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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 JoLight
4.18/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber body, with a frothy off-white head that retains very well, and leaves a good bit of lacing.

The smell is slightly hoppy, nutty, with maybe a little bit of fruit. A bit of bubble gum character is detected.

Taste: dried fruit, hops, and toasted malt.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Finish: mostly dry, crisp, refreshing.

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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 beerprovedwright
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad pour in my Sam Adams glass...sorry AB. Two finger head, pure white, dense foam, lasted about two minutes, leaving a semi cling foam. Color is a 6 on the SRM beer color chart and not really very red. Smell is distinctly roasted rye, with a touch of malt and wheat. Taste is muted, with flavors of rye bread, oatmeal, corn, dried rice and a tinge of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, some carbonation to zap my upper palate, but a coating of phlegm that was a bit sour. Not a beer that I would try again unless someone gave it to me, and I drank it not to hurt their feelings.

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

I am DEFINATELY NOT a BMC fan, let me make this clear. Most of their products have always given me a headache imediately! That being said... It pours a very acceptable amber colour, with aprox. a 2" head that settles quickly to a nice ring with some fair lacing. Smells very slightly of citrus and bread. Tastes much better than it smells, with a sweet-but-tangy flavour on the front, followed by a mild citrus taste that makes one want to pop your lips. Finishes slightly bitter. This is the BEST offering that I have found by BMC, bar none, thanks Lil' Bro for bringing it to my attention. I could drink several of these at a get-together, as the low ABV makes them quite sessionable. IMO this is a flavorful beer for the American masses, much the same way as Newcastle Brown Ale is for the working Brits. A very good stab at flavor for AB!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear red amber body. Frothy off white head with good retention and the most lacing stick of any macro beer I've seen.

Smell - Malty sweet and nutty.

Taste - Malty with a bit of hop. The amount of bitterness in the finish is surprisingly low.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied ale with a bit of creaminess.

Overall Drinkability - Not impressed the first time I had this beer. The second time I had it, I was actually pretty impressed. Especially considering it's made by BMC. Just make sure it's served in a proper pint glass and not straight from the bottle or in plastic cups. Definitely worth the $6-something per 6'er price tag. I'd go as far as to say this is the single best macro beer out there.

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Photo of loobear
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Light amber body with an two-finger thick off-white head with good retention. Light sweetness and hops in the nose. Smells just like it tastes.

Not typically a Budweiser fan, but this is definitely one of their better beers.

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Photo of mbrady55
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a nice dark amber with a foamy off white head that has decent retention and lacing.

S: citrus hops, caramel malt and some faint grain.

T: actually quite pleasent comnidering its a-b, sweetness nice hop taste but not much bitterness, caramel, surprisingly decent.

M: medium mouthfeel and carbonation

Overall the best product a-b puts out and its not close. That said it still lacks in a few areas as it is a bit sweet and cloyi g after having a few but all in all an above adverage product and light years better than all adjunct lagers

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

Pours a nice clear amber color. Not much of a head, and it quickly faded away.

A faint smell, but a good smell. Citrus and hops.

Taste is of sweet carmel malts and some hop bitterness. Very well balanced.

Very easy to drink too.

I think Budweiser accomplished exactly what they set out to do. Create a beer that would bring in craft beer drinkers without alienating the BMC crowd.

It is the perfect beer to step up from the big macro lagers. It is more complex and more satisfying without being offensive in anyway.

I am not sure if Budweiser American Ale will succeed. The typical Bud drinker will not likely venture into something different, and the craft drinker will want something more crafty.

Budweiser American Ale is worth a try.

At first taste, I really liked this beer, but the more I drink it, the less I like it.

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Photo of ccampo
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't be afraid of the Bud name. This is a fairly decent brew. Not one of my favorites, but hugely better than most other offerings at standard bars and restaurants.

