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Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 197
Hads: 1,065
Avg: 2.82
pDev: 57.09%
Wants: 15
Gots: 259 | 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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Beer added by: Damian74Shensky on 01-01-2013

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Photo of UstickM
3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of hdf561
3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.95/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev +20.6%
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

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Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bartered for this one, didn't have to buy it, thanks Bill!

Into a Willibecher glass it pours a bright golden amber, a solid inch or two of suds which fizzle away over the course of a minute or so. No lacing, only a patchy broken skim left after the first couple sips.

Funky lagers aroma of yeast and wet grains, vague apple ester is lost in the mix.

Taste is slightly sweet, but finishes fairly dry. Apple, bread crusts, soaking grain husks. Light bitter tang in the aftertaste, which has little to no hop flavor. Gassy carbonation, foams up immediately on contact, producing excessive burps. Taste is decidedly middling to average, many better and some worse in this category. Better than BL Platinum...

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Photo of bourbonbock
2.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a 12 pack of this because of the awesome commercial during the superbowl... not really, it was just cheaper than buying soda.

A. Just on this side of amber from straw yellow. A little bit of head and an average amount of carbonation.

S. Typical budweiser lager aroma, sweet and perhaps a little bit of pears or roasted apples.

T. This beer doesn't have much flavor but it does taste a little more mature than regular bud however I think I would still prefer regular bud. It appears that they didn't want to wander to far from the path on this one and just threw a bag of caramel malt into the mash.

M. Light and smooth with a very light body and not much aftertaste.

Overall I don't know what this beer is trying to do. I would rather buy amber bock which at least has some balls. Don't bother with this one.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep reddish-amber with a prominent, slightly coarse white head, which retains well. The lacing is scattered and broken; the carbonation is modest and fast-rising.

Aroma: Slightly spicy, tangy aroma, with dark caramel, toasted malt, and grassy notes. The spicy notes presumably arise form the hops.

Taste: Opens with a modest wave of hops, toasted malt, and dark caramel. As the taste progresses, the hops intensify a bit. There is also a modest note of wood, later in the taste, perhaps the famed "Beechwood". The taste draws to a close with a modest spicy, hoppy note.

Mouth feel: A touch thin, with stinging carbonation, dry at the finish.

Drinkability/notes: Better than expected. I would not choose this over a decent craft beer, bu that being said, its not bad, and is far and away more appealing than Anheuser-Busch's flagship product, Budweiser.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Source: Purchased at Wal-Mart in Texas as a selection of a Brewmaster's Choice build-your-own six-pack for $8.99.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.99/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

got this at fuzzy's over lunch one day:
poured from the 12 oz bottle into the frozen glass:

A slightly darker than the standard bud straw color / super fluffy head.

S smells better than bud! just a touch of hops and also that ABV smell

T slighty hoppy and a decent malt touch with none of the metallic macro taste!

M again, marginally better than the macro version

D NOT bad! bud not as good as a real craft beer. havent really priced it yet, its good if it's significantly cheaper than a craft.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.72/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a light caramel-golden with yellow highlights. A finger of short lived fizzy head faded into a thick and lasting collar.
S: Light notes of spicy hops, roasted grains and a kiss of caramel malts alongside peppery lager yeast.
T: More roasted and amber flavors than the original Bud. Toasted grains and adjuncts dominate with the peppery yeast and mild spicy hop extract. I get a hint of caramel as well. The finish is almost sour and the aftertaste is chemically and fake. Very off putting as it warms.
M: Fuller body, creamy mouthfeel, soft fluffy carbonation is pretty active. Drinks thicker than water but I’m still getting a strange sour bitterness.
O: I can see where they were going with this but I thought it was pretty gross. Given the choice I’d rather drink normal Bud. Not worth the money.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From 03/31/13 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear, bright yellow color with lots white head, over two fingers, and high carbonation evident. Looks like most Bud products.

s - Smells of wheat, light floral notes, grains, bready malts, light must. Not too bad but not much going on at all; pretty bland.

t - Tastes of wheat, floral notes, grains, bready malts, light fruit, earthy notes. Better than the taste. Some light sweetness or fruit, which is decent. Average.

m - light and watery mouthfeel with high carbonation evident. Over carbonated like some of their other products but easy to drink; no skunkiness and no alcohol presence.

o - Overall a below average ale from Bud, but still better than Bud Light and Bud Heavy. Seems like a closer attempt to something craft than there other products, but still not great. Worth checking out if you're stuck at a bar or house with only BMC products, but if you have a choice of something craft, it will probably still be better than this one.

