Budweiser & Clamato Chelada

Budweiser & Clamato CheladaBudweiser & Clamato Chelada
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Missouri, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #496
Ranked #30,738
2.17 | pDev: 53%
Jul 09, 2022
Jun 24, 2007
Budweiser & Clamato CheladaBudweiser & Clamato Chelada
Notes: Budweiser & Clamato Chelada and Bud Light & Clamato Chelada are a combination of our classic American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, and the rich, spicy taste of Clamato Tomato Cocktail. We follow the traditional brewing process for Budweiser and Bud Light. Clamato is carefully blended with the beer to create the proper balance of the crisp finish of Budweiser or Bud Light and the signature taste of Clamato.
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Rated: 3.81 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 09, 2022
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

2.66/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Make your own. It will taste far superior.
This isn't horrible but not great either.
Dec 21, 2021
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.19/5  rDev +47%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
16 ounce can, thanks to my friend Laura for this one! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a light reddish color with about an inch or so light pink head that didn't stick around for too long. Small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but also subtle. The brew smells like tomato, salt, lime and a bit of clamato. Taste is similar to the aroma, but I do think the clamato and tomato have more of a kick here. There's also a bit of celery and grainy flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's easy enough to drink. Overall I'd have to say this is average. It's not bad but not great either. I've had other Bloody Mary/Chelada style drinks before and there's others I like a lot more than this. But with that being said, this one isn't offensive at all and I'd drink it again. Probably wouldn't buy it for myself though.
Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 3.44 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Jul 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Mardi_b

3.46/5  rDev +59.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Look, this is not your homemade Michelada. No one should get this expecting the flavors of a high quality bloody mary or something like that. Most of these reviews seem to be from lager drinkers who like flavored beer but don't understand what this is supposed to be. That being said, if you want an incredible hangover cure that has more of an msg taste than a salt taste (at least by comparison to a bloody or a homemade michelada) but is well balanced with the acid from the lime and tomato, this is your thing. The salt content is there enough that you will taste it, but very much more in a way that will make you grab this after a long bike ride rather than a day of sitting around. That being said, they're heavy enough in fill but light enough in alcohol that a couple of these will last you a day of sipping in the sun with no worries about driving home later. All in all, as a michelada lover and someone who has developed my own recipe based on tommy sandoval's, this is the one I keep coming back to when I need to remind myself what it's like, this is the base of the flavors that define this "cocktail" and it is wonderful for what it is. Chuck your own couple dashes of hot sauce or cut it with more beer, this mich is a utility, and I can respect that about it. Is it 5/5? no fuckin way, but I would challenge you to find a better canned michelada.
May 15, 2021
Rated: 3 by GRhoads from Ohio

Apr 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Itsmodelotime from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +85.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A lot of people are not judging this michelada fairly. This is a great michelada that is a higher abv than most other micheladas on the market. The clamato adds a great flavor profile that is very refreshing and delicious. My only complaint is that it could use some more lime flavor I sometimes add a slice of lime to this and it makes it even better.
Nov 10, 2020
Rated: 2 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 19, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

1.27/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
This one pours a weird and dead looking light red color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like an old fetid tide pool, salt, warm rain water, pepper spice, and ketchup.

I don’t know who this is made for, but it’s certainly not made for me. The back end is weirdly sweet tomato ketchup type flavors but also with an unpleasant spice to it. I don’t mind a bit of brine in certain beers, but it just feels so old and nasty with the clam juice in here.

This is simultaneously super watery but also uncomfortably thick at times, with a weird slickness. It just kind of hurts going down.

