Budweiser American Ale | Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser American AleBudweiser American Ale

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KI9A on 06-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, where is good till date? Pours amber with foaming head, that does leave some lacing. Mildly barleywine aroma. Some bitterness, and barley, barleywine-red cross style. Drinkable. About average mouthfeel, creamy by the foam. Above-average carbonation. Not bad for Bud.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I kept telling myself that this beer would be garbage much like everything else Bud puts out on the shelves and spoon feeds the masses. I have to admit that I kind of enjoyed this beer. Surprisingly enough the American Ale has a damn good color to it. The head leaves a hint of lacing but much. The smell is of typical corn and sweet malts but has the addition of some caramel and toast. The taste was a bit light which doesn't shock me. The mouthfeel could have been a little bit more heavy but overall this brew isn't all that bad. Still doesn't make me want to convert to Macros though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I completely disagree with the BeerAdvocate characterization that this is an Amber Ale. What Anheuser-Busch has done is taken a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and lessened the Pale Ale character to the point that is appeals to the masses. We'll see how well that goes. The initial aroma is promising- delivering a crisp maltiness, low-lying sweetness, and a good helping of Cascade hops for a grapefruity, lightly piney aroma. Fair and balanced throughout the nose. Flavors is where the beer begins to give way. A very well attenuated blend of 2-row and 6-row gives the beer some graininess and crispness. Meanwhile the hop flavor is light and struggles for perception, while balanceing the beer fine. The body is the biggest detriment- the beer has little of a malt backbone and offers a dry, crips, graininess that edges close to astringency. No creaminess or weight to the beer. Still the light grain flavors and hop bite flows well into the crisp finish. A fair beer but not among the better ones out there.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice work here by AB, this is a huge improvement over their outdated lager. Pours a reddish color with a nice fluffy head. There's a decent hop aroma to it but not much in the taste. Taste is of caramel malts and is light bodied. A very easy drinker, might have given it higher scores if it had more body. Overall, a job well done by AB.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark burgundy, somber looking label, with AB crest, bald eagle, and hop cones for emphasis. There is also a product description/marketing blurb written in black script that is pretty damned hard to read.

This beer pours a clear medium orange-copper hue, with two fingers of foamy ecru head, which leaves a solid paintjob of thin lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of fruity caramel malt, a bit of honey, and mild floral hops. The taste is light bready caramel malt, a touch of apple, and earthy hops. The carbonation is a bit too high, the body more or less medium weight, and a tad prickly. It finishes fairly sweet, the candied-apple malt tempered only somewhat by the weak dry earthy hops.

Sure looks decent enough to start things off, but then it quickly devolves into an average amber ale, reliant on fruity sweetness, with little in the way of subtle balance. And did the purported Pacific NW Cascade hops just walk through the kettle in rubber boots, or what? Overall, easy enough to drink, I suppose, but lacking in enough bitterness to prime the palate, to trick one into desiring another, and another, and well, you know the drill.

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Photo of largadeer
2.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Been curious about this one for a while, so I grabbed a single tonight for the reasonable price of $1.50. Perfectly clear amber in color, decent head retention, a solid looking beer all around. The nose is light to say the least; faintly hoppy, faintly malty, but it's difficult to pick out any complexity. The taste opens with a light toffee sweetness initially, a bit of leafy hop flavor showing up beneath the malt. Nicely balanced. On the downside, the texture is surprisingly thin, watery even. The malt and hop character is fine here, it just needs to be amped up a little bit. The finish is clean, faintly bitter. Not a bad beer at all, it's just lacking in character. Definitely a step in the right direction though.

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Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish, amber color with a highly carbonated appearance. It had a small, foamy, tan head but no lace.

S - It smelled somewhat grassy and slightly floral. A caramel aroma was present, too.

T - It tasted of a nice burnt toast maltiness, wth a subtle spicy hop kick. It had an odd earthy aftertaste.

M - It was sharp and dry. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This certainly makes a nice affordable, session brew. A pretty good amber ale.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright and rust-colored. A pretty good, creamy head.

S: Not too much here. Some amber malt, a little hop presence.

T: Fairly bland for the style,but not at all bad. There is a slight toasted character to the malt base, but the flavor doesn't come through enough.

M: Slightly creamy, but rather light for the style. Decent carbonation.

D: For the price, this is definitely fairly drinkable, and it's nice to have a decent macro ale that should be around in other places with less-than-wonderful selections.

