Bud Light Platinum - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 311
Hads: 1,692
rAvg: 2.28
pDev: 32.89%
Wants: 16
Gots: 401 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color. The beer has a thin soapy white head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Not offensive but there is almost no smell to this beer whatsoever. Very faint hints of sweet corn adjunct malts and some apple juice.

T: Quite sweet with flavors of apple juice, corn adjunct malts, and a hint of rice adjunct malts.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: The best part of this beer is the semi-transparent blue bottle that it comes in. Not surprising but it is not too much different from regular Bud Light. Drinks like water but I don't have any desire to have more than one of these... ever. (819 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
2.41/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear straw golden color with a small white foamy head, quickly reducing to a thin cap on top. Lots of bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Mineraly, slightly sweet, cereal grains. A little bit of apple actually, but kind of muted overall.

T: Similar to the aroma in that there really isn't much going on. More grainy malt, biscuit, a little corn, and an extremely faint citrus presence.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation which you can feel as you drink it.

O: Nothing really bad, but not something I want to drink again. Not really sure why anyone would. (577 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

So my nephew brought a sixer of this over. Never reviewed it so here goes.

Completely clear pale yellow with a thin white cap. Lots of effervescence. The aroma brings some grain, alcohol, not much else. The flavor is really a disappointment, even plummeting beyond my low expectations. Perhaps a redeeming quality of a macro lager with no integrity is the drinkability, especially at cold temperatures. Chasing hot wings and pizza with BMC products seems to be a lasting trend here in America, which is unfortunate. Bud Platinum, however, offers no drinkability. This beer is a headache waiting to happen, and can only be tolerated at refrigerator temperatures. Why increase the abv on a mediocre (at best) beer? Because it sells. Stupid. Avoid. (746 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
1.26/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Marshall McLuhan once famously said that "the medium is the message" with regard to television, but with this beer, it still applies. I still have the empty blue bottle from my original review as it looks very pretty when the sunlight hits it, sitting on the windowsill. Now they have seen fit to put it in a screw-top bottle-shaped CAN and I CANnot resist a new CAN! Don't believe me? It reads "Brewed and CANned by A.B., St. Louis, MO."

I got things unscrewed and began an aggro pour which netted me two fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with poor retention, fizzing out like pop. Color was a pale lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose still had that curious Minhas smell of chewed pink bubble gum, dry cleaning solvent and plastics factory. OMFG! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was super-sweet, cotton CANdy-like and extremely cloying. Finish had an unexpected dryness, as if the yeast had really gone to town, but overall, it was unpleasant and not worth another thought.

My original bottle review, dtd 06 March 2013, scores 2.5; 1; 1; 2; 1.5 follows:

My neighbor (out the back door and across a short parking lot) is a bottle shop and he occasionally has singles for sale. When that happens, I try to grab anything that I would not normally want in any other quantity, write a review and move on. This is one of those instances.

If nothing else, it came in a pretty cobalt blue bottle, so I may see if the art department at work can use it. Otherwise, what were they thinking? Blue allows more light penetration than any other color of glass. I had two fingers of bone-white fizzing head initially until it fizzed its way to wispiness. Color was a pale lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see into the future. It looks like snow! Those of us south of US 30 are expected to get 6" to 8" or perhaps more. The nose had an odd Minhas-like chemical smell, like plastics and dry cleaning fluid. Fuh! Mouthfeel was thin and watery and the taste was reminiscent of the time I had trench mouth as a kid (thanks, summer camp creeps) and had to gargle with diluted hydrogen peroxide. Finish was bland. Rubbish! I am experiencing buyer's remorse. (2,234 characters)

Photo of tdm168
1.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light copperish yellow with some soapy head that fades away away quickly. The nose is fruity and smells like corn and apples. The taste is the same; grainy and sweet with corn and apple notes. The mouthfeel is very light and heavily carbonated.

It's flavor profile is incredibly light and is dominated by that apple-like off flavor. I didn't have high expectations so I won't say I'm disappointed. I'll be passing on this in the future. (445 characters)

Photo of Billolick
2.67/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My 21 year old son left a few bottles of this in the fridge, so...what the hell...lets see what we've got here.

