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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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1,388 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,388
Hads: 5,530
Avg: 1.92
pDev: 73.96%
Wants: 52
Gots: 1,156 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Missouri, United States | website

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: 1,388 | Hads: 5,530
Photo of Gstarkey
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What is really funny is that for some years now i have been drinking this beer and within the last year or so i have been getting really into craft beers and visiting local breweries enjoying excellent beer. Having doing this i don't think i can really go back to this beer if i really tried!. It really just seems to taste like carbonated water to me. Having said this i will go ahead and rate this beer.

It pours a bright, clear golden yellow color. Lots of bubbles shooting to the top. The head doesn't really stick around. There is a very very slight malt and hop aroma to it and really isn't too
impressive. The taste is like a mentioned before which is very carbonated and very watery.

It is really hard for me to absolutely hate this beer having pretty much drank it most of my adult life but now having tasted so many excellent and shall i say "real" beers. This one is definitely at the bottom for me.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

pissy pale yellow head dissipates quickly

highly carbonated light beer stench

one of the wateriest beers i have ever tasted

no mouthfeel. terrible

awuful bottom line. no reason to drink this. hamms is cheaper

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Photo of jaslesp
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a very low quality beer. Of course it is a light lager and that's what we get but it is below average. Still it is not enough even tough it is a light lager. There is no smell almost and no taste. It is a little to watery too. it is alcoholic water.

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Photo of Jesse13713
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Only picked this up because I havent had it in a long time and it was in a cool looking St. Patrick's Day aluminum bottle.

Appearance - The lightest and most transparent beer I've ever seen. It looks like I combined 95% water with 5% apple juice in a glass. Pours with a decent head that fades away in seconds flat. No lacing or froth remains at all. Average carbonation.

Smell - It just smells like dirty dishwater. No presence of hops or ethanol. It just plain smells dirty.

Taste - Like the smell: dirty. It tastes like water with flavoring. The attractive bottle design couldn't save this one. A very unpleasant malty aftertaste. I'm wasting calories on this one.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - I really tried to enjoy this for what it is. But it was impossible. Bud light is my least favorite American Adjunct Lager. It lacks taste. Not just some taste. Any taste. But apparently that's how the majority of people like their alcohol these days. I will never try this again; even if they have a bright metallic orange bottle for halloween. I'm only out $1.29 or so. But I wish I could get it back. Sorry to be so harsh; but this beer just isn't worthy of anything more.

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Photo of cptnjck101
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer is what's wrong with America. Hands down the worst of the "big three". Second in sales only to it's equally terrible big brother. I was out with the guys and they had $3 pitchers of this stuff so I had little choice but to get it, as my friends are all near broke. We ended up downing at least 10 pitchers of this swill and while it got the job done, I think I'll man up and spring for the good stuff next time, even if I'm alone in doing so.

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Photo of PDXHops
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 ounce can, poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a very pale gold with a fizzy half-finger head that quickly disappears. The only signs of life are the occasional scattered bubbles brought to the surface by some lazy carbonation.

Smells like a concoction of 50% water, 50% big brother Bud. Other than some very light grain, very little to stimulate interest here.

Metallic bitterness and carbonation seem to be the two primary flavors. Very dry, with a club soda element in the fizz, right down to what seems to be a bit of saltiness. All the better to stimulate repeated consumption, no doubt.

A waste of a perfectly good aluminum can.

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Photo of NickRivers
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A&S - Really nothing there, mostly urine-like aroma and appearance, very pale lots of straw, light corn on the nose.

T&M - Very clean and crisp, not much flavor, goes down extremely easy.

O - A pass in my opinion.

Nothing to say that hasn't been said. I love me some Land Shark when it comes to adjunct lagers. Just a little more flavor than a Corona, perfect for the Mexican favorite, a cool refreshing Michelada.

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Photo of spoons
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ahhh bud light.

a 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A very pale yellow body with a fizzy white head. Head dissapates very quickly. Lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

The smell is virtually non existant. A little wet malt if you go serching for it but definitely not strong y any means.

