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Bud Light Platinum - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
54
awful

1,449 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 1,449
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 2.21
pDev: 34.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 147 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DarthKostrizer on 12-31-2011)
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Photo of griffinn
1.73/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Reminds me less of "platinum" and more of the smelly liquified silver leftover from film development that photo labs pay money to get rid of.

Appearance: The bright blue bottle is pretty enough. The beer itself, once poured, looks just like any other hopless light lager. What little head it had quickly disappeared into the yellow fizz.

Smell: Sour, vaguely grainy and alcoholic. A smell that says, "do not drink this."

Taste: Starts bad, invokes a mental image of drinking a glass of saliva. As it warms, it only gets worse - slightly sour, a sweetness that can only be described as "sickly," like a diet soda. No hop character whatsoever. Slight alien maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly too fizzy, feels like a glass of Sprite. Alcohol leaves no warmth but rather a strange sensation of stark emptiness, like a cheap vodka.

Overall: Crap beer, barely a step up from the typical macro-swill. A good choice if you hate all beers anyway, and liquor is too strong for you, and you don't want to buy coke to make rum-and-cokes, but you want to get drunk as fast as possible. That's about it.

griffinn, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of TomG2751
2.5/5  rDev +13.1%

TomG2751, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of ManMoosePig
2/5  rDev -9.5%

ManMoosePig, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of HollyHops
1.5/5  rDev -32.1%

HollyHops, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Arsenal0328
2.75/5  rDev +24.4%

Arsenal0328, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Bockrules
3.33/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from the blue bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent straw with few bubbles rising to the rapidly dissipating white head.

S - Light cereal grains and a pervasive mustiness/sourness upon opening the bottle. In the glass, the slight sourness becomes stronger. Head is reduced to ring almost immediately, which is gone by at least half way down the glass. Leaves maybe one splotch of lacing.

T - A light graininess and slight alcohol upfront. The body is driven by sweet malt that isn't overpoweringly cut with cheap grains, and a bit of happiness even manages to sneak in. Crisp almost lemony flash as the beer passes over the back of the tongue transitions into a dry grain and lemon finish.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very full compared to other light lagers and may be the best i've had to date.

Make no mistake, although this looks and smells like ordinary bud light, it tastes like an imperial version of the original. Surprisingly, this is actually a good thing, and the beer is decent overall. I would pick this over any other light beer I have had to date.

Note - The scores in this review have been scaled to reflect the style and other beers in its category

Bockrules, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of bckayaalp
2.75/5  rDev +24.4%

bckayaalp, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Asics
2.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Asics, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of McStagger
2.04/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

A: pale straw. Medium to heavy carbonation. Large bubbles. Transparent. Minimal head. Minimal retention.

S: super clean. Rice dominant. Borderline sake notes. Beyond that, non description cereal. Fairly comparable to regular bud light in this category.

T: fresh apple. Again, rice dryness. Minimal complexity. Very thin and simple.

M: very light. Even considering the pedigree.

O: a shot below mediocre. Easy to drink, but lacking any flavor., even compared to the regular AB products.

McStagger, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
2.14/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, straw-colored body, crowned by a modest, coarse white head, which dissipates rater quickly. The carbonation is sparse, and fast-rising.

Aroma: Modest aroma of cooked corn and mineral water, and a faint hop presence.

Taste: Begins with cereal and cooked grain, these carry throughout. Modest hop notes appear late in the taste. Finishes dry with a faint metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Thin, with somewhat harsh soda-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Rather mediocre, to say the least. It seems like little more than mineral water.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce cobalt blue long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Source: Purchased at Wal-Mart in Texas as a selection of a Brewmaster's Choice build-your-own six-pack for $8.99.

Pegasus, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
1.25/5  rDev -43.4%

sweemzander, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of bacasnax
2/5  rDev -9.5%

bacasnax, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of JDizzle
2/5  rDev -9.5%

JDizzle, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Bill235
1.25/5  rDev -43.4%

Bill235, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of YardmanFTB
2.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Fancy" Bud Light. Bud has to come up with a gimmick to make Bud Light somehow new. It is the same old beer with a little extra added alcohol and gravity. It tastes almost like malt liquor. They even package the beer in a bright blue bottle for maximum Bud Light gimmick. It will be gone soon and they'll have come up with some other way to package bud light in a way to make it cool.

