Budweiser Black Crown

Today’s Mistake: Budweiser Black Crown. Craftweiser.

black crown

6% alcohol by volume

12 ounce bottle

Price: $2.99

ABQ: 24.08

About a year and a half ago I picked up a twelve pack of a seasonal Budweiser variety, one that came with three (or maybe four) different takes on the classic Bud formula. The idea was this: have some of Anheuser Busch’s “best” brewmasters add unique ingredients or employ unusual brewing techniques in an attempt to jazz up regular Budweiser. Which, when you think about it, is AB admitting their flagship beer tastes like complete shit. They even pulled that obnoxious marketing ploy where the different flavors were given numbers, like Batch 191123 or Batch 23190. I believe Doritos is currently selling three experimental flavors using the same system. I mean, I get it. People like to believe they’re involved in a process, but let’s not pretend this is gourmet shit here. I’m guessing that Budweiser Black Crown is the “winner” of that stupid Batch #21938911938 contest. It’s “beechwood finished,” whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean.

Color

Looks like Budweiser that someone bled in.

Taste

The first few sips are interesting: sharper than regular Bud, and plenty malty. It almost tasted like a decent beer! Of course, nature took its course, and as soon as it warmed up, the flavor deteriorated into shitty malt liquor. Actually, I’d rather drink malt liquor. At least malt liquor ain’t puttin’ on airs.

Mouthfeel

No thicker than regular Budweiser. Or perhaps just slightly.

Packaging

It’s a nice looking bottle. Not flashy or anything, but decent enough.

Price

They sure are selling it at craft beer prices. BOO!

Final Verdict

It was okay, at first, but quickly devolved into a disgusting mess of a beer. I think I’d rather have a regular Budweiser. 1 out of a possible 5.