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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using a blend of imported and classic American aroma hops, and a blend of barley malts and rice. Budweiser is brewed with time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character.

Added by kbub6f on 11-21-2000

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Avg:
2.43
pDev:
62.55%
 
 
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Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow in the body with nice-looking carbonation. I was able to work a little head out of the can with some good arm action on the pour.

Smell – Classic American graininess. I thought for a second that I could smell some hops, but I was wrong.

Taste – More grain in the flavor with a touch of gummi-bear sweetness at the finish.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is just right and it went down pretty smooth for me. No bad surprises here, which is important when striving for mediocrity.

Drinkability – Ice cold, can-fermented, and skunk free make this beer a winner.

Comments – The King is a good standard for American piss beers. It’s smooth, well carbonated, and refreshing. Of course, it’s mostly water with little to no body, but it goes good with pretzels, pizza, or a four pound salt lick.

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Photo of llscotto
1.01/5  rDev -58.4%

Cutie reps at the bar had a computer set up to record commercials Q&A session for commercials should they like your answers....got a free Bud for my time. I smiled politely and accepted it, continuing to smile as I took a sip. But they could see in my eyes something was wrong. Skunky flavor, with a stale egg aftertaste. I plowed through a couple more sips before my taste buds over ruled and forced me to take a bow. A polite placement of the half full beer on the counter to check my phone then accidentally leave it behind as I walk away.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A word to the wise - don't mock certain things when out drinking with certain people, people whose turn it is to buy the round. I'm just saying, but hey, lemons and lemonade...

A 20oz pint of this plops down on the bar, in a sparkly clean Bud Light glass - too much to hope for exact brand consistency, I suppose. The beer appears a crystal clear pale golden straw colour, with a bare modicum of thinly foamy, bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a surprising bit of spectral webbed lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of middling corn and grainy rice 'malt', a bit of stony hard water minerality, and damned near nothing in the way of hops. The taste is more breakfast cereal rice, with a lesser sickly corn sweetness, an ethereally faint, indistinct, New Jersey laboratory fruitiness, and, dum-da-da-dum: still no hops here folks.

The carbonation is a bit much up front, but skitters away soon enough, the body medium-light for the style, more than a bit watery, and smooth by committee diktat. This all makes for a plain, off-dry finish, and thankfully not very much of it.

Innocuous, and easy enough to put back, but in the same way as a sandwich made with Wonderbread, you'll feel sort of guilty and empty afterwards. The 'drinkability' hacks probably pushed the IBU rating here into the negative range, but I actually have no problem downing it, particularly if I'm distracted, and already a bit sauced, which, thankfully, I am. Still no reason to make this your beer of choice, though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.51/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear. Very light yellowish color topped by a full and foamy bright white head that holds very well. The carbonation is quite fine, leaving thin steady streams of tiny bubbles rising steadily to the surface. Nice appearance! The aroma is quite limited with just vaugue indications of malt, hops, fermentation esters and alcohol. The body is light with a gentle carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is quite one-sided, however, with only a very light malt character ever so gently buoyed by hop bitterness and a light "apple" character from fermentation. The finish is "short and sweet" with only a residual malt and next to non-existant bitterness. Refreshing! This is the best selling beer in the world for a reason. Although limited in character, it displays no flaws whatsoever. There is nothing even remotely objectable about it - a true "beer for the masses".

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Photo of yEaRiGhTissiK
5/5  rDev +105.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The look is a straw yellow color with a 2 finger head. Beers of this genre tend to all look similar.

The smell is of rice and grains, one doesn't pick up much of a hoppy smell at all, maybe slightly in the background, but this beer doesn't smell bitter whatsoever.

The taste is the best part about Budweiser aka the King of Beers. It is a simply delicious taste that is smooth and crisp EVERY TIME. It tastes of grain and rice not hops. This beer doesn't taste bitter or hoppy whatsoever. It is just the perfect beer for every occasion that one can think of. The taste is always the same, they get it right every time.

The feel is a great part about drinking Budweiser. It has a nice carbonation and is as drinkable as water. Although it's as drinkable as water, it definitely has flavor. The mouthfeel is bubbly and smooth and each one goes down faster than the last.

Budweiser is an amazing beer. People look down on it because it's a macro beer mass produced not craft etc. There's a reason why this beer is the King of Beers, because they have made the perfect beer for every occasion. Beer snobs step aside and grab one while watching the game or grilling out. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. It just goes with everything, everywhere, every situation. The Budweiser Brewery Tour in St. Louis was amazing also. Much more appreciation for this beer when you see the steps needed to brew this beer in person.

