Budweiser Discovery Reserve

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Missouri, United States
Lager - American Amber / Red
3.53 | pDev: 13.6%
Jul 20, 2021
Apr 11, 2019
Budweiser Discovery ReserveBudweiser Discovery Reserve
Notes: Budweiser Discovery Reserve is the newest addition to our Reserve collection. This American red lager features a light hoppy aroma with a toasted barley malt taste, a hint of toffee, and a sharp finish.

Discovery Reserve was brewed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon missions, with its taste inspired by an archival recipe from that time in history. Featuring toasted Voyager barley malt, the lager’s reddish color is reminiscent of the next frontier - Mars.
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3.53 by TheOtherSherm from Massachusetts on Jul 20, 2021
3.5 by robebo44 from Virginia on Jan 25, 2021
3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 19, 2020
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3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I tried this beer at my good friend's house in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It poured a clear amber with fizzy off white head that dissipated quickly and did not leave much lace. The scent had subtle sweet malt notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with caramel malt base and very soft crisp hop finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

Jul 18, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Hoppy Yeaster Sunday (2020) to all of my beer & bread peeps! The dough has risen! I am continuing to purge the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody/L'Abbaye de ChANdler while The CANQuest (tm) waits patiently in abeyance. If there was a silver lining to the COVID-19 cloud, it is my quarantine with all of this beer to be drank! This one came from Weis Market on Lititz Pike.

From the Bottle: "This specialty red lager is brewed with Voyager barley grains for a toasted malt taste with a hint of toffee, a light hoppy aroma and a sharp finish. Inspired by archival malt-forward recipe brewed at time of moon missions."; "American Red Lager".

Sadly, they still employ those screwed-up screw-off caps, depriving me of even the opportunity to Pop! the cap. 8=( No matter, I simply took out my frustration in the form of an aggro pour. Not unexpectedly, I got two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention, leaving behind nice lacing. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was definitely hop-forward & rich with toffee! Mouthfeel was medium, big for a Lager. The taste was a malt bomb explosion of sweet, sugary toffee and a breadiness, not toastiness. Finish remained sweet. Stylistically, it was fine. Personally, a) it was WAY too sweet & b) their ad copy was VERY misleading. YMMV.

Apr 13, 2020
3.25 by Celtics76 from Rhode Island on Feb 10, 2020
3.43 by SargeC from California on Jan 20, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by KodiakBeerMile

Used this beer to run The Beer Mile. This is an excellent choice (in bottle form) for the running of The Beer Mile. I've run 5 beer miles now with 4 other beers and this one was by far the easiest to drink/run/drink/run/drink/run/drink/run. If you are running a beer mile here is my order of beers that are worst to run with than this one. Mother Ale (lowest), Budweiser, Sam Adams Lager, Bud Platinum, and now the oh so good Budweiser Discovery Reserve.

Dec 27, 2019
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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

12oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. poured a clean, clear, bright reddish-amber color with 3/4 inch of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was certainly sweet, loads of caramel, with no real hop presence as a counterpoint.

Pretty similar on the tongue, but with the caramel still dominant, but not as much as in the nose.

The body was light-to-medium, smooth, and had a sweet finish.

Drinkability was fine, but one was enough for me.

Overall, the brewers probably hit what they were aiming for. Not a terrible brew, by any means, but not one I'd seek out again. Maybe a nice middle-of-the-road beer if you want to share with Uncle Carl during the holidays.

Nov 27, 2019
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2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by ThreatLevel5 from New Jersey

Very nice color. Surprisingly good for a Budweiser product. I would drink it again.

Nov 23, 2019
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3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Tantonys from Maine

Decent for a macrobrew attempt at a red lager, yet missing any real old world taste. I think it is because AB uses Bud yeast which negates the malt/grain profile, toffee?. Not really aromatic hops, ok bitter. Possibly good for getting regular Bud drinkers to explore a wider range of beer styles, yet lacks any warmth required for a true red lager.

Nov 20, 2019
3.38 by SFC21 from Florida on Nov 13, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mooseisloose from Florida

Always saw this and hesitated because of its Big Brother being so appalling. Picked up a six lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice waft of malt and biscuit with red licorice. Pours to a deep amber with a creamy tan head. On the taste there is roasted malt and red licorice with a a vey subtle hopping leading into a zestier finish. The mouthfeel is good and the carbonation spot on. This is non-offensive and quite drinkable.

Nov 06, 2019
2.95 by Traveler1 from Texas on Nov 01, 2019
3.64 by SpectrePLUS from Virginia on Oct 29, 2019
3.74 by M1k3y from Tennessee on Oct 25, 2019
3.67 by Gkruszewski from New York on Oct 15, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Squire from Mississippi

Beautiful clear amber gold color with good white cap and lacing.

A clean grain, slightly sweet aroma with a floral touch of hops.

