Budweiser Black Crown | Anheuser-Busch

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Budweiser Black CrownBudweiser Black Crown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Damian74Shensky on 01-01-2013

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2.83
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Photo of pkalix
1.97/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

oh god, was I really thinking this had a chance at being better??
actually, it IS almost drinkable.... pour pi$$ urine yellow (?more yellow than the kirin I just had) . . . . smell is non-existent.... taste is . . . . geez, whatever.... I so wanted to be a part of that commercial where everybody is drinking the black crown and saluting the guy at the head of the table.... oh well, never mind.... barf. but I think I just MAY be able to finish this one if I hold my nose and guzzle . . . . .

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Photo of garymuchow
2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dull soft malt. Watery. A little more bold than standard Am. lagers.
One inch white cap covers a dark gold to amber clear body with some action.
A grainy malt character with a notable drying finish. Some hop flavors that blend adequately initially, but eventually become not very enjoyable. Spritzy and abundant carbonation which is big enough to prevent any apparent smoothness and provides a filling quality.
I like Fortune better than this. This may have a touch of age on it with an Apr 14 date on bottom of can (best by or canning date?). Either way I don't find the flavors all that pleasing putting it towards the bottom of lawn mower beers for me.

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Photo of beergoot
2.84/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear light amber body with a thin, bubbly head. The aroma came across lightly sweet; bright and sharp in a subdued fruity way; chewing gum. Light cereal and grain flavor with a relatively aggressive hop bitterness. Light , clean, crisp, dry finish with a noticeable hop bite at the finish.

The Budweiser web site says this is a "smooth drinking" amber lager, but I wouldn't go quite that far. There is an almost sharp and metallic "twang" to this beer overall, both in taste and feel. It's certainly not the worst of things, yet hardly appealing (to me) in a generic lager style. There's not much balance or real taste treats to be found in this offering. In fact, I'd much rather have a Budweiser than a Black Crown. No, AB did not come up with a winner with this one...

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear "golden amber" lager, small white head that thins leaving specks of lacing.

S - beechwood, nah it's just grainy.

T - sweet and grainy with a very light bitterness on the finish (beechwood finish?).

F - light/medium bodied, very easy to drink.

O - it is what it is.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was surprisingly disappointing because normally you would expect and receive a good head on any beer from a large brewery like this. Not much here, and it fades fast. Nose is also a bit muted with some light grain aromas. Palate has a very light malty taste, whiff of alcohol heat, and not much else going on. Not as extremely light bodied as I was expecting and yet it is fairly drinkable. Just doesn't come across at all as any sort of flavor-focused beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.34/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser Black Crown. I had to pick this one up and give it a try. 'Distinctively Smooth, Beechwood Finished'. 6%. Poured into a pint glass of my liking.

One finger of white head. Holds a bit. Fizzes with sound. Light copper gold color with pristine clarity. Lots of little bubbles climbing.

Has a toasty grain character to the nose. Some adjunct-iness. Wafery in the malts. Slight scent of a grassy hop. Not bad, really. Definitely reminds me of regular Budweiser, though.

Spicy and clean with a more prominent fusel booze note. Tastes very cereal. A very light woodiness that's hard to even mention, but I like it. Caramel malts work well here. Some corn is noted and it mixes in with the sweetness. It's still far from harsh, quite the opposite. Very smooth.

Has a piquancy to it. Brushy carb accentuates it. The body is nothing to talk about, but the smoothness behind the rush of carbonation is nice. Quite refreshing.

A new favorite BMC beer. I could actually see myself downing a few of these on a spring afternoon. If the price is right, I'd actually consider going halfsies on a case.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep reddish-amber with a prominent, slightly coarse white head, which retains well. The lacing is scattered and broken; the carbonation is modest and fast-rising.

Aroma: Slightly spicy, tangy aroma, with dark caramel, toasted malt, and grassy notes. The spicy notes presumably arise form the hops.

Taste: Opens with a modest wave of hops, toasted malt, and dark caramel. As the taste progresses, the hops intensify a bit. There is also a modest note of wood, later in the taste, perhaps the famed "Beechwood". The taste draws to a close with a modest spicy, hoppy note.

