at a bar last summer, and now I’m having one to review and/or trash appropriately.

It pours a clear straw-like color with a instantly dissipating foam. No discernible aroma. The flavor is middling, with a honeyed corn-liquor sweetness that quickly falls flat and turns harsh. This is a quintessential corn/adjunct lager with no reason other than a powerful marketing budget to drink. Final reflection: This beer gave me a headache. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 23:04:55 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Marti403


1.13/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Don't care for Budweiser at all. Looks darker than it's little brother and tastes super grainy with little to no mouthfeel except some carbonation. not complex or tastey which leaves me wondering why this is their main beer. I don't get it and I don't want it. Leaves you wanting something else to wash the taste out of your mouth. Let this be.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 21:21:29 | More by Marti403
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.86/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

In a pint glass (also had it in a pilsener, no change):

A: clear golden body with noticeable bubbles surfacing rapidly, no head, no lacing

S: grainy and full of corn and rice

T: clean and easy to drink, but no flavor

M: light, extremely sessionable, watery aftertaste, no finish

O: ok for the style, as for me, kinda a "grill side beer" (summertime) if there's not much else around

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 14:02:54 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of morebeergood


2.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OK, I was at the Celtics game last night, and a friend bought me a Bud. I'll take a free beer, sure. In the cup, it had a pale yellow color. I was somewhat surprised at the bit of lacing, and also the head that lasted the whole time. Taste and smell - we all know it's not a highlight here. Mouthfeel was on the smooth side, and it went down fairly easily while it's cold. Not as watery as I remember. Not a great beer, but it's a staple at all sporting venues. And I guess it's better than Bud Light.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 18:27:38 | More by morebeergood
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

1.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: clear almost water. Lightest straw imaginable. Almost no white head.

S: crisp, clean subtle corn. Dms present.

T: crisp, refreshing, rice crisp, corn back bone, little malt sweetness. Not much hop bitterness. Everything America loves to hate.

M: crisp, sweet. Not really anything else. Carbonation is weak.

O: easy to drink. Better than bud light but that's not saying much. This is pure chugging party beer. No other reason to ever drink this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 19:37:15 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of eonbluekarma


2.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What can you say about the "Great American Lager" that hasn't already been said? Well bud heavy will get you drunk. Pours yellow with high carbonation. Head is thin. The smell is skunky. Mouth feel is carbonated. Taste is crisp but very shallow. Bitter and sour, but not in a good way. Overall this is low brow. I'd rather have a PBR on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 02:35:48 | More by eonbluekarma
Photo of westonhood


2.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this bad boy on tap multiple times out da kegerator. If you pour it good you can get absolutely no head on it, looks like apple juice when you do. Smells just like a an average macro brew, nothing specific jumps out. Has a weird, almost corn taste that I don't normally detect out of the bottle. I'd say I prefer to drink this out of the bottle than the keg, I have no clue why it just tastes better to me. overall- don't buy just get a real beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 18:11:00 | More by westonhood
Photo of J23hc

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass. Yellow brown gold, with rising carb. Smell is almost non existent, faint sweetness and hop but very faint. Surprisingly crisp feel with spicy taste, grainy finish. This is better than the usual bottle. Not a bad choice for an on a budget bar visit.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 04:55:52 | More by J23hc
Photo of JohnGalt57


3.43/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had my first Budweiser at a local tavern. Understandably, my review seems to fall out of the norm, however, I must admit, I very much enjoyed this brew. I am a Belgian-white lover, hands-down. But the crispness was hard to deny. Frankly, it was quite refreshing, the head left something to be desired but my pallet was quenched. On occasion, I think I'll be back.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 01:46:58 | More by JohnGalt57
Photo of rudzud


2.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Steve's Pizza in Westboylston...best place to eat after fishing the Wachusett Reservoir.

A - Pours a clear light straw/gold hue with a very thin white head that stays around for some time.

S - sweet corns and malts...pretty much of. Light grain.

T - More of the same with sweetness dominating. A solid malt sweetness and corn presence with some light grains as well.

M - Light on the feel, watery...you know what you're getting when you order a Budweiser.

O - Okay you have to approach this beer differently than most. It gets a horrible rap for being a bad beer, but adjuncts are pretty bad in general. If I have to drink adjunct Budweiser is the easiest.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 18:26:00 | More by rudzud
Photo of Bendurgin


2.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Gotta chalk this up to the pour. Served in a pint glass. This one pours a clear bubbly golden straw with no head at all.

The aroma is bland and boring with no real surprises. Sweet corn on the aroma with bubble gum. Not much to smell here. Simply bland, this is for someone who doesn’t want any aromas to get in the way of good time drinking. Light grainy malt here with a sweet finish here. Corn and bubblegum, that’s really all we’re looking at here. It’s not very exciting, but it’s also not offensive.

The body is light and crisp with active carbonation.

Really this one doesn’t do much for me. But not many adjunct lagers do.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 17:34:57 | More by Bendurgin
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Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
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