Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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5,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,242
Reviews: 1,491
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 38.38%
Wants: 42
Gots: 915 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 assmasterson
1.74/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Type: tap/keg

A: Barely yellow, thin, couldn't even coat the side of the glass. Unbelieveable foam, almost like a shaken-up soda.

S: Still decent with faint hops smell, pretty distinct.

T: Just terrible. Very bitter, almost pure seltzer. Choked down.

M: Just as bad. Very thin and watery.

D: Not sure if this wasn't a good keg or not, but if the rest is like this, it is purely undrinkable. How can this be so different than the bottle?

Photo of hero27
1.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A free beer at a dive bar, so I figured what the hell..
Reminds me of high school...drinking whatever alcohol we could get our hands on. Oh..many years went by when we drank this type of beer (Busch or Bud Light) just in order to get inebriated enough to make some bad decisions... Kinda depressing that legal adults still drink the same piss-water just to get drunk.. Clear pale yellow, grainy aroma and not much else. Nearly nothing for complexity, and the mouthfeel is so ridiculously light..I'm convinced that this beer is engineered for frat houses and nothing more.

Photo of zeff80
1.7/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. can. It is clear yellow color that is highly carbonated. It smells of alcohol and faintly of corn. The taste is very watery. Maybe there is some malt flavor mixed in there too. Mouthfeel is very fizzy. It's only drinkable because it is so light.

Photo of HoustonTX
1.42/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from can into pint glass.

A - Yellow, fizzy, and highly carbonated.

S - Smell has a slight malt taste, not much else.

T - Taste is of water, maybe a hint of malt. This is water in a can. Slight alcohol flavor also comes through, but not much, not much at all.

M - Mouthfeel is offensive and leaves almost a layer of residue on your tongue.

D - Since it tastes like water, this may be drinkable for some. Not for me, however.

An awful light beer, can't see how people drink these. Going to have to say - "Avoid, at all costs".

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

It seems every time I go to a party this beer is in the hands of most of the party goers. I usually bring my own beer to parties for that very reason. I still end up having one though and each time it reminds me how much I dislike this beer. The appearance is pretty bad just a bland watery pilsner. The smell isn’t better, still awful. This beer has almost no taste. To me the only taste I notice is something like half beer and half water. A very poor beer, also a great indicator of bad taste.

Photo of ppoitras
2.36/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a six pack I bought to meet a guest's request. He didn't show up so it lives in my fridge now.

Poured into a clear plastic fest mug, about all it deserves, formed a 2" bright white head over the light yellow liquid. Head actually lasts reasonably well, with minimal lacing. Aroma is totally MIA, maybe the slightest whiff of pale and/or adjunct sweetness. Taste is the same sweetness that was almost found in the nose, which carries throughout. Mouthfeel is not detrimental, just totally non-descript, so hard to subtract points there. Relatively drinkable, if you're into this sort of thing. I guess I've become more of a BMC soft touch than I was when I reviewed it in the can. Oh well.

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

What the hell was I thinking.
This beer pours like piss water, light yellow, with a vapid head. The smell, well, there is none. I took a big ol' huff, and got jack squat.
The taste is limp wet dog. There is ZERO mouthfeel. I get nothing from this beer at all.
A pox on this beer, it's utter drek.

Photo of xduderx
1.28/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Why is this the best selling beer in America??? The easy answer is marketing!!! It's sure not based off of quality or taste.

appearance = very pale and carbonated

smell = not much of one. just typical piss water american macro beer odor

taste = what taste? this tastes like a pint of water with a shot of "beer" in it

mouthfeel = thin and bubbly. not terribly pleasing

drinkability = gross! not only does this beer lack taste and body (even for a light beer), but it's chock full of impurities and preservatives that give me a massive headache.

Photo of mesofat
1/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

asprin takes away headaches. bud light gives them. i can taste the marketting more than the hops, if there are any. at $15 for a 30 pack it's no wonder why it shows up at every poker party, bbq, wedding, etc. my brother loves it. he also puts his steaks on the grill straight from the freezer.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
2.88/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I chugged this baby down at a friends the other day just not to be rude. It was just over freezing so that helps. the head was big and the color a clear paler shade of pale. Lots of fizz.

Smell.. eh some malt. a bit O' hops, but not much, faint staleish chemical smell.

Taste.. well it was so cold I could not taste much. that was good because as it warms it goes bad. Very crisp dry taste, some malt but mostly hops. but not much of that.

