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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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56
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4,713 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,713
Reviews: 1,457
rAvg: 2.33
pDev: 33.05%
Wants: 26
Gots: 408 | FT: 0
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 Sammy
1.1/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I could not have more than one sip. Makes club soda taste decent. Aggressive carbonation with metallic behind it. Some bitter sweetness hit me and that's it -where's the water. There is some fruity aroma here. Pale colour of some fizz. Definately awful looking.

Sammy, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Canned 2/8/14.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with watery grain, rice, and slight vegetal flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is somewhat drinkable but just boring and watery all around.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of djrn2
1/5  rDev -57.1%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
1.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale and straw-colored, with quite a bit of white head. Head retention is not high.

S: Mostly grainy, although my nose tells me that there are some hops in there somewhere.

T: Pretty good tasting for the style. There is some malt; certainly more than is typical of the style. The residual adjunct is there of course.

M: Light mouthfeel, although pretty heavy for an adjunct. Decent amount of carbonation--not severely over-carbonated like Bud Light.

D: As far as I'm concerned, by far the best of the macros, which doesn't say much. Luckily there's Yuengling on the East Coast for desperate situations.

Thorpe429, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of zestar
2.5/5  rDev +7.3%

zestar, May 10, 2014
Photo of nmann08
1/5  rDev -57.1%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of acurtis
1/5  rDev -57.1%

acurtis, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
2.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge of the glass, and bits of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—rice seems to stand out in particular—along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of rice and other nondescript malts along with faint hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, slightly clean and a touch watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down easily. The smell or taste isn't offensive, but are ones that I would not particularly seek out.

metter98, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.6/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Welcome to Macro Smackdown III (I now use Roman numerals because, like the Super Bowl, this has become a major event of interest the world over). This round pits the ubiquitous Budweiser with the Stroh/Pabst product Old Milwaukee. I had originally thought that I was comparing the American macro lager counterparts of the two beers from Macro Smackdown II, but it appears that I've confused Milwaukee's Best with Old Milwaukee. Yeah, like there's a difference.

Clear, pale straw yellow with a few streams of lazily rising bubbles. The head is off-white and is much too soft. It falls fairly quickly and presents a smooth surface; the very definition of a poor, cheap-looking cap of foam. Almost no lace. Obviously inferior to the head on the OM.

Neither nose is much to write home about, but neither is horrible either. The nose on this beer may have the slight edge, but it's not enough to result in a difference in score. The Bud nose is adjuncty (of course) and is a little more sweetly floral than the Old Milwaukee nose.

The flavor isn't that appealing, to say the least. It's grainy and bitter without much, if any, hop flavor. It isn't skunky per se, but there's a definite off-flavor goin' on. The nose didn't translate well to the palate, that's for sure. The finish is fairly clean thanks to the lack of sweetness and the pathetically watery, inadequately carbonated mouthfeel.

Although Budweiser isn't as drain-pourable as Bud Light, it isn't that far off. 'One of the most popular beers in America' just got spanked by a beer named for a city in Wisconsin, but brewed in Texas (or in Wisconsin, who the hell knows?). Neither one of these combatants is good beer, but Budweiser is clearly the worst of the two. The skill it must take to brew a beer this lousy is simply mind-boggling.

BuckeyeNation, May 08, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.33/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden beer with almost no head. I won’t surprise anybody by saying that there is no aftertaste and general aroma is very weak. Pretty much the only thing I could pick-up was some sweetness. I personally don’t care about this but I got to admit that this the perfect macro beer, i.e. no taste, no head, a little bit sweet for that extra refreshing feeling – everything that people who don’t really like beer but still drink it like to see and taste.

Phyl21ca, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
2.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reveiwed once before on tap at the Anheuser Busch Brewery and had a plesant experience. However, this time from the can. Looks brightly straw with small head retention and small lacing. Smells faint of light malt, corn, rice, and maybe other cereal grains. A bit astringent and metalic. Tastes powdery and malty. Light buttery and corn flavors dominate. A bit of cidery flavors present to the palate and in the finish. Noble hop varieties are nicely balanced but lend no flavor. Finishes scrubbed from over carbonation. Aftertaste is powdery and mildly sweet. Fades quickly. Crisp yet remains slick to the toung and metalic.

