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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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1,368 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,368
Hads: 5,442
Avg: 1.92
pDev: 73.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 1,090 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. Its superior drinkability and refreshing flavor makes it the world’s favorite light beer.
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Reviews: 1,368 | Hads: 5,442
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Brilliant straw color. 1 finger head lasting a minute.

Bitter flavors of corn and slightly sugary. Almost no taste.

Light body with excessive carbonation. No personality.

Overall : Fresh dirty water.

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Photo of pwoods
1.19/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Tried a 12oz. can that I stole from a buddy during the recent UFC fight. Most of my friends are used to me bringing over 'weird beer' but man did I get some weird looks when I grabbed a bud light, poured it into a glass and started scratching notes, lol.

A: Bright straw yellow with perfect clarity. Lots of lightly carbonation pulls up a big head but it fizzes out quickly. A touch of lacing to start then nothing.

S: Super sweet smelling corn and carbonation.

T/M: Pretty much the same. Isn't bud made from rice? Tastes like grainy corn. Carbonation keeps things light but makes ya burp way too much.

D: I'd normally give something of this style a bit of a break with the drinkability since it's so light and easy to drink... but I don't want to drink this. This is probably the worst of the worst. I did, however, enjoy another one later in the evening. This beer is only good for Louisville Chugger. Man, I did not respect beer that night, lol.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.18/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ordered a Miller Lite at some rat hole in East Dubuque and was given this by mistake. Can you believe they charge a buck more a bottle for this over ML? Well, that’s supply and demand for you.

Appearance: near nothingness. Palest yellow possible unless you are perhaps Green Light or Ultra. No head, extremely aggressive, coca-cola like carbonation.

Aroma: Nothing, maybe a little grain.

Taste/MF: Light bodied. Very dry, crisp, and carbonated similar to gaseous water. Mild bitterness. Nearly no malt. Perhaps a hint of corn. Very repugnant feel overall. Too carbonated. Burns the back of the throat.

Drinkability: As bad as it gets. Drinking one is very, very trying.

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Photo of king75
1.18/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looks like an extremely watered down beer, extremely translucent.

Can smell the hops, but they seems to be diluted, smells kind of skunky.

This is by far the WORST beer I have ever tasted. It taste like water, mixed with alcohol, and just a trace amount of hops. It has a light feel to it, but feels slick on the palate.

Notes: If I go to a party and this is what they are drinking, I'll go without.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
1.18/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

i hate his beer. as anything 'bud' seems to give me a headache (even just one), this one follows suit, but seeing as it's so watered down, it gave me less of a headache, so bonus points, i guess. basically, this looks and smells like the toilet water i just pissed in. not that i'd know, but i can't imagine this tastes much better wither. just plain awful. like water mixed with chemicals or something. no real beer flavouring here at all, save for a bit of graininess, perhaps. keep this one away from me.

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Photo of drizzam
1.18/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Have you seen American Pie 2 when Shifler was laying back blindfolded and the girl was going to feed him champagne but was knocked out by a falling flower pot...and then the guy on the balcony relieves himself all over shiflers face?? Well, I think that drinking Bud Light is a similar experience. The taste is of a mild urine quality (I'm guessing that's what urine tastes like) with a twang of aluminum can for an aftertaste. The only nastier beer I have drank is Skol somewhere overseas. A good inbred hillbilly beer though...

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Photo of UnderPressure
1.16/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bright, brilliantly clear. Pale, pale yellow. Momentary fluffy white head.

Very light pilsner malt aroma. Kind of sour (in a not so good way.)

Water and bubbles are the primary flavors. Slight "flavor" on the back end. Really not much going on with the flavor.

Carbonation is way too high. Thin bodied mouthfeel.

Every American has had Bud Light. Mega corporate swill. We all know the worst beers are the most popular.

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Photo of Dikfour
1.16/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

On tap to a shakey pint.

Look: Crystal clear straw in color. Head? Bwahahahaha! Lacing? Hahahaha! It does have a nice steady carbonation, though.

Smell: Smells exactly like stale water.

Taste: Pale malt. And that's about it.

Feel: Carbonation is fun. Body is non existent. Like the old joke goes, "fucking near water"

Overall: Augustus the first would be sad. Doesn't matter because he is turning over in his grave ever since the hostile take over. Good job InBev!

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Photo of Zorro
1.16/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours an over carbonated pale yellow.

Smell is nothing, not even a whiff of yeast, hop is completely absent.

Taste is a little sweet, and that is all, not even a Cornflake taste.

Mouthfeel is present only because it is really over carbonated.

Drinkable as in seltzer water.

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Photo of Arinthos
1.16/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Normally I would at least give a breakdown of the different qualities of a beer during these reviews... but... This is not beer by any stretch of imagination. uhmmmm it'll get you drunk thats about the only thing kinda positive and it's pretty clear but the rest is straight swill. I'm sorry for wasting space on this review but please stay away if nothing else let this be a public service warning.

