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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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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 workingclassbrew
3.64/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black Crown, I like the name, and I like the bottle. I've never cared for Budweiser, but I admit I got this for the old school look of the label.

Poured into small lager mug. The appearance, more dark gold, then amber, nice though.

The smell is sweet, not very heavy, but the sweetness stands out.

1st taste, sweet malt fron start to finish. the aftertaste is what can I say....very sweet. As the beer warms....sweeter yet. Sweet malt, little too no hop flavor. One thing that stands out is the smooth, very little carbonation effect. Smooth like the label says.

I tried this months ago when it first came out at a tavern, but couldnt remember. I'am happy I picked it up. I could easliy drink a few of these even with the sweetness, a hard to describe heavy, but not candy sweet taste. The higher alcohol I think helps it a bit.

A good backyard grillin beer, went good with chili. Easy drinkin working class lager, when you want something heavier than Budweiser, or Miller. Good price.

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Photo of obrendano
1.6/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Like the open minded person I claim to be, I grabbed this in a mix and match run. less than two bucks, can't be a waste, right? well....

A - terrific amber color is about the only thing this one truly has going for it. head was fizzier than a bottle of soda and literally completely disappeared. COMPLETELY. I have never EVER had a head vanish without even a trace. I could not believe it

S - moderately nice crisp lager smell, light malt tones and citrusy grass.

T - Oh. my. god. This instantly shot up to the top of my list for THE most disgusting beer I have ever tasted in my life. Beer30 and regular Budweiser are masterpieces in comparison. overwhelming cooked veggies with a punch of sawdust behind it. no discernible hops. no toasty malt that I'd expect with a beer this color. foul. foul foul foul.

M - heavy and sticky in a bad way. just perpetuates the taste. had to drink water to get it all to go away.

O - even given the color, which at this point I can safely say could even be artificial, I cannot recommend this beer at all. to beer nerds, to regular Bud fans, to people looking to branch out, to anyone looking to try something new. No reason to recommend this. If this is an attempt on Bud's part to reach out into the craft world with its "beechwood aging" and the like, they need to rethink it. hell, American Ale was a great beer that I can't even find anymore. They should reinvest in that and just leave this one to rot.

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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 metter98
2.84/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel and toasted malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, although the caramel and toasted malts flavors are a little bit stronger and lend slight hints of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad, but definitely tastes like a "light" version of an amber lager and seems like it could use a little more malt. It's very easy to drink.

Note: Bottled on 2/9/13

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Photo of Act25
2.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bud led a contest of all its brewers, and LA won. The result Black Crown Golden Amber Lager

If you want a bud the way it used to taste when you were a teen, this is your beer.

A Lovely golden amber for lager but a thin head, a little lacing.

S Nice Hop bouquet, light, subtle, and way more than red bud.

T Great tingle and finish. Carbonation medium, but gassy like all Buds.

M More body than reg bud, more alcohol, substantial. Bud Lite NOT.

Food match - great with lemony dishes, flounder and light fishes.

Must try it. If you're a lager drinker, you must try this. Must be tasted blind apparently from the knee jerk low reviews here.,

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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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Photo of jucifer1818
3.39/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass

a: A shade darker than the average macrobrew- with a light amber tint. A nice generous head makes this one actually look pretty nice
3.5/5

smell: It has that harsh astringent smell you get from AAL's, with a bit of creamed corn and caramel added to it. Not good, but it could be worse...but not by much
Really the smell kinda makes me sick
2/5

Taste: Here we go....and it is...Honnestly pretty good. Wow, that's surprising. This stuff ain't half bad!
It has a decent maltyness to it, with a lot of fruity lagger flavors as well....kinda like a maibock....hummnn..surprising.
for the taste Id have to give this one a surprising...
4/5

Mouthfeel: Harsh, stingey carbiantion. It bites like crazy....but given enough time to fizzle out, it not too bad
but still....that overcarbiantion takes points away from me.

