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Missouri, United States
Light Lager
Ranked #118
Ranked #30,010
2.45 | pDev: 38.37%
Apr 28, 2023
Feb 11, 2022
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Rated: 1.3 by 22Blue from Kansas

Apr 28, 2023
Rated: 1.59 by PaulMayer from Virginia

Apr 15, 2023
Rated: 1.5 by bundy462 from Texas

Mar 29, 2023
Rated: 2 by brewme from Massachusetts

Dec 31, 2022
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Rated by pkalix from California

1/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
oh dear.... bubble gum? seltzer? wish i read these reviews before i got TWO twelve-packs....
Dec 17, 2022
Rated: 1.68 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Oct 07, 2022
Rated: 1.21 by Hazey92 from New York

Sep 24, 2022
Rated: 2.1 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Aug 20, 2022
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Grouse1 from Pennsylvania

1.24/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25
What was I thinking? I was hoping for a low cal Summer beer for crushing. I was lured by the label stating "No carbs, super crisp, 80 calories, and 4% ABV". I was thinking clean tasting light beer with not a lot of character. What I got was an OK first sip that turned to a dreadful aftertaste. If you can't detect it, either your palate is off or you can't taste critically. For the record, my palate was very clean at the time, so I was able to truly assess it. The more I drank, the more I hated it. Others have pointed out that this is a seltzer with beer flavoring added. I can't say it much better, other than to add it has a chemical aftertaste that grossed me out. The aftertaste is most prominent towards the last 20% of the can when it is slightly warmed. I waited an hour and cracked a second, this time pouring into a glass. Almost no head or lacing. Probably the lightest yellow color in a beer. Fizzy and not much of a nose to even comment on. They must be using a corporate approved legal definition to call it light beer. I'd put every other adjunct lager I've had over this.
L - I didn't look at it as I was drinking from the can. I assume it's light yellow
S - Nondescript beer smell. There's no real hop smell, but I wasn't expecting much
T - This was deceptive. At first, I thought I was drinking a very light pilsner, but after the taste settled, I realized I had been duped. It's a seltzer, and nobody is going to convince me otherwise. The worst part is this heinous aftertaste. You don't really get to appreciate it until you get to the last third of the can, but then, wham, cloying bitter chemical aftertaste
F - The mouth feel is a fizzy seltzer drink
This is about as unnatural as any beer I've tried, and it definitely has the worst aftertaste I've had in a beer. *I need to edit qualify this review because some keto people may actually find this better than nothing. Zero carbs is compelling. Another way to use this beer would be as filler when out after you've had a couple nice brews and basically done drinking, and you don't want to overdo it. That, and people that hate beer might like it. Now that I think about it, there could be a niche market for it.
Aug 17, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

1.2/5  rDev -51%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
Given to me as a single 12oz can. Poured into a standard pint glass.

L - Clear. Like, completely clear. Maybe a faint hint of yellow, but I might be imagining that in the name of optimism. No head.
S - Mineral water. A bit like dryer lint, actually.
T - Bland. A bit on the sweet side. Like someone whispered to someone else about a banana flavor from a beer twenty miles away.
F - Lightest body possible, with mild carbonation. Extremely poundable.
O - They finally made it. It was merely a matter of time before a macro put out the ultimate light beer meta - a beer that's basically La Croix. I know exactly where this one is going. This is an insult to the brand, and a clear moneygrab to counter the popping seltzer bubble. Not worth it to try - much less think about - this brew. Not going to have this one again.
Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by LarryV from Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Not much I can say about this - has very little aroma, but what slight aroma there is isn't very appetizing. Not a lot of flavor either, but there is an oddness to the flavor that I didn't like. It's not really grainy, or hoppy, just kind of nondescript.

