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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

Bud LightBud Light

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3,888 Ratings

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Ratings: 3888
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 maDUECEgunner


1.9/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I only drank it because the drunk guy next to me at the blackjack table ordered two, and didn't want to to drink the other one and gave it to me. It wasn't repulsive. But not good either. I only drank it out of courtesy.

If someone gives it two me I will drink it but will never buy one. I'd rather just order a coke.


Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 03:27:02 | More by maDUECEgunner
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

1.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

The king of beers (light version) pours a barely yellow body, very light. Not much aroma, taste is wet cardboard and stale malt. Flavor is more off putting than bland and actually had trouble finishing my glass (which i didn't). Proof that marketing trumps flavor in this case.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2013 23:32:40 | More by papat444
Photo of RingoBro


1.5/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Oh Bud light. You remind me of being horribly poor and picking up 30 packs of these during college. While this beer will "get the job done," I suggest you don't purchase it. No flavor whatsoever and clearly mass-produced swill.

There's a reason college students drink this beer...

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 19:04:33 | More by RingoBro
Photo of Franziskaner


2.76/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Alright. Finally had it after I've started rating. Was hoping to try 100 beers first. Pours with a light white head of foam that gradually dissipates entirely. Crystal clear clarity and a light gold color. Aroma of rice and just a faint bit of buttering hops. Very light and crisp body. Flavor is rice, light malt and very faint bitterings hops.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2013 17:54:50 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of comm0dore

New York

1.49/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Yea, it's Bud Light. It's as shitty as it sounds, but when you really think about it- who needs fancy shit just to get drunk? Not this reviewer. Thumbs up because I'm drunk and loving it. The rest of this post? Just filler to get to the 250 character limit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 04:08:09 | More by comm0dore
Photo of ReaperJohnnyC


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

Nose, almost nothing...busy getting fizz popped up at my nose like a soda, not off to a good start...slight half cooked rice scent.

Color, pale straw, can see straight through it.

Taste, very watery and very fizzy like a bad soda, kills a lot a lot of flavor comprehension...maybe thats the idea. rice flavor after you get through the fizz and on the aftertaste especially...(surprise its almost half rice)

Palate, sits like water...feels a little oily after several.

overall, god awful, poor quality ingredients and its half rice...what is rice doing so heavy in a beer?

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 07:46:47 | More by ReaperJohnnyC
Photo of EdwardFortyHands


2.89/5  rDev +56.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 17:27:32 | More by EdwardFortyHands
Photo of DeFaz


1.7/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Everyone has had this, even those who don't remember doing so. It's a beer for those who don't like beer for those who think they like beer. It's a beer for people who don't know what the "appearance" or "smell" is really like because they don't pour it into a cup because it costs too much money to buy a plastic cup.

This goes down easy, and there's no denying that. It has a metallic taste, and the hops and malt are there but are concealed by adjuncts with names that I cannot pronounce. Better than most of the macro light lagers, this is mostly water with a bit of fake beer flavor to make you think you're drinking a beer. If you're someone who advocates for beer pong to be a professional sport, you probably like that. Anyway, again, it's not as bad as some of the light adjunct lagers out there.

Go a half-day without drinking water and your urine will be darker than this, and probably taste a little better too.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2013 02:55:01 | More by DeFaz
Photo of StonedTrippin


1.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

this is rotten stuff almost every single time, in any format, from any location. ive somehow not reviewed this until now, although ive ranted about it constantly. not just for its low quality, but for its social position and politics, both of which I cannot tolerate at all. I did manage to have this fresh at the brewery though, and must confess that in that context, it is passable, albeit as a light adjunct brew, it didn't have its usual skunky metallic profile. in normal format though, this is swill I wont even usually touch. pee yellow, very fizzy, and tasting like anything but good fresh beer. I marvel at how millions of people consider this the good stuff, and how much profit it generates for its creators. to me, I would rather not drink honestly. the amount of these it would take me to get drunk is sickening, and hopefully I wont embark on that mission anytime soon. aren't they in a lawsuit for having watered this down? watering down water, that's a laugh...

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 17:42:47 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of KYGunner


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

Straw like yellow and a collared thin head.

The scent is strangely metallic with very little else to comment on.

Very metallic in taste and scent it is nothing but watery, metal with a hint of rice.

Very little else to say, I expected water and got metallic water.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 00:54:40 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Roguer


1.55/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - The definition of average. Pale, straw-colored, and clear.

