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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 Luigi
1.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Piss yellow with a thin foamy head. Smells like faint grains.

The taste is very similar to water to be honest. There is not much to this beer at all. Has a small amount of grassy grains and finishes clean.

Very thin body with a lot of carbonation.

The drinkablity is harsh because of the beers skunky quality. This beer is the official Keg beer of ECU. Cheap, flavorless. Good for when my fraternity needs to throw a kegger.

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Photo of deejaydan
2.23/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A light American Adjunct lager. Not much to say, not much to be impressed by. Inoffensive. Pours a light light straw color. I actually got some lacing from this. Head retention is minimal. Very very little flavor, I can't pick anything out good or bad. Perhaps a slight sweetness/cooked corn flavor, but not much. Moutfeel is okay, a little thick for a light adjunct lager. Well, perhaps, over carbonated. I'd drink it if it was this or going thirsty, but I wouldn't look hard for it.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
1.28/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured a nearly clear yellow color with a quickly foaming head that dissipated just as rapidly. Took a sniff... ICK! Sharp corn "tang" to the scent. It smelled like heaven knows what else was put in this beer.

Tasting: This beer is almost too harsh to review. Even from the cup it had a metallic aftertaste to it. It was bitter, but not in a good way. It really didn't have that "beer" taste to it at all. It didn't have any good balance to it at all. I had to swallow this quickly because I couldn't really stand the way it felt on my tongue.

At $13.99 for a 30-pack, this beer is overpriced. People pay good money to get this on tap near me too. Spend an extra dollar for each case you buy and get something somewhat better.

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Photo of jp32
2.25/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Mmmm... Busch Light, the taste most of us grew up on. This obviously is not the greatest beer in the world, but honestly its not bad at all. I would consider it a mid-range domestic brew. Its not so gross that you cant choke it down and its not so good that its going to cost you an arm and a leg just to get a buzz. I like to dip into nice expensive treat beers once in a while, but I always go back to good ole' Busch Light. The more often you drink it, the better it seems to get. Although it is quite watery and almost tasteless, around here its the cheapest way to knock back a few brews without gagging yourself with terrible beer.

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Photo of granger10
1.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer number 2 for the day, after a Mickey's. I'm either starting early or finishing late, I'm still not sure. This beer is so watery in appearance I would not think it to be beer if I didn't know. No smell whatsoever and the taste is very, very watery. Maybe some adjuctyness in there but it's really just like barley water. Good to have for its value when playing drinking games. I see tons of college students (esp girls) drinking this b/c it's cheap and lacks any flavor. Terrible beer to sit down and drink with though.

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Photo of 67cuda
2.47/5  rDev +26%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with almost no head... It's really weird to drink this out of a glass, and the way it looks is a darned good reason not to drink it that way.. I swear that it looks like urine... It tastes kind of skunky, and metallic.. To be honest, I don't expect much from a light beer, and this certainly isn't the worst one out there. It's a good beer if you're looking for something cheap to get wasted on, and hey, it ain't Keystone Light...

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Photo of aquatonex
1/5  rDev -49%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Christ, is this beer?

Hmm, well they were playing beer pong at the party, there was only this by the case...

Pours pale amber with some head. Smells like skunk and alcohol, nothing else. Tastes like seltzer that's been sitting for a freaking long ass time. But, I think I detected the slightest hint of wheat. It may have been my imagination. Mouthfeel is most certainly like seltzer. Drinkable? If you're playing beer pong sure. Otherwise, I think I wasted the minutes of my life drinking this.

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Photo of walleye
1/5  rDev -49%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Graduation party.poured a pale yellow, with a white head. from the (shudder) can aroma weak corn , wheat, and not much of anything else. flavor weak corn, wheat.I have had better water. I just do not see the attraction to this beer, it was a waste of time to even open the can.

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Photo of cncbofh
1.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The bad side? Like Stone Brewing Co. says:
"Fizzy Yellow Beer is for Wussies"

The good side? This beer contributed massively to my love life throughtout High School and College.

It tastes bad. Smells bad. Goes down like water so you can drink a lot.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.16/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Natural Aging, Natural Ingredients.

Appearance-nice size head, pale golden color, lots of carbonation. Nothing special.

Smell-faint smell of corn, lot of metal in that stench too. Yuck, not a beer for smelling.

Taste- the metal comes out again, very bitter tasting, with mild aftertaste. Not great.

