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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 deadliest
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of a mix-6, been putting off trying it for a while due to my admitted bias against the company. Really not a bad beer though, I can't say I would ever go out and buy it, but it's the sort of beer you would still get to find at a get together of non-craft folks, and in that case, I'd be happy to drink it.

A/S: Kind of disturbing, really, the head looks soapy... Glad that it didn't stick around for long. Other than that, the color is a decent amber, glassy clear. Smell is fair, malty, something of a synthetic sweetness going on. I don't pick up any hops but I may be distracted by off-sweetness that keeps creeping up.

T/M: Surprisingly good on the taste front. After the look and smell I assumed I was getting the product I expected, but I turned out to be wrong. This is a solid tasting brew, that if it just had a that little extra something on the hops front I would have crept it up to a 4. Feel is average, light, but not too watery.

D: The bottle was gone before I realized it. Those clever BMC people, making beer that disappears. Definitely has drinkability from a standpoint of drinking it down, I just wouldn't honestly see myself excited to have another especially if others I like were available. Still, I have to give them credit for making products that are so easy to drink.

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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 PorterLambic
2.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color. Good, very light tan colored head, 1" drops to 1/2" quickly then to a ring and island.
Smell is distinctly metallic note, malt, subdued hops, vanilla and citrus. Hard to detect with the overwhelming metallic smell. Wuld be a 3.5 withou it.
Taste is hops, malt, vanilla and light citrus.Hops and alcohol in aftertaste with metallic not present as well.
Lightish-medium body, somewhat watery. Crisp with medium effervescence focused on the tongue tip. Much better thsn I ever expected with just a touch of work, this could be a really fine brew.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 12oz. bottle with a pry-off cap (!) this is Bud's take on the craft beer. Most of the text on the label is too small to read but I can make out that it claims to be "not too heavy nor too bitter." Well we wouldn't want that!

Served cold into a goblet, American Ale is actually a nice looking beer. A deep ruby red body topped with a sticky white head that leaves some nice lace behind.

Aroma is more malty than hoppy but still alright. Caramel apple sweetness with an earthy hop in the background.

Flavor is very light, sweet, and definately not too bitter. This is a light beer drinkers "special dark." More sweet and malty than anything close to a hopped up craft ale.
A bit of roast rounds it out.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, lowish carbonation, balance leaning towards the sweet.

Overall a pretty weak attempt. I don't know exactly what Budweiser was trying to achieve but this is a letdown.

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Photo of obrendano
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get the feeling that the source of this brew will automatically force some to be harsher or skeptical, but I would guarantee that in a blind test this would get much better reviews. yes, almost everything AB puts out tastes like shower water, but this is a decent exception

A - beautiful clear dark amber color, decent head that leaves some minimal lacing

S - toasty malt, light hints of apple and grape. nothing out of the ordinary I guess

T - sharp and slightly bitter up front, the middle reveals some butter and some hop bite and the finish is thick and malty with a bitter spice. not quite balanced, the bitter toast tone does cover up much of the character of the other flavors

M - a little more bubbly than necessary, but feels rich and smooth underneath that

D - good for a session, don't think I would go out of my way to kill a sixer of this in anything under a week, but a solid beer that is worth testing your elitism with

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Photo of harpus
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks very reasonable. Clear amber color with a medium-sized white head that lasts a decent while.

S - Caramel malts and Cascade hops. A little muted and not particularly fresh, but it ain't bad.

T - Flavor is just like you'd expect an average amber ale to taste. Bready and caramel malt, Cascade hops, a bit of citrus. Just a little metallic.

M - Dry finish, mouthfeel a bit watery with medium-light body and medium carbonation.

D - Pretty high for the style. Congrats, Anheuser-Busch - you actually brewed an average beer!

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

I had been warned that this is a pretty OK ale. It is. It certainly beats lots of inferior microbrews.

I drank my first in a back to back taste test with a Dogfish Head 60. Not really the same style. The BUd was inferior, but it wasn't crap either.

I will buy it again, and not just because I'm at a store where there isn't anything else (although that will come into play).

