I have been waiting to taste and blog this one for a bit and someone at work posted an article about it on my door that made me want to speed things up a bit. It had some comparisons with this and Alaskan Amber and showed some other macro vs. micro comparisons. It rated the Bud American Ale as a 6 and the Alaskan Amber as a 7 and I had to taste this for myself to see if it was really that close to an outstanding amber ale (a 7 is too low, IMO).
So, here you go: Budweiser American Ale
First things first… their website is top shelf. The spent some dollars and have a really slick site with some nice videos of the brewing process. Definitely worth taking a look at, if nothing else but to notice the scale of the operations that they are dealing with. It is almost too big to comprehend when you see some of the tanks they are using.
So, the beer… pours a nice amber color with a good sized beige head. Zero to barely any nose on it. The body, though, has something. You can definitely taste the malts… way more than the hops and believe me, the bottle says “hoppy finish” but that is just plain not right. 🙂 Unless, maybe, you drink a Bud Light first and then go to this… then it may be somewhat relatively hoppy but I couldn’t taste it. At 5.3% ABV, this beer isn’t too light weight and that is what makes it interesting. While the hops aren’t really there, the body is mild and smooth and quite easy to drink. Enough so that if the price weren’t quite so high, this may be a beer I would actually buy again. But for the same price, you can get some good local craft beers, so that moves this to Middle of the Road.
Not a bad direction to be headed in, though… if they want to really get closer to craft brew territory, they have their work cut out for them, but lets see where this takes them.
JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road