The latest flavoured light lager from Anheuser-Busch InBev is light golden yellow in colour and yields a creamy white head that is retained as a persistent cap. Bud Light Apple smells like candy and the kind of grocery store apple juice that people don’t let their kids drink. While this may appeal to some, there is also a thoroughly unpleasant chemical odour that reminds me of artificial sweeteners.
I find Bud Light Apple cloyingly sweet. Its malic acid-assisted green apple candy flavour is countered by a sharp citric acid tartness. There is a very light note of caramel malt in there, but the finish is dirty and overly dry tasting and I just can’t shake the chemical notes. This beer is thin bodied and has ample carbonation, which makes its general stickiness feel heightened.
Bud Light Apple comes in red packaging that features the BL brand’s familiar logo with an apple added to it. Considering the beer’s reliance on green apple flavour and aroma, I find the colour choice ironic. You will find coded freshness dating stamped on the can or case and a list of ingredients that includes the aforementioned malic acid, in addition to citric acid, glucose-fructose (HFCS) and natural apple flavour.
I’ve written about some real garbage over the years and even I had a hard time just getting through a couple glasses of Bud Light Apple for this review. It is a thoroughly unpleasant beer and subpar even compared to some other questionable products of similar ilk. I guess it could be useful for beer can chicken or maybe a pork braise, but I’d suggest pairing Bud Light Apple with a whole bunch of crushed ice and maybe a spit bucket.
Bud Light Apple is currently only available in Canada and can be found in both bottles and cans at The Beer Store here in Ontario.
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Brewery: Anheuser-Busch InBev
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.0%