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Natural Light - Anheuser-Busch

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1,425 Ratings

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Ratings: 1425
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 1.68
pDev: 44.05%

Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Natural Light is brewed with a blend of premium American and imported hops, and a combination of malt and corn. Its longer brewing process produces a lighter body, fewer calories and an easy-drinking character.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-15-2001)
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Photo of Lauthaha


3.33/5  rDev +98.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Pours with a very active, fizzy head. Perfect pour into the glass creates a nearly four-finger head which balloons just over the top of the glass. Beer is straw-colored, perhaps just a degree lighter in color than its contemporaries. Very light carbonation visible in the glass.

Smell: Not bad at all. Slightly sweet, grassy or earthy aroma. Almost no malt presence and very light on the hops. A hint of lemon-type flavor to the nose. Mostly unobtrusive, but better than average, I suppose.

Taste: Perfectly average. Hops are a touch more pronounced here, but not by much. This is a very plain drinker...which, in a way, is a good thing. At least no flavor means it doesn't taste *bad*.

Mouthfeel: Light, as the name suggests. Not very crisp, unless served at or near freezing. Goes down smoothly leaving room for something else to entice the palate.

Drinkability: Good. You could easily drink several of these at a cold temperature (low ABV and light flavor). Good beer for a barbecue or other type of dinner.

I like Natty Light. It's not a great beer, but you get what you pay for, which is momentary refreshment, so I can't complain.

Serving type: can

03-17-2011 02:27:27 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +90.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When reviewed within the style this beer is fairly average. The only thing is, it is a little cheaper. I bought a sixer of this tonight for no other reason than I had a driver and this was the only thing in 16oz cans. I was wanting to get a little more than a standard six and this met that requirment. Pretty typical for the style. A camping session beer for sure.

Serving type: can

10-29-2006 05:30:58 | More by Enola
Photo of buschbeer


3.2/5  rDev +90.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of white fluffy head. It is pale yellow and very clear. It smells sweet like all BMC's. There is hardly any taste. I get a slight bite from the carbonation. It is watery. Thanks to my buddy for leaving twenty of these in my fridge because I would have never bought this swill. It does go down like water though.


Serving type: can

12-06-2009 22:03:11 | More by buschbeer
Photo of RyanBelle

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +90.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasty Water. For a person who needs to drink more water, check this beer out. It's alcoholic water, but damn it's tasty and super fizzy. It's a very weak beer and serves it's purpose. It's for pounding back on those University pub pre-game nights and for cutting the grass out back. 12 cans is about 7 bucks US last I checked. A deal for sure and they're great for sessions I must add. It's not super boozy but alcoholic enough to give you what you want in a session. Cheers to Natural Light!

Serving type: can

04-15-2011 05:58:39 | More by RyanBelle
Photo of wesleyhighley


3.18/5  rDev +89.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had so many of these over the course of my college career that I eventually got to the point where I couldn't taste it anymore. It is a beginner's beer. It helps you adjust to having alcohol in your mouth and primes the tastebuds for a lifetime of better beers. If you're into drink a lot, this fits the bill. If you're into drinking for enjoyment, you'd be better off finding something a bit more, uh, mature.

I can't deny where I came from, but I sure am glad I've "graduated" on to more diverse beers.

Serving type: can

10-08-2007 23:35:01 | More by wesleyhighley
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.18/5  rDev +89.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Natural Light has a very thick, white head and a clear, pale straw appearance, with a good amount of carbonation and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, sweet, and even eggy (but that aspect dissipated with the head). Taste is mild, bready, sweet, and it also has just the smallest amount of hop bite at the end. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Natural Light finishes crisp, easy drinking, and refreshing. Overall, for light beer, it's alright.


Serving type: can

02-17-2011 23:08:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of rednrag


3.15/5  rDev +87.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can to the mouth.

Appearance is good, some lovely graphics on the can in a red, blue and silver motif.

Taste reminds me of most every other Anheuser-Busch Light Beer.

I love Budweiser. I really do.

I do not like most of their other beers.

Couldn't they have called this Busch Light or just re-packaged that and called it this?

Serving type: can

03-24-2010 03:18:07 | More by rednrag
Photo of PantyHammer19


3.15/5  rDev +87.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a six pack of 16oz cans when I was starved on cash. Cost right around $4. Not a bad beer for the price and will get you a buzz. Around beer #3 my stomach began to rumble. As I opened beer #5 I got hardcore diarrhea and barely made it to the toilet.

You get what you pay for!

