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Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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808 Ratings

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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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Photo of Brad007


2.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I see that Budweiser is trying their hand once again at another variation. I'll keep an open mind.

Pours what appears to be more of a gold than amber with a thin head and what appears to be ample carbonation.

Sweet with that industrial "accent" that greets you from most Budweiser variants. Beechwood-finished? Hmm, that sounds too familiar.

Sweeter and blander than Budweiser itself. What was the point of this? I don't taste much beyond the standard dreck.

A-B/InBev could learn a thing or two from Coors, especially Batch 19, Blue Moon, etc. This variant isn't interesting enough to warrant further attention.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:56:40 | More by Brad007
Photo of StArnoldFan


3/5  rDev +8.7%

02-10-2013 01:00:35 | More by StArnoldFan
Photo of KYGunner


3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Special thanks to my in-laws who gave me a 12 pack because I like those "fancy" beers.

Poured into a snifter the color was a golden amber, as advertised. Tons of carbonation bubbling from the bottom it couldn't seem to feed a quickly fleeting, fizzy head. Good color, bad body.

Faint hints of a sweet caramel and a malty scent. There's some roasted qualities in the scent but its not strong enough to pull it above average.

The taste is toasty, more so at the finish. More malt than caramel malt I don't detect much of a sweetness or caramel flavor. Perhaps the budget is an issue because if more toasted malt was present this may not be a bad lager. It feels a bit thin, though, and the extra carbonation makes it less smooth than I think they hoped.

I came at this open minded but find it an average delivery, but not nearly as poor as some.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 22:19:58 | More by KYGunner
Photo of TheFunGuy


2.69/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 19:24:28 | More by TheFunGuy
Photo of zaraspook


3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

02-09-2013 02:38:22 | More by zaraspook
Photo of Goosehunter75


2.45/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 02:37:54 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of IdrinkGas


3/5  rDev +8.7%

02-08-2013 23:39:58 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of ryanpj


3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

02-08-2013 23:20:57 | More by ryanpj
Photo of JVan


3/5  rDev +8.7%

02-08-2013 18:49:54 | More by JVan
Photo of norinco


3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

02-08-2013 18:39:20 | More by norinco
Photo of ToddL


2.64/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 17:38:08 | More by ToddL
Photo of JakeMorgan13


3.5/5  rDev +26.8%

02-08-2013 14:36:00 | More by JakeMorgan13
Photo of zzurn

3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

02-08-2013 07:22:41 | More by zzurn
Photo of HankNova


4.6/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

After reading several reviews about this beer it became apparent to me that alot of you guys are being effected by the fact that this is a "MACRO BEER". I believe in reviewing the beer we should at the very least try to be objective. I know that being objective is impossible because a review is largely subjective but come on, drop the AB bias. They aren't glamorous. Just review the beer.

I'll start by saying that my staple beer is Budweiser. I'm not into the brand thing, it's just a familiar taste thats light and refreshing to me, as well as inexpensive. Black Crown has now taken it's place. Its delicious. Stronger flavor than standard mainstream beer but smooth for a 6% alcohol content beer. The flavor is much more noticeable if you pour it in a glass. Its amber like the package says. Not enough head after pouring I must say, same as regular bud. The taste is noteably malty and you can taste the beechwood at the end. Its crisp and clean feeling.

The most crucial point I must get across to anybody reading this is- YOU CANNOT GET A BETTER BEER FOR LESS MONEY! Delicious beer with a domestic price seals it for me. There isn't another beer in existance that has the taste like this for $11.49 a 12 pack.
.I'm not a professional beer reviewer but this beer hits the sweet spot for me and I encourage you to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 07:12:54 | More by HankNova
Photo of TexasRedskinFan


4.04/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

As a huge fan of regular American Budweiser, I am always interested when AB comes out with a new offering. Budweiser Black Crown is not as the original, but it is a very good beer. Bought 2 six packs on Superbowl Sunday. It is definitely overpriced at $8 a six pack, but beer prices continue to go up all the time so I wasn't shocked.

This beer is very smooth and has more flavor than regular Budweiser. There is definitely a malt presence and it does develop a nice bitterness as it gets warm. I used to drink all sorts of micro brews, pale ales, wheat biers and anything else that screams beer snob. But as I get older I realize that beer is not a contest. And my stand by beer is American Budweiser.
Black Crown is not going to win over the micro crowd. And your average light beer drinker will probably not like it either. It isn't fancy and complex enough for the micro lover. And its too malty for your average light beer guy.
But this is a quality beer. It has good overall flavor. It is easily drinkable. And at 6% it will get the job done faster than normal.
I will continue to buy this beer until it inevitably becomes discontinued.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 02:22:02 | More by TexasRedskinFan
Photo of rcatalano

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +8.7%

02-08-2013 02:18:14 | More by rcatalano
Photo of jifigz


2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 01:56:28 | More by jifigz
Photo of Mortarforker


3/5  rDev +8.7%

02-08-2013 00:11:13 | More by Mortarforker
Photo of Whiskeydeez


2/5  rDev -27.5%

02-07-2013 20:11:33 | More by Whiskeydeez
Photo of sgttibbs


2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

02-07-2013 13:19:57 | More by sgttibbs
Photo of adamant1912


3.75/5  rDev +35.9%

02-07-2013 05:48:24 | More by adamant1912
Photo of DB0Z

3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

02-07-2013 04:11:11 | More by DB0Z
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 02:02:51 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Jackbanker


4/5  rDev +44.9%

02-07-2013 01:12:21 | More by Jackbanker
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:10:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.