I could barely stomach about 3oz of this thing. It’s just not my thing, not at all. I hate it.
Jul 05, 2020
Rated: 3.11 by markallmon from Tennessee

Jan 31, 2020
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +84.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
(25 oz can, code 19236; purchased cold single... poured into a Gibraltar glass)

L: cloudy, pinkish liquid; looks like a raspberry wit? but without any foam, suds of which explode and vanish on the pour... with subsequent pours, the murk gets murkier, and some nasty, spitty, tomato-y foam smears do cling, tomato specks abound

S: moderately-intense emanation of tomato juice and limey brine on the nose, however, little if any 'clam'; smells innocent enough, not necessarily off-putting, unless you have a depressingly dull diet... certainly has a fresh, floral overtone

T: tomato juice, mellow undercurrent of grain-soupy adjunct lager, light-moderate sea mist, barely a kiss of citrus color, but a rather forward peppery bite I wasn't expecting... almost a subtle tomato paste-y sweetness around the edges, but thankfully not sweetly-flavored like caramel or sugar... pepper and lightly malted tomato nectar prevalent in the aftertaste

F: mildly spritzy carbonation coupled with the peppery bite makes for an enlivening, burn/sting upon the tongue/palate, mellow heat building an embery fire... take the flavors away, and it's arguably rather wit-smooth in its textures up front, and relatively prickly-hot at the back like perhaps an egregiously coriander-ed extra-triple

O: should I be surprised that I enjoyed and was fascinated by this? - the recipe works well but, to my taste, I'd prefer a little more brine and maybe some umami-funk to give it more depth... not sure I'd quite go gangbusters experimenting on cocktail-ish flavor doctorings with this, but I can already think of a variety of ways to accent flavors here: lime wedge(s), (more) clam juice, anchovy oleo, celery salt, spicy mango, tequila chaser, et al... overtly Bloody Mary-like, noticeably/deliciously malty, and applicable within countless culinary scenarios - needs and begs to be paired with charred meats, oily carbs, spicy fruits etc etc... definitely going back for another - wow! (1639)
Jan 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Ander109

1.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25
Blegh. The taste of tomato is so strong, it doesn't even taste like tomato. It's worse than a V8. It looks decent. but tastes like clam juice. Do not drink.
Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 2.42 by craigbelly from Iowa

Nov 27, 2019
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Reviewed by WyomingBeerfan

4.74/5  rDev +118.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
The best chelada bud makes. You get 25 ounces of tomato based clam beer beverage for $3, what more can you ask for? I'm an ipa guy, but the balance of spice, clamato, and budweiser creates a vortex of euphoria that smoothly slides down your throat. Look is typical of a chelada/michelada; off red/pink with floating bits of tomato. Smell is very tomato forward with the typical malt smell of budweiser. Taste is amazing, a perfect balance of spice and refreshing light beer, along with a decently high carbonation this is a great summertime beer..I drink a lot of these after being on the water all day, but also make great drinks after skiing too. A great all around beverage
Nov 08, 2019
Rated: 2 by Velivolus from Vermont

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Mline1980 from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +99.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Any flavored beer in a big can you gotta be skeptical. When my friend showed me this beer I couldn't believe what I had been missing. I like Budweiser but only on draft at a ballgame. It seems this is a perfect combination. I've mixed my own bud and tomato juice with a little worsteshire and lime, it's killer as well. But you can get 2 of the 25 oz. for $6, perfect. Great for hangovers. I can only drink 2 of them at the most as they taste packed with sodium. Then I switch to regular beer. Cheers!
Aug 20, 2019
Rated: 2 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jul 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Cowboy1965 from New York

5/5  rDev +130.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I can't get enough of these red beer's ! I have bought out every local storeal around me and it look's like I may have to make my own for a bit ! I wish the distributor's would push these a little harder in our area . It's typical that you find something you really like and there is a very limited supply ! Awesome flavor and I wuld make a permanent place for it in my garage fridge if I could find more than a can or twould at a time !
Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by grahamgillespie from Tennessee

May 20, 2019
Rated: 1 by corywalston from North Dakota

Jan 15, 2019
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Reviewed by AwesomeSauce from Virginia

5/5  rDev +130.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I love everything about this beer. I didn't even want to try it because I hate all flavored beers. For me it boils down to the fact that my palate is geared so much toward savory than sweet. I also love a bloody mary and beer. I like every single flavor in this beverage. This is the only beer "cocktail " I have ever enjoyed. Other than this I strictly enjoy a mostly along the lines of a black and tan. On occasion a strong stout hits the spot.
Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by LingeringProfanity from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +81.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5
I absolutely love this beverage. Now, I'm a boy from Texas, and I've been eating spicy food all my life, so to me a spicy tomato beer is par for the course.

