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RATINGS: 814   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Carefully brewed with barley from America’s heartland and cascade hops from the pacific northwest, this rich, amber colored ale has robust flavor and a distinctive hoppy finish.

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2.6
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
I can’t believe the worst national beer is trying to reinvent itself via Belgium’s InBev. Pours a fairly nice amber with high carbonation and a good, creamy, white head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is distantly hops, water, grass, maybe some nuts and and sweet malt. Taste is watery with a half-ass attempt at dry-hopping. It almost tastes fake from the appearance, nose, and mouthfeel. It is certainly better than Budweiser the ’American Lager’ but still sucks in my opinion. Not really worth the glass bottle it is pressurized into. Nice try.

2.4
arminjewell (9584) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Poured amber with an off white head, smelled of malt and slight floral hops. Taste upfront is a bit of cascade leading into hay and cornlike malt with a sweet finish. Better showing from bud, but disappointing.

2.3
Skinnyviking (9550) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2008
Bottle. Medium high creamy and lasting offr-white head. Clear dark brown body. Mild caramel malt aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with a lot of carbonation and a short sweet aftertaste.

3.1
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
22 oz bottle. Amber coloured beer with a very thick and persistent white head. Aroma is lightly malty and a soft chewy nutty sweetness. A very soft floral/fruity hopopy aroma on the top. A kiss of floral/fruity sweetness and a bit of light maltiness. Decent balance. It’s a bit too sweet for my tastes, but it certainly isn’t a bad beer. A light sweet nuttiness.

2.8
onceblind (9399) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Clear, and brilliantly copper as a well worn penny, with a decent white head that lasts a while. Nothing much on aroma, just some plain light biscuit malt and a light touch of toffee. Taste was pretty average too, with notes of biscuit and pale malt on the start, with just a kiss of floral hops at the finish that lingers longer than I thought AB would allow. It’s an average amber, but for the brand it comes from, it’s outstanding. I bet the board of directors hate it.

3
bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle. Ruby-amber color with a light tan head. A mostly noble hop aroma. Malty flavor with spice and grass that turns slightly sweet. Medium bodied. Some creaminess. Malt lingers with a light fruitiness and spice.

2.8
blipp (9124) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours orange amber with an off white head. The aroma has caramel candy and light hops. The flavor is malty sweet with caramel and a touch of hops. surprisingly tolerable.

2.7
douglas88 (9049) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Bottle from Smiths. Pours a light amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is pretty light; some floral hops and light malts. The taste was also quite light, but decent; some caramel malts, light hops in the body, and a larger hop contingent in the finish. Very clean and decent. A drinkable brew.

3
drowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Got this as a pre-release sample from a distributor/salesman. Pours copper with a large lingering head. The aroma is corny like a Bud beer but hoppy like a pale ale; makes me wonder if there are adjuncts. The flavor is a bit malty sweet with a dry hop sensation that is noticeable yet subtle and leaves the tongue literally feeling dry. It’s almost like a Budweiser Pale Ale or something.

2.6
Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Stollen from Kevin Murphy of MST3K fame:

"POUR - presents medium-amber, resembling a well worn baseball glove. Pale head starts large then disappears quickly, but with a firm pledge to be back in 2012.

NOSE - Initially sweet and malty, mild citrus hop notes, fading quickly to reveal a strong base note of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Hints of buttered toast, Kodiak snuff and air burps after a meal at Arby’s.

BODY - Paunchy, with skinny legs and more than a little hair. Mouthfeel reminescent of French-kissing a Teamster.

TASTE - Smooth, subtle, nuanced - wait, that’s my tongue. The beer isn’t giving me anything. Okay, there’s some malt, and something resembling hops, although not exactly hops; more like a photocopy of a picture of some hops. However, a dominant flavor is taking hold now, familiar, seductive. It’s the flavor of marketing. Aftertaste leaves me bitter, clinging to religion and guns.

CONCLUSION: This is a beer for those who would prefer to drink regular Budweiser but who have girlfriends. If you’re a Sam Adams Drinker, save your money and pour this into old Sam bottles. Keep in mind that Anheuser-Busch is now owned by a bunch of Belgians who have flooded the world market with their inexplicably popular version of carbonated urine, Stella Artois. Ultimately, those seeking gusto will be more satisfied with Schlitz."


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