Bud Light
Anheuser-Busch

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Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #260
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
45
Ranked #49,193
Avg:
1.78 | pDev: 40.45%
Reviews:
1,543
Ratings:
6,371
From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
45
Awful
Bud LightBud Light
Notes: Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. Its superior drinkability and refreshing flavor makes it the world’s favorite light beer.
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

2.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Look - light clear yellow color with a nice white head
Smell - grassy citrus malt scent
Taste - grassy citrus
Feel - lighter body with a medium light carb
Overall - pretty bad beer

Jun 21, 2020
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LincolnDude from Nebraska

1.03/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Mass produced American lager beers are so ‘80s and past their time. Thank goodness craft breweries have rescued us from this trash that we used to drink when we did not know any better. Bud Light truly is fizzy yellow pee water. There is no enjoyment drinking it and if it is not iced cold tastes and smells like vomit.

Jun 19, 2020
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JoKo from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +106.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can, crystal clear straw yellow with moderate amount of carbonation, half an inch thick white head that dissipated within a minute. The nose is sweet, malts and grains up front. Very dry beer, as these rice lagers tend to be. Some sweet malt notes and grains up front on the palate, barely any hop bitterness. Overall, most of us know this beer, it’s highly drinkable, perfect for the hot summer weather.

Jun 13, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev +73%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Hops. Barley. Water. Rice. -- Four simple ingredients and I'm a simple man. BL to me is a refreshing and versatile palate cleanser. Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall -- I'm always in the mood for a Bud Light.

May 08, 2020
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CWINS65

1.13/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

To me, the worst of the mass produced American "light" beers. Flavorless with almost no color or aftertaste, highly carbonated with a bad aroma, it is brewed with rice which I find extremely bland. There are many other "light" beers worthwhile and quite good, not this one.

Feb 14, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

2.11/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16oz can:

Light gold in color, a bit of a white head but the head doesn’t last long. No lacing. Not too appealing.

Smell is weak, some rice, barley, a bit of yeast. Even the smell is a tad watery.

Taste is almost exactly like the smell. Pretty balanced between the rice, barley, yeast, etc.

Feel: credit where credit is due - this beer, as awful as it tastes to me, is actually decently refreshing. Finish is clean and dry, carbonation is high. Easy to drink and drink a lot of it without getting totally plastered.

Overall, pretty boring, but it does have good aspects. It’s cheap and available anywhere.

Feb 09, 2020
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defunksta from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +110.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Rating is relative to other light beers*

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a large, crisp, white head. SRM of 7-8. (4.00)

Aroma: Rice, corn, and dry yeast. Some crumbed cracker and yeast. (3.75)

Flavor: Light flavors of rice, dry, corn, rice cracker. Dry yeast and duds. Finishes balanced and clean with hints of honey and corn. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied for the style. Strong carbonation. Finishes smooth and balanced but leans slightly sweeter. (4.00)

Compared with Coors 3/18/20: Similar appearance. More malty aromas. More corn and grain malts. Less cracker and rice. Overall a smoother and less crispy finish.

Overall: A very nice representation of the light beer style. It's well-carbonated and but smooth. Decent amount of corn and honey (than other light beers like Coors). Subtle corn and honey flavors. Better than I expected for the style. (Relative Final Rating: 3.62)

Jan 29, 2020
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manoshandsoffate from Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is probably the single most available beer in the world, so as a beer fan, it is kinda hard to hate it. That said... It's not good, really.

L: Pissy and clear, not as attractive as Milwaukee's Best Light which is cheaper. Not worth pouring into a glass, just chug it out of the can if you must.

S: Slight whiff of malt, strange sweet cardboard smell. Not particularly appealing, and gets worse as it warms.

T: Just okay. Absolutely not the worst light beer flavor. Still, not worth the price.

F: Best feature of this beer, by far. Tiny bubbles that don't really produce a head tickle your tongue. This stuff is incredibly smooth and easy to drink far too much of.

Overall, not my favorite budget light macro AAL. Actually, one of my least favorite because of the price. If Milwaukee's Best Light was available everywhere around the world, I'd just get that instead.

