Busch Signature Copper Lager | Anheuser-Busch

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Busch Signature Copper LagerBusch Signature Copper Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by boilermakerbrew on 01-30-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
229
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.11
pDev:
19.61%
 
 
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Photo of Pantalones
2.89/5  rDev -7.1%
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!

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Photo of Raime
2.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lahoi
2.36/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of GOBLIN
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.79/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks like a very solid beer, with a deep color and decent head (though it's not retained at all, and lacing is impossible to detect) but the letdown begins from the first sniff. Skunky nose, although that doesn't carry on at full strength to the taste. Starts with a touch of rich maltiness before fading back into macro mediocrity.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.22/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a pint can into a 10 ounce sampler. A halfway aggressive pour produces a short-lived billowing foam. The beer is copper colored with moderately high carbonation and crystal clear.

It has a malty aroma somewhat like a south German lager with just a touch of cooked veggie DMS. The flavor is smooth with a definite caramel sweetness, and perhaps some honey as well. A slight tang on the back of the tongue helps to balance the sweetness. The mouth feel has just enough viscosity to suggest a body slightly north of the usual AAL. I can't taste much of anything in the way of hop flavor, except for a very subtle base bitterness.

This is refreshing and easy to drink without the wateriness of regular Busch. It's a good choice for a hot weather brew with just enough flavor and body to set it apart from a typical AAL. I paid only $4.99 for a six pack of pint cans (cheap!).

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Photo of Burkbom23
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

If consumed cold, it ain't all bad.

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Photo of hophead723
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got six pint cans of this for only $5.99 so I figured I would give it a try to give it a real rating. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: I was initially astounded by the deep copper-amber color this beer has! It was beautiful in the glass but the soft white head it sported diminished quickly and left no lacing. It does have an undeniable brilliance to the color I must say.

Smell: Mild grain, a touch of corn, and a nuance of yeast. Very simple aroma and I can only imagine the taste will follow suit.

Taste: Malty sweetness, a bit of grains such as corn and barley, and a bit watery. Not a full flavor like what you get from a real brewery but it isn't awful nor does it taste as cheaply as I suspected.

Feel: Crisp and clean. Actually pretty refreshing.

Overall: This is a mass produced enemy of good, craft beer but nonetheless I drank all six pints without a care after mowing the lawn. It is what it is.

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Photo of rabbitguy
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ChazBoner
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
2.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

25 fl oz aluminum can purchased at a 7-11 petrol station in Lubbock, TX and served at fridge temp into a paper cup in my hotel room (which I'd argue is apt). 5.70% ABV. Born 06AUG14. Side-poured gently as overcarbonation is anticipated.

HEAD: White and foamy. Fluffy. Fairly soft-looking. Decent thickness. 3+ minute retention. No lacing.

BODY: N/A (not visible).

AROMA: Helles malts, floral hop notes, and dirty stale barley. An inoffensive aroma of light strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, off-notes, or spices are detectable.

TASTE: Helles malts. Pils malts. Barley. Feels stale and cheap throughout.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Poor flavour amplitude.

Lacks balance. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. Not a gestalt or very cohesive build. There's really nothing going on here, but to its credit, it's not watery. Too sweet.­­­

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light-bodied, and slightly refreshing. Overcarbonated. Crisp. Too thick and hefty on the palate given the lack of deep and diverse flavours.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: A drinkable lager with some enjoyable characteristics. In its defense, unlike many shitty beers in the style, it isn't watery. And it could be blander. Ultimately, I reckon it's on the low side of average. I wouldn't trifle with it again, but I'll quaff the whole can without much issue. We've all had worse.

C- (2.67)

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Photo of keeganfrank
2.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DevAJ
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Compared to other "ambers" (save Michelob AmberBock) that I've had recently, this is so much better. Granted the couple I've had have been Vienna lagers, but the Abita doesn't call itself a Vienna, it says Amber. This is what I'm used to tasting when I think of an amber. It is reminiscent of AmberBock, but the upfront flavor isn't quite as strong. It's better than Black Crown in my opinion. The only downside to it is that it really doesn't have any significant smell to speak of.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
3.17/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is the best tasting cheap beer that I've had. A flavorful darker lager that's smooth and easy drinking. At 5.7% and under $5 for a 6-pack, you can't beat it.

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Photo of STILLSEARCHING
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not getting much corn for an adjunct lager. Pretty good for what it claims to be. Tastes better than most at its low price point. The malt balances the taste out fairly well. I will purchase again.

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Photo of txun
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not complex. A good thirst quencher.

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Photo of tdm168
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pixarnick
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JordanHageman
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of eddiefontaine13
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good beer, goes down easy, smooth and very light, would drink 2-3 with good quality hot dogs, use 1 to boil the dogs in. for a large corporate beer, can't knock it, it is good.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "born on" date 9-1-14.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear copper color with one-finger off-white head that dissipated quickly until a ring of small bubbles remained around the glass, very little lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: faint bread, caramel and roasted malt, very light on the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, not very sweet up front, bread and then more of a lightly roasted malt flavor followed by a mild hop bite.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: sometimes I think AB wants to delve into "craft" brewing, this would be like dipping your big toe into the deep end of the pool. It's a step in the right direction but does not go far enough for me. This is a decent beer, not unlike Sam Adams Boston Lager, just not as good. Since there are better options available I would not seek this out again.

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Busch Signature Copper Lager from Anheuser-Busch
3.11 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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