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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

Bud LightBud Light

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3,891 Ratings

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Ratings: 3891
Reviews: 1257
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 36.22%

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001)
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Photo of Skwsproul


2.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's a go to beer. No after taste. Artificially carbonated. Mostly flavorless but a mild creamy flavor. Won't kill you in the morning. Doesn't upset the stomach. It's a good hang out with friends barbecue in the backyard beer. Almost as bubbly as bubbly.

It's not supposed to compete with craftsman beer and it doesn't. Face it we've all had our share of domestic mass produced beers and this is one of the best in that category. Quit dogging bud light, it's cheap mass produced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 06:27:05 | More by Skwsproul
Photo of FLima


1.71/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Bright yellow color with with a one finger fluffy head with low retention.
Aroma is a bit sour with notes of lemon and corn.
Although the aroma is quite unpleasant, flavor is a bit better. Sweet flavor of corn, floral hops, some mild oxidation. Dry and mildly bitter aftertaste.
Watery body with medium carbonation.
Although the aroma is far from nice, flavor is not utterly unpleasant; still I wonder how I could drink this when I was a teenager.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 13:04:12 | More by FLima
Photo of PoorProfessional


2.8/5  rDev +51.4%
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....

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:55:18 | More by PoorProfessional
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

1.55/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

DATE TASTED: February 8, 2014... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner...OCCASION: watching the Olympics and feeling patriotic enough to review a true American product... APPEARANCE: lackluster pale gold body with reasonably lively effervescence; thin white head; tentacle smears of lacing... AROMA: tin, corn, and sweet syrup--slightly candied and demonstratively sweet... PALATE: light, as advertised--cold, crisp, watery presence, with slight carbonation ...TASTE: nearly tasteless--what does rear up its head isn't ugly, just metallic, beefy and rinsing... OVERALL: New Year's resolution: trying to spend less time babbling about subpar macros in these annuls; simple fact is, this beer's ubiquity cannot justify its smirk-inducing, blasé product that masquerades its way through billion-dollar ad campaigns; remember the penguin ads? THIS BEER is the thing In the house I am most nervous about finding....

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:55:44 | More by dacrza1
Photo of nicholas2121


4/5  rDev +116.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bud Light is a Light Beer. This beer is brewed by Anheuser Busch. with an abv of 4.2. Light Amber Color lighter than Budweiser. Taste is smooth not much here just smooth. The smell is a light beer smell not much here. Over all a good drinking beer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 05:18:00 | More by nicholas2121
Photo of Retroman40


2.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It's Bud Light - I only bought a 40 (at an outrageous 3.09) because I am a collector of 40 ounce bottles and needed the newest design. The beer itself hasn't changed much over the years.

A - Pours a very pale yellow with a weak almost non-existent head.

S - Some grains and adjuncts - no hop note at all.

T - It doesn't taste bad because it has almost no taste.

M - Very thin.

O - It's drinkable. It has no character whatsoever though. I can't rate it too "poor" because there are much worse lower alcohol light beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 10:52:16 | More by Retroman40
Photo of Emnmarko


2.94/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale, clear and golden. Lots of carbonation with no head. Minimal lacing.

S- Pale malts with a rice backbone. No hops.

T- Typical light lager. Not much different from the rest. But I like to drink beer. And every beer has a right time. This lager has mild flavors and is basically carbonated flavor water with a little bit of alcohol in it. It tastes good after a hard fought volleyball or baseball game in the summer heat when a water would be better but a beer sounds great. Or when you want to sober up. This light lager is ok. No better no worse...

M- Goes down easy and classy. A little too carbonated and not enough aftertaste for me.

O- Well as most young people I also started drinking beers like this, and enjoyed them. Recently I have experimented with all sorts of different types of beer and discovered that I prefer a more complex flavor. But at the same time I think this beer has a time and place. Not my favorite but its ok.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 21:09:32 | More by Emnmarko
Photo of Mike_Moe


1.75/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Light golden straw color almost transparent.
Aroma: Light sweet malty aroma.
Flavor: Has a sweet watery taste, void of all hoppiness. Very light body and watery.
Overall: In keeping with the spirit of “respecting” all beer, I should not be rating this beer. I don’t like any of these watered down, commercialized domestic beers. Due to its popularity, I am often asked what I think about this beer. The only way to give an honest opinion, is to try it. This beer taste like the water after the beer glass is rinsed. It does go down smooth. For people who like the idea of drinking beer, but don't like the taste of “real beer”, this Bud’s for you.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 06:26:56 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of Captain_Komamura


1.39/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - It has a light yellow hay color to it, with zero head.