Overall: I have to give this one a 3.5/5. Its not a bad brew by far (not surprised, the brewers at AB are top notch), but it still has a lot of room for improvement...but still....a step in the right direction

the 2ed best macrobrew stuff Ive ever had, right behind Narragansett.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.38/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser Black Crown (2013) - So the story goes-- Bud challenged its 12 brewmasters to come up with a better Bud. 6 beers were made. Taste tests were done. This amber lager was the winner. And so even though I despise Bud in every way possible comes my eventual meeting with Bud's "best"... and it goes like this: Good head upon pour reduces to decent lacing. Highly active carbonation. Straw yellow in color. Decent body for a lager. High alcohol smell revealing its 6% ABV. Under notes of malt and hops. A little citrus. Light mouthfeel. Not bad. A little wet but there is a subtle crispness. Nose is slight hops. Little if any lager skunk. Mid-palate is roasted oats and smoked barely. That alcohol punch right in the back of the mouth as it makes its way to back palate. A little caramel (as promised albeit light in nature) and again some lemon citrus. Malt on the back palate. Slight pine hops. A little more citrus highlighting that. Crisp after taste. That notable Bud drinkablity is there. It's not as watery. Not as wussy fizzy. But arguably it is the Bud of mass produced wanna be micro brewed lagers. Think less hoppy Sam's Lager. More clean Third Shift with a higher ABV. This is a high alcohol beer that is very drinkable. It makes Triple X by Molson look raw and unrefined. But at the same time it is lacking. There is simply something missing. I could be lame and say passion, but I think it's more the taste. It tries to be everything to everyone. And its so inoffensive it almost is offensive. If I had to suggest a beer for the every man this would be it. There is no daring to it. No unknown waters. Nothing bad to be had. But if you are looking for unexpected-- this is not this. This is simply an amazingly drinkable high ABV lager with a nice beechwod Bud finish. Safe. Like a life jacket. Or US bonds. Or driving with Grandma. If that's not your thing-- well you too will be left staring going "I just though there would be more". 3.5 out of 5. Good.

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Photo of tscotti86
3.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasty! A pleasant surprise from AB. Fun to see the big boys try something different. I'm a Yuengling fan and this seems like a comprable alternative (Ive likley betrayed my ignorance, but who cares) Really just learning about beer, so I don't know art, but I know what I like, and I like!

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. Born on 01May13.

A: Pours a clear amber with a one finger mostly white head that sticks around for two minutes or so. No real lacing. Very little visible carbonation.

S: Light tone of pale malts and macro lager. Aroma is quite subdued which I guess is a bonus for cheaper beers.

T: Similar to a Budweiser but with a more evened out malt. Not sure if the beechwood really comes through as much more than a devise to smooth out the flavor. Turns a bit sweet as it warms.

M: Light to medium body with fairly low carbonation. Pretty clean finish which helps its drinkability.

Overall I like it more than the original Budweiser and think it has a good position in the macro beer market. Don't mind seeing the big guys being "crafty" when they keep the same brand name.

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Photo of phoenixrises64
3.72/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Everyone is saying this is a red it is a golden. Which is even stated on the AB website. I like the fizzy taste after a hard days work it wakes up the palate. Washing down the dust from hard work. I would like to see a little of smoke added to the flavor profile. Maybe after roasting the hops run a little smoke of them.

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Photo of Schuttna221
3.96/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Budweiser Black Crown isn't the worst i've ever tasted nor is it the best but they are okay. I am a fan of busweiser in general and never have had a problem with flavor or anything like that. i like that they came out with this. i prefer it to some of the other stuff that they have made and enjoy a nice cold one once in a while.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Part of a mixed 6 pack.

A- not very amber...quite gold in colour, big head of foam, not much lacing.

S- grainy, with a mix of some sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Not much of an aroma at all.

T- pretty bland tasting. The grain is the highlight as I find the malt dull/muted, brings nothing to the table. What hoppiness is there is a mere non enjoyable bitter flavour that also doesn't do anything good for the beer.

M- bigger body than Bud but the carbonation is vrazy fizzy.

O- pretty poor example of a Red Lager, not even a good example of a beer.

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Photo of jbierling
2.45/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Bitter, almost sour. Not red in color as amber would suggest. Not terribly pleasant but the ABV gives a good kick from an atypical macro. Kudos to Budweiser for the effort though.

Bitter, almost sour. Not red in color as amber would suggest. Not terribly pleasant but the ABV gives a good kick from an atypical macro. Kudos to Budweiser for the effort though.
Bitter, almost sour. Not red in color as amber would suggest. Not terribly pleasant but the ABV gives a good kick from an atypical macro. Kudos to Budweiser for the effort though.

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Photo of knowledge
3.31/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a decent brew in the Macro 6% abv, beer category. I did not pour this beer into a glass from a bottle, so that I can enjoy the nuances of the brew itself - as I enjoyed this beer at a dimly lit establishment.

