Busch Beer | Anheuser-Busch

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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 KMcGrath
2.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

3.03/5  rDev +48.5%
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 +141.2%
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
2.63/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | 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 Guy_T_Smith
4.45/5  rDev +118.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

It's an easy to drink beer that seems to have more character than other beers with similar calories.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
1.94/5  rDev -4.9%
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
1.56/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of PMakowski
3.41/5  rDev +67.2%
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 +26%
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 neckescaper
3.77/5  rDev +84.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueTomorrow
1.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Dalkri
3.4/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheAbbottCat
4.28/5  rDev +109.8%
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 +22.5%
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 Futbolmanby
1/5  rDev -51%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Fitzy01
2.13/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Qman621
3.54/5  rDev +73.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is great if you are already drunk. Otherwise, it's kinda hard to choke down.

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2.5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of alwaysbetonduke
1.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of ben_tries_brews
1.07/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Mitch_hares
3.76/5  rDev +84.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canadian busch is way better than American busch. Best commercial lager you can get.

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Photo of gmark
4.52/5  rDev +121.6%
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 blissfulNemo
2.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of c014572
3.04/5  rDev +49%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lemplives
5/5  rDev +145.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best bad beer in the country. Excellent branding with a non-offensive taste makes for the most thrifty buzz with the boys in the business.

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