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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

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1,368 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,368
Hads: 5,440
Avg: 1.92
pDev: 36.98%
Wants: 50
Gots: 1,090 | 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:
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 kwyers
4/5  rDev +108.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lets be realistic, bud light may not be craft beer. But it has got more people laid than any craft beer. Most of life of a man revolves around getting laid, then you grow up get married then getting laid doesn't matter as much. When is the last time Pliny got you laid??? Dont hate on people that drink light beer, let them do their thing. Most girls do not drink craft beer if they drink any beer at all. I personally am beer spoiled due to my occupation, and I drink tons of craft beer with visits to Russian river, 21st amendment, victory, magic hat and goose island so far this year. The only reason these craft beers exist is because anheuser busch lets them. Craft beer is about 10% of the beer industry. Beer is meant to be drank. Drink up.

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Photo of larrytm56
4/5  rDev +108.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drink this in cans on the golf course, and bottles at home. It is easy to find and cost effective. It tastes good, goes down good. It kills the thirst after mowing, and while playing golf.

Besides it is no fun being a beer snob. If it all tasted the same how boring would that be?

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +108.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sorry, but i just cannot help being a little sentimental with this rating... So...

To my faithful friend,

Thanks for all the memories!

Yours truly,

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Photo of Poormon79
3.87/5  rDev +101.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Straw pale yellow. Pretty good amount of carbonation. Thin head

S. corny aroma, slight malt and hoppy

T. Sweet floral flavor

M. Seemed a bit watery. Enough flavor to call it beer but, mostly went down like water

D. Its a light beer. I like it when i party. Goes down fast an easy

Final Thoughts: Pretty much yellow water with alcohol. Haha some added flavors as well. Very drinkable

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Photo of burdman69
3.83/5  rDev +99.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Listen. I may be breaking the rules here but I'm rating this not as a beer in general but for what it's worth.

For a beer snob (90% of BA) why would you even review this?


Seriously, yes it has no taste or smell. But isn't that better than a bad taste and smell?

It has MORE flavor than a coors light.

It has less flavor than a miller lite, which is great because miller lite tastes like warm shit even when it's cold.

If this is at a bar for 1$ pints, this is a 10/10 beer. If you can get a 6 pack from any establishment for 8$ after 2am, this is a 10/10 beer. If you're throwing a kegger it's still okay when it's not.ice cold (unlike miller lite or budweiser)

In.general, a 3/10 at best

For what it's worth, what it's being sold for, it's target audience, and the limited options you have when there's only 2-5 beers and that's one of em, fuckin bud light gets a 7.89/10.

Don't be such pretentious cunts, call.a spade a spade and rate the shit beers on a bell curve.

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Photo of purpletape
3.76/5  rDev +95.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

First beer i had. Im not gonna say i went straight to craft. I will remember my roots. When sam adams, stone, or sierra are the only beers available i can count on bud light to keep me going. Perfect for any activity without getting to crazy and respecting beer at the same time. Cheers.

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Photo of EdgeT
3.73/5  rDev +94.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is among my top 3 favorite weekend beers. This beer is very flavorful and quite enjoyable to drink but some enthusiasts would think this beer is overdone with flavor and lacks traditional beer qualities. I would definitely recommend this beer when you want to go out an have fun or even if you are just chilling at home. The can however could use some work. The logo is simple and i like that but they can do a lot more to improve the appearance of the can.

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Photo of beerbill
3.67/5  rDev +91.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

There are two things that perplex me. One, the fact that some people will hate any AB product de facto. Secondly, that a ''beer advocate" would drink a lite beer expecting some mona lisa type masterpiece in a glass. It's fucking light beer. If you want a beer good for drinking with a diverse crowd this is the right beer. If you want a beer that you can drink in mass quanities with no problem, this is the right beer. If you want something complex and interesting then find something that was meant to be complex and interesting.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.61/5  rDev +88%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am reviewing against other light beers. I drank this for my first beer and cold. It is pretty good. The poor rating on the site is ridiculous. Is this number one selling beer in America ? Because it is horrible or the millions they put in their advertisement. It is not the taste or quality. You think America consumers is that stupid.
Here is the honest review

Appearance : Yellow lager. I got little watery lacing run down the side of the glass.

Smell : hint cereal grains.

Tastes: It is taste like America style light. It taste of grains , corn and malt. It is better taste then some other light beers. Dry and crisp and actually very easy to drink.

