Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA) - Anheuser-Busch
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2.8/5 rDev -6%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
Finishing off the Project 12 pack with the vaunted (I'm sure somebody vaunted it) bourbon- and vanilla-aged amber lager. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises barley, light vanilla bean, very light oak, and a touch of funky wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with that funky wheat gaining in potency and everything else sorta fading into the distance. That is, except for the vanilla, which spikes through with a sharp sweetness every now and again. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, an okay amber lager, but one that doesn't express its aging very well, and one that devolves into muddled dissonance.
11-20-2012 21:44:31 | More by TMoney2591
3.28/5 rDev +10.1%
A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small off-white head. It left little to no lacing.
S - It smelled malty and sweet with some floral notes. Nothing very prominent.
T - Mostly with caramel and toasty malt. A slight bitter bite provides some balance.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied brew with a clean finish.
O - Not stellar but better than their usual lineup of beer.
11-12-2012 04:34:44 | More by zeff80
3.08/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours golden amber with a thin off-white head. Not much lacing sticks.
The smell is of cereal/grain with a slight hint of bourbon-soaked wood and a hint of vanilla.
The taste is sweet - grainy with some vanilla. Bourbon notes are milder than on nose, and that was mild. Some hops balance the sweetness on the finish, without adding much in the way of flavor.
It is light-bodied and fairly crisp.
A rather bland brew.
01-02-2013 02:22:05 | More by jwc215
United Kingdom (England)
2.94/5 rDev -1.3%
Drank in my room while staying at 'The Sheraton on Fishermans Wharf' San Franscico on 5 Feb 2013.
Poured into a platic beaker a couple of times: still looked OK. I chilled the 12 ounce bottle in the sink with loads of ice, leaving it there while we went out and cracked in on our return.
Amber body with an off-white crown.
I found the beer a bit too sweet: and I like sweeter beers normally. This however was to smooth and almost sickly, the vanilla hints helping to make the brew feel that way.
Great if you've a sweet tooth and like vanilla flavours, otherwise steer clear of this beer.
03-18-2013 09:58:16 | More by BlackHaddock
3.25/5 rDev +9.1%
Budweiser Project 12 : Batch 23185
LOOK: Crystal clear copper colored brew with a bone white head and decent retention.
SMELL: Malty, with some Budweiser yeast and just a hint of wood from the addition of Bourbon barrel staves.
TASTE: Super clean malts, with caramel like sweetness and very soft vanilla and bourbon flavors that mainly just translate to extra sweetness. Generic hoppyness comes through and does a decent job at providing some bitterness to balance the brew. Finishes with a small sweetness with muted complexities. Would love the flavors to be stronger here.
FEEL: Medium bodied, crisp, mildly sweet with a small grainy hop bite.
OVERALL: A pretty decent beer, given Bud's usual offerings. Still, this falls quite short of being a good barrel aged beer. Most of the desirable flavors are meek here , but still pretty drinkable. My favorite of the project 12 series, tastes close to the Bourbon Cask Ale that they brew in the winter.
11-11-2012 22:43:51 | More by Stinkypuss
3.05/5 rDev +2.3%
12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Has a nice clear amber body, but the small head is very short-lived.
The rather faint aroma [3.25] of vanilla is even more subtle in tasting. The bourbon stakes have too little influence for me to really notice; for me, there was more wood (oak?) than bourbon, but in any case very faint.
O: This tastes too much like a regular Budweiser (but notably more malty), and not enough like a special small batch craft brew. Still, flawless execution of a rather lame recipe, with a nice smooth feel and a semi-dry finish.
11-08-2012 00:21:03 | More by chinchill
3.28/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of pine, slight hop oils, slight earthy malt, hint of pale malt, and 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, slight earthy malt, hint of caramel malt, adjunct, slight hops, slight metallic, and sugary sweetness. Overall, decent appearance and aroma. Body and blend are lacking in comparison.
11-17-2012 17:05:58 | More by Tone
2.73/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
12-06-2012 00:03:06 | More by Brad007
3.23/5 rDev +8.4%
Pours a deep golden color with a good sized meringue heads that shows great retention and leaves a fair amount of lace. Smells of vanilla up front on top of very faint wood and a sweet grainy honey maltiness. Extremely light spicy hop aroma. The flavor is malty sweet with a rich almost caramel flavor atop some grain and honey. The vanilla and oak are quite subtle in the flavor but you can catch fleeting glimpses here and there. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a creamy bubbly mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, in fact this might be my favorite mega brewery beer yet. I'd still buy something else before I picked this up again.
11-18-2012 03:16:47 | More by johnnnniee
2.98/5 rDev 0%
12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.5% ABV, 13229 on side of label.
A - Crystal clear, this deep golden beer has very little carbonation feeding the poorly retained off-white head. Wispy fingers of lace creep up the glass but the still brew doesn't extend the best invitation.
S - Vanilla extract notes waft from the pale lager as this simple pale-malt-based beer suggests hints of wood but no alcohol.
T - Wood stave-centered, this earthy beer has an unusual, almost plastic-y flavor leading into vanilla and faint alcohol which overtake the simple lager quickly.
M - Looks can be deceiving because this beer has high carbonation and a smooth body that finishes dry and rather clean but lacks any hook.
O - A training wheel "barrel-aged" beer for Budweiser drinkers, perhaps? This beer doesn't quite come together anywhere along the line but save for the weird flavor, it's not terrible. Lacking any sort of hook, the vanilla and wood doesn't quite meld well with the base beer and Bourbon is nowhere in sight.
11-11-2013 00:24:55 | More by BeerFMAndy
2.66/5 rDev -10.7%
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!
02-24-2013 02:15:53 | More by DrDemento456
3.03/5 rDev +1.7%
12 ounce bottle, born on date of October 2, 2012 (Julian Date 12276 stamped on label). A buddy bought me some of the Project 12 beers since they were on sale (got the 12 pack for just $5.75), so why not tick a free beer? Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head that sticked around for a while. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like sweet and bready malt, along with a little bit of vanilla. I don't pick up much if any bourbon at all. Taste is mostly like the aroma, although the vanilla flavor is a little stronger in comparison. Still don't pick up any bourbon flavors, other than the vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit coating, and has a good amount of carbonation. Overall, I'd say this is an average beer. Not great, but not bad either. I won't have any problem finishing the rest of the bottles I have, it's worth a try.
03-02-2013 00:33:10 | More by bluejacket74
2.25/5 rDev -24.5%
A-Clear gold color...little head or lace..
S-Sweetish with artificial vanilla noticeable but not strong.
T-Really sweet...I wanted to like this but the vanilla is so artificial tasting and adds little to the already sweetish, corny flavor....
M-Too sticky sweet and unbalanced....I like malty but this has no depth or real maltiness...just a sticky mess
O-Sorry...the label sounds good but this is not. Much worse than the Pilsner I just reviewed...that i could drink again...not this one..
11-28-2012 06:12:55 | More by ZAP
Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA) from Anheuser-Busch
70 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.