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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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4,984 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,984
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 2.34
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 533 | 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 atigerlife
1.43/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured a very light yellow with a chunky 2 finger white head that dissipated very quickly. Minimal carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is very sweet, adjuncts, some grass and light hops.

Taste is light hops, adjuncts, sweet and quite cloying.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. Not bad at first, but this beer left a me feeling that my mouth was coated with some substance. No idea what caused this, but the more I drank the more unpleasant it became.

Overall, if you are mowing your lawn and have this beer ice cold, it might do the trick. Other than that, no other redeeming qualities. Under no circumstances have this at anything above freezing temperature. I let mine warm slightly and it got unpleasant very quickly.

atigerlife, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of happygnome
2.33/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a: pale yellow, a little darker than the light, white head disapears fast
s: more malt aroma than the light but still rather watery
t: very light malt, little hop presence very watery and adjuncty
m: light bodied beer

overall, this is not a beer that i will buy again, but served very very cold it can be rather refreshing

happygnome, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of prototypic
1.73/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Poured a transparent, yellow color with a one finger head. Virtually no retention or lacing to talk about.

Smell: Typical macro aroma. It smells of grain, corn, and perhaps rice. There's the slightest hint of a hop smell, but not much.

Taste: Ahhh the memories. It tastes a lot like it smells. The corn and grain flavors seem to predominate. I'm not really picking up much hop-wise. It's definitely not very bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and relatively easy to drink. It's just simply not very good and I don't really want to drink anymore. Overall, drinking Budweiser is a nice nostalgic trip down memory lane. Other than that, I certainly wouldn't recommend it.

prototypic, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Beerman420
2.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bud has always been a drinkable beer. White thick head from tap, light fizzy head from bottle. Not impressed with the taste, never have been. It's a lot like s strong club soda. Not the worst beer, far from the best. Looks better than it tastes, bottom line.

Beerman420, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of skizziks
2.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Night of the macros round 2. A friend left some of AB's red in the fridge so I'll do my duty here and put off the Brooklyn Winter tasting for another day. Unfortunately (?) he didn't leave ony of the blue for me to compare so it will just have to stand up to High Life and Stroh's tonight.

12oz. fridge temp can into a room temp weizen glass. The pour gives about 1.5" of dense white foam which sloowly relaxes to a 1/4" of mixed bubbes, a little lace sticks to the glass. The beer is a clear straw, a hair more golden than the High Life.

Aroma is cooked corn and herbal hop. There is a hint of grain but it is crushed by the scent of corn. Overall it's pretty faint, a good thing.

First impression of the flavor is "where is it?". Some carbonation bite (not much) and some metal. I try to reset my palate by tossing back a handful of peanuts. No dice. More cold carbonation with foam across the tongue. Some echoes of the aroma. Slight bitterness in a quick dry finish. My memory tells me this is a good thing as I am used to a rancid metal flavor in Bud that I hate.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Easy to drink, would be better with less carbonation (or more flavor!).

skizziks, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
1.63/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ahh the king of beers, everyone needs a Bud right? Poured a clear yellow with a huge white head that just sank into the glass after a few seconds. Lots of visible carbonation left this at least looking halfway decent. Smell was light but what was there was of rice and grain, slightly musty. At least it had a smell, albeit muted. The taste was very bland. Almost like wet paper. Born on date said it was fine, but just did not taste well at all. Very carbonated and light, which seems to be the case with most of these macros. When they are ice cold they go down like water, when they warm its just a mess. Can really not see myself drinking this again anytime soon, if ever at all.

mikesgroove, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Neehan
3/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a golden straw color with a small head and light glass retention. The smell, taste, and mouthfeel are all what you would expect as this is the gold-standard of American macros. Everything average with nothing remotely complex or inventive, but completely run-of-the-mill. It's amusing to me that most of my friends that drink macros by the gallon hate this stuff, but those of us that enjoy our beers from the crafted variety will doen't always despise this if we are forced to choose a macro. Hey, it beats the hell out of no beer at all.

