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 jwilli7122
1.73/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Wow. This is way worse out of the can than the bottle. How can this be so much worse? I don't know anything about these things. The taste is still primarily grain or...whatever...but it's sour, overcarbonated, and metallic. I had trouble finishing this. Flashback to Milwaukee's Beast.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.02/5  rDev +28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

very pale clear yellow, i can't believe how clear this beer is, and pale! a simple taste. it's like one big flavor that builds fast and slowly rolls away, and that one flavor isn't that great. when my old drinking buddies were drinking natty light, i would drink this. when they started to drink this, i started drinking heiniken. (they never drank that) now i realize how shitty they all were. (IMO)

i have never noticed this before but, heiniken and bud smell and look alot alike!

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.64/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like many of you still enjoy a macro, I have to where I live it's hard to get specialty brews. This is probably my favorite of all the macros. Like all american macros the color leaves alot to be desired. The taste however is one of the best, great start and a clean finish. Really a great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
2.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Despite my recent past with this beer. See "of all the nights" in the BA Talk forum. I have decided to put it behind me and review it.

First there is no reason to enjoy this one out of a glass. Anyone who says otherwise is a fool. This is a beer to drink, not to enjoy. This is, of course, not to say that this beer doesn't have enjoyable aspects, it does.

As far as american Macros go, I think this is the best, It's relatively cheap, has a pretty good taste (aside from the fact you can really taste the rice, which I don't particularly like) and you can sit down with your college buddies and polish off a case of it without getting alcohol poisioning.
But I digress. Nothing about Budweiser is impressive. It is what it is, it's a macro, plain and simple

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Photo of BigRedN
3.36/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Background: While this beer and the brewer are often put down (unfairly, IMO). I like this beer. It may lack in substance but for me it has a purpose. No matter where I go, if I want a beer and don't want to think about making a choice or ask for a beer list, I can say "gimme a Bud" and I'll get a cold Bud longneck that tastes the same every time.

Appearance: Typical American macro lager. But its supposed to be. Bonus point for the bottle design and the "Eagle & A" logo. Always a favorite for years.

Smell: Little noticeable smell, but that's what I would want in the beer. A-B doesn't want its consumers to smell their beers, they want them to drink them.

Taste: Not a full flavored beer, but that's the idea here. Not bad, just nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, goes down easy, quenches the thirst after mowing the lawn or cleaning the garage.

Drinkability: Every bottle the same, and "fresh". Just what I would want.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
1.78/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Overall, a very thin, weak beer with little to offer. This beer must be served ice cold or else not served at all. It is nearly flavorless and without any character or interest at all. When poured into my glass, the beer bubbled like I'd expect from a can of Sprite/7up. Within seconds, the head was gone (not uncharacteristic) and what was left was a thin golden (nearly clear) beer. The first flavor you'll experience is moderately bitter with no other flavoring. When this subsides, you are pretty much done with tasting the beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.97/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is by far my favorite macro. Had it on tap at Bennigan's in Bloomington. It is suprisingly well balaned and flavorful, for a macro. It definitely has more flavor than any miller or coors products, IMO. I wouldn't turn one down, but I'd still probably drink something more interesting if given the choice.

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Photo of diablo14
1.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

one would be correct in saying that this beer does not taste offensive like many other lagers. 'boring' isnt a word id use to describe it tho. giving it too much credit there. impotent perhaps? a totally flaccid, nothing beer thats totally forgettable.

anaemic color and quickly dissipating head. nose reeks of chemicals, with adjuncts also presenting themselves. flavor is of the same with corn and rice showing up. semi bitter but not a lot of hops doing any damage. is fairly crisp which raises the score here. this is yet another of those beers where you will severely pay for indulging the next day.

it has been a while since ive had a bud. fortunatley i just havent been in the position where ive had to endure it. if i never came across it again id not be losing any sleep thats for certain. zzz.

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Photo of neg007
3.31/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

What's to say?

There is really nothing special except for the amazing consistancy that Budweiser brings to the table.

Unlike others who are quick to pan this beer, I cannot. It isn't bad on any level, just an average beer for average guys to drink any time.

Boring, but that is what they are going for.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.64/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It was a buck a draft, so now seemed like as good a time as any to review it. Have to give it some points for being the proper color, I guess. There actually was a slightly fruity hoppiness to it, and I could taste the beechwood. But way too many off flavors, adjunct and DMS tastes, and besides, next day I got a pounding headache. Yes, it is the perfect beer for NASCAR fans.

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Photo of Foxman
2.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours yellow. That's it, yellow. Uncomfortably close to a certain bodily fluid, but hey, at least it doesn't have to change much on its way out. Tight head, fading quickly, lacing little.

Aroma is just what you'd expect a US macro to smell like. It is what it is. And that ain't much.

