Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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5,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,103
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 37
Gots: 595 | 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 cnozzy
2.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is difficult to buy US-brewed Budweiser in Beijing. This can is brewed by the China branch.

Appearance: Pale yellow color with a fluffy white head. No lacing.

Smell: Just a little bit of sweetness.

Taste: Watery flavorless, slight malt sweetness, lack of bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drink: Smooth mouthfeel, nice carbonation. A pretty drinkable summer beer for me.

Photo of Mavajo
2.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly, leaving nothing behind. Aroma is minimal - maybe some grainy scents. Taste is much of the same. Very muted. As it warms, you can catch the malty notes. There's no bitterness at all here. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and abundant carbonation. All in all it leads to an uninteresting, yet drinkable brew.

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

I got a pounder of the King of Beers! Yes... now I get 16 oz instead of 12 oz.

Poured into a pint glass.

Poured somewhat vigorously yielding a finger of fizzy yellow hued white head. Color is a very clear straw yellow. Wow, this is a light colored beer.

Aroma: some strong grains and corn notes. Metallic notes as well. Nothing very appealing.

Taste: Very bland taste. Very little hops present. Grain flavors dominate the taste. Some corn and metallic flavors. Very dry taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry. Fairly light bodied with a somewhat low level of carbonation, which surprised me. Ends with a dry grainy aftertaste.

Overall, this is not the king of beers as most would suspect. I didn't enjoy this at all. Not something I want to pay for, that is for sure.

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale gold with a small head that quickly faded.
Aroma shows cooked vegetables and not much else... Possibly some faint hint of malt.
Flavours show corn and something faintly herbal before a very weak bitterness enters.
Pretty highly carbonated and watery.

Photo of wahhmaster
1.9/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded pint glass.

Appearance:Pours a translucent pale golden color with lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the surface. Has a thin, fizzy, white head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Faint smell of corn. A tiny, tiny bit of malty sweetness.

Taste: Starts kind of corny with a slight bit of hoppy bitterness. Finishes slightly malty. Not really much here.

Mouthfeel: Might as well be drinking carbonated water.

Drinkability: By no means a good beer, but among the "big three," the best in my opinion.

Photo of wnh
2.23/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My very first Budweiser, after four plus years of drinking beer. Oh joy.

Pours a sickly looking pale straw with a fizzy white head. Not nice.

Grainy nose, very light, and sweet. That's about it. More of the same on the palate, with an unpleasant refined sugar bite. Light bodied and soft.

I almost said it's "not bad," but realized what I meant was that it doesn't taste bad. The fact that the only positive comment I can make about Budweiser is "it doesn't taste bad" tells me that this is indeed a bad beer.

On to the drinkability question. Strictly speaking, this beer is drinkable, meaning that it is physically easy to drink. So is water. But if your definition of "drinkability" implies any sort of desire to actually consume a particular beverage, or at least more of what's in your glass, as mine does, then this isn't drinkable in the least.

I can think of plenty of other beers at a similar pricepoint that are equally as easy to drink but that offer so much more. This beer deserves the bad rap it gets around here.

Photo of bbkd3b
1.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Of note, maybe, is that this is from my original stomping grounds, in St. Louis. Probably our best-known beer, but don't let it stop you from looking into Schlafly brews and the sort!

A: Pours pale yellow, pretty much see-through. Does have a decently thick white head, but it disappeared right away and left no signs of ever existing.

S: What smell? All joking aside, very light scent of some hops... maybe?

T: Taste was okay. For adjunct lager, it's inoffensive, but never does anything special. Brutal aftertaste, though.

M: Watery, thin, goes down quick and has an awful aftertaste.

D: The difference is drinkability? I somehow don't believe them. I feel bad for giving my hometown brew a poor review, but there's nothing here to like and come back to.

Overall... just avoid. There are better American Adjuncts out there.

Photo of cnally
2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a sixer of this to cook some brats in..and to indulge my inner beer ignoramus.

This is a crystal clear beer, verging on looking like water. A frothy white head just sits massive after the pour, but before you know it has disappeared, Copperfield style. No lacing.

The aroma, yuck, the aroma. It is metallic, grainy from rice, barely any trace of hop character and decidely malt-free. You want an adjunct? This is it right here.

The flavor is a mild lager basic entry level adjunct thing. Begins a little sour, metallic, then subsides to a full frontal assault of grains like rice, flavor of corn, a little bready even. Finishes as it starts, sour and barely there.

Watery mouthfeel, but packs enough carbonation to prevent me thinking I am imbibing an Evian.

