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Budweiser Black Crown - Anheuser-Busch

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192 Reviews
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Reviews: 192
Hads: 1,040
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 244 | 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 NeroFiddled
3.61/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Budweiser Black Crown
12 oz. bottle, "BORN ON DATE 09JAN13 MB49"

Budweiser's new Black Crown pours a clear amber body with golden highlights and an orange cast beneatha frothy head of white foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves some nice spots and splashes of lace as it goes.

The aroma expresses sweetish malt with some juicy, apple-like fruitiness and a sprinkling of light hops. The hops are very lightly spicy, and even more gently grassy.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body with a very fine, median carbonation that leaves it delicately crisp, and then smooth across the palate.

The flavor offers a light bit of caramel malt with an undertone of toastiness, and a suggestion of oak. More of the fruitiness found in the nose is present, and it's balanced by a delicate background of spicy and grassy hops. It appears a bit sweetish up front, but dries in the finish with a lingering note of delicate spice.

I would imagine if you drank a lot of these that the sweetish malt might build on your palate, but it's balanced enough that everything remains in check throughout one. And I'm not sure that it would work with any less maltiness, as it would then just be a slight variation from their standard product; this should clearly stand out as a different product. (1,287 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.86/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong adjunct, sweet malt, pale malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable metallic quality. Tastes of strong adjuncts, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance and feel, but the aroma and body are negatively affected by the presence of adjunct. (515 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.29/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Born on Jan 08, 2013.

A - Pours a golden amber body. One finger of white foam dissipates quickly leaving behind zero head.

S - Sweet corn, touch of malt. Not sure what else, just predominantly sweet.

T - Again with the sweet corn. Finishes nearly dry with a lingering stale bready malt flavor. Not bad actually.

M - Thin but spritzy.

O - Not as bad as I was expecting. An improvement over standard Bud and the Platinum, but I won't be buying this again. (494 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
2.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Took a small sample of Jeff's - gotta try everything I guess. Pours a golden-amber hybrid with stunning clarity and a head that fizzles away almost before I'm done pouring my damn sample. Looks similar to a regular Bud, though a darker shade - more amber than straw. Definitely looks better, though. The aroma is... almost nonexistent. Took me three or four really big whiffs to really pull anything from this one, and when I did - it still wasn't that great. Graininess, lightly toasted caramel malts, musky and grassy hops, metal. Had slightly more sustenance than a Budweiser, but what is that really saying?

The taste was different, to say the least. Heavy crispiness from the carbonation, followed by some corn, grains, light caramel, wet/sour wood, and an extremely light hop character, with an almost astringent bitterness in the aftertaste (albeit a very low bitterness). Tastes like someone mixed a Budweiser with a 6-month old Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Honestly. It was like a pale ale that was left sitting on the shelves and much of the hop character has died out, leaving behind mild hop flavor with some light, toasted malts. But this beer still had that distinct "Budweiser twinge" to it. Sounds ridiculous, I know. But try it and tell me I'm not right. Must be the beachwood aging? Crisp mouthfeel, light and airy on the palate.

Final verdict? Better than Bud Light, Budweiser, and the rest of the lot, but still nowhere near good enough to require a second purchase. (1,483 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent reddish amber with a small head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of water, some darker malt, not much of anything. Tastes of slightly caramel malt, a little of hops, but watery. Beer is carbonated heavily and very drinkable. Overall, this beer is not good, but not bad, just average. (360 characters)

Photo of undeadozzy
3.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured a dark amber with a thick head that seemed to stick around for the first few minutes. Great color, kinda surprised by it, was expecting something bright yellow light regular Budweiser, but the deep amber is definitely a step in the right direction.

S - Doesn't have much of a smell. Picking up on some malt and some hop bite, but other than that, nothing stands out.

T - For a macro brew, it's really not that bad. Good, smooth taste with some sweetness and bite, and a rather complex palate too, especially for a macro brew. Picking up some corn muffin, a little sugary cereal, a hint of earthiness, and maybe even a little bit of citrus/sour. Definitely interesting.

M - Beer. Feels like beer, nothing too special here.

O - Definitely impressed by Budweiser for stepping up their game by making a stronger craft wanna-be beer. I hope they continue the experimentation, because compared to the rest of their lineup, this one's pretty good. (955 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
1.74/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Acquired as part of a 12 pack at my local Von's grocery store. I bought it with a coupon but I can't recall the price. "Golden amber lager." 6.00% confirmed. Expectations are as low as low can be. Born on January 12th, 2013. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a twist-off pressure cap and a black and gold sleek label served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. I'd serve this into a pilsner glass, but the one I have is dirty and I'm not expecting this to be anything worth giving that kind of attention to.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with a 75 cent frozen pizza (Totino's, if you must know).

