Budweiser American Ale
57 Blade Chainsaw
Budweiser American Ale is an all American made Amber Ale produced with Americaningredients and also brewed domestically by Anheuser-Busch, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev. Budweiser finally decided to go for an all-malt beer made with Idaho and Minnesota Caramel Malted Barley and dry hopped with Pacific Northwest Cascade Hops for an alcohol content of 5.3% ABV.
I’m proud of Budweiser for reaching out to a more diverse beer drinker, even if it is based on market research and profitability; we all have to make a living. But I’m especially pleased that Bud finally decided to take the all-malt approach and do away with corn and rice based ethanol so evident of their lager brand. I’m sure they’re up to their usual tricks and suspect some odd ingredients for preservation, but it’s expected and I’m feeling forgiving.
Budweiser American Ale was released in October 2008 and I decided to celebrate its introduction on the Buzz during America’s birth date, Independence Day!
Onto The Method
7.0/10 – The Classic
2.0 – Appearance – A very handsome deep bronze that is solid without being hazy. Healthy carbonation forms an attractive tan head that holds well and creates some decorative lacing.
1.5 – Aroma – Smooth caramel malt base showcasing a minimal hop fragrance; the sweetness creates a mild welcoming in the air.
1.0 – Taste – A surprisingly small flavor with little to grab at, both in its malt characters and equally mild hop profile. I’m not hating it though, but my senses grab this liquid entity with welcoming embrace but it goes in and down leaving behind little impression.
1.5 – Palate –A medium bodied amber ale that gets muddy at times while remaining its light disposition. It does finish quite nice with a dry hop persona.
1.0 – Overall – For a big beer that is attractive and maintains a pleasing aroma, it is very light on the flavor side – it looks good but offers little flavor or exciting hop profile.
6.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze –At 5.3% ABV, Budweiser offers an unusually high alcohol content for its line of beers – so that alone makes it an interesting offering. I have to say it continues to be quite modest.
7.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – It is a big beer with a bit of muddiness at times, but the low flavor profile indicates alightness on the overall ingredients, making it easy for the knife to systematize and cut through soft candy and buttery caramel.
5.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –The climb takes its time and begins to show up around the third beer, but barely. Being a holiday weekend and all, some shots of quality rum were thrown in to rescue the lift at the commencement of the fourth.
7.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – It’s easy to ride a machine that has little inebriating impact, but that’s not why we drink beer on the fourth of July!!
25.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – Budweiser American Ale is a handsome big beer made with some good ingredients and put together nicely by an unusual suspect. For those reasons I came into this tasting with hopeful expectations. Overall, I’d say it’s not bad; good looking, sweetly aromatic, finishes dry and hits most of the right notes – but it falls hugely short on flavor. You can lay this drink in your mouth and it will go right through the senses without a trace of impression, and that’s really too bad. Beyond its flavor profile, it’s hard to believe that it has a 5.3% ABV as it can’t offer much bang. Sadly, while attractive and sweet, Budweiser American Ale offers little explosive fireworks.