Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bud Light (2008 original review)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chad9976 (736) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2010
When you compare a beer to a train wreck pop star you might feel the need to defend such a statement, no? Well, if you can’t make the connection, allow me to explain: Bud Light is as mainstream as you can get. Now, this in and of itself is not necessarily a flaw, but the fact Anheuser-Busch tries to market this beer as some kind of quality product is what makes it so fraudulent. It’s only popular because it was destined to be popular - it has no depth whatsoever.


I was surprised Bud Light poured so rough, but it’s actually a good thing in this case because it produced a perfectly-proportioned head. Smooth pouring (even straight out of the tap) results in almost no head at all.

At least the beer, much like a pop star, is nice to look at: a pretty, crystal-clear, light gold body with a lot of carbonation evident. The head is bright white and extremely fizzy – perhaps more so than most sodas. It evaporates in seconds and leaves zero lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rather mild for such a mass-market lager. Typical “beer smell” or a grainy scent is pungent, but at least it isn’t skunky.


What taste?

For a beer that is brewed with an abundance of adjunct ingredients, mostly rice and corn, Bud Light is surprisingly taste-free. Use of such adjuncts is not always a bad thing, in fact, some of my favorite beers have a noticeable corn flavor, but this beer is basically alcoholic water. It doesn’t even have the crispiness of an even remotely quality pilsner - something which would have given the beer an average taste at least.

Bud Light is about as diluted as a lager can be while still fitting the definition of “beer.” Any more water and it would officially have to be called “beer-flavored water.” I have to at least give it credit for not having a bad taste in the least. Frankly, I’d prefer a flavorless beer to a disgusting one.


“Drinkability” was a term beer drinkers of America were using to describe the appeal of Bud Light years before Anheuser-Busch started using the buzzword its recent marketing campaign.

And yes, it is very drinkable. It starts out with a bit of a coarse edge but it eventually smoothens to an easy finish (I use the word “easy” because “smooth” implies there is even some element of friction at all). Ironically, it’s even easier to drink out of a bottle than a pint glass.


Along with its so-easy-a-caveman-can-do-it-finish, Bud Light is so light even the lightest lightweights should have no problem downing many of these brewskis in one session. A more perfect, arbitrary party beer there probably could not be. At only 110 calories and 4.2% ABV, this beer is about as heavy as Britney Spears’ lyrics.

In fact, the problem with Bud Light which frat boys, hobos and alcoholics will NEVER address is that it might actually be too light. Yes, really. Why waste so much time and space in your bladder drinking this beer if you goal is to get drunk? Surely beer with more taste and more alcohol will get the job done faster and in a more satisfying way, right? Drinking this beer with the intention of inebriation is taking a very roundabout route.


Don’t get me wrong, I know why Bud Light is the #2 beer in America and the #1 light beer on the planet, I just never understood the appeal. Just because it’s so ridiculously easy to drink doesn’t mean it’s worth drinking. Perhaps while gobbling down bar or party food it works as a thirst-quencher, but that’s about all it’s useful for.

Grade: 3/10

NOTE: Read and watch my 2014 re-review here:

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