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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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Photo of Ag-Hag
4/5  rDev +89.6%

This is not "great beer," it is sweet, simple, drinkable beer that is clean, crisp, and doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth. It is very inexpensive, and I've always like it. It's easy to drink, doesn't get caught up in your mouth, and doesn't leave a negative after-taste. I like it as a drinkable "malt beverage," and don't try to make it out as more than it is. There ARE cut-rate beers out there that truly taste horrible, (Natural Light, you know who you are.) It's probably the best "down-market" beer out there. Very inexpensive and drinkable.

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Photo of predikit
1.84/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not sure to call this beer, or beer-flavored water. A very very mild bitterness , cornmeal, there's malts in this? I couldn't taste any. It doesn't particularly get more Adjunct than this, and my friends would all joke that it was poison in a can. Oh well, if people drink it and are happy, more power to them.

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Photo of John_M
1.5/5  rDev -28.9%

For some reason, I've always thought this a somewhat better beer than bud, though that's hardly a high bar. Still, as you would expect, this beer is very light and watery, but with a crisp, fairly clean finish. Still a pretty lousy beer, but decidedly average to above average for an AB product.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Extremely pale in color with a fleeting head and minimal head retention and lacing. The smell is dominated by adjuncts with some grains. The taste is extremely light and the moutfeel quite thin with essentially no finish. This is perhaps a great beer fishing or some other outdoor activity since everything tastes better outdoors. Not as "bad" as some would have you believe, but even within its class there are better choices.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.13/5  rDev +48.3%

Serving Style : 16 oz tall boy can.

Appearance (3) : In the can, but appearance tends to be a pale straw yellow with a large and quickly receding head when poured. Trust me, I know these things.

Smell (2.5): Crisp, clean water. Faint corn, yeast, barley, rice.

Taste (3.25) : Out of the can, it's much better. If you're pouring this one into a glass, you've got the wrong idea. Sharp carbonated water hits first with a rush of faint corn and rice malts, leaving with a faint yeast and dry finish. Real easy to drink.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Sharp carbonation, painful almost...but then it turns to a smooth, creamy, yet watery brew. It goes down so easy you'd barely think you were having a beer. In fact, it's pretty much like comparing skim milk to whole milk.

Optional extra category :

Drinkability (5) : FIVE. Easy to pound in any situation.

Overall (3.13) : Pounders are best. It is, for sure, a crappy trailer beer. It's got that cheap, bottom of the vat character and skunk flavor. With all that being said, it's extremely easy to drink and I can pound a 16 oz can easy. No sweat. For those evenings (or days, or nights) I feel like a beer that goes down easy and still provides some marginal flavor, Busch is a sure ticket. Good for absolutely nothing else, but what it does, it does with honor.

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Photo of kevofficiel
1.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Very interesting beer. I saw it in a movie can t remember the name but anyways.
I bought a big can 710ml to give it a try. The price is cheap same as the Pabst Blue Ribbon.
The smell is ok. The look of it is about average. First taste was under average. I was totally disappointed about it.
They really should improve it and maybe put the price up. Im willing to pay some extra money on it to have a much better one.
I do NOT recommend that beer.

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Photo of SonicAddict
3/5  rDev +42.2%

Had this today, and I enjoyed it. To start off, it's domestic lager from U.S.A, so it gets some bias in my book. It's mostly clear, bright yellow, with a clean aroma. After taste is clean and short as well.

Tastes and feels good. I mean, I drank a whole quart quicker than I expected.

I bought a quart for $1.73 before tax, local; but I would pay $3.25-75.

Don't have much to say about this beer, except that I would recommend it for a party situation, when you want a lot of beer, or something to start off the night.

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Photo of mawkus76
4/5  rDev +89.6%

This is what I refer to as "lake beer" or as my father says "lawnmower beer". Basically a great beer for a hot day spent outdoors. If you worked all day in the 103° heat sweating, tired and soar, and say someone gave you and ice cold can of Busch. You would think the sweet nectar of the gods was being poured down your gullet by the almighty hand of Zeus himself. Okay, maybe I'm embellishing a bit. The taste is average but it's very drinkable and enjoyable. I love all types of beers, even a $2 can of Busch. Next time you find yourself on a hot day get a cooler full of these and you might hear yourself say "you know, this is not bad at all "

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.5/5  rDev +18.5%

Well, believe it or not I never had a regular ol' Busch! Bought a single can in the discount bin for 50 cents a few weeks back. Anyway, sampling right now on 8/18/14. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a vintage 'Busch" thumb-print goblet that I bought for 59c in 'like-new' condition at the local Salvation Army Store about a month ago.

