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Is Bud Light better than Miller Lite?

Updated on January 19, 2015

Is Bud Light Better than Miller Lite?

One Saturday afternoon, I attempted to find the best light American beer via a blind tasting. Well, the truth is that I had been for a swim on Siesta Key, and came up with the idea to keep the barmaids amused. Besides, it was hot, and there's nothing better than an icy beer in Florida at noon. Can you blame me?

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Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.

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The Setup

Constructing the Test

As an Australian living in Florida, there are some clear differences in beer preference between the two countries.

For example, I prefer a more bitter, stronger lager in the European (and Aussie) tradition, as I think do most of my country-blokes and -sheilas. A common preference is for the golden, clear, pilsner style, although the universality of this type downunder shows a deeply held (dare I say, spiritual?) skew. There are, of course, many choices of hand crafted special, and boutique beers in both countries, but by volume, pils wins in both.

Light beers are afar and away more popular in the US. Why this is so, I couldn't tell you, but might be related to the social pressure in Australia: real men drink full-strength beer. But that's a topic unto itself.

One noticeable characteristic of the light beers is their lack of hop taste, which I think might be related to their low carb quality. I'm researching that.

I set about seeing if I could find a clear winner between the two best-selling light beers, Miller Lite, and Bud Light.

That's Dee in the background, making light (ha ha) of my foolishness.

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The Facts

According to various exhaustively researched sources

Light, or "lite" beers are those considered to be either low in alcohol, or low in calories. In the US, the convention is that they are low in calories, a state achieved by reducing the carbohydrate content.

Check out Wikipedia on this.

The relevant details are:

Miller Lite: 3.2 grams of carbs and 96 calories per 12 ounce serving.

Bud Light: 6.6 grams of carbs and 110 calories per 12 ounce serving.

Both contain 4.2% alcohol.

This is a terrific link showing the above values for all beers.

For those folks interested in gluten content of beer, this link contains really good information about gluten levels in Bud light. It seems it takes special brewing and ingredients to make a truly gluten-free beer. Thanks to the Beer Fox.

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Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.

Dave Barry

The Test

Now we're getting somewhere

Dee selected two equally cold bottles of the competing brews, and poured me the official tasting cups.

Hmmm, already the difference in colour is clear, although you might not be able to tell from the photo. One is definitely darker, more rich looking than the other. It has a more definite head, although both don't have much in the way of head or carbonation.

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An Expert Wants In!

Ah, yeah

Word of the taste-test spread, and Stephanie, another barmaid, wanted a piece of the action.

She felt as I did, that the pronounced difference in colour and fragrance made it pretty clear which was which.


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Take Another Taste, Steph.

A non-drinker decides

Uh-huh. Just to make sure, right?

Funny thing, Steph said she doesn't really drink. I wonder if this is a good or a bad quality in someone tending bar.

On one hand, employers know she will always be sober on the job: on the other, how can she communicate with her customers?


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Beer, it's the best damn drink in the world.

Jack Nicholson

Bud Wins

Probably not a surprise

To my palate, the Budweiser has more flavour, a depth of nose and a more satisfying aftertaste. But according to the ladies behind the bar, women prefer Miller precisely because of its "watered down" flavour.

However, they did say that from day to day the consumption of either brand varies, because drinkers stick with their first choice. Of course, if you're conscious of carbohydrates in your diet, Miller will be your first choice, but the taste will reflect that lack of depth.

Okay, after a few beers I am definitely feeling like a Pie Floater.

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Time to choose - Yes, you

Tell everyone your light beer of choice:

Do you prefer Bud Light or Miller Lite?

See results

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.

Frank Zappa

Sniki Tiki

Old Florida wins

Thanks to Dee and Steph at the Sniki Tiki, a superior tiki bar on Siesta Key, just near Sarasota. It's part of the Captain Curt's Crab & Oyster Bar empire, so if you're in the mood for something fishy, fried or fatty with your beer, this is the place.

Actually, the Sniki Tiki is one of the best tiki bars around, and in season is always pretty busy with tourists, snowbirds and locals. They have live music sometimes too.

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Any thoughts? Good or bad, let me know.

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      TimTam LM 5 years ago

      @kingsrookie lm: And it seems you're in good company. I see from the poll of readers that Miller is winning, hands down. Cheers!

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      TimTam LM 5 years ago

      @Sarasota: Oooh, now we're talking. MMMmmm Stella.

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      kingsrookie lm 6 years ago

      im a miller guy hands down!!

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      Sarasota 6 years ago

      I prefer bud light to miller....But if I had my choice, I would get a Stella Artois!

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      TimTam LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Fair enough, Derrek. No way to compare real beer with light beer, it's true. As for Miller Lite being the best, well, beer is in the belly of the beholder.

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      TimTam LM 6 years ago

      @DressGoon: Ah, yes, the mighty Coors Light. Yes, if light beer is mandatory, the Coors is my choice of the moment too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Bud is one of the worst beers (and I mean "The WORST") I have ever tasted. Having been Tasting beer for quit some time, I would make a note that Miller is significantly better than Bud in any way.

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      DressGoon 6 years ago

      My favorite light beers are coors light and miller lite

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      Louis Wery 7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Siesta Key makes a great place to test beers!

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      TimTam LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I see you're quite the beer man, BeerInc. Thanks for stopping by.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice site , I like it

      cheers

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      @TMZURVITA: no, no, no, budweiser gets you a faster buzz then a bud light but bud light has a better taste but, people have their own taste on beer but, i love budlight and women butts, and football.

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      TimTam LM 8 years ago

      Tyson, I'm still not clear on this...you like Bud, not Miller, right?

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      TMZURVITA 8 years ago

      BUDWEISER IS THE BEST I CAN'T LIE!

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      TMZURVITA 8 years ago

      BUDWEISER IS THE BEER I FAVOR THE MOST FOR TRUE GENUINE TASTE