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Busch NA - Anheuser-Busch

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Busch NABusch NA

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 2.14
pDev: 35.98%
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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Photo of dgherm
1.5/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
1/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of puboflyons
2.83/5  rDev +32.2%
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 +40.2%
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 Lukass
1/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of mitch3114
1/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of bicyclesnbeer
2.75/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of drakkath
2.73/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Photo of fastrodney
3/5  rDev +40.2%

Photo of chrispoint
1.5/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of fizzy
2.51/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Ortbalsj22486
1/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of Slatetank
2.86/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of happygnome
2.03/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.61/5  rDev -24.8%
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 spinrsx
2.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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 woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev +68.7%
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 BabyBastard
2.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
2.91/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of auroracrisis
2.67/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

3.14/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brad007
2.63/5  rDev +22.9%
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 BedetheVenerable
3.4/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.4/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Busch NA from Anheuser-Busch
56 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.