Mouthfeel was weak & meek, watery, lots of carbonation.

This is a drinkers beer so drink up Johnny. MK

Photo of kdmorse
2.25/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Faded yellow/straw-colored haze. Two fingers of white head that disappears quickly. Lots of bubbles.

S: Not much there. Slight corny scent.

T/M: Once again, not much there. It is refreshing and very bubbly, but nothing to taste.

D: Easy to drink. I would prefer to drink other things, but I could easily drink several of these.

Photo of gosurfobx
2.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Only thing in my girlfriends fridge. Pours a pale straw color with one inch head that dissapates to a film. Smell has sweet malt with no hops. Taste is sweet, not really malty and no hops. Very thin in the mouth. Can drink if its cold enough, but overall not a favorite.

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

I had the coach on my son's soccer team give this to me for helping out (no good deed goes unpunished?) So why not review prior to foisting the rest off on my guests at the next bbq I host?

Pours light golden, with very good effervescence & a 3 fingers+ white head that quickly dissapeared with zero lacing

Smell: slight cornyness & fruittiness

Taste: Corny & slight fruitiness. Finishes crisp & dry but thin

MF: Thin& spritzy

Drinks okay, all things considered. I consider this the best of the worst as far as macroswill goes. Still does the job after cutting the lawn

Photo of bort11
1.08/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Served on tap from a pitcher at Retro Bowl in Liberty, MO. I was drinking Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat, but drank this by mistake when someone bought a new round and handed me a refill. This was at a childrens birthday party, so I didn't want to cause a scene. I finished my one cup politely, made some mental notes, and declined a refill.

A- Poured into a plastic cup from a pitcher. The cup was solid, so I could not see the beer in it except from the top. From looking at the pitcher, it was pale, pale yellow. I know everyone says it looks like urine. but if the shoes fit... White head whith quite a bit of retention.

S- Hard to rate a smell when there is none.

T- tastes like corn and a bit biscuity. Left a metalic after taste

M- watery and fizzy

D- Like I said above, I drank this by mistake when someone handed me a refill. Since it was bought for me, I did the polite thing and finish it. I wish I left it on a table and walked away. Later in the day I had awful stomach cramps, which I am totally blaming on this pathetic excuse of a beer.

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

The other day, I got stuck at a party at the neighbors', with a cooler full of this and Smirnoff Ice as the only refreshment.
(I guess I coulda -- shoulda -- stole one of the juice boxes from the kiddies instead.)
I vowed that if I was going to have to chug down a Bud Light, I would at least give myself the pleasure of reviewing it.
So here goes:

A -- Didn't pour it out of the bottle. Will bet my house and both testicles it was a pale straw color.

S - Faint, mild corn and not much else.

T - Very little of this either. Sour, with mild corn overtones and, oddly, a hint of saltiness. A stranger to hops.

M/D - Carbonated to -- nay, past -- the point of unpleasantness. In my opinion, between the sourness and the fizziness, Bud has created a true American original -- a 4.2% beer with low drinkability appeal.

It is true that I began to drink this beer with low expectations. But this beer genuinely fell even short of what I'd expected. I'll switch to MD 20/20 before I stock this stuff in my house.

Photo of cjgator3
2.06/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Expanding upon my review of the bottled version: On-tap it is still (and perhaps more if that is possible) watered down than the bottle version. There is less carbonation than the bottled version but still the same watered down beer. If it is the only beer available than go for it, but typically there will be something more appealing.

Photo of PuckLSHS
1.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What else can I say about this one? I tend to buy it when I know I am going to have a party, because people like this...especially the women that I know.

light pour, no head, no hops, watered-down version of Budweiser. I know...I said "watered-down version" and you are probably thinking, "Could Bud taste any more like water than it already does?" Why yes, yes it can.

Great for Fraternity parties worldwide.

Photo of TastyTaste
1.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

It was left in my fridge, so why not put a couple words down about it? A little yellow food coliring was added to carbonated water, there you have the body. Maybe my cold hasn't gone away, I can't smell anything. Taste is not much. Very slight grain, NO HOPS, yeast possibly? Mouthfeel is an afterthought. A farce of a beer.

Photo of mcallister
1.7/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale yellowish/gold with a lazy white head with absolutely no retention.

Not much of a nose. Pale malet, yeasty smells. No hop I can pick out.

