Bud Light Lime | Anheuser-Busch

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Bud Light LimeBud Light Lime

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Missouri, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bud Light Lime is brewed using a combination of barley malts, non-malted cereal grains, subtle hopping and natural lime flavor.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2008

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Photo of Sammy
1.89/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle pours pale yellow, with some detergent white head, soon dissapearing. Unpleasant cheesy beer aroma, with some lime. Taste is on lighter side, astringent taste, with some lime. Could not get down more than a couple of sips. Nasty, but was expecting even worse.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: typical half finger head on a hazy pale golden body.

S: wheat with the lime nicely removing the musty adjunct lager aroma.

T: lime is pretty strong with this one with the wheat and adjunct lager bitterness well hidden.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: This is more of a fruit and spices beer than an adjunct lager. Not good but the lime hides the bad stuff.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.36/5  rDev +8.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.7/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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1/5  rDev -53.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Knapp85
2.47/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I didn't think I'd ever try this but a friend had it and tossed me one. I wasn't overly excited to try it but I did anyway. The nose is quite potent with lime. It smells nice but its reminding me of soda. The beer is clear yellow and obviously light bodied. The taste is lime no doubt about that. The flavors of lime subside after a little and turns into that very familiar Bud Lite flavor most of us know and hate.

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1/5  rDev -53.9%

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2/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.3/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got a 12 pack of this for $10.99

This beer is a great thirst quencher on a hot Summer's day. I would pick this over a Corona/Landshark/Miller Chill (insert gimmicky flavored beer here) any day of the week. Not an overpowering lime taste but still much better than a Bud Light. Good work AB.

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1.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of metter98
2.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly settled down but never completely faded away and left a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is dominated by aromas of limes.
T: It tastes like lime-flavored water with some sweetness and the slightest hints of adjunct malts and bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down like water and somewhat resembles lime-flavored soda (except that it lacks a strong sugary sweetness). This beverage is probably best consumed very quickly and in the can.

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Photo of biboergosum
1.98/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The hype around this beer is really hard to ignore, especially recently in this country. When a Facebook (cough, cough) campaign is cited as the reason for Labatt Canada to rush this product to our store shelves for our abbreviated 'summer', it is indeed a Brave New World. Since I've heard multiple incredulous stories of this selling out around town, and the main liquor store monopoly hoarding supplies, I couldn't resist ordering a pair for myself and my Friday evening drinking buddy at the pub tonight. He forewent his usual "Coors Light rules, Bud Light sucks" tendencies to placate me. Little did he know...

First off, what the hell is the deal with the Inbev UK production codes? Was the rush to market so great that we in Alberta couldn't get product from St. Louis, but had to revert to old Commonwealth ties?

This 'beer' pours a ghost-light pale yellow colour, with a wisp of thin white head that you'd miss if you blinked, which I did. Lacing - heh, seriously? It smells like lime Freezies, the green plastic-encased summertime treats from my youth. The taste is lime, lime, and oh, more lime. The kind of lime that elevates it slightly above the Sprites and 7-Ups of the world, due to it's mild natural citrus tartness. Damn, I can't totally rag on AB's use of 'Natural Lime' in their advertising. What I can rag on, however, is the overuse of said limeness (limetude, limenescence?) in the flavouring of this beverage. It overrides any of the admittedly hard to detect in the first place rice/corn adjuct grain sweetness. It also adds a new flavour twist to this whole sordid affair - citrus dish soap, depending on which brand of that caustic material you prefer, of course, your mileage may vary. The carbonation is above average and contributes greatly to the perception that this is actually a store brand soda pop, the body seems pulpy, but that may be my brain playing tricks on me, as there is no pulp, and the finish is off-dry, more sweet lime, folks.

This is pretty much a very weak fizzy margarita - bubbles, dextrose, lime, watered down alcohol. I'd call this a chick drink, but I'm afraid the women I know would beat me senseless for saying so...my drinking buddy left the majority of the bottle on the bar - case closed. The bartender said we're getting Miller Chill soon in our province, like that's any consolation.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As expected, there's not much here to critique. It is non-offensive in the same way that selzer water is, but with some faint beer character. The pour brings a very light straw color with a spritzy carbonation and fizzy head formation with lack of retaining qualities. Aromas are majorily lime and with a hint of a gain / malt mixture. Flavors are also dominated by the lime which brings a refreshing and palate cleansing quality to the beer. The feel is overly carbonated and thin, weak, and fleeting. Leaves only a lingering lime flavor and an acidic bite. It will not be what I reach for when wanting a beer, but I can see its appeal through the hot summer months.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.65/5  rDev -24%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 fl oz can served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are as low as can be.