Editing the review nearly two years later, my tastes have changed. I don't care for it as much. In general I don't much like things of this genre - American amber types. It's a bit too malty and a little roasty for my taste. I recently bought a 12 because it was cheap - rebated. I found it difficult to tolerate at times so I had a few of them right out of the bottle and as cold as possible to kill the pain. I was not savoring them.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Solid amber red with good foam and lacing. I think Budweiser American Ale is kind of flat and watery in appearance.

Smell: Caramel malt with pine hops. A perfect smell combination, although I wish there was more of it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly caramel and pine hops, at the beginning and in the finish. Starts out fairly creamy but ends up watery in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not offensive and all, and honestly enojoyable to drink.

Overall: A slightly above average attempt by Bud at a microbrew.

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Photo of association330
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours reddish amber with a finger of light tan head. Slowly settles to a surprisingly respectable cap/ring of bubbles with some lace.

S - Lightly sweet, but stale grain. Faint caramel and unwelcome solventy alcohol note. Kiss of floral hops.

T - Pretty similar to the nose. Sweet grains, with a lightly hoppy finish that quickly fades into nothingness.

M - Typical, watery BMC slammer.

D - If this is what AB/InBev thinks is "premium" beer, then I'll happily pass on it in the future. Especially at $7.49/six.

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Photo of Dorian
2.56/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was very excited when this beer came out i thought hey its an anhauser busch beer might be decently priced but no same as other better craft brews out there. So i went and got a sixer poured it into my pint glass got some caramel but mostly alcohol aromas same with flavor went down kinda watery so i wasnt to impressed i would only drink this beer again if my other choices where the lesser BMC beers.

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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 hmk22
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This tastes like exactly what it is -- Budweiser's idea of what a craft ale should be. It's not bad but it's not craft-like (whatever that means). This is the blessing and curse of being the Godzilla of American beer -- you have the means and marketing apparatus to get a specialty beer into wide distribution without a proven fan base (unlike some of the little guys), but since you're tied to the A-B brand name you can't really do anything that bold for fear of alienating your core customers. Other companies get around this by not advertising their affiliation (e.g., Blue Moon is made by Coors but they don't exactly showcase that in their ads, and McDonald's invests in places like Boston Market and Chipotle so they can make money off other tastes without alienating the Big Mac and Happy Meal crowd). All that acknowledged, I have to admit I like this more than I thought I would and it's grown on me.

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Photo of primrose54
2.01/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A= Pours light brown/amber with a finger and a half of head that disappeared quickly with very little lacing.
S = Very little malts maybe a touch of citrus hops, very disappointing.
T= Sweet at first and finishes with some hop flavor. If you are looking for a beer with some taste don't waste your money on this!
M= Light and way over carbonated.
D= It went down smooth, and has "Drinkability" but this beer sucks.
My thoughts:
This is a crappy Anheuser-Busch attempt and a micro-brew.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Nice bright amber color with two fingers of head that dissipated somewhat slowly and left a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Some citrus and malts coming through. Not much going on here.

Taste: Sweet, caramel malty front end with a light finish that's the signature cascade hop. Pretty straight-forward.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with a bit too much carbonation. Smooth though.

Drinkability: Goes down alright but I wouldn't want more than one of these.

Final Notes: An OK attempt, but falls short in the long run. I won't go looking to buy it and there are definitely better beers out there. I remember the first time I tried it I was still new to beer and I really liked it at the time, but now it just really doesn't do anything for me.

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

Part of a build your own sampler six pack.

A real nice amber to brown color, clear with a few rising bubbles and a thick, foamy, slightly tan head that left a fair bit of lacing.

Lightly grainy smell with just a touch of hops and sweet malt.

A fairly decent tasting blend, with a very mild hop profile, a bit of wheat, some malts and just a tad sweet with very mild bitterness.

Crisp and thin, tho fairly refreshing. Noticeable carbonation.

Not bad for a budweiser product, but nothing I'll rush out to buy. Wouldn't be too bad in one of those situations where only bud products are available.

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Photo of t00sl0w
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- nice brown with a very light almost brown head

s- not much, maybe some cereals

t- malty, cereal, not too shabby, but not much either

m/d- felt good in the mouth, easy to drink for an ale. prob one of the best in the bud line-up. i would drink on tap if i had nothing else to choose from. i would recommend for people to try if they haven't.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a thin tannish colored head. Very little retention and pretty much no lacing.

S- Very light in smell. A bit of ceral type grains and some very light sweet malts. Not really anything going on here.

