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Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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64
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1,021 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 24.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 220 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Damian74Shensky on 01-01-2013

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Ratings: 1,021 | Reviews: 206
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Photo of Wobbly
1.25/5  rDev -54.2%

Save your money.

Photo of RoyalT
1.83/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – This is crystal clear with a monster head that fell quickly, not exactly what I was expecting.

Smell – This smells just like their Adjunct Lager. I really don’t get any characteristics of the style. It’s old, stale, cheap American grain.

Taste – Again this has no malt and I can’t for the life of me find one thing about this beer that would justify calling it an Amber Ale.

Mouthfeel – It’s kind of smooth which isn’t bad but it is way too light for the style and the cheap carbonation is wanting.

Sinkability – I couldn’t even finish this sad effort.

Photo of wescrawford57347
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

By far one of the better beers put out with the budweiser label, not the best but it is ok

Photo of tectactoe
2.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Took a small sample of Jeff's - gotta try everything I guess. Pours a golden-amber hybrid with stunning clarity and a head that fizzles away almost before I'm done pouring my damn sample. Looks similar to a regular Bud, though a darker shade - more amber than straw. Definitely looks better, though. The aroma is... almost nonexistent. Took me three or four really big whiffs to really pull anything from this one, and when I did - it still wasn't that great. Graininess, lightly toasted caramel malts, musky and grassy hops, metal. Had slightly more sustenance than a Budweiser, but what is that really saying?

The taste was different, to say the least. Heavy crispiness from the carbonation, followed by some corn, grains, light caramel, wet/sour wood, and an extremely light hop character, with an almost astringent bitterness in the aftertaste (albeit a very low bitterness). Tastes like someone mixed a Budweiser with a 6-month old Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Honestly. It was like a pale ale that was left sitting on the shelves and much of the hop character has died out, leaving behind mild hop flavor with some light, toasted malts. But this beer still had that distinct "Budweiser twinge" to it. Sounds ridiculous, I know. But try it and tell me I'm not right. Must be the beachwood aging? Crisp mouthfeel, light and airy on the palate.

Final verdict? Better than Bud Light, Budweiser, and the rest of the lot, but still nowhere near good enough to require a second purchase.

Photo of Jason
3.07/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Deep clear golden hue, decent amount of lace

SMELL: Clean graininess, faint dried grass, hint of banana taffy, soft

TASTE: Supple crispness, light bodied, slight creamy slickness, wet, hint of biscuity malt, vague nuttiness, kiss of alcohol, very modest hopping, subdued wood, quick drying finish, no after taste

Another beer to come from a big brewer that has loads of potential and just does not follow through and is not bold enough to be epic. With that said it lands average, if the flavors did not pull their punches I'd be singing some praise for this brew.

Photo of TheFunGuy
2.72/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I picked this up because it was new and cheap and whatever. Poured from a bottle.

The color was clear and golden and pretty. A light head that faded within one minute to lace.

The smell is light malt. Very light. I did not smell any hops.

For the rest of the review no reason to get too detailed. You know how you go to that wedding reception or graduation party at the Moose Lodge or American Legion Post and they have two dollar pitchers of Budweiser draft that has been in the keg for four months? Yep.

A slightly stronger, overaged Budweiser draft. Not Bud Lite, Bud.

Instead of $6 for 6, it should be $2 for a whole 32oz pitcher. With some pull off or scratch off lottery tickets. And cake on a Styrofoam plate.

Photo of bsp77
2.82/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Light amber without much head.

Smell: Light caramel and grainy malts.

Taste: Very light caramel. Not much else going on.

Feel: Light bodied, kind of watery. Carbonation is high but not as out of control as the standard Budweiser. Crisp finish but not dry enough.

Overall: Watered down Amber. Nothing bad but nothing good.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Clear amber body with an eggshell white head forms fine evenly dispersed lacing, somewhat fizzy carbonation a stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of my glass. Aroma has some actual cereal grains going on with a touch of Beechwood or at least reminiscent of the regular Budweiser. This one kicks up the alcohol at 6% abv, and also invites a touch of fruitiness and mild caramel accents, earthy jumbled generic hop accents. Flavor wise it's a bit rough, each sip has an edge that I'm just not in favor of, light cereal grain sweetness with a dry finish with rough cooked vegetable notes and some woody bark like notes that don't add to the complexity but only fortify the reason why I drink craft beer pre-dominantly. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with aggressive carbonation, harsh finish I spoke about continues to effect the palate in a negative way. This is Budweiser's answer to Yuengling let's add some caramel coloring to a similar Budweiser recipe and compete directly with a brand they we now do a lot of distribution for. Overall impression is that I won't be picking up more of this, the plus side is that it's only 2 bucks for a 22 ounce bottle of it, and I believe pretty affordable in sixers, and twelve packs.

