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Busch Beer - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 433
Hads: 1,578
Avg: 2.1
pDev: 34.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 192 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager | 4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-20-2000

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 utopiajane
3.11/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a straw gold with brilliant clarity. A soapy white head that fell fast and no real lace just a few spots. Nose is light corn and light grain. Thin and a only a hint of green apple and some corn sweetness. Hops are floral and light and go a bit grassy as the beer warms. Taste is clean and has only a mild hint of green apple, and DMS. NO diacetyl and this finishes with a bit of grass and hop bitter. No real fruitiness and a crisp carbonation. Balance between malt and hops was practically even and only during warming did the hops emerge. There was a touch of light acidity in the finish and this finished mostly dry but with a touch of sugary taste at the very end. Mouthfeel is thin and pleasant and a bit watery.

It's got less of an apple taste than some other beers I have rated but a thinner body overall. The DMS was in acceptable limits and this beer had only a bit of sourness to creep on to the palate as it warmed.

Style notes - the standard lager can have little to no malt aroma, fast fallihg head, light body from the use of adjunct and DMS is allowed in low levels. The dms did creep on to the palate in sufficient amounts to keep from wanting another one of these. BUT the green apple sweetness was less than some other beers like molson canadian an d even heineken so I teetered between 2.75 and 3.0 for a taste rating. I gave it the lower rating because I do nto want another.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
2.75/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Come on people!!! We all love those cold blue mountain peaks that masks the taste of corn-piss beer!!! lol...Seriously, not a bad go to beer. An overall rating of "awful" is a bit strong here. It not all that bad, has alcohol in it, and is great for keeping a buzz going without wasting good beer when you are drunk or approaching being piss-drunk! Yeah, it is not the best, and borderline does suck, but it has its uses...limited, but necessary.

-Pours a big golden yellow with a frothy big, fat, head.

-Smells of fresh mid-west corn farming operation---ahh!!!

-Tastes great if it is nice and cold...as it warms, starts to taste more and more like what I imagine piss would taste like...but focus on cold..just drink it cold and you are ok.

Overall---not all bad...

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Photo of dar482
2.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Comes in a pale clear yellow.

The aroma is grain, corn, a bit of floral.

The flavor has cereal, lots of grain, a bit of floral hops, but mostly just weak straw and grainy flavors. A very watery beer. Not too much corn adjunct flavor. A decent amount of carbonation.

Not very flavorful, but that arguably can be an advantage of the beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.93/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the cascading waterfall from a chemical plant drainpipe comes this gem of a brew.

Appearance - Standard urine appearance with lots of carbonation and little to no head retention.

Smell - Something off putting. No idea what I'm smelling. Actually does smell like human urine.

Taste - Actually it doesn't taste very bad at all. Just a tinge of sweetness and a slightly dry finish. Otherwise its pretty much void of all flavor and is just tonic water.

Mouthfeel - watery and fizzy

Overall - Easy to drink. Void of flavor and taste. Just smells bad. Enjoy!

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Photo of TheTaxiGuy
3.72/5  rDev +77.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Busch is great classic! Ran in my family for years. Great Taste with Great Price.

It's not everyone's favorite, but it goes great with football food, fishing, hunting, etc. I have grown a taste to it very well. Although, regular Busch is only found in one or two areas here.

Can't go wrong with Busch!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
1.97/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An American adjunct lager brewed here in Canada on license by Labatts. Accepted a generous offer of a can, figuring what the heck, I haven't tried this one and frankly wouldn't go out of my way to do so. Why not capitalize? Perhaps the most translucent beer I have yet to see, almost clear with just the barest hint of pale straw tint. Massively over-carbonated as would be expected, standard fizzy soda water approach to imbibing alcohol that caters to mainstream palates. Hey, it is what it is. Its an affront to good beer but we still live in a world where a preference for mediocrity and playing it safe drive people's decisions. For what its worth, this beer tastes like corn, some stale grainy malt, maybe a little shortbread sweetness, some green grass, but its all buried under bubbles and this brew is outstanding in its major lack of conspicuous flavors. The "longer brewing process" seems to have napalmed all the flavor along with the dreaded calories. I have had adjunct lagers where you can at least taste said adjuncts. I did taste more sweetness and cooked flavors as it warmed up, but alas here's where the cardboard and plastic cutlery notes also emerge. Crisp clean finish is an asset I suppose, although here some grainy alcohol still crashes the party. Really quite fucking awful but the sweet ain't so sweet without the sour, yes?

