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Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
65
poor

951 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 24.82%
Wants: 7
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Damian74Shensky on 01-01-2013)
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Photo of mrfrancis
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

mrfrancis, Jul 01, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Ajmorriso1, Jul 03, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

ZachT, Mar 03, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

DHarv, Oct 31, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Skillz, Jan 07, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

AnthemOfTheSun, Feb 12, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

kylehay2004, May 15, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

WoostaBia, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of jesus808
2.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointed with this beer. At best, an average lawnmower beer for the summer. But there are enough of these. The manufacturer led me to believe that this was something better than average. So, my money didn't go to Stone, Dogfish Head, Drakes, or any other smaller but better brewery. So, I'm the sucker. You don't need me to convince you what you'll achieve by drinking this. Good luck.

jesus808, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Can: Poured a light brown color lager with a medium head with limited retention and very subtle lacing. Aroma consists of light cereal with grainy caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by grainy cereal notes with light caramel adjunct notes. Body is thin with OK carbonation. Worst than I was expecting.

Phyl21ca, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of invalid665
2.28/5  rDev -16.8%

invalid665, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of BeerWithMike
2.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled last night on 11/9/14 but tried this about 2 years ago when it first came out. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 'Budwesier' thumb-print goblet.

Pours a pretty reddish-copper amber in color with a very thin cap. Some spotyy lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is mostly of roasted malts and grain with a very light hint of caramel also. The taste was pretty much the same but did leave a bitter aftertaste that lingered for awhile. Strange that I liked this brew less and less after each sip. Lighter bodied with good carbonation as is the norm for most Bud products. What did I like about this beer? The color and that is was gone finally.

BeerWithMike, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

tectactoe, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of ElijahRivera
2.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz. bottle born on 13JAN13.

A- Small white head, but lots of visible carbonation. Head quickly dissipates leaving almost no lacing. Transparent amber in color with gold highlights.

S- Nice caramel malts and some toasty grains. Nothing else there. As it warms slightly I get a strange, bad, chemical, or medicinal aroma.

T- Flavor starts just the same as the aroma including the strange chemical flavor. There is a slight hop bitterness, and then the entire flavor drops off disappointingly.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation to a fault. I'm looking for crispness, and it's not there.

O- This beer is clearly trying and failing. I would rather drink a less ambitious beer that is not trying to be anything but good ol' American macro swill and succeeding at succeeding at it splendidly. This was not an enjoyable Amber Lager. Not an enjoyable beer in general. I got this bottle for free the morning after a barn party, and I don't plan to buy it in the future. In fact, I would be pleased if this beer never crossed my lips again.

ElijahRivera, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of yemenmocha
2.35/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was surprisingly disappointing because normally you would expect and receive a good head on any beer from a large brewery like this. Not much here, and it fades fast. Nose is also a bit muted with some light grain aromas. Palate has a very light malty taste, whiff of alcohol heat, and not much else going on. Not as extremely light bodied as I was expecting and yet it is fairly drinkable. Just doesn't come across at all as any sort of flavor-focused beer.

yemenmocha, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 13, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Born On Date - 04JAN13

Appearance: Pours out a golden-amber body with crystalline clarity and a white fizzly head that evaporates in seconds.

Smell: Toasted malts (though, if, like, let's say toastiness went from a level of 1 to 10, it'd be at 1), some clear corn syrup, a hint of white pepper, and a curious hint of faux banana.

Taste: Minutely toasty, meager pale malts with a little drip of corn sugar sweetness. A sustained tone of the initial sweetness, with a little peppery hint that blips onto the radar and is instantly gone. Sweetish finish with that same touch of thin, thin maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I'd hoped for and would have appreciated something at least tolerable. It was a little less than that.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
2.43/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Once again, Anheuser Busch is putting the bucket down the well. This times it send down Budweiser Black Crown, but what will show up once the bucket is pulled back up? The label looks clean, but to answer the question of what's inside, let's open the...errr....black crown and move on to the beer:

A little paler than orange is the color with hues of amber mixed in, depending on the lighting of the room. Bunches of carbonation bubbles race to the top, where a small fuzzy soapy head sits on top and slowly eats away at itself. Tiny dots of lace stick around as the liquid contracts. The smell actually borrows some notes from its stablemate Budweiser; clean with a fruity rice note. Or is that the yeast? Either way, it's not very exciting.

Take Budweiser, add a little more body, a little more overall flavor, and of course, a little more alcohol. The malt has a sweet potato accent to it. Vague fruitiness. Is there rice in there, because there is this note which I've tasted in Budweiser which I'm tasting here. The flavors aren't working together, nor particularly well. The alcohol makes its presence known, not so much in the mouth, but in the chest. The body is light with a wateriness to it, with big bubbles exploding on the palate.

Uninspiring. For an amber lager, I was hoping to get a little more out of it. And if I'm looking for an Anheuser Busch product to drink, does Michelob still make their porter and dunkelweizen?

DoubleJ, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Goosehunter75
2.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very good looking beer. Poured a deep golden color and had a nice white fluffy head that disapted rather quickly

S - Really doesnt have much smell. Definately no hops aroma. There is a slight hint of maltyness.

T - Too "winey" tasting for me. Taste like a rice beer in my opinion. Nit unpleasant, but if I'm goning to drink this type of beer just give me a Bud Light.

M - Very light bodied beer. Goes down easy and could put several down. No burn

O - I wanted to try it because it was something new. Wasn't bad, but nothing I'll seek out for sure. If I'm not drinking good beer, I'll just stick with Bud Light.

Goosehunter75, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Colin32
2.48/5  rDev -9.5%

Colin32, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
2.48/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, pours golden-amber with striking clarity, thin, bubbly, white head dissipates very quickly. Aromas are lager yeast, metallic, faint toasted grain. Taste has some nice toasted grain up front, but other than that it's pretty much like most of the other AB offerings: not much for flavor, cereal, faint grassy hops. Mouth-feel is thin and watery with the higher carbonation making it feel a little fuller. Overall, I didn't expect much here, so I guess you could say it delivered?

barnzy78, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of jbierling
2.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Bitter, almost sour. Not red in color as amber would suggest. Not terribly pleasant but the ABV gives a good kick from an atypical macro. Kudos to Budweiser for the effort though.

Bitter, almost sour. Not red in color as amber would suggest. Not terribly pleasant but the ABV gives a good kick from an atypical macro. Kudos to Budweiser for the effort though.
Bitter, almost sour. Not red in color as amber would suggest. Not terribly pleasant but the ABV gives a good kick from an atypical macro. Kudos to Budweiser for the effort though.

jbierling, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of xXVardakXx
2.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks: great, the color is phenomenal, golden copper(ish) look to it, quick falling head that doesn't stick but no biggie.

Taste: a maltier more flavorful Budweiser. I like the occasional bud so this is a good thing, could go for a larger variety of hops, or maybe even just more hops.

Mouth Feel: over carbonated like Bud, but not as much, a significantly smoother drink kinda just melts in your mouth down your throat.

Aroma: Much lacking here, would really appreciate some aroma, however it is just a very bland smelling beer. Once again, use a different variety or more hops.

After Taste: Not a lot to it, it goes down smooth then it's kinda just gone.

Overall: Better than Budweiser or most of the American yellow fizzy water out there. However still lacking in some areas that I could see making the beer better. With that said, I would recommend this to almost anyone to try a solid simple beer that is not overly complex, or to throw down a 6 pack with some buddies after a hot day in the sun while relaxing under a tree or around a pool.

xXVardakXx, Feb 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Jimbo62
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Jimbo62, Aug 06, 2013
Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.