Budweiser | Anheuser-Busch

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using a blend of imported and classic American aroma hops, and a blend of barley malts and rice. Budweiser is brewed with time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character.

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Photo of Floatinfoam
1.1/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Usually skunk slight taste of beechwood which is used just to speed up the lagering process and finish the beer as quickly as possible, watery, poor carbonation. When Anheuser-busch sold out to inbev a Belgian company they put billboards everywhere proclaiming “Americas beer”

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Photo of detgfrsh
2.23/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

On tap. Clear straw color with some white head. Smells of grain. Light feel. Some sweet grain taste up front followed by crisp rice flavors. No hop presence at all. I honestly don't know why people drink this. There's hardly any flavor at all. The rice is probably the best part, but if you're into that there are Asian rice beers that are much better.

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Photo of Texan61
1.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Do you know why they have Clydesdales in their commericls? Because it was originally made with Clydesdale piss. Do you know why they have dogs in the newer commercials? Because they cut the horse piss with cheaper dog piss now days.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.73/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw with just a hint of fog to it. Head is a finger in height, white in color and retains well. Aroma is straw, spicy, herbal hops and bready, biscuity, crackery malts. It has a light dryness to it. Flavor profile is bready, biscuity, crackery malts and spicy, herbal hops in a lightly dry blend. Mouth feel is medium with a crispness up front that loses a little focus and turns fuzzy at the back. Overall, this is a straightforward pilsner with no distractions.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16oz can.

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Photo of ericthered711
3.7/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best way to drink this is straight out of the can or (2) the bottle. Strange how the can holds the flavor way more than a glass. Nice, light and sweet great session beer for sports. Uncomplicated and satisfying. Beers like Sam, etc that brag about their complexity are too full and bitter. I often stray but always return to the King.

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Photo of Herbabee
1.06/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

only had it twice. and the sole thing it gave me those two times was an eventual splittin' headache.

so consider this jaundiced score my revenge. bwah. ha. ha.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "FRESHEST BEFORE" date "08APR19".

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light yellow color with less than one finger white head that quickly dissipated until a ring of small bubbles remained around the rim of glass, very poor retention, there is almost no lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: there is no smell, I don't know what else to write.

TASTE: initially sweet sugar then Beechwood on the finish, where are the hops?

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: my dad used to drink a Bud after mowing the lawn, he would mix it with tomato juice and only had one, I also saw him drink it when fishing with his friends, he let me have a sip one time and my mother was so pissed off but, it made me feel like a man, it tastes exactly the same as when I drank it in 1975, now I know why dad used to mix it with tomato juice, it's really bland.

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Photo of Munka
3.05/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is good, no doubt about it. Decent presentation with a good look and barely there smell. The cans of these puppies though always look so satisfying and tasting these, theres a nice sweetness about it and little bit of hop. If you want a 30 rack, go for the King

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Photo of JuliusBonsall
1.24/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

So I’m at my step-niece’s field hockey game telling this completely inept ref how the game should be called, and my mate Gordon Blevins rolls up (jazzy chair) with a 2.5 pack of Bud. He said he drank the other 3.5 at home, but I’m pretty sure I see all 3 bottles on his dashboard still sweating. He polishes off number 4, knocks out aforementioned ref with it, and inserts himself in the game as a harbinger of slow-rolling justice.

After I lift my jaw from the ground and stymie the NARB that started rising when Gordon concussed the ref, I open both remaining Budweisers. The explosion of premium flavor that ensues is almost more than my simple brain can contend with. I am transported. Like, to flavor country.

POUR: Don’t. This shit isn’t meant for cups.

COLOR: I haven’t poured it, but it’s transparent yellow on the way out.

TASTE: Quintessentially beery. Tastes like America, the sweat that forms under the fold of your gut, and blissful ignorance.

MOUTHFEEL: Lightly effervesced water.

SMELL: Wouldn’t recommend doing that.

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Photo of KooVee
3.96/5  rDev +67.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, 7m old.

Very light straw, extremely clear. Foam is weak, disappears completely, no lace.

Nose is grain, not a strong aroma, but it is exactly as a well-made pils ought to smell like. Very little hops, though. Diacetyl notes.

