Bud Light | Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

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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 Sosh
2.29/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had quite of few of these at a party last night. This is definatley one of my least favorite beers. When fresh and cold it's not terrible, but the second it drops a few degrees it gets pretty nasty. It's a little too carbonated for my taste. It's better than Coors, but if I'm going to drink popular, cheap beer I think I'd take a Miller Light over this (as far as the big 3 are concerned).

I'm a lightweight, but I drank an awful lot of these and never felt too drunk. At 4.2%, this is kind of a waste of my time.

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Photo of Albertdidz
2.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of skdavidson70
2.28/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of imbibehour
2.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yup, I grabbed one from your fridge there during poker night when you weren't looking, somehow I think you wouldn't have mind. When was the last time I had one of these?!? Yikes ages, and since I am on the Light lager... off we go. Why not throw this sucker into a shaker pint, sure why not!

A very foamy and very white head is made off the pour and falls rather normally. Body color is a text book straw yellow and hay. However, this glass is swarming with cola carbonation, it is stuck on the sides everywhere. It rises fast. It looks like a swarm of bees are in my glass. Crystal clear.

Nose, pure and total corn. Very sweet smelling. Really not pleasant, truly light, nose seems to disappear after awhile leaving next to no aroma later on.

Taste overall a bit better than the nose but not by much. sugary malt sweet, light bodied. Feel is slightly syrupy but surprisingly with a faint tight carbonated fizz quality that leaves a real sense of metallic aftertaste (no it's not because it's in a can).

Overall it is what it is.

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Photo of adamkpeter
2.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Zomdust
2.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What else is there to say, it's bud light

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Photo of Ryan-Candi-Arnold
2.28/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Wontonst
2.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bigone4
2.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is the beer of choice for social gatherings. Well not any gatherings I would attend now. Moderatly priced and you get what you pay for. Clear yellow color reminds me of tainted water. Easy to drink must be ice cold or it tastes discusting. Smells like rice some mild bittered maltness. This beer has been around for years and is still very popular with the non micro and macro brew crowds. A nice long neck bottle in a cooler is perfect for a hot summer day especially when you are mowing the lawn or something. Something not to important. Not to impressive of a brew but still if you need to drink a cold one and they are around. Rather disapointing rereading this review. I am glad I have matured in taste.

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Photo of Matt_Delfico
2.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
2.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This seems to be a typical example of an American macro light beer. Appearance is pale, watery yellow and smell is of the usual macro adjunct aroma. Taste presents a tiny bit of flavor, but mainly watered down mediocrity. I wouldn't recommend this to an average BA. Still, I found this to be a decent beer for hanging around with friends when you don't need anything anywhere near special. The colder the better here.

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Photo of BierFan
2.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had a couple Bud Lights on tap earlier today. Arrived with a small white head. Carbonation was fairly light. Faint smell of adjunct rice and a little metallic aroma. The taste was not much different from the smell. The mouthfeel felt more substantial than when I had it from a bottle or can.

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Photo of BeanBone
2.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The standard crystal-clear, pale straw-yellow body with a fizzy white head that recedes rapidly.

Aroma: Sweet and grainy with a somewhat fuller body than you usually get in this style (still firmly in the thin territory). In place of hops, a handful of crisp fruitiness.

Taste: A thin, grainy malt body with the barest hints of hops, but no bitterness to speak of. Compared to other American macro light beers, Bud Light has perhaps a little fuller flavor profile and is not as plagued with skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: A little fuller than average, but still very thin compared to most beer. Fizzy with a dry finish.

Drinkability: The usual Light Lager Catch-22; it goes down easily but there's not much desire to keep going.

Verdict: This tastes like college to me. A somewhat fuller body and more pronounced flavor profile than many in this style, but still amazingly bland and shallow. If faced with a choice between a Bud Light, Miller Lite, or Coors Light I suppose this is would be my second choice.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
2.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pilsner glass a perfectly clear pale straw-yellow with a slight pure white foamy head that maintains at a smallish cap throughout the drink. Tons of bubbles shooting to the head.

