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Bud Light & Clamato Chelada | Anheuser-Busch

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Bud Light & Clamato CheladaBud Light & Clamato Chelada

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Missouri, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Budweiser & Clamato Chelada and Bud Light & Clamato Chelada are a combination of our classic American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, and the rich, spicy taste of Clamato Tomato Cocktail. We follow the traditional brewing process for Budweiser and Bud Light. Clamato is carefully blended with the beer to create the proper balance of the crisp finish of Budweiser or Bud Light and the signature taste of Clamato.

Added by Zorro on 06-26-2007

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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 388
Photo of Randygroves
4.85/5  rDev +177.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

For what it is it is awesome!! No dont look for good head. Go to your girlfriend for that. Feel like a bloody mary. This is it! Enjoy and dont palm your head too hard! " Wow! I could have had a Chelada". :-)

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Photo of ordybill
2.38/5  rDev +36%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 25 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy pink color with no head. The aroma is tomatoes. The taste is mostly salty tomato. Not good.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
3.75/5  rDev +114.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I guess i am being a little nice. I actually like this beer. A bloody beer with a bit of peppery taste with it. Just got to be a fan of bloody marys i guess to enjoy this beer

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Photo of KACK1533
1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another challenging beer. Pink color, smelled of a V8. Taste is bread and V8. Oh, there is clam juice in it too. I prefer my clams to come straight from the ocean, sucked down raw on the beach. Avoid this like the plague.

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Photo of mpipe
1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

141 reviews??? I don't believe there are 141 drinkers that bought this. I wanted to lick my ass to get the crappy taste out of my mouth. seriously, ship it to the Gitmo and the taliban will talk. I paid the 1.99 for a can trying to be funny. One sip and I was done. Horrible.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
1.67/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Imagine a Bud Light, but with something more. The color is a pinkish red. The nose makes me think of Diet Tomato juice. Then the taste makes me wonder if Crystal Light has a Tomato flavor. If they do, it has been added to Bud Light in the form of this abomination. I could not bring myself to finish more than an ounce. I nice stout goes a long way to added something to a Bloody Mary. Adding Tomato Juice to Bud Light makes angels cry. I had to do it since it is the bottom of the list.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I can't get the flavor out of my mouth. Somebody help me. I tried licking the bottom of my shoe. This beer tastes of cheap light flavorless beer mixed with the worst tomato juice you can find then someone accidentally poured the water out of a fish tank into it, then dumped salt into it to bring out the flavor. Truly horrible.

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Photo of Murpheyslawyer
4.54/5  rDev +159.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't get the bad reviews. I know everyone is different, but it seems to me that there is some snobbery towards this beer. Honestly, the first couple of times that I tried this I didn't like it at all. But, then I started craving the aftertaste. It is smooth and very drinkable. I would probably stay away if you are prone to getting heart burn easy as it is a little spicy. It is great with spicy food such as authentic Mexican or homemade chili. I suggest that all of the haters should give this another try. Maybe you aren't tilting the can properly before opening. You can't just pop a can open and chug. You have to tilt it slightly multiple times to get the beer to mix properly with the clamato.

For anyone that hasn't tried it, give it a shot, but keep an open mind. Also, read the directions on the side of the can.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Straggler part 3 of 4.

I pretty much already know what I'm getting myself into.

Look - Looks kind of like somebody juiced a bloody tampon into my glass. Large momenrary head that disappates to nothingness with a few seconds.

S - What you would expect. Bottom shelf tomato juice and bottom shelf beer.

T - Rancid salvation army esque tomato juice with a medium amount of salt and cheap adjunct.

F - Feels as lifeless and flat as the Dead Sea.

O - I'm going to take this outback and shoot it like the abomination it is. This is only the third beer where I couldn't stick to my " at least drink six ounces prior to dumping " motto. Other two were Mickey's and Steel Reserve. And this takes the shit cake for worst of all time.

