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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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4,827 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,827
Reviews: 1,461
rAvg: 2.33
pDev: 33.48%
Wants: 27
Gots: 452 | 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 AdmiralDiaz
2.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden body with a large white head. Smell is very malty with strong grain and some hops. Taste is about the same but has more boldness than I expected. Mouthfeel is standard. well carbonated and as drinkable as any other beer of the style but still better tasting than most.

AdmiralDiaz, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of njthebestofme
2.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

this beer is not my favorite.. looks like pee its very yellow ..light head..not impressed.. smells of lil grain, rice and thats about it nothing to go wow over.. taste is average like any other beer out there on mainstream.. bnut it doese give you a nasty headache in the morning

njthebestofme, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of roddwolff
2.6/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I liked the smell, smooth and some grains; in the taste are some cereals, rice and a little malt; the mouthfeel is ok, with a light to medium bitterness, very fizzy; the drinkability simply is acceptable.

I don't liked the apperance, a very clear yellow color and excesive foam.

I don't think this beer is "the king of beers"

roddwolff, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
2.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Nose is clean... kind of an anonymous nose that you can tell is beer, but can't really pick out the individual components. It just is. Taste is very light. Again, no real malt or hop character, just kind of that ubiquitous ''beer'' quality that defines Bud and other fizzy yellow lagers.

It is, at least, not overcarbonated.

For all the hate this beer gets, it isn't really that it's bad. It's more that it isn't good... really, it isn't anything much at all.

JohnQVegas, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
2.73/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My American Friends bought a case because they were homesick. BTW its here in New Zealand and isn't any different than in the states.

Appearance- There is a reason its served in a brown glass bottle. Explosive Head that rapidly fads and a pale clear yellow body.
Smell- Rice, Thin Malt Notes
Taste- Its Bud, plain and simple
Mouthfeel- Smooth, Crisp, Thin
Drinkability-Great for the style

Had it on Dollar Draft Nights back in the States. Its a standby for sporting events and for case sales.

TubaManJack, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of cwps48
2.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has some flavor, not repulsive, not great. Tastes better than most of your cheap beers, harder to drink for beer pong (too much going on).

Pours a transparent yellow. Decent head present, but the bubbles are too large for it to stick around any. Smells slightly hoppy I suppose. Not much of the malts. Good carbonation.

cwps48, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
2.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pale straw colored ale, lots of bubbles, very effervescence. It is clear as can be. One fingers worth of head and disappeared very quickly... and no lacing.

S: Not a lot here... maybe corn with a hint of green apple and a woody note.

T: OK, I'm catching some corn grain, a little rice and a woodyness... Very crisp, with no aftertaste to speak of... pretty under powering. But is what is expected... it is just your basic beer.

M: Very light bodied.... high in carbonation, again plain.

D: Being so light bodied and low in ABV, you could drink a ton of this stuff... It is the starter beer of all starter beers.

This is the King of Beers.... we all started here so you cannot knock this beer to badly....

mralphabet, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of tronester
2.6/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale cllear golden wit a thin white head. Smell is almost non-existent, a hint of corn. taste is very bland, a hint of malt, sour apples and corn. A touch of hop bitterness can be detected as well.. Mouthfeeli is watery, too much carbonation. Somewhat drinkable due to its very light flavor profile. I would only drink this again if given to me, i would not purchase it.

tronester, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
3.65/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2oz sample from a friends 12oz bottle poured into a small glass. Until yesterday, I had never actually had Budweiser, though I've had the rest of the family.

A - very pale yellow color with a small white head. typical appearance for the style.

S - it's weird. this is the only adjunct lager ever that had two scents that I never expected to find in the style: malt and lactic acid. I definitely smelled a hint of malt, which I haven't in Miller or Coors, but the lactic acid just seemed off. I have no idea where it came from, but this beer had a slight Berliner Weissbier tinge to it.

T - touch of sweet malt, almost toasty with a tinge of lactic acid and a citrusy hop finish. I'm not getting the apples that others have suggested, but I'll continue to look. The taste is nothing special, but one must remember to review objectively, thus, this beer has a pretty high rating from me because for its style, it's very, very good. Really, the flavor isn't at all objectionable and is honestly enjoyable.

M - very carbonated. this is like drinking seltzer water. which is on par with the style, but it's not as overcarbonated as Coors or Miller, so, it gets high points.

D - not bad for the style. it's definitely the most drinkable beer within the style.

bowersdm, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of stingrayvr6
2.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light, golden color, bubbling with carbonation, small head but some lacing. More respectable than the Light, by a lot, but not my choice. Flavor was crisp and uniform, bitter finish. Easy to see why it is so popular, very easy to drink and refreshing when ice cold. Won't be keeping it around but I don't mind it either.

stingrayvr6, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a bright, clear yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. Slightly sweet aroma with nothing standing out. A balanced flavor that doesn't feature any one aspect of the beer. Smooth but thin body. Very drinkable, as in goes down quickly and easily. This beer is the standard of the style, the one one you judge others against. There are versions of this style out there that are more flavorful and enjoyable, as well as versions that are much, much worse.

beertunes, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.08/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Style: American Adjunct Lager
ABV: 5.00 %

Reviewed 3/3/09 @ home, bottle>imperial pint glass
A 3.5 - clear yellow straw in color, 2 finger head, better retention than expected, mediocre head retention
S 3.0 - mild in aroma, not much to talk about, a hint of skunky-ness
T 3.0 - lighter style of lager, hints of corn and light malt, better than most macro brews in my opinion
MF 2.5 high in carbonation, very thin for a NON light beer
D 3.5 - like it for an AB macro, kinda light for a regular lager though, would drink it over most macro products if it's the only option, I kind of prefer it in the can for southern memories...

unclejimbay, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.18/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow and clear as a bell with a quick fading fluffy white head. Smells faintly of corn grits and cereal grain. Tastes fairly sweet and clean with rice and corn being the standout flavors. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, finishes squeaky clean (must be the beechwood aging!) and is not entirely unpleasant. Always refreshes at the ballgame out of a plastic cup, good with a hotdog etc.

biggred1, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of woodske1
2.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If you must drink a mainstream cheap beer than you should drink Budweiser. It tastes the best of the "Big" beers out there that everyone has access to.

