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Busch NA - Anheuser-Busch

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Busch NABusch NA

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57
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.14
pDev: 37.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fully brewed with finest natural ingredients, including a blend of premium American hops, fine barley malt, cereal grains, and pure water. After full fermentation and maturation, the alcohol is gently removed to preserve the quality of the beer.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-23-2003)
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Reviews by drakkath:
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drakkath

Alabama

2.78/5  rDev +29.9%

12 oz can into my 32 oz mug

a: a good looking NA brew, pale straw color, and a side pour created a 1/2' head that stuck around for 30 seconds or so with some thin lacing

s: smells like all of the other macros - adjunct... nothing else of note on the nose

t: sweetness, some light maltiness, corny adjunct flavor

m: light and watery with alot of carbonation

o: Due to dietary restrictions, I cannot currently drink alcohol. I had only ever heard of O'Douls, which is not a horrible beverage, but didn't know there were other NA options out there. I hate Busch beer and always have, but this Busch NA is the CLOSEST to a "party beer" flavor that I've found.

I love the fact that it's canned and I can put it in my coozie and my buddies don't know that I'm drinking an NA, but I can drive them home if I need to.

By no means is this a great, hell even a good beer. But if you can't drink or if you are the designated driver and want that beer "feel", this is as close as it gets.

08-17-2012 15:43:59 | More by drakkath
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GOBLIN

Ohio

2/5  rDev -6.5%

05-05-2014 14:38:41 | More by GOBLIN
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

1.05/5  rDev -50.9%

Wow, I think I found the worst beer ever! I had a friend pick-up some cheap beer for a Beirut tournament (beer-pong).She bought Busch NA not realizing it is non alcoholic. We used it anyway and drank on the side.

This crap poured a piss yellow with no head.
It smelled wretched. Like rotting hay/grass!
The taste was unbelievably bad. A flat skunked beer with a skunked aftertaste. Rotten hop flavor with a stinging mouthfeel.
This beer was so bad it made the Beirut game more intense- that's the only plus for this beer!

Bleech- who would drink this?! If you want non-alcoholic go with O'Douls or Rootbeer, Busch NA is absolutely repellant!!

11-28-2003 16:37:22 | More by NJpadreFan
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pmcadamis

Illinois

1.13/5  rDev -47.2%

A - Medium yellow hue is actually darker than I thought it would be. A very, very short lived head rises an falls like Rome ...in a Sim City game on speed...and crack.

S - Stale old beer stain notes. Smells a bit like the inside of the Budweiser factory in St. Louis.

T - Again, stale old yeast. Old popcorn, grainy, tastes like very old and warm macro lager.

M - Thin with a ridiculously super-carbonated aggressive raspy soda pop carbonation. This like....hurts my throat.

D - There are much better N/A beers out there...like, all of them. Avoid this. Drink a Diet Coke if you're the DD.

12-03-2007 07:17:31 | More by pmcadamis
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-28-2014 20:49:14 | More by tdm168
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

2.73/5  rDev +27.6%

Pours to a thin white head and pale yellow color. Aroma is mostly seltzer water and a weak adjunct-laden beer smell. Flavor is an extremely weak cheap beer flavor, not terrible but not that great either and too weak to satisfy. Virtually no hop character other than a faint bitterness. Finishes clean and dry. It drinks very easily--like water--which it basically IS. This stuff makes for a decent alternative to water for those who don't mind the taste of Busch.

09-04-2007 23:21:15 | More by EagleTalon
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.81/5  rDev +31.3%

From the 12 fl. oz. can marked: 12117-CE70. Sampled on January 25, 2013.

Instead of making an automatic assumption on this non-alcohol beer I prefer to review it based on the style it represents. Non-Alcohol beers usually look straw or golden yellow, have a grainy aroma and flavor and are watered-down light.

Busch NA is all of that. The color is golden yellow with virtually no head. But it looks pretty much like it should so I give that part a decent rating.

The nose is grainy malts with a clean crispiness at the end. The taste is about the same with a subtle sweetness too. The body is light. It is comparable to other low alcohol beers in its class and it is reasonably priced.

01-25-2013 22:43:16 | More by puboflyons
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Spikester

Oregon

3/5  rDev +40.2%

Clear gold with a good one inch of white head. Not a trace of lacing. Head leaves in about 30 seconds.

Smell is corny some grains.

Taste is sweet, malty, no detectable hops. Very neutral brew, no off flavors.

Mouthfeel is fine for a fizzy yellow macro product.

Overall a good value and nothing unpleasant for the style. Just not much flavor.

01-04-2013 04:43:55 | More by Spikester
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

1/5  rDev -53.3%

07-20-2014 06:02:56 | More by CraigTravor
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

1.5/5  rDev -29.9%

08-17-2013 02:18:49 | More by MinorThreat
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev +11.2%

12oz can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - My first NA beer review.. beer taken from my pregnant wife. It pours a pale straw colour with lots of carbonation showing. There was actually a massive white foamy head on the beer. Even some faint lacing, very surprising.

Smell - barley, grains/breads, clean and crisp

Taste & Mouth - Lots of carbonation on the tongue, very light tasting. A nice clean and crisp refreshing flavour, lots of breads/grains and light corn syrup sweetness. It finishes with a very light pale malt aftertaste.

Drink - This reminded me of a (even more) watered down glass of coors light. Not a bad option if you're not allowed to have alcohol for whatever reason.

