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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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4,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,296
Reviews: 1,430
rAvg: 2.33
pDev: 33.05%
Wants: 15
Gots: 215 | 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.

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Photo of tone77


3.05/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of corn, fairly mild. Taste is crisp, some malts, fairly refreshing, a touch of bitterness at the finish.. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a pretty mediocre offering.

Serving type: can

07-27-2009 23:52:27 | More by tone77
Photo of edstirling


3.25/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I have been to a couple Budweiser promos and I have to say that they do a good job in presenting their beer. Compared to some typical heavy micro/craft ales (which I do love, btw), Budweiser is a flavorless beer. But compared to other lagers in its class, it is actually an exceptional example of craftsmanship. The quality and consistency is excellent, and when you pour it "right down teh middle", the head retention is surprising. They served this side by side with Yuengling Lager and I was amazed by the difference. Bud doesn't have any corn in it, which gives Yuengling, and most other macros, their typical frathouse stink. What I also noticed is that Bud uses a very clean tasting yeast that leaves no hint of character. Yuengling on the other hand, had a surprisingly perceptible spicy bavarian note that I usually get from a traditional Bock (and I will admit I only managed to notice in the bland environment of a budweiser tasting). Head to head, the Yuengling actually came off as offensive, a shrewd tactic on AB's part. Cleanliness was a good thing for what I expect from Budweiser, though. Amidst the "subtelty" of the light malt and rice and barely perceptible hops, a flavorful yeast would just not fit in. If you view Budweiser as the delicate beer that it is, the result is actually a well-balanced, refreshing light lager. I wouldn't pair it with food, since it wouldn't even support a sauteed white fish, but I do enjoy it on a hot summer day, when thirst quenching is the chief concern. It is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 20:51:25 | More by edstirling
Photo of goblue3509


2.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a small head. The aroma is of grains with a slight hint of hops to it. The overall taste is of grain and an ever so slightly hop taste. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and dryer than most american adjuncts. The drinkability is higher than most in this class, you could have a couple of them.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 20:16:43 | More by goblue3509
Photo of jgasparine


2.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow, no turbidity; pours with a medium head that quickly dissipates.

S- Smells like corn with a hint of hop aroma.

T- Sweet corn with some grassy notes, a slight hop bitterness.

M- Thin and overly carbonated

D- I admit, I am dissuaded by this beer largely because I root for the underdogs. It is a drinkable beer, but I prefer putting my money into something craft.

Notes: Can be refreshing on a hot summer day only if served ice-cold.

Serving type: can

07-20-2009 22:42:32 | More by jgasparine
Photo of VictorEHuskie


2.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of Budweiser but I must say that I tend to drink a lot of it as that is what tends to be offered parties. Had some most recently at my buddy's "American Lager Challenge" Beer pong tourney and must say that the beer continues to not impress. It is just bad. I guess I would drink it if water wasn't available.

Serving type: can

07-19-2009 21:32:38 | More by VictorEHuskie
Photo of DwnTwnBwn


1.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The only thing this beer has to it is Looks.

Its like the hot chick you knew in High School, by the time you get to college(start drinking it) you realize that it nothing but a facade, and one is that nice to begin with.

I truly dislike that this is what 90% of the world thinks is true beer. I know I shouldn't judge this beer because of who made it, but when you spend that much money of PAC's to keep control of the market, sorry your product is not worthy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 16:28:55 | More by DwnTwnBwn
Photo of natewells


1.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A - Very Clear- no haze.
S - Smells very lightly of hops and malts
T - Very little taste finishing with a sweet taste
M - Dry lingering Mouthfeel
D - Can pound many of these!

Typicle american beer. Not that impressed. Good beer if you are deinking all day in the sun or at an outdoor concert. other than that let the frat boys keep it!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 21:33:52 | More by natewells
Photo of utah44


1.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not awful but it is not good either. If use to be better, I think, back in the days before aluminum cans and pull up tabs. But times change and so have some folks' tastes. Beer is fizzy and gives a good head and that is about the only good quality it has.

Serving type: can

07-08-2009 06:18:14 | More by utah44
Photo of trock355


1.23/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Disgusting. Just horrible. I would never drink that stuff again. Its piss colored water and alcohol. Smelled of adjuncts and other nasty stuff. Tasted all wrong. I never want to go near this ever again. This is certainly not the King of Beers. That would be Westvleteren 12, thank you very much.

