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Budweiser | Anheuser-Busch

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Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-21-2000

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
2.96/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anheuser-Busch - Budweiser. 5.0% ABV. Standard pint glass ordered at a restaurant.

Look: Transparent golden/copper color, small white foamy head that dissolves quickly.

Smell: Very bold wheat and grain aroma, with yeast also strongly noticeable.

Feel: Thin with some medium amount of carbonation.

Taste: Typical American Lager. Yeast and grain are the most prominent flavors. Wheaty aftertaste, with no presence of alcohol taste. Not bitter at all, although it does not have much flavor either.

Overall: This was the first Budweiser that I had tried. Usually everyone starts with this style of beer, however I started with Porters and Stouts. This is one of the big name beers that everyone seems to drink everywhere. It is nothing special to me, just a standard watery, wheaty, yeast beer. Its easy to drink since it has a subtle flavor.

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Photo of jamesroses
2.09/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: another pale golden coloured beer with light/medium carbonation. A bit more dense than others of it's same status.

Smell: malty, some bready character, little alcohol and some slight peanut presence.

Taste: malts, very light, and a grassy aftertaste. It's very drinkable, the alcohol doesn't seem to be there.

Mouthfeel: slightly fizzy at first, then clean and a bit dry. Smooth, but with more body than a Brahma and less than a Miller.

Overall: here in the land of mediocre beers, this is one of my prefered choices when it comes to having a drink. Anyway, I usually end up having a Miller.

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Photo of Pantalones
2.91/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Finally tried "the king of beers," due to me feeling like having beer when I just happened to be in a Pizza Hut that only had Bud, Bud Light, and Michelob Ultra. Ended up drinking two glasses of regular Bud. "Born on" date on both bottles was clearly marked as September 10th, 2015.

Pale golden color; looked about the color of a Bud Light when pouring but was darker once settled into the glass. Perfectly clear, and with some bubbles rising up from the bottom here and there. A decent layer of bubbly white foam forms on top at first, but then it vanishes almost immediately, hardly even leaving a trace behind.

Does not have all that much of a smell at all. Maybe a very faint "beery" smell and some sweetness; something in there almost seems appley, oddly enough. Just very weak all around as far as smell goes.

Flavor is very light, but there's certainly more to standard Budweiser than there is to the Light version. Sweetness, a little hint of something that seemed almost nutty at times, and some of that appley thing again. When ice cold the appley thing doesn't stand out as much, but when the frost has cleared from the frosted pint glass and the beer is allowed to warm up a little it starts go come out more. Starting to think that appley thing is a yeast thing, which wouldn't be out of place at all in a Belgian-style ale but seems a little unusual for a lager like this. Its presence does make the beer more interesting, though, as without it... there wouldn't be much to this. Are there hops in this? Because I don't taste any. Doesn't seem to have the same "bigger gulps = worse taste" problem that its Light cousin had at all, though, which is definitely a plus.

Feel is light and VERY fizzy. Not super watery like the Light version, thankfully! Actually comes across as slightly thicker/heavier than Coors, so I *would* give it a little higher marks for mouthfeel... but the fizz is just absurdly strong here, to the point where it feels a little too prickly at times. When the fizz calms down a bit it's pretty nice.

Overall... "king of beers" not so much, but this was not nearly as bad as I've heard it made out to be. The apple-like taste was unexpected, and that gives this beer a bit of its own unique spin compared to a lot of the other adjunct lagers. I notice that my scores for this are ending up exactly the same as Coors, even though I think Coors is probably the better beer overall... maybe tweaking the "overall" score could fix that, though I suppose it's not too big a problem if they end up with the same score from me.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I don't think I need to review this, but I'll throw my opinion out there.
Poured it into a glass so I could look at the color I knew it was. It's a basic straw yellow color of its beer kind.
Doesn't smell anything special, smelled better than Coors though.
Tastes a little better than Coors, less watery than Busch, but not as carbonated or flavorful as Miller High Life.
It's smooth and easy to drink, mild to moderate carbonation, not much of a foam head to speak.
Overall, I had a Coors yesterday and thought it was insulting and offensive to my taste buds.
But this Budweiser I have isn't, I could easily drink these compared to other cheap macro beers. For a cheap beer, lets try to be fair, it isn't as bad as it could be.

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Photo of frothy_80
3.41/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly clear yellow with a white head. No trace of hops in either aroma or taste. Slight grain in the aroma. The taste is the same, but with a rice sweetness. There are also some fruit esters at the end. The mouthfeel is carbonated fizzy water. Take it for what it is, a simple no frills beer.

