Lemke10 (981) - 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. heemer77 (5358) - 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. It’s not even bad enough to be fun to mock. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2013
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.
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. 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. degbert (1773) - 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; there’s 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 it’ll give some macro/micros a run for their money. I’d drink it on a semi-regular basis.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2013
(bottle - STLCOB tasting) amber with malt aroma. Some caramel malt flavor. Decent enough cheap (5863) - 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! Drake (13741) - 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. seymour (2045) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2013
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.
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 I’ve 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. boydmarq (62) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Why do they even bother? Another crap beer from Budweiser - tasteless and completely lacking in any notable characteristic.