AxelRipper (12) - Cowlesville, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting at first. My first "barrel aged" lager. Definitely good as far as lagers go, with a lot of flavor. Still tastes a bit like normal Bud, but with a more big-boy-beer character. Not bad at all.
kidmartinek (3835) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Rich golden color. Small white head. First impression is a full good tasting beer. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Great trainer for the uninitiated. The taste has lots of nice fruity, sweet, apple and corn syrup notes.The all malt is there for sure. All malt and sugar and no hops. The vanilla? Sounds good for marketing. Everybody likes vanilla. No wait. Maybe chocolate would have been better. Mouthfeel is a little gummy. Too bad. I really wanted to like this beer. Corporate marketing just has their hooks sank too deep to let anyone do anything good.
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a medium orange-amber color, presenting the carbonation and head characteristics of any other Budweiser. The "vanilla aroma" certainly isn’t easy to discern, and IMHO the macro-malt character is more predominate. If you close your eyes and concentrate really hard, you do get a little bit of vanilla (bourbon? no ...) in the flavor. Otherwise, in a flash this just comes across as another Bud. (#4849, 12/8/2012)
queenholly (3559) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Light sweet grainy malt and vanilla aroma. Clear honey gold with a large ivory head. Grainy malt flavor. I know it’s supposed to be in there, but I just can’t taste any vanilla or oak. Just another lager.
BucannonXC5 (1105) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Dec. 4, 2012 (purchased the 12-pack for $12.99 at the 7/11 near Allied Gardens (San Diego) on Dec. 4, 2012. Caramel amber with 1-2 fingers of bubbly white head that dissipated at a very quick rate. Very little retention on the top, only slightly better on the sides (wetness).
Smelled vanilla, oak, sweet black cherry and toffee. Good smell overall.
Taste was like a watered down version of the smell. Got that vanilla and oak, but nothing that made me say, “wow.” Also got a slight taste of sour cherries.
Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish.
Not a bad beer overall, better than the St. Louis batch that I just tried. Would have it again.
Stellaaaa (260) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear yellow with a medium, white head. It has a corny, sweet aroma. The taste is of cornmeal but rather than sweet it has a dry hop (Willamette?) aftertaste. In the end, it’s still a rather dull adjunct lager, but it’s better than any of the other Project 12 beers.
jandd1983 (3192) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2012
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
It poured a golden color with a white head. The aroma was of wet wood. The taste was of smokey caramel malt along with a little hint of vanilla. Nice try.
RobertDale (4343) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear light amber with a small white head. Aroma of malt and vanilla. Taste is sweet malt, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon. OK.
JFGrind (1918) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Out of the three Project 12 beers Batch 23185 I had the most hope in A-B brewing a formidable beer. Reading the label is where the confusion started, A-B brewed a ’Light Amber’ with bourbon staves and vanilla beans. Why not brew a full bodied Amber? The label does say Budweiser so my guess it can be anything as long as it is light. Aroma of vanilla, and bourbon evident, pours a strong foamed golden yellow. Good looking beer, drinkable, decent, just think it could of been more.
brenn79 (1744) - Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle, thanks Poisoneddwarf- Pours clear light copper with a one finger head that reduces quickly. Aroma is caramel malt, I do detect some hops and a moderate spiciness, not horrible! The taste is caramel malt, vanilla, not much hops in the taste, watery. Body is the worst part, thin and unimpressive, carbonation is high. Better than expected, but it is still Budweiser.