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Photo of caseymconley
2.71/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

You know what you're getting with Bud, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's clean, easy-drinking, unoffensive and a nice alternative to many of the over-hopped, high ABV and overpriced micros or "Crafts" out there.

I'll always prefer a hoppy IPA or strong porter, but there are times when I don't want to spend $17 on a 12-pack or don't want a 7.5-percent beer on a weeknight.

Bud pours light golden color, tastes relatively thin on the palette with ample carbonation. The flavor is unique, which could be attributed to the beechwood or the rice, and very lightly hopped. Almost no hop flavors here. Again, it's unoffensive but also not particularly memorable.

That said, it's a good option at $12 for an 18-pack bottles.

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Photo of James954
1/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

(25 oz can chilled) Zero rating if possible. It makes other American Adjuncts look good (aside from Natty Light).

This is literally the homeopathic method of beer-making. There's virtually nothing but carbonated water and alcohol, and yet by utilizing the most minuscule concentrations possible, there is a touch of stale grains and metal.

The success of American Adjunct Breweries with beers like this are a testament to the fact that Americans are truly guilt-ridden self-loathing masochists at their very core. Hopefully this abomination that is blasphemously referred to as "beer" will die in due time with the brewing renaissance that has occurred in America lately and we can all learn to love ourselves again!

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Photo of Fantasy_Draught
4.1/5  rDev +68.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't be fooled. This is a beer.

In spite of the lackluster character of this beverage, one cannot deny the proud stature of its commercial significance.

When you need a cold-ass soda water that is secretly a beer, this liquid consumable will certainly suffice.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.03/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Definitely my favorite of the big three. Has a crisp red apple flavor in additional to the generic macro-lager taste. I would say that this is the sweetest of the big macros, which I welcome but see how others might not.

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Photo of hopphead31415
1.12/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Look-It looks like a beer that you shouldn’t drink.

Smell-It smells of grass and some yeast and has hints of malts.

Taste-The taste reminds you of Bud Light which is also not very good at all.

Mouthfeel-There is not much to feel of this beer other than watery moistness and light-bodied let down.

Overall-I’ve heard them say that you don’t drink it to enjoy, but just to get drunk. If that is the case then you are doing it wrong. Drink better beers, please. You’ll thank me.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.28/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Budweiser pours a fizzy golden color, with a quickly dissipating head. There is a grainy and sugary aroma. The taste is grainy, watery, and has a harsh sugary aftertaste. Flat body. Overall, it is what you expect, the adjunct flavors come out strong, and way too sweet.

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
1.82/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Excluding the light versions from AB this is about as generic a beer as you could ever have. The only redeeming quality is that it is consistent although I am not sure consistently generic is a redeeming quality.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
3.84/5  rDev +58%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours our piss yellow. Decent lacing. Carbonation bubbles streaming up the glass. Smells like America, adjunct and some apple. Taste Grains and yeast. I get no hops. Light watery body. Very Drinkable. Clean crisp refreshing dry finish, but not like budlight.

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Photo of Kubishark
2.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A few days ago I had this on tap at a generic sports bar and now I'm having it in the 10 oz. cans that are so popular in St. Mary's County, Maryland for no explicable reason.

It looks yellow, like light piss. Er, I mean straw. It smells... like almost nothing. It tastes... like a light beer. When I had it on tap I actually asked to make sure they gave me regular Bud instead of Bud Light. The use of very rice is noticeable compared to other AALs. The "corn flakes" taste I've even come to enjoy a bit with beers like National Bohemian is completely absent, replaced by qualities that remind me rather of rice milk.

Overall this beer is okay. I'd say it's no better or worse than PBR. Budweiser is what my dad always drank and it sure caused more than a few arguments between him and my mother. Thanks for the childhood memories, Bud.

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Photo of yEaRiGhTissiK
5/5  rDev +105.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The look is a straw yellow color with a 2 finger head. Beers of this genre tend to all look similar.

The smell is of rice and grains, one doesn't pick up much of a hoppy smell at all, maybe slightly in the background, but this beer doesn't smell bitter whatsoever.

The taste is the best part about Budweiser aka the King of Beers. It is a simply delicious taste that is smooth and crisp EVERY TIME. It tastes of grain and rice not hops. This beer doesn't taste bitter or hoppy whatsoever. It is just the perfect beer for every occasion that one can think of. The taste is always the same, they get it right every time.

The feel is a great part about drinking Budweiser. It has a nice carbonation and is as drinkable as water. Although it's as drinkable as water, it definitely has flavor. The mouthfeel is bubbly and smooth and each one goes down faster than the last.

