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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

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4,327 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,327
Reviews: 1,276
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 36.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 249 | 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 baseballrock


2.35/5  rDev +27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bud light is the party beer for people who will pay the extra buck instead of getting keystone, the beast or any other great cheap party beers. If im at a ball game i would rather have a bud but i have no complaints on bud light, i can drink a lot of these in one session.

appearance is clear yellow there isant much auroma. taste is pretty bland but thats okay just take big drinks. mouthfeel is light and the drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 21:43:44 | More by baseballrock
Photo of prototypic


2.17/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: It's clear and a very light straw color. Head was foamy and about a finger deep. Retention was short. Lacing...right.

Smell: It's mostly grainy with very light caramel malt aromas mixed in. Hops are not noticeable. That's about it.

Taste: There is a slight bit of caramel malt sweetness. It is grainy and earthy. But, it's very watered down and difficult to pick up any substantial flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is on the light side. It is watered down and goes down easy. But, it has virtually no flavor which makes it difficult to drink. All in all, this is not a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 05:17:50 | More by prototypic
Photo of Seanizzle


4.75/5  rDev +156.8%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nectar of the Gods! How can anyone honestly dislike bud light? That would be ludicrous! This is the ultimate party beer! It's everywhere you go! It tastes great, isn't too filling, has a great mouthfeel, and has a smell that will make you want more. If I was stuck drinking any beer for the rest of my life, this would hands down be my choice. Numero uno in my book. mmm bud light

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 01:21:06 | More by Seanizzle
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


1.75/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Time to get a few macros out of the way. These aren't exciting beers, but there are enough differences to rate them.

This is bad beer. Even as a session beer, it's bad. Smell and appearance invoke zero emotion, and the taste? Bleeeh. It tastes of sour rice, and some other dirty grains.

Carbonation is horrid. It seems they upped it in an effort to wash out some of the flavor, or lack thereof. There are so many better, and cheaper, session beers out there that I have trouble understanding why this one is purchased.

Serving type: can

02-25-2008 14:19:15 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of BeerCon5


1.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Light golden, very clear color, head disappears quickly.

S: Very weak scent, a little sweet but not much else.

T: Again, very weak and watered down taste, a slight taste of corn, not really flavorful.

M: Very light and watery, too much carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. It's not something I would pay for unless I was just looking to get drunk.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 17:17:48 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of TYE


1.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours golden, clear, with active carbonation and a white foam head that dissapears quickly.
S - Smells of bread. Weak aroma.
T - Very light body, light flavor of bread.
M - Watery, high carbonation, no bitterness, smooth, no character.
D - In college, this was acceptable, but not now. This is a vessle for the alcohol, only.

Serving type: can

02-20-2008 18:00:36 | More by TYE
Photo of BoitSansSoif


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

A-Frothy mousse quickly faded. Clear, very pale, golden straw color.

S-Very faint bready scent. Can't tell if it's light malt or something else. Can't make out any hops. Can't make out much of anything.

T-There's really nothing there to impress or offend, except some wet dog. Very light malt, minute-rice, cool spring water.

M-Exactly what I'd expect for complete lack of flavor. The body barely rivals that of Evian, and falls well short of Perrier. Carbonation is steady.

D-I choose taste over low calories any day. I'll only buy this stuff if it's dollar beer night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 05:38:39 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of Dubbercody


1.1/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

In all honesty, it doesn't taste like much of anything. At least it's lack of any qualities at all make it inoffensive.

Gave me the burps, and well that's about it. It really has little to no taste, smell or much of anything. I picked up a can for a quarter, just to try it.

For mass marketed crap, it's mostly inoffensive tasteless nonsense. Drinks down easy like water is the best thing I can say about it. It's alcoholic water, mmmm...but alas worth the 25 cents I spent on it to try it and learn about another beer. Cause you can't even make a phone call for a quarter anymore.

Serving type: can

02-17-2008 20:47:24 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of hardy008


1.18/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - Pale yellow with very little foamy head to it.
Smell - Rice, grains, and not much else.
Taste - Rice, grains, and heavy on the water.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Not impressive, maybe the best part of this beer.
Drinkability - Poor. I would not want another one. I had this at a party and that one time was enough.

