Busch Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 1.81
pDev: 38.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Busch and Busch Light are both brewed with a blend of premium American-grown and imported hops and a combination of malt and corn to provide a pleasant balanced flavor. Additionally, Busch Light undergoes a longer brewing process that produces a lighter body and fewer calories.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2001)
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Photo of GodOfBeer
1.9/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

"Great taste in an easy drinking light beer" is written on the label, more like "no taste in a light beer".

I didn't even bother pouring this in a glass, but I'm sure it doesn't look that great. Smells and tastes like nothing, beer flavoured water.

This isn't even a good beer to get drunk on because it's only 4%. Terrible.

Photo of germanbeer1
1.9/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As a student at Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, this is positively the beer of choice. It has an extremely light body and that's about where the descriptions stop. No smell other than staleness and no body whatsoever. I rank this above most other college-canned beers only because it is less watery than most. I fail to understand why anyone would spend extra money to buy this in a bottle.

Photo of VictorEHuskie
1.9/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is yet another piss beer that college students buy for the sole fact that it is dirt cheap and has alcohol in it. I feel ashamed when I drink this because that means that the other team in beirut is winning. The only thing that this beer has going for it is that you can drink a lot of them. It is very drinkable. I don't like to but you can.

Photo of Tballz420
1.9/5  rDev +5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

My roommate had a few extras of these guys so i though i might as well review it. Another of the standard cheap light beers from AB. not much of a taste to be noticed, probably corn. What you want for mowing the lawn or getting wasted outside on a hot day. Not much good otherwise.

Photo of DoubleJ
1.9/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It's been almost 30 months since I tasted regular Busch. I came across this for the first time when shopping at Walnut Liquorette (an awesome store BTW). This was the "joke" beer of my run that day. Speaking of jokes, the term "natural carbonation" is spotted on the can. 24 ounce can, on to the beer:

It is a clear, very pale yellow colored beer with little happening in the body. The fuzzy head is siezeable enough for my liking, slowly going away to nothing. Some proccessed sweet corn flavor is dominant in the aroma. A little can lining and brief hop note are scented as well.

The beer is really cold right now, and right now it's not terrbly offensive. But there isn't a whole lotta flavor either. Very light tasting cereals describes the flavor the best. Mouthfeel is very light, a little watery, with a somewhat crisp feel to it. Whispers of cornmeal is left in the aftertaste.

I'm glad to report that Busch Light isn't bad enough to spit out. A step above Natural Light, if that means anything. But unfortunately, there's nothing really to taste in this beer.

Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
1.91/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This beer is pretty watery looking. When you actually drink it you aren't suprised. it's about as thick and smooth as water. But it does have a hint of beer lol. It does have a slightly grainy smell. This is a pretty common cheap college party beer so what do you expect?

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
1.92/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JayS2629
1.93/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow with foamy white head that goes away fast and leaves little to no lacing.

S- Water, slight hint of malt, and metallic undertones.

T- Watery, slight sweet malt hint...corn?

M- Crisp. How many times can I say water?

D- Drinkable like water. Could down these all day if you don't like flavor.

Photo of gogreen99
1.93/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Small head making the beer very easy to drink. In essence you get what you pay for. It has a a watery taste characteristic of cheap beers. Only drink it as a last resort. Very little smell at all. Make sure it's ice cold - a beer much more prevalent on college campuses.

Photo of argock
1.93/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Consumed directly from the can during a walleye fishing trip in SD.

A: Not much to look at but pale yellow from what I can see in looking through the drinkhole in the top.

S: Slightly skunky and more than a little metallic with corn and rice and not much else.

T: Tastes like soggy corn flakes without the milk. Cardboard put through a Cuisinart and then diluted 10-fold.

M: Watery with some fizz. Minimal heft.

D: Easy to drink but not much else to suggest it unless it is the only thing at hand in the boat or at the end of a soon-to-be long night.

Photo of rdunigan
1.93/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So here we are...reviewing a Busch Light. Based upon the grading scales i wish i could give it more but i cant. So knowing this...

