Bud Light | Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Photo of BZM
1.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

What's there to be said about Bud Light that hasn't already been said? When I was drinking it, I honestly thought I was drinking club soda. There was no semblence of taste in this beer whatsoever. It has the mouthfeel of club soda as well. You could put yellow food coloring into club soda, and pass it off as Bud Light with ease. No one would know the difference until they were ten beers deep and wondering why they weren't hammered yet.

At least I can detect a slight scent of sweetness from this swill, putting it above water.

I can't believe some people drink this bile nightly. I'll stick with Guinness.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

The beer is a light, crystal clear straw yellow. A fizzy, super-airy white head sits on top for a few seconds, then dissipates to nothing -- but a ring of bubbles around the edges of the glass. No lacing. The beer smells slightly sweet and also with a strange corn-husk sourness, must be the adjuncts. The beer tastes sweet up front, then is followed with the sour/cabbage/corn/adjunct finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and goes down like water.

Overall, my least favorite AAL. There's something particular about the finish that tastes sour and unappealing.

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Photo of GimpyCane
1.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

After drinking so many top notch brew, bud light/budweiser needs to get a clue. I know they sell to the mass but what a tasteless brew. No dominate scent, very light in appearence, and alot of carbonation which leaves me full. I'll stick to water next time Bud Light is being served.

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Photo of khiasmus
1.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Looks like carbonated water with a single drop of yellow food coloring. Head is decent, which is why it gets a 1.5 instead of 1. Crystal clear, and the white head settle to a ring in seconds.

S- Weak malt, lemon. That's about all I can make out... A bit metallic, and a hint of yeast, actually. Smells like when you rack a pils into secondary.... if you're standing 30 feet away.

T- Initially boring, but not bad. Then the bad flavors start, and keep coming. Sourness, stale, mouldy bread, no hops at all, and only the faintest malt.

M- Crisp, but not clean. Carbonation is weak within minutes, and it just starts to taste like horse piss. Not that I drink horse piss. But if this was warm, it couldn't be that much different.

D- Yuck. Made to be drunk as fast as possible and puked up later. Absolutely awful.

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Photo of willsting8
1.25/5  rDev -35.2%

It's drinkable, but it's hardly a beer. If "camo" is one of your favorite patterns to wear on your everyday attire, then you'd more than likely go gaga over this carbonated urine.

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Photo of kinger
1.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Well I've put rating this one off for a long time, truth is I haven't had one since I started rating beers. Downed a handful of these this morning during a golf scramble. No great or even good redeeming qualities, another light beer that will only give you a headache.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.24/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

A lot of disdain for this shell of a beer.

Pours a clear, watery yellow. No head, no lacing. Active carbonation. Just a stunning appearance.

Smells like nothing.

Unfortunately, it does not taste like nothing. I taste some light corn and metal. As the beer warms up, the taste becomes atrocious and makes you wonder what's the point of living.

Very light bodied, crisp mouthfeel. About the only plus here.

Ha. HA. HA. ha. ha. HAHAHAHA

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Photo of beergoot
1.24/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Born on date: 6/9/12 (1st review)

Re-reviewed born on date: 08/31/12 (2nd review) - worse than my ratings overall compared to my first review...

Very, very pale yellow body with no real head after the pour, only a weak, light ring of white foam on top of the beer body. Thin hint of grain in the aroma. Watered down grain and corn flavor, evenly balanced with a barely perceptible hop bitterness. Body feels like nearly-flat soda water; clean, dry finish.

Barely a step above weak soda water. In fact, I'd rather drink a nice, cold glass of ice water over having this beer. I wonder what the Budweiser marketing folks mean by the "superior drinkability" label on the bottle? Superior to plain water? Perhaps; there is a low alcohol content that may be a draw over plain H2O. Superior to drinking a flavorful beer? No way! One of the primary reasons I try and drink so many beers near and far is for classic beer flavors and new and interesting twists which so many creative, thinking brewers come up with. If low alcohol and barely perceptible taste are what you're looking for, then Bud Light is the beer for you...