A: Pours a one finger head - quite thin - without any cream or froth, and of bad (~30 second) retention. No real lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear translucent copper with a vague amber hue. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's not much to look at, but it looks better than many other Budweiser beers I've seen. There are no huge flaws.

Sm: I'm surprised; it has a pleasant floral hop aroma with a healthy dose of caramalt filling out the body. Nicely sweet. Heavy banana, actually. Grassy and grainy. It comes off too sweet but I'm pleasantly surprised by the aroma; there seems to be actual flavour in this beer judging by the smell. Still, it's artificial and kind of a turn-off. A bit medicinal, even, like a honey-banana cough medicine - if such a monstrosity exists. An above average strength aroma.

T: Overly sweet. Artificial. Bleh. Artificial banana. Floral hop extract syrup. Artificial caramalt forming the body. No grains or grassiness in the flavour, just blandness and sugar. And corn adjunct. Medicinal and candy like. Ugh. Neutral nutty notes in the third act, but not nutty in a brown ale sense; more a muted chestnut. It's balanced in its poor character. No complexity or subtlety at all. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I think I might actually prefer the bland watery taste of ordinary Budweiser; this is just too sweet and crappy.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Carbonation is a bit overdone but acceptable. Palate presence is okay. It's artificial and far too syrupy. Suits the flavour profile alright.

Dr: Far less drinkable than ordinary Budweiser or Bud Light; I'd definitely vomit faster if I played beer pong with this stuff. I was surprised it's as bad as it is, but if I had to pick out a decent characteristic it'd be the caramalt, which at least lends it a decent aroma. Hides its ABV well. Not at all recommended.

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Photo of jesus808
2.26/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointed with this beer. At best, an average lawnmower beer for the summer. But there are enough of these. The manufacturer led me to believe that this was something better than average. So, my money didn't go to Stone, Dogfish Head, Drakes, or any other smaller but better brewery. So, I'm the sucker. You don't need me to convince you what you'll achieve by drinking this. Good luck. (394 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Brilliantly clear golden-amber color. One finger of creamy white head retains better than expected, though it does settle eventually. Thin slip of lacing slides back down into the beer, leaving only a thin ring.

S: Very clean nose; corn, slightly husky grain backing, very muted grassy hops, and the Budweiser house yeast. Nothing about it pops or sets it apart.

T: Corn opens. Husky grain and a bit of musty yeast begin to build. Token light fruitiness from the Bud yeast too. Perhaps a bit of dry wood. Abrupt, drying finish of corn and grain husk.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth enough. It has more substance to it than Bud and Bud Light, for sure.

O: It's a notch above AB's base product line, but still very safe, bland, and indistinct in the end. (824 characters)

Photo of beergoot
2.84/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear light amber body with a thin, bubbly head. The aroma came across lightly sweet; bright and sharp in a subdued fruity way; chewing gum. Light cereal and grain flavor with a relatively aggressive hop bitterness. Light , clean, crisp, dry finish with a noticeable hop bite at the finish.

The Budweiser web site says this is a "smooth drinking" amber lager, but I wouldn't go quite that far. There is an almost sharp and metallic "twang" to this beer overall, both in taste and feel. It's certainly not the worst of things, yet hardly appealing (to me) in a generic lager style. There's not much balance or real taste treats to be found in this offering. In fact, I'd much rather have a Budweiser than a Black Crown. No, AB did not come up with a winner with this one... (781 characters)

Photo of mooseo
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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. (784 characters)

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

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. (1,206 characters)

Photo of wejohnsn
2.19/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (496 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.19/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (433 characters)

Photo of streetcommander
3.42/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (901 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,319 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (614 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
2.59/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean, clear golden amber, as promised on the bottle. Solid head of fine off-white carbonation, which subsides quickly, leaving no lace.

Nose is yeasty and grainy. Not bad, just pretty well generic.

Taste is sweet and mild, with almost no hop bite whatsoever. There are some toasty caramel and toffee tones, and even a hint of fruit. I get a really sweet finish, too, which kind of kills my enjoyment. Body is watery and light.

