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Bud Light Platinum - Anheuser-Busch

Bud Light PlatinumBud Light Platinum

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1,181 Ratings

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Ratings: 1181
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 2.22
pDev: 33.78%

Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.38/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a Bud Light NY Giants pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with a thin white head that thinned to a light ring leaving a spot or two.

S - grainy aroma.

T - sweeter than regular BL but it's a sweet grainy taste all the same.

F - light bodied and it goes down real easy.

O - a bit better than BL and the boost in abv makes it more fun.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:39:12 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Suds


2.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Although not a fan of light American lagers, I'll try to be as open minded as possible. From a cobalt blue bottle, the beer is a very clear, very pale yellow color...utterly transparent. It has a white head for maybe 40 seconds, after which it is completely foam-less. The beer is less carbonated than other light lagers that I recall. It's aroma is clean, and a little fruity (surprisingly). It doesn't smell much like a beer...not much malt of hops...just some graininess and distant, undiscernible fruit. The taste is sweeter than expected as well. It's not exactly malty, but rather very sugary. No hop flavor or balance. Finish is clean, but a lingering cotton-candy-like flavor pervades the aftertaste. Light in body, but not as watery as expected. Not my kind of beer, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 00:12:23 | More by Suds
Photo of ehammond1

1.45/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (2012)

Big thanks to Alucard4 for the gift!

A very light straw color. No head, even after an incredibly aggressive pour. Leaves the glass nearly clean.

Very little aroma whatsoever. Smells a bit like bread or corn but that might be my imagination. There certainly isn't much.

The taste follows the nose which means there isn't much here at all. No bitterness, very little malt, and corn. This is awful.

The mouthfeel is similar to water.

Worse than Bud Light. Better than Bud Light Chelada. There you have it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 00:12:36 | More by ehammond1
Photo of srandycarter


3/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very light, very clear straw. Near white, small head, some cling lace. Lots of cascading bubbles.

S - Corn mash, mostly , hidden malt and hops.

T - Like a watered down 'malt liquor'. Personally, that is an improvement.

M - Light body, good carb, balance is whatever.

D - Hot day, or a quick buzz, not a bad option for ABV and lightness.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:52:39 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.93/5  rDev +32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light golden color with a billowy white head. The head fades fast giving just an ever so light bit of lacing.

Smell – Sweet corn aromas are big and bold. The lightest bit of citrus seems to be present as well, but is light in comparison to the sweet corn aroma.

Taste – The taste is as the nose suggests. It gives a big hit of sweet corn taste. Just as in the nose, there is the slightest bit of lemon citrus that bitters the flavor ever so slightly toward the end (still quite sweet however) and rounds out the taste.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with a very appropriate level of carbonation. It is also much less watery then the normal light beer.

Overall – This is actually much more flavorful then the average light beer and its mouthfeel blows the normal light beer out of the water. It still is very one dimensional however with its taste consists nearly entirely of corn. Better than the average light beer, that is for sure, but not something to pine for.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:20:45 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Boto


2.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle: A friend felt compelled to buy a 6 after the Superbowl and gave me one to try. This one pours a very pale, clear yellow color. There was a good deal of a white head on it, but alas it did not linger or leave any lacing. Light aroma. A bit grainy, maybe some floral but nothing else. Taste is thin and watery. Can taste a touch of an adjunct (corn?) and a hint of sweetness. At 6% you might expect some flavor, but then it wouldn’t be a light beer. It’s just an alcohol delivery device with a big ad campaign.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 21:45:19 | More by Boto
Photo of cjgator3


2.38/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:01:28 | More by cjgator3
Photo of scottfrie


3.35/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours an extremely clear, pale yellow hue with a humungous, billowing, pillowy bright white head that slowly fizzed away into a faint scum. Sparse soapy lace.
S: Not much. I get a hint of some yeast and peppery spice. Very light.
T: Sweet and doughy notes of lightly bready malt and a hint of peppery, spicy, hops and lager yeast. Not much to the taste but it seems sweeter and breadier than normal BL.
M: Body is fuller than regular BL and the mouthfeel is less watery. Carbonation is definitely fuller as well although I would say its fuller when drinking straight out of the bottle than poured into the glass.
O: I find Coors to be better than Budweiser in general because I get a nasty aftertaste in AB products. This however, was actually quite clean and crisp. Given the choice, this trumps regular BL. Pretty drinkable actually, and not terrible as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 03:47:14 | More by scottfrie
Photo of VelvetExtract


2.28/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Pours golden and clear. Slight head with not much lacing.

S-Smells like a boozier BL. Grains and a lack of other smells. Just that unmistakble BL smell but more intense.

T-Bud Light with more intensity. Boozier. Grainier. Still light andwatery. Would have expected it be grosser. It is gross but not as gross as I was expecting it to be.

M-Light still. Bubbly. A bit boozy. Watery. Still has a light fee.

O/D-Thought it would be worse but it still blew.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 22:54:51 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of thecheapies


2.78/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Very light, straw-colored beer with a short-lived fizz-up, like something out of a commercial. What's left after thirty seconds? A tiny ring and spotty surface foam.

