Busch Light | Anheuser-Busch

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Busch LightBusch Light

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Missouri, United States

Style: 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2001

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Photo of acurtis
1.25/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
1.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

truly inferior beer, even for budget crap. offensive yellow soda water that tastes more like licking a battery than anything containing grain or hops. extract all the way here, I just don't taste any grain at all, none. metallic in the finish, more aluminum than I care to taste. its only asset (if you can call it that), is its refreshment capacity. when its freezing cold, a good chug can quench a thirst. this is so because the beer has essentially no flavor, so like a massively carbonated water. I don't mind a regular busch, but this low cal offering is brutal, even as the 30 pack stuff goes.

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Photo of djrn2
1/5  rDev -49%

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1/5  rDev -49%

Photo of Knapp85
1.3/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a really poor beer. Very little of anything going on in this. I was handed a can at a friends party and i tried it because I didn't want to be a jerk. I had a few beers before this one that were quite good and I felt like this had nothing in it. I couldn't pick up real strong tasting notes or aromas. Still don't get how people crave this stuff...

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +78.6%

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3/5  rDev +53.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
1.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of biboergosum
2.15/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24oz can, a one dollar gas station special (cheaper than soda, my mind reels) in the off-ramp splendour of downriver SE Michigan.

This beer pours a crystal clear, very pale golden straw colour, with one finger of frothy, foamy, and fizzy (the 'F' trifecta!) dirty white head, which leaves some mere island speck lace around the glass as it quickly gets outta dodge.

It smells of rather mild and yet sweet breakfast cereal grain (yer rice, yer corn, yer, um, well, that's it), sanitized hard water, a bit of cold melted plastic, and ethereal weedy, skanky hops. The taste is a reduced gritty adjunct graininess, sweet and sour as ever was, and gently contaminated well water.

The carbonation is quite sedate, just a feeble fizziness throughout, the body light, dilute, and having benefited from the many marketing cycles of its parent brewer and their ilk, consequently smooth. It finishes with the expected paltry amount of faint corn and rice pithiness, and lingering anemic laboratory bitterness.

Not too hard to drink, not too hard at all, if you need a palate (and maybe a soul) cleanser, that is. Not much to say otherwise, not too much at all. Ok, ok - light macro-lager 101 (auditing, only - this crap could never make it to school - oh, wait, it does - stupid college kids).

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1.25/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of zeff80
1.25/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - 12 oz can pour out a straw yellow with no head. It is very carbonated.

S - Skunky and of alcohol. Maybe a little corn smell, too.

T - It is very watery. There is a corn taste, as well.

M - It is fairly crisp and sharp on the tongue. It's just sad that mouthfeel is the highest rated element.

D - Drinkable....if you want to get drunk very cheaply. I have had worse.

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1.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
1.3/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of mothman
1.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very thin head that evavoprates to nothing. Color is almost clear, a light straw if anything.

Smell is mainly of grains, and a very little amount of hops. Taste is quite similiar, not very pleasent at all.

Mouthfeel is very dry and not something I would like to have for enjoyment.

Overall, please avoid this beer and buy something a little more expensive.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.03/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours with a bit of color and leaves the tiniest white head. Smells like weak amount of grain--a covered silo from a few miles away. Tastes like a bit of grain but mostly husk. Flavor is almost immediately washed away by the excess carbonation. It's like they don't want you to taste it. Unusual. Drinks like carbonated water with some cardboard and old rice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.26/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As would be expected of any A-B product, Busch Light delivers a beautiful appearance. It's crystal-clear straw-gold in color beneath a creamy head of bright white that holds fairly well for a light beer, and even leaves some tiny splashes and spots of lace about the glass.

The nose is clean with a lightly sweetish note and the suggestion of alcohol. It's not grainy, and not hoppy, but there is a subtle yeasty fruitiness (apple, grape).

The flavor is basically the same as the flavor, and the saving grace here is that it's clean. The fruitiness and alcohol dominate, but that's basically because there's nothing else there... no grain, no hop, no bitterness. It is just slightly sticky, lingering in the finish with a film of residual sugar. Some hops or bitterness could have set that off, but that's not what the majority of consumers seeking this are looking for.

The mouthfeel is also nice, with a delicate, fine-bubbled carbonation that leaves it smooth across the palate whereas some competing brands come on almost like fizzy and bristling soda-pop.