Slight citrus hoppy aroma with a nice and sweet malt body. There is some bitterness, but this it is light for an American ale. Seems like anheuser-busch is trying to branch out a little to craft beer fans, without alienating the BMC drinker. Looks like AB was going for a Sierra Nevada PA type of beer. Unfortunately, it is a little weak, both in hoppy-ness and body, but tasty nonetheless.

Pretty sweet and easy to drink. I wouldn't take this over a Sam Adams or Yuengling, but definitely over a Shocktop, Blue Moon, Magic Hat 9, or a BMC.

Worth trying definitely, although I wouldn't actively seek it out, nor would I buy it to drink at home.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Beautiful reddish copper and clear, 1 finger fizzy head. Nice lacing on glass.

Smell - Light hoppy scent

Taste - It seems like this beer tastes different than the one I had about a year ago. The flavor tastes more Belgian Ale this time but last time I tried it, I thought it was more similar to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or similar style.

Mouthfeel - Nice nothing negative.

Overall - A decent brew, decent flavors, nothing over the top yet pleasant all around. Full bodied and good ABV at 5.3 to give a little kick.
If you don't get hung up on this being a macro, its a good craft beer none the less.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a very clear and transparent amber color, very close to an Irish Red with slight hints of orange and gold when held to light. Medium carbonation bubbles float to the top of the body and produce a rocky two-finger white head, which leaves behind some respectable chunks of lacing and rings down the glass and settles down to a think cap of foam on top of the body. About average for an amber ale, but definitely the best from a brewery like Budweiser.

Smell: Again, fairly standard in terms of category, but definitely not bad overall. The advertised citrus aromas from the hops are present, but there's also a nice backbone of bread-like malts, caramel, and a slightly earthy note overall. Very sweet and inviting, kind of reminds me of some dark lagers. Pretty solid.

Taste: A nice sweep of caramel and bready malt sweetness settles on the tongue at first, followed by some moderately bitter - but not overwhelming or assertive by any means - citric hops in the finish along with some earthy/musty notes. Pretty standard amber ale, but the bite from the hops is what sort of enhances the overall flavor of this beer. Maybe it's a little too sweet, but it's solid overall.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body overall, medium carbonation enforces the slight hop bite in the finish. Very slick and smooth in the finish, not grainy or off-putting at all. Virtually no aftertaste except for some lingering citrus notes.

Drinkability: I definitely wouldn't go after this as a staple beer, but if I was in a pinch and this was the only thing offered, I wouldn't turn it down. If AB made beers like this their flagship and focus, maybe they could change their reputation as a brewery. This brew, of course, pales in comparison to others, but on its own, it's not bad at all. Solid and enjoyable, very consistent in flavor. And let's face it, at $7 for a six-pack (in my area anyway), this is reasonably priced compared to similar craft beers.

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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 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 birderbeerer
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange/copper with a white, one finger head and a little lacing.

Pretty nice malt aroma. Caramel and and wheat bread. Sweet and dry with a heartier presence than I expected.

Taste is also decent. Heartier than I expected. Approaching an amber ale in the malts and even a few hops show up. The caramel sweetness is offset by a drier malt, which makes for a decent drink. Fairly creamy texture.

This beer benefits from my very low expectations. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of lxCheshireCatxl
2.96/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Better than other beers from Anheuser-Busch in terms of beer for a darker beer drinker. Its not that much different than a boch or a brown ale. It tastes okay and has an okay feel, but it still has a funny taste just like Budweiser and Bud Light do. Its a good try for Budweiser but I'll stick with tastier territory that has more experience.

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Photo of JDFish
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark amber color and an initial head that was nice and foamy off white. The head quickly settled to a line of foam. The smell is promising.. sweet malts and a bit of hops. The taste has an initial shot of hops, but quickly dissapates in the mouth to shallow nothing ness. Drank it side by side to a nice craft beer and the mouthfeel on the American Ale really lacked. Similiar to bud after a second or two. In a pinch, this beer will do..it actually has some taste. Not horrible, because its drinkable with some taste.