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Photo of beeroclock
1.24/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

bud light sucks, it tastes like water with a touch of old man ass seasoning. i have friends that drink this beer as if it was made of gold. i do not get it, the flavor is terrible, the smell is the best part about it and that isn't very good either as it tends to smell like a dirty glass. i put on-tap, however in my time obviously i've had this beer every way it can be served. i think the best this beer gets is in a beer funnel, that way you can't taste it and its gone before you realized it was a bud light, 2 thumbs down on this one!

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Photo of granger10
1.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I remember thinking that this stuff was crap even before I knew what good beer was. But I was at my friend's house a few nights ago and all he drinks is Bud Light. I wanted a drink so I decided to have one. Wow was that one bad tasting beer. I could only drink one that night. Not quite as watery as some other macro lights but that might not be a good thing. The only taste I recognize is grass. I'm swearing this stuff off for good.

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Photo of haazer
1.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a hefeweizen glass

A- Pours a very pale, straw colored brew. Carbonation apparent. White head that dissapears quickly.

S- Smells a low quality yeast and barley. No hop or malt presence apparent at all. Little bit of a skunk aromas.

T- Skunky, low quality barley and hops mixed together. So this is what hop pellets taste like. To think I used to drink this stuff regularly.

M- Light as can be. Carbonation hands in the mouth in the slightest. Leaves a nasty aftertaste.

D- Well, you have to drink these fast. There is absolutely nothing to savor. If anything were to contribute to drinkability is that you can't taste alcohol and its not thick.

Notes: Luckily the United States has been blessed with craft and imported beer. Otherwise, this would be all we'd know. This, Miller, & Coors light. To think, I used to drink this stuff regularly in college. Ick, wouldn't even buy in a keg for the sake of a party.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
1.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Always looks better than it tastes, this pours a yellow color with a foamy white head. Head dissipates almost immediately and leaves no lacing. Tastes the standard A-B bad with tinges of bad adjuncts and the bad hops that A-B always uses. Pass on this unless you want to have bad memories. We use this to baste hams.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
1.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, poured into a mug

Pale straw yellow with a large amount of bubbles and nearly see through. The aroma is clean and dull. Can't really pick out anything more than cereal grains. The body is extremely light and highly carbonated. This is crisp and light and really dances around due to the high carbonation. A bit of grain and a dry finish. There really is no substance behind this beer. Highly carbonated grain flavored water.

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Photo of baos
1.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz into glass

A: Head disappears quickly. Very pale and bunk looking.

S: Metallic grain.

T: Slight grain and malt that gives way to metal and I hate to say bile.

M: Yay I'm water.

D: I've drank many of these in one sitting, but now I can hardly stomach one. Tastes like bitter metal.

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Photo of Overlord
1.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The epitome of what I consider go be the U.S. macrobrew disaster.

Pours a urine appearing yellow, typically has a thin, fizzy head that quickly dissipates, and with no flavor or smell to speak other than a watery, alcohol tinged sawdust taste.


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Photo of rangerred
1.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured out of a pint can into a pint glass

Color is an extremely pale gold. Kind of looks like dirty water. An aggressive pour yields a thin soapy head that quickly fades.

What little smell there is reminds me of cooked vegetable/stale corn

There is hardly any taste present. A very light corn taste followed by an odd sourness on the finish. An extremely watery taste with very prickly carbonation.

This is the first bud light I have had in a long long time and honestly, it tastes like seltzer water. There are a few light beers I do enjoy like hudy delight, old milwaukee light, and high life light. This one, however, is borderline nasty. For the life of me I do not understand how this is the number one selling beer in the US.

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Photo of wahhmaster
1.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a VERY pale golden color, almost clear. Has a very small, fizzy head that dissipates to practically nothing and leaves no discernible lacing.

Smell: A musty graininess backed by a slight sweetness is really the only smell that comes out here.

Taste: This is one of the few beers that I have to describe as gross. It has a sickening sweetness to it and almost no hop character to speak of. Terrible.

Mouthfeel: Has the feel and consistency of sparkling water.

Drinkability: A thoroughly revolting beer. This beer cuts out all flavor in favor of cutting calories. I can't see myself drinking this again; I would probably drink just about anything else rather than have this again.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
1.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ive drank craft beer (and mostly exceptional craft beer, at that) for SO long that my tastebuds literally needed to "adjust" to this swill.