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Photo of YardmanFTB
2.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is the "platinum" version of "Bud Heavy". Some advertisement claimed this beer to have won a competition between Budweiser brewers. This cannot be possible. It exists to pump a little more alcohol into regular Budweiser. I'm sure the drunks will buy it at least.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.95/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz American Amber Lager from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, produced a thin white head, poor retention and left no lacing on the glass.
The aroma of this brew consisted of pale malted grain, and a slight hint of floral hops. Light in body, there is a foundation of malted grain, a slight amount of hops and a dry finish. Overall, disappointing, perhaps a bit more flavor then Budweiser, but leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.15/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a hotel glass.

Pours clear gold with a hint of darkness. Bright copper. White foam then none. Caramel and corn nose. Thin watered taste, light sweetness. Caramel pokes through. Bud lurks beneath the surface. Very little bite. Slight flavor but nothing great. 3 3 325 3 325

A step up from Bud Bud Light Bud Heavy etc, but a lightweight in the real world

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.81/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Portion of a 12 oz bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter. Let me repeat that: Budweiser Black Crown was poured into a Hunahpu's snifter. From notes.

A: Pours a light amber color, with a quickly fading white-shaded head.

S: Sweet caramel, cotton candy, and a pleasant lack of adjunct. Not 'good', however it's really not an awful nose.

T: Sadly, there's a more notable adjunct presence on the flavor, followed by a bit of caramel...and a whole lot of nothing. Vintage Budweiser!

M: It feels too thick and heavy on the palate given how flavorless it is. This should be easy to drink - and isn't.

O: Better than BL Platinum, I suppose. I've had it once, I never need to have it again.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.06/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Born on Nov. 20, 2012.

Served in tulip, same glass I'm drinking everything out of tonight.

Appear to have an amber colored body that isn't quite as brilliant as the Bud Light Platinum. However, it still is very clear and shows off a steady stream of bubbles rising up from the center of the glass. Seriously, the head on this beer is crazy. Solid off-white head that sticks around and is legit leaving lacing down the glass. Seriously.

The aroma is very faint. What is there is nothing special either. If I agitate the beer enough I can get a grainy, sort of Budweisery aroma, which I swear is that Beechwood-agin shit. They say it doesn't give any aroma or flavor, but I don't believe that.

Flavor is much better than the aroma. It has some bitterness to it, a little up front, and more towards the finish. Across the mid-palette, there is a very light sweetness, a touch of caramel. Very well-balanced beer.

This beer has a light body, with crisp carbonation at first that softens throughout the glass. The finish is a lingering bitterness, but not over the top. It has a sweetness to it that keeps it in balance.

I was mostly impressed with the appearance here. Good looking beer for real. I think the aroma could be seriously improved and the hop character could be more defined, and then we would be talking a seriously amazing beer. Would I buy this again? Maybe.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.42/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Once again, Anheuser Busch is putting the bucket down the well. This times it send down Budweiser Black Crown, but what will show up once the bucket is pulled back up? The label looks clean, but to answer the question of what's inside, let's open the...errr....black crown and move on to the beer:

A little paler than orange is the color with hues of amber mixed in, depending on the lighting of the room. Bunches of carbonation bubbles race to the top, where a small fuzzy soapy head sits on top and slowly eats away at itself. Tiny dots of lace stick around as the liquid contracts. The smell actually borrows some notes from its stablemate Budweiser; clean with a fruity rice note. Or is that the yeast? Either way, it's not very exciting.