Neehan, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
1.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Twist off brown 12er, born on Valentine's Day. Less than 2 weeks old, it is just an infant. $4.99 6 pack.. excuse me? Served refrigerator cold in a pint.

Pale pale yellow, clear. Fizzy sudsy bubble-bath head that wastes no time running away. Very mild carbonation.

Astringent, phenolic, and grainy. Very mild floral hop note leaves a diet apple juice vibe.

Thin bodied and smooth. Lightly sweet grainy toasty white bread. Cooked vegetables, notably corn. Phenolic flashes out periodically. Very light trace of hop acid. Light fruitiness. Mildly bitter. Mild carbonation, mostly fizzes up in mouth. Finishes with light bitterness and fruitiness, but fairly clean. Definitely best cold, as it warms it gets less tolerable.

Simply not a good beer. Looks like hell. Light and fairly complex taste, but most the nuances are unpleasant. Refreshing, yes; hydrating, yes; but I would rather just drink tap water. Although, you can't argue with the price. You get what you pay for.

MrHungryMonkey, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of robmorris31
2.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

BUDWEISER, The Self-Proclaimed "King of Beers." Well, I was skeptical as I entered the Budweiser Hospitality House at SeaWorld-San Antonio, but I left very impressed. The best way to experience the full potential of any beer is to watch the brewing process and then taste a sample from a fresh keg, filled two hours before consumption.

Appearance - Good, full color when I pour a glass at home.

Smell - Average, sligthly skunky for a lager.

Taste - Not very impressed. Draft was much much better.

Drinkability - Not very drinkable. I felt full and belchy after drinking BUdweiser from the can.

Stick to this beer on draft!!! This beer gets worse!

robmorris31, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Greg529
1.27/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The first time I had this was from the can. I really regret that...
The 2nd time I had it, it was a little better out of the bottle, but still not great.

Light golden color, weak smell, and VERY weak flavor. It felt very carbonated, but because of it's weak taste, it was very drinkable (almost like water compared to other beers).

Greg529, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
1.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

GIANT 24 OZ CAN...what was I thinking?
born Nov. 27, 2006

A - Very pale watery yellow in color, much paler than I thought it would be. Completely see-through. Head was white in color and faded to a few splotches that hug the edges of the mug. Head fades to nothing as it warms. No lace to speak of.

S - Light corn-on-the-cob and sugar smell.

T - Corn syrup, corn, other bland tastes. Watery as fuck.

M - Carbonation bites a little.

D - There is no point in drinking this beer. It has no taste!

umustdrink, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of Gmann
2.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear straw color, not quite Corona yellow, had a small soapy white head the dissipated into nothingness. Not much of a smell, maybe a bit of adjuncts. The taste is quite neutral, and when I say neutral I mean don't taste like nothing. It has just enough malt taste in it to offset the adjunct taste, not like Bud Light. I think I may have detected a hop. It has a pretty fizzy watery mouthfeel that finishes like seltzer water. Fine cooler beer for tailgating and mass consumption.

Gmann, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of awester462
2.42/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer has light straw yellow color, any head flattens and ruins an already mediocore taste.

There is not much to say about the smell...it has one.

The taste is bitter, after you've already had a few it might taste ok.

The mouthfeel is is dull and lacking.

It's kind of worth a try, but it is an american macro.

awester462, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of Newglarusguy
3.1/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type 12 oz bottle poured into a 16 oz pint glass.

Appearance: Golden fizzy coloured brew that screams carbonation.

Smell: Well from what I could get with out the bubbles bursting my nose is rice, corn, malt and the faintest hint of hops you could imagine.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Average very carbonated fizzy fills your stomach up fast without noticing any flavours but if you taste closely you can taste some rice yuk! and corn.

Notes: a good session beer but nothing more.

Newglarusguy, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of jettjon
2.3/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presented in a 12 oz bottle “born on 18DEC06.” Into a frosty mug, a vigorous pour yields a pale golden transparent color with plenty of bubbles beneath a one-finger head of rapidly dissipating whitish foam that leaves a ring and trace lacing. Nose is very sweet and grassy. Tastes mainly of corn adjunct with a touch of hops; there’s a dry, ever-so-slightly bitter finish with a slight off-flavor I can’t place. Mouth is watery and thinnish with light carbonation. Drinkability is OK, just acceptable, and best served very cold in a frosty mug.

