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Budweiser | Anheuser-Busch

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Missouri, United States

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.

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Reviews: 1,638 | Ratings: 5,994
Photo of natewells
1.82/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A - Very Clear- no haze.
S - Smells very lightly of hops and malts
T - Very little taste finishing with a sweet taste
M - Dry lingering Mouthfeel
D - Can pound many of these!

Typicle american beer. Not that impressed. Good beer if you are deinking all day in the sun or at an outdoor concert. other than that let the frat boys keep it!

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Photo of Trizzle
1.82/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My 99th beer review. I'm not sure I've actually had this before..

Very pale anemic (sp?) lemon yellow with a solid head and a little lace. Quite carbonated.

I can honestly smell nothing. Nothing at all. Air and water.

Very light body, the visible carbonation is completely unnoticeable. Some vegetable oil notes, slightly sweet with a long horrible corn aftertaste. There isn't much here and what is isn't great. Not completely horrible but only because it's so tasteless.

Not really my thing.

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
1.82/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Excluding the light versions from AB this is about as generic a beer as you could ever have. The only redeeming quality is that it is consistent although I am not sure consistently generic is a redeeming quality.

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Photo of HoustonTX
1.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Very yellow, with little to no head, no lacing and lack of carbonation.

Smell - Skunky smell with a hint of grain.

Mouthfeel - Watery, and slighty easy to go down.

Taste - Taste is not good with almost a bitter taste.

Drinkability - Is decent if this is your thing. Otherwise avoid.

Avoid this beer if at all possible, possibly the worst lager I have ever had.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
1.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

The color is extremely light and transparent. The aroma is not overly complicated. The taste is disappointing. Rice with a corn sweetness and a sticky consistency. The finish is soap with a mild bitterness. The carbonation is strong.

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Photo of jwhancher
1.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bought a case specifically for one neighbor for a party I held last weekend. Lucky me, my neighbor barely dented the case! Here's my review for a beer I don't care for but will review unbiasedly as I can.

Pours a clear straw color with white head that fades to thin film after a few minutes. Crystal clear in color. Looks like seltzer water with some beer for color.

Smells of wet grains. Nothing to desire here.

Tastes of a grainy corn or rice like sweetness. Mostly bland. Not really consumed for taste. Yet strangely not too offensive. Bland.

Very watery mouthfeel. Not very bitter. Reminds me of seltzer or club soda.

Not an attractive beer by any means. I'll need help running through the case. Will likely give away to the same neighbor. Even still, I've had way worse. Have to hand it to Bud for putting out such a consistent bland product for the masses.

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Photo of twi1609372
1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

a beet with minimal flavor, in that it has more than bud light. But i work in a grocery sotre and we sell a hell of a lot fo the stuff.I guess it wouldent be bad if you are in an economic crunch or something, but i cant see too many reasons to pick this up when you have a beer case full of much better beers. this beer reaks a foul odor, and does not taste much better. I keep hoping peopel who really like this are just uneducated drinkers, because theres way better out there.

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Photo of tempo013
1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

i never did expect anything great from this mass produced beer. it isn't at all a terrible beverage but when reviewing a beer compared to some of the better micros it makes bud seem very poor. the pour is a weak yellow with an offwhite head. the mouthfeel and taste are not impressive at all, kind of sour in my opinion. it does however have a decent drinkability though. overall not so good.

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Photo of Cylinsier
1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear and very pale yellow, with a very fine white head that dissipates away.

Smells like corn.

Tastes about the same, corn and barley malts. Watered down.

Feel is thin and kind of flat.

Not very good. Would be easy to chug a lot of but that's about it. The corn ruins any chance it has of being enjoyable.

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Photo of putnam
1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sampled in a single-blind format with bottles of Red Stripe, Labatt Blue, Rolling Rock and a can of Fosters.
Fizzy. medium color. A nose of soft white bread, like a bag of Wonder. Not disagreeable but not memorable either. It is almost completely flavorless with notes of steel and water. It finishes as soon as it swallows. This is the shortest finish of any beer I've ever tasted. Overall this beer has an anemic, hollow character. Try as I might there is only a white bread crust sort of echo to the flavor. Bread crust-flavored water.
After writing these notes the identities of the beers were revealed. I was not surprised that this was what it was.

