Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 1,035
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 239 | 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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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours clear yellow with a large frothy white head and loads of carbonation bubbles. Leaves no lacing.

S - Wood, Bready malts, slightly ricey.

T - Predominantly bready up front, followed by a small amount of wood. That's about it.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It was an improvement over it's Project 12 counter-part, but that isn't saying a whole lot. (385 characters)

Photo of GhostKidd956
2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Slight golden amber color

S: Sweet grains maybe little hints of apricot. But mostly sweet grains.

T: The taste a little mild caramel malt notes, little pineapple hints as well at that apricot and finishes with a very light simi dry hop/nutty finish.

M: very carbonated :T i feel like i have to really mush around the favor to find it

O: Overall its a decent beer. now as for its tittle as a "Golden amber" eh almost there i feel like it needed to be a lot of hops added and more of the caramel malts to be very more dominated. But i have to admit the hidden alcohol (over load of the sugars) is very well played. It a step up of their regular Budweiser but came a bit short. if you want to be impressed with a domestic beer try coors "Batch 19" those guys killed it (776 characters)

Photo of hophead723
2.62/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

The only reason I got this was because I had a very limited selection and I didn't want to buy a sugary cheap cider or wine cooler. Brewed a month and a half ago and poured into a goblet.

Look: Crystal clear amber with a quickly diminishing white head and carbonation that swirls upwards as if trying to escape.

Smell: Mild fruity yeast and cracker with a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Exactly mimics the nose with cracker malt, mild fruity yeast, and a tiny bit of alcohol.

Feel: Very crisp and dry at the end. Lots of carbonation.

Overall: This is a Budweiser variety, need I say more? It's cheaply made and I wouldn't be surprised if the little malt that there is were malt extract. You might as well get Fat Tire if you are looking for a mild flavor such as this, even though this is an amber lager and not an amber ale. Oh, and not to mention Fat Tire is brewed by one of the best breweries ever. (901 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.64/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium amber color with a two finger yellow tinted head. The head fades over about a 3 min time frame to leave only a trace of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was light with it consisting of mainly some corn aromas. With this smell is a light aroma of caramel as well some biscuit.

Taste – The taste starts out with a rather strong corn taste with some notes of a bready nature mixed within. Flavors of a light caramel sweetness as well as a light herbal and woody taste. At the end some rather flavors of a paper and some boozy tastes come to the tongue leaving a slightly bitter, alcohol and bready flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the medium to slightly above medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The brew may have actually been better with a lighter body as the thickness seemed to accentuate the more off flavors that come to the tongue at the end.

Overall – It was rather like a malt, but not a great malt and more expensive and less effective than the average. If you want a Bud, stick with the regular or the American and pass on this. (1,245 characters)

Photo of YardmanFTB
2.64/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is the "platinum" version of "Bud Heavy". Some advertisement claimed this beer to have won a competition between Budweiser brewers. This cannot be possible. It exists to pump a little more alcohol into regular Budweiser. I'm sure the drunks will buy it at least. (272 characters)

Photo of ToddL
2.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Saw the commercials for this and had to try it. The beer had a nice color and a small short lived head when poured. Not a lot of smell, nothing unpleasant. This beer was malty without any hoppy bitterness . It felt nice in the mouth when drinking with just a slight aftertaste. I really didn't find anything I liked or disliked about it. It was not real flavorful overall . Probably wouldn't purchase again (406 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz brown bottle "Born on: 1/4/13

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden amber. Thin quickly dissipating white head. Not much lacing.

Aroma: Some sweet biscuity malt, Grains.

Taste: Somewhat sweet lager. Biscuity malt and toasted grains come through. Not much else.

Mouthfeel: A bit shy of medium bodied. Good, not overly carbonated. Smooth.

1.49/bottle at Total Wine. Had to try it. Not the worst AB product I've ever had. (430 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Born on March 11:

Pours amber with little head and virtually no lacing.

The smell is of caramel with a grainy hint.

The taste is sweet - caramelish. There is a hint of vague fruitiness, but it mixes with a touch of soap that throws it off. There is a touch of alcohol that is a bit raw. A hint of bland hops try to balance the sweetness.

It has medium carbonation. Fairly crisp.

