Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2008
7/27/08 From 12oz bottle. Aroma is a fairly even blend of peppery hops and carmel malt, with an almost colalike background sweetness. Appearance is clear copper with a thick fluffy cream colored head. Flavor is much lighter, but still quite peppery. Malt is more even sweet/sour and develops better caramel as it warms up. Hops seem like an even PNW and noble blend with medium bittering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight creaminess and medium carb bite. Overall, very easy drinking and different; this seems a lot less dry than a lot of amber ales. Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Pours amber with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of caramel malt and hops. Taste is also nicely balanced between malt and hops. AB actually did pretty good on this one. It even really does have a slightly bitter finish. Should be rated higher, even though it is from AB and they suck, you can’t hate the beer. HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - OCT 12, 2008
A very good attempt by Anheuser-Busch at making craft beer. Nice amber color. Had what I look for in beer... good balance of malts and hops. This wasn’t like many of the other offerings from "the big three", this actually tasted like real beer. I don’t mean to come across as rude because I do realize that everyone’s taste is a little different, but come on... as soon as the ads for this beer came out, some of you were probably ready to come on here and give it a 0.5 because it is put out by a large American brewery. If you truly think its crap, fine, but some of you need to rate the beer itself rather than the brewery. gerzm22 (107) - , Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2008
I really enjoyed this amber ale it had a hop fininsh and a great aroma, plus it looks really cool in a pint glass bvbellomo (3) - , Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2009 does not count
Tried this out of curiosity, and was very impressed for a mass-produced American. Extremely clean, clear, no flaws, good looking, targeted to mass-appeal - all the strengths of large American industrial brews, but with a good malt taste and tiny bit of "ale" yeast character. I am don’t get the "distinctive hoppy finish" but overall this is good beer. If this were at the same price as other Bud products, this would easily become my choice for drinking ’everyday’ or saving money. At just over $1 per bottle, it is just too closely priced to more distinctive choices to be something I fill my fridge with.
themightyomega (92) - New York, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Mostly hops on the nose, with a light soda-esque hint.
Pours a lovely reddish color, looks a right proper beer with a nice off white head.
The hops is up front, fading away into bready and malt notes after.
Not enormously complex, but pleasant to drink and available easily and cheaply. beercamel (84) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2009
This is a pretty good ale especially for bud. Hoppy not to hoppy but good enough to satisfy the mouyh. Nice on the palate and very underreated if you ask me and if you look atbthe bud name. But a good overall brew and a satisfying beer. generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
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. The aroma had a pleasant but mild citrus and piney hop character. 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. 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.
ordybill (1758) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2015
I had this beer off the tap in Charlottesville, VA back in 2009.
Aroma- I don’t recall much about the aroma, but from the group of beer drinkers I was with the hops was mentioned.
Appearance- This was the staple of conversation, it had a surprisingly nice color (a dark amber) and a thick white head.
Taste- Better than Bud by a country mile, but a little less on the flavor scale compared to most Micros. The hops were there but not in a way I am used to for an ale.
Palate- a medium bodied beer with moderate to heavy carbonation. This beer has a semi-dry finish with a slight aftertaste.
Overall- I like this better than Bud, I am assuming the mass public didn’t care for the flavor. I wonder how it would fair today with the micros being so popular now. LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Bottle (it was free, yay!). Pours a clear amber with a small frothy tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of flowery hops and light malts. Flavor isn’t as bad as I was expecting! Light bready and caramel malts, also some toasted malts, and nice flowery hops. A light sweetness with a good malt backbone. Very drinkable! I would drink this again definitely. I’m not sure if that makes me happy or sad...but in any case, Budweiser got this one right.