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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 FrankusAluminius
2.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured very cold from a 25 ounce can into a chilled glass.

Look: Somewhat dark yellow in color and very translucent. I hate to admit it, but I poured it way too vigorously into a glass trying not to spill it from the can. This caused a hilarious sized head that took up half the glass. I poured a second glass from the same can into the then un-chilled glass (before pouring it down the drain) after finishing the first glass much more slowly and gently and it produced no head.

Smell: It smelled like a room filled with apples. Actually brought back memories of my childhood. I could also smell some grain character.

Taste: A bit funky. There was a taste that I couldn't really put my finger on, but it was odd to say the least. It might have been a combination of the grain and apple tastes that were coming through slightly.

Feel: I did get some carbonation, but I think the over-aggressive pouring killed it a bit. Either way I did find it had a refreshing quality. It definitely wasn't a bad feel, in fact I kind of liked it. It was fuller in feel than I was expecting.

Overall: I wouldn't say I thought it was terrible, but bad is definitely the right term for my experience. It was refreshing in a way, but since it's winter at the time of this review it really didn't make much of a difference. I could definitely see this being consumed on a hot day during the summer for the refreshing quality, but that's about it.

I checked the "birthdate" on the can: July 18th 2015. So it was about 6 months old by the time I consumed it.

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Photo of KACK1533
2.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

"The King of Beers" so says the label. This was my first legal beer back in '09. Oh how innocent I was back then. Enough reverie. The head is large, but it collapses into nothing, and I mean nothing. I detected corn in the nose. Not only corn, but something else which I cannot place. Taste is corny like corn niblets from Green Giant. Color is straw, pale gold. Was fairly fizzy, as there were many steady streams of carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass, it also stings your tongue. An aside, this beer sends me right to the bathroom. Something in it does not agree with my insides. This is the only beer to do this. Haven't found another.

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Photo of Averbeck87
2.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 16oz. can directly into a pint glass. Large, fizzy head briefly appears but doesn't stay long. Honestly, this beer isn't terrible.

L- Pale gold, bubbles rising but no head.

S- Faint, maybe a slight corn scent. Nothing outstanding.

T- Very slightly sweet, almost fruity, hints of corn and malt. Not strong at all, but not overly light either. Nothing to really hate about this beer, honestly it's incredibly easy to drink.

F- Smooth, slides down like water.

Like I said above, it's hard to find a fatal flaw about this beer. Sure, it's a macrobrew, and no it's not phenomenal; but there's something about the consistency of Budweiser creating this mediocre brew on a large scale that makes you feel proud to be an American. Sure, it's not a beer to be proud of drinking on a regular basis, but it's a beer that has survived the test of time, and is still a favorite among the general population. I don't usually drink garbage beer, but if I had to choose one- Budweiser hands down would be my choice every single time.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A gift from a friend who refers to this as "golden delicious"....ummm...Thanks Kevin!

Poured form the can into a pint glass this easy drinking brew is pale clear yellow with a very nice head of white foam that lingers long with good sudsy lacing. Nose of sweet cereal grains and little else. Flavors surpass the nose with sweet sugary cereal grains that oddly enough remind me of rice krispies. Smooth lightly creamy and easy to drink with ample carbonation and a clean watery finish with a sweet aftertaste. Is it astounding, no, but this is an American classic that has it's place among the public who love their sweeter brews. A thirst quencher that brings back a very old memory of one of the best brews I had when young going back to a camp site after a long hot day at work. I will admit it has been somewhat pleasurable, but just not a satisfying brew. Sessionable. Indeed. But all in all it is lacking seriously in the flavor department.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
2.85/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let's all try not to be assholes for a moment here - this is a solid beer. Drank cold from the bottle on a hot day or a from a chilled pint glass with a juicy burger and fries? Hits the spot. Consistent, lightly floral notes up front that lead to the classic (overly derided) wheat/cereal taste. No bitter aftertaste, nothing cloying, nothing in the way of mouthfeel. It won't ruin your palette or steal the thunder from a well cooked meal, but it won't impress you either. There's a place for beer like this. After a couple of meaty IPAs I'll reach for a Bud to give my taste buds a well-deserved break and wind down the evening.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
2.79/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I have a soft spot because of college. Sometimes this was the only friend I had, Yes, sad I know, I also would drink this with spicy food. Now I would go for Modelo Especial or Red Stripe. Mega Brews are seeing their slow death. Peace!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
1.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 fl oz. can, best by date March 03, 2016 printed on the bottom of the can. Finally reviewing the self-proclaimed 'King Of Beers', can gifted to me from a friend who brought over the twelve pack. Lord have mercy, here we go.