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Photo of chaduvel
1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Finally found this rare beer on-tap. Pale urine yellow, foamy white head. Smells of creamed corn and adjuncts, not much in way of malt or hops. Taste is very thin and carbonated, rice syrup, corn, and a funky flavorless aftertaste not unlike over-cooked rice. I think Bud is better straight from the can or bottle. With so many other choices for pale lagers, avoid this one.

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Photo of Chizoad
1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I will never know what made me hope this would be better than awful.

Super pale in a pilsner glass, almost no head after the initial one finger pure-white cap faded. For some reason I remember Bud being a little darker than this. No matter.

Vague malt aroma. That's about it. So little going on.

My only wish is that this had been served much colder. Maybe then it would have been palatable. Instead, it was just a sweet, corn flavored awfulness.

Decent mouthfeel despite the taste and thinness of the beer.

Avoid avoid avoid.

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Photo of SilentSabre
1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Why Budweiser sells the way it does should be the eighth wonder of the world. Extremely over marketed, this is truly a bad beer when one considers the countless other brews in this world of ours. Appearance is typical for a main stream American beer. A weak head with weak lace, "Bud" is literally urine yellow. The smell is again typical for a main streamer. The taste is weak and dull. I saw where someone else called Bud "alcoholic water", and must say that is indeed an accurate description. Not a terrible lot happening with mouthfeel, either. Feels like you've got a mouth full of highly carbonated, over rated sub-standard beer. Wait a minute... you do! Finish leaves a bit of an after taste you'll be burping up for hours to come. A lot of folks like this stuff; "why" remains a mystery.

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Photo of utah44
1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not awful but it is not good either. If use to be better, I think, back in the days before aluminum cans and pull up tabs. But times change and so have some folks' tastes. Beer is fizzy and gives a good head and that is about the only good quality it has.

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Photo of rockwestfall711
1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Today in honor of the St. Louis Blues playoff game I bought an 8 pack of 16 once cans iced cold and ready overnight to be poured into a pils glass. Far from a beer snob I was fired up and determined to love this beer.

There is nothing wrong with this beer other than it is the most bland and tasteless beer I have ever had with the exception of Coors Light. Inoffensively tasteless. A major letdown.

Will stick with Warsteiner and Radaberger on weekends and Schlitz Gusto on weeknights. Schlitz is far and away the best American non-craft beer , bar none, and annihilates "The KIng."

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Photo of nickd717
1.79/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

People will say this beer is good for its style, and maybe it is good for American Adjunk Lagers. However the style is a disgrace overall, and while this may be one of the best of the worst, in the grand scheme of things, it's still a really, really, ridiculously bad beer, and is the main reason why American beer gets a bad name despite the wealth of craft brews we have here.

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pale golden-yellow with a quickly dissipating white head. Looks fine for the style I guess.

S - Very unappealing aroma of grains and rice. Doubting whether I actually want to drink this.

T - Ok, I caved and drank it! The smell does not mislead. The taste is bland - rice syrup and maybe a little bit of barley malt. Hops? Not a chance. Sweet, unpleasant, and one-dimensional flavor.

M - Three letters (well one's a number): H-2-O. The final gravity of this must have been 1.0001. It's just like swigging out of a bottle of Perrier, except without that nice citrusy taste.

D - Sure, it's fairly drinkable in that it's like water, but the many off-putting characteristics of this beer make you really think twice about getting another after it's done.

If this beer is the "king of beers," then Don King is the king of dons and Burger King is the king of burgers. Back to real beers for me.

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Photo of joshk
1.79/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a cheap session beer. kinda horrible, but gets you drunk? It's ok at first but leaves an unpleasant sweet, almost nauseating aftertaste. Relatively easy to drink (easier than say, olde english 800) but not a beer to savor by any stretch of the imagination.

Look is ok, nice amber color

Budweiser: King of Rice!

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Photo of JerseyKirk
1.79/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: clear almost water. Lightest straw imaginable. Almost no white head.

S: crisp, clean subtle corn. Dms present.

T: crisp, refreshing, rice crisp, corn back bone, little malt sweetness. Not much hop bitterness. Everything America loves to hate.

M: crisp, sweet. Not really anything else. Carbonation is weak.

O: easy to drink. Better than bud light but that's not saying much. This is pure chugging party beer. No other reason to ever drink this.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
1.78/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

O.k i've rated the can now it's the bottles turn. born on: 3/28/07 consumed on 4/30/07.