T- I can't find any hops here. Quite a few malts slightly toasted, buttery and ceral.

M- Fairly light in body and carbonation is probably a bit on the higher side.

D- Nothing really going on here. Better than most of the macros.

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Photo of hardy008
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color with a large off white head with fair retention and some lacing. The aroma is light, with a combination of light caramel malt and light hops.

The flavor also seems to be a bit faded. There is some caramel malt and hop bitterness. I would say the flavor is below average, but it is not real bad.

Light bodied, decent carbonation. Nothing too special. Not the worst beer I have had, but I would not buy again.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean, clear, amber with a creamy tan head that maps the glass as you drink and lasts the length of the draught.

Caramel and fresh bread aromas in the nose without citrus or hop notes. The malt really comes through without being too sweet or cloying.

Smooth mouthfeel with lots of tingly, tiny bubbles.

Flavors of caramel and definite hop notes reminiscent of cascade in their fruitiness. Slight citrus bite in the aftertaste leaving the mouth clean and ready for another sip.

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Photo of BeerCon5
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with just about an inch of white bubbly head.

The scent was of sweet caramel malts, some spice.

The taste is sweet caramel malts, light hops, and some spice.

Light bodied, crisp and kind of thin, high carbonation.

This is about what I had expected, nothing spectacular but not bad. Pretty easy to drink but not enough to hold my interest, I probably won't be having another.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top; decent label, best-by date stamped

Appearance: Bright copper beer; a strong pour produces a dense, fluffy, ivory cap with good retention

Smell: Mild grapefruity/herbal hops (Cascades, I'm assuming) with a bit of sweet malt in the background. Just a hint of that odd, sickly sweet macro-lager "twang," but it stays mostly in the background. Overall, nothing special, but not bad.

Taste: Well, so much for that. I actually had pretty high hopes for this beer up to this point. It's kind of like a Budweiser with some sweet caramel malts, some minerality, and a kick of hops. Does not meld together well at all. Not much bitterness, odd grainy sweetness predominates...unsorted

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium

Drinkability: I don't really want another

Conclusion: I thought I remembered trying this and didn't think it was too bad. Tonight's conclusion? No thanks.

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

12 oz bottle brewed March 18th. Pours a deep amber with a tall, tan head that laces around the glass. Smell is malty, clean, and slightly floral. I detect a bit of bright, citrusy hops upfront. A smoother base and bitter, dry finish follows along with a slight perfume-like quality. A bit thin after the sip. In the end, a crisp, solid beer from AB. I would drink a few of these with some food. If American Ale converts a few light beer drinkers, then it has done its job!

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Photo of MIbeerfan
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of vanilla and molasses. Good carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. I do not detect hops in the aroma. Rich taste with molasses aftertaste, slight hops but defintely not bitter, more sweet than hoppy. Overall good beer with decent drinkability. Tasted 4/24/10.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice off white foamy head, filtered neutral amber color, not much carbonation activity.

Smell - Quite hoppy in the nose, of the citrusy and floral kind. To be honest in a blind smell test I'd probably guess this to be a pale ale. Just a hint of caramel. Overall smells nice, if 'paler' than the appearance lets on.

Taste - Bright hoppy taste to start with a malty finish. With a good moderate strength to each flavor. A light bitterness in the taste that suceeds in a complementary role. I like this. There is good flavor here, but what it lacks is something that the color suggests is there. There are no 'amber' or 'red' flavors in this. I'm not going to count that against it though.

Mouthfeel - A bit more prickly than I like but I suppose it works with the flavor.

Drinkability - This is really good and I think its a bit underrated overall. It is especially solid for the money but it holds its own regardless. To me at least, this drinks more like a pale ale despite its color but that isn't a bad thing. Its quite drinkable and I'd pick it over a number of craft brew I've previously had.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Taken on a rainy afternoon in April, poured in a pint glass. Look: Brown with bright orange color, the foamy head is creamy yellow with medium duration. Smell: Biscuity malts and floral hops, added with cherry, very pleasant. Taste: Biscuity and toffee malts, floral hops hints of gas remnants. Mouthfeel: Slightly dry, medium bitterness with woody and fizzy finish, very soft body. Drinkability: Very decent beer but should have more flavor and body to be consistent with the style.

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