This week’s beer: Bud Light Platinum from InBev’s Anheuser-Busch.
This 6% lager pours a brilliant light honey color with almost no head. The nose is practically nonexistent. Except for the slight tickle from the carbonation, it’s difficult to even know this is supposed to be a beer.
Its taste is almost like a cider with barely a hint of malt and maybe a wisp of hops. Maybe.
It has a little sweetness to its flavor, probably from the adjuncts like corn and rice used in brewing. There’s a terrible aftertaste that mercifully doesn’t linger too long and fades after three sips, which is as far as I could get into this beer.
Overall it’s a bland, light offering without character or artistry. It seems to me if you wanted to step up from Bud Light, regular Bud would be a better choice. This is just Bud Light with more alcohol.
I can’t imagine ever wanting to drink a whole bottle of this particular beer unless imminent dehydration loomed and no water was to be had.
Pair with the nearest drain and go buy a proper ale.
J.T. is a contributor for the Fayetteville Flyer and writes the “It’s All About the Beer” column. He is also the owner and brewer at the Tanglewood Branch Beer Co., located at 1431 S. School Ave. in Fayetteville.
For more beer reviews from J.T., see his author page.