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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

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4,336 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,336
Reviews: 1,276
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 36.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 252 | 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.

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Photo of marqoid


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

Pours a thin and fizzy with light straw color with poorly retained head. Smell is stale corn and is absent of hops. Taste is dirty seltzer water without the pleasant mineral quality of the seltzer. Mouthfeel is ... there isn't one, it is carbonated but don't notice much else. Overall, it is too bad that most people recognize this as beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 04:45:21 | More by marqoid
Photo of gatorguy


1.3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm merely reviewing this beer as a public service, and because I inhale it rather frequently in games of friendly competition.

Pours a straw yellow color with a small white head that quickly fizzes away to nothing. Smells weakly of corn, and that's it. Taste is bland, pretty much like carbonated water with a hint of corn flavor. I would have preferred water really. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, good enough to chug quickly and forget. That is the way you do it yes? Overall this is a poor beer, I would avoid.

Serving type: can

07-05-2011 01:48:52 | More by gatorguy
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


1.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Another BBQ beer to review.

Straw colored and clear, lots of rising bubbles, a very airy but small head that didn't last at all and left little lacing.

Smelled of light grains and corn, with just a touch of sweetness. Very little actual smell tho.

There's a sweetness to it, light, along with very faint corn and grains. It's hard to decide if there was any real hops taste, but since I had to struggle so hard to decide, I'll say there wasn't any. Malts were pretty much non-existent as well. Anything else amounting to flavor wasn't there.

Feel wise it's one step off of seltzer water, yet not as refreshing. Leaves a bit of a strange metallic aftertaste that's not very pleasant. I would think you'd get a massive headache from drinking this all day long.

I must assume that massive advertising campaigns, combined with a complete lack of taste buds in the majority of Americans, keeps this beer and others like it selling so well. It's really amongst the worst beers I've ever tried though.

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 22:29:05 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of FrankenBeerStein


2.17/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing this for what it is, an American Adjunct lager. Pours out very pale gold with not much of a head, which disappears quickly. Smell and taste are both unremarkable, but that is to be expected from a beer of this type, produced for the masses. Drinks just fine, finish is ok, but highly non-remarkable. Hot summer day? Ballpark? Backyard shenanigans with friends and/or family...? This will do....

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 22:20:00 | More by FrankenBeerStein
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

1.33/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A-About as pale as it gets. This is a few shades darker than water and lighter in color than ginger ale. Thin ring of foam does remain however.

S-Smell is actually somewhat off-putting. It consists of a harsh mustiness and some malty sweetness.

T-Carbonated water with a splash of beer in the aftertaste. It doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't taste like beer.

M-Thin and carbonated.

D-I would never purchase this beer for myself.

Overall, this beer is only worth drinking if it is the only thing available or if you are going to be outside in the heat and hydration is a must. It should be against the law for this to be marketed and sold as beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 17:20:27 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of renegadeburger

New Jersey

1.7/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

hah had to review this one got dragged out to dinner with the most horrible beer list so this was the only thing on the menu so went for it

good thing i was bored so i had something to do took some notes here on my phone man i did not realize how bad this beer was

my beer poured into a glass the head disappeared almost right away and the beer was almost clear what's up with that??? a beer should not be clear how did it end up that way something is obviously wrong

man the aroma it smells like piss i don't mean that in an imagery sense i mean really it smells like urine there is no hop or malt aroma it taste like this beer was made from a can or something

the taste was actually ok if not unimpressive but there was no substance in it more like some carbonated water with alcohol in it at least it was not offensive but you have to downgrade something for no flavor it all

mouthfeel was the worst part about this beer it just tasted like water really is this beer or some type of joke

man once you start drinking real beer this stuff is just a joke sorry budweiser i bet one day you had really good beer but c'mon you gotta do better than this you are keeping america dumb with this stuff lets go back to makeing real beer shall we?

