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Busch Light - Anheuser-Busch

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378 Reviews

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Reviews: 378
Hads: 1,485
Avg: 1.94
pDev: 71.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 221 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Missouri, United States | website

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 TeamSeinfeld
4.6/5  rDev +137.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Busch light draft, what can I say, this is a mass consumption beer. It's not a saturday afternoon beer, unless you are in college (like me). This beer is cheap but its very good. Busch light is extremely smooth and good ice cooled in a snow bank. This beer is much better than the trendy bud light, that is much more expensive.

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Photo of CBFanWish
1.15/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wehn I think of adjuncts, I now think of Busch light. This beer is terrible with a faint yellow color, no head and no carbonation and a skunky smell that makes you wish you had a Rogue close by. The taste was of corn and not much else. It was absolutly horrid and I hope to never drink this again.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.62/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A very light straw color with a white head, no carbonation. Smells of adjuncts and grain, not very strong. Tastes like corn and faint malt, with almost no hops finish. Not good, pouring it into a Samuel Smith tulip almost seems like a travesty. Very cheap, and not satisfying.

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Photo of Suds
1.39/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A friend had some of these left over from a party. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d had one. It must have been years and years ago; so, I swallowed my pride and gave it a try.
Pours a very light, very clear, yellow-tinged liquid. Actually, the head is very nice: puffy and bright white, with notable stability. Zero aroma…maybe a faint hint of cooked vegetables, but you have to nearly inhale the liquid to get even that minor sensation. Essentially zero taste as well, with a little tingle of carbonation. I’m not exaggerating to say that I think I’ve had seltzer water with more character. Now, there isn’t anything unpleasant about the beer…it simply has a complete lack of any attributes at all. Nothing disagreeable because there’s nothing there…of course, that begs the question: can it then be called beer?

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Photo of BigRedN
3.15/5  rDev +62.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Background: Why review this simple, macro product that is ranked near the bottom and not thought highly of? Simply because it is the first beer I ever had. 6-pack of long neck bottles on my 16th b-day (I was underage). It was about all anyone drank, so myself and my friends didn't know anybetter. So for my first review I picked up a sixer ($3.99), got a glass and revisited an old friend.

Appearance: Light yellow. But its supposed to be this color. Gave it low marks 'cause you would think they could just dump something in it to alter the color.

Smell: Nothing noticeable. Again it is supposed to be this way. I gave it good marks as it does what it is supposed to - not offend.

Taste: No noticeable flavors except a slight sweetness (corn or rice?). They want a flavorless product that does not offend and can be consumed by the masses. High marks for excellent acheivement of their goals.

Mouthfeel: Once again, mission accomplished. Nothing to offend yet nothing to stir the imagination.

Drinkability: Went down easy. Put away the whole six in no time. A-B got what it wanted. A cheaper beer the masses can consume in quantity. Easy to consume many to just get hammered.

Final Thoughts: Just like I remember (should get bonus points for consistency from one bottle to another). Since this is the first beer I ever had, if I would not have liked it, I may not be drinking beer now. In a way it has helped me to get to BA, because I thought "there has to be something better out there".

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Photo of Foxman
1.3/5  rDev -33%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It pours a truly pale yellow, very uninspiring, and the head sprouts and dies in a flash.

The aroma is very weak, beyond mild, with nothing I could identify besides perhaps cooked grain.

The taste delivers what the smell promises, which simply is not much. There's weak malt that disappears as quickly as you taste it, almost making it unidentifiable. When that goes, there's a trace of hop bitterness making you believe that perhaps it really was beer you just drank.

It is very light bodied, feeling thinner than water, maybe because you expect at least a little more. But you don't get it.

It's almost odorless, which may be a blessing, and terribly bland. There were two cans left in my beer fridge from my parents' last visit, so I figured, what the heck, right? Wrong! The second one went right into the trash. I wouldn't even cook with it. I don't like to trash a beer, because I know someone somewhere likes it, but I just can't help myself here. Yep, it's drinkable, just like water, so next time, failing other options, I'll have the water.

