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Busch Beer - Anheuser-Busch

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49
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1,293 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 1.97
pDev: 35.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.30% 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: Todd on 11-20-2000)
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t0rin0

California

2/5  rDev +1.5%

11-08-2012 18:37:04 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

2/5  rDev +1.5%

11-20-2011 00:13:58 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.05/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color and actually has a bit of head. Smells like spent grain and a bit of bread. Tastes like grain husks. Quite light. Mouthfeel is really like with quite a bit of excess carbonation. Drinks very poorly. Nothing to bring me back for more and I didn't enjoy the first few sips.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:29:10 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

1.48/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

More than just straw yellow (or is that less than?), Busch is *pale* straw yellow and is one of the lightest, non-light, non-low carb beers that I've ever seen. Just for fun, I read a few paragraphs from "All About Beer" through the glass. The blindingly white head is exceedingly light and airy, falls to a thin film in minutes and leaves the glass free of that pesky lace that only has to be washed off anyway.

The nose manages to be both weak and offensive, a neat trick. It smells like vegetable matter and mud mingled with a faint graininess. This is quite possibly the least aromatic adjunct lager nose yet, although probably not the worst. Might this be Busch Light in the wrong can?

There isn't a great deal of flavor, but what's there manages to offend. It tastes like sour, husk-riddled grain with a nasty finish that causes a minor, yet uncontrollable, grimace. Busch Beer gives new meaning to the phrase "I couldn't keep a straight face". Needless to say, the body is thin to the point of cachexia and the mouthfeel is indistinguishable from carbonated water.

I'm not sure why I bought this can. I think I had some grand designs on doing a comparison review that was ultimately done with Bud Ice and Natural Ice. Besides, it was getting well on past its 'born on' date so I thought I'd clear it out of my beer fridge. How I would tell if it was past its prime though, I haven't the foggiest idea.

Serving type: can

11-30-2004 16:04:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev +52.3%

12-14-2011 04:10:01 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.55/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ok, so I am stuck on the beach. I really do not feel like going up to the bar, and the guys next to me have a cooler full of cans and offered to share, far be it from me to say no.

Wow, one of the lightest pours I have ever seen. Barely any color here at all, but loads of carbonation coming up to the service throughout the session leaving a constant little head of white sitting on the top of the glass. No lacing really to speak of either. Aroma is light corn and grain, not much else going on here. Light touch of bready grains, but stressing the lightness here for sure. Taste is clean, nearly flavorless finish with a crisp and smooth finish. Not much in the way of flavor a all, but when its cold it did its job.

I could not really recommend this one, but again I was on the beach for a week and this worked at that exact time. I could see it going either way though.

Serving type: can

08-12-2010 00:14:51 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: This is very similar to other macro beers except maybe a bit sweeter. I sometime wonder if people notice that macro beers all taste very similar in the end. Anyway, my uncle seems to really enjoy this last time I went to his place and I had this for a drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 17:01:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -23.9%

01-19-2012 18:24:27 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

1.83/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My tail-gating friends shared this beer with my after they polished off my Stone IPA's. I got a raw deal on that trade. This beer is truely fascinating--how can something be flavorless and bad at the same time. I don't know if water is bad--it's flavorless so I don't know. Anyhow, this adjuct laiden beer actually has a fair body--by guess is from high use of rice. Other cereal grains are present but light. Flavors and characters from hops and barley are absent. The beer is light of dry and naturally papery and metalic. Light flavors and textures disappear quickly with a watery wash.

Serving type: can

09-07-2005 14:30:17 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

2.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ticked this fine product on New Year’s Eve. Pours incredibly pale yellow with a short lived white head. Smells strongly of corn and corn syrup with a touch of metal. Maybe some notes of green apple and straw. Decently sweet in terms of the flavor with quite a bit of corn to it. A touch watery with some of the same apple and straw notes. Not overly offensive, but not very good, either.

Serving type: can

01-04-2012 21:53:59 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1/5  rDev -49.2%

01-15-2012 08:12:20 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

1/5  rDev -49.2%

12-19-2011 21:04:30 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.03/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear bodied, thin-looking lager with only a scant tinge of yellow to it and capped with a thin layer of white fizz.

Smell: It doesn't smell like anything. Let me try again -- nothing. Let me hand the pint glass over to BA TheLibrarianGirl -- she confirms the nothingness. I always find it hard to assign a scoring value to something that doesn't smell like anything.

Taste: Teensy hint of weak-tasting cereal flavor and accompanying sweetness. Busch is pretty non-existent on the hop flavor and bitterness front. Finishes dry and empty with a small crackle of carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Nearly entirely devoid of flavor and character, it works to get some alcohol into the system, if that's your thing, and would presumably pair with essentially any foods as there are no conflicting flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 18:10:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

1.75/5  rDev -11.2%

09-01-2013 13:40:37 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +39.6%

01-14-2013 05:44:51 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

1.65/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pretty much the same as the light version. Yellow, Pale, Minimal aromas, no head after the pour. Boring. Mostly corn and very light barley taste and smell. It's hard to even rate this because i don't know what else I can say. I really don't plan on having this brew again.

Serving type: can

03-22-2011 03:50:26 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

1.48/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours out a pale yellow color with a high amount of carbonation. Not much of a head and no lacing at all.

S - It smelled of corn and not much else.

