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Missouri, United States

Style: American Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Busch and Busch Light are both brewed with a blend of premium American-grown and imported hops and a combination of malt and corn to provide a pleasant balanced flavor. Additionally, Busch Light undergoes a longer brewing process that produces a lighter body and fewer calories.

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Reviews: 434 | Ratings: 1,698
Photo of robed
2/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I remember this beer from TV commercials that featured a fisherman in some remote western location. If I recall correctly, he pulled the beer out of a rolling stream after having caught a fish. The fish should be lucky it caught the bait not this beer

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
2.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Beer 10 of the Parkdale Beer Festival after my two selections of Cameron's Jurassic IPA which I will review later and a six month aged Rodenbach 2016 Vintage Ale inf Foeder 201 which is one of my favorite brews of all time. Thanks Patty!

Appearance - Very pale golden color, with ok head and good clarity. No retention to speak of,

Smell - Not much here, a faintly general graininess, but quite watery.

Taste - Not a lot here either, some general light graininess, but pretty generic. Tasted OK after the the 2016 Rodenbach so certainly no off flavors.

Mouthfeel -Light bodied and pretty fizzy.

Overall - Better than I'd thought It'd be, but certainly devoid of flavour and substance. I guess one of the pack when it comes to light AAL's or light beers out there.

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Photo of tlaxowls
3.82/5  rDev +114.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't understand why anyone would rate this beer a 1.
Is it strong? No.
Does it have a distinctive flavor? Not really.
Does it have a nice, foamy head? No, at least not after 5 seconds.
Does it try to do those things? No, it doesn't.
Busch Light tries to do 3 things: It tries to be cheap, it tries to contain alcohol, and it tries to go down easy on a hot summer day. And at those 3 things it succeeds. Sure it tastes like water, but let's be honest with ourselves for a minute: isn't that kind of the point? After a long day sweating my ass off in the sun, I don't always want an experience. Sometimes I just want a beer. And at those times, this beer does its job.

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Photo of gvickery
1.56/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Looks very weak, light gold white head that goes away quickly. Smell is corn, typical cheap beer smell. Taste, I say that loosely, is mostly carbonated water but there’s a weird slightly sour grape skin flavor. I only bought this because it was on sale, another of life’s regrets. I’ve managed to down 2 pints so far and am not looking forward to the other 4. I think I’ll go get some clamato and make micheladas out of the rest. Yuk

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An ok beer, goes down easy, clean and crisp. I like it a bit better than Miller Lite, but a fair amount less than Bud Light or Coors Light. Midway between poor and average.

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Photo of CheapBeerConnoisseur
3.35/5  rDev +88.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The old saying "you get what you pay for" isn't exactly always true. This beer is very comparable to it's big brother bud light but at a much better value! Is it exactly the greatest beer I have ever tasted? No, but if you are into light lagers, this one will probably not disappoint. It has a very small taste of malt but hardly noticeable and a slightly more noticeable hop flavor. This combination in my opinion, makes this a very neutral tasting beer and because of that it makes it an easy drinking refreshing beer. I see others complaining about it tasting like water, for that I say, you can't compare apples and oranges.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
2.69/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Back in the day, I couldn't get this beer where I was (SE NV) so on a road-trip to AZ, we picked up cases of this stuff...FFW to now, it's a Bud Light clone.

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Photo of DaveyCream
2.03/5  rDev +14%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Used to slam these in colleges. Now out of college for a couple years, I have not had one of these for awhile. From what I remember, these were a nice, cheap way to get drunk. Nothing special, but not meant to be by any means. Just a super low-cal beer that is able to get you drunk for cheap.

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Photo of ethankluesner
5/5  rDev +180.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whether you are looking to have just one beer with the fellas (or ladies) or 27 beers. Look no further. God created this one of kind gem with Iowans on his mind. We here in Iowa love this creation and hope other parts of the country can find it as enjoyable as us. They sell them by the 30 pack for a reason, drink’em all and wake up fine the next morning for church. Crisp, clean, and colder then ice is how a beer should be. Go Hawks.

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Photo of win007
3.73/5  rDev +109.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

OK - this is my go to Summer light beer to drink out of a can - must be very cold. I think it is creamy, light and smooth. Not great in a glass - loses too much character. This needs to be consumed out of a can, chilled, on a hot day to experience its full character.

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Photo of FishingPro1993
5/5  rDev +180.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

nice for relaxing or a day at the lake. its good for a light beer. i like these and busch. for easy cheap light macros it is my go to, along with regular busch and coors banquet, and coors light.

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Photo of RonnyDongman
3.67/5  rDev +106.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

These Crispy Bois are the Official Beer of North Scott High School for a reason. Easy to drink. Easy to buy if you have an older brother home on leave from the Marines. They don't leave a beer smell on your breath at the homecoming game and you won't get too messed up shotgunning one or two in the bathroom at the homecoming dance. You drink enough and you'll be the world's best driver of an 89 Chevy CK, drink too many and you'll wrap that sucker around the tree at the corner of 3rd and Franklin, right by the bank and up the street from the police station in Eldridge.

You don't make memories drinking craft beer.

