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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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Photo of Sammy
1.12/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I could not have more than one sip. Makes club soda taste decent. Aggressive carbonation with metallic behind it. Some bitter sweetness hit me and that's it -where's the water. There is some fruity aroma here. Pale colour of some fizz. Definately awful looking.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love how people write reviews as if they are trying this beer for the first time as they are writing. Didn't any of you go to college?

So I am sure no one needs to read these reviews anyways but the beer is straw yellow, a half finger head forms. The smell is of barely. Taste is bitter which is noticeable immediately and remains long after you have finished the beer. The beer tastes and looks watered down but really its just lack of hop flavoring.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Canned 2/8/14.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with watery grain, rice, and slight vegetal flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is somewhat drinkable but just boring and watery all around.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

this beer has an undue bad name. all their other products are garbage, from shock top to black crown, to bud light and on and on, but, this particular brew, the original, ive always preferred to its competitors, and it does have a useful part to play I think. it pours a yellow straw colored watery soda fizz mess with an average white head. the nose is a lot like the can, even when its from a bottle or on tap. an odd metallic smell, but there is some grain in here, and I can get hops if I focus on it. the flavor has a refreshing mellowness to it, and while this may be all cut up with corn and rice and whatever else, it does retain some nice malt flavors, light as they are, and the hopping is crisp. I mean, im never going to go out and buy this, but in a tiny foreign airport, a concert at some beer wasteland, or a ballpark with no better options, I actually really enjoy a Budweiser. it is also the first beer I ever legally bought in the united states when I was 21 returning from overseas, so it has some sentimental function as well. to me its the classic American working mans beer, nothing special, but far from repulsive too. say what you will about it, but it aint half as bad as a miller or coors, although black crown is unforgivable.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah yes the "king" of beers. This was given to me at a family gathering and I accepted even though I wasn't thrilled. The beer pours out as a traditional straw pale yellow with a little white head. Really nothing to rave about. The taste is slightly sweet but doesn't have anything but a malt backbone screaming at you. The mouthfeel is drinkable and light.

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Photo of metter98
2.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge of the glass, and bits of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—rice seems to stand out in particular—along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of rice and other nondescript malts along with faint hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, slightly clean and a touch watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down easily. The smell or taste isn't offensive, but are ones that I would not particularly seek out.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

For what it is, a widely available beer meant to be enjoyed by the masses, it does its job. But, it's high in calories and not that cheap so if you want widely available cheaper beer there's much better options out there. Very hard to tell this from a Bud Light, maybe a hint of more taste but really none at all.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.18/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reveiwed once before on tap at the Anheuser Busch Brewery and had a plesant experience. However, this time from the can. Looks brightly straw with small head retention and small lacing. Smells faint of light malt, corn, rice, and maybe other cereal grains. A bit astringent and metalic. Tastes powdery and malty. Light buttery and corn flavors dominate. A bit of cidery flavors present to the palate and in the finish. Noble hop varieties are nicely balanced but lend no flavor. Finishes scrubbed from over carbonation. Aftertaste is powdery and mildly sweet. Fades quickly. Crisp yet remains slick to the toung and metalic.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A word to the wise - don't mock certain things when out drinking with certain people, people whose turn it is to buy the round. I'm just saying, but hey, lemons and lemonade...

A 20oz pint of this plops down on the bar, in a sparkly clean Bud Light glass - too much to hope for exact brand consistency, I suppose. The beer appears a crystal clear pale golden straw colour, with a bare modicum of thinly foamy, bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a surprising bit of spectral webbed lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of middling corn and grainy rice 'malt', a bit of stony hard water minerality, and damned near nothing in the way of hops. The taste is more breakfast cereal rice, with a lesser sickly corn sweetness, an ethereally faint, indistinct, New Jersey laboratory fruitiness, and, dum-da-da-dum: still no hops here folks.

The carbonation is a bit much up front, but skitters away soon enough, the body medium-light for the style, more than a bit watery, and smooth by committee diktat. This all makes for a plain, off-dry finish, and thankfully not very much of it.

Innocuous, and easy enough to put back, but in the same way as a sandwich made with Wonderbread, you'll feel sort of guilty and empty afterwards. The 'drinkability' hacks probably pushed the IBU rating here into the negative range, but I actually have no problem downing it, particularly if I'm distracted, and already a bit sauced, which, thankfully, I am. Still no reason to make this your beer of choice, though.

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

Appearance - Very pale gold, crystal clear. The fizzy head falls flat pretty quickly.

Smell - Grainy, sweet, very mild. Difficult to pick out any distinct aromas.

Taste/mouthfeel - Mild grainy sweetness, doughy bread and a hint of vanilla. Absolutely no balancing bitterness. High carbonation, light-bodied, almost watery. Very clean finish with no aftertaste to speak of.

