Budweiser Zero

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Missouri, United States
Low-Alcohol Beer
Ranked #56
Ranked #31,012
2.76 | pDev: 28.62%
Jan 16, 2022
Sep 30, 2019
Budweiser ZeroBudweiser Zero
Notes: Zero Sugar, Non-Alcoholic. Contains less than 0.5% Alcohol By Volume. 22g Carbs.
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Ratings by dbrauneis:
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3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate bright yellow + medium yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy sudsy foamy bright white head that quickly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film covering a little more than 35% of the surface of the beer and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of bready + cereal grain malts along with light aromas of rice adjuncts and a light amount of grainy sweetness. Light aromas of lager yeast with hints of grassy hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of bready + cereal grain malts along with light aromas of rice adjuncts and a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of lager yeast. Finally there is a hint of grassy hops which impart a very light amount of bitterness which fades away almost instantly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with a thin/watery + clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with a light slightly crisp mouthfeel but with that slightly thin/watery finish that I find in many of the NA beers. Enjoyable enough (there is nothing offensive about this beer) and lacks that chemical/formaldehyde presence that I find in Bud Light and Bud.

Jan 15, 2022
More User Ratings:
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3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Rusty_Mike

I liked it for a 0.0% beer with only 50 calories. In fact, I think it's surprisingly not awful, being less bad than other non-alcoholic beers I have tried. Comparing it to Radeberger pils or Tucher helles, my go to beers, would be unfair as Budweiser Zero meets the occasional need for a tasty yet non-alcoholic beer-like beverage. I am rating it for what it is, and not what I wish it was.

Jan 16, 2022
1 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Jan 02, 2022
3.88 by Parsifalstaff from New York on Dec 14, 2021
2.05 by Rich-Ry from California on Oct 25, 2021
3.63 by Chipwells from Georgia on Sep 06, 2021
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2.35/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2
by brother_rebus from Maine

It is true zero. But definitely one of the worst macro NA’s i’ve tried.
fine for a quick sip or boof. But the feel on it suffers. Far worse than, say, heiniken 0.0% even.

Jul 01, 2021
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3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a 12-pack cans $11.99 Times Supermarket
115 days before best by date
Smell of corn, potatoes, shortbread cookies
Light clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Tastes of sweet potatoes, watery
Overall not bad for what it is. Tastes better drinking from the can than a glass. Carbonation is higher and taste of sweet potatoes is stronger when drinking from the can so has a more beer feel to it. It won't remind you of a regular Bud, but if you think of it as a craft sweet potato lager then you'll enjoy it more.

Jun 23, 2021
2.53 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Apr 12, 2021
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2.33/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

CAN courtesy of the Props department on a TV show I crewed:

Cheap 6-row and cereals dominate this fizzy watery brew. Unpleasant and imbalanced, but it does have a subtle graininess that isn't bad.

Ice cold it's not terrible, but it's not a good beer by any metric.


Apr 10, 2021
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3.64/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Skywave from Oklahoma

Light gold, crystal clear, generous head that falls to nothing after a few minutes.

Shockingly devoid of smell. I could get nothing from the can and a very faint bud light smell from the glass.

Clean crisp and dry with a discernable malt taste with virtually no hop presence. Aftertaste reminds me of Jelly Belly beer-flavored jelly beans, which are quite tasty but with a faint, residual candylike sweetness. Perhaps both products use the same "natural flavorings" ? Anyway, as this aftertaste built up it became annoying and funky. This is not a beer to savor by itself. Grab some snacks or a slice of pizza.

Nominal for style. Light, seltzer-like and missing the smoothness that alcohol provides.

About as good as the better mass-marketed N/A beers. Bridges the flavor gap between Busch NA/ O'Douls and Heineken 0.0. Not bad if you don't think about it too hard. You get a credible beer-like experience at a third of the calories of regular beer.

Mar 14, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by digitalflood from New York

I am going to start out by saying this tastes better than standard alcohol Bud Lite and outright challenges their standard Budweiser lager. I want you to understand that from a tasting experience level that this is actually BETTER than the light beer version of their beer and may even be better than their standard beer. That is where I'm going and I will now explain why.

Had several tasting sessions. One poured from the glass bottle into a standard pint glass. One poured from the glass bottle into a pilsner "tall and skinny" glass. One was right from the can. All were fridge temp (45F) tasting with 10-15 minutes of sipping.

