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Natural Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Natural LightNatural Light

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1,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,748
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 1.67
pDev: 45.51%
Wants: 12
Gots: 122 | 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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Photo of aorloski
1/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance- Piss Water
Smell- Piss
Taste- None
Mouthfeel- Water
Overall- Perfect to clean your toilet with. Looking back on my 18 year old self i realize why we drank this. But now i want to smack myself in the head, if you want to go cheap, get some high life.

aorloski, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.15/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a very light golden hue and good luck getting much of a head. No lace whatsoever. It has almost no taste and water is the main flavor....exciting. But for college students who need quantity over quality it's a good choice....either that or a retro-college party with some friends which you'll regret it the morning. Avoid at all costs.

VaTechHopHead, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
2/5  rDev +19.8%

BlackBelt5112203, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of mgr78704
1.5/5  rDev -10.2%

mgr78704, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
1.75/5  rDev +4.8%

ExaltedNecrosis, May 27, 2013
Photo of fmccormi
1.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Straight pour from a 12oz can to my nice Duvel Single tulip (roughly 33cl); born-on date of March 5, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“05MAR13 BE06”). So, a little over a month old. Four and a half weeks, we’ll say—reasonably fresh.

Appearance (2.25): Pretty good head on this, yielding a good three fingers of crackly, bone-white foam composed of very fine and a few gurgling, fat bubbles. Not great retention—bubbles down at an okay rate, but it leaves essentially no lacing and very little on the surface. The body, meanwhile, is very, very pale, yellow-ish, and crystal-clear. Below average-looking body, above average-looking head. Retention is mediocre at best.

Smell (2.0): Some lightly sweet, cooked corn and sugar cookie scent, and just the slightest little bit of vegetal bitterness, like a faint, herbal snap closing things out. Pretty, y’know. Underwhelming, even for the style.

Taste (1.5): There’s . . . something. Somewhere in there, there’s a flavor. It’s like the water left in a pan of green beans at the high school cafeteria. But there’s a very, very low-level sweetness underneath, again something like a sugar cookie, but dissipated to to like 5 ppm. Afterwards, it leaves a vaguely vegetable-ish impression, more of that green bean water.

Mouthfeel (2.0): Well, I guess it’s easy to drink. Very subdued carbonation, foaming very lightly on the way down. Watery feel, very light-weight. It’s not offensive, just more of a . . . non-presence than anything else.

Overall (1.75): I’m thoroughly convinced that there are good AAL’s out there, but this, like many others, is marked more by its absence. It’s just not bringing anything, really, to the table. And you know what? It is what it is. But it’s a boring, slightly offensive, piece of shit.

fmccormi, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of krl2112
1/5  rDev -40.1%

krl2112, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of bundy462
2/5  rDev +19.8%

bundy462, Sunday at 09:20 PM
Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev +109.6%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Robyn
2.25/5  rDev +34.7%

Robyn, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of jharris0624
1.25/5  rDev -25.1%

jharris0624, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of AMCimpi
1/5  rDev -40.1%

AMCimpi, May 27, 2014
Photo of proc
1.83/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The "new" Natural Light (2/23/04): Nothing like re-reviewing the "Natty". This is the new version, the one with lower carbs, etc. Pours out slightly darker than the original version. Aroma is still that of cooked veggies and cereal. The taste is nearly non-existent, but is actually less metallic tasting than it used to taste, and although incredibly watery, its not offensive, because there isn't enough flavor pro or con to be offensive. Remarkably light, and made the Bell's Two-Hearted that followed seem like the most powerful beer ever.

Original Review (3/27/02): The absolutely lightest beer I have ever drank. Nearly see through in presentation in the glass after being poured. I couldn't find much flavor-wise other than a very, very, slight bitterness on the finish and I do mean slight. I actually poured out what was remaining as I just tasted bitter water and well, the Vernor's Ginger Ale in the refrigerator was calling me. Frat boy beer bonging beer at best.

proc, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of hotstuff
1/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer, when poured into my glass, had a large white frothy head with small bubbles that fully diminished. There was some lacing with this beer and very little carbonation was observed. There was very little flavor and the mouthfeel was light and watery.

hotstuff, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of davemathews68
1.75/5  rDev +4.8%

davemathews68, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Beezee
1.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Beezee, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of adamant1912
1/5  rDev -40.1%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of MPSTARR
1/5  rDev -40.1%

MPSTARR, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of bsm80x
1/5  rDev -40.1%

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Beestin
1/5  rDev -40.1%

Beestin, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Vogt52
1.5/5  rDev -10.2%

Vogt52, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of vacax
2.53/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Trying Natural Light for the first time tonight. It pours a typical straw color with a flurry of bubbles that surfaced to form a one inch thick head. After the soda pop reminiscent fizzing ended there was virtually no head remaining except for a thin ring alone the extremity of the glass. Some bubbles pop up periodically. The smell right after the pour has a lightly hopped bitter essence with hints of plastic.
After that, it is hard to pick up anything beyond a bit of malt sweetness and maybe some corn. Despite having next to no smell, I am actually a bit surprised that the scent lacks off flavors.

As I accept this pale liquid of the gods into my mouth I am greeted by a surprisingly good blend of crisp bitterness and a clean malt sweetness. For a light lager, this is a very nice touch. Of course, few people try to taste this beer, but on the midpalate comes apple juice, plastic, and some iron. The finish is mostly just bubbly plastic. Most of the negative elements are eliminated by the fact no normal person holds this beer in their mouth to let the flavors soak in, instead they are quickly rinsed by the rather high level of carbonation. In my first drink, actually, I nearly choked on the bubbles when I went to swallow. The body is like water, as is expected.

Overall, Natural Light surpassed all of my expectations. Good balance of malt and bitterness and very light on the off flavors, though at the cost of being quite fizzy. I don't get it when people bash this for tasting like water... in a light lager tasting like water is the ultimate goal. There are many many worse beers in the world, and I didn't find this any worse than many of the "premium" beers on shelves.

Note: The score in this review reflects this beer in comparison to other beers in the style of light industrial lager. It should not be directly compared to craft beer.

vacax, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of TheNightwatchman
1.5/5  rDev -10.2%

TheNightwatchman, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of maddogruss
2.42/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank this beer all the time in college. Didn't really like it at first, but it grew on me and now I have no problem drinking it. The color of this beer is a decent pale amber color with a decent head. The smell is a potent hoppy smell which strikes the nostrils immediately. Taste's malty at first, but you get used to the taste. Decent mouthfeel, not too watery for a light beer. Usually only drink it when it's the best available.

maddogruss, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of vicsju1991
1.25/5  rDev -25.1%

vicsju1991, Jan 26, 2013
Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
42 out of 100 based on 1,748 ratings.