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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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5,018 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,018
Reviews: 1,352
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 37.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 616 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of michiganman48846
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Let's face it, this beer has very little taste (more like flavored water), and is marketed for girls who don't like the taste of beer. You are paying for the name and marketing. If you paid for taste, this stuff would be almost free. This is basically an image beer.

Photo of Andreji
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cristal clear headless pale golden tone with not very much to it....Slight hoppy smell not very elaborate or strong. Brutal taste, terribly weak and watery with some carbonation and some perception of hops at the end, but rather like dirty water than beer. I just wish there weren't so many in my fridge right now....

Photo of Tone
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A light amber color (almost too pale) that appears clear. A light head with little if no lacing. Weak lager flavor that is bitter in the aftertaste. Light, crisp mouth-feel and is a little too carbonated. Overall a beer the might be good for getting drunk but not too quickly. Not a beer too enjoy for flavor - would not recommend.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I guess this is beer... I can't really tell. Not much color, basically a light yellow. High carbonation, and a weak head when poured does not speak well for this brew. Flavor of... watery corn, and watery hops, with a hint of watery malt. Very watery, if you get my drift. Finished weak, with literally no aftertaste, except that of, you guessed it, water. Nothing good here, go with a Miller light if you must.

Photo of marc956
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The official beer of Winter Texan hockey, sometimes before, and seemingly always after. Not as strong a smell as regular Budweiser and significantly less calories. Tastes better in bottles than in cans (which is saying a lot) I don't find the metallic aftertaste good at all.

Photo of stephendr
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle- color of pale dark yellow , with a medium white short lasting head - sweet nose of sweet corn , hay , straw , and melon – crisp taste of melon , straw , mild bitterness , and xxx - body is crisp , dry , and medium to high carbonation – aftertaste of sweet yellow corn , and melon it is so unfortunate that this is one of the worlds best selling beers

Photo of pschul4
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz can into pint glass (dirtiest my pint glass has ever been)

A- Very light yellowish with pale white bubbly head that doesn't stick around very long

S- It smells like.. Shitty water? Not a lot of aroma but the ones I am smelling aren't good

T- Pretty bad but it could be worse. Honestly the watery-ness helps this beer out a lot. I'd much rather have a watered down beer than a beer that "has more [shitty] taste"

M- It feels like drinking a pop which is fine with me

O- Bad yes but it could be much worse (see miller lite)

Photo of jodmike2000
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bud Light what can I say this is a beer i have enjoyed many of times.
A. had a 12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.
color is very dull and clear a slight golden

S. not much here in the way of smell.

T. watered down taste maybe a hint of cereal.

M. slight carbonation but very easy to drink

O. Bud light is what it is a great beer to grab
a case and head to the lake.

Photo of lawman834
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Clear, Pale and Watery. Foamy head.

S: Weak. Kinda corny.

T: Real weak. Why bother? What little taste there is, taste like corn, not beer.

M: Watery. No character at all. Kinda fizzy.

D: Everyone else says that drinkability is the only strong suit in a Domestic Macro. I don't even find this stuff very drinkable. I always end up feeling crummy, especially the next day (do they put laxative in this stuff?).

Overall: Seriously, why bother? I'm not just being mean. If your just trying to get hammered, drink a few shots or something. Maybe drink one of those flavored malt beverages, at least it has some flavor.

Photo of spointon
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this one on tap at the Auld Dubliner pub in Bolingbrook, IL. It was $1 draft macro night...

A= This one poured a very clear pale yellow color with a faint skim of white head that quickly disappeared.

S= Almost the absence of aroma. Very clean with a slight sweetness.

T= Malt presence was barely detectable. Hops were not detectable at all. Faint sweetness in the light graininess.

MF= Crisp, watery and thin, light bodied.

D= Easily drinkable in the sense that there are no "bad" flavors to slow you down. In fact, there aren't really any flavors to get in the way.

Photo of WYVYRN527
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

This is the beer of choice of my friends. It pours pale yellow, almost looking like fizzy piss. All I smell is water with a faint hint of beer flavor. The taste is crisp, yet bland. There is not much to say about this beer. The mouthfeel is non-existent. It's there and gone before you know it. Drinkability is good though. If you want to watch a ballgame, get it, you can actually stand the agony of defeat if you have enough of these...

