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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

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4,620 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,620
Reviews: 1,292
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 37.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 375 | 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 GrimmReaper
2.42/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one during football season where they had those promotions for free football T-shirt..i could'nt resist.
Very pale yellow that was crystal clear and minimal head that was bright white and no lacing.
Aroma is of lite fizzly water with very mild corn and grains...nothing else.
Taste is like sparkling water with some corn and grass and metallic aftertaste.
Thin and bubbly mouthfeel.
Another one of those highly consumable beers that you just piss out,very easy to drink...nothing much there at all...but drinkable i guess if your not into flavorsome brews.

GrimmReaper, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of McStagger
1.33/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, since Oklahoma law prohibits the retail sale of beer above 3.2 percent ABV between the hours of 9 pm(!) and 10 am(!!), the big three got smart and started brewing "beer" at the 3.2 line. One cannot acquire the big three above 3.2 unless one leaves the state. Well, I left the state. Let's see what the rest of the country drinks.

A: Extremely clear / pale yellow. Head is...well, white with lacing being to the point of non-existent.

S: Smell is also almost non-existent. Adjunct grain galore! Mild, mild sweetness on the followed by minimum bitterness.

T: I got nothing. Okay, not nothing, but pretty damn close. Mild rice grains along with a nondescript sweetness that turns into mild bitterness.

M: Forget about it. Soda water, beginning, mid and finish.

D: Why even bother? It drinks like so much seltzer. Easy to do, hard to enjoy.

Upon drinking "real" Bud Light, I am further disillusioned with the beer drinkers of America. THIS is your call to arms? THIS is what you answer to? Go back to vodka. It's more efficient.

McStagger, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Guardian
2.8/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

A- VERY light appearance. Pale yellow barely present.

S- Not bad. It definitely does smell like a Budweiser beer (as most people associate the smell of beer with Budweiser).

T- Watery flavor. Bizarre aftertaste. Probably not worth the fact it is 30 calories less than a Budweiser.

M- Seltzer, carbonation,soda mouth feel
D- Very high. I could probably finish off a 30 pack of this...and not feel a thing.

Guardian, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
2.75/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Michael's Bar and Grill in Huntington Beach, CA,

A: Pours a very pale yellow, with good, soapy, white head initially, but disintegrates quickly to nothing, and doesn't reappear on subsequent pours.

S: Very bad, very off-putting, smells of stale corn and skunk.

T: Although the smell is bad, the taste is not horrible. Tastes mainly of corn, a true corn lager, with a hint of malt and hops.

M: Very light, highly carbonated, though I sense a fuller body than most light lagers.

D: Not a bad beer for a light lager, definitely better than Miller Lite, but not something I would buy regularly, for my light beers I enjoy a nice German-style Helles or Pilsner.

Halcyondays, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of Doomcifer
2.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - crystal clear, extremely pale straw color. Soda-type head that fades quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - light grainy smell along with a faint skunkiness.

Taste - as would be expected, not much flavor...but it's a macro light beer, what would you expect? very faint grainy flavor with an inkling of hops and finishes with an off-taste...slightly skunky.

Mouthfeel - very watery and way too carbonated. its got the carbonation of a cola.

Drinkability - if my goal is to sit down and enjoy a beer, this would be near the bottom of the list. But, if Im out and about and just looking to party all night long, this beer would suffice but I would rather decide on another.

Doomcifer, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of beerNdarts
1.55/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

(Free can at a party) Appearance is very light, smell is very sweet with very little to no hoppiness at all. Taste is like pee- no, I've never tried pee, but I'm sure it's close to how this stuff tastes. I think the problem with this "beer" is that it's very sweet and light, without anything to balance, which is why PBR gets my vote for cheap beer of choice. Have never and will never willingly buy any Anheuser Busch product.

