1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

Not Rated.
Budweiser Black CrownBudweiser Black Crown

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
65
poor

871 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 871
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Budweiser Black Crown Alström Bros
Ratings: 871 | Reviews: 177 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of gtermi
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
Photo of NeoZaZ
2/5  rDev -27.3%

NeoZaZ, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of redblacks75
2.75/5  rDev 0%

redblacks75, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Jman_01
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Jman_01, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of TheCondor
2.83/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

TheCondor, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of wejohnsn
2.18/5  rDev -20.7%

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.

wejohnsn, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of BigBry
2.75/5  rDev 0%

BigBry, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.19/5  rDev +16%

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.

tjsdomer2, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of streetcommander
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

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.

streetcommander, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of msondel
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

msondel, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of pooogy
2/5  rDev -27.3%

pooogy, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of closisinthehouse
2.75/5  rDev 0%

closisinthehouse, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of beerdhabelly
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

beerdhabelly, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Auraan
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Auraan, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of ZachRusk
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

ZachRusk, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of jmccullough108
2/5  rDev -27.3%

jmccullough108, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of herman77
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

herman77, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of RyanLigeia
3/5  rDev +9.1%

RyanLigeia, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.83/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

Goblinmunkey7, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of JohnBender
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

JohnBender, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Thullin187
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

Thullin187, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of tvv375ia
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

tvv375ia, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of acevenom
3.61/5  rDev +31.3%

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.

acevenom, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of kingmaker
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

kingmaker, Feb 14, 2013
Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.