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Lager - Adjunct
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1.99 | pDev: 38.69%
Missouri, United States
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Notes: 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.
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IceChuggington from Canada

1.65/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

The taste sucks. Even though this beer may be as cold as a mountain stream and as smooth as its name, plant bushes aren't very smooth. 2 Smirnoff Ices/15

Jun 19, 2020
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jesuschrist666 from Oklahoma

1.12/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The only thing saving this beer is how cheap it is and how easy it is to drink.

This is the Fiji Water of beer, it has almost no taste, and you probably have a better chance of getting drunk off of Fiji Water.

If LaCroix came out with a new "stale bread" flavor, it would taste more like a beer than Busch.

There's nothing wrong with a cheap watery beer, but if you're getting Busch, or god forbid, Busch Light, then just pass the beer and head straight for the Aquafina, go home, boil it with 1 slice of white bread, and you will have a better experience than you would drinking this beer.

Jun 18, 2020
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2.46/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’m new to beers. I grew up Mormon and I’m now living my life. I know nothing about beer culture, though I’m trying to get more into it. Out of the beers I’ve tasted Busch has the most chemical flavor. I wasn’t a fan of the cold can I had. It looked nice with its gold color. It had a nice head. The smell wasn’t too bad. It just had a real chemically aftertaste to me, and I didn’t enjoy it.

May 11, 2020
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defunksta from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +99.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

*Rating relative to within the style*

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, light lemon-golden color with a mild, crystal white head. SRM of 7. I like the color here (4.00)

Aroma: Light pale malt and cereal grain aromas. Earthy white cracker and cereal. Mild. A little milk and fishwater aroma. Don't be fooled, it's a pleasant aroma. (3.75)

Flavor: White cracker, pale malts. Light, clean, and authentic flavor. Malts drive the show, but no corn here. Milk evolves on the finish. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Rather strong carbonation. Finishes extremely, crisp, balanced, but also creamy and smooth. Finishes very nicely on the palate. (4.25)

Compared to PBR 4/29/20: Pours a lighter color. Milder aromas. More cracker/cereal pale malt flavors. Less corn and sweat. Overall, finishes with more milk and creamy, but lighter bodied and cleaner.

Overall: A very nice and crisp drinking AAL. Pale malt flavors without any corn. Nice cereal malts with a light, but creamy smooth finish. Drinks more like a light beer but a fantastic mouthfeel with appropriate amount of flavor. This one impressed me. (Final Rating: 3.97+)
*Would compare to other pale Euro or Asian rice lagers*

Apr 30, 2020
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2.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I grew up in St. Louis in the 70s. Hot summer nights hot girls and skinny-dipping and plenty of ice cold bush beer I love it. Along with Budweiser. I wish they still made Michelob. I don’t care what anybody says about all these micro breweries and craft brews good old American Anheuser-Busch products are fantastic.

Apr 05, 2020
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Khad from Nevada

2.55/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Seems like a rule in the beer snob world to hate on any macro brewery and all of their products. You have to at least take things into context and judge the attempt at the style.
This beer is far from awful, simply because there isn't anything offensive to make it awful. It smells more complex than what it is.....smells somewhat grass the tiniest bit of hops and obviously some adjunct but certainly not nasty. The taste is too clean! It literally taste like the plainest beer ever made; but it is certainly drinkable and doesn't deserve an awful. In my opinion awful means non drinkable; one can certainly drink this.
It is what it is, and "it" makes its Budweiser cousin look that much more impressive.

Apr 04, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +89.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very light for a non light beer.
Smell: Faint, but what there is is nice. Mineral water and sweet malt followed by a hint of grain.
Taste: What’s up with the ridiculously low score? This is way better than Bud, Coors, or Miller. It’s a little on the sweet side, but not by much. It has a nice finish that’s mostly dry. It has a pleasant aftertaste. I’m having it very cold so it might taste terrible when it warms.
Overall it deserves a much higher score.

Mar 24, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

2.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Goes perfectly with a fishing pole and chewing tobacco or a greasy garage full of taxidermy in the works. All jokes about country music and social profiling aside. It's a beer I'll occasionally drink when I'm not looking to spend 12$ on a six pack of quality craft and feel like slamming a bunch of cheap beers. I prefer it over many domestics like Miller, Natural, Keystone and the like. The way to truly unlock it's flavor is to drink one immediately after brushing your teeth. Give it a try.