Serving type: can

07-08-2009 00:00:02 | More by trock355
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.1/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Out of a can this iconic beer was a straw gold color with lots of rising carbonation. The head was a billowing, out of control mass though the retention was only decent as a layer and the lacing so-so. The aroma was stale and macro-grain dominated with a hint of sweet malt. The flavors were similar; crisp, classic and refreshing. The mouthfeel was rather rough, the body medium and the carbonation medium-high. As it warmed up the macro-grain flavor became more intrusive and took a lot away from it. But the so-called "King of Beers" does still have a place in the world of quality brew when served ice cold.

Serving type: can

07-07-2009 13:22:37 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of mnrider


2.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can into pint glass
A: golden yellow with half inch of white head which does not last at all and there is no lacing. Light carbonation.
S: Light hopes and other grains. Crisp, smell. skunky.
T/M: First it is crisp and a little fizzy. Dry aftertaste. Little bitterness, not much taste at all, but enough not to hate it to much.
D: not really the king of beers. although it is one of the better overly commercial beers out today. So when i drink cheep beer and want ALOT i might purchase more.


Serving type: can

07-06-2009 01:55:37 | More by mnrider
Photo of donmonkey1


2.05/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Light yellow, not much carbonation. The head is bubbly but not really foamy. It dissipates too rapidly to the point where there's no head, with little or no lacing.

Smell: Sweet corn

Taste: Very sweet, like sweet corn juice, and a bit of melon fruit that is just beginning to go bad.

Mouthfeel: Watery with a sting of hop bitterness, but I can't taste any hops.

Drinkability: It's weak, but it tastes pretty bad. Even for very little money there are way better options.

Serving type: can

06-28-2009 04:09:26 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of kballer


3.2/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I will take a Bud over a MDG anytime. Otherwise this is not a beer to get. If I just want to get hammered there's cheaper alternatives that I prefer.

very pale.

smell is the worst part. It's got a faint metallic smell.

Taste is pretty good. I think the rice is a pretty good adjunct, 10x better than the corn taste.

thin mouthfeel

i could down a lot of these.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2009 04:02:14 | More by kballer
Photo of bill93063

New Hampshire

1.18/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I drank Bud for the first time in the early 80's and my reaction was pretty simply, if this is what beer tastes like then I do not like it! Thank God for imports and microbrews which introduced me to real beer. The flavor notes are bitter and rotten and that is about the best I can say for it. The aftertaste is simply awful with no redeeming characteristics other than poor flavor. How on earth Anheiser Busch sells millions of gallons of this garbage every year is beyond me, it aint' even that cheap!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 17:36:52 | More by bill93063
Photo of projectflam86


2.73/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear light golden color with a thin white foam that quickly fades leaving no lacing.

S- Not much in the aroma department but there are some light toasted cereal scents with green apples and cooked corn.

T- Ultra light taste of grain and adjuncts. A sour apple bitter finish. No hops or malt can be detected.

M- Crisp and light with ok carbonation.

D- It is what it is. Easily drinkable with a bland flavor. Not something I will be picking up often.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2009 23:59:01 | More by projectflam86
Photo of Wegbier


3.33/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Oh, budweiser you baffel me. Did you steal this name from the proud Czech people? Are you a symbol of commitment to quality for so many years when any self-respecting German or Czech would rather use you to wash out a bed pan?
It is it a stretch to call yourself a proud pilsner when the ingredients are not up to the purity law of beer and the color is such a sad thin light straw. A proud pils would smell of great hops and taste of great hops, I know I know you tell me over and over of you great journey from Hallertau, you look almost sick Gesundheit! Dont be mad you know we had to talk sometime, you seem mad with such an awful bite of blasting carbonation. Sure we could hang out more often you nine or ten of your friends and me but I would really like to see other beers, more authentic ones. I just mean I think you need some time to work on your personality and add some depth to yourself, life is not just nascar bitches and beerpong your know.

dont spend your own hard earned money on this mass-marketed product.

Serving type: can

06-18-2009 04:54:31 | More by Wegbier
Photo of Vito


3.5/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Budweiser, the King of Beers.

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 12. oz. glass. It looks good, makes me want to drink it.

Smells: Smells pretty good, like the snack bar at a baseball stadium.

Taste: Smooth tasting, with a snap. Some people call it a "bite". Bland, almost tasteless, completely average.

Mouthfeel: It needs more carbonation, or something.

Drinkability: A little better than average, but not much. Budweiser has a good "kick" and it will give you a good buzz. Otherwise, no big deal.

Overall: Overhyped, and overpriced when compared to the competiton -- especially Miller High Life and Old Milwaukee. King of Beers? Maybe, but probably not.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 03:36:01 | More by Vito
Photo of natelocc787


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

We have all had Budweiser before.

