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Busch Light - Anheuser-Busch

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1,205 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,205
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 1.81
pDev: 37.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 45 | 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.

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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.

Serving type: can

08-12-2010 04:50:18 | More by VietPong
Photo of UpNorthLager


2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My friend got himself an old beer keg fridge tap system, cleaned it up, and promptly filled it with Busch Light. To each his own.

Fresh crisp mouthfeel. Hardly any taste to speak of, same with aroma. Head disappears quickly. Not much to say about this beer, except that it may be the perfection of economy in corporate beermaking. Just enough presence to reassure you that yes, that is beer in your glass.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 16:00:26 | More by UpNorthLager
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into a pint glass

A - pale yellow colour. 1 finger white fizzy head that was gone within minutes

S - smells of wheat, and fruit notes, a slight sweetness

T&M - average carbonation and a refreshing taste. You can really taste the sweet/fruit notes on the finish. Watery (as are all light beers)

D - for the price, this is a decent light beer. It definitely compares to more expensive counter parts. A great all day beer for hot summer days.

Serving type: can

07-22-2010 14:49:04 | More by spinrsx
Photo of AleWatcher


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

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Central MO isn't known for its craft beer selection-- had a shit beer showdown one night...

Very clear... Very pale... And I mean, just *barely* yellow. Almost like bad/rusty tap water.
The head is pretty respectable-- almost thick like cappuccino froth. 2 fingers of white head with surprisingly good retention-- some lacing is left too.

Smell is faint malt and bland boiled white rice. A little sweetness with very little hops smell. Taste falls in line. There is nearly no bitterness.
Tastes like white rice.

Feels light bodied with tons of carbonation.

This just isn't a beer I want to drink--- but this is the style. These aren't supposed to taste good as much as they are designed to be consumed in mass quantities.

Serving type: can

07-14-2010 04:27:51 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of dstc


2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear pale yellow with a huge white head. Head falls rather slow. Some lace.

Clean, sweet corn aroma. Not great.

Mild flavor. Not much here, corn and adjuncts and a mild sweetness.

Thin and full of carbonation.

Not a good beer. Don't bother.

Serving type: can

07-12-2010 15:26:55 | More by dstc
Photo of Blitzen15


2.55/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

First off, I have read a lot of beer snob type reviews in this thread. That having been said, I truly love a thick ale, stouts and porters are my favorite but they are horrible to drink on a hot summer day! I honestly don't think i could finish even one Founder's Old Curmudgeon Ale on the beach but I can enjoy Busch Light all day.

A - Yellow, Fizzy, no head to speak of. Not very thick

S - Very weak smell and that's why i'm grading this poorly NOT because it smells BAD. You may need to be a cop to tell if somebody has this open container but it smells lightly of corn and hops.

T - Very fizzy, crisp & clean. Hops are there but not very strong. Not bitter or skunky which is more than I can say about a few of the beers I gave decent reviews too. Long story short, it tastes like Light Beer.

M - Water, definitely water with no real saving grace. This is nice on a summer day but it is not something I could enjoy regularly on a winter day unless I was doing some hard labor before / after drinking.

D - Wow. People seem to really enjoy slamming this drink. This watery delight is a personal favorite for almost every outdoor activity. Because the beer is so light you don't need to take your time with it and you can drink it causally as you would water or soda (pop) for those who are into soda (pop). There is a reason you can't order a great number of beers in a stadium, people want to be able to drink more than two beers during the game! This beer almost feels like it can hydrate you and keep you going. I'll take an American-Adjunct Lager over anything else tailgating, bar-b-quing, at the beach, or watching a game live and in person.

note: I'll continue to give bitter and skunky beers their entitled review because one bad feature does not ruin a beer and i think a lot of people on this thread may have forgot that. This is also a clear indication that people are offended by it's "dirty 30" mentality. Lord knows I was but as my love for beer grew, I gave this one a try to cut back costs and I was quite highly surprised

Serving type: can

07-09-2010 14:49:54 | More by Blitzen15
Photo of MaltyBob


2.3/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Pale, clear yellow. Typical light beer.

S: Weak aroma. smells beer-like, sorta.

T: Very light. Crisp and refreshing. It ain't a RIS or an Imperial Porter. It is lawnmower/picnic beer.

M: Very thin and watery.

