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Peter LaFrance

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A taste of … Budweiser

Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co.

St. Louis, MO


Preface: This is the first of a series I call “Deli Beers.” These are bottled beers procured from what is called a “deli” (short for delicatessen – a food store that specializes in sliced meats, cheeses, bread and some dairy products, processed and canned foods.). The voyage from brewery to the consumer in a Deli is long, torturous, and not good for man, beer or beast. If a bottle of beer can survive that trial it deserves to be tasted. Which beer was to be first on my list? Why the most abused beer in the world… N.B. A 12 oz. bottle of Budweiser cost me $1.10(US).

Appearance: A very effervescent brilliant gold brew is topped with a snow white head of medium to small bubbles. The head falls relatively slowly leaving the lace to also slip down the sides of a beer-clean glass.

Aroma: The first impression is of fresh hay, the second impression evokes over ripe apples and the final notes are a mixture of both.

Mouth feel: This is a relatively light bodied brew that needs the relatively high carbonation to announce itself.

Flavor: There is little flavor or aromatic impression between lip and first sip. The flavors take a bit of time to develop from initial impression of simply wet refreshment to perceptible flavors. First is a slight apple flavor followed by a slight grainy note that is rushed over by a whiff/trace of bubblegum (Bazooka) that looses out to a metallic hop tang that escapes back into the initial impression of wet refreshment.

Finish: There is little to remind you that you have just had a sip/swallow/swig/chug of beer.

Comments: I have always been in awe of brewers who can take such a wide variety of malts and hops and balance them all into a beer that takes no intelligence to enjoy. Budweiser delivers on all the marketing points used to sell it. This is a true “no-brainer” beer. It is very refreshing, demands no attention other than just refreshing sensations. When I don’t what to have to think about what I am drinking this is the beer to enjoy.

The Brewery: http://www.budweiser.com/

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