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Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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871 Ratings

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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)
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3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

duceswild, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
1.18/5  rDev -57.1%
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!

StonedTrippin, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of ACasualObserver
4.33/5  rDev +57.5%
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.

ACasualObserver, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -27.3%

smartassboiler, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of animal69
3/5  rDev +9.1%

animal69, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of randylangford
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

randylangford, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of tyleeis
4.75/5  rDev +72.7%

tyleeis, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
2.7/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Alextricity, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of nova009
2.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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

nova009, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Lewdd
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

Lewdd, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of nimrod979
2.66/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

nimrod979, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

Metal4Breakfast, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +36.4%

cmeinz, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Jenessa
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Jenessa, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of giveitatry
3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
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".

giveitatry, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +54.5%

Dapperticus, Feb 03, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

khargro2, Feb 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev 0%

Sara, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of tjsmith910
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

tjsmith910, Feb 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

rolltide8425, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of BierStein711
4.16/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Three finger head, amber in color.

Carbonation was heavy! It almost felt like draught carbonation.

Smells of barley, smoke, and beechwood

Tastes: Barley, beechwood, and a nice malty finish!

Overall, this is a good beer. I would call it refreshing to a point, but the finish is dry.

I'd commit to a sixer.

BierStein711, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of jk3
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

jk3, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of NickyDee21
3/5  rDev +9.1%

NickyDee21, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of ohiobeer29
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

ohiobeer29, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

What king would wear such a thing? King of the Goths, perhaps? BA-ZING! ... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of relatively short-lived glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises dried caramel, flowers, and a hint of artificial vanilla. The taste focuses on the inherent sweetness of things, adding in a touch of wheatiness for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly slick feel, and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an okay beer, sorta reminiscent of Bud American Ale, but sweeter and less nuanced. Not bad, but nothing to make me wanna buy another one on purpose.

TMoney2591, Feb 02, 2013
Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.