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 01:16:22 | More by renegadeburger
Photo of bubseymour


3.45/5  rDev +86.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've gone nearly 40 years and can't say I remember ever drinking a Bud Light. Last night I was offered 1 at a friends house (I actually drank 2 of them just fine). It was very easy to drink (which I pounded 2 just fine). Of course it lacked most any noticable quality beer flavors but just as well nothing tasted bad to note either. I had fairly low expectations and this beer was somewhat refreshing and a pleasant surprise. Its basically the same as Coors and Miller lights, which I have no real trouble drinking either. Of the 3 macro lights I'd rank this one slighty less than Coors and about equal to Miller. All-in-all though their all the same.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 19:57:52 | More by bubseymour
Photo of Gluek


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

Nothing really to note here, but I'll try.

Straw color, weak head, watered down taste. Carbonation is the only notable characteristic. It does have good marketing campaigns

O- Avoid. Unless it is the only choice, and there is no potable water available.

Serving type: can

06-30-2011 17:09:35 | More by Gluek
Photo of GossageBrewery


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

Poured this from a can, into a plastic cup. Wish i had a frozen mug. It pours a very faint yellow color that you would barely guess was a beer. Very clear. It produced a small white head, poor retention and zero lacing. The aroma was....well not there...Smelled like beachwood aged water. This beer is very light in body- there really is not much taste, no hop flavor to speak of, no real malt or grain flavor. I think all i taste are bubbles. Worst beer I have ever had.

Serving type: can

06-30-2011 16:31:35 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of DirtyPenny


2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a wine glass, of all things.

A: Pale gold. Pour did not leave any sort of head.

S: Seltzer water. I seriously didn't get much of a scent of anything out of this.

T: Watery with a faint haunting of malt. Flavor was minimal.

M: Bud Light is basically beer-flavored soda. There's a lot of fizz and not a lot of body. Carbonated and very thin, it's designed to slide down your throat and away from your tongue, where it is not needed.

O: If it's warm out and there was nothing else, I'd drink it. It's not bad per se. It's not really anything.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 04:27:44 | More by DirtyPenny
Photo of theJollySin


1.13/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - There is no head to this beer and it appears to be slightly yellowish water when poured into a glass. However, most people do not care enough for this beer to be poured into a glass, so it is nearly universally served in the can.

S - I don't know how they managed to make this smell so little like beer. The smell is unrecognizable to anything I've ever had home or microbrewed. The strongest smell is aluminium, even when poured out of the can. There is a pungent, unpleasant odor that doesn't quite remind me of hops, it's wrong some how.

T - Awful. That's the word. Even in my most decadent mood, I still can't finish an entire can of this beer. That is really saying something. The taste is a decided step down from water. I can think of no redeeming qualities of the taste.

M - Somehow this beer makes my mouth feel dryer, but not in a way that makes me want to drink more. It is a particularly hard beer to drink if you haven't spent years growing accustomed to it.

O - I believe the combination of mass brewing with low flavor ingredients like rice (to replace barley) and poorly cultured yeasts yield a massively inferior beer. This is truly the bottom rung of beer.

Serving type: can

06-28-2011 22:34:21 | More by theJollySin
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

2.6/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Here we go...

A - Pours a watery-yellow with tone of carbonation rushes to a frothy, white three-finger head. Head stays intact 3/4 down the glass before dissipating. Leaves a substantial amount of thin lace on the side of the glass.

S - Not much. I little bit of cereal adjuncts, grains and hint of sweet malt immediately following the pour. Then virtually nothing.

T - Grainy flavors and a bit of alcohol upfront. Sweet malty body with a large dose of cereal adjuncts and just barely perceptible hop bitterness to help balance the malt. The finish is a sweet flurry of adjuncts followed by a stale-cereal aftertaste.

M - An iota thicker than seltzer water. Becomes a bit of a chore to drink as the beer warms.

