Busch Signature Copper Lager

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Lager - American Amber / Red
3.13 | pDev: 20.77%
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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4.68/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was fantastic while it lasted. To compare to beers still made sort of a mix between Michelob Amberbock & Killian's Irish Red but much smoother than either & at a fantastic price point. Not a fan of any other Busch beer but they really hit a home run with this one. Unfortunately AB must've decided Busch must always remain a crap beer brand so decided to discontinue it.

Nov 13, 2019
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ISchlitzUnot from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know there's probably no point in reviewing this beer since it's been gone for 2 years now.
But man, do I miss it. In the off chance that someone at AB reads all the positive reviews and realizes this was the only actually good product they produced, i'll rant. The taste was far more superior to any of their way over advertised offerings. I just can't believe that with as big as this company is and all the brands they've acquired, they couldn't let this one hang on. A beer like this that had good taste, very reasonable price, and mass availability would have caught on eventually.

They tried to enter the higher abv market with black crown and platinum, but this one really stood out. For one its by far the best Busch beer ever produced and you would have thought they would have kept this around as a low price option with much more flavor to offer than any Natural product and way more complexed than Rolling Rock which they butchered.

But I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed as I stroll pass the stacks and stacks of bland, tasteless beers that all the sheep in the world buy in droves because stupid tag lines on T.V. Tell them to, that I may one day again stumble upon this diamond in the rough.

Aug 17, 2018
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jasonpotter from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Please bring this beer back. It has a good taste and balance.Also a good value for the price.I was bummed when they stopped making it.Nothing else meets this taste for the price!!!!!

Jan 16, 2018
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rrob311 from New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a couple 12 packs of these at Wally world in the Raleigh NC area. This beer pours a nice copper color. The smell isn't anything extraordinary. The taste is what I like the most about this beer. The freshness date was from 2015 and I just finished my second to last one a few days ago. It was stored in my refrigerator the whole time. The taste is on par with other beers of this style for me. The alcohol content of 5.7% is good because it has a little extra kick. The mouthfeel is average.

I am disappointed that they retired this beer and I would not be surprised if they release something like it with a different name at some point.

Nov 13, 2017
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rhondabahr from Idaho

5/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer and you took it away now I can't find anything that tastes as good. Please can I have it back?
Rhonda Bahr
From Rathdrum ID

May 13, 2017
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pb9613 from Michigan

3.17/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks: Pours a beautiful copper color with a nice white head and extremely small bubbles. Surprisingly, the head lingers throughout the tasting.

Smell: Cloyingly sweet with a hint of caramel. If you try real hard, you can imagine smelling something resembling hops.

Taste: Sweet with a caramel flavor

Body: Very light body

Overall: For the price, it is an awesome beer. I sometimes wonder if they just put their Black Crown into a Busch can.

Dec 10, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a 25 fl oz can with a date of 15Sep16 on the bottom whatever that signifies. Sampled on November 12, 2016.

Handsome looking copper amber pour under a short lasting white head. Nice clarity.

Strong sweet caramel, brown bed, and syrup like aroma. Low to no hop profile.

Light and chewy body.

The taste may be over the top sweet with caramel but it is a far cry from its otherwise ordinary big brother Busch regular. Mild finish. Better than you might think.

Nov 12, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is ok for an American macro lager on the cheep. I got a 25oz can for $2. It's actually better than I thought and I would actually buy this again if I was looking for extremely cheap beer

Aug 19, 2016
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davesfolly from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well well well you never can tell! Found this at the Food Lion here in Denver of the East. Couldn't resist because I am fairly broke and can't spend $9 for a six pack of what will eventually become piss anyway.
Just kidding I Love me some Chimay but I have a Milwaukee's Best Budget. Yuck.

Anyway this is a pretty good beer. Again if you prize One Off Carrot on a Stick you may turn your nose up at this one.

I give AB an up-vote for this one. Nice summer lager for cheap. A little on the sweet side but tastes good. Almost %6 too!
Smells like American beer from the 1970's. Tastes much better. A tiny bit of hops, some caramel... Oh what the hell do I know about tasting tobacco or cucumbers in beer? Nothing really. I just know what I like.

If you don't have the Jack to get a $35 growler of Super Duper Ultra Bitter. Then try this or PBR.

