Review: Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager (Jim Beam Beer)

I was thinking of doing a Skunksworth's Barleyslime review for this beer but I have no sense of humour today after being exhausted from drinking a bit too much wine last night. This review is dedicated 100% to Oni over at Today I'm checking out Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager, AKA the Jim Beam beer.

"Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager is an American lager-style beer, brewed with two-row barley and aged on Jim Beam bourbon barrel staves. The charred American oak staves, which previously served as barrels aging Jim Beam for four years, create a toasted oak aroma, while the beer has a deliciously nutty taste with caramel rye and vanilla notes and the classically smooth Budweiser finish."

Appearance: I had completely different expectations for what this beer was going to look like. I was expecting it too look like your typical Budweiser lager - light golden straw with a lot of carbonation and bit of a white head on top. This actually looks like an autumny-themed bock as it's red with a bit of a nutty brown hue to it. It still does have a lot of carbonation taking place in the body, but the head is a very creamy yellowish beige head on top. Seriously a mind fuck when I first started pouring it.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness, a bit of a nuttiness, notes of raisins, and a hint of bourbon. Not really noticing any woodiness from here so far but this honestly doesn't smell bad.. shocker?! I know! Very bock-like so far.

Taste: Quite sweet and bock like. There's a heavy dose of caramel in every sip. There's a bit of a nuttiness, followed by a hint of wood from the staves. The beer has a hint of raisin to it and a very very subtle hint of a burn that would be reminiscent of the burn from the burn from the Bourbon but I'm not really getting any Jim Beam Bourbony notes in it.. but actually when the beer warms up a bit, I kind of do. The aftertaste is slightly woody with a bit of caramel to it.

Overall Thoughts: Better than expected, basically your typical red lager or bock - it has a lot of sweetness to it, to the point that it lingers on the tongue for a good amount of time. Pretty much reminiscent of anything of this style for me. Will I buy this again? If this is an option at a chain restaurant/pub chain and there's no good craft beer... I actually might, but there's too many better beers out there so I probably won't. Much better than their regular Budweiser beer.

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