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Bud Light | Anheuser-Busch

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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 BeerBob
2.7/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a 24oz can, Bud Light pours a faint yellow, and a white foam head that goes rather quickly.

Taste is a light astringent and just the slightest amount bitter, with that carbonation bight at the end.

The best way to describe this Beer would be mundane.

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Photo of HUXC
2.7/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Light, almost clear with a yellow tinge.

S- Slightly stale smell with a lingering sower sent

T- Not very impressive, stale wheat taste.

M- slightly strong carbonation, easy to drink but not my beer of choice.

D- Easy to drink. Its a cheep beer, good to drink if there's nothing else.

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Photo of eschbach
2.7/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Bud Light is apparently the most consumed beer on earth. So I decided to review it. I got a 16 oz can at the gas station.

I filled a pilsner glass with the bud and was not impressed. It has a very pale yellow color with minimal head. It has a corny cereal smell. It has a corny taste also. I can hardly taste hops but there is a little bit. It feels like seltzer water in the mouth.

I constantly find myself drinking bud light at parties. It's good for getting you drunk, but that's about all it's good for. I have gotten insanely drunk off bud light. It's so watery you hardly notice you are drinking a beer. If you buy this beer to enjoy the taste, then you might need to get your head checked out.

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Photo of irishman06
2.71/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Piss colored with a sorry excuse for a head. Smells like any other American macro lager, not spectacular. Not very flavorful. Best suited for use in college drinking games, and maybe as something to drink for a buzz during a simple BBQ or as a palate cleanser.

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Photo of BTFU
2.71/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - It pours with a good inch head forming but dissipates quickly.

S - There's a very slight hint of maltiness and a small amount of hops if it's not super cold.

T - Tastes slightly sweet with just a hint of hops but that is more in the lingering aftertaste than while actually drinking it.

M - It's fairly smooth, but feels more like a fountain soda than a beer. However it does hold its carbonation well throughout the entire beer.

O - When the three light domestics are on special at campus bars, I go with Bud Light but any other day of the week there's not too much for it. It's always refreshing, but nothing to write home about. It's better on draft and when it's not ice cold. Enjoy!

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Photo of budgood1
2.71/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

clear pale yellow, hardly any color at all. no discerning aroma at all which is good because i really despise that corn adjunt smell in a lot of other macro lagers. light body with a certain crispness that dances on the tongue a bit. nothing offending here. goes down crisp and clean. better than most light beers as far as i'm concerned.

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Photo of Pantalones
2.71/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass. Canning date on the bottom is June 10th, 2015.

Looks very, very pale yellow (when pouring, it's like ever-so-slightly yellowish-tinted water), very clear, with a lot of good-sized bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass at all times. The color is a bit dull. But pale and dull as it is, it does still look like beer. Actually a decent-sized head of white foam on top, especially when poured quickly, and though it shrinks fairly fast some of it does hang around for a while. It even forms the standard "ring" around the outer edges of the glass.

Smell is... well, not the greatest at first. The first thing that comes to mind is "farty," though this is most noticeable when you first pour and fades away pretty quickly afterward. There's also a hint of a metallic sort of smell. When I had one before I picked up a bit of something that reminded me of cooked vegetables, but I'm not really getting that now. After the "farty" smell fades, the metallic kind of thing also seems to go away and you're left with only a little of a slight bready beer-like smell. The smell is very faint overall, though, so the not-so-pleasant aspects of it are not at all overpowering; you pretty much have to put your nose in the glass and sniff to pick up much of anything at all. Chances are that unless you actively try to smell this beer you will not really notice its smell at all.

