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Bud Light | Anheuser-Busch

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Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Photo of Pantalones
2.71/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass. Canning date on the bottom is June 10th, 2015.

Looks very, very pale yellow (when pouring, it's like ever-so-slightly yellowish-tinted water), very clear, with a lot of good-sized bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass at all times. The color is a bit dull. But pale and dull as it is, it does still look like beer. Actually a decent-sized head of white foam on top, especially when poured quickly, and though it shrinks fairly fast some of it does hang around for a while. It even forms the standard "ring" around the outer edges of the glass.

Smell is... well, not the greatest at first. The first thing that comes to mind is "farty," though this is most noticeable when you first pour and fades away pretty quickly afterward. There's also a hint of a metallic sort of smell. When I had one before I picked up a bit of something that reminded me of cooked vegetables, but I'm not really getting that now. After the "farty" smell fades, the metallic kind of thing also seems to go away and you're left with only a little of a slight bready beer-like smell. The smell is very faint overall, though, so the not-so-pleasant aspects of it are not at all overpowering; you pretty much have to put your nose in the glass and sniff to pick up much of anything at all. Chances are that unless you actively try to smell this beer you will not really notice its smell at all.

The taste is overpowered by the fizziness of the carbonation at first, but once that dies down a tad there's a very light, dry bready sort of flavor there. As with the smell, it's very faint; unlike the smell, thankfully, there really aren't any unpleasant elements like farts or metal. Unfortunately, when you drink more than a sip that nice dry bready flavor shifts more to a sweeter, not as pleasant one -- reminding me mostly of white bread after you've started to chew it up, when the starches are already being broken down into sugars by your saliva. That's what it tastes like to drink a big gulp of Bud Light. I'm noticing today that I am also getting a slight bit of that "cooked veggie" thing in the taste, though thinking about it a bit I wonder if maybe it's actually closer to that funky smell rice makes when it's cooking. I suppose that would make sense, as I know I've read that the Bud line of beers uses rice as adjunct rather than corn. Overall the flavor isn't unpleasant, but it is pretty bland and one-dimensional. There's just not a lot to it -- it's pretty much just a dry-ish bready malt/rice sort of thing, no sign of hops or anything. Seriously, why not add some hops in? Most of the calories in beer come from the malt, so you'd think the "light" beers would have no reason not to add in at least as much hops as the "regular/heavy" version, if not a bit more.

Feel is like fizzy water, pretty much. By far the most insubstantial feeling beer I've ever had. If not for the carbonation it would be a whole lot like just drinking water; I haven't tried plain carbonated water so I can't say if it's *exactly* the same, but I imagine it's not far off. I suppose that's exactly what they're going for, what with this being a "light" beer and all, and it does make it easier to drink huge gulps at a time if you want (though sadly, that makes what little flavor is there not as good, so it's a little counterproductive.) As with the taste -- nothing really unpleasant about it, but there's not much there.

Overall, there's just not a whole lot to this one. I figure that's probably the defining feature of a light beer -- being weak, bland, watery, and well... light. However, I really can't rate it *that* low because, as mentioned above, there's really nothing unpleasant about it either -- it's a beer defined by its sheer blandness, for better or worse. I wouldn't ever buy this for myself, but there's nothing offensive about it either and I'd certainly drink it for free if offered -- better than a glass of water, albeit not by a whole lot. I just can't form any strong opinions on it because there's so little there to form an opinion on. I suppose if you want something that doesn't taste like much but still gets you buzzed, this might not be all that bad of a choice -- but I can't imagine that there aren't any more-flavorful alternatives even in the "light/lite" beer category.

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Photo of hopphead31415
1/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the type of beer that is embarrassing to admit that I have tried before and is even more embarrassing to admit that I drank a lot of this beer in the past. It was a different era for me in which I had not seen the light, the light of IPAs and the light of a brave new world composed of intelligent beer advocates who appreciate the subtle art and science of brewing, drinking, and reviewing great beers. This watery beer has 4.2% ABV and not much else in it.

