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Review: Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager

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We’ve been rather firm (but fair) in our assessment of Budweiser products. One of the largest beer producers in the world, Budweiser has been fighting the battle against the emergence of home brewers and micro-brewers as their share of the market has steadily increased over the last several years. The mass-produced iconic brand is synonymous with some generations as the King of Beers, and the Jester of Beers by others.

Which is what makes Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager a downright shocking, quality pour. This collaboration with Jim Beam (the beer was aged on Beam barrel staves) is one of the most drinkable new offerings the company has had in quite some time.

Plenty of vanilla, light herbs, and spice courtesy of the Beam barrels easily mix with the malt and lager traditionally associated with Budweiser. The body is certainly less watered down and less carbonated, and the usual after-effects commonly associated with the post-consumption phase were pleasantly absent. Had Budweiser opted to release this under their Goose Island, Breckenridge, or Elysian brands, Reserve Copper Lager could have very well won the hardest of hearts and palates of beer connoisseurs.

For a company with an endless abundance of marketing gimmicks in its arsenal (Oculto, anyone?), Budweiser hit all the right marks with this one. And for the price point, it currently delivers as the best option in its current core range.

6.2% abv.

B / $9 per six-pack / budweiser.com

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Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager

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Rob Theakston

Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

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9 Comments

  1. El Jefe October 5, 2018

    I’ll say this upfront: I’m no Budweiser fan. Never have been. However, I did like their American Ale when it was released.

    That said, I was completely open-minded when tasting this beer. I found it much too heavy for a lager. Had they made it with their American Ale I could have gotten on board with it. As it stands, not so much.

    I give it a C- rating.

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  2. Jeffrey Johnston November 1, 2018

    I like this but I will say this and I might be wrong but this tastes just like Busch Signature Copper Lager which they mysteriously quit making a couple months ago. I wonder if they rebranded it and changed the name to Budweiser and threw in that Jim Beam stokes to make more money. I could be wrong but for those who have tried both let me know what u think.

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  3. virgo May 17, 2019

    I thought the copper tasted similar to Bud “American Ale.” I think overall the AA was a little better. After tasting the “copper” , it was OK. I don’t believe it was worth the money. I much better beer is National Premium brewed by company in Delaware. It was brewed for many years in Baltimore. Thanks…

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  4. Anonymous July 3, 2019

    I can’t find this beer anymore.Has it been discontinued?

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    1. Christopher Null July 3, 2019

      Nope, it’s still on the market.

  5. mandy July 15, 2019

    Ive been told by our local distributor that this was one of several new beers in a series. the copper lager was seasonal and isn’t available any longer. if you know where I can find some, i’d appreciate you passing it along. it’s one of our favorites!!
    Thanks!

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  6. mandy July 15, 2019

    I have been told by our local distributor that the copper lager was part of a series that is being distributed and that the copper lager is not longer available, as it was “seasonal”. I’ve seen a few posts that say it’s still available…where??

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  7. mandy July 15, 2019

    can’t be shipped to my state!! GRRRR!!

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