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Photo of clint1019
1.16/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Can this even be considered a beer? The German purity law doesn't say anything about Rice or other additives.

Has a straw color with a light fluffy head.

Cannot smell much of anything.

Not sure how to decribe the taste. It's almost as if I rinsed out a empty beer bottle and drank the water inside instead of dumping it down the sink. It has a slight beer taste to it, but mostly water. And you can forget about any kind of hop bitterness. The big 3 have always promoted that bitterness is something that is bad in a beer,so you can forget about any kind of hop bitterness in this one.

Thin watery mouthfeel.

Overall this is a terrible beer. I wouldn't even consider this a consumption beer. There are much better watered down beers that you can consume in large quantities if that's what your looking for.

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Photo of AltBock
1.16/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I got this on-tap for only .90 a 12oz at a local bar. Someone got this for me and it's a good thing because this stuff was bad. It poured a very pale yellow color with an inch of foam that dissipated very fast. No smell what so ever and if there was anything, I'm sure as hell didn't smell it. The taste and mouthfeel were both bland and watery. It's sad that a bottle of water has more taste than this beer on-tap. Since this beer is cheap, affordable, low in alcohol, and everywhere, you drink alot of this stuff. But I can't see why anybody would do that.

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Photo of sliverX
1.16/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

poored from a 16oz PLASTIC bottle that my roommate brought home from a bar due to intoxication, some how this is lighter than straw in color with no head whatsoever
Smell what smell???
taste even for a light beer this has no taste, I mean waters on par with this
mouthfeel is light and holy hell carbonation... gross
drinkability yea their commercials lie this isn't drinkable or even passing off as drinkable

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Photo of gotbeer
1.16/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Three words. Fizzy. Yellow. Piss.

I'm sorry, but that is the best description I can give this beer. Just plain tasteless and bad. Stay away if you care about your taste buds.

I can't understand how this sells well. It is unfortunate that many people have been conditioned to think that this is the 'king of beers'. People simply don't know what they are missing drinking this alcohol water. Any calories you save by drinking this are marginal, and you lose the ability to enjoy any taste.

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Photo of Surefire
1.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Barely slightly yellow
S: Smells like water. Only a hint of beer.
T: Tastes like cheap beer flavored water.
M: Watery, no substance.
D: Drinkable, but so is water. Why not just buy water?

Overall: To my tastes, it tastes like water, with only a slight hint of beer flavors. I'd rather just either buy water, or a Michelob (if limited to macros). Can't see any reason to drink Bud Light. Its drinkable, but doesn't offer any advantages over water.

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Photo of fps_dean
1.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Take Budweiser, the watered down beer that helped gave North American beer a bad name for many years piss in it and drink it. That's what Bud Light tastes like. Even looks a pale, foamy light yellow like someone pissed in a glass of Budweiser...

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Photo of tvazteca
1.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Yeah, so i didn;t have any cold beer when I got home. The Bruins are on and I wanted to drink a beer with my dumplings. The roommates have some Bud Light pounders in the fridge. You can really smell the machines when you take a good whiff of this beer. The color is of pale beer, the light actually comes through it, not blocking much of the beer. The glass casts a better shadow than the beer.
The taste is a weak lager, stript of malts, barley, and hops. If they use any of that, it's very hard to tell. The carbonation is way to strong and I almost taste the fizz more than the beer itself, it's tough cause I drink it as fast as I can. It feels almost rough on the tongue with it's over-carbonated-ness. Overall, Bud Light it just shit. But I'm drinking it. Take that for what it's worth.

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Photo of PatYoda
1.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The appearance is the best thing about this beer. It's sickly pale yellow but it does have some decent foam which sticks around on the edge of the glass awhile. It smells like very faint grassy hops. On to the taste.

...I'm still waiting - after my fifth or sixth sip I finally realized that there is no taste. Simply amazing. Body is nonexistant. This is the second worst beer I've reviewed to date.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
1.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah, Bud Light, it's been a long time since I had tried you. And yet, somehow last night, I ended up with one in my glass, and I said, what the hell, let's see where this goes. Sadly, it didn't go too far, as I simply couldn't get through it.

It pours a pale, straw colored yellow, almost the shade of urine. Vastly appealing, I assure you. The smell is the typical macro lager smell, which, is to say it's not appealing. Taste is barely there. I suppose one nice thing about it is that there isn't a lot of flavor packed into this beer. It's pretty bland, with the usual taste of corn and maybe a bit of malt, and probably some dirty water too. The mouthfeel is ok, I mean, it's carbonated well, and it's as thin as water.

As for drinkability, given the sheer number of people who do drink it, obviously it goes down easy, and you can drink a lot of them in a night. But, in terms of drinkability for flavor and for enjoying it, stay the hell away from this one.

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Photo of theJollySin
1.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - There is no head to this beer and it appears to be slightly yellowish water when poured into a glass. However, most people do not care enough for this beer to be poured into a glass, so it is nearly universally served in the can.

