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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

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4,876 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,876
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 37.84%
Wants: 28
Gots: 488 | 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 CaptJackHarkness
1.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, straw color, foamy off-white head that evaporates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.Scent of grassy corn.
Taste is of corn but has a nice aftertaste .
Watery. Medium carbonation. Not at all appealing. Another brew for those who want a cheap drunk.

CaptJackHarkness, Sep 25, 2011
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.

TippySelenoid, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
1.93/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

"The sure sign of a good time?" Uh, no. Beg to differ, Mr. Mad Man wannabe douchebag adman. This is the blandest excuse for a beer you can imagine, surely not worth the minimal calories consumed.

THis is a very clear yellow bear with a decent head that fades away slowly, leaving little to no lace at all.

Smell? Nothing there except the faintest trace of malt..barely.

Taste? Really, really bland and watery..the hint of malt and corn or rice or some vaguely sweet adjunct. Nothing really noticeable. Sort of beer-ish in a distant kind of way.

The mouthfeel is all fizzy carbonation, a crisp finish...nothing exceptional. I guess it's kinda refreshing but I'd rather have a water or a soda.

This one simply leaves me wondering why? Why would anyone drink this? Why did I even try it (again)? Pointless, boring junk.

tobelerone, Sep 21, 2011
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.

AllHoppedUp84, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of BryanRex
1.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Other than college beer pong tourneys, this stuff is barely fit for human consumption (along with Coors Light and Bud Light). It's interesting that you can get some of the top non-pastuerized beers on Earth for only slightly additional cost. I don't think this even qualifies as real beer.
Appearance: Light yellow
Smell: Rotten Indian food
Taste: Watery with slight hops
Mouthfeel: Watery
Overall: Terrible, leaves you feeling bloated and sick.

BryanRex, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of righthereisay
1.5/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Um, this really shouldn't even be on this website. It isn't a real beer. It is pre-craft beer, and doesn't have anything going for it.

You should just put a lime in a beer like this, at least you would feel like you are in Mexico. It is cheap, it is bad.

righthereisay, Sep 18, 2011
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.

Reaper16, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
2.05/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank out of a tall boy can. Color was pale and clear. Minimal head, lacing and film.

Smells was corn, bready malts. Metallic smell as well.

Tasted light corn malts, followed by a carbonated, dry ending,

Light body. Average carbonation. Refreshing, crisp and clean. Some bubbles on the roof of my mouth. Watery taste.

When it comes to cheap beer, this is in my top two. Great for beer games.

BucannonXC5, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Clean, clear, moderate rising carbonation, real pale yellow color to the body. The head starts out nice around two inches following an aggressive pour into my pint glass. It fades at a relatively slow pace before becoming less than an eighth of an inch at the surface.

S - Very faint aroma of pale malts.

T - The flavor of pale grain is really all that's here. It leaves much to be desired as it has no complexity or movement from one flavor to another.

M - It has a faint coarseness throughout and a real watery base. There's no stickiness in the finish.

~ I've said it before and I'll say it again right here. There is a time and a place for every beer. If you're looking for an over-rated (by American social standards) light beer, and you want to pay through the nose simply because it's advertised to death... this is the beer for you.

cdkrenz, Sep 09, 2011
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.

ikantspel, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of gtermi
2.38/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I hate this beer so much. I had it once when I was 21 and just couldn't handle it. It's not that the taste is horrible or rotten, its just too much like water. The carbonation makes me burp way too me and gave me the hiccups for half an hour. I will never drink this beer again and hope that it goes away. It is a disgrace to US beers.

gtermi, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of hophunter
4.18/5  rDev +125.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Aroma: faint green apple, low hop aroma. Mild sweetness from the corn.

Appearance: very pale straw color and very clear. White frothy head that doesn't last.

Flavor: very crisp and refreshing. Low hop and malt flavors but are balanced.

Mouthfeel: light body and highly carbonated.

Overall, a very light, crisp and refreshing beer. It adheres to all the guidelines of what a Lite American Lager should be. It's a very drinkable beer. Personally, not always in the mood for it but great for when I want something really light. But then again i'm not always in the mood for an Imperial stout either...

hophunter, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.25/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm reviewing this for a friend.

A: Pours a clear slightly gold color with a fizzy, fizzy head that dies down to a couple centimeters of head. Leaves no lacing. Has bubbles rising to the top.

S: Vegetable smells with a little bit of metallic edge. VERY little aroma. A little very light pils malt. skunky.

T/M: Taste has more body. Has a decent malt core, but very little hopping at all, though I didnt expect it. Carbonation actually isnt too bad, just enough that it tingles a little over the palate but it goes down smooth and is 'drinkable' (haha). A little bit of sugary/corn meal sweetness. not complex in flavor at all, but thats not what the beer is about. Has a little bit of sweet bread in the malt profile and thats about it. Finishes watery and without a lingering aftertaste whatsoever.

Overall its a drinkable beer good mostly only for super hot days outside or for drinking easily in bulk. Not as caustic on the palate as most reviews suggest.

Dreadnaught33, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of FUNKPhD
1.9/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The only time I consume this beverage it with buddies who can appreciate a good beer, but settle on Bud Light, because its cheap, easy to get, and somewhat drinkable.