Taste has even clearer diacetyl mixing with the subdued element of grain. And an understated crispness and edge, presumably from rice. Pleasant, smooth mouthfeel. No hop taste either in terms of aroma or bitterness, which is the main shortcoming... the crispness is the only element bringing any contrast to the smoothness.

In summary, a flawlessly executed subdued hopless version of pils/pilsner..Very well done for what it is trying to achieve. Unjustly over-vilified in my opinion. The diacetyl is not 'corn', maize does not provide much taste at all, and afaik Budweiser does not even have it. Use of rice is no more to sneer at than the Bohemian and German use of it in a very similar fashion at the end of 19th century. Adjunct process is a cornerstone of witbier, why would it be a crime here? A lot of craft beer is poorly balanced and inconsistent and shows little skill. Whether this style is very exciting is another matter, but you cannot fault the execution, as there is very little to hide behind. I suggest trying to make a flawless light lager of your own.

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Photo of beersampler6
2.26/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Honestly, it’s not that bad. I was never a big Budweiser drinker back in the day - Bud Light was much more commonly available - but it’s cheap, easy to find, quenches the thirst and is very widely accepted by all. Looks fairly clear, golden, clean with a little foaming white head that quickly dissipated. No real lacing to speak of. Smells mainly of grain and corn, just a little malt. Tastes similarly, with very little aftertaste. No skunkiness or bitterness. Clean, thin mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Goes flat fairly rapidly, however. All in all, a safe beer but not my go-to AAL.

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Photo of elnachooo
1.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Cerveza popular, industrial, inferior a muchas de su estilo y precio. Ligera, de baja carbonatación y de color dorado. Aroma suave a malta. En boca es acuosa, con poco que destacar.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.19/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I can't tell you the last time I had a Budweiser, but we had a Super Bowl party and I bought a six pack for one of our guests. He decided to drink wine, so...
Pours a clear yellow/gold with a white head that disappears quickly.
Faint aroma of grain.
Faint taste of corn.
Thirst-quenching like water is.
Just a crappy beer,

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Photo of jlindros
2.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear pale watery color, light head

Nose light malt, little sweet like, mild DMS, bitter notes and some off lager notes

Taste light pilsner malts, light lager, mild malt, very light, hint of DMS, mild skunky type flavor but not actually skunky, light finish

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb

Overall eh, at least it's consistent, as typical for style by meh in general

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.75/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Was my daily drinker for the better part of twenty years.
Consistent from can to can, year to year. Always thought it was a nice, flavorful, smooth drinking beer.

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Photo of IronLover
2.73/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Light yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a moderate, soapy white foam with low retention. Aroma of light malt notes with hints of cereal. Light bodied with high carbonation. Flavors are similar to aromas. Light malt and cereal flavors with light graininess followed acidic, medium light bitterness through the middle. Light grainy notes on the back end. Finished cleanly and  crisply with light corn cereal notes. It's been about 15 years since a had a Bud....basically since I discovered what good beer really is. There is nothing offensive with this beer. No off flavors or aromas. It doesn't taste bad. It just generally lacks character of any kind. No head, very light aromas, not much happening with feel, and lifeless flavor. On a positive note, it's better than Bud Light. Very easy drinking and crush able, but a pretty bland offering.

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Photo of hottenot
1.25/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

King of Yuck. If you want rice beer, go to Japan. Even Japanese people hate Budweiser. I am guessing of course because Japan makes some pretty good rice beer.

I used to drink this because my Redneck Friends like stuff that suck. Now my friends are all Dead Heads so PBR makes it over Bud.
Taste: Water with rice in it.
Smell: None.
Look: Like nothing.
Overall: Why bother?

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Photo of hefe300
2.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appears pale yellow. White head, pillowy at first, dissipates almost immediately, leaving no trace of lacing.
Smell is faint of corn and cereal grains. Not much on the nose here.
Taste is also of faint corn, a hint of noble hops with virtually no bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation.

This drinks a lot like dad's lawnmower beer because that's what it is. It's acceptable for mindlessly guzzling on a hot day after yard work. This is a fine substitute to use for water in a wet batter or baked good. There's nothing that distinguishes it from other American Adjunct Lagers, which is, I think the whole point. There's not enough flavor here to be offensive.

