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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.

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Photo of badbeer
1.35/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured a pale straw color with a foamy head that leaves some lacing around the glass. Smell is clean but like most macro lagers has a slight smell of creamed corn, just really bland. Taste is much of the same, no pronounced flavor, nothing that I could get enjoyment out of, I would like to see some hops come through, just a little at least. Mouthfeel, overly carbonated and intended to serve ice cold, perhaps to hide flavors, good or bad, within? Drinkability, I could imagine this is drinkable for many, but I could maybe have one in a sitting, and then not have anymore again, ever.

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Photo of Drew966
2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Ordered a bud light on tap, it was served in a plastic disposable cup (well, proper glassware does improve the beer experience, and what could be more appropriate?), it appeared pale macro lager yellow with a minimal head. It went down smooth, like a nice glass of carbonated water, with just the slightest kiss of hops to remind you this is supposed to be beer. This is beer to guzzle, it is either lawnmower beer of the highest order, or it is the lowest common denominator that serves to keep beer as low brow as possible in America. Is the keg half full or is it half empty? That is for you to decide.

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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 PatYoda
1.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The appearance is the best thing about this beer. It's sickly pale yellow but it does have some decent foam which sticks around on the edge of the glass awhile. It smells like very faint grassy hops. On to the taste.

...I'm still waiting - after my fifth or sixth sip I finally realized that there is no taste. Simply amazing. Body is nonexistant. This is the second worst beer I've reviewed to date.

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Photo of sammy44
1.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Watching "Braveheart" last night. Go to the fridge to grab a beer. There is only one there. A 40 of Bud Light left by my brother in law from New Year's (sigh). Decided to do some tasteing so that I can write a review.

Decanted the 2005 vintage into a pilsner glass. A little forceful pouring and the narrow glass created a foamy, white 2" head that quickly faded to nothing. The appearance does NOT look like urine the way some people have said. No, no, urine has more color. It is a very pale yellow that is perfectly clear with a few bubbles coming up. The color almost reminded me of a Riesling or maybe a paler Chardonnay.

Smell, none.

Taste, You know how gatorade now markets water with a hint of lemon flavor? This is their new product. Water with a hint of beer and carbonated. Very carbonated.

Mouthfeel, carbonated water.

Drinkabilty, If you don't mind the taste, lack of aroma, and general un-beeriness you might could have finished the whole 40. I couldn't.

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Photo of kirok1999
1.28/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The only bad thing to say about this "beer" is the complete lack of anything to say. Very mild and fizzy, slight vegetal notes, no doubt from the adjuncts used. The only reason to drink this is to get trashed. With that in mind, the least they could do is raise the ABV. Anyway...

Appearance- Crystal clear light golden.

Smell- Watery and vegetal. No discernable hops.

Taste- Bland and watery. Slight malt note but no sweetness at all. Again, no hop presence at all.

Mouthfeel- Much like soda water.

Drinkability- I'd imagine after about 5 or 6 of these things they get pretty drinkable. Hope I never get to that point.

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Photo of MSchae1017
1.48/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner Glass from a Can.

The beer pours a pale yellow with a thick white head that dissipates quickly and does not lace. It just smells of nasty corn. There is very little taste that is dominated by corn and rice. The mouthfeel has some overpowering artificial carbonation and is watery. Overall it is tough to drink. The adjunct flavors just take over making me heave to try to drink it quickly. However it is light enough, to not be as offensive as it could be if these flavors were stronger.

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Photo of maddamish
1.9/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

I was meeting some friends at the local watering hole and my friend comes to the table and I ask her what she is drinking. Another friend of mine says it is a french beer and makes up a french sounding name and asks me to try it.


Because I had been trying to get them to try a variety of beers that night and extolling the virtue of good beer. My friend was trying to see if I would praise a beer just because he claimed it to be a micro. I took one sip of the beer and put it down. I picked it up and I took another sip. "This is just water" I declared. I was trying to get any sort of flavor out of the beer at all and could not find any.

Bud light is just for people who want to get lit, there is not other reason anyone would drink this swill because there is no enjoyment in drinking this whatsoever.

It wasn't till later that they admitted that is was bud light, Nice try guys.

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Photo of akajimmyd
1.85/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance – Totally translucent pale straw color.
Smel/Taste – Not much there in the smell department. The faintest of hops. Smells like beer. Tastes a little like beer. Nothing stands out.
Mouthfeel – Thin and watery. Bubbles tingle my tounge. A bit sticky, but even that is mild.
Drinkability – Incredibly easy to drink. Everything is mild
Notes – This is the first in a series of reviews as I clear out my college fridge. I have quite a little macro collection from party left overs.

