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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.

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Reviews: 493 | Ratings: 1,807
Photo of Jerrypbubba
3.46/5  rDev +74.7%
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....

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Photo of BeerDrinker24
2.56/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

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Photo of Tantonys
3.11/5  rDev +57.1%
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.

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Photo of abnormal
2.41/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.75/5  rDev +38.9%
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
2.63/5  rDev +32.8%
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.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.32/5  rDev +67.7%
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.

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Photo of Halley1
3.51/5  rDev +77.3%
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.

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3.03/5  rDev +53%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm really reaching here. Years ago I corresponded with Anheuser Busch about the history of this beer and apparently it was with some young duffus. I first drank this beer back around 1973 when I visited St.Louis. I absolutely loved it. I fortunately found a distributor about 4 hours away that carried it in western Pennsylvania & I would occasionally go there & load up with Busch Bavarian beer. Around 1980 they made it a premium beer, changed the label, & the recipe. A completely different beer. Much like the watered down Busch that has been made fun of for so many years now. Anheuser told me nothing was changed , BUT THAT WAS A COMPLETE LIE. Taste , smell. head....were all completely changed. I used to be able to identify this beer on a blind taste test with at least 10 plus beers without even tasting it prior to change based on smell alone ( great ). Does anyone over 60 years old know the history of this change in the late 70's????

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.92/5  rDev +148.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Busch is a light lager, perfect for the summer and back yard festivities. The look is well done. I like the mountains and scenic artwork of the can. I actually think the classic can looks much better. When pouring this beer, I could see a super light pale yellow color. The nose is not pungent. A light smell of yeasty bready notes, very minimal aromas. The taste is good, although not bursting with flavor. The taste is very much like a light beer. Upfront bready and yeasty notes with mids and a finish simular to seltzer water. Taste is exactly like bud light and michaelob ultra. The feel is super light. No grap what so ever, just thin and somewhat watery. So you can let back and let this beer go straight down. Nothing truly stands out about this beer, it doesn't inspire anything. Its just a sit-back kind of beer thats not pretentious. I like it but will never buy it again

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Photo of Brook82
2.73/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Somewhat watery, but is a smooth beer with an average, but pleasant taste. Given the price, a better all around beer for an AAL. Much better than it's big brother in St. Louis.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
1.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

sometimes a piss poor day of work requires a piss poor 25oz beer. it was less than 2 bucks so oh well. dumped this big guy into my pint glass and now regret dirtying it. crystal clear unhealthy piss beer that had a decent head that fizzled away immediately. the carbonation sizzled like a damn plate of fajitas. smells like that beer smells i always hated before i got into beer. just sweet corn type aromas. tastes like well, not much of anything at all. drinks ok enough in the end but even my forgiveness for most cheap beers can't justify getting this again.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
1.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

You know a beer is bad when you would much prefer the light version over the regular version. This one is as tasty as the after wash after your gym socks have been covered in mud. This is putting it lightly.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.41/5  rDev +72.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - Very pale looking, lighter than straw colored and clear. Medium foam head and some glass lacing
Smell - Corn, yeast and some sweetness. A mineral aroma like mountain springs.
Taste - Extremely light flavor and body, might as well call it light beer. Very watered down compared to most regular AAL.
Certainly clean, crisp, and refreshing. Obviously drink it ice cold for the best experience. Pretty typical beer flavor, similar to the smell. Pick up the corn, malt, and its semi-sweet. Carbonation is only medium high, not prickly. Extremely easy to drink these.

Overall, not a bad beer. It reminds me of college days. Could it be better? Yes. But for the price and just something to pound away during a game not a terrible option. I will give it a B-

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Photo of Gajo74
2.57/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a limited edition can, the color is very pale straw and crystal clear; one of the clearest beers I’ve ever seen. Carbonation is visible. A moderate head retains fairly well, however, eventually dissapates entirely.
Not much to the aroma except for grainy malts and sweetness from corn adjuncts. Unfortunately, there is a DMS/creamed corn aroma that is not particularly pleasant. However, it is only fleeting.
The taste is rather simple and clean. Grainy malts provide a modest sweetness. Fortunately the corn adjuncts are not too dominant. Little to no hops bitterness, with a mild grassy/floral flavor, and light lemon in the middle palate.
Clean and dry finish with a crisp mouthfeel. Light bodied, watery and not as fizzy as other adjuncts. It is quite drinkable.
I’m having this the day after a craft beer fest while a bit groggy. For whatever reason it’s hitting the spot and I find myself liking it more than what I normally would.

