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Do me a favor and donít let this get around. But when I
was young (18 young to be precise), I used to drink Busch. In fact, I
used to buy the stuff by the caseload. So, when Epinions own musical maven
and bon vivant of brew Saxguy
came up with the wonderful idea of a Youthful Exu-brew-ance Ė Revisit
the brews of your youth write-off, Busch was the first beer that came to
My early beer drinking career was quite interesting, indeed. Six months
after I turned eighteen, Rhode Island raised the drinking age to 19. Which
meant I was smart enough to know how to handle the stuff from 18 to 18 Ĺ,
when I suddenly wasnít. This pattern continued year by year until I reached
Busch, unfortunately, didnít make it to 19 with me. By the time I was
temporarily legal again, I had moved on to beers like
St. Pauli Girl . Even in those days, I was always scoping out something
Of course, Busch is bargain priced, one of the reasons it is popular. You
canít argue with $1.19 for a 22 or $4.99 for a six-pack of 16-ounce cans.
Well, you canít argue if youíre not really concerned about flavor that is.
Busch pours to a pale yellow golden color with a thick foamy head
formation and a rather unpleasant nose that smells more of corn than barley
malt. The palate is watery with just a tinge of malt flavor, which has to
compete with the distraction of vegetal corn flavor.
And in the finish? I still get more adjunct than malt, and no real hops to
speak of. The finish isnít really sweet or bitter. Rather, itís balanced
enough to make it very drinkable. Like water. Other than that, there isnít
much to really speak of here.
Even among boring, mainstream macros like
Miller , this really isnít a very good beer. Life is just too short to
drink cheap beer, and honestly, you deserve better. In fact, Busch is now
nothing more than an Anheuser-Busch bargain brand.
That said, I still remember coming home with ice-cold cases of Busch in my
youth. But we all know that with age comes wisdom, and today Iíd rather have
a single bottle of Thomas Hardyís than a case of Busch any time.