Bud Light Platinum - Anheuser-Busch
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2.49/5 rDev +12.7%
This does seem to have more in common with the cheap malt liquors, and the ABV is actually getting close to that range. It looks nice enough, just very pale. Sudsy with impeccable bubbles and nice lacing. These industrial guys really know their carbonation. I didn't quite get the bottle until I held it in front of the computer screen-- the cobalt blue is quite stunning.
Very light but a touch of wheaty maltiness. The flavor is grainy, even slightly boozy. Maybe that's the hook. It's drinkable enough if you like this kind of stuff. But, as usual with Anheuser, Miller-Coors, SAB, In-Bev ,and all the rest-- it's all about marketing. If they could come up with a Marlborough Man for beer, it would make the advertising so much easier.
04-21-2013 04:21:54 | More by mactrail
2.38/5 rDev +7.7%
From 05/23/12 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.
a - Pours a bright, pale straw yellow color that is very transparent, one finger of fluffy white head that only lastsfor a minute or two, and high carbonation evident. Looks like Bud Light.
s - Smells of corn, grains, wheat, and light sweet pale malts. Not much going on at all, but not skunky light some other light lagers. VERY similiar to Bud Light.
t - Tastes of corn, lightly sweet, grains, bread, and wheat. Again, not offensive but nothing going on. Not skunky at all.
m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Light, watery mouthfeel.
o - Overall this is pretty much the same exact beer as Bud Light, with slightly less taste and less calories. Might as well drink this if you're drinking Bud Light as at least you'll save half the calories.
06-06-2012 19:32:17 | More by mdfb79
1.85/5 rDev -16.3%
Pours golden with a thin head that struggles to be a slight wisp for a little while before disappearing. No real lacing sticks.
The smell is of cheap malt liquor - some grain, some alcohol.
The taste is sweet and slimy. Alcohol shows. Not much in the way of flavor.
It is slick in an oily way with some carbonation and a lingering alcohol taste.
This is ridiculous. A boozy, light beer.
Someone gave me this. I'm glad I didn't buy it.
06-19-2013 00:38:35 | More by jwc215
2.25/5 rDev +1.8%
Tried this earlier this afternoon at a crab feast on the eastern shore in MD. Remember seeing the commercials during the Super Bowl, finally get a chance to try it (woohoo). Can't say i was too impressed, I'd actually prefer a Bud Light over this one. Has a musty smell and an odd sweetness to it, awkward finish as well. An odd tasting beer, and definitely not good tasting or refreshing by any means. Comes in a fancy blue bottle and has higher ABV, but I'll pass in the future.
06-18-2012 03:26:45 | More by oriolesfan4
1.25/5 rDev -43.4%
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.
05-08-2014 17:26:10 | More by woodychandler
2.65/5 rDev +19.9%
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..
05-31-2012 03:54:13 | More by Billolick
2.1/5 rDev -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.
06-11-2012 23:49:02 | More by dbrauneis
2.03/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
06-21-2012 01:23:30 | More by Zorro
1.95/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
05-13-2012 19:35:49 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
2.01/5 rDev -9%
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.
08-19-2013 23:24:51 | More by Huhzubendah
1.93/5 rDev -12.7%
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...
04-21-2012 18:57:20 | More by John_M
2.2/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-24-2012 19:52:02 | More by smakawhat
2.5/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
02-16-2012 02:45:39 | More by plaid75
Bud Light Platinum from Anheuser-Busch
54 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.