Budweiser Brew Masters Private Reserve

Budweiser Brew Masters Private Reserve

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Brewed by Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

St. Louis, MO, United States

Style:  Strong Lager

8.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Brew Masters’ Private Reserve is an exceptionally rich beer that is a symphony of character, featuring a balanced hop aroma with 8.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Based on the time-honored Budweiser brewmaster holiday tradition of collecting the richest first part of the brew as it is tapped to the brew kettles to celebrate the season, this is the first time it is being made available to the public.

ID: 19553 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank40721
Overall Percentile13.9
Style Rank132 of 425
Style Percentile68.9
Lowest Score1.6
Highest Score4.0
Average Score2.908
Weighted Score2.926
Standard Deviation0.770

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  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 2.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    for Budweiser, this is liquid gold...but in reality, when stacked up against many other good beers, it's just ok. it does actually taste like they used hops generously, malt, etc...not urine, so that's a plus. never thought i'd rate a bud close to a 3, but for the price, i want a 4-5.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 2.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    bought downtown, big ole bottle all to myself ...(why did i do this) .... pours a dark brown maroon colour .. a good maltster head on the medium pour .. but the lacing i say needs more work ... there are some nice simple flavours, caramel and maple, things of that sort ... "attire optional" ... shows the alcohol near the end, but it is a pretty good offering from the bud guys... 7-14-08 ..$52 billion offer from inbev for bud today...

  • ACKMAN 157 reviews
    rated 3.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 9

    Had this while visiting relatives in MO during the Christmas season. Overall a great beer from a company that doesn't really make good beers. Very good, definently a "Have again"!

  • CHEAPDARK 389 reviews
    rated 2.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 3 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 4

    When I first saw this bottle I thought it was just regular Budweiser or Michelob repackaged. I got it free from my retailer for Christmas, I’m one of his pretty loyal customers so I don’t have any idea what this stuff cost. It’s a big flip top 32 oz bottle with a ‘born on’ date of Sept 25, 2007. When I first pop the lid it has a mild aroma of freshly baked Italian bread. In a sniffer it clears to a more ‘alky like’ strong ale sweet candy smell reminiscent of a sweet helles. The look of this beer is reddish orange and innocently clear nothing like the pale yellow brew pictured on this website. Has a circumjacense of foam around the inside edge of the glass for a head. Otherwise, the head is just plain old tea froth on top. When you pour it and swish it around in the glass, it seems to have a little higher viscosity than most beers. The taste of this is certainly very strong and alcoholic but it does seem to hide its 8.5%b rather well. I’ve tasted other brews that are much less alky % yet much stronger on the palate. Has some adolescent cherry barrel wood flavor in there at times. Provides a lingering back throat bitter malt without alky burn. This brew is not warming at all. Except for the alky maltiness, it comes across intrinsically insipid. Here this beer is listed as a malt liquor, but I must disagree. On the label it claims to be a doppelbock and it is certainly a doppelbock. Most of the taste attributes of this brew make it so. It has many more manners than any malt liquor I have ever tasted, next to perhaps, Rogues Daddy’s Little Helper. The carbonation of this brew is laid back. Fuzziness is nearly next to nothing. Sibilation is barely there. All one can detect is a mild tingly sensation if you really look for it. Overall you can tell a lot of thought has been put into the making of this beer. Perhaps I am not good enough for this and cannot really enjoy it’s personality, but I must say it has the attributes of many 3.5 or higher rated craft and import beers I’ve seen on this site. Finish is just like any high quality alky brew, not like cheap malt liquor.

  • MINGO51 678 reviews
    rated 3.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    2006 bottle, wasn't expecting to be blown away by this beer and got pretty much what I thought I would actually a little bit more. Brewmasters Private Reserve poured with a medium golden body topped off by a fluffy medium sided pure white head that actually had pretty good retension, leaving some light patchy lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma was mild with some light honey, sweet malts, and faint hoppyness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty drinkable given the fact that it is a lager over 8% alcohol. The flavor is actually pretty good, sweet and with no real adjunct filler coming throgh, slightly warming at the 8.5%. All in all it's worth giving a shot but not really for the major pricetag.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 2.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    To say that this is the best of the worst would be fairly fitting for this beer. While having partaken in quite a few AB products over the years, this is probably the best thing they've put forth. An aroma of apples, some over sweetness like honey along with some grainyness. Appearance was a deep gold color with a foamy head. Mouthfeel was medium bodied but watery. The flavor really just drops out mid palate leaving you with nothing. Flavor was overly sweet, astringent and corn. It had their regular AB taste but somehow more refined but sweeter. It did hide the alcohol really well. Not bad, but forgettable (which can be worse than bad).

