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Anheuser-Busch

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From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #285
ABV:
5%
Score:
57
Ranked #30,664
Avg:
2.38 | pDev: 34.03%
Reviews:
1,874
Ratings:
5,014
Status:
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Rated:
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Added:
Nov 21, 2000
Wants:
  88
Gots:
  1,932
SCORE
57
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Notes: 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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Rated by Leetenant from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +110.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
King of beers.
Nov 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.72 by JScoby

Nov 19, 2022
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Rated by selimovski from Belgium

3.35/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Okay Lager, at least you know what to expect.
Nov 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Hooded from Texas

3.11/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
12oz can poured into nucleated Pilsner glass.
Appearance is pale yellow with a finger of white head. Retention is average leaving a thin cap.
Smell is low in strength. It smells like general adjunct fillers with some sweetness and a little yeast. The smell isn't overly sweet like some adjunct lagers that use a lot of corn. It doesn't smell terrible. It just has a very low aroma.
Taste is medium in strength. I taste general adjunct filler, a lot of grain, a mineral flavor and a very light bitter finish. For having a medium strength taste, it doesn't have much flavor.
Thickness of mouth feel is medium. Carbonation is high creating a very crisp feel. Astringency is low. The overall feel is exactly what you expect from a macro adjunct lager.

Overall, it's okay. I admit that in the early '90s when I was in college, I drank a lot of Budweiser. I have probably consumed far more Budweiser than any other beer. It's probably been 10 years since I had one. I prefer less sweet adjunct lagers. So, this one is still okay.
Nov 02, 2022
 
Rated: 2.5 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.08 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Oct 14, 2022
 
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Reviewed by Americandrinker1995

3.46/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Its a decent lager for a decent price. It has a light clean taste when ice cold. Good for parties and eating some good food. Does tend to give you a headache the next day but besides that an ok beer.
Oct 05, 2022
 
Rated: 2.48 by ronniebruner from Arizona

Oct 01, 2022
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Reviewed by hgrundle from Missouri

2.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Budweiser is a solid American lager. For what it is - a crisp, light, simple beer, it’s excellent. The consistency of their production is obviously incredible, and in the right setting (a hot summer day, or in the evening in a buzzing pub while watching the game) there are few things that can stand up to this classic. It’s best enjoyed cold and fresh, with its natural carbonation and mild beechwood finish and glorious light gold color and mild head. Folks complaining that it’s not like their good ol’ German beer or hazy mega-juice buttsmacker IPA aren’t wrong that it’s not a beer with a heavy body or distinct taste palate. But that’s missing the point of this beer completely. I’ve always got a fresh pack in the garage fridge.
Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 1.08 by Something8750 from Michigan

Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

1.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
I found a bottle of Budweiser in somebody's refrigerator.
Look: Budweiser had significant foam from what I could see.
Smell: Budwieser had the hazy pungent aroma of corn mixed with industrial chemicals.
Taste: Budweiser had a sweet corn flavour with heavy hints of industrial chemicals. There was a mysterious bitterness within the aftertaste of the Budweiser I drank.
Feel: After I drank the Budweiser, I felt like I was drinking industrial chemicals mixed into a corn flavoured soda. I got scared that I would have a tummy ache.
Overall: I cannot recommend Budweiser to anybody.
Sep 19, 2022
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Reviewed by MarkieT from Kentucky

2.2/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
It really shows just how bad Americans taste is when Budweiser is one of the top selling beers in the country. Compare Budweiser with those from Canada, Germany, and Ireland, just to name a few, and Budweiser doesn't hold a candle to them.
Budweiser is a really, really sad commentary of a lager. That's why I drink German beer.
Sep 09, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

2.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Pours a very clear and pale yellow color with a white head. It has the taste of a decent beer when you drink one ice cold and paired with food like pizza, burgers, and Bar-B-Q. Haven't had one in a couple of years, but I still like it.
Sep 01, 2022
 
Rated: 2.91 by emwilke from Nevada

Aug 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Giolikesbeer from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +81.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Budweiser goes good with almost any food, tacos, hamburgers, hotdogs, and is a good beverage to drink while hanging out with friends and watching sports.
Aug 28, 2022
 
Rated: 2.13 by MrJones07 from Spain

Aug 26, 2022
 
Rated: 2.31 by SeabN

Aug 26, 2022
 
Rated: 1.57 by Thunderduck22 from Ireland

Aug 18, 2022
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Reviewed by cdmentor from Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +100.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Just a good and inexpensive traditional American lager that the snobs hate but everyone drinks and likes.
Its consistent and refreshing on hot summer day.
Aug 16, 2022
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Reviewed by TheGreatCthulhu from Idaho

1.59/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75
Last beer I reviewed was an exquisite, delicate Pilsner that paired insanely well with a good pizza. The boys over at Weihenstephaner sure know how to do the right balance of complex and nuanced flavors, along with a nice delicate, simple beer that is worthy of their brand.

With my reviews, I've mostly been doing beers I love or like, so my reviews are skewed in that way, but today I review a beer that I feel isn't all that great, and that's Anheuser-Busch's beer, Budweiser.

COLOR:

Light and clear golden color. It does look pretty good when poured right. The head fizzles out and dies though, which should be an indication of what I should expect.

AROMA:

Smells tart and cheap. I got a weird, funky skunk smell. Just smells bad.

BODY AND PALATE:

It has the memory of a lager. All of the classic flavors are there, they're just incredibly thinned out. This tastes as if you wanted a beer and somebody shouted the classic lager flavor profile from another room. It tastes cheap.

Add some corn syrup taste and feel to this and you basically have a Budweiser. I love me a good Pilsner and a nice, refreshing lager, but this is definitely not the King of the Beers. More like a serf.

