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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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4,402 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,402
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 2.33
pDev: 33.05%
Wants: 16
Gots: 268 | 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 Greg529


1.27/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The first time I had this was from the can. I really regret that...
The 2nd time I had it, it was a little better out of the bottle, but still not great.

Light golden color, weak smell, and VERY weak flavor. It felt very carbonated, but because of it's weak taste, it was very drinkable (almost like water compared to other beers).

Serving type: can

02-24-2007 16:01:18 | More by Greg529
Photo of umustdrink


1.58/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

GIANT 24 OZ CAN...what was I thinking?
born Nov. 27, 2006

A - Very pale watery yellow in color, much paler than I thought it would be. Completely see-through. Head was white in color and faded to a few splotches that hug the edges of the mug. Head fades to nothing as it warms. No lace to speak of.

S - Light corn-on-the-cob and sugar smell.

T - Corn syrup, corn, other bland tastes. Watery as fuck.

M - Carbonation bites a little.

D - There is no point in drinking this beer. It has no taste!

Serving type: can

02-22-2007 03:27:53 | More by umustdrink
Photo of Gmann

New York

2.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear straw color, not quite Corona yellow, had a small soapy white head the dissipated into nothingness. Not much of a smell, maybe a bit of adjuncts. The taste is quite neutral, and when I say neutral I mean don't taste like nothing. It has just enough malt taste in it to offset the adjunct taste, not like Bud Light. I think I may have detected a hop. It has a pretty fizzy watery mouthfeel that finishes like seltzer water. Fine cooler beer for tailgating and mass consumption.

Serving type: can

02-17-2007 04:08:07 | More by Gmann
Photo of awester462


2.42/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer has light straw yellow color, any head flattens and ruins an already mediocore taste.

There is not much to say about the smell...it has one.

The taste is bitter, after you've already had a few it might taste ok.

The mouthfeel is is dull and lacking.

It's kind of worth a try, but it is an american macro.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 00:07:46 | More by awester462
Photo of Newglarusguy


3.1/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type 12 oz bottle poured into a 16 oz pint glass.

Appearance: Golden fizzy coloured brew that screams carbonation.

Smell: Well from what I could get with out the bubbles bursting my nose is rice, corn, malt and the faintest hint of hops you could imagine.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Average very carbonated fizzy fills your stomach up fast without noticing any flavours but if you taste closely you can taste some rice yuk! and corn.

Notes: a good session beer but nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 22:40:55 | More by Newglarusguy
Photo of jettjon


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

Presented in a 12 oz bottle “born on 18DEC06.” Into a frosty mug, a vigorous pour yields a pale golden transparent color with plenty of bubbles beneath a one-finger head of rapidly dissipating whitish foam that leaves a ring and trace lacing. Nose is very sweet and grassy. Tastes mainly of corn adjunct with a touch of hops; there’s a dry, ever-so-slightly bitter finish with a slight off-flavor I can’t place. Mouth is watery and thinnish with light carbonation. Drinkability is OK, just acceptable, and best served very cold in a frosty mug.

Overall: Another ho-hum macro lager. Why bother?

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 01:22:40 | More by jettjon
Photo of TheWhaleShark

New York

1.98/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

One of the classic American macro lagers. I'm reviewing it for the sake of completeness.

A: As Stone Brewing Company would say: fizzy yellow beer. It doesn't look particularly bad, but it's just not all that impressive either. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Almost none to speak of.

T: Again, almost none to speak of. There's a very slight sweet taste of some kind of grain, but otherwise, it tastes like carbonation.

M: Very light and carbonated. Has virtually no presence in the mouth.

D: Well, it does go down easily, and it's not strong on the palette, so you can drink a lot of it.

It's not the worst macro lager, but I would never buy this beer on my own initiative, and wouldn't drink it unless there was a very good reason. It's very bland and inoffensive, made to appeal to every beer drinker in the world.