I think this was brewed for the seltzer crowd - in small print - it says Light beer with natural flavors and fruit juice for color. So perhaps a seltzer with beer flavoring added - I don't know but the bottom line for me is that this sucked.
Jul 09, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Anheuser-Busch "Bud Light Next"
12 fl. oz. can coded "03AUG22 VC1236"
$2 @ ShopRite $519, Phila., PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Having just sampled an A-B Natural Light I thought now might be a good time to try Budweisers newest light beer, Bud Light Next. Now Bud Light has never really been that much of a light beer in all honesty as it has 110 calories and 1.9 grams of carbs so let's see what Bud Light Next has... whoah! it's zero carbs and 80 calories per can. I should also note that the label reads "LIGHT BEER WITH NATURAL FLAVORS AND FRUIT JUICE FOR COLOR" which is a little weird; you have to add fruit juice to get some color into it? What are they brewing it with? Well, apparently it's far more rice than usual. OK, let's go... it's just slightly yellowed, and it looks like a hard seltzer. In fact, it kind of smells like one as well. There's an unusual stench to it that's similar to hard seltzers. That has to do with yeast's health as it's basically fermenting sugar water that has no nutrients in it. Of course they add nutrients and adjust the pH to keep it going but it's nothing like a standard beer fermentation. The head immediately dropped but I was kind of expecting that and now I have a thin collar and some whispy foam covering about a quarter of the surface. Plenty of fine bubbles can be seen racing upwards below, indicating that it doesn't have much body. On to the taste... fingers crossed... it doesn't taste like beer. It tastes like juice (apple, grape) mixed into seltzer and there are definitely no hop flavors present. There's only 4% alcohol there so I don't expect that to come into play. If you hold it close to your ear you can hear it fizzing like a soda. I can appreciate wanting to cut down on calories and carbs but let's be honest, what's the point of drinking this? It smells bad, it doesn't taste like much, and there's not a whole lot of alcohol in it - you're not going to catch a buzz unless you drink a few of them which kind of defeats the purpose. To each his own I guess. In the mouth it's light bodied and crisp as you might have guessed. All in all it's really something other than a beer in my opinion but it has to be judged as a beer.
Review #8,069
Jun 16, 2022
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Reviewed by GrindheadJim from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +62%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
It's not beer, but, if you like a cactus-lime seltzer, or can learn to like it, zero carbs at 4% is really, really appealing when something goes down this smoothly. Recommended for anyone with an open mind.
Jun 15, 2022
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Reviewed by not2quick from Missouri

1.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
L- Almost translucent with the slightest hint of color. Looks like toilet water after a 12 pack but the head retention in the toilet lasts longer than 10 seconds.

S- I smell nothing. Maybe a faint sweetness.

T- Pretty much tastes like a La Croix that has been opened for a couple hours

F- A slight tingle on the palate.

O- Just an overall poor beer. So many better light choices for only 29 calories more.
Jun 02, 2022
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Rated by Detour12 from Massachusetts

1.25/5  rDev -49%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25
got a single and poured it into a glass. almost looks like water. Doesn't taste like beer. has some odd taste to it.
May 14, 2022
Rated: 5 by Melovebeerbecaisritisgood from Massachusetts

May 09, 2022
Rated: 2.57 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Apr 21, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.57/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75
12oz thin seltzer can - on a low carb diet and this is "no carb beer", let's do it

Clear, pale yellow, fizzy head that disappears. Smells almost like candy, or a low-carb sweetener, or burnt popcorn. Taste is a hint of the same odd/mild/fragrant sweetness, but with a hint of corn syrup and a faint rotten 'garbage juice' flavor that I can't quite put my finger on (almost like cheese...?) and a lot of clove which might gain it some points with the nerds... it isn't the worst tasting beer, but it isn't good, either. Gains points for being stupidly easy to drink and having zero carbs

It should be listed as a different style, but this is the first of it's kind: A beer-flavored alcoholic seltzer. Some credit is due as this was a cool experiment by InBev, but the experiment was a failure - maybe add some hops? As it stands, I expect this to disappear soon and quickly become a relic
Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 3 by AlaskanYoung from Arkansas

Apr 11, 2022
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Reviewed by spaghettiknight

3.69/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
You preppy financial advisor types might not like to hear this, but this beer is fine. It's barely beer but the flavor isn't bad. Definitely fruity and barley tastes like a beer, but for those that don't like seltzers or are on a low carb diet, This is a must. Obviously this wasn't going to taste like your crafty local IPA's, it wasn't meant to. It is what it is and its not half bad.
Apr 08, 2022
Rated: 3.02 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

Mar 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

1.77/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
Poured from a can. Super light in color and clear with a small white head. Smells of corn, and a sweet floral hint. Flavor is sweet corn and slight fruit and floral. Feels and tastes more like a seltzer than a beer, it's like an odd cross of a cheap light beer and a seltzer. Not a fan. Downgraded this a little more because I almost didn't finish it
Mar 25, 2022
Rated: 2.92 by markallmon from Tennessee

Mar 14, 2022
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
So right off the bat this is the lightest colored beer I can ever remember - It's a shade of gold barely above clear - oh yea and the beer itself is perfectly clear and very effervescent. It essentially looks like carbonated seltzer water. A couple finger sudsy head forms on the beer, but quickly fizzles out. The aroma is ... well ... missing? It's got some light notes of light corn, sweet white bread, and that's about it.

So, the taste is incredibly bland ... Its tastes like topo chico with a subtle hint of light beer. The comparison to seltzer is blaring in its blandness. But here's the thing - I would drink this over *any* of the hard seltzers on the market. Sure it's bland, but it tastes way better than any of those aspartame laden seltzers. Feel is essentially carbonated water. Think topo chico. It is super refreshing and easy to drink. Fizzy, bright carbonation.