One BA member said it best that if you like this; "get the picture- you are not a real beer drinker!"

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Photo of secondtooth
1.22/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Kinda figured any beer person needs to "tick" this one, at least once, so here goes.

Appearance: Crown of huge white fizzy suds atop a complexion of clear, almost golden “beer”. Very very pallid and watery. No real lace.

Aroma: Rice, corny grains. Only a slight (slight!) touch of hops.

Taste: Crisp and light with barely any real flavor. I give this points for being “refreshing” as it’s basically like a beer-flavored fizzy soft drink. Flavor profile is really virtually nil it’s so watery.

As a beery drink, not altogether awful. As a beer? Nah.

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Photo of SHDoyle
1.22/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

A - Similar to urine after you drink a gallon of water. A bit of white head/foam.

S - Nothing. I got absolutely nothing.

T - Red Solo cups, failure and regret.

M - Almost flat seltzer water.

O - To borrow a term from modern day pundit, commentator and all around philosopher Charles Barkley, this beer is "turrible". It's reputation for being awful is well deserved. Drink at your own peril. The only redeeming aspect of drinking this beer is that it'll remind you of how bad beer can be, thus allowing you to recalibrate your palate and truly appreciate all the great beers out there.

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Photo of Jacobob10
1.22/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Well, I decided to review this one just because I despise it so much. Pours out yellow. Small head that goes away fast. Looks like piss. Smells like crap. Corn, crap, and nothingness all tightly packed into one 12 ounce bottle. How do they do it?!?! It gets a 1.5 for smell just because at least there was something present. Tastes awful. Awful, awful, awful. One of the worst beers ever.

I hate Bud Light, I hate Anheuser-Busch, I can't stand this stuff. But will always be a keg party staple for years to come (unfortunately).

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Photo of NachlamSie
1.22/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes. Served at approx. 45 degrees. I poured this lager into a pint glass to reveal a very light bodied beer. Its color is very light golden and is easily seen through. A small bubbly head fizzed for a short while then disappeared quickly. The nose is faint but has suggestions of corn, paper, mineral water, and perhaps an aroma reminiscent of cloth. A mineral water-like flavor is mostly present upon sipping with hints of paper, steamed rice, creamed corn, and a sweet finish akin to aspartame. The mouthfeel was very thin and carbonated, the beer easily washed over my palate leaving minimal impressions. In my humble opinion, I believe I would enjoy this beer better if it had a little more body and flavor depth. Perhaps it could also benefit from less adjuncts, as the overall flavor seems to hint strongly at the use of them.

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Photo of ghebb
1.21/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poures a crystal clear straw yellow with a compact head that dissapates quickly.

Not much of an aroma to speak of, other than a fainnt skunky smell. Taste, well, there's not much there, watered down and somehow that skunky (Maybe rubbery is a better description) aroma seems to manifest itself in the flavor. Thin bodied w/ high carbonation, the only real purpose for this beer is for getting drunk or for people who don't know any better, because you definetely wouldn't drink it for flavor. Oh yeah it gets nastier as it warms up too, it needs to be drunk ice cold.

In essence, this stuff is bad, even for cheap light beer this stuff is bad. Miller light is better, coors light is better, even Natty Light is better. But of course, this is the #1 beer in the world.

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Photo of TeHStalker
1.21/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Is this beer for drinking or putting out fires when camping. Its hard to tell if someone can actually appreciate this as a beer however if you are in college than this is good for the price. Very light watery taste and color. Quite carbonated and goes down rather smooth. Don't mind occasionally having 6-12 of these if I have a long continuous day of drinking. Ie tailgating or college day parties.

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Photo of Tripp655321
1.21/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Look is beautiful... Let's be realistic, lagers are suppose to be crystal clear. This is more clear than most drinking water. In fact everything about this beer is more water than water. Smells like skunky water. Tastes like well water. Feels like carbonated water. Great for cooking pasta and rice in. Great for giving away. Great washing out your growler. Terrible for drinking

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Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
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