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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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5,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,064
Reviews: 1,381
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 37.84%
Wants: 36
Gots: 686 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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 Dreadnaught33
2.19/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of FUNKPhD
1.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of theRooster90
1.37/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of Chyren
1.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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?

Photo of tdm168
1.66/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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..

Photo of kojevergas
1.92/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
1.81/5  rDev -2.2%
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?

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.

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.

Photo of paxchristi
1.42/5  rDev -23.2%
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!

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.

Photo of clint1019
1.16/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Photo of greenmonstah
2.06/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

can poured into a Perfect Pint.

A - Crystal clear yellow with two fingers of frothy white head. Dissipates surprisingly quickly.

S - Sweet corn, clean. No actual character.

T - Sweet corn again, with a mild grainy finish. No hops or defined malt character.

M - Light body, with a mild finish. Very uneventful and boring.

O - Bleh. Better than Coors at least.

Photo of barrenbane
1.83/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: translucent and heavily carbonated. Yep, it's a light AAL.

S: almost non-existent. Slight hints of corn and grain.

T: corn and grain dominate the palate, but it's not the worst beer around.

M: heavily carbonated and almost water-like.

This beer epitomizes the power of marketing. There is nothing special about this beer in any way, shape, or form. Bland, corny, and watery sum up its characteristics. There are other light lagers that are superior and cheaper.

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

Cheers to my dad for always having this in his fridge (despite my best efforts)

Review adapted from notes taken 7/28/11

Appearance: A disturbingly pale yellow color, light, light gold - ridiculously clear, actually retains a small white head

Smell: Virtually nothing - smells like water - with my nose virtually in the drink, I smell some slight sweetness and corn

Taste: This is actually much worse than I remember - there is a surprising amount of sweetness - corn and cereal - absolutely no bitterness or hops to speak of - kind of tastes like corny seltzer water

Mouthfeel: Very light, very bubbly - drinks like a light soda more than a beer - simultaneously interesting and awful

Overall: I used to think this was acceptable for the style, but upon this tasting, I know understand - this is garbage

I guess I've grown up. A few years ago, I didn't think this was that bad of a beer. Now I understand. This is not beer. It's just seltzer water with some alcohol. It's not necessarily offensive, it's just not worth drinking. The scary thing is that I recall Miller Lite and Coors Light being worse. I'll have to review those, too.

Photo of DUBinMIA
1.97/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a pub glass from a bottle.

Very pale straw yellow color, very clear filtered look

no aroma noted

water like very light bodied

taste and looks like water.... no aroma... no head... i hear its very hard to make though and they get it the same every time... i guess that is one positive... oh and they do have good commercials!!!

Photo of HosP
1.03/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well let's just say I've sampled this many times over the year! Had this at a friend's birthday at a bowling alley, so thought might as well review it.

A- Pours straw yellow, very clear. Some white head on this that doesn't stay for long. Lots of carbonation to this beer.

S- Not much to the nose here. Some grainy malts, cereal, rice mostly. Doesn't do much for you.

T- Mild grain taste. Metallic bitterness throughout. Flavors aren't powerful and disappear rather fast too.

M- Thin is an understatement. Overly carbonated. Metallic aftertaste.

D- Pretty much what you expect from a macro brew. Great for large gatherings and college students. I know it got me through most of my drinking years. Now it just disappoints and feels like water mostly.

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

A - Straw colored with a thinning head and lots of carbonation.

S - Wet grass with maybe some malt, maybe.

T - Tastes like wet grass maybe a bit of malt somewhere in there.

M - Very thin body with lots of bubbles, the lack of taste makes it very drinkable.

O - It is what it is, will work on a hot day but here are much better lagers out there.

Photo of harrymel
1.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Born on 18JUN11

A: pours, um, canola oil yellow? No real indication of carbonation beyond the initial and transient finger of white foam.

S: Smells like my fingers after scratching my nads in the early am.

T: You know, everybody says BMC tastes like watered down beer, and I've yet to have that experience, usually it just tastes like poorly executed beer. This, however, really does nearly taste like filthy water. It's hard to even be offended.

M: Empty.

O: Well, this sucks.

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

Drank a couple while fishing with a buddy. He had some hazy white solo cups so I dumped it in there.
Head is decent at first but quickly fades to nothing but a couple bubbles. Nose is nothing but a sour grain and some faint hop spice. Taste is faint and just seems like something poured out of a faucet that hasn't been turned on in about 20yrs. Barely grainy water that has a large amount of carbonation. Finishes with a faint bitterness that makes you just want something else to wash it down.

Photo of MetalandBeer
3.6/5  rDev +94.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's 90 + degrees outside, having a Bud Light in a frosty mug to go with my roasted egplant and peppers sandwich!

poured from a12 oz. can into a frosty cold mug-

Looks a light yellow color, almost like ginger ale,white one finger head, no real lacing.

Smells like beer!

Taste....crisp, clean & refreshing on such a hot day. Tastes what you'd expect a light beer from one of the big companies. No suprises, but no dissapointments.

Mouthfeel is light and watery, a bunch of fizzyness from the carbonation.

Overall it's a good light beer! it's great with your lunch, or on a hot day as you're working around the yard. A good cookout beer as well!

Think I'll have another!

Photo of BEERME528
2.9/5  rDev +56.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Everyone's gotta hate on the big dogs. If you're at a small bar or a picnic, they're going to have bud light. Are you seriously going to complain about this? This is a drinkable beer and not at all bad tasting. Just because it isn't a craft brew does not make it a crap brew. For the price and convenience of finding it everywhere, you can't go wrong with the world's best selling beer. The foam lingers for a short period of time and the smell is not noteworthy. It is enjoyable from start to finish.

Photo of Chico1985
1.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Left over from a party...

Pours very pale yellow, a disturbing amount of clarity. White head shrinks down to a cap, leaves some lacing.

A hint of stale veggies and trash in the scent, not much else. Not appealing in the least.

Not quite flavorless in the taste. Faint cereal, malt, bread and lemon throughout along with a good amount of H2O. Not really offensive, but very watery and goes down as such.

Not a bad mouthfeel. Carbonation actually seems a bit low for the style and it does leave an aftertaste of sorts. Doesn't taste like garbage even with warmth.

I have been known to announce my hatred for Bud Light. But I think there's worse light beers out there. Still, considering what else you could get for the price, why bother?

Photo of andrenaline
1.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The only other selection available at the Calgary Stampede...

A - Pours a pale straw colour, finger of head with no retention or lacing.

S - Very mild, but sweet corn and bready malts coming through.

T - Again, sweet corn and bready malts. Certainly a 'light' lager offering up little for flavour.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation levels.

O - A pretty weak lager, but I've had worse. It certainly is depressing knowing that for the same price I paid for a single pint I could've picked up a really tasty craft ale.

Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 5,064 ratings.