Busch NA

Busch NABusch NA
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Missouri, United States
Low-Alcohol Beer
Ranked #109
Ranked #30,219
2.25 | pDev: 36.89%
Apr 07, 2023
Oct 23, 2003
Busch NABusch NA
Notes: Fully brewed with finest natural ingredients, including a blend of premium American hops, fine barley malt, cereal grains, and pure water. After full fermentation and maturation, the alcohol is gently removed to preserve the quality of the beer.
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Reviewed by illpass78 from Maine

2.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
12 oz can into a pint glass

Appearance: You know what this looks like. It looks like cheap beer in every way that exists.

Aroma: Not that pleasant. I’d be annoyed if it was though. Smells like canned corn, somewhat, to be very generous.

Taste: Rather inoffensive. Actually somewhat refreshing. Tastes very much like a U.S. adjunct or light lager. Sort of reminds me of Miller Lite.

Mouthfeel: Watery, chuggable. If a person wants to chug non-alcoholic beer, anyway.

Overall: It’s not good, but it gets the job done if you want to drink cheap beer and not feel it. (Which you probably wouldn’t with cheap alcoholic beer, either, unless you drank too much of it.) Bud Zero is an improvement on this model as far as no-alcohol U.S. lager goes. However, this is also 99 cents a can, and Bud Zero is like $1.50, so maybe head for the mountains if you’re looking to save some coinage.
Apr 07, 2023
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

2.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Non-alcoholic beer has been getting better as a beverage for when you need or want to limit alcohol intake but prefer the beer flavor over soda, waters, tea or any of those other beverages. This one however still lags. Appearance nose palate are all underwhelming compared to others, like Athletic Brewing.
Feb 22, 2023
Rated: 2 by brewme from Massachusetts

Jan 01, 2023
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

1.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
I like it because it has virtually no taste or smell, but helps me to replace good real local craft beer when the doctor says I need to give the liver a rest. Good for carrying the tart cherry concentrate to help with that too.
Sep 08, 2022
Rated: 2.43 by mdshensky74 from South Carolina

Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by bbhmmotorsport

4.01/5  rDev +78.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Busch is a shitty beer. I've stopped drinking exclusively non-alcoholic beers. This is a great way to enjoy cheap beer with the guys in the garage when we're working on cars without feeling left out. Sometimes a cheap beer is exactly what you're looking for.
Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 3 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4 by dsreeves from Florida

Dec 28, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by Parsifalstaff from New York

Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by brother_rebus from Maine

2.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Not as bad as its more expensive unkle dad boi Bud Zero. But still lacking in the feelz department. It’s decently carbed, but tastes like suckin on a thick can of pennies. Kinda how reg pbr does. Cheap tho!
Jul 01, 2021
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

1.39/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25
Purchased as a single can from the local drive-thru for $.99. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Pale straw with a quick-to-disappear one-finger linen head.
S - Corn, wet hay. Slight grassiness.
T - Corn flakes, matzo bread. Underlying sweetness. Mild grass finish.
F - Medium carbonation. Crisp and clean finish. Very light body.
O - A low alcohol content does not always a terrible beer make. Unfortunately, this is a pretty bad brew. I have yet to have a normal Busch, but the bar is set pretty low here. Reminds me of a Miller Lite. Will not purchase again, and I highly recommend staying away from this one.
Jun 27, 2021
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Reviewed by mooseisloose from Florida

3/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
For what it is not that bad. Has nice carbonation. Malty taste, nothing on bitterness but refreshing and zesty. This is a great alternative when alcohol is not an option. Cheap too, just like the real thing.
Aug 16, 2020
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Reviewed by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

1.54/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5
Busch NA is a very transparent very pale straw with a short lasting foamy head. It smells of corn and something of crackers. The taste is corny and the sweetness, while not too strong, is unbalanced. The aftertaste is an unpleasant corn taste. The feel is very watery with some bubbles. Overall, it is Busch without alcohol.
May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Drank from Illinois

2.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
I have been drinking NA beers for 2 months now due to reasons beyond my control. This one is not great, but unlike 75% of the ones I have tried so far, is not offensive. Tastes like a watered down macro. Does not have the wort flavor or the off flavors of many other NAs. And, the price is right.
Let's face it, no one drinks NA beer because they prefer it to the real versions. This one is not disgusting, which puts it in the upper 25%.
Mar 09, 2020
Rated: 2.1 by craigbelly from Iowa

Jan 16, 2020
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by corn. Taste is also corn heavy, some malts are present. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall it's not bad if you enjoy liquified corn, but otherwise is a below average example of this style.
Oct 13, 2019
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Reviewed by kdhughes from New York

3.89/5  rDev +72.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I can no longer find this product locally. This NA beer blew me away the first time I tried it. The reason was it was the lowest price NA beer on the shelf, and the taste was very acceptable. Then I couldn’t find it for a while, and once it came back, the taste was noticeably more watery. Do you think they could have changed the recipe ? It was still OK, but now it has disappeared again.
Jun 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Not actually all that bad. Actually a fair tasting beer. I would not drink it on a consistent basis, but I could see some times where high volume drinking is required, this might warrant consideration.
Apr 12, 2019
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Reviewed by MattinHouston from Texas

3.35/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I'm rating this compared to the arsenal of crappy mass produced American beer. Which I almost never drink. But in the defense of Bush NA, this tastes every bit like a Miller Light. I really can't taste the difference. If you are a Miller Light fan and want to not get drunk, I think you'd rate this beer a 5. Seriously. It tastes better than Busch Light.

Maybe there should be an NA section on Beer Advocate where we rate NAs next to their alcohol equivalent. Then this is hands down a 5.

