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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 zeff80
1.53/5  rDev -29.2%
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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Photo of beerthulhu
2.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a crystal clear, bright yellow with a foamy white head that started out 2 fingers in heighth but quickly collapsed in the blink of an eye. Visible carbonation was strong and vibrant causing a lively fizziness on the short lived head.

S: The nose was fresh bar limes and that's pretty much it.

T: The initial flavor was sour limes, delivering a crisp lime citrus bite before mellowing only slightly. Overall I gave this a less then average rating for flavor because it was limes and only limes here, not bad, but still more flavor and complexity then their original bud light.

M: fizzy from the lively carbonation, buttery slick, with a light-medium viscosity and a sour lime lingering fade.

D: Drinkability was limey, perhaps a touch to much so as it became one-dimensional really quick. Good if you like a strong lime flavor but cant see many drinking this one after the other, more of a novelty beer.

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Photo of whynot44
2.58/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale amber color with a modest fizzy head that quickly disappeared.

The aroma was sprite soda.

The tastre starts with a thin malt flavor, quickly overcome by sprite soda. Sweet, fizzy carbonation, only hints of malt and not even a hint of hops - not much relation to beer, but still, it is light, probably refreshing on a hot summer day.

It's not my kind of drink, but if you're looking for a mildly alcoholic soda pop to cool you off, this might do it.

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Photo of Damian
2.66/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA

Seeing as most Americans view Cinco de Mayo as merely a day to down some cervezas, I thought it would be most appropriate to try a lime infused American macro lager today.

Poured a pale straw yellow with a bubbly, bright white, one-finger head that quickly faded to a thin ring.

The aroma was sweet and soda-like. The first thing that came to mind was Sprite. Lemony and limey in an artificial sort of way.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Once again, I felt like I was drinking a Sprite. Some maltiness came through up front before the lemon and lime notes appeared. The finish was slightly skunky with a sweet, syrupy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was incredibly light and airy with an intense, prickly carbonation. It reminded me of seltzer water.

As much as I hate to admit it, I found this beer to be quite drinkable. How could watered down Bud with some lime essence not be?

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Photo of stephenread
2.03/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This beer is marketed as a premium beer but there is nothing special about it. All it tastes like is an alcoholic lime drink. It seems like it would be a great thirst quencher on a hot day if you liked fruity drinks. This drink should be higher in abv and put in the same section as the smirnoff ice drinks and mikes hard lemonade. Its not a real beer.

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Photo of PheerNoBeer
3.94/5  rDev +82.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can be a beer snob with the best of them, but Bud Light Lime is what it is: a cheap, easily obtainable, refreshing beer that's perfect for a hot summer afternoon. I usually like dark ales, porters, stouts, but Bud Light Lime is a nice change and a much better beer for mowing the yard or sitting on the beach. When it's 90 in the shade I'll take this over any other light beer I've ever tried. Will it pass the beer snob test? Of course not. But it will hit the spot for a lot less money on a hotter than hell sunny afternoon.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
2.9/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz clear bottle. Pours a light straw yellow with an inch of white head that dissipates quickly. Smells like lime with a good dose of salt and slight biscuit malt toward the finish. Tastes very citrusy initially (lime) with salt immediately afterward, giving way to a fairly clean finish with just hints of lime on the aftertaste. Very light in body. Like Miller Chill, this borders on alco-pop, but the flavors are a little less intense (particularly the salt) and thus this beer is much more drinkable than its SABMiller counterpart. Not as offensive as I was expecting, but I won't be getting it again, as there are better American Macro Lagers to be had...

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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 burtonbe
2.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pale straw in color. Fluffy white head.

Strong lime aroma. No malt, no hops. No bad per se, yet it doesn't smell like beer at all.

The taste is of very strong lime. The lime flavor really isn't that bad, but it's a bit overdone. Very low malt flavor, which is nearly undetectable. If I had to sum it up, it tastes more like sprite than beer.

The mouth-feel is good for this style, light and carbonated. Nothing to complain about here.

Drinkability is pretty darn good. I could throw back more than a few of these easily.

Overall, this was a very interesting, quaffable beer. However, it really, honestly tastes more like Sprite soda pop than beer.... I'm not trying to bash it, I just thought you should know that before picking this one up.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color with minimal white head. Typical macro appearence. Though in their defense it is almost supposed to look like crap.