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Photo of chitoryu12
2.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Pale, straw yellow. Very clear. About a finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: An unusual sweet smell, like corn syrup and bread. Not immediately recognizable as beer.

Taste: Like water with a vague hint of corn and malt. This might not even have hops, honestly.

Mouthfeel: Like carbonated water.

Overall: The "King of Beers" is one of the most boring, insipid, watered-down pieces of junk on the market.

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Photo of Tantonys
1.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've witnessed Budwieser go downhill over the past several decades. It wasn't really that great back then to begin with, but was ok on Tap. It's really been a study of a corporation attempting to maximize profits at the expense of their consumers. I worked in the rice paddies of Arkansas collecting water samples of the pesticides for EPA agrochemical impact surveys of the rice paddys. Workers were mixing tanks of pesticides with their bare arms before flying the planes spraying the rice. No wonder Arkansas has one of the highest cancer rates of all USA states. AB also introduced GMOs into the production line, hence the Natty line of high alcohol, bad hangover swill. As far as Beechwood Aging, nonexistent anymore except as an adjunct. I will still drink Bud on occasion, but rather not. I hope and pray they get their act back in order. It is nice to see they are attempting to introduce Freedom Reserve and the Beam Copper Ale lately, but it may be way too late.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From notes 12/10/11: Pours clear pale gold with a 1-2 inch shortlived , white head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is bready with thin grain, cereal, honey and lemon hops. The lager yeast is very noticeable. Taste is a similar more robust version of the nose with the yeast very prominent. Alcohol is more detectable than most 5.0 ABV's even in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of MackT
2.41/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Noticed that most reviews of “The KOB’s” say, “not as bad as”
(you name the beer). The beer is for people that don’t drink beer. Buys a 6pk, lasts over 1month, kinda beer drinker.
Steady, reliable as Micky D’s, this beer is not in my house.

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Photo of Functioning_Alcoholic
3.4/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Look, is this the best beer ever? Hell no, but is it the American standard? You bet your ass. Any event, any setting, any occasion, an ice cold Bud can get any party rockin instantly and for cheap. People love to hate Bud, but at the end of the day, this is the go to beer for ALL situations.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.73/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I deleted my earlier review and started all over now that we get full strength Bud in Oklahoma. I am using a new review format similar to the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Score Sheet.

Pours to generous white head that falls to a thin ring and uneven lacing. Moderate to low head retention. Pale gold-yellow with brilliant clarity.

Extremely low levels of malt or grain. Super clean with no off-aromas but exceptionally bland and devoid of malt or hop characteristics. Some alcohol and cooked rice notes. Slight fruit likely from the A-B house lager yeast and short lagering cycle.

Folks, if you want a full flavor beer that is easy to drink and inoffensive and tastes the least like beer at a premium domestic price point then Bud is your jam. Clean, crisp and watery with seltzer, mixed with light cereal grain flavors and a slight crackery finish. No real hop bitterness to speak of.

Light mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation. No astringency or harshness at all. This is where Bud shines. It feels refreshing and comforting, especially in the face of a hot day outside with baseball and hot dogs. If there is ever to be a case in favor of Bud being the Great American Lager, this is where it resides.

In the grand scheme of beers, Budweiser is ripe for extinction on the following points:
1) Consumers are choosing beer less overall.
2) Those that DO like beer tend to choose beer that is either:
----a) super light (mich ultra, anyone?)
----b) super cheap (natty, the beast, malt liquors) ... or
----c) more flavorful/craft beers.
--------Bud is 0 fer 3 on that scale.

The market for bland, flavorless non-light, premium AALs is shrinking.
The Bud name may have hope of living on as Bud Light , Bud Copper Lager, Bud Platinum or something else.

Let's face it. Traditional red-label Budweiser and it's tobacco counterpart Marlboro reds are riding off into the sunset.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.5/5  rDev +89.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Middle of the road and a great gateway beer. It is still brewed exceptionally well and has stood the test of time for a reason, far out does some of the most ridiculous beers out there when you want to go back to something simple. I had many summer nights drinking this beverage and looking forward to a couple more.

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