Batch No. 94534 North Pacific Style Lager (Fairfield, CA) - Anheuser-Busch

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Batch No. 94534 North Pacific Style Lager (Fairfield, CA)Batch No. 94534 North Pacific Style Lager (Fairfield, CA)

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68 Ratings

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Slatetank on 09-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Project Twelve - Second Edition
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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by HoppyBastard:
Photo of HoppyBastard
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours clear and golden with one finger head that dissipated quickly into a thin broken layer of small bubbles, lightly carbonated, very little lacing.

SMELL: flowers and citrus, somewhat assertive.

TASTE: initially sweet with citrus and then a pleasantly mild hop profile and finishes clean and crisp.

PALATE: medium body and lightly carbonated.

OVERALL: Anheuser-Busch is trying to enter the "craft beer" market. Good for them. This is probably the best beer I've had from this brewer. I hope they continue on this path.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

The best that we have seen passed through the wringer as of late from AB, but the lack of any real body or even a hint of rawness makes this just another attempt at being “crafty.” That said, it is not half bad. If we had a choice between this and a mediocre “craft beer,” we’d opt for this.

STYLE: India Pale Lager
ABV: 5.5%

LOOK: Perfect clarity, pale golden hue, lovely froth

SMELL: Orangey hop, floral, herbal, exotic fruit, grainy, clean

TASTE: Tight crispness, thin bodied, grainy, mild oily hop, wet, clean, flour, dried hay, orange zest, wildflowers, hint of alcohol warmth, drying finish, faded hop aftertaste

Photo of Franziskaner
3.22/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brilliant golden hue with good clarity. Lively carbonation. Some faint pine like hop aroma and some light malt to accompany it. Mouthfeel is light and easy drinking. There is a light to moderate rush of pine like hops and they are quickly gone. The fade is just a bit too rushed for me.

Photo of Spikester
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear deep gold with two fingers of white head that fades rather quickly. Very minor lacing.
Smell is mild bready malt. Taste is lightly sweet bready malts with a touch of bitter hops at the end. Slightly boozy. Mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation. Overall a bit of a letdown. If my calculations are correct this beer is at least seven months old so take that into account.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.5% ABV.

A - More pale gold than deep gold as the label suggests, this crystal clear beer pours with a tall white head that leaves rather quickly but forgets fingers of lace on the glass.

S - Honey-glazed citrus rind and notes of pine sure give the beer a hoppier aroma than what might be expected from Budweiser. Graham cracker, grainy pale malt, and a touch of faint spice in the background cap off this lager.

T - The hop complexity stops suddenly at the aroma, contributing little more than faint, thin citrus and a floral suggestion in flavor which hardly makes the plain pale malt flavor exciting.

M - Hops return! This lager's crisp and clean drinkability has a nice level of carbonation which is crisp but not attacking and clean lingering hop bitterness for a slight bite on the finish. A burp reveals that usual Bud flavor, however.

O - When I see a beer described as a "bold lager", I immediately think doppelbock, perhaps the boldest of lagers, so excuse me while I laugh at their statement. This lager might be "bold" for the Bud drinkers only accustomed to their light beer, and doesn't make much sense from a business standpoint either. Should it become a gateway beer for the "light" drinker, they lose customers and I think it's safe to say this isn't making Bud drinkers out of the craft beer crowd. At any rate, their North Pacific Style Lager is a decent beer with little to write home about and little to gripe about when you want something clean and refreshing.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Budweiser North Pacific Style Lager has a medium, slightly off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, some noticeable white flecks suspended throughout, and a nice amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, lemony hops, mild, white bread, and sugary malt. Taste is the same, with a subdued hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Budweiser North Pacific Style Lager finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, refreshing, and enjoyable. Overall, this is a good one, and I think it is worth checking out.


Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.26/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Malt & bread profile but still a boring series.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.49/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance a deep golden color, with a light head.

Smell - It has a citrusy/hoppy smell to it.

Taste - Like the smell, its hoppy but not that strong.

Mouthfeel - good-bodied beer, with good carbonation.

Overall - Out of the three of project 12 this is my favorite (the other two are a bit too sweet). This beer is basically just a slightly weaker IPL, it won't satisfy someone who loves hops but it won't turn away people new to craft beers.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.84/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a light dark golden straw with a small white head. Smells of nice roasted malt with a nice aged smell and a little spice. Tastes of nice roasted malt with some earthy hops, nice tastes. Beer is light bodied good carbonation, good finish. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, pale malt, pine, hint of citrus, hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pine, hops, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of citrus, hint of caramel malt, and slight adjunct. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma and body, but adjunct flavors in the body are a detriment.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.07/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - starts off with a good finger of snow white foam, sitting atop a clear golden brew. The head fades fast, but the appearance is enhanced by the number of tendrils sending up streams of bubbles.

Aroma - a light floral orange note, sort of like a Blue Moon. Not much else.

Taste - much like the nose, there is just a hint of orangy character. Basic macro grain base, sturdy but uninspiring. A light bitter twang on the finish, clean and slightly drying.

Mouthfeel - smooth and crisp, a solid lager feel.

Overall - okay, nothing crazy. A lawnmower beer with a little twist.

Photo of a0lbudman
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-gold with a white head
S- all I could smell was the hops, yet it was not over powering
T-hops taste with a hop aftertaste that stays with you, but fades
M-creamy with good carbonation
O- this beer was OK, and was the one I liked the least out of the 3 Project 12 2nd editions

Photo of TheMarkE
3.49/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light gold with a very thin head of foam and weak lacing. Visible carbonation.

Smell: Light floral and citrus.

Taste: Light citrus and malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate hop bitterness.

The Verdict: Not bad. They describe it as "A bold lager brewed with a unique blend of North
Pacific hop varieties." Their idea of bold obviously isn't the same as mine. Still, it does have a hint of flavor usually missing from Budweiser offerings. Decent balance and very smooth.

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this at Made in America in Philadelphia on 9/1/13
Poured chilled from the bottle
A pale golden with a thick white cap and small bead retention is good
Smell is good with a light floral and citrus aroma from the dry hopping
The feel is mild with semi high carbonation and slight sweetness and mostly dry feel with low bitterness

The taste is very good with a mild citrus element in the finish with clean overall lager effect with gentle bitterness and low sweetness. The drinkability is very good with nice mild hopping and clean presence w/ most of the interesting part coming from the dry hopping which has a cascade-like character

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.06/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright, light golden color with a 2-3 finger head. Retention is good, and lacing is good, but not great. Clarity is high and there is a ton of rising carbonation.

S- Light a crisp with a small dose of hops. Citrus and pine flavors are the dominant hops flavors in the smell, with a small, but bright burst of bitterness.

T- Starts with a small amount of hops bitterness before moving towards a more classic, light, crisp lager taste. The hops return towards the end of the drink with a small punch of bitterness.

M- Light and crisp, and very well balanced. Tremendously drinkable.

Overall, this is a lager equivalent of a session IPA. A little lighter on the hops bitterness than a session IPA, but light, refreshing, crisp, and just a bit hoppy. This is a pretty solid beer.

Batch No. 94534 North Pacific Style Lager (Fairfield, CA) from Anheuser-Busch
75 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.