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Missouri, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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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Reviews: 1,652 | Ratings: 6,066
Photo of DWeavie
3/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer is not bad at all I don't care what anyone says about it. Its great, its classic.
The look of it doesn't impress too much. Just like any other cheap corn beer it has a light yellow color to it. Nothing special there. The smell is actually ok, though. Slightly hoppy/corn/sweet smell for me. It tastes pretty good too. Better than Miller High Life which surprises me because that use to be my main cheap beer to go to all the time. It feels great going down, even when it's warm. Overall this beer is pretty good for the price. I've personally been missing out this whole time.

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
3.66/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Poured into a mug, clear pale straw in color with a thin head that quickly dissolved. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - Vaguely sweet grain, mostly rice. "watery"

Tate - Crisp and grainy body, very very faint woodiness. Little sweetness. Dry aftertaste with next to no bitterness.

Feel - Light body, loads of carbonation, very dry.

Overall - Strange enough I enjoy this out of the bottle more than poured into a mug. One of my favorite examples of the style. The beechwood aging gives it a bit of uniqueness.

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Photo of peltome1
2.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was golden in color, a medium color. The taste was light, and didn't have too much of a flavor. The smell was very faint and the foam was minimum when drinking out of the bottle. It was an OK beer, good for a cheap beer you might need but wouldn't highly recommend!

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Photo of Reddanm1
2.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Overall, the beer is below average. It is a typical tailgating, college beer. It would not be my every day beer I would drink. Living in West Michigan, I have been surrounded by Craft Breweries and Craft Beer. I would say that Budweiser does not come close to Bells, Founders, or Arcadia Beers.

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Photo of dream
1/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A watery GMO corn based beer that is like drinking carbonated water. I didn't want to drink it again, but I had to remind myself just how bad this beer is in comparison to every other beer in the world - adjunct or not.

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Photo of down_to_clown_69
4.2/5  rDev +72.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

Budweiser, budweiser, budweiser. Where to start with you, you old salty dog? You were a constant companion during my Freshman 45 and never faltered on delivering your "World Renowned" flavor.

"Porkchops in a can." I hear you say. More like "Budweiser is the man."

This comes served to me in an aluminum bottle, incrested with the seal of American prosperity ("Budweiser" written in a slight cursive font) with the promise to get me slightly closer to that American dream with every sip. Getting drunk off Budweiser and screaming at the cat that things were better the way they used to be.

What happened to the flying cars they promised? And who is this Cardishpanini family they keep talking about on the news?

I think I'll just crack another Budweiser with Andy Griffith and Barney Fife and watch the time tick on.

Now where's that cat...

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Photo of Hackattack
3/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hey, it is what it is. A basic adjunct brew that helps pace out the high dollar craft beers I have in my fridge. Goes down easily and has a malty taste. Not THAT bad in my opinion.

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Photo of Deku
2.88/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I'm tired of these pretentious reviews, comparing this beer to other heavy, dense and complex beers. That's not what this is. You wouldn't rate a bag of rice a 1 just because it doesn't taste like Rice-a-Roni.

That being said, I think my favorite experience ever with a beer was with a Bud. I was at a Bulls game and was ridiculously thirsty. My girlfriend brought me back a Bud, and my God...I downed half of it and almost cried from the satisfaction. This is a very mild, watery beer with heavy carbonation. It's not particularly bitter, but not particularly sweet - it almost taste like a cup of water that had a piece of bread i. it for a week. While that sounds disgusting, and would be to beer snobs, it's actually quite refeshing!

Overall, I don't drink it on the reg, but I have no problem having it on a hot day, or when I'm thirsty. Sometimes you just can't over analyze things.

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Photo of EMH73
2.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There is really nothing positive I can say about this beer other than it was free and ice cold. Basically it is slightly flavored water, not worth the calories. Maybe on a really hot summer day it would be refreshing but certainly not in the dead of winter.

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Photo of mark5692
3.15/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It's Budweiser, you know what you are getting. It looks like every other cheap beer and tastes like your typical mass produced beer.

What makes this beer good is that enjoying them on the 4th of July or at a baseball game is as American as it gets and it doesn't taste too bad when it's only a couple times a year.

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Photo of Treath
4.86/5  rDev +100%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I poured this out of a 12oz can into a glass tumbler.
I will be reviewing this beer against the AAL category.

A- Light golden yellow, lots of bubbles, clear, with a 1.5 finger head that quickly disappears to a ring in the glass.

S- Sweet grains, some malt. Fresh water. Nothing offensive.

T- I taste grains, a teeny tiny bit of hop bitterness, some ricey taste, a little malty. Very smooth.
It has a clean taste. Not offensive.
Very palatable.

Mouthfeel- Bubbly. Watery. Clean. Light.
It has a slight aftertaste: grainy and slightly malty, but it's nice and pleasant.

Overall- I think this beer is an excellent representative of an AAL.
Budweiser is smooth and easy to drink.
I think this will be my cheap to-go beer from now on. It's very refreshing.
Pretty good for $19.86 for a 30pack, all tax and crv included.

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Photo of 413
2.42/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Budweiser is definitely not the best of the big corporate brews. Like the rest, it drinks like water and has a largely inoffensive taste, but it leans to the hoppy side for an American adjunct lager. Unfortunately, the overall effect is just too empty and the balance too clumsy to really feel refreshing. Even if you're looking for a mindless, crushable offering, you can do much better for yourself. I'll always be scratching my head over how this became such an American icon.

