Budweiser | Anheuser-Busch

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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 FootballFan15
4.45/5  rDev +83.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot of people say to me, "Come now FootballFan15, your favorite beer is Budweiser, how can your opinion be valid?" Well, the truth is that while Budweiser is a very good lager, I Can't claim it to be my favorite or say that it doesn't have any imperfections.

Initial impressions of this beer are always positive, despite its reputation, and I think that is with good reason. When poured from its very-well designed can (or bottle...if that is your thing...) it makes an impressive fizzy display in a glass or mug and has an attractive head. Anheuser-Busch is to be commended for brewing such an attractive beer.

The taste, admittedly, is where the problem is found (if, indeed, there is a problem with Budweiser). I find the flavor of Budweiser to be a bit strong, particularly compared to its superior sister brew, Bud Light. Still, Budweiser is not a beer I would turn my nose up at ever. If anything, perhaps the flavor is TO GOOD. Once Budweiser assaults my palette with its own irresistible charm, I find that it dilutes the flavor of foods that I enjoy with Bud Light such as hot dogs, chili cheese fries, and cheddar and sour cream ruffles.

Due to its affect on your palette, I recommend reserving this beer for times when you're specifically only going to be enjoying beer (without food) or after a meal has been consumed. Bud Light may be the superior beverage to consume with food but Budweiser is a delicious treat all on its own. I enthusiastically recommend this beer to all of my friends and suggest it here too. Despite its faults, after just one sip, you'll see why Budweiser is America's premier beer.

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Photo of nickoya
4.44/5  rDev +82.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

General Comments: This beer does not seem very popular among aficionados, but I must admit that I like it quite a bit. This style of beer obviously aims for a light, drinkable tone with a mild and bittersweet taste. In spite of what you might think about the macro brews (and American adjunct lagers), this beer accomplishes its purpose very well.

Appearance: I Poured from a can to a glass. The beer is golden-yellow in color with a hearty, frothy head that lingers just long enough, with a few bubbles.

Smell: The smell is weak, and not terribly impressive, but not offensive either. If I could get anything, there seemed to be a slight, malty undertone.

Taste: There is an excellent balance of malts and hops, with a slightly bitter finish (not too bitter though). I detected a hint of cream corn in the flavor. Overall, the flavor was pretty mild, but definitely present but without an aftertaste.

Mouth feel: Refreshing, but not bland either. There is a "good"/ balanced level of carbonation, and the beer does not tend to go flat too quickly.

Drinkability: Bud's drinkability is another one of its highlights. Its quite refreshing, mild, with an interesting blend of flavors that makes it refreshing on a warm day. It is an excellent choice to serve with salty snacks, or a BBQ meal.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.36/5  rDev +79.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-clear golden to straw color with a white head that fades fast, and leaves no lace
S-grains, rice, hops is very light, and sweet corn aroma
T-sweet corn taste, hops is light with a clean aftertaste that finishes with a slight bite
M-clean crisp, light body, good carbonation
O- this is not a craft beer, but is very important in US history. Many craft beer drinkers anti Budweiser, Miller, and Coors, but this is one of the best beers made. I guess I am not a rebel trying to be differant, like most craft beer drinkers are. If you grade a beer you must respect it. Although there are many beers with more taste and feel, there are not any with more history and tradition as Budweiser. No other beer rated here can match.

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Photo of Mizzousec
4.35/5  rDev +79%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle aroma, mouthfeel and taste is great. slightly fruity aroma. finishes smoothly with little aftertaste. Very good session beer. Clear, golden color. 1 inch collar of foam in the glass. Slight bitterness is very appealing. I am not crazy about a beer that has an aftertaste that stays with me for a long time, so this beer works very well for me.

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Photo of LT23
4.29/5  rDev +76.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Funny...my first review is on Bud. But I'm sick of beer snobs so I had to. For what it is Bud is truly the King of beers. It is the best American mass produced lager. Can it hold a candle to your local brews and IPA's or a Sam Adams Utopia? NO!! But its not trying to. It is a good refreshing after work beer. Im a chef and after 12 hrs on the line I want a refreshing easy drinker not a punch you in the face complex drink. I have a friend who is a beer sommelier..and he drinks Bud on the regular. If its good enough for a professional, its good enough for me. There is a time and place for everything, and at a bbq, tailgate or a few after work...Bud never fails.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.29/5  rDev +76.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Yeah yeah I know pretty high marks for Bud but I love the stuff.If I had to pick a mass produced "swill" beer it would be Bud.The color is always perfectly golden yellow whether can,bottle or draft.

