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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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4,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,410
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 2.33
pDev: 33.05%
Wants: 16
Gots: 272 | 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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-21-2000)
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Photo of travolta


2.05/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can

Apperance. The head lasted a couple of seconds. Nothing was left after the head dissapeared. The color is baby yellow. Clear as day.

Nose: Rotten eggs, grain, wheat.

Taste: Very crisp on the tounge. It has a Pepsi type of carbonation. After the crisp "taste" the beer just dissapears from your mouth. it doesent leave much of a trace of flavor. I honestly didnt get much. Maybe some wheat or grass.

Notes: Nice on a summer day; If you dont care about taste. there are other things to "quench your thirst"...as some people claim they like Bud for.

Serving type: can

03-25-2004 05:07:01 | More by travolta
Photo of mschofield


1.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A hard pour produced a pale gold well carbonated body, with a pillowy two finger tall white head.
Very clean aroma, lightly toasted malt. I'm getting no hops at all from the taste or aroma. A bit of grain in each, but thats it.
Light bodied, a touch of butterscotch, very clean. There just isn't much here. Built to not offend.

Serving type: can

03-23-2004 22:45:35 | More by mschofield
Photo of Charthepirate

New York

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

A beer designed to be drinkable, and nothing more.

Poured a yellow so pale I almost thought it was mountain dew. Head dissapeared quickly, leaving me with my light, indistinguashable beer.

Aroma wasn't bad, lager yeast, touch of caramel and minute hops.

Flavor was basically bland, nothing really bad, nothing really good. Generally sweet, with the barest touch of hops. If it wasn't so light it could be out of balance.

Thin and watery on the mouth, and overall, a poor beer. Not the worst on earth, but so plain and in inviting I couldn't buy it.


Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 07:40:58 | More by Charthepirate
Photo of jsolack


1.68/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Extremely clear light golden color. Head is heavy at first but leaves very quickly. Almost like a soda pop.

Doesn't smell like much... has a typical "beer" smell... light hops and grain.

Tastes like tonic water if you filtered it through a piece of bread. Not much character or flavor. Aftertaste has light grain.

Sharp carbonation (again like soda pop) and very thin in mouth.

It's pretty easy to drink because it doesn't taste like anything. I wouldn't go out of my way to have one.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 19:16:07 | More by jsolack
Photo of brewQ


2.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The white head clings to the palest of brews.

I was amazed to find an aroma here. Perhaps because I let it get towards room temperature. A yeasty smell was evident and pleasant.

The taste was somewhat nondescript but also nonoffensive- it faded away quickly. Very little mouthfeel but certainly quite drinkable.

As a cornfed beer drinker I had to admit this rice brewed Bud wasn't bad.

One historical thought- like Pilsner, Budweiser was once a style of beer. In fact, Miller and other big brewers offered their own Budweisers! Props to the AB legal team!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 01:59:20 | More by brewQ
Photo of CreamAle128

Alberta (Canada)

1.02/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ok.. after a look back at this review, i decided to lower the rating even more. This beer has no flavour, except for the faint beachwood ??? either way it tastes bad, barely any aroma, so its hard to determine what it is even supposed to smell like. I guess the only plus about this beer is that it goes down like water, very smooth. If your looking for beer, don't waste your cash on this * beer*. Highly overpriced for its *quality*

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 06:39:52 | More by CreamAle128
Photo of JoEBoBpr


2.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like this beer even though its not my favorite. Its a pale yellowish color with almost no excisting head. It tastes of some malt mostly but its pretty one dimensional. Great beer to have under the sun while grilling its probbably the only beer that i'll keep drinking from my college (cheap) years when they are over.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 19:07:53 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend stopped by with some while I was outdoors enjoying the sun, so I said, "What the hell, let's review". So, poured into the glass with a short lived white head over pale watery looking yellow liquid. Nose is light with weak adjuncty aromas...not too much goin' on, you catch my drift? The taste was much like the nose, a brief crispness gives way to pinprick carbonation and flavors of light light malt and adjuncty/rice/corn flavors. Finishes quick and watery. Over, finished, done, gone, out!

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 20:00:56 | More by beerluvr
Photo of maccroz


1.95/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Yuck. What a stale nasty excuse for a beer. It gets you drunk and that's about all it's good for. It has a terrible aftertaste, and almost as bad of an actual taste. It amazes me what a great marketing campaign can do for such an awful excuse for a beverage.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 01:15:47 | More by maccroz
Photo of beertaster13


2.15/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Budweiser the self proclaimed King of Beers. Funny how they say this, it isn't even in the royal family of beers, maybe the jester of beers. A big joke

Look: comes in a dark bottle with the famous red and white Budweiser label, pours a straw yellow with little head, bubbles heavy.

