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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-21-2000

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Photo of JamesQuaff
2.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah, Budweiser... I swear the only reasons I continue to drink it are the nostalgia factor and the fact that it's $0.99 for a tall can at some of the lower-end Reno casinos I sometimes frequent. Or in today's case, given to me for free to take home after a wedding reception yesterday.

Poured into a glass, it has enough pale straw color to look like a beer. It gets a thin head when and bubbles up when poured. Beer does that.

The aroma is more of a memory-jogger than something I actually want to smell. It smells like a lot of the cooler parts of my younger days. It smells like the sprint car races. It smells like barbecues. It smells like garage jam sessions. It smells like a day at the river. But it doesn't smell particularly good. The rice is there. Some skunky notes. A little grassiness. Smells like cheap beer, basically. I'm getting bean funk, too - ever leave a pot of refried beans on the stove overnight, then wash the pot the next day? There's a touch of that awful smell way down there. It's not so bad that I won't drink it. But I try not to think about it.

The taste is on the sweet side but not cloyingly so. The faintest hint of hops for like a split second. A note a little like wet cardboard. No real finish to speak of, it just kind of goes down. Once again, more of a memory jogger than a sought-out sensory experience. I will say, it actually tastes right with the type of food I'm apt to eat in situations where Bud is my drink of choice. Meat franks? Check. Over-charred hamburgers with yellow mustard? Check. Bad pizza? Check. Cigarettes? Check. Tastes kind of like the feeling of not giving a shit.

The mouthfeel is straight up thin and watery. Not as watery as Bud Light, but pretty damn watery.

I'll drink it if it's cheap, free, or the only thing available. If there's Pabst, I'm going with the Blue Ribbon 100% of the time. Or the High Life if that's what's around. But I'll gladly throw back these free Buds with nary a qualm today and accept the resulting buzz.

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Photo of hoosiersapper27
1.58/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer seems to have changed to me with more experience in better beer. Simply has no taste now, looks even worse and I am 100% sure after the merger with INbev, they tampered with the recipe to make it even worse. The beechwood taste that used to be there is now completely gone, and now has a taste of chemicals.

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