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Natural Light - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
43
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1,424 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1424
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.

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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

1.55/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

"Natty dread rides again,
Have no fear, have no sorrow, yeah!"

--Bob Marley


I thought this might be the first Macro Smackdown to pit Anheuser Busch against Coors, but a quick check tells me that Busch Light won in a squeaker over Coors Light way back in MacSmack IV. Will the outcome of XVI be any different? I don't know about you, but I'm all atremble with excitement and anticipation.

Exceedingly pale yellow with a modest amount of carbonation. The bright white cap has some character and leaves a little glass coverage as it slowly sinks. On the strength of the head alone, this is the better looking beer by far.

Neither one of the aromas is a standout. They're both barely detectable, a definite plus given what I'm able to appreciate. Natty's nose might be slightly more grain-like and less sweet, but it's hard to tell for sure.

This stuff tastes pretty much like I thought it would. For one thing, it's so mildly flavored that it isn't 'spit it out' awful. On the other hand, it's still cold, so all bets could be off very soon. The flavor profile (ha, good one!) consists of... uh... hmm... I'm stumped. How about this: fill a bucket with barley and rice, add water, soak for a day, drain the water, can it... voila, Natural Light.

A-B wants me to believe that NL is 'brewed for a naturally smooth taste'. Coors makes the claim that KL is 'always smooth'. I'm here to say that neither one of them is smooth in the sense that it's easy to drink. Maybe at first (ice cold), but certainly not once the chill is gone. Oh yeah, both mouthfeels are pretty much indistinguishable from H2O.

It looks like MacSmack XVI is a reprise of MacSmack IV in that A-B has barely edged out Coors to snag the coveted crown. These are two of the least impressive beers that I've had in quite some time. Every time I see seemingly normal people fill their grocery cart with swill like this, I just shake my head and move on. I've given up trying to figure out why this crap sells.

Serving type: can

06-16-2007 12:04:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was just wrong of me, but again they offered and I was thirsty. Poured from a can into a cup, as I could just not drink it straight from the can, This one was consumed on 08/09/10.

I thought the Busch poured light, but wow, this was a whole new level. Nearly clear with a huge fizzy head that popped up for a brief moment before settling back down in its chair. Light aroma of hay? Maybe? Hard to tell as it really just did not come across well at all. Light in every sense of the word with an almost carbonated water like consistency and little to no flavor on the finish. The only thing I could really pull from this was a light corn or bready quality

Again I really don't go for these, but I was at the beach and since we now have a nice bottom of the barrel list its giving me something else to shoot for.

Serving type: can

08-12-2010 00:13:36 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

1.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The drink of choice for college students everywhere...

A: Natty Light is an amazing beverage in that it's physical appearance is almost identical to water. Some bubbles and a slight yellowish tint are the only indications as to its true form.

S: The odor of this beer is of corn and grain. I chose to use odor because I associate aroma with pleasant smells, this is not the case here.

T: The taste is the same as the scent, corn and grains, with a hint of bad decisions. It's slightly sweet and grainy, with no hop character at all. Not that I'm surprised.

M: This is probably the best part about Natty Light. It's light and bubbly, and for a second, you almost forget what it is that you're drinking. Then you taste it.

D: For something that so closely resembles water, this has awful drinkability. Normally light lagers just don't taste like much, but Natty Light tastes bad.

Serving type: can

10-30-2009 22:01:35 | More by womencantsail
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

1.38/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Surprisingly, Nati-Light may actually be better than a lot of A-B's beers. Not because it's better tasting beer, it's because the bad flavors are less pronounced here than in many other of their beers. Having said that, this is a bad beer. It has a vague yellow color, overcarbonated and cannot retain a foamstand. Has almost no presence to the nose. Flavors are nill. Slight (and I do mean slight) grain flavor and metalic tones. Everything disapears to a watery gulp. Absolutely nothing in the finish or aftertaste. My advice, drink only when free, and nothing better is within a day's drive.

Serving type: can

09-08-2005 19:24:00 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.02/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Apparently the drink of choice at college parties in Northwestern Ohio. I've had the displeasure of partaking.

Pours the lightest of straw colors with absolutely no head. Smells of straight grain husk. Tastes not much better, as it adds in a bit of cardboard. Feel is way, way too carbonated, although it does the service of carrying away many of the flavors. Drinks quickly, only because I want it out of my mouth.

