Busch Light
Anheuser-Busch

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Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #260
ABV:
4.1%
Score:
46
Ranked #50,822
Avg:
1.81 | pDev: 44.2%
Reviews:
472
Ratings:
1,791
From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  18
Gots
  346
SCORE
46
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Notes: 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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TedHead from Illinois

2.83/5  rDev +56.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a standard straw yellow with a huge fluffy head. It smells faintly of sweet corn and not much else. The taste is near non existent with a slight sweetness. Its a serious slammer and refreshing. Overall a good cheap beer.

Jun 28, 2021
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Tacoma223 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +122.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Okay off the rip it’s extremely light colored, like the lightest yellow I ever seen in my life in a glass. Foamy head goes away extremely quickly. But here is the good part, the beer is very carbonated and goes down so refreshingly smooth. Second it has a nice taste very smooth/ lightly floral . ( beer has to be ice cold to enjoy) . Extremely cheap beer and super refreshing in nice weather not even necessary for a hot day. Beer is super drinkable this “awful” rating it has is not deserved at all. Not a bad beer but you pay for what you get. I was very surprised how easy it is to drink/ nice taste not a bad beer at all I buy this regularly along with other craft beers/ mass produced .

Jun 16, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.11/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pale white gold with a thick fluffy white blanket settling to a fine film and creamy collar leaving wavy lace.

I've not had many of these in my life--it might even be zero--but sitting at the Busch facility in St. Louis, I feel it's only right.

I get an actual hint of banana skin, a little tang and even slight sting--initially surprised that it's somewhat relatable to Miller Lite. However, it's a bit sweet and has a hint of ricey wax in the exhale, which is always a turnoff to me in these "Light" lagers.

Jun 10, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours horse piss pale yellow with a two-finger white head. Smells of hay barn funk, horse piss, & corn; also just a faint amount of beer. Taste is like water with just a hint of beer, but actually drinkable. High carbonation, light bodied, very crushable, worthy of a session. A bang for your buck is an overstatement.

Jun 02, 2021
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Mdog from Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev +54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Clear, light yellow, ok head, fizzles out.

Smell: Mild corn aroma.

Taste: Mild corn, fizzy fell, definitely a light beer. No off flavors.

Overall: Wanted some light beer for a slightly warmer weekend so picked up a 6er of Busch Light. Nothing offensive here, not a lot of flavor but better than Bud Light. I understand why it's the most common beer at ISU tailgates, easy drinking stuff.

May 16, 2021
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Rwkelly04

4/5  rDev +121%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you’re looking to beeradvocate to help you decide if Busch Light is worth trying, it’s probably not the beer for you. It’s not going to have any of the qualities that make for a good review. The flavor is somewhat like if you took Pilsner Urquell cut it 1:1:1 with tap water and tonic water with a dash baking soda. There aren’t any high notes. There aren’t any low notes. I can’t imagine anyone that regularly drinks Busch Light even knowing what the term ‘mouth-feel’ means. And that’s kind of the point. It’s a beer made for sharing a 30 pack with a friend, maybe 2, while sitting around a bonfire. I’m pretty sure if you talked to anyone in Busch’s marketing department and told them there were internet reviews of their product, the response would be “why?” If you’re the type to drink Busch Light it’s not because you trust reviews, and if you’re the type that reads about beer, you ain’t drinking Busch Light.
As for the rating, looks like beer, smells like beer, tastes like beer, feels like beer. Overall, I’d say it’s beer.

May 08, 2021
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Kaminski888

5/5  rDev +176.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

They don’t call it God’s nectar for nothing. Good tasting beer, perfect for any occasion.

Subtle taste of corn. Just the right amount of carbonation. Incredibly easy to drink, a 30 pack will disappear quickly

Apr 27, 2021
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1009 from Massachusetts

1.04/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Holy terrible. This is seriously corn juice mixed with water. Barely any taste to this other than the faint corny taste. It looks like the water in an overflowing stadium urinal. Like I know, it’s a beer meant to be consumed at tailgates or barbecues, but seriously, I’d prefer 2 solid tasting beers than 20 of these.

Jan 17, 2021
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jakedaniel from Texas

2.5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Read an idiotic review of this on here where someone gave this all 5s, called it a “working man’s beer”, claimed that a working man’s bar has this on tap or on special, and ended the review with “God Bless America”. What the fuck is up with that?

I’ve never seen Busch Light sold in a bar and I’ve been a working man all my life. Why would they sell Busch Light when all Busch Light is is AB-InBev’s discount-priced light beer. A “working man’s bar” would have Bud/Miller/Coors and the Light offerings of both, Mic Ultra for the ladies and health-conscious, and at least one or two “regional” offerings, (in Texas I’m talking Shiner and Lone Star).

