Bud Light Platinum

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #451
Ranked #50,517
2.19 | pDev: 35.62%
Missouri, United States
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Bierwolf from Missouri

1.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I bought a 6 pack and had them over a few days. They were born in Januaryof 2012.

Appearance: A pale gold or straw color. Poured into a pilsener glass and achieved about a finger of foam which quickly disappeared leaving no lacing. Fair carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: I am not being mean here. This smelled like detergent. Thought my glass may not have been rinsed completely but all six of them smelled the same.

Taste: There is very little taste. Slight hops but mostly nothing.

Mouthfeel: Thin. You can feel the alcohol on your tongue which at 6% you should. Finishes smooth and semi-dry.

Overall: This is disappointing. Even as a light lager this leaves a lot to be desired. There was a great deal of hype building up to this product being released but for me I won't be having this again. AB offers other light lagers that more pleasing than this one.

Feb 15, 2012
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

1/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a frosted mug. From memory; normally, I'd never do a review in this manner, but holy shit, I can still vividly remember what this tastes like.

A: Pours a textbook light straw color with perfect clarity and intense carbonation trails. Even with the frosted mug, the head is hilariously pathetic. Typical nasty-looking swill.

S: Almost non-existent. A touch of grain here, a dab of artificial sweetener there...wait a minute, a dab of artificial sweetener?

T: Hatred. Sickness. Vitriol. Insanity. Depression. No, these aren't the flavors BL Platinum exhibit - these are the emotions that run through my neural synapses when this liquid immediately hits my tongue. No joke, about 4 oz. of this made me sick. This is basically Bud Light (itself pretty awful) but with a nasty cotton candy sweetness to it. The cloying factor seems necessary to balance the additional alcohol...but holy crap, this just comes across as woefully under-attenuated and artificial. Did I mention the aspartame-esque finish is long and lingering, too?

And y'know, I can vaguely see the point of this. A low calorie yet high strength light beer for the masses to easily get drunk off of. Only thing is, they forgot to make it inoffensive and tasteless. Oops.

M: Who cares, this sucks ass.

O: I've always wanted to give something all 1's, so here it is in all its hideous glory. Normally, this kind of score represents the absolute bottom of the barrel, and without a doubt, BL Platinum is a foulest, most disgusting beer ever to grace my palate and should be avoided by any person who may lay claim to working taste buds. Hilariously, though, this may not be the worst beer AB InBev makes...if anything, Budweiser Chelada may make me wish negative scores were possible. Simply put, the malt beverage equivalent of frontal lobotomy performed with a rusty knife.

May 22, 2012
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NickFry9 from New York

1.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

This beer is VERY bad. But it mostly tastes like water and has a lot of alcohol in it. It is very easy to get drunk off these if that's what you are looking for. No taste, no substance, no nothing. Just good for getting drunk.

Jun 01, 2017
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tanuki1980 from Ohio

1.06/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A few years ago this was my go to beer. Easily accessible and got the job done. This was when it was available in the aluminum bottles. Something is just not right with the glass bottle or regular cans though. Glass you are almost guaranteed to get pure skunk and the can has a horrible taste and smell that I can only describe as embalming fluid like. I would avoid at all costs unless you live in a market that still has the aluminum bottles available. As is I give it a generous 1 but aluminum bottles I would give it a solid 4.

Dec 20, 2017
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Reanime from Texas

1/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tastes like the nastiest medicinal synthetic chemical I've ever imbibed. How on earth did their R&D dept let this one slide thru. I love bud light and bud light ice, but I almost hurled on first sip. Seriously??? I emptied all 6 bottles down the drain without hesitation. Even if I were soif'in' in a desert I wouldn't drink this crap.

Jul 10, 2013
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frinknasty from Texas

1.83/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

wasn't sure it was possible to be worse than bud light, but you pulled it off!

Dec 31, 2014
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Bp123 from California

1/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

W/e and won't drink again...