Smell - The usual AAL smell, with a bit of a metallic smell to it.

Taste - Still not a fan of the weird AAL taste.

Mouthfeel - Light beer, with too much carbonation.

Overall - Not that great for a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:54:29 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of psychonautica

West Virginia

2.65/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I think we've all drank Budlight before, if you haven't then I don't know where the fuck you're from. It's watery and weak, but isn't all together disgusting. It's beer flavored water. Oh, and for some reason I get the worst hangovers from Budlight. It is also the most commonly drank beer around where I live, which is strange.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 20:49:30 | More by psychonautica
Photo of fas11030

New York

1.03/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Probably one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. I don't know how Annheuser-Busch and all the stores that carry this product could distribute this "beer" and be okay with it. Every bottle leaves you feeling sick and unsatisfied. Absolutely terrible. This beer is basically piss.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 23:41:02 | More by fas11030
Photo of corby112


1.74/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a clear, pale golden straw color with visible carbonation and a one finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Bland aroma with a subtle crisp hop presence along with grass, straw, pale malt grain and corn.  The adjuncts aren't as offensive as others in the style, light or otherwise.  Still pretty bland/boring.

Light body with a crisp hop presence that is immediately countered by an unpleasant, lingering metallic adjunct character.  Some crisp, grassy hop flavor but it's killed off by hints of metal, corn and rice.  The adjuncts realy overpower what could be a decent tasting light lager.  The pale malts and hops are obliterated by the offensive lingering flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 21:53:58 | More by corby112
Photo of brewbattles


1.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

We did a blind taste test with this beer against five other light american lagers to objectively determine which one is best. The beers were Coors Light, Bud Light, Miller Light, Natural Light, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. You can check it out here:


Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 05:38:50 | More by brewbattles


1.1/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Piss. It tastes like piss. Piss. It tastes like piss.Piss. It tastes like piss. Piss. It tastes like piss.Piss. It tastes like piss. Piss. It tastes like piss.Piss. It tastes like piss. Piss. It tastes like piss.Piss. It tastes like piss. Piss. It tastes like piss.Piss. It tastes like piss. Piss. It tastes like piss.Piss. It tastes like piss. Piss. It tastes like piss.Piss. It tastes like piss. Piss. It tastes like piss.Piss. It tastes like piss. Piss. It tastes like piss.Piss. It tastes like piss. Piss. It tastes like piss.Piss. It tastes like piss. Piss. It tastes like piss.Piss. It tastes like piss. Piss. It tastes like piss.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 00:43:08 | More by PABSTMASTER
Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg


1.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This isn't a great beer. It is weak and smells bad. It does go down pretty smooth. Not sure if that is because it doesn't have much of a taste or what. It doesn't rock my gut like bud heavy does. Though I prefer Bud heavy this is a decent alternative.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 02:40:36 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_greg
Photo of pjkelley82

New York

1.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yes. Just plain awful beer.

The smell, taste and mouthfeel are dreadfull. Again only thing I like is the look but that's with all beers in general.

Watery taste with nothing really there....

The best way to describe it is.... since I've had real good beers you can pick out so many different characteristics on so many different levels. It blew my mind how different they were... even within a same style. Then you try a Bud Light and you realize it's made to be cheap, get you drunk and as clean... by clean i mean watery and hiding any flavor.... as possible. Miller light would be a better choice if you like that stuff

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 03:19:28 | More by pjkelley82
Photo of ACinSC

South Carolina

1.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had these because all other options were off the table.

Nose is corn, rice and more corn as this is an adjunct lager.

Taste is of cardboard, rice and hops. Nothing fills it out. This beer does not stand out in any way. It's hard to make a strong protest against it though. It isn't revolting, just very, very plain. It doesn't even leave an aftertaste. (I guess that's a good thing for an unimpressive major label beer.)

