Anybody else find it strange that Anheuser-Busch would attempt to make a craft brew out of one of their cheapest priced products?
Busch wasn’t always a budget brand beer but for at least the last 30 years it has been.
It’s easy to see what they did here: take the same ingredients as Busch beer, roast the grains a bit, and age it a few days longer to allow the yeast to produce more alcohol. Same as Busch but IMHO better.
The pour is lovely copper with an off white head that is frothy but dies quickly. Zero lacing on the glass. Very grainy aroma with a hint of caramel and bakery. The roasted grains comes out with some subtle caramel. What waters down the thrill is the absence of hops. This would kick ass if there were even a slight hint of bitter aftertaste. But there isn’t and it’s a real downer because this is actually overall fairly good with a disappointingly dull finish.
I am giving this higher praise, though, due to it’s value. I paid $3.98 for a six pack of pints! That’s cheaper than Milwaukees Best for crying out loud! Where else are you getting 96 ounces of beer for under four bucks that isn’t ice beer or malt liquor???
For what it is this is above average. For the money it’s very good! Even though it tries to look like one it certainly is not a craft brew. But for the money I would certainly drink this over Beast, Blatz, or Natty Light. This is one of the best cheap beers I’ve had in a long time!