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Busch Beer - Anheuser-Busch

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1,391 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 1.97
pDev: 36.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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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Photo of Bitterbill
1.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24oz can, born on date of June 15, 2010.

Straw gold colour, huge head of foam, plenty of carbonation.

Smell is typical for the style...cookie cuttered. Grain and a thrown in bitterness with a musky aroma.

Taste is lightly grainy, has some corn, light bitterness....a big notch down from the mainstays of the style. This is another that I need not revisit.

It never ceases to amaze me how big a difference(read drop in my perceived quality) there is in beers like *this* and the "premium" beers from the big boys.

Bitterbill, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of SDbeerguy
2.53/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honestly I don't hate this beer. It kinda has a dull carbonation taste to it but to be quite frank I like it more than Budweiser. It smells less than impressive, as do other domestic micros. The drinkability is where this beer becomes tolerable. We all know the Bud, BL, Coors, Keystone, etc is only "good" for drinking in large quantities, and this is a pretty good one compared to the others. What you see is what you get. To me this is like a middle ground between Bud and Bud Light. If you can tolerate that then you might enjoy this beer in a certain circumstance.

SDbeerguy, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
2.23/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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... This 32 oz can was split with 3 other individuals.

This beer is pale. Clear. Straw colored fizzy yellow. White head with minimal retention. No lacing to speak of.
Smells faint malt-- no noticeable hops. Boiled white rice smell. Real bland and faint.
Taste starts sweet and then just the very slightest hint of bitterness.
Feel is average. The body is a little lower than medium.
I wouldn't want to drink this again-- I actually want to dump this one out.

Other tasters asked me about a tangy taste -- I didn't notice it, but figured it worthy of mention. They were unable to fully describe it except to say: "What's that tangy bitterness that seems to come from the carbonation?"

AleWatcher, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
2.88/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From 16 fl. oz. can marked 06JUN10-HD17. Sampled on July 6, 2010. It is 94 degrees outside and this is perfect for such an occasion. Cheap to buy, watered down, and easy to drink. It pours yellow with a lot of fizz that dissolves promptly. The aroma is barley driven with a hint of hops but little in the way of corn and grass like so many other macros. Thin mouthfeel with a miniscule note of grains and hops. OK, so it is not a craft by any stretch of the imagination but on a hazy, hot, humid day with all the A/C's running...it hits the spot. Better in the can than bottle I think.

puboflyons, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
1.65/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is that of a typical BMC adjunct, though even more particularly pale.
S- The smell is of corn, and a faint alcohol smell.
T- It kind of tastes like corn and some sort of solvent. It has that vegetable flavor to it, but i feel like that's just the corn showing though.
M- Very watery. Even for an adjunct.
D- I don't like this beer. It's not that I particularly hate BMC. It's just that this is a particularly flavorless and painful adjunct lager.

jsprain1, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of TwinSox33
2.45/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm not going to bother with a pour here. It was a $3.99 sixer whilst low on dough.

S: Funky skunky hops and cereal grain.

T: Extremely astringent; tasted like sour tea, must be tannins or something. Bubbly and boring, I think there was some corn adjunct in there too.

M: Wasser (water)

D: Ya, you can pound 'em, but why waste your liver.

Their new slogan: "Cold As A Mountain Stream, Watery As A Sailor's Grave!"

TwinSox33, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of hardy008
1.35/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from Notes.

Pale straw color with a large head which disappears quickly with no lacing. The aroma is extremely weak, but what aroma there is smells like cooked vegetables.

The taste is cooked vegetables, very unappealing. A little malt and even less hops are also present. Thin bodied, the carbonation is fair. I will try almost anything once, and this beer is proof of that.

hardy008, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of vdread
2.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I happened to have the Texas edition of this beer. (yay)

Texas Busch Beer pours nearly clear with a huge bubbly head that quickly disappears.

smells sharply of corn, sweetness. light. horrible.

tastes surprisingly inoffensive. corny watery water.

mouthfeel is... you guessed it, watery.

it's about as light and inoffensive as it gets.

this Busch was given to me by a self-proclaimed 'Anheuser' man, who, after spitting out a sip of Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale, fished around in his cooler for one of these delicious 'real beers'.

thanks, dude.

vdread, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of mytireisfat
1.2/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

p: Can poured into pint glass. best by date on can.

A: one finger head that dissipates pretty quick. Very clear golden color.

S: not picking up a whole lot here.

T: Sill not picking up a whole lot....

M: light body, and medium carbonation.

D: I guess you could drink it to get drunk. but other then that there is no point to buying it.... oh yeah its cheap. we need to get more people away from this beer.

mytireisfat, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of IJReilly
2.7/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on bottle today while watching baseball. It was a bit of a taste-test exercise. I had a Pabst first (one of my favorite macros) and then a Busch second (an unknown to me). I preferred the Pabst (maybe because I was predisposed to have that opinion), but the Busch was surprisingly easy to drink with some flavor. Busch will not be a regular for me, but I will not pass up one if offered. Also, my friend gave $5.99 at the local grocery store for a 12 pack of bottles. Beer should not be judged on price alone, of course, but that seemed like a fair price for this brew.

