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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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5,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,245
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 41
Gots: 759 | 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 marc956
2.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to hate everything Budweiser stands for but I have gotten used to this beer. If you can get used to the "beechwood aging" it's better than a lot of people give it credit for but it's still overrated. Not enough hops for me personally but as such it's easy to drink 6 or more

Photo of Duhast500
2.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The appearence is very pale, and the head is white but slightly thin.

The smell is of malt and barley. There is also a slight hop smell in the background.

The taste is crip, with a bit of a corn & rice flavor. A very light hop taste does try to poke it way into your taste buds but is slight at best.

I always look to this beer as the old standard. It is my first ecperience ever with beer and is always a beer that i will go to from time to time. Hopefully it will never change.

Photo of dasenebler
2.44/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Really not much there in terms of this beer, but I wasn't expecting a lot, so I can't say I was disappointed. Pale-yellow color, soda-like head dissipates to nothing. Lots of bubbles. Aroma of musty hops, cheap grain and bread.

Taste is okay, not too offensive. Musty, sweet flavor, bready. Too fizzy. Not a whole there. Easy to drink, refreshing when ice-cold.

Budweiser is definitely guilty of false advertising, with all of the commercials and "lager lessons" b.s. that make the beer seem that it's the best in the world. At least they don't lie on the can: "choicest hops, RICE and best barley malt." There's a little exaggeration there though. Bottom line is that there are cheaper and better beers. Sorry AB, or I guess I should say inBev.

Photo of EatsTacos
3.2/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a small crumbly head

Aroma is malt and hops balanced and some slight skunkiness not anything bad

The taste is mediocre. Nothing to complain about at all. Fresh tasting and nicely balanced, pretty light on the hops. There is some depth of flavour but not much. Hard carbonation and watery mouthfeel.

Very drinkable beer no question.

Photo of bvburnes
3.88/5  rDev +65.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tastes very similar to other Budweiser brews. Color is normal for am American Lager, pale straw colored. The smell is very subtle.

As for flavour, I like the taste of this beer much better than others of its kind. There is an pleasant bread or yeast finish to it that is hard to tell whether you are tasting or smelling. But it reminds me of baking bread. There is little to no bitterness in this beer, which I like.

Mouth-feel is very light, crisp, and clean. And drinkability for me is quite high. I'm [almost] not ashamed to say that I quite like this beer. It's what I'd call a drink without any fuss.

Photo of spointon
3.31/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. In my young and un-enlightened days, this was my diehard beer of choice. I had not tried this beer in years, so I thought it was time to revisit to see what my craft beer soaked palate would think of it...

A= This lager poured straw pale, bright, and clear with a snow white foamy head. The head dropped quickly and left only minor lacing down my glass.

S= Aromas were extremely muted. All I got off this beer was a mild whiff of sulfur and some faint malt sweetness. All in all a very clean aroma.

T= Super clean (i.e. weak) flavor profile mainly comprised of a small sweet and crackery malt presence and a mild nutty taste. The hops popped up just enough to be detectable and then disappeared completely. Quick light finish with zero alcohol present.

MF= Light bodied with a spritzy/fizzy carbonation level. Nice palate cleanser.

D= Very solid and drinkable beer. If you compare this beer to a decent craft brewed ale of course it will lose. But if you compare it to other mass prooduced American style light lagers, in my opinion this remains the King.

Photo of Klgkenny
3.38/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an ice cold bottle, just the way the founding fathers and jesus intended, this golden yellow beer is flooded with carbonation. A passive pour produces a minute head which quickly dissipates. Smells like an american beer. Light malt and no hops. When you finally take a drink, you realize that this is the king of american beers. The stalwart example for coors and miller to follow. As long as you drink these icy cold, they are drinkable all day long.

Photo of Beernoisseur
3.1/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

So, an interesting sensation is one in which you are drinking a Budweiser, immediately after drinking a really strong IPA and eating a piece of Lindt Chocolate.

So, under these circumstances, this beer drinks like thick air.

If I had not just clusterfucked my palate with a DP consisting of hops in front, and rich european chocolate behind, my review might read as follows:

A - light light golden, clear as a nun's conscience.

S - Boil a handful of rice crispies, cornflakes, in a stockpot. Adjunct grains. Typical.

