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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 Gavage
2.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with a 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: slight corn and grass aroma that is really not too pleasant.

Taste: very weak malt profile with some grass, corn, hint of a green grape tartness, and little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is clean.

Drinkability: the pure lack of any flavor make this hard to drink. Go find a Sam Adams Light if you want some flavor in the style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
1.73/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I bought a 12 oz can of this tonight just for reviewing. This marks the only time in my life where I bought a Bud Light for myself, and after tonight, I'll have more justification to why I don't. Poured into a chilled glass, on to the beer:

At first, a decent apearance is formed; very pale blonde with an average head with decent retention. There's a noteable smell of grains, but not much else. Speaking of grains, that's the only taste I can get of out of this beer too. Okay, to be fair, this tastes like fizzy water at first, and ends in corn, odd considering I don't think they use corn in the recipe. Thin feeling with a brush of carbonation.

If it's offered, I'll drink it, but it's not something I would purchase for myself again.

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Photo of Duff27
2.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When in St. Louis...

A- Small white head atop a golden beer, decent head retention and lacing on this particular pour.

S- Smells very "light", rice.

T- Instant sweetness follow by sharp, but mild(?) hop bitterness.
Not too pleasant, although mildly refreshing.

M- Low to medium mouthfeel...kinda watery. Good carbonation.

D/O- The most popular worst beer. Has a time and a place, which 99.99% I miss. Drunk vehicle.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.16/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of grain notes, as well as a hint of grass from the hops. The flavor is more of the same. Grain and biscuit malt dominate, with some grass and the slightest hint of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a good beer, but nothing offensive. It basically just smells and tastes like nothing.

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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 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 Wasatch
1.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of tone77
2.52/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, not really able to detect anything. Taste appears to be awol as well. Hard to describe, basically flavorless. Feels light in the mouth. Drinkability ain't bad, much like water. Overall there is not much to recomnend about this beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.38/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into nothing as I drank this str8 from the source. Did not check for a bottle date

A- Looking into the can i see the apparent stray hay like yellow color which is so clear that i can see the bottom of the can. Some slight fizz and white bubbles come and go as i shake the can some.

S- Smells like extremely faded hops plus corn and a very minimal malt presence. A bit of a grassy floral scent that is not to pleasing. Nothing much to smell at basically.

T- Like carbonated water with some mild alcohol bite in the end. The same floral smell is noted in the taste while any hops or malt need to be focused on to be picked up on. A bunch of corn and rice is interweaved with some weak yeast. A typical American light lager, nothing special.

M- Feels like carbonated water as well. I can nearly chug this like it was h20 straight out of the bottle. Bud Light has a very thin body and light carbonation. A bit of unpleasant bitterness comes with excessive chugging. To me Bud light out of a can is much more refreshing than other service types.

D- The low ABV make this very sessionable but the flavor makes it undesirable. I could go through quite a number of cans at once but i would not be able to look at myself in the mirror afterwards. With that said this beer has a place in the market and serves it's purpose to supply the masses with something quick and easy.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
1.43/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A. Grabbed a few cans from a friend's fridge at a party. I didn't bother pouring it into a glass, but there was some in plastic party cups at the beer pong table and it appeared very light.

S. Trademark Anheuser Busch smell. Slight corn, cereal grains.

T. Really bad. Cooked corn broth with a moderate bitterness. Not appealing and worst of all, THEY WEREN"T ICE COLD. OH HEAVENS NO. The inadequecy of this beer is flamboyant.

M. Light carbonated piss water.

D. I had a few, since I was thirsty and they were free. I shut myself off after 3. I just couldn't do it anymore.

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Photo of plaid75
2.08/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a pale straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet malt with brief wisp of aromatic hop.

The taste was light and carbonated with a clean sweet corn element. Nothing really to report. Luckily there was no aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was light with some residual slickness.

Overall a rather flavorless experience. No really offensive flavors or aromas, just nothing really worth drinking.

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Photo of biegaman
1.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

355ml can poured into a frosted pilsner glass, courtesy of the TBS Fund. This beautiful Sunday afternoon was filled with sunshine, hot weather and a spotless blue sky. A day of hard work was followed by relaxation: a steak bigger than my shoe, baseball, and (only because I'll never be in a better mood to try one) a Bud Light.

An incredible appearance! Much lighter in colour than even that of champagne. I mention in my review of Budweiser that it's only a shade or two lighter than water, well Bud Light is maybe HALF a shade (maybe!). It could NOT pass for yellow. The colour fascinates me. Wow. I've never - ever - even imagined a beer so light.

