ajnepple (3116) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount, "born" over 4 months ago. Light amber and clear with a small white head. Very mild aroma of toasted grains, pale malts, light hops and chemicals. Similar flavor, starting clean and malty and quickly moving to an unpleasant finish reminiscent of Budweiser. Average body, crisp with carbonation. No thanks.
Chad9976 (1360) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 16oz can into a lager glass. It was canned on 10/27/13 and cost $1.90 ($0.12 per ounce).
Appearance: Pretty copper/orange hue. Crystal clear with constant carbonation visible. Pours to an average sized, white, frothy head which retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Faint hint of sweet malt, but otherwise totally generic macro lager aroma. No obvious adjunct distractions, though.
Taste: Budweiser has finally decided to make a "serious" lager with their new Black Crown brew. The recipe seems to be rather simple: one malt and four hops, yet the hops are not that prominent. What you really get is a stronger American version of an Oktoberfest as it has the usual flavors of toffee and caramel. Thereís some diacetyl here as well, imparting a movie popcorn butter-flavoring. This is definitely a much better beer than regular Budweiser, but still has a way to go to be truly crafty.
Up front thereís a distinct sweetness of caramel, toffee and butterscotch (though thatís probably diacetyl). It fades quickly and morphs into a general lager flavor with some faint dryness from the hops. Itís not especially bitter or hoppy despite the marketing hyperbole. Though the palette here is much cleaner and more authentic than your average fizzy yellow beer. The beechwood finishing really doesnít do much, except maybe impart some vanilla to accentuate the malt base. In the end, Budweiser Black Crown is a decent amber ale and a macro lager thatís more than just tolerable.
Drinkability: Thereís a definite difference to the mouthfeel and drinking process of this beer compared to others of the genre. The delivery is a little thicker, calmer and noticeably smoother overall. I might even call it refreshing for a moment there. Still, Iím not sure why Budweiser Black Crown needs to be 6% ABV, as it drinks and feels like something a tad more sessionable. At least thereís no alcohol presence.
paljoey (9) - - FEB 21, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Buddy brought this over to try. ...not bad for bud. The after taste is the same would drink another.
coyforce (625) - Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2014
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not that terrible for a budweiser, but still has a slight flavor of skunkiness and a mass-produced flavor/aroma. Donít expect any bud to ever be "great" but I do hope that they continue to invest in smaller markets and better quality ingredients.
EithCubes (5206) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle, born on 01OCT13, screw-top. Nose is sweet (candyish) and corny-floral. Taste is sweet but not cloying, no bitterness, moderately clean, corn-based with slight malt and little graininess. Medium body with a little heft, maybe even fullish; itís a little mealy, and overall bland and mostly still (and flabby, to boot). What elevates this above a malt liquor?
AgentAle (997) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma : roasty malt and dough aroma. Some sulphur notes
Taste: roasted caramel flavors with a fairly bitter finish. Some apple sourness. Doesnít finish particularly pleasantly
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very similar to amberbock but not as good. Amber color, thin body, roasted corn aroma and flavor. Decent for a mass produced beer by the same people that make everyday beerwater.
Leighton (13578) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home in Salisbury, CT - who knows where I got this. Pours crystal clear, dark gold, lightly effervescent with a moderate, foamy white head. Sugary bread, caramel and ripening fruits in the nose. Medium sweet flavor with candied fruits, orange, sugary bread, minimal bitterness, a bit of caramel. Medium bodied with average carbonation and lightly creamy texture. Sweet finish, somewhat one-dimensional, with further caramel, bready and sugary malts. Perhaps a touch syrupy at points. Honestly, though, this isnít bad. It quite reminds me of a mild, German dunkel, or just a basic amber lager.
OntBeerDrinker (478) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2014
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Single 473ML 16oz can $2.35 didnít buy it buy the case b4 thatís why reviewed now once single canís showed up. This is the Labatt brewed version. Couldnít smell it till can was to noze. Kinda sweet and spicy but also typical massed produced lager. Alot more smell from glass, can was light. 2 finger head fads away amber looking. There may of been carbnation didnít fully pay attention. Itís just like budweiser but a bit sweeter and buttery like. Smooth & easy drinking. Not great but not shit. Donít really care for it but itís actully one of the better beerís I have had with the budweiser name on it. Would not wonít a case of this.
DMLINAZ (317) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2014
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not a lot of aroma, flavor, or consistency, but mostly inoffensive and fairly easy to drink. A watered-down version of an amber. Iíd take it over the standard macro lagers, if thatís all thatís available.