Smells very lightly of grainy malts, with hints of cooked corn. No hops. No alcohol.

Tastes very bread like. Malty and corny with the slightest hint of alcoholic sweetness. No hops again. Absolutely nothing surprising about the taste of Bud Light whatsoever. Not much substance. Extremely watery thin and watery body.

Bud Light is, however an extremely easy to drink beer.

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Photo of number1bum
2.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't even know where this came from or when it got there, but this has been sitting in my fridge for awhile - a single, solitary can that I was waiting for someone to consume. No one has, so I figured what the hell, I'll drink and review it.

Pours a very light, clear yellow with a fizzy white head. Head recedes to a thin lace.

Smell is not pleasant. Skunky and vegetal, also some adjunct "grain" aromas. Yuck. Even in the days before I started drinking craft beer I remember that I would not smell a Bud Light before consuming it because it was just so nasty.

Taste is much better than the smell and is quite smooth really. Not really much flavor but there is some malt sweetness and grain. Zip for hops.

This baby is watery thin, but it drinks pretty easy.

This is not a beer I would drink with any regularity whatsoever but it makes a pretty drinkable camping beer. Smell aside, not a bad macro.

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Photo of tillmac62
2.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Another one I had to buy again just to tick off the style. Buy a Bud, drink a third of it, then fill it with water. And there ya have it - Bud Light. Don't even bother to buy one of these. Water down a real Bud instead. That way you at least have a third of a beer that's somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of boogles
2.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recently shared some of this with pizza at an after rehearsal choir gathering, appropriately served very cold. A witty choir member announced, "tastes like pretzels." Her comment was as generous as it was caustic. This is not at all a good beer, but it is decent among the very poor American light lager style, certainly preferable to Natural Light and other undrinkable beers. In fact, I'd choose Bud Light over Dogfish Head's chicory stout, and I mean this from the bottom of my (growing) gut ... not from my heart though--it's pretty bad.

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Photo of phiberoptik
2.26/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

Who will actually read a review of Bud Light? Really...

This beer along with many of its counterparts got me through college and some post college years with a lot of lost memories, puking, and headaches.

This beer is boring. Boring in appearance, absolutely no smell unless you spill it on your clothes or floor and dont clean it up.

Tastes very fizzy and watery. There is no defined beer flavor. I dont think malt or hops drinking this and it usually just required drinking the first two or three quickly to lose the care to taste any more.

I have to admit though this beer gets a 5 for drinkability. You can drink it fast and often and not feel full or satisfied.

If you are on this website, why would you even care about this beer?

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Photo of beeragent
2.26/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I cant believe this is what I used to drink. And to think, this is what most people call "beer". That aside, this beer was poured form a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass (so I could review the appearnace). The beer poured an almost clear, but slightly yellow color, eventually settling to a light yellow. Lots of carbonation, forming a 1 inch fluffy head, that quickly faded, leaving light lacing on the glass. The aroma is very weak, smelling of grain and corn. The flavor isnt much better. Mostly water and corn. Not too many characteristics to this type of beer. The mouthfeel is light, expected obviously. I dont know how I used to drink this all night, but I guess for many, this is their session beer. I guess to each his own. This just isnt the one for me.

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Photo of Bearshawks85
2.26/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of ZAP
2.26/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have always considered this THE worst big brewer beer made...I mam somewhat surprised with it after drinking it....It sucks, but it doesn't really really suck (if you know what I mean).

Pours a light yellow color...better appearance than expected...Nose is typical macro...cereal grains...but a stronger scent than I expected too.

The taste is smooth and mildly sweet. Nothing bitter about this....not as watery as expected...still nothing real impressive about it either...

As they say "it is what it is"..I'm surprised that this is not as bad as I thought....Bud Select is much worse...perhaps that is what I was expecting. I'd take most of the other light beers over this but it's drinkable if you're thirsty. (Now on to the Town Hall Smoked Porter growler review)

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Photo of daem3384
2.26/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Exeggutor
2.26/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
2.25/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Lazaro
2.25/5  rDev +21%

Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
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