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Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
65
poor

808 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -27.5%

02-23-2013 00:16:06 | More by djrn2
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kojevergas

Texas

1.69/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

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.

High F

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 05:33:23 | More by kojevergas
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jesus808

California

2.26/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 04:57:13 | More by jesus808
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mikepcarney

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +26.8%

02-22-2013 00:58:53 | More by mikepcarney
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Morockm

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +8.7%

02-22-2013 00:53:16 | More by Morockm
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.19/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Brilliantly clear golden-amber color. One finger of creamy white head retains better than expected, though it does settle eventually. Thin slip of lacing slides back down into the beer, leaving only a thin ring.

S: Very clean nose; corn, slightly husky grain backing, very muted grassy hops, and the Budweiser house yeast. Nothing about it pops or sets it apart.

T: Corn opens. Husky grain and a bit of musty yeast begin to build. Token light fruitiness from the Bud yeast too. Perhaps a bit of dry wood. Abrupt, drying finish of corn and grain husk.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth enough. It has more substance to it than Bud and Bud Light, for sure.

O: It's a notch above AB's base product line, but still very safe, bland, and indistinct in the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 20:58:32 | More by ryan1788a5
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WhiteDustin


4/5  rDev +44.9%

02-20-2013 04:39:24 | More by WhiteDustin
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bigpoppa67

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

02-20-2013 03:28:46 | More by bigpoppa67
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Falcone

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -27.5%

02-20-2013 03:04:14 | More by Falcone
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smogfood

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

02-20-2013 00:50:34 | More by smogfood
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beergoot

Colorado

2.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear light amber body with a thin, bubbly head. The aroma came across lightly sweet; bright and sharp in a subdued fruity way; chewing gum. Light cereal and grain flavor with a relatively aggressive hop bitterness. Light , clean, crisp, dry finish with a noticeable hop bite at the finish.

The Budweiser web site says this is a "smooth drinking" amber lager, but I wouldn't go quite that far. There is an almost sharp and metallic "twang" to this beer overall, both in taste and feel. It's certainly not the worst of things, yet hardly appealing (to me) in a generic lager style. There's not much balance or real taste treats to be found in this offering. In fact, I'd much rather have a Budweiser than a Black Crown. No, AB did not come up with a winner with this one...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 00:27:39 | More by beergoot
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Will96

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -36.6%

02-20-2013 00:14:34 | More by Will96
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gtermi

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +26.8%

02-19-2013 04:34:37 | More by gtermi
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 03:57:04 | More by mooseo
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NeoZaZ

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -27.5%

02-18-2013 22:00:56 | More by NeoZaZ
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redblacks75

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

02-18-2013 20:22:24 | More by redblacks75
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Jman_01

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

02-18-2013 14:54:14 | More by Jman_01
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TheCondor

Missouri

2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Saw the ad during the Super Bowl. Figured I would try it when it presented itself for free at some point, and it did. Nephews' birthday party yesterday, brother in law had some, so I gave it a shot. Side poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours pretty similar to most other macro lagers, such as Budweiser, its namesake. It is just a little darker than most macros. Head is about a half finger of soapy suds, retention is minimal. No lacing.

Smell - A sweet caramel, a bit of breads and toastiness. Certainly a departure from the average macro metallic scent of grains and massive advertising campaigns. Pretty standard fare

Taste - Actually not that bad, a lot better than I expected. I have seen on some of the other reviews that it is compared to a poor mans Boston Lager, which is pretty accurate. A little bit of breads, some malts, and a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Just like Budweiser. It just finishes, really doesn't leave any kind of aftertaste. It finishes like water.

Overall - If you go in with an open mind, it really isn't that bad. Could be used as a bridge beer for macro drinkers into craft. I wouldn't buy it, but if it's free I'd certainly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:42:43 | More by TheCondor
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wejohnsn

Texas

2.18/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I saw the commercial for this during the Superbowl and thought i would give it a try. this is the full bodies version of Bud Lite Platinum. tastes a little better than regular bud, slightly stronger alcohol. i would pic it over regular bud or miller but i wont go out of my way to get it again.

i was a bit disappointed. Knowing that Budweiser was bought by a European brewer I expected a better brew after watching the commercial. i was hoping for something along the lines of a European lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 14:56:21 | More by wejohnsn
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

02-17-2013 06:25:51 | More by BigBry
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.19/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 23:15:20 | More by tjsdomer2
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streetcommander

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from lager glass at 37F

I wanted to hate this beer, I really really did. It gave me nothing of substance to truly hate it for though. It doesn't allege to be a craft brew, neither does it allege to be full bodied, or a hoppy relative.

Appearance is clean and polished. Head is offwhite and surprisingly sticky.

Smell is near rancid, macro swill like, with no hop presence at all. Scary.

Taste is SA Boston Lager like, minus 90% of the actual flavor...just soft undertones and aftertastes of malt and toasted nuts. No hops again. This beer is very dangerous. It has just enough good quality ingredient flavors to draw a person back. This may be the best gateway beer ever.

The more I drink, the more my palate is able to pull hints of craftbrew.

I'm sorry, this is the best light bodied beer I've ever had. Its my new lawnmower beer. Its not craft brew, its just damned good macro swill.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 21:54:20 | More by streetcommander
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msondel

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

02-16-2013 16:50:27 | More by msondel
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pooogy

Missouri

2/5  rDev -27.5%

02-16-2013 16:23:05 | More by pooogy
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closisinthehouse

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

02-16-2013 15:37:08 | More by closisinthehouse
Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.