There I said it. Comparing The Vaulted PBR to an AB product. Damn near Blasphemy I tell you.

Got to the store and get a 12 of this for $2 less than a sixer of Better Beer. I like it. You don't have too.

Jul 31, 2016
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GoodBeerEnthusiast from Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is pretty good. It's $5.99 for a six pack of tall boys, which are 5.7% alcohol each. That beats Bud Ice (5.5), High Life and PBR (5%), and regular Busch ( also 5%) which all also cost $5.99.

Comes in a gold can with some cursive on it, with one of those plastic things holding them together that you gotta cut up before you can throw away. Looks nice, kinda shiny. Keeps beer cold ish, proudly proclaims 16 fluid ounces at the top.

Tastes like beer, but its that extra 0.7% that really hammers home the fantastic value here, I can get absolutely hammered on six of these where a six pack of pabst is just kind of leaving me hanging.

If you just buy one, you can get it in 25oz which is handy sometimes, comes with a brown paper bag, one of those will get you a pretty good buzz goin' 'cause you have to drink it quickly before your hand makes the bottom quarter of the beer warm.

This is one of my go-to beers for sure. Can't beat it.

Jul 29, 2016
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fng from Texas

4.77/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm a new guy to the taste testing; most of the double bocks and stouts taste like burnt coffee to me; the IPA's are way too bitter. I've found some wheat ales that are pretty good and Weihenstephaner's Vitus bock beer is pretty good. I'm surprised to find that I really like Shiner bock, though it's just a wee bit on the watered down side at 4.6 ABV?
The Busch Copper Lager tastes similar to Shiner Bock but with a little more body and a wee bit more ABV.
So, bottom line I love it; but still looking.

Jun 29, 2016
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NorthernMichiganLogan from Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I originally bought this beer in a bottled 6-pack because of the label. It looked pretty and nostalgic I guess. Well I really liked it, so I bought a 25oz can from the store tonight after work to do this review.
Look- The best feature of this beer. It pours with a nice thick head that lingers. The beer itself is a very nice almond color that looks like copper, hence the name I guess. Looks like a lighter colored soda pop.
Smell- It smells like a normal American lager. The beer smells of malt upfront with hints of corn and almonds.
Taste- The beer tastes the way it smells, lots of grain. Watered down corn and Maltiness seem to jump out at me. It's got a smooth and very sweet aftertaste. Nothing really jumps out at you as an overpowering flavor though, just bits and pieces.
Feel-The beer goes down very easy and smooth like a normal lager. It is easy Drinking with nothing overpowering.
Overall- This is a beer is not that bad. Even a stingy beer drinker should try this. It's not that bad, but it is a little plain.

May 26, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a 25 oz can at Lowes Foods. Handsome reddish amber color with orange highlights. Head shows solid resiliancy for a few minutes at least. Nose is caramel malt and sprobably some sugary adjuncts. Call it a guess.

Broad, refreshing character in the taste, with mellow malt flavors and just a hint of hops. Texture could be tightened a touch but for the style holds 5.7% with surprising ease.

This is an inexpensiive option when you just feel like having a basic lager.

May 22, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$7.88 for a TWELVE pack with a saver grocery card. Couldn't resist not trying this one, especially when I'm used to those $8 bombers.

Poured into a duvel-inspired pint glass. Looks as it says, a murky muddy honey color, with tinges of copper. Opacity/Transparency is 50/50 on this one. The head starts off strong at 3 fingers but as with all A/B products this one can't seem to hold on for very long before diminishing to a small ring. Kudos though, as it's still hanging around and clinging to the glass.

Aroma is sweet and semi-metallic; it has elements of well-executed baked malt and caramel, but still retains a lot of that typical adjunct "beeriness". Dry corn. Overall it just can't escape the grasp of the macro paper-bag-type nature on the nose.

Flavor is extremely sweet and malty, almost cloyingly so. Flavors consist of sweet corn, tomato, dry barley, tobacco, and sugars. The finish is tobacco and caramel, with more sweet corn. It's got an uncanny resemblence to Budweiser regular on the finish.

Feel is starchy and sticky, with a good dose of carbonation welling up towards the middle to help push it down. The finish is starchy and sticky, just as it started.