Overall: Another ho-hum macro lager. Why bother?

jettjon, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of TheWhaleShark
1.98/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

One of the classic American macro lagers. I'm reviewing it for the sake of completeness.

A: As Stone Brewing Company would say: fizzy yellow beer. It doesn't look particularly bad, but it's just not all that impressive either. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Almost none to speak of.

T: Again, almost none to speak of. There's a very slight sweet taste of some kind of grain, but otherwise, it tastes like carbonation.

M: Very light and carbonated. Has virtually no presence in the mouth.

D: Well, it does go down easily, and it's not strong on the palette, so you can drink a lot of it.

It's not the worst macro lager, but I would never buy this beer on my own initiative, and wouldn't drink it unless there was a very good reason. It's very bland and inoffensive, made to appeal to every beer drinker in the world.

TheWhaleShark, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
1.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

yellow, water, very fizzy. smells metallic and soapy, and slightly grainy. tastes disgusting: nickels, urine, old ingredients... rugged in the mouth, very carbonated. makes my head hurt after the huge glass.

consistency seems to be touted with this beer often. as in, it is consistently the same. i can see value in that, but if it consistently tastes like urine and nickels, how is that good?

not trying to slam the beer without reason, it's just gross. (it's not the style -- i'm more than happy to have a High Life or a PBR in front of me, just about any time.) this is undrinkable.

schusterbauer, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of witster18
2.55/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

the freshness of Budweiser is VERY important. If you get something within a week of bottling there IS a noticable difference. There are some hops to be detected and they arrive early....after that it gets really grainy with an undetectable sweetness. The aftertaste is mainly the alcohol coming through. My sample here is about as fresh as it gets....bottled only a few days ago...this does have nice clarity and a fresh taste but in the end it suffers from what all beers in this catagory suffer from....a lack of taste and character....but still this is way underrated here and should fall just behind High life(for amerlags) at about 70-72 in my opinion...better than most of this style...but ultimately underwhelming.

a slightly distinguishable brew with that beechnut corn sweetness, but for a couple bucks more get Brooklyn Lager or Dortmunder gold and call it a day.

witster18, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
1.98/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

NOTE: I haven't tasted this beer in years. So great is the prejudice against it amongst us "knowledgeable" beer folk, that I would avoid drinking Bud even when only macro was available. On a whim I picked up a pint can at the corner store for purposes of review. Born on date: 11/12/06.

I dislike snobbery of any kind, and furthermore I have no great prejudice against mass-produced products -- so long as they are quality products. So I am determined to approach this beer as I would any other, and give it every reasonable benefit of the doubt. So. . .

Poured a clear pale gold with a lot of carbonation and a decent head that dropped slowly to a thin film of bubbles on top. This is not at all a bad LOOKING beer. Certainly it does NOT deserve to have its appearence compared to "urine". That is an unflattering description that could be made of any pale golden beer. However. . .
Aroma is. . . almost non-existent. Not so much bad as just not there. I inhaled deeply and smelled a little twang of. . . hops? Rice? Tough to say. Taste is. . . also almost not there. Very subtle bitterness, mostly just a feel of bubbles on the tongue. Aftertaste is distinctly unpleasant, a sharp sort of metallic snap that lingers in the mouth.

No I didn't pour it down the drain; it isn't THAT bad. I finished the pint. But it truly is not very good beer. American Macro. Designed to be as inoffensive as possible to the largest number of people.

alexskovan, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of theopholis
2.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- The beer is very clear, very light straw/yellow. The head is about two fingers high and very white, and fairly loose. Suprisingly the head actually has a bit of staying power and leaves a decent amount of lace behind..

Aroma- A mix of sour mash and sweet corn. No hop character, no malt sweetness. Rather unimpressive.