Mar 24, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.27/5  rDev +64.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Busch was one of those beers that were designed for the extremely hot summer southern days found in Missouri. A classic that is now smashed from campus to campus nationwide and enjoyed by those who want a no-frills beer with excellent pricing and a great flavor. It all started with Busch Bavarian beer - a simple pilsner.

Pouring a delightful light golden color, this beer has an all-white smooth head that dissipates leaving a light lacing.

The smell of cereal grains overwhelmingly is noticeable in the smell with a faint hop smell too.

The front notes include clean water with a bit of cereal, then the malt balances the beer giving it a rich taste, ending on a semi-sweet note with a slight flavor of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light.

Mar 22, 2020
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gshak from Texas

3.59/5  rDev +80.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of 17 May 2020. Drank from a can at refrigerator temperature.
L - From the can, so nothing to see here. Gonna give the artwork on the can a 4, cause well ...
S - Faint boiled vegetable smell which gives way to some sweet aromas - likely the corn at play here. No hop notes to speak of. And that's that...not particularly off-putting, but not very inviting either.
T - Better than the smell. Tastes sweet on the palate, with minimal hoppiness, probably just enough to hold the sweetness in check but not by much. A thirst-quencher that pairs well with spicy food.
F - Crisp, not over-carbonated like most AALs. A rounded-beer.
O - Might say that I actually did enjoy this one, though I prefer the Hamms a bit more. But at $6.99 a twelfer, I'd say this is one of the better values on the shelf

Mar 02, 2020
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mnrider from Connecticut

2.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

16 oz. Can
BB 26/MAY/20

A: Pours clear straw yellow. Pale. Fast forming fizzy white head. No head retention and no lacing.

S: Cool. Sweet. Grains. Light hops. Syrup.

T/M: Crisp. Light sweetness. Carbonation. Light bodied. Plenty of grains and malts. Cereal. Clean aftertaste.

O: Better than I expected. Still nothing to really talk about. Basic Adjunct Lager. Crisp and goes down easy. Sparkling water like. Okay grains and malt flavors.


Mar 01, 2020
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

2.5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this is a pretty standard American adjunct lager, the head dissipates as soon as it’s poured. The aroma is almost entirely corn with faint hints of grassiness. It’s just a no nonsense light lager, light and refreshing. Slightly sweet.

Feb 02, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

3.32/5  rDev +66.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

“It’s like a soda!” my wife cried out when tasting this beer. It really tastes more like a carbonated soft drink than a beer, but since I was quite thirsty when drinking it so I actually did enjoy it quite a bit but not because it’s a great beer. It’s like what the Germans would call a “spritzer”, soda watered down beer. I might consider drinking this again on a hot summer day...

Jan 16, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

1.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a can. Very light in color with a white head. Smells of bread and corn. Flavor is bread, slight corn and slightly sweet. Body is very thin. Nothing off putting which is a plus.

Dec 10, 2019
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UristMcBrewer from Florida

2.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer's appearance isn't enticing. It is very pale, with somewhat golden hue. The head isn't great and there is not much lacing. The smell isn't strong but there aren't any good qualities to it. The faint alcohol smell and mustiness of the beer is all that's on the nose. The taste is not exciting, there isn't much flavor present. It is faintly sweet with a even less of that mustiness. The mouthfeel isn't that bad, very watery. The carbonation is good however. Overall, its not a good beer. It is easy to drink though and is cheap.

Nov 02, 2019
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Cholla from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +151.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the good cheap macro beers out there. It seems almost as light as Busch Light. So you know what that means. It’s very crushable. You can pound them all day long. Cheers.

Oct 15, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

2.64/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 11/24/19

Pours a clear, sharp pale straw topped with two fingers loosely fluffy white lacing; decent retention fades to light islands of cap and a frothy collar trickling up; dense spread of persistent, webby lacing is layered around the glass.

Aromas of sweet grain with touches of honey backed with light, gritty herbal hops; very mild bouquet overall, tinged with a slight metallic tone.

Taste features mild hops with sweet grain leaving a minor sickly-sweet aftertaste; following the aroma, there's a light metallic lingering that's ultimately about as inoffensive as the rest of the profile.