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Photo of bahumutx
1.85/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from draft into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden color with a white head.

Smell: Not much aroma. There is also a slight hint of corn but like I said there is not much of an aroma.

Taste: Slight hint of malt and corn and that is about it. Not much flavor at all. Also a slight metalic flavor is present.

Mouthfeel: Thin Mouthfeel, very much like water.

Drinkability: Very drinkable because it is just like water.

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Photo of kmo1030
1.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

i'm taking a critical look at this to see what i can make of it.
pale, pale yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates to the faintest of rings around the glass.
the aroma is somewhat sour with a faint grainyness, and a *hint* of floral hops. i might be inclined to give this a 2 here if there were any real aroma to hold onto, but it's barley perceptable.
the taste consists of some slight vegetable sweetness, and a little grainyness. thats about it.
the mouthfeel is quite dry and has a watery and seltzer like body. blech.
i can drink it, and i've drank large amounts of it when in the company of friends, but it's nothing i'd ever go to because i enjoy any of it's qualities

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
1.38/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a lovely urine color with only the slightest hint of a head. Smells like stale yeast, much like a beer glass that has been left on the counter over night. That, and corn chips. Tastes like carbonated red licorice and corn. Delicious! Mouth feel is thin with a lot of carbonation. I must say, this is a few steps closer to drinkable when it's on tap.

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Photo of indysamra
1.88/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well, when you can't afford to splash out just a little, or there's not much of a selection. I guess it will just have to do. This has never been, nor will it ever be a first choice for any real beer advocate.

Even in high school I was able to splash out just a little, and gone with something a little better in quality and taste.

Unfortunatly, althought this is one of the best selling beers in the nation, I'm sure most of that has to do with price, and availability as oppose to taste.

Better than Miller high life, and comparable to Coors Light. I would give this a miss, unless your really desperate.

Indy :o)

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

One of the few beers that I will flat out turn down.

No redeeming qualities whatsoever. More expensive than drinkable cheap beers macro swill like High Life, OML, and PBR.

Pale yellow and fizzy with no head. Smells like musty, rancid water and tastes about the same. Mouthfeel is fizzy water. Drinkability is non-existent. Some seem to find it easy to drink, but I can't stomach it.

Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of Dewey0603
1.9/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A yellow straw color with a small head,it did have alot of carbonation.This smells alittle fruity,but not much else.This tastes like water that is beer flavored.It's light and watery,but as far as a macro light goes it stands up to the other swill.The m/f is light and watery.I don't think I would ever try this again,but it's still better than other big macro lights.

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Photo of cheers2beers
2.5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a thick mug,this beer pours a white fizzy head that rapidly disapates.No laceing.No cascadeing.Just sits there.The color is light yellowish.The aroma is corn and slight alcohol.The taste is like the nose.Light and watery on the mouth, goes down easy.I can say this beer is rated low for a reason.Not much to remember,and i would not recommmend spending money on this.


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Photo of Mitchel
2.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Is there anyting that I can say that hasn't been said before? Very light in color, not much to smell or taste. It is a gateway drink. It is for teens who havn't had anything else to compare it to. Not a horrible beer, I would rather drink many, many things over this though. If you think that this or any other American light beer is the only one out there, try something else. Who knows, you just might like dark beer and not even know it.

The only reason that I give this beer a 3.5 on drinkablity is because the price is right. You can hardly argue this. But never forget, you get what you pay for. I have a soft spot for AB, this was the first beer that I would call my own. Every now and then, after a long hard day of work, I still like to sit down with a cold tall Bud light.

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Photo of haggis
1.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This brew is currently what the youth of America are supping. God help us. Hey, there is a lot to say about marketing and right now the ads carry this beer. Poor students can certainly get a plethora of better tasting cheaper brews: Miller Lite, Pabst, High Life, Schlitz, Golden Anniversary. If it is due to calorie intake (biggest marketing scam in modern day next to tartar control toothpaste) then there is no doubt that Miller Lite or Amstel Light have more beer taste.

But don't get me wrong. If I'm out playing wiffleball or at Fenway and my buddy comes back with a cup of Bud Light. I'll drink it. There are times when it is okay. There are just way too few when it is right.

