Brewery: Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co., St. Louis, Missouri
Beer: Budweiser Vanilla Bourbon Cask (Project 12 Batch #23185)
Serving: 12 oz twist-off bottle
Glassware: Pilsner Glass
Information: 5.5% ABV
Style: American Amber / Red Lager
Availability: Limited Release
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
Crystal clear, this deep golden beer has very little carbonation feeding the poorly retained off-white head. Wispy fingers of lace creep up the glass but the still brew doesn’t extend the best invitation.
Vanilla extract notes waft from the pale lager as this simple pale-malt-based beer suggests hints of wood but no bourbon alcohol.
Wood stave-centered, this earthy beer has an unusual, almost plastic-y flavor leading into vanilla and faint alcohol which overtake the simple lager quickly.
Looks can be deceiving because this beer has high carbonation and a smooth body that finishes dry and rather clean but lacks any hook.
A training wheel “barrel-aged” beer for Budweiser drinkers, perhaps? This beer doesn’t quite come together anywhere along the line but save for the weird flavor, it’s not terrible. Lacking any sort of hook, the vanilla and wood doesn’t quite meld well with the base beer and Bourbon is nowhere in sight.
Score: 60 / 100 - Average