Budweiser beer is a medium-bodied, American-style lager beer. Brewed with high quality barley malt, a blend of premium hop varieties, fresh rice and filtered water, this American beer is crisp and full of flavor. Budweiser beer has 5% ABV and contains 145 calories and zero grams of fat per serving. Every occasion calls for a Budweiser; enjoy a cold beer while watching the game or grab a pack when your barbecues or social gatherings need refreshing drinks. This lager beer is the perfect companion to pizza, burgers and fried chicken, but don't let the pairings stop there. The cans and package make this beer easy to transport wherever Budweiser is needed.
It really depends on the context — among America’s best-selling beers, Budweiser is technically on the stronger side. Competitors, including Coors Light and Corona, hover around 4% ABV. A can of Budweiser clocks in at 5% — just one percent higher. However, unlike its popular cousin Bud Light and other top-selling cans, Budweiser isn’t brewed to be a “light” beer. In fact, at 5% ABV, it’s typical of a standard American lager, resulting in the tongue-in-cheek nickname "Bud Heavy." Compared to other American-style lagers, Budweiser is often described as simple and crisp, with little malt or hops taste.
It’s hard to imagine a beer more American than Budweiser; nearly every Super Bowl in the last 50 years has featured a Budweiser Clydesdale commercial, and the brand is synonymous with most American professional sports (notably, Budweiser switched its official sponsorship with Nascar to Busch Beer a few years ago). Budweiser is an American beer, both in its style and history — in 1876, an inventive partnership between Eberhard Anheuser and Adolphus Busch created Budweiser in their St. Louis-based brewery. However, while the brand’s roots are undeniably American, a Belgian beverage giant (InBev) purchased Anheuser-Busch in 2008 (for a cool $52 billion), meaning Budweiser is technically no longer American-owned.
Budweiser falls into the category of an American pale lager. American lagers generally contain between 4.8% - 5.2% alcohol content and tend to have a bubbly, clear body and a clean finish. American lagers have a relatively mellow flavor with just a pinch of malt and hops, so they’re super approachable and really easy to drink during any occasion. Budweiser has a mild toasted grain flavor and uniquely crisp finish; like similar style pale lagers, you’ll also detect a more fruity, almost banana-like flavor, which is a byproduct of the yeasts used in brewing.
If you’re heading out to watch the big game with friends, it’s never a bad idea to bring a case of Budweiser. This is a staple beer for tailgates and barbecues. Budweiser makes a good gift because it’s a classic (not to mention it’s super affordable and exceptionally easy to drink). That being said, Budweiser isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s often described as light in flavor and relatively simple in overall profile, so it may not be the right choice for the more advanced craft beer connoisseur. Don’t forget; you can check out your local beer options on Drizly’s app).