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 Troy-Hawaii
2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light golden color, light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, sweet taste, basically the cheap beer that you can drink a lot of and is available at most sporting events and bars so easy to get. The best way to drink it is on tap. You drink it when you're drinking to be social at parties and taste is not a concern. It's what got me started drinking beer in college.

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Photo of chinchill
2.09/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap. Served in a shaker pint.
I believe this is my first Bud Light ... and my last.
This is probably the most watery and tasteless beer I've ever had (possible exception: another An-Busch Light beer). It almost certainly has less aroma than any other beer I've ever had. I
have good reason to suspect I have a rather sensitive sense of smell yet this beer has almost none.
They shouldn't even call this beer.

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Photo of jasonbayly13181
1.45/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Just being blunt on this one without much filter. This is one of the worst beers I've ever had.

Look - typical gold lager color with normal head. Nothing out the ordinary.

Smell - very basic. Nothing worth even commenting about.

Taste - Seems to me that Budweiser insists on dumping extra sugar in this junk while brewing it. You can taste the sweetness and its not pleasant. It's thin, watery, and as mentioned, way too sweet. The aftertaste taste like you've sucked on a sugar cube. Always seems to taste like the rubber tubes that it comes out of while being poured. Terrible. Really bad.

Feel - very thin. Nothing redeeming about it at all.

The only reason to drink this is if all other beers are gone and you just have to drink something. You can also drink about 450 of them before you'd even feel drunk, if that's your angle. Terrible beer. I will actually pass on a beer altogether and drink water before I will drink a Bud Light that someone offers me. Only clever marketing by Budweiser still makes this sorry excuse relevant.

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Photo of kalosjakar
1.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had one of these New Years Eve at a party. I haven't had one of these in over 2 or 3 years. Going from "craft" beer to this was a reminder of how awful commercial beers are.

I'm not going to go too deep into the specifics of the beer.

Looks like water, tastes like water.

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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 GoGators15
1/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is by far the worst beer mankind has ever created. I would rather drink dog piss out of a dirty wet sock than to ever taste this god forsaken liquid again. My Indianapolis Colts are sponsored by bud light and it almost makes me want to remove myself from the fan base and find another team. God bless all you good beer drinkers and may God one day rid this planet of this terrible beer once in for all. In God we trust, amen.

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Photo of rorykanderson
2.15/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'll take a Bud over a Bud Light any day of the week. Unless I was dying of thirst, because this beer is all water with very little taste. It's the beer created for reflex-drinking. Of all the characteristics for which beers are rated here it falls flat across the board. If you're drinking one it's probably because you want a beer and it's the only one available or you don't feel like drinking a beer but want something in your hand to help you through whatever event you happen to be at.

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Photo of 2ellas
1/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Would rate this lower if i could. Potentially my least favorite consumable liquid out there. Would prefer urine or fat guy underboob sweat. I would go dry if this was the only alcohol available

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Photo of breadwinner
2.55/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

It may/may not taste like actual beer, but it's not necessarily gross either. It just...is. Watery. Bubbly. Goes down easy. Smell is weak, adjuncty, though not necessarily stale. Taste is light, no hops, faint hint of malt. Beer water. Not gross though.

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Photo of RandyR49
1/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Give me a break! It's Bud Light! Much better than my favorite beers after a softball game. Almost like drinking water. It sometimes that's what you need. Don't forget to smash the can into your forehead when it's finished

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Photo of Libeertarian
1.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Clear, pale gold with fine, soft and filmy head, pure white in color and weak in retention. Smells very basic, a bit grainy albeit extremely watered down, but with an interesting lemon twinge. In other words, even more like a pilsner than regular Budweiser, which is a plus. Beer itself is like mineral water that someone put a handful of dry grass in a few hours prior. While it doesn't make me gag or anything like that, I maintain that no beer should ever taste like this, fewer calories be damned. I'd almost take a decent lager that's gone bad or a malt liquor over this. Mouthfeel, is as I implied, like mineral water. Very thin, kind of spritzy. Refreshing in its own right, but so is apple juice.

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Photo of stevoj
1.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Can from Jackson's d koent bin. Can't believe I haven't rated this yet. Clear pale golden, small white airy head, tons of bubbles. Aroma is a bit musty, funky, but mostly cereal grains. Taste isn't bad, its just not there. Nothing, Nada, zip. Body is watery and zero finish.

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Photo of thebeerman25
3.02/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

appearance-very clear and carbonated and yellow/golden.

smell-smells like beer, smells very light and it smells different than a budweiser in my opinion.

taste-very light, smooth, no bitterness and no noticable hop flavor. very smooth.

feel-watery and fizzy

overall-good light beer. this is a get drunk beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
1.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This is up there with Natural Light as a typical college party beer. That's to say that it lacks most qualities that make beer good and doesn't real pair well with anything other than beer pong. I can't understand how these light beers do so well in sales. It's sad that people are missing out on so many other great beers.

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Photo of frothy_80
3.31/5  rDev +71.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look- Pale straw. White fizzy head.
Smell- Nothing, well maybe a little sweet malt.
Taste- When ice cold there is a fruity sweetness to it at the end. Minimal to almost non existent amounts of malt or hop presence. However, as this beer warms up it becomes undrinkable.
Feel- Fizzy carbonated water
Overall- The perfect beer to take on float trips.

