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Busch Light - Anheuser-Busch

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1,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 1.81
pDev: 38.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 95 | 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 outlawstar102
1.27/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is a cheap beer and for a reason. It tastes like a glass of water would taste if say, you bumped into someone who was holding a beer and a couple drops of their beer fell into your glass of water. Not much taste to it at all, but i will say it was refreshing... because yea, water is suppose to be refreshing. But when u can get 32 cans for $10, you can not expect too much, plus its not marketed as a high quality beer, its a typical college/high school part beer, because u get a lot for a little.

Photo of Jerone
2.05/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light straw, lots of bubbles, no head and no lacing.

Smell is of mainly just corn and grass.

Little flavor of mildly sweet corn and grass, but mostly just carbonated water. Very light body with lots of carbonation that try to help the beer out.

It's meant for heavy drinking at parties, not for flavor, but the flavor that is there is not offensive.

Photo of jera1350
1.18/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pale yellow and fizzy looking.

Cheap corn and adjunct scent with some light sweetness.

Like a cheap adjunct lager that was cut with water for half of the batch. Very little taste at all. Light adjunct grain taste, but very watered down.

Watered down and fizzy feeling.

I really don't know how people can drink this junk. It is so flavorless and unenjoyable. Even at a low price, what's the point?

Photo of mpkenneally
3.55/5  rDev +96.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In judging this remember, this is not a craft beer. This is a beer that tastes mighty good after a long hard day working in the heat. For a light beer, the taste is refreshing, crisp, and enjoyable. The appearance, smell, and mouthfeel are average for beers of its type.

Photo of drinktoomuch
3.65/5  rDev +101.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not particularly fond of light beers, but sometimes I just want something smooth and refreshing, so judging this against other light beers, it has a crisp, clean taste, is very drinkable, and is not offensive in any way. I do have to wonder what other reviewers are comparing it to when rating it so low. It is not a flavorful craft beer nor is it intended to be. I will probably keep a few in my fridge for when I am thirsty and want something light and refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev +65.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a 12oz can

L - I didn't pour this in a glass but I'd have to say it's average for the style.

S - grainy aroma.

T - light grainy taste but afterall it is a light lager beer.

F - light and highly carbonated.

O - this beer can be had in bunches and sometimes drinking a beer in bunches is good.

Photo of ElCommodoro
1.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It poured a very transparent watery yellow colour. It's white head diminished as I poured. No retention and no lacing.
It smelled like cheap sour beer. Not a good smell.
It tasted worse. It doesn't taste like a regular Busch as many people say. A regular Busch tastes more watery, I'm pretty sure, which is a good thing because the taste of this is BAD. It's highly carbonated to the point that it seems to be part of the flavour profile and the taste is that of really cheap knockoff "wheat" bread. The kind that costs around 80 cents a loaf and is wheat flavoured, but not actually whole wheat bread. Yeah, that. It tastes kinda like that. It's like if you soaked that in club soda. You'd probably get a very similar result.
I imagine it's easy to chug because you just want it to go away as fast as possible, even if that means chugging it down to get rid of it. It tastes like other light beers, basically, like a nasty frat party.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, adjuncts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is starts out with a little breadiness from flavors of grain and adjuncts followed by a mild malt sweetness. The hops presence is very mild but there’s enough to bring a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down ok since there isn’t much to it, not filling at all, very mild kick, not the absolute worst in the style but there isn’t much good to say about it either.

Photo of drowninginhops
1/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Light straw Hey I can see thru to the other side. What head.

S: BAAADDDD skunky. Malts and corn and all around filth.

T: See taste.

M: Light, hate to say it again but it is the best way to describe these Macro brews Alka Seltzer.

D: AAAHhhh Humbug.

Photo of bnes09
1.88/5  rDev +3.9%
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 WoodBrew
2.53/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the first beer I remember drinking. Of course I had sips of other beers from my parents, but this was the first full beer I consumed. So I had to try it again and rate it. The color is golden clear with decent carbonation. The smell and taste are grainy. the mouthfeel is perfect for bonging. Its a college beer!

Photo of sonicyouth45
1.02/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Possibly the worst beer every made. It is probably some where around 99 percent water and 1 percent alcohol. Every time you drink this beer it is insanely overpowered by carbonation and bad taste. This beers only purpose in life is to get brain-dead high school and college kids drunk. It is truly a headache in a can.

Photo of CrazGreek
1.23/5  rDev -32%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a normal 16 oz. mug

A- Piss yellow, with nothing much to admire. 2-finger head that disappears quickly with no lacing.

S- Smells stale even when fresh from the can. Nothing subtle or intriguing.

T- Tastes worse than it smells. Seems like a normal American Lager that has been literally watered down.

M- Barely carbonated at first, almost flat by the end of the can. More like water than beer.

O- I only drank it because it was the only beer available, and I regret that. Any mildly sophisticated beer drinker will gag on this piss-water.

Photo of drabmuh
1.78/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Lacesoutcody
2.88/5  rDev +59.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from bottle, the label is actually pretty cool.

