1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

Bud LightBud Light

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

3,881 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3881
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)
View: Beers (75) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 3,881 | Reviews: 1,257 | Show All Ratings:
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
Photo of TippySelenoid


1.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had at a company function a few days ago.

It's was served a pale yellow with a slight lace of foam and some quick carbonation.

Nothing much to smell. There are some grass odors.

It doesn't taste like much either. A tiny bit of hops, a little bit of straw or corn, some adjunct sweetness, not much happening.

It feels watery with some belch inducing carbonation.

This beer(?) isn't very good. I only drink it when it's free and each time I do I remember why I don't enjoy it. I can drink it really fast and cold, the on;y way this stuff can be enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 17:29:09 | More by TippySelenoid
Photo of AllHoppedUp84


1.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Served on-tap into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass (Sorry Stone). Pours a clear straw-yellow with a 2 inch white head that recedes relatively slowly into a thin film across the top of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is that of faint grain and malt. Not a whole lot going on here, as expected.

The taste is primarily of skunky water and possibly a hint of rice or some other grain. No flavors are able to overpower the water flavor that shines from beginning to end.

Watery mouthfeel that barely rinses the pallet long enough to swallow the drink, then rendering the pallet dry and thirsty for another drink. Mission accomplished Bud.

Overall, this is exactly what you would expect from this particular style of beer. Easy to drink in large numbers and refreshing enough to enjoy on a hot summer day. With this is mind, I wouldn't recommend to others.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 23:50:35 | More by AllHoppedUp84
Photo of Reaper16


1.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

served on-tap @ The Houndstooth, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a smallish plastic cup

Pours a crystal-clear pale, pale yellow color. Plenty of spritzy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. This looks fine (note: I rate to style).

Smells like fucking nothing. Sorry for the curse word. But I am angry at this beer. This "beer." It barely, barely has an aroma of faint grain husk. This is water.

Bud Light actually has some flavor going on. Too bad it is terrible. Past the general waterness of it all, Bid Light has a sickly-sweet cotton candy note to it. This beer tastes like someone invented candied rice and then took that invention and submerged it in water.

The mouthfeel is fine for the style. It is light but refreshing. Carbonated water, basically. Overall, this is, well, carbonated water. It's La Croix. Every bit as bad as La Croix.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 06:55:31 | More by Reaper16
Photo of ikantspel


1.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

not too bad. ive had many a days going to the store and picking up a 36 before i became enlightened and had real beer. cant really knock it too bad this beer has led to many a fun night. it has a crisp taste but if you dont slam it within 5 minutes turns stale quick.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 17:43:20 | More by ikantspel
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

1.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden, bubbly color with soapy head that doesn't last. Smells like nothing, absolutely nothing. Taste is corn and candy; very sweet and nothing to add actual flavor. Mouthfeel is bubbly but smooth

Overall, way too sweet and way too carbonated. This just isn't good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 22:24:06 | More by tdm168
Photo of kojevergas


1.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a beer glass somewhere in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes. My expectations were actually a bit lower than the beer ended up deserving. Naturally though, that an't much, lads.

A: No head. Shit clear yellow colour. Unappealing.

Sm: Water and barley. Light as all hell.

T: Barley and water. Pathetic and abysmally built. Balanced for what it is, but water is present.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and disgustingly watery.

Dr: As a flavored water, it's easy to drink and is of abysmal qualtiy, but costs quite a bit on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 23:55:07 | More by kojevergas
Photo of barrenbane


1.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: translucent and heavily carbonated. Yep, it's a light AAL.

S: almost non-existent. Slight hints of corn and grain.

T: corn and grain dominate the palate, but it's not the worst beer around.

M: heavily carbonated and almost water-like.

This beer epitomizes the power of marketing. There is nothing special about this beer in any way, shape, or form. Bland, corny, and watery sum up its characteristics. There are other light lagers that are superior and cheaper.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 01:10:56 | More by barrenbane
Photo of HosP


1.02/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well let's just say I've sampled this many times over the year! Had this at a friend's birthday at a bowling alley, so thought might as well review it.

A- Pours straw yellow, very clear. Some white head on this that doesn't stay for long. Lots of carbonation to this beer.

S- Not much to the nose here. Some grainy malts, cereal, rice mostly. Doesn't do much for you.

T- Mild grain taste. Metallic bitterness throughout. Flavors aren't powerful and disappear rather fast too.

M- Thin is an understatement. Overly carbonated. Metallic aftertaste.

D- Pretty much what you expect from a macro brew. Great for large gatherings and college students. I know it got me through most of my drinking years. Now it just disappoints and feels like water mostly.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 02:15:50 | More by HosP
Photo of BEERME528


2.93/5  rDev +58.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 18:54:49 | More by BEERME528
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

1.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The only other selection available at the Calgary Stampede...

A - Pours a pale straw colour, finger of head with no retention or lacing.

S - Very mild, but sweet corn and bready malts coming through.

T - Again, sweet corn and bready malts. Certainly a 'light' lager offering up little for flavour.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation levels.

O - A pretty weak lager, but I've had worse. It certainly is depressing knowing that for the same price I paid for a single pint I could've picked up a really tasty craft ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 21:44:08 | More by andrenaline
Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 3,881 ratings.