Budweiser Copper Lager

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American Amber / Red Lager
3.5 | pDev: 19.43%
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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This is a flavorful American Copper Lager brewed with Two-row barley and aged on real Jim Beam Bourbon barrel staves for a toasted oak aroma, a deliciously nutty taste with caramel rye and vanilla notes, and a smooth finish.
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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473ml can - I cain't particularulary (ok, fine) tell if the marketing blurb at the top of the label has so many unnecessarily capitalized nouns because 1: they read too many Trump tweets, or 2: they are adhering to their distant Teutonic past. No matter, as marketing should be a thing to be entirely avoided, but is apparently my literary bane, as it were. Anyhoo...

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and sort of chunky tan head, which leaves some splendid spidery pattern lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramelized malt, a bruised domestic pome fruitiness, some generically ethereal boozy wooden notes that (as my mother used to refer to store-bought chicken noodle soup) seem to have simply trod through things wearing rubber boots, a hint of wispy smoke, and nothing else, really. The taste is grainy and biscuity caramel malt, a fairly hard to discern rye-esque woody essence (see above), still muddled and confused apples and cheap pear flesh, and a sense of hop bitterness that should be there, but obviously is not.

The carbonation is pretty tame in its generally benign frothiness, the body a pretty DTF medium weight, and more or less smooth, with a gentle aerosol creaminess lingering about, wondering why the 'cool' girls won't give him/her/them the time of day. It finishes off-dry, the malt and barely-there, committee-mandated bittering offset juuuuuust making those third quarter targets.

Overall - yeah, I get that this would be a polarizing release (from both ends of the spectrum), but I have to give credit where credit is due. Sure, the 'barrel' equation here doesn't add up to squat, but the malt bill and generally easiness of consumption (the more general, modern meaning of the term) make for a pleasing quaff, no lie. If we cannot meet in the middle, then, uh, so be it, I guess.

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Photo of entheos
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It tastes like a syrup and pours very flat. The overall taste is good, but I would like more frothy excitement from the brew masters. It’s disappointing that it looks more like a glass of vinegar than a healthy beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to try this on principle...

Glad I did...

I actually liked this...is it world class? Nope... but it's slightly sweet and brings notes of toffee and brown sugar..

It's actually pretty tasty... caramel and toffee... definitely sweet but not cloying... goes great with chicken wings...

I am ok with this...

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Photo of Beerdanza
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

So, I'm like "A bourbon barrel aged lager?" I had to try it. I felt kind of dirty buying Budweiser. It's my go-to beer to hate.

Poured into a beer mug. The color is very attractive. A beautiful, clear, copper red. This ain't Bud light!

Smell is not very complex, just some malty sweetness, with the slightest hint of bourbon. But it's very nice. Taste follows smell, very sweet and malty, but not corny. A very slight bourbon bite, but not much. Some metallic taste lingers, which I don't find offensive. Mouthfeel is thin, but not watery.

Overall, I'm glad I tried it. It's a palatable brew from Budweiser. Not very strong or complex in the flavor department, but at least more exciting that your average adjunct lager. I wouldn't buy it on purpose, but I'd be happy to find it served at a party. Perhaps a first step in training to have your first New Holland Dragon's Milk.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Copper /amber color, small head disappears quickly. Nose is toffee, caramel, malt sweetness. Taste is very sweet. I am getting caramel, vanilla, toffee, some cinnamon, but the sweetness is the overriding factor here. No hop presence at all. No citrus notes. It's definitely a sweet, malt forward lager. Medium mouthfeel. The front and middle is more syrupy and oily, but the finish borders more on the dry end. Not too bad. A lot better than other AB offering, but is not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of akaizer
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured with a surprisingly compact off-white foam head and a crystal clear copper body. Very minor effervescence is also present. The scent of the bourbon barrel aging comes across nicely, along with a slight woodiness and vanilla (bottle says toasted Oak, which seems believable). Taste is muted, but what does come across is nice: caramel is most evident, followed by grains and vanilla. The feel is very smooth and creamy throughout, with minimal to no bitterness in the aftertaste and minor sweetness. Honestly, this is quite drinkable, especially when looking for something a bit more muted.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from bottle - has a very sweet, malty nose. Taste is hops in front, followed by sweetness. Finish is sweet, rounded out by mild hoppiness. Overall not bad!

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Photo of Bruce_w098
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I’ve noticed Bud making more varieties of beer the last few years, probably due to the explosion of amazing craft brews, and while I don’t typically drink anything from AB unless a friend offers one, I figured I’d try it out.
Drank straight from the bottle, so not much ranking on look, though the bottle is kind of neat looking. Aroma isn’t much, just a hint of sweetness under typical Budweiser tones.

