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Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA) - Anheuser-Busch

Not Rated.
Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA)Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA)

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BA SCORE
70
okay

154 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: justintcoons on 10-26-2012)
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance
Golden amber with 2 fingers of fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and an absurd amount of carbonation.

Nose
Honestly this one smells a bit like urine. A touch of bourbon-esque sweetness, apple cider and caramel.

Taste
The bourbon and vanilla flavors are suspiciously absent. This really doesn't taste like much at all. There are some caramel and apple juice flavors. Perhaps a touch of bourbon-like sweetness. No vanilla whatsoever.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Overall
Not horrible, but there's really not much flavor there. The promise of bourbon and vanilla were disappointing. Very light but not offensive.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 20:45:14 | More by justintcoons
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SpencerS91

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-28-2014 05:08:43 | More by SpencerS91
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justinp

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

10-29-2012 00:36:40 | More by justinp
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cincybranr

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-25-2012 23:33:55 | More by cincybranr
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Duff27

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-08-2013 02:46:44 | More by Duff27
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GaryFields

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

05-03-2013 00:00:14 | More by GaryFields
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atrocity

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

04-25-2014 15:11:52 | More by atrocity
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

02-23-2013 00:17:22 | More by djrn2
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rabbitguy

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

08-24-2013 20:35:59 | More by rabbitguy
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AmitC

New York

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-02-2012 23:49:38 | More by AmitC
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-22-2013 01:47:43 | More by XmnwildX12
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bbkd3b

California

2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(NOTE: Backdated review from 1/24/2013)

Light amber is actually a fairly good descriptor for this brew. It’s got a bit of an orange hue around brighter light but maintains that same appearance. A bit Hazy Maze Cave-ish, the clarity isn’t what I like out of a lager. Small white head disappears practically on impact, which is odd considering the obscene amount of bubbles that are floating to the top. Decent looking on a good day, I suppose, but the top needs a lot of work.

First thing I notice is that it actually has an identifiable scent. Good for you, beer! Light hints of vanilla kissing the faintest mixture of bourbon and grains makes me realize that this is actually a beer that did something different, which kudos where kudos is due. Way to go AB
Williamsburg, you’ve earned yourself a trip to Busch Gardens… waaait a minute.

Oversharp carbonation hides the flavor at the start, which is a bit frustrating. Letting it linger a bit lets a really grainy flavor come through, which is not what I was really looking for to the most from the brew. Extremely faint bourbon tones can be found here ‘n there with a bit of adventurous swishing, but the vanilla remains completely hidden away from me. Body’s light and with a clean finish… oh hey, there’s the vanilla! Much like your friend who winds up passing out on the floor after a night of drinking, you don’t realize it’s there until it’s too late. That being said, it is there, so here’s a touch of credit for that. I really wish AB would tone down the carbonation, it’s almost annoying it’s so sharp on the tongue.

Like most of AB's "serious" efforts, I'd use "meh" to a friend of one were to ask me about it. There's really nothing special about it but I was, on the whole shot, unoffended. Call it a step up.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 03:41:28 | More by bbkd3b
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

2.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Know what I like about my bourbon aged beer? Having a twist off. Screams classy!

A - Looks quite good for a red ale. It's a bright orange red color, clear with a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for quite a bit (surprised me) and do I see... lacing? Bravo BMC!
S - Typical lager smells, some biscuit and maybe some vanilla. They must have used very little bourbon chips cuz it's not anywhere in the smell.
T - Wow it's terrible as I expected the typical Bud "funk" seems to cover up anything they are trying to accomplish. Even the vanilla just comes off as a mild "sweetness" that covers over the skunky glory. Man I should have know...
M - Average smell it kind of burns my throat a bit so I gave it a 2.5
Overall give up while your ahead Anheuser-Busch you can't make anything craft so stick to you swill!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 02:15:53 | More by DrDemento456
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pretty light golden amber with a thin, clinging white mousse. The bottle label describes this beer as being a light amber, but I think that is rather inaccurate.

S: I don't really detect much on the nose. There is the usual Budweiser hint of crackers, biscuit, and grassy hops. The bourbon and vanilla bean scents are very, very subtle.

T: Again, I'm not getting much here. Upon entry, there are slight notes of grass, lemon, caramel, bourbon, oak, biscuit, and vanilla, but by the finish, all that is left is a slight grassy hop bitterness.

M: This is probably the best aspect of this beer in my opinion. Medium in body, dry, and crisp with firm, active carbonation. It definitely goes down easily.

O: If it weren't for the overly weak nose and flavor, I could see myself putting down a few of these. Unlike many reviewers, I'm not one to regularly put down large commercial brewers without reason, as I understand that any brewer, regardless of size, is as capable of making a good beer as a bad one, and while I do have to give the AB guys some credit for trying, they really haven't come up with anything new or interesting. This is definitely one you can pass on, as Budweiser is too afraid to alienate their core audience by releasing something truly unique. A missed opportunity to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 21:58:30 | More by mrfrancis
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chilidog

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I looked forward to this one the most but yet the most disappointed. I love a bourbon based brew. I guess bourbon staves is no barrel.
Pours a slight amber, egg white head, no real lace.
Aroma is bread, biscuit like.
Taste is so bud like, no bourbon to be had. All malt taste.
Mouth is smooth and rice like.
Overal, a-b steps into this craft beer seen with a toe, does not jump in the respective style. So close yet so far away.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 00:59:52 | More by chilidog
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. Was really hoping for great results in this contest as it was made near my home. The beer was very pretty, nice gold color, rich head and smelled fresh. However it was sweet tasting and I don't mean in a good way. The beer also had a sour note to it that I despise. Like some monk style beers. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 17:25:42 | More by Minkybut
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Brad007

Vermont

2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours the same mild amber color as the "deep amber" beer I had before this. Thin head too. There may be promise in the ingredients used.

There's just a light dropping of vanilla and bourbon upfront. Too weak to register in my opinion.

Sweet malt with a dash of vanilla flavoring and bourbon. Again, very weak flavor overall. Too much of that "macro" off-taste.

Lingering mess of sweetness. Nothing interesting.

Meh, what waste of $12.99. I couldn't really recommend any of the three batches in this pack because while they sound enticing, they've been dumbed down by the consistency that rules the A-B empire. They are skilled...at making the same beer across several breweries. I question their skills at brewing anything OTHER THAN Budweiser/Bud Light.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 00:03:06 | More by Brad007
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

11-12-2012 16:47:33 | More by OregonGrown7
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FCRICH

New York

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

12-01-2012 00:38:32 | More by FCRICH
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

02-08-2014 01:09:51 | More by ejimhof
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MrBoh

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

12-07-2012 04:48:12 | More by MrBoh
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Kroller86

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

11-24-2013 22:19:31 | More by Kroller86
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kjkinsey

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

12-04-2012 00:02:29 | More by kjkinsey
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

12-20-2012 08:21:50 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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Latarnik

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

05-30-2014 19:39:59 | More by Latarnik
Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA) from Anheuser-Busch
70 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.