Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch
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2.83/5 rDev +2.5%
Angrybabboon is responsible for this bottle. Thanks are conditional.
Appearance: Perfectly clear, like water. A darkish gold, or if you want to push it, a hyper-light amber. Head is bright-white and drops to a small cap in short order. Spotty cap at best. Looks a bit more appealing that their standard fare.
Smell: Sweet caramelized malts. Bread crust, the usual grassy/corny aromas. A bit more malt complexity than expected. A slight toasted edge? Sugary sweet. Pale grains. Some vague banana candy things. Why the weird sugar?
Taste: A brief hint of sugar sweetness up front gives way to a soft overall grainy flavor. Some grass and soft toasted edges. Very mellow. The sweetness comes back on the finish. A small hint of wet wood in the back with a tiny hint of almost floral hops. Carbonated malt syrup...watered down. Inoffensive.
Mouthfeel: Smoother than the standard. Moderate carbonation (yay!) with a medium to light body. Coats the mouth somehow.
Overall: A step in the right direction, but that's not hard when your back is against the wall.
Has about the same appeal as standard Budweiser. There's something to be had here, but they haven't figured it out yet. The increased depth of flavor is unfinished and weak. At least Budweiser is what it is. The crown is black, not by choice, but by neglect.
02-14-2013 22:41:27 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.61/5 rDev +30.8%
Poured into a pokal glass. Pours light golden amber with a thick, quickly dissipating white head and lots of visible tiny bubbles. The beer smells like lightly toasted grain with some mild sweetness. I can also smell some of the alcohol as well. The taste follows the nose. There's some grain and some mild caramel sweetness in the flavor. The hops are mild here, but they are present and provide some woodiness. This isn't very different from the regular Budweiser, which isn't a bad thing. The body is light with strong carbonation. The beer finishes crisp and dry. The drinkability is high. This is a good beer.
02-14-2013 02:51:11 | More by acevenom
2.6/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours a clean, clear golden amber, as promised on the bottle. Solid head of fine off-white carbonation, which subsides quickly, leaving no lace.
Nose is yeasty and grainy. Not bad, just pretty well generic.
Taste is sweet and mild, with almost no hop bite whatsoever. There are some toasty caramel and toffee tones, and even a hint of fruit. I get a really sweet finish, too, which kind of kills my enjoyment. Body is watery and light.
I've had much worse beers before, but this isn't one I'd return to, given the choices.
02-13-2013 22:39:26 | More by secondtooth
2.01/5 rDev -27.2%
A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, I'll put the bottle opener up since it's a twistie, pours a copper color with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing, clear
S: sweet slightly boozy corn mash, sugary, maybe caramel
T: sweet, sweet, sweet, slight malt, mostly sugar, no hops, no depth of flavor, I don't like this
M: overly carbonated, watery, soda like, I can't tell the alcohol is there, the finish is as always clean
O: if you want to buy something from Budweiser get a plain ol Bud diesel, there is a reason it will be around long after Black Crown is gone, this beer is too much like a sweet beer flavored soda, it's trying to be a bock but falls short on all areas
02-13-2013 00:54:07 | More by M_C_Hampton
2.96/5 rDev +7.2%
Poured from bottle to an imperial pint, bottled 1/15/2013.
A: Crystal clear, gold in color, highly carbonated, decent stark white head that dissipates to wisps.
S: Grassy grains, clean malts, and a sweet smell of circus peanuts.
T: Better than a Bud. Grassy notes up front with a strong caramel malt backbone. Not highly roasted by any means, but a pleasant albeit sweet malt flavor. Notes of corn and buttered popcorn.
M: Very similar to a Bud. More of a chunkiness with the malt presence, but otherwise a slightly metallic and grassy finish similar to Budweiser.
O: Has some interesting hints and notes here and there but ultimately is a hollow beer that doesn't fulfill its potential. Probably my favorite of the Budweiser bunch, however.
02-12-2013 04:36:53 | More by tito42
2.9/5 rDev +5.1%
A: Pours a perfectly clear golden amber. Good sized fluffy and fizzy off-white head. Surprisingly good head retention as it sticks around for quite a while.
S: Extremely mild aroma, almost nothing to it at all. It's kind of a sweet grainy aroma. Corn maybe? Smells pretty much exactly the same as bud or bud platinum.
T: More sweet grains, again I think it's corn. Very mild medicinal/herbal hop flavor. Guess this is an amber after all.
M: Light bodied, a little slick.
O: Pretty much the lightest version of an amber lager that you could imagine. It's sweet with just a touch of hops. Pretty drinkable though, it's quite smooth and it goes down easily for a 6% BMC product. Honestly it's remarkably similar to bud light platinum. Just has that little bit of color and herbal flavor to make it an "amber" I guess.
02-11-2013 02:40:23 | More by Dope
2.53/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
02-10-2013 01:56:40 | More by Brad007
3/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
02-09-2013 22:19:58 | More by KYGunner
Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.