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

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Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA)Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA)

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199 Ratings

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
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: 199 | Reviews: 65
Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear deep reddish amber, with a prominent, dense cream-colored head, which retains fairly well. Sparse fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Very sweet aroma with lots of caramel, the oak, vanilla and even hints of bourbon are discernible as well.

Taste: Begins with a strong wave of sweet caramel, forming the backbone of the taste. Soon after, there is a fairly prominent oak note, with hints of bourbon as well. As the taste progresses, the vanilla asserts itself to a surprising degree. Late in the taste, the oak and vanilla flavors vie with the caramel to bring the taste to a close. There is a late flourish of herbal hops, as well.

Mouth feel: Soft and full, with some stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting example, quite complex, it is more than a little reminiscent of bourbon.

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 FreshButterbeer
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pleasant malty & vanilla flavors upfront but fall flat in the finish.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #72 (Jan 2013):

So the brewer’s intention here was to produce a lager that is aged on bourbon staves and vanilla beans. Pretty weak in both regards, obviously the brewer has to be delicate with these kinds of additions in a average sized lager but there could have been more umph. Would make for a great stepping stone brew for the immensely timid.

STYLE: American Amber Lager
ABV: 5.5%

LOOK: Clear brassy hue, great looking head

SMELL: Very clean, bready, faint hay, vague wood, very mild vanilla

TASTE: Smooth, crisp, lighter bodied, stunted vanilla, dried grass, touch of wood, ghost-like bourbon, very light hopping, kiss of alcohol, dry throughout, almost no after taste

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2.85/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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2/5  rDev -32.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -24.5%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +59.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours an orange/yellow color with less than one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of bubbles around the glass, lighter carbonation and almost no lacing present on the glass.

SMELL: bread, vanilla, sweet malt, subtle and not overpowering.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel malt, then subtle vanilla and bread, this beer has a mild hop profile and is very malt forward.

PALATE: creamy, lightly carbonated with lighter body, finishes clean.

OVERALL: this is something different for Anheuser-Busch, this beer was my third favorite of the Brewmaster's Project Twelve Second edition. This is not my favorite style of beer so would not seek out again but not a bad beer for the style. Glad to see this brewer trying new things.

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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA) from Anheuser-Busch
70 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.