queenholly (3035) - 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 (955) - 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 (257) - 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 (2842) - 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 (3781) - 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 (1866) - 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 (1608) - 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.
Drake (9264) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Total Wine West Richmond, VA. Pours a clear amber color with a large foamy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of grainy malts and the mildest oak you can imagine. The taste is grainy malts, vanilla, faint whisky and faint bourbon. Grassy hops. Thin-medium bodied. Bland and weak, but not bad.
cbfobes (2596) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a clear light golden with a thin white bubbly head, aroma is of light grain with some bread notes, the flavor is of grain on the front end with slight sweetness in the finish, I suppose that’s the vanilla, light mouthfeel, not a drain pour but won’t be buying another sample pack of this stuff, tick tick.
Ratman197 (10320) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured a clear gold with a small lingering white head. Aromas of bread, vanilla and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of bread, light vanilla and a hint of oak with a smooth finish.