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Photo of thecarster1
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, scant head fades to a wispy layer of lace, crystal clear amber color.

s- sweet, malty nose - just a slight hint of hops in here.

t- same as the nose here, sweet grains, pretty much tastes like a doctored up bud, nothing special here.

m- medium.

d- not the best here, the flavor isn't here, i appreciate the effort for them to put this out, and yes it's miles ahead than regular bud, but not great still.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Suprisingly, this beer looks nice. Deep mahogany with creamy head, good retention and nice lace.

S- Nicely balanced nose of sweet toasted malts, citrusy hops, and earthy musty tones.

T- Fairly good. Nice balance of toasted malts, hints of rich caramel, and lemony hops. Things collapse though in its watered down middle. Also, unpleasant musty aftertaste.

M- Watery, and musty

D- Better than most macro beers. Actual flavors are present, though it has been watered down significantly.

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Photo of Connnor
4.16/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was fairly impressed. I've read some bad reviews elsewhere that really seemed to be reviews of the brewery rather than the beer. I found it to be an attractive and quenching amber ale with nice aroma. I could give a toss who makes it. The price might get more attractive too, as craft beer prices keep going up and up

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Photo of bigrzman
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 12 OZ pry off bottle. This is a first for A-B! Pores out amber to red with a thick white head that lingers and laces the glass.

Smells of toasted malts and citric hops. Clean overall.

Tastes of toasted malts and lemony hops. Lemony hops take the lead and finishes of with a grain malt aftertaste. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is thin and semi-drying. A-B actually hopped this beer...amazing. Drinkability is ok and I could have another one.

Overall I am shocked. This is a decent product put out by the king of macro crap. Most of their specialty beers are crap but this is a saving grace.

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Photo of aficionado224
4.52/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is truly great beer, in the sense that it's mass-produced but not typical American swill. This

beer is very flavorful, refreshing, and satisfying. Even though AB makes a lot of the

aforementioned swill, this beer is, in my humble opinion, the "standard" beer. Many are worse,

but few are better.

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Photo of HugePlume
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours an attractive copperish amber color. Very dense head that is retained well. Nice lacing.

S: Teases the nose and gets you excited that this might actually be good. Slightly dry malty aromas, almost smells dusty. Unique. Fruity hop notes are quite evident.

T: Goes downhill here. Malt and hop are in a nice balance, but has an extremely dry finish. Almost no aftertaste. Awkward.

M: Very light on the tongue. Carbonation is done well, but its too slick and watery.

D: Not sessionable which would be the goal. Try one, contemplate what the marketing machine in St.Louis is trying to do, and go back to drinking awesome craft brews that spawned this oddity,

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Photo of beersensei305
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the best Anheuser-Busch product. I had it for the first time at Yankee Stadium last year (yes i paid $10 for it). This is a pretty good beer. Its an amber color, with a malty flavor. The head is cream, and it has an average smell. Pretty good beer if your on a low budget.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall one of my favorite beers to "splurge" on. Found it with a buddy over the summer. He warned me it was a little stout. Well, let's just say he's a light beer drinker.

Pours a nice light mahogany with an almost creamy looking head that sticks around for a minute or two. Light lacing. Good first impression, with mainly malts. A little sweet. Very few hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is light for an American Red, but a good balance of carbonation and weight. Hints of caramel and an almost woody taste.

Just edited this now that my taste is a little more refined, and I don't care who you are, this stuff is good. A while of not having it has made me appreciate it that much more. There is very little in the negative department I can say about this one. I hope Budweiser keeps it around a long time.

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Photo of DJED69
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really not bad at all. I had a pint at a local chain burger joint. Not super complex---but some decent malt flavor and hint of hoppiness. Kept a nice head to end of pint. This is very drinkable on draft---smooth and made for the Bud drinker who may want to step up his game a bit, but nothing too out of hand. Has a def subtle sweetness to the flavor. Overall, I commend AB for trying---but for me, this wasnt going to sway me from a micro.

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