I'd take this over a High Life anyday. Champagne of beers? No thank you. Give me that michelada knock off.

Now then, if you're a Northerner the advice that follows may not be for you, but if you're a spice man, like myself, then you've already done this, but if you fall somewhere inbetween I strongly suggest to you to dose this beer with a bit of hot sauce. Now, the type of hot sauce you can put on it can be almost anything. Tobasco will work, give it a bit more of a vinegar punch... But I've gotten into this Yucateca hot sauce, and that works like a charm.

It's great in the mornings, great at night, and great at lunch with some tacos from the local taco truck. Barbacoa especially.

Stay thirsty, my friends.
Jan 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Hartzal from Texas

5/5  rDev +130.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
best ever , i have never tasted anything better on this aspect. limey flavor with clam & tons of tomato beer mix. Budweiser Chelada's are the best hands down!!! i can't go a week without having at least 4 25 oz chelada's
Nov 13, 2018
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Reviewed by MackT from Florida

3.68/5  rDev +69.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Firstly, don’t call this “beer”. It’s a beverage. I like tomato, spice, & the salinity of clam juice. So, by me it’s a hit. Not as a regular indulgence, only as the mood hits. I’m talking about the “Bud” version, there is a “Bud Light” version. As with anything “Bud Light”, just say no.
Enjoyed with a WaWa soft pretzel, good combo.
Nov 11, 2018
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Reviewed by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
I bought this because we need to try anything new we see and wow were we disappointed. It tasted like a watered down V8 light beer mixture It was just so hard to drink we were actually going to dump it out.
Oct 19, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +85.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
25 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 2/24/2018. Pours moderately murky/cloudy reddish orange/amber color with a minimal foamy off white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation and clinging bubbles on the glass. Good appearance. Aromas of big tomato juice, lime, salt, garlic, onion, celery, chili pepper, peppercorn, brown sugar, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of clams, vinegar, and herbal/spice earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of lime, clamato, salt, and moderate pale malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big tomato juice, lime, salt, garlic, onion, celery, chili pepper, peppercorn, brown sugar, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of clams, vinegar, and herbal/spice earthiness. Mild herbal bitterness and peppery spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tomato juice, lime, salt, garlic, onion, celery, chili pepper, peppercorn, brown sugar, cracker, white bread, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of lime, clamato, salt, and moderate pale malt flavors; great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky/saline/creamy tomato mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Lightly increasing pleasant lingering pepper heat through the glass. Overall this is a delicious fruit/spice/vegetable beer. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of lime, clamato, salt, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/spicy finish. This is the best one in this style I have had. Was even better than the bud light version, very similar but with more clean malt presence. Most other cheladas I've had were too heavy on tomato juice/body. This is perfect balance of Budweiser and Clamato flavors; with plenty of malt presence for the style. A very enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example.
Oct 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Burgz from Canada (AB)

3.98/5  rDev +83.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Remember one of the BA rules “don’t rate styles of beer that you don’t like”. It seems as though people who don’t like a Chelada or beer ‘n clam as we call it in Canada are rating it hence the low rating.

I’ve been mixing my own beer ‘n clams since I was a teenager and love it! This is just coveniant as you don’t need to mix your own. Taste is great if you love the cocktail but the price (here in Canada anyway) is too expensive. It’s much cheaper to buy a cheep lager and mix your own but I buy these all the time for camping and fishing trips where I don’t want to bring cups, beer and a big jug of clam with me.