It has a light hay color, with light carbonation, and weak head. Smells like a beer, but by no means one that's going to rock your world. The "flavor" is a bit lackluster, but isn't terrible, just doesn't have very much going on with it. As far as drinkability, yes, it is drinkable, its not terrible, I just would prefer something else.

Overall, in my opinion of widely available stadium beers, if these were the only one, I could partake.

FUNKPhD, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of theRooster90
1.33/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Similar to coors light.

Looks like a typical light beer with no head worth noting.

Smells like alcohol and doesn't make me want to drink it.

Tastes like crap frankly.

Mouthfeel was filmy and watery.

Overall I think you should only drink this for long sessions where you plan on getting plastered. Which is not often, at all, for me.

theRooster90, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Chyren
1.9/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well well well.... where to start. I haven't had a Bud of any kind for so long but I know approximately what to expect.

I found this Bud Light in the discount rack at my go-to beer place; paid only 50 cents for it. I don't think I could ever pay MSRP for a Bud.

In true fashion, I'm drinking this Bud straight from it's ice-cold dew-encrusted can.

S: light and sweet, faint whiffs of grass and straw, corn and rice. I don't think hops are discernible at all.

T: Sweet tasting soda water. That's about all. Rings of corn and a vague grain-like character. At least it is clear and not especially cloying like some adjunct beers I've had.

M: Watery. Literally, it is like flavored carbonated water. Maybe it has the briefest of memories of viscosity, but that's it.

O: Why oh why? What is the point of this beer's existence?

Chyren, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of tdm168
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.

tdm168, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of gatorbreath
1.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weak brew here, as we all know...

Nothing as for appearance, gold with some bubbles, assumedly AB probably wants you do slurp it down w/o becoming wise to their inadequacies....

App is gold with fuzzy head, whack smell, none to it really except refreshment, if you will..Taste? still looking for that...mouthfeel = water and overall, read my first sentence fragment...

I would even deter those that enjoy this for drinking games and the like to choose something that is not so schwagged out..

Don't buy this stuff man, grab something worth drinking..

gatorbreath, Aug 26, 2011
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.

kojevergas, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of TheQuietMan22
1.8/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a pale straw that develops a chill haze. Three ringers of fluffy head dissipated immediately to leave a ring around the edge and a thin lacing.

Smell: It smells like canned corn that has been heated in a pot for supper. (Damn, mom! Add some salt or pepper or something. Jeez!) It also has the aroma of tap water. (Not that tap water is bad or anything. I love that stuff.)

Taste: There is flavor there, but not much. Cooked corn, a little barley, and maybe a hop pellet or two.

Drinkability: If you are judging superior drinkability with water as the benchmark, I suppose this is comparable. It is beer-flavored water. Perhaps that is too generous. Beer enriched water? Beer infused water?

TheQuietMan22, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Spikester
3/5  rDev +62.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear pale gold with a two inch white foamy head that dies in about three minutes. Might be a spot or two of lacing. Aroma is pungent but I am having a hard time placing the aroma. Taste is minor sweetness, slightly malty and just a hint of grassy and noble hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is average for the style and slightly over carbonated. Finish is sweet, , and lightly dry.. Overall on a hot summer day and served ice cold, consumed quickly, I could drink a few of these. But I agree there are plenty of equally good and some better choices in the light beer category. And from looking at many sources this contains rice as the adjunct not corn.

Spikester, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of olimpia84
1.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

There's nothing much to add other than agree with most users reviews to avoid this beer.This is a popular beer on college parties and tailgates, and a favorite for beer games such as beer pong.

Unimpressive appearance with a yellow translucid color. Bad metallic watery taste that is best enjoyed (if possible?) cold. Hard to understand why this is such a popular beer, I guess all that marketing combined with its low price it's an attraction to some.

Very bad mouthfeel and aftertaste.

olimpia84, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of paxchristi
1.43/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

You are not a beer drinker if you drink Bud Light. Its success is due to marketing; not fidelity to the craft/art of brewing excellent beer. It was made so that people can drink more-- not so that they can enjoy beer but so they can be drunk. Beer is an experience. Get over yourself, Bud Light!

paxchristi, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of dcall384
1/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- Pours a pale almost clear yellow with no head or lace.

S- Smells like corn and bad water. Just not a good smell at all.

T- Taste like nothing at first. Then, there is this after taste of metal.

M- Feels like water with a lot of carbonation.

O- I have yet to understand why people like this beer. It would be cheaper to just drink water. There is really nothing good about this beer. It taste like metal and there is no quality to it. I wish this beer would just go away.

dcall384, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of clint1019
1.15/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Can this even be considered a beer? The German purity law doesn't say anything about Rice or other additives.

Has a straw color with a light fluffy head.

Cannot smell much of anything.

Not sure how to decribe the taste. It's almost as if I rinsed out a empty beer bottle and drank the water inside instead of dumping it down the sink. It has a slight beer taste to it, but mostly water. And you can forget about any kind of hop bitterness. The big 3 have always promoted that bitterness is something that is bad in a beer,so you can forget about any kind of hop bitterness in this one.

Thin watery mouthfeel.

Overall this is a terrible beer. I wouldn't even consider this a consumption beer. There are much better watered down beers that you can consume in large quantities if that's what your looking for.

clint1019, Aug 10, 2011
Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 4,876 ratings.