The taste is overpowered by the fizziness of the carbonation at first, but once that dies down a tad there's a very light, dry bready sort of flavor there. As with the smell, it's very faint; unlike the smell, thankfully, there really aren't any unpleasant elements like farts or metal. Unfortunately, when you drink more than a sip that nice dry bready flavor shifts more to a sweeter, not as pleasant one -- reminding me mostly of white bread after you've started to chew it up, when the starches are already being broken down into sugars by your saliva. That's what it tastes like to drink a big gulp of Bud Light. I'm noticing today that I am also getting a slight bit of that "cooked veggie" thing in the taste, though thinking about it a bit I wonder if maybe it's actually closer to that funky smell rice makes when it's cooking. I suppose that would make sense, as I know I've read that the Bud line of beers uses rice as adjunct rather than corn. Overall the flavor isn't unpleasant, but it is pretty bland and one-dimensional. There's just not a lot to it -- it's pretty much just a dry-ish bready malt/rice sort of thing, no sign of hops or anything. Seriously, why not add some hops in? Most of the calories in beer come from the malt, so you'd think the "light" beers would have no reason not to add in at least as much hops as the "regular/heavy" version, if not a bit more.

Feel is like fizzy water, pretty much. By far the most insubstantial feeling beer I've ever had. If not for the carbonation it would be a whole lot like just drinking water; I haven't tried plain carbonated water so I can't say if it's *exactly* the same, but I imagine it's not far off. I suppose that's exactly what they're going for, what with this being a "light" beer and all, and it does make it easier to drink huge gulps at a time if you want (though sadly, that makes what little flavor is there not as good, so it's a little counterproductive.) As with the taste -- nothing really unpleasant about it, but there's not much there.

Overall, there's just not a whole lot to this one. I figure that's probably the defining feature of a light beer -- being weak, bland, watery, and well... light. However, I really can't rate it *that* low because, as mentioned above, there's really nothing unpleasant about it either -- it's a beer defined by its sheer blandness, for better or worse. I wouldn't ever buy this for myself, but there's nothing offensive about it either and I'd certainly drink it for free if offered -- better than a glass of water, albeit not by a whole lot. I just can't form any strong opinions on it because there's so little there to form an opinion on. I suppose if you want something that doesn't taste like much but still gets you buzzed, this might not be all that bad of a choice -- but I can't imagine that there aren't any more-flavorful alternatives even in the "light/lite" beer category.

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Photo of nickfl
2.71/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured with one finger of white head into the appropriate glassware (a shaker pint, of course). The foam settles quickly and leaves no lace. The body is a pale, straw yellow and perfectly clear.

S - Light, grainy sweetness. Otherwise, very clean.

T - Some slightly sweet, husky malt up front... and then nothing else. Finishes clean with a slight graininess and maybe the vague ghost of a hop leaf.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is very easy to drink, possibly easier to drink than water. It has a remarkable lack of flavor. Bud heavy has some grainy malt and green apple off flavors, but this is a truly clean beer. This beer is the equivalent of some mad scientist managing to create an actual army of zombies; the sheer wrongness of its existence is abhorrent, but at the same time one can't help but marvel at the technical achievement. And in the end, that is really what this beer is, an empty, soulless, horrifically drinkable, zombie of a beer.

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Photo of infinitebruner
2.72/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

January 26, 2015

12 oz bottle, nonic pint

A – Pale light straw. Very clear with mild effervescent bubbles rising to the top. Under an inch of white foam, with moderate to low retention.

S – Light pale malt, some sweetness from corn adjunct. The slightest touch of floral, spicy hops but very, very low. Aroma of any sort is pretty difficult to find.

T – Very pale malt, a touch of water cracker. Some mildly unpleasant corn, DMS-type sweetness from adjuncts. No real hop flavor, and only a touch of bitterness.

M – Moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. No real discernible levels of bitterness. The corn/adjunct sweetness is not great, but it is also not overwhelming.

O – Despite the prominence of the adjunct corn, this is not the horrible swill it’s made out to be. Its main flaw is that it basically lacks any notable beer character. This is pretty fresh and goes down easy, meaning it’s not the worst thing to drink, ice cold, on a hot day.