Photo of beernazismustdie
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's Budweiser with a little more flavor. There's some extra malt here and an overall crisp, mellowness with the good ol' rice and beechwood finish that distinguishes Budweiser as a brand.

It won't change your life or win over someone who only drinks fancy $10/bottle craft beers, but I like it for what it is: an inexpensive macro brew that goes down smooth with a nice flavor. This is the kind of beer that's good to pick up a 6 and share with a friend after work or drink during your fun weekend activity of choice. Well done, AB.

Photo of flooshmander
2.11/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Skunk. Pure skunk.

I'm an average guy who lives in a safe neighborhood, enjoys golfing, and has some morals. After drinking one of these skunk beers I was immediately transported to a dirty front porch in a section 8 housing project with antagonizing rap music blasting.

That's a ghetto tasting beer!

Photo of Brenden
3.06/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A clear gold, it might lean darker but it's not amber, much less red. It does, however, have a reasonably-sized yellowish cap of head with decent retention that lays down some spotting.
It's a bit grassy with a little bit of a creamy, maybe toffee, sort of sweetness to balance under a grainy backbone. There's a hint of spiciness in the nose not found in the flavor. Some biscuit shows up underneath with a slight dryness despite the sweeter aspects.
There's an almost cloying aspect to this beer which is fortunately kept at bay by a dryness that's while subdued, does counter it. The body is light, a bit too light, but crispness doesn't disappoint.

Photo of CloudStrife
2.88/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. Born on 01May13.

A: Pours a clear amber with a one finger mostly white head that sticks around for two minutes or so. No real lacing. Very little visible carbonation.

S: Light tone of pale malts and macro lager. Aroma is quite subdued which I guess is a bonus for cheaper beers.

T: Similar to a Budweiser but with a more evened out malt. Not sure if the beechwood really comes through as much more than a devise to smooth out the flavor. Turns a bit sweet as it warms.

M: Light to medium body with fairly low carbonation. Pretty clean finish which helps its drinkability.

Overall I like it more than the original Budweiser and think it has a good position in the macro beer market. Don't mind seeing the big guys being "crafty" when they keep the same brand name.

Photo of gregb13
4.43/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden-amber color (guess they knew what they were doing by writing "GOLDEN AMBER LAGER" on the bottle!), nice head for the style, decent lacing, moderately carbonated. Aroma - roasty toasty bready notes, lightly sweet, faint hops, maybe some faint green apple. Taste - follows nose perfectly. Finishes crisp with no aftertaste. No alcohol at all at 6%. Fantastic.

This is an outstanding lager. I really don't know what all of these people who give terrible reviews of this beer are expecting. I've read several, so it's not like I'm just ranting without reason. It truly appears they either don't know what they're talking about, simply hate lagers and/or large brewers, or just are making things up to suit the terrible rating they give.

Whatever the case, it's a bit sad. Wonderful beer, would recommend to all.

Photo of biboergosum
2.88/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml tall slim can, called just Budweiser Crown in Canada, for some reason (it does sound like something Molson or Labatt would produce for far-flung regional offerings, or something). Picked up a single of this at the big behemoth box store in the general deep suburban area - so not exactly the 'hood.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and tightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent drooping curtained lace around the glass as it evenly dissipates.

It smells of semi-sweet, very mildly toasted caramel malt, a bit of mushy apple and overripe pear fruitiness, and soft, faintly spicy earthy hops - I'm getting the suggestion of coriander or nutmeg here, weirdly. The taste is much more bland, generic caramel malt, with more than a touch of wet cardboard pithiness, a subdued, indistinct, and somewhat acrid day-old fruit salad sweetness, and earthy, somewhat leafy, but also weedy and vegetal, hops.

The bubbles are present in decent enough numbers, and never really taking any chances beyond a timid frothiness, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, in a plain-Jane, white-bread sort of manner. It finishes off-dry, the neutered caramel malt straggling along, while a small alcohol astringency arises, and the fruit and hops head for the nearest exit, heads down, and tails between their legs.

Amber lagers and ales are already a blighted by ennui style, so of course AB-Inbev would choose this as their next attempt at craft beer 'legitimacy' for the US market (uttered with only an iota of cynicism). Not bad, I suppose, and much, much more malty than their standard fare, even the short-lived American Ale of a few years back, if memory serves. It's just that, while malty is good, it just seems like the hops should be treated with the same respect, maybe? Baby steps, I guess, and I'm certain that Bud knows and thus caters to their target market's predilection for all things sweet.

Photo of Rempeba
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

Light bodied

Photo of Retroman40
2.82/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a 25 ounce can for my collection and poured it into a standard shaker pint glass.

Pours out a amber color with a foamy head that quickly subsides to a thin lace. The smell is very neutral with no evidence of adjuncts. The taste is very light with some malt and just a touch of hop bitterness (a very small touch). The mouth feel is a bit thin as expected and the carbonation level is good.

