Budweiser & Clamato Chelada Picante | Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser & Clamato Chelada PicanteBudweiser & Clamato Chelada Picante
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Budweiser & Clamato Chelada PicanteBudweiser & Clamato Chelada Picante

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Missouri, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mactrail on 11-16-2012

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by JMad:
Photo of JMad
3.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a murky red/orange/pink color with a thin bubbly white head that quickly disappeared.

In the aroma I detected mostly tomato with some clam juice and jalepeno in the background with just a hint of beer.

The taste is mosstly the same with tomato, clam juice, spicy peppers and lime, cant really even tell it's beer but it's good.

The beer is thick with moderate carbonation and slightly gritty
(in a good way).

This is my first time drinking anything like this and I must admit that it's pretty good and I could definitely drink this again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tdm168
3.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - pinkish with a big, fizzy, bubbly, white head that fades quickly

S - grains and tomato soup

T - light tomato soup taste, salty, pleasing jalapeno kick in the finish

M - light to medium bodied, very crisp

This isn't something that I would go for regularly, but I this beer can serve a purpose. For anyone who likes bloody marys this is a nice twist. I could definitely see this as a hair of the dog beer. No true beer enthusiast is going to appreciate this beer, but I think it achieves what it set out to achieve.

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Photo of Johntheman
2.34/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If drinking a Chelada were anything like riding a roller coaster, I would have fallen off. It tasted like a Mexican seashore...too metaphorical? The junk must have barely met health and safety standards. I wasted my money on an entire case for a Puerto Rican themed night party; I want my money back and the portion of liver this swill must have eroded. My mom didn't even let me give it to my dog, who looked insulted when I offered anyway. I'm telling all my classmates to avoid purchasing this product. Viva la resistance

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Photo of tectactoe
1/5  rDev -67.1%

Photo of rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +39.8%

Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of drose23
3.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 25 ounce can.

A: Deep pink grapefruit like appearance with a little less than a finger worth of fizzy, pink head which quickly dissipated leaving a film on the top of the glass consisting of tomato particles and salt presumably. Opaque; chunks float throughout this beer.

S: Lime juice. Tomato juice. Sea water. Fishiness from the clam and shellfish. A little Budweiser beer aroma at the tail end of the nose. The jalapeno adds a little spice to the smell.

T: Very surprising. An initial rush of lime, tomato, and clam (hardly any beer flavor is detectable) gives way to a subtle spicy aftertaste which lingers for a moment after the swallow. Very good mix between the ingredients. Some sweetness in the beginning as well. Like others before have said, it really does taste like a carbonated Bloody Mary.

M: Medium mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation. Heavy. Easy drinking, but filling. At 198 calories per 12 oz serving, this beer is like a meal in a can. Goes down easy. Refreshing to an extent.

O: While one certainly wouldn't want to pound these all day, it does accomplish what it is setting out to do. A refreshing summer time beer, the Picante version is a step up from the regular chelada, IMO. Give it a try, you may be surprised.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
5/5  rDev +64.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can taste a million days of life in this..

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Photo of awesomo
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of ordybill
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 25 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a reddish pink will a small pink head. The aroma is a faint tomato and spice smell, sort of like tomato soup. The taste is a watered down carbonated tomato soup with some spice.

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Photo of rowbow
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As a frequent michelada drinker, this is no surprise really. Just a premixed version, it’s not all that bad, but I’d rather mix my own with Dos Equis Amber or a good Helles. The worst part is the appearance, which looks like watery carbonated tomato soup, complete with undetermined chunks in suspension. It’s an opaque red with a feeble skim of foam that fades rapidly, leaving behind a film on the glass.

Aroma is salty and tomato forward. Taste is savory with salt, tomato, and vague lime flavors. The picante jalapeño addition is the only difference from standard Chelada and it’s not all that noticeable sadly. A little tingle in the back of the throat. Made a pretty good pairing with beef jerky. Snap into a slim jim, RIP Macho Man

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Photo of PuffySAJ
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’ve heard about this “tomato” beer. I was very hesitant about it. I was surprised that it actually tasted half way decent. Not something that’s extraordinary but pretty good. If you want something different, give this a try.

