Busch Beer | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,696
Reviews:
462
Avg:
2.12
pDev:
34.91%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
266
For Trade:
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1.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of jaydoc
1.75/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
1/5  rDev -52.8%

Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Knapp85
1.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pretty much the same as the light version. Yellow, Pale, Minimal aromas, no head after the pour. Boring. Mostly corn and very light barley taste and smell. It's hard to even rate this because i don't know what else I can say. I really don't plan on having this brew again.

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Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +41.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of BEERchitect
1.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My tail-gating friends shared this beer with my after they polished off my Stone IPA's. I got a raw deal on that trade. This beer is truely fascinating--how can something be flavorless and bad at the same time. I don't know if water is bad--it's flavorless so I don't know. Anyhow, this adjuct laiden beer actually has a fair body--by guess is from high use of rice. Other cereal grains are present but light. Flavors and characters from hops and barley are absent. The beer is light of dry and naturally papery and metalic. Light flavors and textures disappear quickly with a watery wash.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

24oz can, the other half of the unholy duo from a last-minute rest stop purchase before crossing back into Canuckistan last month...is 'Busch' really a smooth-sounding name?

This beer pours a very, very pale golden yellow colour, with tons of puffy, and thinly foamy white head, which dissipates soon enough (debate if you must), leaving some random wisps of escaping soul lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet and grainy rice and corn, a bit of buttery diacetyl, and some mildly skunky, ok, I'll bite - hoppy weediness. The taste is more reservedly sweet rice/corn diluted grain pudding (speaking of unholy duos), some very mild, dulled beyond belief fruitiness, a hint of stale grassiness, and a stony, metallic edge.

The carbonation is quite high, but in a mostly fast-disappearing frothy sense, the effect on the top of the palate trivial at best, which confuses the perception of the otherwise thin as fuck body, making it seem fuller than it actually is, and the smoothness the same bullshit corporately-mandated plainness found anywhere and everywhere. It finishes off-dry, the lingering sweet cornfield graininess tempered somewhat by the metallic, almost, but not quite, fruity dryness.

Since I'm still talking about this, there must be something to say - there really wasn't much degradation as this one warmed, and though it's pretty much unimpressive all around, nothing overtly offensive arises, at the same rate. Mine was born on May 19, 2010, which puts this little exercise right on the cusp of tasting 'unfresh' - glad I dodged that bullet. The best I can say about this is, it's not really any worse than Bud, which seems barely worth the whole dollar I spent on this.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Born on 01Jul13. Acquired at a local 7-11; I'm stuck in a small town (Richfield) in Utah. 24 fl oz aluminum can with intricate label art served into a styrofoam cup in my hotel room. Expectations are as low as possible given the brewery. Reviewed live.

Served cold. Side-poured gently as overcarbonation is anticipated.

A: Pours a fluffy head of white colour. Light creaminess. Pathetically thin. Body colour is a thin watery clear yellow of no vibrance whatsoever. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks awful. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Sm: Clean barley. Straw. Cereals. Grains. Crisp. Watery swill. No hops, yeast, or alcohol are/is detectable. A weak pathetic aroma of light strength. Corn adjunct. Pretty shocked this isn't a light beer, to be honest. It could be more offensive than it is.

T: Weak barley. Cereals. Grainy. Straw. Husks. No hop profile or yeast character whatsoever. Zero depth of flavour. Intensity of flavour couldn't be lower. Flavour duration is low. Watery and imbalanced, but inoffensive. Some corn adjunct. Not getting any complexity or subtlety at all. I don't notice any overt off flavours, so that's a plus. About as bland and boring as a beer can be. Luckily, no alcohol comes through. Meh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Weak, thin, watery. Poor execution. Suits the flavour profile okay; I mean at least I can get the beer down easily enough. It doesn't have the crisp, biting overcarbonation of even worse beers in the style, but it's overcarbonated.

Dr: Closer to water than any macro I can remember having recently. As such, it's got an above average drinkability in that you could down a pitcher with ease, but the lack of quality makes me not want to get another anytime soon - so that evens it out. Bland swill that hardly resembles real beer, but not offensive or awful. I think some are really attacking this beer just because of the brewery. Pretty poor stuff, but it's not terrible. I'd rather see this at a party than something like Tecate, for example. You could do far worse (or far better) at this price.

D-

***
07/12/17: nabbed a 25 fl oz can for $1.50 USD at a bodega in Brooklyn, NY. I'm trying this alongside Crazy Stallion and King Cobra malt liquor to give it a fair shake in terms of a side by side with other "budget beers" (to apply a polite term).

