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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.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
4/5  rDev +64.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't care what anyone says...this is my trusty stand-by beer. no matter what state/region/area im in i can count on them having budweiser and they can count on me drinking it. so im sorry to everyone out there that is too good to drink "normal beer" I LOVE budweiser

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Photo of InstantBeer
4/5  rDev +64.6%

Drinking these now actually. My friend loves this beer. I like it too. I like Bud light and light beers. But i like this too. Would drink it again.

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Photo of MegaTimX
4/5  rDev +64.6%

Budweiser is definitely the King of Beers. Although I'm not sure which beers that kingdom comprises of, but it has a little crown on it's can tab so it's obviously a king.
Budweiser doesn't get enough credit in my opinion. It really is a good beer that goes down smooth and has a pleasant flavor.
Yes, it is quite possibly the most common beer in USA. I've yet to enter a bar that doesn't have Budweiser on tap.
But if the kingdom is one of low cost, high quality beers, then Budweiser truly is the king.

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Photo of mhuber
4/5  rDev +64.6%

Pours clear, light golden color with a small head that dissipates quickly. Easy drinking, crisp, light flavor with a mild bitterness. I'm surprised that the average rating is so low on one of America's most popular beers. It's not my favorite by any means, but it's a good beer even though it lacks character.

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Photo of doerickson
3.98/5  rDev +63.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Very light-colored, and smells as refreshing as it tastes. Goes down smooth and stays down...smooth. A lot of people like to knock Bud, but at least it makes no pretenses, and I'll fall back on it anytime. Clean, refreshing and inordinately drinkable--available in 30-packs for a good reason. You know going in that it's not meant to challenge your taste buds, so just take it for what it is and enjoy what could be the easy-drinkingest beer in America.

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Photo of dabone
3.94/5  rDev +62.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from a can. Good carbonation and head. Bright yellow but clear color. Not much aroma. Good flavor for a lager, good mix of cereal grains and hops. Not overpowering on either. Good mouthfeel.

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Photo of flarnrules
3.94/5  rDev +62.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Budweiser. The King of Beers.

Allow me to quote a sentence that I have read, respected, and perhaps agreed with as many times as I have enjoyed this beer. Ice cold; from a bottle.

"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 drinkability you will find in no other beer at any price."

Although I cannot say for sure whether the "cost so much to brew" is an accurate statement, I have to agree that the Beechwood Aging does produce a taste, smoothness, and drinkability that I can not find at any other price. For this reason alone, I feel like Budweiser beer has been treated poorly by receiving a D+.

Budweiser beer is truly the king of American style adjunct lagers. It tastes the way it should taste, is priced the way it should be priced, and is absolutely one of the most consistent beers I have had in my few years as a beer drinker.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.93/5  rDev +61.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = bright yellow and clear with minimal head. Light carbonation.

Smell - malty and minimal smell

Taste - Very malty and smooth. Nice flavoring with no aftertaste. Full bodied and rich for an AAJ. 5% ABV is actually pretty decent for the style

Mouthfeel - a tad fizzy from the carbonation but otherwise full bodied.

Overall - The King of Beers lives up to its name. I haven't had one in 15 years so I thought it was time to sample one. Never apreciated this beer before, but now I have a new found respect. And the classic label on the bottle rocks!

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Photo of rowey77
3.92/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

his lager should be appreciated for what it is...a clean, crisp, refreshing, brew that appeals to the masses and can be drank whenever and wherever. there are many other much better lagers and ales that appeal to those of us with discerning tastes and appreciation for REALLY good beer. but after a day of construction work in the sweltering summer heat, nothing beats an ice cold budweiser. just as during the shortest and coldest of days in winter sitting in my favorite pub, a pint of stout, porter or doppel bock is just what the doctor ordered.

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Photo of herefordjeep
3.91/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

For what this beer is, a consistent staple in the American pilsner-style lager category, Anheuser-Busch has hit a bulls eye. Pours straw-yellow with exceptionally uniform and persistent lacing. Upon smell, a sour, almost always somewhat skunked version of hoppiness hits your nose, but once past, a great, clean scent of crisp pilsner can be found. Upon tasting, intense carbonation, moderate maltiness and mouthfeel can be noticed. Hoppiness is medium, and on the moderate sector in terms of spiciness. Finish is clean, with a moderate after-feel of malt syrup and carbonation. For a traditional American, mass produced pilsner-style brew, a cold Budweiser simply cannot be beat. Drinkability is exceptional, and is best in the spring and summer. A.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev +60.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good ole Bud in a can!

