Busch NA - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 73
rAvg: 2.45
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 73
Photo of NJpadreFan
1.06/5  rDev -56.7%
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!! (651 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
1.15/5  rDev -53.1%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
1.34/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Found this in my dad's fridge after he threw a party. 12 oz., "born on" 5/23/05 - served chilled in a pilsner glass. Pours a dark yellow with few streams of carbonation and a 1/2 inch white head that leaves some lacing. Has a nasty metal/malt aroma. Has the same nasty taste with a below-average mouthfeel. There is no reason to drink this - which is why it's going down the drain. (381 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.4/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours an extremely light yellow color with a very small thin head, almost no lacing. Below average carbonation with a slight smell of sweet hops. Tastes like colored water not much taste or body at all. Water is the dominant flavor. Drink and piss. Again, water is the dominant flavor. (285 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
1.5/5  rDev -38.8%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.61/5  rDev -34.3%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of Viggo
1.75/5  rDev -28.6%
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! (598 characters)

Photo of Das_Reh
1.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Poured into a pilsner, why not.

Bland, boring, lacking in flavor, aroma, and body, looks like pee. No lacing, decent carbonation, maintained a 1 1/2 finger head for a little while before dissipating into a thin film . Tastes of slightly sour corn and cooked vegetables. Good for quenching your thirst or washing down cheap pizza and burgers and not much else, with half the calories of a soda. Drinks like water. (417 characters)

Photo of biegaman
1.79/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Curse that BeerTracker for giving me a sixer of this when all I needed was one can for a friend! The damn things have been sitting there for over a month and I've become curious. Blasted!

A pristinely clear beer. Bubbles wondering about. A light straw yellow colour. An ideal creamy, half-finger level of bleach white head that looks ... a little 'too' perfect. In fact, the whole beer looks, well, ideal. A little 'too' ideal ... I'm suspicious, but impressed, but suspicious... I don't trust it.

Mmmmm, malty corn. If you've ever not rinsed out your cans and left them by the sink, or in the garage, and found them weeks later... or perhaps you've had a barbecue, and people leave half drank bottles in the sun...

I'm forced to use these comparisons because the smell is, honestly, kinda hard to describe. All these beers I've tried I have yet to develop a nose for chemicals... it's bad, nay, it's terrible. That said, this is no different from the stink, the staleness, the adjuncts, and the repulsion of other macros...

The mouthfeel flirts dangerously close to water if not for a stale, bready taste. The beer is quite heavy on the palate, making it fairly refreshing.

Like the bitterness, flavour is practically non-existent less maybe some stale corn and chemical-like adjuncts. There is an odd, strong metallic aftertaste. It leaves the palate to feel polluted and sullied.

I didn't want to drink this to begin with, but I can assure you any optimism was severed by the stench of the aroma. An appropriate stench that warns of the vile horrors to come! Ok... it's not 'that' bad but I refuse to put any more of this in my body.

If anything, the non-alcoholic aspect helps its case. Surprisingly, this never became outright offensive. It can easily pass for a drinkable beer, especially to those who don't normally drink. In fact, I'd prefer this to Bud Llight, or Coors Light. Still, Busch like most all mass produced macro lagers are abominations to beer. This is no exception. (1,999 characters)

Photo of Drew966
1.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Busch NA pours an extremely pale golden color with a nice head that dropped quickly from a twelve ounce can. The smell is downright foul. Chemical is the only way I can describe it. Thankfully, the taste isn't quite as bad. A bit of adjunct is about all you get. If you hold your nose it's okay for a na beer. (309 characters)

Photo of happygnome
2.03/5  rDev -17.1%
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 (269 characters)

Photo of BabyBastard
2.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours from can into pint glass, very light in color, almost looks like apple juice in appearance. Small, white head that disappears almost immediately. Bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Uninspiring, to say the least.
Smells like a typical adjunct lager, as there isn't much to be pulled out, maybe rice or corniness. The scent is very similar to regular Busch beer. Unimpressive in the category, as well.
Taste is better than the smell, which still is not saying much for this beer. Has a malty, sweet taste. Corn and rice flavors linger on the palate once swallowed.
Feels slightly carbonated, tingly on the tongue. Very light mouthfeel, reminiscent of drinking a glass of spring water. Rates average in this category.
Drinkability on this is awful. I usually have no problem with finishing any beer, but I have to force myself to consume this one. I have had my share of regular Busch, so I know what it is like to drink more than one of these, and it is not a good time. Minus the alcohol content, this beer should only be sought out if you are a true lightweight, or if you just really love the taste of bland, generic, fizzy yellow beer. (1,152 characters)

Photo of shererjt
2.1/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
2.18/5  rDev -11%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.26/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly effervescent, crystal clear, golden-hued body with a small, white head.

Smell: Sourish, corn-hinted grain nose with some light floral notes.

Taste: Thin-tasting blend of boiled corn cobs and grains with a mild, fleeting sweetness. Hint of flowers. No apparent bitterness. Water, water, water on the finish -- gotta replace the flavor and alcohol with *something*, right?

Mouthfeel: Remarkably thin in body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly non-offensive, bland, and watery. (513 characters)

Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.27/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Somehow this was a lot better than expected. Someone gave it to me when I said I didn't want a Busch Light 'because I had to drive.' I had never had an NA beer before, so this was new. Not a lot of flavor, as you might guess. It's not offensive or awful though. This of course isn't bound to be a favorite of BAs, but I bet there are worse examples out there. (359 characters)

Photo of nicksta
2.31/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.39/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of WakeandBake
2.4/5  rDev -2%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
2.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (572 characters)

Photo of fizzy
2.51/5  rDev +2.4%
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"! (368 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.63/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
2.67/5  rDev +9%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
2.67/5  rDev +9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (1,207 characters)

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Busch NA from Anheuser-Busch
64 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.