Overal: This beer is smooth, crisp, refreshing, balanced, easy on the tongue. I wanted a light lager. I got it! I was not looking for ale, stout or wheat beer. Would buy this again ? On special occasions but I take a Busch light or natural light over this because price

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Photo of xSTLxCody
3.61/5  rDev +88%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Again, rating this beer along other American style Lagers:
Not bad.

Impressively refreshing.
Incredibly light.
Not alot of flavor, but enough for a session beer.
It feels and goes down like water (which it is made to do) but definably does not "taste like water".
The irrational hate comes from it being shoved down our throats (through Ads) our whole life.
All that being said. Its the number one selling beer in the world for a reason. Dont drink this beer if you're wanting to analyze it. Drink it if you just want to drink a refreshing LIGHT beer that you can drink alot of without getting too crazy.

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Photo of MetalandBeer
3.6/5  rDev +87.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's 90 + degrees outside, having a Bud Light in a frosty mug to go with my roasted egplant and peppers sandwich!

poured from a12 oz. can into a frosty cold mug-

Looks a light yellow color, almost like ginger ale,white one finger head, no real lacing.

Smells like beer!

Taste....crisp, clean & refreshing on such a hot day. Tastes what you'd expect a light beer from one of the big companies. No suprises, but no dissapointments.

Mouthfeel is light and watery, a bunch of fizzyness from the carbonation.

Overall it's a good light beer! it's great with your lunch, or on a hot day as you're working around the yard. A good cookout beer as well!

Think I'll have another!

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Photo of isualum12
3.59/5  rDev +87%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

pours flat with a yellow clear look. You can visually see the carbinization. Not a ton of taste but is good for the casual drinker.

Goes down smooth with zero after.

drinkablity is easy and smooth...You can drink all night long with zero taste change.

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Photo of RCLOHR267
3.59/5  rDev +87%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my cheap light beer of choice. I know it's nothing special, but it got me through college. And when the other beers I could afford we're so terrible (keystone, nattie lite), this felt like upper class. So I will always have room and nostalgia for Bud Light!

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Photo of jsisko01
3.58/5  rDev +86.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've done so many reviews now that I figured why not do Bud Light?

Appearance - Pours a clear golden-straw color with an inch thick head that dissipates instantly. Has pretty nice lacing.

Smell - Strong scent of corn, grains, and bread.

Taste - Pretty sweet with grains and corn. A slight bit of citrus. Light malts.

Mouthfeel - Light body with high carbonation.

Overall - I've always liked Bud Light but I just don't like the carbonation in it.. Having acid reflux it gives me gas and heartburn compared to other beers. Almost like the carbonation has a different effect.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.57/5  rDev +85.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a new slim aluminum 16oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared ultra clear, straw yellow with medium carbonation and a quarter inch of fizzy, soda pop like head that dies down very quickly. Effervescent or, seltzer like. Leaves no lacing as well. Smells of faint fruity apple, pair, and grape aromas, coupled by a lite but evident malt, rice & grain aroma. Overall lite aromas, with nothing dominate, but mostly just grain & rice aromas.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of ultra lite grain & rice, some evident malt that actually lingers on the tongue a bit. Some slight hop bitterness on the finish, very clean & lite, thirst quenching actually. Crisp! Mouthfeel is crisp, thin, lite & a little smooth with a small bite of carbonation on the tongue. Lite bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well first off, Ill start by saying, not bad at all. Iv been meaning to pick up some BL and review it, I just thought that it wasn't going to be a pleasurable experience. I really like the drinkability of this, and the flavors don't get boring or tiring, just enough flavor to be thirst quenching and leave you wanting more, and pairs well with any food, especially Mexican! Decent lite beer in my opinion, Id say give it a try, you just might like it. Cheers!

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Photo of BlueMoon10
3.55/5  rDev +84.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This by far is my favorite beer that I know can be found anywhere and is light allowing you to drink on it for hours at a time. Basically between Coors Light, Miller Light, and Bud Light, I will always go with Bud. Now having said all of that it by all means doesn't make it the best. It terms of flavoring and sipping on a beer to enjoy its creativity this obviously isn't the beer for that. It's about as simple and generic as a beer can get but it does have drinkability going for it.

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Photo of nekronos
3.55/5  rDev +84.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With this, we are getting into the awfull beers domains, this is a little hard to stand and maybe with sdome other beers before, you can relax and just drink it, but as it can be described, it can be found. I would preffer to have a regular beer than the light version of this brewery.

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Photo of armiakhe
3.51/5  rDev +82.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought the bud light was very good. The appearance was a light yellow coloring. The smell was of wheat and a little malt to it. THe taste was very crisp and refreshing and I enjoyed it a lot. Best out of the bottle but the can was alright too. The aroma was not that good and was a little bland.