Mouth feel: A touch thin, with stinging carbonation, dry at the finish.

Drinkability/notes: Better than expected. I would not choose this over a decent craft beer, bu that being said, its not bad, and is far and away more appealing than Anheuser-Busch's flagship product, Budweiser.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Source: Purchased at Wal-Mart in Texas as a selection of a Brewmaster's Choice build-your-own six-pack for $8.99.

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Photo of BigBry
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Standard brown bottle, something new from Budweiser? or the same beer with a lot of marketing behind it?
The beer is clear, golden amber in color (their description, not mine), lots of carbonation bubble streams, but not enough to maintain any head.
Light smell of cereal grain, a bit grassy, some apple like sweetness.
The taste follows the smell, some toasted grain flavor, more sweet over ripened apple taste as you go on. I guess a hint of herbal, wet vegetable hop flavor at the end.
Light body and mouth feel, lots of carbonation gives a crispness.
Clean, meaning no aftertaste (good or bad), and as such easy to drink.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Clem’s Bottle House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: April 13, 2013
Consumed: April 13, 2013
Misc.: Born on date of Jan. 12, 2013

Poured a honey amber clear color with two fingers of off-white head. Surprisingly some nice looking sporadic and foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-good retention on the top.

Smelled that familiar Budweiser notes right away. No mistaking that. Malty more than anything else, including sugary cereal, sourdough bread, honey, grass and hay. A faint whiff of lemon late.

The taste was familiar to Budweiser as well and similar to the nose. Got honey, cereal, sourdough bread and faint lemon grass, albeit watery versions of each. Pretty bland overall.

Light body. Thin-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish.

Much better than I thought it would be, but I still wouldn’t order it at a bar.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a 220z Black Bottle poured in a pint glass.

Its says its a Golden Amber Lager.

A -Nice 2 inch head that dissipates quickly. Nice Golden color.

S- Smells like Roasted barley, kinda like Bud.

T- I don't know if my palate isn't just that good but This taste like Bud with a kick.

M- Watery, thin no body. Just awful.

O- Cool bottle was only $2 but its Bud, surprised I even bought it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.15/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black Crown Pours a clear golden color with a nice large head, and nice carbonation. Smells likes ass and soap. Taste is very soap and damp. Poor flavors make it undrinkable. Overall its not the worst offering from there, but the taste is just not there.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

341 mL bottle picked up at TBS; served well-chilled. Labelled as 'Budweiser Crown' for the Canadian market; this is a fairly recent addition to the line-up at everyone's favourite government-mandated monopoly store.

Pours a bright amber-orange colour with a clear complexion, generating nearly two fingers of frothy, soapy white head that gradually seeps away over the following few minutes. A smooth, dense cap about 1/4" thick remains on the surface for a good long while, but there's little in the way of lacing. The aroma is mild and fairly neutral - the caramel spoken of on the packaging is noticeable, but beyond that I'm having a hard time coming up with much else to describe. It's a little grainy, with suggestions of corn syrup and apple fruitiness; not much to write home about.

Not the worst-tasting macro amber I've ever had, but nothing about the flavour profile is really capturing my attention. Grainy pale malts come through initially, followed by some light toasted caramel sweetness. There are definitely some adjunct vibes toward the finish, but in general this is quite a bit more refined/cleaner-tasting than regular Bud. It finishes with a touch of honey and grassy hops, leaving a sweet taste behind on the palate. Fairly light in body, with sturdy carbonation levels typical of a macro lager. Not as drinkable as regular Budweiser - it tastes better, sure, but the abv and the lack of any significant attempt to balance out the sweetness of the caramel malt would limit my intake of this one.

Final Grade: 3.1, a C+. Budweiser Crown isn't an especially bad beer, but at the same time, it has no real distinguishing characteristics that would bring me back for more. While superior to standard Bud in every category outside of sessionability, it still has enough flaws - most prominently the lack of any real bittering hop balance to counter the caramel - that I can't really consider this anything much better than average. A serviceable, if unimaginative macro amber that I'd never turn down, but I'm not in a hurry to pick up another six-pack.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Brilliantly clear golden-amber color. One finger of creamy white head retains better than expected, though it does settle eventually. Thin slip of lacing slides back down into the beer, leaving only a thin ring.

