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 tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jkrich
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a stubby, 12 oz. freshness bottle: bright and clear, brownish-red hue with a quickly receding beige head.

Only the slightest hint of caramel was evident.

Now, this is a tasty red lager from a brewery not normally known for good taste. Not very complex in the least, this lager does have some nice caramel malt and just enough hops to keep it refreshing. It also has husky grain in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slick and rather short-lived, though it does have some lingering caramel and molasses on the tongue.

Allegedly based on a recipe from George Washington - it would have to be based very, very loosely on that recipe, as General Washington would not have filtered this beer, and most likely would not have used cold fermentation. All in all, a lager worth trying as a dollar goes toward a military benefit. This lager, as well as the American ale Budweiser brewed several years ago, proves that this brewery can brew flavorful, well-made beers.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clean amber, with an exemplary off-white head and trace of lace.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts with some hops. Not bad.

Taste: Sweet but subtle. I get a touch of molasses evident, with caramel hops and just enough hops to make this one really pretty tasty.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrewMaven
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper with a minimal head that vanished quickly..Faint grain/malt aroma...Not getting much here...Taste is more malty than I would have expected from a AB product..A bit spicy, sweet and overall, tasty and yet refreshing....This beer has a bit of viscosity too! Not a half bad summer beer.

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Photo of DFrisselll
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesMantooth
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tonyf315
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drtth
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The clear reddish copper colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” ivory head that soon recedes to leave a thick ring lacing on the sides of the glass and a thin layer on the surface. Sipping creates some scattered patches and legs of lacing, a few of which slide back down to the liquid. By mid-way through the beer the surface of the liquid has only a thin irregular island of foam, the ring has grown smaller but there are still some large and small patches of foam on the sides of the glass.

The aromas are more complex than I had anticipated in that there is definitely a light touch of molasses along with some lightly toasted malt, but along with that there’s also both a bit of nutty character and just a hint of spiciness.

The flavors are not overly intense but are noticeably here. As expected from the nose, there’s some light molasses and caramel malty sweetness. In the background there’s some light toast, a touch of nutty character and just a bit of semi-dry earthy, spicy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and just a bit crisp from the active, persistent and finely bubbled carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the toast, molasses and caramel malt sweetness begin to fade a bit and allow some light, spicy bitterness to move forward a bit while everything slides away into a nicely semi-dry ending.

This is an easy to drink beer that is worth a try. I’ll probably have it again, but don’t expect to miss it after the release is all gone.

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Photo of Lampro
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid lager, a bit malty. Pleasant drinking at a barbecue.

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Photo of cb500rider
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Normally, I avoid AB products like the plague. The rice they use in their mash gives me terrible headaches and causes a sour dishrag aftertaste in their beers.

Saw this red lager and decided to buy it based on their donations to folds of honor. I’m a USMC Vet so I gave it a try. Not bad. No nasty aftertaste, a little sweet but not undrinkable. Pours Yuengling Amber. Not as good as the Budweiser American Ale AB had a few years back, but its officially the second AB concoction I don’t hate.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 12pck of this from my local Meijer. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's decent....but still gave me a hangover like all bud products do....

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Photo of dertyd
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pokal glass

This beer pours a brilliant ruddy amber color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is malty with caramel, toast, and a little smoke.

The taste is sweet, but not too sweet. I get caramel and toast with a little toffee.

Medium to light mouthfeel

It's a well made red lager.

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Photo of Cardinals_1962
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fun bottle

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Photo of Redskymetal
4.16/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the molasses/caramel flavor and a pleasantly refreshing aromatic hop finish. Very pleasant and very drinkable. Can't believe it's an Anheuser-Busch product...just a great refreshing beer. It's a little sweet so I would hope they hop it up just a bit more next time.

Batch # 25JUL18VJ2050

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Photo of Flintkimb
2.56/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Anheuser-Busch "Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "FRESHEST BEFORE 24JUL18VJ1723"
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: "A hint of molasses"... interesting. It's poured a clear deep copper colored body beneath a frothy head of yellowed off-white. Maybe I'm wrong, it's in fact the color of dark sand. The aroma is clean but pretty limited. I'm getting some darkly caramelish and lightly toasty malt but no hops. Perhaps some minor apple-like yeasty fruitiness. That's a little disappointing, I was expecting more, but OK, that's my fault. It's a pleasant aroma for a lager. On to the flavor... aha, I can definitely taste the molasses, or at least some dark caramel that makes me think of molasses. And that fruitiness is there along with the toasty notes. It's rather malty, and there are some hops present, leafy and floral. They're not totally in the background but they're not right up front either. It's sugary in terms of tasting like dark sugar, but it's not sweet. Sweetish, yes, but then it's balanced by a moderate bitterness that brings it to a mostly dry conclusion. It's medium to medium-light in body and gently crisp. The head has completely dropped at this point, although it held up very well to begin with, and there are only spots of lacing left behind.
Review# 6,051

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

well, its fourth of july time, which means the america campaign these guys launch each summer is in full swing. this time, instead of simply meaning adding stars and stripes to the existing packaging, it actually includes a new beer, which i think is pretty rad actually. as much as i hate on bud light and some of their other brands, original bud is a staple, an american institution, and i still like to keep an eye on the beers they make when they appear to take them seriously like this brick red lager, which is flavorful and still crisp, a touch sweeter in the middle than it needs to be and a little thin in the feel, but one of the better brands i have seen from these guys in a long time. i wish the lager yeast had a little more flavor, but the malt is fresh and tasty, kilned and toasted in complexion, still light enough for this to be refreshing, and slightly hoppier at the end than most of their stuff, certainly the ones that bear the budweiser name. some nuttiness and still a really crisp feel, great carbonation, not exactly summer but it works in all weather. i actually thought this was pretty solid for what it is, good call to make a beer to go with the america thing. freedom reserve, what patriot wont at least try a six pack? i was surprised by this.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jackjaffar
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold from a 12-ounce bottle into a vintage Budweiser logo pint. Very pretty pour: dark copper-amber color, with a reddish highlight and a thick light tan head that dissipates quickly. Aromas and flavors of light caramel and grassy and herbal hops. Very low bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, with a lot of sweetness on the palate and a surpringly dry and slightly astringent finish. This is actually better when drunk from the bottle, as the carbonation seems to bump the flavor up a notch or two. Still, pretty good and quite drinkable.

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Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 117 ratings