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
1.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Had this in a can.

Smell - You can smell the corn and malts, it has a bit of a floral smell to it.

Taste - Same with the smell, a lot of corn and malts.

Mouthfeel - Its a bit over carbonated.

Overall - This is one of my favorites of the AAL.

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Photo of Teelux
2.94/5  rDev +40%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale yellow, little visible carbonation, short lived head

Smell: Sweet/sour smell of raw, wet malts

Taste: Sweet malts come to the forefront. Very straightforward taste; no complexity. Not offensive, but not something to savor, sort of like having a can of coke in that way.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than water, but thin in body and sparse in carbonation

Overall: 3/5 or 60/100 is "okay," and that's how I'd rate this beer. It tastes of cheap beer, and that's what it is. Not something you would sip and enjoy, but something that's fine at quenching your thirst on a hot day, or giving you a buzz after knocking back a few.

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Photo of SDBP123
1.32/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

It's cheap; I bought a 36 pack of cans for $22. Which is neat, but you obviously sacrifice quality. It seems like they just made a beer flavored extract, mixed it with carbonated water and called it alcoholic. It tastes like a light beer with all the calories of regular. I would probably have to drink 6 to feel it and actually enjoy it. All in all what did i expect from Anheiser Busch?

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.15/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a pale golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with slippery lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt. Flavor of fleeting light sweet malt with a hint of grassy hops, finishing light and watery. Light bodied. A bland, uninteresting waving of hands beers. I'm very fortunate to have gotten this in a can that declares "Busch Classic" and "Limited Edition", so I'm not one of the suckers that bought the regular version of this gem, I got a special can. A very, very mediocre attempt at brewing, but no off flavors and enough light sweet malt to make an adequate lunch beverage.

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Photo of Treath
3.21/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 24oz can into a glass mug. First time drinking it.

A- Golden yellow. Lots of bubbles streaming up. One finger head that fizzles away quickly. No lacing.

S- Slight corn, malts, fresh water. Not offensive.

T- Malts up front, corn, no hops or bitterness. It tastes kind of like a super light malt liquor. Clean.

M- Lots of prickly carbonation. Slightly watery, but has more of a body to it. Leaves a slick feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability- Easy to drink, smooth.

O- Overall, this is a very malty beer. It reminds me of a way better tasting Big Flats 1901 and a light malt liquor. It's good.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

MOR adjunct that was one of the 1st Non-Stroh beer's I drank as a youth.
1st tasted after a 10 hour drive from Nowhere Indiana to even more nowhere Missouri.
After the drive the cold Busch, at the time, was the best beer I ever tasted. It was perfect.. now that I'm not 19, don't smoke ,and my taste buds and smell have returned...
Not so perfect.. but a sentimental favourite nonetheless!
Carry on Citizens!

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Photo of TWebb
2.48/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Busch Light is everywhere, but Busch? I hadn't seen it at least for a long time, if ever, so I was curious to try it. Bland is the operative word here. Typical pale American lager. Plenty of carbonation but not too much. Little or no aroma. Flavor starts as completely neutral/neuter with a hint of nothingness. A slight malt flavor begins to kick in. It is a pleasant pale malt flavor without a hint of any toasted quality. I wish there was more of it. This flavor fades quickly to more neutral hints of nothingness in the finish. Best consumed very cold on a hot day after strenuous physical exertion.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.34/5  rDev +59%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Aug. 23, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 23, 2013
Misc.: Born date of April 19, 2013, which is 126 days from today (the can says the freshest taste is within 110 days)

Poured a golden urine clear color with three fingers of light-white head. Decent amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Very little lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention.

Smelled caramel, honey, cereal, grass, bread and corn. Not too bad for the style.

Tasted a bit like the nose, but not quite as flavorful. Got honey, some fruits (banana, apple and kiwi), caramel, corn and grass.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Abrupt finish. Somewhat refreshing.

I have to say, not too bad for the style. One of the better American Adjunct Lagers I’ve had and much better than what I remember from when I was drinking this in high school and college.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Born on 01Jul13. Acquired at a local 7-11; I'm stuck in a small town (Richfield) in Utah. 24 fl oz aluminum can with intricate label art served into a styrofoam cup in my hotel room. Expectations are as low as possible given the brewery. Reviewed live.

Served cold. Side-poured gently as overcarbonation is anticipated.

