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 sweetwaterman
2.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Budweiser, the kind of beers.

Well, not quite. I've had a couple of Budweiser longnecks, it being sort of a school tradition and all. It's not the total horse piss that a lot of people accuse it of being. Solid golden amber color with a light head that fades in a reasonable time. The odor is mild and primarly maltish. The ones I've had were really cold so I don't know if it changes as it warms. The taste? Nothing remarkable. Slight hops but you will need to try and notice them. It is smooth for the most point, but there can be a slight acidic twing sometimes, but not always. Truely, a beer for the masses, there is not much to turn off a person. Sadly, there isn't much to lift this beer over the tile of mediocre.

Sure, it's drinkable, but I can instantly think of 10 other beers I'd rather have.

When you say Budweiser, you've said it all.

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Photo of sulldaddy
1.75/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Cant believe I am writing this one up. This was a "gift" from a friends party. I am drinking slightly chilled in a pint glass.
The beer pours very clear yellow with a bright white, fluffy head of .5 cm foaming up with an agressive pour. The head fades to a thin edge layer rather quickly.
Aroma is mostly sweet malt with sugar sweetness, some toffee, and a bit of husky grain scents mixing with some grassy hops.
First sip reveals a thin watery body with small fizzy carbonation that prickles my tongue.
Flavor is again sweet. Much more so than expected. The beer is candy sugar caramel and some grassy hops again. Very similar to nose advertising.
The sweetness is not appealing as I take more sips. This is the last reason I thought I would not enjoy drinkin this brew. But the sweet almost chemically flavor on the finish is forcing me to question putting the glass to my lips again. The flavor rests at the back of my palate and is like sweet metal, for lack of a better description.
Yea I wont buy this beer and dont recommend that you do either.

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Photo of Biggness
1.78/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I do not understand how this is the best selling beer in the US. All my union brothers drink this stuff like it is the best beer in the world. Bud gives me hangovers.... when I used to drink it, and I can not help cringing every time I take a sip... and man do you gotta be desparate to take that last AWFUL sip....


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Photo of swamiswamu
2.77/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

You know, it isn't THAT bad. Sure it is damn close to water and piss yellow with little head, but it doesn't actually taste bad. After a long time of BAing I had one at a law school function. I was suprised by lemony tinge I hadn't noticed before. It w as kind of like grain infused ice water with lemon. All together not the worst experience.

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Photo of cro250klr
1.08/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

It is said that if you were dying of thirst and tried to drink your own urine you would die. If I was crossing a desert and came across a cooler full of this, I would take a bottle and empty it, piss in it and take my chances. I bet the Clydesdales wouldn't even drink this. Read my review on Mick Ultra, particularly the part about a billion dollar ad campaign.
My advise, buy Perrier water and drink it untill it's coming out of your ears. Then, when your so bloated that you can't take anymore, get a hammer, a rock or anything hard and beat yourself in the head. You'll get the same results as drinking this swill. A big bloated gut and a pounding headache. At least you feel good in knowing Perrier is potable compared to this.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
1.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A guy bought a round of beers for the whole kitchen staff on new years so I thought it would be a good time to review it as I would never buy it.
Poured a very light almost gold yellow color with absolutly no head at all even after a pretty hard pour. No aroma except maybe a slight hint of malt. Flavor is very bland and onesided with barely any malt flavor pretty much all just what i would believe to be a rice flavor and no hops at all. The mouthfeel is very watery with a signifigant fizzy carbonation that makes you burp a lot. Definetly a beer I would avoid and if all that was available I still would not order it.

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Photo of sachsich
1.75/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

well, i dont really know what to write about this beer. its better if you drink this instead of bud light, but really, you are better off paying for a six pack of something good rather than spend/waste your money on this beer. good try by AB, but it really is a slap in the face to the German name of this beer

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Photo of GreenWBush
1.46/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Obviously, the review for this beer is less interesting than the way in which I obtained it. A friend handing them out on her street corner at 4am.

I think the King of beers has a seriously perverse inclination towards pedophelia. I'll get back to that...

