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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

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4,965 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,965
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 37.84%
Wants: 29
Gots: 531 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001)
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Photo of orangesol
1.55/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Served via can into a pint glass.

A - Pours pale yellow with a one finger tall white head leaving no lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like flavored water. Little to no hops, malt, barley, ect. to speak of.

T - Very light body. Very similar to the nose with little to no hops or malt at all. The only detectable hops seem to be the faint bitterness that is only noticeable thanks to the prickly carbonation. Finish is really nothing at all. Easily one of the worst beers out there.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp feel with not much of anything lingering in the finish.

D - Sure I could pound a few of these but why would I want to? If I wanted to drink water I would.

Photo of dragonclan15
1.45/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bud lite...how do I describe you in a constructive manner?

Starting with color...there really is none, light yellow, closer to water.

Taste...similar to the color in that there is no flavor. Water tastes more pleasant.


Drinkability....it's always on special "everywhere", but I usually abstain from drinking if that's all there is.

Another example of why you should leave brewing to micro breweries.

Photo of WVRadar
2.25/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a creamy white 2 finger head, which diminishes quickly to a thin ring around the top. Clear, pale straw body, not much lacing. Smell is not unpleasant, light grain. Although I've been drinking this for years, I never really examined the taste: there's not much there. Mouthfeel is very light, watery. Good thirst quencher that goes down easily, but as I said, not much taste.

Photo of JohnnyS17
2.03/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.5

Haters gonna hate, but I actually like a nice Bud light occasionally. That is attributed to the fact that we grew up drinking Natural Light and then graduated to Bud Light once we had a bit more money. When going for drunk, it is usually my go to beer because it is cheap and I think it is better than Coors Light and Miller Light.

It looks like water with a slight yellow tint and smells pretty bad. It tastes just about the same, but I am not ever expecting to be wowed. It is not a well crafted beer, but "it will get ya drunk".

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

Yes! Is Bud Light one of the worst beers in the world? Yes! Do I get to drink it for two dollars on tap even in NYC? Yes!

This is the best part of cheap beer at the Village Pourhouse on Restaurant Row. First time here, and they have some really solid beer classes apparently - plus they win on Twitter. And there's free drinks from Ocean Spray? I suppose I can forgive the weak craft beer selection.

But this is about Bud Light. The headless yellow straw zero carbonation worse as it warms American hegemonic production. Smells impossible. Does it smell? I guess it doesn't smell BAD. It doesn't taste BAD, though for the life of me I can only taste water and maybe half a hop somewhere. That's it.

Honestly, water is more drinkable and feels better on the mouth. This is just semi-palatable if I want to get drunk, waste calories, and forget about what I'm tasting.

Or if I want a two dollar beer in NYC.

But let's not do that to ourselves, people. This beer nearly fails on all accounts at being beer. Two dollars is too much.

Photo of ElGordo
1.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Fizzy, palest possible straw color, almost clear. Aroma is very sweet, almost like corn flakes, with a touch of astringency. Palate is, um, lacking. Acrid, slightly chalky, and bitter (but not hoppy), with some weird adjunct malt sweetness. Why do people drink this? I guess the light body makes it go down relatively easy. Blech.

Photo of ehammond1
1.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5


El Mercado Market
San Marcos, CA

A very light straw color. Huge foaming white head that falls away quickly. Leaves some lacing down the glass, although you can tell this beer was never meant to be poured in one.

Very little aroma whatsoever. Smells a bit like bread or corn but that might be my imagination. There certainly isn't much.

The taste follows the nose which means there isn't much here at all. No bitterness, very little malt, a bit of rice or bread but this isn't much different than water.

The mouthfeel is similar to water, and I no longer want to drink this.

Photo of AwYeh
1.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from my good friend Jesse13713... poured, appropriately, into a Schlitz Light goblet.

A: Pours a thin but somehow not totally clear thin light yellow color. A little bit of pure white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Almost no aroma, a bit of indiscriminate sweetness comes through. Not good.

T: Light corn syrup style sweetness, a bit of a ricy backbone. Nothing to be proud of here; this is purely an alcohol delivery mechanism.

M: Like carbonated water, chalky finish.

D: Not totally awful, as it goes down like water; it might be slightly more drinkable than Pepsi. Still, no desire to ever pay money for this (and in this instance, I'm glad that someone else did).

Photo of Avagadro
2.83/5  rDev +53%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale amber in color, head explodes in a frothy torrent, only to fade immediately. Lacing is pathetic, but clarity is good.

