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Ratings: 5,098
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 37
Gots: 586 | FT: 0
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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 redfire89
2.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright golden yellow with bubbles floating to the top.
S- Not much but a little grain smell.
T- Crisp, clean, with a slight taste of rice, not offensive at all.
M- Light, very easy to drink
O- When I'm in the mood for an adjunct lager I go for this or a Coors Light, they both are very inoffensive and clean.

Photo of Sensaray
2.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Almost clear, but call it light yellow. Large bubbly white head.

Metallic grainy smell. Doesn't really smell like much.

Grainy, corn like taste. Very drinkable.

Watery light carbonation, light feel.

I'll drink it on a hot summers day or whenever, but nothing impressive here.

Photo of drowninginhops
2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From notes:
A: Pale yellow into a pint glass. 1/2 finger white head with no lacing.

S: Grain, rice, corn. In summary mmmeeehhh.

T: See smell.

M: Drink some Alka Seltzer and you will know what it is.

O: Made for the masses not for the Few The Proud The Beer Advocates.

Photo of ajcobb24
1.55/5  rDev -34%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - The beer pours an extremely pale yellow into a pint glass. Very little head (about one half a finger), with no lacing stuck to the sides of the glass as the beer is swirled around/agitated.

Smell - Faintest scents of grains and rice. This beer really has no smell to speak of being that it is a mass produced lager beer meant for availability rather than enjoyment of consumption.

Taste - Not much here either. It tastes like alcoholic water with a little grain and rice mixed in. Alcoholic content is barely noticeable and hardly enjoyable. Do not ever have this beer warm or you will regret it.

Mouthfeel - Some consistency as seltzer water. It basically is analogous to carbonated water on tongue.

Overall - One of my least favorite adjunct lagers and least favorite beer overall (next to Corona that is). Tasteless to a large degree and only good when you are looking for something cheap to play beer games with.

Photo of prosit13
1.33/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Terrible, terrible beer. Poured from a bottle into a glass with no head and absolutely no lacing. The only reason I gave this obvious detail is because 250 characters were required. Smells like a rotten piece of beef and heavy yeast. Tastes like water with a microbial yeasty finish. Disgusting beer. Not the king of anything. Seriously, bud light is better.

Photo of weller1js
2.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a pale yellow with a very slight golden hue, clear and heavily carbonated, white foam dissipates into next-to-no lacing.

smell: corn and rice, hops are light and subdued.

taste: begins clean and watery, whatever malt taste this is come off as corn and rice, hops are subdued but crisp, light bitter finish.

drinkability: the epitome of American lager-pilsners, very basic, it does the job and is drinkable yet nothing impressing.

Photo of Onenote81
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Went to OBX for the week this last holiday, and cheap beer was the order for the week. Started with this one on-tap for lunch.

Came out the palest of yellows with a thin white head capping it off. No lace. Nose was dry and grainy. Faint citrus and husk. The mouth was crisp and refreshing. Excellent feel. Sweet corn, lemon zest, cheap grains make up the flavor profile. If ever I were to get this beer again, on-tap it would be. This was a refreshing and simple brew. Good one to wash down some wings...

Photo of BeanBone
2.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear, effervescent, and golden-straw body capped by two fingers of fluffy white head that burn out quickly, leaving only the barest patches of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Floral and lemony hops over sweet grain; rather faint overall.

Flavor: Up front, a hint of grassy and lemony hops. Underneath, a thoroughly sweet grainy malt backbone. It’s all just thin and bland, a real snooze-fest. Light grain in the mostly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with sharp carbonation and a clean finish.

Drinkability: As expected, this goes back with the greatest of ease. All that could stand in your way is stomach volume and sheer banality.

Verdict: Not surprisingly, I’m not going to be ready to bow down to this “king” any time soon. Watery, boring, thin, and too sweet, Budweiser is just what you’d expect it to be.

Photo of dogfishandi
1.95/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz lone can found in fridge poured into a pint glass. canned on March 8, 2011 (about 2 months old)

pours out a super clear piss straw yellow color with a surprisingly big, frothy, retentive pure white head. some nice sticky lace. much better head than the bottle review i did awhile back, but i did do a more aggresive pour this time. hardly any rushing carbonation bubbles which is a bit surprising for an adjunct lager.

harsh aromas of overly sweet cooked corn and metal. a bit of sulfery minerals.

sweet cooked corn and mineral like lager yeast. some harsh tannins? just a bit of a floral like hop in the finish and just the slightest bit of bitterness.

super weak, light, watery body. the carbonation does not seem super fizzy at first, but has a little bit of bite in the finish.

if adjunct lagers are your thing, ud be a fool to buy this. not much better than carbonated water. there are so many better ones out there, ehhhemmm...PBR, yuengling, genesee. a side from reviewing purpose, ill never drink this again, mainly due to there ridiculous advertisments.

Photo of Trizzle
1.83/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My 99th beer review. I'm not sure I've actually had this before..

Very pale anemic (sp?) lemon yellow with a solid head and a little lace. Quite carbonated.

I can honestly smell nothing. Nothing at all. Air and water.

