I poured a 16oz can into a lager glass. It was canned on 10/27/13 and cost $1.90 ($0.12 per ounce).
Appearance: Pretty copper/orange hue. Crystal clear with constant
carbonation visible. Pours to an average sized, white, frothy head which
retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Faint hint of sweet malt, but otherwise totally generic macro lager aroma. No obvious adjunct distractions, though.
Taste: Budweiser has finally decided to make a "serious" lager with
their new Black Crown brew. The recipe seems to be rather simple: one
malt and four hops, yet the hops are not that prominent. What you really
get is a stronger American version of an Oktoberfest as it has the
usual flavors of toffee and caramel. There’s some diacetyl here as well,
imparting a movie popcorn butter-flavoring. This is definitely a much
better beer than regular Budweiser, but still has a way to go to be
Up front there’s a distinct sweetness of caramel, toffee and
butterscotch (though that’s probably diacetyl). It fades quickly and
morphs into a general lager flavor with some faint dryness from the
hops. It’s not especially bitter or hoppy despite the marketing
hyperbole. Though the palette here is much cleaner and more authentic
than your average fizzy yellow beer. The beechwood finishing really
doesn’t do much, except maybe impart some vanilla to accentuate the malt
base. In the end, Budweiser Black Crown is a decent amber ale and a
macro lager that’s more than just tolerable.
Drinkability: There’s a definite difference to the mouthfeel and
drinking process of this beer compared to others of the genre. The
delivery is a little thicker, calmer and noticeably smoother overall. I
might even call it refreshing for a moment there. Still, I’m not sure
why Budweiser Black Crown needs to be 6% ABV, as it drinks and feels
like something a tad more sessionable. At least there’s no alcohol