Poured into appropriate Budweiser pint glass. #properglassware.

A - Pours a ridiculously clear pale gold. Lots of bubbles in the glass as it pours. Manages to conjure a finger or so of bubbly 'head' that disappears before I can even get my camera out to take a picture. Looks like pee in the glass.

S - Smell of cheap adjuncts. Corn? Grain. Adjunct laden swill is about the only descriptors I can come up with. Smells like cheap shitty 'beer'. Hops? None. Rice? Nope. Grains & water. That's about all there is.

T - Taste is the same: cheap grains / adjuncts. Corn, corn syrup, husk. Flavorless swill.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, watery. Weak. Beer-flavored water.

Overall, not the king of beers by any means. One of the worst beers I've tried, and probably one of the worst beers widely distributed and available. Cheap adjunct swill, I probably wouldn't drink this again if even if it was given to me.

Budweiser -----1.5/5

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Photo of threesignificantstarfish
2.32/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I give the look a high rating because it's part of my hometown and I see it all the damn time. This beer is only good at the hockey games............LGB!

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

To be fair, I only bought this beer to cook with. Up until I bought this, I had a very very good track record, including double duckpin, double shot, haze and heady topper to name a few.

On to the taste, its basically seltzer water with a miniscule hint of hay. I am convinced that this beer exists only to trick high schoolers into thinking they are badass

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Photo of hopflyer
1.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

awful to say the least. would much rather go for a light lager instead of this. it has a medicinal taste and the aftertaste is worse, not to mention the wicked hangovers this produces.

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Photo of Harveybird
1.7/5  rDev -30%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not lager. It is not beer. It is soda water with alcohol. They make such a fuss about the way they make it and claim it is the king of beers, reality is it has no taste. It what kids drink at house parties before they like beer (in the UK anyway) because they've seen Americans drinking it on TV and film. If you drink budweiser you're not drinking beer

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Photo of KJT1393
1.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

It's a very clear pale beer with an ok head. The taste was very... barley, or grain like. One distinct notice about the flavor was that it seemed watered down mixed with citrus or lemon. I guess a more blunt description would be that it tasted like... beer. Nothing too special about it. I mean, it tasted like it smells... like beer. The feel was fizzy, and my overall judgment was that it is a good beer if you're not looking for a lot of complexity.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.25/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Hello?; Hey Lou, ’Sup? Nothin’ Pete, watchin’ the game, havin’ a Bud. ’Sup with you? Nothin’, watchin’ the game, havin’ a Bud. True, True. Wassup? Wassssup? Yo, who dat? Yo Yo, pick up the phone. Hello? Wasssup? Wassssup? Suuuppppp? Yo, where’s Dukey? Yo, Dukey. Yo. Wassup? Waaaaassssssuuupppp, wassssuuupppp, suuuuupppppppppp!!!!!!!! Aaaaaahhhhh!!!!!. Yo, hold on. Hello? WWWWWAAAAAASSSSSSZSUUUUUPPPPPPPPPP?????????? Wassssupppp, wasssuuujpppppp. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! So, what’s up with you? Nothin’. Watching the game, havin’ a Bud. True, True.