Smell: The smell is almost like what you would think carbonated hops would smell like. Doesn't smell like a great beer but of course the important thing is taste.

Taste: Well the taste is also below par, almost a light watered down bitter taste. I find Busch, a cheaper version in the BUD family to be better than this, and that is not saying alot.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 03:02:21 | More by beertaster13
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

2.85/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottled

Pours with a pale, lemony yellow body. Fuzzy white head, pretty good retention

Smell, rice comes off, some smooth malt, little off flavours suprisingly

Taste, crisp biscuity mouthfeel, smooth and slightly perfumy, some slight corn on the finish

In bottle, chilled its a drinkable macro lager tbh, not the worst of its kind. Still, no winner

The US standard of adjunct beers, boring colourless and dull

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 23:51:44 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Zorro


2.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Compared 4 U.S. Macro brews together to see if there is REALLY any winners here.

Executive Summary:

Scores: A S T M D

Coors Regular: 2 3 3 2 3 = 2.7
Budweiser Regular: 2 1.5 2 3 3 = 2.1
Miller MGD: 2 1.5 1.5 2.5 1.5 = 1.7
Ice House: 3 2.5 2 2.5 2 = 2.35

All brews were assumed to be a 2 in all categories before reviewing.

APPEARANCE: All look pretty much the same except Ice House, It’s a Bit darker.

SMELL: Budweiser has almost no smell, just a bit of grain. Coors smells distinctly of Banana and grain with a bit of yeast. MGD smells barely like bread. Ice House smells a bit citrus. Coors was best but Ice House was far better than Bud or MGD.

TASTE: Budweiser tastes of grain and is mildly sweet. Coors tastes of grain and is Tart compared to Budweiser. MGD tastes sweetest, but has an off taste to it. Ice House tastes like a tarter version of Budweiser. Coors was best, only MGD had a weird taste.

MOUTHFEEL: None of these really have it, Bud is thickest, and Coors is thinnest. Only Budweiser has any real Mouthfeel.

DRINKABILITY: Coors and Budweiser are about the same, MGD has that off taste and it cost it points, Ice House is OK, but not quite as good as Budweiser or Coors.

CONCLUSION: Drink better beers! But if you are trapped without a choice Coors, Bud, Ice House, and MGD.

Serving type: can

02-06-2004 03:15:26 | More by Zorro
Photo of PartyHatjo


2.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

The King of Beers? Not quite, perhaps the King of the Superbowl, with the Bud Bowl/Frogs/Horses/etc. For all it's flaws, however, this beer isn't an incredibly bad looking beer (If you don't mind a beer that looks like urine). It pours a pale yellow/gold color with a head that is gone after 3.14159 seconds. The smell is not impressive at all, but it doesn't completely turn you away. The taste is pretty blah, and it makes you ask the all important question--am I actually drinking beer? Because the characteristics of a beer (maltiness/hoppiness) aren't there. Of course, it's still a beer that can be drank in high quantities (it's good for beer pong, because the taste is only improved by anything that gets on the ping-pong ball).

Perhaps the best overall opinion I ever heard about Budweiser was told to me by a friend who visited the Straub Brewery in Northern PA. They had a picture of a horse drinking beer out of a bucket labeled "straub" and pissing into a bucket labeled "budweiser".

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 15:54:36 | More by PartyHatjo
Photo of WesWes

New York

2.7/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an almost clear color with a little gold tint. The head is a thick frothy white which quickly fades to a spotty lace. The aroma is light with little malt or hop scent. The taste is skunky, but refreshing. It has no malt character. I hate the use of brewing adjuncts to create a paler, cleaner beer. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carboantion. It drinks rough for me, but there are a lot out there who love it; I can't figure it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 01:03:45 | More by WesWes
Photo of merlin48


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

This is my first on-tap review. I passed on the Michelob Light and Bud Liite. Great choices are so difficult. To my profound surprise, this Bud poured a frothy white head and laced down the glass. I could actually smell a hint of hops in the nose. Mouthfeel was well carbonated. Taste was light bodied, and flavor was negligible. Still, this draft ended up as an acceptable session beer. Especially, after seeing the skunky, green coloured brew that came out of the Michelob tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2004 05:21:41 | More by merlin48
Photo of jwilli7122


1.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Wow. This is way worse out of the can than the bottle. How can this be so much worse? I don't know anything about these things. The taste is still primarily grain or...whatever...but it's sour, overcarbonated, and metallic. I had trouble finishing this. Flashback to Milwaukee's Beast.