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Photo of rlee1390
1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

After helping my friend move I opened his fridge, only to realize the people that previously lived there had left behind this gem. Seeing how free is the only this beverage should be "enjoyed" I figured this was my best opportunity to try this.

OH GOD. Tastes like rotten speghettios. An icky thickness from the tomato juice. Cheap tomato juice flavor. Very salty. Like the salt that is great in balancing out a Gose, except here the salty serves as only a reminder of the poor life choice you made. Even after drinking it your throat is so dry from the salt. Oh, I forgot to mention the vomit flavor. Or at least what I imagine drinking vomit would taste like.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.23/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I prefer the Budweiser version of this, although there really is not much difference between the two. Worth a try if you've never had a chelada and think you'd like one... However, if you've ever had a "real" chelada and enjoyed it, then this isnt really that good comparitively.

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Photo of HunterIsAGirl
4.4/5  rDev +151.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the shit. The Shit. Seriously. Nothing says let's go camping, find some inbreds, and let them shove a banjo up our asses like Bud Light & Clamato. I find myself gravitating towards flannel shirts when I crack open a 25 oz. bad boy, and later I am grasping my hatchet when I wake up on the splintery floor of my dad's Winnebago, drowning in empty Bud Light & Clamato cans and empty Cheez-It boxes. 10/10 will drink again. Woo Pig Sooie.

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Photo of Acforster2
2.36/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I don't think it is as bad as the reviews say. I never had a beer chelada before. Its like a watered down bloody Mary alternative. It doesn't look or taste like beer. But it is highly drinkable.

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Photo of DrainBamage
1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a cloudy pink color with massive head that fizzles to nothing. Smells like rotten fruit. Tastes putrid and burns going down. This is by far the worst beer I have ever had. I don't like to waste beer and this is the only one I have ever dumped down the drain.

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Photo of parris
1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the most disgusting thing I have ever tasted. It looks and tastes exactly like you'd expect, tomato soup mixed with seafood mixed with Bud Light. Some people like it, it literally made me feel sick.

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Photo of ThomasT
1.75/5  rDev 0%

Just so we're in the clear, I am a mild fan of Clamato-beer cocktails.
Appearance: Light pink. Kind of weird actually, normally the mix is medium red.
Smell: Tomato, malt, astringent corn.
Taste: Surprisingly mild tomato, no clam to speak of, tons of astringent corn. Way worse astringency than normal Bud Light. Salty, but not salty enough to mask anything. No spice to speak of.
Overall: You're much better off just mixing normal Bud Light with Clamato. This tastes very watered down and the malt is way worse than even normal Bud Light.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev +100%

Sampling right now on 9/20/14 while watching college football on this 90 degree day. Comes in a 25 ounce can but seen it in a smaller size can also. Haven't had this one but had the similar one made with Bud. Can chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured in to a 1L 'Bud Light" handled glass stein.

Pours a light red in color with a 1+ finger head that settles down to nothing. No lacing was seen either. The aroma is of some tomato juice, salt & lime with a hint of grain. Pretty much the same for the taste with a mild dash of 'pepper hot sauce' in the mix but not much. Wasn't that bad and is OK. Something different on a warmer day. Lighter-bodied with lower carbonation is is not the norm for a Bud product. Goes down easy.

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Photo of apollutedmind1990
5/5  rDev +185.7%

I personally love this stuff. I'm a huge fan of both Bud Light & Clamato/V8 tasting things, so this is absolutely delicious to me. Good flavor, and nice little spiciness on the end. I have literally no complaints about this drink, whatsoever.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

16 oz can into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy chum color. This beer is too good to have much of a head (what's there is pink colored) and any form of retention or lacing.

S: After inhaling the nose, I feel like I can speak fluent Slovak, kill a cape buffalo with my bare hands, and play a right-handed guitar left-handed. It's almost like this beer is speaking to me "Are you ready to taste perfection? Or am I too much beer for you?" And given the intoxicating blend of brine, sea water, tomato, and vomit, the latter just might be the case.

