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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Margaritas, the classic summer cocktail, are getting a fresh twist this summer with todays national launch of Bud Light Lime Lime-a-Rita, the latest addition to the growing Bud Light portfolio. Blending the flavor of an authentic margarita with a refreshing splash of Bud Light Lime, Lime-a-Rita is an 8%* ABV margarita-flavored alcohol beverage that meets a growing demand among adult drinkers seeking sweeter alternatives.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (10122) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 Can. Pale yellow pour. Doesnt taste like beer at all - very much like a margarita. This doesnt suck but its stretching the imagination to call it beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Im 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 Mikes Hard Lemonade or Smirnoff Ice (or as I like to call them - "alcopops"). I find it difficult to believe theres 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 its not REALLY a beer. Im going neutral on this one (and Im sure Ill 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" Ive 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 Ill still drink them occasionally if theres 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. Its similar to Mikes Hard Lemonade, but with a dash of lime. In fact, Id criticize it for not having enough lime flavor (I guess "Bud Light Lemon-A-Rita" doesnt have the same ring). Its sweet but not cloying. Theres a nice tartness on the finish.

That being said the fact remains this just isnt a beer. No malt character and definitely no hops. Its overt in its chemical-forward palate. It just tastes like something made on an assembly line by robots. Even though theres nothing really off-putting about this beverage, the fact remains that I just cant honestly give a thumbs up to something that really isnt 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 dont even know what style this would be classified as - malt liquor? fruit ale? light lager?). Its amazing that at 8% ABV it has such a light body and no alcohol presence at all. Its 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?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tgncc (3126) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
EvilPuppet99 (37) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Not a bad try, but Id say get a flavored malt like Mikes if you really want to mix all that sugary flavor into an alcholic beverage.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
sonnycheeba (5843) - 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 youve ever had; extremely watered down with a dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
BeerandBlues2 (12839) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
scooterbub (1051) - 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-Bs intention

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
edgallow (4046) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
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%, itll get ya drunk!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2012
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.

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