S: Not much of a nose on this till you are almost in it then you get a nice hint of real lime juice.

T: Tastes like lime juice with some beer thrown in. Not fake either. Hints of beer in the finish.

M: Take away the taste and I would think I was drinking water.

D: For what this is it is very good. This was my first time ever having anything close to a bud light. Would go well in 98 degree heat.

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Photo of erosier
2.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My roommate gave me one to try because I sure wouldn't have bought this myself. Pours a golden yellow color with a short and thin white head that leaves a little lacing as it goes down the glass. The smell is of mostly lime and then some sweet malts. The taste was not as bad as I expected. It had a slightly sweet malty base followed by the right amount of lime flavoring. What was nice about it was the lime flavoring didn't taste as artificial as all the other products infused with lime. It actually tasted kind of real. The mouthfeel was crisp and watery which made for a very drinkable beer. Budweiser's attempt at the light beer with lime Corona/Miller Chill/Landshark market should pay off as this is the best of them.

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Photo of babaracas
2.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a Bud/Light, clear yellow with zero head retention or lacing. The smell of lime overpours the smell of an adjunct lager, but there is a slight chemical aspect to it. Taste is of cereal grains and lime, so pretty much Bud Light with lime juice, but again there is a chemically off note that comes through in the finish. Much more of a natural lime taste than the fruit loop-y Miller Chill, but still a little nasty.

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Photo of MayorAdamWest
1.14/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - Average (read same old) pale yellow. ThicK head that quickly disappears.

Smell - Lime. Sugar. Salt.

Taste - Cardboard and synthetic lime juice.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy.

Drinkability - Stay away. FAR AWAY

I didn't think they could make Bud Light any worse... I shouldn't assume things.

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Photo of rowew
2.72/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Decided to give this one a try, despite knowing I will probably be disappointed. This one is a bit different than the Miller Chill. None of the salt, more lime. The lime actually doesn't seem as fake as I expected.. this basically just tastes like an extremely light beer with quite a bit of lime flavor. I guess its drinkable, but after a few it gets a bit sickly.

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Photo of Onslow
2.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First off is Lots of Lime in the nose! ... big foamy head in to the glass that seems to break its neck to dissipate, but leaves a tiny ring ... is very refreshing and tangy but when it warms it can be a beast, Serve COLD!! .. better than most BMC products and probably somewhat better than Miller Chill...

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.74/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of this new brew for a 'round the firepit cookout at my house.

A - Yellow gold with a faint greenish cast and no real head or lace to speak of. Looks like your average macro lager.

S - Lime rind right up front. The citrus lime lies on top of a basic Mexican lager (Corona, Dos Equis, etc) smell. Smells very beachy and vacation-y.

T - Yep. Lime right up in your face. This is more like a lager with a lime stuck in it than a whole new style of beer like Miller Chill. Doesn't taste half bad really.

M - Light bodied, a bit watery, and VERY thirst quenching.

D - While working up a mean thirst playing around on the beach on a scorching day this would be perfect. I still like Miller Chill a little bit better though.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks (I think) to Andy for sharing not one but two bottles of Bud Light Lime. Is this really appropriate? After we've been close friends and beer colleagues for so many years?

Appearance: Pours a very clear, very pale yellow body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Very lemon-limey in the scent, almost sickeningly so. There's nothing "light" about the smell.

Taste: Altogether bland beyond pale malts are somewhat sweetish. The lime flavoring seems artificial and is reminiscient of a Sprite. Though not to imply I'd ever reach for one of these again, I will say it was better than Miller Chill.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: OK, it's official, this tastes like Sprite, and can you really get angry with a bottle of Sprite?

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Photo of Aleforge
2.82/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dirty Yellow, white head. Minimal Lacing.

S- Just limes!

T- Suprisingly spot on what you expect. Nothing shocking. Its a light tasteless lager with lime juice. It really reminds me of corona without shoving anything into the bottle.

M- High carbonation, very light

D- Easy to drink. I think when it gets hot this stuff will even be more appealing. I had two, and then didn't really want anymore though. The lime flavor tends to get old.

Suprised. I really had the lowest expectations for this! Its not really bad, the lime is strong, but tastes fairly natural. Its a notch above Miller chill!

