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Busch Light - Anheuser-Busch

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1,385 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,385
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 1.81
pDev: 38.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 129 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2001

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.
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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
1.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A-Poured a large frothy white head, lasted quite a long time. Beer settled to a light yellowish brown color. Not terribly visually attractive.

S-Has a biting odor, not complex, just biting, a solid alcohol smell.

T-Thin watery taste, no solid flavors other than that of stale hops. Aftertaste thankfully quickly fades.

M-Feels very light and watery.

D-Not a beer I would recomend for any reason other than for the desperate or very broke. An entirely forgetable brew.

Photo of Applesauce1
1.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've drank many of these in my younger days. This is the first I've reviewed.
1st smell- skunky; it has that typical macro lager smell
1st taste- the beer is watery; pretty bland taste; pretty bad taste overall
Appearance- It gave a 1/2" head when poured in a glass. It had a light yellow color. It looked pretty crappy. It tasted that way too.
As far as points are concerned, this beer gained a few on drinkabilily. It was easy to chug, and is good for any type of game in that manner. As far as sitting down an drinking a quality beer though, find something else.

Photo of drabmuh
1.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The father-in-law ticking project is coming to an end because the only other beer variety he has is PBR and I'm pretty sure I've written a review for that.

Beer is clear, almost not even yellow, big head that disappears immediately, carbonation low, no lacing.

Aroma is corny, vegetal. Gross.

Beer is thin, no aftertaste at least, almost no flavor, what is there is very bland and boring, mildly sweet, boiled corn and cabbage in the midpalate, overall not as much a beer as it is an experiment in making a flavorless suspension of biomolecules. SUCCESS!

Photo of BucannonXC5
1.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Pint glass
From: Walmart in Fayetteville, N.C.
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Oct. 15, 2013
Misc.: Born on date of June 14, 2013; My younger brother bought an 18-pack

Poured a light golden clear color with one finger of thin off white head that disappeared quickly. No lacing on the sides of the glass and very poor retention on the top.

Smelled corn, cereal, honey and faint grass.

Tasted watery, corn, some honey and bread. Not flavorful at all.

Light body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish.

My go-to beer in high school, thankfully not my go-to beer now.

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
1.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of ommegoose
1.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Busch Light is water colored, with hints of yellow. I actually laughed when I poured it and saw the color. I could read a newspaper while looking through a glass of this. Excessive carbonation. Had a light head of about a half inch made up of massive bubbles. Receded within about 30 seconds to nothing - no trim, no lacing. On the bright side, there's no floaties or any abnormalities.

Smells quite bad. Goes a bit beyond the point where mere inoffensiveness would warrant a 2. Really hard to put a finger on the aspects of the smell. None of what I'm picking up is in a decent beer. Wax? Smells like an unscented candle. Some metallic skunky character as well. Best serve this as cold as possible to hide the smell, or maybe just drink straight from the can to avoid the appearance as well. Nothing here remotely suggests good flavor. On the bright side, the smell is a bit tame. What's there couldn't get much worse.

Taste is not the nadir of beer that some of the other characteristics are. Flavor is minimal enough to not be terribly bothersome. Claims on the can to be brewed from water, barley malt, select grains, hops and yeast. I certainly get some barley and "select grains" such as corn and rice, but I'd give you a million bucks if you can find a trace of hops here. The source of bitterness actually seems to be the aluminum can. As long as the beer stays moderately cold, and you don't try to explore the flavors much, it's tolerable. Basically the same grain base as many other macro lagers. Corn lends a little sweetness. It's pretty clean, and the finish is short.

Mouthfeel is about as thin as possible. Water, with moderate carbonation. The initial carbonation expired pretty quickly. This is more or less as good as the style gets. But Light lager is a crappy representation of what beer should be.

This beer is easy to drink due to its close approximation of water. Whether you will want to drink it is another question. It will get the job done for drinking games quite well, but if you are over the age of 24, this is not really a selling point. Might be a little refreshing on a very hot day. Maybe. In my estimation, this is not a beer that you would ever want to buy or drink unless you really have to. But it is basically the cheapest 30 pack of beer you can buy.

Busch Light also has some intangibles that I'm not sure how to work in here. It varies widely in quality. I've had many in these college years, and it ranges from putrid to tolerable. The can I'm reviewing was on the high end of that spectrum. Also, if you are using this beer to get intoxicated, you will have to drink a lot of them, and you'll be peeing every 15 minutes after a certain point. I guess that hurts drinkability.

Photo of BeerMasterD
1.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

"Natural Aging, Natural Carbonation."

Appearance- Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass, a crystal clear pale straw liquid. A fizzy foaming head that dissipates very quickly into a super thin layer, leaving no lacing.

Smell- The aroma is somewhat sweet, and lightly metallic.

Taste- The taste of this brew is predominantly a grainy water flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very high carbonation level, a very thin almost seltzer feel.

Drinkability- Although this could be construed as somewhat refreshing for 1 glass, carbonated water would also do an adequate job with a better taste. More than a few of these i feel would only lead to a bad stomache ache and feelings of regret for not purchasing a quality craft-beer.