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 06:48:52 | More by ACinSC
Photo of kwyers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +116.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 22:34:08 | More by kwyers
Photo of sharlie


4.19/5  rDev +126.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my all time favorite beer, for a everyday drink. Whether its after a long day of work or even a tailgate day where you are out drinking all day in the sun, this is the beer for you. It is a light beer that is nothing special. Served cold out of the bottle is best for this beer. It's look is light and carbonated with little aroma this beer is good for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 12:49:24 | More by sharlie
Photo of BlueMoon10


3.55/5  rDev +91.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 21:49:58 | More by BlueMoon10
Photo of Danomeister

British Columbia (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Remarkable Absence of Flavor --

Phoenix, AZ - the heart of the American Southwest. Here, at the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the pulse of red state America is crowned with the roar of the 45 jet engines and for a few sacred hours, the air fills with the shrill ecstasy of speed, fury, and corporate sponsorship.

Bud Light is crucial to the race environment, lubricating the proceedings and driving the fans into a watery, dream-like state. Complexity, character, and flavour are traded in for the easy consumability and mass appeal which characterises the entire event. In this context, Bud Light becomes a symbol, a quaffable embodiment of the American spirit. It fills the drinker with a crisp, slickly produced, dilute sense of pleasure that quickly fades and leaves a curiously hollow feeling; a sense of longing and dissatisfaction that can only be recovered with another $7 purchase.

My first sips of this beverage, from its embarrassingly designed aluminium bottle, were remarkably absent of any sensation at all. When cold, this beer is indistinguishable from soda water. As it warmed, a soft, sweet flavour appeared to fill the drink's middle space. None of this was unpleasant; in fact, I was impressed by the skill with which this beer was executed. In the end, there are no faults, flaws, or any hint of character whatsoever. There is energy here, but no substance.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 04:12:09 | More by Danomeister
Photo of RyanLaCount03


4.34/5  rDev +134.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bud Light is one of my favorite beers that is not going to break the bank when you go out, or just want some beer around the house. The taste of Bud Light is good,while the smell is just average. I have always liked the texture of it as well. It is a good and relieble beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 18:51:01 | More by RyanLaCount03
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.43/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

You know, After drinking quite a few terrible light lagers, I'm inclined to re-review Bud Light.

A - Drank from the bottle so I don't know.

S - Creamed corn, Slightly malty, Rice adjunct, A bit hoppy as well.

T - Follows the nose almost completely. Creamed corn and lots of it, Rice in the middle, Some decent malt as well and some slight hops in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

o - I know a lot of people bash this because it's an InBev product, But realistically this is one of the best Light Lagers you will find. I've had some terrible light lagers that are rated far higher than this simply because they are from another brewery. Easy drinking, Not offensive at all and actually has some flavor, Which is rare for the style. It isn't a craft beer, And it doesn't pretend to be a craft beer. You can do MUCH worse for the adjunct style.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 00:26:20 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev +77.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 18, 2013.

Wow! I thought I had reviewed this one. But what can I say? It pours straw yellow with a lot white fizzy head. That gets a higher grade because that's the way these beers are supposed to look.

Aromas of corn, light malts, and even a little apple if I stretch it.

The body is light, which is the way it should be for a light lager.

The taste is very typical of an adjunct light lager like this with a pale grainy malts and a clean hop finish. It makes sense that this beer is popular among the masses. As a craft beer it is weak but for its style it is right where it is supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:14:24 | More by puboflyons
Photo of mnrider


1.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Twist Off. Born on Date. Well at least it's fresh.

A: Pours as clear as water with a faint pale yellow tint. A small ugly white
head forms and turns to nothing before the pour is finished. I didn't expect
any lacing, but did get a little watery lacing run down the side of the glass.

S: Almost nothing here, besides the sweet cereal grains.

T/M: Tastes like carbonated water with the remote inclusion of alcohol.
Dry and crisp and actually very easy to drink. Not sure if any malts were used
or any hops as I can barely even identify them in the taste. The dry sweet grains
dominate and the finish is again dry and pretty clean.

O: One of the worst light lagers I've ever had. Only good for drinking games or
for the person who actually likes bad beer. I've written too much.


Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 21:06:27 | More by mnrider
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Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 3,891 ratings.