Bud Light Strawberita: Why We Hate It


By far, one of the most popular mixed beverages is a strawberita, but most people tend to always think of the popular brand by Bud when they hear this name. You shouldn’t be fooled, however, because the Bud Light Straw-Ber-Ita contains neither beer nor tequila; it is an alcoholic beverage made of malt. The alcohol content is 8% by volume, so it packs quite a punch. So with this in mind, does the Bud Light Straw-Ber-Rita have tequila?

In contrast to margaritas, Bud Light Straw-Ber-Rita and Rita cocktails don’t include tequila, despite the fact that tequila is the main alcohol ingredient. As a malt liquor, the Bud Light strawberita is very strong and packs quite a potent taste. 

Are you currently wondering about strawberitas and the brands and varieties you can choose with this beverage? Since there are many variations, we will explore all there is to know about the straw-ber-ita in this guide. Read on to find out more. 

What Kind Of Alcohol Is In A Limearita?

The strawberita is actually an additional flavor from the original Bud Light Limearita. This Margarita-flavored liquor beverage blends the taste of an authentic margarita with a refreshing splash of Bud Light Lime to meet the increasing demand for sweeter alternatives among adults.


What Is In A Straw-Ber-ita?

To create this beer/cocktail crossover, the brewery blended Bud Light Lime beer with margarita mix. Straw-Ber-Rita successfully followed Lime-A-Rita’s success. With the introduction of strawberry margaritas, the brand’s beer margaritas now have strawberry flavors, as well as additional flavors since the intro to the Star-Ber-Ita.

Does Lime-A-Rita or Strawberita Have Tequila?

No, neither of these popular brands contain tequila, which is the main alcohol used when mixing a strawberry-flavored margarita from scratch.

What Alcohol Is Ritas?

Although all the ‘rita’ types lack tequila, the alcohol content of the Bud Light Lime-a-Rita and Straw-Ber-Ita from Anheuser-Busch is quite substantial. It is an 8% alcohol malt beverage, though some states have 6% versions. It is best served over ice and has the flavor of margaritas within the flavoring that you choose.

What Kind Of Alcohol Is In A Straw-Ber-Ita?

In a Straw-Ber-Ita, only the base alcohol, in this case beer, contributes to the alcohol content. Strawberita, as well as the other Rita varieties, are lovingly brewed with a mixture of barley malt, unmalted cereal grains, and mild hops before going through special filtration. The alcohol is then concentrated at a high rate, and one can has 8. 0% Alc. /Vol. This corresponds to one 25 ounce can.

This is characteristic of malt beverages as a whole, and these types of beer are designed to pack a strong punch. A beer is usually between 3 and 4% alcohol, while a margarita is between 5% and 100%. So in terms of alcohol content alone, a strawberita is somewhat within the same vicinity as a mixed variety of strawberita that uses tequila.

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What Is In A Ritas Straw-Ber-Rita?

Using real strawberry juice, Rita’s Straw-Ber-Rita Malt Beverage comes in a refreshing lime Bud Light bottle and tastes like a margarita made with strawberry juice. Traditional margarita glasses should be filled with ice when serving a rita.

With Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita you get both the refreshment of Bud Light Lime and the taste of an authentic strawberry margarita, all in an 8% ABV malt beverage. The smell of the drink resembles a strawberry and the color of the glass is reddish-pink, but it tastes like a sweetened artificial strawberry as you drink it. 

Bud Lime Strawberita is Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (Labatt) newest take on “beer”, and by “beer” what the company essentially means is fruity coolers. On a personal note, do you remember Zima? That’s where I find Labatt is heading nowadays, they haven’t created a new product aimed towards the beer drinking crowd of all time, but instead –they’re trying to get cooler/cocktail drinking young adults to drink their products.

Straw-ber-rita is Bud Light’s take on Bud Light Lime meets a strawberry margarita, and it is easier to go detail-by-detail when describing this pungent drink. I will provide my own personal anecdotes based on the experience I had drinking one of these.

  • Appearance: Bud Lime Strawberita looks like a strawberry cooler with some radioactive material added to it. The incredibly bright red hue to it is just NOT natural. It’s reminiscent of some of the fruity coolers you can find on shelves today, but somehow brighter. It’s incredibly fizzy and carbonated, as if it’s using sprite instead of beer as a base. Are they actually using any beer in this? Doubtful.
  • Aroma: The strong pungent smell of strawberry syrup is the first and foremost smell here. It’s so sweet and strong that it’s giving me a headache just thinking about it. It is very sugary and 430 calories per 473mL serving, not a drink for the diet conscious people at all, but with the big heaping of sucralose in every serving, this is for those who want a beer that doesn’t taste like a beer.
  • Taste: Basically, it tastes like it smells, fake strawberry syrup, sucralose – and lots of it, the feeling of my teeth rotting as I sip on this and a very sweet malt liquor sort of flavor at the back of my mouth. There’s a vague taste of soap in there, but overall, this reminds me of those cheap VOX coolers that come in a big plastic 1L jug. An incredibly sticky feeling after drinking this and some syrupy sludge on my tongue.
  • Overall Thoughts: This reminds me of all those malt liquor based coolers that were the rage a decade ago like Zima. So basically, you can expect a strong, overpowering taste that is merely designed to get you tipsy fast. Bud Light Lime Straw-ber-rita is an incredibly sweet, overly syrupy strawberry-like flavor. I just noticed that this malt liquor product isn’t branded as “Bud Light Lime” but rather “Bud Lime”, but considering it’s 8% ABV and well over 400 calories per 473mL can, I think there is a certain amount of exaggeration at play since you immediately see the words “lite” or “light” in the name. This is a product for those who don’t like the taste of beer, but seriously, why would you be buying beer when coolers offer a better flavor than a malt liquor product? Drinking one of these is likely not for the taste at all when you consider the majority of those who drink. 

You can buy straw-ber-ita’s practically anywhere that malt beverages are sold. If you would like to make your own, which is far more recommended since the taste will be superior, you can buy a strawberry margarita mix of your choice and simply add tequila of your choice. 

Looking for an alternative? We love Not Your Father’s Root Beer.

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