4 Points in mouthfeel... water also goes down nicely

beerNdarts, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of Floydster
1.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

12 ounce can bought from 7-eleven

Good beer if someone wants to get absolutely wasted, but that is about all it has going for it, plus you have to drink about 12-20 depending on your tolerance

Tastes more like water than beer to me

Would not bother me if I never drank this again

Floydster, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of tempest
2.58/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found old (Jan 2007) tasting notes that I never got around to entering.

Looking at Bud Light as pure beer, as an art removed from the social implications of drinking, it is both uninspiring and disappointing. To begin with, there isn't much to look at. It sits flatly in a glass like a urine sample. The aroma is weak with only hints of fresh barley. The flavor is a touch sour and grainy with a slight sweetness and faint bitterness. An easily ignorable but unpleasant and unnatural tasting flavor lingers after each cold gulch.

All in all, when it comes to the flavor department, Bud Light is severely lacking. What is so impressive about Bud Light, however, is the beer craftsmanship of Anheuser-Busch. In the world of brewing, a finely-tuned light lager is the most difficult product to create. Errors or flavor imperfections are readily evident, with nothing to mask the flavor. Then consider the flavor consistency for the millions of barrels of Bud Light, and you have one of the best-made beers in the world.

tempest, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
1.83/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Battle of the Light Macro Beers - Coors Light vs. Bud Light.

12 fl. oz bottle. Served cold.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw, transparent yellow colour with a bone white head, instantly dropping to a very thin ring.

Aroma: Liquid skunk, musty grains, corn and rice.

Taste: Nothing really, some grains, a little sourness. Tastes even less like beer than Coors Light.

Mouthfeel: Thin, sharp, fizzy.

Final Statement: This is definately worse than Coors Light. Smells terrible, no flavour, just plain bad. Not recommended for any purpose.

MMansfield, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of Contra
1.9/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had a few left over bottles, so I figured I'd review one.

The appearance is a very light gold color, carbonation, but nothing interesting. Almost like water with yellow food dye. Very poor. The aroma is actually fairly decent, as is the taste, however, that is because of a lack of offensive character. There really isn't anything positive to say in either of these catagories except that there isn't anything bad to say about it either.

We all know this beer. By reviewing standards, it offers very little and is about as dull as you can get. But for people looking for a cheap, but drinkable beer, it serves that purpose. Still, when a beer calls itself "the King of All Beers", it should live up to that. This is closer to the village idiot than the king.

Contra, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of jdubjacket
1.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Good for gameday, relatives & friends who don't know any better and degreasing engines.

Anyone who likes this beer as a legitimate beer is just selling something. Pours clear. Aroma is what else? Cheap beer made from rice instead of hops. Taste and mouthfeel are both "blech" for lack of a better word.

Only good thing about this beer is drinkability. It's like drinking water.

I drink this crap to sober up.

jdubjacket, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of beakerboy
1.43/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The beer pours a pale yellow with lage bubbles and no head. The aroma is better than the flavor. I actually smell some malt. The flavor is quite subtle with water and CO2 bubbles dominating. Very light on the pallette. What more is there to say to reach the 250 character minimum.

beakerboy, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of livingregret
2.35/5  rDev +27%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Serving type....ummmm when I started drinking I had this from a Can, from tap, from a bottle...you name it I've tried it w/ this drink

Appearance: Pours a nice urine looking light yellow w/ a non-existent head

Smell: Whole lot of nothing here....maybe some watery hops and light corn

Taste: Is there any taste here? Water w/ a touch of watery hops

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery...feels a lot like water

Drinkability: Yes you CAN pound this out....but you'll feel sick the next day and be kicking yourself for it. When we are young and foolish this drink is great....when you begin trying new drinks you realize how crappy this really is.

livingregret, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of Overlord
1.23/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The epitome of what I consider go be the U.S. macrobrew disaster.

Pours a urine appearing yellow, typically has a thin, fizzy head that quickly dissipates, and with no flavor or smell to speak other than a watery, alcohol tinged sawdust taste.