Very watery with very little malt or hop presence. A very dull mouthfeel. Wouldn't want to drink this unless I was stuck at a house or on a island and it was the only beer there.

Photo of frosty
2.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Bud light a beer of choice when u are at a college party for its drinkablity but to sit around and enjoy, blah. Very light in color, the smell non existant, bud light is a very boring beer. As it goes down your throat the taste reminds me of water. Thats right its like drinking water. A plus one this beer is that it is cheap and very drinkable. It goes down like nothing. But if it was to me I'd take the money I spent one a six pack of this stuff and buy me a single of some real beer.

Photo of Gaben
1.76/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Woho bud light , now thats a standerd bar beer for football games.

When you think bout it though, its alot differnt then most of the other american light's, in my mind not the best for the $ amount.

Good old yellow color , with a standerd bud hop smell to it.

Taste isnt too bad since its lacking a bit extra, but I mean do not go to crazy with it for it will come back and give a massive hang-over if you under-estar/mate the taste. So yeah dat drinkability you got is a killer for this one.

Photo of Enola
2.83/5  rDev +53%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ok, let me explain the situation. I was at a drag race. ( Cars, not cross-dressers ). It was hot. It was all BMC. It was $5 for a 16 ouncer. But I was thirsty. So here goes.... Straight out of the can. I scored the appearance on multiple samplings long ago. The smell was what else, corn and rice. The taste was pretty watered down. The mouthfeel was good given the conditions. I was glad to get a beer. Under the conditions previously mentioned, this brew was drinkable. I had some Stone bombers in the truck but no glass was allowed in. Later on, 7:30 pm to be exact, beer sales were stopped. I would have loved to had another. So you can start to see the importance of a macro when there is a cooler full 1 ft away on the other side of the glass and they can't sell it. At $5 a pop I would have sold beer till the cows came home. So, to conclude my reveiw, it all depends on the situation.

I told the guy at the counter that he had a damn good spot to sell beer if he ever decided to. This was after he refused to sell me a cold beer.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

So I was here in Louisiana attending a local crawfish boil, and as I scanned the montains of crustacian carcasses I noticed that everyone there had the same silver cans of bud light poking out of their piles that I always picture at a crawfish boil. I always picture that because as far back as I can remember, that is all I have EVER seen anyone drink at these things. There's never even Miller or Coors for the sake of changing it up. It is ALWAYS Budwieser. I always figured this was because it was cheapest, or because people in charge didn't know any better or whatever.

Then I started thinking, what would I pick to pair with boiled crawfish? It has to be light and drinkable, because you're going to need alot of it to wash down that spice and keep cool in the heat of the outdoors. Low abv helps in that department as well. And what about flavor? What plays well with crawfish? Well, corn actually was the first thing that came to mind. Crawfish and corn have such a natural affinity for eachother that having one without the other is like having peanut butter without jelly. Its ok without, but why cheat yourself?

So if I'm looking for a beer with light body, low abv, and lots of corn flavor, and I can drink gallons without feeling full or drunk, it turns out Budwieser is damn near perfect! Factor in that its price is condusive to feeding the five thousand and you have a winner on your hands. Don't fight it. Besides, wrapping your gut-goobered, orange-stained fingers around a tulip glass to quaff your IPA really just wouldn't be right.

Photo of hanco005
2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this because it was on sale and I needed something for other family members to drink. 12 oz can, born on 10 Jan 06 poured into a pint glass

A—pours crystal clear dandelion with a 1 inch fizzy bright white head that immediately fizzles into nothing, many bubbles are coming up from the bottom, similar to a soda, no lacing clings to the glass at all

S—faint straw, sour fruit, and a few other grains. Nothing sticking out really…

T—not much here. Honestly, like a mild grainy water.

M—thin and watery, light bodied, good carbonation, however

D—not one for me…not enough flavor. This is one to drink if you are looking to get drunk. No flavor and it goes down like water.

Photo of Folderol
1.09/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I thought I should give this crud a try, just to see what all the commercial hype is about. My first mistake was pouring the beer into a glass instead of just chugging from the can. It made a lot of nice frothy head, and I'm giving it points on that only. The downside is that all the carbonation had gone after that since there's no body to keep it in, leaving me not just with bad beer but flat bad beer as well. I can't even say it had a taste; it was kind of like sour water. There was no hop flavor, malt flavor, or even yeast flavor. All in all, one more reason to be wary of American pop culture.

Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 5,242 ratings.