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Photo of JoLight
3.5/5  rDev +82.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with no lasting stark white, foamy head.

Very carbonated, light, watery, crisp and refreshing.

The aroma is a faint typical macro lager smell with more rice character due to the rice adjuncts versus corn.

It tastes of carbonated water, and faint barely malt. Maybe a slight bit of rice and generalized grains, but pretty bready all the way through.

This is one of the better light beers. Hell, this beer was even three months past it's expiration date and it still tasted good.

Coors Light has much more flavor than this, but this isn't necessarily bad because of that fact.

I would like to say, however, that this beer does taste better in a bottle than a can. With most other macro beers, it doesn't ever make a difference to me. But with any product from Anheuser-Busch, their beers always taste much better from a bottle than a can.

For a light beer, this is surely at the top of the list, although there are more flavorful light beers.

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Photo of Dodt
3.43/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

poured from the 16oz can into a mug
appearance clear straw yellow with a thin
smell slight grain with no other noticeable smells
taste crisp
drinkablilitly very drinkable beer
all in all this is solid beer if you want to knock back a few on a hot summer day for me if its a good beer if there isn't any craft available

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.4/5  rDev +77.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I know it's not popular to even review mass-produced, but...this beer is different. It's consistent, sure you'll say consistetnly bad, but no. This beer has never let me down. Drinkable during the summer, a good way to wash a "hoppy" beer down, goes well with the types of food I like. You'll say there is no craft in brewing this beer...well your right. It's a mindless beer in a time when there is too much to think about. Enjoy it, it's beer!

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Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev +77.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another $2 pint at Champions.

A The lager is as pale as its big brother, a straw color that struggles for a semblance of color. Like yellow food coloring but watered down. A white head rests atop it.

S: The nose is mildly fruity and generally very light. That lightness is a huge difference between Budweiser (good) and this (not so).

T: Very light, the lager trends towards tasteless. There are fruity adjunct flavors, a bit of creamed corn and rice, to spice things up. Hops are nowhere to be seen or tasted. The lightness is a distraction.

M: There isn't much mouthfeel here, a bit of sweetness and then nothing.

D: Easy to drink but I'm not sure that I'd want to. I'd advocate Budweiser over the lite version 99 times out of 100.

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Photo of NOOGIE
3.4/5  rDev +77.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Apperance: Poured 12 oz can into mug, 1/2 finger of foam quickly disapears. Bright golden yellow, lots of carbonation.

Smell: Grains, water and a little alcohol.

Taste: Watered down Budweiser. Not really a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Stays wet in your mouth, mostly watery residue.

Drinkability: The best, just pop the top and drink, smooth nothing offensive left in your mouth.

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Photo of jafoinflorida
3.4/5  rDev +77.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have been around the World quite a few times, and I've had beers from just about every country. However, I'm still an American Patriot that loves cookouts here in the Sunny State of Florida.

Drinking a heavy beer in hot heat doesn't sit very with me or my guests. So this is why, I normally insist on buying and drinking either Bud Light or Coors Light at my BBQs. Both of them are highly refreshing on a hot summer day. Hence the word, refreshing!! You will not get that from a full bodied beer. The only thing you'll get, is a bona fide drunk at your BBQ ready to fight the guests. This is one purpose listed for Bud Light, and I'm sure other purposes exist.

As for taste, It's like drinking a slightly watered down Budweiser. And that's all it is in retrospect.

Heck, I got the grill going now and I've had 4 already. Were having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave. Try living in Miami, you Yuppie Yankees!! Drinking your Samuel Adams at 80% humidity with 96F on the heat index that lists the high really at 110.

Now if I lived up north, I would drink something heavy from a micro brew. My favorite beers in the World: XXXX from Australia, Cafferys from N-Ireland, Gueiness from Ireland, Heineken from Amsterdam, and London Pride from London. You'll see a night and day different when you visit these countries and have their brew fresh on tap. Eventually, you'll feel cheated here in the USA when you buy their beer in the bottle that's been packaged and sent to a warehouse for distribution without a born on dates. Hence, the skunky after taste!!!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.4/5  rDev +77.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, served in a plastic cup.

A - yellow liquid with bubbles

S - not much to the smell, a little grainy.

T - this is bud light, it tastes like watered down bud.

M - light bodied and crisply carbonated

D - a real man can drink a case of this by himself!

Final Note: I visited my nephew's new bachelor pad and this was all he had, I asked him for a glass and he gave me a plastic 'keg cup'.

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Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
48 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.