Serving type: can

02-16-2008 23:10:50 | More by hardy008
Photo of BeerTaster

New York

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

Appearence clear yellow and no head big disapointment. Smell not much adjunents and cheep ingredients no hops. Taste about the same as the smell when will they learn a few cents on ingredients meens a huge differance. Mouthfeel thin watery high carbonation. Drinkability only if its free otherwise avoid.

Serving type: can

02-15-2008 22:31:29 | More by BeerTaster
Photo of Baileyuk


1.27/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

How could I ever have drank this? The taste is more like slightly strange tasting water. The ultimate test was complete when that was my only option at a hotel I was at. I tried to shandy it to give it something but to no avail. I settled for a diet coke!

With the big beer makers push to try and convince people that they actually use hops I tried hard for any incling of a hop taste. That got me focusing on the tastee so things went down hill. Hopefully the big players do not use the hop shortage to try and dent the inroads craft brewing has made to the masses.

Serving type: can

02-14-2008 00:23:50 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of Proteus93


1.55/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pale yellow... but almost nothing for colour at all. It DOES, however, carry a reasonably foamy head with a decent retention.

S: Very little aroma... some malt sweetness, but otherwise, not much at all.

T: A dash of malts... a bit sweet, but something of a metallic taste that lingers through the finish for a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

M: Fizzy & watery. Has the body of carbonated water, kinda...

D: Realistically, there is not much more to this than water. I couldn't bring myself to shell out extra money for flavours which are somewhat unpleasant rather than sparkling water. Unfortunately, it's not even mmuch for swill on a hot day... needs a bit more of everything to be passable in that regard.

Serving type: can

02-11-2008 03:44:44 | More by Proteus93
Photo of JDV


1.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Light clear gold, with decent bright white head that doesn't last. Watery flavor but crisp carbonation (overly crisp though) and a light, light malt flavor. Not much happening here, but there is the faintest touch of bitterness. Better than miller lite at least..

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 23:13:11 | More by JDV
Photo of JToad


1.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

So I decided to review Bud Light for two reasons, one I always seem to review stuff that I know I enjoy, so I figured by really analazing something different, I would realize why I enjoy the beer that I do. And two, I had it lying around the fridge, and I was thirsty, so what the hell.

Poured out of a can directly into my Sam Adams glass. It has a born on date of Nov 7th of 07, so its a few months old. Not too bad. It pours a light yellowish gold, almost the color of Ginger Ale.

Smells of Aluminum and corn, with very little if any hop charachter.

Tastes of corn, slightly better malt profile than hops. Very clean, slightly refreshing to the palate.

Very carbonated. The bubbles seem to fill up your mouth, which is good because the beer itself has no body whatsoever.

All in all, Bud Light is my least favorite of the macro offerings. I can enjoy a Budweiser every once in a while as well as a Coors Light. But when I want something cold and refreshing, Ill stick to Miller High Life. If I recall properly, this one can should give me a splitting headache within the next few minutes.

Serving type: can

02-06-2008 01:13:25 | More by JToad
Photo of Strix


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

Well, what can you say? It is what it is. Fairly watery. Not much like beer. Dominated by weak grainy flavors, like wet cheerios. Sadly, this is the only beer that many people drink. It may quench your thirst, but I can't say I find it particularly enjoyable. Even in the light lager category, search elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 06:45:01 | More by Strix
Photo of tayner


1.75/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce can with freshness date

pale, pale yellow with wispy head

smelled of, um, nothing really, carbonated water?

tasted like 11.5 ounces of carbonated water with about 1/2 ounce of budweiser dropped into it.

watery and not worth drinking.

why waste your time, unless you just need something to help you p. if you are drinking this it is likely because you are in college and are looking for a buzz.. not because you like beer.

Serving type: can

01-29-2008 03:27:58 | More by tayner
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

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

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

It looked very very pale with a weak white head. The smell was extremely clean, not much to speak of here. The taste was very clean and dry with light notes of grain husk and wet cardboard. It doesn't feel good in the mouth at all, too much carbonation. I wouldn't drink this again.

