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Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch

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5,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,234
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 42
Gots: 744 | 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 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...

Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16 oz can poured into a mug that's been in my fridge at least 6 months. Only thing that was a lager in my fridge and I was having chili for lunch.

A: Light pale straw color with a nice fluffy head a lots of zesty activity. Realy actually very nice.

S: Really not to much here, metallic and grainy, some light light euro skunk

T: Light slightly metallic and corny, but not really that off-putting. It has almost none of the flavor profiles of a local or craft style beer, but at the same time there is nothing off putting at all

M: Refreshing, goes down well with my chili

O: This beer is not anything special and yes, it's corporate interests really do hurt the craft beer and smaller producers. But the beer isn't nearly as bad as other products of AB. That being said, I would likely never go out and purchase it on my own. But, it really isn't that bad.

Photo of Scribbles
2.82/5  rDev +20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A pale yellow watery appearance, fizzy with only residual lacing.

Smell a mind sweet malty smell, but little else no hops or anything.

Taste: Simply seltzer water with a bit of hops.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth nice and neutral body from the rice, probably its best attribute.

Smooth and ok tasting(what there is to taste), not the best but drinkable as common fare. Within its dubious style catagory its a lowlevel benchmark and gets an average rating overall from me.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.82/5  rDev +20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light straw color, some hops and corn on the nose, but overally un-offensive. Some light malt and light hops are detected, thin bodied, obvious adjuncts, and a watery finish. Lacks a true body, but overall, drinkable when backed in a corner, the king in lower case letters.

Photo of zac16125
2.82/5  rDev +20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Crystal clear light yellow with 1 fingers width of white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles but head still dissipates down quickly. Leaves only the faintest patches of pacing.

S: Adjunct / rice like aromas, sweetness, subtle floral notes are the only hop characters I get. Simple and obviously not great, but honestly the aroma is actually pretty hood for an AAL.

T: Adjunct flavors, sweet malts, some hop spice. Starts off solid but gets worse as it warms.

M/D: Medium body, heavy carbonation, surprisingly filling which I think is at least partially due to the high carbonation. Drinkability is average.

O: AAL, they are what we thought they were. But for a horrible style, this is actually one of the best of the bunch. Not something Id choose to buy (only have this cause it was a left over of a six pack I bought for my dad), but if you have to have an AAL you could certainly choose worse.

Photo of lemmy187
2.82/5  rDev +20%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of RoamingGnome
2.82/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Anheuser Busch Budweiser

Went with a 25 oz can. Thanks for the extra ounce! Grilling up some chicken legs and needed a little beer for a marinade. I drank this ice cold.

A) There aren't many humans with adequate vision that don't know what Budweiser looks like. I wonder what Budweiser looks like??? I think I'll read a strangers description online. Well, it's pale yellow with a soapy white head. Surprisingly it doesn't look as good as those commercials.

S) The aroma is rather bland, but not offensive at all. Watery grains, the lightest touch of hops, with a little table sugar sweetness.

T) Follows the nose... I've always found Budweiser to have a bit of rice in the flavor. The ingredients are listed on the can now, and it makes perfect sense. The Beechwood aging process is an excellent combination of both Beechwood and the passage of time.

M) This is a lighter bodied beer with ample carbonation. It's crisp and easy drinking. This is best on the palate when consumed ice cold.

O) The thought of reaching into a cooler and pulling out an ice cold Budweiser on a hot summer day is fairly appealing. Not a bad lawn mower beer. There are much worse macro options out there. That's as complimentary as this is going get.

Photo of leantom
2.82/5  rDev +20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

The king of beers. No, it's not Heady. It's Budweiser! Here goes:

L: Yellow, lots of carbonation, not much head or lacing, though.

S: Very faint barley and hops; mostly adjunct grains. Not good.

T: Not bad, but not great either. Pilsner hops followed by a grainy aftertaste. Sufficient malt and hops, but simply can't compete with other pilsners of the craft variety.