Not much aroma that can be defined as hops or malt-the smell reminds me of Yankee Stadium actually...hahahahaha.It has a crisp taste with just enough bite to be discernable from say Coors or Miller.Again I wouldnt call it hops or malt-probably the glycol or other chemicals they supposedly add.

An average mouthfeel but overall a drinkibility thats hard to beat.If Im not drinking homebrew or micros nothing beats a Bud for this kid.I dont care about the mass marketing and that Im paying to keep the speedboat running or the race car going or the Clydesdales happy-they make a consistantly decent product that has its rightfull place in "beerdom"

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Photo of daweidavid
4.28/5  rDev +76.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well known beer, also had this in other country. It's a ok beer. Light and bitter and golden body with a small head. Finish with a grain and quick aftertaste

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Photo of Shefus
4.24/5  rDev +74.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its called the king of beers for a reason, its tasty, feels great, goes down easy. Its like the perfect bonfire beer, pound some of these get nice and sloppy, and play some beer pong, then make some bad decisions. then wake up and start again.


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Photo of hophunter
4.2/5  rDev +72.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very pale straw color and a white frothy head that doesn't last.

Aroma: Grainy with a very low hop aroma, almost floral with green apple.

Taste: Crisp and dry. Low hop bitterness and sweetness from more detectable malts.

Mouthfeel: Light body and highly carbonated.

Overall: A little more robust than Bud Light. Very light and refreshing beer. Fits the guidelines.

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Photo of down_to_clown_69
4.2/5  rDev +72.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

Budweiser, budweiser, budweiser. Where to start with you, you old salty dog? You were a constant companion during my Freshman 45 and never faltered on delivering your "World Renowned" flavor.

"Porkchops in a can." I hear you say. More like "Budweiser is the man."

This comes served to me in an aluminum bottle, incrested with the seal of American prosperity ("Budweiser" written in a slight cursive font) with the promise to get me slightly closer to that American dream with every sip. Getting drunk off Budweiser and screaming at the cat that things were better the way they used to be.

What happened to the flying cars they promised? And who is this Cardishpanini family they keep talking about on the news?

I think I'll just crack another Budweiser with Andy Griffith and Barney Fife and watch the time tick on.

Now where's that cat...

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Photo of jamesdr1968
4.14/5  rDev +70.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So, I've had many many microbrews, my all-time favorite being Lancaster Brewery (hey, it's my hometown). So here I am, 39 years old, and I couldn't remember the last time I actually drank just a regular Budweiser. So I thought, seriously, could it be that bad? I mean, it's mass-produced, they spend quite a bit on advertising - but everyone, I mean EVERYONE, seems to hate it? So I bought a case. $17 dollars, no biggie. And guess what? It tastes good. Nothing special, no crazy hops taste. Just good old beer. Clean, refreshing - very drinkable for any time of the year. Will I be buying it all the time? Probably not. I do prefer to stick to local PA brewers (Straub's, Yuengling, Stoudt's, etc.) but I do think Bud has a bad rap. A fine beer for any occasion.

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Photo of tdslj
4.14/5  rDev +70.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: I work as an advertising writer for a company that has Anheuser Busch as a client. But I wasn't paid for this review. I'm doing this on my own time and with beer I paid for.

All that said, I got turned on to craft beer soon after my "get trashed on keystone light" college days. And I really enjoy West coast style beers, like Anchor Steam, Stone IPA and the incomparable Pliney the Elder.

But when I began to work with AB, I had the chance to meet with their brewmaster who is very candid about how good some of the craft beers are (and how inconsistent others are) and how some in the craft community consider Budweiser to be macro-piss.

He took me through a tasting of Budweiser fresh from the vat, and I have to say it was nothing less than a conversion experience. Look, it's an american adjunct lager. Some people just don't like this style of beer. But stand it up next to Anchor California Lager and it more than holds it's own. Next to PBR, Coors, Miller or any other "big" brewer, and it dominates.