Canary yellow with chemically engineered head and lace. Macro smell of corn, rice, grain, wait where are those HOPS advertised on the can?

Sweet, faint, and watery, this is the quintessential nothingness beer.

At first I didn't mind it but the taste was killing me before I even finished the bottle. The taste is so sweet and cloyingly corny that it seems like this beer is engineered to grab young drinkers' soda drenched palates.

Not to mention the way in which they advertise to the youngest-common-demoninator. Bad Buttwiper, bad.

A distilled dirt sandwich.

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Photo of aquaderek
1.48/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Well, its a beer. I starting with this beer and will try to do ten. It pours with a small head that diminishes quickly. Looks very effervescent. Metallic nose, maybye some adjunct rice. Taste, not much. I could be refreshing if served very cold. I could drink many if that is what is around.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.33/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well...for some unknown reason the other night, I was debating whether to get a bottle of Czechvar or ??at Redbones, and since I have had Czechvar, I took the plunge, ordered a Bud and a glass and decided to have this beer and review it. Actually I was surprised...it was better than the Rolling Rock I had a few weeks prior. Here goes: Crystal clear faint yellow in color. Carbonation rises in glass. I was disapointed that I received no head from this beer and I was doing the pouring... I tried hard, but the beer refused to top itself off. Aroma is faint, but I detected an underwhelming jelly bean like smell. The beer was pretty much ice cold out of the cooler...I of course dutifully let it linger as long as I could, but it never seemed to warm up. Tastewise...what can you say...nothing till the very end when you encounter a bit of tartness or lemonyness in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium --, prickly, and makes you burp. Drinkability...I have to say that this beer was darn easy to drink, I finihsed the whole thing, and made a mental note that if I stroll down the macro path again, an ice cold bud is not going to be a horrible thing.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.71/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/28/04- Purchased at HP Pavillion Shark Tank in San Jose, CA

Appearance- Pours with a foamy, big bubbled, white head. A very pale colored yellow and next to no lacing. About the color you pee should be if you are a healthy person :)

Smell- Really doesn't smell like anything. Not bad, not good, maybe some grain?

Taste- Surprisingly not that horrible. Some grainy rice taste to it. No hops or anything like that though.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation, went down pretty damn easy.

Drinkability- Hmmm, I guess this means I have to try the other big 2 macro's and compare now. Not as horrible as everyone says. I wouldn't go out and seek it, but if it's all they had and I was thirsty as hell I would pop one open. Heck, I didn't pay for either one of them, so that makes it taste a little better too :)

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Photo of palma
2.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light pale yellow color body. White fizzy looking head that lasts about 30 seconds. Smell is grassy with some maltiness. Taste is sugary up front followed by a light bready flavor and then some corn and rice adjuncts. No hops present whatsoever. Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated but its not horrible. I don't really enjoy bud but I can easily drink a six pack if this was all thats available. Take this bad boy brew for what it is. Suc it up and drink a few ice cold buds with your buddies because this is what they are probably drinking (remember... ingest ICE COLD).

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
5/5  rDev +111.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhh the king of beers. Well, maybe the king of macro swill. It is what it is and it is a very clean crisp American lager that is super easy to drink. I used to drink a lot of this beer and that was because it is so easy to drink no matter what season it is. I know it is pretty boring when compared to the many different styles of beer available, but when it comes to adjunct lagers this is the king. It has little taste, but for the style that is a good thing. I give the King all 5's, but remember, that is only for it's style. In the grand scheme of beer it ranks much lower.

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Photo of amicar
2.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This serving was acquired after the brewery tour in St Louis, MO (which is actually very funny to go on if you're a serious beer drinker). - this review ONLY applies to the sample from the brewery, as it is definitely different in tasting than purchased/ packaged Bud.
Bright yellow color with a quickly dissipating head (if you can really call it a head). Large bubbles. A lot of concentration is required to detect any significant aroma one way or the other.
Not really any detectable bitterness (again, you gotta look for it).HOWEVER- it is actually very crisp and drinkable at the brewery. It lacks the "sour" flavor and acrid sense I get from a serving anywhere else (bottle, bar tap, etc). It is refreshing (in the way that any cold beverage is), and really does taste like something I'd want to drink while painting the garage.