F: Crisp and smooth. Not going to dock the beer here too much.

O: OK, only have this when I'm at a bar that doesn't serve microbrews.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.81/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A 300ml bottle with a born-on date of July 27th, 2013 (BB June 2014). ABV is 4.8%; brewed in the UK. Acquired from the leftovers of a recent wedding reception - free beer!

Poured into a straight pint glass. A crystal-clear pale straw colour with light carbonation. Forms a decent head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating. A very faint aroma of light grain with weak hints of rice, cardboard and stewed leaves. Unimpressive.

Tastes of ultra-light malt with a crisp finish. Notes of subtle grain, rice, stewed leaves and faint cardboard. Slightly sweet, yet well-attenuated. A mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, dry and faintly tingly, with a thin, watery body. Little aftertaste to speak of, just a twinge of malt/rice.

I'll damn it with faint praise and describe it as 'clean-tasting'. So clean that it could almost be mistaken for water. Ultimately, while Bud may be an excellent example of an adjunct lager, it's a style I don't much care for - hence my low rating. I believe that beer should have more character and presence than this, no matter the circumstances. A classic and a marketing success, but there's no need to seek it out.

Photo of mzwolinski
2.81/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I guess I can understand why beer enthusiasts are tempted to trash this beer. It's just not very interesting -- very little in the way of aroma or flavor. This is a beer that takes few risks.

That said, it is also a beer which doesn't screw anytthing up. It's clear, clean-tasting, and refreshing. You know what you're getting in every bottle, and they don't mess it up.

Appearance is pale straw with a thin head from heavy, even carbonation. Aroma is slightly sweet with a hint of grain. The taste is, well, quick! You get a slight hint of fermented rice, along with some *very* mild hops, and then it's over. Very light bodied and almost no aftertate at all.

All in all, a thoroughly unobjectionable, if unremarkable, beer.

Photo of Damian
2.81/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Born on date: 15May13
Served in a pint glass

Crystal clear, pale straw yellow appearance. A fluffy, bright white, two-finger crown capped the liquid. The head quickly fell to a thin film. Steaks of drippy lacing tricked down the glass.

The nose was very nondescript. Sweet and somewhat candy-ish with subtle notes of bubblegum. Hints of crisp and powdery lager yeast notes. Not much else going on.

The flavor profile was somewhat more interesting than the nose. It too was sweet with subtle bubblegum notes. Touch of grainy malts. Slightly tart and lemony. Hints of noble hops appeared in the finish.

Thin and fizzy on the palate. The snappy carbonation gave the liquid a slight frothiness.

Like many fresh, brown bottled, American adjunct lagers, the King of Beers was unoffensive and went down easily. Overall, pretty decent for the style.

Photo of JackieKu
2.81/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of HaydenP
2.81/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It is what it is a drinkable beer you can find everywhere for a decent price. Not good not bad.

Photo of furiousxgeorge
2.81/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

This beer is an average american beer. Many americans, like myself, drank this as their first beer. So, it has a special place in my heart, I can't give it that bad a review.

It is hardly worth the money it costs, but is not a beer you should snobbishly refuse if offered.

Photo of GOBLIN
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


We all know what this beer is right ?

Poured into pint glass

A: my wife actually told me that this beer looked weird in my hand.
S: nothing
T: nothing, but . . . It's consistent. ok , ok, not bad
M: thin and watery
O: again, we all know what this is. But, I will never turn down a cold bud on a summer day . . . Ever ! Always a lil' room in my fridge for this classic.

Photo of bignick
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Avenue in Allston 6/6/06 for $1. Served in a pint glass.

This is a very average example of the style. It pours a very clear yellow with a minimal head, and there is very little in the smell. The taste is adjuncty, with a hint of hops. It finishes with an unpleasant grassiness, but other than that, pretty clean. It is full-bodied for the style.

I would reach for a PBR or Molson before I reached for a Bud.

Photo of jwff
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Born on 4/22.