Little malt, little hops, some traces virtually unidentifiable. It combines to make up what is, unfortunately, what beer is expected by many to taste like. And I say unfortunately not because it's vile, because it is not, but because it takes little more effort or money to buy better. Still, ice cold, hot day, and it's like beer soda.

It's yellow water in the mouth, with some fizz. Comes, goes, and you forget it was there.

I can drink it, like I said, on a hot day, watching the bottle or can sweat seductively. And they do go down so easily. However, what limits me is that it seems to be my own, one most effective laxative. I can get it down, but it makes its way out in spades the next morning. Just as well, I should know better than to drink more than one or two in a pinch when I can get my hands on better.

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Photo of mwrseeley
2.85/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"This is the famous Budweiser beer. We know of no brand produced by any other brewer which costs so much to brew and age. Our exclusive Beechwood Aging produces a taste, a smoothness and a drinkabilty you will find in no other beer at any price."

Not quite...

One of my favourite beer moments came during the game between South Africa and Slovenia at last year's World Cup in Daegu. Perhaps it was a psychosomatic response created by the festive atmosphere of the partying Slovenes, but Budweiser never tasted so good (or since) as on that day.

Despite it's unintentially hilarious claims, Budweiser is at heart an unpretentious and inoffensive, if not watery beer that goes down easily.

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Photo of grynder33
1.97/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this at a wedding because it was this or the light. Light gold color, no head when its served cold, light grain aroma, very light adjunct hop taste, but at least it lingered on the tongue for a second, unlike the light,watery aftertaste, absolutely no different then the light. Its a thirst quencher, but nothing more

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Photo of StevieW
2.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Born on 22JUL03. Consumed 4NOV03. Left over at my condo from the Interns rental this summer. A tribute to my buddy Hermie, a fair reveiw of his favorite beer.
Pale, shiny yellow color. An agressive pour produced some bubbly off white head that faded fast. Smell was at first sour, then grainy, mown grass, and fields of hay. Taste was a somewhat pleasant dullness of flavors, moderate sweetness, lots of corn water and ever so slight mushy hops toward the finish. Lacked the rough bitterness and metallic flavors I have come to expect. Moderately carbonated. Scrubing bubbles paired ok with Black Bean Chili Chips. Drinkability and taste held tight as long as you drank it fast and have some spicy things to pair it with. Quenched the thirst, but didn't impress while doing it. Drank it all and now happily I have more room in my fridge for another Maine Beer.

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Photo of CBFanWish
1.53/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

All I could think of while I was drinking this was when will the torture end? They call themselves the King of Beers. The Biggest selling beer in the land. Was I impressed? No. The light yellow color reminded me of what a good beer isn't. no imagination, no complexity, nothing. The taste was more of corn syrup than of anything. Nothing in the way of hops, malt, or barley. But I did like one thing. The Bud Girls.

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Photo of chaduvel
1.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Finally found this rare beer on-tap. Pale urine yellow, foamy white head. Smells of creamed corn and adjuncts, not much in way of malt or hops. Taste is very thin and carbonated, rice syrup, corn, and a funky flavorless aftertaste not unlike over-cooked rice. I think Bud is better straight from the can or bottle. With so many other choices for pale lagers, avoid this one.

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Photo of theozag
2.78/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer purists may hate me for saying so, but I found Bud to be an enjoyable beer.

The bottler's claim of a unique drinking experience is very correct about this beer. Though you may pour fast enough to form a near-white head over the bright gold liquid, the brew is so light and actively carbonated that it fizzes off in seconds. The result is a beer that starts without any creamy texture on the lips, almost as if you're drinking a soda. I'd say Bud is a light-to-medium bodied beer, although some may disagree. It begins sharp and flavorful and has probably the most consistent palatte of any beer I've tasted to date. There are no flavor undertones, but the result is not lacking - Bud comes across as pure, clean, and quite tasty. The finish is even (it just trails away with a bit of a carbonated tingle) and the aftertaste borders on pleasant.

- Backdated tasting: I first reviewed this beer on 21AUG03, this post is based on notes from that review and several tastings since. -

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Photo of marcobrau
2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Oh, what the heck...found this can in the back of the fridge at my family's cottage in Michigan. My can of Bud was born on Dec. 23, 2002. This was past the 110 days that A-B considers Budweiser to be fresh. Remarkably this beer did not taste stale, but it didn't really taste like anything. The description I like to give Bud is barley and rice water. There's just the hint of a good beer. It's like it was a good beer that was watered down and has had the really good parts bred out of it. Ninety percent of the malt and hops washed out. There's just a hint of malt in the finish and a light bit of dryness and that characteristic Bud flavor, sort of a very faint apple-skin flavor. Perhaps this is the result of the much talked about beechwood aging. Has anyone noticed Bud's claim that it is the best beer at any price????

