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

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Photo of Lucoli
2.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bud light what do you expect

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Photo of DaveCash
2.32/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Jtcolella
2.32/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of KLW2008
2.32/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of REEK
2.32/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Great beer if your a person looking to drink a large amount and want to scrub out on a case. Good beer compared to other light beers such as miller or coors, yet nothing I would ever bring up in conversation with someone who knows anything about a good true beer with character.

Again... if your in college looking to drink a good amount for a cheap price then maybe, but in retrospect, nothing special by any means. Just another watery type brew thats sold at gas stations.

-J

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Photo of Edwin
2.32/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Yellow to clear. Not much to look at. Some white head and lacing.

Smell: Icky. Smells like a fraternity carpet. It's that "beer smell" that people dread. Nothing to really smell ingredient-wise except maybe some corn or rice.

Taste: Can't say that it tastes bad because, well, it has really no taste at all, especially when it is served ice cold. Nothing to even note here.

Mouthfeel: It is easy on the tongue and goes down quickly and easily.

Drinkability: You can drink 10 of these easily. It is a guilty pleasure that can be consumed en masse. If you have an entire day of football or company ahead, this would be a good brew to stock.

Overall: A beer with zero peronality, but is extremely drinkable. Good for the ball game or a long night out. Geez, it's like $1.50 a pint, so why not settle in with a few Bud Lights?

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Photo of tuckevalastin
2.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

A: Very translucent amber with a light white head

S: There isn't much aroma to speak of. The smell that does exist is grainy.

T: Extremely light flavor. Slightly sweet grain flavor but extremely watered down

M: Crisp, carbonated, and as light as water.

D: If you can drink one you can drink 24.

Overall, it's Bud Light!

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Photo of supercolter
2.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Ok so this used to be my favorite beer and I hate to be too harsh...

Appearance is nothing short of bland...straw yellow with little carbonation, no visible head or lacing
Smell is very faint at best...a bit of dry malt is all I can smell
Taste is very, very weak as well, again maybe a bit of malt is it other than that its all water
Drinkability is actually good, I say this because for its style, even though it is not complex in the slightest and it is very watery, there is no skunk or cheap malt taste

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Photo of bamadog
2.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review is from notes taken on 2/12/10 and poured from the tap to a 16 oz. plastic cup -- woot to drinking in bowling alley.

Appearance: Pale straw color, a little like urine (and no, I'm not just being snarky and sarcastic -- it really looks like the aforementioned fluid); starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger white head that fadfes quickly toa full, but very thin skim; body is perfectly clears and shows moderate carbonation with no lacing.

Smell: Light grains and barly - smells very much like an adjunct as there's a faint whiff of corn-like maltiness... Overall it's faint and unappealing.

Taste: Thin and watery grains and barley; the corn-like sweet maltiness is in the back and is faint.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, strong carbonation with a fairly clean finish -- overall though there's nothing to this.

Drinkability: I give it a three, but only because one could drink copious amounts in any sitting. I know I used to drink this a lot before find the wonderful world of craft, but taking trips down memory lane is not always a good idea.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If you're a fan of beer, you're probably not watching your calorie intake anyway, so the only reason these types of beers exist is for people who really don't like the full taste of a real beer. Nevertheless, I'm reviewing Bud Lite (review #2 for me, if you're following my beer journey), which is up there in terms of popularity next to Coors Light (in NJ, anyway, which is Coors Light country). I don't automatically have a predetermined dislike for Anheuser-Busch, so I'm going into this review giving it a fair shake.

First off, this stuff is paler than normal Bud. A VERY pale straw color. It forms a better head than Bud, but not by much. I took a sniff, and I don't know if I got a bad bunch but the smell was kind of like a musty grain smell. Not too good.
I took a taste and luckily it tasted better than the smell. A very slight malt taste and absoultely no hop character. No bitterness here, folks. Very watery, and not as carbonated as regular Bud. The aftertaste is just about non-existant, as is the alcohol taste.

