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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

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4,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,517
Reviews: 1,285
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 37.3%
Wants: 15
Gots: 328 | 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 Monsteruss


1.3/5  rDev -29.7%

Egad! Bud Light!
Foam was light,light wheat in color that dissapated real quick with a serious carbonation issue. The color was a light gold almost yellow water. Smell was crisp and very small hints of hops. Absolutely no contribution to the senses. Taste, what taste? There was a feeling of 'no taste' involved except subtle hints of hops. Mouthfeel - crisp, carbonated. Drinkability - for me, it was hard drinking a beer with no taste compared to most other beers.

05-01-2009 20:39:13 | More by Monsteruss
Photo of lonestar1836


1.9/5  rDev +2.7%

A: clear pale golden color with foamy white head that diminishes quickly

S: corny with rice aroma hardly any hopps and a slightly metalic aroma

T: watery corny almost garlicy falvor at first but later there's a slightly sweet and almost floral flavor

M: watery and very foamy

D: this is the "light" version of the "king of beers" but i've difinately had better light beers

04-28-2009 00:00:33 | More by lonestar1836
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 mwlyons02


3.2/5  rDev +73%

Pours a golden color with a 1' white head. This is a run of the mill American light beer. Very good for summer days and watching baseball games. Not a beer that was made to compete with top beers in the world, but an American tradition and a consistent taste.

04-22-2009 23:48:37 | More by mwlyons02
Photo of Thorpe429


1.8/5  rDev -2.7%

On tap from the parents' keg.

G: Poured into the ubiquitous Bud Light pint glass.

A: Very pale colored with loads and loads of carbonation. White head that dissipates very quickly. Little lacing.

S: Slightly metallic and grainy. Nothing exceptional here. No hop presence, and any "malt" is simply the adjunct.

T: About the same as the smell, though the mouthfeel is certainly worse than the taste.

M: Very light. The carbonation level of seltzer water. Way, way, way too carbonated. No thank you. Although, the carbonation levels are much better on tap than out of the bottle.

D: This is "drinking game" drinkable. It's not skunky and I won't spit it out, but it lacks any real taste and the mouthfeel is absolutely atrocious.

04-21-2009 02:25:11 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of rodney45

New York

2.15/5  rDev +16.2%

I'll tell you, this beer isnt the worst beer ive tried in my life. In fact it doesnt even taste all that much different than water... I will here, in part, describe the differences between this beer and regular tap water. Smells like nothing, in fact it smells a lot like corn, plus sugar? Very Yellow, and very not carbonated. It tastes a whole lot like cardboard mixed with a small bit of corn, plus a small bit of malt roastedness at the end. Its very easy going down, and almost, but not entirely drinkable. However, im sure at $1.95 a 24 ounce can, its acceptable for the american macro... Dont drink this, unless you're forced at knife point. however if you're out of any sort of good beer, and this beer is within walking distance.... and its the only beer sold at the store, go ahead and pick up one.... but dont drink it, unless you're already very drunk, like me.

04-18-2009 05:03:55 | More by rodney45
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev +44.9%

Had this one from a can and thought I might as well rate it and poured it into a tall pilsner glass.

One finger head, no lacing. Pale yellow.

Aroma is metallic, wet cardboard, sourness

Flavour is more metal, some mild bitterness, adjuncts, dust, wood

Very light bodied, high crisp carbonation

04-18-2009 00:19:52 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of crazeguy


2.95/5  rDev +59.5%

Well its come to my attention that I have only reviewed some of the best beers in the world(as listed by BA). I thought it was time to truly appreciate what I'm lucky enough to have by reviewing something I'd rather not.

Poured from a 12oz can into a pilsner glass. Nice head admittedly at first but that faded as soon as I walked to my computer.

Appearance is crystal clear yellowish.

Smell is very metallic.

taste, what taste? As far as I can tell this has no real taste.

Mouth feel, water. Same consistency as water, only slightly more carbonation.

Drinkability, I guess all of those commercials were right, it has superior drinkabilty. The drinkability of water.

04-15-2009 09:09:31 | More by crazeguy
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

1.98/5  rDev +7%

Appearance: pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with a 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: slight corn and grass aroma that is really not too pleasant.

Taste: very weak malt profile with some grass, corn, hint of a green grape tartness, and little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is clean.

Drinkability: the pure lack of any flavor make this hard to drink. Go find a Sam Adams Light if you want some flavor in the style.

04-12-2009 19:50:20 | More by Gavage
Photo of curasowa

New York

2.95/5  rDev +59.5%

Pours a pale, straw color with 1 fingers worth of head that fades with minimal lacing. Not much smell, just some slight sweetness and slight graininess. Taste is mostly carbonation, with just a trace of bitterness and a fast, clean finish. Now, I'm not claiming Bud Light is some god-send of a beer, but for the style of American Macro Light Lager, its one of the better ones. Its very clean, refreshing and drinkable. It is what it is.

