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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

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4,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,514
Reviews: 1,285
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 37.3%
Wants: 15
Gots: 322 | 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:
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 blue-dream


1/5  rDev -45.9%

06-13-2014 13:13:15 | More by blue-dream
Photo of Viperman1316


1/5  rDev -45.9%

03-24-2014 02:43:44 | More by Viperman1316
Photo of PintOHops


3.58/5  rDev +93.5%

Poured from a new slim aluminum 16oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared ultra clear, straw yellow with medium carbonation and a quarter inch of fizzy, soda pop like head that dies down very quickly. Effervescent or, seltzer like. Leaves no lacing as well. Smells of faint fruity apple, pair, and grape aromas, coupled by a lite but evident malt, rice & grain aroma. Overall lite aromas, with nothing dominate, but mostly just grain & rice aromas.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of ultra lite grain & rice, some evident malt that actually lingers on the tongue a bit. Some slight hop bitterness on the finish, very clean & lite, thirst quenching actually. Crisp! Mouthfeel is crisp, thin, lite & a little smooth with a small bite of carbonation on the tongue. Lite bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well first off, Ill start by saying, not bad at all. Iv been meaning to pick up some BL and review it, I just thought that it wasn't going to be a pleasurable experience. I really like the drinkability of this, and the flavors don't get boring or tiring, just enough flavor to be thirst quenching and leave you wanting more, and pairs well with any food, especially Mexican! Decent lite beer in my opinion, Id say give it a try, you just might like it. Cheers!

04-25-2009 22:00:40 | More by PintOHops
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

1.4/5  rDev -24.3%

I am sure everyone in the entire world has had Bud Light. Every time I go to a bar it is the beer I see most consumers drinking. Okay -- on to the review.
Pours a slight yellowish color with a sickly white head and vast carbonation.
Smells boozy and light.
Tastes of corn and slight barley.
Mouthfeel is very thin as with many mass produced beers.
Drinkable if you are drinking just for the buzz.

10-02-2010 03:56:51 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of rogerthegill


1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

04-01-2012 02:23:36 | More by rogerthegill
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2.25/5  rDev +21.6%

12-09-2013 00:14:00 | More by cjac
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1.25/5  rDev -32.4%

11-01-2013 18:28:55 | More by mlefebvre7
Photo of cantfindme

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev +21.6%

12-04-2011 06:24:30 | More by cantfindme
Photo of HoustonTX


1.43/5  rDev -22.7%

Poured from can into pint glass.

A - Yellow, fizzy, and highly carbonated.

S - Smell has a slight malt taste, not much else.

T - Taste is of water, maybe a hint of malt. This is water in a can. Slight alcohol flavor also comes through, but not much, not much at all.

M - Mouthfeel is offensive and leaves almost a layer of residue on your tongue.

D - Since it tastes like water, this may be drinkable for some. Not for me, however.

An awful light beer, can't see how people drink these. Going to have to say - "Avoid, at all costs".

06-28-2006 19:54:41 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of DannyDan


2/5  rDev +8.1%

11-26-2011 06:51:43 | More by DannyDan
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1/5  rDev -45.9%

05-10-2013 00:30:46 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
Photo of BeanBone


2.28/5  rDev +23.2%

Appearance: The standard crystal-clear, pale straw-yellow body with a fizzy white head that recedes rapidly.

Aroma: Sweet and grainy with a somewhat fuller body than you usually get in this style (still firmly in the thin territory). In place of hops, a handful of crisp fruitiness.

Taste: A thin, grainy malt body with the barest hints of hops, but no bitterness to speak of. Compared to other American macro light beers, Bud Light has perhaps a little fuller flavor profile and is not as plagued with skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: A little fuller than average, but still very thin compared to most beer. Fizzy with a dry finish.

Drinkability: The usual Light Lager Catch-22; it goes down easily but there's not much desire to keep going.

Verdict: This tastes like college to me. A somewhat fuller body and more pronounced flavor profile than many in this style, but still amazingly bland and shallow. If faced with a choice between a Bud Light, Miller Lite, or Coors Light I suppose this is would be my second choice.

03-05-2009 19:08:42 | More by BeanBone
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South Carolina

1/5  rDev -45.9%

12-10-2013 04:48:40 | More by Alex5
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New York

2/5  rDev +8.1%

11-25-2011 17:16:15 | More by Goobastic
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


2.03/5  rDev +9.7%

This is a favorite among friends and family who I am trying to convert to better beer.

