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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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1,368 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,368
Hads: 5,442
Avg: 1.92
pDev: 73.44%
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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Reviews: 1,368 | Hads: 5,442
Photo of dogfishandi
2.8/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

this is my 3rd and most likely final review of this beer (unless they start putting it in nitro cans, haha). ive had it in bottle, on tap, and now finally in a can.

12oz can pulled from my fridge poured into a pint glass. 03NOV10 on the bottom, im guessing this is the "born on date".

pours crystal clear piss yellow with a big fizzy white head that quickly dissappeared to nothing. very watery looking.

aromas of corn, lager yeast, and maybe just a hint of citrus.

very watery light mouthfeel. way too fizzy. tastes of cooked corn, a hint of grains, and some lager yeast, almost a tiny bit of a fruity like yeast, but not very appealing like a german or belgian strain however.

of course this has great drinkability. if you can drink sparkling water, you can pound these back. not the worst light lager, but definatly not the best either. id never buy this, nor would i ever recommend it to anyone.

out of the 3 serving types that ive reviewed this under, the bottle and can were about dead even with a C-, where as the on tap version suffered a bit with a D.

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Photo of michiganminer
2.8/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Fist off if you ding bud light just because don't waste your time reviewing. we all loathe it. It's because it's popular. From it's soda pop inspired label to its "try not to piss any one off" taste. It's truly frustrating that some people won't touch anything else. Case in point is BL Platinum. selling off the charts to the sheep who drink nothing but bud light but if they sold it as any other name it wouldn't. ok.. I've drifted enough,

Poured into a 16 oz mug. light, watery, 2 finger head quickly disappears. fizzy, no smell. watery mouth feel but that Budweiser rice smoothness. Its watered down budweiser . Its drinkable and available everywhere. Don't hate it for what it is. I hate the sheep who will drink nothing but.

Note: I review for the style. I refuse to let my prejudices slant any review. Nothing worse than the typical beer snob reviewing an AAL, same for your AAL drinker reviewing a craft brew.

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Photo of shealoftus14
2.8/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too bad for an inexpensive beer. Certainly better then a lot of the cheap beer and obviously a very popular brand. Probably rank it 2nd out of the big three but I'd say their all pretty similar. Pours a bright yellow color and leaves an aftertaste that I'm not too found of. Easy to drink and relatively smooth. Not a bad choice if you want to spend the extra buck when your in college.

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Photo of punky796
2.8/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

A - Pours light-amber yellow, small head, little lacing.

S - Wheat, corn, sugar, the usual.

T - Pretty standard for an adjunct. Minimal hops and malt, same stuff listed under smell, alcohol.

M - Medium carbonation, kind of a bitter finish. Guess that goes without saying.

O - Probably the most overrated beer I've ever had. It's not any more special than Busch Light, Keystone Light, etc., so why waste your money on this overpriced and overrated version? I wouldn't refuse one, but I don't remember the last time I bought this. Here, Weego!

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Photo of tbeck
2.8/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale straw yellow with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was cereal grains with a slight hint of malt and hops. Taste was cereal grains, but for an light lager I caught some hops and malt. Thin, a little more water with a lot of carbonation. Not much flavor but you could pound a lot of these in a sitting.

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Photo of yeagerbm
2.8/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow appearance with fizzy head. Smell was slightly sweet with adjuncts. There is some sweet malt and corn in the taste with faint bitterness. Very drinkable when cold. CONSIDERING THE STYLE, this is not bad... but not great either. Suitable drink for quenching thirst or guzzling a few down when complex taste is not desired.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.81/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear, yellowish/light straw gold with a white head that drops almost immediately to just a collar. The aroma is quite limited but offers some dull maltiness if you seek it out. The body is light with a very fine carbonation that's gently crisp in the mouth. The flavor is limited as well, but offers a clean combination of gentle malt and mild hop. It finishes exceptionally clean and drying. There's not really much here, but I guess that's the point of light beer. What makes it stand out in its category, however, is that there's absolutely no off-flavor to it and the balance is dead on. Very well made.

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Photo of dbalsock
2.81/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I will preface this review by saying... compared to other light lagers, this isn't that bad, there are much better, but much more worse.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color, or maybe its yellow, the more I look the more I think it's yellow. Topped with a large amount of seafoam at first, it quickly disappears although the carbonation looks pretty heavy.

Smell: I pick up a pretty strong sweetness at first, and that's a little overbearing, especially with no sign of hops in the picture.

Taste: The sweetness from the smell develops immediately followed by a grainy lager/malt taste. The beer ends it's stay on my palate with a slight college aftertaste. Note: these tastes were barely apparent and required deep concentration to pick out. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad.

Mouthfeel: Very water, very highly carbonated, very unwanted.

Drinkability: The carbonation is a little too intense and there is not much taste (again, i don't know if this helps its case or not, maybe some of both).

Overall: I'd say this is a very typical representation of a light lager, unfortunately.

