Bud Light & Clamato Chelada | Anheuser-Busch

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Bud Light & Clamato CheladaBud Light & Clamato Chelada
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1.86/5
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421 Ratings
Bud Light & Clamato CheladaBud Light & Clamato Chelada
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Zorro on 06-26-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,764
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
421
pDev:
53.76%
 
 
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16
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Photo of superspak
3.77/5  rDev +102.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

25 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 8/29/2017. 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. Okay appearance. Aromas of tomato juice, lime, salt, garlic, onion, celery, chili pepper, peppercorn, and brown sugar; with lighter notes of clams, vinegar, cracker, white bread, and herbal/spice earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of lime, clamato, salt, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big tomato juice, lime, salt, garlic, onion, celery, chili pepper, peppercorn, and brown sugar; with lighter notes of clams, vinegar, cracker, white bread, 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, clams, vinegar, cracker, white bread, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of lime, clamato, salt, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a 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/creamy tomato mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Lightly increasing pleasant lingering pepper heat through the glass. Overall this is a very good fruit/spice/vegetable beer. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of lime, clamato, salt, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/spicy finish. Far exceeded all expectations, definitely the best I've had in this category. Most other cheladas I've had were too heavy on tomato juice/body. This is perfect balance of Bud Light and Clamato flavors; with nice malt presence for the style. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
1.02/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of blissfulNemo
2.14/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of edthehead
2/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Velivolus
2/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of robebo44
2.41/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BEER88
1.75/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of plwinter
5/5  rDev +168.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome combination, poor over ice and enjoy.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
1.03/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of mothmanscott
3.14/5  rDev +68.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I will review this for what it is: a vegetable beer with salt, lime and clam juice. You can't compare a Lager to a Porter just like you can't compare this to a Stout, Pilsner, Belgian, IPA or any other beer style. You have to compare it to other fruit beers. I'm not really a fan of fruit beers but I like tomato juice, V-8 and it goes without saying I like beer so here goes:

Pours a cloudy pink grapefruit juice color producing less than 1 to 3+ fingers (depending on whether you pour it up straight or over ice as suggested) of pink/reddish, somewhat lasting, foamy head that leaves thin, pasty, grainy wash of lacing. Aroma is tomato, chilli & lime with Bud light bready grains drowning in the background. I don't pick up on the clam juice. Taste is V-8 flavored mineral water: tomato, vegetal, hot sauce, brine, lime & slight grain hint. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with high carbonation, slick with lots of spice & a peppery, prickly bite. With all that said it is very very drinkable in a Bloody Mary sort of way without the high octane alcohol. It's certainly no worse than Bud Light alone and I'm not sure that I don't like it better.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
1.03/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
1.8/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Photo of austinc94
2.12/5  rDev +14%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
1.6/5  rDev -14%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

You know what I hate? Bud Light. You know what else I hate? Clamato. This ought to be a joy of a review. Now, a lot of you hipster looking conformists might have a lot of animosity about vague lame stuff like corporations and whatnot. Not me. I just hate this because it sucks, not because of their business practices.

A mixture of light yellow beer and red from the tomato results in a pinkish barf like color, can't hold a head up, no retention going on. Aroma is tomato and cut grain.

Taste, eee gad, one of the worst things, and they straight up intend for this. I see these things always left out in nature, like you can't find a trash can? This shit is the #1 beer I see that makes up litter by the river, in the desert, on the street, etc. . . Bad people drink bad beer? I dunno, but the coincidence of how often I see this shit as litter can't be just coincidence. Shit is that saltwater in this? I like gose, but damn, not very helpful for me. This tastes not like beer. Smells a little bit like the gym. Mouth feel, worst beer delivery vehicle to stay out of the way.

I hate this beer.

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Photo of Vinman29
2.81/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So this is a crazy combo of flavors. Can't say I love it, but I don't hate it either. The Bud Light mixed with Clamato has a refreshing overall flavor. It comes in big 24 oz cans and to me is a little sweet tasting to enjoy in a can of that size because I can't drink it fast enough before it gets warm and it's not a good thing when it's warm. Warm Chelada is like cuddling with your girl when she's sweaty. Pretty much smells the same warm too so if you are into that maybe this is your beer. You can do it but you wouldn't want to for the most part, though. There is not much tomato flavor coming through on this one. There is a little clam. It is a unique novelty. I can handle this a couple of times a year but not as an everyday beer. Pretty fun, could use a little more spice, I've added Tabasco in this a couple times and that was a nice upgrade. Fun product. Sort of like it and definitely original.

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Photo of gvickery
4.01/5  rDev +115.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is very subjective. If you don't like bloody mary's dont bother. This is a commercial version of a Mexican drink called michelada. It is best enjoyed after some brutal yard work in the south Texas summer. Hits the spot, very refreshing.

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Photo of Suds
2.86/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Strange. This brew is a pink, deep rose colored liquid. No head. The aroma and taste, at first, was repulsive. However, when I knew what to expect, it seemed to improve.....it tastes like watered down tomato juice. I don't get any beer flavor. I do pick up some clam juice notes in the mid-taste. Spicy, but not like a bloody mary. It's not terrible, for what it is, but it certainly isn't beer.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.34/5  rDev +79.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexeiRoquentin
3.1/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jera1350
1.64/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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1.25/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +88.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ferretferret
3.56/5  rDev +91.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I think some people who gave it a low score aren't really grading it for what it is - a beery bloody mary. This isn't an IPA, a stout, et cetera - it's a weird combination of flavors antithetical to most people's interests.

As someone who can't get enough beer or V8, I adore the combination, and don't really mind this iteration of the drink. Unfortunately, the Clamato is in a bit of a vacuum, with hardly any competition - the only redeeming grace of this particular combination, even compared to potential iterations within the genre, is that Bud Light is so tasteless, so devoid of any semblance of flavor, it's basically carbonated tomato juice with a vague beer flavoring.

Which is what I purchased it for!

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Photo of jaredtp
2.26/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of porters4life
1/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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Bud Light & Clamato Chelada from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 1.86 out of 5 with 421 ratings