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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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4,317 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,317
Reviews: 1,276
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 36.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 242 | FT: 0
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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 Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

2.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Crystal clear, off white Perfect to the style.

Smell: No hops, no malts. Par with style but not to my liking.

Taste: What Taste? Bland. Very bland even to the style.

Mouthfeel: Very light. Very carbed. Meets style guidelines.

Drinkability: Better than water but not my preference

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2008 21:37:40 | More by Squelch
Photo of ranneyj2


2.38/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I know it is easy to risk ones "beerness" status when giving a budget beer anything over a 2.0, but honestly I believe the AB got it right with their new commercial campaign. The difference is drinkability and Bud Light has it. Unlike Miller Lite, which needs to be numbingly cold, BL can actually move to the not freezing side and still be pretty good. Everyone needs a good budget beer, for me BL provides that

Serving type: can

10-18-2008 21:28:38 | More by ranneyj2
Photo of Beernoisseur


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

It's not God awful, like some people think, but it's certainly not amazing. However, one must remember that you are comsuming a light beer. Typically, light beers are something of a waste of calories, simply because they are not THAT many less calories. for what you lose in flavor and complexity, the minor reduction in calories (maybe 15%) is not worth it.

It's a light straw yellow. It smells like nothing and a tiny touch of iron-ish metallic. it tastes like it was made with unsweetened cornflakes(which is not necessarily horrible if that's what you're looking for). It feels decent in my mouth, and I could drink them one after another, but if I was going to do that, I would drink a Session lager. it's only 20 more calories, and it's about 20 times better.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 03:33:26 | More by Beernoisseur
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

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

Golden transparent hue with frothy head. Almost no aroma whatsoever that I can determine. Tastes almost as bland as the aroma but a few hop flavors show through as well as some grains. This is the most watered down beer I have had among the Miller-Coors and Anheuser-Busch companies.

Serving type: can

10-16-2008 01:41:11 | More by JRed
Photo of CampusCrew


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

appearance: light yellow to almost clear

smell: slight hops, but barely smelled like beer

taste: Little to none, like a rice lager, zero taste

mouthfeel: watery and tasteless

drinkability: very easy, goes down easier than water. good for drinking games

Serving type: can

10-15-2008 17:10:14 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

1.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an extremely clear, pale yellow. Carbonation is quite active, and a rather large, soapy head bubbles up and stays briefly. Actually a little bit of lacing.

S: Very clean, light cereal grains and a slightly astringent whiff of alcohol.

T: Very thin malts, a dry, seltzery pucker, and a bit of grain husk. It does taste sort of like a beer, which is a little more than you could say for something like Coors Light or the bargain basement college party light beers, but it still doesn't taste good by any stretch of the imagination.

M: Quite dry and very seltzery. Honestly, it feels more like soda than a beer. Poorly balanced, in my opinion.

D: Well, it's certainly inoffensive, at least in the sense that it contains absolutely zero off flavors, or flavors of any sort actually. It would be refreshing on a hot day, but that's about the only use for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 21:05:45 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of matty


3.38/5  rDev +82.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale colored beer with a very rapidly fading head.Taste like all AB products are fresh and smooth.Another light lager that is refreshing and made for those hot summer days.This is something I'll always purchase no matter how many new beers come out on the market!!

Serving type: can

10-11-2008 05:01:53 | More by matty
Photo of Rhynes2


2.7/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Little lit of grain and some citrusy notes too. Other than than, this is a pretty bland light beer. Little to no head retention and the aroma is only noticeable from about an inch away. Given, it is a light beer so I can't bash it too much. I guess it's alright for a beer in this category. Nothing special but not a terrible choice.

Serving type: can

10-09-2008 02:48:53 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of Greggy


2.9/5  rDev +56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a 2 finger soapy, seltzer water head that recedes pretty quickly leaving no lacing. The body is crystal clear and straw yellow.

S- Some husky grains come across as well as some sweet lemon and adjunct notes.

T- Starts out with a sort of lemon notes, almost tart/sour, then moves into a metallic finish.

M- overly carbonated

D- For light lagers, I'd far rather go with Miller lite as it has more character, by far. This is ok, but not even decent.

Serving type: can

10-08-2008 03:04:10 | More by Greggy
Photo of spointon


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

I had this one on tap at the Auld Dubliner pub in Bolingbrook, IL. It was $1 draft macro night...

A= This one poured a very clear pale yellow color with a faint skim of white head that quickly disappeared.

S= Almost the absence of aroma. Very clean with a slight sweetness.

T= Malt presence was barely detectable. Hops were not detectable at all. Faint sweetness in the light graininess.

MF= Crisp, watery and thin, light bodied.