This beer is highly effervescent, too effervescent I must say, in which the bite of the bubbles sting your palate. Taste is similar to a regular Budweiser beer, but slightly sweeter due to its ABV content. Overall, I would drink this beer with burgers or dogs, and then move on to quality craft brews. Bon Appetit!

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Photo of dren74
3.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad for Budweiser, has a real beer taste... got to say .... this might be one of my favorites from the bud family... I thought this was going to be to Budweiser what Bud light platinum is to bud light, but the flavor is distinct ... Good job guys

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Photo of jimmah120
3.2/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber born on december 21st. poured into mason jar for appearance

look is slightly more dark than regular bud. smell is also very similar: sweet corn, metal, pale stinky malts. feel is light-medium, finishes without any cloying sweetness. taste is like a more full bodied, flavorful bud.

batch 19 takes a poo on this

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.26/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not a bad beer ! It has no funny taste wih high acochol .

Appearance: looks like a beer.

Smell: like a beer

Taste: itmtastembetternthen bud . It some hippyish and balace to it.

Mouthfeel: it has a medium mouthfeel

Overall:'I would not buy it again but their are more worse beers then this one.

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Photo of flooshmander
2.11/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Skunk. Pure skunk.

I'm an average guy who lives in a safe neighborhood, enjoys golfing, and has some morals. After drinking one of these skunk beers I was immediately transported to a dirty front porch in a section 8 housing project with antagonizing rap music blasting.

That's a ghetto tasting beer!

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Photo of lancecenter
3.26/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - More golden and pale than red, two fingers of thin head. Absolutely no lacing.

S - Definitely more to the nose than a typical adjunct. Sweet grains.

T/M - Sweet grains, banana, and the signature Budweiser yeast.

O - Quite tasty for what it is. However, maybe a bit high in alcohol for a sessionable lager.

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Photo of nickfl
3.19/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet, nutty malt with a touch of caramel.

T - Lots of malty sweetness up front with a touch of spicy hop character in the middle and a finish of sweet grain.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Surprisingly, this isn't just repacaged bud, it is much heavier and maltier than I expected. Still, that isn't to say it is exactly good. The malt comes across well enough, but they are still afraid of hops, both flavor wise and in terms of bitterness. With some balance it could have been decent, but as it stands it is a bit flabby and cloying.

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Photo of jettjon
2.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle "born on" date of 3/5/13, consumed 5/11/13.

Into a pint glass, a clear pale amber color with one finger of off white head. Quick fade to a thin cap. Nose is overly sweet and grassy. Taste faintly of malt alcohol, no real hopiness. Taste is not as sweet as nose, thankfully. Faint alcohol note on finish. Mouth is a bit thin and bubbly, OK. Overall: Rather mediocre, not terrible, kind of what I'd imagine as a sub-par example of pub ale, except it's 6% ABV so it's not exactly a "session" beer. I wouldn't buy another but wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of Zizick
3.38/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: It has a nice light-ish amber color, white foamy head, less carbonated than regular Budweiser.

S: Pleasant smells of roasted malts, more defined beechwood aroma, maybe a little hop profile, at it's minimalist.

T: Very pleasant, no offensive adjunct tastes like corn or rice, starts out with a roasted malty profile with a bitter middle and smooth finish. Way better than the original Budweiser.

M: Light-Medium feel, has a more pleasant experience than regular Bud and is consistent.

O: I like this beer better than the regular Bud by far, but it's not my go to beer unless Heineken was sold out in my local gas station/mart/store. It's all around pretty decent.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Clear amber body with an eggshell white head forms fine evenly dispersed lacing, somewhat fizzy carbonation a stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of my glass. Aroma has some actual cereal grains going on with a touch of Beechwood or at least reminiscent of the regular Budweiser. This one kicks up the alcohol at 6% abv, and also invites a touch of fruitiness and mild caramel accents, earthy jumbled generic hop accents. Flavor wise it's a bit rough, each sip has an edge that I'm just not in favor of, light cereal grain sweetness with a dry finish with rough cooked vegetable notes and some woody bark like notes that don't add to the complexity but only fortify the reason why I drink craft beer pre-dominantly. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with aggressive carbonation, harsh finish I spoke about continues to effect the palate in a negative way. This is Budweiser's answer to Yuengling let's add some caramel coloring to a similar Budweiser recipe and compete directly with a brand they we now do a lot of distribution for. Overall impression is that I won't be picking up more of this, the plus side is that it's only 2 bucks for a 22 ounce bottle of it, and I believe pretty affordable in sixers, and twelve packs.

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