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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

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4,880 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,880
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 37.84%
Wants: 28
Gots: 491 | 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 Mora2000
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of grain notes, as well as a hint of grass from the hops. The flavor is more of the same. Grain and biscuit malt dominate, with some grass and the slightest hint of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a good beer, but nothing offensive. It basically just smells and tastes like nothing.

Mora2000, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of bsp77
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into clear cup.

Appearance: Pale clear yellow with moderate white bubbly head.

Smell: Grainy and peppery. That's about it.

Taste: Very grainy, semi-sweet, not much real taste. Ends with a light pepper taste.

Feel: Overcarbonated and very light. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Harmless, but mostly tasteless. At least there is no horrible corn taste, and it is somewhat crisp and refreshing.

bsp77, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess I have consumed my share of this in my day even though its not my thing anymore....

A - Water yellow color with a fair head that dissipated pretty fast.

S - You will have to strain to smell any malt or hops in it but they are there.

T - Most beer lover's "gateway" beer. Tastes like a very watered down Pilsner Urquell.

M - Well carbonated, super light bodied.

D - Thats what the advertise! Don't believe it though.

BeerisfoodLLC, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of happygnome
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

a: pale yellow, very little head that dissapears quickly
s: adjunct, adjunct, adjunct, also very watery
t: watery,very little hop or malt presence
m: very light bodied, as light as water

I was served this at near freezing temperatures in a frosted mug, very cold and i must admit very refreshing

happygnome, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of BeerBoss
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served out of a chilled tankard.

Ok so I had a budlight lying around in the fridge from last summer. No...I didnt buy it..someone brought it into my house without me knowing about it. Figured I would give it a review.

Color is a clean light golden color.

Has very little if no aroma.

Its been a while since I have had one of these...taste is watery with no identifiable notes of any kind...my poor taste buds...

It does finish clean though...brings me back to my keg party days...

BeerBoss, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of michiganman48846
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

michiganman48846, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Dorian
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

I have two feelings about this beer if beer is what you want to call it. My opinion is this beer is extremely drinkable because of the fact that it has probably no ingredients to it but water and a bit of alcohol so it goes down really easy on a really hot socal day. Now if your looking for a beer with any kind of flavor or satisfaction id say look elsewhere because this beer offers nothing.

Dorian, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of iSTOLEyourPOPE
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The only pro's about Bud Light is that it:
1 - Relatively cheap.
2 - Great for people new to beer because it tastes like water.
3 - It'll get you drunk.
4 - Easy to hand to anyone because of its neutral almost non-existent flavor. You go to a cookout, no one will say no to a Bud, where as they might not want something heavy like a Guinness.

The cons?
Everything else.
#2 listed above: not good for people who enjoy beer.
Looks like water.
Has no consistency.
Utter lack of character.
Is rather generic - can't tell the difference between many beers in its peer group.

iSTOLEyourPOPE, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of rodney45
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll tell you, this beer isnt the worst beer ive tried in my life. In fact it doesnt even taste all that much different than water... I will here, in part, describe the differences between this beer and regular tap water. Smells like nothing, in fact it smells a lot like corn, plus sugar? Very Yellow, and very not carbonated. It tastes a whole lot like cardboard mixed with a small bit of corn, plus a small bit of malt roastedness at the end. Its very easy going down, and almost, but not entirely drinkable. However, im sure at $1.95 a 24 ounce can, its acceptable for the american macro... Dont drink this, unless you're forced at knife point. however if you're out of any sort of good beer, and this beer is within walking distance.... and its the only beer sold at the store, go ahead and pick up one.... but dont drink it, unless you're already very drunk, like me.

rodney45, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely clear, light yellow - okay, urine-colored - with weak soapy head, no retention, no lacing.

Lightest of adjunct and cereal grain aromas. Hops? Evidence of fermentation? Not here.

Very thin, watery mouthfeel, flavor, and finish. Crisp, but only from overcarbonation. Malt? More like rice, and water. Husky grain in the finish.

Nothing to say when the brewer has done nothing to make "beer". Lightly alcoholic carbonated water. You're not going to consume fewer calories by drinking this, either, since they're so easy to make disappear.

