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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
47
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4,622 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,622
Reviews: 1,292
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 37.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 376 | 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:
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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Photo of chilidog
2.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a couple cans at a wedding only to re-try this for this was a pre-BA brew for me some many years back. I've come along way since only to wonder how this mass-produced light straw colored little beer holds such a large market share. It pours so clear you can see through it, as its pouring! The head is white and fizzy. It fades very fast to not even a thin film. The body is weak and lace is wispy if at all. Hops & malt, don't even go there, for not much to be found. A slight bitter, dry finish with some alcohol kick, if you drink enough of them. That must be the mass appeal.

chilidog, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of acevenom
2.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours the color of yellow straw with an abundant white head. The head dissipates after a few sips, but it leaves some head lacing on top. Not much lacing is left on the glass. There are plenty of streaming bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass, indicating abundant carbonation. It looks like a typical American adjunct lager. The aromas are not very strong, but I pick up some sweetness. I don't pick up much else.

I had this ice cold. There isn't much of a hops presence in this beer, but it is there. I pick up flavors of adjuncts that tend to override the taste of the light barley malt, which is there. It's slightly sweet and the flavor is pretty clean and crisp overall if not a bit thin. This is about what you'd expect from a light lager because you know you're not getting a full flavored beer. Some of the flavors homogenize as it warms up, so you want to drink this pretty quickly. The mouthfeel is very light and somewhat watery. It's the sort of mouthfeel you'd expect with a light lager.

Light lagers are not my favorite style, but every beer deserves a fair review. It's not an awful beer by any means, but it's not a good beer either. It's below average and there are better, less expensive brands of light lagers. If you like light lagers, you could do better than Bud Light.

acevenom, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of SFGuy187
2.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had one the other night because that was all that was available. I'd forgotten how watery a beer can be, and yet not be water. Mild and slightly sweet, a beer designed for mass consumption by the masses. When I drink Bud Light, I feel as if my soul has been sacrificed to the Gods of mediocrity.

SFGuy187, May 12, 2011
Photo of jharmon
2.08/5  rDev +12.4%

jharmon, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
2.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color that's more on the straw side. Standard white head about a finger or two. Tastes very weak, very thin and watery with hints of corn husk and rice with just a small amount of almost unnoticeable hops. Standard mouthfeel. Drinkability is very high seeing that this is borderline carbonated water.

AdmiralDiaz, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of berserker256
2.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Transparent foamy and urine-like in appearance. Typical shameful presence of corn, metal, dirt, and hay found within the aroma and taste. Very light and watery. Decent carbonation. Easy to drink just like water is but the taste is very mediocre. If somebody's buying these all night at a bar I'll drink them because they're free but I don't buy them myself. It's better than no beer at all... And that's about it.

berserker256, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.07/5  rDev +11.9%

Bud Light. Bud Light. It's so popular I said it twice. Ask me again, I won't be so nice.

Bud Light is the #1 brewski around these parts, and also in most of the US I assume. What's so great about it? What's so not great about it? I'll crack a bottle and hash out the details...

Serving style : 12 oz glass bottle, poured into Miller Fortune glass (there's an idiosyncrasy)

Appearance (1.5) : Pale straw-like color with minimal head that disintegrates rapidly. Lots of bubbly carbonation.

Smell (2.5) : Rice malts, A little floral, faint copper. Lots of sweetness. Clean water. Reminiscent of Budweiser. A good bouquet.

Taste (2.5) : Smooth and crisp. Fairly delicious. Super carbonated, belches come almost immediately. Nothing specific pops out in the flavor, so I'm reaching a little when I say I taste corn, husks, a little malt, and some residual grain sweetness. A smokey metallic penny flavor wraps it up in the finish. So there's nothing really offending here.

Bud Light is hard to hate because there's so little to it. There's no flavors to point at and say "that's not right". Without much there, there's not much to criticize. All's well that ends well.

Mouthfeel (1) : Spiky, painful carbonation. Drinks like a brick. Leaves a slightly pasty dry finish.