Tastes of cold carbonated water with no real defined flavor. Very carbonated and fizzy on the tongue. Not a very good beer but if you need to drink 20 of something this is it.

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Photo of yen157
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Absolute worst of the american macro-lights. Very, very, very pale. Very pale. It was only a little grainy smelling, that's it. Not really any malt to speak of, and as for hops, the only hops this beer had in it is some that my have diffused through the packaging from some good beer it was sitting next to on the shelf. Very carbonated. Like soda water with yellow food coloring. The only reason I got this was because it was the cheapest 6-pack in the store. This was also the reason for the drinkability not being "aweful".

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Photo of Metallix6403
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

22oz bottle, freshness date on the bottle, poured in to a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear...with a tint of yellow. A finger of white head that fades rather quickly. Not much lace to speak of.

Smell - I can't find any thing....a little touch of hops....maybe....

Taste - Like the aroma, there isn't anything there....Can you give a negative for no taste?

Feel - No substance here, just liquid. I cant say it is repulsive so....

Drinkability - Not much point to drinking even one.

Final Thoughts - Had one at a friends house as this is all he drinks....His conversion is in process...For anyone else, just dont bother...

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Photo of clayrock81
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The worst beer I've ever had. I am only rating this for guys who might be in my position - you're at a sports bar or something, so you know the only thing foreign on the menu is french fries (or are they still freedom fries?) and that the darkest beer in the place is a Guiness. You just want a beer or two, something light so you're not bloated the next day and you see this on tap. Don't! I think if Crayola combined yellow and clear they'd come up with this color. As for the smell, none except grains and rice. As for the taste, all they did was water down a Bud. Seriously, just take a Budweiser and mix it w/ water. Now, I know it seems pointless, even juvenile to write such a negative review rather than just grade the beer on its own merits, but this review should be a warning - do not bother with this at all. Just get a Miller Lite or Mich Ultra instead if you're in the same situation I was.

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Photo of theo871
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This was one of those beers i drank before i knew better. Appearance straw colored, smell is of cooked veggies. Taste is rather watery. Average drinkability. Not offensive, but nothing to write home about either. Stay away if at all possible...you are warned!

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Photo of NickLovesBeer
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

On tap at the BC's dive bar Mary Ann's for $1 drafts.

Bud light is pale yellow, looks almost like club soda with yellow food coloring and a decent white head, very little retention. It smells brutal with raw cereal grains. Bud light tastes like beer flavored water, totally unappealing but fairly drinkable. It's no wonder that so many college kids pick up 30's of this, it goes down easy and isnt filling at all. All and all 1 word comes to mind, Swill.


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Photo of Juggernaut
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

There really isn't a whole lot to this one. It pours a super pale golden color, and has a small white head.

The smell is completely none existent, or maybe it does and it was just that bad, that i blocked it from my memory.

The taste is horrible, like a bad corny bad veggtable taste, that only gets worse at it warms up. It basically has a mouthfeel consiting of water, so not much there, and considering the taste I personally can't get through one and would much prefer just drinking water.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Looks a little less interesting than a typical macro lager. Light yellow with barely a sizzle of foam. Smells like the urinals at a football game. Tastes like watered down stale...grain?. Too thin and lightly carbonated to feel much of anything but regret. Even using this in a beer funnel is shameful. Completely refraining from hyperbole, this is the worst beer ever created by man.

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Photo of Litterbean
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer looks like watered down lemonade. This is basically clear. It looks like seltzer with some pee. Blink and you'll miss the head.

Smells like next to nothing. A faint graininess plus some skanky hops. Yuck.

This tastes like seltzer. Very thin corn syrup sweetness but that is all.

Just a terrible beer. Nothing to note. Nothing at all. Blasphemy, is all I have to say.

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Photo of hardy008
1.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - Pale yellow with very little foamy head to it.
Smell - Rice, grains, and not much else.
Taste - Rice, grains, and heavy on the water.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Not impressive, maybe the best part of this beer.
Drinkability - Poor. I would not want another one. I had this at a party and that one time was enough.

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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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Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
48 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.