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Natural Light - Anheuser-Busch

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1,876 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,876
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 1.67
pDev: 45.51%
Wants: 15
Gots: 220 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-15-2001

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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Ratings: 1,876 | Reviews: 538
Photo of BEERME528
2.05/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Of course it is going to taste pretty watered down, but for the price, it can't be beat. Great for parties and chugging, that's about iy. Not exactly a beer that you would want to sip but if a little buzz is what you desire, drink some Natty.

If you pour it quickly, you'll get some foam that dissolves instantly before your eyes. Don't even bother with a glass, just drink it from the can. Smells and tastes are pretty much non-existent.

Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
2.2/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It is what it is. Cheap and ultra-light, you can get over the watered down taste and general bad beer smell as long as you're willing to buy and drink a lot of it. Tastes like spoiled water mixed with aluminum foil, but that dissipates after about 10 of them. Great for college and about nothing else, but still created a lot of memories or lack thereof.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
1.4/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Reviewed at a friend's BBQ.

Just barely colored at all, with a slight yellowness. Head was foamy and full of air and lasted only seconds. Lacing wasn't a word you'd use to describe this beer.

Smell wise there wasn't much there. Just a smidge of graininess was mostly what I could detect.

Taste followed the smell. Very lightly grainy, with some corn. Very dry and extremely light bodied, almost like carbonated water with just a touch of beer added.

Mostly good for frat boys, not something I'd buy for myself.

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
1.28/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Had this in an Old Chicago as a humorous way to mark a halfway point in their "World Beer Tour". Needless to say, this one can will be the ONLY one I ever drink. While I can enjoy cheap beer for what it is, there is almost no taste at all to this beer. It's as if rancid water was shown a picture of Coors/Bud/Miller light and told to try and imitate it, and it failed miserably. Very very bad beer, and even an insult to "cheap beer"....

Photo of Redfoot19
1.55/5  rDev -7.2%
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).

Photo of mcoh1030
2.71/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I gave this beer the rating I did because;

1) The appearance mirrors the taste. Which is to say, the beer looks just like you'd expect it to taste.

2) The smell is barely noticable. But that's fine for a light Pilsner beer.

3) Taste; Good becaue the manufacture claims it's smooth and that's exactly what it is.

3) Mouth feel, smooth. That's what they claim. It goes down real easy.

If your looking for an alternative to Miller Lite and want something with less taste and lots of smoothness, this is it. Some guy reviewed this and said something like it's a good beer for a hot summer night. I would agree.

Photo of S7R4nG3
1.25/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Natural Light is one of those beers thats associated with any college party in my general area simply because its usually one of the cheapest if not the cheapest cases of beer you can buy.

Pouring the beer either from a bottle or tap gives a slight, maybe 1cm head for about 1 minute before it fades into a rather urine looking substance.

It simply looks like piss, and its taste and mouthfeel are also probably quite similar to piss. Its only feature is a nonexistant smell, which I cannot decide is a benefit or detriment to its overall rating.

Stay far, far away from this liquid..

Photo of JoLight
2.94/5  rDev +76%
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.

Photo of coldmeat23
2.37/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Fridge chilled to approx 38 degrees
24oz TallBoy Can (Purchased in Kansas/full-strength)

This has got to be the least 'beer-looking' beer that I've ever had. It is a very pale, straw yellow, color. Almost like someone watered-down a Bud, or something. Very weak looking. The head of bone-white foam is almost two-fingers thick, but dissipates rapidly, leaving wispy bits of foam on the surface. The lacing is in medium-thickness strands, but is pretty slippery.

Very light trace of malt. Small dose of corn. Decent graininess to it. Light touch of lemon, maybe from hops? Like the look, it's very unimpressive.

If you drained the juice from a can of corn into a glass, squeezed an 1/8th of a lemon into it, dropped in an Alka-Seltzer tab, then watered it down to 50%, I'm guessing that you would get something that tastes like this.

It's light-bodied with an almost high level of carbonation. It is very light and crisp, for sure, but the crispness has an undesired sharpness to it.

