Friday, February 3, 2012

Natty Daddy

The newest addition to the Natural (Light and Ice) family from Anheuser-Busch of St. Louis, Missouri.

This 8.0% ABV beer pours golden in color with a quarter inch of white foamy head.  The aroma is very sweet grain, almost candy-like, and a touch of grassiness.  The taste is also sweet grain, veering towards very sweet, but with just enough hops on the end to prevent it from being cloying.  It is well-carbonated and stings the mouth. 

Somehow it doesn't seem very coincidental to me that Anheuser-Busch rolls out this higher alcohol Natural product around the same time as its higher alcohol Bud Light (Platinum).  Their taste is somewhat similar, this having the extra 2% ABV worth of sweetness in its flavor.

2017: Why, oh why, am I subjecting myself to this again? The beer pours a very clear golden. There is a half-inch of white foam that fizzes away very quickly. The aroma is sweet, green apples, cooked mixed vegetables, and those old circus peanuts candy. The taste follows the aromas, a horrific, nightmare of bad flavors mixed together. The beer drinks with an implied syrupy note, cloyingly sweet. This beer needs massive bittering hops badly to cut its sweetness, but then it would cost more, so forget it. If you wish to become ill, this is a good place to start. 

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