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Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
65
poor

869 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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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3/5  rDev +9.1%

Evansbeer, Feb 27, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

crobinso, Feb 25, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

RWACKO, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of grahamboudreaux
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

grahamboudreaux, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
2.3/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

tectactoe, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of cyclonece09
3.03/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

cyclonece09, Feb 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -27.3%

brandon911, Feb 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev +9.1%

Peyton5410, Feb 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev 0%

GRG1313, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of undeadozzy
3.14/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

undeadozzy, Feb 23, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

acurtis, Feb 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -27.3%

djrn2, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
1.69/5  rDev -38.5%

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

kojevergas, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of jesus808
2.26/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

jesus808, Feb 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

mikepcarney, Feb 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev +9.1%

Morockm, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.19/5  rDev +16%

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.

ryan1788a5, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +45.5%

WhiteDustin, Feb 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev 0%

bigpoppa67, Feb 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev -27.3%

Falcone, Feb 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev 0%

smogfood, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of beergoot
2.84/5  rDev +3.3%

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...

beergoot, Feb 20, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -36.4%

Will96, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

gtermi, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of mooseo
2.75/5  rDev 0%

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.

mooseo, Feb 19, 2013
Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.