S: Very clean nose; corn, slightly husky grain backing, very muted grassy hops, and the Budweiser house yeast. Nothing about it pops or sets it apart.

T: Corn opens. Husky grain and a bit of musty yeast begin to build. Token light fruitiness from the Bud yeast too. Perhaps a bit of dry wood. Abrupt, drying finish of corn and grain husk.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth enough. It has more substance to it than Bud and Bud Light, for sure.

O: It's a notch above AB's base product line, but still very safe, bland, and indistinct in the end.

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Photo of ordybill
3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a soft aroma of malt and hops, faint but there
Appearance- A dark copper colored brew with a medium sized white head.
Taste- An okay BMC product, does not compare on the flavor chart to a craft. not horrible
Palate- Has a nice crisp feel, light bodied brew with heavy carbonation.
Overall- An ok beer if the place you are at has a limited selection. There are many worse beers out there.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.94/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass,
Clear copper in color, with a decent head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt
Taste-Slight caramel note, faint toasted malt, smooth, clean finish, light-bodied. Not too bad. A step up in flavor and body from regular Bud. A little step in the "craft" direction.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.59/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean, clear golden amber, as promised on the bottle. Solid head of fine off-white carbonation, which subsides quickly, leaving no lace.

Nose is yeasty and grainy. Not bad, just pretty well generic.

Taste is sweet and mild, with almost no hop bite whatsoever. There are some toasty caramel and toffee tones, and even a hint of fruit. I get a really sweet finish, too, which kind of kills my enjoyment. Body is watery and light.

I've had much worse beers before, but this isn't one I'd return to, given the choices.

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Photo of bsp77
2.82/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Light amber without much head.

Smell: Light caramel and grainy malts.

Taste: Very light caramel. Not much else going on.

Feel: Light bodied, kind of watery. Carbonation is high but not as out of control as the standard Budweiser. Crisp finish but not dry enough.

Overall: Watered down Amber. Nothing bad but nothing good.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured slightly orange and clear with amber notes, head was ok but quickly fizzed out leaving no lace and no head.

aroma and taste were typically budweiser-ish and not really what you'd expect from anything labeled amber ale. it's like they were trying to made a bud but sell it to people who wanted an amber ale. my advice is that if you want an amber ale, this probably isn't the beer for you. if you want a bud, this bud's for you, but it's quite a stretch calling it an amber.

overall I'm not impressed. although I got this bottle free, I wonder if they had a craft beer price tag on this one. but the thing is, pretending it's craft doesn't turn a bud into a craft beer. not that I am taking anything away from bud: it's not easy to make a nearly colorless, flavorless, crystal clear beer. but that's not going to take anything away from the craft beer market either. craft drinkers will see right through and go back to what they really want when they seek out an amber ale: flavor, aroma, head, lacing, etc, which this really doesn't have.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The body is a perfectly clear copper color with a quickly receding white head. No lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma: Toasted grains and faint caramel cover up a slightly sour body.

Taste: Not a whole lot to this other than some caramel and malts. There is a metallic flavor roaming about as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: I liked this less and less as I continued to drink it. It had hints of being an amber lager.

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.52/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 2/1/13

Born on 06JAN13

Appearance: Crystal clear, light amber with gold highlights - low carbonation, which is odd considering this is a Budweiser permutation - small, white head that fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves a few dots of lacing

Smell: Grains and sweetness, much like the standard Budweiser, aka the "King of Beers," aka "Bud Heavy" - a faint hint of toasted grain that barely smells intentional - corn and rice-like adjunct aromas - sugar, and an unexpected ester scent that really smells like bananas - other than that, very clean, mostly devoid of aroma

Taste: Bland, grainy, but easy to drink - sweet and vaguely toasted grain, adjunct flavors including something that kind of tastes like sugary malt syrup - some grassy bitterness - corn husk - sugary sweetness - seltzer water with artificial sweetener added - not particularly offensive, though

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, with a sticky, weird finish

Overall: Where's your crown, King Nothing?