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Photo of JISurfer
1/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Allllllllright, this is something you give to an enemy to drink. I can't emphasize the blandness/wateriness of this stuff. My girlfriend's dad drinks it and he's a trucker(not that there's anything wrong with that). Maybe that would show that he doesn't really get into tasteing beers and what not. Reviews; Appearance: What appearance, looks like water with some carbonated foam on it. Smell: Smells like teen spirit or skunky water, which ever you want. Taste: Taste is as bad as the smell, if not worse, because you are subjecting your body to it. Mouthfeel: Ah, I don't feel like doing the last two. Just don't waste your money!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
1.5/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thin, watery texture, borderline of a very pale yellow, skunky aroma, cooked veggies if anything on the nose. Initial bland, boring and rather skunky. Pushing hard to detect any sort of character, trying to detect any malt body is tough. Corn, veggie and adjuncts to be noted. A very bad product by A-B. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of jackndan
1.32/5  rDev -32%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Busch Light, from a can: that was all they served at the recent rodeo I attended. I am at a loss to understand this beverage. Cripes, it is shockingly pale. I mean, take a Bud and pour half a glass of water in it, and you are still to dark. No head. Initial aroma was like melted wax, yeah, I know, that does not make any sense. The taste is . . . absent. I mean, there is sweetness there, toward the end, but this is not a beer. I’m not kidding, I’ve had water that has more taste than this. Not enough of anything even to be awful.

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Photo of daledeee
1.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I can still complain even though my sister gave it to me free. This is the closest thing to tasteless beer I have seen. A little sweet, a little grainy tasting. Carbonation. What carbonation? Flat tasting. Drank 3 of them. Is there alchohol in this? No wonder I don't buy it.

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Photo of slitherySOB
1.5/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dammit, more AB. When barbequeing, do not let friends bring beer. This is what they bring. Poured a stain water, colour of some sort. Yellow? I dunno. Weak smell. Adjuncty. Taste was bland. Undrinkable swill. It's cheap, smells terrible, looks terrible, tastes terrible and requires alot for a cheap buzz. Get something else.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours yellow and fizzy with a very carbonated short lived white head. The aroma predominantly corn and rice adjuncts bringing a sweetness to the aroma, but at the same time it also brings an off tone that just isn't pleasant of feet. No real hop profile maybe a chemically formulated one, but that's about it. This is not a real beer, this is a macro beer meant to be consumed in masses by the masses. Cold and crisp, the label describes this beer properly "refreshing light beer", well so is water I will stick to that. Flavors to note here is a bland sweetness mixed with a bitterness that just isn't right. Mouthfeel is thin and water like, which is why this beer can be consumed right after another without a problem. If your looking for a good beer pass on a Busch Light.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
1.53/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Hypothetical: if Busch is Bud Light in a leisure suit, what does that make Busch Light? Correct. Another A-B profit center. Small one though as it gets little of the mammoth A-B turf in the major retailer shelves locally.

The most redeeming quality of this watery brew is that its lack of flavor actually lessens the awful A-B taste present in all their beers. Straw colored, no head retention, and not much smell beyond the adjuncts.

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Photo of Pegasus
1.53/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear and pale straw gold color with a small white head. The head quickly fades to a paper-thin layer; there is little carbonation; rather poor lacing.

Aroma: Little aroma of any kind, perhaps a faint hint of cooked vegetables and a ghost of alcohol - or perhaps I am imagining the aroma.

Taste: A slight sting of carbonation, followed by slightly sweet malt and faint hops at the finish. Not much more of a presence than with a mineral water would offer. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Quite thin and watery.

Drinkability: Refreshing, but a poor example of a light beer. Even in this much-maligned style of beer, there are far better examples to be found.

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Photo of bierman2000
1.03/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

How can I review a beer so horrible, It's macrogarbage at its worst. I don't even care to think about how bad this is, one taste will tell you, damn what am I thinking and drinking. Stick to WATER as with all AB products, it doesn't matter which beer it is Dry, Ice, Original, or Light. They are all lousy and of poor quality and that born on date doesn't matter if you drank it from the brewery itself.