So enough about how ridiculous that review was. Anyway, I’d never buy Busch Light myself, not because I hate it or that there’s anything wrong with it, but it’s just not my thing. I own a kegerator, and I’ve got a keg of Shiner Oktoberfest in there right now so that’s what I’ve been sipping on lately after working in the yard. HOWEVER, my father-in-law just got back from the Lease and he brought back a 12 pack of Busch Light that was leftover and offered it to me. Waste not, want not, and here we go.

Look: super clear, palish yellow, not much head and what is there dissipates rapidly. Not much lacing to speak of either. Best-by date on the can of 05FEB2021

Smell: Not much there. It has that AAL “beer” smell, (where I can’t really pick out a specific element but it just smells like beer), but it’s faint.

Taste: Again, not much there. What IS there is inoffensive. There’s very little flavor here at all and what flavor IS there is just your very basic “beer” flavor, but just really subdued. No aftertaste, Hell, no taste at all except just a faint “beer” flavor”

Feel: Water. VERY light. Not as crisp at the end as I thought it might have, it finishes like a glass of water. I started to sip that first sip and then just went ahead and gulped half the glass down. This beer is LIGHT.

Overall: I’m going to rate this 2.5 across the board because there’s nothing WRONG with it. For what it is, (a super-light, super-easy-drinking beer for folks who don’t like the taste or smell of beer), this is OK. I don’t imagine it’s the best in that category, but it can’t be the worst. There’s nothing off about it, nothing offensive about it, “Nothing” pretty well describes it. Drinking this is like drinking nothing at all. I plan on drinking the rest over the next few days clearing brush on our property. It’ll be perfect for that.

Oct 05, 2020
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Tugman53 from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev +106.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I agree with MK41, Busch Light is for beer drinkers, guys who like to throw several beers down while mowing the yard, grilling or just chilling. Good and cold, it goes down smooth and easy. This is not to say I don’t drink other beers, I love a good IPA, but on a hot summer day you can’t beat Busch Light!

Sep 17, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

1.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 16 oz can:

Pours a clear and VERY light yellow. Head disappears quickly. No lacing. Lemonade has more color.

Smell - see, this is odd. It almost literally smells like bottled water. There is an ever-so-slight skunkiness.

Taste - again, it almost literally tastes like ice water. I know what the ingredients are, but when consumed ice cold, nothing really stands out at all.

Feel - I’m big in “credit where credit is due.” In terms of feel, this beer is great, especially if you’re looking to drink a lot in a short amount of time or it is a hot day and you’re tired. High carbonation, obviously a very light body. It is honestly refreshing even though it doesn’t have any taste to speak of.

Overall, not good, but inexpensive for sure.

Aug 28, 2020
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RedbirdRona from Illinois

2.54/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

If you are in college and need to find a 30 rack case of beer under $13 this beer is for you. Busch latte is super drinkable and are made to be inhaled. Perfect for a game of beer pong or beer die on a hot sunny day. Otherwise, grow up and try to drink something a little better.

Aug 18, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

2.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I can't say this one is offensive, because it's not. It's really not much of anything. Cracked a couple of these at an outdoor wedding reception in 94 degree heat, and I'd be hard pressed - beyond a slight sweetness - to differentiate Busch Light from water. This one has probably the most bland thing I've tasted. Wasted calories. At least when cold, it does refresh on a hot day.

Jul 20, 2020
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Akinder20 from Ohio

2.36/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Water is the first listed ingredient for a reason, this beer tastes like water throughout the whole process for me, the aroma is faint smells of grains, the initial taste is water with some grain but mostly water, mouthfeel is light again water for the taste, finish is dominated by water with faint grain flavors, it’s a easy drinking beer that will get you drunk fairly easily, don’t expect much flavor I don’t think that’s what it was made for.

Jul 12, 2020
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MK41 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +176.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First let's start by saying Busch light or any mass produced light beer you can get in a 30 rack is for ACTUAL beer drinkers. This is not some froo froo hipster man bun pumpkin spice latte ale you sip on a picnic blanket. This is for a hot day a cold day or any day you want ice cold delicious refreshment. This is a mowing beer, a tailgating beer, a golfing beer or a shower beer. You stick these in ur coveralls when ice fishing and u slam them while watching football... Go to any local watering hole or REAL bar and most likely will find it on tap and will probably even have a night dedicated to half off cans of this sweet ice cold nectar. This is a beer that offers that kind of refreshment that makes you say ahhhhh wow that's cold. I can't imagine having some IPA on a hot summer day or with a burger or wings??... Up at the ol bar by my factory u can see men in there every night slamming these babies down while calling the one craft beer on tap monkey piss. These are men, equipment operators, laborers, union guys farmers factory workers etc... This is what they drink they wouldn't drink an IPA if you paid them. They count there beer in cases not cans. To all the soy boys that brag craft beer so much and nurse one with dinner this is a proper man's beer of choice (not that I don't enjoy craft, they have their place and I enjoy them just like a good cup of coffee they're for enjoying). Busch light is Folgers while craft beer is a finely crafted espresso, they are just two different things. It goes great with grease and dirt on your hands after a long days work. The sound of the first one being cracked just puts a smile on your face whether after a long day or right at the first tee shot at a 7am tee time. Truly a beer for Americans. Most beers with high ratings here wouldn't get touched by anyone I know. This in my opinion is the definition of a volume beer drinker's beer. God bless America.