Budweiser is an amazing beer. People look down on it because it's a macro beer mass produced not craft etc. There's a reason why this beer is the King of Beers, because they have made the perfect beer for every occasion. Beer snobs step aside and grab one while watching the game or grilling out. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. It just goes with everything, everywhere, every situation. The Budweiser Brewery Tour in St. Louis was amazing also. Much more appreciation for this beer when you see the steps needed to brew this beer in person.

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Photo of Strat58cat
2.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is not a rating for a beer. Budweiser is not beer, as defined by the Germans, and they ought to know. The first American brew to qualify as a beer under the German purity laws in decades was Samuel Adams Boston Lager in 1985. This is a rating for an alcoholic malted beverage with some characteristics that are reminiscent of a lager. Of course, that's true for every one of the adulterated/adjunct macro brews - especially any Miller, any Coors, any product of the company formerly known as Pabst, and the Pennsylvania stuff that managed to be called "craft" in the latest definition. Bud avowedly is not craft. It also is not beer, per German law, although it claims to be in the U.S.

Here's what's crazy about Bud. The Busch family is insanely proud of it. They think it's awesome. Shortly before they were forced out by Inbev, they even checked cryogenically frozen beer, discovered that Bud got too light on the hops over the past 40 years, and ordered more. They went to extreme lengths to insure that every Bud is brewed with the same yeast. Sure they want uniformity, but uniformly bad can't be it. What's all the fuss about?

Imho, without question Budweiser is the best of the mega brews. There's good reason why Budweiser has owned the market for industrial beer since 1957. Bud is cut with rice. The other industrial brews are cut with corn. They're all cut with something. Rice lightens the flavor, but does not add the skunk and faint garbage taint of the other adjunct lagers. Bud reportedly is cut with up to 30% rice. It's not just a grain or two. Every Bud is the same, so if one is cut 30% they all are cut 30%. Still, under Japanese purity laws Budweiser does not qualify as saki.

Budweiser always should be decanted. Sure, it's a cheap beer. I saw 30 cans for $14 at Wal-Mart. This price suggests that you should not, under any circumstances, drink it. On the other hand, if you're broke or don't have any other options at the ball game or at Coco's, go for it. Why not?

The color is light yellow. It's not completely clear like water. They use some barley - enough to give it a slight tint. For a beverage that is advertised as beer, Budweiser is absurdly pale and clear. My little kid mentioned he could see my whole hand through the glass when I was holding the beer mug at Coco's. The head has no chance at all, foaming up briefly and calling it quits. Rice neither retains nor laces, apparently. The carbonation level is absurd, with big fat bubble streaming wildly the entire time. Still, Budweiser looks very clean. Perfect industrial QC in action.

Budweiser has a smell that's not unattractive, but it's not like beer. If you smell a Samuel Adams Boston Lager, you smell noble hops, malt, perhaps a hint of cracker. Bud doesn't smell like anything. It's a slightly flowery and grassy, or nutty smell if you try real hard to detect anything, and there's something pleasant there, but basically it's closest to nothing at all. However, Bud doesn't stink. Take a good whiff of the other macro brews or Corona, especially if their temperatures rise at all. Generally, they stink. They actually smell bad. That's the Bud advantage in that mix. It's nothing, instead of bad. Why do people drink this? Oh yeah, it's Bud or the one that smells like garbage at the stadium. Although I put away gallons of Miller and Coors in my youth, I won't touch any macro other than Bud, since they smell faintly of garbage. I'm pretty sure that's not good for you. Bottom's up, King of Beers - unless I can find anything else at all.

Budweiser has a taste that's not unattractive. It's not a beer flavor. It's a very, very mild sweetness, and a very mild bitterness. Many macro drinkers will say Bud is bitter. I've heard it. It's like below 8 on the IBU. So, I don't know why they say Bud's bitter. It must be less sweet than the other macros, which use sweet corn instead of rice. If you try really hard to detect it, you might stretch and say that Bud's flavor is a little bit nutty, and a little bit fresh, but that's not it. Bud's flavor is nothing. Bud's flavor is closest to nothing at all, but with some sort of sweet-sour effect mixed in with the nothing almost enough for it to be something.

Budweiser is an extraordinarily light malted beverage. It's insubstantial. What if feels most like is just plain water, which probably explains Bud's popularity on a hot day. This water, however, is 5% ABV.

Overall, drink a good craft lager. Samuel Adams isn't 50 cents per can, but it's not that much. Drink less, and enjoy it more. If all you've got to choose is an industrial brew, specifically including hipster Pabst Blue Ribbon, Lone Star, or anything from Shiner, Bud's the lesser evil.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.69/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with an easy to find, easy to read born on date that puts this at 2 months old. Take note, craft breweries.

