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Bud Light Platinum - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
56
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312 Reviews
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Reviews: 312
Hads: 1,703
rAvg: 2.28
pDev: 32.89%
Wants: 17
Gots: 407 | 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 Cyberkedi
2.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well, what can I say? I was thirsty as all-get-out, and it’s hotter than a Wookiee’s temper here in Atlanta. I decided to give it a try. Guess what - it exceeded my expectations. Crisp aroma is better than what I expected. It’s called Light, but it actually smells like beer! OK, not an outstanding aroma, but at least it doesn’t smell like water. It pours a rather typical clear, wan straw yellow with not much head. Flavor is nothing special - but as I said, better than what I expected from a mega-brewed light beer. Crisp, malty with a hint of fruit. Texture is fairly fizzy, smooth, average body. For a light beer, and a megabrewed pale lager, not half bad. (670 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
1.57/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

This stuff doesn't taste any different than Bud Light. I haven't done a side-by-side to be sure, though, so perhaps there are some nuances and small subtleties that hadn't carried over in my memory.

Pale straw-yellow body, crystal clear with a bone-white "head" that fizzles away quicker than my checking account after BCBS is released each year. Grains on the nose, grains on the nose, smellin' like a BUD with yo' grains on the nose. Grainy, corny, and full of metallic tones, this stuff is not a pleasure to smell, and it only gets more pungent as it warms.

Drink it ice cold, so you numb your taste buds from the poorly laid out grains and sweet, corn-like malts. More metallic in the taste, this stuff couldn't be any more "meh". No alcohol taste present (6% ABV woo!) Crisp, lighter-than-light mouth feel. Stay away from this stuff, unless you're trying to hit that frat boy buzz. (888 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.25/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
1.98/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz blue bottle, pours extra pale with a white, fizzy head that dissipates to nothing in a minute or so. It's paler than I expected, but the clarity is stunning. Aromas are weak with some corn & grain. Tastes are weak and watery, not much more in flavor compared to it's original, Bud Light. Mild grain, cereal, and a sugary sweetness are about it here. It's sweeter than Bud Light and the extra alcohol leaves a slight prickle on the tongue. Mouth-feel is thin and highly carbonated; it does go down smoothly though. Overall, I guess I was hoping for more here with the sleek packaging and extra ABV, even though expectations were set low to begin with. Glad a friend bought this for me. Not worth buying yourself. (716 characters)

Photo of Brenden
1.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Eventually, you just can't put it off any longer. As much as I hate stupid BMC gimmicks, I feel the need to get this one out of the way. From what I understand, it's Bud Light with more alcohol in a sleek blue bottle; that's class.

It's about the same color as BL, extremely pale and light. A pure white head actually does develop to over a finger, even if it doesn't stay, but it does leave foam when it fades. There's very little lacing.
The nose isn't so bad; typical grains, corn husk, cereals, etc., with perhaps a little more green apple skin tartness.
Bud light didn't make me gag; it's just lame. This makes me gag. It's the same stuff in the foundation with more cooked vegetable, creamed corn, and rubbing alcohol. A puppy was just brutally murdered somewhere. A crow calls out to the dark night sky. Nobody hears. Really, though. I may vomit. From one sip. It's just sitting there.
What compounds the unholy terror of the flavor is what I would consider part of the mouthfeel: there's actually a burning sensation in my throat as soon as it hits. Minutes later, it still stings. WTF just happened? For this, I was not prepared.
Coming into this, I was expecting a (barely) boozier BL, not Bud Light Battery Acid & Turpentine.
I'm fairly certain I just developed diabetes (types 1 AND 2), ALS, and AIDS, and possibly chlamydia. (1,340 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.08/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased and drank at Kelly's Saloon in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear golden yellow, with a small quarter inch fizzy head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells essentially exactly like Bud Light. Slightly sweet smelling.

The taste is similar. Very close to Bud Light, but a bit sweeter. The alcohol is boosted here, but it's noticeable. The sweet corn and grain flavors are pretty gross, and too much for me.

Light bodied, a bit heftier than Bud Light but still pretty weak. High carbonation.

Nice try, AB-InBev, this still sucks. (538 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.9/5  rDev +27.2%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
2.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Light yellowish-orange in the body with a moderate head.

Smell – This is a nice, light grainy nose without anything offensive.

Taste – There’s a little mold in that grain at the taste but not so much that you can’t drink through it. Of course the hops are completely absent.

Mouthfeel – This is light as it should be with a mild carbonation, not too fizzy like some poor macro examples of the style.

Drinkability – If you’re eating something salty this isn’t bad but as with most Buds it can’t stop up on its own. (550 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.01/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (1,298 characters)

Photo of Gmann
1.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a pale straw color with a fizzy pure white head that settles into a slight cap. Fizzy yellow beer.

The mason jar seems to collect and amplify the odor of the beer. Very grainy and sulfur like; grassy and veggies. Kind of a musty alcohol vapor. Quite unpleasant.

The taste is better but not much. Its light and has a sweet corny straw flavor. Some sulfur.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate. Perhaps a shade heavier than normal bud light.

