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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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5,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,244
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 42
Gots: 757 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-21-2000

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 BeerAndBourbon
1.72/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Poured one of these at my buddy's house.

A. Pours a clear urine-colored yellow with a white head that disappears immediately.
S. Smells of corn and chemicals.
T. Taste hits the smell dead-on. I was impressed to see how well the smell reflected the taste.
M. Very thin body with a high level of carbonation.
D. This is only drinkable out of the can/bottle served super cold to cover up any discernible characteristics. Even then, I would grab for another macro lager before this.

Photo of eschbach
3.13/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm doing a review of the great american lager, as it says on the can. It's probably the most popular beer in The US. I picked up a 24 oz can at the gas station.

The beer looks decent in a pilsner glass. It has a better head than most macro lagers. And it has a nice golden color. The beer smells like cereal, but I can also smell hops. The taste is refreshing. I can actually taste the hops! And it does not taste like cooked grains. It feels good in the mouth. It feels creamy and not like soda water! It's a very easy beer to drink, and it has a relatively high alcohol content. It's easy to get drunk drinking Budweiser.

Budweiser has gotten a bad rep, and I do not think it is an outstanding beer. But as American macro lagers go it's a decent one.

Photo of thatbrownbottle
1.74/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: While in the bottle the beer seems like every other. When I then poured my beer into the glass I noticed that you really can't pour it wrong. It looks nice while in the glass. If while in a bar I saw someone having this beer i'd say "Ill take what he/she is having. Great color, perfect head of foam, just like the commercials.

Smell: Moving from appearance to smell I was instantly put off by this beer. Quite a skunky smell, faint but still there, the smell also lingers for a bit.

Taste: LIKE ASS. I enjoyed the Bud Light better than this "King". The taste was also quite bland didn't have a good after-taste. I don't really know how to go about describing the taste, it left me wanting more.

Feel: The feel goes along with the appearance. It was a great ratio of foam / beer.

Drinkbility: As mentioned above.

Dont get me wrong this is a good beer and everyone likes what they like for different reasons.

Photo of cheesepuffs
2.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Ahh, *the* Premium American Lager, or so we're told.

A - I drank this straight from the bottle, so I can't say much from looking through the brown glass but it's packaged decently with a classic look.

S - Smells a bit boring. Some hops come through but there are no distinct qualities bubbling through the surface. Nothing floral or fruity to speak of.

T - It's on the watery side of the spectrum, but it isn't bad for a daily drinker. It's quite neutral and agreeable with nearly no uniqueness. It isn't spicy, or bitter, or particularly sweet. It's essentially the perfect middle ground for the mainstream beer world, and A-B loves that.

M - Thin with satisfying carbonation it leaves you with a feeling that you could evermore substitute water with it in your normal routine.

D - Very high drinkability. Nothing that I would buy as it doesn't suit me, but when friends have it around I'll grab one. There's a reason why this is everyone's go-to beer.

Photo of 7thInningSuds
2.36/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Looked good.

S - A bit skunky.

T - Not a fan of the aftertaste of Bud. Just not one I like.

M - Okay. Nothing impressive.

D - Tried "The King" to see if it was deserving of the crown. Should be called "The Jester". All that advertising and no taste. This one won't be back in the beer fridge again.

Photo of vdread
1.9/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

even when i was a macro guy, i stayed away from Budweiser. why? i don't know. i think mostly it is the ugly red can that annoys me. this was left at my house after an epic beer pong party

Budweiser pours a yellow color that wants to be vibrant. the head is foamy, fizzy. i can hear the foam for few minutes after pouring.

the smell is of very faint sweetness, almost floral. and then, nothing. not nothing as in there is no smell. it's there. it just doesn't have a discernable character.

the taste is very sweet. it really just tastes like a plain lager with a nonexistent hop profile.

from what i have gathered from their choice of ingredients and beechwood aging is that a tasteless, inoffensive lager is the goal. it does this very effectively. it is difficult to write a review for a beer that is intentionally flavorless. but then again, what can really be said about Bud that hasn't already been covered by the 1000+ reviews?

the mouthfeel is what you would expect. watery, carbonated.

drinkability? this review is the product of four or five big sips. im glad it didn't take more than that. i'll have a Torpedo now, por favor!

Photo of BeerCon5
1.86/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very clear straw yellow color, very fizzy white head, not really any lacing.

There isn't much of a scent, just some light corn and grains.

The taste is skunky, there is mainly corn and grains obviously, there is also a kind of really faint thin fruity note.

