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Busch Light - Anheuser-Busch

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1,372 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 1.81
pDev: 38.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 112 | 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 orangesol
2/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ej285701
3/5  rDev +65.7%

Photo of garuda
2/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of bwiechmann
2/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Pours a fizzy yellow straw color, plume of froth gone quickly. Scent is muted and contains little in the way of anything... maybe a splash of corn and mustyness. Taste again is pale and clean, only note appears to be the adjunct taste of faintly sweet corn and some mineral like qualities. Light, fizzy, watery and lacking crispness. Another BMC light product that I would have a hard time distinguishing from anything else.

Photo of bubseymour
2.91/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - poured from can into glass. Had 2 finger nice head and very nice clear yellow color. No lacing.

Smell - Urine smell. Animal urine.

Taste - Goes down very easy and decent flavor although very light in flavor.

Mouthfeel - watery.

Overall - Very easy, cheap drinker but some lingering weird aftertaste makes it not quite as refreshing as other macros.

Photo of Jesse13713
1/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance - Inexcusably watered down with a bubbly faint apple-juice or urine hue. No head and very little lacing. This looks awful.

Smell - What smell? Just smells bad, man.

Taste - This is the most watery-tasting beer I have ever had in my entire life. I don't taste anything that resembles a quality of a beer at ALL. This reminds me of unfiltered water from an impoverished country. Disgusting. I'm pouring the rest of this out.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - For some reason, I decided that I just had to try this. Never again. What an awful beer. ZERO lager characteristics, let alone beer properties in general.

Photo of TippySelenoid
1.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Busch Light is pale yellow with foamy white head that immediately disappears into nothingness.

It smells like....not much really, some adjunct sweetness perhaps?

It tastes like...not much, a bit of corn?

It's very watery and almost has a soda level of carbonation.

For this beer I wish there was a 6th scoring category, Ability to Drink 18. If that was a way to give this beer points I would have assuredly given it a 5. There is nothing to this beer. It is low on flavor and appeal, but I sure can put a ridiculous amount of these away.

Photo of Chico1985
1.53/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another free beer from work...good for bringing down that average.

Pours very, very pale yellow, so much clarity it may as well be water. Big white head quickly shrinks to a thin ring.

Next to nothing for the scent. Maybe the faintest, faintest hint of trash or something.

Amazingly, more tasteless as it is scentless...the minuscule amount of flavor is not bad, there really isn't enough flavor for it to be offensive. It's hard to believe this is beer, seriously. Watery mouthfeel to match, but at least there's not much off-tastes.

Easy drinking light beer indeed. I'm not sure if I've ever come across a beer that tasted so close to water. If you're looking to drink a bunch of beers really quickly without any pesky flavors to get in your way, this may be the best route.

Photo of biboergosum
2.15/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24oz can, a one dollar gas station special (cheaper than soda, my mind reels) in the off-ramp splendour of downriver SE Michigan.

This beer pours a crystal clear, very pale golden straw colour, with one finger of frothy, foamy, and fizzy (the 'F' trifecta!) dirty white head, which leaves some mere island speck lace around the glass as it quickly gets outta dodge.

It smells of rather mild and yet sweet breakfast cereal grain (yer rice, yer corn, yer, um, well, that's it), sanitized hard water, a bit of cold melted plastic, and ethereal weedy, skanky hops. The taste is a reduced gritty adjunct graininess, sweet and sour as ever was, and gently contaminated well water.

The carbonation is quite sedate, just a feeble fizziness throughout, the body light, dilute, and having benefited from the many marketing cycles of its parent brewer and their ilk, consequently smooth. It finishes with the expected paltry amount of faint corn and rice pithiness, and lingering anemic laboratory bitterness.

Not too hard to drink, not too hard at all, if you need a palate (and maybe a soul) cleanser, that is. Not much to say otherwise, not too much at all. Ok, ok - light macro-lager 101 (auditing, only - this crap could never make it to school - oh, wait, it does - stupid college kids).

Photo of bluejacket74
2.73/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce can, "born on date" of July 8, 2011. The "Ice Cold Easy" indicator on the can is still blue, so it must be good to drink right now! Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about an inch white head that went away quickly. Good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is sweet malt and adjuncts, it doesn't smell bad at all. It's not exactly an appealing aroma, but it doesn't smell awful either. Taste is mostly like the aroma, it tastes like sweet malt, adjuncts, and has a bit of a vegetal taste too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's actually a little bit slick, and it's also easy enough to drink. Moderate/high carbonation. Overall it's not great, but it's not horrible either. For $1.49 a can, I can't complain. I wouldn't make a point to buy this, but I've had worse. For the style of beer this is, it's not bad.

Photo of mcoh1030
2.71/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

How many companies make light beer?

I read one reviewers comments about this light beer being appropriate for a hot summer day. I would totally agree. Light beer, (American mass produced) are fit for just that, a hot summer day.

That said, this one would certain rank closely behind Miller light and for 25% less. Should be drank ice cold, when extremely thristy for best results.

Photo of RoyalT
2.75/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a nice, deep yellow in color and strangely seems darker than the regular Bush. The head was typically bright light, full, and quick to fade.

Smell – The grain here is actually not so bad, again better than I remember the non-light version of this beer. It’s not stale or overly sugared and has a lot of length.

Taste – The grain manages to be non-corny although it is a little stale.

Mouthfeel – This ultra-light lager isn’t bad in the mouth but I didn’t get the rich carbonation that I remember from his big brother.

Drinkability – Overall this is a refreshing example of the style that doesn’t offend.

Photo of Fulky
2.27/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A good lawnmower or college party beer. Very cheap, and you get what you pay for.

As others have said... compare it with beers in its category, not to your personal taste or with some other variety of beer. We get it, it's bad... but it's unfair to compare it with your favorite beer.

Appearance is a light straw color with less head and lacing than other popular domestic brews.

Smell is...decent. Slightly sweet but mostly grassy. You'll get a whiff of pure alcohol if you try to sniff too hard.

Tastes alright for its price, and when pitted against the other big names. It's not great by any means, but complaining seems unnecessary; you should know this is not a beer meant to be savored.

The mouthfeel is nothing short of refreshing, which makes it a great beer for working on hot summer days.

Give it a chance. If you don't like it don't drink it.

Photo of outlawstar102
1.32/5  rDev -27.1%
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
1.2/5  rDev -33.7%
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
3.5/5  rDev +93.4%
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
3.6/5  rDev +98.9%
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
1.82/5  rDev +0.6%
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
1.91/5  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 WoodBrew
2.51/5  rDev +38.7%
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!

Busch Light from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,372 ratings.