S - There is very little smell to a typical Bud Light, but what smell there is can only be described as "skunky."

T - This is as close to undrinkable as a beer can be for me. BL doesn't have a whole lot of flavor, and what flavor it does have is extremely bitter (maybe a hint of wheat). Much worse, the bitterness can't be nailed down to "pine hops" or "floral notes;" no, it's just plain bitter, as an independent quality. I again refer you to "skunky."

M - A little oily, but this isn't a beer that I want coating my mouth at all. It mostly goes down smooth, so there's that.

O - This beer is perhaps the least-aligned brew with my own preferences. When I enjoy hoppy bitterness in a beer, I need it to be balanced and flavorful; this is neither of the latter. I cannot stand what little flavor is present. That bitterness might work for other people (judging by the average score, however, it does not), but when it's not balanced with anything else, it's just not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2013 19:59:52 | More by Roguer
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

1.23/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

A lot of disdain for this shell of a beer.

Pours a clear, watery yellow. No head, no lacing. Active carbonation. Just a stunning appearance.

Smells like nothing.

Unfortunately, it does not taste like nothing. I taste some light corn and metal. As the beer warms up, the taste becomes atrocious and makes you wonder what's the point of living.

Very light bodied, crisp mouthfeel. About the only plus here.

Ha. HA. HA. ha. ha. HAHAHAHA

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 00:40:21 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of BierStein711


2.65/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not as bad as I thought it would be. But, it is not great like so many of my BMC friends say.

The appearance is what you would expect. Almost transparent gold color with a white head that quickly fades.

Smells of water and rice

Tastes like corn

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, but its oddly refreshing.

If you would keep this beer cold its okay, but once it warms up,.... I'd pass it by.

Overall, this is a very boring beer. I

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 06:33:58 | More by BierStein711
Photo of Jwicker

2.53/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Alright I'm from St. Louis, being from the home city, I will always have a love for beers like bud, schlafly, rolling rock, and Budweiser. But this beer in particular, is a great pong beer. I'm a stout and ale guy, but ill definitely drink this at a Cards game. The best part is, the girls will be drinking it too, so that's something else in common ;)
Ill also drink it sometimes when my friends are together, but in all honesty, after you taste a stronger darker beer, you can barely even taste this. Which is good if you're trying to get drunk and have some fun. But if you're a stout or ale guy, or just like them dark beers, you definitely wont want to drink this at home lol.which I'm sure you already know. The beer is bright yellow, super foamy, and has the smaell and taste both, of a bitter faint lime, or wheat. You can taste that yeast. Hell, I can even smell the yeast from the brewery at home. Good work they are doing there. But overall, this beet is supposed to be watery and light. Those giving low ratings because of its water content or faint taste, this is the way bud is supposed to be, this beer just isn't the right type for you :p
Any other day, a prefer my Old Rasputin or Murphy's.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 04:35:37 | More by Jwicker
Photo of AllisonWunderland

1/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Nobody seems to mention that the way American "light" beers are brewed is that they remove a LOT of the alcohol in order to reduce the caloric content. This is the whole American "point" for a "light" beer. it's American "diet beer" -- And just like diet soda, it has most of the life drained out of it.

"Diet beer" -- with reduced alcohol. Women in pubs realize they can drink this stuff and not end up riding home unconscious with a total stranger. *LMAO*

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 18:36:13 | More by AllisonWunderland
Photo of mndlssphlsphr


1.05/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The color is a very straw-urine yellow. The scent is about the same. The cost was a $1.99, and I did say I would try everything once. The head is what to appears to be a snow white cap, but when sighted closely we are able to visually dissect all the little mites crawling around and in deep meditation for discovering your eyebrows. This rushing river charged into my mouth to show its lack of density and viscosity. Yet, the carbonation is dominant, a nice feeling if you are an addict to club soda. There is also a last for everything, eventually the cosmos will do what is due. Just as there was no before, there is certainly nothing after. This was just a bit of suspended confusion, deeply looking into the eyes of the man next to you. You know who you are. It bothers me still that the percent is 4.2

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 03:47:20 | More by mndlssphlsphr
Photo of jimmah120


2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap into a pilsner glass.

Piss-yellow, water + food coloring look to it. Smell is very light - corn, touch of malt, yeast. Dry in the nose as well as the taste. Very light malts along with corn and rice is all I can detect. Mouthfeel is light yet cloying. Not especially great.