Serving type: can

12-03-2013 10:36:44 | More by PantyHammer19
Photo of Vito


3.1/5  rDev +84.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Natural Light is a good cheap beer. It would be unrealistic to expect NL to have the qualities of an expensive import or microbrew, so I'll try to judge it entirely on its own merits.

Color? It's yellow. End of story.

In my opinion, NL has a very faint "beer smell" that's neither bad nor good, more like..."neutral".

The taste can only be described as "extremely watery". The flavor (if you can call it that) isn't offensive, but it lacks any kind of character or distinguishing traits.

As far as mouthfeel goes, once again the key words are "extremely watery". Flat and dull.

Natural Light goes down very smoothly, so I think it has an above-average drinkability quotient. Perfect for outdoor drinking on a scorchin' hot day, but not a brew that you would serve if you're trying to impress a "beer snob".

Serving type: can

12-04-2004 02:09:41 | More by Vito
Photo of stinoski

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev +84.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Good ol' college standby. I spent many of nights in college doing 12oz. curls of this schwill. It's drinkability is superb because it tastes like water. As far as standards, this one rates low, but nostalgia and the many memorable nights and football games I spent with my natty I cannot talk bad about this beer. Exceptional tailgating beer

Serving type: can

02-27-2008 06:36:01 | More by stinoski
Photo of dhannes


3.08/5  rDev +83.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I recall buying Natty Light once before, back in '85 while in college, and believing their advertising that it was a good light beer with food...as the only other light lager that I buy is also an A-B product (Busch Light), I thought I'd revisit it once I found these in bottles at $3.99 per 6-pack.

Poured into a Perfect Pint:

A=Greenish yellow in color and very pale; nice white foam head that went away right away.

S=Very sweet smell, almost like a cream ale.

T=Very hoppy, as with other light beers I've found. I think A-B puts more corn in here than Busch Light to give it a bit more sweetness, but still less flavor than Busch Light. Above average, however, as compared to other light lagers.

M=Very drinkable as a session beer due to its lightness and average carbonation.

O=A very close second to Busch Light in terms of flavor...definitely a good value light beer for picnics in the summer or after mowing the lawn.

Update: 1/22/12: Reducing taste to 2.5, below average, as this beer--even for a light--is way too watered down.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 20:07:51 | More by dhannes
Photo of mattcolvin


3.05/5  rDev +81.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

it would be hard for me to give any other reviews of the beer, seeing as my serving type or (method) was the classic "shotgun." If you want to get drunk on a budget...GO NATTY!!! b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Serving type: can

09-13-2006 23:49:34 | More by mattcolvin
Photo of nrpellegrini


3.05/5  rDev +81.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Like the old cans better, only seen it in beer pong cups. It glistens like the sun, yellow. Some bubbly head.
S: Eh, don't smell it, just drink it.
T: Water, water, water, corn, malt, water
M: Great, crisp, carbonated tingle
D: So easyyy

Awesome beer, and awesome price.

Serving type: can

02-05-2008 01:35:37 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of d1dane


3.05/5  rDev +81.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I should start off by saying that this is a beer that me and my friends grew up drinking, so i feel as if i have some sort of loyalty to this great brew. For the price, you absolutely can't beat it... it doesnt taste too bad and it does its job. I actually even prefer this over the likes of miller lite and coors light. So if you are down on cash and want a decent beer.. why not?

Serving type: can

01-22-2010 18:04:42 | More by d1dane
Photo of Hovellord

West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev +81.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had this straight from the bottle (no sense pretending it's worth a pour). Maybe it's because I had been smoking, but I really didn't mind the Natty Light (first time I had any since college). It does have a slightly metallic aftertaste that can be cloying, but then again, the cost must be factored in. $6.99 a twelve? It'll go fine with pizza or what not, and whom do you really need to impress?

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 21:04:33 | More by Hovellord
Photo of BeerBob


3.03/5  rDev +80.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Natural Light pours a peaked straw from a stubby 12oz brown twist off cap bottle. Head goes about two fingers and stays around for a few seconds.

Nose is a sharp astringent and palate is of the same, sharp and bitter astringent along with the bight of carbonation. No detectable saccharides, just sharp and bitter astringent.

Its another hot and humid day with the temperature at ninety six degrees and this macro is hitting the spot. I really don’t think that this Beer was meant to be picked over. I get the impression that this Beer is meant to have its top popped and just thrown back for the pure enjoyment of its being a cold wet conservatively priced Beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2002 14:38:09 | More by BeerBob
Photo of cottonkoozie

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev +80.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light straw color. Thick fluffy head that disappears VERY quickly, no lacing at all.

Smell - There is almost no smell, but what there is is mostly a corn smell with a slight hint of hops if you look for it.

