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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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Reviews: 52
Hads: 135
Avg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Brad007
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.


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Photo of bluejacket74
3.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel all kinds of icky just for buying this. But I consider this reconnaissance.

Pours a brilliant light golden copper color with a solid 2 inch cream head that dissipates rather slowly, leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma is predominately caramel malt with notes of floral hops. There's a bit of corn adjunct. , grain, and alcohol.

Flavor is heavily malty, caramel, lightly toasty, and I guess it's that beechwood age thing going on. Unfortunately it's not terrible.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the high side. There is a note of sourness and I don't know if that the Budweiser thing or what.

The sourness definitely a detracts from the beer I don't hate it as much as I want to.

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Photo of ZAP
3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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)...

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.92/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of mynie
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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%

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

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.49/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +36.7%
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.


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Photo of allengarvin
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Grabbed one at the grocery store in a make-your-own-six-pack. Poured into a 12-oz mug, this is an amber-gold beer with a slight airy head atop it. The nose is rather grainy, and offers no hint of hops or anything else. Flavor is just... bad. Sweet malt with almost nonexistent bitterness, no hop flavor, nothing but grainy, sweet malt. The "beechwood chips" are totally undetectable.

I'm assuming the "91406" was just a randomly generated number. It's hard to imagine any but the most basic experimentation went into this really bad beer

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Photo of buschbeer
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.36/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Golden amber with 1 finger of fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and a ridiculous amount of carbonation.

Caramel, bread and not much else.

Wow, nothing really offensive here. Just some simple caramel malts and breadiness. Touches of cantaloupe. Some of that classic Budweiser yeast lingers.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

It's really not all that bad. Easy drinking and refreshing. Tastes similar to a Yeungling.

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

NOT a bud drinker. AT ALL . . . .
tiny head, clear, dark yellow.
smell? i wanna say corona-like, but idunno. i cant pin it.
taste is EASY. i CANT STAND BUD, but this is easy to drink. or, at least, this first one is going down very easily (although i have been very thirsty at work through the last 4 hours).
feel is medium, it feels like a corona. still smells and tastes like CORN, though. i dont care what they say on the bottle about TANNENBAUM HOPS, CARAMEL MALTS, etc....
overall, i was intrigued when i went in to the store and saw it. i have a frig full of belgiums and germans but i chose this direction tonight. hoping there is no headache in the morning like there was with that nasty 6% bud lite i tried a while back, come to think of it, i gave all those away- why am i even trying this stuff?? but it's an easy drinker; nothing i will probably ever buy again, though.... and this is part of a 12'er with 2 other 'styles' with it.
i like what the last guy said: "flawless execution of a rather lame recipe"

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a cold frosted mug. Looks like a nice reddish amber with a little white head. But taste like a bud with more caramel malts/notes. If you like bud you'll love this beer. Me I hate bud so I think this stinks. Don't waste your money if you like bud, just buy bud.

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Photo of armock
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sheetz in Altoona, PA.

A - Poured a lighter amber color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind.

S - Has a pretty decent sweet caramel malt nose.

T - Like the smell it has a good caramel malt flavor with some sweetness to it.

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it.

O - Overall this is a pretty good beer that hits at least average compared to all the beers I've had. In all honesty I'm enjoying this beer tastes good and easy to drink whats not to like. Worth at least trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.07/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Dec. 5, 2012 (purchased the 12-pack for $12.99 at the 7/11 near Allied Gardens (San Diego) on Dec. 4, 2012. Caramel amber with about a finger of gray head that disappeared very fast. No retention on the top or sides.

Smelled caramel, toffee, roasty nuts and a bit of bitter chocolate malts. Had to work for it though.

Tasted not too much like the smell. Got a sharp whiff of alcohol up front and a bubble of carbonation that gradually built up to a malty finish. Got slight caramel but nothing too special.

Medium-to-light body. Thin texture. Lively (above average)-to-fizzy (good) carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Not a bad effort, but the Williamsburg (23185) batch was the best in my opinion. I’d have this one close to the St. Louis (63118).

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Photo of budgood1
3.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a brilliant amber colour. thin head appears and dissipates quickly to a bit of spotty lace. aroma is lightly sugared with nutty hints but overall quite clean. flavour wise this is a malty sweet lager with hints of nut and wood with brown sugar and molasses undertones undoubtedly from the caramel malts used. there is a bit of an alcohol burn. tastes pretty decent. finishes dry. medium bodied with a crisp, semi-sweet lagerish mouthfeel. very nice drinkability for the style.

overall this is a nice approachable offering from budweiser, or A-B. has a bit of malt liquor overtone to it, but just tastes better. go try it.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the mixed 12 pack. Drinking out of a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours an amber-yellow body with about an inch of khaki-colored head. Malty aroma. Sweet caramel takes a good portion of the flavor. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Overall not bad. A simple lager with some pleasant maltiness to it.

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Photo of EagleTalon
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a 3/4 inch sudsy head that retreats rapidly and color is gold-copper. Aroma has a slight bit of hops character to it and everything else about the smell is blah. Flavor is where the beer starts to crater. It tastes like it was manufactured and not hand crafted. It is so devoid of flavor that alcohol emerges as a dominant flavor -- bad! Mouthfeel is thin and becomes astringent over time. This is a crappy beer and a shameful marketing ploy by Budweiser. Hell, regular Bud's got more going for it than this Frankenstein monster. It's like most cheap american malt liquors in terms of character and to quote an Alabama legislator: "what's wrong with the beer we got? It drinks pretty good..."

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Photo of Lemke10
3.01/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Batch No. 91406 (Los Angeles, CA) from Anheuser-Busch
74 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.