It is what it is. It’s beer and Clamato juice so if you don’t like beer and clamato than obviously you won’t like this drink but for my fellow beer ‘n clam drinkers, drink up! You’ll love it.
Sep 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Johnb78 from Florida

3.18/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
You have three health benefits one alcohol one tomato juice and third clam broth . Even though they don't mix but u have to look at it health benefits.
Aug 08, 2018
Rated: 1.97 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jul 21, 2018
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Reviewed by AudioFileZ from Alabama

3.15/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
This is going be a polarizing beer cocktail. First, you've got to love both beer and bloody mary cocktails. If you just like beer then this is not for you. This is a pretty good blending of two disparate, yet compatible, drinks. The Bud version is infinitely better than the Bud Light version so I never buy the BL variety. What it is a nice refreshing beer cocktail suited well for the warmer weather months...if you also like your Bloody Mary cocktails but want more refreshing carbonation. Here's the deal as I see it. It's more beer-ish if you will and not unlike flavored brews. I could stand more zing and more tomato as such. But, it's refreshing and drinkable. No weird notes if your in for spicy tomato juice and enjoy some carbonation. It comes in either 16 or 25 ounce cans in my area and the 'big boy" is all I want and is just right on a hot summer evening for a change of pace. Sure, a lot of folks will gag and I get that. However, if you are a well-rounded drink enthusiast this can have a place in your warmer weather rotation. The only thing I'd do if I was AB is to drop the Bud Light version and have two Bud renditions: this one and a [email protected]$$ BOLD one that is 6% or more ABV with a real wallop of pepper and tomato.
Jul 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

1.03/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Shared 25 fl.oz. can at local tasting. Cloudy orange to red colour, hardly any head. Aroma of cheap ketchup and stale seawater ponds. Sickly flavour of stale ketchup, salt and spices. Undrinkable.
Jun 12, 2018
Rated: 2.16 by robebo44 from Virginia

Apr 17, 2018
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Reviewed by MeanMotaScootah from California

3.95/5  rDev +82%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Let me start by saying this is not really beer - it's a beer cocktail. It ain't a lager, ipa, pale ale, stout etc etc - it's just beer mixed with spicy tomato juice. Sooooo, why did I give it a 4 you might ask???? I happen to love tomato juice, I love anything spicy and as you can imagine . . . I love beer sooooo this stuff (though it ain't really a beer) is super tasty IMO. It tastes like fizzy spicy tomato juice with a slight hint of beer. I have always seen this at the local liquor store and I never bothered to buy it but one day - in a moment of weakness - I said to myself "what the hey - let's give it a try" and lo and behold - I love it.
Sep 09, 2017
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +72.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tall 25 oz can (free ounce!). No head really. Looks like a bloody mary. Tastes pretty similar to a lighter version of a bloody mary. Tomatoes and some peppers. It's pretty much what you'd expect it to be. I like it for what it is. But I really enjoy bloodies.
Aug 08, 2017
Rated: 3.46 by AlexeiRoquentin from Oklahoma

Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 3.64 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Jul 12, 2017
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Reviewed by poisoneddwarf from Idaho

3.55/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Backlog. 24 oz can. I love this stuff! I don’t care what anyone says! I never thought I’d give anything Anheuser-Busch makes such a high rating, but I do love a red beer every now and then, especially on a hangover. AB has made the perfect red beer in my opinion. *blows raspberries at all the beer snobs*

Edit: I wrote that review in 2009, and all these years later, I've found a much better michelada: Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante.
Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 1 by fthegiants from California

May 03, 2017
Rated: 2 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Apr 26, 2017
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Reviewed by hophugger from Virginia

3.09/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Great morning beer or hangover helper. pretty rough otherwise. Spicy tomato juice and a background of cheap beer makes this one go to the bottom but like I said, the morning after cure to get you going again !!
Apr 17, 2017
Budweiser & Clamato Chelada from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 54 out of 100 with 361 ratings