S: Creamed corn, a touch of green apples, and cereal.

T: Dry, more creamed corn, apples, and corn flakes.

M: Light, clean, and mildly carbonated.

D: Not a good beer, but certainly not the worst out there. It definitely does its job well; it's light, refreshing, and amazingly sessionable.

Photo of scottfrie
1.43/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Leftover 12oz can given to me by mjyoung and bbb099 so that I wouldn't have to buy this tick.

A: I've had my fair share of BMC beers, but this has got to be the lightest shade of pale yellow I've ever seen. The bone white head really frothed up after the pour but then quickly fizzed away into a faint bubbly collar. There are a few tiny spots of lace left down my glass, if you could call it that.
S: What notes are there are vaguely sweet and full of adjunct flavors. I get notes of rice, grain husk and maybe just the faintest hint of earthy hops (although this may just be in my head).
T: Tastes like a watery bowl of cereal. There really is nothing here. For some reason the sweetness to the aftertaste reminds me of fruit, maybe melon, but not in a good way.
M: Body is exceptionally thin and fizzy and the mouth is pretty dry. Feels like seltzer water on my palate.
D: I don't knock beers of this style just because I never want to drink them, I try to review every beer to style. And every style, no matter how unattractive, should have a "best in style." However, this beer is definitely not it. In fact it's probably at the bottom of the barrel. Why anyone would consider this a decent beverage is beyond me.

Photo of Jesse13713
1.2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Only picked this up because I havent had it in a long time and it was in a cool looking St. Patrick's Day aluminum bottle.

Appearance - The lightest and most transparent beer I've ever seen. It looks like I combined 95% water with 5% apple juice in a glass. Pours with a decent head that fades away in seconds flat. No lacing or froth remains at all. Average carbonation.

Smell - It just smells like dirty dishwater. No presence of hops or ethanol. It just plain smells dirty.

Taste - Like the smell: dirty. It tastes like water with flavoring. The attractive bottle design couldn't save this one. A very unpleasant malty aftertaste. I'm wasting calories on this one.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - I really tried to enjoy this for what it is. But it was impossible. Bud light is my least favorite American Adjunct Lager. It lacks taste. Not just some taste. Any taste. But apparently that's how the majority of people like their alcohol these days. I will never try this again; even if they have a bright metallic orange bottle for halloween. I'm only out $1.29 or so. But I wish I could get it back. Sorry to be so harsh; but this beer just isn't worthy of anything more.

Photo of AdamBear
1.8/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-light gold, almost clear. decent amount of white head. a lot of bubbles and carbonation

S-smells like nothing. maybe some rice malts...maybe

T-tastes like nothing. maybe some rice malts...maybe. it is smooth thought..this might be why the commoners like it. there are no negative tastes though

M-strong and creamy carbonation with a champagne like finish though not dry.

D-well something about it makes me want to vomit. its ABV is low, yet i bet i drink more 90 minutes without getting sick.

Photo of HockeytownBrew
2.88/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A: Very pale yellow; small head that faded fast. Looks like your average run of the mill adjunct light beer, and this is the king of them.

S: Nearly no smell whatsoever. Can barely make out the smell of hops along with faint grains.

T: Taste is almost non-existant. Extremely watered down Budweiser, which also tastes watered down. Faint hints of green grape/apple. Not exactly the sure sign of a good time to be drinking lightly flavored carbonated tap water, but then again this isn't a brew to savor. Party/sports event beer.

M: Very light. Throwing back a case would be a simple task. Light-moderate carbonation.

D: Excellent drinkability, but that's about the only positive factor of this brew.

This is a great beer to drink on a hot day at the beach or at parties. That's about all that this one has going for it.

Photo of ramseye4
2.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

A=Very thin, wispy. straw colored, minimal head, no lacing
S=Light malt and corn
T=It's not repulsive, but its just not...really much taste to speak of. A bit of malt and some bitterness, but its very bland.
M=Light bodied, gets flat near the end.
D=The high point of the beer, it is easily downable.

Pretty bad, even for a BMC. Miller lite is far superior

Photo of jdspears41
1.02/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have had bud light many times throughout college and have never cared for this beer. I gave it one more shot the other night and poured it into a frosted mug.

A- It looks like spring water with a little yellow food coloring in it.

S- It really has a foul smell to it.

T-It leaves one of the worst aftertastes in your mouth after you drink it making you not want another drink.

M- Very waterlike and makes you want to burp after a couple.

D- I would rather not drink then to drink more than one of these. The commercials scream drinkability, I scream gross when i drink it.