Overall for the price paid I think I got a pretty decent lager. This isn't going to win any awards and "signature" seems to be a bit over the top, but I guess if that's their signature, this is about as good as we can expect from the Busch line. I don't think this is terrible by any strech, and a helluva lot better than Coors' Killian, and I think I'll enjoy the rest of the 12 pack out of the bottle as the days roll by. Not bad.

May 02, 2016
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was about the best choice of the Exxon station I stopped at while heading back to my hotel in Grapevine, TX.

Poured into a glass, the beer is copper with a large but quickly collapsing beige head.

It has an aroma of grains and a bit of apple.

The taste is slightly sweet with grainy and grass notes. There is a bit of caramel and a bit of floral based bitterness. It has no off or odd tastes. It would be pretty easy to match with non-spicy foods.

The mouth is medium with active carbonation.

This was a pleasant surprise and priced well to boot!

Feb 18, 2016
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JohnnyLaw from Wisconsin

3.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry beer snobs, but this one aint bad.

Right outta the bottle :)

Sure it's from the folks at Bud and it doesn't have the cute 'craft' name (gimmicky?) or the art on the packaging that most beer kiddies seem to fall in love with but a nice beer.

Taste - not bad, goes down easy with mild adjunct aftertaste. No real head, and color is great, but I can't drink color so no big deal..

Jan 24, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25 fl oz. can, canned on June 29, 2015. Giant can gifted to me as a Christmas gift from a friend.

Poured into a Bridgeport pint glass.

A - Pours a coppery brown body, truly copper in color. Less than a finger of thin wispy bubbly head that goes down within seconds. Looks alright for what it is, I suppose.

S - Aroma is dusty & malty. Toasty & nutty. More malt forward than anything else.

T - Flavor follows the nose: cheap, dusty, grainy, malty. Mild suggestions of toasty / nutty malts. Fairly inoffensive, and not phenolic or boozy like shit like Max Ice or Steel Reserve 211.

M - Feel is smooth & crisp. Fairly easy drinking with okay carb.

Overall, not awful for what it is. Inoffensive, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

Busch Signature Copper Lager -----3/5.

Jan 17, 2016
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jmills3 from Texas

2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Let's be honest. Sometimes the budget gets tight and you want a relatively decent beer that doesn't drain the bank account. Just like it's hard to eat steak every night on a budget. This isn't the best beer out there, but it is good for the price point and good for what it is. This has joined a short list of go-to cheap beers for me since it is about half the cost of the average craft beer. I generally prefer quality over quantity, but... sometimes I want quantity too.

A: Thick head, but dissolved very quickly and left no remnant.
S: Not much that I can detect. More nonexistent than offensive.
T: Slightly grainy taste; smooth and easy to drink.
F: Kind of dry on the finish for me, with very little aftertaste.
O: It's very drinkable, and that's a good thing.

Dec 06, 2015
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jadpsu from Georgia

2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a crystal clear very light amberish, close in color to a finished piece of maple wood, with a near snow white head that is gone fairly fast.
Taste: clean, nothing offensive but not much here to talk about. I get a hint of vanilla and caramel sweetness and a drying finish.
Typical american low priced macro. Thirst quenching beer with little character.

Nov 18, 2015
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c014572 from Illinois

2.74/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Let's put this in perspective. This ain't no micro-brew lager. Drank from a 25 ounce can. Nice copper color, as the label says.. Smells of corn, tastes of barley and corn. It's definitely an adjunct beer. That said, it has a nice malt body, is very drinkable, the price point is low, can't ask for more when I've done a hard-days work and I need to catch a buzz for $4. Serves it purpose very well.

Aug 29, 2015
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like to think that I'm pretty open minded. This could have been OK, in my mind. And it is. OK. Not very good, OK. Judging it as and American Amber is a huge handicap - it would fare better against a lesser category.

It pours with lots of medium sized bubbles and a decent head. It's kind of brown for the style and thus not outstanding in any way. The aroma is a clean, malty, slightly roasty smell. Not at all unappealing but not very pungent.

The taste is sweet and malty. No hops profile and just the faintest bitter aftertaste. It's clean tasting but pretty sweet. Kind of reminds me of Michelob.