Overall (2.07) : I know why people buy this stuff, it's because there's almost nothing to be offended at and it drinks like a soda. When you have no taste, there's less chance of bitterness or off-notes. The longer you brew a beer, the more broken down it gets, and thus you have "light" beer. I far prefer the full taste of Budweiser over a Bud Light, about 10 to 1, but Bud Light isn't half bad if you're looking for a refreshing drink for the crowd that no one will object to. Best beer ever? That would be ludicrous. Best beer for frat parties? That might even be stretching it. Best beer for beer-ignorant taste-challenged rowdy boys and girls who sit around the bonfire sharing prepubescent humor and chasing tail - now that's more like it.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of BlitzShadow
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, "born on date" on the label for "freshness". I poured it into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours yellow but very pale... almost water-like. It's almost completely transparent with a 1/4" head.

Smell: Almost a grainy smell, but you really need to try hard to find it.

Taste: Light... very light. You can slightly taste the grain which presents itself and then backs away. Very dry finish and almost no hoppiness present at all. I will say that Bud does a great job of consistency for such a light beer. Nothing impressive to taste, though.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too impressive. Most of the action is due to the carbonation dissolved within.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not very fun. I got bored after number 2. I really want something with substance.

Notes: I'd pass on this.

BlitzShadow, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of EsoxLucius
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bud Light... guy i play hockey with usually brings these for drinking afterwards when anything would be drinkable. he tossed me a couple and i only finished one, put the other in my hockey bag to later fully assess this brew... i can honestly say i've never bought a bud light before, even with all the free t-shirt offers!

A: light, pale yellow. fast vanishing white head, virtually no lace.

S: sweet adjunct corn and grainy smell. not very strong smelling thank goodness. not skunky

T: uhm, tasted like the can might've leaked some metal into it, likely a production thing, but i'm not going to go out and get a bottle to see if it'd make a difference because i doubt it. it's not bitter, there's a slight bit of hops mixed with an easier detectable grainy taste. low on taste, high on fizz.

M: once the fizz is gone its very thin. one notch above feeling like water... as much as i love drinking water, this is supposed to be a beer.

D: it's drinkable/tolerable, but i'd need to be very, very thirsty.

sum up: they'd need to really entice me with some kind of value apart from the drink, like a free rapala crankbait and half-price, for me to consider buying it, definately a purchase for the 'lost' friends i've got and not for personal consumption.

final thoughts:

yet another yard work beer that can fall off the garden tractor without hard feelings.

EsoxLucius, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Expanding upon my review of the bottled version: On-tap it is still (and perhaps more if that is possible) watered down than the bottle version. There is less carbonation than the bottled version but still the same watered down beer. If it is the only beer available than go for it, but typically there will be something more appealing.

cjgator3, May 04, 2006
Photo of Gmann
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured crystal clear with some hints of golden color, 3 finger head that dissipated fairly quick and left some light lace. Smell was that of either corn or rice chex cereal, take your pick. Taste was not much of anything, sweet not related to anything in particular. Watery mouthfeel. I can drink tons of this stuff depending on the situation. I grew up drinking similar type products so this is very drinkable for me even though I don't drink this swill much anymore. It is what it is, a great cooler beer for tailgating.

Gmann, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The queen of beers,LOL. Well seriously I have been trying all of these to see what really makes them such great sellers. The only thing I can come up with is that they are cheap, and when cold go down like water. I guess this is for those who are drinking to get drunk. Anyway onward with my thoughts. Pale golden water with a whith fizzy head comes out of the bottle and into the glass. Head fades leaving nothing but the golden water and lots of visible carbonation. Smell was really not tere at all, maybe some slight rice or bread but nothing worth really noting on. The taste was even lighter then its original namesake, which is to be expected. Very light grain and rice flavors, malty with nothing else to add any complexity to it. This truly tastes like I am drinking water. Highly carbonated and served ice cold, I guess it could make a substitution for soda, but its just not something to drink to enjoy. It truly was light on everything.

mikesgroove, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Gusler
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Last sample 09/07/2000
The beer after spilling from the 12-ounce bottle sets in the glass a clear light yellow color with a minimal frothy bright white head that evaporates quickly leaving a thin bit of lace to coat the glass. Nose is malt, sweet and fresh with the start lightly malted and somewhat sweet, top is thin. Finish has a stern acidity and the hops light to the palate, fry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, and one I used to find enjoyable before I became addicted to over the top beers.