Mouthfeel- not great, goes down easy but the aftertaste is off and you'll just want to start chugging.

Drinkability-easy to drink, like Coors Light and most others you can pound a ton of em...if you want to that is.

Overall- not a fan, I can definitley drink it when it comes my way, but there are countless beers I would rather have. For the cheap college kid though (me) very drinkable and appealing

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Photo of Gusler
1.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer departs the can a faded gold color with a portly head that is frothy white and the lace left behind a velum like sheet. Nose is crisp and clean, malt sweet with the start somewhat sweet and the top thin as the edge of space. Finish is stinging in its acidity and the hops light, dry aftertaste.

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Photo of CCUBA
1.35/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Went to a frat party at Francis Marion, and well, there they love this stuff. The main draw to it is definately the price, but when I look for a beer I would rather throw in a couple extra dollars than to drink this. However, it gets the job done for cheep. I instead threw in an extra $3 for Budweiser, which may not be the best beer in the world, but it beats the hell out of this stuff.

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Photo of chilidog
2.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Offered by a friend. I knew going in that its all he drinks, this cheap 10.99 per 24 pk.
Knowing that I poured one in a glass. It says natural carbonation on the can, yep carbonation!! The good size white head, fizz and carbonation is high to reduce the head to a thin ring around the very pale yellow brew. No lace to be had. The aroma is grain-like and metal-like from the can. Natural ageing it says, ya, in the can. The taste is of mostly of cereal grain with weak malt and hop. The taste dose leave a crisp, smooth and sweet feel. The mouth is left a dry mild bitter.
Over-all a cheap mass produced bargain batch. I'll be saving my 10.99 for something craft-like.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.27/5  rDev +66.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale straw color with a low flat white head, ringed edge, and decent carbonation. Light cooked corn aroma (not unpleasant) with maybe a touch of grain, fruitiness and light hops... Light flavored beer, crisp and dry. Light bodied but fairly smooth; not watery.

Not nearly as bad as I expected.

Can states: "Natural Aging" & "Natural Carbonation", 110 cal, 6.7g carb, 0.8g protein, 0 fat. "Freshest within 110 days"

Born on: 05/10/04
Tasted: 06/16/04

Born on: 04/06/04
Tasted: 07/22/04

(12 oz. can)

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Photo of soper2000
1.23/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

At a friends... ah what the hell? I might as well review it. So here we go.

Appearance: This is what Freshman year of college looked like. Thin quase golden straw color with a quickly disapating white head.

Smell: This is what Freshman year of college smelled like. Ever been to a frat house on saturday morning? Yeah, kind of smells like that.

Taste: This isn't what Freshman year of college tasted like. Why? One might ask, it's quite simple; this beer has very little taste. I only taste adjuncts. No hops, nothing.

Mouthfeel: This is what Freshman year of college felt like. Watery at best. Not something I'd want in my mouth for long periods of time.

Drinkability: This is where my Freshman year of college was spent. You can drink this all night and continue on the following day. That's the only redeeming quality of this beer. I mean, is water hard to drink?

I guess this one can was good for a flashback, but i'm sure as hell glad that the Alstrom brothers saved my ass and sheparded me to better beer. I'm forver in debt to BeerAdvocate.

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Photo of travolta
1.62/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz can.

Apperance: Yellow, with ZERO head or lace. Up to the light, it's a baby yellow.

Nose: Summer grass. Maybe a little lemon at the end. Then some alcohol.

Taste: It's bitter and crisp. That last thing I taste is bitter lemon and alcohol.

Notes: This is beer by definition, not by example. Period. I gave it a good drinkability score because thats what it is, a good "get drunk" beer.

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Photo of jwilli7122
1.18/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Color of...light beer i guess - clear light yellow. minimal head, just ugly hissing carbonation that releases unpleasant scent of stale sourness, and...lawn mulch. Taste is the same as smell. sour grass and sweet adjucts. I think the beer attempts to distract you from the taste with carbonation, but it doesnt work. absolutely awful.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.16/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Busch Light is like any other AB light beer. Pours a pale yellow with no head. Taste is of strong hops with water flavor. No huge smell, hint of hops, metallic if smelling out of can. No mouthfeel what so ever. You can however drink alot of these. I did drink these quite alot when I was in High School, very cheap and just as equal with Bud Light which was more expensive. Personally if I had to choose to have a Busch product I would get a regular Busch, you get more bang for your buck and atleast it tastes somewhat like a lager, sorta.