This is the beer of choice for my father-in-law and I get him a 12 or 18-pack every time he visits. He missed one this time, so I decided to take a trip down undergrad lane and review it. I was impressed by the amount of lacing this beer left behind, but the cereal adjuncts and horrid mouthfeel made me glad he only left one. Probably a slightly below-average macro that needs to be taken ice-cold if one if is to subject themselves to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 04:14:50 | More by Bockrules
Photo of kylehay2004


1.45/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

So I am sure no one needs to read these reviews anyways but the beer is straw yellow, even more so than regular budweiser. A half finger head forms. The smell is of barely. Taste is bitter, less so than budweiser, which is noticeable immediately and remains long after you have finished the beer. The beer tastes and looks watered down but really its just lack of hop flavoring. Far more watered down than its non-light version.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 02:01:26 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of EagleTalon


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

I'm shocked (but not surprised) that I have never, ever reviewed Bud Light in over 9 years of beer-advocacy. I've done over a dozen AB products but not this marketing juggernaut. Not even the 3.2 (4.0 abv) version sold in Oklahoma when I lived there. I am in Arkansas now and have access to BL the way it was intended, weighing in (volume-ing in I suppose) at 4.2% abv. I've certainly had a few as this was about the only beer available at certain parties, as part of a shared pitcher with friends, and at various events such as the Tulsa State Fair (pre-craft beer revolution that is. Took me moving away to kick that off *slaps forehead*). Anyway, I bought some to serve to guests (yes, I want people to feel welcome--I'm a beer geek, not a beer snob.) at a recent party. I thought whatever was left over could be used for educational purposes:

Look: very pale straw color. Thin head. Blah.
Smell: cooked rice, faint cereal smell, seltzer
Taste: almost nonexistent--seltzer and an accidental splash of Michelob.
Mouthfeel: Take a guess.
Overall: Blah, bland and leaves a weak seltzer and white whine (er, "wine") aftertaste.

Honestly, if you look at my reviews of other light lagers, you can see that there are much cheaper beers that have more character than this abomination. It does not taste bad, it just has no taste.

On the bright side, it will flush out your kidneys and cool you down.

Serving type: can

06-26-2011 18:58:25 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of notchucknorris


1.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Clear and pale yellow color with a very slight white head.

S: Gross, especially as it warms. Corn syrup and grain with a pretty good hint of wet dog ass.

T: Watered down corn and grain and soggy kix cereal if you used water instead of milk. Pretty awful and one I'll only go for if nothing else is available.

Serving type: can

06-26-2011 18:05:19 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of PhageLab


2.48/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear pale yellow colour with a small bit of head that fizzled away to nothing.

S - Sweet nose. Almost candy-like.

T - Sweet, crystal malts, corn, sugar, and water. If you actually try to assess what you're tasting here, it loses it's charm.

M - Watery light body, harsh carbonation.

D - Love it or hate it, it's Bud Light. It has and always will have it's place. Is it a good beer? Not really. Will I turn one down if offered? No.

Serving type: can

06-24-2011 17:00:14 | More by PhageLab
Photo of spitInTheOcean


1.93/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

looks pale straw. crystal clear. very effervescent. white head. slight head retention.

this beer smells like... corn! with a touch of alcohol.

this beer has almost no flavor. what taste it does it has is of slight sweet corn flavor with a subtle accent of alcohol.

crisp finish, but still has a lingering sweetness, from the corn i would wager.

this beer feels very thin, but the carbonation does add some body, and/or smoothness.

overall, this beer sucks. i really think the world would be a better place if this beer stopped being made. the label says "superior drinkability," what i say is that this beer leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth that you want to quickly wash out with more beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 04:08:39 | More by spitInTheOcean
Photo of Redfoot19


1.38/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Yuck...simple as that. Not as bad as Coors light, but pretty darn close. I can't believe people come together at parties to drink this lazy beer.
The smell is absent, the mouthfeel is very poor. Just like Coors light, the taste is like club soda + alcohol. I will pass every time I see the bright blue can...I don't want to fill up on sub-par beer anyone could create.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 03:17:22 | More by Redfoot19
Photo of bluejacket74


2.95/5  rDev +59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce can, date of 24 FEB 11 stamped on the bottom of the can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with an inch white head. Not much head retention, but there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is sweet malt and grain. I think the taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, it's all malt/grain/corn. Mouthfeel/body is light, and it's well carbonated. It's also a bit slick which surprised me. Rating this for the style of beer it is, I don't think it's bad at all. But comparing it to other beers in general, I would choose plenty of other brews before this one.