D: At 4ish% abv and as light as the taste is, it is VERY drinkable. Good for cooling off, not for savoring.

It comes out to a 'D' grade, but it is what it is. Cheap summer beer.

Serving type: can

06-26-2010 21:56:59 | More by MaltyBob
Photo of jsprain1


1.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- The palest of straws, though, for a light lager the head has reasonable retention.
S- The smell is of processed corn, metal, and sweat.
T- Taste is corn, husk, and metal.
M- The mouthfeel isn't all bad, as the carbonation is as spot on as light lagers come.
D- This isn't good. Not ever for a light lager. Just didn't work for me.

Serving type: can

06-26-2010 06:57:53 | More by jsprain1
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.

Serving type: can

06-12-2010 03:48:22 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of tronester


2.15/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale yellow with a small white head. I could not detect any aromas. Taste is very light a hint of sickly sweetness likely from the alcohol. No detectable hop flavor or bitterness. Mouthfeel was weak, bland and watery, medium carbonation. Drinkability was better, the lack of flavor and waterline characteristics helped. A much better value than the "premium" light beer brands though, similar taste at a lower price. Though I had this at a party so I did not purchase it

Serving type: can

06-06-2010 04:26:24 | More by tronester
Photo of jmarvin4189


2.6/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Appearance - Reminds me of the color of my piss

Smell - smells like beer

taste - tastes decent, can't complain, its def one of those beers that you can drink 30 of and have it eventually go down like water.

Mouthfeel - feels like water with some carbonation

drinkability - As I said earlier, i could drink 30 of these, it also is great for the beach since it can get a little warm and people will drink it... who gives a shit, its Busch..

I would rather go for a beer with taste but for 16 bucks a 30 rack you can't go wrong with busch light. Its cheap and drinkable, 2 great qualities in a beer for a college student.

Serving type: can

05-27-2010 12:45:42 | More by jmarvin4189
Photo of buh

New York

4.83/5  rDev +166.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't know why this gets such lousy reviews - it's extremely easy to drink, refreshing and crisp.

I supposed there aren't a lot of bragging rights associated with Busch light but it's usually the first case to be finished up when I throw parties at the lake or any other big get-together.

It's a superb summertime beer - you can drink these all day long and not get tired of it.

It's light, it's extremely drinkable and doesn't have a heavy feel.

Serving type: can

05-24-2010 18:02:25 | More by buh
Photo of phillipzayas


1.33/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I actually went and got a six pack of this stuff to give it a fair chance.

So I can't believe I am reviewing this beer but I am. Pale color, smells like burnt corn, tastes like corn and has the carbonation of a bad soda. Mouthfeel = water.

Better than a Keystone Light and other comparable crappy brands. Still, this is one for if you just want to get really trashed and don't care about beer at all. If you want a bit of alcohol in water then here's your beer.


Serving type: can

04-18-2010 19:40:50 | More by phillipzayas
Photo of tjsdomer2


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

Appearance: Thin and pale. Looks like lots of carbonation as well. Boring.

Smell: Skunked, just like Natty Light. (Surprise!) Stale maltiness as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes ok...water but not gross like Natty. High carbonation like Bud Light or Miller High Life. Nothing exciting here.

Drinkability: About as drinkable as Natty or Keystone.

Overall: Better than the aforementioned Natty and Keystone, but not by much.

Serving type: can

04-11-2010 20:48:54 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


1.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Beer spilled in water yellow. Straw is too dark of a description. Smell. Old garbage.

Taste, a little sweet corn syrup feel. A few hops may have fallen into a 5000bbl batch. Kinda crisp. Mouthfeel, yeah. Not much. Could be used to probably rehydrate someone. Alcohol is low enough you can drink a ton of these and brag about it, not realizing you're bragging about drinking crappy diet beer w/o much alcohol.

Serving type: can

03-25-2010 21:54:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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.

Serving type: can

03-25-2010 21:30:57 | More by DerekP
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.

Serving type: can

03-10-2010 13:38:00 | More by jbails007
Photo of jdense


1.98/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can served by umpiring partners after a doubleheader.

Yellowish straw body, one finger uneven head, ultra-quick dissipation with no lacing. The smell reaks of adjuncts, corn, corn syrup, no hop presence. The taste is cloyingly sweet, especially for a 'light' beer, no hops and very little malts. Some carbonation in mouthfeel, but can't get over the sweetish off-taste. Pretty drinkable at this ABV. I guess I learned a lesson today-bring your own beer to drink after games. Life is too short to drink this unless you are cost-challenged. Avoid at all costs.