I drank it out da can, but I know it looks like yellow carbonated water.

I smells like (macro) beer.

I always liked the taste of Bud from a can, prefer it over a bottle full a Bud.

It's crisp, clean, refreshing, this is (macro) beer!

Highly drinkable, not filling, I can suck quite a few of these down. Classic All American (macro) Beer.

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Photo of toadphillips
3.9/5  rDev +60.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite beer, it tastes good. Smooth it doesn't have bitter taste at all but not too watery. I'm not a beer snob iv'e tried expensive beers that taste like orange peels, coffee grounds, soup, rubbing alcohol its just not for me, i want a beer that tastes like beer. ice cold in bottle is the best. Iv'e had many bad ones tho that taste old, flat and bitter, so it's kind of hit and miss depending where u buy it at.

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Photo of colts9016
3.9/5  rDev +60.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A pale straw color with a ton of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is brilliant. There was a foamy one finger head but it dropped like a rock.

Nose: There is a grainy corn aroma. There is a slight hint of green apples resin, and rice.

Taste: The beer has a cooked rice with a grain taste. There are a slight hint of the beechwood that they used to age the beer.

Overall: This beer has a very light body with a high carbonation and a very thin but not watery body. The finish is nil. This beer is good for its style but that is pushing it.

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Photo of pharmer
3.88/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a pale, yellow color with a white creamy head initially. The head quickly fades to a thin lace that does persist throughout the drink.

S: Very clean, yeasty, some corn, almost sweet-smelling.

M: Smooth, high carbonation, but not offensive like some other mass produced beers

T: Tastes good actually. Somewhat sweet with a very slight hint of hop bitterness and alcohol on the finish. Nothing objectionable.

D: Very drinkable, it is what is says it is, that being the beer that the typical American beer drinker is looking for. It won't win any competitions, but I'll be drinking more in the future.

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Photo of CS1971
3.88/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say, I was biased against Bud and other american adjuncts for awhile. But lately I have come full circle. I just recognize the value in these brews lately. They are refreshing, light, and inexpensive, and accompany a football game quite nicely. Don't get me wrong, I would choose any Sam Adams beer over this. But I can't hate this beer, for the price I think it's pretty darn good.

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Photo of Vashtar
3.88/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

My first beers were primarily foreign beers. That is, I never paid much attention to American ones. When I tried Budweiser, I was very impressed. I Think a lot of people on this website might be rating Bud low because they are beer snobs and know they have to because they have a reputation to uphold.

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Photo of bvburnes
3.88/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tastes very similar to other Budweiser brews. Color is normal for am American Lager, pale straw colored. The smell is very subtle.

As for flavour, I like the taste of this beer much better than others of its kind. There is an pleasant bread or yeast finish to it that is hard to tell whether you are tasting or smelling. But it reminds me of baking bread. There is little to no bitterness in this beer, which I like.

Mouth-feel is very light, crisp, and clean. And drinkability for me is quite high. I'm [almost] not ashamed to say that I quite like this beer. It's what I'd call a drink without any fuss.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.88/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to take a taste of Budweiser now that I know what I know and taste how I taste, poured from a can into a Pint glass showed a clear yellow/golden brew with a 2 finger head that went South fast. Nothing much came through in the aroma, the mouthfeel was crisp and clean with a refreshing finish. Taste was simple as you should expect from a adjunct Lager, the fact that you can find this all over the World should hint at the respect it deserves from the standpoint of the Brewmasters who started this brand on its path. That being said beers such as Grain Belt have more flavor "sweet corn" to speak of but aren't found in almost every store in the United States, people can afford it, find it and pound it....that's what makes it The King of Beers...not the best beer by any means...neither were most Kings if you think about it...but a beer that is one of the best at being what it was brewed to be...a popular beer for the people.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
3.84/5  rDev +58%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours our piss yellow. Decent lacing. Carbonation bubbles streaming up the glass. Smells like America, adjunct and some apple. Taste Grains and yeast. I get no hops. Light watery body. Very Drinkable. Clean crisp refreshing dry finish, but not like budlight.

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Photo of MLasoski
3.84/5  rDev +58%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Being that Budweiser is as mainstream as a beer can get, it has its own uniqueness (the beechwood aging process, look it up). I am not a fan of Anheuser-Busch being sold to InBev, but that's another story.

Served: In a bottle, drank from the bottle.

A: I know it pours a glittery, transparent, and golden color. It leaves a minimal head.