There is nothing new to write about.

We all know what it tastes like. It tastes like a carbonated malt beverage with a smidgen of malt and hop flavor. Very grainy and ricey. Poorly done.

Mouthfeel is crisp and overly carbonated. Very light, thin and drinkable.

It's funny. If I began my beer drinking with craft beers and someone suggested I try this, I would probably say yuck like my friends do when they first try a good beer like a stout or bock.

Great beer to throw down on a hot day though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2009 19:30:05 | More by natelocc787
Photo of bsp77


2.78/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into clear plastic cup (on the golf course).

Appearance: Pale yellow, minimal head, but very, very active. Why do so many Adjunct Lagers look kind of like piss; true Pilsners don't.

Smell: Light grain and light hops. Fairly faint smell.

Taste: Crisp and clean. Relatively dry malt and light (but fairly nice) hop balance, especially at the end. Not as sweet or corn-like as other Adjunct Lagers.

Feel: Fizzy, fizzy, fizzy. Way too overcarbonated. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to slam, but would rather have so many other beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 03:53:28 | More by bsp77
Photo of CHickman

New York

2.7/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured yellow with a 1/4 inch white head and smelled of malt and wheat. Very light and crisp with carbonation on the heavy side; while this beer has always gone down smooth, it still will never be anything but average in taste...and average is being generous.

The label states it's made with hops, rice and barley malt, so I guess the rice takes over as there is only a hint of malt in each sip. It's dull to me and feels like drinking a watered down beer after indulging in IPA's, stouts and Belgians for the past few years. Too bland for my liking, although the masses enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 01:49:20 | More by CHickman
Photo of birdypowder


2.9/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Read my review on Bud Light, that first paragraph applies to Budweiser as well.

Hints, or maybe...essence of corn is more fitting. Apples...acetaldehyde? (Yes that's spelled correctly).

Big white head that quickly slinks away into a thin white veneer coating the top of the beer. Bright pale straw color, a touch darker than Bud Light?

Very slight sweetness which comes across as corn when your nose picks up the aroma. Grainy with no aftertaste.

Lively carbonation attacks my tongue. Appropriately thin bodied.

Serving type: can

06-02-2009 22:52:21 | More by birdypowder
Photo of Bigfatbino


2.78/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A = Pale gold in the glass, steady carbonation bubbles, 1 inch head, and left some, but not much lacing in the glass

S = grain, some corn, a little alcohol, and the faint smell of hops. It's like someone took a really good beer, and just watered it down in the "smell" department.

T = thin, watery, not much there really. Essentially it tastes like it smells, watered down, very little hops, and is more sweet than anything else brew-wise.

M = Ok, not too shabby here. Nice and bubbly on the tongue, but not quite as aggressive as a soda. It's a little more mellow. The tingle is the best feature of it, other than that, not much to write home (or the billions and billions of internet users) about.

D = These I could slug back wholesale. It is my favorite "drunken softball playing" drink. I'll take one in the absence of any real beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 05:21:11 | More by Bigfatbino
Photo of LordAdmNelson


2.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden color common to the adjuncts. A little head with short retention and no lacing.

S- Kind of sweet with big corn aroma. Slight hop there too, but just a hint.

T- Not bad--good flavor for what it is. Corn, light hop, faint syrupy sweetness to it actually. Still light bodied and refreshing. Nothing special or mind blowing, but I prefer this one to most other macros.

M- Like a soda, light and carbonated. Crisp and clean.

D- Great beer for sporting events, meals, or other times for general enjoyment. Definitely a classic.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 02:53:46 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of civilizedpsycho


3/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden transparency with absolutely no head.

Smell: I am still learning to identify the type of smell in adjunct lagers, but it reminded me of corn.

Taste: A little bit of corn and quite a bit of water. It does have a bit of a kick at the end of a drink, though.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, not very carbonated.

Drinkability: It would be pretty good with food, but it is nothing fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2009 03:06:12 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473mL can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a clear yellow with some carbonation making its way up lazily. Head is white, moderate with the pour, retains briefly (though longer than many AALs I've tried) before shrinking to a thin haze on the surface of the beer.

Aroma is a very, very faint corn.

Taste is clean and crisp, not quite watery though. Just a mild sweet grain until a slightly bitter finish. I think I can actually detect hops in this one.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, clean and a decent amount of carbonation.

It's not a chore to drink, but not one I'd recommend either. Moderately refreshing, drinkable due to its lack of flavour and clean, crisp palate.

Serving type: can

05-27-2009 17:10:04 | More by nighthawk
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