Bud Light is the most popular beer in America, so we have a feeling that you’ve probably had a can or four at some point in your life. Because it’s so light and, shall we say, mild in flavor, it’s pretty quaffable and pairs nicely with a warm summer evening. But even if no Friday night is complete without a cold one, we bet there are some things you didn’t know about this beer. Here are five facts.
It was introduced to compete with Miller Lite
When Miller Lite hit the national market in 1975, it was an immediate success thanks to a massive marketing campaign and the diet craze that was sweeping the nation at the time. Budweiser quickly decided to get a piece of the action and set out to formulate a light beer of their own. They released Bud Light seven years later.
It’s been America’s No. 1 beer since 2001
About 295 million cases of Bud Light are sold every year, putting it head and shoulders above its nearest competitor, Coors Light, which only sells 118 million cases. Rounding out the top five are Budweiser, Miller Lite, and Corona.
The ingredients and nutrition info are listed online
Most people still think that all beer ingredients are top secret, but you can actually find the nutrition information and ingredients for every beer in parent company ABInBev’s portfolio online. As for Bud Light, each 12-ounce bottle contains 4.2 percent alcohol, 110 calories, and 6.6 grams of carbohydrates; the ingredients are water, barley malt, rice, yeast, and hops.
Bud Light Platinum and Lime contain some funky stuff
Scroll down and check out the ingredients in two of Bud Light’s offshoots, Platinum and Lime, and the ingredients aren’t quite as pure. Bud Light Lime contains high fructose corn syrup; and Bud Light Platinum (which contains six percent alcohol and 137 calories) contains dextrose syrup, hop extract, and caramelized sugar.
Budweiser was once sued for failing to attract women
In 1991, a man named Richard Overton sued Bud Light parent company Anheuser-Busch because of what he claimed was false advertising. After watching commercials with beautiful women flocking to guys drinking the beer, he was incensed that beautiful women weren’t attracted to him while he was drinking it, so he sued. Needless to say, the lawsuit was thrown out.