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Photo of HattedClassic
1.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The beer pours a nice thin white head that looks very nice but dissipates very, very quickly. The beer itself is clear pale straw color. The look isn't too bad and much better than I thought it would be but it still doesn't really compare to the more solid offerings that are the same color.

The smell is disappointing and not very good. There is a slight hop bitterness to it but not enough to discern what kind of hop notes. It also has a very sweet malt note and a tiny bit of alcohol smell to it that is not really appealing. The booze note seems to be more appealing with heavier beer styles and this ain't one of them.

The taste is just bad. I mean almost fail at life bad. The taste seems promising when it's the coldest but as it warms up, you lose whatever bitter hop note was there unlike other beers where the hop notes actually open up.

The feel is just fail. In fact, I'm sure AB uses water from the great lake of fail to brew this beer. The body is watery instead of thin with a tiny bit of fizz; making this beer feel like it was made with seltzer water.

Overall, this beer is a fail. A Great Big Lake of FAIL. If you were on a desert island and needed a source of water, this might suffice but outside of that lemonade might be the better option.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Time to review the world's most popular light beer. I can honestly say that I have never had this before. Even before my craft beer days, I would always have selected a regular adjunct lager over one of these. Here goes: Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a pale straw amber with a faint gold tint and a bare half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light, sweet biscuit malt and a faint hint of grassy hops. Flavor is very mild sweet adjunct malt with a distinct rice component (not sure if it is used, but this is spot on for Japanese rice lagers) with a hint of biscuit finishes with mild grassy hops. Tastes watered down. Light bodied with active carbonation. I'm baffled by the number of people who compare this (and other adjuncts) to piss; there is no real comparison. It tastes exactly like it is intended: a light, flavor attenuated mild beer that will offend almost no one. The slightly sweet malt is as inoffensive as it is uninteresting. A watery, mildly sweet malt and mildly hopped light lager. The only surprise here is how watered down it tastes. That makes it hard to understand as a session beer; really boring. This is a one and done. There is no reason to return this (except under desert island scenarios). My apologies to my Seattle Beer Week glass; we will not speak of this again.

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Photo of Srqdavid
2.74/5  rDev +42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

People are giving this beer too much shit, honestly it's a beer that is meant to be drank at the beach, parties, and any drunk holiday where you just don't care and don't want to be a snob. For many of us this was our first beer, yeah is it watered down piss taste maybe but still remember the nostalgic memories it deserve's.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
1/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

You already know what this beer tastes like. It's watered down horse pee. No flavor, no hops, nothing. It just tastes like a bad beer with 75% more water. This one is only drinkable at a tailgate.

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Photo of SM00TH_H0PERAT0R
2.08/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I think people are a little harsh on their reviews of this beer. This beer is not meant to be drunk for that great beer taste experience. It is meant to supply backyard barbeques and all day drinking at frat parties. It must be bought in 30 packs or kegs. If you buy a 6 pack and think your taste buds will be charmed by the experience, then I fear what else you may be thinking.
Don't pair this beer with a fish or steak, pair it with a hot dog or a bratwurst. And enjoy the summer before it's gone.

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Photo of RVerduin
1.54/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

I poured this beer from its simple and light blue can into a standard pint glass, and noticed one of the worst looking beers I've ever seen. It's got an extremely pale yellow color, and a very insubstantial head that dissipates very quickly. The amount of bubbles tells that it's heavily carbonated.

Not only does it have almost no color, it has no smell either, except for feint hints of sweet cereal grains.

At this point I was hoping that the smell would be misleading, and that it would at least have a decent taste, but no, this tastes like carbonated water. No malts, no hops, just water and a bit of those cereal grains, which are noticeable in the aftertaste.

It feels light, thin, watery, and overcarbonated.

Overall, drinking this was a terrible experience. This is beer for people who don't like to drink beer. Don't get it? That's okay, neither do I.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
1.46/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I usually wouldnt even bother rating a beer like this, but since being forced to pay $11for a bottle at a recent ac/dc concert, i thought i owed bud light one.perhaps its shame on me for even bothering to do this, but this beer is complete dogpiss, zero body, very little flavor, zero aroma and terrible feel....this beer is strictly for college kids with no money or taste in beer.....dogpiss in a can.

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Photo of NatsuruSenou
2.66/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

What can you say about Bud light? Its very drinkable. When the situation is right, This is a decent thing to have. Partying or When you are mowing. It isn't flavorful.The lack of flavor is probably a good thing, in some situations. Low ABV. Once again, Bud Light is good for partying. The Smell, is kind of putrid. But seriously, who would smell this willingly? Taste, is actually a strong point, Supreme Drinkability. Beery Water. Very light, With a hint of malt. Corn too. Appearance is straw yellow, and pale. In line with the style. Feel is carbonated, light and easy to drink. Not my personal choice, as i am not fond of light lagers, as they really don't have much in flavor, but I wouldn't turn one down, if it was offered, unless I wasn't in the mood to drink. Isn't bad isn't good. Boring, and forgettable. Could do worse for style though, which is Macro BMC light beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
2.27/5  rDev +17.6%
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 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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