Serving type: can

02-10-2007 03:48:03 | More by TheWhaleShark
Photo of schusterbauer


1.95/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

yellow, water, very fizzy. smells metallic and soapy, and slightly grainy. tastes disgusting: nickels, urine, old ingredients... rugged in the mouth, very carbonated. makes my head hurt after the huge glass.

consistency seems to be touted with this beer often. as in, it is consistently the same. i can see value in that, but if it consistently tastes like urine and nickels, how is that good?

not trying to slam the beer without reason, it's just gross. (it's not the style -- i'm more than happy to have a High Life or a PBR in front of me, just about any time.) this is undrinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2007 15:43:41 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of witster18


2.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

the freshness of Budweiser is VERY important. If you get something within a week of bottling there IS a noticable difference. There are some hops to be detected and they arrive early....after that it gets really grainy with an undetectable sweetness. The aftertaste is mainly the alcohol coming through. My sample here is about as fresh as it gets....bottled only a few days ago...this does have nice clarity and a fresh taste but in the end it suffers from what all beers in this catagory suffer from....a lack of taste and character....but still this is way underrated here and should fall just behind High life(for amerlags) at about 70-72 in my opinion...better than most of this style...but ultimately underwhelming.

a slightly distinguishable brew with that beechnut corn sweetness, but for a couple bucks more get Brooklyn Lager or Dortmunder gold and call it a day.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 21:28:53 | More by witster18
Photo of alexskovan

New York

1.98/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

NOTE: I haven't tasted this beer in years. So great is the prejudice against it amongst us "knowledgeable" beer folk, that I would avoid drinking Bud even when only macro was available. On a whim I picked up a pint can at the corner store for purposes of review. Born on date: 11/12/06.

I dislike snobbery of any kind, and furthermore I have no great prejudice against mass-produced products -- so long as they are quality products. So I am determined to approach this beer as I would any other, and give it every reasonable benefit of the doubt. So. . .

Poured a clear pale gold with a lot of carbonation and a decent head that dropped slowly to a thin film of bubbles on top. This is not at all a bad LOOKING beer. Certainly it does NOT deserve to have its appearence compared to "urine". That is an unflattering description that could be made of any pale golden beer. However. . .
Aroma is. . . almost non-existent. Not so much bad as just not there. I inhaled deeply and smelled a little twang of. . . hops? Rice? Tough to say. Taste is. . . also almost not there. Very subtle bitterness, mostly just a feel of bubbles on the tongue. Aftertaste is distinctly unpleasant, a sharp sort of metallic snap that lingers in the mouth.

No I didn't pour it down the drain; it isn't THAT bad. I finished the pint. But it truly is not very good beer. American Macro. Designed to be as inoffensive as possible to the largest number of people.

Serving type: can

01-25-2007 23:53:14 | More by alexskovan
Photo of theopholis


2.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- The beer is very clear, very light straw/yellow. The head is about two fingers high and very white, and fairly loose. Suprisingly the head actually has a bit of staying power and leaves a decent amount of lace behind..

Aroma- A mix of sour mash and sweet corn. No hop character, no malt sweetness. Rather unimpressive.

Taste- Stong taste of corn meal with some rice mixed in. Very little in the way of hops. Aside from the rice and corn, no obvious off-flavors.

Mouthfeel-Very light body, No clinginess to your mouth (which means you have to keep drinking it). Carbonation level is right on tho.

Drinkability: It's very drinkable when ice cold. But as it warms up and you can actually taste and smell it, well...it ain't real pleasant.

Serving type: can

01-21-2007 19:53:44 | More by theopholis
Photo of halfassedjedi


2.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ah, budweiser. The all talk hype of the brewing industry. I first had this when I was 12. Hated it then, still do.

Im ashamed that this is known as the "King of Beers".

Anyways, here goes. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a light yellow with no head to speak of. Lacing was non existant, except about an inch at the end of the drink. Smells like funky water. I dont know what to relate the taste to but boring watery swill. mouthfeel isnt anything to declare, but nothing to really knock either. I can drink this all day. If I were to have a party with a bunch of jocks and bros, this would probably satisfy them quite well.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 20:23:28 | More by halfassedjedi
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


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

Budweiser, everyone knows it, many hate it, many love it, some don't give a rats ass about it, like me!! Pours a very weak yellow color with a lot of fuzziness. Smells like water. Tastes sweet, slightly malty and very watery. Mouthfeel like carbonated water. Overall it's quite drinkable but who really cares. Budweiser pride themselves in only using the best ingredients, but why? This is a nothing beer for tasteless folk.

Serving type: can

01-14-2007 00:20:24 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of nlmartin


1.98/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer was poured from the can into my Arrogant Bastard pub glass. As the cold beer hits my glass I can hear the theme music. This is Budweiser. This is Buweiser the King is here. This is Budweiser this is beer...

