Bud Light | Anheuser-Busch

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Bud LightBud Light

Brewed by:
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 Bito24
2.36/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I take it from reading the previous 100 reviews that the raters have not grasped the concept of light beers. They are not brewed to taste good, they are brewed so that sone overweight smuck can convince him/her self that this will be good for their physic. It's a watered down version of another beer. Of course it taste like dung. If you watered down a Coke, that would taste bad too. As far as watered down beers go, this is one of the better ones. Actually for a brief second it taste like a regular lager. Hey if you buy a cheap car you ain't gonna race at Daytona. If you buy a light beer you're never gonna be happy if flavor is what you're after.

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Photo of Djdumont
1.31/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Never been a real fan of any of the BMC lights, but for fair review's sake, I'll explain Bud Light through the eyes of a college student looking to get trashed.

Look: Gross, pale yellow. Better when hidden behind the aluminum. Huge plus if you have the opaque bottles.
Smell: Pro tip...don't smell it. Hints of bleached asshole come to mind.
Taste: Mostly water. If you can recall the flavor of Bud heavy, take that and make it a 50/50 water mix, and voila.
Feel: Light. Airy. Easy to suck down via funnel or shotgun.

Overall: Huge waste. It tastes, on a good day, equal to any of the Keystone/Busch/Rolling Rock competitors, but it costs 50% more. There is no reason for anyone to ever buy Bud Light. If you spend extra money to "avoid" the other low quality AAL macros, but find any difference in Bud Light, you're lying to yourself. IF anything, the others have more beer taste, because they don't appear to be half water.

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Photo of Strigiform_Witness
2.38/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jeffreyhill021
2.71/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Babalu614
1.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Carter_T
1.21/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of davisrs
1.03/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Comparing only NA beers, BUD Light and Miller Lite, not my favorite Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Cans. Color was light straw.
Aroma was sweet off a two finger head lots of carbonation
Seltzer taste and feel
I'm assuming it's made from rice since I detected no barley or hops flavor.
Seltzer water is cheaper!!!! I won't be trying this beer again unless major changes are made.

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

Photo of redgorillabreath
2.16/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Ok...Why am I here? Why did I drink two? I was thirsty, and I wanted something fizzy to drink. If filled the need.

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Photo of LWagoner
2.12/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of SuiGeneris1
1.1/5  rDev -43%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of nater919
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

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