10-08-2010 21:56:38 | More by spinrsx
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +84.6%

This beer looks rather pale with a washed-out gold color that is stained brown. It's as if the brown and gold are competing for their presence. The lively bubbles help this one look a little more attractive, but they don't even make a head when they get to the surface. Funny, it looks nice sitting on the wood computer desk, but when held to the light and the white walls, it looks quite sad.

Smells lively and fruity with a base of green grapes and bread dough with a zesty nip of hops that remind me of lemon zest and CO2. Smells better than more macro lagers.

Holy s**t, it tastes like Busch, but arguably better. It has the universal macro corny grain base with a touch more fruitiness than normal suggesting red apples and strawberry with an ambiguous dry pucker that is presumably some sort of hop.

Feels light and clean, but dense enough to know it isn't water. The carbonation is lively and playful.

This is way better than Busch regular. If given a choice between the two, I'd take this one.

05-09-2008 20:30:53 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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happygnome

Minnesota

2.03/5  rDev -5.1%

a: pours a light golden color with about an eigth inch of white head that disappears quickly leaving not even a trace of lace

s: sweet corn malts no balance

t: sweet corn malts no balance

m: light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, i would pass on again

12-06-2010 01:46:39 | More by happygnome
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +40.2%

Pours straw yellow with a fairly thick head that fizzles away - not bad for a macro NA, but still could use better head retention.

It smells like a typical macro - some soft grain and a touch of corn. Largely inoffensive - not bad for a NA.

The taste is of soft grain and light corn. Inoffensive and clean. Better than some macros I've had, and not bad for a NA.

Watery feel and fizzy. What did you expect? But, something "beer-like" actually holds on and the aftertaste is not bad.

Sadly, there are a few regular macros I would probably choose this over. This isn't much of a beer, but isn't bad for the style (and price). There are worse out there.

09-23-2007 14:08:13 | More by jwc215
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fizzy

Minnesota

2.53/5  rDev +18.2%

This na was responsible for helping me get through a 90 day "NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED" period with a prescription I had to take. I tried Old Milwaukee NA and even St. Paulie and drifted back to Busch on price and taste. Overall I found this "brew" not all that bad and may even try to mix a few in when I go back to the real stuff. In the meantime "Countdown to Liquor Day"!

01-28-2012 20:50:01 | More by fizzy
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.24/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with some corn adjuncts as well as some very light aromas of floral/grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy malts with moderate flavors of rice and corn adjuncts but without a lot of sweetness. There are light flavors of grassy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin/watery.

O: Not bad but I did not have very high expectations for this beer - at least it tastes like beer and is not as watery as some of the lights beers from BMC breweries.

09-29-2013 22:26:27 | More by dbrauneis
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +70.6%

Just doing the CAN-CAN this afternoon as part of the CANQuest. CAN you dig it?

This really looked appealing after the pour! It had a nice, foamy finger of bone-white head that acted like it was interested in hanging around. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a cereal sweetness to it, along with a slight metallic tang. Not great, but at least I was not literally gagging every time I held it near my nose, unlike Miller Sharp's NA. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a decent lager-like taste on the tongue. Finish was slightly sweet, very lager-like, definitely the best so far this afternoon. Frankly, I bought a sixer on Wednesday at the local Giant supermarket and drank one at room temperature while waiting for the bus on a hot, humid afternoon and I liked it just fine then. I liked it a lot more now, chilled down. I could find space in the cooler if I knew someone wanted an NA beer.

05-29-2010 18:04:13 | More by woodychandler
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CGMLS3

Florida

1.5/5  rDev -29.9%

01-28-2014 20:50:10 | More by CGMLS3
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nicksta

Michigan

2.33/5  rDev +8.9%

This beer pours a deep gold, very impressive! However, the head lasts for only a few seconds, very disappointing considering the color.

The smell is very macro lagerish. If blindfolded I couldn't distinguish it from any other American Macro.

The taste isn't bad. It is very sweet, salty and corn mealy. The taste reminds me of something you would batter dip your fish and poultry in.

The mouthfeel is watery. Not much body at all.

This beer is slightly drinkable, but beware of the sweet taste.

03-12-2006 01:33:41 | More by nicksta
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ralerwen

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -18.2%

04-23-2014 22:07:12 | More by ralerwen
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chrispoint

Connecticut

1.5/5  rDev -29.9%

06-06-2012 05:52:51 | More by chrispoint
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addiwilliams

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-10-2014 23:37:53 | More by addiwilliams
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sebaastionb

Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -29.9%

05-21-2014 01:09:18 | More by sebaastionb
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WakeandBake

Michigan

2.4/5  rDev +12.1%

A pale yellow color with a thick quickly diminishing fizzy white head Aroma is a light sweet malt ,dry and grainy malt with a bit of corn, but not sickly sweet. Flavor is lightly sweet with a bit of skunk or maybe it is hops, who knows. Watery light body with lots of carbonation, no lacing,finish and aftertaste are a little barn-yardish.No beer buzz.

02-28-2009 15:17:49 | More by WakeandBake
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scottum

Vermont

3.2/5  rDev +49.5%

Actually this isn't hat bad. Tastes better than many macro lagars even! Better than busch beers anyway. I wouldn't ever drink the stuff, but as far as na brews I've tried, this one ranks around the cream. Not much going on in terms of anything, but my rankings against the style. Try it if you're looking for a na.

12-24-2004 00:01:43 | More by scottum
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Busch NA from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.