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Photo of Tballz420
1.9/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is not a good brew, can anyone enlighten me as to why a beer such as this would be made and marketed? In consuming this light offering, I do believe that you could forget to drink it as it is totally non-descript.
I have given it a higher score than most, only due to the fact that I do not find it really bad either...just nothing to it...boring.
The colour is limited, a tinge of gold is evident. The body is extremely light, however the carbonation is active and It does have a wee bit of glass cling.
The taste is well balanced but very weak and quickly leaves.
I will not pour this down the sink.
I will continue to down this 22 oz bottle.
I will try to stay awake while I finish itttttttttt...zzzzzzzzzzzz

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Photo of AudioGilz
1.51/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I didn't think Busch Beer could get any lighter. And I see Busch Light for $4.99 a twelve-pack. Out of money, tired and worn out, I purchase it. As thin and pale as a beer gets...if you stare at it long enough, you'll either think of pee or apple juice, depending on your mood. I really couldn't smell anything out of this beer. And flavor is pretty much defined by a watery mouthfeel, and just a fake hint of sweetness. This beer has no reason to be around. Just buy regular Busch if you're that broke.

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Photo of darklager
1.52/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Unfortunately, I am forced to drink this beer from time to time as it is the only beer many of my friends drink. It is an ultra-thin beer that tastes mostly of water. The flavorings you do notice don't really give any hint that this is beer. The only real way to tell this is a beer is to gag down a bunch until the alcohol starts to do its work, and then you can drink it more easily. Like most american lights, this is not a beer to enjoy, it is a cheap beer to use to get drunk with friends.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
1.88/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
1.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this was the ultimate party beer back in college....thank god those days are long gone. this beer is clean, clear and close to not being a beer. it useless to wax poetic about it's characteristics unless cold and watery are desirable...ok cold is imperative, but watery isn't something to brag about. back in the day i always thought this brew had a certain taste that i liked over the other light beers, but upon further review....i can't find it. i think i'm going to go slap myself now for buying a whole 40 ouncer to review.

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Photo of mjohn27603
1.53/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a big white foam which settles to a 1/4 top. Color is so light, it is virtually clear. You can see right through the beer. Smell reminds of stale beer left over the morning after a party. Slightly sweet taste that lingers in the aftertaste. All the flavors are greatly subdued. A few drinks leaves a sour taste. No bitterness detected. Maybe a little vinegar taste. I am drinking past best before date so maybe it's bit unfair. Beer feels thin in mouthfeel. The only reason I have this beer is because I needed a neutral beer to doctor samples for taste testing.

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Photo of yen157
1.52/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This one wasn't very good at all. Very pale yellow and crystal clear, not head at all, just a little ring of tiny bubbles around the glass. Grainy smell, that's it. Grains and alcohol. It was very watered down tasting and feeling. Extremely thin body. Only a tiny bit of malt flavor, and a smaller hops taste. IMO, there was almost something fishy tasting about the beer. I could see this being a refreshing beer if the time was right. Boy, I hope the time is NEVER right.

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Photo of Jason
1.59/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12oz can. Stamped born on date. States to be "Born of Natural Ingredients, Smooth, Refreshing Beer" ... "Brewed from water, barley malt, cereal grain, hops and yeast." It does not say natural ingredients only does it?

Appearance: Perhaps the lightest colour beer out there, translucent pale yellow. Thin white lace is what is leftover of the quick foaming head.

Smell: Vague cooked corn, very clean aroma so clean that you can't smell anything else. So clean you can smell the alcohol in this beer.

Taste: Incredibly light body, well manufactured smoothness and a well placed crispness that makes this brew a bit refreshing. Very thin malt flavour, cereal grains are abundant in the flavour but stay clean. Hops seem processed, a lazy bitterness that barely tweaks the scales of taste threshold. Some astringent grain tell you that this brew is quick from start to finish ... by the time you think of swallowing the taste is gone leaving a dryish end.

Notes: Light beer = less calories = less flavour. Why drink beer with less flavour, how much fun is it to eat a diet meal that tastes like nothing?

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

In between Natty and Bud in terms of cheapness, this is probably the lightest beer produced by AB (even lighter than Natty Light, imo). It can be refreshing on a hot day, so I would call this a lawnmower beer, but let me get into the details:

It pours a very pale straw color that is quite translucent and bubbly. It produces a foamy head that disappears in a matter of seconds. The smell is kind of sweet with a hint of malt, but there is a tiny amount of mustiness (not skunkiness) in the smell. The mouthfeel is more watery than water, but quite smooth. Adjunct sweetness is present with a miniscule amount of malt. I could detect no hop presence in this. The aftertaste is clean, with some sweetness mixed with some alcohol taste.

This stuff isn't that bad, but it lacks a ton of taste. You could save yourself a lot of money and drink water.

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Busch Light from Anheuser-Busch
49 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.