Bud Light | Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,836
Reviews:
1,432
Avg:
1.93
pDev:
36.79%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
1,457
For Trade:
1
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1.18/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of CobraDC23
1/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of spokenwheels
1.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of MallardDrake
1.74/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of Timc32
2.75/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Thy_Philosopher_King
1.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Piss water with low carbs. best way to describe it.

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Photo of johnhudson922
3.21/5  rDev +66.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dflo32
1.87/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of DrewSnyc667
1.49/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of adamkpeter
2.28/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of troobie
2.68/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Can't say that I'm huge into light beers. I accept that they have a place and purpose, one that I'm slowly accepting as I continue to age. Why pay for 4.2% ABV when you can get 5%, 5.9%, 8%, 10%, or even higher for the same price (or even less in Bud Light's premium-price-point case?) Well, because I can drink as much light beer as I want and function the next day as opposed to two 40s of high gravity which are now leaving me FUBAR and wishing for death.

The Budweiser brand has gone to Hell since it's new foreign ownership. I felt embarrassed even buying Bud Light since I'm not a flaming liberal, which is their current advertising target. Enjoy your death spiral A-B, it was your decision.

Reviewed from a 20 pack of 16 fl. oz. aluminum bottles. As always, I'm keeping the style (light lager) in mind and comparing it to other beers that I've had in that style.

A: Poured into a Budweiser glass purchased at the Fairfield, CA brewery. 1.5 fingers of head from a soft pour that shows large bubbles and takes less than 30 seconds to dissipate. A barely intact foam ring lasts the entire glass with some patchy floating foam on top. Surprisingly there are some rings of lace on the way down. Color is not as light as expected and must be close to that of "regular" Budweiser, impressive for a macro light beer. A small amount of "floaties" when held up to a strong light. Not at all uninviting.

S: Almost nonexistent until the beer warms. Iron, faint sweet malt, light green apple. Any hops are lemony and spicy. There is nothing off-putting which I guess is a home run here. It reminds me of what melted ice in a hotel room ice bucket smells like in the (next) morning.

T: Bland, even for a light beer. 10% Budweiser, 90% carbonated water. A-B must make a fortune on this beer. It takes a few of these for my palate to start detecting anything other than salty and metallic. Really light malts and rice with some lemon. You'd have to be familiar with the A-B family of beers to recognize and understand any taste. Close to alcoholic water but, again, nothing off-putting. This reminds me more of Natural Ice than Budweiser. (I guess I'll need to review Natty Light now.)

M: Probably the most champagne-like, super carbonated beer that I've ever had (sorry Miller High Life.) Carbonation stings the tongue but is not creamy. The extreme carbonation gives the beer some substance when really there is none. Eventually there is a puckering and lemony dryness that is not pleasant here. The rice adds the creaminess missing in the carbonation.

O: The least flavorful light beer that I've ever had. Bud Light's look, smell, and mouthfeel are able to partially substitute for it's lack of flavor. If I wanted to get drunk on carbonated water I'd pick this beer.

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Photo of MikeyTomorrow
1/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of CreightonSM
1/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of akolb
1.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of cliff1066
1.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of jviveney
1/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of speedlimit7
1.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of ewelvaert
3.89/5  rDev +101.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dms1767
1.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Sid_Smith
1.02/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Piss water beer.

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Photo of IndySuds
1.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of SpaceBeagle
2.05/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Alemmer91
3.23/5  rDev +67.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanKininger
2.85/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mikey440
2.58/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
1.93 out of 5 based on 5,836 ratings.
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