Also like champagne it has a flurry of bubbles that swirl about. Again I've never even imagined seeing so many bubbles in a beer. The head leveled off at an average height, though it did at one point exceed the two finger level. A pristine snow white and very creamy looking.

The aroma if far less impressive, repulsive in each and every way. Saturated corn adjuncts. Sweet and cloying. Heavy DMS. Gross. Awful. Beyond awful.

The mouthfeel is thin, watery and without texture. The aftertaste is astringent but short lived. Carbonation is low. This is exactly like water. Literally. If it weren't slightly wet I wouldn't know it was in my mouth.

There is no real taste to describe. Tasteless. I remember being offered a bottle once before and remarking how it tasted like bad cereal. Not this time... I can't taste much of anything, even the adjuncts. Not offensive only because there is no taste there to offend.

This review is in no way meant to be sarcastic. I reviewed this with complete objectivity and described the beer exactly as it was. What is most important to understand is that it was designed to be this way...

And I give credit to the people at Anheuser-Busch. They aim to make a product for people who don't like beer and indeed, they've succeeded. Light beer was introduced in the 1970's as a marketing attempt at expanding their demographic to women and health-conscientious people. To appeal to a wider market they needed to make a wider appealing product and did so by introducing a product with less flavour, less aroma, less alcohol...who doesn't drink water? This is something else...

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.66/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Michael's Bar and Grill in Huntington Beach, CA,

A: Pours a very pale yellow, with good, soapy, white head initially, but disintegrates quickly to nothing, and doesn't reappear on subsequent pours.

S: Very bad, very off-putting, smells of stale corn and skunk.

T: Although the smell is bad, the taste is not horrible. Tastes mainly of corn, a true corn lager, with a hint of malt and hops.

M: Very light, highly carbonated, though I sense a fuller body than most light lagers.

D: Not a bad beer for a light lager, definitely better than Miller Lite, but not something I would buy regularly, for my light beers I enjoy a nice German-style Helles or Pilsner.

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

Pours an over carbonated pale yellow.

Smell is nothing, not even a whiff of yeast, hop is completely absent.

Taste is a little sweet, and that is all, not even a Cornflake taste.

Mouthfeel is present only because it is really over carbonated.

Drinkable as in seltzer water.

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Photo of tobelerone
1.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

"The sure sign of a good time?" Uh, no. Beg to differ, Mr. Mad Man wannabe douchebag adman. This is the blandest excuse for a beer you can imagine, surely not worth the minimal calories consumed.

THis is a very clear yellow bear with a decent head that fades away slowly, leaving little to no lace at all.

Smell? Nothing there except the faintest trace of malt..barely.

Taste? Really, really bland and watery..the hint of malt and corn or rice or some vaguely sweet adjunct. Nothing really noticeable. Sort of beer-ish in a distant kind of way.

The mouthfeel is all fizzy carbonation, a crisp finish...nothing exceptional. I guess it's kinda refreshing but I'd rather have a water or a soda.

This one simply leaves me wondering why? Why would anyone drink this? Why did I even try it (again)? Pointless, boring junk.

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Photo of John_M
1.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had this beer last night to compare to the pilsner urquel. I'll be completely honest. Calling this swill beer is a stretch. At best it barely qualifies.

BL pours a very light gold color with almost no head retention or lacing. One minute after pouring this crap into the glass it had no head, no lacing, and virutally no carbonation. It looks like a glass of lightly yellow colored tap water. A urine sample is more attractive looking than this stuff. On the nose I get some light sweet canned corn, and that's pretty much it. On the palate, the swill actually had a bit more flavor then I expected. It tasted like carbonated sweet corn, mixed with a lot of seltzer water. There is some prickliness on the tongue from the seltzer water like flavor.

Aside from the fact that there's no more then minimal flavor, there's something of a "gasiness" from the seltzer water carbonation that quickly made me feel a bit bloated. Really, this swill is pretty much undrinkable, and is not something I would ever order again. The fact that many people drink this all the time is proof positive that you can become accustomed to drinking pretty much anything.

Awful stuff.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.4/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light yellow hue with a haze-free body and strong effervescence. Head poured a thin layer of frothy white foam and dissipated almost instantly. Blah.

Smell: light plastic-like aroma which is mostly inoffensive but doesn't smell like beer should. It smells much more chemical than biological, you know?

Taste: bland malty flavor, really quite watery. I haven't let it heat up to the point where it gets offensive yet, though. It's actually a bit too dull to be truly off-putting. Bland, boring, mostly tasteless, but not overtly revolting. So there's that.

Mouthfeel: extremely light-bodied, but bubbly and refreshing. Certainly adequate for a light beer.

