Busch NA - Anheuser-Busch
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4.53/5 rDev +111.7%
First of all, you can't compare this to others styles of beers, this is a NA. As for being compared to other NA's, this one is pretty good. I am really impressed. This brew tastes very close to an actual macro lager. I have had many NA's and a few from Europe, and I must say this one so far is the best tasting one. Much better then its O'Douls cousin. If you need a good consistent NA, then this is it.
03-08-2005 01:37:21 | More by adamboeckman
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
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
3.43/5 rDev +60.3%
Presentation: 12oz can...looks like a Busch can, but with "NA" on it
Appearance: Dark yellow, pale gold, nice fluffy head from a hard pour, actually sticks around for a bit.
Smell: It smells like a macro-lager from the US...there's the slightest hint of malt at the beginning, followed up by massive corn/cereal grains and sweet sugar tones
Taste: Light graininess with ghostly metallic notes and just a whisper of hops; it's Light Macro Lager all the way...but it's an NA beer...
Mouthfeel: Very light
Drinkability: It's Lent; I can't drink real beer, and it just turned warm outside this weekend; ice cold, this is refreshing and delicious
Conclusion: It's an NA beer; that being said, and that stigma being implied, it's very possibly the most "beery" NA beer out there, which is odd, considering it's from AB. If put up next to several American Light Lagers, I might have trouble picking out this NA beer...that being said, it is what it is, and for what it is, it's way above average.
03-29-2009 08:57:04 | More by BedetheVenerable
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
3.15/5 rDev +47.2%
I drink this beer when at home cause I am not allowed to drink where I live*still drink when not here thou hehe*I love the taste of beer so I will drink the n/a when nothing else is allowed.
I find OM na better then this & cheaper but they ran out of OM so I bought this.
Not bad,I always liked busch.
kind of plain with a grainy mouthfeel.Drinkability is decent.I would buy again if OM is out.
05-13-2009 21:16:01 | More by SLOBGOBLIN
3.03/5 rDev +41.6%
I can't believe I'm reviewing this...but here we are. Used to drink "real Busch" when I was younger, and hard to believe but this is actually better! Decided to give my liver a break, and also, this stuff is better than soda pop...so what the hell. Nice pour that left a beautiful creamy head! WOW, I was surprised!! I showed my wife and told her "LOOK, it LOOKS like a real beer!" Nice dark gold/orangey color. Again, surprised. The taste...well, it resembled a light beer, and not really even Busch, from what I remember of that swill. Just a nice clean taste, really, that went well with chips/salsa and Monday night football. I'll tell you, if you're looking for an NA...I believe this is the all-around one to get. Very smooth and drinkable, cheap, and better than most all of the others out there. There was a hint of metalic flavor in the very beginning, but that went away quickly. Very consistent smooth, and malty taste. Nice spacer, if you're just lookin' for something that resembles the taste of beer...which I was...and to give the alkie a rest. I know, it's sad...but what the hell...gotta do it sometimes. OH, and it has only 60 g of calories, and 12.9 g of carbs! Much like a light beer, just a little higher in the carb department, but lower in the calories. This stuff is probably somewhat good for you too! Give it a try! You'll be surprised, I think. Cheers and SAAALUTE my BA friends!
09-18-2007 12:12:42 | More by musicjustintime
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
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
2.93/5 rDev +36.9%
Thanks, I think, to my wife's grandpa for leaving a sixer of this in my beer fridge about a year ago. Poured from a 12 ounce can into my Mayor McCheese tumbler. Appears a crystal clear pale yellow color with a surprisingly tall inch or so of fluffy bone white head. What head was there quickly faded within a few seconds. Smells and tastes of liquid hand soap, canned corn, grass, a bit of toasted cereal grains, some sweet malt. Body is quite light with decent carbonation.
10-13-2009 16:02:14 | More by ClockworkOrange
2.88/5 rDev +34.6%
I sampled this wide mouth 12oz can from a tulip pint chilled.
A very clear golden straw with a full 1 inch of snowy white cap which retains well. The bead is fine and carbonation is visible, some lace clings. The smell is grainy with some cereal qualities, not really sweet smelling though. The scent has a light mineral quality. The feel is gassy/highly carbonated with very clean light body with slightly dry finish.
The taste is not bad and I honestly don't expect a lot of it for this style so it has what most NA beers deliver: a light malt taste which has a subtle sweet tinge like corn pops or rice crispies perhaps with a dry essence and slight yeast element which gives a mild mineral note until the semi dry finish. Overall I really was trying to base this on the style which is made to have a low flavor but it was not unpleasant for what it is and has a palate scubbing quality that would make this good as a lawnmower beer. I wouldn't buy this unless it was for the reason I got this: a beer to drink while on high strength pain meds. It is similar to the original busch taste-wise without the alcohol buzz.
09-04-2011 16:13:09 | More by Slatetank
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
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
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
2.7/5 rDev +26.2%
This is my first review and I thought I'd do something completely unserious for it. Some guy left these in my room mate's truck a few weeks back and they are just sitting in my fridge. Anyhoo, here we go...
Pours a straw yellow with a thin ring of foam head once the bubbles dissipate. Smells like corn and rice with a tad bit of soapyness or something, possibly 409 or some kind of kitchen or tile cleaner. Definitely smells domestic if you know what I mean. Taking my first sip and it basically tastes like Busch but a tad bit sweeter and no alcohol on the tougne. It tastes like if someone squeezed rain water out of some cornstalk or something then mixed it with watered down household cleaners. After the first sip the smell of the beer is completely gone.
There is still that little bit of tingle once you swallow or wash it around in your mouth but for the most part there is no mouthfeel to it, it just feels like water which is what I expected.
Drinkability is high since this is basically corn flavored water. You can drink your weight in this and not be buzzed since it's NA.
All in all, I'd drink this again if it were free and I was really, really bored and there was no other beer around.
07-28-2009 02:51:17 | More by auroracrisis
2.63/5 rDev +22.9%
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.
04-23-2009 19:52:22 | More by Brad007
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
2.42/5 rDev +13.1%
Not a bad NA, but is a little lower than OM NA.
It looks like an average beer, and smells mostly metallic. It feels like an average beer and taste isn't much. Way more flavor than the Genny NA that has the distinction of lowest rated beverage I've rated. I could (and may) drink more of the Busch (because OM NA is scantly available in Cleveland) It is nothing like Busch as some of the reviews have stated. It's tolerable with a little of the adjunct flavor but still nothing special. It's an okay NA, and has a below average drinkability for lack of distinct flavors.
01-04-2005 07:05:35 | More by Ricochet
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
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
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
Busch NA from Anheuser-Busch
57 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.