Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Say what you want about this monster corporation. This is a good beer! Pours copper with a nice white head. Smells floral and lightly citrussy with some dry malty hints. Tastes of toasted malt, some earthy hints, pepper, some bitterness, some citrus. Well balanced. robsohoppy (16) - California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
If you did not know it was bud you would not hate it. A decent balance of malt to hops with an acceptable finish. I noticed it is climbing in price compared to when it first came out. I have had it on tap, 12oz and pint size and the taste has been consistant. It is hard to buy from AB when there are so many small breweries that need support. If you are looking to save a buck give it a try.If your expecting a multi layer taste experiance its not going to happen, but overall not bad. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2010
Budweiser American Ale--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% abv--28 IBU’s. (4.0/ 5.0) Pale Ale--Rich off white lacy head. Clear bright amber color. Mild floral dry hopped Cascade malt fruit front. Fizzy crisp tangy malty soft fruit caramel mild sweet amber ale body. Crisp hop spice dry sweet clean refreshing zesty mild citrus end. Solid Amber Ale. Sampled 10/10/2008. 6-Pack $5.99. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Though retired, here’s my notes on this one.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance had a hazy red/amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light speckled lacing tried to cling but slid for the most part.
The smell had a good caramel malts up front with a light nutty to light toffee rounding out the aroma.
The taste took those aromas to town as it really came across nicely on my taste buds.
On the palate, this one sat a light to medium in body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me. It left a nice creaminess rolling over my tongue.
Overall, just when Budweiser makes something people liked they retire it? Uh...gee weez, maybe they’ll bring it back some day as I know I’d probably pick up a sixer of it when it comes back. kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 Draught:
A dark amber beer with a small off-white head but always maintaining it due to the beautiful constant carbonation. The apearance is clear but dark. It has the aroma of toasted malt, hay, grass, and barley. Taste is full, slightly heavy, and is a good balance of European Noble hops and a mix of 2 and 6 row malts with the hops dominating. The finish has a faint sweetness so the kidz will still drink it. The texture is medium light... and it tastes like American beer.
Pours rich caramel color half a glass of foam, that settles down to a thick film and holds a while. The aroma has some cascade and caramel tones. The flavor is full and tasty but not overpowering or too heavy. It leaves a lite, intricate lacing. The beer exhibits excellent carbonation. The finish is clean and hoppy with a palatable bitterness.
Neematoad (76) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
A nice amber color with little to no head. Has a sweet initial taste and goes down smooth with a small bite. Not overly heavy, easy to drink. At the same time, it doesn’t lack on flavor and has plenty of taste with traces of carmel. Good beer from Bud. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2008
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body had a beautiful reddish, medium amber color with a small just off white colored head. The clarity is good and head fades down quickly to a very thin covering that barely hangs on.
Smell: The aroma had a pleasant but mild citrus and piney hop character.
Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a modest malt flavor with lightly toasted grain and light caramel notes. The balance leans in favor of the hops which bring mild pine and citrus notes to the mix. Hop bitterness is very mild and finishes clean. Its texture is smooth with average carbonation and it has a light to medium body, making it refreshing and highly drinkable.
Notes: Overall I would say that this is about what I had expected from Budweiser although I would have liked a little more solid malt character and body.
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Clear copper color, frothy tan head that sticks around and a small amount of carbonation. A much better looking beer than Bud lager. Butter and malt blended aroma. Its mainly a sweet honey like aroma with very little hop - entirely pleasant. A mature flavor well balanced between an initial deep malt taste and a fair hopping to keep this ale honest. It contains ale flavor not filler that many associate with Bud. I am impressed an will buy this again. This Bud Ale stands up to Sam Adams Lager and surpasses it on value. When Budweiser lets their brewers flex their creativity results follow. FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 2/1/2009...on tap at Khoury’s in Somerville, down the street from dinner @ Vinny’s at night.
This one fills up a pint glass pretty nicely. Good amber body with a decent single-finger ginger-colored head that sticks around a bit. So far, so good.
The scent isn’t bad at all, but it doesn’t have a huge amount of strength, either. What you would expect - mild amber malt...maybe a little hop grass in there too. Nothing overpowering but not bad.
Well, $#!+ - this tastes OK. It’s straightforward, yes, but what can I say...there’s a decent malt profile(amber...maybe a hint of Munich-ish taste in there), maybe a little bit of hop grass, and it finishes clean. No macro-swill-adjunct aftertaste. Mild, of course, but it’s pleasant.
The palate feel on this one is decent. It has a little bit of creamy thickness to it but it’s not heavy. Pretty much comes and goes with an even keel and a solid finish.
There’s a time and a place for everything. This is no exception. Maybe I won’t seek this out in bottles but if there’s a place with a limited selection and this is on tap, I won’t be ashamed at all to order up one of these. The kicker - this was a whopping $2 a pint. I know there are a lot of InBud hat-ahs out there, but this product is actually solid.
justinehrlich (18) - New York, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Good, but unoriginal amber ale. Great with about any kind of food. Really smooth, without much flavor. I think most of the work went into the appearance and palate.