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Bud Light Platinum | Anheuser-Busch

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2.22/5
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1,875 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DarthKostrizer on 12-31-2011

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#44,859
Reviews:
346
Ratings:
1,875
pDev:
34.23%
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2.54
 
 
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Ratings: 1,875 |  Reviews: 346
Photo of kylehay2004
1.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A half finger head forms. The smell is of barely. Taste is sweeter than bud light with a less bitter aftertaste.The beer tastes and looks watered down but really its just lack of hop flavoring. Far more watered down than its non-light version just like bud light.

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Photo of acurtis
1.25/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.94/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
1.37/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

take the watery extract flavors of a bud light and add the burning stomach churning effect of grain alcohol, and you have a bud light platinum. as much as I hate the politics, marketing, and desired demographic (see my black crown review), I also hate the beer. it just tastes awful, metallic and boozy, yet somehow still diluted. its a mess from top to bottom. if it had no taste it would have a passable mouthfeel, that's about it. upbeat carbonation and a lighter body, but it cant save a beer that tastes more like a caustic chemical reaction than an honest brew for human consumption. I have no interest in ever consuming one of these again. it had the profound effect of bringing me from craving a beer badly to instantly not wanting to drink anymore, they should treat alcoholics with this wash, might turn them off too. id honestly rather drink any dirty 40 from the gas station than have another one of these. steer clear.

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Photo of spycow
1.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of djrn2
1.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Knapp85
1.77/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This poured out looking a lot like ginger ale... yellowish gold in color with a fizzy white head on top. The head vanishes and leaves nothing behind to look at on the glass or on top of the beer. The beer is clear and slightly bubbly. yellow water is what it honestly looks like. The smell of the beer has some aromas of light grains and corn... nothing really stands out. The taste is bland and gives off what I felt like chemical flavors or chlorine. The mouthfeel is water, thin, carbonated but just boring. Overall it's pretty bad... I can't seem to come up with a really good reason to buy this beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.28/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this earlier this afternoon at a crab feast on the eastern shore in MD. Remember seeing the commercials during the Super Bowl, finally get a chance to try it (woohoo). Can't say i was too impressed, I'd actually prefer a Bud Light over this one. Has a musty smell and an odd sweetness to it, awkward finish as well. An odd tasting beer, and definitely not good tasting or refreshing by any means. Comes in a fancy blue bottle and has higher ABV, but I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of metter98
2.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of Concord grapes in the nose along with some hints of grainy malts.
T: The taste is not very flavorful and has some hints of corn and rice malts.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn’t taste much more that slightly flavored water.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Maybe considered to be a high-gravity light beer, Bud Light Platinum breaks all the rules and traditions of beer to accomodate those who don't like beer but wants the buzz to come in a couple drinks rather than multiple.

Extremely light in straw with hardly and color at all- even ginger ales have a more beer-like appearance than this. Efforvescent streams of carbonation fuel an absolute fizzy head for a moment or two before falling flat. A rather dull looking beer overall.

Aromas of mineral water and grain carry a sweetish cereal component that dominates the nose. Vegital and with an apple-like sulfur note, the beer offers very little aromatic value.

Flavors do much the same. When the taste of water gives just as much intensity as the rice, corn, and aspirtame sweetness, then that might become a complement rather than a criticism. Minerally, like hard water and raw grains struggle to offer any bready malt notes or floral hop profiles.

Very light throughout and with an evaporative cooling from the alcohol dryness that starts almost immediately, even while the grainy-sweet taste is still present early on. Thin, watery, and dry- this is the closest thing I've taste to alcoholic water.

Surprisingly, I'm not too terribly off put with this beer. It's probably because there actually has to be a taste present in order to critique negativley. There's just no 'there' there.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz, neon blue bottle (it's been done), from some random convenience store on the Big Island; it took up precious luggage space, only because I tried pretty much every good beer on the islands whilst there on my honeymoon over the past few weeks.

After the twist and hiss, this beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with one skinny finger of fizzy and loosely foamy white head, which bleeds away at hemophiliac speed, leaving zilch in the manner of lace.

It smells, well it smells of damned near nothing - a void, wherein only the slightest of mineral and fruit ester notes burble to the surface - could be that it's too cold, slave to the marketing that I am. The taste is very sweet breakfast cereal grain, cloying at best, and fake-tasting and plastic-like - are there actually aspartame kiddie cereals out there? Very little else comes through, hop or alcohol, or, well, best leave it at that.

The carbonation is zippy, and fairly prickly, but is soon subsumed by the medium-heavy weight (style-wise), palate-coating body, which is smooth, of course, that being the sole successful attribute of this ilk. It finishes like concentrated Bud Light - sweet, quasi-grainy, and soul-reaping.

A weird science experience wrought veritable. Ugh. This is the beer equivalent of that perfect Hollywood, surgically enhanced, personality-deficient starlet. Looks good, has some intangibly attractive trait, and whose attempts at edginess are calculated and cold. Funny, a Nickelback song suddenly came through the cacophony blaring from the bar across the street - ok, no more analogies. Avoid, unless you just want to get trashed, though I can't imagine the hangover possible with this.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.25/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of emerge077
2.06/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wasn't in a position to ask for a glass, so I didn't. It was free, thanks Valencio.

Smelled like apple and wet cardboard. Soggy grains, wet cereal.
Tasted similar, more apple and soggy graininess. It has a touch more malt flavor than standard issue Bud Light. Mild taste, flaccid feel, utterly dull and insipid flavor wise. Biting astringent carbonation, watery aftertaste. Pretty much junk any way you slice it... yeehaw.

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Photo of oline73
1.25/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
1.03/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow, just wow! Let's take a bad product increase the strength but make it taste worse. I think they've done that. It was fizzy, yellow and clear. Smells like....nothing. Corn, maybe? It tasted like corn and water. Mouthfeel is fizzy and highly carbonated. Overall, this is just as bad if not worse than Bud Light. Simply amazing.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Boone757
2/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of zestar
2/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of mothman
1.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.05/5  rDev +37.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.09/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color. The beer has a thin soapy white head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Not offensive but there is almost no smell to this beer whatsoever. Very faint hints of sweet corn adjunct malts and some apple juice.

T: Quite sweet with flavors of apple juice, corn adjunct malts, and a hint of rice adjunct malts.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: The best part of this beer is the semi-transparent blue bottle that it comes in. Not surprising but it is not too much different from regular Bud Light. Drinks like water but I don't have any desire to have more than one of these... ever.

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