I’m not sure this beverage truly qualifies as a "beer." I think Bud
Light Lime-A-Rita is more accurately classified as a "flavored malt
beverage" like Mike’s Hard Lemonade or Smirnoff Ice (or as I like to
call them - "alcopops"). I find it difficult to believe there’s malts
and hops in this as it just tastes like liquid candy. In fact, it makes
for an extremely challenging review. Yes this tastes good (gimmicky as
hell, but good), but at the same time it’s not REALLY a beer. I’m going
neutral on this one (and I’m sure I’ll still get ripped for this
I poured an 8oz can into a snifter (because the glass is essentially the
same height as the can and it makes for a better picture that way).
Appearance: By far the palest "beer" I’ve ever seen. Even whiter than a
witbier with slight straw yellow hue to it. Quite hazy. Produces a
minute coating of white bubbles that fizzle away like a soda and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Surprisingly mild, but discernibly sweet. Spiked lemonade is the predominate scent.
Taste: Oiy. How the hell do I review this? I used to be a fan of
alcopops way back in the day, and I’ll still drink them occasionally if
there’s absolutely nothing else available. And to be honest I enjoy
their candy-like flavor. So, as an alcopop, Bud Light Lime-A-Rita is
actually pretty good. It’s similar to Mike’s Hard Lemonade, but with a
dash of lime. In fact, I’d criticize it for not having enough lime
flavor (I guess "Bud Light Lemon-A-Rita" doesn’t have the same ring).
It’s sweet but not cloying. There’s a nice tartness on the finish.
That being said the fact remains this just isn’t a beer. No malt
character and definitely no hops. It’s overt in its chemical-forward
palate. It just tastes like something made on an assembly line by
robots. Even though there’s nothing really off-putting about this
beverage, the fact remains that I just can’t honestly give a thumbs up
to something that really isn’t even beer (so why am I reviewing it at
all?). A truly honest grade for this would be either "incomplete" or
Drinkability: Bud Light Lime-A-Rita has the carbonation and mouthfeel of
an ale and has no lager qualities at all (I don’t even know what style
this would be classified as - malt liquor? fruit ale? light lager?).
It’s amazing that at 8% ABV it has such a light body and no alcohol
presence at all. It’s refreshing even when drank indoors in the winter.
But why spend top dollar for only an 8oz serving when you can get a
comparable 12oz product at a better price?