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Natural Light - Anheuser-Busch

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1,426 Ratings

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Ratings: 1426
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 1.68
pDev: 44.05%

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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 JaxVol


4.74/5  rDev +182.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting inexpensive beer by Anheuser-Busch. Also low in carbs. Carbs are only 3.2 compared to Bud Light with 6.6 And the alcohol content is the same for both at 4.2. Good choice for beer drinkers who are diabetic. Can't tell the difference in Natural Light, Miller Light or Mich Ultra.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 22:24:00 | More by JaxVol
Photo of DoItRight


5/5  rDev +197.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here's why to drink this beer: You want fresh light bubbly refreshment on a hot day. It is perfect for that, so hence a five out of five. This is a basic no frills top quality refreshing warm/hot weather beer, or for when you want a water bubbly light beer. Perfection for that quality.
Plus, you can get three quarts for five dollars out the door. It's the go-to beer for bubbly watery beery refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:07:55 | More by DoItRight
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 Bierwolf


1.9/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Born on date of 1/31/2012.
Poured into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Very pale straw. 1 finger of thin, fizzy white foam that went away in about a minute. Very little carbonation.

Smell: Not much of an aroma. A little malt, slight hops.

Taste: Again not much to taste. Evenly balanced between the little hops and malt that is there.

Mouth feel: Thin, watery but smooth and wet.

Overall: I'll give it an average rating. The best part about this beer is the price and the fact that after cutting grass or doing some other summer activity you can slam 3 or 4 of these. It is cold, wet and will and quench a thirst without filling you up as is typical with a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 17:38:00 | More by Bierwolf
Photo of BTFU


2.73/5  rDev +62.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

For a beer nicknamed FRATTY Light, this is a surprisingly decent light beer. Its low rating has less to do with a long list of negatives and more to do with a lack of positives.

A - The head is nearly non-existant even with the best pour but it does have a clean, clear yellowish look to it.

S - Its smell is faint, but definitely reminiscent of the beer aroma generated from a couple cases being drank at a tailgate.

M - It retains a lot of its carbonation throughout the whole beer and is refreshingly crisp. It lacks the smooth feel that other beers have.

T - It is fairly bland, but carries some nutiness and just a hint of its barley components with almost no trace of the hops. What it lacks in robust flavor it makes up for with good drinkability.

O - Lets face it...if youre gonna have a few before a game or going out a full-bodied chocolate blueberry lager is going to be too much. While this isnt an amazing beer, it succeeds at its own goal = good, cheap beer

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:29:52 | More by BTFU
Photo of Cuttooth

North Carolina

1.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Very light gold, a lot of carbonation. One finger head that disappears pretty fast.

S- A lot of corn and rice. Not a huge surprise.

T- Not much, there's some corn in there, but it's what you expect from a light adjunct lager.

M- Light bodied and very drinkable. Easy to get blasted on this stuff, no question.

O- I don't hate it, but it's pretty typical for the style. Probably wouldn't ever go out and buy it unless I was trying to get hammered. Actually, Genny Ice might be a better solution there.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 01:15:38 | More by Cuttooth
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 AlimonyAle


1.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Natural Light pours like your typical pale lager. The color is straw gold. There was no smell to speak of, none at all. The taste was bland and boring. Honestly, this beer felt like water in my mouth; oh that's right it IS water with food coloring added. My grandmother drinks this beer like its going out of style. She always has a 30 pack of it on hand.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 13:51:13 | More by AlimonyAle
Photo of Redfoot19


1.55/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

You cannot consider this beer. I will not do any such thing. Just nasty, frat endorsed beer. I guess people by it for the price? Yet if you respect beer...pass this up.
Just like its peers Bud light and Coors light, there is no smell. No color. No taste. Just do everyone a favor, and let the college kids have this one (even though I myself am in college).

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 03:21:35 | More by Redfoot19
Photo of mobiledan


4/5  rDev +138.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised at the number of bad reviews of this beer. Maybe it's because they all were of the canned variety. To me, any canned beer is far inferior to bottled -- unless somehow it was brewed to be enhanced by metallic taste.

But about this beer. It has flavor, decent balance of effervescence and body, and quite a bit of real beer substance, considering it's a light beer. I'm new to light beers, I admit, but I think I've found a decent brew here in Natural Light.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 08:10:47 | More by mobiledan
Photo of Bogforce


1.55/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yummmm.... What?