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Photo of ncvbc
2.72/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light straw colored pour with minimal head no matter how hard you pour. Smell is minimal of corn and malts but moreso of watered down lager. Taste is also pretty muted. Slight sweet malts and somewhat bitter at that. Mouthfeel is light, as one would expect. Drinkability...you could give it a high score but the other aspects bring it down. Sure, it's easy to drink cold but it's not extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of spartanfan
2.72/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Bud Light pours a bright straw color with a fluffy white head, from the longneck. It smells of grains, and not much else. The taste is pretty much the same, grains. There is a sharp bite of carbonation, and the coldness is getting to me. This is the beer that defines drinkability, they go down like water.

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Photo of Aphexwolf
2.73/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pale yellow, clear, light head that disappears very quickly, good carbonation.
Smell: Very faint. Can detect some barley and hops, maybe rice.
Taste: Very weak and watery. Can barely detect an aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light and watery, carbonation is medium frothy.
Drinkability: Exceptionally high.
Summary: This is a horrible beer. I gave it a 5.9/10, or an F. As far as beer goes, this one's not a good choice. If you're in need of light beer, then I would say it's okay. It's cheap, highly drinkable (because it's basically like drinking water), and can get you drunk if you drink enough of it. In my younger days this was the standard beer of choice for parties (Due to cheapness, availability, and drinkability). This beer loses a lot of points for taste and satisfaction, but gains a few for drinkability. So if you're goal is to get really drunk or supply several guests with beer and save money, then by all means go for this beer. If your goal is to enjoy a great beer, look elsewhere. I wouldn't drink this beer again unless the only other available options were the rest of the commercial light beers.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.73/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

02/07/09- Had at a relatives house.

Presentation- 12oz can, didn't check for freshness info, but I'm sure there is a born on date or something. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Pale golden color with effervescent bubbles, a one fingered head on pour which quickly fades. Leaves no real lace markings.

Smell- Normal macro nose of light corn, grain and some malt.

Taste- Not really a heck of a lot of corn, which is good. Some heavy grain notes, actually fairly fresh tasting. Hops, nope, but overall not as horrid as most macro light beers.

Mouthfeel- Super crisp with a mid range carbonation level.

Drinkability- Do I loose my beer geek status if I say that this actually tasted good at the time I drank it? Was damn thirtsy and wasn't going to get to the beer store until the next day. Hit the spot to be perfectly honest. I guess it's true what they say...there is always a time and a place for every beer.

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Photo of birdypowder
2.73/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hey, Bud Light is what the can says it is. A light beer. It's highly drinkable, shotgun friendly and a staple at any college or high school party. It has its purpose in the beer world. That said, it is virtually tasteless, unworthy of accompanying almost any food and really can't be enjoyed unless you're drinking to get a buzz or worse. I was stoked that I only had to buy a single can for evaluation purposes and not a 6 pack...let's put it that way.

Some sulphur (ever skied on Mt. Hood in the spring?), and I found some light citrus. No really, I did.

Big huge foamy head, creamy on top, dissipates quickly but at least it showed up. Brilliant pale straw color, I wish my brewery could filter so well.

Slight floral taste from the hops, or did I imagine it? Grainy, but almost no detectable sweetness or hops for that matter. Watery aftertaste that fortunately goes away as fast as the head.

Thin bodied as it should be for the style. Snappy carbonation.

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Photo of opwog
2.73/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, this is Bud Light. We haven't gone through a day of our adult lives without hearing those words together on TV, radio, etc. But in a post InBev aquisition and because the plumber left a big ass can in my fridge, I thought that the time had come.

Is this good? Of course not. But is this the worst beer on earth...definitely not. I broke out this can (at least 20 ounces) while I lit the coals, pulled weeds and wiped off the patio furniture. And I think that is exactly what this beer is for. August in SoCal and having a Bud Light enormo can while doing lawn work.

I am not here to defend one of the biggest selling beers on the planet, but understand the context for having a beer like this.

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Photo of VietPong
2.74/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average american beer. Cheap enough to be affordable to anyone, and the taste suits everyone. Not too watery, and nothing distinguishable about it. Definitely should only be used as a 30 rack. Light carbonation, just a completely normal beer. Lacking heavily in creativity.