I've had much worse beers before, but this isn't one I'd return to, given the choices. (525 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.07/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, I'll put the bottle opener up since it's a twistie, pours a copper color with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing, clear

S: sweet slightly boozy corn mash, sugary, maybe caramel

T: sweet, sweet, sweet, slight malt, mostly sugar, no hops, no depth of flavor, I don't like this

M: overly carbonated, watery, soda like, I can't tell the alcohol is there, the finish is as always clean

O: if you want to buy something from Budweiser get a plain ol Bud diesel, there is a reason it will be around long after Black Crown is gone, this beer is too much like a sweet beer flavored soda, it's trying to be a bock but falls short on all areas (710 characters)

Photo of tito42
2.96/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint, bottled 1/15/2013.

A: Crystal clear, gold in color, highly carbonated, decent stark white head that dissipates to wisps.

S: Grassy grains, clean malts, and a sweet smell of circus peanuts.

T: Better than a Bud. Grassy notes up front with a strong caramel malt backbone. Not highly roasted by any means, but a pleasant albeit sweet malt flavor. Notes of corn and buttered popcorn.

M: Very similar to a Bud. More of a chunkiness with the malt presence, but otherwise a slightly metallic and grassy finish similar to Budweiser.

O: Has some interesting hints and notes here and there but ultimately is a hollow beer that doesn't fulfill its potential. Probably my favorite of the Budweiser bunch, however. (747 characters)

Photo of Dope
2.87/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden amber. Good sized fluffy and fizzy off-white head. Surprisingly good head retention as it sticks around for quite a while.

S: Extremely mild aroma, almost nothing to it at all. It's kind of a sweet grainy aroma. Corn maybe? Smells pretty much exactly the same as bud or bud platinum.

T: More sweet grains, again I think it's corn. Very mild medicinal/herbal hop flavor. Guess this is an amber after all.

M: Light bodied, a little slick.

O: Pretty much the lightest version of an amber lager that you could imagine. It's sweet with just a touch of hops. Pretty drinkable though, it's quite smooth and it goes down easily for a 6% BMC product. Honestly it's remarkably similar to bud light platinum. Just has that little bit of color and herbal flavor to make it an "amber" I guess. (821 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I see that Budweiser is trying their hand once again at another variation. I'll keep an open mind.

Pours what appears to be more of a gold than amber with a thin head and what appears to be ample carbonation.

Sweet with that industrial "accent" that greets you from most Budweiser variants. Beechwood-finished? Hmm, that sounds too familiar.

Sweeter and blander than Budweiser itself. What was the point of this? I don't taste much beyond the standard dreck.

A-B/InBev could learn a thing or two from Coors, especially Batch 19, Blue Moon, etc. This variant isn't interesting enough to warrant further attention. (617 characters)

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

Special thanks to my in-laws who gave me a 12 pack because I like those "fancy" beers.

Poured into a snifter the color was a golden amber, as advertised. Tons of carbonation bubbling from the bottom it couldn't seem to feed a quickly fleeting, fizzy head. Good color, bad body.

Faint hints of a sweet caramel and a malty scent. There's some roasted qualities in the scent but its not strong enough to pull it above average.

The taste is toasty, more so at the finish. More malt than caramel malt I don't detect much of a sweetness or caramel flavor. Perhaps the budget is an issue because if more toasted malt was present this may not be a bad lager. It feels a bit thin, though, and the extra carbonation makes it less smooth than I think they hoped.

I came at this open minded but find it an average delivery, but not nearly as poor as some. (847 characters)

Photo of TheFunGuy
2.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I picked this up because it was new and cheap and whatever. Poured from a bottle.

The color was clear and golden and pretty. A light head that faded within one minute to lace.

The smell is light malt. Very light. I did not smell any hops.

For the rest of the review no reason to get too detailed. You know how you go to that wedding reception or graduation party at the Moose Lodge or American Legion Post and they have two dollar pitchers of Budweiser draft that has been in the keg for four months? Yep.

A slightly stronger, overaged Budweiser draft. Not Bud Lite, Bud.

Instead of $6 for 6, it should be $2 for a whole 32oz pitcher. With some pull off or scratch off lottery tickets. And cake on a Styrofoam plate. (722 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
2.44/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very good looking beer. Poured a deep golden color and had a nice white fluffy head that disapted rather quickly

S - Really doesnt have much smell. Definately no hops aroma. There is a slight hint of maltyness.

T - Too "winey" tasting for me. Taste like a rice beer in my opinion. Nit unpleasant, but if I'm goning to drink this type of beer just give me a Bud Light.

M - Very light bodied beer. Goes down easy and could put several down. No burn

O - I wanted to try it because it was something new. Wasn't bad, but nothing I'll seek out for sure. If I'm not drinking good beer, I'll just stick with Bud Light. (618 characters)

Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.