So I know everybody loves to slam AB for their "flagship" product; however, the stuff from the brewery is actually drinkable, and if it tasted like this from the store, I might actually buy one or two six packs a year.

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Photo of moocey
2.34/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Here before me I have a Budweiser. Budweiser I bought for the sole purpose of reviewing. This is something I haven't had since I've been thinking about beers enough to review them. Standard 12oz longneck.

Poured aggressively into a well-cleaned glass, but only minimal head that was gone in about ten seconds. Good Lord. I haven't seen a beer that looked this pathetic since I was drinking Bud Light from a keg last football season. Oh, no! It's that smell I used to think of as "beer smell'" clean and ricey. Oh well, if I remembenr correctly the taste isn't nearly as bad.

Taste -This tastes like nothing.

How anyone can be offended by an ice cold budweiser is beyond me.

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Photo of Suds
2.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I couldn’t recall the last time I’d had a Bud (maybe a ten years?), but on a night out for some barbequed spareribs, I found myself having a few. The establishment didn’t have much to choose from, and I was enthusiastic to give it a shot.
Served from an oversized pint glass, the beer was yellow, clear, and had a thin white head. The head disappeared quickly, but the beer remained notably carbonated. There’s not a lot of aroma…faint graininess and a touch of hops, but they’re not worth the olfactory hunt. It’s light, watery, and has a touch of hops. Again, not much in the flavor department. Served cold, I have to say it was a refreshing accompaniment to the meal. It just doesn’t carry much flavor on it’s own. It’s the centerpiece of an American style, and the rightful target of both praise and derision. From my point of view, I’d have it again under similar circumstances, but I wouldn’t be disappointed if I had to wait another ten years.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.91/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The King of Beers or so it says

Appearance-nice golden color, a foamy head that sticks around for a few then dissapears slowly

Smell-DNS, rice, alcohol, the smell is there it's just not that pleasent

Taste-Very smooth, pale dry finish, a little bit of cooked grain lingers and even perhaps a slight hops taste thrown in the back. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel-it's a smooth beer, the aftertaste could be slightly better but it's not too bad. Nothing to write home about though.

Drinkability-this beer can easily be drank in large quanities, it's not expensive it won't fill you up, it would probably do fine on a hot day.

Overall-the standard for American beers, a run of the mill lager with distinct smoothness, a crisp if somewhat bland taste and a watery sort of character. There are no factors that make it truly exceptional but also none that make it bad. I find it better than Miller Genuine Draft and leaps and bounds better than its cousin Bud Light. Drink extra cold, a warm Bud will make you gag for weeks.

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Photo of tatterdash
2.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As everyone will always tell me "Bud is awful, don't try it", but I decided I had to experience at least once. I purchased a 750 ml can, on the pour I marvelled at its flourescent urine colour. Smell, hops? Maybe? Taste... It is like carbonated watered down apple juice, but it didn't make me retch, it was kinda refreshed actually. Very watery mouthfeel, and quite carbonated. I COULD drink this all day and probably will if I was given a case, but I can think many other things I would rather have. Not nearly as bad as everyone says though, kind of enjoyed swilling it down... except the colour? comes out the same colour it went in.

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Photo of SteveP
2.15/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Many years ago when I was young, spotty and constantly randy, I had a Bud because it said 'beer'. Not one to enjoy lagers I was quite stunned that this was called a beer. I couldn't finish it. I never drank a Bud again. Until today. I was curious. This is the most famous beer in the world - the most popular beer in the world - and the one with more contempt poured on it's little crowned head than any other beer in the world. It's the beer used as a yardstick for bad beer - 'The Budweiser of Russia', 'As bland as a Bud', 'Almost as bad as a Bud - if that's possible!', etc. I was obviously curious. It had been many years since I'd had that other Bud. A distant memory remained, but the memory can play tricks. Also, I had drunk a number of lagers or blonde beers since then and found that a few were quite palatable. I was curious. The colour is not encouraging - the urine sample of an anaemic ant on it's death bed would produce something with more body. Anyway, the nose, the smell, the aroma is disappointing. There's nothing there. It's not bad, it's not good. It's just not there. But the taste was rather surprising. Honey, butter, fresh grass, smooth, creamy, a fizz, quite pleasant... Lacking distinctive character, maybe... or maybe not. I reckon I could tell a Bud from a Corona or a Moosehead. Don't get me wrong - I don't think this is a class act. I don't even think it reaches the heights of an average beer. But it aint a dog. It's more of a bitch, and when you're desperate... Well, go for it behind closed doors and don't tell the neighbours.

