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Bud Light | Anheuser-Busch

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48
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1.92
pDev:
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Bud LightBud Light
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Photo of Overlord
1.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The epitome of what I consider go be the U.S. macrobrew disaster.

Pours a urine appearing yellow, typically has a thin, fizzy head that quickly dissipates, and with no flavor or smell to speak other than a watery, alcohol tinged sawdust taste.

DO NOT WANT!

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Photo of rangerred
1.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured out of a pint can into a pint glass

Color is an extremely pale gold. Kind of looks like dirty water. An aggressive pour yields a thin soapy head that quickly fades.

What little smell there is reminds me of cooked vegetable/stale corn

There is hardly any taste present. A very light corn taste followed by an odd sourness on the finish. An extremely watery taste with very prickly carbonation.

This is the first bud light I have had in a long long time and honestly, it tastes like seltzer water. There are a few light beers I do enjoy like hudy delight, old milwaukee light, and high life light. This one, however, is borderline nasty. For the life of me I do not understand how this is the number one selling beer in the US.

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Photo of wahhmaster
1.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a VERY pale golden color, almost clear. Has a very small, fizzy head that dissipates to practically nothing and leaves no discernible lacing.

Smell: A musty graininess backed by a slight sweetness is really the only smell that comes out here.

Taste: This is one of the few beers that I have to describe as gross. It has a sickening sweetness to it and almost no hop character to speak of. Terrible.

Mouthfeel: Has the feel and consistency of sparkling water.

Drinkability: A thoroughly revolting beer. This beer cuts out all flavor in favor of cutting calories. I can't see myself drinking this again; I would probably drink just about anything else rather than have this again.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
1.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ive drank craft beer (and mostly exceptional craft beer, at that) for SO long that my tastebuds literally needed to "adjust" to this swill.

One BA member said it best that if you like this; "get the picture- you are not a real beer drinker!"

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Photo of secondtooth
1.22/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Kinda figured any beer person needs to "tick" this one, at least once, so here goes.

Appearance: Crown of huge white fizzy suds atop a complexion of clear, almost golden “beer”. Very very pallid and watery. No real lace.

Aroma: Rice, corny grains. Only a slight (slight!) touch of hops.

Taste: Crisp and light with barely any real flavor. I give this points for being “refreshing” as it’s basically like a beer-flavored fizzy soft drink. Flavor profile is really virtually nil it’s so watery.

As a beery drink, not altogether awful. As a beer? Nah.

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Photo of Jacobob10
1.22/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Well, I decided to review this one just because I despise it so much. Pours out yellow. Small head that goes away fast. Looks like piss. Smells like crap. Corn, crap, and nothingness all tightly packed into one 12 ounce bottle. How do they do it?!?! It gets a 1.5 for smell just because at least there was something present. Tastes awful. Awful, awful, awful. One of the worst beers ever.

I hate Bud Light, I hate Anheuser-Busch, I can't stand this stuff. But will always be a keg party staple for years to come (unfortunately).

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Photo of NachlamSie
1.22/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes. Served at approx. 45 degrees. I poured this lager into a pint glass to reveal a very light bodied beer. Its color is very light golden and is easily seen through. A small bubbly head fizzed for a short while then disappeared quickly. The nose is faint but has suggestions of corn, paper, mineral water, and perhaps an aroma reminiscent of cloth. A mineral water-like flavor is mostly present upon sipping with hints of paper, steamed rice, creamed corn, and a sweet finish akin to aspartame. The mouthfeel was very thin and carbonated, the beer easily washed over my palate leaving minimal impressions. In my humble opinion, I believe I would enjoy this beer better if it had a little more body and flavor depth. Perhaps it could also benefit from less adjuncts, as the overall flavor seems to hint strongly at the use of them.

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Photo of ghebb
1.21/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poures a crystal clear straw yellow with a compact head that dissapates quickly.

Not much of an aroma to speak of, other than a fainnt skunky smell. Taste, well, there's not much there, watered down and somehow that skunky (Maybe rubbery is a better description) aroma seems to manifest itself in the flavor. Thin bodied w/ high carbonation, the only real purpose for this beer is for getting drunk or for people who don't know any better, because you definetely wouldn't drink it for flavor. Oh yeah it gets nastier as it warms up too, it needs to be drunk ice cold.

In essence, this stuff is bad, even for cheap light beer this stuff is bad. Miller light is better, coors light is better, even Natty Light is better. But of course, this is the #1 beer in the world.

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Photo of TeHStalker
1.21/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Is this beer for drinking or putting out fires when camping. Its hard to tell if someone can actually appreciate this as a beer however if you are in college than this is good for the price. Very light watery taste and color. Quite carbonated and goes down rather smooth. Don't mind occasionally having 6-12 of these if I have a long continuous day of drinking. Ie tailgating or college day parties.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
1.21/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a clean pale yellow with a white head. In the aroma, faint lager smells. In the taste, a small bite and quite watery. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness in the aftertaste. Other than a small bite, nothing to write about.

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Photo of GrizzlyRogers
1.21/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Cant stand how people view this as "americas" beer, tastes downright gross but then again when you need to drink something cold and cheap on a hot day, some may find nothing better.

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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.

PAX

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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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Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
48 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.