Overall- It's unlikely that I'll ever purchase this again for actual consumption, though i might consider buying it to give to one of my fellow BA's as a joke.

Photo of Brams17
1.87/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of smithza9
1.88/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The perfect beer to come from a keg. When I want to get completely hammered solely on beer, this is my beer of choice. It is the most watery beer, but is very drinkable. Its cheap and not as bad as it seems to have a good night. I have much experience with this.


Photo of GreatPondBrewer
1.88/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is pretty cheap as far as beers go. I thought that it looked, poured and tasted a lot like coors light. The head was really big and disappeared instantly. There was more carbonation than some of the other beers of this ilk and even had a little bit of a malted taste(which I cannot say is in Bud Lite or Keystone). For someone on a budget not such a bad buy.

Photo of SteveJeremy
1.88/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

If you're not going to session Busch Light on a lazy afternoon, or during a relatively inexpensive cookout, I don't see why you'd drink it at all. This is one of the most basic and unremarkable beers I've yet to have, with a taste that's not revolting but not even half as satisfying as it could be. It's the kind of beer I'd buy if I was looking to have beer at the lowest possible cost, not particularly caring whether or not it was unique, but more along the lines of it being something to drink. The purpose of this beer is to be a cheap, economy beer with low alcohol content, meaning you can still work a six pack into your already tight budget. If that's what you want, you know who you are, but others have no reason to waste their time on beer flavored water.

Photo of germanbeer1
1.88/5  rDev +3.9%
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 ThreeWiseMen
1.88/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

Wiseman Justin reporting.

Appearance: Nice foamy head with a viscious pour. Then dispare. Suddenly I remember I'm reviewing a crappy beer!

Smell: Okay so Busch Light, Coors Light, Bud Light, and [beer] light. They all smell the same. It's not corn, or bread or any other crap people say. They all smell like cheap macro's. It has it's own smell.

Taste: Is it better than bud, coors or any other light beer? Maybe... I think.

Mouthfeel: Ignoring the taste/smell/appearance. The mouthfeel is better than the taste.

Drinkability: Ahhhh... how they have nailed a perfectly drinkable beer is beyond me. I could play King's cup/Beer Pong/Asshole all night long with this beer. Truly in a class of it's own.

Photo of rdunigan
1.88/5  rDev +3.9%
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 BeerZack
1.9/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Very faint nose, can barely pick out some apple and a sour smell. Taste is also faintly apple with a bit of sour trashiness. If drunk cold enough and chugged fast enough, the sourness can pass for a weird sugary flavor until the soda water-like carbonation scrubs everything off.

Overall, this Light beer has actually got a bit of flavor to it. Unfortunately, the flavor isn't quite beer, as there is no real malt or hop character to be found.

Photo of BucktheProp
1.9/5  rDev +5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

To be honest the only reason this beer has even come to my attention is because I told my buddy to buy me some beer and he must have some sort of personal vendetta against me.

It smells like pisswater, it look's like pisswater, it tastes like pisswater.

In summary Busch Light= Pisswater

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 Superbohl4
1.9/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jbails007
1.9/5  rDev +5%
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 mentor
1.9/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle obtained from the discount rack of a local liquor store in July 2005. Consumed a couple evenings later...born on date = 06 Jul 05. Pours a one-finger white head over a crystal clear very pale yellow. Smells of cardboard, corn, gentle malt sweet. Taste mostly comes from the carbonation. Beneath the acrid carb sting is a gentle malt sweet and a hop floral. The aftertaste is a little bit hop bitter and the hop flavor is a bit more flat than earlier. Super-thin body and heavily carbonated. Wow, this is the first time I've had a beer where the carbonation was the predominant flavor. Beer scored to style, not my flavor preferences.

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

The appearance is piss yellow and the aroma smells of a light body and, honestly, not much at all. The taste is very light and has a slight aftertaste in which adjuncts can be detected. The mouthfeel is a crisp medium/high carbonation. In conclusion, Busch really has no taste to speak of and there are much better beers (even light beers) out there to be had. However, Busch is an outstanding beer to be enjoyed by many a youth around the country for cheap in circumstances ranging from bonfires to fishing to kicking back on a porch.... and for that, it will always hold a special place in my heart. :-)

Photo of bnes09
1.91/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light straw colored lager. Completely see-through. Weak head which performs a quick disappearing act. Let's get this straight, this beer is not appealing to the eye, just like most light beers. Therefore, I call it average.

Smell is somewhat repulsive. Mostly stale corn and skunk.

Taste follows suit. Adjuncts dominate with off flavors. Tastes like the ingredients have sat around too long and began to supply nutrition to bacteria, molds and various other organisms. Can't taste much malt or hops in the mess. Finishes with a sweet applesauce flavor which fits in with the rest of the garbage.

Light bodied, bordering on watery. Excessive carbonation stings the tongue. Just slightly worse than average for the style.

Don't even mess around with stuff. There are better light beers and there are better cheap beers if that is what you are into.

Photo of thekevlarkid
1.91/5  rDev +5.5%
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 cmbeddoe7997
1.92/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of gogreen99
1.92/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Busch Light from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.