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Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
65
poor

915 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24.73%
Wants: 7
Gots: 106 | 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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Photo of Whiskeydeez
2/5  rDev -27.3%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of sgttibbs
2.75/5  rDev 0%

sgttibbs, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of adamant1912
3.75/5  rDev +36.4%

adamant1912, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of DB0Z
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

DB0Z, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
2.63/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium amber color with a two finger yellow tinted head. The head fades over about a 3 min time frame to leave only a trace of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was light with it consisting of mainly some corn aromas. With this smell is a light aroma of caramel as well some biscuit.

Taste – The taste starts out with a rather strong corn taste with some notes of a bready nature mixed within. Flavors of a light caramel sweetness as well as a light herbal and woody taste. At the end some rather flavors of a paper and some boozy tastes come to the tongue leaving a slightly bitter, alcohol and bready flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the medium to slightly above medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The brew may have actually been better with a lighter body as the thickness seemed to accentuate the more off flavors that come to the tongue at the end.

Overall – It was rather like a malt, but not a great malt and more expensive and less effective than the average. If you want a Bud, stick with the regular or the American and pass on this.

Darkmagus82, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Jackbanker
4/5  rDev +45.5%

Jackbanker, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
6.0% ABV, Born on: 17DEC12

A - Black Crown shimmers with fantastic clarity; this bright golden amber colored beer pours with a nice cap of off-white foam which settles to a thin skim of bubbles white leaving spots of lace on the glass.

S - Budweiser Black Crown has a harsh grainy aroma of pale malt with an undertone of toasted white bread and faint white rice. Notes of herbal hops manage to poke out around the edges for an aroma that's neither pleasing nor bad.

T - Dry straw and husky pale malt are more assertive than the light notes of toast and rice which pepper the background in tandem with shards of dry wood and herbal hops.

M - This thin, light bodied amber is excessively carbonated. The feel is the same old Budweiser; sharp, crisp, biting and somewhat dry. There's no surprise here as this beer conjures up some deep belches.

O - Budweiser plays it safe with Black Crown, barely stepping away from their core brands with this beer - don't wanna rock the boat or open any craft beer doors to people! Just a little addition of toasted malt brings some dryness and flavor to the otherwise adjunct-rich brew and, honestly, I can actually taste some faint "wood aging" in play here. Black Crown is by no means a bad beer though, it's just run-of-the-mill as one might expect.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +36.4%

ruckus232, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Watdatsmelike
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

Watdatsmelike, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of HankAaron
4.5/5  rDev +63.6%

HankAaron, Feb 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

JohnSmith5506, Feb 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev 0%

Waymore, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of BDavis_03
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

BDavis_03, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of bradleyjay34
2/5  rDev -27.3%

bradleyjay34, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of beernazismustdie
3.54/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

beernazismustdie, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Eaglefan344
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Eaglefan344, Feb 04, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -36.4%

fastrodney, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of xXVardakXx
2.49/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

xXVardakXx, Feb 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

sanitarium16, Feb 04, 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
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2/5  rDev -27.3%

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

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

randylangford, Feb 03, 2013
Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.