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Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
65
poor

801 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 62 | 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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beernazismustdie


3.54/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's Budweiser with a little more flavor. There's some extra malt here and an overall crisp, mellowness with the good ol' rice and beechwood finish that distinguishes Budweiser as a brand.

It won't change your life or win over someone who only drinks fancy $10/bottle craft beers, but I like it for what it is: an inexpensive macro brew that goes down smooth with a nice flavor. This is the kind of beer that's good to pick up a 6 and share with a friend after work or drink during your fun weekend activity of choice. Well done, AB.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 01:51:41 | More by beernazismustdie
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3/5  rDev +8.7%

02-04-2013 23:58:43 | More by Eaglefan344
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fastrodney

North Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -36.6%

02-04-2013 23:16:43 | More by fastrodney
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xXVardakXx

Colorado

2.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks: great, the color is phenomenal, golden copper(ish) look to it, quick falling head that doesn't stick but no biggie.

Taste: a maltier more flavorful Budweiser. I like the occasional bud so this is a good thing, could go for a larger variety of hops, or maybe even just more hops.

Mouth Feel: over carbonated like Bud, but not as much, a significantly smoother drink kinda just melts in your mouth down your throat.

Aroma: Much lacking here, would really appreciate some aroma, however it is just a very bland smelling beer. Once again, use a different variety or more hops.

After Taste: Not a lot to it, it goes down smooth then it's kinda just gone.

Overall: Better than Budweiser or most of the American yellow fizzy water out there. However still lacking in some areas that I could see making the beer better. With that said, I would recommend this to almost anyone to try a solid simple beer that is not overly complex, or to throw down a 6 pack with some buddies after a hot day in the sun while relaxing under a tree or around a pool.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 23:13:41 | More by xXVardakXx
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sanitarium16

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

02-04-2013 22:43:50 | More by sanitarium16
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duceswild

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

02-04-2013 21:21:34 | More by duceswild
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

1.18/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

What the hell is this!?

I should start by saying that when this was first advertised mysteriously as Budweiser Black a few months ago, I thought we might see them try to go in a new direction, make a mass appeal black lager or something. You know, a darker beer with some decent roasty characteristics, but dumbed down for the less discerning palates that they cater to, sort of hit that middle of the road, Shock Top drinking crowd on the dark end of the spectrum. The platform for them to do so was certainly there, and I was optimistic…

Man was I wrong. First of all, what in the world is a golden amber lager? Second of all, and maybe of primary concern for me here is this advertising campaign, which is essentially doing the same thing as the Bud Light Platinum tried to do. That is, trying to convince a crowd of self-important wannabe “young professionals” that beer is cool, that their lives are unique and special, and that they need to show it off with this brew. Come on, you guys are too good for the blue collar Bud, that’s working man’s wash. What are you? A farmer or a steel worker? Didn’t think so! You guys are also waaay too mature for Bud Light, that’s what college kids drink, and you’re like totally over those years, wild as they were for each and every one of you private school heroes. You are a grown up now, on the verge of upper class, you got the job, you got the car, you got the lofted apartment downtown, now you need to stand out, you need a beer that fits your desired rung on the social ladder, that beer, is Budweiser Black Crown!

It is flat out offensive, this force fed commentary on socio-economic elitism, and on what beer should represent. I don’t mind a beer that lies about being “born from nature” or “frost brewed” or even an import that uses a little swagger to sell itself. What I do mind is an “I’m better than you and I’m going to drink it in” attitude, and that’s exactly what is going on here.

The beer itself is a shocker, and I’m furious about it. It pours an apple juice color with no head at all but a ton of soda bubbles racing to the surface frantically. Like a thick cream soda. The nose is repulsive, it made my girlfriend sick after one whiff, and I should have heeded the warning myself. It smells metallic, unfermentedly sweet, chemical, extracty, and rancid. I cannot pick out any grain, hops, or yeast at all. Maybe some stale bread aromas, like the crumbs that fall out when you turn the toaster upside down, but that’s about it.

The flavor is no better, although I tried hard to like this. I gave it three good glugs, trying to find a redeeming quality. Is that a nice fruity kick in there? Nope, that's an unturned compost pile rotting away in the summer sun. Is that some toasty grains giving this some sturdy body? Nope, that's corn syrup with additives trying to fool me. The third sip I had to force down, and for the first time ever, I hate to admit it, I drain poured it. Now I’ve worked my way through the worst of the worst, Mich Ultra, Corona Light, and all the rank ice beers and malt liquors that still grace the shelves at gas stations in this beloved country. I even wake up hungover some mornings and finish off somebody’s half drank, flat, warm IPA and derive some utility from it, but my God, I could not, for the life of me, get this crap down my throat.

Bud missed a major opportunity here to move into a niche between factory and craft beer. They lost most of the remaining respect I had for them, and honestly, the marketing of this beer is even worse than its taste. Never, never again Bud, will I give you the benefit of the doubt, defend you as the lesser of three evils (Bud, Miller, Coors), or admit that my very own mother spent the better part of a decade working for you. I am ashamed for you. This product needs to fail, and someone needs to be held accountable.

