REVIEW: Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita

Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita

Now I know what urine tastes like from that magical flying ugly dog/dragon-thing in The Neverending Story. Of all my fantasies involving Falkor the Luck Dragon, guzzling its piss was not one of them.

Look, I understand some of you out there need something sweet to choke down alcohol (I’m staring at you underage high schoolers, college kids, and my friend Addam). However, like those awful Transformers movies, too much is really too damned much!

I’m embarrassed to say, for a martini sipping/microbrew slugging/aperitif in a small glass snob, I do like my cans of Bud Light Chelada. Maybe it’s the sweet clam and tomato juice or the salty brine that pats my tongue assuring me my secret is safe with Chelada, but me loves that beer. My wife, before celiac dropped in and ruined the party, liked Bud Light Lime.

So how bad can Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita be? You mean in addition to the stupid name?

Really bad.

I’m talking American Pie sequels direct-to-video bad. I’m telling you it’s worse than Billy Idol’s misguided technorock “Cyberpunk” album and WWE’s botched “Invasion” angle when they went to “war” with WCW and ECW. This Straw-Ber-Rita is Dis-gus-ting.

Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita Can

I was first annoyed at how small the cans were. They are only eight fluid ounces, but after a taste I wish they were even smaller. Occasionally when something smells bad, it probably tastes bad. As we get older, our taste buds become more complex and we want complicated flavors, so we sometimes ignore the smell and go to town.

Yet, when something is bad, it strikes like a hammer to the forehead. I should have known by the repulsive, sickly sweet smell emanating from the dark hole on top of the can. It could only be compared to somebody melting an entire bag of Starbursts or Strawberry Shortcake and Blueberry Muffin having sex, then farting after a good lay.

I noticed it was not very carbonated, which threw me off, but my mind melted at how sweet it was. It tasted like fruit punch spiked with grain alcohol minus the strength of grain alcohol. It took me back to the days of a college freshman trying to get smashed on ripple and dumping as much Gatorade or Hi-C to drown out the weird bitterness.

I could not taste the lime or the mock tequila. The only thing staring at me was the wall of sugar and cloying syrup that remotely tasted of candy-berries (You know that fake flavor of candy strawberries we all hate? I do anyhow). I imagine this is what cartoon characters drink when they are done filming another show. They probably kick back, do some purple colored poopies, and grab a cold Straw-Ber-Rita from their strange orange egg-shaped fridge with zany sound effects.

Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita Color

Additionally, the color is also off-putting. It was a reddish pink that looked like clay or sand from a cheap science fiction film that’s set on Mars. I understand Chelada from the can looks similar, but hell, that tastes good and it’s freaking “clamlicious!”

Anheuser-Busch lets you know that it is 8 percent alcohol, but I think there is more in my Burberry cologne because I could not taste it. The can also stated, “Margarita with a twist,” but that’s an understatement. It’s really a margarita that will make you question the faith of mankind and have you ask yourself, “Can I punch a dog in the face and get away with it?” No. Can this dreck call itself a margarita and get away with it? Double No. The box also suggests I try it on ice. I suggest nobody try it, on ice, without ice, as a body shot, or in the can itself.

As you know, you’re reminded to enjoy alcohol responsibly. The only responsible thing I can think of in regards to Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita is to walk away…walk away very fast from this concoction.

(Nutritional Facts – 8 ounces- 199 calories, 0 grams of fat, 24 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of protein.)

Item: Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita
Purchased Price: $11.99
Size: 12-pack/8 fl oz. cans
Purchased at: Publix
Rating: 2 out of 10
Pros: That the cans are only eight ounces, so if you are forced at gunpoint to drink this, it’s kind of a win. Surprisingly low amount of carbohydrates for a malt beverage. The Neverending Story theme song, get out of my head! No wait, come back!
Cons: It is deadly sweet. It does not taste like a margarita. That this actually exists. Direct to video sequels. Did I mention how sweet this is?

35 thoughts to “REVIEW: Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita”

  1. I had these this weekend, they are not as bad as the writer makes them out to be. They basically taste like margarita mix you would buy at the store. Good thing is, girls like them, so if that gets you where you need to be then great. Found the 8 oz is a good size with a full glass of ice. Cant say id buy em again but they were ok.

