luttonm (6308) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2012
24oz can in Seattle, as part of a white elephant gift box. Hazy lemon yellow, cloudy fruit radler like I’m used to. But much sweeter artificial lime and alcohol on nose, and oh does it carry through the flavor. Goofy sweet alcopop, burns my gums. But insomuch, tasty? Can’t believe this can be considered beer though. Wicked to see something that tastes like this but is 8%. weird thing. kidmartinek (5000) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Yellow with a green tint. Pours with a nice white foamy head. Smells like green coolaid and beer mixed together. Tastes the same with some salt mixed in. Good Tilt replacement. Just add ginseng. Way too sweet to be enjoyed by a mature adult. BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 Can. Pale yellow pour. Doesn’t taste like beer at all - very much like a margarita. This doesn’t suck but it’s stretching the imagination to call it beer. ChadPolenz (1821) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
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 review).
tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2012
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 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 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 "n/a".
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?
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
Not a bad try, but I’d say get a flavored malt like Mike’s if you really want to mix all that sugary flavor into an alcholic beverage. sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2012
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 you’ve ever had; extremely watered down with a dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation. BeerandBlues2 (13391) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
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 (1067) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - OCT 28, 2012
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-B’s intention edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2012
12 oz can pours yellow with a white head. Aroma of citrus. Taste like a beer margarita, not impressed.