Notes: Bottle poured down the middle of a glass with a 3" mouth. 2" collar of foam remained for most of the glass. A gentle sweetness on the tip of the toungue, a mild bitterness in the middle, and absolutely no aftertaste. The beer is designed to allow its yeast strain to stand out. And it does. It's not a vehicle for giant amounts of hops. It's just a damn fine beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +68.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Champions. At $2 a pint, you really can't go wrong.

A: The lager is a pale straw color, crystal clear with a steady stream of bubbles. A half a finger of white head accompanied the lager and was fast to exit.

S: The nose is malty sweet, pale grains with adjunct sweetness. The nose isn't crisp, light on hops, instead it sticks to the fruity malt notes.

T: Slam it all you like, but this really is the paragon of the adjunct lager style. The malts have a fruity underside that carries rice and corn in it. The flavor is chewy and crisp, refreshing despite its light body. Again the hops are noticeably absent but the beer's no frills package doesn't scream out for them. The adjunct sweetness lingers with each sip.

M: The mouthfeel is pale and inoffensive, fruity sweet at times. Seriously, this is not a bad lager.

D: At 5% I could drink the beer all day long. I'm not inclined to but in a pinch (or at $2 per pint), it's hard to pass up.

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Photo of Fantasy_Draught
4.1/5  rDev +68.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't be fooled. This is a beer.

In spite of the lackluster character of this beverage, one cannot deny the proud stature of its commercial significance.

When you need a cold-ass soda water that is secretly a beer, this liquid consumable will certainly suffice.

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Photo of Kelby777
4.1/5  rDev +68.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I understand there is a lot of hate here on Beer Advocate when it comes to this beer. Beer snobs left and right will tell you that this beer is swill and piss. But I came into reviewing this beer without bias and prejudice.

Appearance - I poured a 16oz can delicately into a pilsner glass. I would say the temperature of the beer was at about 36 degrees. I noticed it had a head and then quickly dissipated. It has a high level of carbonation. I noticed it left a light lacing on the glass. The color of the beer had a straw-yellow color. I looked into the glass and it reminded me of grease bubbles from chicken broth.

Smell - Smells of corn, rice, and had a slightly boozy smell.

Taste - Has sort of a flat tangy boozy taste to it. Tasted the rice, corn, and the beer was slightly boozy - similar to the smell. Barely any hop taste.

Mouth feel - It tastes very carbonated and has a watery mouth feel but it's not a bad thing. The mouth feel of this beer makes it very easy to drink.

Overall - For what it's worth, this beer is great! It is very drinkable, cheap, and Budweiser has never let me down before. It is good for any occasion.

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Photo of drjones633
4.09/5  rDev +68.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12oz bottle.

A clean golden color.

Smell is small, hints of fruit.

Taste is crisp and refreshing. slight malt and rice flavour

Mouthfeel is watery, but this is good if you are thirsty.

I think as americans we forget our roots.
Prohibition killed off all the small breweries that couldn't make other products to stay afloat, also 3 years before prohibition was repealed the Great Depression hit, beer had to be made cheaply. The Milwaukee breweries and Budweiser kept beer brewing alive in the USA through the great depression.
What was born was a new beer, created out of need. And although its not "great beer" its apart of our history and I appreciate it for what it is.

So to all of those people giving Bud 1's ans 2's I want to remind you, when examining beers we should keep in mind the style we are tasting. Sure Bud isn't as flavorful as a IPA or a Lambic, but its not trying to be either. Its a perfect example of its style.

I love my Franziskaner. I love my Dog Fish Head. And I love my Buweiser.
Please dont be a beer snob, be a beer lover!

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.07/5  rDev +67.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very bright, pale with a head that recedes to a thin line around the edge of the glass, acceptable for standard american lager.

Pleasant aroma of light green apples with a cereal sweetness, both carrying through to the flavour. Sweet but with a crisp finish and manages to avoid being watery. Carbonation levels are refreshing without being too fizzy.

Ultimately a clean refreshing american lager that defines the style well, promotes itself to ready drinkability quite well without being too watery and with no other clearly discernible faults.

