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Batch No. 91406 (Los Angeles, CA) - Anheuser-Busch

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Batch No. 91406 (Los Angeles, CA)Batch No. 91406 (Los Angeles, CA)

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BA SCORE
72
okay

134 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: justintcoons on 10-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 52
Photo of Pegasus
3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear medium amber, with a robust, dense white head, which retains quite well. Scattered, thin lacing adorns the glass walls, the carbonation is profuse and fast-rising.

Aroma: Rich aroma of caramel and toasted light bread. there is a mild herbal hop presence, also.

Taste: Opens with caramel and toasted malt, these basic flavors carry the taste throughout. The aroma led me to believe that these taste would be rather bold. Its not, unfortunately, the taste of Batch No. 91406 seems weak and washed out in comparison to the aroma. Finishes with a mild, slightly peppery hop note.

Mouth feel: Soft, pleasant, with a hint of carbonation, a touch thin, though.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, ore than a little reminiscent of ZeigenBock Amber or Shiner Bock.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. This example has been refrigerated since purchase.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #72 (Jan 2013):

The highlight here is that the beer was finished on beechwood chips, which are usually used to provide more surface space for yeast during the fermentation of Budweiser. While it’s noticeable, its overpowered by a near cloying sweetness and a misplaced caramel note.

STYLE: American Amber Lager
ABV: 6.0%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Rich, clear, amber with a tight, creamy white lace

SMELL: Caramel, floral, hint of wood, clean

TASTE: Light, smooth, creamy, malty sweet, caramel, bready, nutty, cereal grains, corn, herbal, dried wood, dry straw-like finish

Photo of mooseo
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Bright clear amber with a large foamy white head.

S - Fresh grains, light caramel, a bit grassy. A metallic scent is also present.

T - A blend of sweet caramel malt, bready grain, rice, and subtle grassy hops. Hint of wood. Fruity yeast is evident, and the metallic aftertaste is surprisingly muted in this version.

M - Smooth, light bodied, crisp and clean. High carbonation.

O - Well it's better than regular Bud, and my favorite in this 'experimental' series. It has a decent malt body and is not overly sweet. Very drinkable.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good finger of head on a clear, amber colored body.
The aroma is a little grain with some fruit, the beechwood is evident too. Smells nice.
The taste is balanced and smooth. It has only the mildest bitterness to go with it's malty body (for a lager).
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a smooth and tasty lager.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 Fl Oz bottle: Drank on 7 Feb 2013 in my hotel room (San Francisco).

I quiet enjoyed this actually: lager based but with a bit of character.

Golden body, but with a slightly darker hue than most lagers: same white head that refuses to hang around though.

Not quite odourless but almost: some grainy and hop notes can just about be detected if you sniff hard enough.

Crisp and refreshing with a corn bread and mild hop feel.

Forget who brews it and the beers isn't bad at all. It's a lager with a bit of umph to it and should be marked accordingly.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.61/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If Budweiser can make kick-ass beers like their Tomahawk IPA, why do they bother with these basic beers? This is just a slightly sweet, reddish lager. It's got a very nice, gently caramelish malt component to it, and some fresh, balanced hops but it's far from anything to write home about. In fact, it initially reminded me of the first Killian's Red that I had back in 1984 - almost 30 years ago! Ahhh... putting my disappointment aside, I guess I can see this as a stepping stone for some drinkers, and there is certainly a lot more malt and flavor here than in the flagship brand, which is, I believe, still one of the best selling beers on earth. So, to a certain extent, that all makes sense. When you're that big you need to be careful about how you change your image in the eyes of the consumers that are paying the bills. And I assume they know that it'll pay off just based on people trying the beer. But here's my final conclusion. If I walked into a roadside bar one night and found only Bud, Bud Light, and this on tap which would I drink? I'd probably stick with the Bud.

Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed sixer

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Some head retention & good lacing

S: Faint biscuitty malt, metallic notes & just a bit of pear & caramel

T: Pears, a touch of grainyness & faint butterscotch notes up front. Pears & golden delicious apples, plus just a kiss of leafy hops. Finsishes fruitty & fairly crisp, with slight herbal hop bitterness

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly lively carbonation, decent balance

This drinks easy enough. I would certainly take this over any BMC standard, not a mind blower, better than expected

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.92/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a off-white yellowish two finger head. The head has a decent level of retention fading over about 4 min to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is largely of sweet corn with some caramel complementing this. Along with these aromas are some lightly roasted malt smells.

Taste – The taste begins with flavor of a bready and corny sweet taste. As the flavor advances some lighter caramel flavors come to the tongue with the corn sweetness becoming more intense in nature. A bit of a lighter herbal and woody flavors later come to the tongue. A bit of booziness and a somewhat off cardboard taste then come to the tongue at the end. While present these more off flavors don’t take too much away from the brew and leave a bready and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to above average side with a carbonation level that is the same. A moderate carbonation is quite appropriate for eh style and drinkability of the beer, although a lightly less thick body may have been better for making a more easy drinking brew, as this should be.

Overall – It was alright with malt and sweetness but as it lacked a good hop and complexity profile. OK, but nothing really worth the added price (as it is more expensive than the average malt/standard American adjunct) over something of a more standard, cheaper drinking brew.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 14oz "pint" glass. Pours a darker straw with a small head that leaves some lacing. Smells of nice darker malt, but very bland. Tastes of darker grain with a hint of syrupy taste. Beer goes down smooth with good carbonation and light body, but slight sticky feel. Overall a slightly above average beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle, born on date of September 30, 2012 (Julian Date 12273 stamped on label). A buddy bought me some of the Project 12 beers since he found them on sale recently (bought the 12 pack for just $5.75), so I might as well try them. If what I've read online is correct, this is the brew they picked to be their new Black Crown beer. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like sweet and grainy malt, and some caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some nuts. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with a good amount of carbonation. Truthfully, this is better than I expected it to be. Worth a try if you can pick up a single somewhere.

Photo of buschbeer
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is amber in color. I got an inch of off-white head that settled to a quarter inch and hung around.

S - It has a sweet aroma that I noticed rights away. I also get some grain and grass. There is a metallic note as well.

T - It has a grain taste. It reminds me of rye. I also get a metallic taste. It has a very dry finish.

M - Thin and dry.

O - It has more taste than Bud, but not a lot more. I don't care for the dry finish. It keeps reminding me of Bud Dry.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a muddled amber color, with a white head, dissipates to a foamy collar. Light lacing. Aroma is grainy, lightly sweet, with a nutty quality to it. Taste is sweet, caramel, light wood, nuts and no real hop notes. Sweetness lacks balance, really. The feel is light in body, mild crispness, somewhat oily and slick.

There's nothing about this that really stands out. The unfortunate and unnecessary aspect of these "contest" brews is that they're all just marginally differing from th base beers that they brew day in and day out. What's the point?! Two amber lagers and an effing pilsner does not scream diversity!

Photo of DM1293
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice clean coppery orange, no head.

Smell is budweiser, albeit cleaner and more...maltier?

Taste is perplexing to me. I get...malt and maybe its woody body, but...finishes surprisingly clean. Aftertaste is bit of budweiser, but not imposing.

I would expect the maltier brew to be my favorite of these "Project 12" beers, but the Pilsner has better mid-ground flavor. Its not bad at all though, and it makes me wonder if Budweiser will keep these recipes around for a re-release for seasonals. I can see this being decent as a fall/winter beer.

Photo of garymuchow
3.49/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Attractive. Nice copper amber and brilliantly clear. Off-white head that does settle out.
Faint aroma. A slight caramel aroma. Also a soft lager yeast character.
Clear caramel flavor that is soft enough to not be overwhelming or too sweet. Soft hop flavor. Some drying on the finish. Bitterness only to balance.
Bigger than a typical lager, but not big or even quite moderate.
I don't mind this at all. The flavors are pleasant and generally satisfying. Drinks like a lager in that it is clean and refreshing.
Thanks Spunky.

Photo of portijon
2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oh wow. Look at this guy - it's a little bit darker. Figured maybe an Amber meant it was going to resemble a Yuengling, but I was wrong.