Serving type: can

10-08-2010 00:52:23 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

1.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

A: The beer is crystal clear and very light yellow in color with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness along with some hints of grain.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer is not very pleasant - it sort of tastes bad like a very skunked beer from a green bottle but what is really disappointing is this came from a can so it wasn't even spoiled by light.

Serving type: can

04-26-2013 21:41:36 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

24oz super can - one dollar and minimal change - one of those crazy things you see at American gas stations, like the one across from my hotel here in downriver Detroit.

This beer pours a clear, pale apple cider colour, with one finger of thin foamy bone-white head, which leaves some barren island group lace specks around the glass as it quickly skips town. It smells of light corn mash, and buttery nail polish remover. The taste is very thin corn graininess, light buttery diacytel, and not much else. The carbonation is present, but restrained, the body thin, watery, and smooth as a bandit. It finishes with an echo of all the nothing you’ve just ‘experienced’.

It’s dirt cheap (which is an insult to dirt, really), and doesn’t exhibit any particular nasty off-flavours, for obvious reasons. The big can sure is stately looking, and just as inherently slick, without any soul. And I just noticed the mention of 'Pilsner' in the label's description, and my own soul died a bit further.

Serving type: can

09-25-2011 06:05:42 | More by biboergosum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.3/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains adjuncts, very light malts and a very faint bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out a light malt and adjunct sweetness followed by a mildly bready grain flavor. There isn't much of a hops presence at all. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful even for the style, goes down easily and not too filling since there isn't a lot to the beer, very mild kick, it's poundable because of its lack of substance, but overall it's not a very good beer.

Serving type: can

02-01-2011 05:07:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

2.33/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aug 12 printed on bottom of can, freshness likely doesn't factor in here.

Poured into a pint, it's a pale sickly yellow, close to tea or water. Flimsy lid on the surface that fades to a patchy cirrus skim and no lace. Slow carb trails, a good sign after being in the freezer... to taste the cold, naturally.

Wet grain and sweet apple aroma, like watered down apple juice.

Papery grains and light sweet apple, dull and insipid, dry papery finish, though pretty clean. Astringent if over 35 degrees. When super cold it's not terrible, definitely have had worse. Quenching and non-intellectual.

Serving type: can

12-31-2012 02:22:51 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

2.78/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale straw color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is average. It has a faint pilsner malt scent along with barely any hops and a dry finish. The taste is below average. It's obviously loaded with adjuncts and only has enough malt for a pale coloring and a faint malt flavor. It goes down quick and easy with a dry finish. It's crisp and clean with little beer flavor. The mouthfeel is average . It's a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a adjunct laden light lager. It's nothing I'd revisit soon, but it does the trick for people who drink macro lagers and are looking for a lighter choice.

Serving type: can

12-08-2010 21:40:14 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

1.13/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Sadly this is the best part, maybe the pilsner glass helped the appearance, too. It was a light, golden yellow color with a fizzy, white 2+ finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of adjuncts, corn and a foul sour funk/skunk.

T - It tasted bitter, not a hop bitter, a bad bitter. Corn and adjuncts.

M - It was thin, watery, and weak. A very light bodied beer.

D - A good reminder of why I only drink this at relatives houses.

Serving type: can

10-31-2008 02:21:11 | More by zeff80
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours very light straw yellow with a fizzy head that disappears as soon as the pour is finished. Quick, overwhelming carbonation makes it look like light straw-colored soda-water. Its clarity is second to clear, cool water....

The smell is of...of...of...ok - struggling - but...some slight husk ... and... uh... dirty water...

This is lamer than tonic water - There is the ever so small hint of anything approaching beer. But, it vanishes upon swallowing. On the can it says "smooth taste"...Does "smooth" have a "taste", per se? Oh well - I would have given the taste a lower score, however it's rather "clean" if that is what you're going for...

Probably the most watery beer I ever had - at least it doesn't leave a bad aftertaste...ugghhh...

One's enough...I like beer - this is barely (if at all) a beer...This is like tonic water with a light splash of alcohol...with the faintest of adjuncts...

Whatever. Earlier this summer, I was sitting at the pool and someone saw me drinking a Genesee Red. He said he would trade me with one of what he was drinking - I "fell" for it - I put this into the cooler to rate at a different time. He gulped it down (straight from the can), commented on how "heavy" it was ... Some people are just stuck in macro-land...For those people - this one - well...tastes smooth (?) ....

