#353 Anheuser-Busch InBev – Budweiser

Name: Budweiser
Brewery: Anheuser-Busch InBev ( Missouri, USA)
Style: Pale Lager
ABV: 5%
Source: Emirates AKL>MLB

How ironic that I would hit rock bottom at an altitude of 37,947ft.

I’m writing this on an Emirates flight bound for Melbourne, and while everything about the service – the lemon-scented moist towelettes, fake stars on the roof – has been lovely, the beer selection is little short of dire.

The three choices were Heineken (blogged), Amstel Light (should’ve got that) and Budweiser – which I ended up ordering in the most mumbled embarrassed voice imaginable.

And you know what? I think it might actually be the worst beer so far.

Other terrible beers – like Pirate, Gordon Finest Gold and the insufferable lemon lime Sol – were at least so bad they were interesting (or so strong that I was too drunk to care), but Budweiser apparently has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

It poured the colour of – excuse my brashness – urine after you’ve been drinking beer all night, with a loose fluffy head that quickly died. (Suicide, I expect.)

On the nose I got notes of hay, sugar, and quite honestly sick. In the mouth it was sweet and watery, with a remarkable lack of flavor and no hop bite at the finish. Incredible to think this the best selling beer in the world, because it. is. rubbish. 

Today’s thank you has nothing to do with this beer, mercifully, but is going out to Stu Mckinlay of the Yeastie Boys. He is a) the blog’s second most prolific commenter (one to put on your CV, eh Stu?), and b) one of the people that got me properly interested in this NZ craft beer scene thing in the first place. Cheers and Slainte Mhath to you Stu.

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Published in: on July 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm  Comments (3)  
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  1. Have to say, I’m quite annoyed at having found this blog with only what, two weeks left to go? It’s good reading.

    Unfortunate that you had to run into Bud at all, let alone let it sour the tail end of this tale.

  2. When you visit the doc next week remember it was Claire who introduced us. Hard to believe it is about bang on three years now. You were just a pup…

  3. Ironically, Bud has a similar strangle hold on the American beer market that Lion has here. Sad to say, this is what we all drank at uni (but I will claim that this was before craft)


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