Gusler, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of gopens44
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Even though I have drank this beer in nearly every delivery form (once out of a ceremonial "plunger" at Osan AB, Korea even) I chose "can" since this beer's only purpose is to satisfy the needs of one at a real beer pounding event, like before a NASCAR race, tailgating, large "get drunk" gatherings, etc.

A - Pale wee color if you made your wee with a dehydration rate of about 20%. I've seen more head on a glass of mineral water.

S - A little bit of smell that can actually make you thirsty for better beer. Kninda like getting a fleeting whiff of steak, then seeking out steak. There may be some hint of hops there, but it is almost immediately overwhelmed by the adjuncts used in the process

D - Like mentioned above, for heavy pounding only. If you seek out to drink this beer for taste alone, and are not dissatisfied, you really have no idea what good beer should taste like. This beer tastes a little like soured Perrier, if that's possible. There are hints of things that have a flavor, but I am not certain what those things were at one time.

M - It's wet...

D - Once again, for large scale drinking. Think "cooler" while floating down a river in a tube... No big deal if you spill some, don't want to get too wasted, good for chugging when you are thirsty. I do have these in my fridge most any time for friends and family that don't understand the whole "good beer" concept. I myself will even down a few early in the day when I haven't "committed" to actually drinking yet.

gopens44, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of ghurux86
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

hah i actually poured this in a glass. very light yellow, very clear. no head at all even though my pouring encouraged it.
smells like nothing. water with a very small hint of yeast or hops or corn or something, it is so faint i can't tell.
tastes like water with little yeast, suprisingly there is a very small hint of hops in the end.
mouthfeel is bad too. watery, overly carbonated.
despite how bad this is, i find it drinkable. due to it's watery characteristic and low ABV i could probably drink it all night, would i drink something else instead? yes, but would i drink this all night if the fridge was stocked? yep.

ghurux86, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz can poured into a pilsner glass (I know, fancy, right?) at refrigerator temperature.

L - Pale straw color with a 3-finger fizzy white head. Better retention than I was expecting but still not terrific. Nearly no lacing. Lots of bubbles.

S - Slightest hint of bready malt but mostly corn and other grains (slight wheat smell). No hop aroma present.

T - Water with a little bit of bready malt and corn. But really, mostly water. One plus is that it doesn’t have a bad taste like some light or adjunct lagers - it just has no taste.

F - Very light-bodied, lots of fizzy carbonation, crisp and dry finish. Refreshing.

O - Hey, it could be worse. At least it doesn’t smell or taste “bad” like some other light/adjunct beers. It mostly tastes like water. One plus is that it is pretty refreshing due to the light body and carbonation. If you ever find yourself at a frat party, tailgate, wedding, etc. where all they have is light lagers, this isn’t a terrible choice. Alcoholic water has its time and place.

BlackBelt5112203, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of skiboy
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Like many, I drank a Bud light because it was the only choice at a gathering. There is really nothing to be said for this bland brew -- it completely lacks any presence or complexity. BL tastes faintly beer-like, but definitely not malty or hoppy, although there is a cold well-carbonated crispness. It's sad that BL reflects the quintessential american beer taste.

skiboy, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of robboyd
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

It's bud light. What do you expect? It serves its purpose from time to time, mainly during or tailgating sporting events and when playing drinking games like beer pong.

