ChadPolenz (1677) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iím 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 Mikeís Hard Lemonade or Smirnoff Ice (or as I like to call them - "alcopops"). I find it difficult to believe thereís 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 itís not REALLY a beer. Iím going neutral on this one (and Iím sure Iíll still get ripped for this review).
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" Iíve 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 obviously 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 Iíll still drink them occasionally if thereís 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. Itís similar to Mikeís Hard Lemonade, but with a dash of lime. In fact, Iíd criticize it for not having enough lime flavor (I guess "Bud Light Lemon-A-Rita" doesnít have the same ring). Itís sweet but not cloying. Thereís a nice tartness on the finish.
That being said the fact remains this just isnít a beer. No malt character and definitely no hops. Itís overt in its chemical-forward palate. It just tastes like something made on an assembly line by robots. Even though thereís nothing really off-putting about this beverage, the fact remains that I just canít honestly give a thumbs up to something that really isnít even beer (so why am I reviewing it at all?). A truly honest grade for this would be either "incomplete" or "n/a".
Drinkability: Bud Light Lime-A-Rita has the carbonation and mouthfeel of an ale and has no lager qualities at all (I donít even know what style this would be classified as - malt liquor? fruit ale? light lager?). Itís amazing that at 8% ABV it has such a light body and no alcohol presence at all. Itís 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?
tgncc (3090) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is like a margarita, lime, light alcohol. The appearance is pale yellow, like lime juice mixed water and beer, with white head. The flavor is like a margarita also, lime, sweet. no evidence of the beer mixed in, but given that they mix in the pisswater Bud Light, this is not a surprise. The finish is lime, booze, light hop bittering. Medium in body. Ok for what it is, but it can hardly be called beer.
EvilPuppet99 (37) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2012
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not a bad try, but Iíd say get a flavored malt like Mikeís if you really want to mix all that sugary flavor into an alcholic beverage.
sonnycheeba (4956) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2012
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Big boy can. Pours an extremely pale yellow, almost white, with thin, fizzy white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is a heavy does of salt and lime with some faint straw malt. Flavor is the worst margarita youíve ever had; extremely watered down with a dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (12054) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Can, tall boy. Pours hazy pale yellow with a small, frothy white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is margarita and salt. Flavor is margarita and salt with a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation. This shit will get you right.
scooterbub (1022) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - OCT 28, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce can. Pours a dirty white (looks like margarita mix or pear juice) and has a half inch head that fades to a thin head that lasts a good while. Taste is of lime, citrus, salt, bud light, margarita mix and has a general margarita taste. Has a similar aroma. The body is decent, a bit creamy. Has a slight salt finish. Easy to drink, rather refreshing and better than what I thought it would be. Would probably be at its best ice cold or near frozen and would be a good margarita starter. On a side note: I honestly feel that this beer delivers an accurate representation of A-Bís intention
edgallow (3609) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
12 oz can pours yellow with a white head. Aroma of citrus. Taste like a beer margarita, not impressed.
brokensail (15764) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Looks like a glass of lemonade. Cloudy fluorescent yellow with a white head. Nose is pure margarita mix. Sweet sugar, fake lime, and a bit of salt and alcohol. The flavor is super sweet and sugary. A bit of salt, lots of lime, sweet and sour mix, and a hint of alcohol. Not good as a beer or a margarita. But, I guess at 8%, itíll get ya drunk!
riversideAK (6103) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2012
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This is a beer? Nose of lime drink like a koala springs pop from a while back. Some tequilla based alcohol nosr and flavor. Greenjsh yellow pour. A littke boozey. No real beer to.be tasted. Very carbonated. Sharp bitey sweet. Not mu favorite. Prefer the reg bll instead.
cheap (5259) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a frosted bottle it looks like lemon ade. Smell is mild and somewhat fruity. Taste is ok citrus with what seems to be a whisky kick. Sweeter yes, but that alky kick is in there. More pleasant if you just sip it. Good amount of co2. Yes, alky pop thing fer sure. The 8% kik really caght me off gaurd.