Mouthfeel shows a body as light as possible without being watery and lifted a bit by medium-high carbonation; some vague malt/hop presence gliding along the mid-palate evenly, leading into a quick, watery finish.

A tolerable AAL for its general easy drinking quality, but too watery and lacking in any rounded flavor to be something more.

Sep 17, 2019
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Jerrypbubba from California

3.46/5  rDev +73.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I gave this beer a bad score for Look, and Smell. I typically drink Guinness Draught, because it is my Favorite beer ever, and I have drank Alot of beer, I mean tons. But...Busch has been my favorite Cheap American beer for a long time, almost Zero hangovers, and it is so much better than any Budweiser, or Coors product, or Rolling Rock, I loved Rolling Rock for awhile, but I started to have skin problems from it. Beware. If you want a Real beer , have a Guinness, if you want a Cheap beer that you won't Regret in the morning, have a Busch....

Jun 02, 2019
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BeerDrinker24 from Canada

2.56/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Bought from the local Beer Store and poured into a standard pint glass.

L: Poured a pale straw color. Very see-through. Nothing great. Mine had more head then I was expecting, but I think it is because I poured it wrong. It did not last long, maybe 3 minutes at most. Looked like a beer which gives it some points.

S: Not great. It had a chemical type smell, yet no smell. I can't quite make my mind up about it.

T: Bland, yet refreshing. Nothing in it to make you notice any particular flavor. Very noticeable that they tried to give this the least flavor profile as possible to let even the most novice of beer drinkers enjoy this. I wouldn't pass it up if offered as it is easy drinking, but it is not an everyday purchase.

F: Slightly more carbonation than competitors, but not by much. When poured into a glass it loses carbonation rather fast, but in the bottle holds it well. Feels thin in the mouth. The swallow is quite smooth despite the other characteristics.

Overall, I feel this beer is worth drinking if it is presented, or you want a change from your everyday macro. It isn't great, but it has a history which makes it a bit more credible in the beer market. If you enjoy Budweiser, Blue, Lakeport, or any of the other mainstream macros then give it a go.

Apr 01, 2019
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Tantonys from Maine

3.11/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Like Budweiser without rice/beechwood tones. Predominant corn, corn and more gmo corn. Great yeast. Basically undetectable hops, slight bitterness. Decent session beer on a hot afternoon.

Mar 28, 2019
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abnormal from Alaska

2.41/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Crystal clear straw in color, no head from the pour, a few splotches of lacing.

Aroma: Buttered corn, sulfur, faint grass.

Taste: Thin corn sweetness up front, airy and crackery malt body, dry and grainy aftertaste.

Feel: Light bodied, carbonation felt a bit flat for the style, easy to drink.

Overall: A notch above light beers and your average rot-gut malt liquor. Not bad.

Mar 28, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not my favorite cheap brew, but it tastes ok and is economical. A decent choice if you're gonna be out somewhere and plan on drinking all day and night and the next day.

Mar 14, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

2.63/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a translucent light straw with a finger and a half of white fizzy foam that does not retain well. Aroma is corn, raw grain, straw, and crackery malts. Very light. Flavor profile is corn, crackery, biscuity malts, straw, and raw grain. It's flavor profile is staccato and brief, and leans towards sweet. Mouth feel is a touch effervescent out front that carries through the duration of the sip, netting a refreshing texture. It has a thin consistency. Overall, malts and corn and that's about it. Very simple and crisp.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16oz can.

Mar 01, 2019
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Jbbdrinker from Texas

3.32/5  rDev +66.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours wirh a quick fadind head a only a very faint malt smell. The bew is a nice amber color and a tracery of froth skinned its surface. A medium carbination is present, which is nice because many American lagers seem to go overboard with the fizz. The flavor is very light but balanced with sweet malt and a decent bitterness. There is an unfortunate graininess, but it is much lower than most American macros. Relatively smooth adjunct brew. Edit: This has become my cheap go to beer. It is light and low abv. with almost no adjunct flavors. Consistently smooth brew.

Feb 27, 2019
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Halley1 from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev +76.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rated for group, Busch is light aroma of white bread, biscuit. Taste follows suit, albeit somewhat watery. Quite smooth with dry finish. Taking price into account, it better than average for a macro AAL.

Dec 23, 2018
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