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.

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

Pale golden yellow. Smells of sweet fermented rice with a little skunky lemon. Tastes like nothing: beer water, sweat? Mouthfeel is like sparkling water. Drinkability is high, but why? Do not understand why people would drink this. What's to like? Drink water if you are thirsty.

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Photo of philmorepunk87
2.6/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light yellow nothing impressive with a little bit of head

S - Corn adjunct

T- pretty sweet very high carbonation

M - the carbonation makes it very fizzy feeling

D - drinkability is ok, although a little to sweet. There are better american adjunct lagers out there.

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Photo of steanu
1.43/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A-This on ST. Patty's day so it was green so it hid it's bland coloring.

S- It didn't have much of a smell to it at all.

T-It really does not have any flavor. It tastes like soda water that had one little hop put into it, it's not a very exciting beer.

M-it does not finish clean either. It tastes a little rotten at the bottom.

D-it's not my kind of beer.

Bud Light is good if you want to chug and get wasted w/ your friends and save money. But, I'd rather use Pabt's blue Ribbon for that because it's better than Bud Light. Bud Light is really not my favorite beer but man does the Bucsh company have an awesome theme park!

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Photo of homebrewer88
1.45/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Used to drink this regularly so I had to try again.

Light gold color with a soapy white head that disappeared very quickly.
Smell is very grainy and can smell some adjunct, no hop smell.
Taste follows the smell grainy with no hop taste although it could be refreshing on a very hot summer day.
Mouthfeel is very watery.
Overall not sure why I ever drank this but oh well.

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Photo of dunit697
1.27/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the beer you drink when you are already drunk as my friend has said. The taste is only unique in that it has absolutely no uniquness. I found this beer a waste of time, money, and brain cells. I suggest buying a Heineken is your looking for cheaper mass produced beer, stay away from this vacuum of taste.

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Photo of ACinSC
1.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had these because all other options were off the table.

Nose is corn, rice and more corn as this is an adjunct lager.

Taste is of cardboard, rice and hops. Nothing fills it out. This beer does not stand out in any way. It's hard to make a strong protest against it though. It isn't revolting, just very, very plain. It doesn't even leave an aftertaste. (I guess that's a good thing for an unimpressive major label beer.)

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
1.89/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This isn't a great beer. It is weak and smells bad. It does go down pretty smooth. Not sure if that is because it doesn't have much of a taste or what. It doesn't rock my gut like bud heavy does. Though I prefer Bud heavy this is a decent alternative.

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Photo of willsting8
1.25/5  rDev -35.2%

It's drinkable, but it's hardly a beer. If "camo" is one of your favorite patterns to wear on your everyday attire, then you'd more than likely go gaga over this carbonated urine.

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Photo of beerNdarts
1.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

(Free can at a party) Appearance is very light, smell is very sweet with very little to no hoppiness at all. Taste is like pee- no, I've never tried pee, but I'm sure it's close to how this stuff tastes. I think the problem with this "beer" is that it's very sweet and light, without anything to balance, which is why PBR gets my vote for cheap beer of choice. Have never and will never willingly buy any Anheuser Busch product.

4 Points in mouthfeel... water also goes down nicely

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Photo of Beerman420
1.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

Awfull beer. Water, that's all I can say. I'm not a regular light beer drinker, but this is ridiculous.
A - Clearish Tan, not quite a beer.
S - No smell, none. If you smell it, you drink it too much!
T - No taste, Club Soda with a hint of beer.
M - No good.
D - Way too drinkable. You'll get water gut before you get drunk though.
Bad, Bad, BAD!!!

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Photo of Slar211
1.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle left in our refrigerator after a party.

Appearance: Pours crystal clear and pale into a pint glass. Thin white head leaves barely a trace of lacing.

Smell: Not much to smell, but I could pick up corn and grain.

Taste: Rice and corn husks, with the tiniest bit of hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery in the mouth with a very dry finish.

