Budweiser Harvest Reserve

Missouri
United States
Budweiser Harvest Reserve, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Budweiser Harvest Reserve is a deep golden lager, brewed with 100% barley malt. Each batch is brewed with All-American barley from each harvest, toasted longer for a bolder taste and a crisp hoppy aroma that finishes smooth.
Budweiser Harvest Reserve will be available for the harvest season in Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska, and their surrounding areas
Budweiser Harvest Reserve uses 100% American grains from family farms. Budweiser proudly funds programs to educate, train, and grow the next generation of U.S. Family Farmers.

Profile

ABV: 
5.4%
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Budweiser Harvest Reserve by Anheuser-Busch InBev is an American Lager and is being evaluated as an American Lager (category 1B from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). American Lagers are known for their light flavor profile, low bitterness and high attenuation. Harvest Reserve is brewed with a 100% barley grist and was co-created with Anheuser-Busch’s family of barley farmers.

Harvest Reserve pours dark golden in color with a crystal clear clarity and a small finely-beaded, off-white head. The aroma is prominently malty with a moderate-light bready maltiness; no hops or esters are evident. The flavor is again prominently toasted and bready malt with just a hint of spicy hops. The bitterness is very low and the finish lingers with a light bready malt flavor. The beer is medium-light bodied, well-carbonated, clean and crisp. 

This is a well-brewed, crisp and clean lager. The color and malt intensity are a little high for the American Lager style but are welcomed. The malt flavor is well-done: toasted and bready with a hint of bread crusts but lacking any sweetness. A little more hop intensity would be welcomed to balance this increased malt intensity but perhaps that would push the beer towards a different style. Perhaps think of this beer as a light Helles Bock.