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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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4,984 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,984
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 2.34
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 533 | 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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Photo of Jesse13713
1.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I've been drinking beer for a few years now, and I have never had a regular Budweiser. I decided that I had to give it a try.

Appearance - Follows the traditional light apple juice/ pee yellow color. Clumpy and soapy head that is quick to make itself disappear. I'm already beginning to wish I could make this beer disappear.

Smell - Very light hop profile... and a bit of rotten lemon. Help.

Taste - I don't taste the difference between this and any light adjunct I've encountered. I was at least expecting a little more taste from 'The Great American Lager'. What another terrible beer from a company who has yet to prove themselves with a single decent brew. I was expecting terrible. I somehow encountered worse. I suppose there is some light fizz. ... Wait that's nothing you can actually taste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - It just flat out makes my mouth feel bad. I feel the need to go brush my teeth immediately. Jiminy Christmas this is rank-awful. I'll be going back to craft beer in a few seconds. I tried my very best not to bash this beer. But for its popularity, it's just unforgivable.

Jesse13713, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of rudzud
2.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

rudzud, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of tdm168
2/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden yellow with very little loose, bubbly head. The nose is pure corn sweetness with faint metal. The taste is sweet, corn and grains, and very faint grassy hops. The mouthfeel is light, too heavily carbonated, and too crisp.

This is way too sweet, too carbonated, and too crisp for me. It's drinkable, but I struggle through each sip.

tdm168, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of TyrainDreams
2.35/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured from 24oz can... looks like my urine... less head than my urine though... I suspect that this is because what craft beer I piss out is closer to beer than this :P J/K... Surprised that when actually pouring this into a frosty mug that I got a nice 2 finger head which disappeared within a couple minutes...

A - Aroma is dominated by DMS which isn't surprising for an adjunct lager.

F - Again DMS and a slightly metallic taste which might be due to poor coating on the can...

M - Like making love on a canoe to quote Monty Python... Like corn flavored club soda...

O - While I might like to make fun of this beer I find it is more than drinkable and definitely not as bad as some InBev/MC brands though I have to say since InBev acquired AB I feel that Budweiser has gone downhill a little bit and I find it hard to tell the difference between Bud and Bud Light...

TyrainDreams, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of hdf561
3.38/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You can not hate a Budweiser...plain and simple.

It is the beer most people try first, it is always there. Im more of a Coors drinker for my tailgaiting, partying etc. but if no Coors is available I go straight for a Budweiser or Bud Heavy as I call it.

This is not for Beer Snobs, this beer serves its purpose and without it alot of the sporting events, and events period would nto exisist.

It is the King of Beers and is the beer all others are judged, hated, and liked by.

hdf561, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Ilovesuds
3.43/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had my first Bud can in 1965. I was five years old and took a swig from my Uncle John's beer. Those were real "tin"cans that you had to punch triangle holes through with an opener.

Bud is a nostalgic beer that should never be poured into a glass. It's like keeping the lights off. Sometimes it's just better that way. Anyway, it's clean, crisp with a slight bitterness and sweetness at the finish. There really is no other beer that tastes like a Bud. A true session beer never to be compared to a microbrew.

I wouldn't keep this in my fridge but would look forward to the right situation to enjoy it again.

Ilovesuds, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of AlimonyAle
1.73/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Ah Budweiser. The "king of beers" That's a term I laugh at. Pours like your typical American Adjunct Lager: pale straw. More like urine. The smell is full of corn. The taste is somewhat dry. I don't know if this is the rice talking to us or not. In the mouth, the beer is over carbonated, and the glass shows us this. The head, while it lasts is pure white. The head dwindles down into nothing.

AlimonyAle, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of patpbr
2.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Budweiser is just a beer when nothing better is available. Its ahead of the lite American beers but far behind anything that constitutes a solid brew. Its everywhere and sponsors enough events to make it the only choice sometimes. its drank because its around.

patpbr, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
2.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Bendurgin, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of gtermi
2.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this at a party and grabbed this because it was the beer with the most alcohol there. The beer poured a somewhat decent darker yellow color . The smell was just of corn and wheat. The taste was just awful.. I have never had two sips and went straight for the drain. I just dont know how I use to drink this garbage. The mouthfeel of the beer is not awful, but not good. I hated this beer so much. I just dont see how they can call themselves the "King of Beers". To me its one of the worst beers on the markets.

gtermi, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Swim424
2.38/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Im just drinkin this straight out of the bottle. I have had it numerous times in a cup before as most of us probably have.

