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: 8 | FT: 1
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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.

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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 65
Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.26/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.22/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Tone
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brad007
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 12276-WA24. Sampled on November 20, 2012.

The pour is a vibrant golden color with busy carbonation erupting toward a lingering off-white head.

I do note the slightest vanilla flavoring on the nose but I tend to pick up more sweet, pale malts. I did not get the bourbon as promoted.

The body has a decent, smooth medium texture to it.

The taste begins sweet with a hint of vanilla and a subtle bourbon note followed by a clean, crisp but short-live hop character. I hope you try this blindly and don't let the name "Budweiser" pre-determine your assessment. You may be surprised.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
2.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Brenden
2.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright and clear, this beer is a fairly deep amber color. It develops very little head, which falls away but leaves a wisp on top of the beer. Very light spotting remains on the walls of the glass in not quite a modicum.
Very light and a little grainy, there is a certain warmth to this beer overall. Vanilla is plainly there. It brings to mind a vanilla soda I used to drink once in a while when I would visit Coney Island that I can't quite remember the name of. There's a dusting of a dryer sort of malt laying underneath it.
The body is light as well, crisp without getting terribly spritzy and, thus, even having a little smoothness running through it.

Photo of ZAP
2.3/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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..

Photo of mrfrancis
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice golden amber color with a big and billowy white head of ~ 2 fingers. The head has a decent level of retention slowly fading over time to leave a light lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of sweet caramel and vanilla with notes of a breadiness. Some lighter toffee like aromas as well as a light bourbon smell complement the other quite well producing a not too overpowering but balanced and sweeter aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with caramel and malt with hints of vanilla mixed within. The caramel flavor grow stronger more toward the middle and are joined by a light bourbon taste. From there the caramel starts to fade, but is replaced by more vanilla and toffee sweetness with a increase in the bourbon flavors and a very light oaky taste. In the end a very pleasant sweet vanilla and oaky bourbon taste are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average to just below average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to just above average side. It is actually quite a nice feel for the sweeter flavors of vanilla and make it quite drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall- Now this is what Budweiser should have gone with. It is quite flavorful, not overly sweet and has great flavor transitions and a good feel. Too bad this one is temporary as it is an affordable domestic that competes with may good crafts in terms of flavor and enjoyment.

Photo of barczar
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant light amber/copper color with a frothy half inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

Grain, corn, bready caramel malt, a hint of sourness, and almost an afterthought of bourbon and vanilla form the aroma.

Flavor reveals that traditional Budweiser sourness initially, but oak, vanilla, and bourbon hit mid palate, leading into a bready malt finish, which is slightly dry and toasted.

Body is fairly light, with moderate carbonation and a grainy astringent finish.

Vanilla, oak, and bourbon are subtle. The toasted specialty malt flavor was nice. But the base beer still is lacking.

Photo of mynie
2.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours sparkly translucent amber. Smells of syrupy caramel malt and not much else. Not bad, but underwhelming.

Tastes like the aforementioned very thick malt and big dose of medicinal, fake vanilla. Like, I don't doubt that they used actual vanilla in the brewing of this beer, but it really tastes like that chemical imitation stuff. The thick caramel mixes with the fake vanilla to give off the not-entirely-unpleasant cheap candy vibe. It's not horrible, but I really doubt it's what they were going for.

I wouldn't be surprised if this beer was actually pretty good, when it was made as an experiment and not ultra-mass produced. As is, it's drinkable but off.

Photo of EgadBananas
2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a golden colour, not quite amber. Bubbly, minimal white head. Not convinced it deserved the tulip I poured it in. Pale malts make up the bulk. I don't know if I'm actually getting a minute hint of vanilla, or if I'm just willing myself out of pity. Taste as well is just some slightly sweet pale malts. I know it's all malt, but it still seems corny. The feel, unlike the rest, is quite nice. It's light bodied, but it's creamy, not too overly carbonated, and is incredibly smooth on the palate. Unfortunately, that's not enough for me to call this anything but a publicity ploy. Budweiser gives you the green light to brew anything you want, and this is the shit you come up with? It's somewhat offensive.

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%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

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

Photo of Fatehunter
3.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Two fingers of foamy head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is nice, if faint: grain, fruit and vanilla.
The taste starts with a mild bitter lager and grain; the middle to end is dominated by the vanilla. It's a bit sweet on the finish and the vanilla does not really fit.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
If you like vanilla, this is for you.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - thin head, orangey/amber pour.

Aroma - has a doughy breadiness, perhaps denoting a higher grain bill? After a moment of set up, some vanilla notes come out - light, extract/artificial in nature or at the least very diluted. Still, I like vanilla, so it is a pleasant smell to me.

Taste - I'm thinking back to Michelob's winter bourbon cask ale I had years ago, and wondering if they just recycled the recipe using a lager yeast and renamed it. Maybe. This has a light vanilla sweetness, perhaps some bourbon/oak character, it is hard to tell. A bit of nuttiness as it warms. It does have a glimmer of hope with some different flavors, but not enough of any one worth going into detail over.

Mouthfeel - proper lager body and carbonation.

Overall - so many tastier options, why mess around with this? Well, maybe if you find some on the 50¢ shelf...

Photo of garymuchow
3.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay, 3rd of 3. Poured into mug.
Keeping with the others, subtle is the word, and I suppose that makes sense as the based is a pale Am. lager.
The mouthfeel is really soft and full. Similar to Michelob Golden light draft.
Really soft bourbon on the nose. Slightly sweet, it's kinda' nice. The vanilla bean seems background.
Flavor is more vanilla than bourbon, although the later is there too.
This isn't half bad. As with all A-B beers, or nearly all-I haven't had all of them, it is attractive looking. Golden amber, very clear, adequate white head that never fully leaves.

Thanks Spunky.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.19/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Budweiser Batch No. 23185 has a thick, foamy, off-white head, lots of splotchy lacing left on the glass, and a clear, yellow appearance, with red highlights. The aroma is subdued, but one can pick up some spicy, white bread and sweetness. Flavor is of white bread, fruit, vanilla, wood, and there is a slight hop bite at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Budweiser Batch No. 23185 finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, this an interesting beer, and I think one should check it out.

RJT

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