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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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The beer is brewed by Daniel Westmoreland from the Williamsburg, Va. brewery and was developed in collaboration with brewmasters Mike Anderson in Jacksonville, Fla. and Dan Kahn in Cartersville, Ga. “We took staves from fresh bourbon barrels and we aged the beer on those staves and spiced it with a hint of vanilla,” said Westmoreland, who has been a Budweiser brewmaster for more than 30 years. “It’s an all-malt brew, and it has a perfect color that is similar to the color of bourbon itself. Batch No. 23185 has a nice vanilla aroma with a little oakiness on the end – it’s a great beer.”


1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Braudog (5998) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2012
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)

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
queenholly (3374) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2012
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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (1060) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stellaaaa (258) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2012
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.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
jandd1983 (3110) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2012
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RobertDale (4187) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
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.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1905) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2012
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
brenn79 (1705) - Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2012
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.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
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.


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