A- pale straw yellow. highly carbonated. depending on the pour decent head the falls quickly to nothing.

S-smells like some grains, cereal, a little yeast. not much else. smells sort of carbonated. nothing that makes you excited, but could be worse.

T- I taste some grains and cereal again. some yeast. very carbonated. very straight forward. sort of watery, but not to much.

MF- not much here. nothing bad, no real aftertaste. maybe a little residue but not much.

O-overall this is a decent beer to drink for its price. nothing exceptional but i wouldnt turn one down. I can enjoy drinking it but don't look forward to getting it. always a good beer for the long haul.

Swim424, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of iSip
2.78/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Budweiser:  Better than expected!  I was at a charity event, and my choices were Fat Tire, Corona, Coors Light and Budweiser.  Well, I was breaking my one beer per night rule, due to the festivity of the occasion.  My first of the evening was a Fat Tire.  Given the remaining choices, what is one to do?  I have not had "The King of Beers" in well over 30 years.  The aroma was much better than expected, the color clear and golden and the head was thin, pure white, but did last and lace well.  The flavor was smooth, properly sweet with faint hop and other flavors, and a thin finish.  Overall not bad!  This is not the place to get into the state of US beer law, the power of big breweries (even without them, most sporting events and TV programs would loose a lot of funding), and all of the other reasons I should dislike Budweiser.  The product itself, the anti-micro brew, held up well in my tasting.  The enjoyment of beer can take you to the most unexpected places.

iSip, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.25/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz tall boy born on 7-9-11

pours bright clear yellow with a fizzy white head that faded to nothing in seconds

smells is very faint - pick up sweet corn

taste is on par with most other adjuncts - barely in bitterness but a little up front then sweet corn/rice on the end and in the aftertaste

mouthfeel is just what i want in this style - light body good carbonation - crisp and smooth

overall - now while i have bashed AB in the past i have to say Bud might be the true king in this style - i have had many craft lagers that are barely better then this - that being said i will have no problems ordering a Bud when in a non craft bar

jsh420, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I didn't feel the need to pour this, as anyone who has ever had a beer, at least in the US, has seen it.

S- All adjuncts, nothing more. Corn, rice, and whatever else they put in here. Not terrible smell, not great.

T- I think it tastes most like the corn in it. Really, it's up for grabs. It's an indistinct taste like most AAJ's. Still, I think it's a solid choice for a cheaper beer, and I don't mind or especially like the taste, I'm kind of indifferent.

M- Not quite as light as water, I mean Bud Light, obviously, but close. You could pound these all night and only worry about the carbonation in your belly.

Overall, Budweiser is better than some, and worse than most. I'm having it out of a pint-sized AmeriCAN. As long as they put it in these flag cans or their new cans, I'm a sucker for marketing and will probably buy it. And yes, I know they are owned by a Belgium company, but the AmeriCANS are patriotic and great marketing.

boilermakerbrew, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of JohnFatAss
2.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sometimes Budweiser may be your only option.

Not horrible, but it is hard to believe why so many people drink this like it is the only beer on the planet.

It is just a below average beer at best. Weak on flavor, watery mouth feel for not being a light beer. It is easy to drink, but not very satisfying.

You could say this is a boring beer.

JohnFatAss, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of bluHatter
2.28/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Clear gold color. Big frothy fluffy white head.

S: Grainy skunky malt. Not the best smell from the king of beers.

T: Malt. Lots of malt. Grainy, tangy, bitter.

M: Watery but carbonated.

O: There's a reason I stopped drinking this after my first try. I thought I'd be fair and give it a second go, but it really doesn't hold much appeal for me, even now. It's not the worst I've had (that belongs to Tsingtao) but it's certainly nothing I'd drink unless I was in college and living off of peanuts and 1 dollar bills. In my opinion, the king of beers is a peasant.

bluHatter, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of keysofebony
2.65/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I work at a liquor store and got a 24oz can of this for a dollar...how can you go wrong. I haven't had this beer in forever, but even though it's not a craft beer, I'll still give it an unbiased review.

poured from 24oz can into a Kronenbourg 16oz Pilsner glass

Appearance- Very clear, pale yellow color. You can read a book through this beer. bigger bubbles in the head, which doesn't stick around. Dies down to literally no head unless I swirl it around. No lacing.

