Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Budweiser – American Ale

Yes, as wierd as this may be, I am reviewing this, and I’m proud to be doing it. I don’t see this beer as a threat to the craft industry, and I’ll tell you why. This does the opposite. It won’t be stealing craft beer drinkers away from great microbrews, but maybe it will prime the palate of the American beer drinker to get used to ales instead of the lagers dominating the macro breweries. 

It might be darker in color, have a different yet approachable taste for the beer drinker, and be almost like a ‘gateway’ beer into other interesting brews. For the serious beer taster, this may not be anything to write home about, but I consider it to be an interesting invitation to the beer-curious out there. So, as a beer reviewer, I’m giving a little column space to this brew. If it tempts one person to try it, or one person to break away from the lager-dominated taps, then so be it.
This one pours darker than I’d expect, a nice dark amber. It also comes with a decently foamy head. This, upon first examination, could be seen across the room by a beer babe like me as something interesting in a glass. The smell is a bit maltier than hoppy, but not that sick stale beer smell that I sometimes associate with other Bud products. The taste too, is that of a respectable ale. Nicely balanced, no aftertaste, smooth mouthfeel. 

This isn’t a beer to give a “nice attempt” or “its okay” to. It is actually a really well done ale. I’m not saying that out of pity either. I could order this with a meal and not be let down too much. For the doubters out there, at least give it a try, or hesitate before turning up your nose. 
So take it from the beer babe. If your dad, like mine, has been drinking nothing but Bud (or, worse, Bud Lite Lime – sorry Dad…) slide this across the table at him this Thanksgiving. He might just be ready for something familiar, yet tasty. You can really introduce him into the craft beer world later. Just remember, baby steps. 


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  1. Anonymous

    I’m not a real beer connosieur or a beer snob either, but ever since my six months in Germany many years ago, if the only choice was to drink a Bud or drink nothing, I’d happily choose nothing…

    But I tried one last night and was pleasantly surprised. Very drinkable, and I can see myself drinking it again even though I prefer more “exotic” crafted beers.

  2. Anonymous

    Lets not forget its the same price as normal bud… saves bucks for a daily drinker.

  3. Anonymous

    I have had hundreds of craft brews. I find this beer to be very good in the macro/micro brewery category. I would put it up there with Shiner Bock. And if you really want to get messed up, it goes great with a shot of vodka.

  4. DobroD

    You make a good point about this being a “gateway” beer. I’m disappointed because I actually wanted to like it more. I’d take it over a bud light any day.

  5. Matt Gio

    Yeah I figured I’d give it a try and I actually loved it. It reminded me of Sammy A. I’m not sure if I like the fact that Bud is trying to market to better beer drinkers. They should but how come they had to get bought out first before they did anything?

  6. Scott - TBC

    I agree it could work as a ‘crossover’ beer, but given the choice I wouldn’t personally buy it again considering the other options available. I thought it smelled nice though!

  7. Norm

    I don’t agree I thought this beer looked good but, had a very week taste. It was kind of annoying I was irritated drinking it I thought they should have tried harder. It is week attempt at a craft beer.

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