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Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Small, off-white head that dissipates quickly. The body is clear and amber colored.

S - Brown, malty aroma of dark caramel with a slight hop aroma.

T - Toasty caramel malt flavor up front. Some minor English yeast character in the middle. Moderate bitterness and weak, kind of dirty hop flavor in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Drinkable, with a nice malt character. The hops are a bit weak, but what I can detect is nice. Not anything spectacular, but it exceeds the limited expectations that I had for it.

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Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

Pours a nice layer of head, doesn't last too long, leaving just a little lacing. Color is a darker amber, pretty good looking actually.

Smell isn't the greatest, not too much going on here, but some hop aromas. Taste is actually pretty decent. A nice balance between the hops and malts.

Mouthfeel is great, not to bitter or strong and goes down easy. This is definitely a great bar or session beer.

I would recommend this at the bar, if it cheaper than the normal taps. It isn't too bad if the price is right. However, not something I am going to go out of my way to find.

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Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I admit I was a little intrigued by the thought of A-B making an "American" pale ale,but it was what I thought it might be.Poured with good clarity into a standard pint glass a medium copper/amber with a thinner wispy white head that was gone quickly.Aromas are toasty with some caramel sweetness,the cascade hops are pretty non existant except for a passing citric note but its faint.Thinner mouthfeel but its not overly bad,it gets smoother as I drink more.Flavors are a little grainy and pretty toasted,a caramel sweetness really shows through makeing it the most dominant feature in the flavor profile,the hops are very subdued,almost void.Eh it may lead some macro drinkers to better beer but I doubt it because this is so subdued,but its better than macro lager swill.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find it odd that the very first thing I noticed about the Budweiser American Ale was that the bottle looks very British. It's the wider neck at the top that does it. Anyway...

It pours a crystal-clear auburn body with reddish and golden highlights. The head is off-white of light khaki in color, and it holds remarkably well, leaving wide craggy rings of lace behind.

The aroma is bready, and a touch doughy, with a distinct caramel edge, some yeasty fruitiness (juicy apple, soft berry, some plum), some spiciness, and delicate floral, leafy, and citrusy hops.

The flavor is sweetish with a combination of caramelish malts and yeasty fruitiness. Hops appear across the middle and into the finish where they mix with the dusky caramelish malt to become leafy and grassy. Spicy accents appear throughout as it crosses the palate, and then twinkle in the lingering finish. It's surprisingly rich, and fairly complex - based on the color and already held perceptions, I was expecting something more like Killarney's but this is much fuller in flavor and complexity.

A basic amber ale, but quite enjoyable! I'd love to find this on tap.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Grogan's Pub inside Busch Gardens Williamsburg on 5/30/09. Served in a plastic cup.

Pours a clear amber, with a smooth and creamy off-white head that stays rich and frothy looking, leaving some thick swathes of lacing back. The aroma is thick with the sweet smelling tang of bread, caramel, and a good bit of citrus. Lightly floral and spicy accents float along the back of the nose. This was definitely on the sweeter side but not too much.

The malts are much more toasty feeling in the taste profile than I had anticipated, mixing with toffeed sweetness, citrus character, and a firm spicy bitterness in the back, which lightly lingers for a bit. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a softer carbonation but still has a bit of firmness to it. Overall, this was light, crisp, and refreshing. Not bad.

Well, I gotta' tell you, I didn't think that this was that bad for an AB product. I can definitely see how some would think that this was overly sweet and light but the fact that this was from a fresh keg really helped. The hops presence definitely stepped it up in this, balancing a lot of the malts and adding a crisp feel to an otherwise lighter feeling body. I didn't mind sitting around and sipping this at all on a warm Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some fruit, some spice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and fruity up front with flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a little bit of spice in there and the malt character is hearty. There's a mild hops presence that tries to bring some balance but for the most part it's kind of bland. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's got more substance than your typical A-B product but it still lacks enough flavor to make me want to drink it regularly.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, dark amber body with a fine, constant stream of effervescence throughout and a thin, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Slight, distant caramel scent - like someone unwrapped a lil' square of caramel beside you. Maybe a hint of grain in there, too.

Taste: Mild pale malt character with a bit of caramel and a light grainy taste. Mild sweetness. Faroff flavors of citrus and spice. Weak hop bitterness. Slightly watery all the while. Lingering caramel candy taste beyond the clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's like they took a decent beer and just hosed it down with clean, clear water. I fear it'll be one of those offerings that doesn't appeal to craft beer drinkers or those that have been drinking X macro for 10, 20, 50 years and don't want, and have never wanted anything else.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brassy bright orange that is just beginning to rust. The pour sounded wonderfully rich and creamy and has produced a large crown of ecru colored froth that looks fantastic in all respects. It's also nice and sticky and is depositing all sorts of good looking lace on the sides of the glass. An encouraging start.

