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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Reviews: 395 | Ratings: 1,562
Photo of hophugger
2.21/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. Horrible rice flavor, watery and off putting aroma in this one. Balance is off and seems something was left out of the brewing process. Leaves a bad aftertatste..

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.7/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A friend recently offered me one of these out of his fridge- a leftover from another friend at a recent gathering.

I drank it straight out of the can during my lunch break in the midst of a warm day. The flavor is more or less like regular Busch, very smooth, but with perhaps even less body. It was very drinkable, quenched my thirst, and was definitely watery and light.

I would never buy this beer, but this freebee was drinkable (I will buy Busch in extreme duress, such as when working or traveling through podunk towns in Wyoming). My main beef is the almost total lack of flavor.

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Photo of ordybill
1.91/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not a great beer, heck it isn't even a good beer. But it does have a few redeeming qualities: first, it is cheap. Second, it has some alcohol in it and third it can be refreshing on a hot day. Is it chock full of hops and malt. . . . nope. It is a light golden colored water with some alcohol in it. Who should drink this beer? college kids, people on fixed incomes or guys like me. Who occasionally have a need to swill a bunch of beer to "get back to their roots" and relive their youth. LOL other than that, avoid this beer.

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tastes like light vomit in a can. Seriously, I am not sure how people drink this stuff. There is nothing pleasant here.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of MrUse
2.45/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I have more of these than I'd like to admit. Pretty much flavored alcohol water. For the money, better than Bud or Miller light. For a long golf day or fantasy football draft, not the worst option.

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Photo of PhantomsSpa
2.27/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a bad beer. But to me it's like watching Plan 9 from outer space, its so bad that it's enjoyable in a weird way. I don't think that it's good but when it's ice cold and its put in from of you it's a great time to exclaim "screw it" and throw one back.

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
2.55/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

The worst beer I've ever had. Tastes just like it costs. So flat and absolutely no flavors other than a little corn. Would only recommend if you didn't have enough money for a better beer.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.43/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

4/16/15 (Can) - Very pale white pour, minimal head, carbonation or scent. Taste very light, some hops and corn. Feels very easy going down, like ice cold water on a warm summer day. OK offering if you are staying light.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
1.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear straw color with large white head from aggressive pour no lacing

S: Almost non existent I get a little of the typical lager smell.

T: Very plain almost like a beer flavored water. Little grain and metallic taste.

M: Watery

O: Only reason I gave it a 2 was because it is so cheap and widely available but everything else is poor at best.

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Photo of fps_dean
1.21/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Pros: You can get a 30 pack of these at the local gas station for $18. The taste isn't very strong, thus is probably little better than Bud Light.

Cons: You will need to drink all 30 of these before you get any kind of a buzz at all. Hell, you can probably drink all 30 of them on the way home and not hit the legal limit. Then I question what's the point of drinking a light beer at all when one imperial stout has a fraction of the calories as 30 of these...

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Photo of americanbeer_guy96
3.05/5  rDev +56.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Might have overrated it a little but here is why:
Busch Light is cheap as hell
It doesn't have much flavor and isn't too carbonated making it easy to drink fast and get messed up.
Not a good beer but its easy to drink and cheap and I find myself buying it often

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.19/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with thick head thinning to a lace. Smells like fermented corn vomit. Goes down pretty smooth with surprisingly hoppy and bitter, and a little dry. Not bad overall. One of the better light beers.

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Photo of Alestorm4069
4.5/5  rDev +130.8%

Buy this at the gas station. It isn't expensive, and still beats bud light in my blind taste test, buddy gave me both of them. Ice cold this is really refreshing. goes down like water. I see all the ones and twos on here, and i kind of wonder what its being compared to. The price is right and when you go fishing or are at a barbeque its really good for those occasions.

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Photo of Nathan451
3.75/5  rDev +92.3%

Its a cheap beer that doesn't overpower your pallet on a hot day. This is especially true if you're picking up a 30 pack from an Oklahoma gas station (where the beer is 3%). Whether your eating dinner and you don't know what beer to pair with it or on the way to working outside/ playing outside/ playing cards or watching a game, try saying that about your most top rated beer.

Although it will never win a taste contest, based on its "crispness" this one's a staple in my beer diet.

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Photo of MrPilstout
1/5  rDev -48.7%

Ah, the ignorance of childhood. I remember my friend's mom used to buy this in bulk for us when I was in High School. Didn't care then. Just wanted to get drunk. Nowadays, you would not get me drinking this no matter how many other beers I've already had. The slightest taste of watery piss swill makes me nauseous now. Whether it's Natty, Keystone or this A-B abomination doesn't matter. Save your money for half decent beer. Leave this for frat houses and shitty moms to buy for their kids and their friends.

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Photo of Metalbrew
1/5  rDev -48.7%

Had this one at a BBQ as this was the only choice available. Busch Light is a horrible beer that has no flavor whatsoever. The beer pours a light yellow, and it has barely any head. Busch is one of those beers that isn't worth trying as the taste is very watery, having a glass of water afterwards, you wouldn't even tell the difference. As a light beer, it's not a beer I would recommend, stick with a PBR instead.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2/5  rDev +2.6%

Time to review a very, very popular beer in northeast South Dakota. Busch Light. Ranked #2 (next to Bud Light at #1) as the most sold beer in this city, county, and probably state. Now I have to confess, I always have liked Busch beer - the regular kind. But I haven't had Busch Light in a good while, so I bought a single and here we are...

Serving Style - 12 oz glass bottle

Appearance - not going to bother pouring this one.

