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Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
64
poor

980 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 24.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 158 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of UBrew1984
3.12/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of giveitatry
3.12/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love the Bud Light Platinum bottle (a beautiful blue) and it's label.

Black Crown's bottle is not impressive, and the labeling leaves a lot to desire. Bud already has
the CROWN on too many other beers.

The bottle should have been completely black, with Gold labeling and not named CROWN.
Maybe it should have been called "BLACK DIAMOND".

Photo of ordybill
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

341 mL bottle picked up at TBS; served well-chilled. Labelled as 'Budweiser Crown' for the Canadian market; this is a fairly recent addition to the line-up at everyone's favourite government-mandated monopoly store.

Pours a bright amber-orange colour with a clear complexion, generating nearly two fingers of frothy, soapy white head that gradually seeps away over the following few minutes. A smooth, dense cap about 1/4" thick remains on the surface for a good long while, but there's little in the way of lacing. The aroma is mild and fairly neutral - the caramel spoken of on the packaging is noticeable, but beyond that I'm having a hard time coming up with much else to describe. It's a little grainy, with suggestions of corn syrup and apple fruitiness; not much to write home about.

Not the worst-tasting macro amber I've ever had, but nothing about the flavour profile is really capturing my attention. Grainy pale malts come through initially, followed by some light toasted caramel sweetness. There are definitely some adjunct vibes toward the finish, but in general this is quite a bit more refined/cleaner-tasting than regular Bud. It finishes with a touch of honey and grassy hops, leaving a sweet taste behind on the palate. Fairly light in body, with sturdy carbonation levels typical of a macro lager. Not as drinkable as regular Budweiser - it tastes better, sure, but the abv and the lack of any significant attempt to balance out the sweetness of the caramel malt would limit my intake of this one.

Final Grade: 3.13, a C+. Budweiser Crown isn't an especially bad beer, but at the same time, it has no real distinguishing characteristics that would bring me back for more. While superior to standard Bud in every category outside of sessionability, it still has enough flaws - most prominently the lack of any real bittering hop balance to counter the caramel - that I can't really consider this anything much better than average. A serviceable, if unimaginative macro amber that I'd never turn down, but I'm not in a hurry to pick up another six-pack.

Photo of aeviaanah
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -Pours crystal clear golden with a good amount of carbonation. Nice head that disappears quickly.

S- Smells like corn and sugar. A bit of biscuits and caramel malt. I can detect faint amounts of hops. Some orange and citrus notes. Smells like a Budweiser.

T- Tastes like Bud platinum with a bit more malt back and is pretty sweet. Probably the best Budweiser product out there. Definitely drinkable.

M- Carbonated properly, nice and balanced. Higher alcohol than a budweiser and more body than a bud light.

O- Typical Bud product but enjoyable. I was expecting a bit more as I thought they would want to jump on board with the "craft brew" movement.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of woosterbill
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$1.50 bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to my buddy Drew for talking me into making this ironic purchase.

A: Crystal clear amber body under a finger of frothy white foam that settles quickly into a solid ring and leaves spotty lace. Pretty decent.

S: Simple, straightforward, and fairly non-descript. Caramel, toasted bread, light spice, and some corn. Definitely an adjunct lager, but honestly not a bad-smelling one.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet malts up front, mild corn in the middle, and a clean, dry, mineral-heavy finish from the lager yeast. Faint hops bitterness even. Not bad at all, but certainly not above average for the style.

M: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Not too frothy, but lively enough. Quite good.

O: I fully wanted to hate this, but it was really disturbingly ok.

Cheers!

Photo of jadpsu
3.09/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear, very light copper or amber in color with a decent white head of average retention.
Aroma: I pick up some alcohol along with some graininess and sweet caramel.
Taste: Sweet up front, kind of caramel taffy. Light bodied and a dry finish.
It was all right, didn't care for the alcohol in the aroma.

Photo of victor_07
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%

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 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 tone77
3.06/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some light malts. Taste is also mild, somewhat weak, a bit of grains and malts. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while nothing offensive, tends to be a bit yawn inducing.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.06/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Born on Nov. 20, 2012.

Served in tulip, same glass I'm drinking everything out of tonight.

Appear to have an amber colored body that isn't quite as brilliant as the Bud Light Platinum. However, it still is very clear and shows off a steady stream of bubbles rising up from the center of the glass. Seriously, the head on this beer is crazy. Solid off-white head that sticks around and is legit leaving lacing down the glass. Seriously.

The aroma is very faint. What is there is nothing special either. If I agitate the beer enough I can get a grainy, sort of Budweisery aroma, which I swear is that Beechwood-agin shit. They say it doesn't give any aroma or flavor, but I don't believe that.

Flavor is much better than the aroma. It has some bitterness to it, a little up front, and more towards the finish. Across the mid-palette, there is a very light sweetness, a touch of caramel. Very well-balanced beer.

This beer has a light body, with crisp carbonation at first that softens throughout the glass. The finish is a lingering bitterness, but not over the top. It has a sweetness to it that keeps it in balance.

I was mostly impressed with the appearance here. Good looking beer for real. I think the aroma could be seriously improved and the hop character could be more defined, and then we would be talking a seriously amazing beer. Would I buy this again? Maybe.