Very light body, the visible carbonation is completely unnoticeable. Some vegetable oil notes, slightly sweet with a long horrible corn aftertaste. There isn't much here and what is isn't great. Not completely horrible but only because it's so tasteless.

Not really my thing.

Photo of grogory
2.53/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pale yellow with streams of carbonation, and almost no head. I prefer lighter beers, but I do not like it when beers cannot retain even the smallest heads. The head on Budweiser acts more like soda carbonation, just wait a few seconds and its completely gone.

Smell - Really nothing outstanding. Smells like your typical adjunct lager. Smells of corn.

Taste - I'm usually the anti-macro brewery type of guy for the lack of quality and care, but ironically, I actually like taste of Budweiser somewhat. It's good for easy drinking as long as you don't have to think too much into it. Half the time, my beer is there along the sidelines just to have a drink at hand, which is what Budweiser is like. The other times, my beer is part of my focus and attention, which is what better beers are reserved for, in my opinion. It has a slightly "burnt" taste that takes a sip or two to get used to, but I like it. You can also clearly taste the corn in it, but like I said, it's for the times where you don't have to think about the beer.

Mouthfeel - The best way to describe it is like the taste of beer with the mouthfeel of soda. Very light and easy to hold in.

Overall - Obviously not the pinnacle of what the beer industry has to offer, but I think that there are worse.

Photo of rickyleepotts
1/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Budweiser… what can I say about this beer? I actually prefer this beer over Bud Light; mainly due to increase flavor and a higher ABV. For a domestic beer, an ABV of 5% is pretty big.

This is a beer that you can drink… and drink… and, well you get the picture. This is a beer I only order when I am trying to either save money or they are running a great special. Seeing as how this is one of the world’s most sold beers, they run a lot of specials! It’s cheap (they produce a lot of it) and it flies off the bar in bottles, cans, and on draft. Drinking this beer makes me think of a place in Scottsdale… they serve beer cans out of bathtubs. $1 beers… and Bud is one of them.

I have heard this beer called many things over the years, but Bud is the easy way to refer to this watery brew. The beer smells like… well, crap. But that’s okay, stay with me here. The beer drinks like water, with a slight carbonation toward the end, and the aftertaste is worthless. Heck, it even looks like water sitting in the glass.

Speaking of that, when I lived in Europe, we drank a lot of carbonated water. Yeah, gross. It’s actually not bad if you put a lime in it. But this beer looks sort of like that in the glass. It’s extremely clear. You know… the more I think about it, I assume you have had this beer once or twice in your day.

I love the way they market though… they are all over the place. This beer is nothing fancy. It’s a domestic, very easy to find, and one that I know I will have again if nothing more than convenience. Bottoms up… and hurry up, you don’t want to leave the taste of this beer in your mouth for long. (Add a lime to this if you don’t mind putting fruit in your beer.)

Photo of bnes09
2.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, straw yellow lager. Descent amount of bubbles. Disappointingly thin head with poor retention. Little lacing but more than most of the style.

Clean, grain like aroma. Hint of leafy hops. Slightly skunked. Mild bready notes.

Big adjunct flavor, corn and rice. Not much malt flavor. Semi-metallic (kinda like sucking on a nickel.) Mild leafy hop flavor. Not good by any means but average among American adjuncts.

Light body, high level of carbonation, not much texture.

This stuff is ok. Basically the prototype for the American adjunct lager. Simply put, this stuff is the definition of average in a category that is way below average making it undesirable.

Photo of acelin
3.23/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Keep in mind I'm reviewing for the style.

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a large pint glass. The beer was clear, straw yellow with little head, slight traces of lacing. Average for a lager.

Smell was weak, with faint whiffs of biscuit and at times, even floral scents. Emphasis on weak.

AB does a great job making a consistent, easy to drink lager. It's crisp, clean, and consistent. It is cheap, really, what do you expect? Mass market, cheap food you don't expect much from, and the same here. It's a simple barely malty beer that is as average as it gets.

A very drinkable beer, mouthfeel is good.

Overall average for this style. There are better adjunct lagers.

Photo of thebrood1987
2.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap last night because it was pretty cheap and believe it or not I never actually bothered to have Budweiser on tap. It had that typical fast dissolving head that I can't stand seeing because it has that soda like effect. The look and taste really scream "bland". All you really smell are chalky yeasty undertones with the grain and corn upfront. The taste is this same thing with a grainy corn cheap taste with really no malt taste at all. The closest thing to a malt taste is the corn syrup like taste and body that it has. On the light version they seem to take out that corn syrupy body and taste even more which REALLY leaves the beer with hardly anything so I definitely have to say at least this full version is better than the awful light version.

You get a very subtle slight hop taste mixing in with the rice taste as well. The rice taste is definitely not bad at all though. I really detect no differences between the on tap version and the bottle version. Maybe a crisper and just an extreme tad bit more of a noticeable hop presence which really is approaching zero hop taste. All I can say about this beer is only pick it if theres nothing else but the light versions of the big 3 companies.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Born on 13 April 11. 12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass. (why the hell not)

Appearance - Clear golden body. No carbonation. Strange, considering the can I poured into a pint glass earlier today was full of body carbonation. Small head dissipated instantly. Hardly even a lace.