BEERchitect, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of Texasfan549
2/5  rDev -14.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
1.63/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ahh the king of beers, everyone needs a Bud right? Poured a clear yellow with a huge white head that just sank into the glass after a few seconds. Lots of visible carbonation left this at least looking halfway decent. Smell was light but what was there was of rice and grain, slightly musty. At least it had a smell, albeit muted. The taste was very bland. Almost like wet paper. Born on date said it was fine, but just did not taste well at all. Very carbonated and light, which seems to be the case with most of these macros. When they are ice cold they go down like water, when they warm its just a mess. Can really not see myself drinking this again anytime soon, if ever at all.

mikesgroove, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: I poured this from the can into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass (which reads: Fizzy Yellow Beer is For Wussies) just for the sake of doing it. Like many other beers of this style, it's about as close to water as you can get.

S: Ah, the all too familiar smell of corn, rice, and a bit of grain. Absolutely no hop aroma.

T: There is a sweet corn and grain taste to this. There is a complete absence of hops. To be honest, it's bad, but it's not as bad as I remembered.

M: This is very bubbly, and light bodied. That's the point, I suppose, however.

D: The drinkability of this beer is in the sense of the ability to drink massive amounts of it. The taste is incredibly bland, and that's the point, unfortunately.

womencantsail, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -57.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of spycow
1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
2.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love how people write reviews as if they are trying this beer for the first time as they are writing. Didn't any of you go to college?

So I am sure no one needs to read these reviews anyways but the beer is straw yellow, a half finger head forms. The smell is of barely. Taste is bitter which is noticeable immediately and remains long after you have finished the beer. The beer tastes and looks watered down but really its just lack of hop flavoring.

kylehay2004, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev +18%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah yes the "king" of beers. This was given to me at a family gathering and I accepted even though I wasn't thrilled. The beer pours out as a traditional straw pale yellow with a little white head. Really nothing to rave about. The taste is slightly sweet but doesn't have anything but a malt backbone screaming at you. The mouthfeel is drinkable and light.

Knapp85, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Beer #5 in the Swill Tour 2010. It pours a clear pale jaundice topped by some healthy white suds. The nose is of puffed rice, tears, and crappy wheat. The taste is of orphans' disappointment on the days that potential parents come to browse the selection. It's just corny water. Damn. The body couldn't really be much lighter, with a light carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, this is really just corn-flavored rice-water, not really beer.

TMoney2591, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very pale gold, crystal clear. The fizzy head falls flat pretty quickly.

Smell - Grainy, sweet, very mild. Difficult to pick out any distinct aromas.

Taste/mouthfeel - Mild grainy sweetness, doughy bread and a hint of vanilla. Absolutely no balancing bitterness. High carbonation, light-bodied, almost watery. Very clean finish with no aftertaste to speak of.

Notes - Not as bad as it's made out to be around here. Decidedly average, but not awful. While I'd never go out of my way to drink this, it's really not a bad brew.

largadeer, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of zeff80
2.18/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had some at a recent gathering and figured it is time to review it.

A - Poured out a clear, yellow color with a good deal of carbonation and a small, fizzy white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grain adjuncts and slightly metallic...even though I poured it into a pint glass.

T - It tasted of corn and some faint malt. It was bitter, but not a good hoppy bitter...a bad bitter.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This was a good reminder of why I don't usually drink this. I remember in years past (i.e. college days) it usually gave me headaches in the morning and not because of overcomsumption.

zeff80, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
2.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A word to the wise - don't mock certain things when out drinking with certain people, people whose turn it is to buy the round. I'm just saying, but hey, lemons and lemonade...

A 20oz pint of this plops down on the bar, in a sparkly clean Bud Light glass - too much to hope for exact brand consistency, I suppose. The beer appears a crystal clear pale golden straw colour, with a bare modicum of thinly foamy, bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a surprising bit of spectral webbed lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of middling corn and grainy rice 'malt', a bit of stony hard water minerality, and damned near nothing in the way of hops. The taste is more breakfast cereal rice, with a lesser sickly corn sweetness, an ethereally faint, indistinct, New Jersey laboratory fruitiness, and, dum-da-da-dum: still no hops here folks.

The carbonation is a bit much up front, but skitters away soon enough, the body medium-light for the style, more than a bit watery, and smooth by committee diktat. This all makes for a plain, off-dry finish, and thankfully not very much of it.

Innocuous, and easy enough to put back, but in the same way as a sandwich made with Wonderbread, you'll feel sort of guilty and empty afterwards. The 'drinkability' hacks probably pushed the IBU rating here into the negative range, but I actually have no problem downing it, particularly if I'm distracted, and already a bit sauced, which, thankfully, I am. Still no reason to make this your beer of choice, though.

biboergosum, Feb 07, 2009
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Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
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