Look-Pours a standard light yellow with some carbonation thrown in there. The head is weak and disappears with its tail in between its legs.

Smell-Smells like a beer that you shouldn’t drink, but I took a gulp anyways.

Taste-It tasted like crappy beer. Yeah, but it tastes like grains and rice with no discernible flavors that are worthy of mentioning. I guess maybe the straw and grass from a stampede trampled field.

Moutfeel-It felt like a crappy beer with carbonation.

Overall-I think you can get the theme here. Crap.

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Photo of Fair_Winds
2.81/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bud Light is an odd beer. Among craft brewers it often gets a bad rap for its very plain taste, little to no aroma, and it's unremarkable standard beer color. However given its history and pedigree it remains one of the top selling beers of all-time. Popular from college campuses to football parking lots. It can be found in literally ANY bar, pub, tavern, or place that has a liquor licence in America (and dozens of other countries for that matter). It is the Diet Coke of beers. Nothing special right? Wrong! My chemistry teacher who taught me 400 level Chemistry of Fermentation, when askes what in his opinion was "the best beer in the world" responded with confidence and without hesitation "Bud Light. Anheuser Busch products are made with some of the strictest guidelines and with the most state of the art brewing equipment. Their brewing facility is kept within a tenth of a degree temptress range meaning if you have a Bud Light in Boston or Hong Kong your having the same exact beer. Not alot of breweries can pull that off." So the next time you snub you nose at a Bud light because they use rice filler just remember that they set alot of the standards that our precious micro - brews strive for in modern brewing.

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Photo of Kelby777
3.76/5  rDev +95.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the most popular beer in the United States. I shall review it now, with zero bias.
Poured into a one liter beer mug from a 25 oz. can at a reasonable temperature...

Appearance - Has a very pale yellow straw color. It has a tall, soapy head, then dissipates. Appears to have high carbonation.

Smell - Not bad, smells of cereal and of adjunct corn and rice. No sign of hops.

Taste - Tastes just like Budweiser's little bro. I can taste grain and zero hops. The taste is muted compared to Budweiser's.

Mouth feel - Very spritzy, very carbonated, and watered down.

Overall - Well, this is an excellent party beer and bar beer, but it's not a good sit-down-and-drink beer. Still far better than other light beers I have tried. I feel like it has been given an underrated score.

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Photo of bwood06
2.63/5  rDev +37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - clear pale straw in color. light foamy head that dissipates quickly. fast rising carbonation. 3/5

S - corn, very light malt. rice. grassy hops, but hardly any present. 2.5/5

T - corn and rice. virtually no hops. light cereal flavor. 2.5/5

M - extremely light. clean. crisp. carbonation not overpowering. 3/5

O - not a lot going on here, but that's expected. light session beer that is designed for large quantities and hot days. 2.75/5

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Photo of MizzouBrew
2.5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This a very watery beer - it has very little if any flavor. However, it is good for barbeque's in the hot sun when you feel like drinking a lot of something, but don't feel like water or soda.

The Begnel formula: # ounces x alcohol % = Alcohol Score. Using Bud Light as the base score, 12 oz x 4.2% = 50.4, or 1.0 Bud Lights.

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Photo of Dikfour
1.16/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

On tap to a shakey pint.

Look: Crystal clear straw in color. Head? Bwahahahaha! Lacing? Hahahaha! It does have a nice steady carbonation, though.

Smell: Smells exactly like stale water.

Taste: Pale malt. And that's about it.

Feel: Carbonation is fun. Body is non existent. Like the old joke goes, "fucking near water"

Overall: Augustus the first would be sad. Doesn't matter because he is turning over in his grave ever since the hostile take over. Good job InBev!