Smell (3) - Rich, roasted barley; creamed corn; a little floral. A little chlorine that lends itself positively to the smell of clean water. I'm actually surprised that this beer doesn't smell like total junk. A surprising 3 out of 5.

Taste (1.5) - It doesn't start off bad with a split second of barley flavor, (Busch, anybody?) but then it's ripped away almost immediately with a nasty, tin, seltzer adjunct that finishes off with rotting cornbread. Man, what a disappointment. I just want to pound this one as fast as I can and start drinking something else.

Mouthfeel (1.5) - Strong biting seltzer ending with a watery wash. Ends with a slightly pleasant smokey feel.

Overall (2) - I've had worse - but man, I've sure had better. Believe it or not, in comparison the abominable Keystone Light is actually more drinkable (probably because of the smoothness.) I find most folks will drink this brew or Bud Light because Keystone or Hamm's or Natural Light is just a "trailer trash beer", when in fact they are all detestable in one way or another. Busch Light is not the worst light beer in the world, but it's not far from it. It is truly quite awful. Busch regular is a smooth, palatable beer, and finishes great - but Busch LIGHT takes the fun out of it. It's like cooking noodles too long. Skip this one if at all possible and take the second step in beerdom - a full flavored macro like Busch regular or Coors Banquet.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
1.88/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

If you're not going to session Busch Light on a lazy afternoon, or during a relatively inexpensive cookout, I don't see why you'd drink it at all. This is one of the most basic and unremarkable beers I've yet to have, with a taste that's not revolting but not even half as satisfying as it could be. It's the kind of beer I'd buy if I was looking to have beer at the lowest possible cost, not particularly caring whether or not it was unique, but more along the lines of it being something to drink. The purpose of this beer is to be a cheap, economy beer with low alcohol content, meaning you can still work a six pack into your already tight budget. If that's what you want, you know who you are, but others have no reason to waste their time on beer flavored water.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.27/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Sampled tonight on 6/19/14 as I never had this one, believe it or not! So of course I needed to try it and review it of course. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a classic pilsner flute glass.

Pours a very clear straw-yellow in color with a very think white head. Some spotty lacing was seen. The aroma isn't too much, just for some corn and maybe some rice and grains. Above average carbonation that is the normal for most Bud products. The taste is slightly sweet with a strange light metallic taste similar to Michelob Ultra. Pretty bland overall and nothing real exciting. Overall, below average.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.12/5  rDev +60%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Crystal clear light gold color. The white head disappears instantly leaving a light film and very light lacing.

Aroma: Corn adjuncts, metallic notes, malt or rice sweetness.

Taste: Slightly sweet and metallic up front, corn or rice adjuncts.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated.

Overall: Pretty bland, but for the price point it's not the worst beer out there.

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Photo of joe12pk
2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. can poured into a lager glass.

A - Pale straw. No head, no lacing.

S - None

T - Carbonated water with a smattering of something that resembles beer. Some hops.

M - Light

O - It's not gross or disgusting; just doesn't have much flavor.

P.S. To everyone who says this is college beer, please stop mocking the student body's intelligence. Genesee, Milwaukee's Best, and Stroh's are so much better than this.

P.P.S. To the student body: Your next assignment is to pick up a 30 pack of the glorious Miller High Life. You'll be drinking just as cheap as before and smarter than dumbasses making 5 times what you do. Cheers.

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Photo of gogreen99
1.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Small head making the beer very easy to drink. In essence you get what you pay for. It has a a watery taste characteristic of cheap beers. Only drink it as a last resort. Very little smell at all. Make sure it's ice cold - a beer much more prevalent on college campuses.

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Photo of hoffhin2
2.08/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: light gold color with a very small head that doesnt last.

Smell: sweet? not a whole lot of smell

Taste: Very watery beer, some hops but not much.

Overall: Best drank cold and is a very easy beer to drink in a sense. Not a great beer because there isnt a whole lot to it, very little smell or taste. As a college student it is very popular amongst my peers probably because of the price and how light and easy it is to drink. Once I am out of college I do not think I will drink very many more of these.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.95/5  rDev +102.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Busch Light is a Light Beer brewed by Anheuser Busch with an 4.2 ABV. This brew pours out a nice light amber color with a small white head. The head to this brew goes away fast. The smell of Busch Light is grains, malts , and some hops. So far not too bad. Now for the taste, it is mild with flavor. There is not much to this light brew. This beer taste like water with some grains in it. The mouthfeel of Busch light is Light, smooth and refreshing. There is nothing over[powering about Busch Light. It is just a smooth drinking brew. On a Hot summer day this brew would go down nice. Natural Light and Busch have a much more flavor to them than Busch light. For what it is worth this brew is light, nothing more nothing less. Overall I'm giving Busch Light a solid 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again, but giving the chance to get Natty I would take that over this.

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Photo of Retroman40
1.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bought this in a 25 oz. "one extra ounce" for my breweriana collection. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A - A very light yellow with a huge head that is short lasting.

S - Tough to make a judgment since it essentially has no smell.

T - Hardly any, but what taste it has is mostly metallic with just a hint of grain.

M - Like drinking carbonated water with a slight (very slight) hint of beer flavor.

O - I can see it being very easy to blast a case of this stuff on a hot day since it is closer to water for rehydration than beer. I did like the Ice Cold Easy" indicator on the can and recommend anyone drinking this stuff to make sure it is as close to freezing as possible,

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Busch Light from Anheuser-Busch
1.95 out of 5 based on 1,562 ratings.
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