People get all up in arms about Marilyn Manson and Jersey Shore and video games corrupting youth and traditional values. This beer and its marketing campaign are guilty of a similar crime, and we should take to the streets about it!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 19:44:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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ACasualObserver


4.33/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

While others may have more experience judging beer quality, few share an experience level which dates back to 1964 and includes four years at the Vermont university once attended by the founder of AA. Life Magazine once stated, "You can find your way to Norwich University from anywhere in Vermont by following the trail of beer cans along the side of the road."

Black Crown was introduced to me at the Molly's House Charity Polo Event at the Port Mayaca Polo Club on the edge of Lake Okeechobee this past weekend. The bottle was not refrigerated and was served at approximately 68 degrees. Hesitant in view of the circumstances, the first taste was the smallest of sips. It conveyed a delicate, smooth texture devoid of bitterness. Passing easily from the mouth, it left a pleasant, nutty finish that was particularly refreshing.

The second taste was a full, mustache wetting swig that revealed a medium-bodied, rich and flavorful beer with a hint of sweetness. Everything after confirmed that Black Crown was created to have a broad appeal. Its profile will satisfy without standing out. One might call Black Crown an ideal ham and cheese sandwich beer, perfect accompaniment to an impromptu lunch on the deck under a bright sun. It would also serve as an excellent apres-ski beer in front of a roaring fireplace with friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 18:20:17 | More by ACasualObserver
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smartassboiler

Illinois

2/5  rDev -27.5%

02-04-2013 04:45:13 | More by smartassboiler
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animal69

Louisiana

3/5  rDev +8.7%

02-04-2013 01:28:43 | More by animal69
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -45.7%

02-03-2013 23:54:27 | More by randylangford
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +72.1%

02-03-2013 23:48:02 | More by tyleeis
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Alextricity

Michigan

2.7/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Born on January 11th 2013. 22oz "bomber" poured into a pint glass. Hey, for $2.19, I decided to try it out.

Appearance: Typical amber color ... EXTREMELY clear. Decent head that goes away quickly. Obviously, no lacing.

Smell: Actually not TOO horrible... a bit of adjuncts in the aroma, but mostly a low-quality malt. I was surprised I didn't hate it. A bit of sweetness as well.

Taste: Tastes not at all like I thought it would... holy HELL is it sweet. It's not awful, but Jesus. Adjunct flavors came through a lot in the beginning. Lots of sweetness, corn, low-quality malts. A woody taste comes through as well. After taste is of cheap malt, but it's inoffensive.

Not the worst beer I've ever had, but bleh. It is what it is... for the price, it's good to get cheap drunk. It's certainly better than Budweiser, but not by much. There's a lot of sweetness, so I expect a lot of adjunct fans to fall in love with this.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 23:28:27 | More by Alextricity
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nova009

Kentucky

2.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a clear golden copper, a few bubbles trickle to the surface, about a one finger fluffy white head, no lacing

S- very sweet, grainy, bready biscuit malt, smells like any other AB product

T- pretty much like the nose, very bready and grainy, sweet, there is a little bit of a nutty flavor here but nothing pronounced, tastes like a slightly nuttier version of Platinum

M- light body, fairly high carbonation, no noticable alcohol burn, no aftertaste

O- this is another lackluster product from AB, there's nothing that really sets this apart from other mass produced products, not offensive but nothing worth noting, wouldn't buy again

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 23:15:02 | More by nova009
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Lewdd

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +26.8%

02-03-2013 22:44:57 | More by Lewdd
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nimrod979

Maryland

2.66/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz brown bottle "Born on: 1/4/13

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden amber. Thin quickly dissipating white head. Not much lacing.

Aroma: Some sweet biscuity malt, Grains.

Taste: Somewhat sweet lager. Biscuity malt and toasted grains come through. Not much else.

Mouthfeel: A bit shy of medium bodied. Good, not overly carbonated. Smooth.

1.49/bottle at Total Wine. Had to try it. Not the worst AB product I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 22:35:09 | More by nimrod979
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Metal4Breakfast

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +26.8%

02-03-2013 21:12:24 | More by Metal4Breakfast
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cmeinz

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +35.9%

02-03-2013 16:36:08 | More by cmeinz
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Jenessa

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

02-03-2013 05:35:44 | More by Jenessa
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giveitatry


3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love the Bud Light Platinum bottle (a beautiful blue) and it's label.

Black Crown's bottle is not impressive, and the labeling leaves a lot to desire. Bud already has
the CROWN on too many other beers.

The bottle should have been completely black, with Gold labeling and not named CROWN.
Maybe it should have been called "BLACK DIAMOND".

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 05:29:27 | More by giveitatry
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +54%

02-03-2013 04:20:08 | More by Dapperticus
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khargro2

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

02-03-2013 04:17:40 | More by khargro2
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Sara

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

02-03-2013 04:02:11 | More by Sara
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tjsmith910

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

02-03-2013 01:42:23 | More by tjsmith910
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

02-03-2013 00:03:11 | More by rolltide8425
Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.