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Photo of Beerdrinker7
1.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Your standard beer. Although mostly tasteless, there is a slight sweetness akin to that present in Coors Light. The ever so slight sweetness and taste of nothing make this beer very drinkable. Although it is the premium older brother of Bud Light, it is much more defined in its taste, whereas Bud Light could easily be mistaken for water, piss, and alcohol. I've drank at least 30 of these, and when I can't afford a six-pack of craft beer, I alternate between this Budweiser and Coors Light.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Clear, pale golden color with fine, fizzy, quickly shrinking white head. Smell is grainy, not quite bready, and a touch sweet. Taste is much the same. Lots of adjuncts, virtually no hop bitterness, watered down lemon. Not very good for a beer, or even really for the style, lowly as it is, but there is nothing about it that I would describe as nasty, either. It is, in any case, very refreshing and very drinkable. Light-bodied, but not too thin. More sudsy than I expected, figured carbonation would be a little more on the spritzy side. This helps with the smoothness and crispness I think.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.92/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

obviously it's not the best beer you can buy but it's honestly not that bad. it would be nice if it was a little cheaper though because it's a little overpriced for a middle of the road beer in my opinion, so i rarely drink it.

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Photo of thebeerman25
3.18/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

appearance-its a very clear and bubbly golden beer.

smell- smells like beer. which is what i expect when i smell a budweiser. if you have never smelt a budweiser before but you have smelt any other of the big beers then you know what budweiser smells like.

feel-i dont even know what this means but it feels very fizzy if thats what "feel" means

taste- tastes like beer. pretty much all that can describe this beer and in my opinion thats a good thing. absolutly zero hop flavor from this beer but there is a bitterness everytime i drink budweiser. its very sweet with a slight bitterness but overall i enjoy the taste of budweiser.

overall-is this the best beer in the world? no. is this the king of beers? no. is it my favorite beer? yes. of the beers i have had which are budweiser, bud light, coors banquet, miller lite, pabst blue ribbon, busch light, heineken light, keweenaw brewing company blonde ale, keweenaw brewing brown ale, keweenaw black ale, bells two hearted ale, and some of the hard ciders i would say that budweiser is my favorite. it doesnt taste the best but it goes down smooth and you can pound alot of them

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
1.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The only thing going for this "king of beers" beer is that it's easy to drink. It's lighter, but not nearly as light as Bud Light or other light beers. It's simple in flavor - nothing fancy, but not too watered down. I get it in China on occasion when the only other options are Dali or Snow beer - two Chinese brands that I can do without.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
2.96/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anheuser-Busch - Budweiser. 5.0% ABV. Standard pint glass ordered at a restaurant.

Look: Transparent golden/copper color, small white foamy head that dissolves quickly.

Smell: Very bold wheat and grain aroma, with yeast also strongly noticeable.

Feel: Thin with some medium amount of carbonation.

Taste: Typical American Lager. Yeast and grain are the most prominent flavors. Wheaty aftertaste, with no presence of alcohol taste. Not bitter at all, although it does not have much flavor either.

Overall: This was the first Budweiser that I had tried. Usually everyone starts with this style of beer, however I started with Porters and Stouts. This is one of the big name beers that everyone seems to drink everywhere. It is nothing special to me, just a standard watery, wheaty, yeast beer. Its easy to drink since it has a subtle flavor.

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Photo of jamesroses
2.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: pale golden coloured with light carbonation. Almost no lacing and retention.

Smell: grainy character, little alcohol and slight peanut/bread like aroma.

Taste: very light malts and a slightly grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: a bit fizzy at first sip, then clean, dry and smooth.

Overall: another macro beer that is just mediocre but not the worst you can get. Unfortunately there's a lot of it around.

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

Finally tried "the king of beers," due to me feeling like having beer when I just happened to be in a Pizza Hut that only had Bud, Bud Light, and Michelob Ultra. Ended up drinking two glasses of regular Bud. "Born on" date on both bottles was clearly marked as September 10th, 2015.

