RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
With a blend of two-row caramel malt and four types of domestic hops, Budweiser Black Crown is finished on a bed of Beechwood chips for a smooth, balanced taste. Incorporating the proprietary yeast directly descended from the original Budweiser yeast strain used by Adolphus Busch in 1876, Budweiser Black Crown retains the key characteristics of Budweiser with its clean taste and high drinkability. Featuring more body, color and hop character than the flagship lager, it also has a slightly higher alcohol content at 6% ABV.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ronaldtheriot (1891) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Budweiser Black Crown (poured into a whiskey glass) has a thin, off-white head, little or no lacing, and a clear, golden, bubbly appearance. The aroma is very strange because its so fruity. Taste is the same with the odd fruitiness (although, I know its not a flavored beer), barley malt, rice, sweetness, and mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Budweiser Black Crown finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is another winner from InBev, and I really like it! RJT
Earlier Rating: 1/11/2013 Total Score: 4
Budweiser Batch No. 94106 (re-released in 2013 as Budweiser Black Crown) has a thick, off-white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, reddish-golden appearance, with nice lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of mild hops and fruit (think pears). Taste is of fruit, white bread crust, grain, and a little hop bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Budweiser Batch No. 94106 finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is excellent. RJT

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lemke10 (978) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Our Budweiser distribution manager at work told me this is was test version of what will become Bud Black Crown. This pours a clear, light amber color with a fast diminishing head. There is a light scent of yeast. The taste is crisp with a cheap grain alcohol taste with a slight citrus finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle. I know the site has this as an American Dark Lager. It is lighter colored than any other I have had in that style. It is a deep orange amber hued brew with a thin but long lasting bright white head. A sweet raw yeasty dough nose. There is also musty wood. This tastes like bland club soda mixed with a little bit of sugar. Nothing much else to taste. No major flaws other than a distinct lack of flavor or any character other than carbonation. After I drank a little more I got a hint of a corny finish. This is just a completely boring waste of time. Its not even bad enough to be fun to mock.
Earlier Rating: 11/21/2012 Total Score: 1.9
A darker than amber colored beer. There is a thin white head on top of the beer. A sweet nose of caramel and bananas. Almonds also back up the sweet smells. This tastes of light toffee and raw potatoes. There is also some hay along with a hint of orange juice. I am not enjoying the weird citrus and toffee combo in this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nuplastikk (6105) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2013
12oz bottle. There is something incredibly enticing to macro breweries in the US. What is it? Amber Lager. Filtered orange tan, thin creamy white head. Creamy, malt centered,,,even mentioning hops is misleading, not even a respectable balance. Sessionable, a touch of vanilla. Not outright bad, but in no way good either. Soulless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Nose of caramel malt. Deeper copper with thin carbonation Lilly pads. Other than that a variation of a theme of lacklusterness. Bud with a double the body and no other attributes. The start is the clone of the finish. No hop presence (IBU -4) Regular Bud (-4.5). Now if they changed the regular recipe of Bud to this then they would be two steps closer to Czechvar. Meh. Cutsey changes to all the names now......Zip code batch numbers....poooh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
degbert (1771) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber-gold with a cream head -- actually really, really attractive. Nose is mercifully free of the worst of the macrobrew palette; theres a little aluminum and a little corn, but not much. Robust flavor, with prickly carbonation and definite toffee and other rich notes. This is a decent beer, and I think itll give some macro/micros a run for their money. Id drink it on a semi-regular basis.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2013
(bottle - STLCOB tasting) amber with malt aroma. Some caramel malt flavor. Decent enough

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheap (5706) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 Ha ha, whoever said this was a dark lager is pretty funny. This is simply a pale lager that is a little darker yellow, no big dark lager thing happening here. Yes it does have a beauty of a pour from a twist off bottle; all creamy foamy and stuff. Smells like good lager beer that comes right out of the tap. Nice lacing and there is a tad of creamyness in the co2, what little there is. Goes down fairly smooth, no ill ale things in this stuff. Refined, hides its 6% rather well. Fine, reserved and gentlemanlike. Easy to enjoy for a lager lover. Overall impression is not bad!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (13303) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2013
12 ounce bottle from a Kroger. Pours a clear amber color with a thin fizzy slightly off-white head. Poor head retention. Aroma of mild herbal hops, pale toasted malts, some graininess. The taste is grainy malts, banana, herbal hops, faint toast. Medium bodied. A little different for Bud, a little on the weird side.
Earlier Rating: 11/25/2012 Total Score: 2.4
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine West Richmond, VA. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized foamy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of...well... not much.. Faint grainy malts, very faint caramel. The taste is caramel, grainy malts, mild hop finish. Medium bodied. Thankfully it tastes better than it smells.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
seymour (1958) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Tasted from brown bottle into a Willybecher glass. It poured a light amber color, a deeper hue than regular Budweiser but definitely not "Dark Lager", with fluffy white foam, long-lasting with a surprising amount of lace. Think regular mass-produced adjunct light lager plus some caramelly, fruity nuances and slightly elevated hop aromas. It was the most drinkable and harmonious of the three Ive tasted, but still not a great beer overall. Seemed like a really watered-down Oktoberfest. I also reluctantly admit it did not turn revolting after warming for a few minutes in the glass, as with most Budweiser products.

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