Photo of bwood06
3.05/5  rDev +11.7%

A - Light anger in color, clear with a 2 finger frothy head. Head is not thin but not thick either, kind of a mid level thickness. Head dissipates quickly. Thin lacing is left. 3.25/5

S - Malty, caramel, and grassy. Smells crisp and clean. 3/5

T - Sweet, malty, caramel, green apple, and grassy. Not a ton of flavor but more flavor than most of Bud's offerings. 3/5

M - Very crisp and dry. Moderately carbonated. Very little lingering bitterness. 3/5

O - A step above Bud's general offerings but not amazingly flavorful either. An easy drinking session beer that is apparently inspired by amber lagers. Not nearly as flavorful as most ambers or reds that I have had though. 3/5

Photo of undeadozzy
3.04/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured a dark amber with a thick head that seemed to stick around for the first few minutes. Great color, kinda surprised by it, was expecting something bright yellow light regular Budweiser, but the deep amber is definitely a step in the right direction.

S - Doesn't have much of a smell. Picking up on some malt and some hop bite, but other than that, nothing stands out.

T - For a macro brew, it's really not that bad. Good, smooth taste with some sweetness and bite, and a rather complex palate too, especially for a macro brew. Picking up some corn muffin, a little sugary cereal, a hint of earthiness, and maybe even a little bit of citrus/sour. Definitely interesting.

M - Beer. Feels like beer, nothing too special here.

O - Definitely impressed by Budweiser for stepping up their game by making a stronger craft wanna-be beer. I hope they continue the experimentation, because compared to the rest of their lineup, this one's pretty good.

Photo of buschbeer
3.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It's on the lighter end of the amber spectrum. It has some golden highlights. There are lots of bubbles rising from the laser etchings to feed a modest white head.

S - It has a sweet, almost fruity aroma. It smells a little like grain.

T - At first I thought I got some of that fruitiness I noticed in the smell. I'm not so sure now. There is a slight soapy taste from the hops. It has a dry, clean finish.

M - Moderate with a good amount of carbonation.

O - It's better than Bud. I do not plan on having this again unless it's free.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent reddish amber with a small head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of water, some darker malt, not much of anything. Tastes of slightly caramel malt, a little of hops, but watery. Beer is carbonated heavily and very drinkable. Overall, this beer is not good, but not bad, just average.

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from one of the local quick marts.

A: Clear orange amber with decent head and retention.

S: Malt forward with some sweetness. A bit of hops. Reasonably balanced.

T: Same as the smell but more prominent sweetness. A little bit of grain. Tastes kind of cheap. Not awful though.

M: Smooth with more richness than expected. Decent carbonation.

O: While not a bad beer it's not a really good one either. Definitely a step up from regular Bud though.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased, but not by me...12oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint nonic...

A: Clear amber gold; surprisingly better head and retention than any BMC I've seen.

S: Instant sweetness, caramel and brown sugar...hints of something that could be beechwood? Clear malty grain and sweetness, but maybe made more potent by my assumption that this would just be any other Bud.

T: Amped up Bud - clear caramel notes malt, tang of graininess and crisp lager yeast. Clean body, with a hint of an earthy hop spice maybe?

MF: Adequate light/medium body...carbonation is right about where it should be.

O: Surprised; wouldn't buy this one but I'd choose it hands-down over a myriad of other BMC options.

Photo of PretzelCity
3.02/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.01/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
6.0% ABV, Born on: 17DEC12

A - Black Crown shimmers with fantastic clarity; this bright golden amber colored beer pours with a nice cap of off-white foam which settles to a thin skim of bubbles white leaving spots of lace on the glass.

S - Budweiser Black Crown has a harsh grainy aroma of pale malt with an undertone of toasted white bread and faint white rice. Notes of herbal hops manage to poke out around the edges for an aroma that's neither pleasing nor bad.

T - Dry straw and husky pale malt are more assertive than the light notes of toast and rice which pepper the background in tandem with shards of dry wood and herbal hops.

M - This thin, light bodied amber is excessively carbonated. The feel is the same old Budweiser; sharp, crisp, biting and somewhat dry. There's no surprise here as this beer conjures up some deep belches.

O - Budweiser plays it safe with Black Crown, barely stepping away from their core brands with this beer - don't wanna rock the boat or open any craft beer doors to people! Just a little addition of toasted malt brings some dryness and flavor to the otherwise adjunct-rich brew and, honestly, I can actually taste some faint "wood aging" in play here. Black Crown is by no means a bad beer though, it's just run-of-the-mill as one might expect.

Photo of michiganminer
3.01/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First off I am a Budweiser Drinker. I usually Drink Regular bud Canned. This beer is the "winner" of brewmaster's project twelve. I wish they would have gone with the vanilla cask ale myself.... On to the beer: Dark golden color (for bud) Noticeably not much of a head and no lacing. it's not offensive but I was expecting so much more for the "Black Crown" It does hide the 6.0% ABV well. at $6/6 pack it's a decent brew

Photo of RichardWalter
3.01/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just a better bud, more golden / amber / darker in pour. As we await the super bowl commercial. Malty, crisp, fresh, smooth, caramel, floral hops, alcohol (6.0). Very little aroma. Hopefully on sale in grocery store. Minimal after taste, pours into glass well with a noticeable head. Worth a try .

Photo of TMoney2591
3.01/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

What king would wear such a thing? King of the Goths, perhaps? BA-ZING! ... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of relatively short-lived glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises dried caramel, flowers, and a hint of artificial vanilla. The taste focuses on the inherent sweetness of things, adding in a touch of wheatiness for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly slick feel, and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an okay beer, sorta reminiscent of Bud American Ale, but sweeter and less nuanced. Not bad, but nothing to make me wanna buy another one on purpose.

Photo of petewheeler
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of HeyYoMar
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
64 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.