Crisp, and somewhat clean, adjunct grain aromas. Rice is a guess. Well-lagered. Smooth with hints of husks and steeliness. Not very bright.

Sharp and a little sweet. Cooked veggies, husky grain, fusel, and a kiss of pseudo-floral hop bite. Easy to drink. 6% might seem invasive for a Bud Light drinker, but this has a good sensibility to its strength. Has some body to work with, if not, too wooly and/or oily for an adjunct lager. Dial down the carbonation, or maybe just distribute it a bit, and you have a decent feel, strangely enough. Put-together like a science experiment, it really could be a solid go-to for pale lager drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 15:31:26 | More by thecheapies
Photo of mdaschaf


2.38/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 00:17:48 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of WoodBrew


3/5  rDev +35.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 05:31:13 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of cbutova


2.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

The time has come to finally review the lone bottle someone left at my parents house.

A- Pint glass pour from the blue bottle. Incredibly light color, an uber pale diluted yellow hue, clearly filtered. Small white head forms to about one finger in size and is foamy in texture. Cap retention is not very good and a thin ring leaves no lace at all. Beer ends up looking like juice.

S- Extremely faint and not much going on. Light grape-like/cidery fruit, bread and weak sugary hints. Really have to stress to get anything.

T- Hard to distinguish from any other Bud products I have had, it has been a while though. Bread and apple juice forward, not really in a pleasant way, sort of harsh. Yeast bread, rice adjuncts and something spicy (not sure if yeast or hops). It doesn't sound too bad but with any warmth at all, things just get more and more muddled and it get's more astringent.

MF- Extremely thin body with a ton of foamy carbonation and a light sweetness. Hint of bitterness but the overall feel is harsh, too much carbonation without anything else backing it up.

When ice cold this isn't terrible. Once it gets any warmth in it, it goes to hell. There is just an unpleasant spicy, adjunct flavor that doesn't work out. Not the worst beer I have ever had but nothing interesting here.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:43:41 | More by cbutova
Photo of bditty187


2.63/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Open mind. Check.

Open bottle. Check.

Let’s begin… From the cobalt blue bottle a shockingly clear, vaguely golden hued beer is unleashed. A skimpy white froth crowns the fluid only for mere moments before dissipating into a soapy collar. This is not a blonde beauty. I have not consumed a Bud Light since 1999 so I don’t know if this is darker or lighter than the regular BL. It looks like lousy American domestic beer. Mission accomplished.

The nose is sweet, grainy with a sour aroma followed by a kiss of berry fruit and apple. Not much depth in the aroma, I fail to detect any suggestion of hops. Miller Lite and Coors Light smell better than BLP. In fact, BLP has a faint “malt liquor” vibe… must be the robust 6% abv. Yep, that’s it.

Upfront the palate is sweet but quickly dissipates into nothing and finishes with a rough graininess. Post swallow is a mess of grain, berry fruit, annoying sweetness and sour maltiness. The alcohol is completely hidden. BLP fits the bill for a Light Beer… it does have flavor (take that Coors Light) but it is out of balance. If BLP was ‘triple hops brewed’ it might taste a bit better. The flavor profile is out of whack.

The mouthfeel is better than I was expecting. The carbonation is not rough either. I’d call it medium-light in body. No snarky comments here, the mouthfeel is fine.

Drinkablity, for me, is zero. I will never drink this beer again. If I was a Light Beer aficionado I’d probably be all over BLP. The average Joey Suitcase thinks 6% ABV is robust. It’s not, Sally. Overall, BLP is a novelty and two years from now this beer will be no more than a memory a la Anheuser World Select. Remember that dandy? BLP is forgettable and while not terrible it is… um… what was I talking about?

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 21:53:12 | More by bditty187
Photo of Pegasus


2.14/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:53:57 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Sean9689


2.18/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into pint glass...not sure why but I at least wanted to give this a try.

A - Pours yellow, fizzy, looks like water.

S - Smells like a grain mill, pond water, and metal.

T - Tastes like a grain mill, pond water, and metal.

M - Light body, fizzy carbonation, drinks like water.

O - Why did I do this? Oh well, at least now I know I won't have to worry about ticking this any longer. Below average light lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 20:33:18 | More by Sean9689
Photo of EgadBananas


1.83/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

It's been a long time since I've had a beer like this, but I feel like such an American cracking open this bottle. So close to the super bowl, this is appropriate...there will be no shortage of their commercials begging us for it's consumption. It's blue. Really blue. When the liquid is gone, it's REALLY blue. Goddammit, why do they have to be screw tops?! How AWESOME would these bottles be for bottling homebrew?! I still may... Sam @ Dogfish Head seems to be okay with their validity, at least short-term. F*ck it, I'll use a few for humors sake. Blue bottles FTW.

Okay, okay, on to a review.

A- This pours piss yellow, as clear as humanly possible, with a bone white finger of head that dissipates to... well, there's actually some bubbles strewn across the beers surface! Really doesn't help any...