Pours a pale straw-yellow in color with a very thin white head. Some very minor spotty lacing is seen as is the norm for this kind of beer. The aroma is of some light grains for the most part. The taste is pretty much the same and is watery. Light bodied and nothing special.

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Photo of welldigger888
1.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

thin swill that has no lace no head and only delivers alcohol.

smells vaguely of beer.

tastes of young bad lager.


well if you need booze for cheap, here ya go

i have had bad beer and this is a bad beer, i think miller high life brings a bit more to the table.

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Photo of Slashytits
1.06/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had while at a family barbecue some time ago. The only beer I've been too disgusted by to finish. Also gave me heartburn and terrible beer farts. There are better, sometimes even cheaper things out there to drink. Negative 10 out of 5. Recommended only for those with burnt palates and survival experts surnamed Grylls.

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Photo of Crymar
2.88/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of nostalgic about Busch because I drank a lot of it in college and somehow developed a taste for it. You've got to be thirsty to appreciate it. Light mouth feel and rather high carbonation make it a good "beverage" beer, especially refreshing after mowing the lawn in 90-degree heat, or with picnic food outside on a hot day. Almost borders on being a "lite" beer. Kind of a sour aftertaste, but not that bad. Best when drunk quickly, not a beer to be nursed by the connoisseur. Somehow I prefer it to Bud and Coors. This is not a great beer, but one of the most drinkable cheap beers - 12-packs are sometimes on sale for $6.95 at the local Rite Aid. Can't beat that.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.28/5  rDev +55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thick head with large bubbles. The head dissipates quickly. Poor lacing. Straw yellow body. Moderate carbonation.

Mild corn. Very faint barley.

Corn dominant. Smooth. Yeasty, fruity beer. One of the better cheap, corn dominant, adjunct lagers. Tastes good ice cold. The flavor sours as the beer warms up.

On the heavier side of light bodied. Smooth. Corn flavor lingers. No hop bitterness.

A good beer for chugging ice cold. A good fishing beer. Not as good as Rolling Rock.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
5/5  rDev +137%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every town in Germany seems to have their own brewery. Well down here in the south we don't have that option. This beer is affordable blue collar brew that's made about 50 miles from here. It's cheap tasty and effective.

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Photo of Foyle
2.9/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz can into schooner glass Appearance: pours a sudsy white head that recedes rapidly with very little lacing. Color is pale straw with abundant carbonation.
Aroma: mild aroma of corn and lightly toasted barley
Mouthfeel: light, watery, and crisp with a quite dry finish.
Flavor: again a mild combination of corn sweetness, sweet barley malt, and some grassiness. Overall: not offensive and not a bad beer for the price range.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
2.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can purchased for a buck at the local quick mart.

A: Pale, clear yellow with almost no head.

S: Mild with some cereals. No real hop characteristics. Some alcohol.

T: Very bland, not much going on. It is refreshing though.

M: Very watery. A certain crispness from the carbonation.

O: Unimpressive. There are better versions of this style. There are also worse ones.

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Photo of Stewzer55
2.78/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This is a surprisingly refreshing beer, no it doesn't have much of a strong flavor and it does go down easy. It does remind me of a mountain stream, its really smooth and the almost over carbonation gives it a little extra "pop" thats relaxing. I like it better than big sister Budweiser. Sure its far from great, its really mediocre and a decent choice if you're tight on money. Its also not bad to drink all day while fishing. Its a cheap beer, its drinkable cold and quickly.

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

I grew up seeing the Busch Beer commercials and never really drank until I was in my mid twenties, fearing that it would be a bad beer. I was really surprised how easy and drinkable Bucsh Beer is and the lack of hangover it produced. It pours light golden, with average carbonation, and a light head. It has a ricey, malty taste, with hints of wheat and sweetness. There is a little edge, with an average aftertaste, and it is not very filling. It's not the worst beer, but not the best beer either, good for when your working out in the hot sun...

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Photo of storebrand
2.86/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Come on guys. Who comes onto beer advocate and rates Busch? This is my go-to 'frat house'. It is beer for the masses that makes you massive. Drink it all the time cuz you' only got a dime. Would you rather drink this puss beer that had SOME flavor or get something more watery for the same price?