Taste at first is one of rich caramel malt along with a slightly sharp roaty malt edge that offsets the sweetness. From mid palate on malt sorta takes over with hops coming on in a minor note at the finish. Simple flavors if a bit unexciting. This one could easily pass for a Generic Oktoberfest.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

The best I can say is this is markedly better than their usual product and the worst I can say is this is better than their usual product.

Oct 13, 2019
3.67 by 22Blue from Kansas on Oct 08, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded to a skim cap; thick rings of lace;

S: sweet malt;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: painless, but not interesting;

Sep 17, 2019
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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by TerryMills from Tennessee


Sep 11, 2019
2.54 by zaraspook from Illinois on Sep 11, 2019
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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by wejohnsn from Texas

it is an ok beer. less of corn and rice taste. almost like a mixture of bud light and guinness stout. I wouldn't go out of my way for it and i definitely would not turn it down. Its an average to just above average brew. If you like dark or chocolate beers you would tolerate this better than regular budweiser.

Sep 09, 2019
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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by breakakeg from Kentucky

Best IPA ever..Keep up the great brewing Budweiser!

Sep 05, 2019
3.45 by generallee from Virginia on Aug 31, 2019
3.78 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Aug 27, 2019
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3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

it seems like every couple of years around the fourth of july something like this comes out from bud. its always playing on patriotism, veterans, freedom, that sort of thing, and here we have the latest example of that, a red lager, somewhat vienna-esque, but without the european flare in the yeast or the grain, just the sweetness and body of the style. not a bad beer really, especially when its ice cold, and i like the little stubby grenade bottles for it too, but its hard to get real excited about this. as soon as it warms up even a little bit, there is some immediate adjunct cheapness about it, whether its there or not, i sure taste it. its sweet in the center but drier at the end, and without much hops or any real appreciable yeast flavor, the back half of this seems sort of vacuous. better than heavy i guess, but it definitely seems to be missing something. kind of a doughy character to the malt before the kilned richer side of it comes on, some minerals and then metallics as well. thankful for the great carbonation and dont dislike the beer if i can get it down ice cold. these never really resonate with me, but its marginally better than ones i remember in the past...

Aug 25, 2019
3.29 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Aug 25, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Griff151 from Ohio

Over all this is a great beer. A little hoppy and a little malty.

Aug 23, 2019
3.6 by Mojopin88 from Mississippi on Aug 15, 2019
3.36 by hophugger from Virginia on Aug 10, 2019
3.59 by animal69 from Louisiana on Aug 05, 2019
3.27 by DarrellK from Florida on Aug 03, 2019
3.79 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Jul 31, 2019
3.33 by smithj4 from New York on Jul 31, 2019
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3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by CaptJackHarkness from New York

As I drink this it’s 96 degrees out with a real feel of 105! Anything cold right now is great!!

This pours a nice copper red thin tan head. A distinct sweet maltiness in the aroma, the taste is the typically adjunct mass produced product you expect from AB! Slightly sour aftertaste.

Jul 21, 2019
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3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear copper red-amber color with a one finger head of tan foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a bready smell mixed with some aromas of caramel and a little bit of grain. Along with these smells comes some light hints of a dark fruit of cherry and plum.
Taste – The taste begins with lightly toasted bready and doughy flavor that has some light caramel and molasses upfront. As the flavors advance the sweeter caramel and molasses lighten, all while some light fruit tastes of raisin and plum take their place. Some hop develops more toward the end of the taste with it being mainly of a light earthy and herbal flavor. With a slight increase in the grainy tastes that comes at the end, and a little bit of yeast, one is left with a bready and malty, slightly roasted taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side both in terms of thickness and creaminess. For the bready flavors and the moderate abv, the overall feel is pretty decent.
Overall – A somewhat malty, but still easy drinking amber lager. Decent and not overly sweet (which I like), but nothing super out of the ordinary.

Jul 21, 2019
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3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

So, it's 7/20/19. 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Thought this beer might be appropriate for today.
Better drink it fast, its 93° in the shade and a few point of 73. ...

I'm a sucker for throwback recipes! Gimmick, sure. But I love it.

Red amber color, clear and active. Thick tan colored foam cap. Holds on tight!

Sweet caramel and honey mustard aroma in the malted grains. Herbal and even spicy yeast kick,brown rice and veggie greens style hop scent. All in all, interesting nose for AB.

This stuff feels malty slick and mildly crisp (like I said it is HOT out) sweet, dark grains, toasty effect in the malt flavor that finishes light and clean. No funky.. metallic aftertaste like most AB products have. You can tell this was brewed with actual flavor in mind.

Many of the Moon Landing era, late 60's generation always seems to say: "Bud was actually goood in my day". After some of AB's Reserve releases, I'm apt to believe them.

Raising this glass to the Apollo 11 mission and the generation of dreamers that made it happen.

Jul 20, 2019
3.2 by MICAMD from Maryland on Jul 17, 2019
3.27 by megamick from Iowa on Jul 12, 2019
Budweiser Discovery Reserve from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 89 ratings