Whereas Budweiser specifically lists that it is brewed with rice on it's label, Bud Light says "select grains", meaning there's probably corn AND rice in there (not to mention a slew of other Anheuser-Busch chemicals). I do find it very drinkable, as it would go great with greasy BBQ food. A non-offensive beer, and I am sure that there are worse beers than this out there.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bad beer Thursday 2011, week 1. Every week for the year of 2011, on Thursday nights, I will give a "bad beer" a fair rating and review. This week, Bud Light. "Smooth and refreshing light beer" - I'll be the judge of that.

Beer poured from a 12 ounce blue can into a stange glass (I thought this the most appropriate). I poured the beer hard and was surprised by the amount of head I got on it, seriously huge. Beer is clear and light yellow with moderate and steady carbonation and a huge white head of medium bubbles that slowly falls away leaving some lacing on the sides of the cylindrical glass. Beer is completely clear, I can literally read through the glass. Looks like beer.

Aroma is sweet and almost soapy. It has this odd late aroma that is pretty off putting but it does not have that terrible boiled corn aroma some of these beers get.

Beer is served ice cold, as per instructions, and as a result, all the flavors are on the back half of the palate. The front 1/2 to 2/3 of the palate are completely blank. It is literally water until the grain bitterness at the back, and I use bitterness loosely here. There is a slight aftertaste but for the most part it is like drinking water.

I picked Bud Light for the inaugural week of Bad Beer Thursdays 2011 because I could not honestly say that I had actually had this beer. I hate Budweiser (the company) as much as the next guy, their market presence dilutes the craft market but as far as a beer goes, this is about as plain and bland as it gets. There's really nothing wrong with it, no off flavors, just a nothing watery beer.

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Photo of Myotus
2.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 12May15) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pour with two finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth after two minutes. Straw yellow in color. Ascending bubbles are in excess. Lacing is high and thick.
SMELL: Has subtle aromas of bitter hops with hints of car exhaust and spicy hops. Where are the malts???
TASTE: Initial taste consists of mild water flavors with hints of bitter hops. Mild water flavors enter immediately after along with subtle spicy hops and hints of corn adjunct flavors. Finishing off this disappointing symphony, strong water flavors enter as all previously flavors fail to push through except for spicy hops, which remain subtle.
FEEL: Light-bodied and overly carbonated. Carbonation stings the tongue. This does go down somewhat smooth, despite the high levels of carbonation. This finishes crisp.
NOTE: Still better than Coors Light.

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Photo of vdread
2.3/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bud light pours a clear yellow with tons of unrelenting froth.

the smell is solid and strong. corny sweetness dominates. i find it to be much stronger and somewhat attractive than other 'light' beers i've tried.

taste is nearly nonexistent. no hint of hops, and a barely present sweetness that could be confused with malt. sweet husk and carbonation. what can i really say about this? it's a lite beer with no flavor.

mouthfeel light, watery, highly carbonated. about average for a light american lager.

drinkability low, despite what the ads say.

- i drank enough of this to review, then gave the rest to my friend. would not drink willingly again.

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Photo of Diesel_River
2.3/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

I give it credit for what it is, a very drinkable and refreshing beer for when your say... drinking with people who don't care what they're drinking. Its the cheapest beer i'll buy. Doesn't have a lot of taste, but its very drinkable. Almost anyone will accept a bud light and willingly drink it.

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Photo of IanOsea
2.3/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Better than Budweiser, not as good as PBR. This is just your standard American beer.

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Photo of palffyfan
2.3/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pale yellow with about an inch of foam, along with carbonation bubbles.

Smell - Nothing special.

Taste - Much weaker than the regular Bud, very watered down.

Drinkability - Out of all of the macro lagers, perhaps in the 2nd tier of beers. Would still avoid if possible--think about it, do YOU ever add water to your favorite cheap beer?

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Photo of BabyBastard
2.3/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, since my significant other "had" to purchase this, I might as well review it. Poured from the bottle into my tulip a very pale straw, very weak color. Almost looks like a glass of watered down apple cider, with a head that vanishes almost as quick as it appeared. Light lacing around the glass. Unimpressive, to say the least. I guess AB isn't really expecting you to pour this from the bottle.

Even when stuffing the nose inside the glass, the smell is pretty much non-existent. Smell is of the typical, adjunct corniness and not much else. Is this what rice beer smells like? Possibly.