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Photo of SocraticTortoise
1/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Excellent example of a shitty, mass-produced, rushed through fermentation and well-branded "beer". I am aghast that the bros gave it a score of 80, but it makes sense if you consider this poor excuse for fermented beverage within the category that it sits squarely in: American Adjunct Lager. It is in fact, Made in America, with Adjuncts, and somehow passes for a lager, which really gets me, because the beechwood is added not for flavor (plywood doesn't give off that much phenols after the heat and pressure treatment) but rather to strip the yeast out of the solution prior to actual finishing the fermentation. Becasue of the rush-job, one is assaulted by a load of acetaldehyde on every sip, making it seem like someone poured apple juice into your shitty can of shitty beer, which would be a relief, if it were actually juice. I will never support a company so bent on ruining the industry that they dominate, I can't even bring myself to pay for any beers that any of the breweries that AB has acquired produce; it is too painful and harms the industry.

Bad beer! Bad!

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Photo of Bito24
4/5  rDev +64.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey nit wits born After 1980. This was and is the beer that the vast majority of the beer drinking Americans consumed. Not an IPA and not a wheat, but has sold more gallons that all those beverages combined. It's a lager and that's a dirty word today. Well all I can say is "When you say Bud.... You said it all

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Photo of MFrye10
5/5  rDev +105.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Once your lips touch that nice cold bottle of Budweiser you will instantly look up to the skies above give Jesus a wink and a thumbs up because he has bestowed upon you the King of Beers! This heaven sent beer was made so that everyone can know what sweet mother freedom tastes like. You see old glory flying and you hear the bells of freedom singing. So kick back, enjoy and by God taste FREEDOM!

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Photo of rorykanderson
2.85/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let's all try not to be assholes for a moment here - this is a solid beer. Drank cold from the bottle on a hot day or a from a chilled pint glass with a juicy burger and fries? Hits the spot. Consistent, lightly floral notes up front that lead to the classic (overly derided) wheat/cereal taste. No bitter aftertaste, nothing cloying, nothing in the way of mouthfeel. It won't ruin your palette or steal the thunder from a well cooked meal, but it won't impress you either. There's a place for beer like this. After a couple of meaty IPAs I'll reach for a Bud to give my taste buds a well-deserved break and wind down the evening.

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Photo of jaialainut
5/5  rDev +105.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the title of king of beers says it all, sure its massed produced and thats because of its popuarity.
very tasty and refreshing beer that i can find at any great sporting events.
beer snobs of the world have a negative opinion, but where ever you go you will see this great tasting beer being sold and thats the bottom line.

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Photo of CraigP83
2.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I decided to revisit this old classic. Purchased a 6pack of 12oz cans for $6.99. This beer pours your hay/straw color with good carbonation and quite the head. The smell is rice and yeast, Taste is about on par with other American Lagers, a little bit crisp and not as water down as others within the style. 5% abv is hidden well. I'm going to come right out and say this is not a terrible beer, the worst part about it is that I paid over a dollar a can when I could have gotten a better crafted beer with higher quality ingredients at roughly the same cost in something like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. So for that reason I was left with some buyers remorse.

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Photo of CarlMart
1.64/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The only way I'd drink this garbage is if I've been working my ass off all day under the burning sun, have absolutely no money in my pocket and a friend happens to have spend the last of his cash on a six of this. Needless to say, that's not a common event. Drinking this is pretty close to drinking mineral water, it may have an okay feel if I'm dying of thirst under the burning sun of southern Texas, but that's about it. I don't understand how this is the best selling beer. People amaze me more and more as time goes by, not in the good way either.

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Photo of Jonesy1965
3.21/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

My go to beer!! Always fresh and refreshing. Don't judge me!

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Photo of undertakerfreak1127
1/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Someone tell me how much "The Bros" were paid to give this swill a rating of 80.

You want constructive, BA? How can you be constructive when there's literally nothing to construct upon? OK, I'll give it my best shot:

Appearance: Piss

Smell: Piss

Taste: Piss (or what piss would taste like)

Mouthfeel: Kind of what a mouth full of prostate juice would feel like

Overall: The undisputed king of cheap, overrated dumpster sludge - Pissweiser.

I tried my best BA, but sometimes a beer is so bad that it's incomprehensible beyond anything but piss. That beer is Budweiser. I would drink the contents of a colostomy bag before imbibing this swill again.

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.72/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is one of those beers that cannot possibly get fair treatment on this site. I'm not necessarily against hating on AB- the number of times I HAD to have their beer at some bar because of no other choices- is enough for me to hate on this brand. That said...

