Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 1,035
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 239 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of knowledge
3.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a decent brew in the Macro 6% abv, beer category. I did not pour this beer into a glass from a bottle, so that I can enjoy the nuances of the brew itself - as I enjoyed this beer at a dimly lit establishment.

This beer is highly effervescent, too effervescent I must say, in which the bite of the bubbles sting your palate. Taste is similar to a regular Budweiser beer, but slightly sweeter due to its ABV content. Overall, I would drink this beer with burgers or dogs, and then move on to quality craft brews. Bon Appetit! (533 characters)

Photo of dren74
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad for Budweiser, has a real beer taste... got to say .... this might be one of my favorites from the bud family... I thought this was going to be to Budweiser what Bud light platinum is to bud light, but the flavor is distinct ... Good job guys (250 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber born on december 21st. poured into mason jar for appearance

look is slightly more dark than regular bud. smell is also very similar: sweet corn, metal, pale stinky malts. feel is light-medium, finishes without any cloying sweetness. taste is like a more full bodied, flavorful bud.

batch 19 takes a poo on this (326 characters)

Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.26/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not a bad beer ! It has no funny taste wih high acochol .

Appearance: looks like a beer.

Smell: like a beer

Taste: itmtastembetternthen bud . It some hippyish and balace to it.

Mouthfeel: it has a medium mouthfeel

Overall:'I would not buy it again but their are more worse beers then this one. (307 characters)

Photo of flooshmander
2.11/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Skunk. Pure skunk.

I'm an average guy who lives in a safe neighborhood, enjoys golfing, and has some morals. After drinking one of these skunk beers I was immediately transported to a dirty front porch in a section 8 housing project with antagonizing rap music blasting.

That's a ghetto tasting beer! (303 characters)

Photo of lancecenter
3.26/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - More golden and pale than red, two fingers of thin head. Absolutely no lacing.

S - Definitely more to the nose than a typical adjunct. Sweet grains.

T/M - Sweet grains, banana, and the signature Budweiser yeast.

O - Quite tasty for what it is. However, maybe a bit high in alcohol for a sessionable lager. (312 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.19/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet, nutty malt with a touch of caramel.

T - Lots of malty sweetness up front with a touch of spicy hop character in the middle and a finish of sweet grain.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Surprisingly, this isn't just repacaged bud, it is much heavier and maltier than I expected. Still, that isn't to say it is exactly good. The malt comes across well enough, but they are still afraid of hops, both flavor wise and in terms of bitterness. With some balance it could have been decent, but as it stands it is a bit flabby and cloying. (718 characters)

Photo of jettjon
2.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle "born on" date of 3/5/13, consumed 5/11/13.

Into a pint glass, a clear pale amber color with one finger of off white head. Quick fade to a thin cap. Nose is overly sweet and grassy. Taste faintly of malt alcohol, no real hopiness. Taste is not as sweet as nose, thankfully. Faint alcohol note on finish. Mouth is a bit thin and bubbly, OK. Overall: Rather mediocre, not terrible, kind of what I'd imagine as a sub-par example of pub ale, except it's 6% ABV so it's not exactly a "session" beer. I wouldn't buy another but wouldn't turn one down either. (567 characters)

Photo of Zizick
3.38/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: It has a nice light-ish amber color, white foamy head, less carbonated than regular Budweiser.

S: Pleasant smells of roasted malts, more defined beechwood aroma, maybe a little hop profile, at it's minimalist.

T: Very pleasant, no offensive adjunct tastes like corn or rice, starts out with a roasted malty profile with a bitter middle and smooth finish. Way better than the original Budweiser.

M: Light-Medium feel, has a more pleasant experience than regular Bud and is consistent.