Smell- has a sweet malty adjunct smell. Bit of corn.

Taste- It's been a while since I've had a beer as light as this. Has a full flavor of sweet malt, corn, and hops. Acidic and lightly metallic. Very light on the hops, not a distint flavor, just light bitterness which mixes with the alcohol taste. It's a very simple beer; a light biscuity-corn flavor, alcohol, and hops.

Mouthfeel- thicker feel than it looks, but it's very standard.

Overall- Not disappointing, I knew what i was getting into here, but a dollar for a big can, I'll take it. I'd bring a few of these to a party, although I'd probably choose Yuengling over this. I hesitate to call it "smooth" because there are so many good beers out there that are more complex and much higher ABV that are more tasty and drinkable.

keysofebony, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of eulcedes
1/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Purchased from my local 7-Eleven. Poured into a tall pint glass.

Weak golden hue, mediocre head that quickly faded.
Aroma indeterminate origin, quickly replaced with flat metallic odor.
mild to nonexistant grain taste with sligh corn overtones. Very metallic taste.
This is proper stadium beer, or building fence beer. Recommendation would be to avoid unless other alternatives rate lower.

eulcedes, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of olimpia84
1.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured this Bud can into a Craft Pub glass.

A: translucent pale golden body with a two finger white head that exploded with carbonation and dissipated right away. No lacing.

S: metallic skunk grainy odor that ruins the experience. You're better off holding your breathing if you want to finish this beer.

T: mute grains and corn with a metallic aftertaste.

M: absurd carbonation paired with a light and watery body.

O: I find it a bit offensive that this beer has the "King of Beers" motto in its label...what is that statement based on? This beer could be a good cheap alternative for some but I would recommend to avoid it and cough a few more bucks for something better and with more taste.

olimpia84, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of JennyJam
1.45/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thin, watery mouthfeel. Tastes carbonated and bland with an almost sweet, stale taste. I couldn't get over that strange sweetness, reminded me of the aftertaste of applesauce that has begun to ferment. I would go for just about any other mass-produced domestic over this one. I can tolerate a poor beer, but I couldn't finish this one. That's never happened to me before (yes, I am ashamed). I am simply not a fan.

JennyJam, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.68/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is truly the Rodney Dangerfield of brews!It gets no respect. In fact, it is a decent thirst quencher that is ok for a night in the sports bar or when you are low on funds! It pours a nice clear yellow, it has no scent to speak of, it is not offensive to the taste being very neutral and has no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sodalike, pleasant.

CaptJackHarkness, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of FunkyFibes
1.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Budweiser pours a clear pale yellow with on finger head that vanishes quickly, with no lacing to speak of. I doesn't really have too much of a smell. At most a touch of grain in the nose. This beer is just offensive tasting to me. I have to say this is the most unpleasant of the macro beers. The others are light enough to be non offensive, this one sits poorly. It has a similar mouthfeel to seltzer water with slightly less carbonation. This is a beer I would not even crack open in an emergency. I find it strange that with so little flavor, I still find it so offensive.

FunkyFibes, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Converge
1.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - One finger of fizzy white head. No retention. Pale golden yellow.

S - Musty, stale grains. Kind of like cardboard. Gross.

T - Adjunct grains. Cleaner than I expected. Very bland still.

M - Grossly over-carbonated. Thin, watery body.

D - The king of beers?

Converge, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of CS1971
3.9/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say, I was biased against Bud and other american adjuncts for awhile. But lately I have come full circle. I just recognize the value in these brews lately. They are refreshing, light, and inexpensive, and accompany a football game quite nicely. Don't get me wrong, I would choose any Sam Adams beer over this. But I can't hate this beer, for the price I think it's pretty darn good.

CS1971, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of LAMAGS
2.83/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We've all drank it, and I'm sure, had mixed feelings. In my opinion its not as bad as everyone says. For a macro lager made for mass consumption it has more flavor than one should expect. Typical appearance for a lager and a distinct pretzel flavor. The mouth-feel is crisp and refreshing which is it's best quality. I'm not arguing that its a great beer, just good for what it is.

LAMAGS, Sep 10, 2011
Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 4,984 ratings.