If you like mediocre imported beer, then go for a Heineken 0.0. I can't tell the difference between that and it's alcohol counterpart. That's also a 5 on the NA scale
Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 2.59 by robebo44 from Virginia

Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by KarlDK1990 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +77.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Looks, smells and tastes like a normal Busch beer. The head goes away in seconds and is very little if any lacing but it tastes exactly like an AAL with booze to me. So if you were drinking a 12 pack of busch light daily and liked the taste this would be perfect for cutting back on alcohol intake that's why I have to rate it so high. Does its job no more no less
Sep 04, 2018
Rated: 2.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Sep 03, 2018
Rated: 3.89 by Chainsaw227 from Wisconsin

Jul 13, 2018
Rated: 1.66 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Apr 23, 2018
Rated: 2.02 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Mar 25, 2018
Rated: 1.7 by caahare from West Virginia

Dec 27, 2017
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

1.87/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
12oz canned 37 days ago poured into a vintage Busch straight sided pokal at fridge temp (less than 0.5% ABV per can). The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with above average (for an AAL) nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and paper thin island. Aroma is virtually nonexistent. Only a hint of "beer" smell. Taste is fairly nuetral at first with a huge corny buttery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, well carbonated and ruined by the unchecked vegetable oil finish. Overall, poor. I will rate as a non alcoholic beer, but I believe this to be bad even for the style.
Nov 20, 2017
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Reviewed by wejohnsn from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I have tasted a few non alcoholic brews and this one most closely resembled a real beer. tastes like regular Busch Beer. I could actually unwind on Friday night with a 6 pack of this and not worry about feeling like crap the next day if I had to get up early and go to work.
Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 2.25 by heysuz from Indiana

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 2.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 2.46 by digitalflood from New York

Jun 12, 2017
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Reviewed by davisrs from Pennsylvania

1.08/5  rDev -52%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Comparing only NA beers, BUD Light and Miller Lite, not my favorite Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Color was straw, actually better than Bud Light!
Aroma was sweet off a three finger head, lots of carbonation
Seltzer taste and feel like Bud Light
I'm assuming it's made from rice since I detected no barley or hops flavor.
Seltzer water is cheaper and I can ad my own hops!!!! I won't be trying this beer again unless major changes are made.
Mar 16, 2017
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Reviewed by MGibbons from Maryland

1.99/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
Is this fair?: Rating a non-alcoholic Anheuser-Busch beverage. The bar starts low. That's to the product's benefit. A friend asked me to try this, so here I am. And besides, maybe I want to go NA sometimes.

Look: It might be the lighting in the room, but this beer isn't as watery-looking as I expected. Again, the bar is set low. It actually has a light golden color. The head disappears within a minute and, of course and some tiny bubbles are steadily working their way to the top. - 3.0

Smell: Ahh, that Anheuser-Busch aroma. It portends bad flavors approaching the palate. I've smelled worse, so I'm going with 2.0.

Taste: With the bar set so low, I'm struck by the fact that it isn't the worst beer I've had. I'm trying to envision a scenario where I would like this. It would have to involve a hot day, thirst and some sweaty work. Then again, I'd probably be looking for some alcohol. But not if I were operating a chainsaw on a hot day. Let's go with that. Under such circumstances, I might be grateful enough to rate this beer 2.0. Right now, the sharp taste of straw and overall underwhelming flavor move it more to a 1.75. To its credit, it doesn't hold much of an aftertaste.

Feel: Thin, light, slightly effervescent. That's kind of what you'd expect from a beer of this nature. For what it is, I'm going with 2.25.

Overall: Not as bad as I thought. If I needed a non-alcoholic beer, this was all I had, and it was very hot, then I'd take it. A rating of 2.0 isn't as bad as it could be. But you don't put high demands on a beer like this.
Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 1.97 by corywalston from North Dakota

May 25, 2016
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Reviewed by BlakeA85 from Ohio

2.34/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Poured out of 12 oz can which is the only packaging I've ever seen it in.
Half a finger carbonated head that died down extremely fast with some lacing.
Smelled extremely weak, hardly anything there except piss-like grains. Maybe some corn?
Tasted worse than it smelled. Tasted weak and almost like water, but really really flat and maybe some really light barley malt and corn.
Mouthful was smooth but really flat, despite it looking really carbonated. Bad.
Overall, less pleasant experience the second time around. I'll take on O'Doul's over this.
Feb 16, 2016
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Reviewed by Caveworm from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +88.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Busch NA - Anheuser-Busch. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this brew's head is 1 finger thick, lateral lacing, and a clear medium amber body.

I smell basically the same aroma that I would with regular "BOOOOSCH", but milder.

This also pretty much tastes just like a normal ABV Busch, just watered down with sorghum wheat.

The mouthfeel here is clean and smooth.

Overall, I'll give Busch NA - Anheuser-Busch a 4.25.
Jan 21, 2016
Rated: 2.25 by wethorseblanket from California

Jan 17, 2016
Rated: 2 by Iamjeff6 from Virginia

Dec 10, 2015
Rated: 1 by nuebs from South Dakota

Oct 21, 2015
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Reviewed by Raime from Korea (North)

1.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Found this...yes, FOUND THIS in the garage of my recently desceased grandfather. Guy drank for fourty years and I see he left me a gift. Thanks big guy!.

Look - Crystal clear straw golden with a big ole bone white frothy head that you would expect from the regular Busch beer. Carbonation is pretty dead at this point. Lacing does no remain in any way.

Smell - Nothing really. Upon a hard whiff I get just a hint of distant usual suspected corn adjunct.

Taste - Pretty much follows the smell. Lighty corn adjunct and then seltzer water.

Feel - Just like water. Not even a trace of carbonation. Swallows easy and inoffensive.

Overall - What's the point.
Oct 02, 2015
Busch NA from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 57 out of 100 with 115 ratings