Notes - Not as bad as it's made out to be around here. Decidedly average, but not awful. While I'd never go out of my way to drink this, it's really not a bad brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.1/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

33cl bottle into pint glass in Galway, Ireland. I got this beer for free, but I'm thinking I'm going to want my money back.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow, with a laughably pathetic thin disgusting head that goes from two fingers to one in ten seconds and completely disappears to nothing in twenty five seconds. At least I don't have to taste that part of the beer.

Sm: Smells of straw with maybe a bit of horse urine for flavouring (that extra touch from the brewmaster - Eau de cheval, anyone?)

T: Is there barley somewhere in this? This might be good as a between-real-beer cleanser since it's so close to water. A light hint of straw for that oh-so-subtle beer taste. What an American classic.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet. I mean, it's water.

Dr: Cheap enough in America. Would I drink it again? Not over most cheaper American macros if I were looking to get drunk. Stick to steel gravity high reserve if you're sacrificing taste to get locked. Elsewise, lads, truth be told this tastes like what I imagine your urine would taste like after having a real beer. To its credit, it should be said that 5.00% is a fair bit above the standard 4.3% of many beers.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.3/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden beer with almost no head. I won’t surprise anybody by saying that there is no aftertaste and general aroma is very weak. Pretty much the only thing I could pick-up was some sweetness. I personally don’t care about this but I got to admit that this the perfect macro beer, i.e. no taste, no head, a little bit sweet for that extra refreshing feeling – everything that people who don’t really like beer but still drink it like to see and taste.

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Photo of zeff80
2.16/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had some at a recent gathering and figured it is time to review it.

A - Poured out a clear, yellow color with a good deal of carbonation and a small, fizzy white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grain adjuncts and slightly metallic...even though I poured it into a pint glass.

T - It tasted of corn and some faint malt. It was bitter, but not a good hoppy bitter...a bad bitter.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This was a good reminder of why I don't usually drink this. I remember in years past (i.e. college days) it usually gave me headaches in the morning and not because of overcomsumption.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.78/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale and straw-colored, with quite a bit of white head. Head retention is not high.

S: Mostly grainy, although my nose tells me that there are some hops in there somewhere.

T: Pretty good tasting for the style. There is some malt; certainly more than is typical of the style. The residual adjunct is there of course.

M: Light mouthfeel, although pretty heavy for an adjunct. Decent amount of carbonation--not severely over-carbonated like Bud Light.

D: As far as I'm concerned, by far the best of the macros, which doesn't say much. Luckily there's Yuengling on the East Coast for desperate situations.

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Photo of mothman
1.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I got a pounder of the King of Beers! Yes... now I get 16 oz instead of 12 oz.

Poured into a pint glass.

Poured somewhat vigorously yielding a finger of fizzy yellow hued white head. Color is a very clear straw yellow. Wow, this is a light colored beer.

Aroma: some strong grains and corn notes. Metallic notes as well. Nothing very appealing.

Taste: Very bland taste. Very little hops present. Grain flavors dominate the taste. Some corn and metallic flavors. Very dry taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry. Fairly light bodied with a somewhat low level of carbonation, which surprised me. Ends with a dry grainy aftertaste.

Overall, this is not the king of beers as most would suspect. I didn't enjoy this at all. Not something I want to pay for, that is for sure.

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Photo of nickfl
2.71/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pale straw color with perfect clarity. Pours with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Grainy aroma with no hop character. Some sweetness along with a distinct green apple aroma.

T - Very grainy flavor with a slight honey note from the malt. Clean, with no hops and a dry finish.

M - Light, watery body with moderate carbonation.

D - The light flavor and body aid drinkability and contribute to a clean, simple overall impression. The green apple aroma represents a slight flaw IMO, and there are no real positive aspects to balance it out.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.51/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear. Very light yellowish color topped by a full and foamy bright white head that holds very well. The carbonation is quite fine, leaving thin steady streams of tiny bubbles rising steadily to the surface. Nice appearance! The aroma is quite limited with just vaugue indications of malt, hops, fermentation esters and alcohol. The body is light with a gentle carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is quite one-sided, however, with only a very light malt character ever so gently buoyed by hop bitterness and a light "apple" character from fermentation. The finish is "short and sweet" with only a residual malt and next to non-existant bitterness. Refreshing! This is the best selling beer in the world for a reason. Although limited in character, it displays no flaws whatsoever. There is nothing even remotely objectable about it - a true "beer for the masses".

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Photo of chinchill
2.89/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

16 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours with a somewhat fizzy white head, excellent clarity, and plenty of visible carbonation.

Feel: Light watery body; crisp, coarse carbonation

Very mild bready aroma; floral; faint hint of hops

Flavor: decent lager flavor but too little of it and more rice than I prefer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.77/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a medium-sized white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is mostly of grain and adjuncts with a thin malt character. There's a very mild hops presence that provides some balance, but there really isn't much flavor overall to be balanced out in this beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not flavorful at all, goes down easily since there isn't much to it, likewise not filling at all, mild kick, it certainly is a good representation of its style even though I don't think that's much of a compliment, if at all. I suppose it is drinkable in a sense that you can pound through a lot of them due to its lack of substance. This beer is indeed the King of Fizzy Yellow Beers.