T - Drinking Budweiser is a little like eating fat free Triscuits, with no toppings. You can eat an entire box without breaking a sweat, but you only would if you are not that interested in the experience, just the result. Similarly, you could probably drink an 18 rack of these in a single sitting, assuming you were properly motivated. Like, to get mega twisted, or have a pissing contest with a Clydesdale, or both.

M - Thin and spiky

D - Like I said before, it probably wouldn't kill you to hook up an IV of this stuff and have it pumped directly into your arteries. As for putting it in your mouth, The sky is the limit, but that's sort of the point.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.68/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown screw-cap bottle with that classic "Bud" label.

Appearance: Medium-golden bright beer, with just a touch of stark-white head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Very light sweet malt, nothing else really.

Taste: Very light malt with a slight crisp smooth bitterness on the finish. This is the epitome of simple.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth.

Drinkability: Fairly high, but Bud has always seemed to sit a little heavy in my stomach, no matter what my friends say.

Conclusion: Light, thirst-quenching, and quaffable...there's nothing offensive here really...because there's really nothing here...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.77/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a medium-sized white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is mostly of grain and adjuncts with a thin malt character. There's a very mild hops presence that provides some balance, but there really isn't much flavor overall to be balanced out in this beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not flavorful at all, goes down easily since there isn't much to it, likewise not filling at all, mild kick, it certainly is a good representation of its style even though I don't think that's much of a compliment, if at all. I suppose it is drinkable in a sense that you can pound through a lot of them due to its lack of substance. This beer is indeed the King of Fizzy Yellow Beers.

Photo of bmwats
1.97/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Bright straw color. Medium heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger white bubbly head which settles very quickly into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise throughout drink. Slight bit of carbonation clings to the sides of the glass as you drink, but not much in terms of lacing.

S: Light hops, malt, hand soap.

T: Malty sweet flavor, hint of hops.

M: Indistinguishable (and misplaced) sweet hoppiness starts and filters up into the nose, aftertaste overwhelmed by the soapy palette. Has a syrupy feel, and dry finish. A strange sweetness lingers.

D: Manageable.

Not really much in terms of atmosphere. Flavor is a strange combination of attributes, carried by a strange sweetness. The longer I keep it in your mouth, the more quickly I just want to finish it . Frankly it was a difficult quaff for me to finish off. Not a fan of this one.

Photo of cleeze
1.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Piss poor excuse for beer right here.

Pours a straw piss colored yellow. FIZZY. I dislike fizzy yellow beer greatly! Smells like stale vomit. REMINDS me of a frat house. I WILL NOT even play beer pong with this horrid liquid.

AND IT GIVES YOU horrible shits the next morning. BAD!

Photo of Colt4540
3.03/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours with a frothy head that is gone within seconds. A very pale yellow with no head and no lacing.

S- Corn.

T- Again corn. Nothing else really maybe a little bit of malted barley.

M- Feels like a crisp water in the mouth.

D- A very drinkable beer. 20 of them will have you stumbling drunk. The best of American macro beers.

Photo of Beerislife652854
3.2/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Budweiser review (can)

A - Crystal clear pale yellow body with a fine head of white carbonation that quickly fades to nothing. No lacing.

S - Mild rice, hay and some hops.

T - Dry and bitter hops, tinges of rice and slightly toasted barely.

M - Carbonation bubbles are predominant.

D - Very drinkabke. Almost too drinkable.

Comparable to Stella Artois.

Photo of teamhex
3.3/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow color. Smells faint of sweet malt. The taste is nothing special, which is the norm from a macro. I prefer Miller High Life to this.
In my own words id say this really isn't too bad of a beer as far as a "Light American macro" is concerned. Its very filling, and isn't bad on taste. Very carbonated. All around not a bad beer.

Photo of Mistofminn
2.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Budweiser 4 of 5 from "Budweiser at Ben's" Dec 20th 2008.

First came Bud light, second was Bud Select, third came Bud Light Lime, now onto the real stuff!

Truth be told, I have never minded Budweiser. When my friends went on their anti-Budweiser rampage I would just step back and buy some other macro. Around where I'm from, Budweiser is most affectionately called "Diesel." But like I said, I never minded it.