Pour super clear and super light. Minimal head to speak of

Next to no nose, just perhaps a light wiff of malt.

Nexto to know malt flavor, next to no hop character.

Platinum? Please..very little going on here.. (325 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.21/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ocean blue bottle, the one and only. Very few places I could just buy ONE bottle, so let's see how this turns out. Poured into a shaker pint.

From the bottle pours a classic straw yellow, but a real bright gold crystal clear, like a window. Head is fluffly white, snaps with lots of carbonation and falls to a collar very quickly. Slow rising carbonation comes up, mostly cola sized but just a few bubbles. Some appealing and not so appealing characters. I call average.

Nose is rank. A real strange chemical component on this. Dry. Varnishy. Unfortunately not much else. Not a real attractive profile, but for the most part it is also quite closed.

Palate hits with a little bit of expected wetness, but there's some thickness hinting at syrup like body. Corny sweet aftertaste, but also with a little bit of honey. A little bit of noticeable carbonation that seems to make a good cut through the sweetness. Alcohol is quite noticeable on the finish, and this gets quite boozy for even just 6%, somewhat fussel like also. Stomach bomb hot after several sips.

Interesting palate, and almost passable for myself, but just hints at a bit too much sweetness. One and done, I lived. (1,182 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
1.99/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bud Light Platinum

LOOK: Blue bottle poured into a clear plastic cup. Palest of yellows bordering on white. Almost looks like a witbier , but with a bit more clarity. Head crackles and fizzes to nothing.

SMELL: Aroma of cereal grains, rice wine, with mild vegetal notes. A bit stronger smell than most light lagers, bordering on malt liquor territory.

TASTE: cloying sweetness, twang of spent hop, rice and cereal grain soda with a small hint of alcohol. Light overall flavors but the flavors that do remain are not very tasty.

FEEL: Light bodied, watery, lingering creamed corn flavor, well carbonated.

OVERALL: Imagine the palest maibock in the world devoid of all traditional flavors. Take this and add sugar and rice, and you have the platinum. Swill that will surely catch some amateurs off guard. Avoid this beverage if you can, otherwise you will be engulfing sub par quaffs. (888 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.05/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Blue glass bottle.

In the glass it is a pale clear yellow fizzy beer with next to no head.

Smell is grains and corn with some sweetness. Some malt and a detectable noble hop scent. It has a scent mostly soda crackers and corn.

Starts out sweet with a corn and crackers taste. Has a strange taste like that of a sorghum beer, sort of a cardboard taste. Tastes like there was some Oxidation in the grains used. Gets sweeter as you drink it, a bit annoying.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall it is inferior to regular Bud lite. Too sweet and it has that annoying sorghum taste to it. (579 characters)

Photo of John_M
1.91/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The options were pretty limited at the Tilted Kilt in White Marsh, so figured this was the perfect time to try a glass of macro swill. To my credit, I made it through nearly a quarter of the bottle before dumping the rest.

The beer pours a light gold color with minimal head retention and light lacing. Still, for an AB lite beer, this isn't too bad. The nose is disgusting, which I guess figures. I get a distinct alka-seltzer and creamed canned corn aroma, which is just flat out weird (not to mention nasty). The flavor profile is a bit better (not exactly a high bar, eh?), but I'm surprised by how much sweet, creamed corn I get. It really dominates the flavor profile, and is just not very enjoyable. Also, as seems to be typical with macro swill from AB-Inbev, there's a gassiness to this beer that is unpleasant, giving me something of a bloated feeling. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and slick, but is otherwise pretty light and watery.

Mehhh.... as expected, this beer sucks. I guess I would call it better than regular bud lite, but then regular BL is one the nastiest beers on the planet. One and done for me... (1,123 characters)

Photo of plaid75
2.5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet adjuncts and a light herbal hop.

