Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA) - Anheuser-Busch
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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
2.95/5 rDev -1%
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.
03-17-2013 03:19:31 | More by Fatehunter
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
3.73/5 rDev +25.2%
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.
03-01-2013 13:58:12 | More by Darkmagus82
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
3.45/5 rDev +15.8%
12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass
A - It is a beautiful golden elixir. It is clear and has a meager amount of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A fleeting, white head settles to a thin skim.
S - It smells like grain and sweet malt. I get some very faint vanilla.
T - This may be the most flavorful Bud that I have ever had, aside from Chelada and Bud Extra. The typical grain, grass, and sweet malt are balanced with some bittering hops. I even detect a little vanilla. I do not get any bourbon.
M - It is still BMC thin.
O - I like the concept here. This is a small step towards something better. I just don't understand why they would barrel age a 5.5% lager. I liked this one the best of the Batch 12 beers.
02-19-2013 22:43:17 | More by buschbeer
3.24/5 rDev +8.7%
Beer poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent orange/red with visible carbonation and a small, one finger head. Smells of slight bourbon smell with nice grain, but a little bland. Tastes of bourbon slightly with caramel malt, but watery. Beer is carbonated well and light bodied, but goes down really easy. Overall, a slightly above average beer.
02-09-2013 01:28:35 | More by cyclonece09
3.69/5 rDev +23.8%
Pretty good. A solid body, with hints of bourbon and vanilla (mostly vanilla) on the finish. Not as balanced, but it works well enough to not be cloying to my tastes. The smell does little to introduce it though...
My second favorite of the three finalists.
02-04-2013 00:57:03 | More by DM1293
3.59/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
01-19-2013 21:21:16 | More by garymuchow
1.58/5 rDev -47%
"This one tastes better, but that doesn't mean it's good." - anonymous
My final bottle of the three in the sampler pack. Probably the best beer of the three, but still tastes like a Bud, with just a little bit of Bourbon/Vanilla sweetness. Still overcarbonated, still too light corn-chip-flavored. I smell nothing. High drinkability, but in the worst ways.
Stick to mass-marketed domestics, InBev.
01-16-2013 03:09:21 | More by portijon
3.33/5 rDev +11.7%
This pours a clear, medium amber color with a fast diminishing head. There is a slight grain and bourbon scent. The taste is smooth with hints of bourbon and vanilla, but i really wish there was more bourbon flavor!. Just something new from Anheuser-Busch that really isn't all that new.
01-15-2013 21:05:27 | More by Lemke10
Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA) from Anheuser-Busch
70 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.