A: Can't really tell through the dark bottle, i'm guessing a light piss yellow, with barely any foam and a few carbonation bubbles.

S: A tad skunky, thin, notes of corn and malt

T: Like the smell, watery, skunky on the back end, and a slight corn flavor.

M: Water, Carbonated.

O: It's a beer, plain and simple, no frills, no thrills, just a fairly inexpensive cookout beer, there are way better choices, but if you happen to have some on hand it's drinkable.

Photo of mnbearsfan
2.85/5  rDev +57.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is my first review, so I thought I would review something I have had a ton of.

Apperance: Golden in color with a inch or so of foam. Looks like a beer.

Smell: Malty. Smells like most other lite beers. Nothing to write home about.

Taste: Kind of watery. Poured it into a glass. If it were possible, I would pour it back in the bottle and drink it.

Mouthfeel: Not much there. Lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: It does its job. I enjoy this much more in the bottle rather than putting it in a glass. This is a 3 month beer - June, July and August. If you are at the pool, BBQ or sitting inthe front yard, this is where the beer should be drank.

Overall, I will dirnk this again. Like it much more that Miller Lite.

Photo of 1229design
2.33/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

very light in color, crystal clear
not much to smell here, maybe a hint of grainy something, hint of alcohol.

they got one thing on the label correct "easy drinking" that it is.
not offensive, very faint grain flavor.
sometimes i drink this at a friends shop because that's all that's in the fridge. it really seems to me like drinking a very lightly sweetened soda...super refreshing on a hot summers day!
but not really something i would ever buy.

its funny i used to choke this down all the time in highschool thank god i discovered great beer!

Photo of Knapp85
1.27/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a really poor beer. Very little of anything going on in this. I was handed a can at a friends party and i tried it because I didn't want to be a jerk. I had a few beers before this one that were quite good and I felt like this had nothing in it. I couldn't pick up real strong tasting notes or aromas. Still don't get how people crave this stuff...

Photo of RoboScreech
2.28/5  rDev +26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured off a keg into a pint glass.

A-Very light yellow, as clear as a lager gets i guess

S-not getting that much, maybe a little fusel and corn

T-water, tiny bit of fusel and corny/weak grains

M-lightly carbed, nothing much here

D-Very watery and bland, so easily drunk if one merely wants to get intoxicated

Photo of AmericanGothic
1.4/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Peace Tree pint. I'll disinfect it later. Born on date of 17 Dec 2010 is well within the 210 day window of "freshest taste."

A: No carbonation, head or lace. Color is sallow.

S: Offensive. When spilled on the floor and left for days, the aroma is unaltered.

T: Absent. Hints of nondescript grain, perhaps corn, not sweet corn, but feed corn.

M: Equivalent to a glass of well water with a quarter teaspoon of baking soda and a pinch of borax.

D: If you're already completely drunk, quite drinkable. Otherwise, somewhat less so.


If Jurgis Rudkus had worked in a brewery rather than a sausage factory, this would be the beer he made.

If George Orwell in 1984 had complained of the sorry state of beer rather than gin, this would be the beer he was rating.

If, at the end of Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader had betrayed Luke and remained loyal to the emperor, this would be the beverage used to toast the emperor's success.

Would drain pour this, but I fear for what might crawl back out of the drain in the middle of the night. A can of wasabi-coated peas should remove the aftertaste from my mouth. Maybe.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.65/5  rDev +101.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Busch Light has a very thick, white, quickly-dissipating head and a clear, straw appearance with lots of active carbonation. The aroma is sweet, beer-oriented, and mild. Taste is also a mild, sweet, beery, grainy flavor, with a slight hop spiciness making an appearance. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Busch Light finishes crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, for a light beer, this one is okay.


Photo of aasher
1.08/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This has got to be my least favorite of the micros to have to drink. It pours a light, light and clear yellow with a one finger bright white head that quickly dies. The smell is well, horrible. It's just slight malt and it has some rice accents to it. I hate it. I don't know why, but I always thought that Busch Light had more alcohol than Keystone and Bud Light. It must've been because the flavors are more offensive. This one is hard to choke down. It is overly carbonated, so not initially flat like other micros. I don't understand how people drink this. Go with Keystone!

Photo of Wasatch
1.75/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is ricy, with a hint of malt. The taste is kinda sweet, ricy. Light Body. Not Drinkable, another dissappointment from the big three.

Photo of burkett
2.4/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - I beg to differ with some of my fellow reviewers, this beer is not piss yellow. It's lighter colored than that.

S - Slight hint of malt.

T - Maybe a little more taste than your average mass produced light beer.

M - Light and heavily carbonated. Feels like malt flavored seltzer water in the mouth.

D - It's a cheap light beer. You can drink it all day long.

Photo of wmtxbb
1.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: bright yellow. Head fizzes into nothingness. Looks like soda pop.

Smell: rice malts? I'm not sure, it's a very light scent.

Taste: Decent body for a light beer, sort of "twangy" after taste. This is getting poured out.

Drinkability: This isn't something someone should have to drink.

Busch Light from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.