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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 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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Photo of FBarber
2.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a crisp golden color with a nice white head.

Smell is a murky conglomeration of skunk, grain, corn, malt and skunk.

Taste is a watered down array of grain, bleached malt and corn. The sweet corn flavors become more prominent as the beer warms. It wouldn't be awful except that the flavors are so watered down.

Feel is light crisp and chuggable.

Overall, its just objectively not a good beer.

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Photo of MusaJames
1.28/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours well, has a head that quickly disappears. Color is gold and transparent. Smells terrible. I am getting a sour smell. First Taste I notice not a whole lot going on. It takes me several drinks before I begin to notice a confusing conglomeration of flavors. King Of Beers, not so much.

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

pours a clear straw with a big head that poofs. nose; light apple/pear, and very mild hops - smells like most pilsners. taste; if only the nose carried through a bit here. malted... rice(?), very mild hops, & starch. aftertaste falls away into an anemic, metallic wash. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. not as bad i as was expecting, but it's definitely a far cry from even the most run-of-the-mill craft offerings. the barley malt, hops & beechwood aging claimed on the can don't really show up here. if nothing else, it's close enough to water to be an actual thirst quencher.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.22/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Obligated to give The king of beers a 1.25 for taste and feel, because it is an obvious improvement upon it's younger brother's throne at the bottom of my rankings. Very little good can be said about this beer, The beechwood aging process seems to take a terrible beer recipe and make it worse somehow. I honestly don't know what they're hoping for, it's like a rice beer with an added flavor of pressure treated lumber. And somehow there's a subtle sweetness, that of a rotting cherry.

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Photo of dcjones82
2.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I first started drinking beer, this is what I compared others to. This is what I thought all beer should taste like, well things have changed a lot since those days. A friend gave me a few 12 oz. bottles of this, so here it goes. Been a long time!

L- Pretty boring look to this beer. Light, almost see through yellow. Finger of head that vanished quickly. Good carbonation, no lacing what so ever.
S- Not much there, malt and wheat. Little musty.
T- Smooth drinking beer, don't taste the adjunct as much as coors or miller. Malt flavor with a nice wheat finish.
F- Very light feel for an AAL. Easy to drink a lot of these. Smooth mouth feel, easy finish.
O- This is popular for a reason, it's an easy drinking beer that gives more flavor than a light. My buddy loves this stuff and I have no problem with it. If someone were new to beer, I'd recommend this as a first time. My tastes have changed now and wouldn't personally buy this. But, as an adjunct lager, it's not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of CarlMart
1.64/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The only way I'd drink this garbage is if I've been working my ass off all day under the burning sun, have absolutely no money in my pocket and a friend happens to have spend the last of his cash on a six of this. Needless to say, that's not a common event. Drinking this is pretty close to drinking mineral water, it may have an okay feel if I'm dying of thirst under the burning sun of southern Texas, but that's about it. I don't understand how this is the best selling beer. People amaze me more and more as time goes by, not in the good way either.

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Photo of vabeerguy
2.38/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Probably not the time to rate this beer. I just had an excellent IPA and decided to have a Bud because it has a much lower ABV than most of the beers on my agenda today. I will spare you the details but there are many craft lagers available that are low ABV but have a much better taste than Bud.

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Photo of larryarms847
2.75/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark golden yellow with a finger and a half of white foam.

Field grains.

Field grains steeped in water. Beechwood my ass.

Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Crisp, clean, that's all she wrote.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
2.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Okay, so I am getting a chance to review some fresh as the spring flowers I'm looking at. In this place Budweiser is a legit King and isn't meant to be bashed. However, I'm a seasoned beer drinker and know good ales and lagers. Budweiser is thin even for a lager. The world's best lagers have a texture and this lacks it. I believe apple juice would be thicker. It's flavor is a bit mild and skunk even for something so fresh. This stuff was 'born' 10 days ago.. it's actually a decent looking lager on the pour well until the head fades to absolutely nothing. It's aroma is fresh and filled with a buttery Budweiser malt.

Overall - for a brewery that is one of if not the richest, having the best of the best equipment, access to the best ingredients, and given the fact everyone claims how hard Budweiser is to brew, I find it hard to appreciate it any way I look at it. It let's the drinker down when looking at it in those aspects. Idc how hard it is to brew. But what do I know?.. people including these folk have been guzzling it for years and think it's a king.

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Photo of BlakeA85
2.98/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 25 oz can into pint glass. Pours a golden clear with a fizzy head that dies quickly. Little bit of lacing occasionally.
Smells of light grains and malt. Not any hops on the nose.
Tastes better than the smell, presenting a decent bitter start and semi-sweet middle with a nice finish. Not bad, honestly.
Mouthful is light/medium bodied.
Overall, Sure, it's one of the most popular beers ever. It's a macro lager, It makes sense.

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Photo of hennin55
1.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: very light in color, very fizzy
Aroma: very light aroma, light hop smell
Palate: highly carbonated,
Flavor: hoppy and bitter
Overall: very plain beer

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