A: Almost clear gold in color with no lacing and the head went away almost instantly..

S: Spoiled water? Corn? It's hard to smell much of anything

T: Corn and water..Rice? There is hardly any taste to this beer

M: Just goes down and leaves nothing..

D: Some people could throw these down, 30 a night. But This would be hard to stomach for along time..

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 03:00:47 | More by Bogforce
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

2.4/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Was just thinking of it and this was my very first beer.
Pours a thin straw yellow color with a thick fizzy white head and very little lacing. Smells of corn and some little grain and hops extract. Tastes of sweet corn and a little grainy goodness. Mouthfeel is rather thin and it is watery. Drinkability is fair. The beer certainly has its place.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 12:16:48 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of Delirium


1.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

...It's been a long time since I reviewed a beer here. For the most part, I drink a lot of the same and since the economy tanked I've been stretching my beer dollars with wine and spirits.

Not until I encountered this totally unremarkable beer did I feel compelled to crawl back to BA with head hung low, blow the dust off of my computer keyboard, and feel so compelled as to warn others about a beer.

Natural light pours pale piss yellow with a quicker than the eye disappearing head that fizzles down into a spiderweb film that clings to the surface of the beer and follows the beer down to the bottom of the glass until the entire gray experience is over with.

This beer smells and tastes like stale club soda. Natural ice is an achievment in mediocrity. It's so unabashedly neutral that it doesn't taste good or bad. Fresh from the container it doesn't taste like anything at all and as it warms it just becomes an unbalanced mess. I don't know what is less forgivable, a beer that can't maintain balance or a beer that is so balanced that it lacks the boldness to taste like anything at all.

This beer is both!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 08:22:12 | More by Delirium
Photo of KingBenHogan


4.28/5  rDev +154.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alright, I'm about to get a lot of criticism for this but I feel my voice must be heard. I am 25. I only drink beer. I love all types (favorite, American IPA. Cliche, I know). Anyways, I went to college and I had my fair share of cheap beer and this one still blows me away to this day.

Natural Light in a bottle is quite the exceptional beer. Yes, it's no Dale's Pale Ale nor does it have the amazing light beer taste of Miller Lite, but considering the price and availability of this beer I think it deserves recognition.

When I was in college you could get a 12 pack of Natty bottles for under six bucks (bottles are the BEST way to drink Natty). Natural isn't disgusting like other cheap beers (Pabst, Busch) and Natural doesn't give any hangovers.

My friends, I am not a troll. I consider myself an amateur beer connoisseur. I know Natural Light isn't the best beer, but it certainly isn't the worst.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 23:44:02 | More by KingBenHogan
Photo of wallaceandvomit


2/5  rDev +19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a- diluted urine, tiny head that's more disappointing than a dane cook standup special
s- diluted malt liquor
t- diluted malt liquor
m- carbonated water
d- the only reason for purchasing this is that it goes down like .. idk .. carbonated water and is ideal for getting hammered with a less intense hangover than you'd expect from malt liquor

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 00:04:14 | More by wallaceandvomit
Photo of Brenden


1.95/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had a friend hand me one of these at a cookout last night and was ready to hold back the gagging...turns out this stuff was just like Busch light with a little more sweetness and more cooked corn husk. Review is my old can review otherwise.

Well, it still looks like someone who's really, really well-hydrated peed in a glass. There's a thin film of foam that stays around.
Definitely dirt on the nose...like hemp or potting soil. Overcooked vegetable adds to the assault and very, very light adjuncts are detectable.
Some kind of grains are there, along with some metal and the cooked vegetable that's in the nose. Are there hops and malt? I don't know. There is some sort of artificial-seeming sweetness, though.
Mouthfeel is almost negligible. It's kind of like seltzer water. But, hey, it's crisp. And I guess it's smooth. Somewhat more drinkable than I remember.
It is what it is, but it's not as nasty as I remembered.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 19:08:41 | More by Brenden
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 Onenote81

North Carolina

1.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

22oz bottle for $1.49 at my local grocery. Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a crystal clear palest of yellows. A big frothy white head rests on top. Decent retention; left little lace behind. Scents of grass, faint honey, and corn. The body is crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation level. Flavor is really sweet and thin. There is nothing to this "beer" at all in flavor. No hops, no bitterness, no malt. Just a sweet carbonated mess. Ugh. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 13:52:46 | More by Onenote81
Photo of mjurney


