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Missouri, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Busch and Busch Light are both brewed with a blend of premium American-grown and imported hops and a combination of malt and corn to provide a pleasant balanced flavor. Additionally, Busch Light undergoes a longer brewing process that produces a lighter body and fewer calories.

Added by Todd on 11-20-2000

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Photo of Russ_Macklem
4.69/5  rDev +122.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


American-style lager is a real style folks. Rate it for what it is, please! Sure, it's not incredibly complex and does not have aromas of chocolate, cedar prunings and pine needles. But hey, our lives are complex enough and sometimes we need simplicity. That being said I enjoy all styles of beers from Trappist ales to the hoppiest of craft IPAs. Busch has no off flavours or aromas, is smooth and extremely refreshing. One thing that makes Busch unique is that it's a bit lighter than most lagers, but not a light beer. If you need to consume a few, but still want a fuller flavour, this is the ticket. For the price, taste, and quality, it's hard to beat (around the) Busch.

I lived in St. Louis and have been to the brewery many times. Like it or not, AB makes a good quality, amazingly consistent product. Really tired of the beer snob conspiracy theories. Too bad it is no longer American owned.

I'd love to see more defunct great American lagers like Falstaff come back, or a craft brewer really take an honest shot at this category.

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Photo of 0_0
2.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I was drunk one night and bought this beer because we could only walk to a convenience store and there was a fish on the side of a can that while I was intoxicated, thought that that was the coolest thing ever apparently. It is a terrible watery mess but it works.

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Photo of NotASnob
1.96/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this because I was at Wal-Mart. I know that is a piss poor reason to buy a beer. I came home and popped the top of the tall boy and took my sip. It starts watery and ends with a lot of unpleasant bitterness. The lingering taste in my mouth reminded me of mud. I gave it 2 for look, but that really is for the can. Are you really supposed to pour this. The beer is thin. It has only one thing going for it... it smells pretty okay. I now have to decide if I can drink the other 5 I own or if I should use it instead of room spray.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, it's not that I enjoy drinking this or anything but its fairly unoffensive macro-nonsense with a mildly pornographic name and that same light yellow-no head-vaguely corny smell and taste that we've all had hundreds of times. I don't look for it ever, but when in small towns in the Midwest, as even the best of us will sometimes find realty: sometimes the best brew in the gas station when the bar closes and she wants to keep drinking is old school like a fool Busch beer...game on...

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Photo of HopHunter19
2.42/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A - what a lager should be - clear, golden yellow almost piss colored, white head that dissipates instantly
S - mmmm corn, adjuncts, light malts, some light Willamette hops
T - same as smell, corn, rice, light malts, light wheat bread, very mild hops. I wish I was chugging this instead.
M - light, I'd rather slam this than drink it, aftertaste is light lager
O - man, I'd love to give this some review loving and piss some people off, but it does suck. There's nothing shittier than drinking beer after beer of shitty dirty thirty trash and waking up in the morning with a hangover. F that.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
1.71/5  rDev -19%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75


Not much to say for this beer--it is exactly what you would expect; a non-descript, yellow fizz with alcohol in it.
This beer isn't even as tasty as Budweiser--hell, this isn't even as good as Bud Ice!

"CLEAR AND BRIGHT AS THE MOUNTAINS" it says on the label--which, by the way, is easily the best part of this beer, but clever artwork designed to make you feel like you're in the alps and drinking a truly noble product of the same character, well it can't compensate for lack of flavor! At the very least, it is not offensive.

But this beer, as others have pointed out, is still on the market, and there IS a reason for that...

Power-drinkers HO!

Ever need a beer that you can slam two 40s of in ten minutes without throwing up?
Tired and complex and heavy beers getting skunky after the fourth or fifth one?
BUSCH is your answer!

That should be their slogan, because it's 100% of the truth. This beer, like it's cousin, Bud light (actually, this could very well BE Bud Light in fancier packaging) is only useful for power-drinking and long, deep benders.

It's lack of flavor makes it a favorite of poor drunkard bastards everywhere.

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Photo of MikeP
1.82/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Not so much a beer as a vaguely beer-flavored beverage. Sort of like a Kool-Aid version of beer. The body is very light - almost at a light beer level. The look is an equally light, pale gold. Very little flavor, except for the sort of sweet, prominently corn taste that starts out cloying and then becomes fully irritating as you struggle to finish the can or bottle. Hops are hardly present. With out hops to balance out the creamed-corn taste, it's not pleasant to drink.