T - It tasted somewhat watery and like corn. There was also an uncomfortable bitter aftertaste.

M - It was fairly thin and very light.

D - It could be worse. The aftertaste really got to me. A couple times it made my skin crawl.

Serving type: can

01-09-2007 02:38:44 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

2.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Review from written notes, transcribed from a frozen screen during a live review. D'oh!

Into a mini-pint taster glass it pours a dull straw gold, with a thin layer of fizzy white suds sizzling on the surface. The foam completely evaporates, and soon enough it looks like a glass of urine or apple juice. Some feeble trails of carbonation are visible.

Smells vaguely of wet cardboard and cooked vegetables (DMS), some mild apple sweetness when swirled around. Tastes like cardboard or wet paper, apple juice, cooked veggies again. Mealy, tacky envelope glue texture, fizzy and overcarbonated. Chugged the last bit as there was no sink available at the party... RIP Hard Boiled Records... Thanks for the beer and memories Mark!

Serving type: can

07-29-2011 22:39:04 | More by emerge077
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

24oz can, the other half of the unholy duo from a last-minute rest stop purchase before crossing back into Canuckistan last month...is 'Busch' really a smooth-sounding name?

This beer pours a very, very pale golden yellow colour, with tons of puffy, and thinly foamy white head, which dissipates soon enough (debate if you must), leaving some random wisps of escaping soul lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet and grainy rice and corn, a bit of buttery diacetyl, and some mildly skunky, ok, I'll bite - hoppy weediness. The taste is more reservedly sweet rice/corn diluted grain pudding (speaking of unholy duos), some very mild, dulled beyond belief fruitiness, a hint of stale grassiness, and a stony, metallic edge.

The carbonation is quite high, but in a mostly fast-disappearing frothy sense, the effect on the top of the palate trivial at best, which confuses the perception of the otherwise thin as fuck body, making it seem fuller than it actually is, and the smoothness the same bullshit corporately-mandated plainness found anywhere and everywhere. It finishes off-dry, the lingering sweet cornfield graininess tempered somewhat by the metallic, almost, but not quite, fruity dryness.

Since I'm still talking about this, there must be something to say - there really wasn't much degradation as this one warmed, and though it's pretty much unimpressive all around, nothing overtly offensive arises, at the same rate. Mine was born on May 19, 2010, which puts this little exercise right on the cusp of tasting 'unfresh' - glad I dodged that bullet. The best I can say about this is, it's not really any worse than Bud, which seems barely worth the whole dollar I spent on this.

Serving type: can

09-25-2010 23:31:22 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A crystal clear and very light straw colored body is topped by a decent-sized head of creamy, bright-white foam. The retention is good and it maintains a creamy collar as well as leaving some transient lacing just above the level of the beer with each sip. The nose is limited but reveals a very mild note of malt amongst a light fruitiness. The body is light and it's quite crisp in the mouth due to a very fine median carbonation. The flavor reveals little more than the nose suggests, however, the limited amount of malt that's there does combine nicely with the mild fruitiness. It's not bitter, but it is highly attenuated leaving nothing behind to need balancing. There's obviously a good deal of adjunct being used here. Of course, this beer isn't about being a flavorful beer - it's about being a beer without flavor. It's obviously intended as a beer that can be consumed in mass quantities without leaving anything on the palate; and it succeeds with the exception of the alcohol that's necessarily present. Of course, the people that are drinking this are obviously looking for alcohol over flavor. It's very well crafted, but lacking in character. For my money, I'd rather have a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 13:36:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3/5  rDev +52.3%

11-15-2011 07:32:23 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.53/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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

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

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

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and adjuncts. Then a mild light malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Not very smooth and a little crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down ok since there isn't much to it, not too filling, very mild kick, this beer is just not very good at all. There are some fairly bad beers out there that I think are better.

Serving type: can

05-23-2010 03:09:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

1.3/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This is crap beer that is good to drink once in a while to remind you that there is much better beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2001 01:08:56 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Well, Busch and me go way back. This was the first party beer I had with my boys in high school, it was our town's definition of beer. So, it holds a special place in my heart, not a high place just a special place. This is my first Busch in the bottle and it's also my first Busch I have poured from a bottle or can other than from a keg into a plastic cup. So, here we go with a barely yellow faintess and very fizzy white head, this beer is definitely better tasting than Budweiser. No real hop aroma here just some malt sweetness with some corn and rice adjuncts tossed in along with a lot of artificial carbonation. It tastes mostly of sweet corn and rice adjuncts with a mild bitterness on the end classic American light lager. Very watery mouthfeel but that's all this beer attempts this is the reason our country is known for beers like this. When Budweiser tastes worse than their beer that is supposed to be swill, then you have a problem. For all my high school friends I raise my Busch to all of you, but this very well could be my last one.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2003 17:15:53 | More by WVbeergeek
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WesWes

New York

3/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an ultra pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt and adjunct scent along with a slightly musty lager yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a weak pale malt flavor with some hop bitterness and a dry musty finish. Adjuncts are present along with a musty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is your typical macro lager. It's light and refreshing, but devoid of any real beer flavor and/or aroma. It's drinks well, if you mean you can drink a lot of them in one sitting. Otherwise, it's one and done for me.

Serving type: can

10-02-2005 01:15:07 | More by WesWes
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