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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 elsinore
1.5/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The other day, I got stuck at a party at the neighbors', with a cooler full of this and Smirnoff Ice as the only refreshment.
(I guess I coulda -- shoulda -- stole one of the juice boxes from the kiddies instead.)
I vowed that if I was going to have to chug down a Bud Light, I would at least give myself the pleasure of reviewing it.
So here goes:

A -- Didn't pour it out of the bottle. Will bet my house and both testicles it was a pale straw color.

S - Faint, mild corn and not much else.

T - Very little of this either. Sour, with mild corn overtones and, oddly, a hint of saltiness. A stranger to hops.

M/D - Carbonated to -- nay, past -- the point of unpleasantness. In my opinion, between the sourness and the fizziness, Bud has created a true American original -- a 4.2% beer with low drinkability appeal.

It is true that I began to drink this beer with low expectations. But this beer genuinely fell even short of what I'd expected. I'll switch to MD 20/20 before I stock this stuff in my house.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.06/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Expanding upon my review of the bottled version: On-tap it is still (and perhaps more if that is possible) watered down than the bottle version. There is less carbonation than the bottled version but still the same watered down beer. If it is the only beer available than go for it, but typically there will be something more appealing.

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Photo of PuckLSHS
1.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What else can I say about this one? I tend to buy it when I know I am going to have a party, because people like this...especially the women that I know.

light pour, no head, no hops, watered-down version of Budweiser. I know...I said "watered-down version" and you are probably thinking, "Could Bud taste any more like water than it already does?" Why yes, yes it can.

Great for Fraternity parties worldwide.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.4/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

It was left in my fridge, so why not put a couple words down about it? A little yellow food coliring was added to carbonated water, there you have the body. Maybe my cold hasn't gone away, I can't smell anything. Taste is not much. Very slight grain, NO HOPS, yeast possibly? Mouthfeel is an afterthought. A farce of a beer.

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Photo of mcallister
1.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale yellowish/gold with a lazy white head with absolutely no retention.

Not much of a nose. Pale malet, yeasty smells. No hop I can pick out.

Very watery with very little malt or hop presence. A very dull mouthfeel. Wouldn't want to drink this unless I was stuck at a house or on a island and it was the only beer there.

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Photo of frosty
2.5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Bud light a beer of choice when u are at a college party for its drinkablity but to sit around and enjoy, blah. Very light in color, the smell non existant, bud light is a very boring beer. As it goes down your throat the taste reminds me of water. Thats right its like drinking water. A plus one this beer is that it is cheap and very drinkable. It goes down like nothing. But if it was to me I'd take the money I spent one a six pack of this stuff and buy me a single of some real beer.

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Photo of Gaben
1.76/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Woho bud light , now thats a standerd bar beer for football games.

When you think bout it though, its alot differnt then most of the other american light's, in my mind not the best for the $ amount.

Good old yellow color , with a standerd bud hop smell to it.

Taste isnt too bad since its lacking a bit extra, but I mean do not go to crazy with it for it will come back and give a massive hang-over if you under-estar/mate the taste. So yeah dat drinkability you got is a killer for this one.

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Photo of Enola
2.83/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ok, let me explain the situation. I was at a drag race. ( Cars, not cross-dressers ). It was hot. It was all BMC. It was $5 for a 16 ouncer. But I was thirsty. So here goes.... Straight out of the can. I scored the appearance on multiple samplings long ago. The smell was what else, corn and rice. The taste was pretty watered down. The mouthfeel was good given the conditions. I was glad to get a beer. Under the conditions previously mentioned, this brew was drinkable. I had some Stone bombers in the truck but no glass was allowed in. Later on, 7:30 pm to be exact, beer sales were stopped. I would have loved to had another. So you can start to see the importance of a macro when there is a cooler full 1 ft away on the other side of the glass and they can't sell it. At $5 a pop I would have sold beer till the cows came home. So, to conclude my reveiw, it all depends on the situation.

I told the guy at the counter that he had a damn good spot to sell beer if he ever decided to. This was after he refused to sell me a cold beer.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

So I was here in Louisiana attending a local crawfish boil, and as I scanned the montains of crustacian carcasses I noticed that everyone there had the same silver cans of bud light poking out of their piles that I always picture at a crawfish boil. I always picture that because as far back as I can remember, that is all I have EVER seen anyone drink at these things. There's never even Miller or Coors for the sake of changing it up. It is ALWAYS Budwieser. I always figured this was because it was cheapest, or because people in charge didn't know any better or whatever.