Taste is sweet, with caramel up front and vanilla in the back. Just a little too sweet for my taste when ice cold, but the sweetness wears off a bit as it warms up, making this a drinkable beer for those who aren’t especially snobby and don’t want to pay craft prices.
Best part is mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth, nice lingering aftertaste. And the 6.2% ABV really sneaks up on you: the alcohol is not noticeable at all until the buzz hits. There are far better bourbon-barrel beers out there, but none for well under $10 a 6-pack (I paid $6.50). Overall, not bad for a cheap macro brew.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice beer from Budweiser.
Smooth and easy drinking.
No hop bitterness but not overly sweet.
Carmel malts and a slight oak note are the primary flavors.
Glad I tried it but not likely to buy again.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

beep amber color, also a nice thick honey colored head of about 1 finger that dissipates quickly
no lacing at all
S - NO METTALIC smell unlike most macros
T nice bite on the tongue, but I am not sure if it's hops or maybe ABV
M full and a nice burn

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall tap glass.

Pours crystal clear and reddish amber with a nice fluffy light tan head that hangs around well. Mild but visible carbonation.

Caramel and toasted malts are forward on the nose with vanilla, oak, and a touch of grassy hop in the background.

The brew is quite sweet on the tip of the tongue with caramel sweet malts cut with a bit of toasted character. Bready and yeasty flavors greet the mid-palate along with vanilla flavors that become more woody/oaky as the temperature rises; but all of it is still somewhat overwhelmed by the candy-sweet overall presentation. The brew does finish with just a bit of grassy hop flavor.

The brew is solidly medium. Despite the overall sweet flavor, the brew is not sticky. It has nice carbonation and remarkably drying finish.

But for the overriding sweetness, this is an otherwise remarkably flavorful offering from the self-styled king of macros.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gonna make this one a quick one, head rapidly disappeared and crimson lager might be a bit more appropriate a name here. Smell is unsurprisingly strong bourbon, as that strong vanilla, and molasses sweetness really comes out. The taste however, is a bit boring, maybe because apart from caramel and corn like malt at the start of the beer, the bourbon dominates the flavour as vanilla, spice and a solvent and wood end rounds us out. I guess I can't rate it too low, as that is the main selling point here. Points get deducted for the lack of head, and that a 6.2% should be able to hide the alcohol content, but the carbonation is good, as is the transistioning. Overall, it's medium bodied and interesting if you are more interested in the bourbon then the beer, sadly I'm not, as I want the beer and barrel to compliment each other. Decent enough though I suppose.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from The Beer Store; dated Mar 31 2019 and served well chilled. If I'm reading the code stamp correctly, this was brewed in Montreal, which is also where they brew the GI stuff sold in this market.

Pours a clear, deep amber-copper colour, crowned with an inch of smooth, creamy, off white-coloured head that steadily dissipates over the next five minutes or so. A beautifully even, sponge-printed coat of lace is left in its wake, as it is eventually eroded to a wide collar encircling a thin cap - now this is a good-looking brew. It smells primarily of toffee and butterscotch, with notes of bourbon, vanilla and bready malts also coming through. A little on the sweet side for my preference, but appealing enough.

It's better than I would've expected. The profile definitely leans sweet, with caramel/toffee sweetness layered atop bready malts and oak, sprinkled with subtler hints of bourbon and vanilla. The latter two elements, along with the oak staves, linger through to the finish, and into a malty-sweet aftertaste that gradually fades. Medium in body, with light carbonation levels that limply brush against the tongue; this one has a fairly creamy, smooth texture on the palate, not unlike some of the English pale ales that I enjoy. The alcohol is barely perceptible, but it still sips like a strong lager - something to use as a night capper, maybe.

Final Grade: 3.61, a serviceable B grade. Copper Lager is the best AB Budweiser-labelled beer that I've tried so far. I've never been much of a bourbon drinker, and amber lagers are not a style that I deliberately seek out... and yet, this one doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I like it enough to consider picking it up on occasion in the future. More than merely inoffensive, this tastes exactly the way I'd expect a "Copper Lager" with the Jim Beam logo plastered on the label to taste, and that's really the best I could have hoped for from this. Worth a fair shake.

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Photo of staubot
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mainstream Busweiser surprises. Nice Look and good head, weak on the aroma but likely the best for the Bud brand, Nice liquor-ish vanilla / caramel flavour with that dark beer touch. Nice to enjoy or have with a meal. Will give some micro brews a challenge.

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Photo of TommyTuneUp
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was caught with my lips down! My whole life I puked at Budweiser and everything they ever pissed out for general consumption and this one changed my mind! FINALLY a huge mainstream brewer enters the competitive craft market with a product that is more than just words. It has a slightly higher rush than most moderately elevated ABV's and does not disappoint a real bier trinker.