    1. Hi I’m a female and would like to say the reviewer was being generous with their 2 out of 10. I would happily give it a big fat zero and I know any of my other friends would agree. I split a 32oz can and probably drank 1/3 of it and was burping the fake taste of tequila so much that I would have been more than happy to throw up my stomach contents if that’s what it took to stop it from happening anymore.

      1. I just had my first sip. It’s takej my will to love away from me. I want the memory of it gone. It’s beyond disgusting. It’s made me sad that it exists

  2. Aside from being the least masculine thing you can possibly drink, at 200 calories per 8 ounces these will turn you into a whale.

    Don’t let your wife or girlfriend drink them unless you like them large.

  3. I tried one of these just last night. I have to say, I was not a fan either. They were out of the packs, so I had to buy a solo can of it, which was fine since I had never tried it before. The solo can also had 8% alcohol in it, but the can was 24 oz. It’s funny you mention carbonated fruit punch because that’s exactly what I said it tasted like on my twitter. I may end up drinking one again, but I really didn’t care for it that much. If I want a good fruity drink, I will stick to the Smirnoff frozen strawberry lemonade or the Smirnoff frozen blue raspberry lemonade (which is my favorite). They taste like slushies.

  4. I tried one last week and was able to stomach it. Tasted fine up front but left a weird aftertaste. Would I voluntarily have it again? Probably not. 4 out of 10 for me.

  5. I’m not sure I can trust this review because Chelada is one of the grossest things I have ever consumed. I nearly vomited the first time I had it.

    But I also want Zima to be resurrected.

  6. You should keep the intended audience in mind. I bet if you reviewed a He-Man action figure you would think it sucks too but I bet a little kid would love it.

    These types of drinks are made for people who cant stomach the taste of alcohol, with that in mind I thought it tasted pretty decent. Just the fact the author said he couldnt taste the alcohol clearly tells me he drinks way too much & someone less boozy should have reviewed it.

    1. I wouldn’t mind reading a woman’s take on this stuff. Not that, as a woman, I have much interest in trying it. Much as I like my adult beverages on the sweet side (e.g., Riesling, Moscato, hard cider), the zing from the actual alcohol is good, too.

      (Mostly, I just love the reviews here.)

  7. My sister and all her friends love to drink them, so I tried some of hers, not being opposed to “girly” alcohol as long as it’s enjoyable. It wasn’t. These are gross and I don’t know how anyone can stomach them. I’ll take some shots of Burnetts any day over this.

  8. I tried this…..once. The nasty combination of Bud, fake tequila & high fructose corn syrup made me wish I hadn’t.

  9. I was debating whether to try this product, passed by the product several times on quite a few shopping trips. So very glad to have come across this article, I definitely won’t be trying it now.

  10. I loved the Lime-A-Rita so I am still excited about this despite the bad review. Can’t wait to try it when I am over in the USA!

  11. I thought this was so horrible. I like fruity drinks I drink a lot of wine coolers. My favorite is strawberry. It used to be apple, but they don’t sell those anymore. 🙁

    The Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita tasted weird and smelled weird. It had a strange aftertaste. It left me burping weird strawberry burps all night.

  12. Love them both!! Love the fact the calorie count
    Is lower than the real thing! I HATE beer, these I

  13. The word is repulsive. I went to an event at the Zoo of all things, and the drinks were free. I took one sip and trashed it. I cannot recall ever having done that with alcohol. Free alcohol at that. By the way – there are 2 flavors – the other one in just lime-a-rita. My wife liked them both.

  14. These are so good. I like the lime better than the strawberry but I like them both. They are best over a lot of ice.

  15. As thoroughly disappointed to read this. As a Canadian, I frequent The States for work and I saw Lime-a-Rita in a target store about a year ago and was so excited for its Canadian debut when I could finally try it! FINALLY this month it JUST hit the shelves and I picked some up. We have a few different establishments here who throw a beer into a flavoured margarita and even have a place in the rockies has pints of special beers with a shot of flavoured liquor in it. Anyway, this margarita beer is amazing and I am so excited about the strawberry prospect! Has anyone tried the Lime? I feel like if someone likes the lime and doesn’t like the strawberry I’ll know where I stand with this funny new option. Let me know peeps. Thanks so much! (:

  16. normally I cannot drink malt liquor or anything with fruit involved but for some odd reason. I can drink these things and they are delicious my only qualm is that they do have that food coloring with them which we could all do without because God forbid anyone be wearing white and have 1 spilt on them overall very delicious!!!