The aroma has no real negatives and a few minor positives. The toasted barley isn't the least bit grainy. Too bad the Cascade hops (an excellent choice) aren't more prominent. I'll refrain from any comments about the price of hops and the profit motive.

My hope was that American Ale would be good enough to remind me of a BBC (Sam Adams) product, but it doesn't quite make it to that standard. Still, it's much better than most of what Anheuser-Busch brews, with the exception of some of the new Michelob offerings (Porter, DunkleWeisse, Bavarian Style Wheat).

The biggest problem is a lack of flavor depth and intensity due to a (slight) shortage of ingredients. The initial flash of flavor loses its way well before a finish that feels... uh... unsupported. That's a charitable way of saying borderline watery. The brewery probably didn't want to shock the senses of their usual clientele, especially since they're already partway out of their comfort zone in drinking an ale.

American Ale is as much a caramel-malted pale ale as it is an amber ale. The toastiness of the malt is nicely balanced by the citric fruitiness of the hops, with sweet and bitter fairly evenly matched as well. Too simple? Maybe. I like the direction they're going, I just wish they had traveled a little farther down the road.

Considering the style, the mouthfeel is *just* big enough. Thankfully, the carbonation is laid back, which increases drinkability a good bit. Did I just use the word 'drinkability' in describing an A-B product?

Even though American Ale is far from the 'craft beer' breakthough the brewery was hoping for, it's the best beer (currently being produced) with the word 'Budweiser' on the label. It would be great if it becomes popular enough to be an option at parties and bars because I've had my fill of Bud, Bud Light, Corona, etc. for both this lifetime and the next.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice and very clear amber with the slightest of orange tint to it. A small maybe one inch high head of white foam graced the top and was replenished by chains of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Decent side glass lace. Aroma was light and surprisingly hoppy with a nice bit of grain pushed up from the bottom. The blend was nice and light and had a good bright aroma. Some light fruit in the back as well.

A nice light flavor profile with a good amount of floral hops sitting in the finish. The initial flavor I picked up was that of a nice cereal grain with a touch of a light grass mixed in. This rolled into a nice light fruit with a touch of a pine like finish to it. It was a nice bitter finish and a surprisingly good hop profile. Nice light body with a good amount of carbonation really gave it quite the pleasant feel. Nice crisp finish without a real lingering flavor, nice thirst quencher.This was really quite drinkable as the flavor was light enough to not really distract, and the ample carbonation and light body led to something you could easily have a few of and not even think twice.

Overall this was a decent little amber. I won't say anything really stood out to be fantastic about it but it was definitely decent and would say that it would probably be good in a pinch. Above average and you could definitely do worse then trying this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent copper with 1 finger of sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Caramel & not much else

T: Fruittyness ( pears, apples ) dryness, a touch of grainyness & some caramel up front. Chalky dryness, grainyness, metal taste & slight flowery hops, plus more caramel as this warms. Caramel & grainyness, plus a light bit of orangey hops

MF: Light bodied, with low carbonation, the balance is a bit like the taste, meh

Drinks alright, I could down a few in a pinch, but wouldn't seek it out. I got this as a single, but @ $7.99 a sixer, this is WAY over priced. I wanted to like this, but, the taste is just too tamped down for me

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another fine A-B tick thanks to Bobby.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a khaki head that is initially a finger tall before settling down to a thin layer.

S: The nose is somewhat grassy with a decent enough toffee and toasted bread aroma. There might be a little bit of caramel, too. A very, very simple nose, but pretty decent.

T: Caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. There is a little bit of a fruitiness to the beer, such as pears and apples. Not really any hop character other than a touch of bitterness.

M: The body is light to medium with a lively carbonation.

D: Not horrible, but it's really middle of the road and sort of bland.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled mug at The Tombs (where it is served as Tombs Ale).

