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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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1,353 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,353
Hads: 5,330
rAvg: 1.97
pDev: 33.5%
Wants: 46
Gots: 993 | 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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Reviews: 1,353 | Hads: 5,330
Photo of johnnnniee
2.51/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates rather quickly but never disappears. Smells of light sweet bready malt with a touch of apple and honey and maybe some floral hops. The flavor is sweet grainy with pomme fruits and a hint of bread and hops. Light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet watery mouthfeel. Well it could work on a hot summer day, but there is so little flavor in here it's hard for me to want to. (469 characters)

Photo of corby112
1.8/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a clear, pale golden straw color with visible carbonation and a one finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Bland aroma with a subtle crisp hop presence along with grass, straw, pale malt grain and corn.  The adjuncts aren't as offensive as others in the style, light or otherwise.  Still pretty bland/boring.

Light body with a crisp hop presence that is immediately countered by an unpleasant, lingering metallic adjunct character.  Some crisp, grassy hop flavor but it's killed off by hints of metal, corn and rice.  The adjuncts realy overpower what could be a decent tasting light lager.  The pale malts and hops are obliterated by the offensive lingering flavors. (750 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
1.59/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint. I can't believe I'm doing this, but I used to drink so much of it before that I almost feel compelled to give it a shake now. The beer is a pale, almost clear, yellowish coloring with a frothy white head that quickly settles into a sparse coating of filmy, white bubbling. Fast, moderate amount of carbonation bubbling. Aromas of toasted grains, and not much else. Flavors of not a whole hell of a lot. Seriously. Clean, with some toasted grain characteristics, but very subtle. Aftertaste is funky, with a slightly floral and sour character to it. Clean, crisp finish. Very neat and clean brew, but lack just about every other quality. (678 characters)

Photo of Zorro
1.16/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours an over carbonated pale yellow.

Smell is nothing, not even a whiff of yeast, hop is completely absent.

Taste is a little sweet, and that is all, not even a Cornflake taste.

Mouthfeel is present only because it is really over carbonated.

Drinkable as in seltzer water. (285 characters)

Photo of John_M
1.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had this beer last night to compare to the pilsner urquel. I'll be completely honest. Calling this swill beer is a stretch. At best it barely qualifies.

BL pours a very light gold color with almost no head retention or lacing. One minute after pouring this crap into the glass it had no head, no lacing, and virutally no carbonation. It looks like a glass of lightly yellow colored tap water. A urine sample is more attractive looking than this stuff. On the nose I get some light sweet canned corn, and that's pretty much it. On the palate, the swill actually had a bit more flavor then I expected. It tasted like carbonated sweet corn, mixed with a lot of seltzer water. There is some prickliness on the tongue from the seltzer water like flavor.

Aside from the fact that there's no more then minimal flavor, there's something of a "gasiness" from the seltzer water carbonation that quickly made me feel a bit bloated. Really, this swill is pretty much undrinkable, and is not something I would ever order again. The fact that many people drink this all the time is proof positive that you can become accustomed to drinking pretty much anything.

Awful stuff. (1,164 characters)

Photo of biegaman
1.15/5  rDev -41.6%
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... (2,269 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
1.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a bright yellow crystal clear body with a big boiling carbonation that races to the surface. There is a pale white head that fades to a small cloud of thin film pretty quickly. I just can't get over how oddly yellow this body is.

S- The soft hint of bitter hops has no depth but has a faint hint of woodruff as it warms. It is almost like woodruff candy but not really sweet.

T- This beer has a flavor of carbonic acid with a finish of hop bitterness at the finish. There is a faint hint of woodruff and corn when it warms.

M- This beer has a super light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish. There is a watery texture to the mouthfeel but it is covered up by the fizz in the finish.

D- This beer really has no flavor except for a hint of hop bitterness. There are no malt qualities anywhere. It taste like hop flavored seltzer water. (886 characters)

Photo of plaid75
2.08/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a pale straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet malt with brief wisp of aromatic hop.

The taste was light and carbonated with a clean sweet corn element. Nothing really to report. Luckily there was no aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was light with some residual slickness.

Overall a rather flavorless experience. No really offensive flavors or aromas, just nothing really worth drinking. (479 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
1.65/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again. (252 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev +72.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another $2 pint at Champions.

A The lager is as pale as its big brother, a straw color that struggles for a semblance of color. Like yellow food coloring but watered down. A white head rests atop it.

S: The nose is mildly fruity and generally very light. That lightness is a huge difference between Budweiser (good) and this (not so).

T: Very light, the lager trends towards tasteless. There are fruity adjunct flavors, a bit of creamed corn and rice, to spice things up. Hops are nowhere to be seen or tasted. The lightness is a distraction.

M: There isn't much mouthfeel here, a bit of sweetness and then nothing.

D: Easy to drink but I'm not sure that I'd want to. I'd advocate Budweiser over the lite version 99 times out of 100. (738 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.46/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Its a simple beer. Good for after sweating in teh yard or on the court....or whatever. The color is golden clear with decent carbonation. The smell is grainy if anything. The taste is light grainy water taste. Mouthfeel is fine could drink alot of it...if that was all there was. (279 characters)

Photo of Duff27
2.03/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When in St. Louis...

A- Small white head atop a golden beer, decent head retention and lacing on this particular pour.

S- Smells very "light", rice.

T- Instant sweetness follow by sharp, but mild(?) hop bitterness.
Not too pleasant, although mildly refreshing.

M- Low to medium mouthfeel...kinda watery. Good carbonation.