Photo of ElCommodoro
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer is more watery than Busch. I really couldn't discern a taste from it. It poured a transparent bright yellow with a bone white head that disappeared quickly. It smelled like carbon dioxide with a hint of cereal malt. When it came to taste, I couldn't taste a damn thing. I grabbed a bag of Cheezy poofs since I didn't want to sit around drinking what appeared to be yellow carbonated water. It went well with the Cheezy Poofs.

Photo of tittymcj
2.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured an extremely light pale yellow, with head that dissipates almost immediately. Very little lacing.

Smells like water with a little bit of corn-juice.

Tastes pretty awful. Very metallic and fake tasting. No hops, no malts, no fruits. A little corn flavor.

Very thin body, extremely light carbonation, almost no feel afterward.

Extremely drinkable, aside from the bad taste. Very thin and refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It's 7:30 on a Tuesday evening. We (the missus and I) are at Riverbend Music Center and who is performing in 30 minutes? None other than Boston. Got our spot picked out on the lawn, double-comfy chair deployed, complete with 2 drink holders in the middle. Time for the first brew. The first beer truck I see serves Bud Light. 'Is there any other beer in the house?'

'No sir, just the Bud Light'. That's probably not true, but time's a wastin' so I plunk down $11.50 (!) for 2 20-ouncers.

Appearance - Pale yellow, not a deep head, but a fairly foamy one, mostly in the center. Recedes to a film, but massive bubble replacement from below helps it maintain rather impressively. I'm not a Bud Light man, but on a mid-80's evening with high humidity, this beer looks pretty good.

Aroma - I picked up a whisper of an adjunct smell here and there, but the plastic cup smell actually gets in the way of trying to pick up much of anything.

Taste - Light, sweet taste of adjunct and fading malt. Big carbonation hit really cleans out the mouth of any other flavors. No hoppiness, but a little grassy. Very watered down, not a value at $6.00 per 20 ounces.

Mouthfeel - very alive on the bubbles, there. Crisp, clean, no depth - not unusual for a light beer.

Drinkability - man, at 6 bucks a beer, I gotta find regular Bud. For a first round, to quench the thirst and all, this does the trick, but after one, it's really time to shift gear into some higher octane brew. The evening's beer search continues with my Bud on-tap review, up next...

Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear straw color with a nice 2 inch head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing in a 16oz pub glass. As far as appearances go, this has a nice look to it.

Smell is not great. Mostly grains, maybe some yeast.

Taste is very watery. Get some grains with the crispness of a lager. Very watery.

Feel is watery but with a nice crispness and great carbonation. Next to looks, feel is the best part of this beer.

Overall, it is what it is. It is a great beer for when your hot, sweaty and need a thirst quencher. I drank this for the beginning of my adult life and many of my friends drink it, a lot of it. I will take one of these if it left at my house or a friend swaps one of these for one of my more tasty brews but I surely would not buy it.

Photo of Brettster
2.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

This is what it is. It is not a heavy beer that you can drink lots of. This is the way to go if you have a party and need tons of beer. It pours a golden yellow with a white foamy head. Lots of carbonation. Not much taste or mouthfeel. It is a drinkable beer.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
2.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Drank straight from a 355ml can

A: I split the can with my grandfather so i did get a look at it. Pale straw color topped with a one finger head. Retention was mild and lacing actually wasn't bad.

S: I couldn't get anything out of the can but perhaps thats not fair as most of my other reviews have been out of a bottle.

T: Very adjuncty. By this I mean the flavors of rice and it seemed like there was corn even though Bud doesn't claim to use it. Fairly sweet and watery with absolutely no hop flavor or bitterness to be found. Very plain but nothing really disgusting in it.

M: Crisp and goes down easily. Very fizzy and almost seltzer like to an extent.

O: It's just a Bud light at the end of the day. I'm not going to say it was awful because really it wasn't. I feel like too many craft nerds like to rip on bud when it reality its not bad in flavor profile its just absent. Probably would never buy it but if offered it I have no real problem with it.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm reviewing this for a friend.

A: Pours a clear slightly gold color with a fizzy, fizzy head that dies down to a couple centimeters of head. Leaves no lacing. Has bubbles rising to the top.

