Busch Light | Anheuser-Busch

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Busch LightBusch Light

Brewed by:
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 kylehay2004
2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of acurtis
1.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.97/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
1.79/5  rDev -3.2%
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 kjkinsey
1/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of djrn2
1/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of Knapp85
1.3/5  rDev -29.7%
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 nmann08
3/5  rDev +62.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
1.75/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +89.2%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
1.3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of biboergosum
2.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Took me awhile to get around to this...cost was $3 for a 25 fl oz can in Brooklyn, NY.

"Light beer." 4.1% ABV. Nutritional facts are included on the label.

Pours a dull yellow-copper with a thin off-white cap atop. Head retention is good - ~8 minutes. Obviously filtered; clear, clean, transparent/translucent.

AROMA: Corn adjunct, 6-row, generic malty sweetness. No hoppy notes - not even grassiness. Very generic, evoking a drinkable simple brew with no off-flavours. Inoffensive.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Matches the aroma. On the sweet side, but though it's imbalanced it isn't cloying or undrinkable, and I like that it doesn't have any overt off-flavours. Still, some graininess or grassy hop flavour would lend needed bitterness and give it some complexity. Very simple shallow fare as-is, but not bad by any stretch.

TEXTURE: Light to medium-bodied. Has too much heft and weight on the palate for a light lager, even flirting with a thick syrupy feel but not quite crossing the line. Unrefreshing. Smooth. Wet. Overcarbonated.

Not buttery or astringent or anything, but certainly far from ideal for the style.

OVERALL: I'd sooner stick to regional competitors in terms of budget light lagers (e.g. Genessee Light). This is drinkable and inoffensive, and it's tough to say anything more positive than that about it. Wouldn't be bad for pairing with spicy food (e.g. atomic wings) or something greasy like fried chicken, but it's by no means a stand-out brew and even amongst the usual suspect macrolagers available in the United States I don't think it's upper tier. Cheap swill that should be more refreshing than it is. Can't complain about the price by New York standards, I guess.


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Photo of zeff80
1.25/5  rDev -32.4%
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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Photo of LXIXME
1.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of mothman
1.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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 dbrauneis
2.1/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.05/5  rDev +64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Gkruszewski
2.83/5  rDev +53%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.82/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Thorpe429
1.03/5  rDev -44.3%
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 REVZEB
1.5/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -45.9%

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