Overlord, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of genog
1.75/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a straw colored.... Wait a minute, pour Bud Light from a can? Hah, I drank this on the golf course quickly as possible since it was so hot yesterday. It appears to be yellow food colored water. Smell is almost non existent. In the taste I sense corn, a little hops and mostly water. Mouthfeel is a little bit more forgivable as it is a crisp carbonated refreshing drink on a summer day outside.

genog, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of lawman834
2.2/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Clear, Pale and Watery. Foamy head.

S: Weak. Kinda corny.

T: Real weak. Why bother? What little taste there is, taste like corn, not beer.

M: Watery. No character at all. Kinda fizzy.

D: Everyone else says that drinkability is the only strong suit in a Domestic Macro. I don't even find this stuff very drinkable. I always end up feeling crummy, especially the next day (do they put laxative in this stuff?).

Overall: Seriously, why bother? I'm not just being mean. If your just trying to get hammered, drink a few shots or something. Maybe drink one of those flavored malt beverages, at least it has some flavor.

lawman834, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
2.83/5  rDev +53%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow body. 1/4" white head that disappeared leaving only a ring.

S: Similar to the other light macros - there's not much of anything to point out.

T: Again, close to the other macro lights, but I do pick up a very slight sweetness to the 1/2 beer-1/2 H2O flavor.

M: Light body & above average carbonation. Dry finish.

D: Again falls easy like the other lights.

That's it for the big 3 (thank God) - I swear without the bottles, I'd never be able to tell them apart. That said, I've had worse.

OKCNittany, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of youngleo
1.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A-It poured a very light yellow. The carbonation looked good and gave ample head. The head disappeared very fast and so did the carbonation. Not many bubbles after it was poured. If you want to call it lacing you can, but it looked more like a few bubbles clinging to the glass.
S-There was very little smell. I mean very little.
T- Most of the AB products taste very similar. They have a almost dry taste with a little sweetnest.
M-The feel in your mouth almost reminded me of water. There was no carbonation.
D- I caught this beer on sale and thought I would give it a shot. I bought it and I will drink it, but I wouldnt recommend this beer. If I wanted a cheap beer and caught it on sale, I still would have second thoughts about buying it.

youngleo, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Taipans
1.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Its funny because years ago growing up in the St.Louis area I was convinced this was the staple american beer. I absolutely have a hard time drinking this anymore and its always around since the majority of my friends are BMC worshipers.

A- Very light yellow, perfectly clear, major carbonation
S- Nothing worth noting, possibly a touch of malt
T- Horrible corny/malty flavor, like beer flavored water
M- If you hold your breath its water, its seriously that light
D- The only good thing, if you consider it a good thing, is you can drink 12 of these and not even notice. Of course water is way healthier and drinking this isnt worth the effort opening the can/bottle.

I have to admit I went along time thinking this was a prime lager example. Now that I finally have learned about real beer this stuff is horrible.

Taipans, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
2.6/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

this is the king of beers' pansy little brother that everyone likes because they feel like they're supposed to. everything about this beer is like budweiser minus 1 point. the truth is, beer is an acquired taste that can only be accepted by a small amount of the population. this might be the only light beer i ever review simply because it's the most popular beer in america and a marketable beverage for those who want to relieve the pressures of modern life, or just get drunk. some folks require more taste, and i'm one of them.

A- completely transparent straw yellow, typical AB head. the bubbles, they rise.