Then I started thinking, what would I pick to pair with boiled crawfish? It has to be light and drinkable, because you're going to need alot of it to wash down that spice and keep cool in the heat of the outdoors. Low abv helps in that department as well. And what about flavor? What plays well with crawfish? Well, corn actually was the first thing that came to mind. Crawfish and corn have such a natural affinity for eachother that having one without the other is like having peanut butter without jelly. Its ok without, but why cheat yourself?

So if I'm looking for a beer with light body, low abv, and lots of corn flavor, and I can drink gallons without feeling full or drunk, it turns out Budwieser is damn near perfect! Factor in that its price is condusive to feeding the five thousand and you have a winner on your hands. Don't fight it. Besides, wrapping your gut-goobered, orange-stained fingers around a tulip glass to quaff your IPA really just wouldn't be right.

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Photo of hanco005
2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this because it was on sale and I needed something for other family members to drink. 12 oz can, born on 10 Jan 06 poured into a pint glass

A—pours crystal clear dandelion with a 1 inch fizzy bright white head that immediately fizzles into nothing, many bubbles are coming up from the bottom, similar to a soda, no lacing clings to the glass at all

S—faint straw, sour fruit, and a few other grains. Nothing sticking out really…

T—not much here. Honestly, like a mild grainy water.

M—thin and watery, light bodied, good carbonation, however

D—not one for me…not enough flavor. This is one to drink if you are looking to get drunk. No flavor and it goes down like water.

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Photo of Folderol
1.09/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I thought I should give this crud a try, just to see what all the commercial hype is about. My first mistake was pouring the beer into a glass instead of just chugging from the can. It made a lot of nice frothy head, and I'm giving it points on that only. The downside is that all the carbonation had gone after that since there's no body to keep it in, leaving me not just with bad beer but flat bad beer as well. I can't even say it had a taste; it was kind of like sour water. There was no hop flavor, malt flavor, or even yeast flavor. All in all, one more reason to be wary of American pop culture.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
1.57/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

free beer garden keg, poured in fresh plastic cup each time, keg-tender said she was trying to achieve "as little head as possible" with each pour.
bright watery urine yellow, no head to speak of (see above), dirty lacing with slight cling like guilt. smelled faintly of sweet corn or something. as for the flavor -- citrus-corn nightmare with a horrible sharpness on the swallow and an extremely unpleasant finish.

bad news. can't argue with free beer sometimes though...

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Photo of dbalsock
2.81/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I will preface this review by saying... compared to other light lagers, this isn't that bad, there are much better, but much more worse.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color, or maybe its yellow, the more I look the more I think it's yellow. Topped with a large amount of seafoam at first, it quickly disappears although the carbonation looks pretty heavy.

Smell: I pick up a pretty strong sweetness at first, and that's a little overbearing, especially with no sign of hops in the picture.

Taste: The sweetness from the smell develops immediately followed by a grainy lager/malt taste. The beer ends it's stay on my palate with a slight college aftertaste. Note: these tastes were barely apparent and required deep concentration to pick out. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad.

Mouthfeel: Very water, very highly carbonated, very unwanted.

Drinkability: The carbonation is a little too intense and there is not much taste (again, i don't know if this helps its case or not, maybe some of both).

Overall: I'd say this is a very typical representation of a light lager, unfortunately.

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Photo of acarroll413
2.15/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A- the worst beer ive ever seen. no head, the color was a pale yellow, almost clear.

S- nothing there.

T- almost nothing there. if diet soda wasnt sweet, and had a slight wheat flavor to it, this is what it would taste like

M- so thin it nearly got absorbed by my teeth. at least it was smooth

D- of course this is a drinkable beer, its like drinking tap water.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.94/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks see-through, just like water. If you look hard there's a slight yellow tint to it. I poured it like very harshly and the head was 100xs larger then the beer, but it is slowly falling. The lacing is barely even there.

If I smell really hard and breathe deep I can just barely smell the lager, but the first smell is faint and flavorless.

Taste reminds me of water at first and then turns into a sweet off-odor smell. It's hard to get a read on this because it's so flavorless.

Mouthfeel made me cringe the first time, like water, but when it hits the back of my throat it makes me gag.

Not very drinkable, it doesn't have flavor, body, or drinkability. I pray to God I never drink this again.

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Photo of dubman003
1.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is at every bar, is constantly advertised and is sold cheap. Hence, people are always drinking it; I think familiarity keeps people coming back to this.