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Photo of OGBusch69
5/5  rDev +180.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Listen here nerds, we all know a beer sold at 66 cents a can isn't the most top shelf beer out there. Fun fact, the year was 1992, somewhere in the vicinity of West Point, Iowa. A child was born and that child was me, raised knowing two things, THE Iowa Hawkeyes are the best team in college sports regardless of record and that hard working men and women and the Great State of Iowa run on Busch Light. We don't need some hipster, IPA drinking, still on the tit, snot nosed vaper to tell us that this beer isn't as good as other beers. We already know and we don't care. God Bless Iowa and God Bless America.

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Photo of Hoiland1065
5/5  rDev +180.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nectar of the Gods. Would never talk bad about God’s gift to man. Hands down the greatest beer ever brewed. Better than any of those garbage Craft Beers or any of them expensive draft beers. Busch Light is an absolute steal at under $20 for a 30 pack. High quality beer, would be willing to pay double for the Nectar if the Gods.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
1.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I drove all the way here and all you have for me is light beer! I like it and it once again a welcome break from all the overwhelming variety of craft brews! Still not as good as Hamm's though!

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Photo of beersampler6
2.65/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I actually didn't mind this one at all - was expecting much less based on other reviews but I was pleasantly surprised. Light yellow color with quickly fading head and no lingering lacing. Smells very faintly of corn and malt, but really tough to detect. Tastes of corn, malt, grain and has just a little of that familiar "AAL taste" - but minimal bitterness. Actually quite smooth and refreshing. Mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. Not much too it - easy to drink, light, refreshing.

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Photo of Bshaw22
2.18/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This is a light beer. It's just as good as miller lite or bud light, or any of the other big dogs. Super crushable and not aweful tasting relative to what it is. I'd drink them at a party for free.

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Photo of Cholla
3.75/5  rDev +110.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

What can I say. I like Busch Light. Goes down smooth and is very refreshing after hot days of yard work. Very crushable and you won’t feel full afterwards. Cheers.

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Photo of Foyle
2.5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally tried this beer during a day at the pool. I consumed 2 of them. There is not much to say about the appearance and aroma -- if you have seen a light beer, you know how this smells and what it looks like. The mouthfeel is super light and there is just a bit of malt sweetness. There is just not much going on at all. It is not offensive, just very lacking. The redeeming quality of it was the light body went down well on a very warm day outside.

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Photo of cardfan212
1.61/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Ratings are based on the style.

Look - The logo is respectable, and the mountain backdrop for everything is fairly pleasing. A good looking can.

Smell - Like a river. Dirty water, plants, fish.

Taste - Sickly sweet, very watery. Tastes like the mountain stream pictured on the can. Doesn't linger in the least bit, the taste disappears instantly.

Feel - Paper thin body with a sparkly carbonation. Like drinking La Croix or similar.

Overall - Don't fall for the siren song of the appealing packaging, this is a real waste of a "beer." If this was my only exposure to beer, I would hate beer.

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Photo of PatrickCT
2.48/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One finger white, fuzzy head. Dissipates quickly. Straw body, crystal clear, lots of bubbles.
Grainy nose. Corn, white rice, very faint malts.
Hints of beer in the flavor. Slight malts and even less hops.
Grainy and prickly mouth feel from the high carbonation. Extremely light mouth feel.

This beer is so light taste-wise I'm not sure how anyone could really be offended by it, aside from ones sensibilities. I have had worse craft beers.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.24/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Light clear yellow. Head white and soda pop like. It disappears quickly. Tons of bubbles that you can hear popping.
The Smell is very metallic and not much else.
Again metallic tasting but not as offensive as I thought.
Easy drinking. It has a mineral water like mouthfeel.

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Photo of dizneedave
2.5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Urine complexion with a quickly disappearing head. Smell is negligible. This is not a beer to sip and enjoy, it is a beer to guzzle because it is easy to drink. The advertising seems to focus on how to enjoy it "Mountain Stream Cold", to the point of having color changing dye on the packaging to let you know when it's "cold enough". It's not bad advice, though. Busch Light is better cold. Very cold. It reduces the impact of the corny sweet taste and for a brief moment might taste like beer or at least some corn that was washed in a cold mountain stream for a moment.

If you like interesting, well crafted, tasty beer this is not the beer for you. But if you want to drink 18 of something as cheaply as you can Busch Light is the perfect beverage. I don't find the taste offensive. I just don't find the taste appealing. It's just there. And you can have 18 of them for $10. That's the only real selling point I can think of. Chug chug chug.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +91.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 ounce can into lager glass, best before 6/25/2018. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit dough, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit dough, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit dough, and light herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not watery finish. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.1%. Overall this is a very solid pale adjunct lager. All around good robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Clean pale malt/corn flavors, and light earthy hop balance. Not too heavy on the corn, with nice barley presence. An enjoyable and well made offering. Tastes identical to regular Busch. 0.2% less alcohol isn't making a noticeable difference to me.

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Photo of matt12356
4.04/5  rDev +127%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites! Really good looking with the new cans that came out last year. Reminds me of all of the good times with my friends in college. Still with a great taste. However, it is not pleasant smelling. Still a 5 in my book. A true classic.

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