Jan 23, 2020
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

2.56/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A classic American light beer. It goes down easy on a hot summer day. It’s a smooth beer which receives a low rating due to lack of taste/character.

Dec 09, 2019
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UristMcBrewer from Florida

1.87/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer is very pale and clear. A white head foams up on top then fizzles away. This beer does not smell good. While not offensive, it is definitely unpleasant to smell. It smells syrupy a bit metallic. The taste sweet with not strong. It is biscuity with hints of esters in the finish and no hops. The feel is watery. The carbonation is decent though. Overall, its not a bad beer to drink per se (beside the nose). Its just kinda there, easy not to notice.

Nov 20, 2019
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mkeyser

1.41/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Look - well it’s yellow.
Smell - why did I smell this... it is weird... like damp socks mixed with sweet corn... I really need to stop smelling, now.
Taste - kind of wish I was still smelling.
Feel - well it is beer like, that’s a plus.
Overall - oh boy, not good. The more you drink the less it tastes like anything resembling a beer that should be water, hops, malt.

It tastes like what a loveless handjob feels like... don’t ask me how I know.

Nov 09, 2019
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BoiseBoiseBop from Texas

2.9/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

served at near freezing, on a scorching baking and broiling hot south central Tejas summer day, this was so good I mowed my entire lawn with it.Horses for courses. Served in bottle of course, cans ..just no. For those who say that Natty light or Keystone can be as good, I say no. I think it may be that Natty and Keystone are the dregs for the same beer, and I have had good and bad from both, and just a guess that QC is absent from those and you get what you get.
Anyway, this and Coors light almsot5 freezing are my go to lawnmower beers when the world is burning here and I have to work.

Oct 11, 2019
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nickwaz98

3.64/5  rDev +104.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is so generic. So so so generic. This is the beer you grab at a BBQ or party and forget the name of what you're drinking. It's beer and it will eventually get you drunk. It's ok

Oct 08, 2019
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FNMURRAY

1.74/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I’ll be brief. It was a summer day, the fish weren’t biting that well, but I had one thing going for me. I had 24 of these bad boys in a cooler, the can is the only way to go.The can helps you belch louder alerting your friends that the fishing isn’t going so well, so let’s get smashed. I may drink miller when I’m watching Stone Cold Steve Austin lay down some pain, but I drink bud light to wash off a bad day of fishing.

Sep 26, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

3/5  rDev +68.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After all these years, you are trying to tell Raul that he hasn’t reviewed Bud Light? That’s like someone telling you that they haven’t seen Kim Kardashian’s film debut. Like, wtf?

Anyway, I’ve kind of gone full circle with this beer and I think that the only way to rate this thang is as an American Adjunct Lager.

Does it pour like Behati Pribsloo? Does it smell like Summer Altice? Hell, when you drink the damn thing, does it feel like Nina Agdal giving you a ride? No way! But what is import here is flavor; and although it doesn’t really have any, it also doesn’t taste like the hood of a rusted over Chevy.

In Raul’s opinion, this is one of the better AAL’s.

Peace!

Sep 16, 2019
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Profundobaso from New York

1.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Years down the road, and I'm finally writing a review for Bud Light. Will try to be as objective as possible.

Look - pale yellow in color, large head that dissipates very quickly. Virtually no lacing.
Smell - light corn, syrup, and sweetness. no hops presence, and not much of anything else.
Taste - essentially carbonated water with some beer flavoring. nothing in initial taste, and a light hint of sweet grains towards the finish. Does have nice drinkability, given the fact that it is so light.
Feel - light bodied, as light as can be. high carbonation, and low ABV at 4.2%.
Overall - at the end of the day, it's light, easy drinking, and cheap. from that end, it does its job. beyond that, don't expect anything else.