On that note, Bud Light is almost beer-flavored water. Bud Light is something to drink when you're afraid you're putting on too many pounds, or want to be polite and accept a beer from a friend. If you have to buy Bud Light, the least you can do is buy it in bottles...I think drinking this stuff from the can will just make it that much more apparent how worthless this stuff is.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
2.09/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bud light has no taste to me. The only reason I think it is the best selling beer in america is because of advertising and because I think when people first start drinking they haven't acquired a taste for beer yet. Bud is easy to drink and hence they find that beer when they first start drinking and stick to it. I've converted some people to miller lite, which is the only lite beer that tastes at all like beer.
That being said, it doesn't taste bad and I can drink it if my friends offer it to me. I just don't think it tastes like a beer.

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

Had quite of few of these at a party last night. This is definatley one of my least favorite beers. When fresh and cold it's not terrible, but the second it drops a few degrees it gets pretty nasty. It's a little too carbonated for my taste. It's better than Coors, but if I'm going to drink popular, cheap beer I think I'd take a Miller Light over this (as far as the big 3 are concerned).

I'm a lightweight, but I drank an awful lot of these and never felt too drunk. At 4.2%, this is kind of a waste of my time.

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Photo of styrene
1.89/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 16 oz. st. patrick's day-themed 16 oz. aluminum 'bottle' into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This beer is seriously the color of my urine. In other words, it is a transparent, pale straw yellow with a few small bubbles.

Smell: nothing offensive here..not much of a smell at all, in fact. i guess that that's a good thing.

Taste: Bud light tastes just like carbonated mineral water. There's a hint of bitterness, but it's the kind of bitterness that results from carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry..after I swallow, it's like I never put it in my mouth in the first place.

Mouthfeel: light, like drinking a soda

Drinkability: This is a beer to avoid at all costs. I'm looking at the rest of the pint and dreading finishing it.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
2.84/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A warm Sunday calls for a cold beer, and this is the only beer in the house.

The beer pours out to a very pale straw color. Not very inviting, unfortunately. A thick head grows while pouring, but subsides immediately. There's not much of a smell except for a bit of the hops. The taste is very dull, though I can faintly detect the hops and only a bit of the alcohol. The mouthfeel is boring as the liquid is rather thin. Tastes like a flat club soda. The beer is cold, so it is drinkable, to a degree. I can drink a lot of this because it is so watery. Unfortunately, I will be bored of this quickly as well, also because it is so watery.

Not a great beer, but alright for a warm Sunday.

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Photo of Dubblebock
1.4/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ahhh....good old Bud Light. My old college roommate used to guzzle gallons of this stuff in search of the perfect state of alcohol-induced nirvana. I'd crack one open once in a while, especially if I was out of one of my brews at the time, but I never made a habit of acquiring the Bud Light taste.

Gotta admit that this is one marketing monster, though. Bud Light is easily the biggest selling beer in Texas. You simply can't go anywhere here (bar, barbecue joint, wedding, ice house, etc.) without seeing someone standing around with a cold bottle of Bud Light in his or her hand. I recently tried some at a wedding, as it was the only thing available. It brought back the memories for sure.

Bud Light was sparkling and clear in the glass, very well-carbonated and somewhat watery looking. Average nose, again a bit watery and weak.

There is almost nothing to recommend for the taste criteria. This is easily the least "beer-tasting" entry in the annals of light beers. Nothing. Nada. No malt backbone to speak of, no hops, no NOTHIN'. This was like drinking water with a small amount of beer mixed in.

Effervescent mouthfeel. Not drinkable at all. I finished the glass that I had, and stuck to water the rest of the night, barely noticing any difference.

It's easy to see why this beer is so popular, though. Let's face it, there are tons of people who really don't like the taste of beer, yet they want to maintain the image that they are beer drinkers. This is perfect for them. They can maintain the illusion that they like beer, AND get the easily quaffed alcohol delivery system that they crave. Not a bad deal.

Pass it up. There are plenty of better light beers on the market if you have to go there.

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Photo of Rumpole
3.3/5  rDev +71%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my modest pursuit of the Golden Mean of budget beers, I use three criteria, admittedly not all that strictly: cost, flavor, and strength. I use 5% as a flexible general standard of strength, which will seem low to the micro set, but in this league it is a reasonable standard. Ice beers are mostly stronger than that, but generally at a flavor cost the Rumpole palate refuses to pay. Light beers rarely reach this level, and since they cost no less, are likewise generally passed over. However, the lunch-break pub to which I on occasion retire for refreshment, which heretofore had PBR available on tap for $2 a glass, recently gave the PBR up, for reasons which I'm frankly still a bit vague. The least expensive beers they had, on draft or in the bottle, were Bud Light and Miller Lite on tap. I ordered Miller Lite, but was misheard as Bud Light, rather a case of selective hearing, I suspect, as I later noticed of the dozen or so bottled options, eight were from A-B. Hence, here is the unlikely second Rumpole review of a light beer, the first also due to a flukish set of events.