Serving type: can

06-18-2011 23:21:50 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of auroracrisis


1.8/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Can into a Russian River tulip.

Pours a white wine, off yellow color with a white tint to it. Almost no head upon pour, a collar that dissipates into nothing in seconds. Spritzy bubbles rise from the bottom of the beverage.

Smells like airy, dried simple syrup. Nothing else, just a weird junky sweetness.

Taste is sweet too. Corn with some dishwater in there, sweetness is muted in the aftertaste and leaves a bit of candy corn like flavor in your mouth. No balance to it at all, could use a decent bit of hopping.

On the palate, it's thin (like water thin) and prickly. Tons of carbonation to hide that flavor, oh yeah. Surprisingly a bit of drying too.

Overall, your typical adjunct lager. What can I say.

Serving type: can

06-16-2011 05:45:20 | More by auroracrisis
Photo of ferrari29


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

Beer poured from bottle into a Pilsener shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a one finger white colored head; dissipated very quickly; average amount of carbonation comes from the bottom of the glass; very pale colored body and clear; a very small amount of lacing formed on the side of the glass, but faded really quickly

S - Sweet malt and grainy; corn; rice; candy

T - Sweet grain taste; other than some grainy taste at the beginning the flavors disappears very quickly

M - Very, very thin and watery; slightly effervescent at first but turns flat immediately; no aftertaste really, other than some corn or grains

D - Well its Bud, what do you expect; kudos to the beer giants in St. Louis for making this beer last so long; it will be here for years to come; I would take a Miller Lite over this any day; keep up those funny commercials though

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 03:46:18 | More by ferrari29
Photo of mactrail


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

This Bud's for somebody else.

Pours a pale yellow in the glass with a big head which quickly dissipates. It really does feel and taste like seltzer water, but maybe that's a plus given the lack of flavor. Barest hint of malt. I can't actually taste any hops. A dry, carbonation flavor, which I guess is what club soda is about.

I haven't done an extensive investigation into this style, so I may be missing some nuances here. Really cheap lagers from Honduras and India seem to have more flavor, so they must have determined that less flavor is what they're after. But it does seem like this is a suggestion of beer, a marketing campaign like the Marlboro Man.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 22:07:31 | More by mactrail
Photo of jrockstar90


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

We all know about Bud Light. It's nothing extraordinary, and yet it's nothing undrinkable. There is little to no smell, and the downside to this is that there is also little to no taste. Bud Light is basically water with a hint of beer flavoring. I guess it's good if you want to drink in excess, but still, there are other, better options out there. Don't get me wrong, I drink Bud Light on occasion, but it is nowhere near my 1st choice (or even my 30th choice).

Serving type: can

06-15-2011 16:42:08 | More by jrockstar90
Photo of Jimmys


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

reviewed on 6/10/11 - from notes:

A: bubbly head quickly diminishes to a rim of bubbles. very large carbonation can be seen through a clear, very pale yellow.

S: pilsner malt. that’s about it. maybe something similar to a faint champagne? who said miller high life was the champagne of beers? boooo.

T: corn and just the tip of pilsner malt. not a hint of hops either here or far. couldn’t be any further from interesting.

M: high carbonation on a non existent body.

D: only thing to do with this is drink it fast and cold. nothing going on here but some bubbly refreshment. double boo.

Serving type: can

06-15-2011 00:52:46 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Kromes


2.48/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Very light, clear straw color with a finger's width fluffy white head.

S: sweet honey and bready malts with some grainy aromas.

T: Sweet honey malt and some grainy flavors with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light and soda-like. Leaves a weird almost buttery sweetness and stickiness on the palette.

O: Not the worst beer ever, but still not one I would turn to if I was looking for a tasty beer. And you have to drink it fast before it warms up, because once it does, you might as well dump it down the drain.

Serving type: can

06-14-2011 18:26:51 | More by Kromes
Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 4,336 ratings.