I love me some good craft beers. But after two, it's not worth the price. Save the rest of that Sixer! Don't waste what's great! Put the good beer away put a Busch on your plate!

Or cup, can whatever. You get it.

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.88/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served from a pint can into a shaker pint glass. The can has very appealing frosty mountain retro art that is colorful and attractive. A semi-aggressive pour produces about a one inch frothy head with medium staying power (reduces quickly but leaves some lingering, almost continuous lace). The beer is an extra pale straw color with moderately high carbonation.

A light whiff of corn on the nose and some sweet corniness in the taste, along with some pale malt and very light floral hops. The flavor is very light and watery as is the mouthfeel. Overall, a bit bland, even for the style.

This brew is light and refreshing- nothing too much to complain about, but it is rather watery. A decent hot weather brew. The watery taste can be a bit of a shock if you've drank something heavier beforehand, but it is thirst quenching, easy to drink, and can sneak up on you (i.e., a highly efficient alcohol delivery system for someone who can really chug down the suds). This beer is one of my alternative cheap AALs, especially in summer. Something to grab when in you're in a small town without much selection and the price is right.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.11/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a straw gold with brilliant clarity. A soapy white head that fell fast and no real lace just a few spots. Nose is light corn and light grain. Thin and a only a hint of green apple and some corn sweetness. Hops are floral and light and go a bit grassy as the beer warms. Taste is clean and has only a mild hint of green apple, and DMS. NO diacetyl and this finishes with a bit of grass and hop bitter. No real fruitiness and a crisp carbonation. Balance between malt and hops was practically even and only during warming did the hops emerge. There was a touch of light acidity in the finish and this finished mostly dry but with a touch of sugary taste at the very end. Mouthfeel is thin and pleasant and a bit watery.

It's got less of an apple taste than some other beers I have rated but a thinner body overall. The DMS was in acceptable limits and this beer had only a bit of sourness to creep on to the palate as it warmed.

Style notes - the standard lager can have little to no malt aroma, fast fallihg head, light body from the use of adjunct and DMS is allowed in low levels. The dms did creep on to the palate in sufficient amounts to keep from wanting another one of these. BUT the green apple sweetness was less than some other beers like molson canadian an d even heineken so I teetered between 2.75 and 3.0 for a taste rating. I gave it the lower rating because I do nto want another.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
2.75/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Come on people!!! We all love those cold blue mountain peaks that masks the taste of corn-piss beer!!! lol...Seriously, not a bad go to beer. An overall rating of "awful" is a bit strong here. It not all that bad, has alcohol in it, and is great for keeping a buzz going without wasting good beer when you are drunk or approaching being piss-drunk! Yeah, it is not the best, and borderline does suck, but it has its uses...limited, but necessary.

-Pours a big golden yellow with a frothy big, fat, head.

-Smells of fresh mid-west corn farming operation---ahh!!!

-Tastes great if it is nice and cold...as it warms, starts to taste more and more like what I imagine piss would taste like...but focus on cold..just drink it cold and you are ok.

Overall---not all bad...

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Photo of dar482
2.05/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Comes in a pale clear yellow.

The aroma is grain, corn, a bit of floral.

The flavor has cereal, lots of grain, a bit of floral hops, but mostly just weak straw and grainy flavors. A very watery beer. Not too much corn adjunct flavor. A decent amount of carbonation.

Not very flavorful, but that arguably can be an advantage of the beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.93/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the cascading waterfall from a chemical plant drainpipe comes this gem of a brew.

Appearance - Standard urine appearance with lots of carbonation and little to no head retention.

Smell - Something off putting. No idea what I'm smelling. Actually does smell like human urine.

Taste - Actually it doesn't taste very bad at all. Just a tinge of sweetness and a slightly dry finish. Otherwise its pretty much void of all flavor and is just tonic water.

Mouthfeel - watery and fizzy

Overall - Easy to drink. Void of flavor and taste. Just smells bad. Enjoy!

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Photo of TheTaxiGuy
3.72/5  rDev +76.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Busch is great classic! Ran in my family for years. Great Taste with Great Price.

It's not everyone's favorite, but it goes great with football food, fishing, hunting, etc. I have grown a taste to it very well. Although, regular Busch is only found in one or two areas here.

Can't go wrong with Busch!

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