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Bud Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

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1,368 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,368
Hads: 5,440
Avg: 1.92
pDev: 73.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 1,091 | 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:
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 Stinkypuss
1.43/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A. Grabbed a few cans from a friend's fridge at a party. I didn't bother pouring it into a glass, but there was some in plastic party cups at the beer pong table and it appeared very light.

S. Trademark Anheuser Busch smell. Slight corn, cereal grains.

T. Really bad. Cooked corn broth with a moderate bitterness. Not appealing and worst of all, THEY WEREN"T ICE COLD. OH HEAVENS NO. The inadequecy of this beer is flamboyant.

M. Light carbonated piss water.

D. I had a few, since I was thirsty and they were free. I shut myself off after 3. I just couldn't do it anymore.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
1.59/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
1.16/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
1.15/5  rDev -40.1%
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...

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Photo of Wasatch
1.65/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
2.03/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
1.77/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.46/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
2.08/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
1.69/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Time to review the world's most popular light beer. I can honestly say that I have never had this before. Even before my craft beer days, I would always have selected a regular adjunct lager over one of these. Here goes: Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a pale straw amber with a faint gold tint and a bare half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light, sweet biscuit malt and a faint hint of grassy hops. Flavor is very mild sweet adjunct malt with a distinct rice component (not sure if it is used, but this is spot on for Japanese rice lagers) with a hint of biscuit finishes with mild grassy hops. Tastes watered down. Light bodied with active carbonation. I'm baffled by the number of people who compare this (and other adjuncts) to piss; there is no real comparison. It tastes exactly like it is intended: a light, flavor attenuated mild beer that will offend almost no one. The slightly sweet malt is as inoffensive as it is uninteresting. A watery, mildly sweet malt and mildly hopped light lager. The only surprise here is how watered down it tastes. That makes it hard to understand as a session beer; really boring. This is a one and done. There is no reason to return this (except under desert island scenarios). My apologies to my Seattle Beer Week glass; we will not speak of this again.

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Photo of Tone
2.2/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev +77.1%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.4/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
1.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of corby112
1.8/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
1.88/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
2.52/5  rDev +31.3%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.36/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.68/5  rDev +39.6%
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.

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Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev +30.2%
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

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.28/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This seems to be a typical example of an American macro light beer. Appearance is pale, watery yellow and smell is of the usual macro adjunct aroma. Taste presents a tiny bit of flavor, but mainly watered down mediocrity. I wouldn't recommend this to an average BA. Still, I found this to be a decent beer for hanging around with friends when you don't need anything anywhere near special. The colder the better here.

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Photo of DrJay
2.15/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.27/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 18, 2013.

Wow! I thought I had reviewed this one. But what can I say? It pours straw yellow with a lot white fizzy head. That gets a higher grade because that's the way these beers are supposed to look.

Aromas of corn, light malts, and even a little apple if I stretch it.

The body is light, which is the way it should be for a light lager.

The taste is very typical of an adjunct light lager like this with a pale grainy malts and a clean hop finish. It makes sense that this beer is popular among the masses. As a craft beer it is weak but for its style it is right where it is supposed to be.

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Photo of Bitterbill
1.51/5  rDev -21.4%
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!

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Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
48 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.