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Photo of AgentMunky
1.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cylindricalish drinking glass. Best before 25 December 2016.
A: Pale, clear, and effervescent. Light head immediately dissipates. Straw-gold and pellucid.
S: The fetid, sweet grain floats above the glass and is immediately distinguishable. Mixed with skunky/earthy hops.
T/M: Fizzy-sweet and initially refreshing. There's something akin to the SEA rice lagers here; it's quaffable cold and in quantity. Here, under scrutiny, under less arctic conditions, it fails to please. (Note to self-- if drinking, do not decant into a glass.) A mild touch of zest enlivens an otherwise shit-grain beer that is sour, thin, and vegetal (un-bitter). The aftertaste veers with a drunk's overcompensation, ranging from acrid, cheesy, and foul to clean, sweet, bubbly, and organic. The bipolar finish cannot justify the frankly paltry maintaste.
O: This is just barely drinkable...cold, from the bottle. Any opportunity to showcase its qualities should be avoided. Drink this as and when intended, and you'll be just fine. Half this iteration is going into the sink.

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Photo of Pedalsteel
4.71/5  rDev +93.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hey, I have to agree with at least one other reviewer. Look, I love many craft beers but sometimes you just want the pure and honest taste of a Bud. IMHO, it has a unique refreshing character all it's own. An ice cold Bud at the end of a hard day sometimes is the just what the doctor ordered.

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Photo of Holderness
1.73/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

L -- Incredibly clear and light. Quickly dissipating head
S -- Weak malt
T -- Like the taste of carbonated water after being left open overnight and ...bananas?
F -- weak
O -- Only good in a 40oz bottle.

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Photo of SuperRevs96
1.13/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear golden color, one-finger foamy head that dissipates quickly.
Very faint nose.
Tastes very bland. A little crisp. Barely even a hint of flavor at all.
Feels very watered down.
Typical mass-produced swill. How this beer is so popular is beyond me. Absolutely terrible. I see why Eric Idle says "American beer is like making love in a canoe."

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow golden color and white foamy head that fades pretty fast. Smell is of grain and soapy water. Taste is mild on hops, lots of grain and notes of some rice in there. Pretty typical mass produced beer. I have to drink these ice cold, not a fan when warm. I would not turn one down but not top of my list regarding cheap beers.

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Photo of Bito24
4/5  rDev +64.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey nit wits born After 1980. This was and is the beer that the vast majority of the beer drinking Americans consumed. Not an IPA and not a wheat, but has sold more gallons than all those beverages combined. It's a lager and that's a dirty word today. Well all I can say is "When you say Bud.... You said it all

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Photo of YoungMtn52
2.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Having one of these in my office right now, left over from a party...Amazing that this beer was the 'King of Beers' for about five decades in the US....not bad when really cold but watery and dull when compared to all the great craft beers that are around now...

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Photo of Tripp655321
1.21/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The look is the best part of this beer. It is VERY clear, gold and sparkly. Smells like water with a hint of skunk. Tastes bad. Like unsalted potato chips, bland no hops show through, no malt... It's either too balanced, or too cheap... I'm going for too cheap. Mouth feel is sparkly and thin like club soda. A great beer to give away. Only drinkable when it's free!

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.94/5  rDev +21%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: We all know what it looks like. Pours a stereotypical golden yellow "beer" color.

Smell: Creamy, but mostly of sour apples and sugary cereal.

Taste: Flavors of green apples, white grapes, creamy wheat and barley and mild sugar. People talk a lot of trash about Budweiser, but you could do a whole hell of a lot worse.

Feel: Creamy. Thirst quenching. Medium-light body, moderate carbonation.

The King of Beers? I don't know about that. King of American Macro Beers maybe...

Snobbery aside I really like Budweiser every now and then, especially at certain venues where there are no craft options available. One good thing I have to say about Bud is that it's so popular, it typically never sits on the shelf for too long so chances are you are always likely to get a fresh bottle, which is really important because Old Budweiser tastes like dirty water. Fresh Budweiser however, really isn't all that bad.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
2.85/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

More flavor than Bud Light, not as much as Bud Ice. Cheap, available, more hearty than the Light. I just don't have much to add to the conversation other than that this beer is descent for heavy-drinking and deep parties. Give 'em a few good beers to start with, then druken 'em up with this'un.

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Photo of captaincoffee
2.91/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Long time since had one of these, but was offered at a party and well...
Clear filtered straw to light gold with a coarse head that leaves no lacing. Nose is basically simple grains. No hops, yeast, or malty notes, but clean. Taste is grainy with a slight skinny note, but basically clean and crisp. Better cold...does not improve with warmth. Mouthfeel a bit on the watery side. Overall, not a beer to drink if you can afford better.

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Photo of BigGold
3/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had many times in past, but only twice in recent years, in 2012 with pork BBQ sandwich at Goldie's Trail BBQ, Vicksburg, and this month with rib tips at Interstate Barbecue, Memphis, straight from longneck bottle. No independent rating for appearance or aroma, because you should never pour it out of the bottle. Washed down rib tips very well, and reminded me how easy it used to be to drink many, many of these very quaffable beers.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.22/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks like a clear golden color with streaming bubbles and a soapy fizzy head topping it.

Smells of something a bit sweet with a faint aroma of beer (barley, malts clean water). The nose is pretty faint on this one.

Taste is kind of a creamy sweet taste. Taste is not bad but there are better tasting adjunct lagers in my opinion.

Feel is a bit more thicker than other adjuncts, which is not much more because most adjuncts are a bit thin.

Overall I would tend to gravitate to another side of the beer aisle and leave this one for those Bud fans. Beer taste is very subjective and this one just passes me by. However I do recognize the fact that this is still a nicely brewed beer made to refresh the masses and I am sure there are plenty of Bud fans out there that enjoy this beer.


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