Sep 16, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

1/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. metal screw job bottle, for 3.50 -ouch. at a crappy strip mall sub shop
Look? I hate the stupidest cop siren blue of BudLight - this is not for pouring or looking at
Smell - if anything, it's the smell of aluminum can, paint and stale rice seltzer
Taste - light hint of stale sweetness of corn pop soda, faint beer-ish taste like a watered down O'Doul's
Feels like an ice cold one should, but thinner than the toilet water that made it
overall, it's low rent giveaway swill for clueless in-laws, enemy idiot neighbors, ballpark stooges, mindless tailgaters, and anywhere you don't need a real brain deciding what a beer is. This is not real beer and not the most popular, it's just the most advertised .

Sep 13, 2019
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Alexc11 from Canada

3.19/5  rDev +79.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is light all around including in color (crisp gold) and taste. Initially it pours thick foam that dissipates quick along with a malt aroma. No bitterness at all and goes down without much of a bang. It does tape off in taste from its initial sips but it's not that bad. It's a Bud Light. I made some chilli with it and drank some. Perfect.

Sep 08, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

2.9/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Light as f**k, really. As watery as can be.
But at an outdoor event like the Summer Festival @ the SRF US Naval Base in Sasebo JP it was good with the bbq and the corn on the cob. Nothing more, nothing less.

Aug 31, 2019
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ronjohn from California

4.5/5  rDev +152.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bud Light doesn't taste like water or piss the way so many here describe it, Bud Light IS light color, light smell, light taste and light feel beer - so it works as what it is... Although I concede you could drink this at the gym or pour it over your breakfast cereal, no problem. I like a good craft beer or IPA as much as anyone, if you're looking for 'flavor' let alone 'full flavor' this is certainly not the beer for that. This is my favorite light beer - IF I'm going to drink A LOT of beer - because above all, it's not at all filling. When it's ICE COLD it's crisp and slightly sweet from rice, not corn, no bitterness, no aftertaste, no alcohol burn w/ just a slight amount of carbonation. Nothing to remark of taste-wise, but nothing offensive. It's true that Miller Lite has more flavor, but it doesn't taste better to me. This is an inexpensive, reliable tasting light beer that you can find anywhere and drink 8-18 of them like it's nothing and catch a great beer buzz.

Aug 31, 2019
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WiscoBadger99 from Wisconsin

2.94/5  rDev +65.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There isn't a whole lot of "special" qualities to this light lager, other than the fact that the company has been around since forever. However, I'd probably reach for the blue can first at a cookout or any other gathering. Here's what I picked up the last time I had it:

Look: Crystal-clear with a light, straw appearance (as are all American-adjunct lagers)
Smell: Again, not a whole lot going on here. Just the typical bread/yeast smell.
Taste: Here's what I think I like most about this beer, its easy to have a few without getting too sick of it. The taste is crisp with a slight sweetness, from RICE not CORN. Depending on the day, I do pick up some "tinny" aftertastes that can make it off-putting.
Feel: Light, almost has a champagne-like feel to it. It loses its head relatively fast as well as the carbonation.

Consensus: Like I said before, I would probably reach for this one first out of other cheap, light beers. Its very drinkable and goes down good on a hot, Wisconsin day.

Aug 30, 2019
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slee196 from Illinois

1/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm not trying to hate just to hate, but this beer sucks dude. Tastes like metal, smells bad, and has no interesting notes. But, something for everyone, eh?

Jul 29, 2019
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JohnnyLaw from Wisconsin

1.53/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Have not had this in years and it's either gotten worse or I simply don't remember how sh**y this beer is. Just awful - starts tasteless and finishes sweet and corn all the way. "Artificial" aftertaste and lingering bad aftertaste. The 'old school' American lagers that are typically derided as bad (Blatz, Old Style, Hamms,, Lone Star, Old Milw, even Bud and etc) blow this swill AWAY.

Jul 27, 2019
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Issou from California

1/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One of the worst beer I ever had. Also what is the deal with "light" if you don't want a really beer then maybe it is best to not drink a beer right? Light beer are a disgrace to beers.

Jul 25, 2019
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osheamatth from New York

2.29/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I'm not gonna lie, this is my go to beer when I'm in for the long haul. After 1 - 3 crafts I have to move over to something that keeps me out of the wheelbarrow. It's a ricey grassy melange of aroma and flavor notes but it stands a head above the other light beers out there.

Jul 24, 2019
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