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Busch NA - Anheuser-Busch

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Busch NABusch NA

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BA SCORE
64
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40 Reviews
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Reviews: 40
Hads: 74
rAvg: 2.45
pDev: 29.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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: 74
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.93/5  rDev +60.4%
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. (1,005 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 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 jwc215
3/5  rDev +22.4%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of musicjustintime
3.01/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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! (1,406 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
2.73/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (463 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 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 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 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 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 adamboeckman
4.52/5  rDev +84.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (404 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 scottum
3.15/5  rDev +28.6%
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. (314 characters)

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)

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