S: Vegetable smells with a little bit of metallic edge. VERY little aroma. A little very light pils malt. skunky.

T/M: Taste has more body. Has a decent malt core, but very little hopping at all, though I didnt expect it. Carbonation actually isnt too bad, just enough that it tingles a little over the palate but it goes down smooth and is 'drinkable' (haha). A little bit of sugary/corn meal sweetness. not complex in flavor at all, but thats not what the beer is about. Has a little bit of sweet bread in the malt profile and thats about it. Finishes watery and without a lingering aftertaste whatsoever.

Overall its a drinkable beer good mostly only for super hot days outside or for drinking easily in bulk. Not as caustic on the palate as most reviews suggest.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess for a light beer it's not bad. Pours with almost no head, light straw color. Taste is of watered down grains. Hops are played out if at all present in taste. A distinct pungent chemical like taste pervades. I found myself longing for a regular Bud, which indicates just how bad this stuff is.

Photo of Kylito87
2.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay I know what I have here in my hand. I am only doing this review because this is the first beer that I tried as a lad and I remember it being something I used to enjoy. Then the transformation happened I moved up to regular Bud and then from there to imports and then again to craft. This beer will always have good memories attached to it even if it does suck, That being said that if I had to pick an american macro now it would be PBR. I also found a bottle of Miller Lite that I am going to review side by side with this one. So Heres We Goes.

Appearance- Piss yellow with a starch white head that fades into a slick. very minimal spotty lacing.

Smell- I was never the type to smell my beer before I became a BA so I never smelled Bud-Light before. It has this slightly skunky sickly sweet character to it. I can't make out any hop aroma here. It is also pretty grainy but nothing else stands out.

Taste- There isn't much to speak of here. It has a kind of grainy of biscuity taste with a slight malt taste. Nothing that stands out but nothing offensive either. It is clean and I guess refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Watery and carbonated that is about all I can say.

Drikability- I have been known to take down a twelve pack of these pretty easily. That is the only redeaming quality here well that and they are pretty cheap. They don't fill you up so you can keep on pounding them. Which my beer pounding days are over any way.

Overall- It makes me a little nastalgic sometimes about the time I spent with this beer but it isn't anything special. I can't believe I actually used to like this stuff. I mean it isn't the absolute most horrendouse beer I have had but if I had to order the macro lights it would be probably on top of Busch Light, Miller Lite, and Coors Light. I know it is hard to compare beers that are almost identical but there are a few subtle things I like about this one compared to the other clones.

Photo of gatornation
2.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from a 16 0z can

A- light yellow with an ok white head no lacing crystal clear..but this is what it is supposed to look like

S- wet rice and malt

T- adjunct tastes,rice corn and malt

M- fizzy carbonation,crisp on the palate,not bad but little taste

O- good if you are at the beach in 100 degree sun but otherwise skip it

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
2.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing this for what it is, an American Adjunct lager. Pours out very pale gold with not much of a head, which disappears quickly. Smell and taste are both unremarkable, but that is to be expected from a beer of this type, produced for the masses. Drinks just fine, finish is ok, but highly non-remarkable. Hot summer day? Ballpark? Backyard shenanigans with friends and/or family...? This will do....

Photo of JamesS
2.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a very light straw color, little head and no lacing. Has almost no scent, just an extremely light floral/malty scent. Almost no taste, either, an extremely bland beer. Went down very smooth, though.

Every beer has its place. I got this last night at the hotel buffet. It was free and the only beer available. It did a pretty good job of quenching my thirst and getting me ready to have better beer later on.

Photo of gaahvey
2.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a 16 oz. Pint Glass.

Aroma - almost non-existent. Slight smell of harvested corn.

Appearance - its a bud light... very clear. large white head that quickly dissipates.

Taste - watery and alcoholic

Mouthfeel - very thin body. a lot of carbonation.

Overall, its a light american lager. There's not much else to say, its party beer.

Photo of Vancer
2.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Heck, for a all day Mardi Gras in St. Louis, it's not that bad. Not much taste, but is drinkable for the duration.Must have been a million cans of this stuff drank on Saturday. If someone gives me one of these, I'll certainly drink it. I try not to actually buy it too often, there are much more flavorable ones on the market.

Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 5,018 ratings.