THE BREWSKI REPORT

May 11, 2010

Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Lime Lager Beer Review 5.11.2010

Bud Lime on the Bar Patio

Bud Lime on the Bar Patio

The Brewski Report Reviews Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light Lime Lager
File Date: 5.11.10

 File Name: Big Brewer Cuts Out Small Produce Middleman 
The Beer: Bud Light Lime
Type: Light Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Web Site: www.anheuser-busch.com
Country of Origin: MO, USA
Brewer Info: Anheuser-Busch traces its origins back to the Bavarian brewery, which was established in 1852. Eberhard Anheuser acquired the Bavarian brewery in 1860 and renamed it E. Anheuser & Co. In 1864, his son-in-law, Adolphus Busch, joined the company that would later become Anheuser-Busch. While the company’s early years were demanding, Adolphus Busch proved up to the challenge. His keen vision, bold initiative, marketing savvy and passionate commitment to quality were his legacy to those who followed, and the high standards he established have been adhered to by each succeeding generation. Today, Anheuser-Busch produces the two best-selling beers in the world, Budweiser and Bud Light, and operates 12 breweries in the United States.

tbr-bud_light_lime-insertBrewer Brand Hype: American-style light lager that combines the superior drinkability of Bud Light with a splash of 100 percent natural lime flavor. Light-bodied brew with a delicate malt sweetness; clean, crisp finish, and the taste of a fresh-squeezed lime for ultimate refreshment. Perfect for summer refreshment, Bud Light Lime offers adults the citrus taste, expected from a fresh squeezed lime, without a trip to the produce aisle.
Label: Premium Light Beer With 100% Natural Lime Flavor.

The Brewski Review: Another road review.  I told the waitress to seat us (a coworker and myself) outside on the restaurant patio. It was a particularly nice day, blue skies and sunny with only a few passing clouds.  The first order of business was to review the beer list straight away.  I ordered a Gumballhead (Three Floyds Brewing Co.) but the waiter came back empty handed and said they were out.  Not too many other choices other than the large, institutional brews with the large media budgets.  So, I selected the lime flavored Bud beer.  How original I thought…..forget about putting the lime in the bottle, just add the lime flavor.  Surprisingly though, I think they actually pull it off quite well with this combination.  The lime citrus flavor was abundant.  Typical with most American Lagers, this was light, crisp and and a quick drinker. I would think the stuffy beer snobs would give this one a thumbs down when it really doesn’t deserve the bad wrap.  AB brewed this to fit a market and I think they were successful in achieving their goal. If you like lime and plan on spending a nice warm day drinking beer and relaxing, this just may be the beer for you.  Have several and it probably won’t fill you up if your eating a platefull of spicy wings, snoozing in the hammock, working in the yard or playing a game of volleyball.

Drinkability: Tasty lime flavor.
Appearance: Golden yellow. Large head dissipates quickly.
The Buds: Crisp and Refreshing for a hot, beer drinking summer day.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5

May 10, 2010

Anheuser-Busch’s Shock Top Belgian Witbier 5.10.2010

Bud's Shock Top Belgian White

Bud's Shock Top Belgian White

The Brewski Report Reviews Anheuser-Busch’s Shock Top Belgian White Witbier
File Date: 5.10.10

File Name: Snorting Beer Can Tingle
The Beer: Shock Top Belgian White
Type: Witbier
Serving: Draft
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Anheuser-Busch, Inc
Web Site: www.anheuser-busch.com
Country of Origin: MO, USA
Brewer Info: Anheuser-Busch traces its origins back to the Bavarian brewery, which was established in 1852. Eberhard Anheuser acquired the Bavarian brewery in 1860 and renamed it E. Anheuser & Co. In 1864, his son-in-law, Adolphus Busch, joined the company that would later become Anheuser-Busch. While the company’s early years were demanding, Adolphus Busch proved up to the challenge. His keen vision, bold initiative, marketing savvy and passionate commitment to quality were his legacy to those who followed, and the high standards he established have been adhered to by each succeeding generation. Today, Anheuser-Busch produces the two best-selling beers in the world, Budweiser and Bud Light, and operates 12 breweries in the United States.

shock_top-draftBrewer Brand Hype: Introduced originally as seasonal beer Spring Heat Spiced Wheat in 2006, year-round as Shock Top in 2007. As an unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale, this beer is naturally cloudy with a light golden color. Brewed with orange, lemon and lime peels and coriander. Shock Top Belgian White pairs well with fresh salads, chicken dishes and Asian cuisine. The beer is best enjoyed in a tall, wide-mouthed glass. To serve the brew perfectly, follow these pouring guidelines. Pour the brew down the side of the glass until about one-half inch of brew is left in the bottle. Lay the bottle on its side and roll it gently back and forth, mixing the remaining yeast that has settled at the bottom. Pour the rest of the brew, producing a nice, thick collar of foam.
Label: Reviewed this one as a draft.  (Kind of hard to roll the bottle on it’s side when it comes from the keg.  It makes me wonder if I’m getting the full taste from the tap.)

The Brewski Review: In typical witbier form, this Belgian style wheat ale is cloudy in color. I didn’t detect much of a citrus taste or aroma.  With it’s crisp flavor and minimal aftertaste it would make for a decent summertime beverage. Nothing too special or noteable to make it my witbier of choice.  My initial thought is to skip to another witbier before sampling this brew again.  Although, I may be willing to give a bottle a try sometime to see if I’m tasting the full yeasty flavor.  If I do try the bottle version, I’ll make it a point NOT to drink it while I dine with fellow coworker - ‘Two Buck Chuck’ - out on the road as I did when I drank the draft version. If I do, I’ll risk snorting most of the beer out my nose.  Who can’t laught at a coagulation of ruthless and sarcastic comments about your place of work and those you work with?  I most certainly can’t.  And the company I work for definitely has no shortage of material to comment about.  Does yours?  Probably not.  I’ve been with a few large, well known companies and they’re all about the same.  Maybe one day I’ll find an organization where I actually enjoy going to work each morning and doing what I’m paid to do.  I envy those individuals who knew what they wanted to do right out of high school, earned their degree and are now doing it. Probably making great money at it as well. Me? I need a career change.  Only problem is, I can’t afford to start at the bottom. That’s what the lottery is for right?    

Drinkability: Drinkable. If I drink it again, it’ll be in the bottle.
Appearance: Cloudy, Pale golden yellow.
The Buds: Decent for an industrial brew.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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