  17. Straw-ber-ita ….. so good so nice. don’t know who came up with that but I tell you what I believe the man or woman is a complete genius!! I have no idea what they did but whatever it was they did it right because this man cannot drink anything with either malt or fruit in it. without my stomach completely turning inside out!! for years I have been begging for something that I can drink like Mikes hard or Seagram’s or Jack Daniels or whatever other than beer because I have been limited to as what it is I can drink with alcohol in it. this did the trick and not too pleased that there was a hostile takeover with and hides her bush because I am a St Louis native but this is the one thing those how should I say this?? …. and lighter terms other than what my true feelings are being a person that went to Grant’s farm at least five to six times every summer a holes… did something right

  18. People that voluntarily put clams or a clam-based substance in their mouths have no right to denigrate *anything* that other people put in their mouths. Seriously.

    I had one of these, and it was…okay. I don’t think it was anywhere near as sweet as the reviewer was making it out to be, but I also don’t think it was all that. My brain kept saying Hi-C Fruit Punch, but, to be fair, I haven’t had any Hi-C Fruit Punch in about 40 years…I think that’s just where my brain goes whenever I have some sort of punch-y thing. For all I know, Hi-C Fruit Punch is mostly strawberry-flavored.

    Anyway, I wouldn’t buy it again, but I would drink it if I was buzzed and there was nothing else available to keep the buzz going. It’s not disgusting, it’s just not what I would prefer to drink. Hell, I drank the whole 24-ounce can, and I had plenty of beer and other alcohol in the house. Of course, that may have been because my Dad used to beat us children if he saw us wasting anything…times were tough when I was growing up.

    Considering that it has the Bud Light name on the can, I don’t think it turned out *that* bad. I mean, I’d rather drink water than Bud Light. And hell, 8% is nothing to sneeze at. At least there’s a trade-off for drinking it, which is something that a lot of the swill on the market can’t say.

    So, no rating from me, because it’s obviously a personal thing. I’ll bet that there are people that love it, and more power to them because you should drink what you love…and the rest of us shouldn’t be judgmental about that. Especially if you consume clams. I mean, seriously?

  19. I love this drink and most of my friends do too. Maybe its a drink for the lower class since we don’t know the difference between this bud light and a couple hundred dollar bottle of wine.

    1. I bought a can and it was so disgusting I poured it out. What a waste of money! I can’t believe this passed a taste test to distribute! I just had to see what other reviews of this were! I’m glad I’m only out a can and didn’t buy a six pack!

  20. it was not that bad….. but i dam shure wont be buying it agian becaus ea drink like this should be worth 5 bucks a pack.

  21. I liked the taste of it as well as the smell. I didn’t think it was TOO sweet, I thought it was just right. But each of us have our own opinion of things and that’s what makes us unique. So if you hate it… don’t drink it again. If there’s something I don’t like, I don’t get it again. God Bless.

  22. I am trying, for the first time after my coworker brought one in for me this morning…WOW! After a 16 hour very rough shift this its just what I needed this morning…the taste is not too sweet, just like a margareta should, I finished the little 8 ounce can in a minute, wish it were larger. went to the grocery store and bought a 12 pack spent 10.00. over all I wil be buying another…tomorrow.

  23. I really only enjoy these 1 or 2 at a time. I am not able to drink an entire case because they are so sweet. I have found some nice mixed drinks with them one of my favorites being very simple. I don’t measure my drinks i usually eye it out but try tequila (roughly 3 or 4 shots give or take), a whole straw-ber-rita along with a little bit of margarita mix. You will definitely need a bigger cup, but this essentially turns it into somewhat of a strawberry margarita and taste fantastic. Also for those for broke college kids like myself who mix whatever we can get our hands on cheap tequila works great. This is how I usually start off my night when I have tequila, and just 2 or 3 get me tipsy almost drunk at which point I’ll switch to beer so I do not get too drunk too quickly.

  24. I bought a can and it was so disgusting I poured it out. What a waste of money! I can’t believe this passed a taste test to distribute! I just had to see what other reviews of this were! I’m glad I’m only out a can and didn’t buy a six pack!

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