S- not much, rice, barley, grass, hay

T- corn, grass, grains, WATER

MF- less syrupy than budweiser, lots of carbonation, maybe makes it go down better, don't ever let it get warm

D- despite its lack of flavor and character, this beer is near ultimate drinkability on a hot day IF you like drinking half beer half water. the best choice if you're having a party and providing the beer.

hustlesworth, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of dustylong
1.83/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale yellow color with no head, retention, or lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). Has a very light aroma to it, smells like malted corn and rice. Corn and rice also the main part of the taste, with little hops character. Very light and thin mouthfeel, with a lot of carbonation. Overall, not a very good beer, too light, little taste (even considering the style). There are much better beers, as I'm sure most people realize since they've probably had this beer.

dustylong, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of biegaman
1.13/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

355ml can poured into a frosted pilsner glass, courtesy of the TBS Fund. This beautiful Sunday afternoon was filled with sunshine, hot weather and a spotless blue sky. A day of hard work was followed by relaxation: a steak bigger than my shoe, baseball, and (only because I'll never be in a better mood to try one) a Bud Light.

An incredible appearance! Much lighter in colour than even that of champagne. I mention in my review of Budweiser that it's only a shade or two lighter than water, well Bud Light is maybe HALF a shade (maybe!). It could NOT pass for yellow. The colour fascinates me. Wow. I've never - ever - even imagined a beer so light.

Also like champagne it has a flurry of bubbles that swirl about. Again I've never even imagined seeing so many bubbles in a beer. The head leveled off at an average height, though it did at one point exceed the two finger level. A pristine snow white and very creamy looking.

The aroma if far less impressive, repulsive in each and every way. Saturated corn adjuncts. Sweet and cloying. Heavy DMS. Gross. Awful. Beyond awful.

The mouthfeel is thin, watery and without texture. The aftertaste is astringent but short lived. Carbonation is low. This is exactly like water. Literally. If it weren't slightly wet I wouldn't know it was in my mouth.

There is no real taste to describe. Tasteless. I remember being offered a bottle once before and remarking how it tasted like bad cereal. Not this time... I can't taste much of anything, even the adjuncts. Not offensive only because there is no taste there to offend.

This review is in no way meant to be sarcastic. I reviewed this with complete objectivity and described the beer exactly as it was. What is most important to understand is that it was designed to be this way...

And I give credit to the people at Anheuser-Busch. They aim to make a product for people who don't like beer and indeed, they've succeeded. Light beer was introduced in the 1970's as a marketing attempt at expanding their demographic to women and health-conscientious people. To appeal to a wider market they needed to make a wider appealing product and did so by introducing a product with less flavour, less aroma, less alcohol...who doesn't drink water? This is something else...

biegaman, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
1.23/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Looks like carbonated water with a single drop of yellow food coloring. Head is decent, which is why it gets a 1.5 instead of 1. Crystal clear, and the white head settle to a ring in seconds.

S- Weak malt, lemon. That's about all I can make out... A bit metallic, and a hint of yeast, actually. Smells like when you rack a pils into secondary.... if you're standing 30 feet away.

T- Initially boring, but not bad. Then the bad flavors start, and keep coming. Sourness, stale, mouldy bread, no hops at all, and only the faintest malt.

M- Crisp, but not clean. Carbonation is weak within minutes, and it just starts to taste like horse piss. Not that I drink horse piss. But if this was warm, it couldn't be that much different.

D- Yuck. Made to be drunk as fast as possible and puked up later. Absolutely awful.

khiasmus, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of BWMKappaSig
2.1/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear yellow-gold with a thin head.

Smell - Weak and sweet, mainly of corn/rice. Rather poor smell.

Taste - Sweet, with little discernable flavor. As it warms, sweetness becomes unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated and very thin. As it warms, exceptionally cloying.

Drinkable - If nothing else, it is drinkable. However, with such a weak taste, there is little reason to want to drink it.

BWMKappaSig, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of Brad007
1.8/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a clear, bland yellow color with a nice head. Aroma is of light corn (or rice...whichever it is) and seems sweet. Taste is very sweet as well and again, cornish or rice taste, which is unimpressive. Overall, beer is inoffensive but I didn't see much that could differentiate it from other light lagers. Boring.

Brad007, Jul 26, 2007
Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 4,620 ratings.