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Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.92/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Budweiser & Clamato Picante' Chelada (24 oz. can) has a thick, pinkish-white, quickly-dissipating, fizzy head, a brilliant pinkish-red, opaque appearance, lots of streaming bubbles, no lacing (but residue from the tomato, clam broth, and salt), and a huge amount of floating red chunks and other sediment in the beer. The solids tend to separate from the beer, causing stratification, if one lets the glass set for a little while. The aroma is of lime juice, tomatoes, beer, salt water, and clam meat. Taste is the same, with an overriding saltiness and some nice, delicate jalepeno spice. Mouthfeel is pretty light and watery, and Budweiser & Clamato Picante' Chelada finishes semi-dry, filling, and drinkable. This product has some chewy chunks and could fill in as a snack. Overall, it's good and interesting.


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Photo of Proteus93
3.57/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I let curiosity get the better of me on this one. I do, however, like Clamato, so figured that flavour would be prominent in this beer.

A: Hazy pink or salmon in colour, topped with a surprising amount of head--a solid 2 fingers of fizzly foam which receded to a mere ring of lace in short time.

S + T: As expected, the nose is essentially little more than Clamato--tomato juice and that bit of clam that sets it apart from others. The flavour is much the same, though it is quite light as compared to regular Clamato juice. Little flavour of beer makes it through, though a little hint is in there. The lime is quite modest, and just adds a touch of citrus--mostly noticed toward the finish. The spicy bite on the finish is kind of nice.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty decent. It has a crisp carbonation and is quite refreshing. It might be a little on the light side as far as body goes, but that's not particularly surprising.

O: Surprisingly, I don't mind this at all. I went in with a predisposition to feel poorly about it, but it is something I could realistically see myself drinking again. It might not be the choice purchase, but wouldn't be turned down if offered at a gathering and if there were a choice between lighter lagers and this was an option, it would be fairly solid. This could serve fairly well as a complementary beverage to a dinner when not looking for a fancy pairing.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.51/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pinkish red color with a three finger head of white foamy dying bubbles.

Smell is of a tomato mettalic lager scent.

Taste is of sour tomatoes with some lime and a bit of lager chasing it.

Mouth is leaning towards a medium platform with a wet finish.

They already had this one, as far as the category goes, wrapped up with the Bud Chelada, so why did they screw with it? Probably because they could, and they did. In my opinion this is one nasty red beer while the original Bud Chelada takes the cake for the pre mixed Chelada category. So why mess with it? I am seriously still lost on the reason why they would offer something like this.

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Photo of Zorro
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Once more I face CHELADA!

Cloudy pink with a tall pinkish white colored head, looks like pink grapefruit juice.

Smells of tomato, sea and lime. That about sums it up. If you add salt you can call the scent Clam Ceviche Ale.

Starts out sweet salty tomato juice with celery salt. The taste can be called Beer Bloody Mary. Doesn't exactly taste bad, just weird. Beer and bloody marys two great taste that only a mad scientist would mix! Searching for the "Picante" part of this, there is a little heat but Spicy V8 is hotter.

Moutfeel ....moving on...

Overall not a drain poor but I prefer my Bloody Marys made out of Vodka.

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Photo of mulliwater
1/5  rDev -67.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -67.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
1.9/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of Jarrod_LC
2.22/5  rDev -27%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of woodychandler
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another entry from the Colorado CANQuest (TM), proving once more that I will try anything once. Call me a beer-related neo-hippie.

From the CAN: "Budweiser & Clamato Picante with salt and lime The perfect combination"; "Do not shake! Rotate gently to mix."; "Merge two incredible tastes: a refreshing Budweiser and the intensely zesty jalapeno kick of Clamato Picante. Drink it straight from the [CAN] or add your favorite ingredients to make it yours."; "Spicy Picante Flavor".

The Crack was okay, but the Glug was visually unappealing. I got a brief finger of fizzy pink head that looked like blood orange soda pop going into the glass. It was a deep pink, which is a color that I usually like, but not in a beer. Nose was among the worst ever on The CANQuest (TM) - it smelled like the underside of the pier on a hot day. Seaweed, barnacles, dead fish, CHT from nearby ships, you should get the idea. I girded myself and took a sip. Mouthfeel was spritzy and effervescent and the taste was actually much better than the nose had led me to expect. I got the fishy flavor of the Clamato and the spiciness of the pepper cut through to make it a brilliant alternative to Sunday Bloody Marys. I will also cop to having purchased a bag of Jalapeno with Cheddar Tortilla Chips as an accompaniment. It is never going to be my go-to beer, but it was nowhere near as gag-inducing as its earlier brethren. Open at your own risk. YMMV.

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Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DavidST
3.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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