Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA) | Anheuser-Busch

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Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA)Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA)
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Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA)Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
206
pDev:
19.46%
 
 
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1
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8
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Ratings: 206 |  Reviews: 65
Reviews by EgadBananas:
Photo of EgadBananas
2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a golden colour, not quite amber. Bubbly, minimal white head. Not convinced it deserved the tulip I poured it in. Pale malts make up the bulk. I don't know if I'm actually getting a minute hint of vanilla, or if I'm just willing myself out of pity. Taste as well is just some slightly sweet pale malts. I know it's all malt, but it still seems corny. The feel, unlike the rest, is quite nice. It's light bodied, but it's creamy, not too overly carbonated, and is incredibly smooth on the palate. Unfortunately, that's not enough for me to call this anything but a publicity ploy. Budweiser gives you the green light to brew anything you want, and this is the shit you come up with? It's somewhat offensive.

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Photo of 22Blue
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

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1.25/5  rDev -58.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -41.3%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.22/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This one pours a true to style deep amber color with a nice frothy head of 1 finger, eventually settling to a thick ring on top.

Aroma is faint but of roasted grain, squeezed orange, and hop juice.

Flavor is sweet and roasted with flavors of brown bread crust, caramel, and lightly kilned malts, starting off fantastic. But then it dips downhill into a metallic sludge of brown sugar and malt liquor. A touch of soggy cornbread finishes the profile.

Feel is carbonated and rather thin, leaning more on the dry side as it finishes.

Overall another beta tester best left alone. Not really a great amber, and definitely not as good as the other macro ambers (Black Crown, Fortune, Batch 19).

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Photo of JosefBerger
4.75/5  rDev +59.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

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2.85/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of jpuetz
2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pleasant malty & vanilla flavors upfront but fall flat in the finish.

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Photo of JohnDon
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dag1991
2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #72 (Jan 2013):

So the brewer’s intention here was to produce a lager that is aged on bourbon staves and vanilla beans. Pretty weak in both regards, obviously the brewer has to be delicate with these kinds of additions in a average sized lager but there could have been more umph. Would make for a great stepping stone brew for the immensely timid.

STYLE: American Amber Lager
ABV: 5.5%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Clear brassy hue, great looking head

SMELL: Very clean, bready, faint hay, vague wood, very mild vanilla

TASTE: Smooth, crisp, lighter bodied, stunted vanilla, dried grass, touch of wood, ghost-like bourbon, very light hopping, kiss of alcohol, dry throughout, almost no after taste

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Photo of garymuchow
3.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay, 3rd of 3. Poured into mug.
Keeping with the others, subtle is the word, and I suppose that makes sense as the based is a pale Am. lager.
The mouthfeel is really soft and full. Similar to Michelob Golden light draft.
Really soft bourbon on the nose. Slightly sweet, it's kinda' nice. The vanilla bean seems background.
Flavor is more vanilla than bourbon, although the later is there too.
This isn't half bad. As with all A-B beers, or nearly all-I haven't had all of them, it is attractive looking. Golden amber, very clear, adequate white head that never fully leaves.

Thanks Spunky.

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Photo of ZAP
2.3/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Clear gold color...little head or lace..

S-Sweetish with artificial vanilla noticeable but not strong.

T-Really sweet...I wanted to like this but the vanilla is so artificial tasting and adds little to the already sweetish, corny flavor....

M-Too sticky sweet and unbalanced....I like malty but this has no depth or real maltiness...just a sticky mess

O-Sorry...the label sounds good but this is not. Much worse than the Pilsner I just reviewed...that i could drink again...not this one..

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Photo of budgood1
3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a brilliant lesser amber colour with a little head and very sparse lace. lightly malted aroma with wispy hints of vanilla and oak. flavour wise, the bourbon barrel and vanilla come forth a bit more than what was in the nose. it's seemingly sweeter than the other project 12 beers, and i believe a bit more agressively hopped. it all works fairly well and tastes reasonably well. especially if you are a fan of vanilla/oak/bourbon flavours in your lager. anyway, it has a medium body with a crisp, lagerish body and dry finish. drinkability is ok...i'm sort of intrigued by it.

overall, i would say that this is the most interesting and enjoyable of the project 12 offerings. i actually liked it more than i thought i would. a nice lager style beer for the winter season. it's not overdone and the nuances are simple and subtle.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.32/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a 1 inch white head that falls to a thin layer and color is light copper. Aroma is much like a Michelob original with a slight hint of vanilla and caramel. Flavor is also much like Michelob in that it has that signature AB yeast note along with macro-like grainy sweetness and some vanilla in there too. Hops are low-key. Mouthfeel is ok, still much like a Michelob. Overall this beer says "hey, let's take a marginally respectable all malt american premium lager and dick around with some crafty ingredients and see how many dumbasses buy it." It's not too bad if you consider the source. This was the best of the three in the Project 12 pack.

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Batch No. 23185 (Williamsburg, VA) from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 206 ratings