Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch
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2.85/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours a clear, amber color. 3/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong adjunct, sweet malt, pale malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable metallic quality. Tastes of strong adjuncts, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance and feel, but the aroma and body are negatively affected by the presence of adjunct.
02-28-2013 15:57:34 | More by Tone
3.28/5 rDev +18.8%
12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Born on Jan 08, 2013.
A - Pours a golden amber body. One finger of white foam dissipates quickly leaving behind zero head.
S - Sweet corn, touch of malt. Not sure what else, just predominantly sweet.
T - Again with the sweet corn. Finishes nearly dry with a lingering stale bready malt flavor. Not bad actually.
M - Thin but spritzy.
O - Not as bad as I was expecting. An improvement over standard Bud and the Platinum, but I won't be buying this again.
02-27-2013 05:06:07 | More by davey101
2.3/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
02-25-2013 04:47:58 | More by tectactoe
3.03/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
02-24-2013 23:09:02 | More by cyclonece09
3.14/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
02-23-2013 05:29:36 | More by undeadozzy
1.69/5 rDev -38.8%
Acquired as part of a 12 pack at my local Von's grocery store. I bought it with a coupon but I can't recall the price. "Golden amber lager." 6.00% confirmed. Expectations are as low as low can be. Born on January 12th, 2013. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a twist-off pressure cap and a black and gold sleek label served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. I'd serve this into a pilsner glass, but the one I have is dirty and I'm not expecting this to be anything worth giving that kind of attention to.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Paired with a 75 cent frozen pizza (Totino's, if you must know).
A: Pours a one finger head - quite thin - without any cream or froth, and of bad (~30 second) retention. No real lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear translucent copper with a vague amber hue. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's not much to look at, but it looks better than many other Budweiser beers I've seen. There are no huge flaws.
Sm: I'm surprised; it has a pleasant floral hop aroma with a healthy dose of caramalt filling out the body. Nicely sweet. Heavy banana, actually. Grassy and grainy. It comes off too sweet but I'm pleasantly surprised by the aroma; there seems to be actual flavour in this beer judging by the smell. Still, it's artificial and kind of a turn-off. A bit medicinal, even, like a honey-banana cough medicine - if such a monstrosity exists. An above average strength aroma.
T: Overly sweet. Artificial. Bleh. Artificial banana. Floral hop extract syrup. Artificial caramalt forming the body. No grains or grassiness in the flavour, just blandness and sugar. And corn adjunct. Medicinal and candy like. Ugh. Neutral nutty notes in the third act, but not nutty in a brown ale sense; more a muted chestnut. It's balanced in its poor character. No complexity or subtlety at all. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I think I might actually prefer the bland watery taste of ordinary Budweiser; this is just too sweet and crappy.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Carbonation is a bit overdone but acceptable. Palate presence is okay. It's artificial and far too syrupy. Suits the flavour profile alright.
Dr: Far less drinkable than ordinary Budweiser or Bud Light; I'd definitely vomit faster if I played beer pong with this stuff. I was surprised it's as bad as it is, but if I had to pick out a decent characteristic it'd be the caramalt, which at least lends it a decent aroma. Hides its ABV well. Not at all recommended.
02-22-2013 05:33:23 | More by kojevergas
2.26/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
02-22-2013 04:57:13 | More by jesus808
Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
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