Dont waste your money on this.

Photo of OttoPeeWee
1.83/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had to drink this at a charity event and next time I am going to drink wine.

I don't even know if I can consider this beer anymore.

The flavor is so light it is nearly flavorless. It is almost as if they took all the alcohol out of the grains added that back to the beer and a hint of flavor to try and mast the inproportional amount of grain taste.

Head is almost soda pop like. The color is straw and makes me wonder if they added color back from the barley. Because if you tryed to make this beer on your own, I don't know if it would have much color.

What's the point? Spend the extra money and get some flavor and nutrition out of it.

Photo of StoneTSR
1.1/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

APPEARANCE: I have to say, the Bud Light does look refreshing. The light color with a tiny, but very bright, white head makes it look pretty appetizing. That said, what little head there is vanishes almost instantly and there is no lacing at all.

SMELL: I could not smell anything at all. I feel bad giving the smell an "awful" rating, because it wasn't. It just wasn't there at all. That said, I do not think it should earn any points on smell at all, so I will stick with awful.

TASTE: This is a very light beer. The small amount of flavor that is present is sweet and has a hint of corn and maybe sugar.

MOUTHFEEL: The Bud Light I had on tap was not well carbonated and it felt more like drinking water than beer. It offers nothing interesting to the palate.

OVERALL: If I've already had six beers, OK, I can manage to drink one of these, but as a first beer of the night it is simply not worth it to me. I drink beer because I enjoy beer, not because I want to get drunk. I know I'll sound like a beer snob saying this, but I enjoy bitter beer, hoppy beer, strong beer. So the Bud Light tasted like water that had been contaminated to me.

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

A: Clear yellow pours a decent head and disappears quickly.

S: Alcohol and stale malt

T: Bland alcohol and stale malt with a bitter finish

M: Light body and very light carbonation, almost flat.

I never even liked this stuff in college, it doesn't surprise me that I still don't like it. Still a good choice for beer pong though.

Photo of ksmi116
2.6/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Clear gold with a quick and shallow head, but really, this beer is not to savor.

S - Smells like what you expect from a cheap American beer, slightly tangy.

T - Taste is light and crisp, though wholly unimpressive (duh). This beer is cheap for a reason, but it does the job.

M - No staying power.

D - You should not want this beer with a meal. This is a beer for parties, and mass consumption with the intent of making mistakes and NOT driving home soon. If you intend on sipping, add 1 shot of Triple Sec to make is more like a Blue Moon without filling you up. Again, this is a light beer for mass consumption, won't fill you up, but won't impress you either. Drink away on a budget!

Photo of GuruDel
2.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap poured into a tall pils style glass

A: Perfectly clear pale yellow with a small white head that quickly fades

S: Not much here but consistent with other beers of this class.

T: Again not much there, clean crisp lightly carbonated grain flavor.

M: Carbonated water, thin but appropriate.

D: On a warm day this goes down like water. Smooth, clean and crisp. Not offensive, not much flavor.

Photo of 7UCK
2.4/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a very light lager, lots of carbination and very little head

A light smell of beer present

Taste- Bland but not bitter, well carbonated

Mouthful- Decent Drinkability but not a very prenounced flavor.

First choice for a "Party" lager if I had to choose one.

Photo of stewart124
2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pours a pale yellow with visible carbonation and very little head.

Light straw in the nose with little to no hop characters..

Subtle straw and light bready character on the tongue. Still no hop presence. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry.

This is just a boring light lager in general.

Photo of Lakers805
3.23/5  rDev +74.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Is a good beer to have if you just want to get drunk! It's real light and smooth. Easy to drink! What I like about this beer is that you can get a lot of it for a low price! Not a beer to have if your looking for taste! This is a good beer to have once your full and want to keep on drinking! This is nothing special but it's a good beer to have when you just want to drink and save money!

Photo of Wegomlegging
1.7/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours clear with yellow tint, and the head was off-putting in its soapy appearance. Nose was lightly floral but mostly devoid of anything recognizable. It was difficult to pick ip any flavor here aside from city drinking water. Fizzy mouthfeel and as drinkable as a glass of skunky tap water, which is forced as appropriate.

Photo of assmandugle
1.9/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Number one beer my ass. I poured this beer into a pint glass and was not impressed from the start. This light beer has a terrible color even for light beer. Pours a less than yellow color and it smells alcoholic like its non light predecessor. It has a bitter taste to it not a good light beer by any means. Goes down smooth its drinkable probably why fat alocholics drink it.

Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 4,965 ratings.