D= Easily drinkable in the sense that there are no "bad" flavors to slow you down. In fact, there aren't really any flavors to get in the way.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2008 02:44:05 | More by spointon
Photo of Phillyduke


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

I bought a case each of the Bud and Bud Light 16 oz aluminum bottles with the "Phillies" imprint on them to share with guests during the 2008 playoffs. Figured I might as well review one...

A: About as pale a yellow color as you can get without being colorless. Exceptionally clear with very little active carbonation and a thick three-finger head that slowly recedes to a thin cap with very little lacing.

S: Very crisp and clean with notes of lager yeast, cereal grains and a whiff of what comes across as either alcohol esters or a faint bit of hops.

T/M: Flat and lifeless. The pour seems to have killed all the carbonation, which reinforces my feeling that A/B and other Macros intend for most of their products to be drank directly from the container. Very light bodied and nearly tasteless, with only a hint of grainy sweetness and no noticeable hops or malt backbone. Finish is short and forgettable (thankfully).

D/O: As others have opined, this is more like a beer-flavored beverage (water/club soda/seltzer) than an actual beer. I guess for what A/B is trying to do with it it hits the mark, but there are certainly better light lager options out there if that's your thing. At least the Phillies bottle will look good on my shelf.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 16:45:21 | More by Phillyduke
Photo of Jayli


1.27/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This was probably one of the first beers I ever tried. It's cheap and really at that age, I didn't know any better. The color is a pale yellow and pours out initially with a moderate amount of foam which completely dissipates into nothing. It has a very bland taste to it, almost completely like water. A lot of carbonation. Truly, it's the beer to drink when all you want to do is get drunk...and even then it will take far too many than I care to spend my money on!

Serving type: can

10-01-2008 13:39:10 | More by Jayli
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

1.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a clear, bright buttery-gold with a compact, sudsy head that quickly dissipated. The sides of the glass were immediately lined with macro carbonation bubbles sticking around before rushing to the surface and yielding a medium steady showing of carbonation. Overall the color was decent but appearance was hindered somewhat by a weak and unimpressive head and lacing.

S: light and crisp, with some dried rice and dried corn and not much else so to speak of.

T: fizzy corn water with some stale grains. Theres a touch of sourness and metallic nature as well some fresh green corn stalks.

M: obnoxiously fizzy and very active and distracting on the tongue form the flavor, however good or bad that may seem.

D: Drinkability was bad, very corny flavor, with green stalks and a high carbonation factor all which leads to a big fizzy disappointment. Will make your grimace with every sip and consider pouring it down the drain.

Serving type: can

09-30-2008 22:51:57 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of adamette


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

Served from a can into a clean, clear glass last night while at a hot dog roast in Andover, Ohio. Someone else brought the Bud Lights. I thouht it might be the only time that I would be able to rate this beer again since I certainly will not be buying it for myself.

A Light yellow body. One inch head which dissapeared very quickly. It is an exceedingly typical macro brew appearance.

S Faint hops. After a minute or two it is already becoming a bit skunky. Distant grains.

T Initial and mid taste is absent. Later, as in early aftertaste there are some grains and distant hops. You really have to concentrate on the taste to detect anything.

M Light, much like the water which makes up a high percentage of this.

D Good...but alas I will not be drinking another one of these voluntarily.

Notes: I went to College in St. Louis (SLU) and so there was a time when Bud (and therefore Bud Light) was "my hometown beer." Man I wasted a lot of taste/time on them.

Serving type: can

09-29-2008 02:33:41 | More by adamette
Photo of ironchefchris


3/5  rDev +62.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bud Light is a solid choice in its category in my opinion. Nothing about the beer is particularly exceptional. The look is pale yellow, it poors very average with little head, and the taste is very bland and unnoticable. But in each of these categories, it rises above other brands of similar style like Coors Light, Miller, etc. and it seems to have more flavor than it's counterparts.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2008 12:27:00 | More by ironchefchris
Photo of philipquarles


2.1/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours a nice urine-yellow with a negligible white head that disappears into nothing. No lacing whatsoever.

Smells like a lager, but less-so. A hint of malt sweetness, and MAYBE some hop bitterness, but that could just be wishful thinking.

Tastes like a bit of straw/malt with a lot of water. Not much eles to say. Bad Perrier is the first thing that comes to mind. The mouthfeel is the same; like sparkling water, but with less sparkle.

A really genuinely bad beer, but not really any worse than anything else of this style. It's not so much offensive as it is tasteless.

Serving type: can

09-21-2008 01:35:12 | More by philipquarles
Photo of oriolesfan4


2.17/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

What more can be said about this? For what it is, which is a social party beer, it does its job certainly. My only gripe with it is that it's basically the same price as micro's yet people still insist on getting this. A 30 pack +tax/deposit will run you like $22! If you want cheap beer you can get Natty Light or Gennesse among others for about half the price and they taste the same!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 23:14:32 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Mauerhan


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

this beer blows...
it blows out loud...
and it will give you an upset tummy, and a wicked case of th beer shits...
if this is a beer of choice you might want to consider drinking a wine cooler now and then...
i would rather drink a six pack of corona, piss that out and drink that...
bud light sucks ass...
thats all i have to say about that...
end of story

Serving type: can

09-05-2008 06:55:16 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of schanker21


1.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Pours a very, very clear, very, very pale yellow color with a one finger white head that dissipates almost immediately.