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Photo of TheAbbottCat
4.28/5  rDev +116.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A classic go to beer for easy drinking. Tailgate, BBQ, pre game drinking, party beer. Price is better than AB's flagship beer, taste is smooth. Extremely light on the hops & barley. Yellow straw color, big foamy head when poured. New can design is typical of macro beers these days. On par with any bottom shelf budget beer and that's not a bad thing. Had many times before, will have plenty times to come. Grab some Busch and had for the mountains!

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Photo of cardfan212
2.5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Scores are based on the style.

Look - Same lazy and uninspired can as Busch Light, except this time it has a yellow stripe.

Smell - An indistinct sweet smell with a metallic tinge from the can.

Taste - Strong sweetness up front that wilts into the tiniest semblance of bitter.

Feel - Surprisingly little carbonation, going counter to the style. Combined with the thin body, it goes down without a fight.

Overall - Boring and simple, but far from offensive and not completely awful. Miles above Busch Light.

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Photo of gmark
4.52/5  rDev +128.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dont know why Busch isnt rated higher, since it is a perfect example for a AAL lawnmower/party beer. Maybe a little lite on the taste like most in this class, but really no flaws, with great drinkability. Good taste and great finish. For the price, it is hard to beat. Its drinkable even when warm, in contrast with High Life or PBR that have a funky finish that gets intolerable as they warm up. Stick with Busch, you cant go wrong.

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Photo of r0flc0ptah
3.8/5  rDev +91.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cheap and tasty beer, nothing to write home about but it's clean, smooth, and you can wake up the morning after a 6 pack of tall boys just as bright eyed and bushy tailed as your most sober associate.

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Photo of Himko54
4.32/5  rDev +118.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Honestly, anyone that drinks Busch can tell you it’s a casual social beer. It’s not a craft beer choice nor is it a 10/10 high class beer. BUT it gets the job done, parties, social events, or just hanging out with the guys. Cheap and hits the spot!

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Photo of BeerLouie
4.74/5  rDev +139.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This a cheap good one, smooth, I love it. It gets the job done. And the best part, you sleep like a rock when you get loaded off of it. It’s not bad at all! Get it!

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Photo of SLewis
2.42/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This is pretty much a light beer. The color is light straw color, much more so than other AALs. The flavor and mouthfeel is extremely watery but there is some underlying bready, white grape juice, flavor going on. Bottom line, there are other beers in the sub-premium category that taste much better. I would choose Old Milwaukee, High Life, PBR and even Beast Light before picking this up again.

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Photo of beertunes
2.88/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25oz can poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a clean, clear light yellow color with an inch of white head that dissipated immediately and left no lace.

The aroma was benign, almost to the point of being nonexistent. None of the usual AAL sweetness, no grain, no hops.

The flavor developed better than the aroma had lead me to expect: some soft grain, and some very light hops.

The body was light, and had a semi-sweet finish, as expected for the style.

Drinkability was fine, for what it is. Overall, it's not really any different than it's relatives in the style. Drink it or don't, whatever.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +72.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 ounce can into lager glass, best before 6/24/2018. Pours crystal pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop notes; with poor strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit dough, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit dough, and light herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not watery finish. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.3%. Overall this is a very solid pale adjunct lager. All around good robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Clean pale malt/corn flavors, and light earthy hop balance. Not too heavy on the corn, with nice barley presence. An enjoyable and well made offering, definitely exceeded all expectations.

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Photo of wl2bill
1.89/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not much here. Light on flavor, light on aroma, totally inoffensive. Am I drinking light beer? Back in the day this was a regular, tastes change as we age, I still like it in rotation as a cheaper option.

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