04-11-2009 22:18:08 | More by curasowa
Photo of webmanspidey


1.85/5  rDev 0%

Why not.. on tap at a bar whose only selections were this, Miller Lite, and Labatt Blue.

Pale, completely transparent yellow. Smell is rotten corn and some sort of artificial chemicals. Taste is very light and watered down, very slight taste of alcohol. No hops flavor whatsoever. Highly carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkability is average, this is just not an exciting beer.

This really isn't the worst beer, it is just hard to believe this is the only beer some people will ever drink.

04-10-2009 05:59:38 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.63/5  rDev -11.9%

On-tap, served in a large mug glass.

A: The beer is a light straw yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains some light malts and adjuncts with a tiny bit of hops.

T: The taste doesn't have very much to it as you would expect from this type of beer. It's watery with some adjunct sweetness and a very faint touch of hops. There's a very thin malt character. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not flavorful at all, goes down very easily and not filling at all since there's nothing to it, not too filling, very mild kick, it's certainly a light beer but there are definitely other light beers that I would pick first if I had to.

04-07-2009 00:40:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

1.93/5  rDev +4.3%

This beer is as clear as they come, a light perfectly crystal light yellow. Decent head and lacing, which surprised me.
There wasn't a smell...really, I could smell many other things from outside the glass, but nothing from within. Maybe a touch of alcohol if you really push your nose around.
The taste was just about the same, there wasn't any flavor. No hops, no malt, no yeast....how did the alcohol get in here?
The mouthfeel was pretty good, crisp, clean, and refreshing.
This beer, as well as many ab products, gives me a splitting headache. I had one pint, with food last night, and woke up in pain, the drinkability score suffers slightly for this

04-05-2009 21:02:00 | More by grayburn
Photo of spycow


1.58/5  rDev -14.6%

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very very light clear pale color. Head goes away quickly and overly carbonated look.

S: Nothing really stands out but a dank and leathery smell of beer.

T: Taste like a bad light beer. Hints of some hops but has a soapy palate. No noticeable distinct flavors, fruitiness or herbals. Aftertaste is horrible and will stay with you for way too long.

M&D: Is very carbonated in your mouth. Every time I have to drink one of these I'm hoping that it will be better but just never is. It doesn't feel refreshing and will usually make you feel horrible in the morning if you do drink too much of it.

I do not drink this unless it is the only thing left. It just has never impressed me especially the taste just leaving a horrible taste in my mouth.

04-05-2009 02:22:21 | More by spycow
Photo of projectflam86


1.63/5  rDev -11.9%

A- Pours light yellow color with thin white head that quickly (10seconds) fades to nothing. No lacing, no retention.

S- Small amount of adjunct scent. Maybe some grain and faint malt. Not much going on.

T- To sum it up, it doesn't have a taste. If I try hard I can detect some faint corn and light alcohol flavors. I'm pretty sure that hops were never used during the brewing process.

M- Light bodied and ok carbonation. However, there is nothing happening in this beer.

D- I would have to respectfully disagree with the numerous advertisements of bud light having "superior drinkability". Maybe my definition of drinkability is just different. All I know is that I don't want to drink another so it's got to have low drinkability.

04-03-2009 00:26:42 | More by projectflam86
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


2.08/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a light golden color that's more on the straw side. Standard white head about a finger or two. Tastes very weak, very thin and watery with hints of corn husk and rice with just a small amount of almost unnoticeable hops. Standard mouthfeel. Drinkability is very high seeing that this is borderline carbonated water.

03-31-2009 23:16:11 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of DannyS

New York

2.53/5  rDev +36.8%

Had on-tap at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida during Mets spring training.

A - piss yellow, soda bubbles, thin head? Check, check, and check.

S - I smell corn, maybe hops, and something slightly sweet.

T - Inoffensive...since there's nothing there. Maybe some hops, but mostly adjunct grain and a suggestion of sweet malt.

M - thin, fizzy, watery. Seriously, what else would you expect?

D - I finished off the 24 ouncer I was given, but I wouldn't want another one. I'm trying to watch what I eat, and this would just be a waste of calories, even if it is light beer.

overall - still only barely tolerable on tap instead of bottled. Seriously, why bother?

03-29-2009 05:23:21 | More by DannyS
Photo of KenC411

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev +40.5%

Appearance: Very light straw color, which looks like solid yellow that has been watered down. The pour left a bit of head that succeeded in capping the beer, though promptly disappeared. Looking at the beer, I could see numerous bubbles marching towards what used to be the head.