Jan 13, 2015
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Vinman29 from Virginia

3.2/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Lots of alcohol in this one. Bud Light Platinum is crisp tasting and bland, and somewhat sweet. It has a alcohol aftertaste if anything. If you want to get drunk off a six pack and not face too many down sides, this product, which is hard to call a beer, would work. You could also mix vodka with club soda for the same taste and effect. I'm not sure what to say. It's like Icehouse without the character. But it is a good sneaky beer to drink around the house because it is pretty strong and you don't need to pound them down to feel pretty good. This is the beer to drink in front of your in-laws. Four of these is like drinking 6-7 light beers essentially, and since it doesn't have any flavor to speak of, you can drink it without smelling like a brewery. The quality and consistency of AB products is always high whether it's your type of beer or not. You get what you expect every time. Platinum is not my favorite kind of beer. It is a good beer to give to a non beer drinker if you want to get the party started. They won't hate it. There are some pluses and minuses to this product. It is not a beer drinker's beer by any stretch. I'm not sure why this beer exists, but it seems to have a lot of shelf space. This is the type of beer you'd give to Sheldon on Big Bang Theory to get him to be less weird. Lots of energy but not a lot of individuality to this beer. It is a fascinating product to me because of its focus on no flavor and high alcohol. Strange combination of attributes. If you buy Platinum for yourself you might have somewhat of a drinking problem and be headed to living in a van by the river because the only thing this beer offers of interest is alcohol. Maybe a good beer for golfing if you are in to that or other activities where your hands are tied like grilling and you don't have a lot of stand around time and can't be carrying and opening a bunch of bottles, but just grab a quick one.

Sep 18, 2017
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Tweezerjam from Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Its not as bad as I would have guessed but its still a crappy beer. The best thing it has going for it is its 6% abv. Its also not cheap so that kinda sucks too.

Dec 30, 2017
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WholeLottaTricks from Louisiana

1/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't understand why this exists. just buy good beer, folks.

Jan 03, 2015
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eggs2121 from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +75.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Of course this is not a poor beer when it comes to American Light Lagers. 6.0% ABV and still light as far as taste. Beer snobs hate this and Busch Signature. Both are good beers for high alcohol American style beers. Certainly better than Malt Liquor. I'd give the edge to Busch for a better taste. But BLP is not bad and has more alcohol. People need to take their nose out of their own asses. This is a solid beer.

May 04, 2016
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tectactoe from Michigan

1.57/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

This stuff doesn't taste any different than Bud Light. I haven't done a side-by-side to be sure, though, so perhaps there are some nuances and small subtleties that hadn't carried over in my memory.

Pale straw-yellow body, crystal clear with a bone-white "head" that fizzles away quicker than my checking account after BCBS is released each year. Grains on the nose, grains on the nose, smellin' like a BUD with yo' grains on the nose. Grainy, corny, and full of metallic tones, this stuff is not a pleasure to smell, and it only gets more pungent as it warms.

Drink it ice cold, so you numb your taste buds from the poorly laid out grains and sweet, corn-like malts. More metallic in the taste, this stuff couldn't be any more "meh". No alcohol taste present (6% ABV woo!) Crisp, lighter-than-light mouth feel. Stay away from this stuff, unless you're trying to hit that frat boy buzz.

Jul 03, 2012
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AfricanPete14 from South Africa

2.99/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a great party beer, goes down like water, has a decent alcohol content, and doesn't taste too bad either. Has a light straw color with a lot of carbonation and is relatively smooth.

Nov 19, 2015
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Alexbrewer93 from Georgia

1/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

worst than the original. yeah its that bad.

May 05, 2015
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ipalover91 from California

1/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

absolutely disgusting. probably the worst beer i've ever had.

May 12, 2015
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axf4129 from Indiana

1/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Butt Sprite Shatinum. What a waste of time.

Jul 07, 2015
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matcris from Arizona

2.45/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fizzy and yellow, with a white foamy cap that disappears quickly. Smells of sulfur, mildly grainy, and grassy. Tastes about the same. Full carbonation, watery feel, and fairly dry. I'd drink one at a party to be polite, but, I wouldn't go buy another single of it.

Sep 09, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bud Light Platinum
16. oz. can, coded "14226 SH23"

Poured into a clean glass Bud Light Platinum delivers a nice looking pint with a straw gold body beneath a short head of bright white foam. The head drops readily but maintains a solid surface covering. The lacing is limited but it does leave some nice craggy splashes behind.

The aroma is clean, and expresses only sweetish adjunct malt with a hint of apple-like fruitiness.

The flavor is quite a surprise! My initial impression was that it tasted like a malt liquor... a watered down malt liquor, but one with that sweetish adjunct-laden maltiness that lingers in the mouth because there are very little hops present. It's fruity and sweet, without any noticeable hop flavors at all, and a very low bitterness level to balance it out. Odd.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a very moderate carbonation. If I hold the glass to the light I can see tiny bubbles steadily streaming upwards but there are not nearly as many as might be expected, especially for a light beer, which should be crisp.

