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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
With a blend of two-row caramel malt and four types of domestic hops, Budweiser Black Crown is finished on a bed of Beechwood chips for a smooth, balanced taste. Incorporating the proprietary yeast directly descended from the original Budweiser yeast strain used by Adolphus Busch in 1876, Budweiser Black Crown retains the key characteristics of Budweiser with its clean taste and high drinkability. Featuring more body, color and hop character than the flagship lager, it also has a slightly higher alcohol content at 6% ABV.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
northropfrye (3249) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 Slight sweet malt and bubblegum aroma and flavour but really faint and nothing interesting going on here. Apple gross sweet taste. More crap from Budweiser.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
12oz bottle shared by jercraigs & mabel with me and blankboy. Clear light amber, smallish white head. Aroma is VERY fruity, a little medicinal, some alcohol, maybe/kinda vaguely cereal grain and floral. Taste is even sweeter - a bit like the Hebrew beers watered down - not all that boozy. Sticky, flattish, quick finishing - ehh. Why?

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ajnepple (5084) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
paljoey (9) - - FEB 21, 2014 does not count
Buddy brought this over to try. ...not bad for bud. The after taste is the same would drink another.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
coyforce (684) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2014
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
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?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AgentAle (1529) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
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.

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