Light bodied, very thin, light and crisp, very high carbonation.

Not really much to offer with this, it tasted kind of skunky and I can't say I was pleased in any way with it.

Photo of prosper
1.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear, very light yellow or straw coloured.

Virtually no smell at all. Light cereal, maybe, but that could just be my imagination.

Taste is bizarre. It's got this weird fruitiness to it - apple or peach maybe, not clean like you'd expect in a light lager at all. Virtually no hop or malt presence at all - perhaps just the faintest touch of something vaguely malty near the end, but otherwise it's just horrid.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. Could be refreshing if they were supporting flavour.

Drinkability - I wouldn't order a second one of these unless it's the only thing being served. And even then, I'd probably go with water instead.

Photo of drabmuh
2.86/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got a FREE can of beer, my choices, Budweiser or Budlight. Light beer is for pussies. I got the king of beers.

Beer is yellow and clear with moderate carbonation but basically no head dynamics at all. You can force a head out but it doesn't stay and there is no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is overall weak with a hint of cereal in the nose. Not much to say, sorry.

Beer is thin and watery. There is some faint alcohol in the front and some grainy bitterness in the back. It has some flavor unlike some of these things but just not enough to care a whole lot. Its not very good. Its not horrible though. Its completely drinkable and it is what it is. It mayonnaise of the beer world. Sure you may love wasabi, but sometime you may want something simple and bland. Here it is.

Photo of huxcrunner
3.38/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a- appearance is a light yellow golden with about a one finger hight white head that dies down quickly

s-smell of malts and hops nothing that spectacular

t-good taste of hops and malt that dont overpower in either sense

m-good full mouthfeel with smooth full body

d-great drinkability smooth with a clean aftertaste

Photo of philbe311
2.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A fingers worth of foamy white head... Loaded with moderate paced carbonation that swirls through... A pale golden color with an ever so slight haze...

S - The nose is neither good nor bad, as it barely exists... Corn... Grains... A subdued whiff of caramel... A very vague dulled hops presence...

T - Adjunct malts dominate... Cereal and corn... A hint of grain... A slightly sweet backbone of caramel... Just the smallest kiss of weak hops...

M - On the heavier side of light boded... Loaded with pringly carbonation... Rather crisp overall... Even and consistent... A tad on the dry side... Not as thin as other BMC products and quite a bit sturdy...

D - Goes down easy... I wouldn't call it quaffable, but neither is it off putting in any way... Not something seek out, but also an passable offering when the pickings are slim... One of the better BMC products relative to its peers... Any sort of inviting aroma and this could be a respectable offering...

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.61/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Decent foam, a bit cloudier than Bud Light or Miller and Coors alternatives.

Smell: Although I know it sounds cliché, Budweiser just smells like beer. I know they use rice and that definitely comes through here. Nothing much else to say.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Actually, compared especially to Bud Light, Budweiser tastes pretty good in my opinion. Maybe I've been lucky not to get an expired one or something. Very crisp, definitely refreshing, and not gross or anything. A bit watery, but not too much. Also can taste the rice, which probably gives it the smoothness.

Drinkability: Due to its relatively high alcohol content (compared to alternatives in the BMC families), Budweiser gives you a noticable buzz earlier than other beers.

Overall: I know I could take flack for this review, but I'm gonna say it: Budweiser is a good beer. I've tasted bad beer...Keystone...Natty...Bud Light for crying out loud! Budweiser does not fit that category in my opinion and as such is my favorite American macro.

Photo of Kylito87
2.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

In honor of my first beer friday at work!! LOL This was the best beer available out of MGD, Bud-light, Miller lite this was the best option.

Appearance- Straw piss yellow with a whispy fizzy white cap. No lacing.

Smell- Nothing here but corn and metallic must. Maybe a faint hop aroma Maybe.

Taste- Corn and carbonated water. That is about all I can desipher.

Mouthfeel- THIN and watery. Doesn't stick to the mouth at all.

Drinkability- These are the classic american pounder. I had a six pack last night and felt like I was drinking water the entire time.

Overall- There is nothing that stands out here, I have drank this stuff for years. This and high life are the only American MACRO lagers that I will even touch for weekends that I am a little light in the wallet.

Photo of bump8628
2.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in the famous Big Red Cup (32oz) at The Deli in Norman.

Wispy white head with ultra-filtered clarity. Clean, moderately sweet graininess throughout. No hop presence whatsoever. Heavy carbonation. Goes down like filtered water, only without as much character.

It's only real flaw is that it has absolutely no flavor.