BretSikkink, May 10, 2007
Photo of DrJay
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear with a pale yellow hue, not much colour there. A bright white cap formed during the pour, falling to a collar in a couple of minutes. Not much aroma, a bit of cereal and sweetness, faint green apple. Same for the flavour, no significant bitterness with just a hint of cereal sweetness and a hint of hops, slightly metallic in the finish. Light bodied with ample carbonation, fair texture. Easy to drink, but not enough flavour to make it worth my while - I don't mind drinking water or soda instead. Not particularly bad, just extremely bland.

DrJay, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of GuinnessHero
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I will keep this review relativley simple as to not be repeating what anyone here has said.

I drank Bud Light in my high school days...why? Mostly because that's all anyone would ever buy. I'd ask for something a little higher up, such as Rolling Rock, and no...they would give me this. Oh well, gotta work from the bottom up.

A - No head, pale, straw, yellow coloring

S - None but a faint "beer" smell if you want to generalize this beer.

T - None, goes down easy though giving it the 1.5 given on the scale

M - Nothing horribly offensive here. No aftertaste which is a good thing.

D - Here's what's nice about it honestly. I could pound a 12-pack of these in a day just because it's easy to drink. Very smooth and thin which gives it that extra help for shotgunning, chugging, beer pong, beer bongs, and any college type party games.

Overall, I would never buy this again if it weren't for having group get-togethers where my buddies drink a ton of this crap.

GuinnessHero, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of littleshamrocks
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can with the "born on date" clearly marked at the bottom of the can

Pours a very pale yellow with 3 fingers of foamy, white head. Shows a sparkling clarity and good carbonation. The head is mostly diminishing, leaving no lace. The smell is light, mostly of grainy malts. I also picked up a slightly doughy yeast aroma. The flavor is extremely light up front, with small amounts of cereal grains in the middle, and a faint acidity at the end. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a thin/watery texture. Some fizzy carbonation and a mildly chalky finish.

Overall, this beer is what it is. It's an ultra light brew that goes easy on the body and flavor so as the make it easy to drink. As far as I can tell, it is well fit to the style that, let's face it, has somewhat low expectations. It seems that this beer tries so hard not to offend, that it misses out on some important attributes such as fullness of flavor or a noticeable hop presence. Admittedly, not one of my favorite styles, but for me there is just not enough here to keep me coming back. One and done.

littleshamrocks, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Jablonski
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Most people know what they're getting with this beer. It's a relatively cheap American Macrobrewed light lager.

Appearance: clear yellow; reminds me of when I'm driving through Iowa on a road trip on the Interstate and all i see is corn fields on the side of the road

Smell: smell is pretty repulsive; beer just smells spoiled as nothing comes through except a weak alcohol aroma

Taste: what can you say, its like I added three drops of rum and yellow food coloring to a glass of water; not awful, but certainly not good

Drinkability: as long as you can stand the smell and the lack of taste, it is a pretty easy beer to drink; I never crave this beer though, it just goes down easy

Jablonski, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Naerhu
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

lemonade color body, frighteningly white head, decent lacing to the bottom of my cup. Astonishingly little aroma, but what aroma there is is of corn and lemon. The faintest taste of pale malt and corn. mouthfeel is of pelligrino which is good for pelligrino, but not for beer. This beer was gone in a flash, not because it was so tasty, but because there was nothing to saver.

Naerhu, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of gatornation
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
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

gatornation, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of tj4288
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

i guess i should review them all, so here goes plain ol bud light. poured from can into pint glass (yes i actually bothered to pour into a glass for the review lol)

a- bright clear yellow, lame bubbly head disapates quickly leaving no lacing, no retention

s- very corny smell, thats it, just corn, disapointing but not off-putting

t- corn, corn, water, corn, ...

m- med low carbonation, very watery, very very light body,

d- i guess ill rate 3 for drinkability mainly on the price. its not a BAD beer, but its definatly nowhere near good. but being as cheap as it is it often winds up being the fall back party beer :( i wont turn one down.... buy i typically dont ever PAY for bud light.

tj4288, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is even lighter than I recall. Clear with an ever so slight yellow tint and lots of CO2 bubbles. The head disappears almost instantly.

S: It smells pretty much like what you would expect: nothing. A slight grainy sweetness, but no skunk or hops or anything else, really.

T: Like the nose, there really isn't much to this beer. There' some sweetness provided by the grains, but otherwise it's very watery and bland.

M: Normally I don't mind the mouthfeel of light and adjunct lagers because they're quite bubbly and I enjoy that part of them. This, however is just so thin and doesn't have that same level of effervescence.