Smell: Very faint fruity smell, and a bit of light malt. It was very odd breathing in the smell, and barely smelling anything. Extremely bland, though not unappealing. It was like breathing in nothing.

Taste: I wanted to hate this beer, I really did. I wanted to say that Bud represents everything that is wrong with mega breweries, trading drinkability for taste. But I cannot. Firstly, its a light beer, and I mean really light. The taste is just like the smell, nearly non-existant. I can't say its good, because that would represent more than nothing, but I cannot say it is bad. It has virtually no taste, even less than club soda. I know beer is not supposed to lack flavor, but I understand the goal that Anheiuser-Busch is going for, so I cannot rate it as a bad beer. It is impressive in its lack of taste, if that is a compliment.

Mouthfeel: Its club soda. It rapidly foams when it lands on your warm toungue. It is crisp, and inviting. Though, it is also quickly swallowed.

Drinkability: It goes down easily. It bubbles enough to make me burp more often than I would care to, though. I can see why people drink it, though I cannot see why people say that they enjoy it.

03-27-2009 23:47:21 | More by KenC411
Photo of shanem


1.7/5  rDev -8.1%

A: See through yellow with white head, no surprises

S: corn sweetness and grain

T: tiny touch of hops but the can flavor really comes out the most

M: water with lots of carbonation

D: goes down easy, but like most people say,"why bother?"

Has it's place in the drinking games world, but no where else

03-27-2009 04:58:54 | More by shanem
Photo of bunnyhustle


2.63/5  rDev +42.2%

Alright, I'm bored so here I go. There is literally anything I cant say about this beer thats already been said. Its a cheap macro beer but it has its purpose. As for the characteristics its easy...fizzy, yellow, smells like cereal, tastes like adjuncts, high carbonation, watery, crisp mouthfeel, ect...Here's my defense of this, its an easy drinking beverage. Notice I wont say beer. I'm sorry, but when its 115 in the summer a cold one of these actually can hit the spot. I'd take it over a cold water after working outside in the summer. Lets face it, us BA's dont drink this for taste. You drink it cause you're thirsty or cause your at a buddies house having a few too many in the first place. It is what it is.

03-27-2009 01:27:34 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of EsoxLucius

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev +10.8%

Bud Light... guy i play hockey with usually brings these for drinking afterwards when anything would be drinkable. he tossed me a couple and i only finished one, put the other in my hockey bag to later fully assess this brew... i can honestly say i've never bought a bud light before, even with all the free t-shirt offers!

A: light, pale yellow. fast vanishing white head, virtually no lace.

S: sweet adjunct corn and grainy smell. not very strong smelling thank goodness. not skunky

T: uhm, tasted like the can might've leaked some metal into it, likely a production thing, but i'm not going to go out and get a bottle to see if it'd make a difference because i doubt it. it's not bitter, there's a slight bit of hops mixed with an easier detectable grainy taste. low on taste, high on fizz.

M: once the fizz is gone its very thin. one notch above feeling like water... as much as i love drinking water, this is supposed to be a beer.

D: it's drinkable/tolerable, but i'd need to be very, very thirsty.

sum up: they'd need to really entice me with some kind of value apart from the drink, like a free rapala crankbait and half-price, for me to consider buying it, definately a purchase for the 'lost' friends i've got and not for personal consumption.

final thoughts:

yet another yard work beer that can fall off the garden tractor without hard feelings.

03-21-2009 03:45:11 | More by EsoxLucius
Photo of Bookseeb


2.17/5  rDev +17.3%

Appearance is a straw yellow with a quickly dissapating crisp head and no lace. Smell of very light adjunct. Taste of light sweet corn thats watered down and highly carbonated. Mouthfeel is light and not much else to it. If someone were to hand me one in the future I would surely ask "is there anything else available?"

03-21-2009 01:29:22 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

1.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Not as drinkable as Coors Light. It starts out looking OK, like any other light American lager, and goes downhill from there. While it is more flavorful than Coors, that is not a good thing when the predominant flavor is urine. Buy in a 30, bring it on a fishing boat, thats all it is good for.

03-11-2009 19:46:47 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of champ103


2.48/5  rDev +34.1%

A: Pours a very light yellow. A minimal white head, and no lace.
S: Grain and cereal. A metallic aroma, other than that, not much is here.
T: Sweet grain and cereal malt. Just a touch of toasty malt. A metallic/copper taste.
M/D: A light body that is very thin and watery. Smooth to drink, as it should be.

Blah, the only time I drink this is at a ball game or golfing in the summer when there is literally nothing else to chose from. Inoffensive and generic. Not the worst thing in the world, but whats the point?

03-08-2009 06:28:34 | More by champ103
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
Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
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