Jul 11, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

1.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

12 ounce can poured into a tumbler.
Best by: 04 November 20

Pouring clear and very light yellow with a fizzy, white head that manages to last for almost a minute. I get some faint herbal and grain-like aromas but the nose disappears with the head. There is a distinct lack of flavor, it starts with a hint of malt then finishes with some carbonation bite which fades into a mild bitter aftertaste. The body is thin and finishes watery with the only feel coming from the medium-high carbonation.

While low flavor is a trait of the style this has almost zero and the aforementioned hints of malt that I did perceive were not forthcoming on every drink. This seems like a poor example of the style to me. My 23 year old son calls it a "chugging beer" which is perhaps what AB was going for.

Jun 22, 2020
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LincolnDude from Nebraska

1.06/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Very cheap corn beer. No one in their 30s and up should drink this garbage. If you are used to more expensive and higher quality ingredient lagers, IPAs, stouts or ales, it will be hard to keep this down. You get what you pay for.

Jun 18, 2020
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beerguy04 from Illinois

2.52/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw yellow with a finger width head, with many bubbles and lacing. Smell is faint hops, barley, and also some rice. Taste is the watered down version of the smell. Mouthfeel is water, making it easy to drink. Hence, the Busch Latte nickname. Overall, it’s one of the better work beers.

Jun 16, 2020
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Cork705 from Illinois

2.33/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Honestly, I don’t mind having this beer on a very hot day when mowing/grilling. Obviously very easy drinking beer (like all light beers) and very refreshing, but in no way am I going to chose this beer when sitting around the house or when drinking with company when I have choices such as Boston lager or anti-hero.

May 27, 2020
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ToledoDan from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +134.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So basically this "college beer" has the carbonation every beer drinker wants, doesn't break the wallet, and has some of the best marketing out there.
It's a fun brand with collectable cans and interactive social media. The beer stands up to any premium light Lager around, with it's mild yet fizzy taste. If you like IPA's and didn't tailgate a bunch, I can see why you wouldn't appreciate this. But I do, and for the buck, you can't beat it.

May 27, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.8/5  rDev +109.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

*Rated relative to within the style*
Appearance: Pours a clear, light pale golden color with a medium to large white head. SRM of 6. Lighter than most light beers. (3.75)

Aroma: Aromas of light yeast and carbonation. Really no malt. Just yeast, but without the bread. Yeast lite. (3.75)

Flavor: Light yeast upfront followed by faint cereal malt flavors. Only a touch of honey. No bread malt. Finishes clean. (3.75)

Body: Actually quite a full body here. Good carbonation and finishes smooth and not too prickly. (4.25)

Compared to Miller Lite 5/14/20: Pours a slightly lighter color. Milder aromas and flavors. More dry yeast. Less corn and malt liquor. It's smoother, but also lighter.

Compared to Bud Light 5/11/21: A lighter color. Slightly more pale cereal malts and honey. Less corn. Slightly lighter and cleaner.

Overall: A light-drinking light beer. Lots of cereal malts, dry yeast flavor, a trace of honey, while maintaining a smooth body. Not bad for a light beer. (Final Rating: 3.80 Pretty good)
*Compare to a rice lager*

May 15, 2020
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LT5 from Georgia

5/5  rDev +176.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Call me odd but I love this beer. Smooth to drink and makes for a fun night at home grilling and chilling. This and Miller Lite are my go to budget beers, but this one sets really well after a night of drinking. Wish I could find it on tap locally!

May 08, 2020
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Tadwinks from Virginia

1.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

They say you never forget your first beer. I won't, because my first was a Busch Lite and I assumed I just hated beer. Spoiler: I just hate crap beer.

Mar 17, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

1.88/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

The beer is near transparent and very pale. The white foamy head is dissipates quickly. The smell is that of sweet corn with some malt and no hops. It smells stale. The taste is very similar to the smell. The taste is cornier. The mouthfeel is very watery but bubbly. Overall, it is Busch Light.

Feb 09, 2020
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j_michael

3/5  rDev +65.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Honestly don't mind it compared to the other cheap beers. In my opinion, one of the best cheap beers that is out there. Could certainly be better, but not bad.

Jan 23, 2020
Busch Light from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 46 out of 100 with 1791 ratings