Overall, what did you expect? It's not quality but better than nothing at the end of the night. It gets a pass somehow.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 07:12:24 | More by jimmah120
Photo of Broh-ha

4.38/5  rDev +136.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bud light is what it is ,a great clean tasting ,looking,and smelling American Beer. It has actual flavor that the silver can doesnt It doesnt have the nasty tripple brewed filtered through sweaty gym socks taste that the other one has. Face it any american wants pilsner they're at very least reaching for a micro-brew I wish no ill fate on any American owned brewery BUT good thing for M/C that theyre alot of dummys out there who are sold on color changing lable and twisted bottle shapes :0-)

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 15:49:27 | More by Broh-ha
Photo of Marti403


1.5/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Not much of an appearance with about a 1" head that quickly disappears. Smells like watered down...water beer. Taste like a normal american pilsner which lacks much flavor or imagination. Really crisp and tastes pretty much how it smells and looks. Let's face it, this is a drinking game beer so leave it for the tailgates or beer pong. Unless of course it's free, then the "free beer" rule applies.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 20:59:14 | More by Marti403
Photo of Bierwolf


2.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer was served in a pint glass. I had the time to enjoy 4 pints. The first one came with about a 2 finger head. The second and third came without and the fourth came with about a 1 finger head.

Appearance: A pale golden yellow with good carbonation. The head disappeared after about 2 minutes and left very little lacing.

Smell: Very faint scent of hops but not much else.

Taste: Again, very faint taste of hops and not much else. A hint of sweetness and really no bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel: Kind of watery while smooth. No lingering. It just passes on through.

Overall: It is a light beer and truly has all the characteristics of the style so you should not look for more than that. The biggest and best thing I noted was that after 4 pints there was no bloated feeling. That is a big plus. It is not the best light beer I have ever had but I would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 17:46:02 | More by Bierwolf
Photo of TheSarge


2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Figured I'd get this on tap since it's on special at B Dubs. Came out with a thin film of white foam, and the body is pale golden with distinct clarity.

The aroma is light corn and husk.

Taste wise it's basically un buttered un salted corn.

Feels extremely thin in body and thirst quenching.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 18:23:43 | More by TheSarge
Photo of elNopalero


1.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

It’s every bit the beer you know it to be! For those times when flavor is not important! Let advertising budgets determine your selection! This is truly awful beer. It’s not the worst I’ve ever tasted, and even in its style category you can do a lot worst for the price, but there’s no reason why I would willingly ever drink this again.

Ok, now that I’ve cleared my throat I can adequately review this beer by saying it’s piss poor all around. A pale, light yellow color, no discernible hop aroma, the taste of musty stale leftover beer even when fresh and an aftertaste that’s just as bad. About the same as the second runnings I produce after a night of drinking beer. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 22:00:00 | More by elNopalero
Photo of dankster


2.73/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- clear and fizzy

S-clean but definently adjunct all the way. some barely noted on the back.

T-light beer is a light beer but does have a cleaner taste than coors ever will.

M- does not exist- Alcohol water purifed

O- cheap bar beer with a couple friends at the local neighborhood bar. nothing to buy outside of that.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 19:15:21 | More by dankster
Photo of DeutscheJeff


1.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not the worst beer in the world, but certainly lacking in absolutely every category. I find it delicious mixed with bloody mary mix however, and will continue to drink it with that. This is also a good beer for high-school kids or broke college kids, but other than that it lacks severely.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 07:16:00 | More by DeutscheJeff
Photo of CowsCanBark


2.42/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had Bud Light countless times, but I'll review it based on having it about an hour ago. It was on-tap at a local bar, served in a standard pint glass. I'm reviewing it compared to other light lagers.

Appearance: Kind of ugly. Just a pale straw yellow with a one-finger head that quickly dissipates. Literally no lacing left on the glass as I drank.

Smell: Also unimpressive. Just smells of adjuncts like rice and mainly corn, with a bit of metallicness. No hops or anything else detected.

Taste: It's a bit better than the smell, I guess, simply because it doesn't taste as metallic as it smells. Other than that, it's pretty bland, with a barely noticeable corn taste. Very watery.

Mouthfeel: An average mouthfeel for a light lager, I suppose. Light/medium carbonation and a very light body makes it an easy drinker. Just average for the style.

Overall: A below average offering of a light lager, but definitely not terrible if you like minimal flavor and easy drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 04:18:18 | More by CowsCanBark
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Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
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