These were $2.88 for a 12 pack of 12 oz bottles after rebate. How could I refuse? Life is too short to drink this kind of beer, though. Don't drink this unless you are similarly getting it almost free.

Jul 16, 2015
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Pantalones from Virginia

2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Second bottle from the 12-pack. "Born on" date is June 11th, 2015. Yep, this beer is less than a month old, despite being the last 12-pack on the shelf at my local Food Lion. Must be selling pretty well around here.

Looks darker than expected, and not as bright as "copper lager" made me expect. I suppose the color can still qualify as "copper," but it's more dirty-brown-penny copper than shiny-red-orange copper. Kind of an oddly dull and murky look to it even though it's mostly clear. A bit of an off-white head of foam at first, but this quickly shrinks into a barely-there coating and then starts to fade away entirely, leaving just a little ring around the edge and "islands" inside. Bottle labeling seems all kinds of cheap (the neck label's off-center, even!), but considering this is a beer that apparently only comes in 12-packs that cost as much as a six-pack, that's not much of a surprise.

Smell is "standard beer smell" right off, shifting to a slight toasty and very faintly leafy sort of thing once the foam on top has started to fade. Not too bad. Do not allow this beer to warm up much, though -- the smell definitely becomes less pleasant as it rises beyond the "fridge temperature" range, with a somewhat gross mustiness coming out strong.

Taste is a little bit of a weird, almost artificial-seeming sweetness right off, then shifting to more of a grain/bread malty flavor which actually is pretty nice. A bit of a white bread/sweet corn sort of flavor on the aftertaste (it almost comes across as very slightly bubblegum-like sometimes, weirdly enough), with an occasional bit of weird mustiness mixed in. However, as I mentioned with the smell, allowing the beer to warm is a very bad idea. The nice malty flavors all but vanish as the weird sweetness gets much stronger and overpowers them. If there was ever a beer where the frosted pint glass is "proper glassware," this is it -- those icy mountains on the bottle aren't just decoration, they're a serving suggestion.

Feel is pretty average. Light but not to the point of being watery, and pretty fizzy, probably a little more so than I'd like. Feel seems a bit harsher at cold temperatures (or maybe it's just my teeth not liking the cold), but the smell and flavor are so much better at cold temperatures that losing the nicer "slightly warmed" mouthfeel is a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

Overall, I was a little too quick to judge this one when I had my first bottle yesterday -- it's actually not *that* bad if you serve it very cold. I've heard that beer being very cold mutes flavors, but in this case it only seemed to mute the one flavor I really didn't like -- allowing the nicer flavors to come through a bit more and overall saving this beer from being ranked as the second-worst I've ever tried. It's still not anything outstanding, I'd take a Yuengling Lager over this every time, but as far as beers that cost $8.99 for a 12-pack it's probably far from the worst. Just remember: drink it COLD, do not under any circumstances allow it to sit around and warm up!

Jul 09, 2015
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Raime from Greenland

2.76/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer review in about two and half years. I'd like to get back to it on a limited basis.

L - Pours amber with a two finger head that quick;y fades to nothing more than lace remnants.

S - this department was fairly dull. A bit of the caramel comes through but for the most part smells like any other adjunct.

t - A large dose of the typical lower end adjunct party lager at first, which gradually gets better as it goes down, turning into a decent balanced mix of caramel malt and adjunct.

F - What you'd expect for the style. Carbonated to high hell, but smooth.

O - Not the worst adjunct out there. A bit better than the average, but nothing to write home about. At least they tried.

Jul 09, 2015
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Lahoi from Kentucky

2.36/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A nice amber, copper color. Small head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Smells and tastes like a lager. Maybe slightly better.

A little more body than the typical AAL.

This is not a bad beer. I could drink it regularly. It wouldn't be my first choice, but it wouldn't be my last either. If the price is right, I much prefer this to most macro lagers. But if for some reason it gets priced close to craft beer then I'm spending the extra dough for a micro.

Jul 03, 2015
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GOBLIN from Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice looking lager . . . That's about it, I enjoyed it for what it is. You get exactly what Busch says it is . . . a copper lager . Typical nose, taste and feel with a nice appearance.

Jun 30, 2015
Busch Signature Copper Lager from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 235 ratings