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Photo of Avryle
3.11/5  rDev +44%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Another chapter in aerozeppl's quest to sample the shitty stuff that the masses seem to love...

A- There is no word in the English language that accurately describes this. Its closer to the color you get when there's a little bit of Coke or Pepsi left in your glass and you pour water in it so the sugary dregs won't dry to the bottom and be difficult to clean. Other macros are pale, this is watery looking.

S- Lime juice. Wow! I really didn't expect it to actually smell like limes. There is the corn adjunct-y smell swimming in there too.

T- Tastes like lime-y, watery beer. This works in the same way that wrapping a dog's medication in a piece of cheese works- you hide the nastiness behind a more dominant and pleasing flavor and you can fool them into thinking its good. Nice job, A-B. Nice job.

M- Thin & watery. Active, seltzer-y carbonation. No expectations of anything more.

D- Guzzle this quick while its COLD, otherwise the adjuncts start shining through hinting at its true nature. If I were already drunk and in Cancun, I'd drink this shiznit all day long.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very light yellow with a small 1/16 inch head, with average lacing. Below average carbonation with a strong sweet smell of lemons. Tastes like carbonated lemons with almost no alcohol taste. This is awful and tastes like Lemon Pledge. It would make a better cleaning product than a malt beverage.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz metal bottle. It pours an extremely pale gold, crystal clear, with a surprising rush of carbonation and head, which fizzes away almost instantly, leaving virtually no lacing. The lime flavor dominates. It is surprisingly authentic - it does taste and smell exactly like you've just squeezed a fresh lime into the glass. Unfortunately, other than that, this is no more and no less than a standard Bud Light - virtually no aroma, only the faintest hint of malt and not even the feeblest lip service to hop bitterness, aroma or flavor. The mouthfeel is just this side of water and whatever character the beer has on the tongue evaporates before the beer even hits the back of your throat.

This is not an offensive beer - in fact, it is a slight improvement on Bud Light just because the lime gives your mouth something to do. I suspect this will be a smash hit on the market, and it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world at a party on a hot summer day. But this adds nothing to the art of brewing.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out how it looks in the bottle, light straw. Head is white and drops quickly.

Smell. Is not far off at all to a bud light, but does have a little of that rubber hint to it i can smell in bl. The limes are present, but not as potent as i thought they would be.

Taste. Limes come out a lot more here as it is a citrus beer...lime takes over and masks the rest of the 6 IBUs in this beer. Dont know what else to really say about the flavor...I think the label does it just fine- bud light with lime. Aftertaste keeps the lime citrus with it.

Mouthfeel. Same as a bud light- thin with lots of carbonation. But the lime does seem to be more flavors on my tongue than just a regular bl.

Overall, they wanted to make a lime bl, and that is exactly what it is. I can see it being refreshing and more of a thirst quencher than a beer. I bought this as a single....wont ever buy a six pack of it, but I wouldnt say I would never drink it again.

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Photo of berserker256
2.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

It has the same pale gold yellow appearance that Bud Light has and the same crappy soap-bubble head that fizzes out quickly. It smells slightly better but only because fruity lime odor is hiding the inferior ingredients used in brewing Bud Light. Taste is slightly better for the same reason. It tastes like light beer mixed with Seven Up or Sprite or Faygo Lemon Lime. It tastes more like pop than beer to me, actually. It thin and watery and easy to drink. It's the consummate chick drink.

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Photo of Portertime
1.87/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I am proud to say the only reason I tried this beer is because I got it free as a promotional item. I had no high expectations. Had it iced cold in a pint glass. Poured a crystal clear goldedn color with a fast forming and quickly disapating head. Smelled of fresh sqeezed lime and a little rock salt like I was about to take a tequila shot. Taste was of Bud light, watery, just a hint of lime and stinging on the tongue. This will probably be enjoyed at a frat party and your biggest concern is hooking up (feed her some of these, it should do the trick)

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Photo of nmyers
2.73/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know most of you guys are doggin' this beer, but it isn't bad for what it is, a light lager with a lime flavor. AB hit it right on the nail.

A- Very light golden color with moderate carbonation.

S- light hints of malt and lime

T- Bud light with lime (not my fav)

M- light carbonation with a not much of an aftertaste.

D- It goes down smooth.

I could see myself drinking a couple and then the heart burn might set in (IMO). Not my cup of tea, but I see this doing well for AB.

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