S - I don't know how they managed to make this smell so little like beer. The smell is unrecognizable to anything I've ever had home or microbrewed. The strongest smell is aluminium, even when poured out of the can. There is a pungent, unpleasant odor that doesn't quite remind me of hops, it's wrong some how.

T - Awful. That's the word. Even in my most decadent mood, I still can't finish an entire can of this beer. That is really saying something. The taste is a decided step down from water. I can think of no redeeming qualities of the taste.

M - Somehow this beer makes my mouth feel dryer, but not in a way that makes me want to drink more. It is a particularly hard beer to drink if you haven't spent years growing accustomed to it.

O - I believe the combination of mass brewing with low flavor ingredients like rice (to replace barley) and poorly cultured yeasts yield a massively inferior beer. This is truly the bottom rung of beer.

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Photo of biegaman
1.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

355ml can poured into a frosted pilsner glass, courtesy of the TBS Fund. This beautiful Sunday afternoon was filled with sunshine, hot weather and a spotless blue sky. A day of hard work was followed by relaxation: a steak bigger than my shoe, baseball, and (only because I'll never be in a better mood to try one) a Bud Light.

An incredible appearance! Much lighter in colour than even that of champagne. I mention in my review of Budweiser that it's only a shade or two lighter than water, well Bud Light is maybe HALF a shade (maybe!). It could NOT pass for yellow. The colour fascinates me. Wow. I've never - ever - even imagined a beer so light.

Also like champagne it has a flurry of bubbles that swirl about. Again I've never even imagined seeing so many bubbles in a beer. The head leveled off at an average height, though it did at one point exceed the two finger level. A pristine snow white and very creamy looking.

The aroma if far less impressive, repulsive in each and every way. Saturated corn adjuncts. Sweet and cloying. Heavy DMS. Gross. Awful. Beyond awful.

The mouthfeel is thin, watery and without texture. The aftertaste is astringent but short lived. Carbonation is low. This is exactly like water. Literally. If it weren't slightly wet I wouldn't know it was in my mouth.

There is no real taste to describe. Tasteless. I remember being offered a bottle once before and remarking how it tasted like bad cereal. Not this time... I can't taste much of anything, even the adjuncts. Not offensive only because there is no taste there to offend.

This review is in no way meant to be sarcastic. I reviewed this with complete objectivity and described the beer exactly as it was. What is most important to understand is that it was designed to be this way...

And I give credit to the people at Anheuser-Busch. They aim to make a product for people who don't like beer and indeed, they've succeeded. Light beer was introduced in the 1970's as a marketing attempt at expanding their demographic to women and health-conscientious people. To appeal to a wider market they needed to make a wider appealing product and did so by introducing a product with less flavour, less aroma, less alcohol...who doesn't drink water? This is something else...

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Photo of beersensei305
1.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This 'bber' pours very pale in color, almost completely see-through with almost no head. The head is white with no laceing after a short time. The beer has a sour sweet smell... odd. Very light sweetness to the taste, must be the rice, but has almost not desserning flavor. Smooth mouth feel. Utimately GROSS!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I haven't had much bad beer in my life; not since I was a teenager anyway. And I'm pretty sure that I've never had a 'light/lite' beer. Nevertheless, I'm fairly certain what this one will deliver. Or fail to deliver. Here goes...

Perfectly clear light straw. The head is pure white and looks cheap, if that's possible. Big bubbles form a fizzy, airy pillow that recedes very quickly (this beer lost its head faster than Louis XVI). Lace? Uh... no. The smell is pretty subdued, but still manages to be unpleasant. Smells like sour grain.

The taste is even worse than I'd imagined. My facial muscles can't help but form a grimace. This stuff is sour and watery in the extreme. Do they actually try to make it taste like this? How is this beer so popular? I'd like to be able to describe the flavor with more detail, but I can't make myself drink any more than a few mouthfuls. The rest is going down the kitchen sink drain.

The only reason this 'beer' doesn't get straight 1.0s is that I can imagine worse, namely the low-carb offerings like Michelob Ultra. I may never have the dis(pleasure) to actually taste and review them though, because I will not be spending my hard-earned money to abuse my palate like that. If someone gives me a bottle... maybe.

My Belgian-made pint glass is none too pleased with me right now for filling it with this vile liquid. And my kitchen sink drain isn't too happy either. The pint glass says that it may forgive me if a Storm King Stout is in its immediate future.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
1.14/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer tastes like carbonated pool water.

It pours a flat near colorless liquid.
Smells like its chlorinated. Tasted like it too. Kinda left a metallic feel behind.

How could you even get buzzed off of this beer? Is there even alcohol in it? Is this high fructose corn syrup beer safe to drink? What the hell is this crap? Its my life goal to avert people from drinking this thinking its beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.13/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a very light yellow color lager with small bubbly head with not much retention. Aroma of adjunct and little else. Taste is very light indeed, similar to water with bit of corn in there. Body is so thin it’s unbelievable. Hard to believe but being stuck between the regular Bud and this, I would go with Bud.

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Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
48 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.