Bud Light Platinum - Anheuser-Busch

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1,681 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,681
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 2.21
pDev: 34.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 386 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DarthKostrizer on 12-31-2011

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Photo of hopsolutely
2.56/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Seemed an appropriate single to try on the 4th of July, but saddens me to state that my favourite part is far and away the bottle - less weight in packaging has to be a good thing, but not certain this ill-flavoured "mostly water" needs to be transported at all?

Pours a bright golden colour with a clean white head and lots of continuous carbonation. Has a sweet, almost cloying, aroma of "grains", albeit more rice and corn than barley. No sign of the biscuity breadiness I'd expect in a genuine lager. Taste is very sweet and syrupy, and doesn't balance well with the 6% ABV. Aftertaste lingers longer than I would choose...

Glad to have tried it, but sad to have purchased it and will decline any future drinking opportunities!

Photo of Spikester
3.02/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear pale gold with one finger of white head. There are specks of lace here and there.
Smell is rather forward apple juice.
Taste is sweet apple juice that is watered down. No detectable bitterness whatsoever.
Kind of reminds me of those sweet apple juice based champagne substitutes people drink to avoid alcohol only less sweet. No hint of alcohol either.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Very slight drying effect in the finish.
Overall a tasty carbonated ultra light beverage. Well recommended for those who hate the taste of beer and want to get happy rather quickly. Keep this stuff away from little kids please. I think they would guzzle it down thinking it was some type of child beverage like carbonated apple juice! The can is strange too, my son says it looks like an energy drink, tall and skinny.

Photo of bmwats
2.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a handglass.

A: Light hay. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly white head. Quickly dissipates. Tons of carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. No lacing.

S: Hay and yeast.

T: Sourdough bread, grass, an indistinct sweetness, some pungent wood, and a little soap.

M: Light body. Synthetically sweet aftertaste.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is unexciting. Washed-out hue, bubbly head, a bit over carbonated, no real lacing. Yeasty hay nose. Flavor is sourdough bread, with a bit of a soapy sweetness. Overall, this is not such a great quaff.

Photo of SerialTicker
2.27/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Regretfully poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. 22oz bottle bought for something like $2.19 at the liquor store.

Appearance: That infamous beer piss yellow. Finger or two of head fizzles away very fast. No lacing. Serious carbonation coming from the etching on the bottom of the glass. Probably the worst beer I've ever seen.

Smell: Sweet. Corn aromas. Just very sweet. Doesn't smell bad, but it does smell cheap ... which I guess is bad. I don't know. Not much going on.

Taste/feel: Again, really sweet... this really just. Doesn't taste like beer. It tastes like a beer flavored pop/soda/whatever you want to call it. I guess it sort of does have an apple sort of flavor after reading some reviews... kind of does taste like watered down apple juice. It goes down easy, there's nothing off about it with any weird notes, it's cheap... but this isn't a beer aficianado's beer.

I probably wouldn't buy it again just because I was embarrassed enough the first time. Any self-respecting brewmaster should know that beer doesn't really belong in anything but a brown bottle. Very little flavor, but nothing offensive about it. A little better than Bud Light.

It would be fine if it was considered cider or a wine cooler or something like that, but how the hell is this considered a beer? Sure as hell doesn't taste much like one to me.

Photo of jwc215
1.88/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of dvmin98
2.38/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of bump8628
1.85/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Truly the lightest colored beer I've ever seen, damn near colorless. Faint whiff of diluted husky grain. Literally nothing else going on in this beer, except a light canned corn aftertaste. All marketing, and clearly it has been successful since this stuff seems to be gaining a foothold.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
2.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 12oz metal bottle and consumed directly from it. Honestly I felt no need to serve it in a glass and did not have one on me anyways.

A: I cannot give an exact appearance because it was drank from the bottle. But I'm assuming pale straw color from all the other advertisements I've seen.

S: From the bottle it's pretty scentless. If one wanted to really delve into specifics some rice could perhaps be detected.

T: Rather watery and tasteless. The only real memorable taste separating it from water is wet white rice. Even then it is not very evident and could easily slip past someone who doesn't have an affinity for sampling craft. Bitterness is really not present but neither is it to sweet so I will give it that.

M: Fizzy but clean and leaves little aftertaste. This could be because there was no real initial taste.

O: Not my kind of beer. It was offered to me by a friend and to me free beer is good beer. One should never be a big enough snob to turn down a new and free beer.While I would never purchase this it was inoffensive and I could see a lot of Bud regulars buying it for the cool looks and higher alcohol. I should also add that "Bud Light" and the beer being 6% is intriguing. I was able to drink two and could easily drink a few more but that does not make a beer good IMO.

Photo of Kelsiemoeller
3.96/5  rDev +79.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an extremely clear, pale yellow

Smell: Not much of a smell at all. Slight hint of yeast, but just barely. Very light.

Taste: You can definitely taste the yeast and the slight flavor of the hops. Not much to the taste but it seems sweeter and a bit breadier than plain Bud Light

M: Body is definitely fuller than regular Bud Light and the mouthfeel is less watery than bud light. Carbonation is more prominant.

O: I good tasting light beer. I would recommend this beer to people who do not drink beer very often because it is easy to drink and it is not awful as it begins to warm.

Photo of mactrail
2.52/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

Photo of spinrsx
1.87/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of griffinn
1.77/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of Bockrules
3.28/5  rDev +48.4%
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

Photo of McStagger
2.03/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
2.15/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.74/5  rDev +69.2%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of hermit990
2.14/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very light, clear, pale yellow. One finger of bright white head that quickly dissipated.

Aroma: Very light. Faint cereal grain. Light sweetness.

Taste: Very sweet upfront, sugary, syrupy flavor. Fades into a light cardboard/cereal grain/rice taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin, very light, very little body, carried through by a prickling carbonation.

Overall: Not a great beer. Would not seek out. Price point is good, $6/6 pk., but you can definitely find better options.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
2.46/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of JGargano
1.86/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of BigBry
2.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Aluminum bottle (if its container is aluminum I review it as a can, even if it does have a bottle cap).
Pours out a clear, yellow liquid. I got a huge mountain of merangue-like head, foam lasted a long time, leaving thin lace strings. A few bubble lines continue up from the bottom of the glass.
Smells a bit like sour grain or other wet cereal.
Taste has some light grain, or other sweetness. Sourish, acidic finish. More alcohol burn than I was expecting, not too overpowering, but still present.
Light bodied, medium carbonation.
Trying to be objective...About what I was expecting - a strong light beer ?!?

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.08/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of cbutova
2.01/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Wrigfen
2.95/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bud light with a slightly better taste and a little more alcholol kick. Clear, little head but a better alternative than bud light if you can afford the extra calories and extra cost. Will drink on occasion when drinking light beer but still lacks the the taste of a Miller Light (just my personal presence). All in all not a bad beer for everyday occasions, just not up there with the special ones.

Bud Light Platinum from Anheuser-Busch
54 out of 100 based on 1,681 ratings.