1.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

[Appearance]: Very pale yellow color, clear, some carbonation, little to no head, leaves a dash of lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: No aroma, maybe some hint of sweet grain, otherwise there's nothing.
[Taste]: Very bland! any malts? no! any hops? no! any adjunct? no! My god! There's no taste in this beer!
[Mouthfeel]: Thin body, but kinda crisp, lots of carbonation, leaves a dry aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is way below average.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 02:16:23 | More by mjurney
Photo of wolfpack87

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent party beer and goes down very easy. Certainly not a beer to buy and enjoy with meals or anything like that. Would much rather drink this than PBR. Your typical cheap beer to be used for parties, tailgating, etc etc. Won't be anything spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 19:39:26 | More by wolfpack87
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.23/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, thin-looking beer with just a hint of yellow hue to it and topped with a tall, fizzy, white head that crackles away like a bowl of Rice Krispies.

Smell: A faint, meager, ill-defined sweetness and little else.

Taste: Super duper pale maltiness with just a light bit of sweetness. Teeny-weenie floral hop character and bitterness. Then, the tastes clear away in an instant, leaving you with an empty, though clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A hint of alcohol and flavor and bubbly character like soda water. It's Light-ness is without question, though how Natural it is will, most likely, be debated for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 21:49:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of thecarster1


1.83/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

a- bottle poured into a pilsner, almost one finger of bright white bubbly head that faded fast to a layer of lace - better lacing then i thought it would have, very pale straw coloring with loads of bubbles.

s- lots of straw, grass, smells skunky.

t- wow, i haven't had one of these in quite a few years, now i remember why. all i'm getting is some grass, hay, no hops (or anything else for that matter) to speak of.

m- hands down the most watery beer i've ever had.

d- you pretty much get what you'd think with this one, very watery, lacking flavor, but i've had more revolting beers. it is drinkable, but i can't imagine drinking another any time soon, unless i'm crazy desperate - i found this bad boy lurking in my parents fridge and decided to give it a review. ok now to go cleanse my palate with a hopdevil..

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 18:18:15 | More by thecarster1
Photo of wesbrownyeah


2.7/5  rDev +60.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Natty in the bottle. Well lets see.

A- A very pale piss color is appearent on pour, active carbonation throws a massive foamy head that floats like ice on the brew. Mildly sticky froth on sides of glass.

S- Corn husk with slighty sweet grainy scents upfront. Noticeable metallic hints.

T-M- Tastes like it smells... light corn and malts with grainy metallic backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth as water with alcohol added. Light carbonated feel on tongue.

D- Made to drink alot of and hits every college kids budget. My party beer of choice if more than twelve beers is on the agenda.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 23:39:55 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of MbpBugeye


2.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

This was my go to beer way back in my underage drinking days because of the insanely low price, so I figured I'd give it a BA review since it was one of those "turning point" beers in my youth.

Presentation- Brown bottle with Anheuser-Busch logo embossed. Shitty, crooked labels on the body and neck. "The smooth pilsner with all-natural ingredients."

A- Poured into a chilled mug, because with this one you want cold. There is a loud fizzy head. Its bleached white and short lived. Theres lots of effervescence in the clear, pale pale pale yellow body.

S- The nose is of beer pong, the carpet in college dorms and incorrectly tapped kegs. There are notes of corn and thats about it really.

T- Not bitter, not sweet, not hoppy, not malty. Weirdly sweet, especially on the finish. It tastes watery, like soda water.

M- Bubbly, watery, thin.

D- Drinkability is an objective thing. This one is made for drinkability. Actually "drunkability" would be more accurate. That being said, they hit their mark. The price is pretty much the lowest in the cooler at kroger and I have been known to knock out 12-15 of these a night.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 06:02:07 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of philipquarles


2.2/5  rDev +31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle. Pours clear yellow with the expected fizzy white head that vanishes quickly. Smells faintly of light malt/adjuncts. Meh. Tastes like Perrier gone bad. Feels like carbonated water. Not hard to drink, though it is ever-so-slightly offensive. Good for what it is, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 22:06:42 | More by philipquarles
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Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
43 out of 100 based on 1,426 ratings.