O: I like this beer better than the regular Bud by far, but it's not my go to beer unless Heineken was sold out in my local gas station/mart/store. It's all around pretty decent. (669 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.44/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Clear amber body with an eggshell white head forms fine evenly dispersed lacing, somewhat fizzy carbonation a stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of my glass. Aroma has some actual cereal grains going on with a touch of Beechwood or at least reminiscent of the regular Budweiser. This one kicks up the alcohol at 6% abv, and also invites a touch of fruitiness and mild caramel accents, earthy jumbled generic hop accents. Flavor wise it's a bit rough, each sip has an edge that I'm just not in favor of, light cereal grain sweetness with a dry finish with rough cooked vegetable notes and some woody bark like notes that don't add to the complexity but only fortify the reason why I drink craft beer pre-dominantly. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with aggressive carbonation, harsh finish I spoke about continues to effect the palate in a negative way. This is Budweiser's answer to Yuengling let's add some caramel coloring to a similar Budweiser recipe and compete directly with a brand they we now do a lot of distribution for. Overall impression is that I won't be picking up more of this, the plus side is that it's only 2 bucks for a 22 ounce bottle of it, and I believe pretty affordable in sixers, and twelve packs. (1,231 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Born on March 11:

Pours amber with little head and virtually no lacing.

The smell is of caramel with a grainy hint.

The taste is sweet - caramelish. There is a hint of vague fruitiness, but it mixes with a touch of soap that throws it off. There is a touch of alcohol that is a bit raw. A hint of bland hops try to balance the sweetness.

It has medium carbonation. Fairly crisp.

I don't care much for the hint of soap. A bit too sweet for me. Not a disaster, but not desirable. Glad I only bought the 6-pack. (513 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It's on the lighter end of the amber spectrum. It has some golden highlights. There are lots of bubbles rising from the laser etchings to feed a modest white head.

S - It has a sweet, almost fruity aroma. It smells a little like grain.

T - At first I thought I got some of that fruitiness I noticed in the smell. I'm not so sure now. There is a slight soapy taste from the hops. It has a dry, clean finish.

M - Moderate with a good amount of carbonation.

O - It's better than Bud. I do not plan on having this again unless it's free. (586 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.35/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser Black Crown - another beer I have partaken of that is lifted as some of the best that the company has to offer...well, it isn't great, but it's not too bad, even considering the other offerings they make.

From the bottle it pours out a rich, dark hue of amber - thick, tan head with just a little lacing and staying power. The odor from the beer reminds me of smoked wood, hickory actually, which I enjoyed and took in for a while. The mouthfeel was simply average - not too watery, not too thick, no aftertaste, but nothing to set it aside from others. The taste was also above average - I didn't take in any of the smoky scents in the beer, but it did have that good dark lager taste (surprising me in the process.) Overall, I rated it well above average - for all the flak Bud takes, you gotta give the devil his due on this one. (Oh, and at 6% ABV, its a quick way to get shinola-faced...) (904 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, pours golden-amber with striking clarity, thin, bubbly, white head dissipates very quickly. Aromas are lager yeast, metallic, faint toasted grain. Taste has some nice toasted grain up front, but other than that it's pretty much like most of the other AB offerings: not much for flavor, cereal, faint grassy hops. Mouth-feel is thin and watery with the higher carbonation making it feel a little fuller. Overall, I didn't expect much here, so I guess you could say it delivered? (490 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
2.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has a light golden brown color supporting a dissipating head leaving nill lace. Smell of the adjuncts within a Bud but also having a sweetness of the malt. Taste has a Budwieser, adjuncty, malt infused sweetness. Mouthfeel is light with fair carbonation. I mainly got this beer do to curiosity, one bottle is all thats needed, no need for a half rack. (362 characters)

Photo of Thaddeus
3.81/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, amber brown

Taste & Aroma: Had a medium sweetness and bitterness to it. Grain notes on top of a slight citrus, possibly orange.

Overall Budweiser's Black Crown is a step above the traditional Budweiser, offering a fuller taste and mouth feel. The taste duration is good, neither short nor long. (315 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper body with a head that fizzes and fizzles like soda water, without leaving a collar or a trace of lacing. Aromas are faint bud not bad. I mainly get a lightly toasted graininess with maybe a hint of caramel sweetness and a bit of plantain peel. Taste tends toward the sweeter end of the spectrum from start to finish, with toasty malts blending with sugariness on the front and mid-palates before a minerality emerges on the back to make the finish more crisp and memorable. Medium-light body is appropriate for how little flavor it carries, and overall it's an okay beer but seems boring when compared to some of the more established competitors in its style. (680 characters)

Photo of MichaelNickerson
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - golden with a better than average white head that lasts for a respectable amount of time for a beer like this

