Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bud Light (2014 re-review)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chad9976 (1057) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2014
I poured a 25oz can into a large mug. It had a "born on" date of 1/6/14 and cost $1.64 ($0.07 per ounce).

Appearance: Typical pee-yellow hue. Completely transparent with little carbonation visible. Initially pours to a large, bright white, soapy head, but it dissipates completely and cleanly.

Smell: Not as offensive as some other macro adjunct lagers since it uses rice instead of corn. Still contains a starchy, slightly dirty aroma.

Taste: A lot of my craft beer brethren cannot stomach a single swig of Bud Light and others of the general style anymore. I’ve built up a tolerance to beers like this by reviewing them occasionally. And while I would most certainly not consider this beer to be good, it’s not as offensive and repulsive as its reputation makes it out to be. Not that there’s anything to like here, though. The palette is mild to bland with a distinct adjunct flavor which seems to taint it. Thankfully, it’s lacking in overt brewing flaws like acetaldehyde and DMS - or at least they’re not quite as prominent here as in others of the ilk.

The taste is slightly sweet at the beginning. Nothing in the way of true, genuine malt character, though. It’s the taste of fizzy yellow beer - I don’t know how else to describe it. On the finish there’s some harshness in the form of astringency and a bit of a metallic taste or tang. Most macro brews like this tend to have that character as well, though it’s less intense here. Despite its inoffensive nature, I just can’t find anything to enjoy about Bud Light.

Drinkability: I don’t care what the adverts say, Bud Light is not the epitome of drinkability. The mouthfeel is thin and watery and surprisingly tepid. This makes it easy to gulp the beer down rapidly, but at no point is this a genuinely refreshing palette. It does finish clean, so at least there’s no lingering off flavors. Even though it’s a featherweight of a brew at only 4.2% ABV, I’m surprised it’s not even lighter. I’m sure this is sessionable to plenty of people, but I would never recommend trying. 
Grade: 2/10

NOTE: Read and watch my 2008 review here:

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