SGTHibbert (100) - Perry, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2006
1Q 14.5oz bottle. Intial pour reveals an amber brew with a sparkling body and a huge creamy off white head. Good lacing. Nose of heavy malt, grass, pineapple, and alcohol. Tasting reveals a heavy sticky sweet beer with a full body and creamy texture, notes of caramel, toffee, honey, and rice. Slightly alcoholic feel. Very excellent taste, I must say I am impressed with this. To bad that all Bud couldn’t be this good. This is truly a king of beers. DrkCon (2) - Middletown, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2007 does not count
This beer was one of the best American beers I have ever had. I am usually a German Wiessen fan, but this one stood out. Dark golden color, with great thickness, and bold flavor. seymour (2045) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 2007 Vintage aged 4 years. Poured from swing-top bottle into tulip glass. Very dark but transparent reddish-brown color with thick persistent beige head. Good lacing. Intense malt sweetness with hints of toasted black bread, dark chocolate, toffee, roasted marshmallows, black licorice, plums and currants. Rich bready aftertaste. High alcohol percentage is smooth and warming. Balanced bitterness, but no apparent aroma hops (especially at this advanced age.) Despite the dark, heavy recipe, a clean lager finish remains. I’ve read plenty of mediocre reviews of Budweiser Brew Masters Private Reserve. I’ll admit a bias against the monolithic AB-Inbev, but I must also admit this particular bottle was one of the most sophisticated, enjoyable beers I’ve ever had. I was shocked, too. I’d strongly recommend buying one and stashing it for several years. fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2006
This malt lager pours a golden blonde that leaves a thick white lace and some stickiness that a "regular" budweiser could only dream of making. Upon opening the bottle the malty sweetness vanilla, baked brown sugar, cooked white sugar, angel food cake all come to mind it is amazingly complex.
The body is clear and vibrant, very nice some slight carbonation bubbles can be seen through the lager. The aroma is light and fruity, some mild hop presence is definatly in the nose. The taste on the palate is fresh, clean, as if it was poured right from the tap amazing.
Some slight carbonation refreshes the palate, the lager starts smooth with a sweet malt charachter of cake, sugar, and moves to a small bitter hop aspect. This beer is great, fresh and clean. If only they can brew some more like this.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 Bottle. ’06 Pours a clear yellow color with a white head. Toasted malt aroma. Toasted malt flavor, clean and dry with a crisp finish. Man, if Bud made beers like this mopre often, I might actually buy them!
Bottle. ’07. I’m keeping my numbers from the 06 bottle here. The "07 bottle was a drain pour..
BOBANDDOUG (61) - Belleville, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 This review is on the yet-released 2007 edition of the beer. Got a plain label, sample 12oz bottle from a friend at the AB brewery.
This is NOT the same beer as the previous 2 years, it is a dopplebock this year! And a really nice one.
Pours nice dark, clear amber, with tan head that fades into decent lacing. Nice roasted malts smell.
The surprise is the flavor. Roasted malts, apple, pear, molasses and fig notes appear. It finishes nice, with a warmth of alcohol. The label is plain white, but says 8.5% alc/vol.
This is by far and away the best AB product I have ever had. It rates up with almost any German Dopples I have had--that includes Celebrator. Not better, but damn close.
Nice job on this, AB, keep this type of work coming!
CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Pours an orange-amber with a fluffy, foamy head that settles into a light lacing due to the high abv. Aroma is of vanilla & caramel, reminds me of a Troegenator Doppelbock, even though they’re 2 different styles of beer. Taste is much like the aroma, caramel & vanilla, malty, a pinch of hops with a hint of alcohol that gets MUCH stronger as the beer warms. Very nice, full mouthfeel. This is the kind of beer A-B should have been brewing all along!! IMHO, it’s much more (and much better) than the "Budweiser on steroids" description that it’s been getting here, and I believe that some of the lower ratings are more a case of hating on Anheuser-Busch than a true reflection of what this brew has to offer. A-B deserves the bashing it gets for dumbing-down American beer, but it also deserves praise for this wonderful example of what it can produce when it’s brewers are permitted to toss aside the corporate formula, and make a "real" beer!! Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Wow, what a difference than any other AB product. Nice lasting, antique white, multi-sized head. Good lacing. Amber colored, good carbonation throughout. Everything AB products aren’t. Date on my bottle was 10/7/05. Is this the brew date or best by date? Slightly hoppy aroma. Malt and alcohol dominate the flavor intially. Very appealing! Medium body, but (again) compared to other AB products it tastes like heavy duty grease. I’m sure I’m not the first to ponder (rhetoricly) why they don’t produce this everyday in mass quantity? jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2006
From a swing top 1qt. brown non returnable bottle, with born on date, 10/12/05 and lot number SR77. Made a good appearance, poured into a pint glass a golden amber with a nice sized foamy white head that reduced to a thin lacing and a minimal amount of sticking. Had a good All-Malt aroma, a rice malty. Medium carbonation and a wet, slick light bodied mouth feel, very drinkable. Taste was, yes, like Budweiser, but with more sour malt and a little lemony presence, with a nice alcohol burn on the tongue and a dry crisp finish.
This is a very good American All-Malt Lager, even if it is brewed by A-B. Well worth trying, purchased at Friar Tuck in Peoria, IL. for $10.99.
Born on date, 25.Sept.06, lot no. SR71, A/4,S/4,T/4.5,M/4,D/4.5
Very enjoyable All-Malt Lager, a deep sour grainy taste with a light spicy, grassy hoppiness and a dry cereal grainy, malty finish, the alcohol is well masked behind the malty sweetness.
A seasonal lager that I look forward to, I don’t care if it comes from A-B, very drinkability, tasty and balanced, give it a try before you judge.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Lighter amber translucent body with about an inch of white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a little lacing. Smells similar to Budweiser in some ways, but has a roasty malt character to it. Taste is somewhat light, but fairly complex with hints of yeast, caramel, vanilla, and some alcohol, though the alcohol is very well hidden. Clean finish. Very creamy mouthfeel. Overall, pretty impressive considering it’s a beer with the Budweiser name on it. I could probably see myself getting this one again.