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Photo of Fair_Winds
2.81/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bud Light is an odd beer. Among craft brewers it often gets a bad rap for its very plain taste, little to no aroma, and it's unremarkable standard beer color. However given its history and pedigree it remains one of the top selling beers of all-time. Popular from college campuses to football parking lots. It can be found in literally ANY bar, pub, tavern, or place that has a liquor licence in America (and dozens of other countries for that matter). It is the Diet Coke of beers. Nothing special right? Wrong! My chemistry teacher who taught me 400 level Chemistry of Fermentation, when askes what in his opinion was "the best beer in the world" responded with confidence and without hesitation "Bud Light. Anheuser Busch products are made with some of the strictest guidelines and with the most state of the art brewing equipment. Their brewing facility is kept within a tenth of a degree temptress range meaning if you have a Bud Light in Boston or Hong Kong your having the same exact beer. Not alot of breweries can pull that off." So the next time you snub you nose at a Bud light because they use rice filler just remember that they set alot of the standards that our precious micro - brews strive for in modern brewing.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
2.82/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured with nearly no head at all, an almost-clear yellow. It wasn't the most attractive of presentations. Even the look of it made it seem watered-down.

A quick whiff suggested hints of corn and rice. There was no "richness" to the scent at all.

Despite what most say about this beer, it really does taste rather average. It's not terrible, but it's not good either. It's very light-bodied, with almost no hop bitterness. It is very watery, and it doesn't feel bad on the tongue.

I can see why this beer is so popular - it's easy to drink. Make sure this one is *cold* because it gets harsher as it warms up.

There wasn't really anything special about this beer. It would be a step up for big party hosts to purchase this rather than some of the other stuff they buy.

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Photo of OKCNittany
2.82/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow body. 1/4" white head that disappeared leaving only a ring.

S: Similar to the other light macros - there's not much of anything to point out.

T: Again, close to the other macro lights, but I do pick up a very slight sweetness to the 1/2 beer-1/2 H2O flavor.

M: Light body & above average carbonation. Dry finish.

D: Again falls easy like the other lights.

That's it for the big 3 (thank God) - I swear without the bottles, I'd never be able to tell them apart. That said, I've had worse.

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Photo of Enola
2.83/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ok, let me explain the situation. I was at a drag race. ( Cars, not cross-dressers ). It was hot. It was all BMC. It was $5 for a 16 ouncer. But I was thirsty. So here goes.... Straight out of the can. I scored the appearance on multiple samplings long ago. The smell was what else, corn and rice. The taste was pretty watered down. The mouthfeel was good given the conditions. I was glad to get a beer. Under the conditions previously mentioned, this brew was drinkable. I had some Stone bombers in the truck but no glass was allowed in. Later on, 7:30 pm to be exact, beer sales were stopped. I would have loved to had another. So you can start to see the importance of a macro when there is a cooler full 1 ft away on the other side of the glass and they can't sell it. At $5 a pop I would have sold beer till the cows came home. So, to conclude my reveiw, it all depends on the situation.

I told the guy at the counter that he had a damn good spot to sell beer if he ever decided to. This was after he refused to sell me a cold beer.

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Photo of Sgolenbo
2.83/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

all you (ok, i guess i should say *us* here) beer nerds need to get over our little beer superiority complex and just review this-and such others of the like-beer as what it is: it gets ya DRUNK. we can drop all the sly comments about how it tastes like carbonated piss or whatever, but when it comes down to it, bud-light knows what its getting itself into.

it finds a good medium for a light beer (maybe between the heavier sam adam's light and keystone light, which feels like watery-air), and isnt as corn-starchy as keystone or natty or coors.

basically, i think we need to remember to keep and rate this beer in its context. of the light macros, i think it finds the best balance between cheap and actually tasting like something (if not much). it goes down easy, and i don't cringe when i drink it. thats what im looking for out of bud-light.

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Photo of berpwillie
2.83/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

smooth taste that won't slow you down. average beer with average taste. more of a house party beer than one to drink for enjoyment. but all that probably goes with out saying. beer pong and flip cup eligible.Cheap enough to get you by the hard time, and in the hard times it's light enough that polishing off a case to the head isn't out of the question.

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Photo of Atron67
2.83/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- kinda looks like straw colored water, no head
S- smells like staleness, a lil corn and no hops
T- i dont taste anything maybe a little corn, a little malt, definitely not anything which adds good flavors to the beer
M-had a crisp carbonation though light even for the style
D- high only because it has no bad flavors, no flavors at all, to make it worse

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Photo of Guardian
2.84/5  rDev +47.9%
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.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
2.84/5  rDev +47.9%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.85/5  rDev +48.4%
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.

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Photo of EdwardFortyHands
2.85/5  rDev +48.4%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
2.85/5  rDev +48.4%
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.

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Photo of RumRunners
2.85/5  rDev +48.4%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
2.85/5  rDev +48.4%
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...

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
2.85/5  rDev +48.4%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
2.85/5  rDev +48.4%
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.

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Photo of brewshakes
2.85/5  rDev +48.4%
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.

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