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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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
1.79/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Knapp85
1.3/5  rDev -33.3%
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 biboergosum
2.15/5  rDev +10.3%
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 zeff80
1.25/5  rDev -35.9%
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 Thorpe429
1.03/5  rDev -47.2%
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 mothman
1.63/5  rDev -16.4%
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 NeroFiddled
2.26/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.82/5  rDev -6.7%
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 +7.7%
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 BuckeyeNation
1.63/5  rDev -16.4%
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 mikesgroove
1.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of Jason
1.59/5  rDev -18.5%
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 womencantsail
2.4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dare I say the highlight of this adjunct lager laden haul?

A: The pour is pale yellow, like pretty much all light lagers. The head is white, like pretty much all light lagers.

S: Sweet adjuncty goodness here. Corn and apple juice define the nose and this one is just all sweetness and nothing else.

T: Grain, corn, apple juice, and sugar. No real bitterness at all, but no offensive skunk or urine character either. A winner, indeed.

M: The body is light, as you might expect, with a pretty lively carbonation.

D: While this was the winner of the evening, this was a Dairy Challenge situation (where there are no winners). I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy any more Busch Light.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a chilled mug at The Tombs.

Killing time before my arms control class, I just couldn't resist ordering one of these. I have no idea why. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises stale barley, hard water, and astringent grass. The taste generally follows suit, with the hard water really taking over. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, I knew what I was getting: a watery, light, mildly-fizzy alcohol delivery service. It's not very good at all, but I have still had much worse...

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Photo of woodychandler
1.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

CAN't we all just get along?

A finger of bone-white head with decent retention on a humid afternoon. Color was a pale, straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was horrid - it smelled like cooked vegetables! I know that this is generally considered a failing in beer although some have intentionally kept it in, but I do not think that this was by design. Mouthfeel was thin with a cereal sweetness on the tongue. Once again, these macro Lights seem nearly indistinguishable from one another. Finish was light and watery. Hell, I could have drank water instead and not noticed much of a difference.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours yellow and fizzy with a very carbonated short lived white head. The aroma predominantly corn and rice adjuncts bringing a sweetness to the aroma, but at the same time it also brings an off tone that just isn't pleasant of feet. No real hop profile maybe a chemically formulated one, but that's about it. This is not a real beer, this is a macro beer meant to be consumed in masses by the masses. Cold and crisp, the label describes this beer properly "refreshing light beer", well so is water I will stick to that. Flavors to note here is a bland sweetness mixed with a bitterness that just isn't right. Mouthfeel is thin and water like, which is why this beer can be consumed right after another without a problem. If your looking for a good beer pass on a Busch Light.

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Photo of tdm168
2.71/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold with some loose, bubbly, white head that quickly fades. There is some heavy carbonation coming to the top. It smells grainy and a little metallic. The taste is rather smooth with some grains, but with a decent hop bitterness. It's even a little grassy. The mouthfeel is very light, heavily carbonated, and a little dry.

For the style, this isn't bad. I could drink this. The taste doesn't have that awful metallic taste that macros often have, and there's enough bitterness here to let the palate know it's beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.51/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the first beer I remember drinking. Of course I had sips of other beers from my parents, but this was the first full beer I consumed. So I had to try it again and rate it. The color is golden clear with decent carbonation. The smell and taste are grainy. the mouthfeel is perfect for bonging. Its a college beer!

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Photo of jwc215
1.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Born on date - 13 Apr 06.

Poured light yellow with a very thin wisp of a head that almost immediately disappeared to nothing despite the carbonation.
The smell was a small whiff of corn (?) adjuncts.
The taste was of very watered-down corn (? - so light it's hard to tell) adjuncts.
A slightly metallic watery feel is left in the mouth.
This is not even refreshing on a hot day - no flavor - might as well have water. A friend of a friend brought this and left one in the fridge. I figured I would give it a shot. I don't know why I bothered. It's a mix of a great deal of water a touch of metal and a touch of some sort of adjuncts that are hardly noticeable.

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Photo of Billolick
2.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my son's increasing interest in beer, we seem to have lots of Busch light cans around our house at all times, ah teenage, I remember it well (well at least I remember some of it) Anyway this classy product pours very clear, very light and very piss like in color. It shows off a quickly leaving white head, and has next to no aroma. Light, bland stuff. Minimal hops, malt, flavor, and interest. But it does go down easy and if you drink several and your girlfriend drinks several you have a decent chance of having some fun.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.58/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

10/20/07- Consumed at a relatives house in South Dakota.

Presentation- 12oz can, may have been a born on date or something, but I really didn't look for one. Poured into a random glass.

Appearance- Light straw-golden color. 1/2 inch slightly foamy head at first, but quickly fades. Leaves some light markings behind.

Smell- Whiffs of light corn and grain, not much else. Really not much scent, but what is there is not replusive.

Taste- Pretty much replicates the nose. Light corn and grain notes, very minor hop taste. Really not much flavor, but it is crisp and fairly clean.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and medium carbonation level. Really not as watery as expected.

Drinkability- One of the better lite-macro beers out there. Probably about your best bet of the ones I've tried.

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Photo of Duff27
1.82/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Another "Bottom of the List" tick.

Born On Date: 24OCT2011

A- Half-inch fizzy white head that is gone within 20 seconds. One of the palest beers I've ever seen. A few streams of effervescence. Pretty dead looking overall, an etched bottom would do wonders.

S- Cereal grains.

T- More pale malts. Some hops characteristics if you focus but nothing in the way of "ohh love those hops!".Nasty aftertaste, blah.

M- Thin mouthfeel...even the carbonation is on the weak side.

D/O- Normally I have a plus rDev on these light lagers/adjunct lagers for whatever reason (see: other reviews for them) but this one I really do not care for. Funny, because growing up (early twenties until now) I assumed there was no difference between the major "light" beers. It took sitting down and reviewing them to disprove that notion. Note: "Drinkability" is there so I beefed up the 'overall' score a tad.

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Photo of drabmuh
1.83/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The father-in-law ticking project is coming to an end because the only other beer variety he has is PBR and I'm pretty sure I've written a review for that.

Beer is clear, almost not even yellow, big head that disappears immediately, carbonation low, no lacing.

Aroma is corny, vegetal. Gross.

Beer is thin, no aftertaste at least, almost no flavor, what is there is very bland and boring, mildly sweet, boiled corn and cabbage in the midpalate, overall not as much a beer as it is an experiment in making a flavorless suspension of biomolecules. SUCCESS!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
1.31/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Why do I do this to myself? Open minded...here we go...

This is very light, just barely pale gold color. Quick white head that goes "dodo" very quickly.

Stale malt and corn aroma. Dank. Old socks

Taste? Not much. The stale malt is more old socksy and the corn is underneath. I'd think this is sock flavored water. Fizzy. This does not taste like beer. Not even close, but it does match the category a bit.

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Photo of Wasatch
1.73/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is ricy, with a hint of malt. The taste is kinda sweet, ricy. Light Body. Not Drinkable, another dissappointment from the big three.

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