Appearance: The beer is a clear bubbling pale yellow. The head is about two fingers high. The head is a rocky off white coloration. Suprisingly the head actually had a bit of staying power.

Smell: The beer really doesnt have a lot going on as far as the smell. The beer has no off smells noted. The beer smells of sweet corn cereal inspite of a rice base.

Taste: The beer has a corny cereal flavor. A slight floral zing at the end of the flavor may be the hops. No off flavors noted in the beer just not alot going on.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is watery thin and borders on light body. The carbonation is probably the most annoying thing about this beer. I found the carbonation to be stinging. This beer wasnt the chore I thought it would be to drink. This isnt the worst beer. It is far from the King of beers. This beer has no real smells or taste to it. The body of the beer really doesnt have anything to reccomend it. If this was my only choice I think I would do without a beer.

Serving type: can

01-08-2007 12:32:00 | More by nlmartin
Photo of rhoadsrage


1.65/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

(Served in a half-pint glass)

A- This beer is crystal clear with a very light hue of pale yellow and a strong carbonation of big bubbles racing through the body. The head is a snow white thin film of big bubbles that fades pretty quickly.

S- The smell if very clean in aroma but there is a faint soft salty raw corn note with a faint hint of dry green that could be from hops in the finish.

T- The carbonic acid dominates the taste with a faint salty hint with a finish of tang that might be from hops. The tangy note hangs on the breath for a small bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a light clean mouthfeel with a big fizz that makes it appear more full.

D- This beer is very light and clean with no malt taste and a faint hint of hops but it is not a bitterness. The biggest part of this beer is the bubbles. I'm impressed that they can high the alcohol in a beer this light.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 01:04:06 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of JimFalzone


2.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I think a high percentage of the folks on this site have had their share of budweiser. Unless your dad was a homebrewer, your first exposure to beer in highschool or college was likely the King of Beers.

I recently ended up with some in my fridge after a party, and was pleasantly surprised. It was like sitting in an old car or a battered family cottage. You know its a piece of crap, but the odd familiarity is comforting.

If it's been a while since you had a Bud, in my case it had been 9 years, I would recommend you try one again.

The appearance is bland yellow, the smell is bland, but the ricey taste and smooth mouthfeel might be comforting to you. It certainly will bring back memories of drinking in the woods or in someone's basement.

But don't forget that drinking too much of this alcoholic yellow water will lead to very bad things the next day. Why do Macros do such evil things to a person's digestive system?

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 14:39:57 | More by JimFalzone
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not that good, but better than I thought it would be. Tastes sweet, though not sure what from. Smells slightly sweet. Crisp and clean. Quite drinkable. Light bodied, but not as light as I was expecting. Wish I had more to say, but this beer just didn't strike me. Okay for what it is, there are definitely worse macros out there.

Serving type: can

12-24-2006 03:28:16 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of zuggy9


1.83/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This mass produced lager poours a pale light yellow, with a white head that disapated quickly. A bit of thin lacing and a crown which fades fast. Quite a bit of carbonation too. The smell is rather metallic with definite rice and malts. The taste is a bland with a bit of a harsh hoppy aftertaste which I found frankly nasty. It's crisping and watery with very little body. It's fairly refreshing, maybe after a number of pints of the good stuff, but clearly not something I would drink. I merely tried it because I had the opportunity to review it.

Serving type: can

12-22-2006 21:09:32 | More by zuggy9
Photo of isaac


2.9/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to pint glass.

A - Crystal-clear, pale-straw (uh... this looks familiar... hint. hint.) Little to no visible carbonation and a big, soft head that sinks into a thin film without much lacing.

S - Not a bad smell - plain malts and rice with slight metalic notes.

T - Crisp, smooth... beer-water. Finish is slightly alcoholic with the smallest whisp of a hop, somewhere, maybe.

M - crisp, thin, not much too it.

D - I won't lie - this is refreshing.
but so is water.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 04:24:11 | More by isaac
Photo of BassAssassin


2.42/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very pale yellow, almost clear. Thin head, which quickly disappears. Very fizzy, lots of carbonation. Looks extremely watery.

S: Smell is sharp with a light grainy malt aroma. Scent of hops is undetectable.

