Budweiser Black Crown Golden Amber Lager

Blasphemy. It is near blasphemy to drink a beer with the name Budweiser on the label and write about it on this blog. I had heard rumblings that bud had changed its ways and made a good beer, and I had to give them a chance.

True to its billing, the beer is a golden amber color. It's clear enough to read my computer screen through. The aroma is weak, but I can smell a bit of citrus and overwhelming malt. When I think of the aroma I got from my most recent amber lager, it lacks the bread that gave the smell a bit of complexity. I wouldn't expect to encounter any spices or much hops, and it has lived up to that expectation. The head dissipates very quickly, and the top is left with a scant dozen bubbles to try to hide its nakedness.

First sip befouls my mouth with a taste I remember from college. Did they even change the recipe to call it something different? This is, without a doubt, a Budweiser product. I suppose, if I am being kind, there may be something slightly different in there. It's hard to pull out from around the rice and sick, but I would say there is grain up front with an unpleasant malt/ale combo in the middle, with a slightly sweet finish.

It is my way to follow up with a big swig, but I find myself reluctant to do so here. But I can be honest with myself to admit that it's still better than HiCu was, so I should just dig in.

<swig>

It's not as bad as I feared. I mean, it's not good, but it's better when imbibed with gusto. The front end has the grain and citrus, and then it just turns into water - plain and tasteless. The finish creeps up to the middle with a slight hint of hops - with its bitter jab - and the lingering sweetness of the malt.

This is probably the best Budweiser beer I've ever had. That statement makes me sad. A company that claims to make the best selling beer in the US - the King of Beers - should be making better beer than this. Do they employ no one who has a love of beer?

1.0/5

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