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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 1,353
Hads: 5,329
rAvg: 1.97
pDev: 33.5%
Wants: 45
Gots: 990 | FT: 0
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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 Guardian
2.84/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

A- VERY light appearance. Pale yellow barely present.

S- Not bad. It definitely does smell like a Budweiser beer (as most people associate the smell of beer with Budweiser).

T- Watery flavor. Bizarre aftertaste. Probably not worth the fact it is 30 calories less than a Budweiser.

M- Seltzer, carbonation,soda mouth feel
D- Very high. I could probably finish off a 30 pack of this...and not feel a thing. (410 characters)

Photo of Boneheadmx
2.84/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A warm Sunday calls for a cold beer, and this is the only beer in the house.

The beer pours out to a very pale straw color. Not very inviting, unfortunately. A thick head grows while pouring, but subsides immediately. There's not much of a smell except for a bit of the hops. The taste is very dull, though I can faintly detect the hops and only a bit of the alcohol. The mouthfeel is boring as the liquid is rather thin. Tastes like a flat club soda. The beer is cold, so it is drinkable, to a degree. I can drink a lot of this because it is so watery. Unfortunately, I will be bored of this quickly as well, also because it is so watery.

Not a great beer, but alright for a warm Sunday. (694 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Central MO isn't known for its craft beer selection-- had a shit beer showdown one night...

This is a pale, straw colored brew. Nothing bright or vibrant about it. The head is pure sugar white. One finger of a sticky head with surprisingly decent lace.
Smells of some sweet malt and then boiling corn. Not really in a pleasant way.
Taste is bland. More or less, just inoffensive. Not enough there to get a negative remark, but certainly not impressive.
This is sweet up front with a hint towards bitterness... but never actually gets to being bitter.
This is fuller than miller lite, but no where near medium.
The drinkability is decent. This beer is so inoffensively bland, that I could easily drink it all night... I choose not to though. (825 characters)

Photo of EdwardFortyHands
2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pumped the keg once and poured into my red solo cup.

Tons of foamy head, took a bit of nose grease to dissipate.

A golden blonde, clear.

S None to speak of really, a beery smell came through as I swirled it around the red solo cup.

M. Carbonation, water, some alkie bit of hops.

O. had 7-8 of em but my wife drank some of those and others I put down and never remembered to pick up. All in all a good sippin lager. (419 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had some of these in the fridge for buddies that come by and I thought, why not? Darn close to clear, lightest straw ever. Not much carbonation coming up through any bubbles. The lightest spotty disk of head, light lace. Light malty lager smell. Light lager taste, a little twangy too. Not pleasant. Mouth is light, balance is easy when there isn't much there. I still use the 'overall' as drinkability. Fuck new rules. Drinkability is high, though. Easy to quaff when you need a glass of water. NOTE: my reviews only use drinkability as a factor, not overall. Overall would be more like 2.5 or 3, but it is very easy to session on a hot day. (642 characters)

Photo of RumRunners
2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Review Grabbed a few Single cans and started to work!

Poured into a glass beer mug. If you cant drink beer out of a mug its not much of a beer!

Appearance - Lighter than straw yellow. almost has a neon yellow color. Super clear.

Smell- Mild "beer"smell. nothing but a hint of beer really

Taste- Mild, kinda bland. not interesting or unique for sure

Mouthfeel - Not a strong beer taste. Not bitter Rather mild and boring

Drinkability - This beer was obviously brewed with a hot summer day drinking beer at the lake in mind, because that is about the only place you would want to drink it. Drank for ease of drinking. Not for flavor. (643 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The beer many people grew up drinking when they shouldnt be.

Pale in color, low in taste, high in making you run to the bathroom.

I wish I knew how many of these I drank playing beer pong... Because of this fun factor, I give this a higher rating than most people. I also can still drink it when it gets hot without wanting to vomit. +3

gateway beer of choice for many women... (383 characters)

Photo of HockeytownBrew
2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A: Very pale yellow; small head that faded fast. Looks like your average run of the mill adjunct light beer, and this is the king of them.

S: Nearly no smell whatsoever. Can barely make out the smell of hops along with faint grains.