Smell - very grainy and earth odors

Taste - extremely grainy with a sweet note to it. Overall profile of flavors is weak and not too pleasant

Mouthfeel - finishes clean with moderate carbination

Excellent idea following the platinum, but could use some more noticeable flavors to improve the beer (423 characters)

Photo of UstickM
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has clear light amber color with a white head that disappears quickly. It has light carbonation with a smell of cereal grains and sweetness. This is slightly different with its smooth, clean finish and some caramel notes. I would choose this over a Bud. (263 characters)

Photo of hdf561
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to try it, and have had several since I bought a 6 pack.

This is simply Budweiser with more alcohol content much like Bud Light Platinum is more alchohol than Bud Light

I actually enjoy the flvor and taste of a Budweiser or "Bud Heavy" as I call it, over several other beers especially Miller Light. It is what it is a beer that is going to get you drunk and that you can drink alot of. I do feel like this version is a little heavier than the regular Bud but other than that there is no difference other than the alcohol content. (538 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces lace. Crystal clear amber/yellow color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is sweet pear, flavor is light sweet pear. Clean finish. Better than a Bud. $1.59 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA. (282 characters)

Photo of Jonada
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle. Born on date Jan 4th 2013. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Golden, not quite amber color with 2 fingers of a soapy white head. Head actually took a couple minutes to dissipate. The body is extremely clear.

Smell: Lots of cereal grain, slight sweetness, very faint hints of grassiness. There's also an artificial banana aroma as well. Almost like a banana candy.

Taste: Slight sweetness upfront that carries through to the finish. Overall flavor profile is weak, but what is there is dominated by the same cereal grain that was prominent in the nose. Underneath that there are weak notes of caramel, clean alcohol, hint of breadiness, and a slightly metallic taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fuller end of light bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes fairly clean.

Overall: I didn't try any of the other Project 12 beers, but if this is the winner, then apparently I didn't miss much. This beer isn't awful, and it is a step up from regular Bud and Bud Light, but that's the best thing I can say about it. I tried it once to satisfy my curiosity, I'd never get it again. (1,087 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Clem’s Bottle House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: April 13, 2013
Consumed: April 13, 2013
Misc.: Born on date of Jan. 12, 2013

Poured a honey amber clear color with two fingers of off-white head. Surprisingly some nice looking sporadic and foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-good retention on the top.

Smelled that familiar Budweiser notes right away. No mistaking that. Malty more than anything else, including sugary cereal, sourdough bread, honey, grass and hay. A faint whiff of lemon late.

The taste was familiar to Budweiser as well and similar to the nose. Got honey, cereal, sourdough bread and faint lemon grass, albeit watery versions of each. Pretty bland overall.

Light body. Thin-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish.

Much better than I thought it would be, but I still wouldn’t order it at a bar. (963 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Born on 16 Jan 13

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of pearl colored head. Decent lacing & traces of head retention

S: Pears & a touch of perfumey hops

T: Follows the nose, a bit of white grape & a touch of soapyness & ever so slight metallic notes, not really detractor though. Delicate lemon hop notes as this warms, then a touch of green & honey crisp apple as this warms. Finishes crisp, fruitty & with faint herbal bitterness

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation; fairly good balance

Decent drinkability, not super complex, but I could do a few of these on a hot day (like today). One of the better beers from the evil empire I've had in a while. A heavier hand with the hops would've been my preference though from a taste & style perspective (766 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - dark copper bordering on amber with a thin, frothy, white head that fades quickly

S - caramel malt, cereal grains, a hint of molasses, woody

T - grainy, caramel, fruity, apple, earthy

M - crisp, medium bodied, a little heavily carbonated, warming alcohol

This isn't a bad beer, but it's a bit rough around the edges. The malt offers a decent flavor profile that isn't typical for an AB product. It could be smoothed out a bit, but as is, it's clean, smooth, and goes down easily. As one would expect, it's very crisp and a bit over carbonated. In the end, this isn't a beer that I'll be going back to. I'm glad I tried it once, and it does meet the requirements of the style nicely. Ultimately, I just need a more flavorful, hoppier lager. (747 characters)

Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.