I don't think so.

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Photo of PZuke
2.13/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The self proclaimed king of Beer <Fill in your joke here>. I was at a party the other day and it was either this or Bud light(review soon to come) so I chouse the lesser of two evils. This beer has a clean yellow color with some carbonation. The smell of grain and malt was very noticeable. The first taste was that of grain and corn. While this might be good in some cases this is not my first choice when it comes to beer. While I did not care for the taste that much I did think it was drinkable and it was very easy going down. Don’t drink this beer.

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Photo of alexgash
1.94/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally got my hands on this rare brew. I made sure to set aside an entire evening for this tasting/reviewing. Almost clear, very pale straw body with a very bubbly, yet quickly dissipating white head. Smell is [corn?] malt aromas with some subtle hops. Grainy, lightly sweet corn adjunct taste up front with a disappointing, unbalanced finish of not enough hops. Very taste-less, but not horrible.

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Photo of Dmann
2.86/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

I was recently at a wedding reception and I had Bud for the first time in about 3 years. Although the pour was pretty weak and the smell was of your typifal grain and rice, the taste was pretty smoothe if your goal is just toi get fucked up! It had a decent sweet malfy flavor with almost no hint of hops in the taste. If you are looking for a beer to go down smoothly then this is to one!

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

I know we all love to bash A-B and Budweiser in particular. I've made countless Bud jokes over the years. Well, at my buddy's wedding, this was the only beer available -- along with Bud Light.

I got at 12 oz. longneck and prepared for the worst. And, I have to admit, I was surprised. Bud wasn't nearly as bad as I remembered! While it sure looked bad (very off-yellow, bordering on clear) and didn't smell that great (snort! snort! anything?) it didn't taste bad at all.

Let me make this clear, though. It didn't taste good, either. It just didn't taste bad. I would say Bud is neutral, with a little grainy-corn-rice adjunct flavor.

If you're out of water, try Bud. It's very similar and you sure can drink it as fast. And it has alcohol in it.

The biggest tragedy is the effort A-B puts into brewing this. With their incredible tech and output, they could make an unbelieveable beer and sell it everywhere. Oh well, I guess Bud sells and to a big business, that's the most important fact.

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Photo of kindestcut
2.14/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer number 3 in my continuing cruise seer series. As with the Heineken, I decided to have a Bud because I had tired of the mediocre imports. And on a cruise ship, if you don't have what's available, you don't have anything. This time, and this may have been due to those same bad imports, I was pleasantly surprised. Oh, I'm not going to give Bud a high rating but it was better than the Heiny.

The Bud poured a yellow gold with a vigorous ehad and vivacious carbonation. This looks like the Alka Seltzer of beer and that's not too far from the truth. The aroma was very slight, touches of grain, malt and hops.

OK, the Bud didn't taste all that bad. I drank it fast and it was a thirst quencher. However, without getting too much into the flavor profile here (it's a very brief profile...grain, slight hops and distant sweetness) it's best to just sum up the discussion by saying that it is not a good beer but in fact serves a purpose as a beer for a hot day. The end.

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Photo of UnionMade
1.91/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer spouts forth from the tap a pale, leering lemon yellow, with a relatively fat, unnaturally carbonated head, much like a soda. Far too pale to be an all malt beer, with that much alcohol. This is the stuff borne of rice. Head thins out to nearly nothing almost immediately, maintained only with a healthy dose of forced carbonation.
Aroma is rich with rice adjunct. Mild noble hop presence, with just a touch of actual malt. Slight alcohol, which actually enhances the aroma of this liquid wonder.
Flavor is initially nothing, traveling into a metallic rice sweetness, with a fairly clean hopping towards the end. Carbonation is sodalike and large bubbled. Very artificial tasting. Regardless of their natural carbonation claims, I'm not buying it. Absolutely no aftertaste. This is perhaps one of the most inoffensive beers I've ever had. So bland, I really can't think of anything funny to say about it. Not really terrible, but there's so much better out there, why bother?

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Photo of SilentSabre
1.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Why Budweiser sells the way it does should be the eighth wonder of the world. Extremely over marketed, this is truly a bad beer when one considers the countless other brews in this world of ours. Appearance is typical for a main stream American beer. A weak head with weak lace, "Bud" is literally urine yellow. The smell is again typical for a main streamer. The taste is weak and dull. I saw where someone else called Bud "alcoholic water", and must say that is indeed an accurate description. Not a terrible lot happening with mouthfeel, either. Feels like you've got a mouth full of highly carbonated, over rated sub-standard beer. Wait a minute... you do! Finish leaves a bit of an after taste you'll be burping up for hours to come. A lot of folks like this stuff; "why" remains a mystery.

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