Serving type: can

01-13-2004 00:52:30 | More by jwilli7122
Photo of flaminghomer


3.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

very pale clear yellow, i can't believe how clear this beer is, and pale! a simple taste. it's like one big flavor that builds fast and slowly rolls away, and that one flavor isn't that great. when my old drinking buddies were drinking natty light, i would drink this. when they started to drink this, i started drinking heiniken. (they never drank that) now i realize how shitty they all were. (IMO)

i have never noticed this before but, heiniken and bud smell and look alot alike!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 09:18:38 | More by flaminghomer
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +58.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like many of you still enjoy a macro, I have to where I live it's hard to get specialty brews. This is probably my favorite of all the macros. Like all american macros the color leaves alot to be desired. The taste however is one of the best, great start and a clean finish. Really a great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 01:09:38 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of LuckySevens82


2.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Despite my recent past with this beer. See "of all the nights" in the BA Talk forum. I have decided to put it behind me and review it.

First there is no reason to enjoy this one out of a glass. Anyone who says otherwise is a fool. This is a beer to drink, not to enjoy. This is, of course, not to say that this beer doesn't have enjoyable aspects, it does.

As far as american Macros go, I think this is the best, It's relatively cheap, has a pretty good taste (aside from the fact you can really taste the rice, which I don't particularly like) and you can sit down with your college buddies and polish off a case of it without getting alcohol poisioning.
But I digress. Nothing about Budweiser is impressive. It is what it is, it's a macro, plain and simple

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 02:24:04 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of BigRedN


3.35/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Background: While this beer and the brewer are often put down (unfairly, IMO). I like this beer. It may lack in substance but for me it has a purpose. No matter where I go, if I want a beer and don't want to think about making a choice or ask for a beer list, I can say "gimme a Bud" and I'll get a cold Bud longneck that tastes the same every time.

Appearance: Typical American macro lager. But its supposed to be. Bonus point for the bottle design and the "Eagle & A" logo. Always a favorite for years.

Smell: Little noticeable smell, but that's what I would want in the beer. A-B doesn't want its consumers to smell their beers, they want them to drink them.

Taste: Not a full flavored beer, but that's the idea here. Not bad, just nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, goes down easy, quenches the thirst after mowing the lawn or cleaning the garage.

Drinkability: Every bottle the same, and "fresh". Just what I would want.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 14:18:21 | More by BigRedN
Photo of GuinnessSmurf


1.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Overall, a very thin, weak beer with little to offer. This beer must be served ice cold or else not served at all. It is nearly flavorless and without any character or interest at all. When poured into my glass, the beer bubbled like I'd expect from a can of Sprite/7up. Within seconds, the head was gone (not uncharacteristic) and what was left was a thin golden (nearly clear) beer. The first flavor you'll experience is moderately bitter with no other flavoring. When this subsides, you are pretty much done with tasting the beer.

Serving type: can

12-27-2003 12:00:47 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of TastyTaste


2.98/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is by far my favorite macro. Had it on tap at Bennigan's in Bloomington. It is suprisingly well balaned and flavorful, for a macro. It definitely has more flavor than any miller or coors products, IMO. I wouldn't turn one down, but I'd still probably drink something more interesting if given the choice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2003 08:34:47 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of diablo14


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

one would be correct in saying that this beer does not taste offensive like many other lagers. 'boring' isnt a word id use to describe it tho. giving it too much credit there. impotent perhaps? a totally flaccid, nothing beer thats totally forgettable.

anaemic color and quickly dissipating head. nose reeks of chemicals, with adjuncts also presenting themselves. flavor is of the same with corn and rice showing up. semi bitter but not a lot of hops doing any damage. is fairly crisp which raises the score here. this is yet another of those beers where you will severely pay for indulging the next day.

it has been a while since ive had a bud. fortunatley i just havent been in the position where ive had to endure it. if i never came across it again id not be losing any sleep thats for certain. zzz.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 03:30:24 | More by diablo14
Photo of neg007


3.33/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

What's to say?

There is really nothing special except for the amazing consistancy that Budweiser brings to the table.

Unlike others who are quick to pan this beer, I cannot. It isn't bad on any level, just an average beer for average guys to drink any time.

Boring, but that is what they are going for.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 01:44:31 | More by neg007
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


1.63/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It was a buck a draft, so now seemed like as good a time as any to review it. Have to give it some points for being the proper color, I guess. There actually was a slightly fruity hoppiness to it, and I could taste the beechwood. But way too many off flavors, adjunct and DMS tastes, and besides, next day I got a pounding headache. Yes, it is the perfect beer for NASCAR fans.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2003 14:38:25 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
56 out of 100 based on 4,410 ratings.