Overall this is a beer I wouldn't turn down. It looks very good in the glass and was very refreshing after a round of golf. If the price is right I'll get it again for these circumstances.

Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - dark copper bordering on amber with a thin, frothy, white head that fades quickly

S - caramel malt, cereal grains, a hint of molasses, woody

T - grainy, caramel, fruity, apple, earthy

M - crisp, medium bodied, a little heavily carbonated, warming alcohol

This isn't a bad beer, but it's a bit rough around the edges. The malt offers a decent flavor profile that isn't typical for an AB product. It could be smoothed out a bit, but as is, it's clean, smooth, and goes down easily. As one would expect, it's very crisp and a bit over carbonated. In the end, this isn't a beer that I'll be going back to. I'm glad I tried it once, and it does meet the requirements of the style nicely. Ultimately, I just need a more flavorful, hoppier lager.

Photo of secondtooth
2.59/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean, clear golden amber, as promised on the bottle. Solid head of fine off-white carbonation, which subsides quickly, leaving no lace.

Nose is yeasty and grainy. Not bad, just pretty well generic.

Taste is sweet and mild, with almost no hop bite whatsoever. There are some toasty caramel and toffee tones, and even a hint of fruit. I get a really sweet finish, too, which kind of kills my enjoyment. Body is watery and light.

I've had much worse beers before, but this isn't one I'd return to, given the choices.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.19/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Flat Bud Diesel. Decent carbonation and a shade darker than its father. No lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel. I actually enjoy the smell quite a bit. Too one note though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bold malt liquor flavor upfront with a bland, slightly grassy finish. Mouthfeel is flat as far as carbonation, but has enough body overall.

Overall Drinkability: If an adjunct and an amber gave birth to a malt liquor, this would be it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.61/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Budweiser Black Crown
12 oz. bottle, "BORN ON DATE 09JAN13 MB49"

Budweiser's new Black Crown pours a clear amber body with golden highlights and an orange cast beneatha frothy head of white foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves some nice spots and splashes of lace as it goes.

The aroma expresses sweetish malt with some juicy, apple-like fruitiness and a sprinkling of light hops. The hops are very lightly spicy, and even more gently grassy.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body with a very fine, median carbonation that leaves it delicately crisp, and then smooth across the palate.

The flavor offers a light bit of caramel malt with an undertone of toastiness, and a suggestion of oak. More of the fruitiness found in the nose is present, and it's balanced by a delicate background of spicy and grassy hops. It appears a bit sweetish up front, but dries in the finish with a lingering note of delicate spice.

I would imagine if you drank a lot of these that the sweetish malt might build on your palate, but it's balanced enough that everything remains in check throughout one. And I'm not sure that it would work with any less maltiness, as it would then just be a slight variation from their standard product; this should clearly stand out as a different product.

Photo of PaulWaters
3.25/5  rDev +19%

Really nice for a commercial brew. Consistent and much more flavor than you would expect from corporate beer

Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a 220z Black Bottle poured in a pint glass.

Its says its a Golden Amber Lager.

A -Nice 2 inch head that dissipates quickly. Nice Golden color.

S- Smells like Roasted barley, kinda like Bud.

T- I don't know if my palate isn't just that good but This taste like Bud with a kick.

M- Watery, thin no body. Just awful.

O- Cool bottle was only $2 but its Bud, surprised I even bought it.

Photo of Schuttna221
3.96/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Budweiser Black Crown isn't the worst i've ever tasted nor is it the best but they are okay. I am a fan of busweiser in general and never have had a problem with flavor or anything like that. i like that they came out with this. i prefer it to some of the other stuff that they have made and enjoy a nice cold one once in a while.

Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Cracked a bottle open and poured it into my mug. It was a clear golden amber with a quickly fading head. It kind of tastes like a less-amber Yuengling. There's noticeable touch of caramel and toffee over a bit of bread crust. The beer isn't slightly sweet, like a lot of clean macro lagers—especially the ambers. The aroma is too bland and empty, just a vague graininess. If I were you, I'd just go for a Yuengling. It's certainly better than Bud heavy, and is relatively clean in inoffensive. There are just better toasted and amber lagers out on the shelves.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.38/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a Budweiser product, this stuff is pretty good.

When I twisted off the cap, an impressive amount of smoke appeared. It has a very faint aroma. Actually, I have a hard time picking up any smell.

When poured into my trusty pint glass, a fizzy white head appeared. The head faded fast and left no lacing.

The beer itself is a pleasing golden amber color. Lightly carbonated with a medium body.

The taste is pleasant. Carmel malts, slightly sweet with very little bitterness. There is some slickness to the mouthfeel.

This beer is extremely smooth and easy to drink.

I know, it is still a Budweiser, but it is a better Budweiser.

When you consider the price, it is hard to find fault with this beer.

Other AB attempts to compete with craft beer have been flops, so it will be interesting to see if this beer makes it.

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Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
64 out of 100 based on 1,021 ratings.