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Busch Beer - Anheuser-Busch

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1,370 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,370
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 1.97
pDev: 35.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 73 | 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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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
Photo of BeerMasterD
2.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Cold as a Mountain Stream, Smooth as it's Name, Natural Aging, Natural Carbonation" Sure, why not.

Its 2 in the morning, im bored, i figured what the hell, ill review a Busch.

Poured from a 12 OZ. can, pale straw with a small foam head that disappears very quickly, and lots of carbonation.
Smells like water, with hints of water, and musky water.
Tastes pretty much the same, with some musky/corny flavor and slight alcohol going on here, but not a whole lot else.
Very thin, watery, and alittle dry and stale, but it is smooth regardless. This isnt bad at all, at first, but i realize not even half way through the glass, i just dont want anymore.

BeerMasterD, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
2/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 ounce can with born on date of Sept 09 on bottom of can. Can had awesome mossy oak camo on can. So if you were in the woods hunting no one could see your can. This form of advertising is towards the good ol boys I guess. Drinking this one ice cold. Tastes of strong rice and corn and can also taste the alcohol in it. No head but lots of carbonated bubbles. Not one I want to grab on a regular basis. Bottoms up.

mtnbikerpa, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of kdawg105
3.88/5  rDev +97%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours to a light straw color. It pours to about 1/2 in. head that hangs around for about 30-45 sec. It has a decent smell that to me smells like cereal with a hint of hops. Its taste is average but not very strong. I like the mouthfeel it is light in your mouth which is to me is odd beings that the beer is to carbonated. Its drinkability is really nice it goes down smooth and finishes clean. For the price it is a Great beer! Just got 6 pack of tall boys for like 3.99 on January 4 2012!

kdawg105, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
2.63/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden color with foamy white head that settles rather quickly.
The smell is rather metallic, with some grainy notes and a very slight hop aroma.
Taste is ok. Some sweet malt character, with honey and bread, but hops are masked by a tinny, metallic taste. Pretty typical for a beer of this style.
Mouthfeel is non-existent. Thin, watery, and has very little finish.
Drinkability? I cannot believe i used to drink this in my youth. It's a beer you buy in 1/2 barrels to host college parties. I thought I would take a step back in time, and now I wonder what the hell I was thinking...

WYVYRN527, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev +80.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Busch is a typical American style lager with a thick common head, clear straw color, and high carbonation. Aroma is faint, but usual for this genre. Taste is milder than others in this class, yet it is pleasant. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Busch has the bite of others like it, but does not have the comforting alcohol content some may seek. Overall, Busch is a good beer for those who appreciate this kind, but those who do not like American style lagers naturally will not like it. I always enjoy it and find it especially good on draft.


RonaldTheriot, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
2.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Canned water fills my glass, then canned piss, then it hits that this is supposed to be beer. Big, thin, fizzy head that dissipates near instantaneously.

White grapes, metal, sweet corn or rice. A semblance of leafy hops. Wet spent grains.

Obviously sterile clean and crisp in terms of yeast. White grape, wine, a bit creamy, corny, ricey, shitty. Quite a steamed vegetable presence.

Thin as water.

I wouldn't wish this over much on anybody. But sometimes...

brewerburgundy, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of marc956
3.08/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Better than other American beers for the price, no skunky aftertaste unlike Budweiser.
I admit to being a beer snob but am very surprised with the drinkability of this product.
I wouldn't buy it with my own money, but if it's ice cold I will drink this over tap water.

marc956, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of cjstoltz
3.2/5  rDev +62.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Busch, the "Oldsmobile" of beers. Give me a Busch over a Natty any day but it's not quite as filling or smooth as Budweiser, which isn't saying all that much. I grew up drinking this stuff in high school and college, I liked it because I found it better than natty and most light beers but still fairly affordable and drinkable, hell even my old man drinks this stuff. It's an all around "ok" beer for a cheaper American lager. It has a medium amber color and has a very sharp carbonated taste that is completely unlike Natty or Bud. Overall I wouldn't want this beer on a regular basis, but it's a great party beer or a really good cheaper beer on a hot summer's day just as a thirst quincher.

cjstoltz, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.9/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a glass.

Clear yellow color with a white head and lots of carbonation bubbles.
Smell is grainy.
Taste is grainy and a little sweet, but it's on par for what it is.
Light bodied, crisp feel.
It's drinkable and again it's ok for what it is.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of jmaur345
1.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I drank a ton of this while in college, but hey who, didn't. I wouldn't ordinarily buy Busch but I saw that it has a new camo box and can, complete with hunter orange. I couldn't resist this clever marketing and got a 12 pack. It was a poor choice.

A- Camo can with hunter orange lettering, amazing haha. The beer however is very pale. Very minimal head that quickly goes away. No lacing, but that's a given.

S- Corn.

T- Not much here either, tastes of corn and sweeteners. Hefty alcohol taste on the finish.

M- Very thin and fizzy, almost like soda.

D- If you want to drink to get drunk this is a good choice. Otherwise stay away from Busch, but you already knew that didn't you?

jmaur345, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
2.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can, born on 4 Sept. '09, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear straw body beneath half a finger of coarse, quickly-dissipating foam that leaves an oil-slickish island of tiny bubbles. Minimal lace. Boring, ugly fizzy yellow beer. Ugh.

S: Clean, biting corn and grain aroma. Highly adjuncty, but not entirely unpleasant.

T: Follows the nose with primary flavors of cooked corn and acidic grains. Fairly nasty, bitter aftertaste. Not good at all, but not entirely horrific.

