Budweiser’s heartwarming Super Bowl 2013 commercial about a Clydesdale horse reuniting with his trainer has quickly become one of this year’s most popular game-day ads. Budweiser asked fans to help name the foal, and they announced the final name, ‘Hope,’ on Tuesday morning.
The beer company also released this extended version of the commercial, which is nearly twice as long as the version shown during the Super Bowl:
Hope is female, but she played a male Clydesdale in the commercial (all grown Budweiser Clydesdales are male). She is just 21 days old and weighs 200 pounds. When she grows up, she will weigh around 2,000 pounds, says USA Today.
The commercial, about a horse trainer's poignant reunion with a Clydesdale he had raised from birth, sparked instant emotional reactions from fans.
Actress Sophia Bush posted a teary-eyed photo of herself on Instagram with the caption, "Did @misslauramoses and I burst into tears during the Clydesdale commercial? Maybe...So What?"
Twitter user @Pauly_Miller confessed, "Trying to watch the game, but still sobbing from that Clydesdale leaving the farm commercial."
And another user @BMS_Chubbs tweeted, "I now want to raise a horse, sell it to @budweiser, miss him dearly, reconnect at a parade & share a passionate horse hug, thanks #clydesdales."
The heartwarming video topped USA Today's Ad Meter, which rates the popularity of Super Bowl commercials based on an open online survey. The commercial received a high score of 7.76 out of 10, followed closely by an ad for Tide Miracle Stain.
"Budweiser has done it again," tweeted Jimmy Fallon. "Well done."
In case you missed it, here is the original commercial that aired on game day: