Fresh off the release of Budweiser Reserve Black Lager made with Jim Beam Bourbon last September, Budweiser is at it again, this time dropping its first-ever golden lager infused with nitrogen gas. With notes of toasted caramel malt, Budweiser Nitro Gold has 5.0% alcohol by volume and a silky-smooth finish thanks to smaller and denser bubbles when compared to non-nitrogenized beer.
Unlike other beers, Budweiser actually recommends shaking their Nitro Gold — three times, to be exact. This helps spread the nitrogen gas bubbles throughout the beer. Then, you pour it straight down the middle of a glass.
Budweiser Nitro Gold is available in stores nationwide now and will be on shelves year-round.
So what makes Budweiser Nitro Gold and all the other nitro beers out there different from your standard beer?
According to craftbeer.com, saying a beer is “nitro” is a reference to the type of gas used in the carbonation process, with a typical nitrogenized beer containing about 70% nitrogen and 30% carbon dioxide.
Nitrogen is also insoluble (or incapable of being dissolved) in liquid, which — combined with a special piece of tap equipment known as a restrictor plate — contributes to the “thick” mouthfeel when drinking a nitrogen beer. The process of using the restrictor plate to force the beer through tiny holes before it lands in the glass causes the “rising” effect you see from the bubbles.