T: Not much flavor here. Some grain and husk, probably from the corn and rice. Slightly sour bite. No hops to speak of. Finishes dry and very clean. It should be noted that the consistency of taste in such a light beer is impressive. Kudos to Budweiser in that regard.

M: Light in body. Thin and fizzy. Very much like sparkling water.

D: Low ABV and relative lack of taste make this a session beer that appeals to millions of people. I must admit, it does go down easy. It's also pretty tasty at a cookout. However, there are much better alternatives within the macro lager category.

Serving type: can

12-12-2006 21:01:02 | More by BassAssassin
Photo of Umbra


1.48/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

We crammed ourselves into the bar at 10:30 before the Ravens game, realizing too late that we should drag ourselves up much earlier for proper tailgating. Offered on tap, ice cold, for free were both Bud and Miller Light. Since I was to sample many brews this day, I thought I'd do a taste comparison
My thick, clear plastic cup was filled to the rim with a neon yellow liquid, with no head and very little carbonation. The Miller Light was golden and looked perfect.
A deep inhale gave an aroma of a dive bar at 10 a.m. on Sunday. For those of us familiar, it is that unique flavor one gets before they use the cheap cleaning fluids. Mmm, sulfur and funk.
Very low bitterness, some malts, and lots of rice and corn flavors. That is what they are shooting for here, since on the brewery tour they make sure that you understand the rice/corn is good for you and improves the beer. This is a bastard child of a beer.

Finished crisp and clean, since it really didn’t get warm in the cup with the freezing weather. Only really drinkable if you keep it ice cold. Must be the beach wood aging.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2006 20:12:54 | More by Umbra
Photo of simmons

New Jersey

1.2/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: A yellow lager that is very bright from a very thero filtering.Not much head at all only a small white head that lasts only seconds.

Smell: All that is presesnt is a vegetable aromo from the corn that is used. No hops or any other malt at all.

Taste: Hardly any malt flavor at all. overwhelming vegetable taste from yet again all that cheap low grade corn that is used. As for the hops there are none to be seen, but there is a funky after taste that lingers around for a while.

Mouthfeel: Very light beer with not much malt or hops it is a very watery beer with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Even though I hate this beer, something was done right cause it is one of the biggest selling beer in the world. So for drinkability the statistics say yes while I say no. This beer has no tastefull malt, no presence of hops of any kind, has a nasty after taste, is watery and lifeless. The only thing that is respectfull about this beer is its filtering and the fact that AB sat down and came up with a recipe that try to offend the least amount of people to make it the #1 most bought beer in the world. (its still awful)

Serving type: can

11-29-2006 15:41:41 | More by simmons
Photo of barrettds

New York

2.75/5  rDev +18%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Born on November 8, 2006. So, I'm drinking a 19 day old beer.

Poured from a bottle into a frozen glass mug. 3/4 inch of head formed but quickly disappeared into a small ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell is typical of a macro, but very faint.

Taste is that of a macro, but a little bit more. Rice is present but welcomed somehow. Very faint hint of hops, but more than other macrobrews. Nothing really offensive, but I appreciate a macrobrew that doesn't completely suck while still enjoying the greats.

Mouthfeel is very watery.

Drinkability is the best part of a Budweiser. No offensive tastes, clean finish. Can't really complain when it comes down to realizing that this is a macrolager.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 00:16:33 | More by barrettds
Photo of ewurm


1.35/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Looks like your typical American Macro. Smells like it. Taste is better than it looks or smells, but I won't flatter. Mouth is bubbles and water. On a hot summer day, I will have it, if it's the last thing available. Chances are, if you are drinking this and posting a review, your buddy gave you this and it was your only choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 03:11:14 | More by ewurm
Photo of tozerm


1.18/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I really tried to be objective and review solely on what was in the glass, not what was on the label. In all honesty the only thing that even remotely reminded me of beer was the color and modest head. There was a vague recollection of hops in the aroma, almost as if this beer had talked to a hop plant in some dark, forgotten history. Beyond the appearance of a classic pilsner, any trace of the genes of the true lagers from Europe is long since been bred out of this beer. The taste and mouthfeel made me think of a Jones Soda that is "beer" flavored. The carbonation in this beer is way overdone; as if it had just come out of a bottle with a Co2 canister attached. This beer might be suitable to pour into a large pot for a crab boil, but only if you add enough other seasonings.

Serving type: can

11-26-2006 01:50:54 | More by tozerm
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