AP: pours out a totally clear, anorexic pale gold color with big carbonation creating a bubbly, thin and light pure-white head.

nose: mildly bready malt, herbal yeast, wheat, a slight lemmon scent and a metallic-like under current.

flavor: This is basically a hearty but very light and watery malt flavor that has some minor bread and butter attributes and a herbal yeastie effect. There is a slight and almost non-exsistant green hop profile with a wheat and corn flavor way down. The real down side to this flavor is the fact that it's sooo light and watery, I'm convinced this stuff would not be terrible if it wasn't for the fact that it's just plain lies there dead as a door nail. The sickly-sweet after taste doesn't help either.

feel: Light, crisp (to begin with), thin and watery...and it only gets worse the longer this thing sits in front of me.

DA: I had a hard time finishing this bottle, but it was slightly better than the canned version.

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Photo of GilGarp
1.78/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The King of Beers.

I stopped by my local for a six pack, picked up SN Bigfoot. When I get to the counter, they asked if I wanted a free Bud so I took them up on it.

"Born on date" of 05AUG10. Honestly, all beers should have this important bit of information.

12 oz. bottle, twist cap, served cold into a pint glass. Budweisser must be about as pale and clear as they come. Lighter than a wit beer and with perfect clarity. The frothy white head lingers a bit but settles to nothing and leaves no lace.

Aroma is very mild, slightly sweet, no hops. Corny, if that's the proper adjective.

Flavor is just plain bland. Non-descript beer best sums it up. Sweet, grainy, more corn, no real bitterness. Those "choicest hops" it claims to have, I don't get any of that in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light in body and in carbonation.

Overall, about what I expected but still a disappointment. It's just amazing how much of this stuff gets produced and consumed on a daily basis.

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Photo of bbkd3b
1.78/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Of note, maybe, is that this is from my original stomping grounds, in St. Louis. Probably our best-known beer, but don't let it stop you from looking into Schlafly brews and the sort!

A: Pours pale yellow, pretty much see-through. Does have a decently thick white head, but it disappeared right away and left no signs of ever existing.

S: What smell? All joking aside, very light scent of some hops... maybe?

T: Taste was okay. For adjunct lager, it's inoffensive, but never does anything special. Brutal aftertaste, though.

M: Watery, thin, goes down quick and has an awful aftertaste.

D: The difference is drinkability? I somehow don't believe them. I feel bad for giving my hometown brew a poor review, but there's nothing here to like and come back to.

Overall... just avoid. There are better American Adjuncts out there.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
1.78/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale gold with a small head that quickly faded.
Aroma shows cooked vegetables and not much else... Possibly some faint hint of malt.
Flavours show corn and something faintly herbal before a very weak bitterness enters.
Pretty highly carbonated and watery.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.78/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz can split into a Central Waters tulip. (Sorry Paul...)
27Oct10 "Born On date", no info.

Thanks to my brother?

A - An effervescent white head tops the pale piss-yellow brew shortly before disappearing into oblivion.

S - Almost no aroma at all. Faint rice and moldy wood with mineral and malt. This is shameful, but I suppose anyone that drinks it will never actually smell it.

T - Pale malt and low rice notes with an uncontrollable flavor burst of beechwood! Ha. Really, there isn't much going on here. It's honestly not offensive, but definitely not great.

M - Light-bodied and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Lingering off metallic notes creep in and knock it back a peg.

O - I'm clearly not a fan of the company's business practices or their swill but this beer isn't offensive. It's just not good.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.78/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale and straw-colored, with quite a bit of white head. Head retention is not high.

S: Mostly grainy, although my nose tells me that there are some hops in there somewhere.

T: Pretty good tasting for the style. There is some malt; certainly more than is typical of the style. The residual adjunct is there of course.

M: Light mouthfeel, although pretty heavy for an adjunct. Decent amount of carbonation--not severely over-carbonated like Bud Light.

D: As far as I'm concerned, by far the best of the macros, which doesn't say much. Luckily there's Yuengling on the East Coast for desperate situations.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
1.78/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I'm not a fan of Bud "Heavy." I don't care for the smell, taste, and quite honestly don't find it easy to drink. The only thing about this beer that is redeeming is the container. The Bud can/bottle/label is a classic icon. Every American should probably try a Budweiser at some point, but it's just not a beer for me.

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