Friday, November 9, 2012

Budweiser Project Twelve Batch No. 91406 Deep Amber Lager

This is part of Project Twelve from Budweiser. Budweiser had their brewmasters at all 12 of their U.S. breweries come up with a special recipe, but all had to use the same Budweiser proprietary yeast. They cut these twelve selections down to six internally, then down to the three in the Project 12 special release by public tastings over the summer: a deep gold lager, an amber lager, and a bourbon barrel aged lager. People can vote on which is their favorite, and I then suspect we will then see a wider and more sustained release of that favorite. The batch numbers correspond to the zip code of the brewery that came up with the recipe. 63118 is St. Louis, Missiouri; 23185 is Williamsburg, Virginia; and 91406 is Los Angeles, California.

This 6.0% ABV beer pours amber and dark copper in color. There is an inch head of off-white foam. The aroma is lightly malty, a touch sweet, and a light cooked vegetal note with a light hoppiness ruined by the vegetal note. The taste follows the aromas, light malt, light cooked vegetable, light crisp and bitter hops. The overall effect is slightly on the sweet side. The mouthfeel is a nice tingly carbonation. This is otherwise negligible to bad, but nowhere near as nasty as the Deep Gold.

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