Photo of MrDanno96
2.63/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Pours a really pale yellow color. What little head it did have quickly dissipated to nothing within a minute - almost like soda.

S: Rice, corn, and some other nondescript grains. Some unpleasant metallic quality is detectable with the nose as well.

T: Lots of grain - rice and stale bread. A little of the metallic aroma makes its way into the flavor as well. A touch of sweetness seems to make its way into the taste as well. Buttered corn maybe?

M: This is really where this beer suffers. It somehow manages to be disappointingly watery and yet moderately medium bodied at the same time. Everything would be made better if this just wasn't so watery. I cannot be too harsh here, thought. It is an American Adjunct Lager after all, and while I may not like it, it's supposed to be lightish.

D: Obviously this is not the "King of Beers". However, I don't think it's THAT bad. Don't get me wrong, I won't be buying 6 packs of Bud anytime soon. However, if served ice cold and in the proper social setting I won't refuse to drink a few of these. As far as American Adjuncts go, there are far worse ones out there.

Photo of DerBayer
1.31/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This really is as bad as one might think after a year on beeradvocate. Appearance is OK - straw with thin white lacing.

Smell is almost non-existent and there is an adjunct rice note going on and taste much the same.

Mouthfeel is very hmmm light and drinkability is pour away mate...

Photo of beergod1
1.41/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Never liked Bud when I drank just to get drunk in the 80's and early 90's. Still don't understand why people buy it. ( ok...cool commercials ) Very little taste, to carbonated...even for American Domestic beers. I would rather drink....well, just about anything.

Photo of teovaldi
2.11/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow straw with a big off white head that dissipates quickly leaving small amounts of lacing.

Smells of corn and metal.

The taste follows the smell but add a yeasty taste in there as well.

Mouthfeel is awful, very overcarbonated.

Keep this cold as possible and its not bad on a very hot day.

Photo of champ103
2.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, but dull straw yellow color. At first a surprisingly large two finger white head forms. Though there is very poor retention, and not lace.
S: Cooked corn and veggies. A sour mineral/sulfur aroma. Light grain and very light sweetness lingers.
T: Not nearly as bad as the nose. Grain and sweet caramel malt up front. Corn and a mineral flavor as well. Still, palatable.
M/D: A light body and higher carbonation. Though not over carbonated. Crisp, and not as watery as I was suspecting. Not hard to drink for what it is. Usually the high carbonation kills the drinkability for me. Though, really not bad.

Not the worst thing I have ever had. Which is the reason I am reviewing this. Still nothing I would drink other than at a baseball game (when nothing else is available), though one of the better versions for macro crap that I have had.

Photo of techfed87
1.38/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours an enormous frothy head. Color is dull yellow.

Smell is ...hard to tell. There isn't much to smell here.

First sip has a very light malt presence. Not much hops present at all.

Simply put: a very VERY bland beer without many redeeming qualities at all.

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

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of Threelittlefish
1.34/5  rDev -43%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Beautiful beer to look at freshly poured. It has a nice head and is copiously carbonated with a crystal clear golden color. Consumption of this beer however is ill advised. This is usually the beer first consumed by beer newbs and quickly turns them off to the thought of drinking another beer. The people usually drinking Budweiser are the peopel looking for the cheapest brew and have no interest in paying more for something palatable. If consumed ice cold and not allowed to warm it could be used in emergency situations like in the Sahara deset or Death Valley where the other option is dehydration and death. Drinking this above 50 degree temps will make you gag. This beer is best left to frat boys and their parties. Still works good at getting chicks to get naked if you are on a budget.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
1.98/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: From the pitcher to the pint glass, a clear yellow with a bit of quickly vanishing white foam.

S: Rice and corn, unpleasant.

T: Watery corn and rice with vague malt.

M: Incredibly thin, but kind of harsh putting down.

D: Low ABV, but the taste is so bad that one must only partake when absolutely no other option is available.

Photo of Cylinsier
1.8/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear and very pale yellow, with a very fine white head that dissipates away.

Smells like corn.

Tastes about the same, corn and barley malts. Watered down.

Feel is thin and kind of flat.

Not very good. Would be easy to chug a lot of but that's about it. The corn ruins any chance it has of being enjoyable.

Photo of MikeRa
2.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Budweiser has a pale straw looking color with little to no head when poured.

S: I can't smell anything in Budweiser

T: A small hint of corn and rice is detected in this beer

M: This beer goes down smooth

D: This is one of the many "Everyday" beers that can be found everywhere

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