The body is crystal clear yellow with very active carbonation. Decent head formation with mostly small open/close bubbles. Reduced quickly to decent lacing at the rim and across the face. Standard American domestic adjust style lager in look. If I looked at it I'd think it was a regular Bud.

Aromas was mostly Bud Lite in nature. Light cereal grain and pine wood scents (the latter coming from their wood stave aging process that like their other Bud brands is used here). Very light. Non-offensive, but admittedly not much going on.

On the front palette-- lots of grain cereal, a bit of oak, and some stale sugar cookies. Very similar again to Bud Lite and maybe less watery in nature. On the middle palette-- you have lots of grain notes. Some pretty good malt biscuit, a little oak, and yes a slight tang of hoppy floweriness. Actually pleasant (again-- less wet than Bud Lite and far less sugary than standard Bud where you can clearly taste all those fructose corn syrup notes). I suspect that in the NA process those sugar notes are getting pulled out. This (for whatever reason I could not explain) feels less "fake" and I'm not saying this is an amazing Pilsner from the Czech Republic here, but arguably it is non-offensive if not pleasant in a domestic beer way. Think Miler Lite-- not a bad six pack of beer for less than the cost of a pound of good ham from the deli. On the back palette-- you get a really good malt biscuit note, some German hop bitter note and skunk plus-- yes even a bit of lemon/sour undertones in that hop tone. Actually very good here and this is where Bud Zero shines. Not too sugary or watery on the finish (Bud Lite and Bud standard). Not too astringent or stinging on the palette (Bud Platinum). Not full of off putting sugar notes and weak hop/malt flavor (O'Doul's Amber or standard). This is admittedly better than any of Bud Zero's AB cousins.

So I am kind of angry to say this-- I did not hate this beer. Much like Bud Black Crown I came in with low expectations and left fairly surprised. I actually think for a domestic adjunct NA lager of American macro origin this is not a bad NA and decent beer to go to when you're looking for something easy drinking and refreshing. This is absolutely the go to lawnmower beer of summer for dads who do not want to mow drunk.

Is it amazing? No. It is average at best, but it has it's place and it lives in that place well. 3.25 out of 5. Okay. Lawnmower beer needs love too.

Jan 22, 2021
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3.47/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by colinz226 from Illinois

20 oz clear glass mug.

It isn't amazing. Crucially, however it isn't bad. I enjoy experimenting with na beers out of curiosity, and out of interest in my health. I have had far worse na beers than this. It's not fancy, it's not flashy, you're not going to finish it and think "damn that was good"! It (after some deliberation) goes flat rather quickly in the glass. Minus points for that.

But it's rather drinkable, and it has no alcohol in it. Win-win.

Jan 21, 2021
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3.7/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is Beachwood, white sugar and pilsner malt. Light bodied, sweet with moderate carbonation. Nice and clean, a bit more perfumey than Bud Light. Interesting and pretty good if I wanted a macro NA beer. I could see this getting a regular spot in the fridge. Enjoyable.

Jan 10, 2021
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1.59/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5
by hardy008 from Minnesota

Pours a straw color with a small white head. The smell and the taste are similar. Graininess and some sweetness. Not much else. Thin, watery, and not much going on here to get excited about.

Sep 26, 2020
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3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a bit of grains. Taste is mild malts and grains, not a lot to it. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall it's not terrible for the style, but there is nothing to separate it from the rest of the herd either.

Jun 17, 2020
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2.07/5  rDev -25%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

Budweiser Zero is a very transparent pale straw with a short lasting white head. It smells basic, sweet with a very slight hop note. The taste is similar to bread but fairly sweet. Teetering on too sweet. The the is watery but nicely carbonated. Overall, it is simple and doesn't stand out all that much.

Jun 10, 2020
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2.03/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by Tinker60657 from Illinois

Purchased in a 12 pack from grocery store. I am experimenting with different NA beers to reduce but not eliminate alcohol consumption on desired nights. For this style (NA - American Light Lager) I strongly prefer Busch NA (same brewer). However, this is zero ABV compared to < 0.5%. On initial poor, the beer appears highly carbonated which generates a thin white head that quickly dissipates as the carbonation wanes. Exudes a nice golden color. The smell is not bad, but not good either, there is barely any smell. The taste matches the smell, with a light malty flavor that lingers on the tip of your tongue. After sitting for a minute and the carbonation has worn off, it tastes like a stale beer. I will not purchase again. For the remainder of the 12 pack, I will drink from the can to help maintain the carbonation longer.

Jun 04, 2020
Budweiser Zero from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 19 ratings