Overall this is a terrible beer compared to other beers. However I strongly suspect this is a "beer" for seltzer drinkers and in that regard its the best option on the shelf.
Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

2.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Bud Light Next brewed by Anheuser-Busch with an ABV of 4.00% This Light adjunct lager pours out of a 12oz slim can into a pint beer glass. The color is a super pale yellow color almost clear with a super thin head that goes away fast. No lacing to speak of, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is faint with mirror grains an malts, not much to write home about. So far nothing bad , but nothing great either. Now for the taste, it is WATER... No flavor what so ever, tap water has more flavor than this stuff. Do your self a favor an get a pack of flavored Seltzer water. Was really hoping for more with this brew. It is light an smooth, if you want something that doesn't taste like beer, here you go. I would not buy this brew again, period. Sorry Anheuser-Busch, this is a definite no go. I want some kinda flavor. I know the low carb thing is in, but Michelob Ultra at 2.6 Carbs an Natural Light at 3.2 Carbs, lots more flavor an it not horrible.
Just my input.
Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Dailydrinker72

1.46/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
Like drinking a LaCroix with a splash of light beer. Should not be labeled as beer. Was excited to try because I'm on a low carb diet. I'm an alcoholic and I chose to not drink over drinking that shit. That should tell you all you need to know about the taste
Mar 07, 2022
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Rated by Stephenkerr from Massachusetts

2.47/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25
Light enough, “drinkable”, but still manages to leave a syrupy feel in the mouth. Not for me
Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 2.19 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 04, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.41/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz slim can stamped 06AUG22 VO0027 poured into an vintage hourglass pint glass at fridge temp 4% ABV 80 calories 0 carbs per label. The beer pours brilliantly bright with a hint of yellow color and fizzy snow white head letting me know this isn't water. The head recedes to a thin ring and hangs on. The aroma is faint with a hint of ambiguous citrus. The taste is lemon water with a hint of grain hidden way in the back. Mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is very thin bodied with above average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, inoffensive light lager.
Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Joob

2.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3
Bought a 12 pack at Safeway for $9.99 and now I know why it was so cheap. With 4% ABV, this sucker keeps you sober enough to drive home after your little tailgate party. Wifey also won't get a beer belly drinking it so that's a plus. In terms of taste, it is godawful. It is worse than a normal Budlight. Tastes like if you wrung your sweaty gym shorts out and drank it.
Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 2.39 by mamaraza from Texas

Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 3.49 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Feb 17, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.03/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
you are about to start seeing this everywhere, they are pushing hard, just watch the super bowl tomorrow (from what i hear anyway). this is supposed to be the next generation of bud light, and i am positive that it is the lightest beer ever made, zero carbs is the thing here, zero, in a beer. i am not a huge fan of this better for you space in beer, its not that many calories to save, id rather sacrifice elsewhere and drink beer that tastes good, but this space continues to grow. i kept wondering if it would be good, so i was surprised when my first thought on tasting this was that its not bad, its almost more important that it isnt bad than it is actually good, it doesnt taste like much, but that works both ways, nothing metallic or cheap, not lousy alcohol either, and while it has just a little sweetness in the finish and maybe a light fermentation element if i seek it out, its impossibly mild. it looks like an energy drink in the pale blue and silver slim cans, i thought it might be clear until i poured it, like water clear, and its close, not even yellow, maybe one shade toward beer colored away from the absence of any color at all, just wild, but it does have and hold a pure white head, has a ton of sparkling carbonation, and looks really tidy, but the lightness is almost disturbing. no hops at all in aroma or flavor, just a little generic malt sweetness in the center, an almost red apple suggestion too somehow, minerals, and faint crackery character late, just so minimal that the cleanness and sort of apparent purity it has stands out, especially compared to the lot of other cheap lagers out there in this space. this will either revolutionize this category and everyone else will follow, or people will realize this is the final evolution of flavorless healthy beer and it will kill the entire genre, i am certainly hoping for the latter, but for now i guess this accomplishes its objective. the fact that its so minimal works in its favor i think...
Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev +40%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Bud Light NEXT has a very clear, bubbly pale straw appearance, with a thin head of foam and minimal lacing. The aroma is of fermented grain with subtle lemon. The flavor is of water, with possible cereal flavor. No bitterness is detected. Bud Light NEXT has a thin body and a dry finish.

Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.28/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear very light straw color with a tiny head of foam. The head fades super-fast, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is light overall, consisting mainly of a light corn and caramel smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a very crisp and very, very, light grain taste that fades away almost instantly. There is a little bit of a caramel and corn sweetness, along with some light paper like tastes, all of which fade a bit as the taste advances, leaving one with a very seltzer like taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is super light and thin with a carbonation level that is very high. For the abv., 0 carb nature, and style the feel is appropriate, making this one quite seltzer water like and very slammable.
Overall – Tastes more like a seltzer then a brew with a super light beer flavor. Good for hot days of long sessioning.
Feb 11, 2022
Bud Light Next from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 37 ratings