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Photo of mmahanna41
1.02/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If there was a 0 option I would have selected that instead of all 1s. However,I did choose 1.25 for the look, because no matter how watered down, it still looks like beer and you have to get something for that. Every other option is 0. This is the most disgusting liquid on the planet. If someone offered to supply me with unlimited Bud Light for my own personal consumption free for my entire life, but the catch was I could drink no other beer... I would absolutely, 110%, no doubt about it... Kick him swiftly in the nut sack. GROSS!!! I'd literally rather have a Keystone, Busch, or Natural, Light piss warm.

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Photo of xSTLxCody
3.61/5  rDev +88%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Again, rating this beer along other American style Lagers:
Not bad.

Impressively refreshing.
Incredibly light.
Not alot of flavor, but enough for a session beer.
It feels and goes down like water (which it is made to do) but definably does not "taste like water".
The irrational hate comes from it being shoved down our throats (through Ads) our whole life.
All that being said. Its the number one selling beer in the world for a reason. Dont drink this beer if you're wanting to analyze it. Drink it if you just want to drink a refreshing LIGHT beer that you can drink alot of without getting too crazy.

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Photo of K-Dog
1.56/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Smells terrible, taste worse, was at a family graduation party and it's all they had. I'll admit I'm a craft beer snob and proud of it. I very rarely drink regular beer and this beer is one of the reasons why.

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Photo of BranfordBound
2.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw color with a small white head that fades in light speed and leaves no lacing. Smells of some weird sweetness and corn. Pretty sweet flavor, very much like seltzer in its carbonation and mouthfeel. Some green apple esters and a touch of bitterness. Light body. Easy to drink 6 of these in one sitting. But you wouldn't really want to.

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Photo of Vylo
2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Should probably be considered a crime to brew, sell, buy, or drink this beer. About the only pros were that it didn't literally kill me, and that might have been a downside, since it didn't end the suffering in my mouth.

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Photo of Lahoi
1.88/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I do my best to avoid unnecessary criticism. I don't want to be a beer snob. But this isn't a very good beer. In all honesty, maybe it is as good as some other macro lagers. Maybe it is the hype that turns me off. Plus I grew up with all these loyal Bud Light drinkers. People who scoffed at what they deemed to be lesser beers such as Miller Light, Coors Light, etc. Those people are obnoxious. And so are the never ending Bud Light commercials. So in a blind taste test maybe I would rate this beer a little higher. Many times I go back to $$$. If this beer was priced like The Beast Light or even AB/InBev's Busch Light maybe I would rate it higher. But it's not, so I wont.

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Photo of Matty412
1/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Purely and simply a mass produced "beer" no quality. Bad taste , extremely filling. Over -carbonated, and low abv. Anheuser Busch can hate on craft beer all it wants but its still picking up craft breweries? I don't get it. Don't drink this unless its free. Please?

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Photo of mlockman
1/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

"If water could go bad, this is what it would taste like."
"tastes like the ghost of a dead lemon"
"tastes like water strained from a gutter full of dogs teeth"
"tastes like a liquid John Mayer song"

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Photo of burdman69
3.83/5  rDev +99.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Listen. I may be breaking the rules here but I'm rating this not as a beer in general but for what it's worth.

For a beer snob (90% of BA) why would you even review this?


Seriously, yes it has no taste or smell. But isn't that better than a bad taste and smell?

It has MORE flavor than a coors light.

It has less flavor than a miller lite, which is great because miller lite tastes like warm shit even when it's cold.

If this is at a bar for 1$ pints, this is a 10/10 beer. If you can get a 6 pack from any establishment for 8$ after 2am, this is a 10/10 beer. If you're throwing a kegger it's still okay when it's not.ice cold (unlike miller lite or budweiser)

In.general, a 3/10 at best

For what it's worth, what it's being sold for, it's target audience, and the limited options you have when there's only 2-5 beers and that's one of em, fuckin bud light gets a 7.89/10.

Don't be such pretentious cunts, call.a spade a spade and rate the shit beers on a bell curve.