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Photo of mactrail
2.38/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Budweiser in a can at the barber shop! Couldn't resist reviewing while I was waiting to get sheared. This one had the San Diego Padres logo. Drank straight from the can, but I don't suppose they've changed the pale yellowish color from the 1950s magazine ads.

The main thing is the big spritzy sharp mouthful of carbonation. There would be no "there" there if it wasn't for the zippy fizz and the big chill. When you're thirsty, say peddling hard for 40 minutes, it almost does the job. I say "almost" because the flavor is really lacking, as you possibly have noticed.

A grainy sort of murky flavor with an oddly unpleasant faint bitter edge. No wonder the ladies don't like it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.18/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that quickly dissipates to nothing. No lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of adjunct malts really dominate but this beer has a light to moderate overall aroma - the adjunct malts smell like rice and grain. There is a very faint grassy hop smell as well.

T: The beer has a lot of adjunct malt flavors - grains and rice. There is a surprising amount of bitterness and not as much sweetness as I had expected.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: Not one of the best examples of the style and not one of my favorite styles - something in this beer always give me an immediate headache (which is also something that even fine champagne does). The beer is easy to drink and sessionable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.62/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Welcome to Macro Smackdown III (I now use Roman numerals because, like the Super Bowl, this has become a major event of interest the world over). This round pits the ubiquitous Budweiser with the Stroh/Pabst product Old Milwaukee. I had originally thought that I was comparing the American macro lager counterparts of the two beers from Macro Smackdown II, but it appears that I've confused Milwaukee's Best with Old Milwaukee. Yeah, like there's a difference.

Clear, pale straw yellow with a few streams of lazily rising bubbles. The head is off-white and is much too soft. It falls fairly quickly and presents a smooth surface; the very definition of a poor, cheap-looking cap of foam. Almost no lace. Obviously inferior to the head on the OM.

Neither nose is much to write home about, but neither is horrible either. The nose on this beer may have the slight edge, but it's not enough to result in a difference in score. The Bud nose is adjuncty (of course) and is a little more sweetly floral than the Old Milwaukee nose.

The flavor isn't that appealing, to say the least. It's grainy and bitter without much, if any, hop flavor. It isn't skunky per se, but there's a definite off-flavor goin' on. The nose didn't translate well to the palate, that's for sure. The finish is fairly clean thanks to the lack of sweetness and the pathetically watery, inadequately carbonated mouthfeel.

Although Budweiser isn't as drain-pourable as Bud Light, it isn't that far off. 'One of the most popular beers in America' just got spanked by a beer named for a city in Wisconsin, but brewed in Texas (or in Wisconsin, who the hell knows?). Neither one of these combatants is good beer, but Budweiser is clearly the worst of the two. The skill it must take to brew a beer this lousy is simply mind-boggling.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Light yellow with a somewhat foamy white head that dissolves quickly. Very spotty lacing forms and is gone just as fast.

S: Mostly corn and some adjunct, little bit of grain and slight metallic aroma.

T: Pretty weak, some corn and grain, a slight bready malt component and an extremely faint floral flavor. Slight sweetness on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Not the easiest to drink actually, as it has a slighty gritty texture.

O: Just as bad as I remember it. Not very flavorful at all, which is why it appeals to a large population. Plenty of other adjuncts I would prefer...if I have to drink one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ahh the king of beers, everyone needs a Bud right? Poured a clear yellow with a huge white head that just sank into the glass after a few seconds. Lots of visible carbonation left this at least looking halfway decent. Smell was light but what was there was of rice and grain, slightly musty. At least it had a smell, albeit muted. The taste was very bland. Almost like wet paper. Born on date said it was fine, but just did not taste well at all. Very carbonated and light, which seems to be the case with most of these macros. When they are ice cold they go down like water, when they warm its just a mess. Can really not see myself drinking this again anytime soon, if ever at all.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.65/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this at the Crowne Plaza in Harrisburg during our office christmas party before most people arrived. Poured into a goblet from a 12oz.

The color is pale yellow w/ 1 1/2 fingers of sudsy white which settles to a compact ring. There is very small bead making up the head and retention is poor although the clarity is crystal.The smell has an adjunct aroma like rice cereal w/ a sweet nose but light aroma in general. The feel is very watery, light bodied with a high amount of carbonation w/ light sweetness and dry clean finish almost has a spice hint w/ light hopping but could just be the extra effervescence.

The taste of very light malt w/ slight rice sweetness and grainy quality begins the mild effect on the palate. The slight taste of pilsner malt is there, but overwhelmed by crisp rice taste so faint it almost is as if it isn't added for the taste. A pretty bland experience to me, overall just ok if no other better options are available -too light and thin for the style. It may work to quench or as a palate cleanser with greasy food, but it really is poor and lackluster drinkability + taste-wise.

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