Poured from a tallboy 25 ouncer into a shaker pint. A moderate to semi-aggressive pour will produce about 1.5 inches of a billowy, somewhat chunky head. The beer is a pale straw color with light carbonation.

Very apparent DMS in the aroma, but it fades as the beer progresses- as long as it doesn't get warm. A slight fruity aroma is apparent as well- something akin to tomato skins. The flavor is lightly grainy with no hop character to speak of. It's very light in flavor and on the palate. Bland, average, watery and typical- what do you want?

I have often chosen this over Bud Light, which is a ridiculous watery yet somehow nasty beer. Coors Light really does taste like water, and is actually pretty good if you're thirsty. If my choices are light beer or Bud, then this is it. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but there it is.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

this beer has an undue bad name. all their other products are garbage, from shock top to black crown, to bud light and on and on, but, this particular brew, the original, ive always preferred to its competitors, and it does have a useful part to play I think. it pours a yellow straw colored watery soda fizz mess with an average white head. the nose is a lot like the can, even when its from a bottle or on tap. an odd metallic smell, but there is some grain in here, and I can get hops if I focus on it. the flavor has a refreshing mellowness to it, and while this may be all cut up with corn and rice and whatever else, it does retain some nice malt flavors, light as they are, and the hopping is crisp. I mean, im never going to go out and buy this, but in a tiny foreign airport, a concert at some beer wasteland, or a ballpark with no better options, I actually really enjoy a Budweiser. it is also the first beer I ever legally bought in the united states when I was 21 returning from overseas, so it has some sentimental function as well. to me its the classic American working mans beer, nothing special, but far from repulsive too. say what you will about it, but it aint half as bad as a miller or coors, although black crown is unforgivable.

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Photo of ThannyRooCrew
4.57/5  rDev +88.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Budweiser is a very good beer, and it is the Great American Lager. Also the price makes it that much better. It seems to be the norm for people to hate on Budweiser, but it's a very solid beer so don't listen to them. Definitely my go to beer when watching a baseball or hockey game.

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Photo of nicholas2121
5/5  rDev +105.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Budweiser The Great American Lager. This beer is goes with anything and everything. Budweiser has an ABV of 5.0. This brew is a great beer to drink anytime. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice thick whitehead. Smell is rich with flavor. You pick up on grains an a hit of hops. Budweiser smells like what beer should smell like. The Taste is rich with flavor. You pick up bold taste of malts and grains. This brew is smooth with a clean finish. This is nothing bad about about the taste of this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 5.0 out 5. A Great American Beer at at Great Price. You can't get anymore american than Budweiser. Stay true to the red white and blue drink Budweiser. I will buy this brew again.

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Photo of BeardGuy
4.85/5  rDev +99.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sorry, but I just love American style lagers and Budweiser is delicious

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Photo of djalexjahn
3.35/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably one of the better big domestic pilsner beers out there. If you can't get a good Canadian beer...a bud is your next best bet. The more you drink the better they get lol.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
1.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The only thing going for this "king of beers" beer is that it's easy to drink. It's lighter, but not nearly as light as Bud Light or other light beers. It's simple in flavor - nothing fancy, but not too watered down. I get it in China on occasion when the only other options are Dali or Snow beer - two Chinese brands that I can do without.

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Photo of metter98
2.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge of the glass, and bits of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—rice seems to stand out in particular—along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of rice and other nondescript malts along with faint hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, slightly clean and a touch watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down easily. The smell or taste isn't offensive, but are ones that I would not particularly seek out.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
2.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Having one of these in my office right now, left over from a party...Amazing that this beer was the 'King of Beers' for about five decades in the US....not bad when really cold but watery and dull when compared to all the great craft beers that are around now...

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Enjoyed at a Argentinian steakhouse because it was the free beer that came with the meal. In keeping with their macro self pride and bashing of micros it was served with meat and lots of it. Used as merely a liquid to wash down massive quantities of food, as they purport, it served well. As far as a taste I really didn't get any vibes except for a soda pop like carbonation, a way too sweet adjunct maltiness and a funky beechwood aging that I quickly squelched with further servings of fine meat. I must say it served its purpose as a processing liquid and that is how I must rate it, in keeping with their wishes. PS the next day I was good so all the rumors about "Buttwiper" must just be off. Maybe only two mugs wasn't enough!

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Photo of Tripp655321
1.21/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The look is the best part of this beer. It is VERY clear, gold and sparkly. Smells like water with a hint of skunk. Tastes bad. Like unsalted potato chips, bland no hops show through, no malt... It's either too balanced, or too cheap... I'm going for too cheap. Mouth feel is sparkly and thin like club soda. A great beer to give away. Only drinkable when it's free!

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