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Photo of iman99
4.07/5  rDev +67.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a macro beer that is not too pricey 5% abv for what you are buying and drinking the taste is great and goes down smooth every time.

Its probably the best macro beer. I guess Busch is pretty good and the price is better than Bud but I'd rather drink a bud right now than a busch.

I notice a lot of good beers being scored low. Just need to mention that some of them are getting low scores because reviewers aren't weighing their scores.

It's like saying everyone go buy a Ferrari and not a Chevy. Ferrari is top of the line, but take a look around everyone is driving Chevy. For what I have I think a Chevy is pretty good for the value same as Budweiser. Yet the BA on here is telling people its not worth trying. For the price and accessibility it is.

Sure I'd buy a lot more micro brews if I were living back in Colorado, now that I am living in the south I am happy to have a Budweiser, they don't have much of anything else.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.07/5  rDev +67.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin ring; very little lacing;

S: bready; grainy; a little malt/corn sweetness;

T: no hop character until the lightly bitter finish; one note - light malt/corn sweetness all the way;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: not a style I would choose for myself, but for the style, it's well made;

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Photo of marrisotter
4.06/5  rDev +67.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Well. It is what it is. And just because it doesn't say Dogfish, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Harpoon or some other "craft" beer name on the label, I--unlike many other that rate these beers-- will chose to rate it according to what it is: An American Pilsner Beer.

A--Brilliant clarity. I let it warm just a tad so that the carbonation had a chance to "hold"

S--faint DMS and corn. Some apple. Clear lack of aromatic hops...but that is NOT the intention of this beer

T--light. Crisp. Certainly not offensive. Not a whole lot going on in here--but why would there be? It is an impression of an American Lager. Just to be on the safe side, I cracked another. It tasted EXACTLY the same. Very consistent

M--Though minimal, the flavors meld well and the body is light. Refreshing.

D--4.5 for sure. You could rip these all day long at the beach. That is this beer's intention, and for that, I am rewarding it

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Photo of beerbill
4.05/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Budweiser is simply a good, dare I say, great beer. It doesn't cost $50 dollars a case and no one will think you're high society when you tell them you drink Bud, but it is a fantastic beer. The truth is if you truely love beer as I do, and your not just some Frasier with a pention for beer instead of wine, then you must agree this beer rules the school. If you want to get drunk, this will do the trick. No head aches (unless you posses a vagina, and even then it is a matter of chance), it goes down like ice water, and it taste great.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.02/5  rDev +65.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ahh the king of beers. my favorite example of an american marco-lager. if i'm goin out drinkin for the night, this IS my choice. i took a ride on the bud lounge bus once and took a course on how budweiser products are made and chatted up one of the brewmasters giving me insight into the world of anheuser busch.

A- clear pale straw yellow with head that's almost too perfect. it settles too fast also from the the tap leaving minimal to no lacing.

S- some faint malt, fresh barley, rice, apple, even a lil beechwood, but sadly no hops.

T- not much here, but for what it is, i'd say it's above average. grass, sweet corn, and a slight fruitiness with almost no aftertaste.

MF- clean, crisp, and watery. good level of carbonation if it's poured right, otherwise you'll be burping until the sun comes up.

D- this beer is a classic, hands down. it is cost effective, it is smooth, easy to drink, refreshing, consistant, and everything it was meant to be. though craft beers and micro brews may rise above in taste and aroma, AB did exactly what it set out to do: create a beer for the masses that will retain its american popularity forever and ever and ever.

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Photo of dbraz45
4/5  rDev +64.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Budweiser is a solid brew. Of course it is quite favorable to rip this beer, but I won't do that. With the advent and popularity of light beer, Budweiser must stand above and beyond this. Budweiser is a smooth, highly drinkable beer. It's not necessarily the most boldly flavorful brew, but it is tasty and made with with the utmost of care. Say what you want to say, but Anheuser Busch does get high marks for quality control. Crisp, consistent, refreshing, that is Budweiser.

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Photo of BDAWG
4/5  rDev +64.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How can you be American and insult this golden delight???- your snobby beer taste has lead you in the direction of spoiled con·nois·seur... Do yourselves a favor and try to open up and make famous your own establishment instead of ripping on others miracle creation...

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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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Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch
2.43 out of 5 based on 6,084 ratings.
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