It's been a long time since I deliberately reviewed a macro beer with a bad reputation. And since it's summer, why not put Bud Light Lime to the test to see if it will be the tasty, refreshing beverage it claims to be?
2.6AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I poured a 24oz can into a frosted mug.
Appearance: Almost fluorescent glowing bright yellow hue. Completely transparent with plenty of initial carbonation, although it does become completely tepid. Forms a huge bright white fluffy pile of suds that quickly disappear completely.
Smell: Sugary lime beverage or lime popsicle. At least it doesn’t have a nasty macro adjunct stink to it.
Taste: Although this product has been around for a while I haven’t tried it until now, and I figured it was going to be Bud Light plus a lime aftertaste, but the opposite is true. From beginning to end this beer is essentially lime soda. It’s actually quite remarkable how lime-forward the palate is and how sweet it tastes. Being able to obscure the cardboard flavor of rice and corn is quite an accomplishment. Not that the lime taste is anything organic or natural (I don’t care what the label says). This tastes like any soda made with high fructose corn syrup and lime flavoring. I bet you could give this to a child and they’d think it was a soda. Once it begins to significantly warm the core Bud Light palate begins to emerge on the second half. It’s a slightly sour taste of corn water and cardboard. It’s at least tolerable all the way through, but there’s really nothing to enjoy about this beer - that is unless you’re the world’s biggest fan of lime flavoring.
Mouthfeel: cold, thin, wet, watery, tepid.
Drinkability: This beer is a step up over regular Bud Light since it has genuine taste and remains just as drinkable with the added bonus that it’s refreshing on a hot summer’s day. At the beach, a picnic or barbeque in July with some tortilla chips this would be the average macro lager’s ideal beverage. That’s exactly how I drank it and it was quite refreshing, although I think this is due more to the fact it’s so overtly watery and sweet-tasting that it’s more like drinking a soda than a beer. At 4.2% ABV you could, in theory, pound these all day in even remotely warm weather. Outside these ideal conditions I just don’t see the point.
Overall, Bud Light Lime is a gimmicky beer that makes no apologies for what it is. It’s at least tolerable and I have had far worse brews.