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

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

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.46%


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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Reaper16

Alabama

3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served at Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL

The vanilla is pretty expressive in this beer's aroma, all things considered. You notice it first, before the house Bud character steps in. I can almost pick up on a woody note but the grain takes it over.

I can taste the wood from the bourbon barrel staves, but it is this light balancing agent. Nothing more. Sort of like how the beechwood works in Bud proper. But the barrel staves make for a rounder, maltier lager. The vanilla is the main draw here, as the malt bill isn't giving off a whole lot of flavor (despite the color).

Of the three small batch Buds I had yesterday this was my favorite. I wouldn't drink more than one (in fact, I wouldn't buy any at all) but I respect Bud's effort here.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 00:03:59 | More by Reaper16
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chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 00:21:03 | More by chinchill
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a mid-gold, almost turning into amber color. About a 1.5 finger head that retains quite well, leaving a thin film of froth on the top. Little to no lacing. Clear as can be.

S- Very faint nose on this one. Slight hint of vanilla and sweetness on the nose. No detectable bourbon or oak flavor. Most of the nose is light malt and barley, with slight metallic hints of an AAL.

T- Basically the same as the nose. Starts off with light to mid malt flavors with a slight metallic flavor underneath, Hint of vanilla sweetness mixes in. The slightest oak flavor profile is in there somewhere, but not distinct. Ends like a light lager with a little metallic aftertaste.

M- Light, crisp, and easy to drink. Flavor profile is not heavy to affect the mouthfeel.

Overall, this Project 12 beer had the most going for it, but fell way short. The vanilla, oak, and bourbon flavor was virtually nonexistent. Not a bad beer, but not what it could have been.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 21:56:14 | More by boilermakerbrew
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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 body with nearly an inch of khaki-colored head. Wood and vanilla notes comprise the aroma. Tastes sweet and malty initially which fades to vanilla and finally to woody notes in the finish. Medium in body and carbonation. Quite drinkable. Not bad. I actually like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 00:45:40 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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bashiba

Iowa

2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice light amber with a touch of copper, a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a light white ring of bubbles.

The smell is very mild, just a light bready sweetness.

The flavor is mild with a light malty sweetness followed by a touch of bitterness and a long lingering astringency.

The mouthfeel is very dry, maybe the only sign of the bourbon staves that I really detect.

Pretty average and boring, out of the 3 project 12 beers this one looked like it had the most promise, but turned out to be pretty boring and a bit flawed.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 23:32:45 | More by bashiba
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dhannes

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled from a bottle into a Perfect Pint. Paid $12.49 for the sampler pack, which is about $2 more than regular Budweiser, but $1 less than true micros.

A=Nice dark amber, but too light for a "Red" Lager. Three finger head lasted about a minute.

S=Nice presence of barley and hops...very appealing. Stronger aroma than BMC's.

T=First sip was enjoyable (had warmed up to about 40º)--subtle flavor, more malt but a faintness of hops (this is the second of the four bottles from the sampler pack, but I don't recall too much from the first bottle, as I only had half the bottle and drank it out of a non-beer glass). Smoothness, but do not really detect vanilla and only a hint of bourbon flavoring. Budweiser yeast flavor is rather predominant--so much so, that it reminded me of a slightly stronger Budweiser.

M=Body is a bit lighter than true micros, and carbonation is a bit more than usual.

O=If you like Bud, this is a better version and could be a good stepping stone to craft beers. In the literature enclosed, A-B encourages people to vote on the three versions, so it appears that one of the three will be marketed year-round, probably as Budweiser Black (A-B recently got approval on the new label). I doubt I would buy this again, but would choose it over other BMC's with the exception of Batch 19.

2/13: Had my last bottle, paired with Pizza Hut Taco pizza, and was impressed. Increased appearance, taste and overall by quarter point each.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 19:55:55 | More by dhannes
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alk3kenny

Georgia

2.15/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Project 12 rd 3 light amber... Appearance is very similar to the "deep amber" about the same color and the same quickly thinning head. Really want to smell the bourbon and vanilla in this but... I don't might be there faintly but probably because I'm really looking for it... Not much of a scent at all really... but not offensive either. Common theme with these beers is the sweetness... this one is very light but is really the only flavor in the beer as well. Easily drinkable mouthfeel is a bit creamier then the others, but no bourbon or vanilla notes to be found at all. Not that impressed with any of these beers but they are all at least drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 05:07:55 | More by alk3kenny
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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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Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA) from Anheuser-Busch
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