How does anyone choose a good beer to drink nowadays? Walk into any liquor store, and you will find no less than 30 different beer brands to pick from. You’ll find row upon row of ales, lagers, dark beers, light beers. You can think of any type of flavor, and I bet there’s a beer out there with that same flavor profile. If you’re searching for the All-American light beer, then Bud Light is the right beer choice for you. 

Bud Light is an American Light Lager beer. It offers a simple and crisp flavor profile. It is low in both alcohol content and IBU. Thus allowing an ease of drinkability and a refreshing taste. Bud Light can be easily paired with any food item and is best-served ice cold. 

Bud Light was first created in 1982 when Budweiser was looking to produce a lower calorie beer than anything on the market. They were successful, and in 2008 Bud Light at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup won gold medals for its high-quality taste.  

Continue reading, and we will show you what Bud Light tastes like and why it is, in fact, a good beer. We will take you on a journey through Bud Light’s history, flavor, mouthfeel, smell, appearance, and what makes Bud Light special. 

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Bud light is classified as an American light lager. Its simple flavor profile and ease of drinkability has made it the most popular and best-selling beer in America. Bud Light is created using very few and very straightforward ingredients. They include rice, hops, barley malt, and water. 

Whether imported or American-grown, Bud Light is brewed using a blend of different types of hops varieties with a mix of rice and barley malts. This creates a light, clean, and fresh taste for the drinker. An aftertaste of crisp sweetness is delivered with very subtle hints of hops. 

Bud Light comes in at the bottom on the IBU (International Bitterness Units) scale with an IBU of 6. This is what helps classify it as a light lager and why Bud Light gives a refreshing taste. For reference, Coors Lite has an IBU rating of 10, and Miller Lite has an IBU rating of 12. The lower the IBU, the less bitter the beer will taste, having fewer hops involved in the brewing process.

Bud Light’s alcohol content is on the low side, coming in at just 4.2%. This, coupled with its low-calorie count of 110 per 12 oz, makes Bud Light a drinker’s go-to beer for enjoying themselves without the worry of getting too drunk. 

Bud Light is specifically created to be served and enjoyed ice-cold. The taste and flavor begin to dissipate as the drink becomes warmer. Bud Light’s light flavor profile makes this the perfect beer to drink alongside almost any food. Its revitalizing taste makes it a must-have for parties, get-togethers, or hanging out. 


Overall, Bud Light has an enjoyable and easy mouthfeel. This beer will never be described as tough to swallow or harsh tasting by its drinkers. Bud Light is exceptionally smooth. This may be why it is the go-to beer for light-weight drinkers or drinkers looking to just grab a couple of cold ones after work. 

For drinkers looking for a robust taste or those who prefer a rich and dark beer, Bud Light is certainly not for you. “Hardcore” drinkers or drinkers who have a high palate for beer flavor tend to describe Bud Light as “drinking water”. 


As you would imagine from any light lager beer, Bud Light has a very faint odor, which is a difference from a competitor like Miller lite. Very little odor can be detected from a faint hint of watered-down barley. Bud Light Lime and Bud Light Straw-Ber-Rita give off a more fruity blend respective to each of their names. We will discuss these types of Bud Light in more detail later on. 


Bud Light is known for its now-signature blue bottle and can. The beer itself is virtually see-through with a yellow undertone. When poured, it does present with a decent white head. 

What Do Other People Think About Bud Light?

Another thing we definitely have to take into account while discussing the taste of Bud Light is how other people perceive the beer. Of course, I’m tasting the beer while writing this review. However, different people have different tastes and whether or not a beer appeals to the general public is often a completely different question.

In the table below we’ve gathered the average rating of Bud Light on several prominent beer review websites.

PlatformRating (out of 10)

What we can see here immediately is that Bud Light doesn’t seem to blow many people away. Especially on platforms such as Beeradvocate, Ratebeer, and Untappd Bud Light is disliked by the majority of people. As one person on Beeradvocate put it:

Only buy this if you’re looking to drink nonstop for hours at a party or something. This is as light as you can get before you reach Coors Light. Refreshing, sure… whatever.

The reason for this is that these platforms attract a more serious beer-tasting crowd and they’re not very fond of the mass-produced, easily drinkable beer that Bud Light is. On the other hand, Bud Light gets an 8.4 on Influenster which is a platform for more general reviews and therefore attracts a crowd that’s looking for a mass-market appeal. This leads to reviews like this:

I don’t drink very often, but when I do Bud Light is my go to. It’s not too heavy on my stomach and the taste isn’t so harsh.

So, in conclusion, I think it’s safe to say that Bud Light is a great drink for people that aren’t very experienced in the beer world and are just looking for a light alcoholic drink with a faint beer taste. At the same time, this makes the beer unsuitable for experienced beer drinkers that are looking for interesting flavors that provide an experience in and of itself.

Bud Light Like No Other

Bud Light is one of the most well-known beer brands in the world. Even if you’ve never tried one, I’m sure you’ve seen an athlete sponsored by Bud Light or a concert or event sponsored by them. Anheuser-Busch spares no expense in making sure Bud Light has the best marketing, advertising, and branding within the beer industry. This explains why you may have noticed Bud Light before drinking it. They shipped 27.2 million barrels in 2019, making it one of the top-selling beers in the world. 

Unlike most other Light beers, Bud Light comes in various flavors and types. Bud Light offers an assortment of seltzers, peels, Bud Light Platinum, and Bud Light Chelada. A brief description of each is listed below:

Bud Light Seltzer: A unique blend of Seltzer (carbonated water, alcohol, and fruit) and the original Bud Light quality. Comes in flavors such as grapefruit, cranberry, pineapple, and strawberry. 

Bud Light Peels: Includes the original Bud Light flavor but is made with actual citrus peels. Comes in lime, lemonade, orange, and grapefruit. 

Bud Light Platinum: A cross between Bud Light Beer and Bud Light Seltzer. This drink boasts wild berry, citrus, blood orange, and natural agave ingredients. 

Bud Light Chelada: A perfect combination of a tomato cocktail and the crisp flavor of Bud Light Beer. 

Bud Light also offers Bud Light Lime Beer and Bud Light Straw-Ber-Rita’s.  As the name suggests, Bud Light Lime Beer offers drinkers splashes of natural lime flavor that do not contain any artificial preservatives or sweeteners. Bud Light Straw-Ber-Rita delicately combines the signature Bud Light taste with a strawberry margarita. Radler is also a Bud Light variety, mixing the crisp flavor of Bud Light beer with sweet fruit juices. 

Bud Light certainly lives up to its nickname of “America’s favorite light beer”. 

Also read: Are Budweiser & Bud Light The Same Company? (Explained)