Budweiser Black Crown | Anheuser-Busch

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67
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1,106 Ratings
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Budweiser Black CrownBudweiser Black Crown
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Damian74 on 01-01-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,106
Reviews:
208
Avg:
2.83
pDev:
24.38%
 
 
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16
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296
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Photo of Josholson666
2.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Stevenw7474
2.22/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of stevoj
2.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Darker gold and slightly maltier than Bud, aroma is slightly funky, sour musty barnyard. Taste isn’t much better not horrible but not great either. mostly malt. More funk on the palate at the finish.

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Photo of addiwilliams
3.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StL_Rob
3.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
2.27/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of UniversalIPA_69
3.05/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

It was okay but just not much to it and to be honest why bother just buy a Budweiser.

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Photo of Lavonnq
3.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Joefromgeorgia
3.32/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When this first came out i remember it being bolder. Now however i can only find it in a six pack of tall cans. It tastes slightly watered down like all bud does now days. Its not bad, but its tastes very light and forgettable. If you want something slightly better and darker than regular bud this is your brew, which is a shame because when i first had it it was a solid 5

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Photo of Kettle1
3.65/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Strat58cat
2.87/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have no aversion to reasonably priced wine such as Mondavi's Private Selection. Yes, the Mondavi family sold out to a big corporation. My cars also were built by big corporations, and my house, and my insurance is from them, and my food is from them, and where I buy beer is from a big corporation, and also groceries. My bank is one of the biggest of all, and so is my brokerage. In short, I oppose neither capitalism nor the corporate structure. To this day, I'll drink a Budweiser heavy any time it's around and there's nothing better (including the Mexican imports or a skunky Heineken). I don't mind large corporations, if they deliver the best quality at the best price.

Indeed, I had a Budweiser on Saturday. Although Inbev has cut some of the most stringent requirements of the Busch family - such as whole grains of rice - I notice nothing different about Budweiser beer since Inbev took over from the family that started A-B. Regular Budweiser is absurdly pale and clear. My little kid mentioned he could see my whole hand through the glass when I was holding the beer mug at Coco's. The head has no chance at all, foaming up briefly and calling it quits. The carbonation level is absurd, with big fat bubbles streaming wildly the entire time. The smell and taste are so light that they are closer to nothing than to something. There's a smell, and it's pleasant, but barely detectable. Same for the taste. The feel is purely water.

Black Crown is a huge contrast to regular Budweiser. Anyone saying it's the same, must not have had Budweiser heavy in years. It's radically different. This is not exactly a regular macro beer at all. This is Budweiser Brewery's attempt at craft.

The color is a deep amber. This deep color has gravitas, suggesting beer with substance. The head foams up abundantly, and retains shockingly well for a Budweiser. The head hardly retains at all compared to a craft lager, though. The bubbles are small and serious, proclaiming the presence of beer, not Budsaki. Lacing? No. What do you think this is, a Boston Lager?

The aroma of Black Crown is promising. I mean, it has a detectable aroma. I checked the born-on date (Inbev has not corrupted the Busch family obsession with freshness) and got a 12-pack made within 2 months in a sealed box. In this fresh state, Black Crown has the distinctive Budweiser aroma, but instead of damped down to 2 it's cranked up to 6. It's a distinctive hops aroma, I think, with a flowery, grassy quality. Underneath, the malt lets itself be known. Yes, Black Crown has a malt backbone that you can detect in the aroma.

Initially, the taste of Black Crown is a revelation. Wow. The pleasant flavor of Budweiser is turned way up. The faint flavor that's buried within the overall nothingness of Budweiser is fully present. At first, it's a tremendously appealing flavor. However, at full strength this one-note flavor quickly wears thin. A hyper-Budweiser flavor only takes things so far. I mean, it's cool to experience in one 12-pack in my life time, and it's not a bad flavor. It's just that Black Crown completely lacks the subtle complexity and nuance of, for example, Samuel Adams Boston Lager or Stone Pale Ale 2.0. Even a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which has never been one of my favorite pale ales, offers more of a complex experience. Black Crown is just too much of that floral and grassy Budweiser flavor we all know, too much of the time, and without deeper qualities. The Busch family (deposed by Inbev) way back in the 19th century got it right when they made Budweiser so light, in a crude approximation of pilsner beers that Augustus Busch sampled in Germanic nations. The flavor actually works best when it is as light as in their original. Still, it's fully flavored and pleasant, unless it overwhelms you and makes you barf.

Seriously, this full-on Budweiser flavor could overwhelm and gag . . . but it doesn't - not quite. There's a suggestion it could happen.

The feel is a big upgrade for Budweiser. This beer is a full-bodied lager. The feel is very good, aside from the way the beer quickly goes flat. The ABV of 6 helps a lot, but much of it is from the malt. It's a full and very enjoyable feel. The quick speed at which the beer goes flat suggests A-B attempted to make a strong break from Budweiser's absurdly high carbonation. At the same time, high quality craft beers don't fall flat like Black Crown. Some sort of cheapness in ingredients or process is sneaking under that Crown.

Black Crown is good. Is it as good as, for example, Boston Lager or Stone Pale Ale 2.0? Nope. They offer nuanced and subtle tastes. Is Boston Lager worth the extra money? Sure, most of the time. If I want that trademark Budweiser aroma and flavor in superabundance, I know where to find it.

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Photo of gardner254
2.96/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Fabulous
2.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of nuebs
1.5/5  rDev -47%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Exeggutor
2.73/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DegenErik
2.49/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of Jamie_Newman
5/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
2.87/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass. A nice head although it fades quickly. The smell is actually pleasant, a light malty aroma. The flavor is not spectacular but unlike its "bud" cousins its actually palletable and i find myself enjoying it and not chugging. Malty and slightly hoppy, the taste lacks the watered down effect of other big brews. Overall a solid beer. Would much rather drink this then budweiser. Its no craft brew but i definatly reccomend this as its refreshing and not too expensive.

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Photo of Dogleg
2.02/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Muny
1.77/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Jcrampton94
3.53/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
1.82/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: First off, this beer looks really light, thin, watery, and clear. has a nice amount of carbonation streaming, bright white head, little head retention after a minute or so, little bit of lacing.

A: Malts, grains, more musty than anything, not good.

T: Slight malts, grainy, earthy flavors, finishes very musty, strong aftertaste.

M: Lots of carbonation, thin, watery, refreshing on the palate.

O: Black Crown actually started out well on the flavor, crisp, refreshing but it finishes horrible. It has a strong musty aftertaste that reminds of old stale beer. It's thin, watery, but it is refreshing and I could see why someone might drink a whole bunch of these on a hot day. It just doesn't pack enough flavor to make it enjoyable.

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Budweiser Black Crown from Anheuser-Busch
2.83 out of 5 based on 1,106 ratings.
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