I take this beer as it is..this is for nights with friends where you are expecting to drink more than half of the 30 pack you bought for $16. Which in my opinion is a great deal. First, always drink from a can. Make sure very cold. Sure it smells of corn and grains but what beer of this type doesn't? It's taste is crisp and carbonated. Overall- this is my favorite "cheap" beer to drink. We all know what it is for, so let's embrace it for what it is. I honestly think there is worse, but i'm not drinking it to ponder its wonderful hoppy characters and unbelievable taste...i'm drinking it for the 30cans of unbridled joy with friends that i will have a hard time recalling in the morning. Cheers!

Photo of JizackFH
1.93/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a very clear, extremely pale yellow color. It looks like some one added water to a half drank beer. It has almost two fingers of fizzy white head on it. The head has pretty terrible retention, and it leaves no lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose is that of your typical adjunct lager. There are scents of grain, corn sweetness, and some other not so appetizing aromas. Thats really about all the nose has to offer.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It is grainy with some corn adjunct sweetness. It is pretty tasteless all together, and there is a mildly unpleasant aftertaste.

M - This has a light water-like body and fizzy carbonation. It goes down like water. There is some sweetness and a bit of eathiness to it. Also, there is some tingling from the high carbonation.

O - The drinkability is pretty much that of corny sweet water. It goes down easy, but the flavor isn't the best. It's just like watered down beer. It's not offensive, but it isn't good either.

Photo of Retroman40
1.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bought this in a 25 oz. "one extra ounce" for my breweriana collection. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A - A very light yellow with a huge head that is short lasting.

S - Tough to make a judgment since it essentially has no smell.

T - Hardly any, but what taste it has is mostly metallic with just a hint of grain.

M - Like drinking carbonated water with a slight (very slight) hint of beer flavor.

O - I can see it being very easy to blast a case of this stuff on a hot day since it is closer to water for rehydration than beer. I did like the Ice Cold Easy" indicator on the can and recommend anyone drinking this stuff to make sure it is as close to freezing as possible,

Photo of zimm421
1.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appears a clear yellow color, that you can see through completely. Has a fizzy white head that dissipates at an above average rate, leaving no lacing whatsoever.

Smells of corn and grain, nothing impressive at all, and almost smells bad, at least compared to decent brews. The taste is almost nonexistent, not a lot going on at all. Mostly corn and grain, but the taste is very quick on the palate, leaving nearly no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is almost like water with a hint of carbonation towards the end of each sip. The drinkability is the best feature of this brew. Although there isn't a lot of taste or desirability, it is easy to drink because of the limited features.

Photo of puboflyons
1.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From a 12 fl. oz. can with the marking of 22Apr09-BE22. Sampled on August 10, 2009.

A: Straw yellow with excellent clarity and a short-lived puffy white head that dissolves down to nothing.

S - The aroma is a bit corny and vaguely malty but not impressive by any means.

T/M - The mouthfeel was thin and watery, which made for super quick consumption but not great drinkability. The taste was ever so slightly hopped and ever so slightly malted. It was weak overall.

Photo of TheCondor
1.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

AS this is my cheap beer of choice for getting hammered at parties and what not, let's review it!

Appearance - Pours a straw/gold color with very little head and absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

Smell - Grainy and metallic, doesn't really smell like anything.

Taste - Again, doesn't really taste like much at all. Maybe my palate isn't refined enough for such a fine product, but it tastes like water to me.

Mouthfeel - At least it's nice and crisp! Goes down smooth given the carbonation level, especially if its ice cold.

Overall - You get what you pay for man. This is a cheap beer even for the style. Good for beer bongs, drinking games, frat parties, etc.

Photo of kmo1030
1.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

very pale straw colored with fluffy head that quickly dissolves to a ring. there's actually a little more head left then it's big brother bud light.
sulfer and boiled corn are the predominant aromas present. there *may* be a hint of something floral.
the flavor is corny and slightly grainy and a little sour. yeah... not enough flavor there to make this taste bad per se.
very light body but it does have a body with some tingly carbonation.
drinkability is reasonable since if you stay away from the nose, which is a little gross, you can easily put back a few of these.

