This month I’ve been on something of an Oktoberfest beer streak, trying to review all kinds of Oktoberfest beers – Pumpkin Ales, German Marzens and different American Autumn Ales for The Brew Club. So far, its been good, but I had something in my fridge that made me divert off course! What could it be? (Did you see the title?) Its the beer review for Budweiser American Ale silly!
Budweiser recently released their first Ale and they simply call it Budweiser American Ale. (the other beers they are famous for are a lager, and a lime flavored lager) Liz gave me a bottle at work last week, and me knowing she will drink it but not review it because she’s too involved with Spock is another issue we just won’t go into here. So, I thought I would give it a try myself to see if it is something that was worthy of breaking my Oktoberfest beer streak!
If we start with the pour, the American Ale does create a decent sized, very foamy head that takes its time to go down. There is also some good lacing on the glass which usually indicates some good stuff is in the bottle! Its a really, really, really clear and a beautiful dark amber color – not too carbonated either after my extreme beer pour, but that makes for a more drinkable beer (to me anyway). There is a strong smell of hops from the American Ale in the glass – apparently they are “cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest” that emit such a strong scent, and there is a rich malty smell that I thought balanced it out nicely. Its actually a smell that is GOOD, and generated in me much interest in what the beer might taste like!
OK, so how did I like it? Not bad, but it didn’t taste as good to me as I thought it was going to taste based on the interesting smell. It wasn’t heavy feeling, definitely better than the regular water-like “Bud”, but not anything great either. It had a malty taste that I liked and wasn’t bitter – but it did leave a very sticky feel in my mouth that I wasn’t crazy about at all. The mouthfeel and the aftertaste were the two things that I liked least about the American Ale – taste overall was OK.
I’m not sure how much “Liz the Trekkie” paid for her 6 of American Ale, but I think that maybe for a buck or so more, most people can find something that is more interesting and better tasting. I give AB credit for producing this beer – its light years ahead of the regular Bud in almost every way even though that’s really an apples and oranges comparison, but a comparison I think most people are going to make regardless.
I would have this beer again if Liz were to give me another sample, or if the only other beer on tap was the ‘regular’ stuff!
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