Frothy white head quickly dissipates while lazy streams of carbonation ascend to the top of the glass. Extremely pale gold coloring that I expected to be darker. If you recognize this beer as the color of urine then you probably need to drink more water. Smells of rice and faint corn. Grainy, sweet, and not that appealing.

Taste is grains with a sweet, corny vegetable finish. Basic, but more palatable than the smell. Mouthfeel is on the richer side which I believe the marketing term for is full-bodied.

Would drink again.

Photo of Pegasus
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a straw golden color with a small off white head that entirely disappears within a minute or two. The carbonation consists of numerous fast-rising streams. The lacing is thin and scattered.

Aroma: Crisp, clean aroma of malt and faint hops.

Taste: The taste begins with a little malt and some soft carbonation, weak hops appear toward the middle of the taste. Crisp and clean finish.

Mouth feel: Fairly soft, but a bit thin with a seltzer-like feel to the carbonation.

Drinkbility/notes: In my attempt to assess this beer fairly, I cannot say that it is terrible. Budweiser is brewed with the aim of being palatable to the largest possible audience, and so it is. Unsurpassed in mediocrity, Budweiser neither offends nor excels. And perhaps that is how it should be.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard tap glass.

Photo of Austinb18
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%

Photo of meechum
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok..had this when I stopped by a friends house and didn't want to hurt his feelings when he offered me a beer.

Drank it straight from the bottle so I didn't actually see the pour on this particular one..but I've had this stuff on tap for years..we all know how it works.

The flavor isn't bad for what it is..it's not particularly good either..it's just there. The drink is clean, dry and actually thirst quenching when ice cold..as it warms up though, it becomes a real mess. I have to drink these while it's cold, I find myself actually pouring out the last sip if it warms up too much.

It's ok for it's trying to be..I'm not going to over do it..it will never compare with other great beers..it's as ubiquitous as a Big Mac..and about as flavorful..

Photo of glockster23
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%

Photo of Kyle987
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special, but overall refreshing and easy. Pale golden yellow color, perfectly clear, with small and quickly-vanishing head, and very little lacing. Very weak aroma. Taste is boring, but not at all bad. Refreshing, in fact; it's no wonder it's perfect for football and Cardinals games, when you just want something to sip on and get a little buzz. Very clean an over-processed, of course, but not bad. Decent mouthfeel; light, with average or slightly-more-than-average carbonation. Drinkable. Decent.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 ounce can with born on date of August 09. Would this have been best within 110 probably not. Clear golden straw color. Scent of fresh cut grass. Basic lager flavor one that I have known for years. So for that I give Bud props same taste can, bottle or tap. Other than that no special yeast, or hops flavors. Drinkable nature is great, goes down easy till you get a headache next day.

Photo of beltz15
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%

Photo of pootz
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Date marked bottle:

Ran into this at a barBQ this weekend...a long time since I had a US made Bud. It seems to have upped its quality since I drank it in bordertown taverns in the early 80s. It is at least the equal in quality of the Canadian brewed Bud from Labatt....you know this beer really has an undeserved rep as a crappy cheap beer...It’s made about as well(or better)as any premium US maco and makes it clear that rice is used in the brew.

....this is a pale straw lager with a smallish cap that vanishes quickly to light surface lace...some sticky lace on the glass....heavily carbonated....very light aromas of grains, some smells of fresh paper ( rice?) and the signature granny smith apples...Acetaldehyde is always present in Bud I’m told, as a result of the use of beech wood chips in the aging/flavoring cycle; the chips deactivate the yeast before the green apple smell is metabolized by the yeast....still not an unpleasant odor one would classify as "off".

....the rest of this beer is pretty straight forward and one dimensional...fizzy light body smooth but watery mouthfeel, grainy from 2 row malts, crisp-dry-clean character from the rice, fast dry/clean finish.

The perennial pale US maco lager...that’s all it is and it fills that niche’ well....if you come at it from any other frame of reference you destroy your objectivity

Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 5,234 ratings.