This is the kind of beer for those who don't actually like the taste of beer. Watery, with no character beyond corn flavor. After sampling this, I could understand why a generation of beer drinkers have switched [and vehemently so] to pungent micro-brews - at least they're getting some flavor with those. Still, there's obviously a market for this kind of nearly flavor-free, near-beer beverage. After all, it's still on store shelves and doing a brisk business, in a market where so many macro beers and beer companies have long since disappeared.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.43/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Surprisingly drinkable for an Anheuser beer, there is a nice batch of grain tastes in this one. I often like corn as an adjunct. Generally however, this is a very less than stellar beer. Smells off from the very beginning, the color is too yellow to look appetizing.

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Photo of NatsuruSenou
3.5/5  rDev +65.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not typically a AB fan. This beer is nicely flavored for its price point. Decent adjunct taste, corn, water and some malt. By no means craft but for a fishing trip and lawn mower beer is nice. Nothing really to write home about. Easily forgotten but easier still to drink, when cold. Mouth feel is watery carbonation. Better than a light beer, but still not something I would buy beyond going to the lake.

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Photo of Myotus
2.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Poured at 43°F from a 32oz (born on date 22Feb16) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 12May16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of white foam is formed after the initial pour. The foam head dissipates into a quarter fingers worth after a minute and a half. Straw yellow in color. There is a large quantity of both medium and small, rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of car exhaust and grass are backed by subtle aromas of corn, spicy hops, earthy hops, and neutral-scented hand soap.
TASTE: To my surprise, the first flavors to strike the palate are mild earthy hops. Never have I had a macro with such a pronounced hop character. So far, it's drinkable. But that all goes down the drain (quite literally) as subtle hand soap flavors immediately roll out. The infamously mild corn flavors that are the signature of the American macro along with subtle grass flavors now make their way onto the palate. Finally, mild spicy hop flavors and hints of car exhaust enter as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with moderate levels of carbonation. Goes down smooth and somewhat creamy. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: This was quite the complex Macro. But this just goes to show that a complex flavor profile doesn't make a beer good. This was actually worse than Budweiser, which is a difficult fear to accomplish. I'm not even sure who would enjoy this. Perhaps people who have had the their taste buds burned off?

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Hey check it out, some urine colored beer, that can't retain a head on top. Aroma of industrial metallic production.

What did they toast the corn on this? What are you looking for? Where did you go wrong looking back on your life to find that you're drinking this anywhere but at a shitty college party? Very watery, brag about drinking 12 cans of water bro. Hops are just sparingly used in that long boil high alpha acid vein. Super carbonated. Some sweetness to it to.

Wouldn't turn one down, but also wouldn't brag on it either.

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Photo of Beginner2
2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Promise not to snitch on me ?
I Had this sitting in the bleachers at Wrigley Field during the August that the 1969 Cubs choked the pennant away... and guess what, I was underage.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
2.31/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - No matter what anyone says style wise this looks the part, It pours a glass clear straw color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that fades quickly which is fine with me because it meant the full tallboy fit in my glass. Carbonation looks moderate.

Aroma - Corn, Light pale malts, and that fresh/clean lager yeast smell.

Taste - Again, corn, grainy pale malt and thats really it, its watery... The corn sticks around as an aftertaste and I'm drinking it Ice cold!

Feel -Super light watery body with prickly carbonation, Its a hot day beer forsure.

Overall - This is pretty much what I expected it to be, a ligher budweiser with corn in place of rice. It's a hot day beer and really the only way I would order this on a hot day was if nothing else was available. I mean Stella or PBR would be way better than this. Cheers!

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought a 25oz can from Times Supermarket
Clear light golden color
Medium carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Taste like water with a little malt flavoring
Overall a very flavorless beer.

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Photo of Squire123
2.93/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Introduced by Budweiser as a lower cost alternative this brand today has some severe competition in the sub premium category.

Busch is a popular brand in our college town so it's widely available and reasonably priced. Unfortunately price is it's main virtue because it's very light color, flavor, hop and malt level, is indistinguishable from dozens of others that are are also well liked and reasonably priced. In a side by side I could probably find some slight differences between this one and standard Coors but would be hard pressed to do the same if tasting blind.

Buy it if it's on sale.