T: Taste is almost non-existant. Extremely watered down Budweiser, which also tastes watered down. Faint hints of green grape/apple. Not exactly the sure sign of a good time to be drinking lightly flavored carbonated tap water, but then again this isn't a brew to savor. Party/sports event beer.

M: Very light. Throwing back a case would be a simple task. Light-moderate carbonation.

D: Excellent drinkability, but that's about the only positive factor of this brew.

This is a great beer to drink on a hot day at the beach or at parties. That's about all that this one has going for it. (827 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a stein glass.

Look - pale golden color, clear, with about two fingers worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - definitely more adjunct or cereal-smelling. Nothing much else in the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - not much in the taste at all. There's a little bit of a hint of cereal grain taste, but not much else other than that. The texture is very smooth and close to watery.

Overall - not bad tasting, but not tasting either...as it doesn't really have much of a taste. (530 characters)

Photo of brewshakes
2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had about 8 of these on Saturday night. The beer pours a straw yellow with a small white head that is quickly gone. The taste is nothing special but it is smooth and goes down easy enough. Drinkability is obviously high because you can pound 8-12 no problem. This obviously isn't the best beer in the world (I didn't give it the greatest of marks either) but seeing it rated so poorly kind of made me sad. I first cut my drinking tooth on this stuff and it'll always have a place in my fridge. (493 characters)

Photo of danimal9393
2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My opinion Bud Light is highly over rated! Its one step above water! Although it does taste OK, but to a well rounded beer taster it is weak. Cost is comparable to other American beers, but I wouldn't buy it unless it was cheaper than a competitor. I can't believe this beer is so popular because it lack character in my book. (326 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
2.86/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very clear golden color with a 2 finger width carbonated head. Head quickly dissipates with little to no lacing on the side of the glass. Has more of a sour fruit aroma, but there is a slight hint of banana at the end. A little sweeter there. Bready, malty taste with a slight hop edge at the end. There is a hint of cloves and banana at the end. To be honest, as far as the type of beer goes, it isn't bad. It is fairly representative. I won't mistake it for a good beer, though. There is still more of a watered down flavor. (543 characters)

Photo of Greggy
2.87/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a 2 finger soapy, seltzer water head that recedes pretty quickly leaving no lacing. The body is crystal clear and straw yellow.

S- Some husky grains come across as well as some sweet lemon and adjunct notes.

T- Starts out with a sort of lemon notes, almost tart/sour, then moves into a metallic finish.

M- overly carbonated

D- For light lagers, I'd far rather go with Miller lite as it has more character, by far. This is ok, but not even decent. (461 characters)

Photo of TheBeerGuy101
2.88/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, what can I say. Bud Light is my goto brew after I've had a few.

It pours a slight straw color.
Average looking lager. Some carbonation, and a slight separation that sticks around more so than your other macro lagers.
Very subtle in flavors!!

Its crisp, easy drinking and an 'ok' light beer.
Very light hops, very light malt.
One might even say its a soda water texture.

There's nothing offensive about this brew and I enjoy it ice cold.
It's a session for me and one can likely drink "1 to many" of these. :)

Its an average macro!
Great commercials by the way, but that isn't the reason I drink this particular brand.
Cheers. (641 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
2.88/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I chugged this baby down at a friends the other day just not to be rude. It was just over freezing so that helps. the head was big and the color a clear paler shade of pale. Lots of fizz.

Smell.. eh some malt. a bit O' hops, but not much, faint staleish chemical smell.

Taste.. well it was so cold I could not taste much. that was good because as it warms it goes bad. Very crisp dry taste, some malt but mostly hops. but not much of that.

Mouthfeel was weak & meek, watery, lots of carbonation.

This is a drinkers beer so drink up Johnny. MK (555 characters)

Photo of ghebel
2.88/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Before drinking this bottle, I had not consumed a Bud Light for quite some time. I was in the mood for something light and my mom brought by some "beer she had left over from the holidays" so I gave in a try. For what it is meant to be, it isn't bad. Went down smooth and didn't necessarily taste bad. We all know what a Bud Light looks like and tastes like, so I won't beat a dead horse here. BL is like water, but that's what it is supposed to be. Overall - I will drink this beer again in the summer, on a boat, in the sun. I could drink many of them without feeling full. (575 characters)

Photo of TroyMcClure
2.88/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I judge this as what it is, a cheap American light beer. Although not as cheap as Keystone, the standard around here, it is noticeably easier to drink. I'm not sure if it is worth the extra money, but as I drank it straight out of the 40oz, I have to say it is better than others, lighter and easier to drink after a night of hard liquor than the cheaper alternatives. College status, straight up. (397 characters)

Photo of irishking1977
2.88/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Your typical macro lager look: Bright clear gold, practically no head, and zero lacing. I'd imagine that 98% of regular Bud Light drinkers don't even consider these attributes such as appearance, mouthfeel and taste.