D/O- The most popular worst beer. Has a time and a place, which 99.99% I miss. Drunk vehicle. (420 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A light amber color (almost too pale) that appears clear. A light head with little if no lacing. Weak lager flavor that is bitter in the aftertaste. Light, crisp mouth-feel and is a little too carbonated. Overall a beer the might be good for getting drunk but not too quickly. Not a beer too enjoy for flavor - would not recommend. (331 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
1.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

"The sure sign of a good time?" Uh, no. Beg to differ, Mr. Mad Man wannabe douchebag adman. This is the blandest excuse for a beer you can imagine, surely not worth the minimal calories consumed.

THis is a very clear yellow bear with a decent head that fades away slowly, leaving little to no lace at all.

Smell? Nothing there except the faintest trace of malt..barely.

Taste? Really, really bland and watery..the hint of malt and corn or rice or some vaguely sweet adjunct. Nothing really noticeable. Sort of beer-ish in a distant kind of way.

The mouthfeel is all fizzy carbonation, a crisp finish...nothing exceptional. I guess it's kinda refreshing but I'd rather have a water or a soda.

This one simply leaves me wondering why? Why would anyone drink this? Why did I even try it (again)? Pointless, boring junk. (822 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
2.36/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.68/5  rDev +36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured the thin, clear yellow expected of the style with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention or lacing. A slightly sweet grain aroma was the only noticeable thing in the nose.

On the tongue, again a very faint, slightly sweet grain taste is the only feature. The body and drinkability were both average for the style.

IIRC, this is the best selling beer in America, so clearly lots of folks like this brew. I found it to be a fairly average example of the style. (511 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
1.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a clear, bright buttery-gold with a compact, sudsy head that quickly dissipated. The sides of the glass were immediately lined with macro carbonation bubbles sticking around before rushing to the surface and yielding a medium steady showing of carbonation. Overall the color was decent but appearance was hindered somewhat by a weak and unimpressive head and lacing.

S: light and crisp, with some dried rice and dried corn and not much else so to speak of.

T: fizzy corn water with some stale grains. Theres a touch of sourness and metallic nature as well some fresh green corn stalks.

M: obnoxiously fizzy and very active and distracting on the tongue form the flavor, however good or bad that may seem.

D: Drinkability was bad, very corny flavor, with green stalks and a high carbonation factor all which leads to a big fizzy disappointment. Will make your grimace with every sip and consider pouring it down the drain. (939 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
2.4/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light yellow hue with a haze-free body and strong effervescence. Head poured a thin layer of frothy white foam and dissipated almost instantly. Blah.

Smell: light plastic-like aroma which is mostly inoffensive but doesn't smell like beer should. It smells much more chemical than biological, you know?

Taste: bland malty flavor, really quite watery. I haven't let it heat up to the point where it gets offensive yet, though. It's actually a bit too dull to be truly off-putting. Bland, boring, mostly tasteless, but not overtly revolting. So there's that.

Mouthfeel: extremely light-bodied, but bubbly and refreshing. Certainly adequate for a light beer.

Overall: I don't hate this beer. I just don't happen to like it very much. It can be said, however, to be refreshing on a hot day when served cold. Still, there are much better beers in the cheap-swill class which do a better job under those circumstances than Bud Light. (988 characters)

Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a ultra pale straw colored fluid with a mess of active carbonation that slowly falls to a quarter inch head. Little to none lacing.

S- Faint corn, grain and metallic scent on the nose.

T-M- Taste is heavily watered down corn and grains. Not even a touch of hop noticable. Has a sweet grainy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is of lightly carbonated stale water that taints the tongue.

D- Not my kind of light beer (414 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.52/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, not really able to detect anything. Taste appears to be awol as well. Hard to describe, basically flavorless. Feels light in the mouth. Drinkability ain't bad, much like water. Overall there is not much to recomnend about this beer. (338 characters)

Photo of DrJay
2.15/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear with a pale yellow hue, not much colour there. A bright white cap formed during the pour, falling to a collar in a couple of minutes. Not much aroma, a bit of cereal and sweetness, faint green apple. Same for the flavour, no significant bitterness with just a hint of cereal sweetness and a hint of hops, slightly metallic in the finish. Light bodied with ample carbonation, fair texture. Easy to drink, but not enough flavour to make it worth my while - I don't mind drinking water or soda instead. Not particularly bad, just extremely bland. (557 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
1.51/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

24oz can. Born on date of June 13, 2010.

A very pale straw yellow with lots of foam and lively bubbles.

Grainy smell with kind of a rotten something nose to it. I wish I could describe the rotten more clearly...

Light grain, a little sweetness, bitter notes that don't suggest anything useful. Grainy in the finish. Yuck. I thought Coors Light was bad.

Even on the cheapo, I'd never think about buying this again. I wish the serving was, like, 8oz or less instead of 24. No worries, my sink is getting a treat! (514 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.59/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Looks like the urine when someone is trying to flush their system with water. Smell, there really is no smell, so I guess its not as big of a drawback as the other characteristics.

Taste, if you like the taste of almost nothing, this is your beer. Seriously, I think this beer is ok if you're eating some spicy food on a hot day. That's the only purpose it serves. No mouthfeel, but drinkability is high, relatively speaking, because hey, they made this beer for mass consumption. If a beer drinker wants 2 beers, they should have about 9 of these to equal the legitimate ingredients and effort put into 2 craft brews. Avoid, unless you need to cleanse your palate. (666 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
1.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

355ml can poured into pint glass may 27 2010

A clear very pale straw yellow with decent carbonation feeding a very short lived bone white head that left no lace

S faint adjuncts and that's about it

T very little going on here some candy corn perhaps

M quite thin but enough carbonation to fluff it up a bit

D what little smell and taste it has is rather poor so its easy not to enjoy

Q: How is Bud Light similar to having sex on a boat?
A: Their both fucking close to water (479 characters)

Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
49 out of 100 based on 1,353 ratings.