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Photo of B-radical88
4.08/5  rDev +93.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As a non biased fan of craft beer, and pure American swill, I genuinely find regular Busch to be far more enjoyable than (Budweiser/Bud Light) This is not only because of the lower price, but because the taste meets somewhere in the middle of it's economic superiors. The smell might not be to pleasant to many people on here, but the body is full, the taste is clean and smooth, and after some doing yard work on a hot summer day (yes I know, the Cliché), it's excellent! The history of Busch is also intriguing to me, it was the first popular "budget beer" of the 1950's, always one of my favorite classics, if not my favorite, cheers!

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Photo of Suds
1.31/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Okay, so I haven't had this beer in over two decades. I remember it as a sub-par average brew. It's actually far worse than I remember. Served moderately cold, it has a faint, although distinct corn smell. It is clear, light, and carbonated. Virtually no head, and a slight, light body. Corn and some grass in the flavor. This is not a good or enjoyable beer.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I drank this beer out of a 40 ounce, so I couldn't really see the look, so i gave it a neutral rating of 2.5, because you never should pour out a 40. The smell was rather off-putting, it smelled like it was skunked,along with a very sour wheat smell. The taste was much better, with Busch being easy to drink as well as being crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel was also pretty good, with a nice level of carbonation as well as an aftertaste of fine grain.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.44/5  rDev +63%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw colored gold with a foaming white head that will drop quickly. Lots of streaming bubbles.

Smell is white bread with some malts and a sweetness coming through.

Taste is fizzy sweet beer with a watery taste.

Mouth feel is a bit bouncy with the carbonation, other than that it did seem watery and thin with a crisp finish.

Overall this would be an all right beer if it had a bit more flavor. There are quite a few other adjunct beers with more flavor than this one.

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Photo of BlakeA85
1.8/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Busch was kind of that beer that I would have someone try and they couldn't really pinpoint what it was if they hadn't had it regularly for a long time. It had an alright aroma, kind of bland. Taste was alright as well, but nothing special for it's kind. I had this and a Bud Light back to back and really I enjoyed the Bud Light more somehow. However, overall, not horrible, just not amazing.

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Photo of KACK1533
2.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

There is only one place I will drink this, and that is in Southern Missouri. Pours a light straw. Head was thick, but short lived and it fades into a patch of "floaters." On the tongue this feels like water. Reeks of corn and adjuncts. Head For the Mountains, the mountains of this American Adjunct Lager.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
2.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Clean pale gold with one finger head fizzing out almost immediately
Corn husk, lemon, wheat, malt
Corn syrup, hay, malt
Medium body, clean feel
Well, it's not actively bad

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Photo of DaveyJonas
1.2/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

My first beer in college 5 years ago. Drank a 12-pack of it in that night and vomited. This Christmas dinner it was available for free. First sip of beer for the day, it was fine. Second sip was the last. Looks like an average domestic, smells like cheap beer, but is nearly unfinishable if you're sober.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.4/5  rDev +61.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

(12 oz can, let sit at room temp for 20 min, poured into a shaker)

L: crystal-clear, very pale yellow-gold liquid... head doesn't hold for shit... looks like a pint of green tea to me... points for being in the right color range

S: nearly fruity-sweet malt core... not much corn... pretty non-descript - no grainy or hoppy aromas... overall potency is muy mellow

T: in my heart of hearts, I want to be believe the taste has something different to offer... is it a different yeast? fermentation method? apparently not... even before I read on the label that this recipe was supposedly originally the Busch Bavarian - am I imaging a hint of Helles? am I imaging those nugglets of banana, clove, and dough?... the more you get in there, a bit of corn and copper lingers... dull-bitter, very grassy hops

F: pretty standard - fairly two-dimensional in body, light, and dry... maybe a phantom doughy-ness to its flow, but pretty dull and dry

O: this was the standard in my grandfather's fridge... only years later did I find out his grandmother's maiden name was Busch - a tribute?... I could hang with this if I had to... fact is, it's got some different (and tastier) than Bud and most of the others... actually one of the better AALs when poured into a glass

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a can of Busch Beer for $1.39 USD in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA/USA.

Look: Busch Beer had almost no foam.
Smell: Busch Beer had a light aroma of both beer and chemicals.
Taste: Busch Beer had light hints of both alcohol and water.
Feel: Busch Beer had the the feeling of good carbonation.
Overall: People who enjoy the taste of water will enjoy Busch Beer.

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