Taste- Stong taste of corn meal with some rice mixed in. Very little in the way of hops. Aside from the rice and corn, no obvious off-flavors.

Mouthfeel-Very light body, No clinginess to your mouth (which means you have to keep drinking it). Carbonation level is right on tho.

Drinkability: It's very drinkable when ice cold. But as it warms up and you can actually taste and smell it, well...it ain't real pleasant.

theopholis, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of halfassedjedi
2.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ah, budweiser. The all talk hype of the brewing industry. I first had this when I was 12. Hated it then, still do.

Im ashamed that this is known as the "King of Beers".

Anyways, here goes. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a light yellow with no head to speak of. Lacing was non existant, except about an inch at the end of the drink. Smells like funky water. I dont know what to relate the taste to but boring watery swill. mouthfeel isnt anything to declare, but nothing to really knock either. I can drink this all day. If I were to have a party with a bunch of jocks and bros, this would probably satisfy them quite well.

halfassedjedi, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
1.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Budweiser, everyone knows it, many hate it, many love it, some don't give a rats ass about it, like me!! Pours a very weak yellow color with a lot of fuzziness. Smells like water. Tastes sweet, slightly malty and very watery. Mouthfeel like carbonated water. Overall it's quite drinkable but who really cares. Budweiser pride themselves in only using the best ingredients, but why? This is a nothing beer for tasteless folk.

Manosbeeroffate, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of nlmartin
1.98/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer was poured from the can into my Arrogant Bastard pub glass. As the cold beer hits my glass I can hear the theme music. This is Budweiser. This is Buweiser the King is here. This is Budweiser this is beer...

Appearance: The beer is a clear bubbling pale yellow. The head is about two fingers high. The head is a rocky off white coloration. Suprisingly the head actually had a bit of staying power.

Smell: The beer really doesnt have a lot going on as far as the smell. The beer has no off smells noted. The beer smells of sweet corn cereal inspite of a rice base.

Taste: The beer has a corny cereal flavor. A slight floral zing at the end of the flavor may be the hops. No off flavors noted in the beer just not alot going on.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is watery thin and borders on light body. The carbonation is probably the most annoying thing about this beer. I found the carbonation to be stinging. This beer wasnt the chore I thought it would be to drink. This isnt the worst beer. It is far from the King of beers. This beer has no real smells or taste to it. The body of the beer really doesnt have anything to reccomend it. If this was my only choice I think I would do without a beer.

nlmartin, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
1.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

(Served in a half-pint glass)

A- This beer is crystal clear with a very light hue of pale yellow and a strong carbonation of big bubbles racing through the body. The head is a snow white thin film of big bubbles that fades pretty quickly.

S- The smell if very clean in aroma but there is a faint soft salty raw corn note with a faint hint of dry green that could be from hops in the finish.

T- The carbonic acid dominates the taste with a faint salty hint with a finish of tang that might be from hops. The tangy note hangs on the breath for a small bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a light clean mouthfeel with a big fizz that makes it appear more full.

D- This beer is very light and clean with no malt taste and a faint hint of hops but it is not a bitterness. The biggest part of this beer is the bubbles. I'm impressed that they can high the alcohol in a beer this light.

rhoadsrage, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of JimFalzone
2.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I think a high percentage of the folks on this site have had their share of budweiser. Unless your dad was a homebrewer, your first exposure to beer in highschool or college was likely the King of Beers.

I recently ended up with some in my fridge after a party, and was pleasantly surprised. It was like sitting in an old car or a battered family cottage. You know its a piece of crap, but the odd familiarity is comforting.

If it's been a while since you had a Bud, in my case it had been 9 years, I would recommend you try one again.

The appearance is bland yellow, the smell is bland, but the ricey taste and smooth mouthfeel might be comforting to you. It certainly will bring back memories of drinking in the woods or in someone's basement.

But don't forget that drinking too much of this alcoholic yellow water will lead to very bad things the next day. Why do Macros do such evil things to a person's digestive system?

JimFalzone, Dec 29, 2006
Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 4,984 ratings.