On a hot day when you should probably be drinking water and avoiding alcohol altogether, if you must have beer this might be a good choice.

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1/5  rDev -49%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, adjuncts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is starts out with a little breadiness from flavors of grain and adjuncts followed by a mild malt sweetness. The hops presence is very mild but there’s enough to bring a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down ok since there isn’t much to it, not filling at all, very mild kick, not the absolute worst in the style but there isn’t much good to say about it either.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.1/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint lemon + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of cereal grain malts and grain adjuncts with minimal amounts of sweetness. Hints of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of cereal grain malts with a light amount of grainy adjuncts and a hint of grainy sweetness. There are very light flavors of grassy hops which impart a touch of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Not a lot going on with the aromas and flavors of this beer, though I suppose that is how it was designed to appeal to the largest number of palates. Nothing about this brew is offensive but I would not go out of my way to find it again. Extremely cheap and easy enough to drink with well hidden alcohol.

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1.25/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Busch Light is the away team in today's Macro Smackdown IV. The home team duties are being handled by The Silver Bullet, Coors Light. This beer may not be as cold tasting as its rival, but it may end up as its superior. I'm on the edge of my seat with anticipation, so let's get the festivities started.

Pale yellow; a nearly identical shade to the Coors product, but even more pale. The head is brighter white on this beer and is the better for it. The foam has a bit more substance to it and lasts a few minutes longer. No great shakes, but the first round goes to Busch Light.

There isn't a dime's worth of difference between these two noses. This aroma might have a slight edge in terms of strength. As well, it's a little less floral and bit more musky. There isn't enough separation for different scores to be granted though.

This is turning into the battle of the pathetic losers. Busch Light's flavor is far from good, but it does have a slight edge on Coors Light, if only because it has less flavor. The nasty graininess is more muted and therefore slightly more palatable. It too is descending into the realm of disgusting as it warms, but it's the barely more acceptable beer on the way down.

The mouthfeel is pathetic, as it is on the other beer. Watery from start to finish. This one has a slight edge thanks to the longer lived carbonation; further evidenced by the persistence of a filmy cap and a partial short collar of lace. The Coors beer is completely devoid of both head and lace and has been for quite a while.

Busch Light isn't good beer, but I think you knew that already. It is, however, ever so slightly preferable to Coors Light. When it comes to the flavor of a macro light, less is often more. Busch Light may not be as 'cold tasting' (what a bunch of hooey), but it should be as close as possible to freezing, while still being able to exit the can/bottle as a liquid, before drinking. If you absolutely must, that is.

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Photo of mdaschaf
1.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Jason
1.59/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12oz can. Stamped born on date. States to be "Born of Natural Ingredients, Smooth, Refreshing Beer" ... "Brewed from water, barley malt, cereal grain, hops and yeast." It does not say natural ingredients only does it?

Appearance: Perhaps the lightest colour beer out there, translucent pale yellow. Thin white lace is what is leftover of the quick foaming head.

Smell: Vague cooked corn, very clean aroma so clean that you can't smell anything else. So clean you can smell the alcohol in this beer.

Taste: Incredibly light body, well manufactured smoothness and a well placed crispness that makes this brew a bit refreshing. Very thin malt flavour, cereal grains are abundant in the flavour but stay clean. Hops seem processed, a lazy bitterness that barely tweaks the scales of taste threshold. Some astringent grain tell you that this brew is quick from start to finish ... by the time you think of swallowing the taste is gone leaving a dryish end.

Notes: Light beer = less calories = less flavour. Why drink beer with less flavour, how much fun is it to eat a diet meal that tastes like nothing?

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

And so we begin another long arduous road down into the depths of the bottom of the barrel list. Grabbed a few quick cans last night and decided to go for broke. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/16/2010.

The pour was about what I would have expected with a thin amber color to it if you could really call it amber in any way. Lots of fizzy white foam coming up through the bottom of the glass, and reach about an inch before dropping back down and not leaving any bit of lacing what so ever. Aroma is light grains, musky and full of moldy, bready notes. Nothing you would really want to go around bragging about in any way. Clean and crisp, it made for a good water substitute, but again that was about it as it really just had very little flavor to it at all. Wet hay maybe and a light touch of corn, but nothing really.

Overall these are all mostly the same in my mind, just one pale lager after another.

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