Sure, it's cheap, and I guess that if that's your main goal then it will probably get you where you want to go. I'd rather have something that tastes good. Although, if I had to drink some BMC product, this one is so bland that it comes off as completely inoffensive. That's a positive note, I guess.

Photo of DJButters
2.2/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer does get a bad rap however it does have its place. A very light brew that is cold and refreshing.

Excellent brew for hot summer days when tailgating at a ballpark munching down hotdogs.

Bring a 30 pack to BBQ and keep the IPA's stashed. Cheers.

Photo of PhageLab
1.18/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ahh, Natural Light. I'd never planned on writing this review, but some were left in my refrigerator and I felt strangely compelled.

A - Sickly yellow coloration with a tiny bit of froth which vanished from my pint glass. No visible lacing.

S - Harsh odor of must and a touch of grain.

T - Astringent and mostly flavorless. Even though the alcohol content is low you can still taste it over anything else.

M - Watery light body, sharp carbonation, unpleasant taste left on the tongue.

D - Makes most other macros taste like dessert. Avoid, unless at a frat party and in need of losing your sobriety.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
1.24/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: light straw that looks like vegetable water that previous embraced a thick artichoke, thin and watery with urine notes

S: a cloying corn sweetness, with notes of some mild plastics and/or copper

T: It is like evian with drop of malt extract added, very light and with a mild vegetable finish on the palate

D: This beer soars in this aspect in the regard that it will take you about 4 of these to get you anywhere near a respectable beer will make you feel, with the offset being taste, embarrassment, and latent shame in the endeavor

M: incredibly light and it is forgotten before it is swallowed. it serves a purpose and I have outlived this purpose and this beer is of little utility to me.

Photo of mobiledan
4/5  rDev +139.5%
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.

Photo of Guden
1.33/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A- Very light straw color. Pours with a very large head of small white bubbles that fades quickly leaving no lacing.

S- Strange and off. Apples come through a bit along with corn and metal. Yuck.

T- Almost saved by how watery it is. There is the corn and metal from the nose but not the apple. Theres some sweetness that doesn't taste entirely unlike malt. The back end is metal and urine, forcing you to chug down more to wash it away.

M- Fairly high in carbonation and extremely watery this beer fortunately goes down quickly but isn't much different than water.

D- Well you could easily have 20 of these but who would want to? It does its job but in a very unpleasant way. Synonymous with bad beer for a good reason.

Photo of getoffmylawnbro
1.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - I actually am not even sure what Natty Light looks like, because why would I waste my time to pour it into a glass? However, when a freshman girl spills it all over my floor, it looks like my urine after a bad bout with the flu. It is very clear, which pays tribute to how much water is actually in it.

S - It smells like old corn. That is the best way I can describe it without mentioning the words: dorm room, musk, satan, or wet puzzle pieces.

T - The taste of aluminum and chalk dominates the front end, which tastes of a slight malt and corn. The back end tastes like a hot spoon of old corn.

M - Very carbonated, thin, water

O - After I drank Natural Light, I wept. All jokes aside, if you are looking for a beer that costs less than a dollar, there are many better options. In my opinion, similar beers such as Bud Light/Coors Light/Miller Light are better, just because of the water-to-corn ratio alone.

Photo of b3shine
1.06/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Can (like there's a difference). The appearance is it's best attribute; and it was unimpressive. The rest smells, tastes, and feels like (what I imagine to be) horse piss. Here's a tip: you're that hard up, go for Steel Reserve. Or better yet, quit drinking.

Photo of Nerudamann
2.46/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a stein glass.

Look - very pale straw-like color with about 2 fingers of white foam that dissipates somewhat quickly. Decent carbonation.

Smell - smells very acrid and not well-mixed. Maybe a funky malt base, but I can't tell anything more from that.

Taste and Mouthfeel - less pungent than the smell. Mostly tasteless actually. Slight bitterness in the middle, but that fades quickly. Mostly just not very tasteful at all. Texture is pretty watery.

Overall - mostly a "meh" beer. It doesn't really taste like anything at all, but the smell was pretty bad. I'd avoid this if you want to actually taste and smell something.