For some reason, when I think about what beer tastes like, bud light is immediately what comes to mind. Probably from sneaking sips from my dad's can when I was young and being disgusted by the sharp bitterness that beer is to an untrained palate. In hindsight, that statement seems almost ridiculous as this beer is as close to water as beer can possibly be. There is no taste, no characteristic that defines this beer. It simply is and I'll continue to drink it in the manner I listed above.

robboyd, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank out of a tall boy can. Color was pale and clear. Minimal head, lacing and film.

Smells was corn, bready malts. Metallic smell as well.

Tasted light corn malts, followed by a carbonated, dry ending,

Light body. Average carbonation. Refreshing, crisp and clean. Some bubbles on the roof of my mouth. Watery taste.

When it comes to cheap beer, this is in my top two. Great for beer games.

BucannonXC5, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of meatmallet
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light yellow with no head left, just a small ring around the edge.

S: Very light hopps and nothing more.

T: Like water with a touch of beer added. Lots of carbonation and a bad aftertaste.

M: Carbonated yet flat. How do you pull that off?

D: Not again

meatmallet, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of greenmonstah
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

can poured into a Perfect Pint.

A - Crystal clear yellow with two fingers of frothy white head. Dissipates surprisingly quickly.

S - Sweet corn, clean. No actual character.

T - Sweet corn again, with a mild grainy finish. No hops or defined malt character.

M - Light body, with a mild finish. Very uneventful and boring.

O - Bleh. Better than Coors at least.

greenmonstah, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of CrellMoset
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of a friend, poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: An incredibly light, pale straw yellow - completely and entirely crystal clear - with tons of big, fizzy bubbles. A rather aggressive pour yielded a half-finger, snow white head that faded incredibly fast, leaves barely any film, practically no ring of lace, and absolutely no lacing on the sides of the glass. Like the urine of a well-hydrated man. Or woman.

Aroma: Pale, plain, simple sweetness with a corny edge. There are a few chemically notes as well, vegetal perhaps. Nothing unpleasant, but no complexity, no depth, no hop presence of which to speak. It's just not very good.

Taste: A faint, almost imperceptible bitterness that in any other beer would be absolutely unnoticeable more than holds its own against a pale, cereal grain sweetness. Definite notes of corny sweetness. No hop presence. Not much of anything.

Mouthfeel: Way too overcarbonated, leading to a rough, uneven, fluffy, bubbly mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Decently drinkable, but I'd prefer water. It's not unpleasant or offensive, nor harsh or chemically, it's just not very good. Pass on this one.

CrellMoset, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of tem3175
2.04/5  rDev +10.3%

tem3175, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Bzash
2.04/5  rDev +10.3%

Bzash, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
2.03/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

341ml bottle. At a loud metal concert, I find myself very thirsty, and with the option of paying 3 bucks for a bottle of water, or 5 for this particular beer. So, went my thought pattern, when else will I have a chance (or desire) to review Bud Light? Two birds with one stone, as it were. The bottle is actually quite decent looking, sleek. At least I was able to get a glass to go with it.

This beer pours a crystal clear, very pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of thinly foamy, weakly puffy bone white head, which disappears rather hastily in front of my eyes, leaving little beyond a small spray of specked lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells, well, the few times that I've been able to discern an aroma from water, well, that's what this smells like - maybe that water was a little too hard, and should be tested at the same rate - very faint, musty grain is all I'm really getting now. The taste is pretty much thin corn syrup, the water left over after straining rice, and nothing else, hops or otherwise.

The carbonation is quite anemic, the body thin and lightweight, by design, and smooth by the same boardroom paradigm. It finishes generally off-dry, a subtle grainy sweetness messing with an otherwise straight up filtered water experience.

Well, it sure goes down, like, um, you guessed it. I can't fault this for tasting bad, as it really is the picture of flavour neutrality, like too many other widely available products that I will refrain from naming here. What I can't seem to grok is drinking a case of these over an evening's activities - I'd much prefer a few well-made strong drinks, with unadulterated water in between.

biboergosum, Nov 28, 2008
Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 4,622 ratings.