I suppose I could gloss over the Bud Light label, since this sample is from the dear old tap, but since I happen to know what it looks like, I can't resist indulging in a little spleen; maybe if regular Budweiser didn't have such an outstanding label I'd desist, but since A-B clearly knows how to put together a class look, why does this label look more appropriate to floor cleaner than to beer? It must work, alas; A-B didn't get where it is by lousing up the marketing end of the brewery business, but still, one could wish success didn't have to look so ugly.

The beer itself doesn't look as bad, but pronouncedly not as good even as regular Budweiser, which is as pale as one could go and get away with it. Bud Light looks positively washed-out. The scent is a mere wisp of grain and herbs, scarcely registering on the aged beezer.

There is, candidly, very little flavor. A very light grain flavor, so light it doesn't really need a balancing hop top-note, which is as well, since there is almost none. To A-B's credit, there are no off flavors, and it has that refreshing smooth Bud texture and super-clean Bud finish. For a light beer, it acquits itself perfectly adequately; methinks the average score for this beer, taking type into consideration, is a tad low.

In sum, no sense not being sociable if this is what's being served; there's simply no way this beer could deliver offense. At 4.2% abv, it'd be as well not to be in any sort of hurry, but eventually the warm glow will arrive in due time. As far as plunking down coin of the realm, it's no cheaper than regular Budweiser, nowhere near as tasty, and you'd be surprised the difference a mere 0.8% would make. Even more problematic, there are cheaper options out there that are likewise stronger and better tasting, including A-B's very own Bud Dry.

So much for my take on the matter, however; light beer drinkers are quite simply looking for different things from their beer than I am with my three criteria; if Bud Light delivers on their requirements, good show for them, say I. I used to use beer as yet another means to look down on others, but thankfully those days are long gone. Light beer drinkers could care less about the opinions of beer snobs, much less ex-beer snobs, and there's no reason for that to change.

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Photo of Optimat0r
2.38/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

sadly ive probably drinken more of this than any other beer. it looks like piss, smells like piss, and tastes like piss, but after 2-3 cans it becomes more drinkable. even after 8+ cans you will still be aware that it tastes like crap, but tat that point you just dont care anymore. the only redeeming factor is that its cheap. but it tastes cheap too. i cant believe i used to drink these kind of beers, this is what gives beer a bad name. never again.

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Photo of soulgrowl
1.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This would be a 1 if not for the initially impressive head, which is tall, dense, and snowy-white. Body is far, far less appealing, probably the palest, most sickly-looking beer I've ever seen.

Smell: Golden delicious apples, boiled peas, and boiled cabbage dominate. Very bad, but also (thankfully) very weak.

Taste: Like the appearance and aroma, the beer's taste is quite weak. Flavors are so undetectable, in fact, that it is difficult to review. On the plus side, it's quite clean and crisp. It's good with salty and/or fatty foods, which bring out the beer's hidden malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clear, no finish at all. Good for the style, I suppose.

Drinkability: This is as drinkable as any light beer - goes down easy if you just want a thirst-quencher, but if you want something that you can really enjoy, look elsewhere.

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Photo of danielharper
3.21/5  rDev +66.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from the gas station by my apartment, Huntsville, AL.

Dated 25 JAN 06 on the bottom of the bottle -- less than a month old, and in a can. Should be pretty fresh.

Poured from the 16 oz can into my favorite pint glass, using "proper" pouring method and a beer straight from the ice. Creates a nice thick head that dissipates quickly. Almost perfectly clear body, looks like slightly yellowish-tinged water. The head sticks around for awhile, but leaves no lacing.

Very sweet corn malt in nose. No hops present, slight yeastiness in the back of the aroma. Not a whole lot there, but what's there isn't precisely unpleasant.

Flavor is, again, a slightly corn on the tip of the tongue, with a grainy texture as the beer is washed around the palate, and an astringent "yeasty" aftertaste. Aftertaste passes quickly, leaving the palate ready for more.

Mouthfeel is thin here, but this is very much to-style, making the beer easier to drink for long periods. Could be a bit more pleasant (astringency gets in the way), but the mouthfeel here isn't half-bad.

This tastes like nothing, which makes it very drinkable -- nothing to get in the way of pouring it straight down the gullet. Consumed as a BA would consume it, the beer gets very astringent and unpleasant as it warms, so drink it while it's cold. It's not my cup of tea, but there's a reason why it's the most popular beer on Earth, and I'll take it before a lot of craft beers in a heartbeat.

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1.93 out of 5 based on 5,798 ratings.
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