Served from the refrigerator. Side-poured vigorously as I anticipated the head wouldn't retain. Even the aggressive pour didn't seem to help much. I wonder if it'd have a head at all without aggressive pouring.

Acquired at a local Ralph's market.

A: Pours a two finger pathetic thin head of no cream whatsoever and abysmal retention. Colour is an unappealing straw yellow. I'd stop short of calling it "urine" coloured, but I had to hesitate. It retains all of 30 seconds - but this might be a good thing because the head was just sad. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Artificial lime syrup and heavy sugar. Smells like an awful over-sweetened children's candy. Uniquely repugnant; Budweiser has done it again. I wouldn't call it foul, but it's definitely off-putting to an obscene extent. Pretty strong. No yeast or alcohol comes through, mainly because it can't compete with the crappy lime. "100% natural lime flavour" me arse.

T: Artificial lime, with unwelcome sweetness on the climax. It's backed by a stale dirty barley foundation, which feels weak and pathetic. Watery. That lime is true garbage, and really bothers. Way too sweet. I want to brush my teeth merely from the sugar of the beer. Laughably simple, awfully balanced, and poorly built.

Mf: Overcarbonated. Coarse from the sugary sweetness. Too thick. Wet. Pretty bad all around. Doesn't suit the flavours really at all. Syrupy.

Dr: 24 oz was a struggle to finish. I would never even consider having this again unless a bar had no other affordable options on draught and I was looking to get destroyed. Awful for the style, and hardly a beer. A reprehensibly bad concoction.


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Photo of emerge077
2.09/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Crap-in-a-Can-Crusadeâ„¢ continues!

24 oz. can with lime green tab, "11 313" on bottom of can, if a julian date, roughly mid-Oct. '11

Fizzy, soapy white head on it for about a minute, which rapidly fades, leaving a glassy, still surface with the occasional breach from rising bubbles. From the side, there are rapid trails of rising carbonation, champagne streamers. Audible soda fizz on the second pour.

Smells like lime, not the fresh juicy kind, but at least some semblance of "100% natural lime" listed on the can. Later as it warms it's slightly floral and bland, becoming artificial like a lime-shaped car air freshener.

Tastes like wet paper, manila folders soaked in club soda with a splash of lime juice. Dry, flabby, mealy aftertaste once the carbonation dies down a bit. Watery and insipid, lacking crispness of a good lager, with a touch of "natural" lime. Just utterly dull and lacking any sort of character outside of the lime addition. Water tastes pretty good with a lime in it too...

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Photo of superspak
3.21/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 12/7/2017. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart lime, lemon, and citrus zest; with lighter notes of cracker, white bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Okay aromas with lime and light malt/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lime, lemon, and citrus zest; with lighter notes of cracker, white bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy/spicy bitterness and citrus tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lightly tart lime, lemon, citrus zest, cracker, white bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Solid robustness and good balance of lime and malt/earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/tartness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, fairly bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Pretty thin, but not watery feeling. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a decent flavored light lager. All around solid robustness and good balance of lime and malt/earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Not bad at all, balanced lime and clean light lager flavors. Nothing wrong with it; a bit artificial feeling, but not offensive. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
1.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Picked one up, just to try it, in a mixer sixer.

A - Poured out a straw yellow color. It was high carbonated/fizzy with a two-finger, very bubbly, white head that did not linger.

S - It smelled of lime and that's about it.

T - Taste...lime, lime and more lime. Again, not much else. There may have been other flavors, but all I tasted was lime.

M - It was crisp and sharp. Possibly the best qualities of this beer. It was very light-bodied.

D - If you love limes or gin and tonics (with considerably less alcohol content), then this beer/bud is for you!

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2.3/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color lager with a fizzy head. Taste of lime is not overly dominant or too fake to be gross. Not as bad as I had expected just closer to lemonade then actual beer. Somewhat reminiscent of Twist Shandy that used to be brewed by Labatt.

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2.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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1.25/5  rDev -42.4%

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2.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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