FINISH:

The finish isn't too bad, and not out of the ordinary for a typical lager finish. And I guess that's sorta the problem, isn't it? Nothing really stands out and intrigues your palate.

CONCLUSION:

This is nothing but dorm room beer. It's cheap, it's readily available, and for playing drinking games it has its place. But now that I'm 32 years old, I'm not after quantity, I want a nice, quality beer, and this beer just tastes like water to me.

This beer basically took those classic and delicate flavors of pale lagers and Pilsners that people love, and thinned them out, because they're after mass production and not a nice, refreshing, quality beer at the end of the day.

Overall, it gets a 2.5/10 for me. It tastes like the MEMORY of a lager or Pilsner, and is only good if you've just reached drinking age, you don't have a lot of money, and all you give a shit about is getting shit-hammered.
Aug 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 2.16 by burnaby391 from Canada (ON)

Jul 24, 2022
 
Rated: 2.5 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
 
Rated: 2.8 by willcg from New York

Jul 18, 2022
 
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Jul 13, 2022
 
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Jul 11, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +82.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
"Best by 10/6/22"; drank 7/8/22 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dull orange/yellow appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice off-white head; strong, frothy lace.

Sweet corn, fresh bread & faint strawberry (?!) notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Fresh bread, mild raspberry & faint caramel flavors.

I'm stunned by how much I enjoyed this; my beer budget is about to plummet!!
Jul 11, 2022
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
It’s hot dogs and brats on the grill, fireworks and a Bud!

I assume I’ve had a Bud before, but the last time was at least 40 years ago (probably longer). And I have no specific memory of it amongst a sea of similar beers.

The 4th of July seemed to me to be as good a time as any to give it a proper tasting.

I reduced the temp of my smaller beer ‘fridge specifically for this beer. The ‘fridge was at about 38°F when I removed the beer. The beer was at about 40° when I started tasting.

Clear, pale yellow, lightly carbonated body topped with a tall white head, thick and creamy-looking with retention on the short side of moderate. Nice looking for the style.

Pleasant, if weak, aroma. Malty with hints of sweetness. No complexity, but still nice.

Light flavor of malts. Smooth in the beginning, and remaining such throughout. Some (but very little) bittering appears in the late middle and carries through to the finish. As with the aroma, no complexity, but still enjoyable. The aftertaste is mild and lightly malty with slight bittering. The overall taste is just a little on the sweet side. The finish and aftertaste are more malty than crisp, ending, again, just on the sweet side. (The slight sweetness of Budweiser is apparently one of the differentiating factors – according to other reviews – from the other top-selling AALs, but I like it.)

The mouth feel is thin, decent carbonation feel, and surprisingly creamy (in a light sort of way).

Overall, I am surprised that I am enjoying this beer as much as I am. In flavor and in body, it certainly beats the heck out of the plethora of light/Lite® brands from these macro brewers.

One additional comment: unlike some other macro lagers – and even some non-macro lighter lagers, this beer does not develop off-flavors as it warms. It remains pretty much as it started.

NB: The following rating is with style in mind, but it also is a fair reflection of my enjoyment of this beer. Imagine that. I think I'll crack a second!
Jul 10, 2022
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Reviewed by CobraChicken

3.74/5  rDev +57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bud was the very first beer my friend gave me, years ago. It was warm and probably past it’s expiration. I didn’t even finish it before throwing up. Didn’t drink beer again for over a decade and a half. Now I know what I like and enjoy exploring different beers and saw the tall-boy cans of Budweiser for sale on the 4th of July with the word “FREEDOM” inscribed on the front. I decided I should revisit this for the sake of knowing what it actually tastes like. Surprise! -it’s not as horrible as the beer aficionados claim. Neutral flavor of very mild hops, malt, and sweetness from the rice. No off-putting flavors or aftertaste. Clean and refreshing. It’s not something that one drinks to contemplate life’s mysteries, but maybe just to stare into a camp fire or watch the stars. It’s good enough to cool you from the heat of your bbq grill. I will say that I had some *ahem* bathroom problems later that I can’t help but attribute to this beer… but overall I cannot bring myself to look down on Budweiser any longer.
Jul 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Macbeerio

5/5  rDev +110.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Picked up a case of bud cans today. Maybe it’s the special summer “freedom” marketing that gets me, I don’t know. This beer pours perfectly, golden with a glorious white head. Smell and taste are slightly crisp like green apple cider, not too heavy, not too sweet. It goes down smooth and I actively want to chug it. This is a Beer I long ago dismissed but now I think I might just be a bud man like my father was.
Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by markfill from Tennessee

3.14/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I just had to write this.I am an IPA fanboy who hits all the taprooms around the city.I hopped on BeerAdvocate to read up on Budweiset.
I tried a Budweiser tallboy because 5% abv around a pool in the summer makes more sense than my 7.2% IPA.
It ain't that bad,geekheads.And you should know that because we ALL drank Bud at some point of our lives.It's not your local's pilsener/lager that costs twice as much,but it is a decent brewski for sitting with friends.And for all of you reviewers that keep talking about corn this and corn that...Bud uses rice,not corn, as the adjunct,so shut up already.I can't drink Busch because of that corn;Bud doesn't have that problem.
Bud has a neutral,but pleasant taste.Doesn't smell like much of anything.Goes down smooth and easy.
I prefer IPAs,but I am not ashamed to drink this.And neither should you be.
Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by GucciBalboa from Nevada

3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Budweiser is fine not the best of brews but it’s decent. I prefer ipas but Budweiser is okay I won’t drink it regularly but it does have its place
Jun 14, 2022
 
 
Rated: 2.65 by Best_Username from Florida

Jun 09, 2022
 
Rated: 2.16 by kirkgarner

Jun 02, 2022
 
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