Pale golden color; looked about the color of a Bud Light when pouring but was darker once settled into the glass. Perfectly clear, and with some bubbles rising up from the bottom here and there. A decent layer of bubbly white foam forms on top at first, but then it vanishes almost immediately, hardly even leaving a trace behind.

Does not have all that much of a smell at all. Maybe a very faint "beery" smell and some sweetness; something in there almost seems appley, oddly enough. Just very weak all around as far as smell goes.

Flavor is very light, but there's certainly more to standard Budweiser than there is to the Light version. Sweetness, a little hint of something that seemed almost nutty at times, and some of that appley thing again. When ice cold the appley thing doesn't stand out as much, but when the frost has cleared from the frosted pint glass and the beer is allowed to warm up a little it starts go come out more. Starting to think that appley thing is a yeast thing, which wouldn't be out of place at all in a Belgian-style ale but seems a little unusual for a lager like this. Its presence does make the beer more interesting, though, as without it... there wouldn't be much to this. Are there hops in this? Because I don't taste any. Doesn't seem to have the same "bigger gulps = worse taste" problem that its Light cousin had at all, though, which is definitely a plus.

Feel is light and VERY fizzy. Not super watery like the Light version, thankfully! Actually comes across as slightly thicker/heavier than Coors, so I *would* give it a little higher marks for mouthfeel... but the fizz is just absurdly strong here, to the point where it feels a little too prickly at times. When the fizz calms down a bit it's pretty nice.

Overall... "king of beers" not so much, but this was not nearly as bad as I've heard it made out to be. The apple-like taste was unexpected, and that gives this beer a bit of its own unique spin compared to a lot of the other adjunct lagers. I notice that my scores for this are ending up exactly the same as Coors, even though I think Coors is probably the better beer overall... maybe tweaking the "overall" score could fix that, though I suppose it's not too big a problem if they end up with the same score from me.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I don't think I need to review this, but I'll throw my opinion out there.
Poured it into a glass so I could look at the color I knew it was. It's a basic straw yellow color of its beer kind.
Doesn't smell anything special, smelled better than Coors though.
Tastes a little better than Coors, less watery than Busch, but not as carbonated or flavorful as Miller High Life.
It's smooth and easy to drink, mild to moderate carbonation, not much of a foam head to speak.
Overall, I had a Coors yesterday and thought it was insulting and offensive to my taste buds.
But this Budweiser I have isn't, I could easily drink these compared to other cheap macro beers. For a cheap beer, lets try to be fair, it isn't as bad as it could be.

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Photo of frothy_80
3.41/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly clear yellow with a white head. No trace of hops in either aroma or taste. Slight grain in the aroma. The taste is the same, but with a rice sweetness. There are also some fruit esters at the end. The mouthfeel is carbonated fizzy water. Take it for what it is, a simple no frills beer.

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

You know what you're getting with Bud, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's clean, easy-drinking, unoffensive and a nice alternative to many of the over-hopped, high ABV and overpriced micros or "Crafts" out there.

I'll always prefer a hoppy IPA or strong porter, but there are times when I don't want to spend $17 on a 12-pack or don't want a 7.5-percent beer on a weeknight.

Bud pours light golden color, tastes relatively thin on the palette with ample carbonation. The flavor is unique, which could be attributed to the beechwood or the rice, and very lightly hopped. Almost no hop flavors here. Again, it's unoffensive but also not particularly memorable.

That said, it's a good option at $12 for an 18-pack bottles.

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Photo of James954
1/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

(25 oz can chilled) Zero rating if possible. It makes other American Adjuncts look good (aside from Natty Light).

This is literally the homeopathic method of beer-making. There's virtually nothing but carbonated water and alcohol, and yet by utilizing the most minuscule concentrations possible, there is a touch of stale grains and metal.

The success of American Adjunct Breweries with beers like this are a testament to the fact that Americans are truly guilt-ridden self-loathing masochists at their very core. Hopefully this abomination that is blasphemously referred to as "beer" will die in due time with the brewing renaissance that has occurred in America lately and we can all learn to love ourselves again!

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