Smell - Almost none to speak of.

Taste - Watery as hell. Corn. Nothing like the Bud I had from a can just an hour ago. And I only had a 24, so I won't chalk it up to sensory overload. (haha, as if)

Mouthfeel - Barely any carbonation.

Overall - I really probably should have left this piss in the bottle, at least it might have retained a bit of carbonation. The only redeeming quality about this beer is that it doesn't taste bad, it just water.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not all the creative marketing in the world can get me to drink this beer if there are other choices. This beer gives me headaches....like champaign. The color is....surprise...golden clear with bubbles. The smell and taste are grainiy. Mouth feel is fine. Just cant handle the headaches.

Photo of beerwolf77
2.15/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Most of the time guys make claims about how they never drink or have drank BMC. Well I can honestly say this is the first ever straight up Budweiser I've ever had. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for forcing me to break my life long streak. Poured from a can into a TULIP how sacrilegious is that?

A: Extra pale yellow hue. Crystal clear. About a finger of bright white head fades rather quick. Small soapy lace ring.

S: Faint sweet grain. A touch of grass clippings. Regret. Not much of a nose really.

T: Flavor is almost non existent. Light sweet grain and a hint of hops in the finish.

M: Light body with biting carbonation.

O: It is what it is. Flavorless and crisp. Thankfully this will be my last and only experience with this beer.

Photo of JRed
2.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear yellow body with white frothy head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of sweet adjuncts, grain and some hops. Taste is very similar to it's aroma: sweet adjunct, grain, rice, subtle hops towards the finish. A somewhat coating sugar remains on the palate. Light, fizzy body. The best of the adjunct lagers but not the end all, be all of beer that too many people believe it is.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.45/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow pour, not much head, appearance is far from appetizing. Clear pale yellow. Aroma is corny.

Taste, little hop zip, lots of carbonation, feel the beechwood aging. A decent palate cleanser, it is very consistent and accomplishes what it aims to do, a light bodies lager, minimal ingredients, lots of water. Totally the kind of beer you can drink tons of (if you're a masochist kind of) and brag to people about how much 'beer' which is more water than most. . . sigh.

Better than bud light at least. But seriously, water.

Photo of Puddintane
2.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

We have all been there. You go to a bar with some friends that are not into beer just hoping you will be able to find something better but you just have no luck. You are left in the same delimma that many before you have face: Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, etc....I normally choose to go straight for the harder stuff when faced with these choices but sometimes you have to bite the bullet, sometimes it's even a silver one but not on this night.
Pour doesn't start off that bad, light golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is slightly vegetal, slightly sweet and really hard to pick up. I'm able to pick up the vegetal feel even more in the taste along with that slight sweetness, no presence of hops. It certainly isn't the worst beer I've ever drank but it is far from the best either.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.03/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours the traditional adjunct later yellow-golden color. Clear. Medium bubbled white head. Small retention. No lacings left

S: Discrete smell of adjunct malts. A bit sweet. No hops

T: Very mild taste of malts. Very light hop bitterness. Disappointing

M: Extremely light body. Very watery. Medium carbonation

O: Extremely mass production tasteless adjunct lager. No soul

Photo of Nerudamann
3/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a stein glass.

Look - pale golden/straw color, clear, with about 3 fingers of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - typical adjunct lager/cereal smell, but a little less pungent and "purer".

Taste and Mouthfeel - not a whole lot of taste, what's there is more of the "cereal" taste that adjuncts have. It tastes more like a real beer than the Bud Light version does. Texture is more on the watery side, but not too bad.

Overall - not a bad tasting beer, but it also doesn't have a strong taste of anything, but still more so than some others.

Photo of miket163
3.13/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this with Mexican food at Chuy's in Dallas, TX. Nothing new here, but I figured I would review.

Light golden colour with a small white fizzy head, and no lacing. The nose was a light grass/hay with a touch of citrus and green vegetable.

The taste was clean and crackery. Just a touch of hop bitterness and a green apple note. Nothing foul, but nothing outstanding. The beer serves two purposes: To cool you down on a hot day, and to wash down food.

Photo of brewerburgundy
1.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz can, Nonic, '20FEB2011' on the bottom, but unclear as to whether this is a canning or best by date. I guess canning.

This is a totally clear viewing experience in a light golden urine color. There's a bone colored head on top that wasn't too shabby for a macro, though it's mostly gone now.

As for aroma, there really isn't one. This is about the most aroma neutral beer I've ever had. What I can smell is lightly sweet and metallic and I half recognize a delicate fruitiness from from a couple ales brewed with rice that I've had.

Hardly anything changes when you get some of this beer into your mouth. Again that light sweetness, but did they even use any bonafide malt? It's got a bit of metallic twang.

The mouthfeel is spot on for what it is; fully fizzy and a little like seltzer.

I've had my fair share of the king because somebody close to me will drink nothing else. I'd never gotten around to reviewing it because when I spend time with these people it's precious and I think that even though this is monstrously watered down beer, many times having a beer is about much more than the liquid.

Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 5,098 ratings.