For whatever reason, I prefer this one out of the bottle. A perfect, crisp AAL for a hot day. When summer is around, I crave an ice cold Bud.

For the style, it's at the top of its game. And I've never had an "off" bottle of Budweiser. Ever. Again, take note, craft breweries.

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Photo of ramstienerhaufbrau
1.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Budweiser is only drinkable out of a can while out on the lake on a hot summer day or while grilling outside on a scorching hot summer day. Your brain tricks you into liking it because it is so hot outside and your body wants something to drink. I have to admit I will drink it from a bottle at a mexican restaurant because it surprisingly goes well with a meal from a mexican dive restaurant. Other than the instances I have mentioned I do not drink Budweiser. You will find this beer smells and taste skunky. You do not want to sit on your couch, cut on a good TV show and crack open a Budweiser. You will question your life choices

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Photo of MikeCooke
1.4/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Budweiser... Pumping out a ridiculous amount of beer yet always retaining that same taste. This beer pours a clear straw yellow color with a finger head that disappears quickly. The smell is a very faint one but it smells like sweet malts. The taste is more of the same. It's a light beer with a good amount of carbonation. This beer is what it is. It's a Budweiser it's not trying to be anything that it's not. It's never my first choice but whenever I have it I know what I'm getting into. To sum it up in one word it would be "meh"

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Photo of BeerWithMike
1.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Yeah, I know right? Well, come to find out I never did a review on ol' Budweiser and that is because I found this 16 ounce cool aluminum can in my beer cooler. Somebody was trying to pull a funny on me as I haven't even drank one of these for a good 20+ years, and there is a good reason why. Ha! Can was chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "Budwesier" thumb-print goblet.

Brew pours a light straw-yellow in color with really no head to speak of. Same with the lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts and grains for the most part with a hint of corn even. Pretty much is said for the taste. Not really good at all in my opinion and probably is why I haven't drank it in 20+ years. Not seeing me drinking it again either, even if it was free and no other beers to drink. Lighter to medium-bodied with high carbonation as you can see lots of bubbles streaming up from the sides and bottle of the glass. Overall, not for me.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Enjoyed at a Argentinian steakhouse because it was the free beer that came with the meal. In keeping with their macro self pride and bashing of micros it was served with meat and lots of it. Used as merely a liquid to wash down massive quantities of food, as they purport, it served well. As far as a taste I really didn't get any vibes except for a soda pop like carbonation, a way too sweet adjunct maltiness and a funky beechwood aging that I quickly squelched with further servings of fine meat. I must say it served its purpose as a processing liquid and that is how I must rate it, in keeping with their wishes. PS the next day I was good so all the rumors about "Buttwiper" must just be off. Maybe only two mugs wasn't enough!

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Photo of whatthehull
3.3/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 12oz bottle

A - a translucent light golden yellow, one finger quickly dissipating white almost foamy head and no lacing/legs

S - sweet malt, sweet grains, sweet yeast, sweet fruity hop notes and that is about it.

T - very sweet, lots of carbonation, sweet grains/malts, slight fruity hop note, lots of baking/bread yeast. A simple lager/pilsner.

M - Medium minus body, medium minus acidity, medium to medium plus carbonation, ok balance, ok complexity and a sweet malt/ bread yeast start to finish

D/O - very refreshing, extremely drinkable and the consistency can't be matched. Nothing to complain about but nothing to write home about either. Just simple easy drinking lager style beer.

Final thoughts - At a very low $5-6 a sixer, simple 5.5% ABV and almost refreshing as water. Very drinkable, overly simple and quite tasty for the style.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.37/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(8/8 Bottle) - Hops aroma, clean golden appearance with good carbonation. Beer smooth, fresh and easy going down. Great with a meal or enjoying a summer day, and at a ballgame.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
2.07/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2/6 in my AAL tasting

Light golden color, fizzy white head that fades fast.

Smells metallic and slightly sour. A bit of a catty urine smell. Spent grains. Overcooked rice.

Has an bit of a sour note up front, like vague spoiled oats. Leftover rice that has developed mildew. Also very metallic. Very watery. There is a corn syrup sweetness on the finish. There is a bit of a floral sweetness as well, which is the best thing I can say about this beer.

Very watery, very dry, somewhat crisp.

This beer is surprising different from coors. It's not as sweet and has a much more watery moouthfeel. It has a lot more sour and metallic notes. It is the least interesting beer I have ever tasted.

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Photo of zkrisky
1.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Looks like beer. Haven't had it in years however from what I remember it smells horrible. And it tastes alright as long as its cold. Nothing really stuck out aside. I wouldn't really recommend it

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Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
58 out of 100 based on 1,623 ratings.