I don't care much for the hint of soap. A bit too sweet for me. Not a disaster, but not desirable. Glad I only bought the 6-pack. (513 characters)

Photo of MichaelNickerson
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - golden with a better than average white head that lasts for a respectable amount of time for a beer like this

Smell - very grainy and earth odors

Taste - extremely grainy with a sweet note to it. Overall profile of flavors is weak and not too pleasant

Mouthfeel - finishes clean with moderate carbination

Excellent idea following the platinum, but could use some more noticeable flavors to improve the beer (423 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dull soft malt. Watery. A little more bold than standard Am. lagers.
One inch white cap covers a dark gold to amber clear body with some action.
A grainy malt character with a notable drying finish. Some hop flavors that blend adequately initially, but eventually become not very enjoyable. Spritzy and abundant carbonation which is big enough to prevent any apparent smoothness and provides a filling quality.
I like Fortune better than this. This may have a touch of age on it with an Apr 14 date on bottom of can (best by or canning date?). Either way I don't find the flavors all that pleasing putting it towards the bottom of lawn mower beers for me. (656 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
2.69/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Born on January 11th 2013. 22oz "bomber" poured into a pint glass. Hey, for $2.19, I decided to try it out.

Appearance: Typical amber color ... EXTREMELY clear. Decent head that goes away quickly. Obviously, no lacing.

Smell: Actually not TOO horrible... a bit of adjuncts in the aroma, but mostly a low-quality malt. I was surprised I didn't hate it. A bit of sweetness as well.

Taste: Tastes not at all like I thought it would... holy HELL is it sweet. It's not awful, but Jesus. Adjunct flavors came through a lot in the beginning. Lots of sweetness, corn, low-quality malts. A woody taste comes through as well. After taste is of cheap malt, but it's inoffensive.

Not the worst beer I've ever had, but bleh. It is what it is... for the price, it's good to get cheap drunk. It's certainly better than Budweiser, but not by much. There's a lot of sweetness, so I expect a lot of adjunct fans to fall in love with this. (924 characters)

Photo of Roose13
2.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz sample bottle poured into a plastic cup at work

A: An amber-yellow color. Bubbly. No head

S: Bread, yeast, mild hops. I smell something sweet as well

T: Same bread, yeast taste in most lagers. There is something sweet that I taste in the background but I can't make it out. Maybe cherry.

M: Medium body, bubbly but smooth.

Overall: It's decent. For an AAL, it's pretty good. Not something I will drink though as it doesn't really have any taste to me haha. (466 characters)

Photo of TheFunGuy
2.72/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
2.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a light caramel-golden with yellow highlights. A finger of short lived fizzy head faded into a thick and lasting collar.
S: Light notes of spicy hops, roasted grains and a kiss of caramel malts alongside peppery lager yeast.
T: More roasted and amber flavors than the original Bud. Toasted grains and adjuncts dominate with the peppery yeast and mild spicy hop extract. I get a hint of caramel as well. The finish is almost sour and the aftertaste is chemically and fake. Very off putting as it warms.
M: Fuller body, creamy mouthfeel, soft fluffy carbonation is pretty active. Drinks thicker than water but I’m still getting a strange sour bitterness.
O: I can see where they were going with this but I thought it was pretty gross. Given the choice I’d rather drink normal Bud. Not worth the money. (851 characters)

Photo of jettjon
2.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle "born on" date of 3/5/13, consumed 5/11/13.

Into a pint glass, a clear pale amber color with one finger of off white head. Quick fade to a thin cap. Nose is overly sweet and grassy. Taste faintly of malt alcohol, no real hopiness. Taste is not as sweet as nose, thankfully. Faint alcohol note on finish. Mouth is a bit thin and bubbly, OK. Overall: Rather mediocre, not terrible, kind of what I'd imagine as a sub-par example of pub ale, except it's 6% ABV so it's not exactly a "session" beer. I wouldn't buy another but wouldn't turn one down either. (567 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.74/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted cereal grain malts with a hint of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of cereal grain and toasted malts with some very light hints of caramel. Very light notes of earthy hops that impart a hint of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thin/watery.

O: This does not really taste like a Amber/Red Lager but rather like a light or watered down version. It really needs a little more body, some richer malt flavors, and hops that can be found in both the aroma + taste. (1,021 characters)

Photo of mooseo
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear pale amber with a small bubbly white head. Noticeably darker than regular Bud.

S - Sweet corn, light bready malt, and faint grassy hops.

T - Light and sweet. Caramel malt, corn, and some yeast breadiness. Almost no hop flavor or bitterness. Much less 'rice' flavor than the other Bud varieties, which is somewhat of an improvement. Finishes sweet with toasted grain and a slight cardboard-esque flavor.

M - Light body, smooth but a little too watery. Crisp, high carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O - The good news is that it's better than regular Budweiser, but it falls short of being a flavorful, balanced lager. There's just too much sweetness and no hop presence. It's not terrible, but definitely not something I would purchase again. (784 characters)

Photo of enjambed
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Serving Type: Bottle at fridge temp, "born on" 9/8/14.