Taste is right there with the smell, non-existent, except for a strange, uninspired after taste of plain white rice and bland corn. This should be considered beer for people who do not like the flavor of beer, because there is really no discernable flavor to speak of. My description may be making this brew look good.

Carbonation is a bit high, giving one those huge, totally repulsive burps that so often accompany consumption of a brew of this type. Other than that, I feel the mouthfeel on this is about average for a light lager. Drinkability is also average due to the very mellow alcohol content and that great, non-existent taste. Overall, a very unimpressive, below average light lager that should generally be avoided. The fact that I took time out of my life to review this is a miracle, but I suppose that I have had worse. Always open to trying new things, but this thing is one that you should say "no thanks" to.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
2.3/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

It's bud light. It's got it's place but not my favorite

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
2.3/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very weak beer. Appearance is very light yellow/golden. Smell is inconsequential -- nothing really too it. A little grainy and bitter -- just like the taste. It's smooth going down -- cos there's nothing to it! So, you could drink a lot of these w/o really enjoying it and taking a long time to get any type of buzz going. Less filling than Bud, but has less taste...and that's not saying much.

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Photo of GoNowhere
2.3/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Take this beer for what it is. Not what you wish it was.

This is going to be basically the same as my review for Miller Lite because they are basically the exact same.

Appearance is similar to the pee you have when you are dehydrated. It makes the world yellow if you try and look through it.

Smells kind of sweet and dry. I think it smells like fresh sweat or three day old opened sake.

Taste is thin with some bitterness. Like watered down pinot grigio. It is very refreshing in a way that only fishermen can appreciate.

Mouthfeel is watery and crisper than Miller Lite.

It is what it is: An easy drinking light adjunct. I do love the Bud Bowl.

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Photo of WVRadar
2.29/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a creamy white 2 finger head, which diminishes quickly to a thin ring around the top. Clear, pale straw body, not much lacing. Smell is not unpleasant, light grain. Although I've been drinking this for years, I never really examined the taste: there's not much there. Mouthfeel is very light, watery. Good thirst quencher that goes down easily, but as I said, not much taste.

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Photo of JThor80
2.29/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of elmocoso
2.29/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a perfectly clear beer with a quickly disipating head.

A sweet and dry aroma with no detectible hop smell.

Carbonation stings the tounge that finishes with a mild sweetness.

as with all A-B beverages, it is a very polished beer. so polished, infact, that it has no character at all and seems to be just a vehicle to get drunk and socialize.

a good bottled water would serve me better.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.29/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Can't remember the last time I had a Bud Light. But, as luck would have it, the office's Pepsi machine was recently stocked with 12 oz. cans (replacing the 'V8', which apparently nobody but me bought). It's all in good fun, the machine's owner is a friend and co-worker. So today I salute you, 'Ms. Vending-Machine-Restocker-Gal'...

'Born On Date': 16DEC08

A: Yeah, I poured to a pint glass from the wide-mouthed can. Ridiculously pale straw-yellow, but crystal clear. Huge carbonation clings on the sides of the glass, rising quickly in a few streams. Fluffy head of snow-white frost tops out at nearly two-fingers, taking about five minutes to fall and fade completely. Really a pretty good-looking beer for the style.

S: A vague aroma of grass, slight honey sweetness, otherwise zilch. Not an 'off' smell, just doesn't smell like much of anything.

T: A little bready, but with lots of sweet 'adjunct' flavors: corn and rice in particular. The mildest of hoppy bitterness, more of an afterthought. A hint of salt? Weak.

M: Light body, watery but with a slightly sticky starchiness. Light carbonation and smooth (benign) feel.

D: Easy enough to gulp down and, I suppose, refreshing. Not my idea at all of what a beer 'should' be, but I suppose it has it's place in the world. Just not my world.

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Photo of Bunman3
2.29/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

See review of Budweiser. This is beer for washing down hot dogs at a ball game, nothing more and nothing less. I've never met a beer I didn't like, there are just varying degrees of amiability. Bud Light is like an acquaintance I don't mind getting drunk with once a year.

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Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
1.93 out of 5 based on 5,887 ratings.
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