A. Looks like carbonated water with a bit of mountain dew tossed in. Small white head that recedes quickly.

S. Maybe a little corn, but fairly week.

T. Mild bitterness with a lot of carbonation.

M. Thin and watery as expected.

D. Very drinkable. Thanks to the lackluster aspects of this beer, it goes down like water. It's hard to tell you're even drinking beer.

This is a great beer for beer pong since it is cheap and much easier to chug than some of the other macro lackluster beers.

07-22-2007 05:29:07 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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2.73/5  rDev +47.6%

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.

08-06-2008 07:39:22 | More by opwog
Photo of SHCC


1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

02-25-2012 18:44:46 | More by SHCC
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2.75/5  rDev +48.6%

08-04-2013 01:35:40 | More by Andrew041180
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1.25/5  rDev -32.4%

12-24-2013 19:15:59 | More by aqualung23
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1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

01-08-2014 00:26:38 | More by Skillz
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1.93/5  rDev +4.3%

My mother (who hates beer) and I had a little discussioin/arguement on the topic of Bud Light yesterday fallowing a wisecrack I made about a friend of hers' preference for the said beverage. "Everybody likes it," insisted my mother. I came back with the expected, "That doesn't make it right" and "It hardly tastes like beer," etc... Being the enormously open-minded person that I am, I grabbed one from the fridge, poured it into a glass and sat down to sample it and review it, sans prejudgment.

The pour is something of a gold-tinged clear color with a frothy white head that leaves a thin lace. You can work backwards from better beer or forward from awful beer when reviewing this one. There isn't much of a nose but it's not filled with corn like some other macros. It's not overly fizzy, but the mouthfeel is very thin and watery. There's not a lot of anything here as far as the taste is concerned. It tastes like club soda with, possibly, the least amount of hops and malt you can put into a beverage and still have the chutzpah to call it beer. There's no offensive flavors in here so it's not a chore to drink, but I'm not anxious to have another one of these ever again.

10-16-2005 07:55:31 | More by goschool
Photo of kinger


1.27/5  rDev -31.4%

Well I've put rating this one off for a long time, truth is I haven't had one since I started rating beers. Downed a handful of these this morning during a golf scramble. No great or even good redeeming qualities, another light beer that will only give you a headache.

08-04-2008 22:08:16 | More by kinger
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.35/5  rDev +27%

If you're a fan of beer, you're probably not watching your calorie intake anyway, so the only reason these types of beers exist is for people who really don't like the full taste of a real beer. Nevertheless, I'm reviewing Bud Lite (review #2 for me, if you're following my beer journey), which is up there in terms of popularity next to Coors Light (in NJ, anyway, which is Coors Light country). I don't automatically have a predetermined dislike for Anheuser-Busch, so I'm going into this review giving it a fair shake.

First off, this stuff is paler than normal Bud. A VERY pale straw color. It forms a better head than Bud, but not by much. I took a sniff, and I don't know if I got a bad bunch but the smell was kind of like a musty grain smell. Not too good.
I took a taste and luckily it tasted better than the smell. A very slight malt taste and absoultely no hop character. No bitterness here, folks. Very watery, and not as carbonated as regular Bud. The aftertaste is just about non-existant, as is the alcohol taste.

Whereas Budweiser specifically lists that it is brewed with rice on it's label, Bud Light says "select grains", meaning there's probably corn AND rice in there (not to mention a slew of other Anheuser-Busch chemicals). I do find it very drinkable, as it would go great with greasy BBQ food. A non-offensive beer, and I am sure that there are worse beers than this out there.

08-16-2002 00:01:21 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of rayjay


2.93/5  rDev +58.4%

On tap at the Fairfield plant. Gotta admit it's quite refreshing, fresh, and downright good fresh from the brewery's pipes. Still has some things that I'd consider defects that define Budweiser's trademarks; it's got plenty of personality but not enough charm. Pleasant bitterness and light, refreshing body with a gentle tartness. Very very fresh, which definately helps alot. Overall seltzer water vibe, which shoots beer right up your nose like soda pop. Drinability would be better if it wasn't so tame...I enjoy lots of light lagers but this one is obviously trying to dumb it down. This beer does, however, have lots of confidence,a nd it's clear that the brewers are in complete control. Don't pass it up if you're at the brewery, simply because it's not too shabby when it's this fresh. Cheers!

03-19-2007 03:48:22 | More by rayjay
Photo of PalatePilot


1.75/5  rDev -5.4%

10-15-2013 19:09:10 | More by PalatePilot
Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 4,514 ratings.