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Photo of Srqdavid
2.74/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

People are giving this beer too much shit, honestly it's a beer that is meant to be drank at the beach, parties, and any drunk holiday where you just don't care and don't want to be a snob. For many of us this was our first beer, yeah is it watered down piss taste maybe but still remember the nostalgic memories it deserve's.

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Photo of PhilsPils
2.75/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In tasting and reviewing this beer, one has to remember we are rating a light adjunct lager. To be fair, we have to compare how it stacks up against other beers in the same category. It has an entirely appropriate color, carbonation and mouthfeel and is crisp and refreshing. No off flavors, none of that canned-corn sweetness of corn beers, no perceptible yeastiness. As a brewer, I am keenly aware of how hard it is to make this beer style this well, whether you like the style or not. Don't get me wrong...I don't buy this stuff unless I have certain friends or family coming over, but I don't think it's quite as bad as some of the haters make it out to be. Just don't expect it to taste like "real" beer!

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Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

What can I say? As far as AAL's go, this is one of the best ones out there. I still prefer Coors Light to this, and actually Bud Select as well, but it is still a good brew for what it is.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of SamN
2.75/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

From a tall boy. Classic.

Surprisingly big and thick bone white head. Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen such an impressive and handsome head on a light lager. Color isn't as pale as it could be, thought it's still pretty limp looking. Smell is cooked vegetable sweetness, heavy on the corn adjuncts. Sweet and mild. This is really appetizing right now, so it smells pretty decent. Taste is weak and extremely watery. The initial tinny cereal adjuncts quickly fades to a watery almost-hops finish. A sort of creamy grainy/veggie aftertaste lingers.

Weak tastes, but at certain times, this could be not half bad. Don't want more than one or two, but don't discount Bud Light for a simple, faceless accompaniment to meals or snacks.

Better than expected.

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Photo of Duxx
2.75/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Very yellow with a minimal white touch of head.

S: Not much aroma, just sort of grainy. Hops?

T: Dry and "clean" meaning not much taste to describe.

M: Very thin with significant carbonation

D: I've had hundreds of these in the past. Since I am originally from St. Louis, this is "the" beer I grew up with. Pale lagers are not my beer of choice any more but how can you forget your first love?

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Photo of Anthony88
2.76/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- light in color, yellowish with little to no head

S - Corn adjunct, enough said

T- a lot of carbonation in this beer which some people desire. This really inhibits the ability of the tongue to make a decision on the taste

M - best served ice cold, this way you don't feel it

D - what i would call an ideal session bear. readily available and just about everyone imaginable is familiar with it..

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Photo of xhcadamx
2.76/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed this beer according to style

A - Brilliantly clear yellow with a soft white head that disappeared really fast. Absolutely no lacing. Had this maintained a head longer I would have scored it higher

S - smell? There isn't one... maybe some cereal maybe.

T - taste? Not much there. Very comparable to water

M - Ally Mcbeal thin! But that's to be expected with this style

D - It's going to have to get a high score. I mean wouldn't you consider water very drinkable?

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Photo of PoorProfessional
2.76/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let's all step back from our beer snobery here and realize this beer for what it is - it's Bud Light, for pete's sake.

Of course it cannot compete with a myriad of brews that we all enjoy. But it is a staple session beer, and it does just fine. If I have indulged a bit too quickly in some craft imperial porter or double IPA, switching lanes and grabbing myself a bud light isn't such a bad idea.

This isn't meant to be a craft beer or anything special, and lord knows it is not. But it is what it is - I enjoy and appreciate it for being a fallback when the craft and micros get a wee bit too heavy.

In fact, I'm drinking one right now after indulging in Upland's Infinite Wisdom Tripel....

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.76/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Only drink this Bud at the NASCAR Busch Races at Phoenix! When weather is hot, it taste's great. That is the only time that Bud Light taste's good. On a hot day when you have a super thirst!

The color is a weak light yellow and the flavor, for me, has a tinny flavor when I drink from a can. Aluminum flavor I believe it's called.

If I drank it at home on a cold day I'd rate it 2 across the board.

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