S- Okay, please, don't smell this. It's better to just assume something, anything. The aroma is putrid almost. It's musty. Sweet, but old smelling. I won't throw skunk out there though. How does blue stand up against light, anyway? This was a 12 pack completely encased in cardboard, so I think light isn't of much concern. Still, this sucks as far as my nose is concerned.

T- There's a level of sweetness to the taste and it's corn. That's it.

M- The only way this may differ from regular BL is that it's fairly higher in alcohol and you can get that in the mouthfeel. It's light, and watered down, BUT... there's something there that isn't in regular BL. Minute and admissible just the same though.

O- With 7 less calories than a Budweiser, and a whole % more in ABV, I suppose it is well deserving of the Bud Light title. Still, it's just a boring American swill lager. I'll get drunk tonight either way. Boy, I shouldn't have bought a 12 pack...

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 00:12:04 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Dope


2.5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Extremely pale (almost clear when pouring) and completely clear straw. Medium sized fizzy white head. Fades relatively quickly. Little scribbles of lacing here and there.

S: Almost no aroma. I get a tiny bit of corn and bready malt. Barely perceptible.

T: Corn and then a touch of grainy bread on the back end. Some sweetness comes through, especially as it warms.

M: Somewhat watery.

O: Well, I'm trying to be objective here. I gave it low scores, but it's not horrible. It doesn't taste like hot trash. It didn't give me herpes (yet). It just has almost no aroma or taste, so how can I give it much of a score? Basically some mild adjuncts and cereal grain and that is it. It is drinkable, of course. Why wouldn't it be, it's not really all that far from water. What's more drinkable than water? If I had no other options and I wanted to get drunk quickly and easily, why not pick this beer?

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 05:04:43 | More by Dope
Photo of bashiba


2.5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured very very light yellow with a touch of white head, lots of carbonation.

The smell has a very light cereal quality and not much else.

The flavor is a touch sweeter than most light beers. Has a strange medicinal finish. No real hops to speak of.

The mouthfeel is light and watery with god carbonation.

Has a touch going on more than most light beers, not terrible, has a bit of an odd finish. They really succeeded at making a strong beer with almost no beer flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 01:15:02 | More by bashiba
Photo of budgood1


1.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours out of the blue bottle a pale straw yellow colour with a quickly dissipating snow white head leaving no lace. corny, cereal aroma...a bit of a highly attentuated malt liquor aroma. the taste is also reminiscent of malt liquor...sweet adjunct taste, sort of unpleasant actually. i like the occasional malt liquor, but mostly stick with miller products as A-B varieties just mostly taste bad to me. and this one is really no different. shallow body and a semi-cloying, carbonated mouthfeel. drinakability really isn't that good either. i drank this after a long walk when i knew i would be thirsty, and it did not hit the spot, as say, regular Budweiser often does for me.

overall a disappointment, and i wasn't expecting much. i hope my wife wants to drink the rest of six pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 22:22:19 | More by budgood1
Photo of Drew966


2.1/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bud Light Platinum pours a pale gold with a thick white head from a twelve ounce cobalt blue bottle. The aroma is a bit sweet and grainy. There is more flavor than I expected, apple like flavor pops out at me. Maybe a touch of alcohol even. The aftertaste is unpleasant. Not one I particularly care for, I'd avoid this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:44:10 | More by Drew966
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.7/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bud Light Platinum has a thick white head and a clear, straw appearance with few streaming bubbles, but a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is a combination of alcohol, sweetness, husks, and grain, and the taste is richly sweet (cloying), grainy, of rice, sharp, and fairly bold, with a touch of hop bitterness at the back end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Bud Light Platinum finishes pretty crisp, clean, refreshing, and easy drinking. I think A-B/InBev may have struck gold with this one (or , should I say platinum). It’s a winner, and it’s head and shoulders above the dull and flaccid Bud Light. I think we’ll be hearing a lot about this one!


Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 16:41:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
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2.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Almost a half finger of head, big bubbles and quickly (5 seconds) gone to nothing. Clear, golden colored body.
Faint grain smell.
Fairly sweet overall. The mildest bitterness at the beginning.
Medium body, good for a light lager. Moderate carbonation.
While this is better than normal Bud Light, it's still a Bud Light. The blue bottle probably looks amazing in the clubs though.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:52:47 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

typical of the style, clear and lightly tan, I'm giving it a staight up average rating. I was expecting crap, but it wasn't that bad at all. Grainy and sweet, but with a slightly dry finish. Good enough for my expecting terrible. Better than typical for the brewery, that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:54:32 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't know. Temporary insanity. I am so conditioned to buy new singles at the supermarket that I don't think about the implications. Only after pouring that I even realized the bottle is blue glass like it's selling Zima or something. Can you even get Zima anymore? Anyhoo, yeah, this beer looks like apple juice, smells like nasty seltzer, and tastes like rusty carbonated water. It's terrible, but you knew that already. Just another gimmick to keep an old idea fresh for a minute.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 03:03:00 | More by daliandragon
Bud Light Platinum from Anheuser-Busch
54 out of 100 based on 1,181 ratings.