Photo of Wisconsinality
1.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Transparent golden color. Pours with almost no head and what little head there is dissipates quick.
S- Pretty typical of an American Adjunct, not a whole lot to it.
T- Look to the taste to see what you might expect here, not a lot, maybe a little if you try real hard to find it.
M- Vary light and definitely on the light side.
D- I could drink these all night if I was in college and had no tastebud, basically anything you get is better than this. Please move along and try something new.

Photo of obrike
1.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ahhh...Busch Light...cheap beer night at the house as i bought this tall boy with loose change in my pocket at the corner store on the way home.

A very non-descript light yellow pour...head that lasts about 2.7 seconds. Not much to look at.

Grainy goodness in the scent...grainy corn, maybe creamed corn...a bit sweet. Not much else.

Taste follows...about as light as water...with the adunct grain so typical of the big boy breweries. Not entirely offensive, but oh so dull and dreary. Quite carbonated...big fat bubbles rising from the bottom of my pint glass.

You get what you pay for folks...an extremely light beer more suitable for chugging after mowing the lawn...not much else. Still, for just above a buck, it's better than soda.

Photo of jbails007
1.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ah, Busch Light. I am a college student and unfortunately Busch is one of the most common beers at parties, along with Natty of course. Anyway, on to the review.

The appearance is not very appealing, very pale yellow color. As a friend of mine said, it looks like water with a hint of yellow food coloring. It smells very corny. The smell is definitely the least appealing part of this beer. I have never come across a beer that smells as corny as this one.

The taste is not good either. Very little actual flavor. Extremely watery and grainy. Drinkability is pretty decent. It is very watery, which isn't good for taste but makes it easy to drink.

Overall, it's not a good beer at all. It's still beer, and it's not overly offensive, so if you are looking to get drunk cheaply it's a good option. If you are looking for a good beer, definitely look elsewhere.

Photo of thekevlarkid
1.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Why review this? Because it was on-tap and I said to myself "why not?" My pint glass at McKee's was delivered to my table a bleached gold color with a trace of white foam. The head had already fizzed away by the time it reached me and there was no visible carbonation. The aroma was very weak, like a stale bar floor and some vinegar. The flavor was totally washed-out, vague corn mash is all I get. It barely pretends to be beer. Admittedly, the faint flavor is inoffensive and the body is super light and easy to drink. Crisp too, with a fizzy mouthfeel. So I suppose one could easily session this beer all night. But the question is why would you want to?

Photo of BillCheck
1.96/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of DerekP
1.98/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I used to drink Busch Light and/or the real Busch back in the day when I first started drinking regularly. A friend of mine bought a 30-pk last evening for $17 bucks. Man, oh, man, what a terrible beer.

Looks heavily carbonated; yellow-gold piss appearance. Head disappeared as fast as a root beer or soda.

Smells awful: sour corn; the floor of a macro-brewery. Keep it in the can.

Tastes like cheap grains or what I would assume a beer infused with the flavors of a mechanics underpants would taste like.

Fuck this beer.

Photo of VietPong
1.98/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really just an awful, cheap beer. Belongs as a 30 rack on the pong table. Nothing impressive, watery taste, odd carbonation. Definitely not a beer that anyone should ever be happy drinking. Having a hard time even finding enough to fill up 250 words worth.

Photo of bsend
1.98/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a glass.

This beer, as expected poured into the glass with a very pale yellow color. It was extremely carbonated, reminding me more of soda then a beer.

The smell was both dissappointing and unpleasant (reminded me of Saturday and Sunday mornings after parties, the much dreaded clean up time). Nothing noteworthy.

The taste was whats to be expected from a light beer (one you can get 20 of for $10). Watery and bland. Definitely standard macrobrew and American lager. Taste got better after a couple (though I know it was for the obvious reasons).

The more carbonated brew could be felt best on the tongue. Bubbles danced around the mouth, and did not provide the best experience.

The drinkability on this brew is both high and low. I can't see myself buying and consuming just one of these. I would rather go without it. When consuming multiple however, there is an ability to have steady consumption through out the day or night.

Final Thoughts - For those that bash it, there are obvious reasons. It's a cheap beer. A 20 pack in bottles can be obtained for $11 (including deposit). This beer is best for those times when money is tight, or with a couple of friends when the name of the game is to get through as many beers as possible. Depending on the situation this brew could or could not be recommended.

Busch Light from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.