Drinkability: Could drink this all day, but there are much better choices.

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Photo of MetalandBeer
3.6/5  rDev +86.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's 90 + degrees outside, having a Bud Light in a frosty mug to go with my roasted egplant and peppers sandwich!

poured from a12 oz. can into a frosty cold mug-

Looks a light yellow color, almost like ginger ale,white one finger head, no real lacing.

Smells like beer!

Taste....crisp, clean & refreshing on such a hot day. Tastes what you'd expect a light beer from one of the big companies. No suprises, but no dissapointments.

Mouthfeel is light and watery, a bunch of fizzyness from the carbonation.

Overall it's a good light beer! it's great with your lunch, or on a hot day as you're working around the yard. A good cookout beer as well!

Think I'll have another!

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Photo of Poormon79
3.87/5  rDev +100.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Straw pale yellow. Pretty good amount of carbonation. Thin head

S. corny aroma, slight malt and hoppy

T. Sweet floral flavor

M. Seemed a bit watery. Enough flavor to call it beer but, mostly went down like water

D. Its a light beer. I like it when i party. Goes down fast an easy

Final Thoughts: Pretty much yellow water with alcohol. Haha some added flavors as well. Very drinkable

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Photo of iwantsomerocks
1.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a tumbler for chugging due to loss of Tiger Wood 2010 hole.

A- looks as though my dog has wet my cup, and is unshameful about it, because I can't get a confession out of him. Carbonation implies that he may have drank some of my tonic water before urinating in my glass. Will do later tests to confirm this.

S- Like a skunk, after I ran over it, minus the marijuana appeal. Carbonation in my nose feels like I just bumped seltzer water.

T- Chewing a penny, with some kind of club soda like appeal that makes you reminisce about the time you lost that bet that you could hold your breath for a whole minute and had to chew on a penny with club soda because your friends thought it would be funny.

M - see above.

Comments: I have had this beer many times--none of which were by choice. If I could, I would sue the owner of this company for sexual harrassment. As the can is consumed, the taste gradually reaches the threshold of fecal matter-y taste, mixed with the delicious hints of rusted iron gates that just makes you unbelievably happy that you risked physical harm in order to try this delicacy of a 'beer'.

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Photo of barrenbane
1.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: translucent and heavily carbonated. Yep, it's a light AAL.

S: almost non-existent. Slight hints of corn and grain.

T: corn and grain dominate the palate, but it's not the worst beer around.

M: heavily carbonated and almost water-like.

This beer epitomizes the power of marketing. There is nothing special about this beer in any way, shape, or form. Bland, corny, and watery sum up its characteristics. There are other light lagers that are superior and cheaper.

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Photo of BoSox5902
1/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this beer kind of burns my esophagus due to all the carbonation and lack of flavor. if i'm at a party and its free i might drink it but i would not pay for it. i can go without drinking if this were my only choice. this beer is not even good for beer pong, i would rather use busch light but definitely never natty light (both brewed by budweiser) so if your gonna buy any budweiser beer buy busch light, if its almost frozen its delicious (to a degree)

unfortunately this was my first beer and i almost swore away all of beers goodness because if all beer tasted like this, i couldn't handle it. i would probably be thinner and have more money, but i wouldn't be happy :-P

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Photo of FungusBrewer
1.37/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I'm glad this beer is getting the popularity it deserves on BA. Think about why it's being drunk. Advertising, advertising, accessibility. The only reason people drink light American lagers is because it's all they know. "Awwww..brahhh..bud light over miller light anny day." Sound familiar? It's not you right?

Pours crystal clear, and tastes crystal light. By no means is it easy to control a living organism like yeast to do exactly what you want, every single time. For this they get points on appearance.

I'm trying to be objective and rate beer based off of the style, not personal bias. But alas! I can't.

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

This was my beer of choice before I stumbled across good beers. Now drinking it again, I wonder how I managed to be happy with it before. This beer is really bland even when compared to other beers in its style. It is ok if there is not much choice, and you really want to get drunk, but if you want to enjoy a beer, pass this one by.

