Batch No. 91406 (Los Angeles, CA) - Anheuser-Busch
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3.43/5 rDev +11%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
The middle child in my trip through the Project 12 pack ends up being the normal amber lager. It pours a clear bronze-brass topped by a finger of short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises vanilla, light nutmeg, toffee, and a touch of grass. I don't really know what to think of this, but I do know it's pretty pleasant. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly breadier backbone and an added twinge of orange peel. The body is a very light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a slightly overcarbonated and oily beer, but one that still comes across as a pleasant-enough-tasting little amber lager. Not bad, really.
11-20-2012 21:17:37 | More by TMoney2591
3.38/5 rDev +9.4%
A - Clear amber color with a one-finger, bubbly white head. It was short-lived and left little to no lacing on the glass.
S - It smelled malty with some caramel and floral notes.
T - A fairly sweet beer with caramel, toffee and bread. Light bitterness with some bite.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a dry, clean finish.
O - This is an okay amber lager. Better than most of their brews, but still not something I'd buy on a regular basis.
11-07-2012 02:12:37 | More by zeff80
3.63/5 rDev +17.5%
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.
03-05-2013 14:14:53 | More by NeroFiddled
3.46/5 rDev +12%
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
03-05-2013 05:08:13 | More by russpowell
3.03/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
01-02-2013 02:27:06 | More by jwc215
United Kingdom (England)
3.43/5 rDev +11%
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.
03-13-2013 21:35:15 | More by BlackHaddock
2.78/5 rDev -10%
Budweiser Project 12 : Batch 91406
LOOK: Pours a light orange color with a fizzy froth that recedes to a fine film.
SMELL: Rice, Budweiser house yeast and a little bit of bready malt sweetness. There is also a hint of wood and grass.
TASTE: Sweet malts upfront that come off a bit grainy. Almost no hop character and just a small presence of wood, almost flies under the radar. Tastes like a macro lager with some dignity, but still finishes like regular Bud. Rice, corn and watery caramel. Finishes a bit sweet with a caramel/vanilla like flavor. Fleeting bland bitterness and husky grain round out the finish.
FEEL: Light to medium bodied with a good amount of crisp carbonation. Has a pretty good fullness to it and is not overly watery.
OVERALL: This is a step in the right direction for Budweiser. A beer with some integrity that actually has some flavor. Not too bad.
11-11-2012 21:16:13 | More by Stinkypuss
3.03/5 rDev -1.9%
12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. Has a nice clear, medium amber body with a large and creamy looking beige head. The head has decent retention.
A much appreciated but small increase in hop presence over the typical lagers from this macro-brewery is found upon tasting, although not evident in the nose. I believe I could detect a faint spice-like contribution frm the "beechwood chips".
O: flawless execution of a rather lame recipe, with a nice semi-dry finish. Too much like one of their regular mass-produced lagers and not enough like a special small batch craft brew. [3.25]
11-13-2012 00:10:54 | More by chinchill
3.28/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
12-18-2012 14:21:11 | More by Tone
2.68/5 rDev -13.3%
Deep amber what? Here's another example from the Project Twelve.
Pours a mild (not deep) amber with a thin head into my glass. I don't see anything profound here.
Some sweet caramel from the malt. Otherwise, it smells pretty bland. I don't want to sound stereotypical but I was thinking of regular Bud with that smell.
Incredibly thin, almost watery with very little flavor. It passes by so quickly that my taste buds can't keep up.
Cidery mouthfeel would be more appropriate. Sweet? Yes. Full of hops? No. Finished on beechwood chips? Hmm.
12-05-2012 23:30:30 | More by Brad007
2.73/5 rDev -11.7%
Pours a deep golden amber color with a quickly dissipating off white head. The aroma is sweet and malty with a grainy honey like caramel nose. I found little to no hop aroma. The flavor is sweet and does have a bit of caramel and light sugar in there. There's just enough spicy hops to keep this from cloying and to keep inbev from spending any more money on hops than is absolutely necessary. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Too sweet and a bit boring.
11-18-2012 03:52:58 | More by johnnnniee
3.24/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
02-24-2013 00:19:26 | More by bluejacket74
3.73/5 rDev +20.7%
A-Deep gold/amberish....minimal lace..
S-Nice clean malty aroma....light caramel...
T-This one has something unique going on. Couldn't identify it at first but then it came to me. Pistachios. Seriously. No doubt about it. Pistachios. I really like it and the flavor overall. Not so overally sticky sweet like the vanilla one. Just a nice nutty, amber lager...
M-Clean...borders on crisp I would say....medium bodied to the light side of medium bodied.
O-I like this one. Really a unique flavor and an enjoyable beer to drink. I'd buy this one if offered at decent prices (think Killians or Amber Bock)...
11-28-2012 06:53:23 | More by ZAP
3.08/5 rDev -0.3%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 12273-WA95. Sampled on November 12, 2012.
The color is not as dark as I might have hoped. It comes in at a medium amber-copper color with no head.
The aroma is pretty straight forward grains, pale malts, and crisp hops. But nothing jumps out as extraordinary.
The body is about medium and creamy.
The taste is also fairly grainy with a crisp, clean finale. Really it tastes like a slightly more boisterous Budweiser American pale.
11-22-2012 02:13:19 | More by puboflyons
3.05/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
12-15-2012 22:06:03 | More by mrfrancis
3.03/5 rDev -1.9%
Smells very similar to that other batch; the blonde one, not the other amber one. Big flowers, medium malt, not much by way of the hops.
Tastes similar to Budweiser, only with a more pronounced back end. (Is that the beechwood?). It's very malty wiht enough hops to prevent the malt from getting icky sweet. The finish is quite clean, and really this is like something they probably would have gone nuts for in the 60s. Right now, though, it ain't all that interesting.
11-28-2012 05:21:51 | More by mynie
Batch No. 91406 (Los Angeles, CA) from Anheuser-Busch
72 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.