S- I'm not even sure how to describe this other than it's an unappetizingly sweet smell. Definite adjunct presence. No hops aroma whatsoever.

T- Very watery and sweet. Adjuncts: corn and rice? Thankfully there's not a whole lot to the taste, otherwise it would be unbearable. I hate regular Budweiser, and this basically the same, only watered down.

M- Very thin and watery.

D- Better than regular Bud. At least I can tolerate Bud Light. I can actually finish a can without feeling the need to go throw up.

Serving type: can

09-05-2008 01:41:38 | More by schanker21
Photo of hurleymanvw


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

When i am looking to hydrate after drinking a good beer i could see myself turning to this water substitue.

Apperence is that of lightly tinted water with no head at all.

Slight aroma of alchol and rice.

Tastes like slightly flavored water with not body to speak of.

Just happy to be done with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 14:23:36 | More by hurleymanvw
Photo of OtherShoe2


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

Lesson to be learned -- when invited to a Labor Day BBQ, and you ask what you can bring, don't just bring brownies -- bring beer.

Handed an ice-cold can from a cooler. Later inspection shows a choice of this or berry wine coolers. I might have made the wrong choice.

Poured into an oversized Solo cup -- not a worry -- the fizzy head on this was gone in a flash. Pale yellow brew with a whiff of corn/grain.

Taste: Not much here. Really fizzy beverage with some off/sour aftertaste. Next drink was a Coke.

Nutty thing about this one is that you see people buying 30 packs of this or other lite macros. I just don't get it.

Serving type: can

09-02-2008 12:22:25 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of jdmorgan


1.75/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Light straw-colored carbonated water. Had a faint smell of alcohol and cheap adjuncts. Taste was very very thin with hardly any hops and barely any body at all. Tasted more like ice-cold alcohol water than a beer. Consistency was thin and carbonation was medium/high.

Taste was too light to be enjoyable. Good for getting drunk, but tough to actually enjoy for the taste.

Serving type: can

08-30-2008 01:10:44 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of PatronWizard


1.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Good old butt wipe. In my early twenties I drank a lot of this stuff. No, more than that. I said a lot. So here it is 10+ years later and I've had a lot beers since then. A lot of good beers. Anyway, couple cans left over from a party. Why not?

With the can in my hand, a terrible flashback occurs. I quickly pop the top, chug the contents with 6 or 7 seven swallows, crush the can on my forehead and fling it like a throwing star at the closest moving body while belching out half a cubic foot of CO2.

But wait.... it's not 1995. And this isn't my bachelor pad. And I just knocked out my two year old with a flying can. What have I done? Oh curse you, bud light, tainter of taste buds, and ruiner of lives!

Ok gimme a second to dust my little girl off and then try this again.

Pours clear as can be with the faintest yellow tint. Looks like my morning wizz after a sixer of stone pale ale. Poured it hard to create a head which swiftly runs away. How does that wench do it in the commercial?

Smell is indescribable and light. Wife says "smells awful." I will henceforth call this fragrance the 'light beer smell' to be polite.

Taste is nonexistent. Wife says "corn." Maybe one kernal of corn boiled in fourteen gallons of water.

Mouthfeel is rude and harsh carbonation.

Drinkability is high because it's like drinking beer water. Ice cold and pound 'em. Yardwork beer.

Overall: dear bud light, it's over. don't call, don't write

Serving type: can

08-26-2008 05:37:57 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of IBUnit63


1.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Cross between apple juice and a specimen. Good carbonation - soap suds lacing leaves quickly. Typical macro.

Wow - it really does smell like corn! Silage and not much else. Aroma isn't necessarily offensive, just pretty much nonexistent.

This has a spoiled bitterness to it that results in same aftertaste...boiled corn with a hint of hops. Stings a little.

Stale corn, puckering silage and a little fizz on the palate - that's about it.

This didn't taste horrible until I really sat down and thought about it. Can't choke this down unless nearly frozen. No BMC bashing here - this really isn't good at all.

Serving type: can

08-25-2008 10:00:28 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of changeup45


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

It's better than Budweiser, which I never could drink. A barely drinkable, mass produced Pale Lager that only has a little bit of a foul taste to go along with the watery, sweet corn, grainy, malty mixture. I don't hate Bud Light but that may be because the Bud Light commercials are at least funny.

Serving type: can

08-23-2008 17:26:27 | More by changeup45
Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 4,317 ratings.