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Photo of NickLovesBeer
1.2/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

On tap at the BC's dive bar Mary Ann's for $1 drafts.

Bud light is pale yellow, looks almost like club soda with yellow food coloring and a decent white head, very little retention. It smells brutal with raw cereal grains. Bud light tastes like beer flavored water, totally unappealing but fairly drinkable. It's no wonder that so many college kids pick up 30's of this, it goes down easy and isnt filling at all. All and all 1 word comes to mind, Swill.


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Photo of SchlaflyFan
1.96/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

This is maybe the most maligned beer around these parts, with good reason. While I can enjoy a Bud, Bud Light is just tasteless. Pours with little head that quickly dissipates, and leaves little to no lacing. Smell is inoffensive and mostly grainy, little else to it. Taste? Well there isn't much but its very watery grain, I couldn't get much hops at all, and there aren't very strong flavors of any type that I can find. There is no reason to drink this save for two situations. 1. you don't like beer but want a buzz. 2. Its very hot or you are engaging in strenuous activity and you want to chug down a light beer that is a least slightly better than drinking water. Very slightly. I can't see any reason to not drink regular Budweiser over this, except that has some decent beer flavor and maybe you hate that.

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

Light yellow in color. Smells cheap and without flavor. Taste is terrible. This beer is clearly just a vehicle for alcohol and nothing more. After taste is funky. If you can get past the taste to drink more than one than I guess is drinkable but for most who know what a good beer should be this won't be drinkable. This beer destroys my stomach and the results weren't pretty on the few occasions I have had to drink it as it was my only option.

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Photo of Aphexwolf
2.73/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pale yellow, clear, light head that disappears very quickly, good carbonation.
Smell: Very faint. Can detect some barley and hops, maybe rice.
Taste: Very weak and watery. Can barely detect an aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light and watery, carbonation is medium frothy.
Drinkability: Exceptionally high.
Summary: This is a horrible beer. I gave it a 5.9/10, or an F. As far as beer goes, this one's not a good choice. If you're in need of light beer, then I would say it's okay. It's cheap, highly drinkable (because it's basically like drinking water), and can get you drunk if you drink enough of it. In my younger days this was the standard beer of choice for parties (Due to cheapness, availability, and drinkability). This beer loses a lot of points for taste and satisfaction, but gains a few for drinkability. So if you're goal is to get really drunk or supply several guests with beer and save money, then by all means go for this beer. If your goal is to enjoy a great beer, look elsewhere. I wouldn't drink this beer again unless the only other available options were the rest of the commercial light beers.

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Photo of BryanRex
1.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Other than college beer pong tourneys, this stuff is barely fit for human consumption (along with Coors Light and Bud Light). It's interesting that you can get some of the top non-pastuerized beers on Earth for only slightly additional cost. I don't think this even qualifies as real beer.
Appearance: Light yellow
Smell: Rotten Indian food
Taste: Watery with slight hops
Mouthfeel: Watery
Overall: Terrible, leaves you feeling bloated and sick.

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Photo of jdspears41
1.03/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have had bud light many times throughout college and have never cared for this beer. I gave it one more shot the other night and poured it into a frosted mug.

A- It looks like spring water with a little yellow food coloring in it.

S- It really has a foul smell to it.

T-It leaves one of the worst aftertastes in your mouth after you drink it making you not want another drink.

M- Very waterlike and makes you want to burp after a couple.

D- I would rather not drink then to drink more than one of these. The commercials scream drinkability, I scream gross when i drink it.

Dont waste your money on this.

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Photo of armiakhe
3.51/5  rDev +81.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought the bud light was very good. The appearance was a light yellow coloring. The smell was of wheat and a little malt to it. THe taste was very crisp and refreshing and I enjoyed it a lot. Best out of the bottle but the can was alright too. The aroma was not that good and was a little bland.

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