A boozier marketing driven beer. What's the point. (525 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.32/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
1.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

1107th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint glass
12 oz

Thank to my bowling team for buying this FN thing and for the headache for the next six hours later.

App- It's a very pale yellow with no head to speak of and no carbonation. Its stagnant like a pond no one goes to anymore and the wind doesn't blow.

Smell- I smelled so hard that the damn beer almost went in my nose like I was doing liquid blow. It was a touch malty, a touch sweet. It wasn't non-offensive just had no backbone to it.

Taste- I don't want to finish it. But I did since it was a gift. Slightly sweeter than a normal BL and thats kinda impressive in of itself. The booze is maxed but just had this weird butter/malty/sweet flavor that as I mentioned gave me a six hour headache. I was trying to see if it was that bad and it was. I don't understand how BMC sells so many beers?

M- Its slick and watery and had no body. It just left a bit of residual sweetness like a bad piece of corn.

D- No, I dont recommend this beer. Its a novelty act for a company trying to make more billions. It wasn't as offensive as Bud Light Lime, which isn't saying much but this was just not good. (1,145 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.31/5  rDev +45.2%
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. (908 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
1.79/5  rDev -21.5%
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... (1,767 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
2.38/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was at a BBQ and ran out of my Sculpin, so I was given this. Never had it, so what the heck, right? Other friend told me to turn in my man card. Found out this was in his fridge for close to a year (improvement?)

Drank it from bottle, so no clue about the appearance.

Not much of a smell here.

Bland front, with a sweetish back. Nothing major.

Carbonated, but not overly

Overall, it really wasn't THAT bad. Best of all the Bud products I've ever had, which isn't saying much. I would say one and done on this one. (518 characters)

Photo of alexgash
1.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. cobalt blue bottle.

Exceedingly clear and clean light straw body. Small, thin, fizzy, eggshell white head. No lacing. Sweetish nose with notes of honey, corn Chex cereal, and a little singed caramel. Faint hop skunkiness.

Light malt sweetness up front. Some honey, but turns to sugar-dusted corn cereal pretty quick. Light graininess near the finish, along with a hint of ethanol and a blip of peppery hops. Light-bodied, with a fizzy, soda-y feel. Corny overall. I don't really understand why this beer exists (marketing and niche wise--light malt liquor might be a better "style"), and I also don't understand why anyone would try it again. Not terrible, but not good. (680 characters)

Photo of Dope
2.48/5  rDev +8.8%
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? (902 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.35/5  rDev +46.9%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
2.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Very pale and clear golden color with a thin white head that recedes pretty quickly.

S: Kind of gross. Nothing but sweet malt and grain. Very malt liquor-ish.

T: Again, the sweetness is a bit much with nothing else in there to stand up to it. Some boiled corn, grain and bready yeast on the finish that grows as it warms. This is far from being the worst thing out there, but it's still not good. (401 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.25/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of jsh420
1.28/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

pours light yellow with a big fizzy white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of sweet grains/corn/rice and alcohol

taste is those same sweet watered down grains and the aftertaste that it left in my mouth was horrid

mouthfeel is watery thin with decent carbonation

overall - whats the point of this beer? its bud light with a higher abv (354 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
1/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a frosted mug. From memory; normally, I'd never do a review in this manner, but holy shit, I can still vividly remember what this tastes like.

A: Pours a textbook light straw color with perfect clarity and intense carbonation trails. Even with the frosted mug, the head is hilariously pathetic. Typical nasty-looking swill.

S: Almost non-existent. A touch of grain here, a dab of artificial sweetener there...wait a minute, a dab of artificial sweetener?

T: Hatred. Sickness. Vitriol. Insanity. Depression. No, these aren't the flavors BL Platinum exhibit - these are the emotions that run through my neural synapses when this liquid immediately hits my tongue. No joke, about 4 oz. of this made me sick. This is basically Bud Light (itself pretty awful) but with a nasty cotton candy sweetness to it. The cloying factor seems necessary to balance the additional alcohol...but holy crap, this just comes across as woefully under-attenuated and artificial. Did I mention the aspartame-esque finish is long and lingering, too?

And y'know, I can vaguely see the point of this. A low calorie yet high strength light beer for the masses to easily get drunk off of. Only thing is, they forgot to make it inoffensive and tasteless. Oops.

M: Who cares, this sucks ass.

O: I've always wanted to give something all 1's, so here it is in all its hideous glory. Normally, this kind of score represents the absolute bottom of the barrel, and without a doubt, BL Platinum is a foulest, most disgusting beer ever to grace my palate and should be avoided by any person who may lay claim to working taste buds. Hilariously, though, this may not be the worst beer AB InBev makes...if anything, Budweiser Chelada may make me wish negative scores were possible. Simply put, the malt beverage equivalent of frontal lobotomy performed with a rusty knife. (1,851 characters)

Photo of Boto
2.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
2.2/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3/5  rDev +31.6%
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. (344 characters)

Bud Light Platinum from Anheuser-Busch
56 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.