The taste consisted of the same sweet malts with a neat light hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

I really don't understand the point of this beer. If someone wants a heavier Bud Light then, well, try a Bud. (398 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at a 40th soiree tonight and there wan't much choice so I went with something I had not tried...the budlight platinum. The beer poured a clear solid yellow with initial fizzy head that disipated quickly and left no lace. The smell was typical of most light lager....hints of wheat and grass. The taste was a bit fuller than typical bud light which is an improvement. The mouthfeel was still lighter with big carbonation. Overall it was drinkable. (452 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.11/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A complimentary sample from the owner of one of my local pubs (which was good, now I don't have to spend money on it). Served in stemless flute. The beer was a VERY pale yellow, clean and clear, I could easily read through the beer. The beer had about 1/2 inch of white head that had no retention or lacing.

The only aroma to come across the nose was a very slight grain scent, no real malt or hop presence. The story on the tongue was much the same, the grain was a bit more prominent, but still no hops showing up.

The body, as expected, was very thin and watery and had a high level of carbonation. The beer was smoothly drinkable, but why would you want to drink several of these? Overall, pretty much you'd expect from this beer. I was surprised to learn that this beer was 6% ABV however. I suspect that Inbev hit their target when they made this brew, but there's really not much for a craft beer lover to like about this offering. I drank it so you don't have to. (973 characters)

Photo of Duff27
2.41/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light golden, little white head. No head retention but actually a little lacing.

S- Not getting a lot on the nose. Maybe a little graininess.

T- Sweet adjuncts but not overwhelmingly. Wouldn't guess it at 6%...could throw off BMC drinkers, lookout DUIs.

M- Thin mouthfeel, similarly carbonated to Bud Light.

D/O- Drinkable, but I don't think its going to stick around long. I can hear it now: "Hey look a new Bud Light. I'm going to try it." One and done. It's similar enough that some Bud drinkers may take a liking to it but not enough to have it stay around more than a year or two. (600 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.69/5  rDev +18%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight Retention and poor lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight alcohol, hint of pale malt, rice, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, pale malt, slight alcohol, slight metallic, and rice. Overall, weak in appearance, aroma, and body. Blend and feel are the best qualities. (444 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.83/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a blue 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn,an unusual somewhat musty odor.Taste is light, a bit musty, alcohol is present, some grains. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is a mediocre beer. (253 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden yellow color, the same color as my good wedding ring. 

S- The aroma is grainy malts and an ever so slight note of hops.

T- The taste has a bit more flavor than your standard bud light. The taste starts out with some sweetness from the grain and finishes with just a touch of hops. The alcohol was next to non-existent when I first opened the bottle but it creeps up fast as the beer warms up a little which is a detriment to the beer.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is definitely a step up from Bud Light in the flavor department but lacks in the drinkability department due to the higher ABV. I would definitely take this over a Bud Light, but it is not something I would buy on a regular basis especially if there is a better craft option available. (873 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
1.73/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cool cobalt blue bottle, it pours like most macros, a straw yellow, with a good head of foam.

The smell is as piss poor as any macro I've had. Huge grainy notes that put the fear in me of what this is going to taste like.

Okay, the taste is as bad, maybe worse, than I expected. Grain and a sickly sweetness plus the added abv make for a disaster, imho.

No need to comment on the mf and drinkability. This bottle is not worthy of my time and down the drain it goes. At least it was only 1 bottle that I bought. (513 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.38/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I forget which tailgate, probably Wolfpack baseball, that I got to try this at, but nonetheless, as they say in the commercials, here we go. . .

Pours almost as light as Bud Light. A little more of the dark gold thing going for it. Big head that falls into oblivion. Smell, kind of one of those hybrid lager yeasts and shitty belgian kind of thing going on. The smell stood out here, and not in a good way.

Taste, fairly inoffensive, I think I can actually taste quite a bit of alcohol even though it is only 6%. Barely any hop presence, and that is even up against barely any malt presence.