M: Watery and spiky. Meh.

D: Low enough carbonation to suggest to me that multiple shotguns could be achieved with a minimal chance of spewage. I guess that's a good thing for this kind of beer. I guess.

Notes: As middle of the road as a macro gets, which is to say pretty damn gross. Still, there are so many worse examples of swill that I can't be too hard on this one. I'll never be buying it, though, that's for sure.


woosterbill, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of cottonkoozie
1.83/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Bubbly head with no retention. No lacing. Clear golden straw color.

S - sweet adjunct grains, nothing else.

T - Similar to the smell, all I really taste here is the adjuncts. Bitter, but not in a good way like a beer should be, more of a metallic bitter taste. Taste like some kind of odd impurity. Not horrible, but it is what it is, a discount macro.

M - Watery

D - Below average for the style, normally thats about all macros have going for them, but this one has an aftertaste that turns me away bad.

Not the worst macro out there, its better than coors light, but definitely near the bottom of the list. A friend of mine left these in my fridge after a party, only reason I tried this. Its a sink pour. Cool can though, the special edition advantage hd camo can.

cottonkoozie, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
1.8/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz can; freshness date marked

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass; hard pour produces a huge ultra-soapy white head which soon falls to a medium, only-maintained-by-an-etched glass-film, medium, steady carbonation...ultra bright, light straw beer.

Smell: Absoutely clean; slightest hint of sour mash grains and sweet cereals, light metallic notes

Taste: Sweet, almost sickly sweet, cereal grains...slight husky graininess on finish...some mild metallic notes on the finish...reminds me of what life was like when I was 19...I don't miss it.

Mouthfeel: Ultra light

Drinkability: If it was ice, ice cold, it might approach refreshing with some pizza...as it is now (probably about 40-45 degrees), it's a bit rough

Conclusion: A not very good representation of a not very good style. The sweetness just kills; I'd honestly prefer Busch Light over this, it's a bit crisper.

BedetheVenerable, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of GoalieRon33
2.1/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

typical college party beer....
Value beer at a cheap price; the cost to produce shows with the taste

A- Pale yellow, very clear

S- Stale smelling, almost with a sourness

T- sour. Does not have a pleasant taste. Bitter, in a bitter beer way

M- Watery. Easy to drink fast...a beer to chug at a party?

D- Easy to pound

GoalieRon33, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of vacax
2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

24 oz. can.

Busch is an exceptionally pale beer with a paltry head that displays little to no evidence of retention. The smell is mild with a light malt sweetness and a touch of either plastic or maybe hops. Tastes fairly well balanced initially, though the finish has some staleness and light plastic flavor. Most interesting perhaps though is this is pretty decent in my findings. For my money this is better than the "premium" brand macro lagers. Feels light and fizzy... what else? A better buy than premium brands.

Note: The scoring in this review is based on the style of industrial lager. It should be viewed as a reflection of this beer in comparison to other cheaply made, mass produced fizzy yellow beers.

vacax, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
2/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a very pale, clear straw color. The modestly sized white head has somewhat dense, frothy texture. Retention is fair, with some spotty lacing.

S: Very weak. Faint grain and adjunct aromas. A bit of a musty twang. Also a touch metallic.

T: Mild grain husks, rice, and corn. A bit sweet, before a bland vegetal/metallic bite takes it away. A faint green apple flavor is also present.

M: Medium-light body. A bit watery. Carbonation is extremely robust and active.

D: This is absolutely flavorless. I guess that's an impressive accomplishment given the fact that it was brewed with...ingredients of some sort. There's really no reason to drink this. It's like someone dropped a shot glass of Budweiser into a cup of club soda.

Clydesdale, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of BBri
2.53/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another of the "if it's offered to me I'd drink it but wouldn't buy it myself" beers. Pours a light yellow with small head. Smell is crips but unremarkable. Taste is bland but not offensive. Ice cold, outside on a hot summer day it'll do but nothing I'd look for in my fridge. It's too watery.

BBri, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of erikm25
1.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Light crisp pale yellow hue. White-out colored head that dissipates within seconds. Retention and lacing are zero even after a straight pour.

S: Corn and aluminum. Overall very bland.

T: Barley with cereal and sour milk. Heavy on the corn chip finish. Some grassy undertones.

M: Anorexic.

D: It has a little alcohol and for some a little nostalgia. For these reasons I could see it either loved or hated. I fall in the latter category.

erikm25, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
2.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light straw color with a big, foamy white head with relatively low retention. For what it is, it's not too bad.

Smell: grainy and a bit sour. Pretty unappealing.

Taste: nothing great, but really I was expecting a lot worse. Sort of bland and inoffensive, there is some malt flavor here and it is not overly sweet as some of these beers tend to be. Minute bitterness, no hop character.

Mouthfeel: there's enough body here not to be entirely insipid; I'd call it average. Carbonation is not bad.

Drinkability: not horrible but the beer is just not compelling enough to want much more.

I don't traditionally drink a lot of "value" beers other than Hamm's or the occasional PBR, so I thought I'd give Busch a try. This can came in a brown paper bag!

flagmantho, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
1.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Damn, I'm just gonna start copying and pasting my reviews for these lagers.

A: Pours a transparent straw color with a poorly retaining head and little lacing.

S: Metal, corn, grain, wheat, thats it...

T: Same as the nose except surprisingly the metallic note has subdued itself! Still not all that great at all.

MF/D: Over carbonated, light in body, corny finish

scottyshades, Sep 02, 2009
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