poisoneddwarf (1597) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2012
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from the variety pack. First of all, this is an awesome idea for a beer. I’ve always wondered what BMC beers tasted like pre-Prohibition. Whether or not this is even close to what they really tasted like, though, is another matter! Pours a clear deep old gold with a resilient white head that leaves cobwebby lace after it falls. Aroma is corny, citrus powder drink, other grain(s), bland. Taste is sweet and finishes a little dry. Seems to be more flavorful than modern day Bud, but not by a huge margin. Nothing like a real pilsener, but I gotta give these guys credit for thinking outside the box. I guess we’ll never know what the original recipe actually tasted like, but at least they tried to replicate it (or at least were inspired by it). The bottom line is that this is definitely an improvement over any other product with "Bud" in the name made by AB/InBev (although I still haven’t tried the other two beers in the variety pack yet--those are up next), and it’s historically interesting, but this is still pretty unspectacular.
Ernest (6013) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2012
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (grain, husks), trace hops (herbs), with notes of DMS, ammonia, concrete.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Remarkably (and somewhat surprisingly) dirty. Raw husky malt, lots of DMS and dirty phenols...there’s really nothing pleasant in the nose at all. I expected this to be something along the lines of Sam Adams in quality, maybe low to mid 2’s, but this is down there in quality with standard Budweiser swill.
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2012 bottle. clear sparkling gold body with a tall-building white head, large bubbled, diminishing into a two-finger foam layer. quiet and simple nose, mostly clean other than for touches of ammonia and bleach; airy, dusty cobweb yeast sniffed from the dying head. very quiet and basic nose, but not offputting; even the the ammonia is mild enough to almost ignore. medium-light body with a round, full carbonation presence on the front, but it quickly turns to burnt popcorn-flavored malts, egg shell / sulfur yeast and both tasting and feeling like chalk / shale. sourish green / wet hops; no lovely hallertauer touches, no tettnanger spice, only husky pilsner malt and rough, raw, green astringent hop bitterness. Bitburger kills this stuff.
bhensonb (10201) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a Grocery Outlet. Pours dark gold with a large off-white head that tried to lace. Aroma is clean with touch of pale malt and some light noble hop. Med body. Flavor is bready/sweet. Very little hop. However, it is fairly tasty; drinks well.
PorterPounder (5101) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Panama City, Fl - Carousel Market - 12 oz bottle. Medium golden , sparkling pour - little to no head. Aroma is pretty much neutral, hints of grain. Flavor is pleasant, hints of honey sweetness, some baked bread, just hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Decent and refreshing.
unclemattie (3998) - Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz twist-off bottle, mixed 12pk. Yellow Label. Pours clear, golden color. White head, big bubbles. Aromas of straw, Autumn leaves. Better lacing than the LA brew. Tastes of cardboard box, spicy hops. Peppery tingle. Lager yeast esters. Some honey character, with pale malts, sweet. Sweet finish, odd salt air notes. For the style, I could see myself sipping this at an outdoor cafe on some cobblestone street in some ancient European town. This one is the best of the pack, not that it is anything special.
ellolovey (423) - Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. Pours a translucent golden yellow with quickly dissipating white head. Aroma of floral hops and honey. Taste is of honey, wheat, and salt. Interesting. Good carbonation. Light bodied. Kinda boring and bland though. Thanks Unclemattie for sharing
wxman (1325) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep clear golden color with a respectable white head. Aroma of boiled corn and mild hops. Taste is tongue-coating sweet malt, white bread, corn and very mild hop bitterness. In short, it tastes like Budweiser, only slightly more flavorful and a little less refreshing. Meh.
madvike (2537) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle tasted semi-blind - Pours light clear amber with a thin ring of white head. Nose is lager yeast, lightly sour grain, and a touch of herbal hops. Taste is the same—sour grain and not much else. A garbagey, yeast gross note. Thin and limp, with fizzy carbonation. Not good.
Ispilledmybeer (4) - ashland, Kentucky, USA - OCT 31, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I went into this beer with no expectations. I never buy bud branded anything. I won’t turn down if offered one though. I felt this beer truly surprised me. I described this to a friend as Budweiser if Budweiser was actually a real beer. It was nothing to write home about, but I’d reach for it over a lienenkugel lager. Very simple lawnmower style. A suprsingly beautiful golden yellow with a quickly dissapating head. Flavors of bread and sweet honey. Slight metallic taste on the end but nothing to be considered offensive. Nice medium body. I’d buy a six pack in the summer if available. Quit brewing Budweiser and brew this.