Re-rate. I was just given this in a customer's house. I had difficulty finishing it. I wasn't paying attention to the butter flavours, I was just struggling to get it down. [1.2]

Light lemon colour. Faint malt and corn aroma. Some sweetness. Honey, vanilla, fresh grass, honeysuckle. Vanishes quickly. Watery texture. [1.5]

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
2.34/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I put aside my hatred of the evil empire briefly to taste and judge the king of beers for BA. The last time I had it was about 12 years ago. Actually, I was at a banquet with an open bar where beer drinkers were forced to drink it or a lite. Trying to be objective I came up with the following.
Pours a bright yellow with a fluffy white head that left a trace of lace. The aroma was a bare smell of grain with some alcohol.
It went down ok but the bubbles were a bit busy on the tongue. The taste was essentially an absence of malt. There was some bitterness but it faded quickly.
What was left was a craving for beer. I had to wait through the door prizes before I could hurry home and have something with malt and hops.

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Photo of soper2000
2.06/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't know how I've managed to avoid reviewing this for so long. My first 2 years of college I was essentially a bud drinker, then I turned 21 and discovered options inside liquor stores and this site. I'm reviewing this alongside Czechvar.
Pours a golden straw color with a large head full of large soapy looking bubbles. Nose hmmm... didn't really pick up that much and i'm afraid that if i try too hard, i'll end up snorting this beer instead of drinking it. First taste doesn't yield much information. This beer doesn't want to be profiled. Finally a sweet malt flavor (from cereals?) comes through on the finish. There is nothing too offending about this beer, but there isn't really anything redeeming about it either. I guess Bud will always have a place on the shelf and it continues to provide enjoyment to a slew of people. As for me, I'll leave the bud to all those who enjoy it.

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Photo of Juggernaut
2.34/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bud pours a pale golden color with a small white head. Its appearance looks good but that is a little deceiving.

There is little to no smell, no hops, no malt, no nothing. The taste is decent that of any generic American macro. I will give it crisp and refreshing as the ads say though that can only help it so far.

Its mouthfeel is only about as much as water so not much in that department, though i guess it is smooth as claimed. The drinkability is pretty good, which is a given since it shares many characteristics with its main ingredient, water.

This beer is good i guess for a macro, but not compared to much anything else, it may be good to have around when your working hard on a hot summer day, but probably not for much else.

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Photo of beerguy04
2.4/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-bright yellow with a small white head
s-slightly hoppy and malty smell
t-very ricey with a slight hoppy after taste
m and d- very watery making it go down easily and neatrul on taste

I figured id give this beer more of a chance inead of bashing it so much. Still not impressed but its a step better tha a lot of its macro competion.

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Photo of DFN
1.88/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It's a mystery to me why this is America's best-selling beer. Must be all the ads with the Clydesdales and the funny talking frogs, because to me Bud is a perfect example of a second-rate product that nonetheless dominates its market; other examples are Bose, McDonalds and Microsoft. The taste is somewhere between bitter and sour, and it smells kinda funny too!

Basically, I will drink Bud only if there's no other beer available, like at a ball game or street fair where A-B has obtained monopoly status. Even then, I may pour out the last 1/4 of the cup, or choose a Coke or lemonade instead. I can't really say it's a BAD beer, just mediocre-minus. Well, yeah, maybe I can. Some of my friends call it "Buttwiper" or "Crudweiser."

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.3/5  rDev -44.9%
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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