A: Pours a fluffy head of white colour. Light creaminess. Pathetically thin. Body colour is a thin watery clear yellow of no vibrance whatsoever. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks awful. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Sm: Clean barley. Straw. Cereals. Grains. Crisp. Watery swill. No hops, yeast, or alcohol are/is detectable. A weak pathetic aroma of light strength. Corn adjunct. Pretty shocked this isn't a light beer, to be honest. It could be more offensive than it is.

T: Weak barley. Cereals. Grainy. Straw. Husks. No hop profile or yeast character whatsoever. Zero depth of flavour. Intensity of flavour couldn't be lower. Flavour duration is low. Watery and imbalanced, but inoffensive. Some corn adjunct. Not getting any complexity or subtlety at all. I don't notice any overt off flavours, so that's a plus. About as bland and boring as a beer can be. Luckily, no alcohol comes through. Meh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Weak, thin, watery. Poor execution. Suits the flavour profile okay; I mean at least I can get the beer down easily enough. It doesn't have the crisp, biting overcarbonation of even worse beers in the style, but it's overcarbonated.

Dr: Closer to water than any macro I can remember having recently. As such, it's got an above average drinkability in that you could down a pitcher with ease, but the lack of quality makes me not want to get another anytime soon - so that evens it out. Bland swill that hardly resembles real beer, but not offensive or awful. I think some are really attacking this beer just because of the brewery. Pretty poor stuff, but it's not terrible. I'd rather see this at a party than something like Tecate, for example. You could do far worse (or far better) at this price point.


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Photo of Damian
2.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. can purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Born on date: 20Dec12
Served in a pint glass

Impressive appearance. The beer poured a crystal clear, golden yellow and was topped by a tight, frothy, two-finger, bright white crown. The head quickly faded to a lasting ring. A few streaks of patchy lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was powdery and dry with distinct lager yeast notes. Lots of husky grains and adjuncts. Touch of pale malts. Overall, quite simplistic. There was a hint of skunkiness as well.

The flavor was subtle yet rather rough. Husky grains and adjunct notes dominated. Not much else happening. A slight bitterness came through on the finish.

The mouthfeel was unimpressive. Light and airy on the palate with a fine and mild carbonation. The liquid felt a touch flat.

"Piss water" is not a term I use to describe many beers, but it fits this one perfectly. While it had no distinctly offensive qualities, I found its complete lack of character offensive.

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Photo of jerrytimes
3.12/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess when I review a beer, I'm reviewing it on what kind of beer it is. Example, this is Busch.... it's cheap. I'm not going to give it a 1 or 2 since I'm rating it while comparing it to cheap beers. This beer goes down smooth, has a decent taste, and isn't all that filling. If I'm looking for a relaxing night and I'm counting my pennies, Busch will always be considered. Nice beer, great price.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.34/5  rDev +59%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a nucleated Busch shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear light golden body with slowly rising bubbles. A fizzy white head dissipates to a sort of circus cloud wispy film. Light dots of lacing, if that.

Aroma: Sweet GMO corn-syrup based adjunct aroma.

Taste: A barely-perceptable metallic component, but otherwise sweet and clean, maybe a touch of corn syrup.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated.

Overall: For the price this certainly isn't any worse than any other "cheap macro" out there. It's quite clean and refreshing.

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Photo of schnauzeborne
2.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer brings back a lot of memories for me. Growing up in the woods, woods that happen to be in the American South . . . I'm not sure if it is the fulfillment of a stereotype or simply mere happenstance that I was drinking Busch beer at many of the quintessential moments in my young life, including the moment my Buick's rear window was shot out at a party in the Ocala National Forest. However, in retrospect I can tell you that as far as adjunct lagers go, Busch holds a special place in my heart . . . and, objectively, a higher rating than trash like Natty and Miller Light. As others have stated, it definitely gives you less of a hangover, as long as you stay under the "twelve-pack-in-one-night" limit. There is a reason that there is a "Busch" beer and not an "Anheiser" beer; somewhere along the line, In-Bev must have realized that when it comes to cheap beer, people prefer short names and complex connotations. It's almost poetic, when you think about it. "Go to the Mountains with Busch."

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Photo of bomberboysk
1.94/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Source: 12oz Can into Pilsner glass, well chilled. Review date 6/16/2013, production date 03/21/2013.

A: About a pinky width of head, well carbonated, lacing almost nonexistent. Golden brown with the typical clarity of a filtered beer.

S: Tasting was done very well chilled, so smell was quite weak. Grain...corn specifically was the predominant aroma, along with a mild citrus note and some skunk. Not offensive by any means but very weak overall.