S: Almost nothing. Faint adjuncts. Corn, water, if it had an odor.

T: Practically non-existent. Hints of corn and rice, virtually no hops and a faint metallic finish.

M: Middle of the road carbonation, which helps the drinkability of average or below average beers such as this one.

D: Well, I wouldn't drink this for the taste, but for drinkability, it's okay. If I'm not thinking about what I am drinking, or I really don't care (or am desperate to drink) then I'd be okay with this. Otherwise, I'd pass 100% of the time if there are (craft or imported) other options. (796 characters)

Photo of ACD
2.88/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottles or cans

Appearance- Don't ever see it cause this is a beer you never pour! This beer my friends is drunk only out of a can or bottle!

Smell- Cold and refreshing (as long as it is not skunked) This is not a beer to smell or savor.

Taste- As is in the name. Light and one step above carbonated water.

Mouth-feel- Carbonation and cold

Overall- This is the beer of my youth and of Golf and after hockey with the boys or a night out when you want to drink a few beers socially and the good stuff can not be drunk in that quantity.

There is a place and time for Bud Light and it should be judged on that scale not on those of the craft beers, stouts and porters of the world! (684 characters)

Photo of unclejimbay
2.89/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Bud Light
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Style: Light Lager
ABV: 4.20 % , cals=110

Reviewed ~10/2008 @ home, bottle>dimpled mug
A 2.0, very clear/clean light straw color, 1 finger head gone quick
S 3.0 mild but balanced, not skunky like some macro light beers
T 3.0 not bad, just not much!
MF 1.5 watery very very thin, no body at all, super carbonated
D 3.5 - If a mellow clean watery light beer is what you are after, this is for you! I like it better than a lot of other macro light beers. (486 characters)

Photo of erosier
2.9/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright yellow color that really looks watered down with a short white head. The aroma is of mild hops and malt, but only faintly. The taste is not much different but it is carbonated accordingly. The high carbonation and low taste makes it go down nicely which is why its drinkability is so high. This beer could be used with the intention of getting drunk, except that it is more expensive than other beers that will do the same. If there were a value column, this beer would get a 1.0 or lower if that were possible. The taste is not worth the price. (570 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
2.9/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a pale yellow crystal clear color with moderate white puffy head. Little if any smell. Taste is very mild. Mouthfeel is mild. Drinkable due to its mildness. Good "spacer beer" between a nice imperial stout and a very hoppy pale ale (238 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.9/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, very pale yellow. Dense 3 finger head that retains very well, leaving little to no lacing. the smell and taste are predictably very water with a faint adjunct presence. Low alcohol, low carbonation , and lack of taste make a very drinkable, but boring beer. Refreshing and light, but so is water. (305 characters)

Photo of curasowa
2.9/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, straw color with 1 fingers worth of head that fades with minimal lacing. Not much smell, just some slight sweetness and slight graininess. Taste is mostly carbonation, with just a trace of bitterness and a fast, clean finish. Now, I'm not claiming Bud Light is some god-send of a beer, but for the style of American Macro Light Lager, its one of the better ones. Its very clean, refreshing and drinkable. It is what it is. (436 characters)

Photo of BEERME528
2.9/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Everyone's gotta hate on the big dogs. If you're at a small bar or a picnic, they're going to have bud light. Are you seriously going to complain about this? This is a drinkable beer and not at all bad tasting. Just because it isn't a craft brew does not make it a crap brew. For the price and convenience of finding it everywhere, you can't go wrong with the world's best selling beer. The foam lingers for a short period of time and the smell is not noteworthy. It is enjoyable from start to finish. (501 characters)

Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
49 out of 100 based on 1,353 ratings.