IJReilly, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
2.65/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my inebriated neighbor for passing this over the wall. I doubt his claim that it is superior to my "Girly beers".

It is a gorgeous beer- excellent clarity, pale golden hue, and generously sized head. Nose has light cereal & corn husk. Palate is watery with that adjuncty grain flavor, but not too offensive. Easy drinking.

yemenmocha, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +103%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When Your Due For a Beer Busch Does It.
Busch beer is a Beer made by Anheuser Busch. This beer is just an average American beer. The appearance is like every outer type of American beer. The small of the beer is beer. Taste is average and mouth feel is average. Drink ability is high good down smooth. Over all a good cheap beer for the summer.

nicholas2121, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 23, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
1.58/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours into a pilsener glass resembling some yellow-tinged water with virtually no head and little carbonation.

Very little smell at all. Corn is all that I can detect.

Funky corn taste with a tiny bit of barley malt. Water-thin, drinkability very poor.

MrHassellYaHurd, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of phillipzayas
1.02/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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. Only saving grace was that it had at least some semblance of a head on it, but it was so friggin weak.

Better than its counterpart, Busch Light. 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.


phillipzayas, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of BabyBastard
2.08/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I have consumed enough Busch to float a boat, but have never stopped and taken the time to appreciate all the nuances this beer has to offer. Actually poured this into my tulip. Appears a bright, clear golden color with a big head that retreats quickly. Love the bubbles from the laser etching, though they amount to nothing. Smell is th typical adjunct corniness, not much else going on in this department. Taste is about where the smell is, has a very light flavor. Nothing to write home about here. Feels lightly carbonated and surprisingly smooth. Easy to down one of these. Almost average drinkability here, if you can get past the taste.

BabyBastard, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.03/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a lager glass from a can. Apparently, this beer claims to be "smooth as its name," which says a great deal about the intelligence of the brewery's marketing division.

Pale, pale straw colour. Lots of visible carbonation. About a half inch of head, which has, admittedly, stuck around as a ring.

Almost no nose whatsoever. Very light malt character, possibly a bit of tin and cereal notes. Not a great start.

Bland and slightly tinny. It isn't altogether unpleasant, but my goodness is it ever boring. Spritzy carbonation, incredibly thin and watery. The carbonation drops off steadily as I sip this, which is not helping things at all.

I suppose this beer is good in vast quantities at tailgate parties and ball games, but even then, you'd be better off with regular Budweiser, which isn't saying much. Drinkable, but only just. If you're stuck in an American Adjunct situation, stick with PBR. This is pretty bland stuff.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
2.8/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Surprisingly dark if you ask me. Not terrible actually. Almost a brownish gold with some foam.

Smell: Busch does smell sort of skunked but not overly skunked. Some nice maltiness though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good maltiness, no hops. It's ok. Kind of watery though.

Drinkability: Nothing wrong with the drinkability...you drink down a few of these with zero problem.

Overall: It seems like this beer is not as well known as other economical "college" beers. That's a shame, because it's one of the better ones.

tjsdomer2, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of spoons
1.9/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a 12oz. can to a pint glass.

The appearance is a very pale yellow with some streaming bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smells of nothing. A tiny bit of malt if you really go searching for it.

Taste is a little bit sweeter than some other low end light beers, but really no malt or hops to speak of. Its not much of a step up from drinking carbonated water.

Not great, and I can find no reason to drink this again.

spoons, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
2.63/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is light golden in color with a crisp dissapating head. Smell has a clean adjunct aroma with sweet corn. Taste of grain, corn and light hop. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Overall it's not a terrible beer, makes for an easy drinker.

Bookseeb, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Wasatch, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of rednrag
2.6/5  rDev +32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought six-packs of this stuff a long time ago for $.99. I am not lying. And they were 16oz tall boys. $.99 a six.

It was called Busch Bavarian back then, and it is not called that now. Even back then, I preferred Stag, Falstaff or High Life. I still prefer High Life (and lament Stag and Falstaff).

It is not bad, it is not good. It is a cheap, non-offensive American lager that millions of Americans drink. There's goota be some value in that.

rednrag, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
2.1/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Light, pale straw yellow. Light, white, tall frothy head.

S - Bit of grain (corn) and some metallicy smells. Not much there.

T - Thin and light malt. Mostly corn taste. Typical to the style.

M - Light, thin, high carbonation.

D - Easy to drink, like most of the beers in the style.

Note: another one in its style. Nothing special about, it has its purposes, but for me those purposes don't come around much anymore.

FreshHawk, Feb 15, 2010
Busch Beer from Anheuser-Busch
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