Photo of CrazGreek
1.15/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I won't even bother to break down the categories on this one. Not much to say. Drank it once and I'll never touch it again. It looks like any other piss-water beer, and smells and tastes worse. Who decided a disgusting, watered down cheap-o beer needed a light version? I would use this trash as weed killer if I wasn't worried about it poisoning the soil.

Overall: Don't touch it unless you're a penniless, pathetic drunk with no standards for your beer.

Photo of PapillonJohn
1.8/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Decided to finally give this a try just because I was strapped for cash and have been told only about how cheap it is.

I go to the local grab n go six pack shop and guess what? I get up to the counter with a 12 pack of cans and it's $9! What!? How is that cheap? I could have got any of the main macros such as Budweiser, Miller lite, or Coors for the same price. Hell I would have just stuck with PBR or Genesee for that price. I am already not impressed at all. I actually hesitated paying for it but just out of awkward embarrassment I went through with the transaction.

Now for the review.

Appearance: I gave a 1.5 because looking into the can, the beer looks like water diluted with just a little of a gold coloring. I dare not pour this into a glass...not worth the time or effort. Just crack it open and drink.

Smell: Smell from the can was pretty dull. Picked up alot of corn husk, a very light hit of sweet malts and just a tad of hops sneaks in. Nothing offensive, nothing appealing, just, well bland.

Taste: Claims to be a pilsner. Um...no. Not even the lightest pilsner. Not too much to it. Very water like. Corn husk up front followed by a little hit of sweet, sweet, slightly sour malts and a quick shot of hops. Tastes like what hops are used were probably used in other beers AB used and then just reused these for a small flavor and souring/bittering purpose. Not much going on here. I do have to say that there is nothing disgusting about it. It's a light, light beer.

Mouthfeel: Talk about carbonation. Damn. It's in your face. Highly carbonated beer. Very watery. Almost a mess. If this wasn't a light beer I would be thoroughly pissed off.

Well overall. It's not disgusting. I really don't want it again though. Just judging it solely as a light beer. It's not terrible. It is what it is. Although I'd recommend sticking with PBR light, Strohs Light, Blatz light, or hell even Miller lite if that's what floats your boat.

Photo of whiterabbit
2/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz can. Had to try, as was handed to me. Was told "not bad for the price" Price does not matter. this is a bad beer. Highly carbonated, very dull in flavor, light straw color, and smell of American aluminum. Not kidding, guess it must be considered a beer, but really is not good. Spend an extra buck or two, you almost surely will do better.

Photo of RyanBelle
3.2/5  rDev +91.6%
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!

Photo of FrankWBurnsIII
2.32/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's a rough beer to say the least, but it has its purpose in the beer market. It's an economy brand, not very artful or focussed on delivering the ultimate taste experience.

For me, Natty Light was not a part of my life after I graduated from college as my budget for beer could be increased after that time.

I don't think anyone honest will repesent this as a great tasting beer. It's brewed and priced to get beer into the hands of people who want to be refreshed and feel good but conserve funds for things they prioritize more highly.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.35/5  rDev +100.6%
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.

Photo of hoppierthebetter
3.38/5  rDev +102.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

i believe many folk don't like this brew even before they taste it! if this beer cost more than bud light it would be the more popular beer without a doubt! this is the first light beer...which is brewed by A-B. how much time and $ do you think A-B put into this product before releasing it?? with the bottomless pockets of the number 1 brewery in the world you should know that they are going to do their research and put put out the best product they can! don't be fooled by the low cost! when it comes to light beers A-B knew what they where doing bringing this out...long before bud light or select. enjoy a cold natural light and be happy you saved a few of your hard earned $.

Photo of Avagadro
2.7/5  rDev +61.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale straw in color, with great clarity and decent lacing. Head retention, however, is pathetic.

S: creamed corn and apples are hardly perceptible.

T: Light flavor, but corn and apple are there.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Nothing special, but no major flaws.

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Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
43 out of 100 based on 1,876 ratings.