It actually tastes and look like a beer. it pours very well and carries a decent ABV of 5% for a general beer.

woodske1, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
2.73/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a fizzy white head that rapidly fades away and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is corn and not much else.

Taste is grainy with some corn syrup sweetness.

Light mouthfeel, a bit watery with a lot of carbonation. I'll only drink this if I find myself in a setting where this is the best anyone can offer me, but for what it is its alright. King of beers? Not a chance. But king of macros is pretty believable so I'll at least give it that credit rather than completely bash it.

Vengeance526, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of dismal
3.48/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as macros go this is my favorite of them all, my go to beer when having to drink cheap and I know I can get it most anywhere I go. Pours a light clear stale golden yellow color pretty average but not awful. Not much of an impressive aroma which I guess is expected. As far as taste goes it's crisp and refreshing, obviously not a whole lot going on but that's to be expected for what it's for. Has a somewhat thin mouthfeel but in this case I don't think it really matters. I find this beer rather refreshing and I enjoy it. Like I said earlier it's my favorite of the macros and really it isn't all that bad. Not as much flavor as many others but for appealing to the masses and trying to be a nice refreshing beer it does it's job nicely.

dismal, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: medium head, high carbonation, golden color

Smell: corn, and malt

Taste: bready, corn, and malt

Mouthfeel: very smooth with a slightly bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: For the style this is above average and I have graded to that standard. This is probably the macro I reach for at parties. It is also something you won't ever see me buy except at a sporting event..For the style, I would think B+...overall a generous C- or D+

tigg924, Mar 01, 2009
2.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is classic american lager,light and pale.Head was gone in a flash.Little lace trailed my pint glass as it went down.

Taste is unimpressive,lightly malty....corn.Highly carbonated.
Smells the same as it tastes.Much better when masked by cold serving temps.

This stuff is served everywhere,so i'm sure i'll have it again eventually,but not looking forward to it.

PABSTMASTER, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Bookseeb
2.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a light golden yellow with a crisp fizzy head that dissapates quickly. Smell and taste take me back to my high school days, yet different (maybe because it's in a glass and not a can or plastic cup) with a light corn maltiness that is crisp with a good amount of carbonation leaving an acrid bitterness in the aftertaste. Actually the first few sips were not that bad, but about half way through my 32oz bottle it's getting hard to finish.

Bookseeb, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of wildwilll445
3.8/5  rDev +63.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first beer and still one of my favorites. It is good at what is does which is a cheap mass produced beer. Very consistent and I can drink a good number of these and feel very refreshed. Great at backyard barbecues. Not very strong or overpowering but still has just just a hint of spice

wildwilll445, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of mempath
2.05/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

a-straw or faded hay

s-generic beer; something sweet, malty.

t-smooth (as in intravenous); slips right past the tastebuds if you don't hold it there; goes great with something really salty. so does coke.

m-sudsy, watery; every once in a while, i get that 'fresh' taste; it refreshes, but so does water.

d-that's the key, isn't it (and the latest campaign slogan for the light version). this is its strength.

i bought this for the super bowl. what was i thinking. it took me until today to finish this off. budweiser works really well in beer bread recipes. so do any beer, good or not. if you are going to drink this, make sure it is at least draft or bottle!

mempath, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of whynot44
3.3/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear light gold color with a moderate white head that disipates fairly quickly but manages some traces of lace.

The aroma is mild hints of malt and corn.

The taste is also mild barely sweet bready malt with a very light dry grassiness at the finish.

Light bodied and extremely drinkable. Absolutely nothing offensive or outstanding enough to distract you from slamming it down. Probably the ultimate session brew and goes well with practically any food.

whynot44, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.8/5  rDev +106%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best American Macro Beer out there. Good in any serving type, can, bottle, and tap. Appearance crystal clear golden color with a head that lasts a few minutes. Smells like a beer should. Taste, smooth pure and very clean. Mouthfeel and drinkability are exceptional, best in class and I would say best in the industry. You can never go wrong when ordering a Budweiser. This is America's beer drinking beer. It may not be the most complex or have the best palate presentation, or offer a fruity or nutty flavor, but who would want that flavor if they were actually considering buying an American Macro Beer in the first place?

TeamSeinfeld, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of Thomajt
3.05/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser...the true American beer?

I hope not.

While this brew is exceptionally better than bud light, I would be lying to myself if I said it was anywhere close to good. The beer is an all-around average drink which is semi pleasing on a hot summer day here in Alabama.

I think I read on the label that no other beer is as expensive to brew as this one... Must be REALLY outdated

Thomajt, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of OzarkElmo
3.43/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very good offering within its category. As long as I don't have more than a few of these, all the world is okay. Good color, decent lacing for mass-produced beer. A good lager, enjoyable after a day's work out of a pint glass. Slightly bitter and dry. Really there is no other beer that tastes quite like it. Instead of slamming it like most others feel like they have to, I'm going to give it a thumbs up - Cheers to the King!

OzarkElmo, Feb 16, 2009
Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
56 out of 100 based on 4,827 ratings.