Drinkability is that oft debated term, meaning different things to different people. I say that this beer is easy to drink, while being far from good-tasting. I don't know how that is exactly--you figure that you'd have to truly enjoy something to drink it--but Bud has so little character, it is an easy and disgusting swill.

Photo of Gavage
2.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with a short white head that falls quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: hints of grain, but overall little aroma here.

Taste: light grainy malt base with some grass and little to no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: personally I feel this style is one that has poor flavored beers, and this one may be a bit better than some others out there. I had a hard time finishing the bottle, but I can see why some chug this light flavored beer.

Photo of feelmefoam
2.45/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Typical American adjunct look and smell; pale yellow with a white fizzy head, lots of carbonation, smells of grains and metal. Tastes about the same, watered down grainy taste with a slight metallic finish. Lots of carbonation to make up for all that is lacking. If nothing else, bud diesels are drinkable. Not my go to cheap beer by any means, though, PBR holds that place in my heart.

Photo of rednrag
3.85/5  rDev +63.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Budweiser is a great beer for what it is. Definetly not for beer snobs, but sometimes i think people bash it just for being so popular and because it comes from a huge corporation. So what? Sure, theres a time and place for a good pale ale,dopplebock ipa or stout,but there are times i really crave a good American macro. Open your minds,people!

Photo of plaid75
1.83/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light sweetness and what I guess is hops.

The taste was shallow and bland with a slight sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall it is what I expected it to be. I consumed this beer a bit warmer than suggested - which did not help the drinkability.

Photo of heissebier
2.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I drank this to celebrate being alive after an interesting night getting lost in pheonix....

Appearance- Sickly pale yellow in color with a moderate head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Not a whole lot here, mostly grains...

Taste- The grainy malt is about the only thing distinguishing this from carbonated water. Almost no hoppiness at all and a weak grainy flavor. Despite a weak taste, it's inoffensive and I've definitely had worst.

Mouthfeel- Light and watery. Finishes with a sticky flavor that clings to your mouth...ewww

Drinkability- It's fairly drinkable in the sense that you can throw down huge gulps, but you won't necessarily enjoy it. Not really any better tasting than the light beers, either so it doesn't have the "College students drink this to get hammered" niche either.

All in all a terrible macro thats probably not worth drinking. Has a bad combo of bad taste and a few too many calories.

Photo of robbyc1
3/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy light gold, head meh, just ok looking.

From the bottle a grainy nose, nothing special, maybe some hops there.

The adjuncts of rice or corn or whatever they use make this light on malts, needs more, but very clean husk and raw grain taste.

OK mouthfeel, drinkable in the sense it is balanced, that's about it. In a pinch, take this over Miller.

Photo of kegger22
2.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Budweiser is crystal clear, yellow in color with a modest white head that fades very quickly. A fresh Bud doesn't have a great deal of aroma, but that's better than skunk. The taste is somewhat bland, a little grain sweet and a bit of a bite due mostly to carbonation. Feel is very light but there is plenty of carbonation. From past experience, I can attest drinkability is very good.

Alright, here's the disclaimer. Before getting into craft beers I was a Bud drinker. I haven't had one for about a year and decided to buy one for reviewing purposes. I know its popular to bash the BMC's, but IMO, Budweiser is decent for a lager.

Photo of TheSarge
1.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Budweiser American Lager makes a thin pinky sized head that vanishes quickly without a trace. There is very little lacing, and... This beer is a total fail. There are no fragrances I detect, and the taste is of corn and booty. This is okay for mindless partying and working in the yard, but yields no respect at my dinner table.

Photo of Eldalonde
1.9/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a straw color with minimal to no head and no lacing left.

S - There isn't too much in the way of aroma, but some straw and perhaps a small hint of hops.

T - Extremely watered down. Very simplistic and one dimensional. However, there is a nice grainy characteristic with this beer that I enjoy.

M - Rather thin bodied and light on the palate.

D - I guess this is fairly drinkable, given the right circumstances.

One of my first beers, ever, and thought it was good then. But my taste buds grew up and now I will only drink this if there is nothing else available. It will do in a pinch, but considering how tasteless this is, I will choose a craft brew any day over this.

Photo of dpnelson1978
1.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

24 oz. can into glass pint.

$2.99 / ea.

S: Sweet corn scent, not much hops, and not much scent period.

A: Big rocky head with great retention. Bright light yellow body, and nice lacing.

T: Corn, rice (whatever that means), but definitely not barley. Very little hop flavor, and what little it has sticks on the back of my throat. Not pleasant.

M: Light body with low carbonation. Almost a greasy feel that I really don't like.

D: It is decent in terms of drinkability mainly due to its light body, cheap price, and general lack of flavor, but it isn't good (or fun).