T: Watery and somewhat sweet, overarching flavor is corn but this is very weak, very thin overall, mild bitterness.

M: Thin and watery, carbonation is correct if not a little bit over carbonated for this style of beer.

O: Not an offensive taste overall, could see this as something you could down a few of easily with drinking games or on a warm summer day mowing the lawn. Not the best of it's type, and there are better beers in the price range.

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Photo of bullseyestrat
3.27/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Busch Beer to me is probably one of the more average beers I've had. There's really nothing that truly stands out nor offends. Not to say its a really bad beer. Just more forgettable. But at $4.99 for a 6pack of 12oz cans you can't go wrong in this case. Appearance wise it looks like a pale lager when poured into my Beerfest replica 36oz boot. Very similar to other beers like Rolling Rock, Budweiser, PBR, etc. Smellwise its rather weak. Slight bit of barley but not too much going on. Tastewise its rather smooth and watery. Almost like a light beer but more ballsy. And between you and I...it goes down easy while not provoking a hangover the next day like many other cheap beers. Overall its a good goto beer for budget minded folks looking for a smooth inoffensive beer. In most cases you will get more than your moneys worth.

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Photo of Goat2Hunter
3.02/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up 4 24 oz cans and split it with my brother a couple days ago, appearance looks like a fine bright golden pilsner, the smell is decent, taste is where it gets good though, its defiantly refreshing, maybe a little watery for some of the Europeans beer drinkers, but it is very nice, its a beer you can pound back one after another, light amount of hops present, defiantly corn or rice in it too though, probably more rice than anything, good tasting, they defiantly use good water in making this brew, mouth-feel is decent, the carbonation isnt that bad at all and overall I would say this is one damn fine beer, if you like beer most likely you will like this, it may not be a craft beer, but its a working mans beer, its a beer you would want when your fishing, or hiking, or when you get home from a grueling day of work, or when your watching a sports game, I mean who would want a rich man's beer for that? Im very content with Busch and will definitely buy again

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Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
1.23/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is usually the beer of choice among the University. First time I had it I couldn't finish it, even ice cold....can't even imagine if it was warm. Tried it again cuz there was no other beer around, I was pretty drunk then, and I still barely finished it.

I've had a lot of beers, overall, I would say this was the worst I have tasted. I've talked to plenty of people who say the like the beer, but I just don't see it. Wayyyy better options out there if ur looking for cheap beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.34/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

341 mL bottle from TBS; listed at 4.7% and served ice cold. This is the Canadian version, brewed here by Labatt. For a while I thought I had already reviewed this, but apparently that was Busch Light. Might as well get this out of the way while it's fresh in my memory.

Pours a pale straw yellow colour, somewhere between apple juice from concentrate and dilute urine. Generates a half inch of fizzy, bone-white head that vanishes nearly instantaneously. Yep - it's a light beer alright. Very weak aroma; corn husk and a stale beer-y aroma that reminds me of my college days. I never drank this particular beer back then, but I sure had my share of comparable stuff.

The taste isn't exactly awful, but that's largely because it barely tastes like anything. Some weak adjunct sweetness comes through... and that's pretty much it. I guess an optimist might call it crisp, clean tasting? Well, optimists and marketing staff... as for myself, 'damp cardboard' seems more apt. Thin-bodied, very fizzy, and drinks like water. In all honesty, if you're going to pound a case of something, you could do worse.

Final Grade: 2.34, a regrettable D+. Busch is alright by light beer standards (a low bar, I grant you), but it's just too bland and watery to deserve credit as anything more than that. Sorry, it just doesn't taste like anything, and one of the things I look for in my beers is flavour - yes, even the adjunct lagers. If you don't like the taste of beer, then I guess you could consider switching from Bud/Coors Light to this and maybe save a few bucks. Easy to drink en masse, but there isn't a beer drinker alive who couldn't find something better, even for inebriative purposes.

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Photo of silverking
2.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Very pale yellow with a white head that dissapates fast. no lacing to speak of.

S- Faintly grainy and grassy.

T- Watery, but the grain comes through with some malt.

M- It is crisp and refreshing, but once again, watery. It feels like I'm drinking club soda. Very very light.

O- I gave it some style points, because let's face it, it's one of the cheapest beers available. No one is buying Busch because they are a beer connoisseur. It's light and refreshing on a hot day. You can take it fishing, you can enjoy it by the pool, you can enjoy more than one of them at a social event. Take it for what it is, don't hate it for what it isn't.

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Busch Beer from Anheuser-Busch
52 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.