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Photo of bigbillyt
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very decent, cool and refreshing. Flavorful without being overly bitter or citrusy. Nice balanced flavor with a slight sweet finish. Great with a wide variety of food.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I thought this would be utter garbage but it was decent. Caramel, vanilla, and lots of sweet bourbon overwhelm the macro that lingers in the background. Nothing overly complex but I hate to say it but its drinkable. That being said I just don't understand the target consumer and I don't expect this to be around for long, beer geeks are never going to buy this and Bud drinkers aren't going to like it at all..........

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a two finger off-white head with good retention and great lacing; looks nice. Aroma of mild biscuit and caramel malt, oak and a little vanilla. Flavor is mild biscuit malt with slight caramel, oaky vanilla and a little wood astringency that melds in the finish with the light grassy hops I expect from Budweiser. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Well, I had to try this. My experience with barreled low ABV ales has not been stellar, even from fine breweries and this does nothing to change my mind. It does have a much more interesting flavor then a standard adjunct lager, but it pretty much is what I expected: a light beer with some barrel character, but not enough to make it scare anyone. The oak notes are clear, if a little woody, which his better than expected. There is a reason that virtually no one barrels session beers and this is a good example, but made to be inoffensive. Frankly, I'd rather have this than standard Budweiser, but see no reason to return to it either. It's one stellar feature is the look, which is excellent; dark and coppery with a beautiful head. After that, you could guess who made it.

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Photo of DEREKsims
1.12/5  rDev -68%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1


Now that that is out of the way I'm gonna keep this simple.

Looks? Like dark amber piss. The kind you get the morning after a hard night of drinking.

Smell? Smells like regular old Budweiser but if it was boiled in piss.

Taste? Tastes like how I would imagine piss would taste like if it had been boiled and left to ferment for a month in a whiskey cask. Oh and it has a unjustifiably harsh alcohol bite for some reason. Piss.

So there you go. MY OPINION? It looks, smells and tastes like boiled, alcoholic hungover piss. Outside of the HIGHLY misleading awesome packaging I have literally nothing good to say about this beer.

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Photo of Coemgen
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has a clean malty lightly hopped taste. It is an extremely refreshing alternative to most beers on the market now which are highly hopped and overly mineralized to make them taste more bitter.

Bud's Copper Lager is not bitter. It tastes like what a makes a beer good: toasted malt.

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Photo of octortus
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

473 mL Can. ABV 6.2%.
Appearance: Dark copper, One finger of light tan head from a hard pour, Slight carbonation.
Aroma: Simple malted barley, Very slight hint of bourbon... or a corn adjunct (?).
Mouthfeel: Light-Medium body, Unpleasant carbonation.
Flavour: Malted barley, Hint of bourbon when warmed up, Unpleasant finish, Dirty socks.
Overall: If I recall correctly, this is my first Budweiser. It's not as bad as I thought coming into it, but it's pretty one dimensional and does not leave me wanting any more. I am just helping out a friend who bought a six pack as he didn't want to finish his last 5. I was not looking forward to doing this review. It kind of makes me feel bloated drinking it. It was hard getting through a whole can. I will not drink this again for many reasons.

Review: 26

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Photo of drtth
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The clear deep reddish-copper colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” light tan head that soon recedes to a thin irregular island of foam on the surface while leaving a ring of foam on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and some scattered patches of foam.

The aromas include some vanilla, some bourbon, a light touch of oak and some caramel.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with vanilla, bourbon, the light touch of oak and some toasted caramel malt. There’s also a just a touch of light bitterness behind the toasted malt sweetness but the sweetness is a bit more than I prefer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and both smooth and a bit crisp with the light persistent carbonation. The moderately long finish begins when most of the flavors begin to fade leaving the long semi-dry ending tinged with bourbon and just a hint of bitterness.

Overall this is a drinkable beer that is worth giving a try if you enjoy bourbon barrel aged beers (this is not the first or the only beer aged on barrel staves rather than in the barrels themselves). I’ll probably not be getting more but it was interesting to give it a try.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive, clear red copper color with which cream head and decent lacing. Restrained bitterness, more carbonated. Malt, caramel, vanilla, sweet tastes and aromas. Not sure if it's a smooth finish but it's crisp. It does come off as having bourbon oak overtones. Not bad. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of hardy008
1.7/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Looks decent enough, but everything else is pretty bad. Way too sweet and not drinkable. Not sure why they keep making bad beers like this. thankfully I only picked up a single, soi I don't need to drink anymore of this dreck.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; ruby colored; 1 finger light tan head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: vanilla, caramel, and dark fruit;

T: sweet malt, vanilla, caramel, and dark fruit; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: other than a bit of vanilla, there's no bourbon character at all; disappointing;

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Budweiser Copper Lager from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 418 ratings