O: Not "The King" of beers by any stretch of the imagination. I honestly prefer Miller Lite over this. I had forgot how bad this beer can be. Lowest rating I've given to date.

Photo of dbossman
2.55/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Straw-yellow color with a nice billowing head that dissipates quickly leaving a fingernail head with little to no lacing

S: a little bit of hops but mostly subtle grains; really not much going on here; not offensive but not really anything good either

T: This really isn't as offensive as most people make it out to be; it's watery and grainy but there are some subtle things going on that are okay--although very subtle, I like the graininess . . . as far as adjuncts go, the rice surely doesn't offend (although it doesn't add anything interesting either)

M: Too carbonated and thin

D: Well, it's drinkable, but so is water; this beer doesn't offend like may others, so for it's style, you can handle it; like most people on this website, I'm not a huge fan of this style, but on a hot day, this beer goes down easily and, although watery, doesn't kill the taste buds.

Photo of ProudGreen89
2.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I went to a halloween party and this was all they had, took a few home to review for the hell of it.

Poured into a snifter from the can.

A-very clear, watered down lemon juice yellow color, i wouldnt even call it straw colored, its too light. Virtually no head (unless you pour it as roughly as possible) no lacing, lots of bubbles and effervescents.

S-wet grassy smell, cereal/weak grains, if i really take a hard and long sniff a miniscule hop aroma is somewhat there...and i thought it was impossible, but i can actually smell the rice, thats how cheap it is.

T-Not a whole lot there, theres definitely lots of filler (rice, cereal, cheap grains.) Maybe some hops in the background but it all gets drowned out by the carbonation.

M-Extremely light, a little dry, not very smooth, bubbly, over-carbonated.

D-If i could stand the taste and smell i would find this beer highly drinkable, its the closest you can get to drinking water without REALLY drinking water. I had 3 at the party and felt full from all the cheap filler this beer has in it. I wont be buying this but if its offered i wont turn it down.

Photo of womencantsail
2.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: I poured this from the can into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass (which reads: Fizzy Yellow Beer is For Wussies) just for the sake of doing it. Like many other beers of this style, it's about as close to water as you can get.

S: Ah, the all too familiar smell of corn, rice, and a bit of grain. Absolutely no hop aroma.

T: There is a sweet corn and grain taste to this. There is a complete absence of hops. To be honest, it's bad, but it's not as bad as I remembered.

M: This is very bubbly, and light bodied. That's the point, I suppose, however.

D: The drinkability of this beer is in the sense of the ability to drink massive amounts of it. The taste is incredibly bland, and that's the point, unfortunately.

Photo of rfgetz
2.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was at a concert and plopped down $8.25 for a pounder can cause it was either this, Bud Light or soda. the first thing i had in mind was how crappy it was going to taste, my second thought was i finally get to review it because it has been a really really long time since i had it.

Pours a bright golden yellow with bubbly carbonation, frothy white head. Minimal retention and lacing. Smell is standard watery, light adjunct and light grain wih hints of sulfur. Taste follows smell with a watery blend of adjuncts, grain and a minor sulfury taste. Light bodied, thin and watery, over carbonated. Its drinkable, yes, because it only has a minimal amount of "of tastes", just too light to be enjoyable.

Photo of Fizzlybear
1.9/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L - Poured a golden colour with what looked like a lot of carbonation, but didn't show on the head.

S - The smell was weak at best, I picked up a bit of burnt citrus and wheat.

T - A wheat flavour with a slight bit of hops in the aftertaste, the taste lingers around (in this case it isn't good).

M&D - Too watery and due to its nasty lingering taste I wouldn't buy it.

Overall meh...

Photo of cbutova
2.38/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lost this review, the words at least. Remember the rating and the overall review well. Poured a clear golden color with a head that disappears completely from the beer and leaves no lacing. Smell and taste are of watery malts, only points given are in comparison of much worse Adjunct Lagers I have had. The malt backbone is better than some other Adjuncts I have had. The mouthfeel of this was not too bad, a pretty decent body with smooth carbonation, best aspect of the beer. Drinkability is weird. I could drink a ton of these but at the same time they taste so bad that I would not want to. The price is very good but the quality is not.

Photo of BBri
2.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A side note... Budweiser gives me a SCREAMING headache whenever I drink it. I think Bud is about as average as you can get. It's made for mass consumption and designed to be everything to everyone. Appearence is average, a little bit light but golden. Good head, smell is a little malty and crisp. Taste is completely unremarkable, not too bad but not very good. Given the headache factor, I avoid Bud at all cost. Even so, it's sort of bland and basic so I wouldn't choose it anyway.

Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 5,103 ratings.