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Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.6/5  rDev +134.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Busch light draft, what can I say, this is a mass consumption beer. It's not a saturday afternoon beer, unless you are in college (like me). This beer is cheap but its very good. Busch light is extremely smooth and good ice cooled in a snow bank. This beer is much better than the trendy bud light, that is much more expensive.

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Photo of CBFanWish
1.15/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wehn I think of adjuncts, I now think of Busch light. This beer is terrible with a faint yellow color, no head and no carbonation and a skunky smell that makes you wish you had a Rogue close by. The taste was of corn and not much else. It was absolutly horrid and I hope to never drink this again.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.62/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A very light straw color with a white head, no carbonation. Smells of adjuncts and grain, not very strong. Tastes like corn and faint malt, with almost no hops finish. Not good, pouring it into a Samuel Smith tulip almost seems like a travesty. Very cheap, and not satisfying.

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Photo of Suds
1.39/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A friend had some of these left over from a party. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d had one. It must have been years and years ago; so, I swallowed my pride and gave it a try.
Pours a very light, very clear, yellow-tinged liquid. Actually, the head is very nice: puffy and bright white, with notable stability. Zero aroma…maybe a faint hint of cooked vegetables, but you have to nearly inhale the liquid to get even that minor sensation. Essentially zero taste as well, with a little tingle of carbonation. I’m not exaggerating to say that I think I’ve had seltzer water with more character. Now, there isn’t anything unpleasant about the beer…it simply has a complete lack of any attributes at all. Nothing disagreeable because there’s nothing there…of course, that begs the question: can it then be called beer?

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Photo of BigRedN
3.15/5  rDev +60.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Background: Why review this simple, macro product that is ranked near the bottom and not thought highly of? Simply because it is the first beer I ever had. 6-pack of long neck bottles on my 16th b-day (I was underage). It was about all anyone drank, so myself and my friends didn't know anybetter. So for my first review I picked up a sixer ($3.99), got a glass and revisited an old friend.

Appearance: Light yellow. But its supposed to be this color. Gave it low marks 'cause you would think they could just dump something in it to alter the color.

Smell: Nothing noticeable. Again it is supposed to be this way. I gave it good marks as it does what it is supposed to - not offend.

Taste: No noticeable flavors except a slight sweetness (corn or rice?). They want a flavorless product that does not offend and can be consumed by the masses. High marks for excellent acheivement of their goals.

Mouthfeel: Once again, mission accomplished. Nothing to offend yet nothing to stir the imagination.

Drinkability: Went down easy. Put away the whole six in no time. A-B got what it wanted. A cheaper beer the masses can consume in quantity. Easy to consume many to just get hammered.

Final Thoughts: Just like I remember (should get bonus points for consistency from one bottle to another). Since this is the first beer I ever had, if I would not have liked it, I may not be drinking beer now. In a way it has helped me to get to BA, because I thought "there has to be something better out there".

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

It pours a truly pale yellow, very uninspiring, and the head sprouts and dies in a flash.

The aroma is very weak, beyond mild, with nothing I could identify besides perhaps cooked grain.

The taste delivers what the smell promises, which simply is not much. There's weak malt that disappears as quickly as you taste it, almost making it unidentifiable. When that goes, there's a trace of hop bitterness making you believe that perhaps it really was beer you just drank.

It is very light bodied, feeling thinner than water, maybe because you expect at least a little more. But you don't get it.

It's almost odorless, which may be a blessing, and terribly bland. There were two cans left in my beer fridge from my parents' last visit, so I figured, what the heck, right? Wrong! The second one went right into the trash. I wouldn't even cook with it. I don't like to trash a beer, because I know someone somewhere likes it, but I just can't help myself here. Yep, it's drinkable, just like water, so next time, failing other options, I'll have the water.

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Photo of JISurfer
1/5  rDev -49%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Allllllllright, this is something you give to an enemy to drink. I can't emphasize the blandness/wateriness of this stuff. My girlfriend's dad drinks it and he's a trucker(not that there's anything wrong with that). Maybe that would show that he doesn't really get into tasteing beers and what not. Reviews; Appearance: What appearance, looks like water with some carbonated foam on it. Smell: Smells like teen spirit or skunky water, which ever you want. Taste: Taste is as bad as the smell, if not worse, because you are subjecting your body to it. Mouthfeel: Ah, I don't feel like doing the last two. Just don't waste your money!

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