YardmanFTB, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.75/5  rDev +69.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, don't ask why.

Initially this beer looks kind of amazing. The body is a light straw color with unbelievable brilliance. You could read through this beer. There is a constant stream of bubbles supporting an egg-shell white head that starts sizable, however that head goes away after a minute or two and completely disappears. I'm not entirely sure if a sustaining head is a quality normally found in light beers or not, but I would rank this much higher if it did last.

When served chilled there is hardly much aroma to speak of, however let this warm up, and you start to smell the sweet grain. Not much more, but I will say that the sweet grain/corn aroma (is there corn in this?) is actually not a bad thing.

Sweet malt up front, almost candy-like, that is very light on the palette and then followed by a cereal huskiness in the exhale. Residual sweetness is there. Much sweeter than typical Light Beers. Though it is not cloying at all. It still is very very light in comparison to any other standard Helles or Pilsner. Pretty good flavor here.

The body is light, with brisk carbonation, which slowly becomes softer throughout the glass. Finishes smooth. Leaves a little saccharin sweetness behind. Not a fan. Reminds me of the sensation of drinking diet soda.

There is still a lot that this beer could do in order to score high marks, but for the style, I think this one is pretty good. Unoffensive, has some flavor, really well made.

MusicaleMike, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
2.43/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, pale gold with a white, half finger head. Sub-par retention. Traces of microbubbles left on the surface. Spotty lacing with poor stick.

Smell - Sweet, syrupy aroma. Not much else.

Taste - Some initial grain and a corn syrupy sweetness gives way to a slight alcohol burn near the end before an abrupt, clean finish. Fairly Bland.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fair crispness. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - About what I expected, though I did think there was going to be a little more bite from the alcohol. To me, the only redeeming factor this has going for it is the incredibly beautiful cobalt blue bottle. It gives off an eye popping, trance inducing glow that's very calming. I just might hang on to it for a while. The verdict? Better than Bud Light, but nothing I'll spend my money on again.

TheSixthRing, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Xithyl
2/5  rDev -9.5%

Xithyl, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of hermit990
2/5  rDev -9.5%

hermit990, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Lare453
1.25/5  rDev -43.4%

Lare453, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
2.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass at slightly warmer than fridge temperature.

L – Straw color with a 3-finger bubbly, white head that rapidly dissipates into a thin cap of bubbles. Actually some patchy lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Musty grains, corn, and some faint diacetyl and metallic aromas. Not extremely pleasant, but not far off from what a beer of this style should be.

T – Follows the nose very closely. It’s sweet pretty much all the way through with musty grains, a tiny bit of bready malt, corn, and some diacetyl. The metallic quality is still faintly present toward the finish, along with a hint of some alcohol. This actually tastes a bit better than ordinary Bud Light, but the added alcohol taste isn’t doing it many favors.

F – Thin-bodied with lots of carbonation, a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, and a slightly sweet and slightly dry finish. Even though the alcohol was apparent in the taste, there is no alcohol warmth – I hoped there wouldn’t be at only 6% ABV.

O – This isn’t a terrible beer, but it’s not a good one either. For what a light lager is supposed to be, it almost hits the mark. However, the added alcohol generates some stronger characteristics than a light lager should have. Taste-wise, I may take this over a regular Bud Light, but in terms of drinkability, I’d probably rather have the original.

BlackBelt5112203, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of spencerg293
2.5/5  rDev +13.1%

spencerg293, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of MightiestBeard
2/5  rDev -9.5%

MightiestBeard, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Miami66
2.25/5  rDev +1.8%

Miami66, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of JGargano
1.83/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I found this beer to be absolute garbage. It just feels like anheuser-bush is trying to jump on a market of high octane beers for cheap. I for one don't know why any one would like to get the jersey shore cast drunker then they already are... The beer is tasteless then it finishes with some thing in the realm of vodka. I hated ever bit off it. The only reason i didn't give it a 1 is because I'm sure Budweiser will or has made something worse.

JGargano, Mar 20, 2013
Bud Light Platinum from Anheuser-Busch
54 out of 100 based on 1,449 ratings.