Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager | Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red LagerBudweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Freedom Reserve is a specialty red lager brewed with toasted barley grains for a slightly sweet aroma with a touch of hops, a rich caramel malt taste, and a smooth finish with a hint of molasses. Inspired by George Washington's recipe.

For every case purchased, Budweiser is donating $1 to Folds of Honor - a non-profit that provides scholarships to families of fallen or wounded soldiers.

Added by Latarnik on 04-25-2018

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Photo of DMACH1
4.62/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer!

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Photo of DrMullet
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear reddish amber with moderate head and minimal lacing.
Smell is mild sweet malt.
Taste is mild caramel sweetness.
No real hop profile. Not horrible.

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Photo of jlpalacios
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best budweiser ever made!

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Freshest before September 27th. Oh well.

Red Lager? Looks copper coloured to me, the foam is short lasting despite the fact that I bought it outside of the cooler and never put it in the fridge

The smell is very much of caramel malt, grain, some butterscotch. Not an officious start.

The tastes are true to the smell and that's unfortunate. Little bit of fruitiness shows up but I reckon that the damage has already been done

Thin bodied without getting to the watery stage, I still can't and will not endorse this offering. One bottle is more than enough.

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Photo of AngEo
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of crob3888
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NextBestThing
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a twelver of these for no particular reason. I'll drink mass market beer on occasion, probably more often than most on this site.

I get about 3/4 inch head of foam after a neither gentle or aggressive pour into a pint glass. Beer is a semi-translucent red. This is a beer that deserves to be pounded so not sure how long before the head settles or what it settles into. I have no issue with the appearance or the nose, which is subdued but which foretells a malty, sweet beer.

Taste follows the nose, as it virtually always does. l am getting little hop presence, but not zero. Describing this as a hoppy beer would be silly, but I don't find bitterness or even hop character of any kind to be essential in a beer of this style, or particularly in this one, which is absolutely malt-forward. Taste is light and subtle front and mid palate, but on this back palate I get really pleasant caramel sweetness, almost identical to the kind of caramel sweetness I experience in a marzen. I favor this quite a bit subjectively. I wouldn't surprise me at all if other folks either do not enjoy, or actually despise, this. Beer is light in the mouth, but this is to be expected.

I'm digging this beer and finding it to be a revelation. I enjoy a red ale here and there and am also guilty(?) of taking pleasure in a Sam Adams Irish Red. Actually wish that this would become permanently available. It's far better than the American Ale that Budweiser released and then discontinued a couple of years back. Recommend without reservation for anyone willing to give this a fair shot and to rate to style.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a extremely clear redish amber with a tan head with side glass lace. Head retention is lacking.

AROMA: Sweet caramel and molasses come through.
TASTE: Mostly sweet malts, some toasty as well. Not picking up much in the hop departent.
Overall this was just too sweet for my liking. Worth but not something I expect to buy again.

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Photo of generallee
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body has a slightly reddish color with very good clarity and a small creamy head of foam. The head is slick and lacing is minimal but it hangs on fairly well. I don't get too much in the nose. It has some light sweet grain, white bread and a slight hint of spicy floral hops. The flavor starts with a base of lightly roasted grain, cereal grain and white bread. There is a mild sweetness up front from the malt and molasses. The finish dries out quickly and finishes more balanced with some very light hop bitterness. The palate is light, well carbonated and easy drinking.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is full of malts, caramel is present,a touch on the sweet side,very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer that I could crush several of on a humid summer night.

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Photo of SargeC
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tpeters
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lettice123
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprise for me. I am generally a beer snob and at first turned my nose up at a mass produced lager, but by golly it was great. Its red color and molasses taste make for a refreshing beer. The bubbles were just the right size too. Serving suggestions -- drink after mowing the lawn. Superb!!!!!

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Photo of singletary
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It poured a rich amber color with a small head that disappeared quickly. It has malty but sweet smell and the taste is much the same. A good malt beginning then a sweet caramel taste. The feel is a bit heavy to me because of all the maltness to it. Overall a smooth drink and one I am glad that I tried.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
2.69/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Aroma is malt,yeast,a sour mash of corn and grain. Taste is very similar,a little sweet but also has a mild bitterness. Overall it's an improvement but still not an experience I care to repeat

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Photo of godawgs
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matuhg
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy red amber with thin head and decent lacing. Somewhat toasty, malty smell, with a little sweetness. Flavor is a lightly sweet malt, yeast, and roasted barley. A tinge of caramel. Slightly bitter. Not bad for a lightish lager.

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Photo of Zylod
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mnrider
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Moslty clear red amber color. One finger of fizzy tan head, which dies down to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing visible Moderate to small carbonation. Nice color.

S: Malt. Toasted. Sweet. Molasses. Corn and grains. Pretty sweet overall.

T/M: A mixture of light hops and grains with sweet malts. Caramel and sticky molasses. Hops are light. Starts crisp and turns smooth. Has a moslty clean finish.

O: Good Red Lager. Easy and smooth drinking. Tastes like regular Budweiser but with caramel and molasses sweetness. Worth a try, especially for the price.

Cheers!! USA!!!

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Photo of Andyman22
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerfam205
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Taste: semi sweet caramel malt over and hop, kinda smooth. Mellow grain to nose.copper hue, clear, with tan head and some lace on taster glass. Medium/light body. A little thin but way better than original Bud.

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Photo of flaskman
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 12 ounce bottle into a 16 ounce glass. Reddish brown with tinted head that dissipates to almost gone. Smells sweet and malty. I tried it because I felt like "a beer". My go to had been Coors Banquet Beer because at least it has flavor. Well the Freedom Reserve does not disappoint. The taste is pretty good. Slightly sweet, malty with average carbonation. I enjoyed it. For a mass produced American Lager thumbs up. a good beer for a hot day and a nice break from IPAs and stouts.

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