It appears exactly as expected - clear pale yellow in colour, weak and thin, with an off-white cap that has a poor consistency and subpar complexion. Obviously filtered, but attractively light, evoking a drinkable albeit innocuous brew.

Aroma is a little grainy with some corn adjunct and a blip of grassy hop character. Light and inoffensive. I find no off-flavour and it doesn't seem syrupy, which is more than I can say about many beers offered at this price in the U.S.A. regardless of style. Not unpleasant, but quite timid/light in terms of aromatic intensity.

A bit more bitter than expected, which is to say it isn't cloying. Corn adjunct, mineral-emphatic water, some graininess, 6-row. Unbalanced but not imbalanced. No metallic off-flavour or other issues (e.g. booziness). Shallow and simple but inoffensive. I don't dislike it as much as I remembered.

Texture is pleasantly soft and approachable. Smooth, wet, even a bit refreshing - but still, it's somewhat stale. Certainly thin and bordering on watery. Finishes dry and coarse, scratching/dragging on the palate a bit. Light-bodied and overcarbonated, but tolerable. Not oily, hot, gushed, harsh, or astringent. Not boozy, watery (I mean, it's real close, but it doesn't quite cross the line), or syrupy like many beers at this price and/or in this style.

$1.50 USD is steep given this beer's low quality but more significantly the availability of malt liquors and blonde ales at higher ABVs for less per oz. As I navigate my homeless man's side-by-side, I do find I prefer this to King Cobra, but it's not a great adjunct lager nor is it a beer I'd recommend to anyone. Better than some of the adjunct lagers I've tried from craft breweries, and I'm dazzled the talented brewers at Anheuser-Busch can brew this on the scale they do with such consistency, but it's far from impressive. Innocuous and inoffensive with no egregious off-flavours. Very drinkable, to its credit. Judging it strictly to style without coming into it with a shitting-on-AB-InBev agenda, I think it's far better than I gave it credit for in my review above.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of emerge077
2.18/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Review from written notes, transcribed from a frozen screen during a live review. D'oh!

Into a mini-pint taster glass it pours a dull straw gold, with a thin layer of fizzy white suds sizzling on the surface. The foam completely evaporates, and soon enough it looks like a glass of urine or apple juice. Some feeble trails of carbonation are visible.

Smells vaguely of wet cardboard and cooked vegetables (DMS), some mild apple sweetness when swirled around. Tastes like cardboard or wet paper, apple juice, cooked veggies again. Mealy, tacky envelope glue texture, fizzy and overcarbonated. Chugged the last bit as there was no sink available at the party...
RIP Hard Boiled Records... Thanks for the beer and memories Mark!

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Photo of dmorgan310
1.92/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of Phyl21ca
1/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: This is very similar to other macro beers except maybe a bit sweeter. I sometime wonder if people notice that macro beers all taste very similar in the end. Anyway, my uncle seems to really enjoy this last time I went to his place and I had this for a drink.

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Photo of zeff80
1.47/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours out a pale yellow color with a high amount of carbonation. Not much of a head and no lacing at all.

S - It smelled of corn and not much else.

T - It tasted somewhat watery and like corn. There was also an uncomfortable bitter aftertaste.

M - It was fairly thin and very light.

D - It could be worse. The aftertaste really got to me. A couple times it made my skin crawl.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
2/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of LXIXME
1.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of largadeer
2.94/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not terribly offensive in any way. Clean and light.

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Photo of zestar
1.75/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of mothman
1.02/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Boone757
2.25/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A crystal clear and very light straw colored body is topped by a decent-sized head of creamy, bright-white foam. The retention is good and it maintains a creamy collar as well as leaving some transient lacing just above the level of the beer with each sip. The nose is limited but reveals a very mild note of malt amongst a light fruitiness. The body is light and it's quite crisp in the mouth due to a very fine median carbonation. The flavor reveals little more than the nose suggests, however, the limited amount of malt that's there does combine nicely with the mild fruitiness. It's not bitter, but it is highly attenuated leaving nothing behind to need balancing. There's obviously a good deal of adjunct being used here. Of course, this beer isn't about being a flavorful beer - it's about being a beer without flavor. It's obviously intended as a beer that can be consumed in mass quantities without leaving anything on the palate; and it succeeds with the exception of the alcohol that's necessarily present. Of course, the people that are drinking this are obviously looking for alcohol over flavor. It's very well crafted, but lacking in character. For my money, I'd rather have a light beer.

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