Overall: I don't hate this beer. I just don't happen to like it very much. It can be said, however, to be refreshing on a hot day when served cold. Still, there are much better beers in the cheap-swill class which do a better job under those circumstances than Bud Light.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.24/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

A lot of disdain for this shell of a beer.

Pours a clear, watery yellow. No head, no lacing. Active carbonation. Just a stunning appearance.

Smells like nothing.

Unfortunately, it does not taste like nothing. I taste some light corn and metal. As the beer warms up, the taste becomes atrocious and makes you wonder what's the point of living.

Very light bodied, crisp mouthfeel. About the only plus here.

Ha. HA. HA. ha. ha. HAHAHAHA

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Photo of puboflyons
3.27/5  rDev +69.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 18, 2013.

Wow! I thought I had reviewed this one. But what can I say? It pours straw yellow with a lot white fizzy head. That gets a higher grade because that's the way these beers are supposed to look.

Aromas of corn, light malts, and even a little apple if I stretch it.

The body is light, which is the way it should be for a light lager.

The taste is very typical of an adjunct light lager like this with a pale grainy malts and a clean hop finish. It makes sense that this beer is popular among the masses. As a craft beer it is weak but for its style it is right where it is supposed to be.

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Photo of AngusOg
1.34/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

I thought maybe drinking this by the pool in the hot Florida sun might make this beer a little bit tolerable. (The choice was this or Corona without a lime (if it had been w/lime I would have opted for it)). I was wrong. I honestly felt like I wanted to puke after finishing my 16 Oz blue aluminum bottle. If I never drink another one of these for the rest of my life, I will definitely be cool with that.

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Photo of dar482
1.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

The beer comes in a watery golden color.

The beer has a stinky sock quality, hints towards bleu cheese. A sweet grainy and cereal note as well.

The beer has corn cereal flavors with a huge lack of flavor from the watery qualities of the beer. It almost tastes like seltzer with how watery this beer is.

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Photo of corby112
1.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a clear, pale golden straw color with visible carbonation and a one finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Bland aroma with a subtle crisp hop presence along with grass, straw, pale malt grain and corn.  The adjuncts aren't as offensive as others in the style, light or otherwise.  Still pretty bland/boring.

Light body with a crisp hop presence that is immediately countered by an unpleasant, lingering metallic adjunct character.  Some crisp, grassy hop flavor but it's killed off by hints of metal, corn and rice.  The adjuncts realy overpower what could be a decent tasting light lager.  The pale malts and hops are obliterated by the offensive lingering flavors.

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Photo of rudzud
2.07/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Enjoyed on tap at Breen's.

A - Poured into a pink glass a pale straw hue with a fizzy quarter inch head that faded at typical adjunct lager rate. That is, quick and fizzy.

S - Light bread and adjunct notes along with some malt sweetness. Bland.

T - Taste is pretty much identical as the nose. Wet bread, sweeter malts, cereal grains. Bland.

M - Mouthfeel is alright carbonation, crisp, watery, thin.

O - Overall, this beer is appropriate in large social gatherings watching sports games on TV. In doing that, this beer succeeds.

Serving Type: On tap

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

A: Poured a clear, bright buttery-gold with a compact, sudsy head that quickly dissipated. The sides of the glass were immediately lined with macro carbonation bubbles sticking around before rushing to the surface and yielding a medium steady showing of carbonation. Overall the color was decent but appearance was hindered somewhat by a weak and unimpressive head and lacing.

S: light and crisp, with some dried rice and dried corn and not much else so to speak of.

T: fizzy corn water with some stale grains. Theres a touch of sourness and metallic nature as well some fresh green corn stalks.

M: obnoxiously fizzy and very active and distracting on the tongue form the flavor, however good or bad that may seem.

D: Drinkability was bad, very corny flavor, with green stalks and a high carbonation factor all which leads to a big fizzy disappointment. Will make your grimace with every sip and consider pouring it down the drain.

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Photo of clayrock81
1.2/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The worst beer I've ever had. I am only rating this for guys who might be in my position - you're at a sports bar or something, so you know the only thing foreign on the menu is french fries (or are they still freedom fries?) and that the darkest beer in the place is a Guiness. You just want a beer or two, something light so you're not bloated the next day and you see this on tap. Don't! I think if Crayola combined yellow and clear they'd come up with this color. As for the smell, none except grains and rice. As for the taste, all they did was water down a Bud. Seriously, just take a Budweiser and mix it w/ water. Now, I know it seems pointless, even juvenile to write such a negative review rather than just grade the beer on its own merits, but this review should be a warning - do not bother with this at all. Just get a Miller Lite or Mich Ultra instead if you're in the same situation I was.

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Bud Light from Anheuser-Busch
1.93 out of 5 based on 5,739 ratings.
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