krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
the biggest hurdle i have to surmount in order to seriously consider this beer is something right there on the label: the word "budweiser". like a brown spot on a sexy bra, the name alone is a blemish that nearly kills the mood. this is a mega-corporation of the worst kind: they donít have "breweries"-- they have sprawling assembly plants which can be seen from outer space; they have legions of workers who in their lifetimes will never see a hop; they make beer with the same passion that exxon mobil makes industrial lubricants-- if you can even call the carbonated grain-tea they synthysize from wino-backwash and feedlot silo spillage "beer". in the sometimes sordid history of post- prohibition american beer, they have ever been the bloated and voracious corporate nestling that will eat itís sibling rivals alive-- and always emerge stronger and more ghoulish. their trade is not in the art of brewing, not in the balancing of flavors nor the coaxing of subtlties from steaming malt kilns, and certainly not the selection of choice hops. nay, they practice to perfection the black art of beguiling the masses, cornering the markets, and lobbying the regulatory boards that favor their ascension into monopoly. so insidious are they that they continue to design and sell beverages with less flavor while somehow convincing vast witless legions that giving you LESS for your money is actually better. at the great busch complex in st. louis, hidden somewhere behind the golden spires and gallantly high- stepping clydesdales, there is an dank, effluvial weed lot where languish the unmarked graves of apprentice brewers who dared to say "but our beer, sucks! why canít we make something good?!?"
yes, thatís the baggage i bring to this particular rating: in spite of my modest investment, i am almost hoping that it is as offensive as iím prepared to suppose-- just to keep my head from exploding. yet in fact it is not terrible, but only a dull undistinguished little amber ale of which there are already countless incarnations being made by other brewers with the same numbing efficiency. someplace underground there must be an ocean of this biere ordinaire, it is so predictably available on taps across the american pub scene. that continental sub-terrainian reservoir is being drawn upward simultaneously by a million watering-hole well sites from bangor to san bernadino --and many tasters above ground are getting their first quaff of a brew that is--for them-- wildly bolder in body than a budweiser. call it a brown ale, an amber, a red, who cares? typical of these ubiquitous entry-level ales, you could probably fake a better beer by fermenting a hoagy bun with ginger ale and a squeeze of lemon. but this gentle guppy, the presumptuously named "american ale" is predictably amber, with sterilized clarity and a decent head. the scent speaks of slightly woody, honey-ish and vanilla malts. the carbonation was slightly pushy, as if trying to open a swath in the crowd for the coming of someone important. then appears on the palate this fairly inoffensive though nondescript watery, honeydew sweet, malt-balanced ale. wow wee. thereís an open gravesite in that AB weedlot, and an apprentice brewer has survived to perhaps brew again another day. watch your back dude.
ordybill (388) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this beer off the tap in Charlottesville, VA back in 2009.
Aroma- I donít recall much about the aroma, but from the group of beer drinkers I was with the hops was mentioned.
Appearance- This was the staple of conversation, it had a surprisingly nice color (a dark amber) and a thick white head.
Taste- Better than Bud by a country mile, but a little less on the flavor scale compared to most Micros. The hops were there but not in a way I am used to for an ale.
Palate- a medium bodied beer with moderate to heavy carbonation. This beer has a semi-dry finish with a slight aftertaste.
Overall- I like this better than Bud, I am assuming the mass public didnít care for the flavor. I wonder how it would fair today with the micros being so popular now.
Shanebrews (210) - Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Iím going from memory because I havenít seen this recently. The beer looked very appealing, an amber color that is almost red with a pillowy head. The aroma was non-descript. The taste was malty and medium bodied with some elements of roast and just a bit of chewiness. The bittering was present but mild. I think some of the elements of this brew were carried over into Black Crown.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
"i bought this while waiting for the store manager to check if he was going to be getting Old Guardian this year. It was a single on the 20% off rack, so what the hell. I was expecting a 2, what I got, while nothing great, will go down as my highest rated Bud product, and right up there with the best AB has ever produced. it actually looks nice on the pour...amber with a generous head. the aroma is enticing, but is so weak you really have to work for it. the mouthfeel would be better served with slightly lower carbonation, but isnít bad. the flavor is pretty decent on the tongue...more malt than hops, but then NO finish whatsoever. Almost respectable, which was a pleasant surprise for a buck."
Bulk_Carrier (2435) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Though retired, hereís my notes on this one.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance had a hazy red/amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light speckled lacing tried to cling but slid for the most part.
The smell had a good caramel malts up front with a light nutty to light toffee rounding out the aroma.
The taste took those aromas to town as it really came across nicely on my taste buds.
On the palate, this one sat a light to medium in body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me. It left a nice creaminess rolling over my tongue.
Overall, just when Budweiser makes something people liked they retire it? Uh...gee weez, maybe theyíll bring it back some day as I know Iíd probably pick up a sixer of it when it comes back.
eRock_2013 (301) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I remember I found a few bottles of this a few years ago, disappointed to learn this was discontinued because I remember it tasting like it had some potential. Struck me as a Yuengling knock-off, with amber color and caramel malt aroma and taste. Mostly remember a comfortable toasty malt profile, don't recall any impact of being allegedly dry-hopped with cascade hops. Smooth medium body. Some refreshing bitterness in the finish. I think they did better with the black crown lager anyway.
AlfredReece92 (25) - Taylor, Arkansas, USA - JUL 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
smelled better than it tasted... I really liked the color, looked to me what beer does in my head when I think of it... the taste however was a little bitter, not sure if It was just because it was old though I donít think it was very old when I had it.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The body had a beautiful reddish, medium amber color with a small just off white colored head. The clarity is good and head fades down quickly to a very thin covering that barely hangs on. The aroma had a pleasant but mild citrus and piney hop character. The flavor has a modest malt flavor with lightly toasted grain and light caramel notes. The balance leans in favor of the hops which bring mild pine and citrus notes to the mix. Hop bitterness is very mild and finishes clean. Its texture is smooth with average carbonation and it has a light to medium body, making it refreshing and highly drinkable. Overall I would say that this is about what I had expected from Budweiser although I would have liked a little more solid malt character and body.
Imaena (1942) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught. This has a hint of malt and a bit more body than I expected. Boring but passable.
DedicatedToFun (3518) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A truly American beer, cold and refreshing with a great name and thatís about all it is
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. Golden with small head. Certainly better than a standard Budweiser. Thereís actually some flavor - light malt and a touch of hops, but still quite boring.