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Natural Light - Anheuser-Busch

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43
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1,660 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,660
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 1.68
pDev: 44.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 1,660 | Reviews: 488 | Display Reviews Only:
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t0rin0

California

1.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-18-2012 20:09:52 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -40.5%

11-20-2011 00:16:10 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.02/5  rDev -39.3%

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.

10-08-2010 00:52:23 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev +19%

12-14-2011 04:10:48 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

1.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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

Iowa

1.55/5  rDev -7.7%

"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.

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

California

1.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-10-2014 08:09:12 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

1.25/5  rDev -25.6%

01-19-2012 18:25:07 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

1.38/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

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

South Carolina

2.05/5  rDev +22%

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.

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

California

1.78/5  rDev +6%

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.

10-30-2009 22:01:35 | More by womencantsail
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Texasfan549

Texas

1/5  rDev -40.5%

12-21-2011 19:44:35 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

1/5  rDev -40.5%

12-19-2011 21:03:36 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

2/5  rDev +19%

01-14-2013 05:40:01 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

1.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-16-2013 02:35:04 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.23/5  rDev +32.7%

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.

12-22-2009 21:49:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

1.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-20-2013 14:04:02 | More by jaydoc
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emerge077

Illinois

2.33/5  rDev +38.7%

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.

12-31-2012 02:22:51 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

1.13/5  rDev -32.7%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev +32.7%

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.

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

Rhode Island

2.3/5  rDev +36.9%

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.

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

Florida

2/5  rDev +19%

11-15-2011 07:34:42 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

1.33/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

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

Massachusetts

1.35/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

1.38/5  rDev -17.9%

A - Poured ice cold into a Bud light nonic. Ivory white dishsoap head with transparent straw colored liquid. Leaves generous smatterings of lace when poured vigorously

S - Odors of fermented white rice, and light bitter odors - not sure if they are hops

M - watery, mildly carbonated, gentle oily texture, somewhat salty.

T - Minimal 'beer' flavor-a generous rice like flavor + metallic off taste. Bitter at times, but not from hops. A light taste that practically vanished as soon as the liquid passed through my mouth.

D - A sad attempt to pass off yellow liquid with rice syrup as a beer.. Adjuncts overtake all other flavors and no real offensive or actual taste is really detected at all.

05-16-2007 03:20:55 | More by Slatetank
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Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
43 out of 100 based on 1,660 ratings.