So what's going on here? If you read the can it states that it's 6.0% ALC./VOL., which is very odd for a light beer, and it's also got 137 calories and 4.4 grams of carbs per 12 oz. serving (thank you A-B for including that, sincerely). I had to get my head around this so I put together a list:

110 calories in Bud Light @ 4.2% abv
137 calories in Bud Light Platinum @ 6.0% abv
145 calories in Budweiser @ 5.0% abv
158 calories in Hurricane @ 5.8% abv

So what we have here is basically a 'light malt liquor'. Is this a new American style of beer?

Unless the cost difference between Hurricane Malt Liquor and Bud Light Platinum is pretty great, I can't imagine anyone going for the Hurricane. The Bud Light Platinum is clean, and actually delivers a slightly bigger punch.

So how to rate this? I generally look at the whole world of beer as a guideline, meaning that there are poorly made beers that suffer from defects, and then there are pristine examples of certain styles that have a certain 'je ne sais quoi' of magic to them that exemplify the 'creme de la creme'. An OK beer then scores a "3" as a "3" is average, and on that world-scale a standard Budweiser scores a bit higher at about 3.5. As far as a 'light malt liquor' goes I think this is really the only one. Compared to other malt liquors it's pretty damned good, but if we look at it just as 'a beer' thrown into the world mix it comes out short. I think for what it is it's not bad. I find no defects with it, and I thought it was much more drinkable than a lot of malt liquors.

I'm not sure I have an answer to this one yet, but I'm gonna stick with "okay" until something else pops up.

Oct 10, 2014
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear pale yellow color lager with a small bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma consists of light sweet malt with well hidden adjunct. Taste is also dominated by sweet malt with no clearly identifiable adjunct but also very limited characteristics. Body is light with average carbonation. I actually drank this side-by-side with a regular bud light and I must say that the platinum is actually better though still quite bland in the grand scheme of things.

Aug 15, 2012
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.64/5  rDev +66.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very clear gold on the pour with some visible carbonation. Initial two fingers of white head crackling away into the beer.

The smell is a bit sweet and grainy. Other than that not much noted.

The taste is a lot like the smell. A bit sweet and grainy. Seems to have a bit more of the AAL taste than a light beer.

Mouth feel is a bit chewy and the beer finishes a bit slick and kind of hold onto the back of the throat for just a bit.

I will admit that this beer is actually fairly decent. Probably not something I would purchase again or seek out yet I am glad I tried it out. The aroma is very faint and the taste really follows the aroma. I guess this is maybe where the light term applies. My calorie count is stamped 137 per 12 oz. serving on my pint can. Not real sure about other light beers as I have not really paid attention to calorie counts on my beers. I would just reason out that since this has a 6% ABV that the calorie count would be higher than other light beers. That may or may not be something that could influence the shopper. Again a decent beer and may just fit what you are looking for. Cheers!

Jun 10, 2018
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aRagingCanadian from Canada (ON)

4.94/5  rDev +125.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly one of the best "light" beers I've ever had. Sleemen Light being in close second. Not to mention this is a very, very, very smooth beer. Goes down like water. It's a light beer taste with a strong beer kick (6%). The only downside is the price. But it's worth it.

Jan 03, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

1.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to tiny wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity but vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity, grassy, and corn-like flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very poor beer that is slightly better than regular Bud Light but that isn't really hard to do.

Aug 31, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

3.06/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 2/18/2018. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread, light biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit too lemon/pear fruity, but not too overwhelming. Poor aromas with pale malt/grains and mild earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of cracker, white bread, light biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Very mild herbal, grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread, light biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Solid robustness of pale malt/grains and mild earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Nicely clean on lager flavors, no too fruity. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not watery finish. Slight touch of lingering alcohol warmth through the glass. Overall this is an okay imperial light lager. All around solid robustness of pale malt/grains and mild earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink for the ABV. Definitely tastes like a light beer. Feels more bland than I expected for the ABV. Clean malt/grains and mild earthy hop balance. A fairly enjoyable offering, well made for the style.

Apr 28, 2018
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TBDave from Florida

1.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Looks, smells and tastes kinda sweet, bland, light and watery. If you just want a cheap buzz, this will do it. But there are better beers in this price range.

Oct 03, 2017
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noodlehiemer from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +87.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is good. The bottle looks cool with it's awesome blue bottle. It taste great for a light beer that is made by a large company. The taste is always consistent, unlike some smaller brewers I have had. The higher alcohol is un-noticeable with the much better taste over a bud light / budweiser. If you are looking for a cheap beer that is good, high alcohol, and cheap, this is a clear winner from me.

Dec 18, 2017
Bud Light Platinum from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 54 out of 100 with 1969 ratings