Serving type: can

09-05-2007 23:58:25 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

1.33/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Natural Light, just walk down Grant or McClaine in Morgantown and you will see this beer just about every place you look it seems unescapable down here. Well, my roomate had a party over the weekend and he offered me a leftover beer. According to him this beer isn't bad, and that he doesn't mind it well it appears a fizzy yellow not gold yellow with a quickly dissipating white head leaving drops of lace around the glass with each sip. The aroma has a very adjunct ridden aroma but it is almost bearable due to some detectable sweetness. I don't think this beer has any hops in it, when it comes down to it this beer is carbonated water flavored with "beer". If they sold a beer flavoring this would be it very dumbed down in flavor, aroma, and appearance designed for one thing mass consumption. It's not horrible tasting just there is nothing here worth tasting so, I guess for ten bucks a case this continues to be my peers drink of choice. The mouthfeel is seltza water definitely a poorly made beer that I could never have the urge for, and why drink a ton of this stuff all it will leave you is a bad hangover and a bloated stomach. Pass on the shitty beer if your trying to get drunk and grab a bottle of liquor some Jagermeister treats me much better than a case of Natty.

Serving type: can

04-22-2003 11:55:33 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

1.3/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Tallboy can,

A: Pours a transparent yellow with a fizzy white head with poor retention, very light soapy lace.

S: Carbonic acid, mild mild grain notes.

T: When I first had this I remarked it's the first beer I ever had that didn't taste like anything. 5 years later it still doesn't. Seltzer water is the main flavour profile, with a infinitesimally small note of malt flavour. Not off-putting, just nothing there.

M: Very light-bodied, forced carbonation, like soda water.

D: It claims to be a pilsner on the label, so I will review it as such. Boring and insipid. I can see why folks go for this just trying to get a buzz; it's so innocuous because it's basically alcoholic seltzer water.

Serving type: can

01-26-2011 02:33:33 | More by Halcyondays
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Jason

Massachusetts

1.35/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz light silver can with a "Born On Date" on the bottom of the can. 110 calories for a light beer.

Appearance: Pale oh so pale yellow, perhaps the palest beer of them all. Thank the beer gods cause there is a head, thin as paper but there is a head.

Smell: Odd cooked grain and cereal aroma, a bit of dirt in the nose also ... not earth but dirt, perhaps the metallic aroma from the can and the cooked veggie smell?

Taste: Thin body, thin malt. Crisp with a tonic like carbonation and a scarcely smooth mouth feel. Extremely faint malt flavour, cereal grains are more noticeable. Hops are nearly negligible and the only reason they even are present in the flavour threshold is that there is barely any malt flavour. On the dry side with a weird thin flash of sweetness that seems forced. The after taste consists of pretty much nothing except a very faded grain and corn taste.

Notes: Where's the beer? Light beers are light beers but this is on the verge of not even being beer.

Serving type: can

09-15-2001 23:33:27 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

1.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a standard Macrobrew yellow, a bit darker than most lights.

Smell is sweet with some grain smells.

Taste is not much, a little sweet, and that is about all.

Mouthfeel is water.

Drinkable, there is nothing offensive or endearing about this brew at all.

Serving type: can

03-10-2004 03:49:04 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Pours a yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly malty, very little hop note. The taste is malty, slight hop note. Light Body, not much going on here. Not Drinkable, would not buy again.

Serving type: can

01-16-2011 20:26:19 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a very pale yellow color with a fizzy white head that immediately fades. No lacing.

Funky(not in a good way) aroma with lots of grain and an odd metallic presence. Lots of corn and stale hops along with very faint malt.

Flavor is identical to the aroma. Very thin and watered down with an odd metallic flavor along with sweet, grainy corn, stale hops and pale malt. Very unpleasant and even though it is very light and watery, I'm still having a hard time choking it down.

This beer is absolutely awful and doesn't have one positive quality. One of the worst beers I've ever had.

Serving type: can

12-13-2011 08:47:04 | More by corby112
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

CANtastic! Yet another opportunity to review a CANned beer!

I got a finger of fluffy, bone-white head that slowly fell to wisps. Nose had a cereal quality along with a light lager sweetness. Just one more among many. Color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was watery thin with a mild sweetness on the tongue. Finish was thin, lightly dry, generally underwhelming. Why bother?