Sometimes I feel that the vast majority of BA has an unjustified hatred for AB Inbev. But then I drink a beer like this. This basically tastes like Budweiser with a slightly different malt profile. It's not a complete mess (I've definitely had far worse beers), but it's sub-par on every level. It's like giving a crappy car a fancy paint job. At its core, this tastes more or less like Budweiser. But thanks to marketing, poor unfortunate souls (and me) pay more money for this. At least Bud Light Platinum (BL NUMZ!) has the novelty of being a mainstream, light malt liquor. This is just a more expensive Budweiser.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.87/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter thanks to a friend at work----Thanks Kevin
This decent lager pours a clear brass color with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thin ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of sweet malts and herbal hops....very light except for the malt. Flavors exceed the nose with balanced sweet grains and malt on all sides and a crisp herbal hop note on the rear that finishes clean, lightly sweet, and refreshing. Very good mouth feel, good carbonation to keep it lively. Being objective this is a quality easy drinking session brew that would work just fine at a baseball game or the next barbecue. While there are so many choices out there in the craft beer scene it is not that bad to enjoy a decent lager for what it is.

Cheers

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black Crown pours a nice jewel amber color, 30% opaque, with a 3 finger head that fizzles out and pops to a small creamy ring that stays permanent. 3.75

Aromas of stale caramel malts and signature Budweiser funk are there, with a touch of honey Ricola. 3.0

Delicious baked grain flavor, although I must say this easily tastes better from the bottle. Some musky, dirty grain finishes out the profile, with a faint bitterness. 3.0

Feel is chalky and pasty, super carbonated, and ends wet. 3.0

Overall, a no-brainer, no-thinker beer best drank from the bottle. Once it's poured out and analyzed, it's much less fun. Twist off and guzzle for best results. 3.25

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Angrybabboon is responsible for this bottle. Thanks are conditional.

Appearance: Perfectly clear, like water. A darkish gold, or if you want to push it, a hyper-light amber. Head is bright-white and drops to a small cap in short order. Spotty cap at best. Looks a bit more appealing that their standard fare.

Smell: Sweet caramelized malts. Bread crust, the usual grassy/corny aromas. A bit more malt complexity than expected. A slight toasted edge? Sugary sweet. Pale grains. Some vague banana candy things. Why the weird sugar?

Taste: A brief hint of sugar sweetness up front gives way to a soft overall grainy flavor. Some grass and soft toasted edges. Very mellow. The sweetness comes back on the finish. A small hint of wet wood in the back with a tiny hint of almost floral hops. Carbonated malt syrup...watered down. Inoffensive.

Mouthfeel: Smoother than the standard. Moderate carbonation (yay!) with a medium to light body. Coats the mouth somehow.

Overall: A step in the right direction, but that's not hard when your back is against the wall.

Has about the same appeal as standard Budweiser. There's something to be had here, but they haven't figured it out yet. The increased depth of flavor is unfinished and weak. At least Budweiser is what it is. The crown is black, not by choice, but by neglect.

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Photo of Squire123
3.05/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bud that's been to the gym.

Thus said in levity, about things made from barley bere. Ok, yeah, this is a bigger version of Bud. Apparently designed before they figured out it's more profitable to buy an actual craft brewery than try imitate one under the Bud umbrella. A bigger version of Bud, more flavor, body, hops, actually headed in the right direction, just not quite getting there. My Bud drinking friends like it (I gave them some to try out) and would buy it if it cost less.

If I'm gonna step up in price I'm also gonna step up from Bud.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.33/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled last night on 11/9/14 but tried this about 2 years ago when it first came out. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 'Budwesier' thumb-print goblet.

Pours a pretty reddish-copper amber in color with a very thin cap. Some spotyy lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is mostly of roasted malts and grain with a very light hint of caramel also. The taste was pretty much the same but did leave a bitter aftertaste that lingered for awhile. Strange that I liked this brew less and less after each sip. Lighter bodied with good carbonation as is the norm for most Bud products. What did I like about this beer? The color and that is was gone finally.

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Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.
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