Look, you know how this beer goes. Light everything, bigger alcohol. Tired of people making fun of you for drinking diet low alcohol beer? Now you're a big man, drinking 6% diet beer. oooh. (785 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml can poured into pint glass 22/2/13

A clear straw yellow with loads of bubbles feeding a long lasting two finger bone white foam that leaves no lace, looks the part

S sour green apple, rice cakes, soggy cardboard, and some cotton candy? either way this ones not that great

T there's really not much going on here, what I smell just toned down and I'm not sure if that's good or bad. It's not overly offensive but its also far from enjoyable

M watery and well carbonated with a reasonably clean finish, about what I expected

O pretty basic stuff much like most of the macros out there, nothing good but not a drain pour either

6% Bud Light? I can see that causing some confusion with consumers. I can't see any reason why anyone should bother with this one, don't go out of your way for it (805 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.17/5  rDev +39%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle stamped 12015BK83. Sampled on January 31, 2012. The pour was pale yellow with a short lived fizzy white head. The aroma was better than most lights with a decent combination of grains, malts, sugars, and a clean hop note. The body fell in the medium range but also had a smooth creamy character. The taste was also on the grainy side with a clean hop bite and something almost fruity. A light beer with 6% ABV. This is better than some folks give it credit for. (475 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
1.93/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with a half inch white head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is bready malt/grain, sweet malt and some vegetables/corn/adjuncts. Taste is similar to the aroma, but the vegetable/creamed corn flavor is stronger. Ugh, not good so far. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with low/moderate carbonation. It just seems to get worse the longer I drink it. The only bright sides to this brew is that the mouthfeel isn't bad, and that the 6% ABV isn't very noticeable. Bought this as a single at Liquor Barn. I won't be trying this again anytime soon. Give me a regular Bud Light any day over this, I'm not joking. (758 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
1.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.55$

Appearance - Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes.

Smell - breads/grains, honey(or some sort of fruit?), booze

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains and a bit of a fruit sweetness. There is also some corn and I can taste the booze. It ends with a corn/bready aftertaste.

Overall – I knew this was going to be bad.. but I still had to give it a try. I don't think beer will be around for much longer, I don't see the need for it. (680 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
2.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I knew I would never pay for this so when my brother offered me one I was slightly eager to try it.

A - Well it looks like a light lager, piss yellow with a 1/4 inch of white head that is very fizzy. As expected.

S - Well it smells better than a regular bud which in my opinion is not even palatable. Sweet malts and the faintest of hopping make up this corny brew.

T - Well it defiantly better than bud light hands down. Light corn flavor, sugary sweet malts, and no hops in the flavor. Eh.

M - Light bodied as expected for this light lager.

Overall if offered again (usually when the good stuff is gone) it's perfectly drinkable. Not something I would buy even if it was cheap as hell. (692 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.63/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-top blue bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
6.0% ABV, 12009 on back label (bottled Jan. 09, 2012)

A - Bud Light Platinum pours a frightfully pale yellow color with crystal clarity that shows off the stream of carbonation rushing sky-ward. A loose white head shoots up quickly complete with a loud fizzy sound only to drop almost before I can capture it digitally. No surprise there's no retention or lacing...

S - The short-lived effervescent of Platinum allows a quick burst of fruity aroma to come through briefly before disintigrating into disgust; heavy pale graininess, dry straw, and a metallic finish. The lack of an aroma-retaining head means all these characteristics are gone in moments.

T - Yep, as a BeerFM reader described it; filtered water. Hints of rice and pale malt come out with a sliver of exotic fruitiness that's almost a mirage...save for it's "higher" alcohol level for a bland lager.

M - Pretty well carbonated but not tongue-assaulting like I expected it to be! Platinum is crisp, clean, and drinkable with a finish that leaves nothing to be remembered by.

O - Bud Light Platinum: More alcohol, same drinkability! I can see what AB is doing here... I can't say I'm interested in ever having this beer again but, honestly, once the aroma disappears, [1) which doesn't take long to wait for and 2) how many people will drink it from anything but the bottle?] this beer isn't offensive in the least. (1,440 characters)

Bud Light Platinum from Anheuser-Busch
56 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.