T: This beer is so meta. It actually tastes just like my vomit after having several great offerings (obviously nothing that compares to this, though...) Because of Bud Light Clamato, I no longer have to spend $20 or so worth of craft beer and eat a spaghetti dinner to achieve such post-puking zen, I can simply drink this and reach nirvana for only $2 a can.

M: This is the future of beer. Why? Because this doesn't need a palate feel - since it drinks just like upchuck, it frees my mind over such like texture, carbonation, and dryness; instead allowing me to achieve the aforementioned zen-like state after a good upchuck. I have just one more thing to say: pivo je život. See! Told you I can now speak fluent Slovak - I didn't even have to rely on Google Translate, either.

O: I have transcended the cosmic eye of God, and have come out of its collapsing corona a new man. Thanks to Bud Light Clamato, I have now achieved evanescence on this corporeal place. In fact, I don't need to drink other beer anymore: this brings everything I could want from the hobby, all in a single can. However, I am not worthy of experiencing such brilliance - for that reason, I will have to pour this down the sink after five or so sips. But hey, I'd like to see Parabola, Rochefort 10, BCBS, or FBS put me in an evanescent state after only five sips. Which all of them fail to accomplish, miserably at that. I am unworthy of standing in the presence of this nectar of the gods, I will now have to free it from its misery.

1/5: It's so thought-provoking, it ends up being offensive

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Photo of caryon
4.94/5  rDev +182.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I totally love it!!! I really dont care for bud light products but this one Bud light & Clamato Chelada is so smooth and tasty i find myself drinking it to fast. I am 100% white with no mexican flare so you know its good....and it does not taste like a V8 lol

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Photo of undo222
4.4/5  rDev +151.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, Bud light and Clamato, with the addition of the salt and lime, combine to create a very savory and satisfying taste sensation in your mouth. It seems to pair well with a rib eye or any well-marbled steak. I enjoy a cold Chelada on a hot summer day.
I have found, you either love it or hate it. Sure, it is not for everyone; after all, you cannot be all things to all people

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Photo of EdgarAllensHoe
3.35/5  rDev +91.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

there is a HUGE demographic that buys 24-25 oz beers daily, this being one of them. It's got some saltiness, some clamato, and some lime. Nothing crazy here folks, I don't need to review bud light, but they do accomplish what they set out to. The key to these is drink them frosty cold. Pop it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes and get back to it. I like my stouts and abbey ales too, but the lower end alternatives like this aren't bad at all.

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Photo of metter98
1.68/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Manhattan clam chowder are present in the nose.
T: The initial taste starts out having flavors of Manhattan clam chowder and then transitions to flavors of Bud Light Lime with notes of Clamato in the background. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be undrinkable and didn't even really resemble a "beer" except for some notes of Bud Light Lime in the back end of the taste. It seems like the Clamato may serve as a better base to mix with other types of alcohol, such as hard liquor.

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Photo of jjhunbun
5/5  rDev +185.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This drink is the best damn stuff I have had in 45 years of drinking!
Why in hell they don't sell it in Ontario is beyond my understanding....we drink more beer here than anywhere in Canada. It tastes so amazing!
Canada invented Clamato!!!,
We invented the cocktail called a "Cesaer" using Clamato juice.
Why don't they sell "Bud Lite Cheladas" here????
I have to wait to get back to the States to get it again.
Bring them to Ontario!! Please!
Thank you.

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Photo of adnielsen
1.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Tall boy canned @ home poured into my Crooked Staved snifter and picked up at 287 Liquor Foco. Pours a peachy/pinkish appearance with practically no head. A touch citrusy, big tomato juice, celery, chili powder aroma - not a whole helluva lot different from the Budweiser Chelada aroma. Spicy, tomato, somewhat watery, celery, veggie flavor. Yuck. I honestly think this is a bit worse that the Budweiser Chelada. Tastes like my mom’s Chow Mein.

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Bud Light & Clamato Chelada from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.