Decided to give this brew another shot, this time sober. It pours a clear red amber topped by a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, malt (seriously, it smells like straight malt...no other word for it), grass, a blunt smack of florals, and something akin to wet hay, but not quite wet hay. Yeah. The taste holds a firm caramel soup supporting a strong contingent of citrus and pine hops (the former is stronger). The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, probably the best thing AB has ever made, tasty enough and highly drinkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pumping my gas today and I saw the Bud Light truck roll in to the parking lot. As I was walking into the store I saw the delievery guy and asked if he wasy delivering any Budweiser American Ale. With a disgusted look he said "Did you try it yet?". Followed that by saying he would have saved me some money, but he ran out of free samples on Friday. Needless to say he told me he didn't like it and I explained to him that I drink different beers. Well you might like it I thought it sucked.

Anyways nice labels and thick glass bottles with pry off tops, holy shit I haven't had a bud product with a pry off top as long as I can remember. Definitely aimed at us beergeeks, pours a clear amber body with a nice textured thick light kahki head, after each sip leaves behind thin uneven lacing. 0251 is etched on all of my neck labels in my sixer, what happened to the born on date?

Aromatics are really pleasant with light but evident hop notes rolling with citrus and mild pine character. Fruity caramel malts blend in with the herbal notes of the hops. Bread and biscuit malt present a great overall balance in the nose.

Flavors althought not as agressive in the hop bitterness as I regularly enjoy, the hop flavor and bitterness are solid here. I'm not thinking terrible like I was expecting, instead this is decent well rounded hoppy amber ale. Not a homerun but a good start for showing us craft beer drinkers that the big guys can do it to. Most of the Michelob has been either really so so or really shitty. This brew is solid hop flavors include citrus and floral notes but the caramel sweet malt finish really brings it altogether. Can't even compare this with a SNPA or other more mainstream crafts like Sam Adams this is it's own beast. Go and try it form your own opinion, it was $6.99 a sixer. I can't wait until the 22s come out it will be a nice every once in awhile brew when access is limited to craft offerings.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth carbonation never cloying easy going on the palate. Solid all around never thought that would be the case.

Drinkability is effortless three down without a problem, flavorful and easy drinking definitely nothing here that makes me not want another. Solid all around good brew by the big boys, could it be better of course. But throwing their flagship Budweiser on a hoppy ale this was a ballsy mover, I think most people's reactions will be like their own delivery guy. He just didn't get it by the way if your in the area only Kroger and Reisbeck's in Wintersville, OH are carrying it right now. Nobody else in Wintersville ordered based on the free samples last week.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one doesn't have a screw-off top, nor does it have a "born on" date (a code instead - prefered the born on date, to be honest)...

Pours reddish amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a disappearing patch. Virtually no lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramelly maltiness typical of a red ale with a light citric note.

The taste is of caramelly maltiness with a slight hint of toast and a gentle, bitterish, lightly citric, dry finish.

To call this full-bodied, as they do on the label, is going way too far, but it does hit medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth.

A very drinkable amber/red ale. This was a pleasant one, though there is a bit of the "Bud" aftertaste. Personally, I would have liked to see it bigger, esp. in the hop department (it just has a hint in the aroma and the finish - though it never becomes too "imbalanced" either). An easy-drinker at a good price - would be a nice, easy "intro" to American ambers.

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Photo of Billolick
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ouncer from a six pack costing $6.99 at Peekskill bev, Peekskill, NY...pours clear copper saturated amber, dark oatmeal loose bubble head and leaves plenty of ringed sheeting and then plenty of fine lacing. I just pick up malt in the nose. NOthing too exciting going on here, just a decent, sessionable amber, with mostly malt, and then late drying hops...cascadelike hops come in late to dry things out quite a bit...in the same league as tons of other middle of the road amber ales. Could be put to use in a marinade, or a beer to try out on micro beer newbies..

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color with decent head that clears quickly. A clear and inviting color with little lacing. A strong sweet malty smell. Strong initial malt flavor with the bitterness of the hops at the end. Interesting combination. Very smooth with average carbonation. Overall a very smooth beer with decent body. One of the better Anheuser products. A good middle ground between strong body and easiness of drinking a few.

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Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Liberty St. Tavern. Appears a clear red with and off-white head and a bit of lacing.

Interesting. Off the bat, this is a well-balanced session ale with dry, biscuit undertones. It reminds me of a lighter brown ale or ESB for the mellow roasted character. The aroma is a creamy light lemon citrus and spice, good but a little bland. The flavor starts with a hit of fruit punch esters that are less pleasant as the beer warms. Overall, a pretty decent beer. I've certainly had worse brews from craft brewers.

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Budweiser American Ale from Anheuser-Busch
3.18 out of 5 based on 1,110 ratings.
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