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TASTING NOTES: Budweiser American Ale

November 11th, 2008 by Kevin Murphy · 38 Comments

American AlePOUR – presents medium-amber, resembling a well worn baseball glove.  Pale head starts large then disappears quickly, but with a firm pledge to be back in 2012.

NOSE – Initially sweet and malty, mild citrus hop notes, fading quickly to reveal a strong base note of Jean-Claude Van Damme.  Hints of buttered toast, Kodiak snuff and air burps after a meal at Arby’s.

BODY – Paunchy, with skinny legs and more than a little hair.  Mouthfeel reminescent of French-kissing a Teamster.

TASTE – Smooth, subtle, nuanced – wait, that’s my tongue.  The beer isn’t giving me anything.  Okay, there’s some malt, and something resembling hops, although not exactly hops;  more like a photocopy of a picture of some hops.  However, a dominant flavor is taking hold now, familiar, seductive.  It’s the flavor of marketing.  Aftertaste leaves me bitter, clinging to religion and guns.

CONCLUSION:  This is a beer for those who would prefer to drink regular Budweiser but who have girlfriends.  If you’re a Sam Adams Drinker, save your money and pour this into old Sam bottles.  Keep in mind that Anheuser-Busch is now owned by a bunch of Belgians who have flooded the world market with their inexplicably popular version of carbonated urine, Stella Artois.  Ultimately, those seeking gusto will be more satisfied with Schlitz.

Tags: In the Media · Randy Bachman · beer

38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Smuttynose on Nov 11, 2008 at 10:44 am


    POUR- Yes, we can!
    NOSE- Smutty, of course.
    BODY- Ooh, la la!
    TASTE- Oodles, like looking at a Monet and listening to Vivaldi.
    CONCLUSION- *Urp.* More, please.

    Smuttynose Brewing Co., Portsmouth, NH.

  • 2 Ben on Nov 11, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I think the only American beers I drink right now are Iron City and St. Arnold’s. Everything else…meh. Otherwise, I try to frequent establishments smart enough to carry Red Stripe or Newcastle Brown Ale.

  • 3 Conor Lastowka on Nov 11, 2008 at 11:40 am

    The only question is if it will survive on shelves longer than this motley trio of Miller beers that came and went a year or so ago:

    If you don’t care enough about beer that you drink Bud, you won’t want to try these, and if you already drink real beer you won’t want to try these. It’s a product created to be purchased by mistake.

  • 4 HighKeeba on Nov 11, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Good call Kevin.

    A former friend of mine gave me a bottle of “BAA” and told me that it tasted a lot like Killian’s Red.

    After choking down about half the bottle I told him that his tongue needed to either grow up or sue his brain for gross incompetence.

    A few pints of Guinness later, all was forgiven and everything was right with the universe once more.

  • 5 Scooter on Nov 11, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    or by the 21 year old friend of high school/college kids that can afford a little more than Milwaukee

  • 6 Bob M. on Nov 11, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Written like a brewer. Here here! Although the dig on Samuel Adams is sort of unnecessary :) Jim Koch is a massive supporter of home and craft brewing, especially through the American Homebrewers Association.

  • 7 James Shearhart on Nov 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Oh, I dunno, if you do your beer drinking by the six-pack, as I do, I find that the overall aftertaste is alot smoother than, say, the roll-of-old-pennies taste one gets after a sixer of Miller Genuine Draft. I prefer this for my budget-conscious binges.
    On the other hand, J.W. Dundee’s Original Honey Brown Lager is rather nifty, but I can only get it at one particular megamart. And the expense does not warrant a binge, either….
    And everyone knows hops are overrated, kinda like being snide about one’s stereo system. It’s the gravity that counts….

  • 8 Clint on Nov 11, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    I’d rather drink the mud water from the grounds of Memorial Stadium the night after Farm Aid ‘85 than Budweiser Anything.

  • 9 James McKinney on Nov 12, 2008 at 4:16 am

    It’s a shame you can’t get a well-made hoppy beer for under $8 a six-pack. And I also have to disagree with the Sam Adams jab; its not a high-end micro, but sometimes SA’s are the only serviceable beers you can find…much better than Yeungling and its ilk.

  • 10 Teaser on Nov 12, 2008 at 4:39 am

    Yeah,Budweiser is pretty terrible,being that beer encompasses a big part of my life(I work in a bar),I’ve tasted lots of different kinds of beer and ales and as american brews go sam adams makes some nice brews,but my favorite brews come mostly from the British Isles….Newcastle Brown has to be one of the best and purest ales I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink

  • 11 NanoRiffite on Nov 12, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Initially I read the title as “Tasing Notes”.

  • 12 Fnord on Nov 12, 2008 at 10:40 am

    But how does it compare with the Bud Light and Clamatto drink that is the Chelada?

    (and proof to show that it really does exsist: )

  • 13 Brian O. on Nov 12, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I’d go for Schlitz, but it gives me the Schlitz.

  • 14 kt on Nov 12, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Not only does it really exist; there’s only one left.

  • 15 Andy on Nov 16, 2008 at 11:20 am

    I’m sure I’ll be in the minority here, but I think American Ale is pretty good when you consider it’s an A-B product. Maybe it’s too close to home for me given I’m a St Louis native, but I do think this beer is the best thing A-B has produced. It’s not the same top quality as a good microbrew, but it’s no Budweiser, either. I think we should give credit where credit is due. Could be the best mass-produced beer on the market after Sam.

  • 16 Eliot on Nov 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Ben – You’re missing out! American craft brewing is really kicking out some amazing beers right now. There’s a multitude of fine breweries all over the US. Try some Flying Dog, Anchor Steam, Dogfish Head, Fat Tire, Lagunitas, Highland, Rogue, Stone, Great Lakes, Deschutes, etc. etc. Amazing and tasty stuff available right now! (Red Stripe and Newcastle are pretty low on the totem pole, if you ask me.)

  • 17 Bannister on Nov 30, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    I bought a pack of this beer on a lark and I’m drinking one as I write this.

    I like it. It’s kind of like Budweiser’s version of Sam Adams but it’s got it’s own character too. It’s a decent beer for the price, not bad at all!

    I recommend buying a pack and making up your own mind.

  • 18 Someone gave Budweiser Amber a shot « A pint for Dionysus on Dec 31, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    [...] maybe not so much. My personal enthusiasm for trying this beer has been curbed. It’s probably for the [...]

  • 19 Sean on Mar 2, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Truly Ben, gotta go with Eliot on this one…..

    The tired old canard about American beer sucking is still tired, still old, and now not even close to being true. If you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, or even the middle of the country, there are now a lot of good breweries brewing good beer. I second almost all Eliots recommendations, and would like to add Bell’s (from Michigan) and Red Hook (from either Oregon or New Hampshire, depending on what coast you are nearer to..)

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