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Photo of FrostyStephen15
1.03/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this at a baseball game most recently, but obviously I've had it before. I actually got this by mistake at the game, as I'd ordered a budweiser but the person behind the counter misheard me. Anyway, this doesn't taste anything like beer. It's carbonated water that someone dipped some barley in. Waaayyyyy too carbonated and what taste is there is awful. Cannot understand the appeal of this beer when the original budweiser, while not great, is miles better and just as cheap.

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Photo of nbrio85
1/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

In my humble opinion these type of micro light lagers have just become undrinkable anymore. No flavor, no body, no aroma, just a drink for the sake of drinking kind of beer. To each their own.

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Photo of jafoinflorida
3.4/5  rDev +77.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have been around the World quite a few times, and I've had beers from just about every country. However, I'm still an American Patriot that loves cookouts here in the Sunny State of Florida.

Drinking a heavy beer in hot heat doesn't sit very with me or my guests. So this is why, I normally insist on buying and drinking either Bud Light or Coors Light at my BBQs. Both of them are highly refreshing on a hot summer day. Hence the word, refreshing!! You will not get that from a full bodied beer. The only thing you'll get, is a bona fide drunk at your BBQ ready to fight the guests. This is one purpose listed for Bud Light, and I'm sure other purposes exist.

As for taste, It's like drinking a slightly watered down Budweiser. And that's all it is in retrospect.

Heck, I got the grill going now and I've had 4 already. Were having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave. Try living in Miami, you Yuppie Yankees!! Drinking your Samuel Adams at 80% humidity with 96F on the heat index that lists the high really at 110.

Now if I lived up north, I would drink something heavy from a micro brew. My favorite beers in the World: XXXX from Australia, Cafferys from N-Ireland, Gueiness from Ireland, Heineken from Amsterdam, and London Pride from London. You'll see a night and day different when you visit these countries and have their brew fresh on tap. Eventually, you'll feel cheated here in the USA when you buy their beer in the bottle that's been packaged and sent to a warehouse for distribution without a born on dates. Hence, the skunky after taste!!!

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Photo of nucloid
4.81/5  rDev +150.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is another one of the few types of beers i've had. Not much to really say about it. It tastes quite good and goes down smoothly. So far this is my third favorite beer.

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Photo of pkalix
3.07/5  rDev +59.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

okay, look..... it's, like, 86 degrees with low humidity and some sweat dewin' up on the brows..... got the Budweiser Christmas Horsey mug mom gave me years ago before she passed and it is chilled to frozen. Ice cold Bud Lite, poured softly, guzzled quickly, is really a damned fine brew. THAT is what bud lite is for!!! wish i had another one! all i have left are Jai Alai, Crooked Tree, Citra Showers and Tongue Tickles.... oh, and some Surly and some Resin..... hey the crummy stuff has its place! scores reflect the hot day, chilled mug and ice cold bud lite. i haven't had one of these in years.... like 20..... special thanks to Dethmtl scoring this outdated prize for me! he really didn't wanna give it to me; i had to twist his arm. beer number 1231 on BA!!!!!!!

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Photo of BigMFDaddy
2.36/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

If you want To have something to drink after cutting the grass on a hot day, that quick refreshment this could be suitable. Personally think there are other light beers that do it better

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Photo of losthusker
2.51/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Okay I grew up on this swill so to me its all kind of an apples and oranges kind of deal when I reflect on my days of pounding this beer exclusively and repentlessly. Because of my history with it and its smoothness/quenchability on a hot day I won't hate on it. Fortunately I've outgrown this American classic but it is comforting to know it's there if need be. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's watery, gross and tasteless. Perfect situational beer.

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Photo of RonJensen
1/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What a piece of shitty beer this is and I hate AB for advertising it so fucking much. What a bunch of degenerate retards their customers are, for drinking this crap.

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Photo of Pumpkin-Head
2.42/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a straw colored blonde with minimal head. Smell is very bland with the only notable whiff being grains. Tastes more robust than nose (not saying much) and is one of my favorite domestic light beers (not saying a lot). Feels like carbonated water with "light beer" aftertaste.

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Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
48 out of 100 based on 1,404 ratings.