Serving type: can

01-27-2008 19:39:06 | More by cbleary
Photo of DevilDogBeer


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

It is what it is folks; an american light lager from the B in CMB. The beer is straw yellow color with a large bubbled foamy head. The head fades quickly and does not lace. The smell definitely has some adjuncts in it and the taste is crisp and clean but not impressive, just average for the style. (If I was rating this on a flat scale instead of by style, it would get a 1.) The mouth feel is very thin, but it is a highly drinkable beer as is demonstrated by the unimaginable numebr of cases they sell each week.

Serving type: can

01-26-2008 04:46:03 | More by DevilDogBeer
Photo of Surefire


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

A: Barely slightly yellow
S: Smells like water. Only a hint of beer.
T: Tastes like cheap beer flavored water.
M: Watery, no substance.
D: Drinkable, but so is water. Why not just buy water?

Overall: To my tastes, it tastes like water, with only a slight hint of beer flavors. I'd rather just either buy water, or a Michelob (if limited to macros). Can't see any reason to drink Bud Light. Its drinkable, but doesn't offer any advantages over water.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 02:40:01 | More by Surefire
Photo of TheodorHerzl


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

What can you say that hasn't been said about this beer?

I was even trying to be subjective on the light lager category and it still didn't live up to that.

A- pale yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipated very quickly.
S-water and yeast
T-dry with a small bit of metallic sweetness
M-very light and highly carbonated
D- not for me

Serving type: can

01-21-2008 15:30:47 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


1.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a can into a 7-oz plastic cup. Served cold.

Appears very light greenish-yellow, with a huge fluffy white head that dissapates quickly, leaving a bit of non-sticky lacing that evaporated.

Smells like a yeast sample. Like a brewing vessel at peak fermentaton. Tried to smell past the yeast for any malt or any hops but nothing was there.

Tastes like... nothing. Could be water, but not as refreshing as drinking water because there's no mineral bite, just very softened water with slight carbonation. A bit of a sour/soapy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is soft, creamy. No bite at all, either bitterness or carbonic.

Drinkability is non-existent. Inert, not as pleasant as plain water from the tap. Couldn't finish this one. First drain pour of 2008.

Serving type: can

01-16-2008 04:55:49 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of Kemmerlin


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

It was straw yellow and very clear/watery. The smell was of cheap beer without character and was a great reflection of its taste. It was very bland and watery and definitely had to hold my breath to get it all down. A great shotgun beer and also good for beer pong but other than that not very drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-15-2008 05:56:11 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of Ryanbob


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

I defy you to drink one of these at room temp. God awful.

Appearance is yellow and fizzy. Smells like something funky. Taste if ice cold - watery with some rice, malt and unidentifable funkiness. Taste if less than ice cold - unidentifiable funkiness. If you have to drink something weak and slammable, please pick something else. There are waterier beers without the assy flavor if Bud Light and there are light beers with slightly more flavor. This is the worst of both worlds.

Serving type: can

01-14-2008 06:43:37 | More by Ryanbob
Photo of YonderWanderer


1.15/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah, Bud Light, it's been a long time since I had tried you. And yet, somehow last night, I ended up with one in my glass, and I said, what the hell, let's see where this goes. Sadly, it didn't go too far, as I simply couldn't get through it.

It pours a pale, straw colored yellow, almost the shade of urine. Vastly appealing, I assure you. The smell is the typical macro lager smell, which, is to say it's not appealing. Taste is barely there. I suppose one nice thing about it is that there isn't a lot of flavor packed into this beer. It's pretty bland, with the usual taste of corn and maybe a bit of malt, and probably some dirty water too. The mouthfeel is ok, I mean, it's carbonated well, and it's as thin as water.

As for drinkability, given the sheer number of people who do drink it, obviously it goes down easy, and you can drink a lot of them in a night. But, in terms of drinkability for flavor and for enjoying it, stay the hell away from this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2008 12:52:25 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of berserker256


2.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Transparent foamy and urine-like in appearance. Typical shameful presence of corn, metal, dirt, and hay found within the aroma and taste. Very light and watery. Decent carbonation. Easy to drink just like water is but the taste is very mediocre. If somebody's buying these all night at a bar I'll drink them because they're free but I don't buy them myself. It's better than no beer at all... And that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 18:20:55 | More by berserker256
Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
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