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Photo of tesguino
1.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little good about its sister; its espectacular aluminum bottle, are beatiful, really can help to keep cold the beer until the last drop; its bottle is one of the most advanced innovations in the beer market, i try alone withouth food, its pint size is perfect for take two or three bottles no more; drink direct from the bottle. 75% recommended.

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Photo of nekronos
3.55/5  rDev +83.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With this, we are getting into the awfull beers domains, this is a little hard to stand and maybe with sdome other beers before, you can relax and just drink it, but as it can be described, it can be found. I would preffer to have a regular beer than the light version of this brewery.

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Photo of GuinnessHero
2.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I will keep this review relativley simple as to not be repeating what anyone here has said.

I drank Bud Light in my high school days...why? Mostly because that's all anyone would ever buy. I'd ask for something a little higher up, such as Rolling Rock, and no...they would give me this. Oh well, gotta work from the bottom up.

A - No head, pale, straw, yellow coloring

S - None but a faint "beer" smell if you want to generalize this beer.

T - None, goes down easy though giving it the 1.5 given on the scale

M - Nothing horribly offensive here. No aftertaste which is a good thing.

D - Here's what's nice about it honestly. I could pound a 12-pack of these in a day just because it's easy to drink. Very smooth and thin which gives it that extra help for shotgunning, chugging, beer pong, beer bongs, and any college type party games.

Overall, I would never buy this again if it weren't for having group get-togethers where my buddies drink a ton of this crap.

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Photo of goschool
1.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My mother (who hates beer) and I had a little discussioin/arguement on the topic of Bud Light yesterday fallowing a wisecrack I made about a friend of hers' preference for the said beverage. "Everybody likes it," insisted my mother. I came back with the expected, "That doesn't make it right" and "It hardly tastes like beer," etc... Being the enormously open-minded person that I am, I grabbed one from the fridge, poured it into a glass and sat down to sample it and review it, sans prejudgment.

The pour is something of a gold-tinged clear color with a frothy white head that leaves a thin lace. You can work backwards from better beer or forward from awful beer when reviewing this one. There isn't much of a nose but it's not filled with corn like some other macros. It's not overly fizzy, but the mouthfeel is very thin and watery. There's not a lot of anything here as far as the taste is concerned. It tastes like club soda with, possibly, the least amount of hops and malt you can put into a beverage and still have the chutzpah to call it beer. There's no offensive flavors in here so it's not a chore to drink, but I'm not anxious to have another one of these ever again.

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Photo of AltBock
1.16/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I got this on-tap for only .90 a 12oz at a local bar. Someone got this for me and it's a good thing because this stuff was bad. It poured a very pale yellow color with an inch of foam that dissipated very fast. No smell what so ever and if there was anything, I'm sure as hell didn't smell it. The taste and mouthfeel were both bland and watery. It's sad that a bottle of water has more taste than this beer on-tap. Since this beer is cheap, affordable, low in alcohol, and everywhere, you drink alot of this stuff. But I can't see why anybody would do that.

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Photo of mentor
2.9/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from the discount bin of Liquor Mart (Boulder) and consumed about a week later. Born on 15 Aug05 D802. Very very pale dull yellow liquid (although it's crystal clear). Pours a two finger fizzy 'soda pop' head that quickly settles to nothing. Smells mildly malty...like honey sweet. Plus a darker aroma that comes across as sort of cardboard and mushroom, but which I'm beginning to recognize as Spalt hops. Tastes very watery. Mildly malt sweet and with a dark hop character. Hop is extremely mild and is *way* below the sting from the carbonation. In fact, I would say the carbonation contributes more to the flavor than anything else. The first sip was decent, as I could really 'get' the malt and hops, but all subsequent tastes were lacking. I'm not sure if my DFH pint glass will ever recover. I was foolish to use it for this Bud Light. The mouthfeel is extremely thin, like water. The beer actually improved a bit when I swirled to release some of the carbonation. The hop flavor became more prevalent and the taste of iron made an appearance. Drinkability...low when I'm in beer geek mode, but could be high under certain circumstances.

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Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted on-tap 09/20/05 at Fast Eddie's in Fairfax, VA.

Pale straw color with a low flat white head, ringed edge, and decent carbonation. Light cooked corn aroma and taste and not much else. Light flavored beer, crisp and dry. Light bodied but fairly smooth and refreshing.

A bit better than Miller Lite and lots beter than Coors Light in my opinion. Seems very similar to Busch Light actually. I go with Bud Light when I don't opt for Diet Coke or water and have to choose among the 3.

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