Serving type: can

03-07-2010 16:36:54 | More by jdense
Photo of Bookseeb


2.53/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is light straw yellow with minimal head and no lace. Smell is clean with a light corn aroma. Taste of corn with a metallic bitterness coming after, pretty watered down. Mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation. It's not terrible, I can see drinking a few of these on a light weekend.

Serving type: can

03-06-2010 02:32:46 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

2.3/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hey, this water could almost be confused for light beer! It poured a very light yellow with next to no head. Also next to no smell or taste, just a hint of old corn. Very pleasant. At least you can drink a couple of cases of it without noticing, I guess that's a plus if you're into that kind of thing.

Serving type: can

02-28-2010 05:57:18 | More by TheTrevor
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.


Serving type: cask

02-27-2010 02:56:49 | More by smithza9
Photo of zoso493

North Carolina

1.78/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured this one from a 12 oz. can into a straight-sided pint glass. I'm promised "great taste" on the front of the can, as well as "natural aging" and "natural carbonation." I'm licking my lips in anticipation.

Appearance: Busch Light pours what can only be described as a dehydrated-urine yellow that is exceedingly transparent. It is so easily seen through, that if one is in need of magnification, one can hold a sheet of paper on the other side of the glass to increase the size of the lettering and still be able to read it perfectly. It has a sudsy two-finger head that is entirely the result of the natural carbonation and which disappears instantaneously.

Smell: I can't smell anything.

Taste: This is like drinking water that has had a single hop cone soaked in it for 15 minutes. I have never tasted a weaker beer in my life. Busch Light has about as much flavoring as a bottle of Propel. This, however, does mean that it is not as repulsive as perhaps it's bigger cousin Busch Ice. Regardless, this is an extraordinary achievement in mediocrity and has set the bar for flavorless beers in my eyes.

Mouthfeel: At least this beer is extremely highly carbonated so it goes down faster. Aside from that, it is, predictably, about as thin as water, if not somehow miraculously thinner.

Poundability: Since this easily the most watered-down beer I have ever had, it lends itself to being quite poundable in the right circumstances. This is not something that anyone who knows anything about beer should drink, but if you were looking to get drunk as cheaply as possible, this is a real contender.

Overall, Busch Light is a remarkably inferior beer that must require superhuman efforts on the part of its brewers to keep the flavor out of the beer. If you are looking for a good substitute to water, this is your beer.

Serving type: can

02-26-2010 05:34:48 | More by zoso493
Photo of chasebrownyeah1


2.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Busch Light ABV: 4.2%

A: Well lets just start off as it looks almost like water. Add a bit of yellow dye into the "water" looking beer and you have now... Busch light.

S: The smell is of corn and light hops. Not much you can expect from this beer though.

T: The taste is of large amounts of corn and minimal hops. Also, it has a metallic taste, but I believe that is because I am drinking it from a can.

M: The mouthful is like what I said in the appearance... Like water. I want beer, not water... So that is why they should improve this beer.

D: I am a college student and understand that we as students beer has to be spent on a budget. Anheuser-Busch did a great job in developing a beer to fit the budget, but I would prefer another beer.

Serving type: can

02-21-2010 03:27:48 | More by chasebrownyeah1
Photo of tykees88


1.8/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Low priced beer. Low end on the taste spectrum. It does it's job of supplying poor college students copious amounts of beer. But after you get out of college why would you wanna drink it anymore? The true college beer is this. Nothing like gettin a dirty 30 for the weekend.

Serving type: can

02-20-2010 14:39:16 | More by tykees88
Photo of FreshHawk


1.78/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Very light, pale yellow. White head with medium height.

S - Light and clean, thin aroma. What is there is light corn/grainy scent.

T - Thin malt. Mostly cereal grain/corn. Some sweetness from that, but not much flavor.

M - Light, thin, crisp. Not much body to this beer.

D - Can drink a lot of these, but I wouldn't necessarily want to.

Notes: Not bad for the extremely low end of beer, but that is what it is, a low end beer.

Serving type: can

02-15-2010 23:26:29 | More by FreshHawk
Busch Light from Anheuser-Busch
46 out of 100 based on 1,205 ratings.