D: It is "drinkable" because it's so water-like, but I really have no desire to drink more of this beer. It's just so bland and flavorless; I would rather take another light lager over this.

womencantsail, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of BucBasil
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this one hard into a large mug from the 12 oz can.

A: The beer is a bright pale yellow with a 2 finger pure white head with surprisingly ok retention.

S: Absolutely no smell... Which was very strange. As the beer warms a bit there is a touch of cooked veggie.

T: A touch of grain and a bit of sweetness. Almost tasteless. Other than a touch of sweetness not much to say.


BucBasil, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of JordonHoltzman
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

first macro review, a beer i've had so many times.

ah, a lovely see-through yellow with bubbles on the sides. I poured it fast so I can enjoy the site of some head, at least for the 30 seconds it has taken me to write what I got thus far, but now it is officially fizzed away.
not too much aroma to it. but i do smell some corn/vegetables. i can't say its a pleasant or inviting smell, but hey, what's cheap is cheap, and sometimes, especially since i'm in college, u find a case in your fridge.
naturally i made sure this bad boy was ice cold, because otherwise... well, anyway, moving on. It has the tastes of corn, and what whatever plain flavored malt and hops they put in to this.
it does have an appropriate amount of carbonation, i just don't like the aftertaste.
when cold, its drinkable, if warm its torture.

To say i hate bud light would be hypocritical because it won't be the last time I have it. since i'm still in college i'm sure I'll be drinking bud light many many more times.
Sure, macro breweries use multimillion dollar ad campaigns, but hey, they earned it didn't they? Anheuser-Busch is an example of the American dream at its finest. I respect that. I am going to go get drunk now. :)

JordonHoltzman, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of jimmah120
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap into a pilsner glass.

Piss-yellow, water + food coloring look to it. Smell is very light - corn, touch of malt, yeast. Dry in the nose as well as the taste. Very light malts along with corn and rice is all I can detect. Mouthfeel is light yet cloying. Not especially great.

Overall, what did you expect? It's not quality but better than nothing at the end of the night. It gets a pass somehow.

jimmah120, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of rabsten
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another in my series of "slumming it" reviews. Poured into a frosty mug from the Three-way Tavern in williamson, West Virginia. Pale straw with white head, no retention, no lacing. Basic, american macro light appearance.

Smell : Almost faint enough to question whether there's any there there. What is there is corn/rice malt.

Taste: Hmmm, there *is no* there there after all. No taste to speak of and it dissapears off the palate very quickly.

Drinkability: well, it's the quinntessential "lawnmower beer," so it's somewhat refreshing and somewhat drinkable. Now, that isn't saying much, since Kool Ade is refreshing too.

The Number One beer in America? So good that - according to the TV ads - people will arange thier lives around it? Hardly. You'll do better with a Busch Light, from the same folks in St. Louis, MO.

rabsten, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of UncleJimbo
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is hard to stay in St. Louis and not sample some Bud Light.

The beer from a tap poured to give a light golden beer with very little carbonation and only a small head. The aroma was very, very slight (malt?). The taste is very light, but not tasteless. As far as "light beers" it serves the purpose, I suppose. There is very little mouthfeel since it is so thin, but there is some tiny amount of hops in the finish. The drinkability is low, but if you must, make sure it is ice cold.

UncleJimbo, Jan 04, 2003
Photo of dpodratsky3
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Honestly, I should just refer you to my Miller Lite review. I did a side, by side, and other maybe some tiny differences in appearance, they are essentially identical. They both taste like adjunct water, with hops as an afterthought. They drink fairly easy physically because they are thin, however, since they don't taste super, I would rather not finish large quantities.

dpodratsky3, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Adamthome1
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ya know as a rule I'd say it's like Budweiser, just watered down a lot. I won't lie, I've drank this beer a ton of times like most people and it's good for a buzz and that's about it.

Bottle poors a light, watered down corn look with some foam that quickly disappears and usually a small amount of lace remains throughout then goes away. Light smell of rice I guess, tastes pretty much the same, a little rice taste, basically 1/2 the taste as Bud heavy. Aftertaste is particulary worse than Bud that evokes a cringe feeling half the time.

I'd prefer a cheaper light beer like Keystone Light or Old Style Light for drinking for buzz.

Adamthome1, Nov 01, 2006
Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 4,880 ratings.