Taste - Really not bad, its not good, but its not bad. Nothing offensive really about the taste, pretty clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel - Not over carbonated, pretty much the same as taste, not bad, not good.

Drinkability - I think I could drink a case of this stuff and still walk strait. You don't get tired of drinking it or full.

Perfect beer for tailgating, parties, or beer pong. Not something you drink to enjoy, deffinitely a party beer. For what it is, a macro american light beer that is extremely cheap, its actually really good. Out of the three commonly dirt cheap light beers (Keystone, Natty, and Busch), I would have to say this is by far the best.

Serving type: can

11-18-2008 02:30:06 | More by cottonkoozie
Photo of mtnbikerpa


3.03/5  rDev +80.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 ounce can. Pour left no head and a lot of carbonated bubbles. Very pale yellow in color. No noticeable scents. Light corn, rice flavors. Mouthfeel is very watery. This light beer borders on carbonated water, IMHO. I could pound a few of these on a hot day, no repulsive flavors here.

Serving type: can

01-28-2010 14:39:51 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of Jimbo07


3/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

When I was a freshman in college I thought this beer was awsome. It tastes like water and it goes down like water.

Now that I truely appreciate beer, the naty light isn't all that good anymore. But I will say it's chugability (is that even a word?) is excellent, not to mention it's cheap. It's the best starter beer to drink when your a noob freshman in college.

Serving type: can

09-29-2006 20:13:29 | More by Jimbo07
Photo of ChugsMugs


3/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

well I figure I've had enough of these to finally review it. Natty Lights should only be thought of as what they are, cheap watered down all day beer-a-thon beers, and not enjoyable singles to reflect your day over. With that being said:
A- piss yellow, watered down. no head with some carbonation.
S- hardly exists. can smell the carbonation if you get your nose close enough, like sparkling water.
T- watery, with a tiny zip of beer.
M- easy to swallow, and yes smooth. nothing leftover in your mouth so you easily forget when your last sip was and quickly take another.
D- this is the ultimate ALL day beer. great for leisure sport Olympics or long fishing days.

Serving type: can

06-21-2009 13:33:28 | More by ChugsMugs
Photo of Sessionable

3/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am going to go out on a limb and say this is not a terrible brew. I know that "haters" or "cool guys" on this site will hater, but I will just let haters hate.

The beer pours light orangey yellow, with a light thin layer of foam. Leave some lace on the glass as the foam subsides. The smell is of wheats and grains, and everything you could expect from the style. The taste is light, flavorful, and refreshing. This is a great beer for a hot day or mowing the lawn, nothing earth shattering but does not deserve all the hate it gets.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 23:26:25 | More by Sessionable
Photo of iman99


2.98/5  rDev +77.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good beer. It's affordable and Light. Doesn't taste much worst than Bud Light. If I was going to buy this or Bud Light I would buy Natural Light there is not much of a difference though Natural Light does have a watered down taste it is not as watery as keystone light and still around the same price.

This beer does not get you drunk unless you drink a 12 pack or something so it is a good beer for kicking back after work.

Has a nice refreshing feel when drinking just like drinking sparkling water.

The taste is easy and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a good macro beer definitely worth trying.

Serving type: can

02-24-2013 00:16:54 | More by iman99
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev +75.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer at all if your looking for an inexpensive, refreshing, macro. The color and head retension leave something to be desired. But where I live the closest place to buy beer is 15 miles away and very expensive. So I often turn this direction to save money for a more desireable micro or import.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 01:12:58 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of mcraw88


2.95/5  rDev +75.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - Straw yellow, not to much head no retention.

Smell - Nothing at all. Really nothing bad smelling at all just nothing bad. No skunk at least.

Taste - Hmmm. Water? It is like drinking water with some beer mixed in. I will admit it is not as bad as some light beers, but its not to bad actually. If you like lights this isnt half bad.

Mouthfeel - feels just like water that is carbonated. Lighter then soda.

Drinkability - This is the best part of this beer. Can easily put like 10 down in a night. Nothing wrong with the drinkability.

Serving type: can

04-18-2009 22:12:32 | More by mcraw88
Photo of JoLight


2.95/5  rDev +75.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is piss-yellow, straw color. There's absolutely no head after a few seconds of opening and/or pouring it. There's a shit ton of bubbles.

The smell really isn't there. There's some grain, some beery water.

The taste consists of carbonated water, and lots of generalized grain flavor.

The mouthfeel is bubbly.

Its drinkability is through the roof.

Serving type: can

06-08-2011 04:42:27 | More by JoLight
Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
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