Busch NA - Anheuser-Busch

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Busch NABusch NA

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.11
pDev: 36.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-23-2003

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.
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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by drakkath:
Photo of drakkath
2.73/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of sgttibbs
1/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It's the NA version of an already terrible beer...I think that's enough to "justify" my rating.

Photo of NJpadreFan
1.06/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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!!

Photo of pmcadamis
1.15/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of nicholas2121
2.67/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Busch NA Brewed by Anheuser-Busch. This brew has an ABV of less than 0.50% It is known as a Non Alocholic/ Low Alcohol Beer. The brew pours out a light amber color with a small white head. The smell is light with grains and malts. Busch NA has a nice light taste, but you pick up on some grains an malts. The mouthfeel is light and thin. Also most like water. For what it is worth this is not a bad brew. If you are looking for a brew with Low alcohol then this is the brew for you. This one of the better NA brews on the market. Overall I'm giving this brew a solid 3.5 out of 5.

Photo of EagleTalon
2.73/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of puboflyons
2.83/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of Spikester
3/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of spinrsx
2.39/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.93/5  rDev +86.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of happygnome
2.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of fizzy
2.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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"!

Photo of dbrauneis
2.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev +71.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of nicksta
2.31/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.75/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drinking out of a can, Let's see how this compared to regular Busch.

Aroma : light floral, rice, grain.

Flavor : it's not bad. There is an overall fakiness to it that i could go without, but hey - its a near-beer. It's like a slightly less flavorful Busch and its definitely better than Busch light. A mighty try. Tastes like some fake rice, and a lot of nothing at all, but there's that undercurrent of barley malt, and that's nice too.

Mouthfeel : it's a beer. Fizzy, light.

Overall : The box is decorated with awards. I wouldnt go that far. It is however, better than Busch light and has less calories to boot. Not as good as Busch regular of course, and thats to be expected. Sure, I'd have another.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of scottum
3.15/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Viggo
1.75/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

MASSIVE thanks to my boy biegaman for being generous enough to give me this sought after can, I know he went to great lengths to acquire some.

Pours a clear amber/yellow, some gold highlights, thin white bubbly head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, no lacing. Smell is very light, sweet malt, some corn, honey, doesn't really smell any worse than other macros. Taste is.... nothing? Kind of like carbonated water with a touch of corn, light fruitiness, thats it. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high fizzy carbonation. Lost me at the flavour, otherwise pretty standard stuff. Thanks Jan!

Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a thin straw yellow color with a thick white head and mountains upon mountains of carbonation and no lacing. Smells of corn and nothing else. Not much to the taste -- a little sweet a little canned creamed corn and some salt. Mouthfeel is really thin and drinkability is poor.

Photo of tgbljb
2.18/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale yellow color with an initial puffy head that soon disapeared. Smell is a slightly sickly sweet scent that is not overly enjoyable. Taste is mostly unfermented malt, and not enjoyable. Not a very good NA. Almost completely undrinkable. I'm sorry I wasted money on a six-pack. There are much better NA's.

Photo of Brad007
2.63/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quite possibly the last NA beer I will ever review.

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is corny, grainy and sweet. Still has that Busch aroma to it though.

Taste is sweet, grainy and has even a small amount of hop bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is full of the same lingering flavors. Tastes like Busch without the alcohol.

Not bad for what it is. Oh yes, except that it's a non-alcoholic beer that isn't going to impress anyone.

Photo of shererjt
2.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured slightly dark yellow and clear. Very highly carbonated with a frothy white head. Aroma had a lot of corn but was otherwise clean; really not bad by macrobrew standards. Very light body with the corn flavor dominating. Little malt flavor and even less hops. Maybe a little syrupy.

I'm not one to poo-poo N/A beers or American macros just for the sake of doing so. I enjoy both from time-to-time. However, this wasn't very enjoyable to me. It's a nearly-no-character fizzy drink that vaguely resembles beer. There are far better N/A beers out there for those occasions where that's what's called for. I can't recommend it.

Photo of cdkrenz
1.5/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - The first thing that really stands out with this non-alcoholic brew is the head. It actually has a really solid, foamy, pure white head. It fades relatively quickly and leaves a thin white cloud on the surface. The body itself is a brass colored yellow but not very crisp.

Smell - The scent bring pasta with tomato sauce to mind. Not very becoming of a beer.

Taste - After the smell I found it difficult to even take a taste. However, the taste isn't quite as bad at the scent. Its simple and plain and kind of tastes like Kix cereal.

Mouthfeel - The feel is cold and moderate. There is no real unique texture here but compared to other big box alcoholic brews I'd say it's just below average.

~ Hopefully I will never have to have another one of these "beers" ever again. That includes finishing this one. Down the drain you go.

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Busch NA from Anheuser-Busch
56 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.