It has the typical macro look, taste and smell. But there is just more substance to it. It's just a touch above the competition in every category. It's not the best macro I've ever had, but it definitely is on the top of a very short list.

The last thing I have to say about this beer, is that the most common beer in movies has to be Budweiser. Every movie where someone is drinking at a bar, they always have a Budweiser in their hand. Anyone know if AB has any deals with Hollywood or is this just a coincidence?

Photo of Tone
2.18/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow with 1/4 inch bright white head. Low retention and no lacing. Smells of adjunct in lager. Another example of a beer fitting this style. Tastes of adjunct in lager. Slightly more body than other american adjunct's but still watery overall. Not recommend to try this beer, too much water and adjunct in a weak lager.

Photo of BierFan
2.68/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce brown bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Born on date of "21OCT08".

Appearance: Big white head, clear yellow body, alright carbonation, and thin lacing.

Smell: Very distinctive Budweiser adjunct smell.

Taste: Taste is mostly adjuncts but it's a little better than most other beers of this style.

Photo of flipper2gv
1.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

A: Strange light yellow color. At least the head is decent.

S: Water. Seriously, it doesn't taste much and only has very very little malt odors.

T: Can't say much more here. It doesn't taste much beer. All the characteristics of beer are ultra tamed.

M: Water, simple and plain water feel with some carbonation (mid to high).

D: As you'd expect, drinkability is high but I cannot give more than a 4 since I get frustrated each time I drink one.

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

[22oz bottle at 49F] Budweiser is a clear, sparkling pale golden lager with a small white head that dissipates quickly. There is a slight whiff of corn and perhaps lemon and hay. It is light bodied and reasonably smooth, albeit a bit watery. It is prickly on the tongue and the finish is a little chalky. There is not much flavor here. Anonymous light grain and a touch of lemon, maybe lemon detergent, are all that I could detect in this faint flavor. There is no bitterness to speak of. A shameful beer.
(rated Jul 11, 2008)

Photo of yuenglings
1.82/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Apperance: This has to be the best quality of this beer, pale yellow

Drinkability: I would have to give it a zero becasue not long after the first bottle i have a spliting headache and its not just me cause i here that complant from lots of other drinkers

Im sorry but i can not beleave that this is the king of beers. It has to be one of the only beers even if it is for free i will turn down, and i drink a wide range of beers from light to dark. worst of all its not even american owned.

Photo of stone3187
2.18/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This one pours a very pale yellow color with a faint sweet malt smell. The taste is nothing to write home about, which can be expected from a macro. I prefer Miller High Life and Coors Original to Budweiser, but there is not too much of a gap in likeness.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.31/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Notes aug/08
Pours a clear pale yellow,thin white head,that goes away fast.Lots of carbonation,odd sweet malty aroma. Flavor is sweet metallic malt oddness,maybe a little yeasty bread at the finish,like this much better on tap.Of the macro-pale catagory I prefer Miller,and Coors to Bud. Drinkable,but I try not to buy this unless there is an emergency or something

Photo of CityBoy1986
2.96/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can stamped 20 Oct. 08 into a pint glass

A - Straw yellow with heavy carbonation. Head disappears rather quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Sweet with hints of corn and rice.

T - Much like the smell, but the corn and rice are more apparent.

M - Light on the tongue; more carbonation than I like.

D - Very high. I will probably finish the rest of the six pack (though that may be to get it out of the house as quickly as possible).

Photo of phattysbox
2.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

One month old can (date on bottom of can) bought with my Philly cheese steak at Jim's steak! Hands down the best cheese steak in Philly.

On to the review:

I honestly don't think I could drink this brew in any other setting, and that being said, this pairs well with a cheese-steak (to wash the grease down).

Appearance: Can't comment because I had no cup to pour the beer out, hence I never saw it. Therefore I gave it an average score.

Smell (again through the can): grain and rice husk predominate followed by a metallicaly sterile scent. Definitely can smell adjuncts, but not that off-putting compared to other macros.

Taste: About average. Nothing stellar here. Faint malt bill, corn husk that coems through with a splash of hops (very astringent). The mouthfeel is OK, a bit overcarbonated for my taste.

Drinkability: After the Philly cheese steak, pretty darn good! My fiance got a skunked Corona and she had to sip my Bud...

Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 5,245 ratings.