S: I can smell the hops and a slightly malty flavor.

T: It's crisp and somewhat refreshing for a non-light beer. I can taste the hops in every sip and the rice gives the lager a unique taste. Can't seem to match it to any other lager.

M: As said before, it's crisp. Taking each sip down, I can taste the hops, but the rice makes it easier to handle.

D: It's surprisingly smoothe and light compared to other lagers. I could probably have quite a few Budweisers and not think anything of it. I wouldn't classify it as drinkable as summer beers, but it's a good fall-back if no other beers spike your interest at the bar.

By the way, I hope the label of Budweiser being a "hick beer" subsides in the near future. It's not a bad lager at all, especially since no other lager goes through the same process as this one does, to my knowledge anyway.

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Photo of a10t2
3.84/5  rDev +58%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into my Budweiser promo imperial pint glass, seemed only appropriate. Date on can is 22 Jan 09.

A: Heavy carbonation produces a snow white one-finger head that falls quickly. Bubbles continue to rise and keep a very thin patchy head on top. Extremely pale yellow, and crystal clear.

S: I'm pretty sure I can actually smell the CO2 that's being expelled, underneath a corny grain aroma (even though this is brewed with rice) and a faint smell of noble hops. Pretty bland.

T: Clean graininess that isn't at all sweet or malty, with a subtle hop character. An apple-y ester and just a hint of alcohol twang in the aftertaste.

M: Somewhat overcarbonated for my tastes, but very thin and smooth.

D: Extremely high, obviously. Nothing outstanding about it, but this beer is virtually flawless.

Note that I've taken the liberty of reviewing this as an "American Adjunct Lager" rather than as an IPA, as some others seem to enjoy doing. It is a world-class example of its style.

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Photo of JordanHageman
3.84/5  rDev +58%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming from St. Louis this is the beer I've known since birth. "The King of Beers." Certainly the king of adjunct lagers. This and probably either Samuel Adams, Pabst Blue Ribbon or Lone Star are my other favorite bigger beers. But back to Bud; I love this beer. It is the most accessible beer at a fair price. It has a wonderful taste that makes up for its faint aroma. The taste is Mostly consistent of corn and grain. It's got a nice slick mouth feel that has a little creaminess to it but not a lot. I do love this beer; it's drinkable, smooth, tasty, and it's refreshing. A lot of beer geeks (snobs) slam it and think it's beneath them. But you gotta have a good go-to beer when you're not in the mood for a more experimental type beer. Maybe I'm a tad biased since I'm from St. Louis but still I highly recommend this beer to anyone if they're willing to actually try it without having a pre-conception of distaste. Enjoy friends!

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Photo of KodyBrannon
3.83/5  rDev +57.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was once my favorite beer and only beer I would drink. Now It is just a boredom beer. I prefer to drink somthing with more taste and more substance than this now. But I still love bud and will always drink it. I would be happy to recomend this beer to somone who wants just a plain beer to drink and not really into the pure enjoyment of beer tasting. It pours a golden color with a decent head. Really the taste is a hoppy taste for the macro kind. I like this beer a lot. Always will be my old faithfull in a pinch.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.82/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its bud.. its really a decent beer if you respect what it is.. its pale and its sweet but super easy to drink.. I can say i have had blonde ales and pale lagers that are not as good as this.. i drink this any day over a light beer and half of the crafty pale lagers which are AB inbev anyways.. This beer takes a lot of heat but really it is pretty decent.. I think more of the hate may come from the company ethics

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Photo of Hefekopf
3.81/5  rDev +56.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At my favorite local watering hole, the Oakville Tap Haus. Poured into an official Budweiser glass from the tap, nitrogenates (Budweiser Signature draft).

Looks awesome in this glass, nice fluffy head, moderate amount of lacing. High carbonation.

Doesn't smell like much besides malt... And water. It's 31 degrees, I'm not expecting much

First sip I hardly tasted anything. Second... Well, I imagine this is what Budweiser is supposed to taste like. Malt, estery yeast, and heck, even the rice tastes okay. This is really something else on draft. Amazing. 100% better.

Feel? Very smooth yet also just like water. Perfect for warm weather.

No, it's not very complex but it's Budweiser. I love the malt flavor and I'm a St. Lousian to the core; this is America's classic beer! Cheers for Anheuser Busch, and to all those that lost their livelihoods to the Belgian takeover. Here's to hoping AB survives into the future.

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2.43 out of 5 based on 6,002 ratings.
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