Look: deep amber, light brown and entirely clear. Moderate pour produces fizzy head that settles down to absolutely nothing, but this isn't really a fault given the style.

aroma: Faint caramel and roasted malts

Taste: almost non-existent, but the alcohol makes it self known at the back of the tongue. Some faint grain and alcohol lingering in the aftertaste.

Feel: low-medium thickness, with a mostly wet finish. Bubbly carbonation.

Overall: This is a noticeable step above standard bud and other AAL's in flavor with a nice boost in abv to go with it. I wouldn't turn down this beer if someone offered it to me, but would not buy it myself. The worst fault is the lack of flavor to mask the somewhat high abv making it a little unpleasant to drink, but other than that it's pretty smooth which is what they are going for. (886 characters)

Photo of Jonada
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle. Born on date Jan 4th 2013. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Golden, not quite amber color with 2 fingers of a soapy white head. Head actually took a couple minutes to dissipate. The body is extremely clear.

Smell: Lots of cereal grain, slight sweetness, very faint hints of grassiness. There's also an artificial banana aroma as well. Almost like a banana candy.

Taste: Slight sweetness upfront that carries through to the finish. Overall flavor profile is weak, but what is there is dominated by the same cereal grain that was prominent in the nose. Underneath that there are weak notes of caramel, clean alcohol, hint of breadiness, and a slightly metallic taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fuller end of light bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes fairly clean.

Overall: I didn't try any of the other Project 12 beers, but if this is the winner, then apparently I didn't miss much. This beer isn't awful, and it is a step up from regular Bud and Bud Light, but that's the best thing I can say about it. I tried it once to satisfy my curiosity, I'd never get it again. (1,087 characters)

Photo of PhantomWolf
2.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I try to avoid generic reviewing practices, but this beer is just that. It is kind of down the middle in an okay way. A clean beer with plenty or carbonation. I almost picked up an apple juice type of aftertaste. I like to abuse Bud, but I wasn't angry with this. I would say it may be my favourite beer in the Budweiser line. When you brew on the level that Anheuser-Busch does (supplying the world) this may be as good as it gets. (439 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
2.77/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I'm writing this from memory because I will never buy it again, yet it was something that seemed to stand out in the BMC crowd. The local gas station had yet to start selling new belgium and other micro's so I gave it a go.

Poured a bland amber, just slightly darker than the yellow bud is. No head really.

Smell was just like budweiser. Nothing really other than just bland corn and rice, with a hint of malt.

Taste was ok with a mild darker malt flavor that kinda made it seem ok.

Feel was nice.

Overall better than most BMC. (532 characters)

Photo of Foam
2.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried to resist considering other reviews of this new Budweiser 'craft' beer and take it in myself. I grabbed 2 bottles last night at a local bottle shop.
It looks/smells/tastes like regular Budweiser with the slightest bit of extra smooth-ness in the finish . It comes off as very restrained / austere compared to the multitude of new-world pilseners, lagers and ales that i've been more recently accustomed to .
They are clearly working to not offend/overwhelm the beer palates of the masses. the macro-swill guzzling type. Apparently Black Crown is being marketed at 20-somethings in an upscale way with aggressive advertising of it to begin during super-bowl half-time ads .

not terrible but not outstanding . again, just Budweiser cleaned up, a bit . (762 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Blue Cactus Ottawa for $7

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, corn, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and very light hops. There is also some corn and a graininess.

Overall - Hey, it's a step in the right direction for BMC drinkers I guess. Really boring taste wise and not something I'd have any reason to order again. (602 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
2.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I really wanted to not like this brew because as we all know Budweiser is not a quality product, but I tried a few at my fantasy football draft and I was pleasantly surprised. While I will not call this beer a quality beer, I enjoyed them and was able to finish them before they got lukewarm. The beer is very average looking for a lager, all the typical signs of a lager, the aroma is slightly above par for a lager and it pours with just the right amount of head and lace. A bit over carbonated, but not to the point of rejection. Where this beer fails is the strong aftertaste it leaves in your mouth, kind of sour and pungent, but not the worst beer in the world. I would not recommend spending your money on this beer, but if you are at a friends house and they have some, give it a try! (792 characters)

Photo of jifigz
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer is, like most macro produced products, way too carbonated. The color is slightly amber like and looks like a rich ginger ale. The aroma is slightly grainy and sweet. It smells a lot like most macro lagers. The taste is slightly caramel like but not really bringing much to the table. The flavor is kind of reminiscent of a Yuengling traditional lager, in fact it is almost identical just missing a little bit of flavor. The flavor is heavy on the corn with light hints of ethanol. The MF is overly carbed and rather light bodied.

This is a Yuengling rip off. It is certainly nothing great and I will never, ever purchase this again. This is why I bought a single bottle just to try, and I didn't have high expectations for this beer. (779 characters)

Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.