Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sunday Beer Spotlight: Budweiser Black Crown

Last year, Anheuser-Busch InBev asked its regional brewmasters to come up with some new Budweiser beers. Three ended up in the variety pack I reviewed here. A fourth is now Budweiser Black Crown, the big brewer’s attempt to … I don’t know. Despite the promotional push, nothing about Black Crown is distinctive or special to merit its existence.

Like all the Bud “microbrews,” brewers were told to use the standard Bud yeast strain, so for better or worse, that’s a flavor quality they all share. The aroma in the glass is boozy with a banana essence really coming through. The head is just like a Bud, tightly bubbled and quickly gone. Color is a deeper yellow that Budweiser, moving toward copper.

Carbonation is light, so it goes down easily -- sweet, malty, corny with no notable hops. Black Crown is basically a more expensive Bud with a roastier malt and, at 6%, a higher alcohol content. (Regular Bud is 5%.) If you want a Bud that’s sweeter, a little buzzier, and higher in price -- there’s this. Otherwise, I’m not sure who wants it.

1 comment:

  1. I have looked at it in the store a few times and thought "Well, its still a Bud!"

    I guess my instincts where correct!

    - A Bud by any other name....