  • BOWDMAN 168 reviews
    rated 3.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I was actually impressed with this beer. After reading the reviews, I was not sure whether I would like this or not. It poured a nice dark gold, with a decent medium white head. Was cloudy and appeared as a hefe, but that is where similarities end. Grassy on the nose, but slight hints of lemon. A decent flavor with a good blend of malts and a touch of hops. Much better than a typical Bud product. Mouthfeel was pretty good. I did serve this a bit colder than usual, but as I was in conversation and the brew warmed, the flavor did not dwindle to badly. The high alcohol was hidden well. Overall, a decent step in the right direction for AB. Wish this would carry over to the rest of the product line. I'll definately grab a 2006 version.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 1.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 3 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 4

    This malt liquor pours a deep gold color from a 1 liter swing top bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is grainy, apples and sweet. A light to medium bodied Malt Liquor. Malts are apples, fruity and sweet, some grain, but mostly apples and sweetness. Hops are slightly bitter. Kind of flat carbonation. Strange this stuff tastes like a ramped up Budweiser without the carbonation. Maybe that’s where they got it from, this is the stuff they brew and dilute to get Bud. Its not a malt liquor and its not a pale lager, its sort of a bastard half breed between the two. I think I will save the rest of this for cooking, Sorry AB try again.. Think I would rather drink a bud. I wonder why I bother even trying these. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

  • STALEYIV 1405 reviews
    rated 3.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Well, I was hesitant about picking up this enormous bottle of "Brewmaster" select Budweiser but at half the price I got this brew at because they had a special deal running on it, I could not resist. Plus, I was lucky I found this brew, I actually found it at a bar that was selling it around Christmas time as a gift and then I got wind they still had a few bottles left over so I went down there immediately and got me this brew. So fourth, here my journey goes into the best Anheuser-Busch has to offer. The aroma is grainy first and foremost with some, actually, pleasant maltiness coming through with some sweetness as well as some pleasant aromas of hops; no adjuncts at all (this brew apparently was brewed without any whatsoever). The appearance is a pale yellow but a tad darker than the average Budweiser with alot of carbonation with a creamy and frothy head on top that is bleach-white in color and remains on top while I review and sample this brew. The mouthfeel is light-bodied and not at all what I expected with some surprising sweet malt complexity as well as some slight hoppy balance with a palate that is smooth and rather crisp as well as wet. The flavor is reminiscient of a typical Budweiser but with more layers of sweet malt and not as weak with some crisp grain coming through as well as grassy overtones with some nice maltiness with an aftertaste that provides some nice hoppy flavors with a finish that is smooth and not at all as alcoholic as I was expecting, in fact, there is not much of a hint of alcohol at all with exception of a faint burning sensation as you swallow it but the aftertaste does provide some sourness to some extent which I can't quite pin down. Overall, what can I say, this is Anheuser-Busch we are talking about but this brew actually was not that bad and was crisp and smooth and a nice conglomerate of a brew. While I would not drink this beer all the time, I would venture in this direction again on a special occasion; maybe once or twice a year...not a bad brew here and I must say, this was not as bad as I feared it to be and actually, dare I say, pleasant and a beer that was very easy to drink and made surprisingly well. On a final note, in which I fill I must add to this review, I was reading "All About Beer Magazine" earlier today while I was eating a nice and light lunch while sipping on a Sweetwater 420 and I was reading an article on the original American brews and their origination and I must ask the question; "Did Anheuser-Busch beer taste like this special addition back in the day before they went way to mainstream while at the same time the quality dropped off dramatically when they started using adjuncts like rice?" I don't know, I am just rambling now but I feel it was worth mentioning.

  • WILLBLAKE 934 reviews
    rated 1.6 15 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 2 | Mouthfeel: 2 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 2

    12.10.05 Magnum, RLB YEHA-05 Golden pour with standard, thick, and rocky malt liquor head. Aroma is repulsive mix of cheap vodka, corn oil, and cooked rice. Monstrous flavor of cooked corn, corn, and more corn. There might be a hint of noble hops in there, but they are hardly noble for their appearance. Horrid.

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