Take Budweiser, add a little more body, a little more overall flavor, and of course, a little more alcohol. The malt has a sweet potato accent to it. Vague fruitiness. Is there rice in there, because there is this note which I've tasted in Budweiser which I'm tasting here. The flavors aren't working together, nor particularly well. The alcohol makes its presence known, not so much in the mouth, but in the chest. The body is light with a wateriness to it, with big bubbles exploding on the palate.

Uninspiring. For an amber lager, I was hoping to get a little more out of it. And if I'm looking for an Anheuser Busch product to drink, does Michelob still make their porter and dunkelweizen?

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased, but not by me...12oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint nonic...

A: Clear amber gold; surprisingly better head and retention than any BMC I've seen.

S: Instant sweetness, caramel and brown sugar...hints of something that could be beechwood? Clear malty grain and sweetness, but maybe made more potent by my assumption that this would just be any other Bud.

T: Amped up Bud - clear caramel notes malt, tang of graininess and crisp lager yeast. Clean body, with a hint of an earthy hop spice maybe?

MF: Adequate light/medium body...carbonation is right about where it should be.

O: Surprised; wouldn't buy this one but I'd choose it hands-down over a myriad of other BMC options.

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Photo of apalegreenhorse
4.88/5  rDev +73%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really good stuff. I am close to 60 years old; I can no longer drink any beer with live yeast in it due to an enlarged prostate. Which really blows; I love IPAs and hoppy hoppy beer. Hoppy beer makes me happy. So unless, I want to walk around with a catherer inserted; I need to drink pasteurized beer. Budweiser got this one right. It tastes good. It has a kick. And I can pee afterwards. Bravo Budweiser.

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Photo of marzenfannm
4.24/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No reason to be a beer snob about this one. It is one of the better macro brews I can think of. A good, but not complex aroma and taste. At first sip I worried a bit about the slight sweetness but that faded as I continued. I would definitely try again ... one of the better value beers I've encountered in a while.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a mug at slightly-warmer-than-fridge temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a 2-finger bubbly, white head that fades relatively quickly into a thin cap of fizzy bubbles on top of the beer. Some patchy lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. I’d like to see a slightly darker color, but the head retention was actually better than I was expecting.

S – Caramel, grainy, and slightly bready malt with some corn. Smells similar to Budweiser but it certainly has more of a caramel presence.

T – Sweet caramel, toasted bread, and cereal, grainy malts along with some corn at mid-taste-to-finish. The taste is certainly muted but much better than I was expecting.

F – Light-bodied with lots of carbonation, a crisp and clean mouthfeel, and a mildly sweet and dry finish. The 6% ABV is completely unnoticeable.

O – This beer was much better than I was expecting and is really not bad at all. It’s lighter and more toned-down than good amber lagers, but I was expecting a lot less from AB InBev. It’s extraordinarily drinkable, especially at 6%, and very refreshing. For what it’s supposed to be, it’s actually quite good. I would definitely take this over other BMC offerings.

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Photo of NiceFly
3.19/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I was surprised by this beer. In a straight BCM bar this was a standout. Wood drink again. Had a good time playing pool. I was beaten by a guy using a broomstick for a pool cue.

Seriously, If you find yourself fuct in a MBC desert, try this one. Threre is some flavor there if you look really hard. i give it fours for taste an mouthfeel because in comparison to my other options tonight it went above and beyond. Wood drink again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Giant in Linglestown, PA, enjoyed chilled in a Nonic.

The color is dark golden bordering on light amber with decent clarity and ample white cream with tiny beading and lace collection on the glass with good retention.
The smell has a sweet bready aroma with mild biscuit and light yeast aroma with subtle fruit. The feel is semi-dry at first with semi-high carbonation and light creamy texture with gentle sweet and semifull finish with smooth feel in general.

This lager tastes decent with generally light malt but only the slightest toasted grain taste and low hop flavor with some gentle yeast and subtle alcohol with generally bready taste and grainy with slight sweet adjunct type sweet flavor, but not as full flavored as you might expect from a 6% lager. Overall a no frills stronger than average lager for this brewery with ease of drinkability but not abundantly flavorful, I would probably pass unless it was given to me.

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Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.