I poured a 25oz can into a shaker glass. It was canned on 28 December 2013 and cost $1.64 ($0.07 per ounce).
Appearance: Pretty shade of white gold, crystal clear with fine
carbonation visible. Initially pours to a large, bright white, soapy
head which mostly fizzles away and leaves little lacing on the glass.
Smell: Practically odorless. Only faint hint of malt and some acetaldehyde.
Taste: There’s no beer that epitomizes the American adjunct macro lager
more than Budweiser. The self-proclaimed "King of Beers" is merely the
king of sales. Of course, popularity does not necessarily equal quality
and this beer is proof of that. Frankly, it seems more bland than
repulsive to me, but then again it’s extreme lack of genuine quality is
Drank cold the palette is virtually neutral tasting. A hint of pale malt
character plus some starch character from the rice adjunct. If it warms
to anything beyond fridge temp it begins to emit a distinct tanginess.
Slightly metallic in nature as well as mealy green apple (a surefire
indicator of acetaldehyde). For the most part, it’s ignorable, but that
doesn’t change the fact there just isn’t anything in the genuine palette
to enjoy. I’m offended by its inoffensiveness.
Drinkability: If there’s anything a beer like Budweiser ought to be good
for, it’s drinkability. And indeed this beer excels in that area. The
mouthfeel is thin with a consistent crispness that crackles across the
tongue as it goes down. Sometime the carbonation gets stuck in the
throat, but it’s always quaffable. It finishes mostly clean with just a
slightly starchy aftertaste. For 5% ABV it definitely should have a lot
more flavor than it does. It’s hard to believe the "light" version of
this is even more popular.