Serving type: can

08-18-2009 22:40:01 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

1.25/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Welcome everyone to the College Light Invitational! In this meet, four watered down beers meet their match to decide which one of these budget light beer should be the choice at frat parties. Natty Light, High Life Light, Keystone Light, and cheap import Tecate Light represent the pool in this competition. Natty Light leads it off...

Oh and one other thing, the gimmick for the College Light Invite involves a seperate 7 ounce glass. Why you ask? I'm going to take shots of each beer in that glass to guesstimate each ones "chuggability" (similar to the "buzzability" in the College Invite a few months ago). I'm going to time each shot from each beer, and if it doesn't come out of my mouth, it will get a score from 1 to 5. With that said, let me pop the top of Natty Light and let's get the college party started:

I couldn't tell if this was beer or watery ginger ale at first. I must be the first consumer of Natty Light in months to pour his sample into a clear glass. A sizeable head rises from the clear, colorless body, and crackles slowly within seconds. Smell is extremely vague, a touch of sweet corn, and that's it. The taste, as expected, is very watery. Odd fermented corn flavor exists in this one too, just like in the more lethal Natty Ice. It blankets on the palate for too long, making it very unpleasant. Wow, I'm having second thought about taking a long 7 ounce shot of this, it's hard enough to keep a straight face after each sip.

Now I will attempt to chug this vile liquid from the 7 ounce glass. Ok, here goes... run away! I spat it out when I tried. So you guess it, Natty Light's chuggability rating receives a N/A, incomplete. Funny, I couldn't even get buzzed off Natty Ice because it was so awful, I couldn't finish it, which also received an incomplete in the College Invite. I guess apples don't fall far from the tree.

Natty Light has sunk my experience on BA to new lows. After this experience, I had to break out a bottle of EKU 28 to ease the pain. So will Miller High Life Light be enough to erase the bad memory from tonight? Find out tomorrow night, the second part of the College Light Invitational.

Serving type: can

11-09-2007 05:50:56 | More by DoubleJ
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plaid75

New York

2.65/5  rDev +57.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

Th smell featured a light sweet corn malt with a smattering of hop, maybe.

The taste consisted of a seltzery boiled corn with some weak balancing hops. Not all that offensive actually.

The mouthfeel was thin and ultra carbonated.

Overall not the worst light beer I have had, but not really recommended.

Serving type: can

07-14-2007 04:13:47 | More by plaid75
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.31/5  rDev -22%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

You must be this broke to drink . . .

To call this beer yellow, would be a compliment. I picture them making this, pouring 6 oz of Bud Light into 6 oz. of water.

Aroma, nothing, taste, almost nothing, some aluminum and corn/rice aftertaste, no mouthfeel to speak of, but hey, its cheap and drinkable, since its really just water.

Serving type: can

03-05-2010 16:14:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

1.53/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

First off, let me say I am reviewing this for the folly of it all. I got it from my fridge and who knows where it came from or how long it had been there.

A. Poured from a 12 oz can into a frosted mug. Palest yellow with some head that sticks around and shows some lace. Not a terrible start.

S. Takes a dive in the smell. Smells like garbage. The kind thats been sitting out for quite some time. I'm in for a bad one.

T. Extremely light. A watered down beer experience. Starts off grainey with a bit of a corn taste, a slight bitter note is barely noticed which must be some sad attempt to hop this beer. Finishes off slightly metallic.

M. Just like water. A bit bubbly like watered down seltzer water.

D. This can be drank and is by a devoted crowd of poor college kids. I am not impressed. In fact, I'm disappointed....in myself...for drinking this.

Serving type: can

07-21-2008 23:06:07 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

1.1/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well as much as I detest these beers, I was given one today, and as I always try to be polite, I accepted it, it’s been like 4 years since I sampled one, so what’s the harm.

The beer as it pours from the 12 ounce aluminum can, forms a transparent gold color with a bright white head and the lace a very thin sheet to cover the glass. Nose is all malt, sweet, fresh and crisp to the senses, start is lightly sweet, some malt noticed, the top is cadaverous. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops negligible, very dry, guess its better than dying of thirst, but only barely.

Serving type: can

04-25-2004 22:54:37 | More by Gusler
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Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
43 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.