Still tastes like a Bud. And pennies. Smells like Bud, too. I mean, there's a few hops trying to pop out on your tongue, but it still has that goddamn corn taste that Budweiser is known for.

The mouthfeel is good and I guess the 6.0% ABV will give you a buzz if you have nothing better to drink.

Glad this case of beer was on clearance for $9.99.

Next.

Photo of Lemke10
3.01/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Our Budweiser distribution manager at work told me this is was test version of what will become “Bud Black Crown.” This pours a clear, light amber color with a fast diminishing head. There is a light scent of yeast. The taste is crisp with a cheap grain alcohol taste with a slight citrus finish.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Budweiser Batch No. 94106 (re-released in 2013 as Budweiser Black Crown) has a thick, off-white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, reddish-golden appearance, with nice lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of mild hops and fruit (think pears). Taste is of fruit, white bread crust, grain, and a little hop bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Budweiser Batch No. 94106 finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is excellent.

RJT

Photo of TheMarkE
3.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An amber lager finished on beechwood chips. If you close your eyes and pay close attention, you can catch the hint of woodiness. Drinkable, with nothing to insult your palate.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think I like this one the best of Bud's Project 12 Series. Like the others, this one is still a Budweiser.

This beer pours a dark golden or amber color. It has a very faint smell. Sweet carmel malts come through as the dominant flavor. Finishes with only a mild bitterness.

It is fairly easy to drink. I think this beer would go great with a steak or burger.

It is a nice beer, nothing that will blow you away, but it is enjoyable. And better than Budweiser or Bud Light.

Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a thin head that soon becomes a bubbly wisp. Some spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel with some grain/cereal.

The taste is of sweet caramel with a hint of honey, and grain/cereal. A slight hop touch balances the sweetness in an abrupt finish.

Light-bodied. It's not too watery or fizzy, just thin.

A "run-of-the-mill" amber lager. Not as smooth as it could be.

I don't know if this is the brewery's way of having Bud drinkers think that craft beer is nothing special, but it seems that way by drinking this and the other two "batches" in this variety pack.

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.03/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Clear amber with a one finger head. No lacing and bubbly as hell.

S - Caramel malt. That's about it.

T - Caramel malt once again, and once again that is it.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, one dimensional and bland as expected.

Photo of Tone
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of adjunct. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hop, and hint of adjunct. Overall, good appearance and blend, with decent body.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a lingering white head.

S: Aromas of grassy, lemony hops, caramel, biscuit, and beech chips make their presence known.

T: Notes of caramel, nuts, biscuits, crackers, grass, straw, and lemon are very evident in the mouth. The finish is quick and clipped with a combination of woody notes from the beech chips, caramel, and grassy hops.

M: Medium in body, firm, and dry. Carbonation is crisp. Easy to drink and very refreshing with just a touch of malt heft.

O: Not bad, but not great either. This one at least has a little more flavor than the Virginia brew. It's not exceptional by any stretch, but it is a pleasant, simple, straight-forward brew.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
1.98/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Ba Review #244
Served On: 12/12/2012
Glassware: Weizen Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.0%
Date/ Code: 12274WA23 (???)

This was from the 'Project 12' mixed pack I found at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD ($11.99).

Look: Poured a crystal clear light copper. High carbonation. Some thin patches of lacing here and there. Head was a thin white coating.

Smell: Super sweet nose with a wet basement character. Some wet hay notes present. Also some grainy corn. Nothing too spectacular.

Taste: First up were sweet corn notes. Then not too much else. Maybe some toasted grain. This one did have slightly more character than ‘Batch 23185’.

I'm sorry but there has to be some artificial coloring used here. The amber tone seemed to suggest some sort of malt bill, but it just wasn't there. Typical AB-Inbev: appealing look with no real substance. Just my opinion.

Photo of Minkybut
3.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a light amber color with a very bubbly amber head. The beer smelled a little nutty and had a slightly sweet finish to it. Not too bad. All in all a decent beer but not as good as their amber bock. I would try it again though and maybe to a blind taste test against the amber bock just to see.

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Batch No. 91406 (Los Angeles, CA) from Anheuser-Busch
72 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.